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Business students step up

Four Memorial business students finished in second place last month in the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) case competition in Coventry, England.

Team members Samantha Attwood, Erin Gullage, MaryBeth Handrigan and Adam Power are all accounting students in Memorial’s bachelor of commerce (co-op) program. Prior to attending the competition the four business students had spent the winter semester studying at Memorial’s Harlow Campus in England.

Professor and competition coach Peggy Coady believes that this international experience benefited the students during the competition.

“Throughout the competition the students referred to material they had studied in Harlow such as international business law with Professor George Cummins and business ethics with Dr. Bob Sexty,” Prof. Coady said. “This coupled with a strong presentation style led to excellent feedback from the judges.”

In round robin play the Memorial team competed against teams from around the world, such as the International Business Academy (Denmark), Leuven School of Business and Economics (Belgium) and the host school, Coventry University. Memorial emerged as victors in the semifinal round against the University of Missouri and faced Helsinki School of Economics in the finals.

Conference planning

Members of the university community are invited to attend the first planning session for the 36th annual conference of the Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies/La Société canadienne d’étude du dix-huitième siècle (CSECS/SCEDS). The session takes place on Wednesday, May 7, from 1-2 p.m. in room A-3018.

Memorial University is hosting the conference Oct. 14-16, 2010. The last conference in 1992 attracted more than 200 delegates from both sides of the Atlantic.

Sessions will cover all aspects of the 18th century in both official languages as well as German, Spanish, Italian and Russian. Papers in Arts and Sciences, from the Library to the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Music and beyond will be considered. Students are always welcome to join in.

Anyone interested in participating is invited to contact Dr. Don Nichol, Department of English, at 737-8064 or

Memorial connection to major award

An alumna and respected friend of Memorial is being honoured with a prestigious award.

Rose Patten, who is originally from this province, is one of eight women who will be recognized with the YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction Award. She is being singled out for her corporate leadership.

Her volunteer and philanthropic leadership includes working with Memorial, as well as the National Ballet and the Hospital for Sick Children, amongst others.

She is one of this country’s leading business executives. In fact, she was the first woman to sit on the executive committee of BMO Financial.

According to the YWCA Toronto, Ms. Patten “exemplifies a face of leadership that is open, collaborative, and collegial and that invites all voices to the table.

Symposium to mark union anniversary

To mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Fisherman’s Protective Union (FPU), the Newfoundland Historical Society will be holding a public symposium titled To Each His Own from May 30-31 in Port Union.

The only union-built town in North America, Port Union was the embodiment of Sir William Ford Coaker’s vision for the FPU and within its first decades, it became a thriving centre of mercantile activity.

The symposium will address several issues surrounding Coaker’s formation of the FPU including the 1913 election, how life unfolded in a union town, and the union’s response to the sealing disasters of 1914.

Featured speakers include several members of the Faculty of Arts, including Terry Bishop-Stirling, Drs. James Hiller and Sean Cadigan of the history department and Dr. Patrick O’Flaherty, professor emeritus and former head of English.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the banquet. For further information contact 722-3191 or