News Release

REF NO.: 165

SUBJECT: Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies presents the 2011 Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture

DATE: March 29, 2011

Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies is proud to present the 2011 Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture. The lecture is scheduled to take place tonight at 7 p.m. in room IIC-2001, Inco Innovation Centre, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus. 
The Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture, named for Memorial’s first dean of graduate studies Dr. Fred Aldrich, is a highly anticipated event. The annual lecture held in Dr. Aldrich’s memory typically addresses issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and are relevant to graduate students. Each year, a brilliant, exciting and well renowned guest speaker takes to the podium to enlighten and engage a large audience. Invites to the lecture include the president, vice-presidents, deans, directors and senior administrative staff of Memorial University, government officials, educational ministers, donors and undergraduate and graduate students from Memorial.
“The Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture began in 1994. It is an annual public lecture, organized by the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland,” said Dr. Noreen Golfman, dean of graduate studies. “The purpose of the lecture is to bestow insight into issues of relevance to graduate studies to graduate students, and to provide an opportunity for interaction with the community.” 
The School of Graduate Studies is thrilled to announce Ken Steele as the guest speaker at the 2011 Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture. Mr. Steele is co-founder and senior vice-president of Academica Group, Inc., a North American leader in market research and marketing innovation for higher education institutions. Mr. Steele’s area of consulting practice is institutional brand strategy and recruitment marketing. Mr. Steele is excited to be visiting Newfoundland for the first time and is looking forward to presenting his lecture “The Road for Higher Education (and the Lure of Academic Off-Roading).”
“The road ahead for Canadian academics and their universities will include many twists and turns, potholes and traffic jams,” said Mr. Steele. “The intent of my presentation is to provide a roadmap to help navigate the academic mainstream over the next two decades, based on a wide-ranging synthesis of research, forecasts, news and emerging trends. I will also share some personal insights into the thrills and spills of career opportunities off the beaten academic path.”
The lecture will provide current students, as well as prospective graduate students, with the opportunity to explore the world of higher education and potential career paths. The School of Graduate Studies ensures this is a lecture not to be missed and looks forward to a great turnout for the event.
About the School of Graduate Studies:
Memorial's School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is home to almost 3,000 graduate students enrolled in more than 100 graduate diploma, master’s and doctoral degree programs.
The school is a central agency responsible for the collection, maintenance and distribution of materials on graduate students. It maintains graduate files and administers graduate applications, admissions, comprehensive examinations, thesis examinations and doctoral defences. The SGS is also responsible for registrarial functions, graduate enrolment management and recruitment and administers graduate student funding including assistantships, external and internal scholarships, baseline fellowships, supervisor support and Tricouncil global payments. 
The school assists academic units in developing new program proposals and administers their approval. Through its academic council, the SGS also provides a forum for representatives from all faculties, schools and the Graduate Students’ Union to discuss matters pertaining to graduate education. The council ensures maintenance of standards across all graduate programs by considering policies relating to graduate studies, approving regulation changes and appeals, receiving reports from standing and ad hoc committees and making recommendations on matters affecting graduate studies.

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