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REF NO.: 174

SUBJECT: Memorial University engineering grad a whiz at multi-tasking

DATE: May 29

Keith Pike believes very strongly in making the most out of your university experience and the past six years are proof of this. He began at Memorial University in the fall of 1996 with the intention of studying architecture, but later decided to pursue civil engineering. When he realized he was a chemistry course short of advancing into term one of the program, he took a year to do the course, along with every other arts/humanities course that he was interested in, and really figure out if engineering was what he wanted to pursue. On May 30, Mr. Pike will graduate with his bachelor of engineering degree.

When that year was up, he came back more determined than ever to pursue civil engineering. And in between starting engineering and graduating, he found time to referee soccer and perform in a jazz band which he co-founded called Jazz East.

To say that he is organized would probably be an understatement. As Mr. Pike points out, "It is simply a schedule I have gotten used to because I have been doing it for so many years. Ever since I can remember, I have been involved in sports, music and academics. There are definitely times when it gets very hectic, but I seem to thrive on the pace and it works for me."

Mr. Pike has been playing soccer for a long time and got involved in refereeing as a way of making extra pocket money. He is going to Toronto in May to write the national referee exam and, if he passes, he will be one of two nationally certified referees in the province. Being a referee is something he takes very seriously, training in the gym or on the track five times a week. Being a referee has also helped him tremendously to become more confident, a skill he has carried over into engineering.

His other pastime gives him a chance to kick back and play the kind of music he enjoys most - jazz. For the past three years he has played in Memorial's concert band. Now as the business manager for Jazz East, a jazz band that he co-founded, he is kept quite busy playing at special events and performing in various festivals.

With a civil engineering degree soon to be in hand, he will be busy getting ready to start work at Exxon Mobil in June. But there will always be time for soccer and jazz.

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