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REF NO.: 3

SUBJECT: Memorial University kicks into high gear to welcome students

DATE: Sept. 3

Students are already bustling around Memorial St. John’s campus getting ready for the official start of classes on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Soon the campus will be alive with 17,124 registered students (2104 graduate and 13244 undergraduate). This represents a 3.5 per cent increase over last year. The number includes some 3,200 students who are completely new to MemorialUniversity.

New and returning students have several new amenities to look forward to on the St. John’scampus this year. In Memorial’s QEII Library, students will find The Commons, a joint effort by Memorial’s Computing and Communications, Library and Writing Centre. The Commons brings the services offered by these organizations together for one-stop access. Students entering residence this semester will experience the convenience of wireless Internet. The new student-requested wireless service called RESnet is up and running and will give students living in residence the ability to access the Internet at any time and on more than one computer.

Chiming (Ming) Ngu, a native of Singapore, just returned to Memorial’s St. John’scampus for his second year of studies, working toward entering the Schoolof Social Work. He says its always bitter sweet to leave home to come to a place that’s 28 hours away by plane but he’s starting to like it here. When speaking of Newfoundland, he says there’s a charm that emanates from the island, the city, and the people and refers to the province as a friendly part of the world. “There is something about Newfoundlandthat invites and encourages, and says this is where you can feel at home.”

Nicole Gosse is a new student to Memorial this year. Originally from Tilton, Newfoundland, Ms. Gosse says she’s both excited and nervous about what she’s about to experience at Memorial. “I’ll be meeting new friends and creating new relationships, all the while building a future for myself.” So far, she says everything has gone smoothly, from the university tour a few months ago to successfully registering for courses via the Web. Now in the midst of moving into residence, Ms. Gosse says she is adjusting to her new surroundings and is ready for her first semester at Memorial. “I feel very privileged to be a student at Memorial. I chose to come here because it is one of the finest universities in Canadaand the areas of expertise offered are incredible.”

Orientation begins at the St. John’scampus on Sunday, Sept. 5 and will run until Tuesday, Sept. 7. Catering to its diverse student body, Memorial offers five orientation groups: traditional, students entering university for the first time; transitional, students who have transferred from another post-secondary institution; parents; international students; and aboriginal students. Parents will have their choice between attending the Sunday or Monday orientation days and will choose from numerous sessions such as Living with a Student, and Charting the Future for a First-Year Student. For students, Memorial’s very popular People at University Meeting People (PUMP) will take place on Monday, Sept. 6 from 3-4pmin the Physical Education gym. New this year is an athletic event and barbeque where students will be able to see one of Memorial’s varsity teams in action. Other sessions will include: the Welcoming Ceremonies with an address from Memorial’s president, Dr. Axel Meisen; Visit the Works; Campus Essentials; and more. To find out more information on scheduled activity times and topics visit

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