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REF NO.: 51

SUBJECT: Celebrate Memorial: celebrating Memorial’s connections to the community

DATE: Oct. 15

Celebrate Memorial is here again and this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever before with exciting events planned for students, faculty, staff and the community. What began in 1999 with the Festival of Anniversaries, highlighting Memorial’s 50th anniversary as a degree-granting institution, has today become a celebration of Memorial’s connections to the community and the contributions that its students, faculty, staff and alumni make to Newfoundland and Labrador.

“What many people do not realize is that Memorial University has three parts to its mission statement – teaching, research and service to the community,” said Victoria Collins, director of University Relations. “Celebrate Memorial is an opportunity to celebrate the things we do that have a direct impact on the people of our province.”

Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services and chair of the Celebrate Memorial committee, could not agree more. “Celebrate Memorial is a festival of activities, a time to come together and celebrate all the things about Memorial that make us proud to be a part of the community and the many contributions that we make to communities in Newfoundland and Labrador through teaching and research.”

This year’s festivities feature many flagship events at Memorial’s campuses in St. John’s and Corner Brook, including Memorial Writes . . . About Newfoundland and Labrador – a book fair featuring over 25 authors writing about Newfoundland and Labrador, a community service day of beautification and environmental clean-up in and around St. John’s, a community sports challenge featuring Memorial’s own Sea-Hawks against local politicians and media personalities, and a public lecture by international children’s rights advocate Craig Kielburger. In Corner Brook, flagship events include the Celebrate Memorial Campus Dash – an opportunity to lace up and get some exercise – and the Grenfell College Research Showcase, where participants will learn about the varied research activities going on at the west coast campus.

A huge amount of work has gone into making this an exciting program for all participants.

“In St. John’s, we are bringing in high-profile speakers like Craig Kielburger and alumnus and columnist Dr. Gwynne Dyer to help students get excited about how ideas can transform the world,” added Dr. Walker. “Students don’t often see the connection between what they are learning and its applicability to the larger picture. We also want to show students that there is much to be proud about attending Memorial. Our scholarship recognition events in St. John’sand Corner Brook are just one way for us to show students that we value them and are proud of their accomplishments.”

Celebrate Memorial will be launched in St. John’s, on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the University Centre at 10 a.m.and will conclude on Oct. 29 with the president’s awards ceremony. Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen and Dean of Student Affairs and Services Lilly Walker will be on hand to officially announce the start of the celebrations. Representatives for each of the events will also be there to talk about what is happening during the week. Entertainment will be provided by the Scruncheons, and cake and refreshments will be served. In Corner Brook, the events begin with the Campus Dash on Oct. 20, at which Miss Newfoundland and Labrador will make an appearance. Participants in the dash will be treated to refreshments and cake, and will be eligible to win a number of prizes being awarded by local radio personality Steve Pollett of


“The wide diversity of activities planned for this year will ensure that there is something for everyone to get involved,” said Ms. Collins. “In St. John’s, we are also introducing participation cards this year to encourage folks to come out to as many events as possible and thereby increase their chances of winning one of several exciting prizes.”

Celebrate Memorial is a tradition that the university would like to see get bigger and better as each year goes by.

“Part of a university is to have traditions,” pointed out Ms. Collins. “Many universities have homecomings and reunions to get people together. This is our effort to bring people together to celebrate their university community, to draw attention to what Memorial has to offer and to highlight what it means to have a university in our community.”

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Note to editors:A five-page schedule of events follows this release.

Celebrate Memorial 2004

Schedule of Events – October 21- 29

Members of the public are invited to come out and attend some of the many events happening on the St. John’s and Corner Brook campuses. Activities for this year include:

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Corner Brook

Celebrate Memorial Launch – Campus Dash: The official launch of Celebrate Memorial at Sir Wilfred Grenfell Collegewill take place with a 2k fun-run/walk around campus. There will be prizes for top performers and free water for all participants! The dash will start at 4 p.m.on the lawn outside the GCSU.

Tracing Night Exhibit: Come out and see the latest exhibition at the Art Gallery. This year will feature a new installation by Ed Pien. Gallery hours will be from 11 5 p.m. throughout Celebrate Memorial.

Thursday, Oct. 21

St. John’s

Celebrate Memorial Launch: Come out and join in the festivities. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Scruncheons and cake and refreshments will be served. The official launch will start at 10 the food court of the University Centre.

Scholarship Luncheon for First-Year Students – An annual event and opportunity for President Dr. Axel Meisen to honour recipients of entrance scholarships for 2004-05. This event will take place in the main dining hall, R. Gushue Hall from 11:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Alumni Tribute Awards Ceremony and Dinner – Annual awards ceremony where outstanding Memorial alumni are recognized for their achievements. The ceremony and dinner will happen in the main dining hall, R. Gushue Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.for the reception with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Sea-Hawks Women’s Invitational Basketball Classic: Come support the Sea-Hawks Women’s Varsity Basketball team as they compete against four other varsity teams. The classic will run until Oct. 23 with games starting at 6 and 8 p.m. in The Works.

MUN Trivia Night: Join in a Thursday night tradition at Bitters Pub and test your knowledge of facts about Memorial University! Trivia night starts at 9 p.m.There will be prizes for the winning team.

Corner Brook

Research Showcase: Come out and find out about the diverse research happening at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. There will be presentations by members of faculty highlighting their research activities. This event will take place in the Library and Computing building, FC2014, starting at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22

St. John’s

Fall Convocation Ceremonies: Annual fall convocation; honorary degrees to be awarded to economist Dr. Parzival Copes and physicist Dr. Davis Earle.

Battleof the Bands: Come hear the latest from the universities up and coming bands! There will be a prize for the first-place winner. This event will take place in the Breezeway Bar, 1st floor of the University Centre at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

St. John’s

Community Service Day – Students, faculty and staff will participate in hands-on community service projects focusing on the environment. This event will be happening at various locations throughout St. John’s starting at 9:30 a.m.and running until 3 p.m.

Leader Forum: Leaders of Tomorrow, Today! – Annual leadership forum for up and coming student leaders, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and Recruitment, to take place at various locations around the St. John’s campus starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

Corner Brook

Children’s Story Hour: Stories, music and refreshment for the young and young-at-heart! This event will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Ferris Hodgett Library.

Sunday, Oct. 24

St. John’s

Memorial Writes . . . About Newfoundland and Labrador: Book Fair – A gathering of established authors with a connection to Memorial writing about the province. This event will be held in the University Club, 5th floor, Arts and Administration building starting at 1:30 p.m.and running until 5 p.m.

Barnes House Annual Charity Truck Pull: Come see Memorial’s residences battle it out and raise moneyfor the Iris Kirby House. This event starts at 12 Paton College.

Chess Tournament (St. John’scampus Vs. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College) – The best chess minds come together for a chance to go head-to-head with the best chess minds in Corner Brook. The tournament will run from 1-5 p.m.

Corner Brook

Chess Tournament: Come see Grenfell’s best chess minds come together to compete against St. John’s! The event will take place in AS-378 from 12:30-5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 25

St. John’s

Public Talk by Dr. Davis Earle: Honorary graduate Dr. Davis Earle will talk about his research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in a lecture titled Observing the Sun from 2km Underground. This lecture will take place in the Education building, room 2018A at 7:30 p.m.

Public Talk – Myths of Masculinity: Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts: Dr. Christopher Kilmartin, Mary Washington College, explores the social, economic and historical forces that shape and maintain cultural influences on men’s identities. This event will take place in A1043, Arts and Administration building, at 7 p.m.

Library Book Sale: The Queen Elizabeth II Library is having a book sale. Many books, maps and sheet music are for sale. Come out and support the library and get some great books to add to your collection. This event will run from 9 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

St. John’s

Public Lecture with Dr. Gwynne Dyer – Three Projects: Islamic Empire, Pax Americana or a World of Law. The lecture will be held in the main lecture theatre, School of Medicine at 7 p.m.

Campus Quest: Open to faculty, students and staff, test your strength at solving riddles that will take you all over campus and back! First team back with all the riddles correctly solved wins a prize! This event will start at West Dining Hall, Hatcher House at 12:30 p.m.

Corner Brook

Alcohol Awareness Day – Grenfell’s Department of Student Affairs raises awareness of the importance of drinking responsibly with a number of activities and displays throughout the day.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

St. John’s

Volunteer Fair – The Student Volunteer Bureau will be holding their annual Volunteer Fair again starting at 10 a.m.on the third floor of the University Centre. The Volunteer Fair allows students interested in volunteering to be exposed to the numerous volunteering sectors.

Ottawa Affinity Event: Join alumnus Dr. Bob Roberts, winner of this year’s Alumni Tribute Award for Lifetime Achievement, when he addresses members of the alumni community in Ottawa.

Corner Brook

Faculty/Staff Service Awards: Annual event to recognize the exceptional service of Grenfell’s employees. This event will start at 4 the Student Centre.

Thursday, Oct. 28

St. John’s

Community Sports Challenge: Come out and watch some of St. John’s finest battle it out on the court against Memorial’s own Seahawks. Games start at 5 p.m.(community games) and 7 p.m.(celebrity challenge) in the Field House.

Kitchen Party: Join us as we celebrate Newfoundland with a good old-fashioned Kitchen Party, featuring the musical stylings of Dermot O’Reilly! The party starts at 8:30 p.m. at Bitters Pub.

Corner Brook

Scholarship Reception: Grenfell will recognize the academic achievements of its newest students at this event to take place in the Fine Arts Atrium at 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 29

St. John’s

Leaders Today: A Morning with Craig Kielburger – A presentation by children’s rights advocate Craig Kielburger who has traveled to more than 40 countries visiting street and working children and speaking out in defense of children’s rights. This event starts at 10 the Field House on Westerland Road. Admission is free, but tickets are needed to get into the event. These tickets can be picked up at the Career Development

Office on the 4th floor of the University Centre. Winners of the high school essay and video contest will also be revealed at this event.

President’s Awards Ceremony – A celebration of outstanding researchers, teachers and employees of MemorialUniversity. This event will take place in the upper concourse of the Arts and Culture Centre starting at 12 p.m.

Halloween Mixer and Costume Party: Join us as we conclude Celebrate Memorial festivities with a costume party! This event will start at 5 the Breezeway Bar, 1st floor, University Centre.

Corner Brook

Halloween Dance: Come out and have a good time in aid of the Harlow Fundraising Committee. The party will start at 9 The Backlot.

Many of these events are open to the public. For further information and to see a full calendar of events, please visit or

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For further information, please contact Ivan Muzychka, manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, 687-9433 or

Grenfell College Events: For further information, please contact Pamela Gill, communications co-ordinator, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, 637-6200 ext. 6134 or


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