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SUBJECT: Recipients announced for the 24th annual Memorial Alumni Tribute Awards

DATE: Sept. 13

Four outstanding alumni of Memorial University of Newfoundland will be recognized for their achievements at the 24th Annual Alumni Tribute Awards being held on Thurs., Oct. 20, 2005. Alumni Association Awards chairperson Ann Marie Hann, B.Comm.’81, MBA’83, today announced this year’s recipients.

Businessman and educator Dr. James Barnes will receive the alumni association’s highest honour, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Renowned musician Dr. Thomas Yee will accept the Horizon Award for achievement under age 35 years;

Educator and volunteer Calvin Butt will receive the J.D. Eaton Award for outstanding volunteer service to Memorial University;

Community leader and educator Donald Crewe of Channel-Port aux Basques will receive the Outstanding Community Service Award.

Alumni Tribute Awards are presented during a gala evening, sponsored by the Alumni Association and Memorial University. This premier event is an exciting part of Celebrate Memorial, held every October. The awards gala includes a welcoming reception, a four-course dinner, musical entertainment, and a multi-media awards presentation.

Ms. Hann noted that it is a great opportunity to catch up with acquaintances, meet a wide variety of graduates and friends of Memorial and get a glimpse into the lives of four very special people. “Their commitment to excellence is a source of pride for everyone who has an affinity for Memorial University,” she said.

Ms. Hann explained that this is the 24th year that the Alumni Association of Memorial University has recognized excellence among its peers. For the first 20 years, the association awarded only an alumna/us of the year award. But with more than 55,000 graduates from Memorial, the Alumni Association felt there were many more alumni who deserved recognition, and in 2002, it expanded the Alumni Tribute Awards to include the four categories. Each year candidates are nominated for one of four categories by fellow alumni. The Alumni Association Executive evaluates those nominations and selects the recipients. The awards are presented at a gala event held in October each year.

“I encourage everyone who wants to take part in this special event to order tickets now. At $60 per person the tickets are a great value, and are only available in advance,” said Ms. Hann. To purchase tickets call 737-4354or e-mail

Note to editors: Award criteria and biographical notes on each award winner follow below. For further information, please contact WadeKearley, development officer communications, Alumni Affairs and Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (709) 737-2620or

Alumni Association of Memorial University of Newfoundland

2005 Alumni Tribute Awards

Biographical summary

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. James Barnes, BA. (Hons.)’66, B.Comm.(Hons.)’66

Dr. James Barnes joined Memorial’s faculty in 1968. He served as director of the Schoolof Business Administrationand Commerce from 1978-1983 and became the first dean of the Faculty of Business Administration from 1983-1988. Under his leadership the faculty launched a building fund campaign to expand and modernize the Business Building, created the MBA program, established the Centre for Management Development and the P.J. Gardiner Institute for Small Business Studies, the first such centre in Canada.

Considered an international authority and thought leader on customer strategy, Dr. Barnes has served as consultant and advisor to such national and international companies as Aliant, eircom, Kraft Foods Canada, Tesco, Ivanhoe Cambridge, CIBC, HSBC, Xerox USA, IKEA, and others. In 1976, Dr. Barnes was one of the founding partners of the Newfoundland-based Bristol Group for which he later served as chair. He has also served on the boards of directors of several publicly traded blue-chip companies.
In 1996, he was the Memorial Faculty of Business Administration’s Alumni Honour Award recipient. In 1997, he received the first national Leaders in Management Education award from the Financial Post. And, in 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Professional Marketing Research Society of Canada.
Dr. Barnes is a widely-published author of seven books including the best-selling marketing textbook in CanadaFundamentals of Marketing, and the internationally-acclaimed book Secrets of Customer Relationship Management: It’s All About How You Make Them Feel.

Dr. Barnes continues to teach undergraduate and MBA courses and maintains an active program of innovative research. He has published almost 40 papers in national and international journals and has presented well over 50 papers at conferences around the world. He also serves on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Customer Relationship Management, Managing Service Quality and the International Journal of Bank Marketing.

2005 Horizon Award Recipient (lifetime achievement under age 35 years):

Dr. Thomas Yee, B.Mus.’95

Dr. Thomas Yee’s achievements in the past 10 years have been remarkable. Since graduating from Memorial in 1995, he has obtained the coveted faculty appointment in the Department of Music at the Universityof Hawaiiat Manoa.

His brilliance shines through for all who hear him when he sits at the keyboard. Dr. Yee has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. He has appeared as piano soloist in concerts with the Honolulu Symphony, August Symphony Orchestra,

Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Littleton Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002, he has presented more than 35 solos and chamber concerts in Honolulu and he also has two recording projects in progress.

Nor is he a stranger to national and international competitions. Among Dr. Yee’s numerous victories are the Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition, the Eastman School of Music Hamamatsu Competition, the Canadian Music Competition’s International Stepping Stone, and the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher’s Associations National Competition.

His eagerness to sharing his knowledge of music makes Dr. Yee a generous and inspiring teacher. Since 2002, he has presented numerous workshops and master classes for the Hawaii Music Teachers Association. For many years, Dr. Yee offered workshops for piano teachers and students in St. John’s.

2005 J. D. Eaton Alumni Award Recipient: Calvin Butt, BA(Ed.)’64, BA’67, GDE’71, M.Ed.’74

Calvin Butt has left a track record of selfless dedication at just about all levels of the educational system of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has taught at the primary, elementary and secondary levels. He has been a school principal, district school supervisor and district assistant superintendent of education. Mr. Butt has also served as instructor for MemorialUniversityand several former community colleges across the province. He is a leading promoter of preschool education. He developed the program Nourishing Foundations for Literacy Development (NFLD). As chair of the Early Literacy /Early Childhood Committee of the Eastern Region of our province’s Rural Secretariat, he further promoted the cause of early literacy.

Mr. Butt has served in executive positions on several associations, committees and boards, including president of the Port aux Basques’ Branch of the Provincial Teacher’s Association, chair of the Educational Finance Committee of the former Provincial Integrated Education Council, chair of the former Avalon West School Board, secretary-treasurer of the Provincial School Boards’ Association, vice-chair of the former Avalon Strategic Social Plan and vice-chair of the Board of Regents of Memorial University.

Mr. Butt has been particularly generous in the time that he has donated to his alma mater, Memorial University. He was elected four times by his fellow university alumni to serve three-year terms on Memorial’s governing body, the Board of Regents. For nine years, he has served as vice-president the Memorial University’s Alumni Association and in 1998 he became then founding president of Baccalieu Trail Chapter of this association.

2005 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award Recipient: Donald M. Crewe, BA’69, B.Ed.’69, MED’82

A retired educator in Channel-Port aux Basques, Donald Crewe’s tireless volunteer work spans more than 36 years. Since 1969 he has served in a wide range of leadership roles, including secretary of the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association; vice-chair of the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre Foundation; local chair of the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion fund-raising event, and local-area chair of the Cabot, Soiree and Viking Celebrations.

Mr. Crewe also serves as a member of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Select Vestry, the Winter Carnival Committee, the Port aux Basques 50th Anniversary Come Home Year Event and the local chapter of Toastmasters International.

He has been a Royal Canadian Army Cadet leader and trainer. And just to top it all off, he performs with a popular local folksinging group that donates its revenues to local charities.

Alumni Association of Memorial University of Newfoundland

2005 Alumni Tribute Awards

Alumni Tribute Awards Criteria

This is the 24th year that the Alumni Association of Memorial University has recognized excellence among its peers. Newly expanded in 2002, the Alumni Tribute Awards are designed to increase the level of recognition for a greater number of the outstanding women and men who are Memorial University’s alumni. The four awards include:

Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement

This is the award of highest distinction that the alumni association can offer to one of its own. It was formerly known as the Alumnus/a of the Year award. Past recipients have achieved distinction in a chosen field of endeavour; have made an outstanding contribution in their field; have made a contribution to the Alumni Association, Memorial University, and the community at large; and have displayed exceptional human values that are an inspiration to those with whom they come in contact.

Alumni Horizon Award

This award honours young alumni with a record of extraordinary professional, community, alumni or academic achievement. Recipients of the award are 35 years of age or younger and have attained one or all of the following accomplishments: achieved distinction in a chosen field of endeavour; made an outstanding contribution in their field; made a contribution to the Alumni Association, to Memorial University, or to the community at large; and displayed exceptional human values that are an inspiration to others.

J.D. Eaton Alumni Award

This honour recognizes alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to the Memorial. Recipients of the award have demonstrated exceptional leadership and outstanding service to Memorial University of Newfoundland or to the Alumni Association. Recipients have also participated in activities that enhance the stature, reputation, and strength of the university, and the Alumni Association.

Alumni Award for Outstanding Community Service

This award acknowledges alumni who have given of themselves to improve the lives of people and their communities. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated exceptional community/volunteer service at home or abroad that has made a difference to the well-being of others.

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For further information, please contact Wade Kearley, development officer communications, Alumni Affairs and Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland, (709) 737-2620or


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