Spring biology graduate achieves academic goal - eight years later

Chris Hearn doesn’t give up.

It’s a trait that has served the new spring biology (ecology and conservation) graduate well over the eight – yes, eight – years it took him to complete his B.Sc.

His route to graduation may have been circuitous, but he says his extended path was typical to his general life approach.


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Revised opening schedule for Core Science Facility

Memorial University has revised the construction completion date for the Core Science Facility to spring 2021.

The official opening is scheduled for the 2021 fall semester.

In order to minimize disruption to the academic schedule, the building must open at the start of a semester.

Three years after the award of the contract, the construction costs remain on budget with a global construction cost of $325 million.


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Memorial's Pension Plan during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are living in unprecedented socio-economic times. As a result, many pension plan members, both retired and still working, may be concerned about their pension and their own long term financial security.

As you might expect, the Memorial University Pension Plan, like many others across the country, has experienced some financial challenges due to the investment market turmoil brought on by the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and world oil prices.

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Memorial experts partnering with community volunteers in pandemic response

Memorial is collaborating with a group of private-sector volunteers to ensure the province has an adequate supply of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis.

Researchers and technical staff from a variety of disciplines are assisting TaskforceNL to design, fabricate and test PPE such as gloves, masks, gowns and face shields.

Memorial is also providing the group with important processing and design strategies and vital insights into research related to the pandemic.

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Memorial to offer remote program delivery for fall 2020

Memorial University will welcome new and returning students to a primarily remote teaching and learning environment for the fall semester. Full in-person, on-campus courses will not resume before January 2021.

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Chemistry laboratory steps up to fill hand sanitizer gap

Part of fighting the spread of COVID-19 is good and regular hand washing.

When soap and water are unavailable, though, we rely on alcohol-based hand sanitizer — resulting in scarcity in the supply.

Like some local breweries and distilleries who are using their equipment to supply emergency personnel with hand sanitizer, Memorial has found an on-campus solution for the university’s needs.

Memorial’s Department of Chemistry has manufactured 20 litres of hand sanitizer and remains at the ready to produce additional batches should they be required.

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COVID-19 update to university

As we approach Monday, May 11, and the scheduled move to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 as outlined by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, many of you may wonder what that means for Memorial. At this point, none of the restrictions currently in place at Memorial will change if the Level 4 status is implemented by the province on May 11.

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More to success than money, says new graduate and student entrepreneur

Spring graduate Jan Mertlik says Memorial has provided him with a “bulletproof portfolio.”

Now that the undergraduate computer science student has completed his program at Memorial University, he’s confident in the skills and knowledge he’s gained here.


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Raising awareness of mental health challenges for those with rheumatoid arthritis

One morning in December 2017 everything changed for Dalainey Drakes.

Upon waking up, the 22-year-old found she couldn’t walk, or even stand, on her own without excruciating pain.

It took months of self-advocating before getting a diagnosis of aggressive onset rheumatoid arthritis, or RA.


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Mentorship in the digital age

Alumni Engagement and Student Life have partnered with Ten Thousand Coffees, a digital mentorship tool that links mentors with students and early career professionals, thanks in part to the generosity of RBC Future Launch.

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Guide to Financial Supports and Programs

Student Life has created a comprehensive Guide to Financial Supports and Employment Programs.

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Self-Service Grading Option page extended for 24 hours

As this has been an unprecedented semester and some instructors will not be able to submit Winter 2020 grades until April 25, the Student Self-Service Grading Option page will remain available to students for an additional 24 hours, closing on Sunday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m. (NDT).

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Status of fall 2020 semester

Memorial University is actively considering scenarios for innovative program delivery for the fall 2020 semester. We are committed to providing students with full access to our quality academic programs, despite the challenges that may come.

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Building update April 16: Further building access controls for all campuses

Message from the President and Provost

Due to the unprecedented emergency situation that has resulted in the declaration of a Public Health Emergency in Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University is enacting further measures related to buildings access on all our campuses to enhance social distancing and keep our community safe. By ensuring we are aware of who is on campus, we are better able to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students who must come to campus.

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Update on general admissions for 2020-21 academic year

On Tuesday, April 14, Memorial’s Senate waived the undergraduate general admission overall average requirement of 70 per cent for Newfoundland and Labrador high school students in the graduating class of 2020 who apply to attend Memorial University in the 2020-21 academic year (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021).

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Reminder: Personal protective equipment (PPE) collection

As a reminder, Memorial continues to identify and collect personal protective equipment (PPE) which may be held by units throughout the university.

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St. John's campus revised building hours

Effective April 9, Memorial is phasing in reduced building access on St. John's campus, beginning with reduced building hours. Buildings will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and will be locked on weekends and holidays. 

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Student emergency funds

Many students are facing a range of stressful disruptions in their lives as a result of the worldwide health pandemic. Cancellation of all in-person classes, a full move to remote learning and having to quickly vacate residences – combined with isolation measures, job loss and travel bans – have created particular hardships for students who lack other supports.

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A message from Dr. Vianne Timmons

As we start the week, I wanted to pause for a moment to express a sincere thank you to the hundreds of critical employees who have been working tirelessly and constantly since the start of Memorial’s COVID-19 response.

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Update on student fees and PAS/FAL choice

Suspension of two student fees for spring semester and update on PAS/FAL choice

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Spring registration update

Information on revised start date for Spring registration for graduate and undergraduate students

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