Memorial’s very own
story about trying to reach
the top of the world
ickness may have forced her to turn back, but
S don’t think for a second that she has any regrets.
In fact, Dr. TA Loeffler – who attempted to
summit Mount Everest this past spring – couldn’t
be happier with her journey.
“I feel it was an amazing experience to live out
a lifelong dream,” she said recently. “The amount
of growth that was needed to pull off getting there
was an Everest in itself and I celebrate that.”
After months of both physical and mental
training, Dr. Loeffler, an award-winning faculty
member from the School of Human Kinetics, left
to attempt to climb the world’s highest mountain “The most exciting moments were in the Khumbu Icefall,” Dr. TA Loeffler said of her attempt to climb
in March. Despite being in incredible shape, she Mount Everest. “A maze of ice, ladders, and ropes. It’s a magical terrifying place and I’m thrilled to have
developed bronchitis on the journey and then passed through it.”
giardia, better known as beaver fever. After losing
25 pounds, she was forced to turn back. of support she received from the Memorial from the Memorial community sent messages of
Her trek up the face of the world’s most community prior to packing her bags – support inspiration to me while I was climbing. I couldn’t
daunting peak was coined Everest-007. Before from students to faculty and staff members have done it with such a supportive community
packing her bags, Dr. Loeffler set her sights on including Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial. behind me.”
inspiring others to get more active. And that she The university helped organize various events in the As for the future, Dr. Loeffler doesn’t rule out
did. She spoke to close to 10,000 school children months leading up to her journey as well. This another Everest attempt, or reaching other destina-
and hundreds of others. included a walk-a-thon fundraiser and a Stairway tions such as the North Pole.
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“I take solace in knowing the mission of Everest- to Health challenge during the month of February “For now it’s just rest and recovery and teaching
007 was fulfilled,” she explained. “I wanted to where employees were encouraged to take the this summer,” she said.
inspire kids to get more physically active and to number of stairs equivalent to reaching the top of
follow their dreams and there was much evidence Everest. Both events raised the profile of
that that occurred.
“I wanted to inspire others to go after their
Dr. Loeffler’s Everest-007 project and
got people physically active.
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We’re on the hunt for your photos of how you spend your time away from work. Maybe you
like to travel, play in a band, hike, volunteer in your community or unwind like Jackie Pitcher-
March does – by getting outdoors and enjoying nature. Here, Jackie, the former secretary to
the director of Human Resources (she moved on from Memorial in late June), enjoys a little
down time along the beach in Green’s Harbour, Trinity Bay. This is where Jackie and her family
enjoy a peaceful existence and laid back lifestyle. During the recreational food fishery in
August, this bay is a busy spot! Got an idea for our new downtime section? E-mail editor Jeff
Green at firstname.lastname@example.org with your photo and story. We’ll try to include a new one in each issue. top right: Paul
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People profile: retiree Ed Brown . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bidding adieu to some special co-workers . . . 9
Saluting employees who’ve done well. . . . . . . 3 How your co-workers celebrated
Hats off to volunteer Dr. Jane Gosine . . . . . . . 3 Canada Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Employee survey: what you need to know . . 6-7 Get your entries in for our
Special donation for The Works . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Days Gone By photo contest . . . . . . . . . . . 12
began offering full undergraduate degree programs. provincial university system governed by a single Board
Today it has 15 such programs and is increasingly of Regents. When releasing the report, the provincial
engaged in research. Its student enrolment has grown to government indicated that, “it supports a preferred
approximately 1,350 students, i.e., eight per cent of option that will give the college increased university
emorial University has arrived at a crossroads, Memorial’s total enrolment of 17,400. Its budget and status, within a single Memorial University system”.
M which is of great importance to all members of our
university. The recently released Kelly/Davies report on
facilities have been expanded considerably in recent years
and further change is planned. Since I became president
This is generally understood to mean support for the
consultants’ option 1(a).
the governance of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College presents in 1999, I have been strongly committed to furthering Adoption of this option would result in a major
a number of options and prefers the option that sees the college’s growth in terms of student enrolments, change in the university’s governance structure. Specifi-
Grenfell, our campus in Corner Brook, become a sepa- programs (including graduate-level programs), research cally, it would mean two university presidents, two
rate university. I encourage you to read the report, which and other advanced scholarly activities. senates and two administrative systems at two universi-
can be found at www.mun.ca/marcomm/home/ The Kelly/Davies Report, commissioned by the ties, within one university system.
SWGX0427.pdf. Since this is not the first report on provincial government in December 2005 and released In order to fully understand the implications of this
university governance, we have created for ease of access, to the public on April 27, 2007, was written by Profes- change, various bodies, including the Senate and the
a website that lists other relevant publications: sors John L. Davies, Anglia Ruskin University, England, Board of Regents, are studying the matter closely. Such
www.mun.ca/marcomm/home/grenfell_governance.php. and John Kelly, University College Dublin, Ireland. examination is necessary now because the report was
Grenfell College was established as an integral part of Their mandate was to explore options for greater released without prior consultation with the university
Memorial in 1975 to provide first- and second-year autonomy for Grenfell and they have made a recommen- on the specific options and their rationale. The exami-
university courses. Students could start their university dation (known commonly as option 1(a)) that would see nation will contribute to creating the best outcome for
education in Corner Brook and then transfer to the St. Grenfell function as an autonomous university, with its our students, faculty, staff and other university stake-
John’s campus of Memorial. In the late 1980s, the college own president and separate senate, operating within one holders. It should not be perceived negatively, but seen
as lighting the way to the future – a future that sees
Grenfell continue to grow and thrive.
Please take the time to learn more about this impor-
tant matter and share your thoughts by leaving a message
wide smile stretches across Ed Brown’s face when he However, when he was eligible to take early retire- at www.mun.ca/marcomm/home/grenfell_governance.php
A talks about how he fills his day timer since putting
down the chalk and retiring three years ago.
ment, he says he jumped at the chance.
“I’m still very young. Yes, I am of a certain age,” he said
or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Best wishes for a good summer,
His weeks are still hectic and he’s wrapped up in lots with a grin. “Age is merely a number – and my number
of activities, but as Ed proudly puts it, life goes by his is unlisted,” before letting out a hearty laugh. “But Signed
clock now. seriously, I feel better now than when I was in my 30s.”
“Retirement for me has been about redefining who And, that’s partly because of the healthy lifestyle he Axel Meisen, PhD, P.Eng.
I am and all about renewal. I just have different prior- quickly adopted in the past three years. Since retiring, Ed President and Vice-Chancellor
ities in life now,” he said on a late cool spring morning has embraced exercising and getting active. He works out
while sitting in the Aquarena. “I am very happy with at The Works five days a week for at least two hours a day,
the way things are. I was active in my former life but doing everything from strength training to spinning
in a different sense.” classes to cardio exercises. He also joined a running
That former life was as a well-known faculty member program and plans to run this year’s Tely 10. Gordon Gladstone Mercer, a founding staff member
at the Marine Institute, where he was a communications “I never worked out before because I was so busy of the Faculty of Medicine, died Feb. 23. He worked at
teacher for more than 30 years. He spent the better part with work and the union and life itself,” said Ed. “But Memorial’s medical school where he championed the cause
of his life in front of a now I love it.” of rural outport students.
blackboard, teaching He also keeps active
hundreds – if not thou- volunteering with two Grace Gould, a retired faculty member from the School of
sands of students – groups very close to his Nursing, passed peacefully away at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home
before officially retiring heart – he’s co-chair of on Wednesday, March 28, age 84 years.
in 2004. Literacy Newfoundland
Dr. Alastair Macdonald, professor emeritus, Department
“I do miss teaching and Labrador and he’s a
of English Language and Literature, died peacefully at
and interacting with member of the
home in the company of friends on Sunday, April 29, at
all my co-workers and Provincial Workplace
the age of 86.
the students, of Education Committee.
course,” said Ed, who Ed and his wife Dr. Bill Wegenast, retired from the Faculty of Engineering
is originally from Shirley, a retired high and Applied Science, passed away in St. John’s on June 12
Trinity, Bonavista Bay, school teacher, have one after a brief illness, aged 82 years.
but has called St. son Kristian, who recently
John’s home for years. returned home from the
“I star ted teaching University of Waterloo
when I came straight after completing a
out of university.” master’s of arts in English- Memorial University’s employee newsletter is published by the
Division of Marketing and Communications and the Department
In total, Ed has three literary studies. of Human Resources, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
degrees from Memorial: He and his wife are The Communicator is printed on recycled paper and is recyclable.
his bachelor of arts enjoying their newfound
(education), a bachelor time together. They ISSN 1183-2789
of arts and a master’s both love to travel, and Managing Editor:
degree in education in the past have Ivan Muzychka
with a concentration in been to communities
teaching. throughout the province,
“I loved teaching. I countries in Europe and Dr. Axel Meisen Pamela Gill Alex Noseworthy
got a real energy from the Caribbean Islands. Shannon Dawson Lisa Hollett Tina Scott
it,” he said. “I always Since retiring, they’ve
wanted to be a teacher. both rediscovered Ed’s Graphics: Photography:
David Mercer Chris Hammond
In my yearbook, I think extensive music and book
I said that was what I collections and like
was going to be.”
Ed Brown spending time in the
While working at Memorial, Ed was involved in a kitchen whipping up international cuisine. In fact, his wife Mail to:
Editor, The Communicator
long list of activities ranging from working as the presi- gave him a Moroccan tagine – ceramic crockpot – for his Division of Marketing and Communications
dent of the Faculty Association at MI, to being a member recent birthday. Room A-1024
of the board of directors of the Newfoundland and “Some of my friends didn’t know what I was going to Arts and Administration Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees do in retirement,” Ed said before leaving to hit the gym. St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7
(NAPE), representing college faculty. “But I told them that nowadays I start my day with Telephone: 709-737-2142
It all added up to a busy schedule, sometimes nothing to do and I go to bed with it half done. There Fax: 709-737-8699
consuming his entire week. But Ed doesn’t regret it. are always lots of interesting things to do.” 116-042-06-07-4,600
Memorial is thriving with interesting employees who are doing all sorts of great things – everything from making our university a better place to work, to winning awards for
professional achievement and volunteering in our communities. The Communicator salutes these co-workers for creating a cause for applause! Tell us about your awards or
achievements. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 737-2142.
or the second straight year, The Communicator won periodically by the Natural History Society of niversity Librarian Richard Ellis was presented with
F a Pinnacle Award from the provincial chapter of the
International Association of Business Communicators in
Newfoundland and Labrador to individuals who have
made outstanding and enduring contributions to the
U the Atlantic Provinces Library Association’s Merit
Award during a ceremony in May for his contributions
the newsletters category. We were presented with an advancement of natural history appreciation and protec- to the region during his 35-year career as a librarian at
Award of Merit during a ceremony in downtown St. tion in the province. Prof. Bateman accepted her award Memorial. Mr. Ellis
John’s on May 24. Editor Jeff Green accepted the award from society committee member Henry Mann, a retired recently stepped down
on behalf of the newsletter’s team: Ivan Muzychka, Grenfell biology professor. Prof. Bateman also received from his longtime
managing editor; David Mercer, graphic designer; Chris a framed nature photograph from the HNHS. position but continues
Hammond, photographer; Shannon Crotty, produc- to work in the Queen
tion co-ordinator; Lisa Hollett, director of the Depart- n April, Jennifer O’Neill, develop- Elizabeth II Library.
Photo by Ivan Muzychka
ment of Human Resources; and Shannon Dawson, ment officer with the School of Here, Mr. Ellis, right,
communications co-ordinator with Human Resources. Music and the Faculty of Arts, was shares a laugh with
At the same ceremony, Memorial also received an Award named a finalist for the 2006 Tom Eadie, former
of Merit for the 2006-07 Viewbook, produced by the Emerging Artist award by the university librarian at
Office of Student Recruitment, and an Award of Excel- Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Trent University.
lence for the 2007 President’s Report. Meanwhile, Mr. Council. Ms. O’Neill is an accom-
Muzychka was honoured as the 2007 Communicatons plished composer and musician. r. Gerhard Bassler (right) and Patrick Warner were
Professional of the Year.
embers of CUPE Local 1615, which represents
D all smiles at a reception in mid-May. That’s because
they both took home Newfoundland and Labrador Book
M roughly 850 administrative, instructional, tech-
nical and technical support personnel at Memorial,
Awards at a ceremony in the capital city. Dr. Bassler,
professor emeritus of
Photo by Denise Dunne Photography
proudly passed over a cheque for $3,500 to the School history, won the
Lunch Association on April 25. Roger’s Cable Non-
fiction Award for
Vikings to U-Boats:
Photo by Leslie Vryenhoek
The German Experi-
ence in Newfoundland
and Labrador. Dr.
Peter Hart, Canada
From left: Jeff Green, Lisa Hollett, Shannon Dawson, Research Chair in
Ivan Muzychka, David Mercer, graphic designer; and Irish Studies, and Dr. Frederick White, German and
Peter Morris, director of public affairs at Memorial and Russian, were finalists in that category. Meanwhile, Mr.
Photo by Jeff Green
a former editor of The Communicator. Warner won the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award for There, there.
English prof Mary Dalton was also a finalist for that honour.
ois Bateman, biology professor and head of science
L at Grenfell College, is a longtime member of the
Humber Natural History Society (HNHS). She recently The association provides hot, nutritious lunches to about F or the third consecutive year, President Axel Meisen
was named of the one of the top 50 chief executive
received the Tuck/Walters Award, which is presented 1,500 children per day in 11 schools on the Northeast officers in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business magazine.
Avalon. The decision to donate the money was unani- Winners were selected by an
mously voted upon by the union members. From left: elite panel of judges from
library assistants Judy Winsor, Blanche Keating, Gail hundreds of nominations for
Green, and Carol Kennedy; Frank Pippy, senior clerk, 134 individual nominees.
Engineering; Gerry Colbert, executive director of the Here, Dr. Meisen, right,
School Lunch Association, Ed Whelan, acting president accepts his award at the
of CUPE 1615; Mike Murphy, laboratory supervisor, 2005 ceremonies from
Biochemistry; Bev Rideout, library assistant and Jane Hubert Hutton, publisher
Ryan, library assistant. of Atlantic Business.
The Communicator salutes co-workers
for time well spent as volunteers HATS OFF
Dining out for in our communities. to our volunteers!
Music and children make the heart sing
dollars r. Jane Gosine, a faculty member in the School of
E mployees and pensioners heading out for a bite
to eat this summer might keep this deal in mind.
D Music, has found a way to combine her two great
loves – children and music – in a much-appreciated volun-
The Memorial University Alumni Association has teer capacity with local organizations.
partnered with Boston Pizza in the St. John’s area for Dr. Gosine has been active with Festival 500 and the
a unique initiative supporting university scholarships. Tuckamore Festival, as well as other causes and groups.
For every purchase made by staff, faculty, alumni, Since 2000, she has been the registrar with Shallaway,
students and friends of Memorial, Boston Pizza will formerly the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir.
Photo by Shannon Dawson
donate 10 per cent of the purchase price to student “I began volunteering when our daughter Philippa was
scholarships. One hundred per cent of the donations in Grade three. Anna, our younger daughter, always came
received from Boston Pizza will go directly to along to help and learn,” said Dr. Gosine, whose husband,
students in the form of scholarships. Ray, is on the group’s board. “They understood the value
When dining at either of the St. John’s locations of volunteering from a young age and they continue
of Boston Pizza simply write “MUN Scholarships” volunteering today and, I’m sure, will continue in the here at Memorial – the President’s Award for Exceptional
on the back of the dining bill and drop it in the future. The secret to being a satisfied volunteer is to find Community Service. Nominees must be full-time
charities box located near the reception desk. something you love. You’ll only stay with it if you love it.” employees (faculty or staff) with a minimum of five years
There is no increase in the price of any menu What makes your heart sing? Got a volunteer story to of continuous service who have demonstrated outstanding
item. This offer is valid only at participating tell? E-mail email@example.com. community service. The deadline for nominations is
Boston Pizza locations in St. John’s, NL. Or maybe a co-worker you know deserves some recog- Sept. 17. For more information call 737-8662 or visit
nition. Nominations are being accepted for a new award www.mun.ca/president/awards.php. Or visit today.mun.ca.
Memorial University of Newfoundland Employee Newsletter 3
New program to attract international participants
ust because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t in learning new skills while in “vacation mode.” The first classes will take place this summer.
J learn a thing or two.
Grenfell College’s brand new Learning Vacations
The program aims to bring people from “across the
pond” to study visual art, photography and a number of
“Although we’re partnering internationally, we of
course still encourage people from the province to take
program focuses on adults and families who are interested other subject areas on the west coast of Newfoundland. advantage of the program,” said Karen Brinson, learning
Each course includes educational and cultural compo-
nents, and while learning is the primary goal, participants
will also be immersed in the culture, heritage and natural
beauty of the west coast.
“Today there is increased demand globally from tour
operators, itinerary planners and learning institutes for
both academic and tourism Learning Vacation
programs,” said Ms. Brinson. “People want to learn on
their own terms – not trapped within the walls of a class-
room, but ‘out and about’ as they experience new cultures
Courses being offered include: Landscape Painting in
Western Newfoundland; Western Newfoundland – a
Photographer’s Paradise; All the World’s a Stage and
Mending Body and Soul – A Women’s Weekend.
“Learning Vacations aim to expand business opportuni-
ties and tourism product offerings in the region, to encourage
Photo by Danielle Percy
economic development in the region’s tourism and educa-
tion sectors, and, perhaps most importantly, to develop
programs that are supported and embraced by residents and
business owners in the region,” added Ms. Brinson.
For more information or to register, call 709-637-
Community Education’s Sherri Manuel, left, and Learning Vacations Co-ordinator Karen Brinson review the new 6200, ext. 6157, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
brochure for Grenfell College Community Education’s newest product – Learning Vacations. or visit www.swgc.mun.ca/learningvacations.
Knock! Knock! Managing your mailbox
Grad students surveying employees for new online database C&C experts offer hints on how to
keep a healthy e-mail account
t is a busy summer for the Harris Centre. Several of and Humanities Research Council, Service Canada and
I its grad students are currently combing the university
looking for researchers and experts.
several community-based organizations are also partners.
The goal is simple: to make research information W ith summer vacations well underway, thousands
of employees are gearing up for some rest and
Grad students have been knocking on doors of faculty available to the public. relaxation away from the office.
and staff members collecting information for a new “Academic research has value outside the university But before you log off your computer and switch
online searchable database. and we have to build bridges to the community so people off the lights in your office, the Department of
They’re also looking for faculty and staff doing can take this information and use it,” said Ted Lomond, Computing and Communications has some useful
teaching, research and outreach work related to regional project manager of the Memorial University Regional advice on how to keep your e-mail accounts from
policy and development, which can include anything that Inventory (MURI). being inundated with spam which could force you
helps improve the economy of this province or the quality The new project is part of the Harris Centre’s mandate to run into quota problems.
of life of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. to reach out to the community and share and collect Here are some tips for Outlook and Webmail
The project is a partnership between the Harris Centre information about regional policy and development users to successfully maintain their mailboxes:
and the Department of Computing and Communica- through “knowledge mobilization.” • A clean, tidy mailbox is more efficient for both the
tions, the Office of Research, the Vice- “Knowledge Mobilization, for me, is putting the right end user and the server load. Clean up excess e-
President of Research, the Division of Marketing and information, in the right format in the hands of people mail files. Delete spam e-mail, jokes, receipt
Communications, and the School of Graduate Studies. when they need it so as to influence decision-making,” confirmations and remember to empty your
The provincial government, as well as the Social Sciences said Mr. Lomond. trash/deleted items folder.
This summer, graduate students will develop one- • If necessary, save attachments on e-mail files to
page executive summaries in non-academic language in your desktop hard drive and then delete the e-mail
collaboration with faculty. file with the attachment. Remember to then empty
The database will be searchable by faculty, region, key your trash/deleted items folder, otherwise the e-mail
words or thematic group. No summary will go online file with the attachment that is stored in trash will
until it is approved by the researcher. still be using up your allotted server quota.
Plans are underway to merge two of Memorial’s • Clean up your sent mail folder. If you are sending
existing databases – Research Directory and the Book of or forwarding files with attachments, they are saved
Experts – with MURI, which will streamline the service in your sent items folder and take up a lot of memory
and provide a one-stop point of access. Each publication especially e-mails with photo or video attachments.
will still retain its look but will be part of the larger data- • Set up spam filters for your e-mail. C&C is
base thus providing more information and less upkeep. filtering spam as much as possible to help users.
There should also be less demand on faculty and staff However, it is recommended that you set up
when the MURI is completed, added Mr. Lomond. “We personal spam filters for your Webmail or
want to reduce the workload for people. Right now they Outlook mail to provide extra protection against
are providing information for the Book of Experts and the this known problem.
Research Directory and now for MURI. We want to create
Photo by Jeff Green
one-stop shopping that faculty will be able to update For assistance with any of the tips above, please
online via a password.” contact the C&C Help Centre at 709-737-4595, or
Grad students are expected to continue knocking on at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, you can call
doors throughout the summer. 709-637-6200, ext. 2049 or send an e-mail to
MBA student Lesley Brace, right, is just one of the grad The Harris Centre hopes to launch MURI in email@example.com.
students interviewing Memorial experts such as Dr. Dale December 2007. If have any questions that you would like us to
Foster, an associate professor in the Faculty of Business For more information, see www.mun.ca/marcomm/ address in upcoming issues please e-mail them to
Administration, this summer for the Harris Centre. gazette/issues/vol39no12/research.php. firstname.lastname@example.org.
A cleaner, greener Memorial
Recycling your beverage containers is just one way to help keep Memorial clean and green. Collection bins are set up in most depart-
mental main offices and areas such as lobbies and cafeterias. Funds generated from the recycling program go towards Memorial’s
Campus Food Bank. Here, Charlie Janes, who works with Facilities Management, collects some recyclables on the St. John’s campus.
Embarking on paper reduction plan
he newly-created Advisory Committee on Sustain- “Posters with tips on reducing paper use will be distrib-
T ability is working with the university’s sustainability
co-ordinator to set priorities for and implement sustain-
uted for posting next to printers and copiers, and this infor-
mation will also be available on the new Memorial
Reduce Paper Use Tips
ability initiatives here at Memorial. The committee held Sustainability website,” Ms. Rowe explained. • Print and copy double-sided whenever possible.
Set photocopiers and printers to default to
its first meeting in May 2007. The 25-member group (www.mun.ca/facman/sustainability). double-sided.
includes faculty, staff and students from the St. John’s In addition, technological solutions will also be imple-
• Save non-confidential single-sided copies for draft
campus, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the Marine mented. New Xerox WorkCentres are currently being printing on the other side (if printer specifications
Institute, as well as a government representative. It will act installed in several offices. These machines will be set to allow) or for note pads and scrap paper. Set up a
as a link between the university community and the default to double-sided copying. Machines installed prior tray next to printer/copier for reusable paper.
Sustainability Office, providing advice and recommenda- to the decision to default to double-sided copying will • Decrease margin width and font size of documents.
tions to the sustainability co-ordinator, and helping to be reset when maintenance is required. When printing, • Send documents as e-mails and attachments
determine priorities and to implement green initiatives. individuals can choose to print double-sided through instead of printing hard copies.
The first major initiative is Reduce Paper Use, a their printer properties or set the computer to default to • Edit and proofread on screen by using spell
campaign aimed at reducing consumption of forest double-sided printing. check, grammar check and track changes,
resources and thereby reducing paper costs. Ms. Rowe noted that several universities across instead of printing multiple drafts.
According to the university’s paper supplier, in 2006 the Canada have embarked on similar paper reduction • When placing printing orders, ask for double-
university purchased about 198,000 kilograms – or 40 campaigns. For example, the University of British sided and order the minimum quantity required.
million sheets of copy paper – at a cost of $251,000. Columbia has reduced its paper use by 14 per cent • Reduce the number of hard copies when possible.
“The 2006-07 government contract for paper, of which since 1999. If several people need to be hard copied, circulate
a single copy instead of printing multiple copies.
Memorial is a part, does not include paper containing recy- “Remarkably, it achieved this reduction while it expe-
• Print only what is needed. Print one section
cled content, so all of this paper is produced from virgin rienced a 24 per cent increase in the student population,”
rather than a whole report.
wood (cutting of trees),” said Toby Rowe, the university’s she said. “I think our university community is ready to take
sustainability co-ordinator. “The volume of paper used by on the challenge and I look forward to seeing the results
Memorial is equivalent to approximately 4,800 trees.” over the coming year.” • Ask students to submit work electronically,
Ms. Rowe said that the Reduce Paper Use campaign For further information on the paper-use reduction
will happen in several stages with the first focusing on campaign and other sustainability initiatives, go to • Allow students to submit double-sided work.
simple ways for staff and faculty to reduce copy paper www.mun.ca/facman/sustainability or contact the • Provide course handouts electronically.
consumption, such as by double siding. Sustainability Office at 737-2637 or email@example.com.
Wireless wizards Bright ideas
C&C helps campus visitors Memorial moves ahead with this energy efficiency plans
he Department of Facilities Management and • Lighting upgrades in the Education Building.
stay connected T Honeywell have been proceeding on a project which
will see the university campus become more energy
• Upgrade of the Engineering building “envelope”
(weather-stripping, windows, ceilings and doors).
efficient. The $13 million project was launched in • Heating reflectors have been installed on wall heaters
housands of visitors from around the world are September 2006. The project is enabling the university in the Engineering Building to increase efficiency.
T visiting the St. John’s and Corner Brook
campuses this summer, attending various confer-
to offset the impact of rising energy costs while reducing
maintenance costs and improving comfort for its more
• Valves and pumps in mechanical rooms in Engi-
neering have been upgraded with insulated jackets.
ences and events. than 20,000 students, faculty and staff. These upgrades have made a significant difference to
These colleagues will be looking to keep in touch The work, focused on eight buildings on the St. John’s the heating distribution system.
with their offices and homes. campus, includes infrastructure upgrades, such as new • New high-efficiency motors have been installed in the
Memorial faculty and staff members can sponsor lighting and heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) Engineering Building. New variable frequency drives
guests that are visiting Memorial on university- equipment; improvements to mechanical systems; and have been installed to regulate fan speeds which lowers
related business to give them temporary access to the upgrades to building automation systems to optimize electricity use overall.
MUN wireless local area network. energy management across the university. Wherever In addition, a number of information sessions have been
In order to gain access to the wireless network, possible, energy-efficient technologies will replace older, conducted for staff members in both the Education and
a guest will have to be sponsored by a current less-efficient systems – reducing electricity, fuel consump- Engineering Buildings who were kept apprised of the work.
faculty or staff member by completing a form that’s tion and related costs. Information sessions were also arranged for Facilities Manage-
available online. Memorial will finance the work from the energy and ment staff including electricians, carpenters and plumbers.
Once this is done, it is just a matter of following operational savings the improvements will generate. Honeywell began its involvement in the project by
the steps located at www.mun.ca/cc/projects/wireless- Honeywell guarantees those savings – projected to be identifying areas where upgrades would have a significant
Form/ to get your system connected to the network. about $1.5 million per year over the next 14 years – under effect on energy efficiency and building improvements.
If you need assistance in St. John’s, call the C&C a performance contract with the university. This ensures Once the engineering audit and report was complete,
Help Desk at 737-4595, or visit The Commons the project will be self funded and will not place an addi- Honeywell and Memorial jointly planned the project,
located on the main floor of the Queen Elizabeth II tional burden on the university’s budgets. choosing the measures with the greatest impact.
Library. At Grenfell, you can call 637-6200, ext. 2049. Some of the project achievements to date include: Work began in the QE II Library this summer.
Memorial University of Newfoundland Employee Newsletter 5
Employee opinion survey – a snapshot
Prompted by the report by Dr. Shirley Katz, following her investigation into the employment experience of Dr. Deepa Khosla, and
the working climate for women at Memorial, a university-wide confidential opinion survey was commissioned and conducted from
Feb. 26 - March 16, 2007, by Brock University Workplace Health Research Laboratory. To see the complete survey results, please
ll employees were asked to complete a quality of worklife section
A of 24 standard questions and were asked to note the importance
of each. Faculty were asked questions specific to
the nature of their positions involving teaching,
researching, advising, etc. Finally, all employees By Campus 3500 By Job Category
were asked to complete a customized section
(inspired by Dr. Katz’s Report) involving diversity 3000
and respectful behaviours in the workplace and a
demographic component. Here is a snapshot of the 2500
results breakdown, based on the 1,750 responses, Possible responses
including demographics and summary responses Actual responses
on key items such as work satisfaction and
Responses by Gender
No SWGC Marine St. John’s Academic Staff Mis- No
Response Institute Campus Identified Response
Male Overall, in all campuses, academic respondents (561) make up 32% of the total profile. A total of 31% of all eligible
faculty participated in the survey. Staff respondents (1,080) make up a total of 62% of the total survey profile while
Female 45% of all eligible staff participated in the process. The results illustrated represent an overall response rate of 41.4%
of the university employee population (4,226).
Responses by Age
Other Academic Staff
54% of survey respondents identified as female, while response
there are 51% females in Memorial’s workforce.
Employment Equity 46 - 55
Of the 41.4% of the university population who 36 - 45
responded, these are the numbers of people who self-
identified in each of these groups. Employment Equity is
26 - 35
a focus of Memorial (see page 10 for more details), with
adequate representation distributed throughout job cate-
gories. Results of the 2006 census are available online. younger
200 100 0 0 100 200 300 400
Of the respondents who participated, there are more people 56 and older in the academic category,
while the bulk of staff is aged 36-55 years of age. There are implications for retirement (no longer at
65 years of age), succession planning, mentoring, coaching, and opportunities for advancement. Age
categories 36-45 and 46-55 demonstrated the most similarities in scale comparisons, for example they
had similar levels of satisfaction with training, communication in your unit, co-worker/colleague
cohesion, and job clarity, while overall scale averages differed most for those 25 or younger (with work
control and intentions to remain).
Responses by Status
Work control and work satisfaction were ranked highest amongst the tenured and tenure-
track employees, while work control and work satisfaction were ranked at least 5% lower for
permanent employees. Contractual employees ranked a level of satisfaction with each item
at least average, with half scoring more than 5% higher than the rest of Memorial. 52% of
respondents identified their status as permanent employees.
Employee opinion survey – a snapshot
Respect in the Workplace
Never Once or twice Once a year A few times a year Once a month Once a week Daily Over the past five years, employees were asked to indi-
cate how frequently certain disrespectful behaviours had
Harassment occurred. The following is a breakdown of noted inci-
Sexual harassment dents and their occurrences, ranging from ‘never’ to
Fear for physical safety ‘daily’. Of those respondents who experienced negative
Someone withholding necessary information acts in the workplace, 318 indicated they had reported
Verbal abuse the incident and 139 were satisfied with the outcome.
Being excluded by co-workers
Being deprived of responsibility Did you Report?
Repeated offensive remarks
Devaluation of work or efforts
Neglect of opinions or views
Asked to perform activities not related to work
Negative reactions from others N/A
Denied the opportunity to express opinion
Hostile atmosphere Yes
0 500 1000 1500
University Response to Disrespectful Behaviour Satisfied
Strongly Somewhat Neither agree Somewhat Strongly
disagree disagree nor disagree agree agree outcome?
The university responds appropriately
to the above-listed behaviours
My supervisor responds appropriately
to the above-listed behaviours
Overall, there are differences in staff satisfaction rank-
ings and academic responses. The top two areas of noted
My work group responds appropriately
satisfaction are indicated as are the three issues with the
to the above-listed behaviours
least satisfaction rating. Issues specific to faculty are
This university is supportive of lesbians,
gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people
Gender-inclusive language is used Satisfaction Levels
throughout the university
I would feel comfortable approaching my unit
head/supervisor if I were to experience Work Control 1 Work Control
some form of verbal or physical harassment
Satisfaction with 2 Training
I would feel comfortable approaching the
the University satisfaction
Sexual Harassment Officer if I were to experience
some form of verbal or physical harassment
Workload 22 Impact of work
I would feel comfortable approaching Human on personal life
Resources or Faculty Relations if I were to
experience some form of verbal or physical harassment Employment 23 Employment
0 500 1000 1500
Pay Satisfaction 24 Pay Satisfaction
There are many ways in which disrespectful incidents can be reported. The Sexual Harassment Office Specific to Faculty
(see page 10 for more information) is available as is the Department of Human Resources. A complaint will be
managed according to the wishes of the complainant and in keeping with policies such as Sexual Harassment Highest Student supervision
and Respectful Workplace. Support and resources are available to anyone who requires services. There is an and training
increased focus on education and prevention. If your department or division would benefit from additional
training, contact Cathy Morris, sexual harassment advisor or Lisa Hollett, director of Human Resources. Lowest Faculty workload
The next step
r. Axel Meisen assures “the complex and exten- opportunity to consider the results and contribute to demonstrated employee satisfaction and productivity
D sive survey results will be further analyzed and
shared with employees as we work together to
the development of an action plan. Strategically,
department priorities must align and support the
will be instrumental as we move forward.
An action team who will thoroughly review the
continually improve the quality of our workplace. future direction of Memorial. research results from an overall 'climate for women'
The survey results will assist the other action groups, The commentary section of the summary report perspective is being formed and volunteers are needed.
as recommended in Dr. Katz’s report, to complete containing personal feedback will be compiled into If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
their mandate.” thematic summaries per department for reporting “All employees play an active role in creating the
Each department and faculty head has recently purposes. Brock University recommended this solution work environment at Memorial,” said Lisa Hollett,
received department-specific results and several have in order to provide benefit from employees’ contribu- director of Human Resources. “The research results
disseminated this information to employees in their tions while maintaining individual anonymity. represent respondents’ perceptions on a variety of
unit. Human Resources will support efforts in A mechanism to share best practices and learn topics. The most important phase begins as the results
communicating within units the areas of greatest from areas achieving in specific ways will be devel- are analyzed and plans for future review, evaluation
opportunity and strength. Employees will be given an oped. Celebrating policies and practices that result in and action materialize.”
The complete summary report can be found at www.mun.ca/humanres/opinion_survey/Overall_Corp_Rpt.pdf.
Memorial University of Newfoundland Employee Newsletter 7
Facebook Family donates art to The Works
phenomenon he family of the late Bob Ducey donated a piece
Memorial’s privacy expert cautions
T of art in his memory to The Works.
Mr. Ducey was manager of finance with The Works,
users not to trip up in the net at Memorial. He died last year after succumbing to
injuries after a tragic accident. He was 44.
n recent months, there has been an explosion in His wife Gina and their children, Julia, six, and
I popularity of various online social networking sites such
as Facebook and hi5, both of which allow users to post
Brad, 10, along with Gina’s mother and father,
Donna and Bob French, attended a special reception
photos, personal and work contact information, as well as at the Aquarena for the unveiling in late April.
sites like YouTube – a trendy video sharing site where users The ceremony was attended by Mr. Ducey’s friends
can upload, view and share their own video clips. and co-workers from throughout The Works and the
All three are user-friendly and have attracted lots of university. Sherri Lomond, co-ordinator of finance
attention throughout Memorial. Everyone from first- and food services with The Works, represented his
year students to seasoned employees to award-winning colleagues and read a poem in his memory that had
profs are logging on and getting hooked. been written collaboratively by The Works’ group.
But people should be wary of the kind of material The art work, titled Stinging Crabapples by
they’re uploading, said Rosemary Smith, Memorial’s Richard Steele, hangs in the main office of The
information access and privacy protection co-ordinator. Works and is accompanied by a plate with the
“The most important thing to remember is that following inscription:
online content never really dies,” she noted. “When In loving memory of Bob Ducey, May 18, 1962-
using social network sites to put information online, you June 8, 2006.
retain little control over it. Even adjusting privacy settings From left: Gina, Julia and Brad Ducey with Anne
offered by these sites will not ensure that someone won’t Richardson, general manager of The Works.
copy and paste your information somewhere else.”
Ms. Smith said increasingly potential employers, job
recruitment agencies, law enforcement offices, consumers guards Googled his name and found a paper he’d written opting for the default privacy settings on sites.
and the media are searching for people online. In fact, detailing his use of LSD more than 30 years ago. “While doing so won’t guarantee that your information
some may be out looking for a trail of what she called To avoid similar incidences, Ms. Smith recommends won’t be visible, at least it will give you some measure of
“digital dirt” on people. people pick sites that offer the greatest privacy protections control over your own personal information,” she added.
There’s proof of this happening, too. to users and allow them to control the content. She also To learn more about Memorial’s Information Access
“In January this year, several employees of an Ottawa- suggests choosing your own privacy settings rather than and Privacy Protection Office, visit www.mun.ca/iapp.
based chain of companies were fired because of deroga-
tory postings about their employer on a popular social
networking site,” explained Ms. Smith. “Earlier this
Travel guideline changes
month, a candidate for political office in Edmonton he following changes to Memorial’s Travel Guide- prospectus or agenda be included with travel claims
withdrew from the race when opposing party workers
dug up from the Internet derogatory comments made by
T lines were approved on April 1, 2007:
• Increase the per diem for international travel to
• Require one travel claim be submitted per trip
The full travel policy is accessible at www.mun.ca/
the candidate a few years ago. $43 US from $41 US finance/policies_procedures/travel_guidelines_general.php
“A psychotherapist based in Vancouver was recently • Require boarding passes and official conference or you can phone 737-8222.
banned from entering the United States because border
Hot off the press
Printing Services welcomes faster, more efficient equipment
olleagues in Printing Services are still beaming. The university purchased a new piece of high-tech Simon Fraser University being the only other university
C In December, they received an early Christmas gift
– a very big one, in fact.
equipment known as an iGen3 Xerox digital press. It’s
the only one of its kind east of Montreal, with B.C.’s
owning one in Canada.
The new technology has made a big difference at
Printing Services, a unit within the Department of
Financial and Administrative Services.
The iGen3 has doubled production ability, cut time
in half (printing double-sided copies), can take larger and
heavier paper stocks, and achieves exceptional quality. In
fact, the new machine reduced one three- or four-week
conventional printing requirement to just three days!
A special open house to officially welcome – and
show off – the new equipment will be held in late
September in Printing Services’ main facility, the Ingstad
Building on the St. John’s campus.
Printing Services is the exclusive provider of convenient,
high quality, confidential, competitive, delivered printing
services to Memorial’s campuses, as well as the univer-
sity’s separately incorporated entities. If Printing Services
is unable to do a job, it will source out and arrange an
alternate supplier of service.
Customer service is its primary focus with its new
customer service team of Peggy Chafe and Rosemary
Maher, at the main plant, as well as teams in the
Engineering, Science and Arts buildings in St. John’s.
of the Printing
Later this year, Printing Services hopes to implement
Services team are web-based services, a new service to allow Memorial
seen with the new iGen3 departments to submit jobs via the Internet and place
machine.From left: Maxine orders directly online. The goal is to eliminate the four-
Coates, Margaret Pippy, Peggy part printing requisitions sometime in the future.
Chafe, Rosemary Maher, Paul Hawkins, To learn more about Printing Services, visit
Brenda Lee and Boyd Cranford. www.mun.ca/printingservices/ or call 737-8233/34.
Photo by Jeff familiar face in the hallways of the
pril – and rightl
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finally put her fe tly the director tion. Doris Watts, records supervisor with
ment of Chemistry, can and friends
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rning, bid adie of the Division
in. Colleagues started her care u on April 7, Printing Services, officially retired on May
an d relax or sleep t for a er in continuin 2007. Doreen
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around the univ a’s moving into h 70, eventually
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she was presen off reception on members joined wh o dea lt wit h Pri ntin g Ser vice s,
reti rement where corated Thursday, April her for a send-
ing this cake de 5. Here, Doree including us here at The Communicat
numbe r of gifts includ w of Geraldine
left, is joined by
fellow Lifelong n, third from l
nedy, sister-in-la Clairmont, adm Learning employ (she always ensured we got our fina
by Glynnis Ken y. Teresa inistrative assist ees Georgette
ctor in Chemistr ant, Patrick Tyl product out on time). Here, Doris, right,
Ken nedy, a lab instru ng at specialist, and E er, marketing
emories of worki laine Healey, ac
ting director. accepts a special certificate for her years
takes w ith her many m
the university. services from Deborah Collis, acting
director of the Department of Financia
and Administrative Services.
Keeping involved with he New Year began great
your university community T for Joan Squires. The
intermediate secretary in the
id you know that retirees can take one credit course and one non- Department of Chemistry
D credit course free each semester through Lifelong Learning? Contact
Nola Perry at 737-4626 in Organizational Development, Human
officially retired from Memorial
after 31 years of service on
Resources, to receive a registration form. Check out the available courses Jan. 19. The department held
online at www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning or call 737-7979 for a brochure. a social in her honour. Here,
Don’t register directly online, call Nola for specific registration details. Joan, centre, was joined by
If you‘d like to volunteer or become a member of a committee, contact Linda Corbett, left, current
email@example.com or phone 737-4615 for opportunities. Make the administrative assistant in the
most of your retirement and do what you want to do, when you want department, and former
to do it. Memorial can help! colleague Rosemary Barron.
MUN Employees share their culinary creations
Got other recipes you
want to share with us?
The Communicator is on the hunt for Little ﬁngers
new healthy home-made meal ideas little toes
from you – our readers. The Memorial family
welcomes its newest additions
Send your recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Christina Bottaro, assistant
ications, professor in the Department of
Ch ages Services
o f Marketing
, send it to Chemistry, and her husband Robbie
igner with Im share with us
n, a graphic des meal idea to Lownds, welcomed their son Lucas
t a home-mad
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Memorial University of Newfoundland Employee Newsletter 9
Cheers! f rom Lisa
Lisa Hollett, and development of unit plans will soon begin. This summer we said fare thee well to Robert Nichols
Director of Human Resources The opinion survey results are proving to be a as he retired after a career with Memorial spanning over
useful tool in analyzing current satisfaction and 34 years. Mr. Nichols was an invaluable resource and a
hhhhh … summer is upon us. The sun performance indicators. The complete report is much-appreciated voice of steady counsel both within
A is streaming through my office window as
I update you on the recent happenings in our
available online at www.mun.ca/humanres/
opinion_survey/, and specific departmental infor-
Human Resources and to the rest of the university. We
wish him well as he begins a well earned vacation. Enjoy
area and the university overall. Since the spring issue, mation has been sent to each department/unit head your retirement, Bob!
an interim sexual harassment advisor has been hired – for review. Each area will have an opportunity to share Whether it’s camping, hiking, barbecuing, fishing,
Cathy Morris – as well as an employment equity officer – specific results with employees and develop action plans resting, reading, or all of the above, I hope you enjoy a
Tina Hickey (see articles below). Welcome aboard! Both on how to address areas of opportunity and to share best great summer. It’s important to take the time and enjoy
these positions have far-reaching impact and importance practices with other units. While the opinion survey family, friends and what’s shaping up to be great weather.
to the university community and culture and will support results are quite detailed, it is important we use the infor- Congratulations to Team Memorial as you prepare to run
the implementation of the recently approved Respectful mation to move forward. If you have any specific ques- in the Tely 10 on July 22. We’re rooting for you!
Workplace Policy. Respectful workplace training will begin tions on the status of this process, please contact your I would like to hear from you to make sure this
in the fall and will provide expectations as to how we deal department/unit head or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. column is meaningful. Please send any comments or
with each other when we feel things need to change. In response to the different communication needs of questions to email@example.com or phone 737-4615.
Meanwhile, Memorial’s commitment to employment Memorial’s multi-generational employees, I launched a
equity continues. The employment systems review for the weekly blog on Friday, July 13. Be sure to “blog on” and
Federal Contractors Program audit is nearing completion check it out!
Fighting New HR team member
Employment equity advisor counselor with special needs youth. She has spent time
discrimination s our employment equity advisor, Tina Hickey, will
in Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, the Ukraine, UAE,
and other countries.
Program trains employees
A apply her significant breadth and depth of experi-
ence in working with diverse groups of people, specifi-
As well, Ms. Hickey, who obtained her bachelor of
arts degree in sociology from Memorial, is scheduled
cally visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, people with to complete a master’s
to promote awareness and disabilities, and women. degree in professional
empathy The purpose of employment equity is to recognize, communication from
prevent, and eliminate disadvantage in order to create a Royal Roads University
n May 16 and 17, a series of unique – and climate that fosters attitudes and behaviours that are by August with a
O important – workshops took place in St. John’s
involving employees from around the university.
welcoming of diversity.
In this position, Ms. Hickey, who began on May 7,
Dr. Ishu Ishiyama of the University of British is responsible for the university’s employment equity international
Columbia was in this province to educate the first program which includes ensuring compliance with the communication.
group of Anti-Discrimination Response Trainers in Federal Contractor’s Program requirements and fulfilling Ms. Hickey
Eastern Canada here at Memorial. obligations under the MUNFA collective agreement. replaces Amy Wyse,
Dr. Ishiyama developed the skills-based program Ms. Hickey is experienced in working as an anti- the new associate
that works to effectively respond to discriminatory racism co-ordinator, a diversity program co-ordinator director of Faculty
remarks, as well as negativity such as racism, sexism and as an independent diversity consultant. She has also Relations at
and homophobia. He teaches that active witnessing been a teacher of English as a second language, and a Memorial.
is everyone’s choice and responsibility. He said it can
help build a better community of the human race,
based on mutual respect and commitment to
Participants were impressed with the practical
Sexual harassment advisor
workshops. assault. She has developed and facilitated training sessions
“I think we all came away with really good ideas to raise community awareness on a variety of topics relating
for raising people’s awareness and encouraging to individual issues and the impact on others. Ms. Morris
people’s actions in a way that will create a respectful has also worked in the areas of protection, youth correc-
workplace and community,” said Beth Ryan, web tions and addictions and has worked collaboratively with
editor with Marketing and Communications. “I community agencies, organizations, and the judicial
look forward to working with some of my peers as system to ensure appropriate support and intervention.
we deliver sessions throughout the university and Here at Memorial, her primary function will be to
pass on the skills and techniques we learned educate and inform the university population about the
throughout the program.” Sexual Harassment Policy and to provide confidential
consultations, supportive intervention and advice to indi-
viduals dealing with sexual harassment issues. Ms. Morris
will offer non-biased advice and resources to those
requesting service. All consultations are confidential.
The Sexual Harassment Office, located in room
3000 of the University Centre in St. John’s, offers a safe,
respectful environment for the informal discussion of
sexual harassment concerns. This service is available on
all campuses, to students, staff, faculty, visitors, and
guests. Ms. Morris can be reached at 709-737-2015 or
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A complaint
is not acted upon unless, or until, the advisor is
athy Morris joined Memorial on May 7 as the new instructed to do so by the complainant. The sexual
C interim sexual harassment advisor on a six-month
contract to replace Lori Yetman who is away on medical leave.
harassment advisor follows the procedures as outlined
by the University Wide Procedures for Sexual Harass-
“Words have the power to both destroy With a bachelor of education and bachelor of social ment Complaints.
work degrees from Memorial, Ms. Morris is a registered Thank you to Isobel O’Shea of Stewart McKelvey who
and heal. When words are both true and social worker with 18 years. provided valuable expertise and training as she replaced
Previously, she was employed with Eastern Health as a Lori Yetman during the search for this contract replace-
kind, they can change our world.” social worker with child, youth and family services. She has ment. Many thanks also to consultant Sarah Mills for her
also worked with the RCMP and RNC in investigating beneficial involvement in training and counsel on sexual
and supporting complainants and respondents of sexual harassment identification and prevention.
The following career changes have received Contractual to Permanent Nicole Hoskins, Centre for International Darrell Young, Department of Facilities
Business Studies, international intern Management, contracts administrator,
Jackie Costello, Department of
approval since the last issue of The Communicator. Mathematics and Statistics, intermediate
officer, May 15, 2007 April 2, 2007
They are provided by Human Resources and are clerk stenographer, March 14, 2007 Peter Hynes, Department of Human Sheneen Young, Department of Facilities
Resources, worklife program co-ordinator, Management, administrative staff specialist I,
Carolyn Best, Department of English
current at the time of publication. Language and Literature, language support
April 19, 2007 April 2, 2007
program co-ordinator, March 30, 2007 Maureen A. James, Ocean Sciences Centre,
ACADEMIC Dr. Qiying Chen, Department of Physics intermediate clerk stenographer,
Promotions and transfers
and Physical Oceanography, associate Michael Foley, Department of Facilities Ruby Barron, School of Graduate Studies,
April 2, 2007
Appointments – tenure-track professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Management, project technologist, intermediate clerk stenographer,
Feb. 5, 2007 Benjy Kean, Distance Education and
Dr. Weldon Bonnell, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Osvaldo Croci, Department of March 14, 2007
Learning Technologies, multimedia
assistant professor, April 2, 2007 Political Science, professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Carol Ann Gilbert, Sir Wilfred Grenfell
specialist, April 2, 2007 Roma Bowen, Office of Vice-President
Dr. Beverley Carter, Faculty of Medicine, College, laboratory instructor, (Academic), senior secretary, April 5, 2007
Dr. Evan Edinger, Department of Kenneth K. G. Langdon, Ocean Sciences
assistant professor, April 2, 2007 Feb. 23, 2007
Geography/Department of Biology, Centre, information technology consultant, Alice Canning, Queen Elizabeth II Library,
Prof. Jillian Gould, Department of associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Jeff Green, Division of Marketing and library assistant VI, March 20, 2007
April 2, 2007
Folklore, assistant professor, July 1, 2007 Communications, communications
Dr. C. Jane Gosine, School of Music, Danielle LeDrew, School of Human Patricia Coady, University Counseling
co-ordinator II, March 28, 2007
Dr. Matthew Kerby, Department of associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Kinetics and Recreation, research assistant II, Centre, intermediate secretary, April 2, 2007
Political Science, assistant professor, Bridget A. King, Faculty of Medicine,
Dr. Peter Hart, Department of History, April 9, 2007 Rosalind Collins, Department of Chemistry,
June 1, 2007 intermediate clerk stenographer,
professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Christopher A. Lee, Department of intermediate secretary, March 12, 2007
April 1, 2007
Dr. Tabitha Marshall, Department of Dr. Alice Gaudine, School of Nursing, Technical Services, technologist II,
Steve F. Mahon, Department of Facilities Elizabeth Foley, Office of the Dean of
History, assistant professor, July 1, 2007 professor, Sept. 1, 2007 May 1, 2007
Management, building technician, Arts, secretary, March 22, 2007
Prof. Craig Maynes, Department of Dr. Doreen Klassen, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Nov. 16, 2006 Daniel May, Ocean Sciences Centre, Linda Genge, School of Graduate Studies,
Classics, assistant professor, July 1, 2007 College, associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 science technician I, April 2, 2007
Nathalie Pender, Sir Wilfred Grenfell senior clerk, Feb. 13, 2007
Dr. Sean McGrath, Department of Dr. J. Concepción Loredo-Osti, College, laboratory instructor, Eric A. McCormack, Department of Dianne Hussey, Office of the Registrar,
Philosophy, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Feb. 23, 2007 Facilities Management, custodian I, administrative staff specialist I, Nov. 3, 2006
June 15, 2007 associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 April 2, 2007
Mae Prosper, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Donald Hussey, Department of Technical
Dr. Luke Roman, Department of Classics, Prof. Scott Lynch, Department of custodian I, Feb. 26, 2007 Ian McKinnon, Office of Faculty Services, technologist II, Feb. 28, 2007
assistant professor, July 1, 2008 Economics, associate professor, Relations, faculty relations advisor,
Ann Marie O’Keefe-Penney, Department
Prof. Jianyun Tang, Faculty of Business Sept. 1, 2007 Contractual appointments March 6, 2007
of Human Resources, learning and
Administration, assistant professor, Dr. Duncan Mcllroy, Department of Earth (one year or more) Jessica McLachlan, Office of Research, development officer, Nov. 14, 2006
July 1, 2007 Sciences, associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 secretary, Feb. 28, 2007
Jennifer C. Abbott, Office of the Registrar, Rose Russell, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College,
Dr. Wendy Young, School of Nursing/ Dr. Kaushik Nag, Department of intermediate clerk, Sept. 3, 2007 Tina Mulcahy, Department of Human senior clerk, March 20, 2007
Faculty of Medicine, assistant professor, Biochemistry, associate professor, Resources, advisory services co-ordinator,
Geoffrey Ash, Division of Lifelong Joanne Samson, CREAIT, Manager,
Jan. 1, 2008 Sept. 1, 2007 March 21, 2007
Learning, co-ordinator – Student finance and administration, March 22, 2007
Dr. Wei-ping Zheng, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Daryl Pullman, Faculty of Medicine, Connections Centre, Feb. 14, 2007 Laurie M. Murphy, Ocean Sciences
assistant professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Philip Smith, Department of Facilities
professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Kerry E. Barry, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Centre, science technician III, April 9, 2007
Management, assistant manager – CEP
Dr. Wei Qiu, Faculty of Engineering and College, custodian I, April 1, 2007 Sheldon Perham, Ocean Sciences Centre,
Appointments – regular term (HSC), April 2, 2007
Applied Science, associate professor, Joedie K. Bishop, Department of Technical science technician I, April 2, 2007
Erin Alcock, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Lesley Ann Squires, Queen Elizabeth II
Sept. 1, 2007 Services, technologist II, May 1, 2007 Matthew R. Pittman, Ocean Sciences
librarian I, April 2, 2007 Library, library assistant I, Jan. 8, 2007
Dr. Proton Rahman, Faculty of Medicine, Paul Bishop, Major Research Partnerships, Centre, laboratory facilities technician I,
Prof. Tashia Batstone, Faculty of Business Debbie Whelan, Faculty of Engineering and
professor, Sept. 1, 2007 technical supervisor (mechanical), April 2, 2007
Administration, lecturer, Sept. 1, 2007 Applied Science, secretary, Feb. 19, 2007
Dr. Yvan Rose, Department of Linguistics, April 16, 2007 Leslie Power, School of Human Kinetics
Dr. Antonia Kolokolova, Department of Amy Wyse, Office of Faculty Relations,
associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Renee Boland, Ocean Sciences Centre, and Recreation, kinesiology research
Computer Science, assistant professor, associate director, March 5, 2007
Dr. Messod Salama, Department of French diving technician, April 2, 2007 co-ordinator, May 1, 2007
July 1, 2007
and Spanish, professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Daniel Boyce, Ocean Sciences Centre, Luke Power, Faculty of Medicine, research Retirements
Prof. Susan Myrden, Faculty of Business assistant I, April 2, 2007
Administration, lecturer, Sept. 1, 2007 Dr. Marc Thackray, Sir Wilfred Grenfell aquaculture development supervisor, Rosalie Barrett, Distance Education and
College, associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 April 2, 2007 Jill A. Robinson, Faculty of Medicine, Learning Technologies, April 27, 2007
Dr. Peter Warburton, Department of intermediate clerk stenographer,
Chemistry, assistant professor, Dr. Brian Veitch, Faculty of Engineering Penny Butler, Office of Alumni Affairs Lydia Bartlett, Sir Wilfred Grenfell
and Applied Science, professor, and Development, intermediate clerk June 19, 2007 College, Jan. 31, 2007
May 1, 2007
Sept. 1, 2007 stenographer, March 1, 2007 Robert Ryan, Division of Lifelong Eugene Cox, Financial and Administrative
Appointments – administrative Dr. Hélène Volkoff, Department of Randy Cahill, Ocean Sciences Centre, Learning, instructor-information technology, Services, April 2, 2007
Biology/ Department of Biochemistry, facilities custodian, April 2, 2007 April 30, 2007
Prof. Karyn Butler, Department of Peter Miskell, Distance Education and
Geography, interim department head, associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Michael Carrigan, Ocean Sciences Centre, Philip Sargent, Ocean Sciences Centre, Learning Technologies, April 27, 2007
July 1, 2007 Dr. Christine Way, School of Nursing, facilities custodian, April 2, 2007 research assistant I, April 2, 2007
John O’Leary, Queen Elizabeth II Library,
Dr. Ivan Emke, Sir Wilfred Grenfell professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Stewart Combdon, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Nancy Simmons, Distance Education and April 9, 2007
College, division head, Sept. 1, 2007 Dr. Robin Whitaker, Department of College, microcomputer support specialist, Learning Technologies, copyright officer,
April 2, 2007 Alvin Potter, Institute for Social and
Dr. James Feehan, JR Smallwood Anthropology and Archaeology, associate April 16, 2007
Economic Research, April 30, 2007
Foundation and the Institute of Social professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Kathy Croucher, Distance Education and Mark Shallow, Distance Education and
and Economic Research, joint director, Learning Technologies, production Nada Rowsell, Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Dr. Frederick White, Department of Learning Technologies, contractual
Sept. 6, 2007 technologist II, April 2, 2007 College, April 27, 2007
German and Russian, associate professor, employee, April 2, 2007
Dr. Tim Seifert, Faculty of Education, Sept. 1, 2007 Emma Christine Sheppard, Faculty Theresa Toope, Department of Chemistry,
Kenny Curlew, Housing, Food and
associate dean of graduate programs, of Medicine, research assistant I, April 30, 2007
Dr. Jie Xiao, Department of Mathematics Conference Services, student affairs officer,
April 1, 2007 and Statistics, professor, Sept. 1, 2007 April 30, 2007 April 2, 2007 Doreen Whalen, Division of Lifelong
Dr. Frederick White, Faculty of Arts, Stephen Shorlin, Distance Education and Learning, April 06, 2007
Dr. Yiqiang Zhou, Department of Peter Davis, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College,
associate dean (research and graduate), Mathematics and Statistics, professor, research development officer, April 2, 2007 Learning Technologies, teaching consultant,
June 1, 2007 March 21, 2007 Secondments
Sept. 1, 2007 Tanya Dawson, Faculty of Business Donna Ball, Office of the Board of
Administration, intermediate clerk, Barry Slade, Department of Facilities
Cross Appointments Retirements Management, project technician,
Regents, co-ordinator – Task Review
March 19, 2007 Force, March 12, 2007
Dr. Natalie Bandrauk, Faculty of Dr. Andy den Otter, Department of Dec. 5, 2006
Medicine, assistant professor, Jan. 1, 2007 Daniel Denief, Department of Facilities Susan Brown, Department of Human
History, Aug. 31, 2007 Management, custodian I, April 2, 2007 Melissa Squires, Financial and
Dr. Ann Colbourne, School of Pharmacy, Resources, learning and development
Elizabeth Behrens, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Administrative Services, project accountant,
associate professor, Feb. 1, 2007 Dan Dillon, Division of Lifelong officer, Jan. 22, 2007
College, Dec. 31, 2007 Feb. 5, 2007
Learning, market research/business Joseph Carroll, Department of Facilities
Dr. Diane Goldstein, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. John Gow, Department of Biology, developer, April 2, 2007 Mark Staveley, ACENet, regional research
professor, Jan. 1, 2007 Management, energy performance contract
Aug. 31, 2007 associate, Feb. 19, 2007
Francine Fortune, Ocean Science Centre, co-ordinator, March 12, 2007
Dr. Fei-Yu Han, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Henry Mann, Sir Wilfred Grenfell science technician III, April 2, 2007 Craig Stacey, Department of Facilities
assistant professor, Jan. 1, 2007 Wendy Ennis, Faculty of Medicine,
College, Aug. 31, 2007 Management, clerk of The Works,
Lynn Marie Frizzell, Department of administrative staff specialist,
Dr. John Hawboldt, Faculty of Medicine, March 26, 2007
Dr. Roger Pickavance, Department of Psychology, research assistant II, March 19, 2007
associate professor, Jan. 1, 2007 Biology, Aug. 31, 2007 April 2, 2007 Steven Stringer, Department of Physics
Melissa Genge, Division of Co-operative
Dr. Chris Kovacs, Faculty of Medicine, and Physical Oceanography, research
Dr. Robert Sexty, Faculty of Business Sherri Furey, Department of Earth Education, administrative staff specialist I,
associate professor, Jan. 1, 2007 assistant II, April 30, 2007
Administration, Aug. 31, 2007 Sciences, research assistant I, April 2, 2007 April 2, 2007
Dr. Scott MacKinnon, Faculty of Lindan Tao, CREAIT Network, research
Dr. Jack Strawbridge, Office of Faculty Shirley Granter-Button, Faculty of Bridget Ghaney, School of Graduate Studies,
Engineering and Applied Science, associate laboratory co-ordinator, April 2, 2007
Relations/ Department of Psychology, Medicine, research assistant I, intermediate secretary, April 30, 2007
professor, Feb. 1, 2007 July 17, 2007 March 5, 2007 Ed Thistle, Department of Technical
Louise Green, Oil & Gas Partnership,
Dr. Peter Mezo, Faculty of Medicine, Services, technologist III, May 1, 2007
Dr. William Tiffany, Queen Elizabeth II Jennifer Hall, Ocean Sciences Centre, intermediate secretary, March 12, 2007
assistant professor, Jan. 1, 2007 Library, Oct. 5, 2007 research assistant II, April 2, 2007 Lori M. Thorne, Ocean Sciences Centre,
Keith Matthews, School of Music,
Dr. W. A. Montevecchi, Ocean Sciences research assistant II, April 2, 2007
Kelly Hatch, Faculty of Medicine, research manager of finance and administration,
Centre, professor, Jan. 1, 2007 assistant II, April 2, 2007 Denise N. Tucker, Ocean Sciences Centre, March 26, 2007
Dr. Chris Parrish, Faculty of Medicine,
Administrative science technician III, April 2, 2007
Rodney Healey, Ocean Sciences Centre, Rhonda Mercer, Division of Co-operative
professor, Jan. 1, 2007 Appointments: research assistant II, April 2, 2007 Colleen Trelegan, Faculty of Medicine, Education, secretary, April 2, 2007
Dr. Matthew Rise, Department of Biology, Tony Druken, Department of Technical science technician, April 2, 2007
Brenda Healey-Bryant, Financial and Anne Marie O’Keefe-Penney, Faculty of
associate professor, Feb. 1, 2007 Services, technologist II, Jan. 22, 2007 Christine Vickers, Ocean Sciences Centre,
Administrative Services, senior budget Medicine, manager, Continuing Professional
Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, Ocean Sciences Debbie Dunn, Faculty of Medicine, analyst, April 2, 2007 science technician III, April 2, 2007 Development, December 7, 2007
Centre, professor, Jan. 1, 2007 financial analyst, April 9, 2007 Cathy Williams, Ocean Sciences Centre,
Lakmali S. Hewa, Department of Earth Tracy Powell, Faculty of Education,
Dr. Yagang Xie, Faculty of Medicine, Diane Harris, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Sciences, research assistant I, April 2, 2007 science technician III, April 2, 2007 co-ordinator, March 7, 2007
associate professor, Jan. 1, 2007 financial analyst, Feb. 16, 2007 Robert Williams, Department of Facilities
Katherine Hogan, Department of Human Dean Strickland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Christopher Power, Department of Resources, advisory services co-ordinator, Management, custodian supervisor, College, project manager, April 2, 2007
Promotions Technical Services, craftsman II March 21, 2007 March 28, 2007
Karen Stockley, Department of Human
Dr. G. Todd Andrews, Department of (machinist), Feb. 5, 2007 Brenda Winslow, Distance Education and
James Hopkins, Ocean Sciences Centre, Resources, compensation analyst,
Physics and Physical Oceanography, Paul Sullivan, Department of Technical facilities custodian, April 2, 2007 Learning Technologies, intermediate clerk March 21, 2007
associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007 Services, craftsman II (welder/fabricator), stenographer, April 2, 2007
Dr. Lindsay Bryan, Department of Feb. 26, 2007
History, associate professor, Sept. 1, 2007
Memorial University of Newfoundland Employee Newsletter 11
How did you celebrate Canada Day?
ast year we always look s an artistic was working
L were living
I forward to
Canada Day. I
A director for
Festival 500, I
I on Canada
Day, greeting visi-
and on Canada think that now spent Canada tors to the garden
Day we had a people put a lot Day celebrating to celebrate the
party with a more effort into singing and wonderful country
Photo by Jeff Green
Photo by Kelly Foss
Newfoundland celebrating it song. At 6 a.m. I that we are so
Photo by HSIMS
couple who have than when I was was on Signal fortunate to live
three adopted a kid, so my Hill singing O in. I finished the
Chinese chil- Canada Day is Canada and The evening with a
dren, ages three to seven. There were also always packed with activity. In the Ode to Newfoundland with thousands of family barbeque and then fireworks. Most
some other families with adopted morning, I jumped on my bicycle, and Festival 500 patrons. Then it was off to the importantly, I didn’t forget the men and
Chinese children at the party and with participated in the annual Team last day of Festival 500’s academic sympo- women who made the ultimate sacrifice
my husband Wei Zhao and our two chil- Instrumar, Bicycle Newfoundland and sium on singing. At 3 p.m. I participated for our freedom, particularly, the many
dren – Boyang, age 6, and Nathan, 20 Labrador Canada Day 100 kilometre in Festival 500 Opening Ceremonies at Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who
months – it was quite a crowd. This year Century Ride. Once I finished that, it the Arts and Culture Centre. Later in the died on July 1 at Beaumont-Hamel.
we were planning to take the children to was be home to collect my two kids and day, I attended our opening concert
Ottawa for Canada Day but when I was then off to the annual neighborhood featuring guest choirs from Australia, Jane Penton-Cooper
hired here at Memorial, we decided to Canada Day Block Party. That gave me a Ireland, Finland, and Vancouver. What a Visitor Services/Gift Shop manager
visit the Confederation Building on chance to unwind, and relax after a few fabulous way to celebrate Canada Day – MUN Botanical Garden
Canada Day instead. hours in the saddle, and enjoy a beverage singing with and for colleagues and
that wasn’t Gatorade. friends!
Senior instructional designer
Health Sciences Information and
Engineering technologist III
Ocean Engineering Research Centre WaveTank
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Engineering
What do you like about working at
This is very exciting time for Memorial
“love theasupport that athletics and athletic University Athletics.
I therapy are receiving
from the university community. It is nice to see so many people
recognizing what a strong varsity athletic program can offer.
I truly appreciate the support that I am receiving for building
the athletic therapy program here and the contribution that
I make to varsity athletics at MUN on a daily basis. I love
going to work every day and that is a wonderful feeling!
Photo by Jeff Green
Shauna Stone Fury
Days Gone By
ur mystery photo from the spring issue not only
O harkened back to a different era here at
Memorial, but also a different location. The picture
was of the Annex
Building at our former
Parade Street campus,
taken in July 1958.
Dale Kirby, assistant
professor from the
Faculty of Education,
for correctly identifying
the photo. We had a bundle of correct answers and
Dale was our winner from a random draw. He wins
a special Memorial prize. your name, work or home number, and your department in your e-mail.
Now, take a look at the photo above. Why are these students lined up? Be as specific As usual, a big thanks to Linda White from the Archives and Manuscripts
as possible. Send your submissions to email@example.com for a chance to win a unique Division in the Queen Elizabeth II Library for her careful eye in helping select photos
Memorial prize. The contest is open to all Memorial staff, faculty and pensioners for this great contest!
and the deadline for entries is Sept. 7, 2007. One entry per submission. Include Good luck!