|News Article||Sir Wilfred Grenfell College signs contract with 1999 Canada Games Host Society||12/20/1998|
Officials with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the 1999 Canada Winter Games today officially sealed the deal that will allow the Games Host Society to use facilities and services of the College.
The agreement will give the Host Society the right to use items such as buildings, furniture and equipment in the organization, management, promotion and execution of the 1999 Canada Winter Games.
The most visible role the College will play is in the provision of venues for wheelchair basketball and fencing. Behind the scenes, classrooms will serve as team meeting rooms and recreational facilities for coaches, managers and athletes. Residence will be closed for the duration of the Games, as officials will be using the rooms for their own purposes. As a result, students will be aided in the packing and moving of their belongings by the Host Society and will be financially compensated for the use of their rooms. The College will hold some residence rooms for students who for extenuating reasons have to stay on campus.
The 1999 Canada Winter Games Host Society will have access to the College’s computer equipment; College staff will even provide support outside regular University hours. As well, the Host Society will be able to carry out any construction or renovations that are deemed necessary and approved by the College. Temporary installations such as signs, showers, fire safety devices and washrooms will be installed if necessary, subject to College approval.
"By offering these types of services to the 1999 Canada Winter Games Host Society, the College is literally opening its doors and sharing its resources with the athletes, coaches, officials and spectators," says Grenfell principal Adrian Fowler. "By contributing in this way, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College demonstrates its commitment to the development of the minds, bodies and spirits of Canada’s young people."
In line with all other educational institutions in the region, classes will be cancelled during the Games. The College encourages its students, faculty and staff to participate in the Games by volunteering, as well as taking in as many of the sporting events as is possible.
"We’re proud to have the partnership of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College," says J. Wayne Trask, president of the 1999 Canada Winter Games Host Society. "It’s the support of organizations and institutions that are firmly rooted in the west coast community that will ensure the success of the Games. Without local support, the Games would not have the foundation on which to build the greatest Canadian winter sporting event for our country’s young athletes. In particular, we’re pleased the College has come on board because it strives toward the some of the same goals as the Games: to produce young people who are independent, determined and aware of the importance of healthy competition.
|December 20, 1998|
|News Article||Locke's Electrical Scholarship||11/30/1998|
The generosity of a Corner Brook business has resulted in the creation of a new scholarship at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Locke’s Electrical Limited established an endowment, the interest on which will determine the value of the scholarship. The company is celebrating its golden aniversary this year.
The Locke’s Electrical 50th Anniversary Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student in any year of study who is a child or grandchild of a current or retired staff member of Locke’s Electrical Limited or one of its affiliates. It will be awarded on the basis of scholarship standing.
If the scholarship is not awarded one year, two may be awarded the following year. The scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid. The required applications may be obtained from, and returned to, Locke’s Electrical Limited.
On hand for the establishment of the endowment and scholarship were Professor Adrian Fowler, principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Sterling Randell, president of Locke’s Electrical Ltd., Elizabeth Rottboll, comptroller of the company, and Gertrude Bradbury, the company’s secretary-treasurer.
|November 30, 1998|
|News Article||SWGC Service Awards||12/2/1998|
The dedication of several of Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s faculty and staff was recognized at the Employee Service Awards Ceremony last Friday.
The awards ceremony acknowledges the time and contribution committed to the college by its employees.
Prof. Adrian Fowler, principal of the College, presented 20-, 25-, and 30-year pins, as well as the President’s Award for Exemplary Service and a special volunteer recognition award.
The ceremony was held in Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s Art Gallery during the College’s student exhibition, entitled "Grenfell Rocks". That the award recipients were presented with their pins and plaques surrounded by the artworks of students was fitting, according to Prof. Fowler.
"It is very important to honour our colleagues who have put in years of dedicated service," said Prof. Fowler. "But it’s not only the length of service that matters; it’s the sustained commitment to excellence and the sustained commitment to the institution."
Debbie Evans was honoured with a 20-year pin, having begun her Grenfell career in 1978 in the Registrar’s Office. She transferred to Student Affairs in 1982, where she remains today.
Mary Sparkes, co-ordinator of Student Affairs, summed up the feelings many people have about her co-worker.
"What’s most important about Debbie is the warmth and sincerety with which she deals with everyone who comes in the office," said Sparkes during her introduction of Evans.
Marie Iams also received a 20-year pin, having been associated with the College’s biology department for the last 22 or so years. In one way or another, Iams has influenced most of the College’s lab-based biology courses.
Bill Layden, the third 20-year pin recipient, has been with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College since 1978. More specifically, he worked in the College’s chemistry department up until 1994, at which time he transferred to the department of administration and finance.
Finally, Michael Newton received the fourth 20-year pin; he also began his career with the College in 1978. Newton received his early teaching training in England and his university education from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. Newton became the College’s first senior academic advisor in 1994, and was promoted to the rank of professor in 1995.
Scott Jamieson was awarded a 20-year pin in absentia. Jamieson is currently the director of the Frecker Institute in St. Pierre, one of three Memorial University campuses he’s worked with over the last 20 years. He’s also worked with the French departments of the St. John’s campus and the Corner Brook campus.
A 25-year pin was awarded to Ed Andrews, who is considered one of the "founding fathers" of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, according to his colleague, Henry Mann of the environmental science program. Andrews began his academic career in St. John’s at Memorial University, moving to Corner Brook in 1976.
Hyacinth Brisson also received a 25-year pin. She started working in the stacks of Memorial University’s library in 1972. In 1975 she transferred to the library at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Dr. Gary P. Haardeng-Pedersen was honored for the 30 years he’s worked with Memorial University and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. He completed his doctorate in 1975 and was immediately hired at the College.
"We should honour Gary for more than just his 30 years here; he is the kind of ‘Grenfellian’ that we all aspire to be," said history professor Olaf Janzen.
Nora Kenndey was the first member of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s staff to receive the President’s Award for Exemplary Service. Kennedy began her Grenfell career in 1985 at the College’s general office. She moved to the registrar’s office in 1987, and in 1988, transferred to the Fine Arts Building’s main office.
The final presentation, a special volunteer recognition award, went to Jim Snow, a volunteer at the Grenfell Art Gallery.
According to curator Gail Tuttle, Snow has been instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the gallery.
"Jim has been a volunteer for the art gallery since it opened in 1988," she said, adding he takes care of everything from monitoring the number of people who visit the gallery to distributing promotional materials. "He spends long hours here and I really appreciate it."
|December 2, 1998|
|News Article||Applied Research Unit||12/9/1998|
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, announced today the establishment of a new research facility that will foster partnerships between the educational institution and the west coast community.
Associated with Memorial University’s Office of Research, the Interdisciplinary Applied Research Unit will act as a single point of contact for businesses, organizations and individuals interested in using the expertise, services or resources at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Adrian Fowler, Principal of Grenfell College, says the Unit has been created to help make the expertise of the College more available to the community.
"The Unit will establish an interface between Grenfell’s researchers and identified research needs in the Corner Brook region and the west coast in general," says Fowler. "We will also attempt to facilitate arrangements with researchers elsewhere in the University in cases where we can’t provide the necessary expertise ourselves."
Dr. Kevin Keough, Vice-President, Research, agrees with the significance of the Unit.
"This research unit is an excellent example of the University’s and Grenfell College’s outreach activity, and of our using our resources to help with social and economic issues identified by our community," he says.
Gerry Byrne, Member of Parliament for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, speaking on behalf of the Honorable Fred Mifflin, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, says ACOA is investing $85,000 into the establishment of the Unit because it will benefit the business community on the west coast.
"In addition, students involved in the activities of the Research Unit will obtain real life experiences that will help prepare them to enter the business workplace with the skills to succeed in the economy of the 21st Century," says Byrne.
The human and physical plant resources of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College are considerable. While the College is organized in four divisions – Arts, Science, Social Science and Fine Arts – it houses the expertise of more than 200 faculty members in 28 disciplines. The College has developed an approach to programming and research that is multi- and interdisciplinary as well as rooted in the environment of the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The addition of the Forest Centre enhances the pool of expertise and research capabilities on campus.
At the same time, businesses and institutions have increasing needs to access development opportunities. They need services to be supplied in a manner that is cost-effective and comprehensive.
Services offered by the College in the past include professional development, environmental monitoring, public art, survey design as well as others.
Some projects have already been initiated within the scope of the new facility. One college professor is working on a project that involves the development of research questionnaires for a private firm that places managerial/executive positions within NAFTA countries. Another project entails research in the area of gender issues, and yet another may result in the training of interpreters for an ecological reserve.
|December 9, 1998|
|News Article||New Yorker finds what she's looking for at Grenfell||12/10/1998|
Most aspiring actors would probably pick up and move to the Big Apple to study theatre.
Mint Lynch-Macduff, however, has done just the opposite. She left her home in the upper West Side of Manhattan and travelled to Corner Brook to follow her dreams of the stage. Mint says she looked for theatre programs in a college guide and found a small section on international colleges. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, the only ones of their kind within the province, were among those listed.
The College peaked Mint’s interests, so she accessed Grenfell’s website to find out more information. She also talked to some of the College’s professors before making her decision. Now that she’s completed term one, she has no problem pointing to the advantages of attending Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
"It’s small, and you get a lot of personal attention," she says. "And the people here are great; I’ve met so many great friends."
The Grenfell BFA in theatre combines theatre training with a liberal arts university education. This helps put the role of theatre in a social context, broadening students’ understanding and abilities to interpret a play, and gives graduates more options in their future pursuits. Mint says the environment surrounding the College has made a major impact on her as well.
"It’s so beautiful here," she says. "I’ve never lived anywhere with mountains."
Having grown up in a setting filled with smog and skyscrapers, Mint was surprised at the pristine location in which she found herself.
"The first thing I thought was ‘There’s so much sky!’" she says.
She says she considered attending the larger theatre schools in New York, but now knows it would have been too much of a rat race.
"Here, we have time to work and practise," she says. "There are more theatre opportunities, like summer theatre. And there are chances to work with stagecraft too. The schools in New York are so huge; you’d just get lost. It’s eat or be eaten there."
She’s used to the busy rush of her ‘hometown’; she wanted to study in an environment that was different, she says. At Grenfell, the goal is to develop students who will master the arts and crafts of the theatre while acquiring the most essential of artistic tools – an educated imagination. Mint believes she is getting a true "college experience" at Grenfell. She says a beautiful campus encircled with trees is exactly the kind of place she’s envisioned herself studying in. The college experience is about more than just books and classes, she says.
"I feel like I’m really learning," she says. "I feel like I’m learning more in my life now than ever before."
|December 10, 1998|
|News Article||Dr. Harriet Ware Memorial Scholarship||1/6/1999|
The Dr. Harriet Ware Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts has been awarded to two students in Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s theatre program.
Nicolle Rousseau and Lawrence Haegert were awarded the scholarship, valued at the interest of the initial endowment. The endowment is supported by a fund established by Martin Ware in memory of his mother, Dr. Harriet Ware.
Both Nicolle and Lawrence have completed the third year of their Fine Arts bachelor’s degrees. They have also maintained higher than a 70 per cent average in non-theatre courses in their overall academic performance, another requirement for the scholarship.
|January 6, 1999|
|News Article||MUN Operating Grant||1/13/1999|
A $14-million increase in Memorial University's operating grant can only mean good news for Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, says Principal Adrian Fowler.
It gives us some stability to plan, he says. We're trying to accomplish a number of goals, such as an increase in enrolment and the establishment of a closer relationship with the community.
Fowler's comments come in the wake of an announcement by Premier Brian Tobin and Education Minister Judy Foote on Thursday morning. Memorial's operating grant will increase by $7 million for each of the next two fiscal years.
Although it's difficult to gauge exactly how the infusion of dollars will affect Grenfell's budget, says Fowler, he's far more confident about accomplishing the goals the west coast College has set out for itself.
Increasing recruitment efforts will ensure more students are taking advantage of the services and programs Sir Wilfred Grenfell College has to offer. As well, the College will also be able to pay more attention to the needs of the community, he says.
The grant increase will aid us in completing the transition from junior college to a degree-granting institution, adds Fowler.
|January 13, 1999|
|News Article||Grenfell catches Games Fever||1/27/1999|
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College has caught a different winter bug this year – Games fever.
Last month officials with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the 1999 Canada Winter Games signed a contract that allows the Games Host Society to use facilities and services of the College. Now, with only 23 days until Games time, things are happening quickly. To prepare for the nation’s largest sports event for young Canadians, the 1999 Canada Winter Games Host Society has upgraded facilities such as the College gymnasium.
The gym will be the centre of activity at the College, since it’s the venue for fencing and wheelchair basketball. The Host Society has undertaken a major facelift of the gym, giving the walls a fresh coat of paint and the floor a new shine, not to mention a brand new scoreboard, lighting and changeroom/washroom renovations. As well, a covered wheelchair fairway has been temporarily constructed to connect the gymnasium with office space in the Arts and Sciences building. These are examples of the kinds of change students, faculty and staff are noticing daily around the Corner Brook campus.
A College committee was established and has been meeting on a weekly basis to work out the details of organizing the Grenfell Games site. For instance, classrooms, seminar rooms, conference areas and lounges have been designated for use by coaches, officials and teams. A Games Cultural Program will make use of art studios, rehearsal space and other areas of the Fine Arts Building. Space in the Fine Arts Building will also be used for a coaches/managers lounge. Theatre by the Bay, a Fine Arts student theatrical group, will perform a dinner theatre regularly throughout the Games, sponsored by the Grenfell Council of the Students’ Union. As well, food outlets in the GCSU student centre will profit from the extra traffic provided by the Games. The College gym will be used for video dances on both Friday nights, and LC301 in the library/computing building will be transformed into a movie theatre.
But the real excitement will begin with the interruption of classes on Feb. 17. Classes will recommence following the Games on March 9. To accommodate the interruption, the winter semester began a week early and will end a week later. Arrangements have been made to ensure teleconference courses will continue uninterrupted during the Games.
A couple of days before the Games’ opening ceremonies, Grenfell’s residence will experience a flurry of activity as students pack up their personal belongings and make way for the Games officials, who are scheduled to arrive on Feb. 19. Residence students will vacate their rooms on Feb. 16 and will move back after 12 p.m. on March 8. Travel costs for the students to return home are being provided by the Games Host Society; students’ personal belongings will be securely stored with the help of Games volunteers.
The College will hold some residence rooms for students who, for extenuating reasons, must remain on campus.
Once the rooms have been vacated, the cleaning will begin. Dennis Waterman, director of Administration and Finance, says College cleaning staff and Games volunteers will do in just over 24 hours what it normally takes much, much longer to accomplish. The same goes for the turnover period on the weekend between week one and week two of the Games, when another batch of officials will move in.
"We have to do a complete clean up in roughly 24 hours," he says. "That’s 190 rooms – we generally budget about 50 person weeks in the spring to get the place cleaned up. During the Games, this will be completed using our custodial personnel and an army of volunteers with the Games."
A third bout of cleaning will take place after the Games, just before the students move back into their rooms.
As for campus security, both campus enforcement officers and Games security volunteers will work regular schedules. Students, faculty and staff are required to show Smartcards in order to gain access to the campus.
Waterman has made the Games-College contract available for viewing at the office of Administration and Finance.
As the different provincial flags are raised around campus and professors, faculty and students prepare for their volunteer roles, Games fever is definitely building at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
|January 27, 1999|
|News Article||Theatre By the Bay gears up for Canada Games||1/31/1999|
How do you fit the entire history of Newfoundland and Labrador into an hour and a half?
It may not be easy, but THEATRE by the BAY will give it a shot with a dinner theatre during the 1999 Canada Winter Games. A Concise History of Newfoundland and Labrador is a hilarious and sometimes irreverent look at this province's history through vignettes and song.
The dinner theatre will be performed at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Student Centre on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the Canada Games: Feb. 22, 24, 25, March 1, 3 and 4. A cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m., with a buffet dinner of traditional Newfoundland fare at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus HST.
Jim Chalmers-Gow of the Fine Arts Division says the dinner theatre will provide employment for Grenfell College's Fine Arts students as well as contribute to the operating budget of the theatre group this summer. He emphasizes that THEATRE by the BAY is a not-for-profit organization.
It's a wonderful opportunity to highlight the talent of the students here
and show a bit of our history, culture and cuisine, says Chalmers-Gow.
The students will also have the opportunity to display their talents for some VIPs shortly before the Games. On Feb. 18 the dinner theatre will be performed for the provincial ministers responsible for sport and recreation.
THEATRE by the BAY was formed in the summer of 1997 as a partnership between Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the City of Corner Brook with the aid of the Cabot 500 Celebrations and funding through Human Resources Development Canada.
The theatre group is based on the premise that students should have the opportunity for meaningful summer employment within their field of study.
We employ theatre students majoring in acting and stagecraft as well as students pursuing visual arts and business careers, says Chalmers-Gow.
THEATRE by the BAY fulfills its mandate through the production of live theatre with professional standards, that first of all depicts and reflects on the Newfoundland and Labrador experience, emphasizing the west coast and/or has a maritime flavour that is shared by the people of this province.
A Concise History of Newfoundland and Labrador will also be performed for eight weeks during this coming summer's season by THEATRE by the BAY.
|January 31, 1999|
|News Article||Dr. Katy Bindon Scholarship approved||1/31/1999|
The Katy Bindon Scholarship has been approved for formal establishment.
One or more scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded annually, thanks to the friends of Dr. Katy Bindon, who was Grenfell=s principal from 1991 to 1997.
In May, 1998, an art auction was held at the College to honour Dr. Bindon, who has relocated to Kelowna, B.C., where she is president of Okanagan University College. The auction, which was also supported by the MUN Alumni Association and colleagues at Grenfell, raised almost $24,000.
The scholarship is to be awarded to a student entering his or her fourth year in any degree program offered at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. The recipient should have combined academic excellence with an outstanding contribution to student life at SWGC. The scholarship is to be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid on the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee at the College. The first award is scheduled to be presented during the 1999-2000 academic year.
The establishment of awards and scholarships in the names of former principals and vice-principals has become a proud tradition at Grenfell. In the past, scholarships have been set up in honour of Dr. Cyril Poole, principal from 1977 to1990, as well as Prof. Ferris Hodgett, vice-principal from 1975 to 1992 and acting principal from 1990 to 1991. The Sullivan Cup, which recognizes Grenfell's most outstanding student, honours Dr. Arthur Sullivan, principal from 1975 to 1977.
|January 31, 1999|
|News Article||Wabush Mines makes major contribution to Grenfell||2/1/1999|
Environmental science and fine arts programs at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College got a welcome shot in the arm Monday.
Wabush Mines has donated a scholarship, valued at $5,000, which will be available to any provincial student in the school=s undergraduate environmental science program at Grenfell.
As well, the company gave $50,000 for travel bursaries for fine arts students at the College. The money will help students travel nationally and internationally to gain exposure to the visual and performing arts.
The gifts are part of a larger $200,000 donation made by Wabush Mines to Memorial University.
We are delighted with this gift, says College Principal Adrian Fowler. Grenfell is badly in need of scholarships and bursaries to help us attract top-quality students to our programs. I am hopeful that in the months ahead we will be able to inspire similar acts of generosity by citizens and businesses in our region to support this west coast institution, as well as the university as a whole.
Dr. Roy Hostetter, head of the Division of Fine Arts, says travel has been a priority for both the visual and theatre programs since the establishment of the fine arts degrees.
Travel has allowed our students to have first-hand experience with high-quality professional theatre and to visit important collections of visual art, says Dr. Hostetter. The students have always rated these experiences as the highlight of their program.
He says the trips have placed an additional burden on fine arts students above the normal costs of tuition, books and supplies.
The donation from Wabush Mines will be used to help students defray the cost of these valuable and highly rewarding experiences, says Dr. Hostetter. Wabush Mines' support for student travel will certainly strengthen our recruitment efforts for students across the province and elsewhere.
Dr. Bill Iams, chair of the environmental science unit at Grenfell, is equally pleased with the company's contribution.
It is particularly encouraging to see industry contributing to an area of study that is becoming of ever increasing relevance to the industrial and commercial sector of society, he says.
More and more legislation regarding environmental protection is coming into effect, and more and more companies are demonstrating compliance to environmental rules and regulations, says Dr. Iams, adding that companies are also undertaking environmental remediation and restoration on an ever-increasing basis.
Therefore, he says, it is particularly important that trained scientists who are cognizant of potential environmental impacts and the needs of society are available to evaluate particular situations.
Our environmental science degree is designed to provide such scientists, says Dr. Iams. The training that our students receive in working toward their degree, a B.Sc. in environmental science, enables them to understand and appreciate the complexities of the natural world while at the same time gives them the tools to measure and evaluate the human impact on the world.
Wabush Mines' financial gesture, he says, lends credence and support of Grenfell's environmental science program and encourages more young and enthusiastic students to enter this new, expanding and vital career path.
All our faculty and staff, and indeed, anyone who is interested in maintaining or restoring Newfoundland's natural environment, must compliment Wabush Mines on the generosity and foresight symbolized by this new environmental science scholarship, says Dr. Iams.
|February 1, 1999|
|News Article||Wellness program aims to help students make healthy choices||2/8/1999|
Who understands the concept of stress better than a student? Add up the assignments, late-night studying, meager living allowances, bad eating habits and nagging girlfriends or boyfriends, and you've got a typical student profile.
The choices students make to deal with stress and other health-threatening factors have everything to do with their physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.
The on-campus Wellness Program offered by the Western Regional School of Nursing and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College aims to make students aware there are people who can help them make healthy choices.
Mary Sparkes, co-ordinator of Student Affairs, says the College approached the School of Nursing to partner in the initiative in the fall of 1998. An advisory committee was established which includes representation from Health and Community Services Western and nursing school students. So enthusiastic was the response that the Wellness Program has now become an integral part of the curriculum of the bachelor of nursing collaborative program. Nursing students involved in a community outreach course can now count the College's student population among the numbers of individuals they help with their informational programs.
For instance, BN students Sasha Pike and Carolyn Chaulk operated an information booth on campus recently to make students more aware of sexual harassment.
By getting out into the community, we learn how to deal with the public as well as show them what it means to be a nurse, says Pike. It's about more than giving needles.
These nursing students access information and materials from Health and Community Services Western, the organization responsible for providing community-based health services.
But perhaps the most significant aspect of the new program is the drop-in Wellness Centre. Located (for now) in the Department of Student Affairs, the centre is attended by one of four nursing instructors who will act as wellness advisors. These nurses will attempt to answer any questions students may have concerning health-related issues.
We'll basically offer advice on staying well, says Sue Froude, one of the wellness advisors, adding that the centre offers a professional development opportunity for the nursing faculty too. We have a keen interest in assisting students as they go through university life.
Research will also play a key role in the Wellness Program, guiding the development of additional programs and helping in the identification of risky student behaviours that could lead to not-so-healthy lifestyles.
The Wellness Centre is open on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call one of the wellness advisors: Sue Froude, 637-5340; Paula Didham, 637-5293; Annette Denny, 637-5320 or Linda Norman-Robbins, 637-5491.
|February 8, 1999|
|News Article||New degrees approved for SWGC||2/9/1999|
Memorial University's Senate has approved two new degree programs for Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
New Bachelor of Arts degree programs in humanities and social/cultural studies will mean even more choices for students who attend Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, says Principal Adrian Fowler.
We're extremely pleased with these degree programs, which are in keeping with Grenfell's long-term strategy to increase the avenues through which students can access an interdisciplinary, liberal education, he says. The programs are distinct to Grenfell College, where we emphasize personalized, interactive and quality teaching.
Classics professor Dr. Michael Parker represents one of the seven disciplines that have come together to form the humanities degree program. The others are English, French, history, philosophy, religious studies and fine arts history (art and theatre history).
Dr. Parker says a series of required humanities courses will bridge the different subject areas. These courses will provide a foundation for the degree, uniting the seven disciplines. Students will interpret and analyze human experiences, as well as draw links between the various humane disciplines that combine to make us what we are.
Similarly, the social/cultural degree brings together disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, folklore and history, says social science professor Dr. John Ashton.
We look at the world from a number of different perspectives, says Dr. Ashton. The social/cultural degree program is designed to let students take a look at our society and culture from different vantage points.
Both Dr. Parker and Dr. Ashton agree that these kinds of interdisciplinary programs make students more competitive in the job market.
Students with a liberal arts education are more flexible and adaptable, says Dr. Parker. They have marketable skills that come from not only the information they've learned, but also from the learning process itself.
More and more students are beginning to realize the value of a liberal arts education, adds Dr. Ashton.
They learn how to apply any number of strategies in dealing with the problems they face, he says. Students in social/cultural studies will realize how applicable their skills will be to problem-solving and policy development at local and global levels.
|February 9, 1999|
|News Article||Grenfell French course helps volunteers brush up on language skills||2/15/1999|
Lillian George is better prepared for the 1999 Canada Winter Games, thanks to a 16-week French course offered by Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
The Corner Brook resident and Games volunteer says she hasn't studied French since she was a girl, but the course offered in conjunction with the 1999 Canada Winter Games has boosted her confidence in dealing with French visitors to the city.
When we were young we didn't speak French in school, we just spelled it out, she remembers. Now I at least understand what the language sounds like.
The course was tailored to the needs of volunteers who may have opportunity to have short conversations with those who speak the other official language of our country. It may be something as simple as giving directions.
In total, 85 volunteers took part in seven sessions; each session was comprised of 16 classes. If the participants attended 70 per cent or more of the classes, they got back 100 per cent of their course fee.
There were 12 people in George's class, which was taught by Sonia Pinel, a native of Riviere du Loup, Que. Pinel happened to be in Corner Brook for a federally run program that involves interaction with school children in the area. She just finished a law degree at Laval University and saw the program in Newfoundland as an excellent opportunity to travel, gain instructional experience with young children, as well as brush up on her English.
Since I was here anyway, I decided to get involved in the Canada Games and make a meaningful contribution, says Pinel.
Marilyn Forward, co-ordinator of program development with Community Education and College Relations, says offering French courses is nothing new to Grenfell College. But this course was special, she says.
Because of the Games, we decided to partner with the Host Society in offering different levels of French, so even people with no French experience whatsoever could feel more confident in dealing with French people during the Games, says Forward, adding the curriculum focused on Games-related vocab.
The whole course was designed around the Canada Games, she says.
George, for one, is appreciative.
The thought of hearing French doesn't scare me anymore, she says. I'm not as intimidated; I may not be able to speak it very well, but I can recognize it and understand it better now. With a teacher like Sonia, it was enjoyable, even though the class was early on Saturday morning. If it was offered again for another 16 weeks, I'd take it again.
|February 15, 1999|
|News Article||Grenfell Students make contribution to Canada Games||2/15/1999|
Residence students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College are preparing to make way for officials of the 1999 Canada Winter Games.
Games officials will stay on campus throughout the Games period; students are required to vacate their rooms by Feb.17, returning on March 8. Classes finished today, Feb.16, and will resume on March 9. To accommodate the interruption of classes, the winter semester began several days early and will end a week later in April.
"Although the College is making a considerable contribution through the provision of facilities as well as staff and faculty volunteers, there’s no doubt the residence students are making the biggest personal sacrifice for the Games," says Mary Sparkes, co-ordinator of Student Affairs. "We realize this is a major inconvenience for them, but we’re doing our best to address all associated problems. The students have been extremely supportive in this regard."
Students who live on the island will receive funds for return ground transportation, including 27 cents/km for the distance from the bus station to their hometown. Off-island students will receive a total of $200 to defray their travel costs. They will receive the first $100 no questions asked; the second $100 can be obtained upon presentation of proof of travel, e.g., a plane ticket.
In the event students were unable to leave, 10 residence rooms were reserved. Five students have since decided they will remain on campus during the Games. Residence fees were pro-rated to reflect the time the students would not be occupying their rooms.
"We first met with students in the fall of 1997 to discuss how the Games would impact them," says Sparkes. "We also met with residence assistants, the residence council and the Council of the Students’ Union."
A series of open forums was held to make sure as many students as possible had a chance to present their point of view.
"We received a lot of input and made a significant number of changes as a result of the students’ opinions," says Sparkes.
Aodhan Sheahan, manager of Residence Life, says for the most part, it was the little things that students were concerned about.
"They didn’t have a problem with the fact they were being asked to leave their rooms; they wanted to know where their stuff was being stored, who was paying for the boxes and packing materials – that sort of thing," he says, adding the students’ belongings will be kept warm and dry in storage rooms within the building. "Because we’ve paid such close attention to detail, we’ll ensure a smooth transition for the students."
Sheahan says any concerns expressed by students have been addressed in a fair and timely manner.
"Well in advance, every residence applicant was forewarned of the 1999 event," adds Sheahan. "Every student was told before they paid a cent or arrived on campus."
Corner Brook students will still have access to the library, learning centre and computer labs. Arrangements have been made to ensure students will be able to continue teleconference courses during the Games. Because students who live outside the Corner Brook area will not have access to research resources, professors have been asked to ensure assignments given over the break are textbook based.
"The students have always been the number one priority," says Sheahan. "Every time a student had a concern, the College raised it with the 1999 Canada Games Host Society. If it was humanly possible, it was taken care of. In fact, there's been an almost daily dialogue between the College and the Games in order to ensure the students are completely satisfied."
|February 15, 1999|
|News Article||Wood: A Cultural Exchange||3/3/1999|
Three Irish artists will be in the city over the next few weeks as part of a Newfoundland-Ireland exchange.
Wood: A Cultural Project between the island of Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador will bring Robert Tully of Dublin and David Dudgeon of Belfast to Corner Brook early next week.
In April, a third Irish artist will visit; Anushiya Sundaralingam of Belfast was recommended by the Belfast Print Workshop to produce an image in waterbase woodcut which will deal creatively with issues arising from forest conservation and management. Ten waterbase woodcut prints will be produced. Sundaralingam will work with Corner Brook artist Charlotte Jones, who has worked in this medium for the last 15 years, to learn about the production of these prints. Jones is also the project developer, along with an Irish counterpart on the other side.
The initial phase of the project, however, will see Tully and Dudgeon create seating areas for specified outdoor forest sites. The object is to create functional furniture that also works as a piece of art. Students from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s fine arts and forestry bachelor programs will help Tully and Dudgeon gather appropriate information for the project, as well as carry out some preliminary design work. Tully and Dudgeon will use trees native to Newfoundland’s forested areas.
Tully is a senior lecturer in environmental design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, while Dudgeon is a furniture designer who has just completed a major commission for Royal Belfast Hospitals; he is currently a member of an artist redevelopment team which is integrating the arts and developing proposals for a new hospital.
To complete the exchange, Scott Butt, a St. George’s woodcarver, will travel to Belfast in April to produce a sculpture in Barnett Desmesne for the Forest of Belfast. And Sharon Puddester of St. John’s will give a workshop at the Belfast Print Workshop and work on her own woodcuts at the printshop.
In connection with these art residencies, the public is invited to a lecture by Robert Tully on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts lecture theatre of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Sponsors for this major cultural project include Festival of the Arts; Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council; Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s Fine Arts and Forestry programs; Western Newfoundland Model Forest; Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service; Cultural Relations Committee – Department of External Affairs, Ireland; Dublin City Corporation; Omegaplus; the British Council; Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland; and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
|March 3, 1999|
|News Article||Book Profile: Women in Chemistry||3/10/1999|
Believe it or not, Marie Curie was not the only woman involved in chemistry historically.
Women have been active participants in the chemical sciences since the beginning of recorded history. Yet books and articles on the history of chemistry rarely make mention of any women apart from Madame Curie, who by default becomes lodged in the consciousness as the one-and-only woman in the history of chemistry.
This is a myth that Marelene and Geoffrey Rayner-Canham set out to dispel in their recently released book Women in Chemistry: Their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century.
Published jointly by the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Women in Chemistry enjoyed the second largest sales ever recorded when it was released at the American Chemical Society’s gathering of 30,000 chemists in Boston late last summer.
The Rayner-Canhams say they produced the book to fill a need within the world of chemistry.
"Even among chemists, the only historical figure they can come up with is Marie Curie," says Geoffrey Rayner Canham, a professor of chemistry at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook. Marlene Rayner-Canham is a physics lab instructor at the same institution.
"We looked at the different periods of time and the problems women faced in their careers," says Marelene Rayner-Canham. "These biographies are fascinating. For instance, Russian women in the late 1800s were not allowed to attend university. One woman traveled all the way to Germany using the crude methods of transportation of the day, facing all sorts of barriers, the very least of which was language."
Women in Chemistry details the life and accomplishments of individual women chemists from 1200 BC to the 1950s, their passion for science and the incredible struggles they faced. These biographies are put in context through introductory remarks devoted to the cultural framework of the period. A significant proportion of each biography shows how the cultural framework influenced a woman chemist’s educational opportunities, research direction, scientific accomplishments and interaction with the male scientific establishment.
|March 10, 1999|
|News Article||1999 Canada Winter Games at Grenfell||3/10/1999|
There’s no doubt that the 1999 Canada Winter Games was one of the most electric events ever to have taken place in this province.
That Sir Wilfred Grenfell College had a chance to play such a major role in the Games was a privilege, says Dennis Waterman, director of administration and finance.
Grenfell and its student population provided – at the very least – living quarters for officials, meeting rooms for coaches and teams, lounge areas in which coaches and officials took comfort, venues for wheelchair basketball and fencing, and perhaps most importantly, vibrant, helpful volunteers and staff who made the college a welcoming, pleasant place to be.
"Everyone – staff, faculty and students alike – chipped in to make the Games at Grenfell a hugely successful venture," says Waterman. "Games participants especially remarked on the helpfulness of the front line employees – Grenfell security and custodial staff. They worked well in conjunction with the Games volunteers and officials."
The proof? A never-ending stream of compliments.
"Many a coach or official was heard to say what a great job was done here," he says. "They were amazed at the friendliness of the people who work here, and how welcome they were made to feel. Whether it was giving an athlete directions to the movie theatre in the library and computing building, or helping an official find computer and telephone services, members of the college community went out of their way to make these visitors feel at home."
Grenfell’s presence was also felt at Canada House in the Canada Games Centre. College employees and students took turns manning the booth, which provided the public with information regarding Grenfell degree programs and community services.
Grenfell is honored to have supported the largest Canadian sports event for young athletes. The flags and signs may be gone, but the smiles of proud Newfoundlanders and the cheers of triumphant athletes will be remembered in the corridors of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College for quite some time to come.
|March 10, 1999|
|News Article||SWGC get economics lesson from Mayor||3/24/1999|
Corner Brook Mayor Dave Luther dropped into a macroeconomics class at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College recently to inform students about the city’s economic development plan.
The class, taught by economics and environmental studies professor Ricardo Carreras, caught a glimpse of a strategy that aims to revitalize the city’s economy and job opportunities.
The presentation the students heard was originally designed for the Interagencies Labour Market Development Agreement Committee, with whom Mayor Luther met in January.
As a result of the presentation, said Mayor Luther, he was able to secure $300,000 in funding which will be used by the newly formed Economic Development Corporation to hire two people. One will look after the marketing of the Canada Games Centre as a special events facility for Corner Brook and western Newfoundland. The second will develop light industry investments in the city.
The Economic Development Corporation is incorporated as a city-owned municipal corporation. It will oversee development activities, concentrating on key sectors and investment prospecting.
Luther explained the corporation’s development philosophy to the students, which targets tourism, service/retail, light manufacturing and education services for export.
Following the presentation, students were given the opportunity to grill the mayor on his strategy and his goals for the future of Corner Brook.
Lisa Coleman wanted to know why Corner Brookers should trust this strategy when, in the past, many promises of business investment have fallen through.
"This is a long, drawn out process," said the Mayor. "It can’t happen overnight; sometimes it can be frustrating. I’ve been dealing with one company for about two years."
The fact is that the infrastructure is here, and it makes sense to try to do business, he said. For instance, he pointed out that shipping containers from Corner Brook’s port to Toronto is far cheaper than from Montreal to Toronto. These are the kinds of selling points he focuses on when talking to prospective investors.
But the mayor was realistic and didn’t make promises to the students that he knew he couldn’t keep. When asked by Kristen Sweetland whether students should hang around and wait for these opportunities to open up, his answer was firm.
"I definitely wouldn’t say ‘Stay and stick it out’," he said. "I would love to keep you here, but first I have to get someone here to create employment."
Another student, Dave Roberts, questioned what the most profitable area of study would be for today’s students.
"First, you should find out what you’re capable of," said Mayor Luther. "You should have some idea of what you want to do. But if you were my son, I would nudge you toward a good career in computers. In fact, I’m trying to get an IT (information technology) training company to set up here."
Beginning a task as daunting as turning around the economy of a city is never easy, but Mayor Luther isn’t letting the past or even the present cloud his vision.
"This has never been done before," he said. "We’ve gone from an economic development budget of $50,000 to a budget of $1 million. We have to get this moving; we have to start somewhere."
|March 24, 1999|
|News Article||Media Advisory, Student Awards||4/8/1999|
Please be advised that Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s annual Student Achievement Awards will be held Monday, April 12, 1999 at 5:45 p.m. The awards presentation will take place on the second floor of the Student Centre in the main lounge. Prizes in various disciplines will be awarded as well as merit and sports awards.
|April 8, 1999|
|News Article||Scholarship reception recognizes student achievement||4/14/1999|
Recognizing the diligence and hard work of scholarship recipients at Grenfell was the focus of a reception held at the Corner Brook campus recently.
About 90 students were acknowledged at the reception, which was held in the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Art Gallery. In total, they received more than $141,200 in scholarships and prizes.
"It’s always a pleasure to congratulate our high academic achievers," said Grenfell Principal Adrian Fowler to a room filled with students, professors, staff and scholarship donor representatives. "This is a measure of your talent and commitment, your ability to focus and make your goals come true."
Fowler added these students are role models for those who are just starting their post-secondary education.
"This dedication and commitment is needed in our province," he said. "I look forward to your long-term contribution to society in the future."
Krista Foster of La Scie was flattered the College would go through the trouble to acknowledge her achievement.
Foster, who was awarded the MUN Endowment Fund Scholarship, said the event made her feel "important"; she felt her hard work had paid off, and that she was making a contribution to the College.
"It’s nice to know people are paying attention," said Foster.
What Fowler would really appreciate is the attention of individuals, businesses and organizations on the west coast that are potential scholarship donors.
He pointed to businesses like Locke’s Electrical, which created a scholarship this year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the company. More recently, Wabush Mines established a scholarship for the College’s environmental science program.
"Endowments have more than doubled in the past few years," said Fowler. "I’m hoping to see more of these still in years to come."
|April 14, 1999|
|News Article||Media Advisory; Gerard Kelly Exhibition||4/14/1999|
In the Temple of the Goddess, a 30-piece sculpture exhibition by Gerard Kelly of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, will open at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre May 1 with a reception, 6-8 p.m.
The 16 carved marble pieces use marble that is indigenous to the area. The remaining 14 are bisque fired clay pieces.
Kelly is a sculpture technician in the Fine Arts Division of Grenfell College. His exhibition runs until May 31.
"The pieces will be arranged in the manner of a temple/neolithic earth womb. Six of the pieces will be placed on pedestals parallel to each other forming an entrance, and nine will form a circle around a large central piece. Between each pedestal will be standing one of the cast ‘body ribbons.’ The large central piece will be carved from local black marble and is titled Parvati. Parvati was the consort of Shiva in Hindu philosophy and represented the generic woman - Shakti, the tangible and noblest form of cosmic divine power.
The goddess is also the mother, and the mother is the earth. It is significant to me that each of these stones I found are of the earth, and that through a dialogue with each of them I arrived at the partial representations of the goddess as revealed to me. This conversation with the stone is as ancient an occurrence between the artist, material, and subject as any. It is as old as the earliest discovered art, and as new as the most modern. Sometimes the pieces of stone laid around for months before I knew what it was to make of them, and sometimes it was instant. I carved each piece directly, and used no modeling of clay, or drawings to tell me where to chip, or cut, or break off the rock. I find the direct method pleasing in its surprises, and its gifts.
The parts of the stone I left unpolished are no less a part of the pieces. They are the workings of nature, or sometimes my own index marks. I have always been interested in the telltale signs of passing time, and the marks left by others before me, and those left by nature herself.
An interesting note about matriarchal societies before the invasions of the Indo-Europeans is that resent excavations by female archaeologist Gimbutas at one of man=s most ancient sites of civilization ( Catal Huyuk) is a lack of evidence of violence, or war. None of the unearthed remains of people or of the city show either that people died of violence, or that any structural damage was caused by war. These agricultural societies seem to have been truly egalitarian."
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|News Article||Chemistry and Everyday Life||4/20/1999|
Dr. Geoffrey Rayner-Canham wants to show high school students that science is a "seeing and doing thing".
"Chemistry is a very visual subject," says Dr. Rayner-Canham, who will present four chemistry shows for high school students at Grenfell next week. Students will attend from all over the west coast, from Ecole St. Anne in Port au Port to Roncalli Central High in Port Saunders to Grandy’s River Collegiate in Burnt Island. The shows will take place at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on April 29 and 30. In total, Dr. Rayner-Canham will present to almost 700 students.
Titled Chemistry and Everyday Life, the annual show dispels the notion that chemistry is nothing but pretty colors, flames and the occasional explosion.
"For many years I have been dismayed by the students’ belief that chemistry only exists in chemistry labs and I have been determined to combat this viewpoint," says Dr. Rayner-Canham, adding that he’s been presenting Chemistry and Everyday Life for about seven years. "I believe I have helped open students’ minds to the relevance of chemistry."
Take disposable diapers, for instance. Did you know there’s a chemical in diapers which increases the amount of liquid they are able to take in? This is one of the demonstrations Dr. Rayner-Canham will present to students next week.
"High school chemistry programs strongly emphasize chemical principles over chemical applications," he adds. "Students dismiss chemistry as a boring, mathematically focused subject that is totally irrelevant to their lives. I feel it’s important to turn students onto science."
This year Dr. Rayner-Canham will also take time to recognize a high school chemistry teacher who’s been doing a phenomenal job of bringing science alive in her classroom.
Connie Powell of Roncalli Central High in Port Saunders will receive the Bayer Rubber Inc. Award for High School Chemistry Teachers. Presented by Dr. Rayner-Canham on behalf of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the award acknowledges an outstanding contribution in the realm of teaching of high school chemistry. Powell is one of two teachers being recognized in Canada this year.
"Her dedication is incredible," says Dr. Rayner-Canham, adding that her teaching methods reflect the spirit of the Chemistry and Everyday Life show. "She has overwhelming support from her students."
|April 20, 1999|
|News Article||MUN Equipment Control; fourth-year exhibition||4/22/1999|
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is pleased to announce the opening of MUN Equipment Control: Fourth-year Students’ Exhibition on Saturday, April 24.
One of the highlights of the academic year at Grenfell College, the exhibition is an annual event intended to showcase the accomplishments of students who have completed four years of studies in the visual arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. MUN Equipment Control features the work of eight artists: Dean Anderson, John Carberry, Chris Clarke, Linda Foulds, Graham Matthews, Shawn Roberts, Phil Simms and Rob Simon.
MUN Equipment Control is a diverse installation of visual art in a variety of mediums: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, printmaking and multi-media. The exhibition represents the range of each student’s arts practice, also highlighting individual achievement and success.
"I find these exhibitions by our graduating class invariably inspiring and moving," says Adrian Fowler, College principal. "Besides the high quality of the art work, there is the evidence of so much learning and development having taken place."
Students come to Corner Brook from across Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada to study visual art at Grenfell College. This is an excellent opportunity for the Corner Brook community to view the results of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s intensive Bachelor of Fine Arts (visual arts) four-year studio program.
MUN Equipment Control is open to the public on April 24 and will continue until May 15. The public is invited to a closing reception on May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition will travel to Eastern Gallery and St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s foe exhibition from June 1 to 30. An opening reception will be held in both galleries on June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and evenings during Grenfell College theatre productions. Interpretive tours can be arranged upon request. A publication is also available.
|April 22, 1999|
|News Article||SWGC Convocation||5/13/1999|
A quick survey of graduates milling around the Corner Brook campus on Convocation Day revealed a common sentiment: Students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College receive a special kind of educational experience.
Convocation on May 14 saw about 80 students receive bachelor degrees in the areas of arts, fine arts, science and vocational education.
"My favorite part of Grenfell is that our professors’ doors are always open," said Darlene Marche, who graduated with a bachelor of arts honours with a specialization in psychology. "You can just go in, sit down and have a chat with them. We’ve gone to lunch with our profs; we hang out with them. You really get to know the professors and students in your faculty."
Marche said if students take the time to get involved at Grenfell, they’ll get a lot more out of it. She should know. During her last year at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, she worked in the Student Affairs office as a student assistant, gave tours to potential college students for the Registrar’s Office on Saturday mornings, and co-chaired the graduation committee as well as the Psychology Society.
"Everything and anything that goes on around here, you’ll find me," she said with a laugh.
Sandra Payne, who graduated with a BA in English and historical studies, agreed with Marche on the intimacy of the Grenfell setting.
"I really appreciated the small classes, and the interaction between professors and students," she said. "Also, I think the programs offer a breadth that you wouldn’t get in a BA in other places."
One of Grenfell’s better-recognized degree programs is the bachelor of fine arts, and graduating theatre student Robert Harding appreciated the "hands-on" experience he gained.
"Production was really grueling," said Harding, who studied stagecraft, "but it was real work experience."
He had no trouble explaining why Grenfell was the logical choice: "Being a Newfoundlander, going to a Newfoundland school made sense."
Willow Kean, also a graduate of the BFA (theatre) degree program, said she will remember most fondly her time spent on the stage in Grenfell’s theatre.
"I got a chance to do theatre in a small place with a bunch of people that I’ve really come to love," she said. "It’s more personal; you’re not a number, you’re a person. It’s really important, especially in theatre, because it’s really important to interact with your professors. I would recommend Grenfell to every student who comes to university."
|May 13, 1999|
|News Article||SWGC Acitivity Camps||5/24/1999|
Calling all kids! It’s Summer Activity Camp time at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Beginning July 4, Grenfell College’s Division of Community Education and College Relations will hold week-long activity camps for school-aged kids – everything from Computers for Rookies to Space Camp.
Why attend Grenfell’s Activity Camps? Come and meet new friends, receive instruction from top coaches and instructors, take part in other social activities, such as games, movies and swimming, try on your crested Activity Camp t-shirt, and receive a group photo and a certificate of completion for each camp.
More than 7,000 campers have attended Grenfell’s Activity Camps since 1977. And there’s a reason: we provide talented instructors and top coaches, creating a summer environment in which kids will love to learn. Plus children get to experience living and learning on a university campus - an enrichment opportunity most people don’t experience until high school graduation.
The following camps are available:
Sports: 9-13 years; July 4-9 (residence camp)
Kid Camp: 5-8 years; July 5-9
Canoe: 12-18 years; July 5-9
Basketball: 12-18 years; July 11-16 (residence camp)
Creative Arts: 5-8 years; July 12-16
Computers for Rookies: 8-12 years; July 12-16
Volleyball: 12-18 years; July 18-23 (residence camp)
Computer Fun: 8-12 years; July 18-23 (residence camp)
Creative Arts: 9-12 years; July 19-23
Computer Fun: 8-12 years; July 26-30
Space Camp: 5-8 years; July 26-30
Creative Arts: 13-18 years; July 26-30
Computer Fun: 8-12 years; Aug. 2-6
Fun and recreation are the focus of this exciting camp for boys and girls. Activities include swimming, orienteering, basketball, and soccer. Emphasis is on participation, co-operation and sportsmanship. Paul Hulan returns again this year as camp co-ordinator.
This camp is designed to improve fundamental basketball skills. Focus is on shooting, dribbling, ball-handling skills, and defensive and offensive strategies. Accomplished basketball coach Wade Smith of Nova Scotia returns again this year as camp co-ordinator.
CREATIVE ARTS CAMPS
Designed to challenge the natural creativity of children, these dynamic camps will introduce campers to sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking. Daily tours of art galleries will be held along with a recreational component.
This exciting camp is designed to meet the needs of the canoe enthusiast. Skills will be taught to the standards of the Canadian Recreational Canoe Association. Camp co-ordinator Tom Philpott will lead campers through sessions in the classroom, in the pool and on local ponds.
This is a developmental camp designed to improve basic volleyball skills. Participants will be led through drills to strengthen volleying, serving, and bumping skills as well as game strategies. Camp co-ordinator is Finton Gaudette, Level 3 coach.
COMPUTERS FOR ROOKIES
This hands-on camp is designed to introduce campers to the basics of computers using Windows '95, WordPerfect, and Internet. Campers will also participate in a variety of summer sports.
COMPUTER FUN FOR THE YOUNG
These exciting and challenging camps are designed for children who have experience using computers. Campers are assigned to a computer and will explore various topics including Internet, CD-Rom, scanner, digital camera, Web page design and educational games. Campers will also participate in a variety of summer sports.
This camp introduces young children to a variety of activities and sports to help them develop their athletic abilities and sense of play. Throwing and catching, ball and foot control, running and jumping as well as sessions in arts and crafts and supervised Red Cross swimming instruction are scheduled throughout the week.
Campers will learn about living and working in space through hands-on activities such as designing a space suit, walking on the "moon", exploring the solar system and building a rocket. Recreational games and swimming are provided daily.
Residence campers will be housed in the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College residence in the Arts and Science Building. All rooms are single and every two rooms form a unit with private washroom facilities. Residence campers will receive three full meals daily while day campers attending Sports, Basketball and Volleyball will receive lunch each day. Campus security at Grenfell College, assisted by camp coaches will provide mature supervision during the evening hours.
Residence rooms are also available to anyone from out of town who would like to vacation while his/her child attends camp. Call our conference office at 637-6266 for details.
The deadline for registration is June 18. For further information call Community Education and College Relations at 637-6208.
|May 24, 1999|
|News Article||Economics professor develops international project with help of Grenfell's Applied Research Unit||5/30/1999|
A professor of economics and environmental studies at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is working on an international project that will help NAFTA countries hire qualified people for managerial and clerical positions.
A Vancouver, B.C., company involved in hiring practices in NAFTA countries has requested Dr. Ricardo Carreras to develop a flexible research questionnaire to measure the depth of knowledge and potential capabilities of prospective employees in the fields of entrepreneurship, computing and engineering.
"The questionnaire has to be flexible; it is subdivided into different levels of expertise: management and clerical," says Dr. Carreras. "It will be applied to all NAFTA countries, that is, Mexico, Canada and the United States."
Dr. Carreras is developing questions encompassing the fundamentals of business, specifically in economics and environmental studies. As well, the questionnaire will measure psychological factors of the prospective employees.
As the only representative in the Atlantic region who is working on this project of international scope, Dr. Carreras has been provided with great support from the Applied Research Unit of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
"The unit acts as a single point of contact for businesses, organizations and individuals interested in using the expertise, services or resources at Grenfell," says Patsi Chalmers-Gow, unit manager.
Housing 200 faculty and staff members in 28 disciplines, the College has considerable human, physical and technical resources and expertise to offer through its staff, faculty and students, she says.
"The College has developed an approach to programming and research that is multi- and interdisciplinary as well as rooted in the environment of the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador," says Chalmers-Gow, adding that the addition of the Forest Centre enhances the pool of expertise and research capabilities on campus.
At the same time, business and institutions have increasing needs to access development opportunities, she says. They need services to be supplied in a manner that is cost-effective and comprehensive. Services offered by the College in the past include professional development, environmental monitoring, public art, survey design, data analysis as well as others.
In this case, the unit is helping Dr. Carerras with administrative work and contract negotiations with the Vancouver-based company, which also has an affiliate in Mexico.
Dr. Carerras sees the project as a positive opportunity for the College as well.
"This shows that an institution of higher learning in Corner Brook is able to attract attention from international corporations," says Dr. Carerras. "It is also a source of pride to be the only professor in Atlantic Canada to be involved in this project."
He says he encourages his colleagues to get involved with the Applied Research Unit and see what opportunities it may hold for them and the community.
"The community can draw a lot of resources from the College," says Dr. Carreras. "There is a lot of experience here of great value.
There are three phases to Dr. Carreras’ project; he is now in the process of completing phase two and hopes to have the entire project completed by January 2000.
|May 30, 1999|
|News Article||Maritime History Conference||5/30/1999|
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College will play host to a Maritime History Conference that will bring historians from all over Canada and Europe to Newfoundland’s west coast, as well as the south coast of Labrador.
Titled "Merchants and Mariners in Northern Seas", the conference will take place Aug. 8-14 and is sponsored jointly by the Association for the History of the Northern Seas (AHNS), and the Canadian Nautical Research Society. This will be the ninth conference of AHNS, and will mark the first time this organization has met outside Europe. The Canadian Nautical Research Society meets annually at venues throughout Canada.
Dr. Olaf Janzen, chief organizer of the conference and president of AHNS, says presenters are coming from all over Canada and the United States, and from as far away as England, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Germany.
"This venue is an appropriate one for both organizations," says Dr. Janzen, history professor at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. "Newfoundland is the site of the only confirmed medieval Norse habitation in North America, at L’Anse aux Meadows, while the Labrador coast was the location of intense activity by 16th-century Basque whalers. And of course, for nearly 500 years, the waters around Newfoundland have attracted European fishermen by the thousands."
The conference theme therefore recognizes the degree to which Europeans projected their maritime activities over the past millennium as far outward as Newfoundland, says Dr. Janzen.
The opening plenary session, to be held Sunday, Aug. 8, 5-6 p.m., will see Dr. Selma Huxley Barkham present a paper titled "Maps, Rutters and Mariners in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, ca 1570-1680." Dr. Barkham is best known for uncovering in the Spanish archives documentation related to Basque whaling operations in Red Bay. The archaeological work that has been carried out in Red Bay is a direct result of her work.
Following the first day of sessions, Monday, Aug. 9, conference participants will undertake a three-day excursion that will land them in Red Bay to examine the Basque whaling site and L’Anse aux Meadows to view the Norse habitation site. Sessions will resume on Friday, with the conference coming to a close on Saturday.
"The attention given by the conference to a millennium of European contact with Newfoundland foreshadows the official celebrations of that event, which will be observed in the year 2000," says Dr. Janzen. "Several anniversaries of local historical significance are also being observed in 1999, such as the 50th anniversary of Newfoundland’s entry into Confederation and the 50th anniversary of the host institution, Memorial University of Newfoundland. We’re therefore confident that the convergence of so many anniversaries will ensure that the conference will be both exciting and appealing to participants."
|May 30, 1999|
|News Article||Panama City Congress||6/19/1999|
The work of two faculty members of Grenfell College will be represented at the XVII Pan-American Congress on Movement, July 1-10, in Panama City, Panama.
David Carroll, chair of the environmental studies program, and Dr. Roy Hostetter, head of the division of fine arts, worked in conjunction with Dr. Wayne Eastman, co-ordinator of applied arts and access programs at College of the North Atlantic, to produce a paper being presented at the Congress.
The paper is titled High School Physical Education Enrolment and Leisure Time Physical Activity of Post-secondary Students: One Canadian Perspective.
This paper accompanies another to be presented by Dr. Eastman, titled The Active Living Approach: A Canadian Blueprint for Physically Active Young Children.
The presentation is designed to afford conferees an overview of the Canadian active living approach to physical activity for young children. It will present a framework for educators to support an active lifestyle among young children (birth to age 5).
Glenn Dicks, District Administrator of the College of the North Atlantic, sees this as another example of the co-operation and excellent rapport that exists between the faculties of the two public institutions.
"The west coast has the potential to flourish as a centre of study for an international clientele," he says. "Opportunities also exist to sell education as an export product. When you consider the attractions, the outdoor activities, the educational infrastructure on the west coast, we have a lot to offer."
The congress will host delegates and presenters from North America, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe, representing about 40 countries.
|June 19, 1999|
|News Article||Theatre By the Bay Press Conference Advisory||6/23/1999|
Gerry Byrne, Member of Parliament for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte and the company of Theatre by the Bay cordially invite you to attend a press conference on Monday, June 28, 1999 at 9 a.m. in the Student Center food court of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Theatre by the Bay is based on the premise that students should have the opportunity for meaningful summer employment within their field of study. The group, based at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, has employed theatre students majoring in acting and in stagecraft as well as students pursuing visual arts and business careers.
The group’s casts, crews, marketing and administration employees have come primarily from the Bay of Islands region, with a good proportion from the rest of the island and Labrador. These participants have come not only from Grenfell College, but from Memorial University’s main campus in St. John’s, as well as Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University and local high school graduates about to enter post-secondary institutions.
Theatre by the Bay is strongly supported by Grenfell College’s theatre/fine arts division through in-kind donation of facilities and the commitment of time and effort by faculty and staff to ensure the quality of the productions.
Through the production of live theatre that depicts and reflects the Newfoundland and Labrador experience, Theatre by the Bay also acts as a stimulus for the local tourism industry.
Please come along and learn more about the company, take in a few scenes of this year’s production line-up and hear how the federal government is supporting our efforts this summer. Refreshments will be provided following the press conference.
|June 23, 1999|