Grenfell’s second- and third-year
students will bring one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies – Macbeth - to
The show will run at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture
Centre from March 5-7, 2020.
working hard to bring this important play to life,” said Prof. Jerry Etienne, director, of
the notoriously complex play. “There
are many components, including violence and encounters with the supernatural,
that adds to the complexity and level of difficulty of this play. We’re hopeful
it will also contribute to the enjoyment of the audience.
characters are also complex and multi-layered. Macbeth himself is not only a great warrior and a man of
blood but he is also a man of immense imagination and conscience. He is at once
dangerous and vulnerable, sensitive and cold blooded. What makes this play so
riveting and timeless is the way that we can identify through Macbeth our own potential for evil.
But this is so much more than a play about good and evil. The play immerses us
into the lengths to which we might go to in order to appease our ambitions..
The question Macbeth poses is,
“How much are you willing to pay for that gold medal or an appearance on the
six o’clock news?” Grenfell’s Macbeth is not a one-dimensional evil man.
He's a man of conscience and of great courage and resolve who takes on the very
fates in a bloody battle to the death.”
Performing Shakespeare is a challenge to
actors whether they are young or they have years of experience, said Prof.
“ ‘They’ say if you can play Shakespeare
well, you can play anything. Shakespeare, more than any other playwright,
explores so many shades of the human condition that it would take a lifetime to
absorb everything in his work. The quality of his language is remarkable. The
scale of emotion is huge. Most of Shakespeare’s characters are larger than
life but they are real, and by knowing them, we understand a little more about
The play is being directed by theatre program chair
and professor, Jerry Etienne and includes the talents of Julia Quinton,
assistant director, and main cast: Christian House, Bailey Jackson, Luke Rowe,
Ryan Andrews, Lauren Gillingham and Gina Hrachy. Lighting and set designer
Renate Pohl will delight the audience, sound will be in the hands of technician
Louis McDonald, and roy Hansen-robistchek will enrich the story with his
Indigenous People’s Week events will kick off on Monday, March 2 at
“The week-long series of events is part of the long-term project of
indigenization, which seeks to re-centre Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and
doing so they are woven throughout the fabric of the institution,” said Kelly
Anne Butler, student affairs officer, Indigenous Affairs.
The public events scheduled for the week is as follows:
Monday, Mar 2
3:30- 4:30 p.m. AS 378
Labrador Institute Field School in Community: Archaeology and
Cultural Resource Management
Scott Nielsen will present an overview of the Labrador Institute field
school and their plans for the Summer 2020 offering. Following the
presentation, Mr. Nielsen will answer questions related to the field school and
archaeological practice in general.
Wednesday, Mar 4
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. AS atrium
Indigenous Arts/Crafts Fair
Indigenous artists and craftspeople will set up as vendors all day with
10:30- 11:30 a.m., AS 2011
Indigenous Reads Book Club
Gather with others who have read Jesse Thistle’s memoir From the
Ashes, for our inaugural meeting reading works from Indigenous authors.
Thursday, Mar 5
2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Reflections on an Indigenous faculty hire: Navigating the need for
Jay White was an Indigenous-specific hire at Emily Car University. He
will reflect on his experiences and discuss how institutional commitments to
change correlate with what’s actually happening.
Friday, Mar 6
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Help us complete the Wampum Belt
Stop by the AS Atrium between 11a.m. and 4 p.m. to help complete the
Grenfell Campus Wampum Belt. The wampum belt is a traditional Indigenous
craft and story-telling device that uses thousands of white and purple beads to
create images. All are welcome. No beading experience necessary.
For more information on any of these events, please click here.
In 2011 Memorial adopted a smoking policy to align with its
commitment to provide a safe, smoke-free environment for students,
faculty and staff.
The university adopted a path to a smoke-free campus with a phased-in
approach to banning smoking on all campuses that came fully into effect
in 2013. However, a smoke-free campus has not been achieved.
In the spring of 2019, Memorial surveyed the university community to
explore individual experiences and suggestions for improvements related
to the smoking policy. The survey results were used to inform the
revised policy draft.
As examples, of the 2,888 responses received, 97 per cent of
respondents say they have seen someone smoke on campuses; 61 per cent
feel they have been affected by second-hand smoke exposure; and more
than 650 survey responses suggested a designated smoking area as
something to consider.
Based on survey feedback, observations since the policy was
implemented and a review of provincial legislation, the revised policy
draft considers the concept of designated smoking areas, while
committing to a smoke-free campus in all other areas.
In accordance with the university’s policy framework, a revised smoking policy is available for consultation. Members of the university community are invited to review the documents and forward comments to the Office of the Chief Risk Officer by April 15, 2020.
After consultation concludes, a recommendation for any required
amendments to the policy will go to the Board of Regents later in 2020.
The draft policy can be found here: Draft Smoking Policy.
Please see message below from Dr. Jeff Keshen, vice-president, Grenfell CampusDear all,The last week has been an extraordinary one for Grenfell and all Memorial University Campuses, just as it has been for everyone across the province, and far more broadly. I want to express profound appreciation to everyone on Campus for the way that you've responded during this very difficult and stressful time. I know that for many, your concerns extend beyond your studies to the health and well-being of family and friends. I hope that you are all coping well; the support you are providing to one another has been extremely helpful. As our students know, professors have demonstrated tremendous flexibility, innovation and support to help those they teach successfully complete the academic term. All our staff, in every capacity, have contributed in innumerable ways to make this unprecedented transition work in a timely and effective manner.Students, if any of you require help, please reach out to your professors, to those running our academic schools, to our campus counsellor, to those managing our various departments, or to me – we are all here ready to provide the support you need. You can find a list of contacts at https://www.mun.ca/covid19/contact.phpI also want to express particular appreciation to our students for adjusting, both quickly and in so many ways, to this new, and extraordinary, reality. In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to you to provide – depending on your circumstances - information on admissions, registration, and graduation. At Grenfell, we pride ourselves on being a supportive, tight-knit community, and, as such, we will be in contact and available to you.We can all take tremendous pride in the way in which everyone at Grenfell has responded. I look forward to the time when I can welcome everyone back to Campus and to express my gratitude in person.Take care, be well, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.Yours sincerelyJeff KeshenVice-President, Grenfell Campus
These past three weeks have been an unprecedented time for our university and our communities.
I hope you are each taking care of yourselves, practising social distancing and hand washing and doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
I want to extend my sincere thanks to the many people who are working across all our campuses to keep critical university functions operating during this period.
I know this is a stressful time and your dedication to our community is evident. Working together, while standing safely apart, we will get through this.
As I prepare to finish my appointment as president and vice-chancellor, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for an amazing 10 years.
When I accepted the offer to become Memorial's president in 2010, I said it was a life-changing decision, and each and every day after it has been a privilege and honour to serve as president and vice-chancellor.
As my wife Teresa and I reflect back on the past decade, we are amazed at, and so thankful for, the incredible people we've met, both at the university and throughout the province we now call home. It's been an extraordinary experience.
Ten years ago when I walked into the Senior Common Room to meet members of the Memorial community, I knew next to no one.
Now, I walk through any room and talk to friends, colleagues and acquaintances about shared experiences and the many successes we've accomplished together over the past decade.
It's the dedicated and talented people here at our university that make this such a tremendous place.
Collaboratively, we have achieved so much and I thank every one of you for what you have done to ensure Memorial thrives.
Ten years have gone by lightning fast.
Time goes by so quickly, so I want to encourage you to think about what you want to accomplish.
Think about the things the university has done, can do and all the things that are necessary to still do.
Think about how this incredible institution can continue to contribute to this wonderful province and its people, our country and beyond.
After I finish my appointment as president, I will continue to be part of this institution and this province and I hope to be part of the many future successes of both.
I look forward to celebrating the future accomplishments of Memorial's students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni . . . and also doing more fishing!
Thank you all.
To read a salute to Dr. Kachanoski from Iris Petten, chair of the Board of Regents, please visit here.
As the effects of the COVID-19 crisis continue to ripple
across the globe, students at Memorial are experiencing many of the same
emergencies as other global citizens.
Student parents are unable to support their families due to
job loss. Individuals are dealing with extenuating medical conditions. Housing
and/or food insecurities are prevalent.
In response, funds are in place to support the spectrum of
stressful situations. The Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund and
the SGS Graduate Student Emergency Fund are available to both
undergraduate and graduate students on any of Memorial’s campuses.
Dr. Vianne Timmons, Memorial’s new president and
vice-chancellor, recently acknowledged in a video message that Memorial is
doing everything in its power to put the needs of the students above all else.
“The people of this province are known for banding together
as a community, and that is exactly what the Memorial family has done during
this recent crisis,” Dr. Timmons said. “As you very well may anticipate, many
of our students are experiencing hardships. In addition to adjusting to the
cancellation of all in-person classes, an unexpected shift away from on-campus
learning, being directed to quickly vacate university residences, many of our
students have also lost badly needed income from on-campus employment. Some are
unable to return home, and many are without the necessary equipment to complete
their coursework remotely.
“These students are in sudden need of emergency funding,”
continued Dr. Timmons, encouraging people to contribute as they are able,
adding that she herself has contributed to the funds.
more from Dr. Timmons here.
‘Little margin for error’
Dr. Aimée Surprenant, dean of the School of Graduate
Studies, doesn’t want students to have to worry about their future.
“The constantly moving situation created by the current
crisis leaves graduate students apprehensive about how they will complete their
research and programs as well as being deeply concerned about their futures,”
said Dr. Surprenant. “Many students have carefully budgeted for their
education, leaving little margin for error along the way. The hope is that
these funds can, in some small way, help students at a critical time and help
to ease the immediate financial worries arising from events outside of their
Over $40,000 raised
Since the fund has been established, many faculty, staff and
alumni of Memorial have enthusiastically made contributions.
Dr. Donna Hardy Cox, associate vice-president (academic),
says it’s heartening to see the positive response from across the university
“These two funds will help Memorial students find themselves
in extremely vulnerable situations because of COVID-19 – those who are
currently struggling to pay rent, to buy groceries, to meet basic, critical
needs,” said Dr. Hardy Cox. “We recognized a need early on and the
undergraduate and graduate student support teams came together to make this
happen, working with the Office of Development. It is heartening and not at all
surprising to see the positive response from across the Memorial community and
Undergraduate students wishing to apply for funding
should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate students should contact email@example.com.
For those who wish to contribute, visit here .
Psychology student Blair Curtis was part of a group asked to bridge sociological theory to real life. As a transgender person, Mr. Curtis saw this as an opportunity to allow the voices of gender-diverse people of the province to be documented.
Mr. Curtis was a student of social/cultural studies professor Dr. Rie Croll's sociology course. He, together with the rest of class, developed the Gender Fluidity Care Guide - a zine (on-line, accessible, publishing platform) manual that will help educate health care professionals and first responders on gender diverse identities.
"In my section of the manual I helped to create an anonymous and voluntary questionnaire that asked gender diverse folks questions such as: how can health care professionals comfortably ask someone about their name and pronouns, and how can health care professionals best help a gender diverse person with their experience of gender dysphoria?" he said. "Responses to these questions might allow health care professionals to gain knowledge directly from the gender fluid community. As well, it allows gender diverse folks ease of mind knowing that the education health care professionals receive on their identity is accurate, and is grounded in their lived experiences."
The goal was to get the guide into the hands of as many people as possible.
Mr. Curtis forwarded the link to some of the top brass at Western Health, numerous doctor/dentist/optometry offices, St. John's Pride, Pflag, Parents of Gender Diverse Kids Western NL, and Quadrangle.
The manual was received positively by many people including a local physician who forwarded it to Memorial University's School of Medicine as a potential resource to help medical students understand the needs and circumstances of this population.
"My hope for this resource is that if anyone has questions – even people not in the health care field – regarding the gender diverse community that they know this manual is a resource they can turn to," said Mr. Blair. "I hope that it encourages conversation with the gender diverse community so that their identities are better understood. As well, I hope that it ensures gender diverse folks are able to receive the care they need in an environment that understands them."
Grenfell Campus alumni Jason Carmichael is on the ground in Kenya, working to facilitate accessible, accurate COVID-19 testing to residents.
Mr. Carmichael, an Ottawa resident, graduated from Grenfell Campus in 2012 with a degree in sustainable resource management. Following this, he pursued a master in public health, University of British Columbia.
For the last five years, he has been with the World Health Organization in over 20 countries on the continent of Africa, primarily with the emergency response team but most recently as a program manager in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From there, he became part of a company TIBU that has been carrying out the primary research and building the model and tech for business in Kenya (TIBU).
His business was created to bridge gaps in Kenyan health care including the underemployment of healthcare workers and the challenges of patients in accessing quality, private healthcare. They saw the solution was a technology platform (the TIBU app) and medical kits that reflect the capabilities of a typical outpatient clinic (including lab capabilities).
"This project provides unemployed healthcare workers the opportunity to run their own medical practices without the costly barriers of entry and provide people the opportunity to get a healthcare worker on demand wherever and whenever they need them," said Mr. Carmichael.
The focus of the business has changed with the recent COVID-19 global pandemic. The main problem faced, as in many countries, is inadequate testing.
TIBU partnered with a laboratory Lancet Pathologist Kenya to decentralized COVID19 testing throughout Kenya.
"TIBU is the technology platform that enables triage, registration, payment and link between the patient and the lab, whereas Lancet collects and tests samples for COVID. Our technology powers this decentralized model for testing. Such a home-based model has not yet been done in Africa and we are excited to get this off the ground next Tuesday.
"We are equally looking at a number of ways to hold "medical camps" for COVID testing whereby we create a safe place where people can come and get tested easily and for free. "
One of the main challenges Mr. Carmichael and this colleagues would like to address through this partnership, and hopefully with the support of institutions outside of Kenya, is increasing testing among vulnerable groups (chronic illness patients, the elderly, pregnant and urban poor).
"The price-point for voluntary COVID19 testing currently puts it out of reach of most and we would like to change this."
The system can triage and identify those high-risk or vulnerable patients but financial support to offer COVID-19 testing to these groups free of charge. For more information about the project, Mr. Carmichael can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.