September 29, 2021
Personal and professional development. Education for life. Stimulating celebrations and discussions.
For the month of October, the Office of Alumni Engagement offers a multitude of events that will ignite the spirit.
Remembered, applauded and celebrated
MUNalum Days aims to help alumni emotionally rethink their formative years at Memorial, motivate them to reconnect with their foster mother in a new and modern way, motivating students to become engaged alumni and much more.
The past, present and future will be remembered, applauded and celebrated, combining nostalgic photos of yesteryear and videos featuring alumni discussing their accomplishments as well as their dreams for tomorrow.
The month will be filled with discussions that include topics such as the Canadian political landscape with Dr. Amanda Bittner and gender diversity with Taylor Stocks (M.Phil.’16), among a number of events from various faculties, departments and units. .
MUNalum Days also presents the Coast Lines Book Club with Alan Doyle and the 40th Annual Alumni Tribute Awards.
“The hope is that everyone participates, comments, asks questions, broadens their minds and broadens their thinking,” said Lynn Squires, Deputy Director, Office of Alumni Engagement.
“Maybe people will even share their own memories and photos of their time at Memorial. We would love that!
Five Stars: Astronomical Alumni, altering the universe is a video series produced by students of the English Department of the Stage and Screen Techniques Diploma, and supported by the Office of Alumni Engagement.
Whether working in a classroom, lab, medical clinic, on stage or under the sea, superstars don’t need to exist only in the sky. These are the stars of Memorial.
Teachers enlighten future generations and inspire them to improve society. Scientists and healthcare providers advance the health and well-being of all of us. Ocean mapping protects the world’s natural resources. Comedy lightens emotional burdens and unites people through empathy, compassion and laughter.
The series will air early next month, with five videos posted throughout October.
Name the stars and constellations
Jamie Parsons (B.Sc.’97, B.Ed. (Sec.) ’98, M.Ed. ’05)
A teacher and mentor with a background in science education and extensive experience with Youth Science Canada, Jamie Parsons is keen to inspire his students to change the world for the better.
Breanna Careen (B.Tech. ’19)
Breanna Careen’s work with Fugro, the world’s leading provider of geo-intelligence for ocean mapping, protects the world’s natural resources with cutting-edge technology that creates high-resolution images of what lies beneath the waves.
Drs. Nikitha Kendyla (PhD’19) and Purvikalyan Pallegar (PhD’20)
Part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Newfoundland and Labrador, Drs. Nikitha Kendyla and Purvikalyan Pallegar are leading researchers in gut health.
Combined with support from Memorial’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the Genesis Center, the Mel Woodward Cup winners launched Nuqliq Biologics – personalized microbiome-based therapies and diagnostic tests to support preventive healthcare.
Archana Vidyasankar, resident doctor 2017
Archana Vidyasankar is an original founder and interim executive member of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (PMHANL).
A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine’s psychiatry residency program, Dr. Vidyasankar is dedicated to the perinatal mental health of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
In this province, 28 percent of new mothers will suffer from mood disorders and anxiety, compared to the national average of 23 percent.
By filling the gaps in programs, supports and services for new families, Dr. Vidyasankar in her practice and PMHANL are committed to supporting maternal mental health, thereby helping future generations of children to become adults. strong.
This powerful group of three elders (plus one non-alum) are a supernova of shrewd insight, fiery actor, sharp writing, and cheeky comedy.
Stef Curran (BA’18), Elizabeth Hicks (BA (Hons.) ’17, MA’18), Allison Kelly (BFA (Theater) ’12) and Andrea Bulman are Newfoundland’s first all-female non-binary comedy- and Labrador troop.
Attributing much of their success to their experiences at Memorial, the girls have big dreams and show no signs of slowing down. The determination and energy of this small but powerful group destined them to fame.
Be sure to follow the Office of Alumni Engagement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to watch all videos throughout October, as well as updates on new events and celebrations. For a full list of events, visit the Alumni Engagement Office website.
Are you a member of a Memorial faculty, school, department or non-university unit that would like to host a MUNalum 101 event? Find out more.