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years of good memories
24, 2000, Gazette)
The faces of 1975
Those who were teaching,
working or going to school at Grenfell in 1975 took time to pose
for a picture following the dinner. From left (back): Jim Snow,
Adrian Fowler, Marlene Rayner-Canham, Roy Hostetter, Elizabeth
Behrens, Geoff Rayner-Canham, Arlene Buckle, David Smallwood,
Mario MacDonald, Patricia (Hewlett) MacDonald, Jocelyn (Noseworthy)
Jacobs; (front) John Steffler, Paul Wilson, Dan Stewart, Rennie
Gaulton, Greg Mitchell, David Freeman and Mary Sparkes.
and students of the past and present kicked up their heels at
the 25th Anniversary Gala, held Saturday night in the Grenfell
College Student Centre.
By Pamela Gill
While silver balloons, white
candles and a glittering disco ball dusted the room with sparkles,
it was the spirit of years gone by that lifted the hearts of
those who attended Grenfell Colleges 25th Anniversary Gala.
Saturday nights gala,
held in the Grenfell College Student Centre, was a time for sharing
memories, both joyous and wistful.
It was the original quality
of the institution and its staff and faculty that has ensured
Grenfells success today, said Principal Adrian Fowler,
one of the original faculty members in 1975. He pointed in particular
to the influence of the late Ferriss Hodgett, Grenfells
first vice-principal. The Ferriss Hodgett Library is named for
the man who was known as the soul of Grenfell, said
We have accomplished
incredible things, we are accomplishing incredible things, and
if we continue to build on that quality we had originally, we
can accomplish incredible things in the future, he said
to a crowd of about 100 staff, faculty and students, past and
Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University, shared his
vision for Grenfell.
Creative thinking is
the future, he said, adding that the dissemination of information
will not be the challenge it has been in the past. Rather, the
ability to make use of this knowledge creatively will be the
task. Grenfell Colleges programming in fine arts, arts
and science fosters this creativity, he said.
Former staff members Greg Mitchell
and David Smallwood added some humor to the evening with their
memories. Mr. Mitchell, a former biology instructional assistant,
remembered boiling a seal carcass to preserve the skeleton, a
move that guaranteed the purchase of a fume hood for the laboratory.
And Mr. Smallwood painted a vivid picture of his participation
in a variety show, a dance number that required the donning of
Along with the reminiscences,
those in attendance were treated to a selection of musical and
theatrical excerpts from Shakespeare to the Three Penny
Opera by Debbie Joseph-Burton, Todd Hennesey and Mike
Payne, members of the first graduating theatre class in 1992,
as well as Grenfell professors Drs. Paddy Monaghan and David
Freeman and pianist Peggy Perry.
In his closing remarks, Mr.
Fowler noted that, ultimately, its the students whove
made the college what it is.
I hope that as you go
on about your own lives, youll speak well of us,
he told former and current students in the audience, because
we certainly will speak well of you.
Other 25th anniversary activities
are planned for the coming year, including a special convocation
in May, and the SWGC Art Gallery exhibition, Tracking 10 Years,
a display of the kinds of work being done by our visual arts
graduates. The exhibition opened Sunday and will run until some
time in April.