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(July 13, 2000, Gazette)

Remembrances of Memorial past...

30 years ago
New director for biology centre

Summer 1970Dr. Marshall Laird, head of the Department of Biology, is the new director of the university’s Centre for Environmental Biology. He said the terms of reference of the centre are to be expanded to include the broad area of parasitology.

Over 3,000 students have enrolled for the 1970 Summer Session, and registration of all students was carried out in a single day. This performance was made possible by the punch card system used at Memorial for the first time last September.

25 years ago
Homecoming ‘75

Summer 1975 Memorial’s first homecoming dominated the news this summer. A history of the founding of Memorial College and lots of photos of past events were part of the coverage of 50 years at Memorial.

In other news, a new group of students is attending classes at the university this summer. About 200 vocational teachers from all across the province with educational backgrounds ranging from high school diplomas to masters degrees in their field are on campus to work towards Memorial’s new diploma/degree programs in vocation education.

And Donald Cook has been appointed as head of the Department of Music at Memorial. Mr. Cook is an outstanding organist and pianist, well-known in music circles as a teacher and music director.

20 years ago
New dean of engineering

Summer 1980 Colin D. diCenzo has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science effective August 1. Prof. diCenzo is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England. He previously served as associate dean of engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton.

In other news, an ISER (Institute of Social and Economic Research) study of the St. John’s inner city has begun. It will enumerate downtown residents, interview people moving out, and survey the area’s housing. An interdisciplinary team is in charge of the project, consisting of Christopher Sharpe, Geography, and government officials Mark Shrimpton and Richard Fuchs. The project is aimed at discovering why the population in the inner city is dropping.

15 years ago
Tenders called for TSC

Summer 1985 Tenders have been called on proposed renovations to the Thomson Student Centre (TSC) to cope with some of the severe overcrowding regularly experienced in the building. A major aspect of the current project is the expansion of the Breezeway Bay, doubling the presenting seating capacity of 200 by the addition of a two-level extension.

In Labrador, students in Memorial’s Resource Technician Training Program at North West River played a leading role. Two of the students scrambled onto the skids of a hovering helicopters only minutes before fire engulfed the area they had been working in.

10 years ago
Squid symposium attracts scientists

Summer 1990Squid experts from all over the world will come to Newfoundland early in August for the first international symposium designed to discuss and exchange information on the biology and fishery of the commercially important squid. Dr. Fred Aldrich is chair of Memorial’s Ocean Studies Task Force and organizer of the symposium. Among many topics, the symposium will explore methods and means by which squid could be developed as a dependable food source.

In other news, Dr. Rosemary Ommer of Memorial’s history department has been appointed research director of the university’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), replacing Dr. Doug House, who left to chair the province’s Economic Recovery Commission.

Five years ago
Negotiations still in limbo

Summer 1995Negotiations between Memorial’s administration and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association (MUNFA) remain in limbo since talks broke off earlier this month and conciliation failed. In July the university distributed a Handbook for Academic Staff Members to the university’s 850 faculty members, including professional librarians, represented by MUNFA. The handbook took effect July 12 and contains 25 clauses from the old collective agreement between the two parties, as well as five new clauses which represent items proposed recently be the university to the union. MUNFA’s executive says it considers the document to be illegal.