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(March 9, 2000, Gazette)

Remembrances of Memorial past...

30 years ago

A first for engineering
March 1970 —
A total of 63 second-year engineering students are participating in the first work-term of the new Co-operative Engineering Program. The students are working at jobs located primarily on the island, however 14 are in Labrador, four in the Maritimes and two others are in Calgary. All students are members of the first class of engineers who will graduate from Memorial with a bachelor of engineering degree in 1974.

25 years ago

Million dollar shortfall
March 1975 —
Memorial is faced with a shortfall of between $1 million and $1.5 million in its 1975-76 budgetary requirements. University President M.O. Morgan said the university must find ways to further reduce costs and also find additional revenue. Although the provincial government grant to the university is $6 million more than last year, Memorial is facing extra expenses including $2.5 million for the opening of the West Coast Junior College in Corner Brook, the new Engineering building on campus, the new Central Heating plant and the Vivarium.

20 years ago

Arthritis funding
March 1980 —
The Arthritis Society has allocated $91,640 to Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine and the Rheumatic Disease Unit at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital for important research and clinical work. A portion of the money will be used for the renewal of an arthritis associateship held by rheumatic disease specialist Dr. Ian Chalmers. He is investigating one type of arthritis which can cause severe stiffening of the back called ankylosing spondylitis, which is one of the more common types of arthritis found in the province.

15 years ago

CUPE accepts offer
March 1985 —
Local 1615 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 675 administrative, technical and technical support personnel at the university, has voted to accept the university’s latest contract offer. The outstanding issue in the contract was money, and the union has agreed to accept a lump sum payment of $750 per member and three increases of two per cent each at four-month intervals, starting April 1, 1985.

10 years ago

First halibut hatch
March 1990 —
The halibut research group is delighted that the first hatched Atlantic halibut larvae in North America are filling nearly every spare container in their hatchery at the university’s Ocean Sciences Centre. The tiny halibut larvae are described as looking like “garter snakes that have climbed on top of basketballs.” The hatch represents the successful completion of an important stage in the development of halibut aquaculture.

Five years ago

New grants support innovation
March 1995 —
Five faculty members were rewarded for their ingenuity in the classroom this month with the first-ever Instructional Development Grants from Memorial. The grants were created in part because the university wanted to draw attention to the fact that the way courses are taught should be constantly evolving, not static. The first recipients were Drs. Trevor Bell and John Jacobs, Geography, Dr. Georg Gunther, Mathematics (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College), Dr. Tom Scott, Medicine, and Dr. Michael Bruce-Lockhart, Engineering. Each grant is valued at about $3,000, with the money coming from the School of Continuing Education.