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(October 5, 2000, Gazette)

30 years ago
Fall convocation marks 21st birthday

October 1970
– This month the university’s vice-chancellor confers 243 degrees and diplomas at the fall convocation, with 16 master’s or graduate diplomas presented. This convocation marks the 21st anniversary of Memorial University. Four honorary degrees are conferred by Lord Taylor to Donald C. Jamieson, federal minister of transport; Leslie R. Curtis, president of the Privy Council; Gordon A. Winter, chair of the university’s Board of Regents; and
Dr. John McKee Olds, chief of surgery at the Notre Dame Memorial Hospital.

In other news, Edna Baird Stephenson, organizer of education activities for the Extension Service and former head of the Household Science department, retires this month after a career of 37 years with Memorial University college and the university.

And just to show how prices change over time, back in 1970 a three-bedroom house on Waterford Bridge Road was renting for $220 per month; a three-bedroom on Brownrigg Place for $180 per month.

25 years ago
Regional college dedicated

October 1975
– A special dedication ceremony to mark the official opening of the regional college at Corner Brook is held this month, presided over by Dr. G.A. Frecker, chancellor of Memorial. Seven honorary degrees are conferred at a special convocation held during the opening. The degrees are conferred on Frank Moores, author Elizabeth Goudie, business leader William J. Lundrigan, Dr. Noel F. Murphy, trades union leader Harry S. Oxford, educator Henry Payne, and noted Canadian psychologist Dr. George Andrew Ferguson.

20 years ago
Four honorary degrees awarded

October 1980
– This fall’s convocation sees honorary degrees awarded to business leader Brian Mulroney, musician and educator Ignatius Rumboldt, biochemist Bernard R. Belleau, and business leader F. Ross Johnson. In other news, Imperial Oil will contribute $200,000 to the university’s Anniversary Fund over the next five years. The first payment of $40,000 is presented this month by Don Lougheed, executive vice-president and director of Imperial Oil.

15 years ago
Student registration increases

October 1985
– Final registration figures for the university confirm a record-breaking number of students attending university in Newfoundland this semester. The total full-time undergraduate enrolment for both St. John’s and Corner Brook stands at 10,072, with the most dramatic increase in first-year courses. This month also features activities for National Universities Week, the second national celebration of the role of universities in Canadian life. This year’s theme is Extending Ideas Into Your Community, and Memorial is doing that with nine days of activities. These include a cross-country race, special film showings, and a chance to plant a tree in front of the Arts Administration Building.

In convocation news, a special convocation to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College takes place this month, with 40 degrees awarded. Honorary degrees are conferred on Dr. William Joseph Carroll, a distinguished member of the Canadian Forestry Service; and Dr. Edward B. Pulford, one of Canada’s finest watercolour painters. In other good news for Sir Wilfred Grenfell this month, Premier Brian Peckford announces $5.1 million in funding for a School of Fine Arts. The money will provide a new building and allow expansion of existing programs as well as the new fine arts program.

10 years ago
Two distinguished women honoured

October 1990
– The 1990 fall convocation honours two individuals whose long and productive careers have been spent within different areas of the Canadian educational structure: Dr. Ursula M. Franklin, a distinguished researcher and faculty member at the University of Toronto; and Alice Edna Wareham, whose dedicated career in education includes working in rural Newfoundland’s all-grade schools, urban schools, school administration and teaching at Memorial.

In strike news, administrative, instructional and technical support workers continue to picket. Although classes are continuing, certain services such as library hours, have been scaled back.

Five years ago
More than 650 to receive degrees

October 1995
– Fall convocation sees more than 650 students receive undergraduate and graduate degrees during two sessions. In addition, honorary degrees are conferred on Charles Haywood Murphy Jr., a prominent member of the oil industry; Moishe Kantorowitz, a Holocaust survivor who has dedicated his life to increasing public awareness about that chapter in history; and Grunia Movschovitch Ferman, a survivor of the Nazi occupation, who has committed much of her life to helping others.

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