(February 7, 2002, Gazette)
30 years ago
Eskimo language research
February 1972 Dr. F. W. Peacock, Linguistics, is a research
fellow at Memorial preparing a devotional book in Eskimo. He has compiled
an Eskimo dictionary, written and translated many new church liturgies
and is now translating the Book of Psalms. A graduate of the Moravian
Theological College in Manchester, with a graduate degree on Eskimo psychology
from the University of Montreal, Dr. Peacock spent 36 of his 64 years
among the Labrador natives.
In other news, Senate approves summer schools in Grand Falls and Corner
Brook. About 700 people in western Newfoundland and 400 in central Newfoundland
are interested in enrolling.
25 years ago
New off campus division created
February 1977 The realignment of responsibilities for part-time
credit courses given by Memorial, the creation of a new Division of Part-time
Credit Courses, and several key appointments in the new administrative
structure are announced this month. Effective this April, part-time credit
courses are removed from the jurisdiction of the universitys Extension
Service and placed under the new office headed by Dr. A. H. Roberts, dean
of part-time credit studies. Dr. A.M. Sulllivan, principal of the Regional
College at Corner Brook, will replace Dr. Roberts as director of Extension
20 years ago
February 1982 An elaborate and colourful ceremony accompanies
the official installation of Dr. Leslie Harris as president and vice-chancellor
of Memorial University this month. Honorary degrees, a doctor of letter
and a doctor of laws were conferred on Francess Georgina Halpenny and
Paul Emile Leger, respectively.
15 years ago
Financial concerns for students
February 1987 The results of a survey undertaken by the universitys
Department of Budgets and Audits, in cooperation with the Office of the
Registrar, indicate that a significant number of students did not return
to Memorial this past September, in spite of being eligible to do so,
because they had found employment. A second large group of students did
not return because of a lack of personal funds, making financial concerns
the most prevalent factors for student enrolment.
In other news, Memorials new Centre for Computer Aided
Engineering officially opens this month. The $1 million centre, part of
the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, was made possible by a
grant from the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Development Fund.
10 years ago
Co-op programs adjusts to recession
February 1992 This is probably the most difficult year the
co-op program has ever faced, according to Andrew Crichton, chair of program
development in the universitys Division of Co-operative Education.
There are still about 50 engineering students and 20 business students
who have to be placed for their work terms this year. Mr. Crichton says
new economic reality is causing the entire co-op program to shift its
emphasis away from large corporations toward smaller businesses.
In other news, Memorial has developed written polities and
procedures to be used as guidelines in the extension of appointments for
faculty and librarians beyond the retirement age of 65. In the past, requests
that appointments be extended for three years beyond regular retirement
age were almost automatically approved, but the new policy provides for
consultation with colleagues in the persons department and makes
it explicit that any period of extension is for a maximum period of one
year and with a maximum of three extensions.
Five years ago
Application now on the Web
February 1997 Undergraduate applications to Memorial can now
be filed via the World Wide Web. The Registrars Office expects most
of the people who fill out applications on-line will be senior high school
students. Web applications are received by Banner, the electronic student
record system, so there is no chance of the application being lost or
In budget news, the federal budget this
month included new funding for research infrastructure for post-secondary
institutions and new tax breaks for students.