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(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 university’s 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 Service.

20 years ago
Special convocation
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 university’s 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, Memorial’s 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 university’s 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 person’s 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 Registrar’s 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 sidetracked.

In budget news, the federal budget this month included new funding for research infrastructure for post-secondary institutions and new tax breaks for students.