24, 2002, Gazette)
Dr. Alan Perry, chair of the Harlow Board of Trustees; Karen Cracknell,
Harlow director; and Dr. Michael Collins, Memorials associate
Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial, along with Dr. Alan J. Perry,
chair of the Harlow Board of Trustees, announced plans for the refurbishment
of the residences at the Harlow Campus at a special event held on
Jan. 10 by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development. The campus
is located in Essex, midway between London and Cambridge, and consists
of a group of 19th century and older buildings.
Our Harlow campus (residences) is in serious need of renovation
and upgrading in the physical sense of the word, said Dr. Meisen.
The Harlow Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents have been
working with the administration at Memorial to develop a plan for
the renovation of Harlows residences.
Dr. Meisen announced that the provincial government had given Memorial
the authority to take a loan to undertake the renovations. The cost
for the renovations will be around 400,000 British pounds or just
under $1 million. Dr. Meisen thanked Minister Sandra Kelly, Department
of Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education, for her support in
securing the loan and outlined Memorials plan to repay the loan
at no cost to the government and province. Part of this plan includes
the renting out of Harlow residences as inexpensive accommodation
to companies and individuals during the off-semester period.
Dr. Perry reflected on the 33-year-old history of the campus and spoke
about the current plans for renovation.
The Harlow campus joins the oldest city in New World, St. Johns
to the youngest city in Old World, Essex, said Dr. Perry. Harlow
has served a wonderful purpose - giving students the experience to
study and learn in a European setting. But we must now think of the
Until recently, almost all students using the Harlow Campus came from
the professional schools, as had been the original intention. The
largest user was, and remains, the Faculty of Education, but over
the years students have also come to Harlow from Social Work, Engineering,
Business, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy. In recent years, increased
use of the Campus has been made by the departments of Folklore, History,
Geography and English, and by the Fine Arts departments at Grenfell
Dr. Perry spoke briefly about the renovation plans which include two
beds per room with wall units. The beds will be easily folded into
the wall when only one is required. Each room will be equipped with
computer and telephone facilities. There will be one bathroom per
bedroom as opposed to the current communal bathrooms. The student
common room will be updated and a new computer room and library will
be added. None of the exteriors of the campus buildings will be altered.
Work will start May 1 and is expected to be completed for the beginning
of the fall term.