30 years ago
New publications program for ISER
November 1971 The first books in the Institute of Social
and Economic Researchs (ISER) new publications program are now
in print. These are hardcover volumes in anthropology printed by the
University of Toronto Press and published by ISER at Memorial. The
first two books are Craftsman-Client Contracts by Louis Chiaramonte
and Patrons and Brokers in the East Arctic, edited by Robert Paine.
On the science front, Memorial receives
its ninth giant squid for study. The squid was found off Frenchmans
Island, Sunnyside, Trinity Bay. The female animal weighed over 300
pounds with an overall body length of 26 ft. 4 in.
25 years ago
First anniversary for Regional College
November 1976 On the west coast, the Regional College celebrates
its first anniversary of operations, with Principal Arthur Sullivan
announcing scholarships and gifts.
On the St. Johns campus, overcrowding
at the Main Library forces 200,000 volumes to be transferred to a
new location in the Seabord Building on OLeary Avenue. University
librarian Ted Phillips says the answer to the space shortage will
be the new library building; a construction start date is not yet
20 years ago
Move to QE II
November 1981 The move into the QE II Library begins late
this month when the first of the books stored in the OLeary
Avenue warehouse arrive.
The M. O. Morgan Scholarships are announced
by Dr. F. W. Russell, chair of the Board of Regents with $200,000
made available to the new fund $150,000 from the Anniversary
Fund and an additional $50,000 from personal gifts.
Biologists at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
find a 2.1 metre Atlantic leatherback turtle floating in the outer
Bay of Islands. Professors Lois Bateman and Alan Burger measured the
turtle and brought back the skull and slippers as well as specimens
of the muscles and linings of the mouth to the biology laboratory.
15 years ago
Approval for salary increases.
November 1986 The Labour Relations Board grants approval
to the university to implement salary increases for faculty members
and librarians covered by MUNFAs certification application.
The increases had not been implemented earlier by university president
Dr. Leslie Harris because he was unwilling to submit the terms of
a salary settlement without assurances that additional salary increase
would not be a bargaining issue for the year. He now feels those assurances
are no longer needed, since long delays in the certification process
make it unlikely that possible certification will take place before
the end of the year.
Grace M. Sparkes, retired school teacher and community activist, is
named the 1986 Alumnus of the Year. And Dr. Max House, director of
Memorials Telemedicine Centre, is one of seven Canadians honoured
for their contribution in the field of communication. He receives
a plaque from Communications Minister Flora MacDonald during Communications
Week at Expo 86 in Vancouver.
On the weather front, an early winter storm
pounds the St. Johns campus Nov. 20 and classes are cancelled
for the day.
10 years ago
November 1991 The Presidents Colloquium: Understanding
Scholarship is held the first day of mid-term break, attracting more
than 120 Memorial faculty members. The one-day colloquium was initiated
by professor emeritus Ken Roberts, Medicine, and Dr. Penny Hansen,
assistant dean of undergraduate medical education. President Arthur
May tells colloquium participants that the university is absolutely
committed to the notion that good scholarship means good teaching.
And Memorial sends a miniature university
flag to the Canadian Space Agency as part of a collection of memorabilia
from Canadas universities which will accompany Canadian astronaut
Roberta Bondars1992 NASA space flight.
Five years ago
A time to remember
November 1996 At this years Remembrance Day ceremony,
Bill Pitford, treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legions Provincial
Command, reminds the audience that if we dont remember,
their lost lives will be in vain. Memorial President Arthur
May expressed similar sentiments, observing that while it is difficult
for todays students to feel a connection to the events of wartime,
it is important to remember that Memorial University was founded in
memory of Newfoundlanders who lost their lives in war.
At Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, the Forest
Centre gets its start when the cornerstone of the new building unveiled.
The centre will comprise the universitys two-year forestry program
as well as the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada
and Western Newfoundland Model Forest Inc.