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(November 15, 2001, Gazette)

30 years ago
New publications program for ISER
November 1971
— The first books in the Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (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 Frenchman’s 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. John’s campus, overcrowding at the Main Library forces 200,000 volumes to be transferred to a new location in the Seabord Building on O’Leary 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 known.

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 O’Leary 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 MUNFA’s 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 Memorial’s 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. John’s campus Nov. 20 and classes are cancelled for the day.

10 years ago
Understanding Scholarship
November 1991
— The President’s 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 Canada’s universities which will accompany Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar’s1992 NASA space flight.

Five years ago
A time to remember
November 1996
— At this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony, Bill Pitford, treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Provincial Command, reminds the audience that “if we don’t remember, their lost lives will be in vain.” Memorial President Arthur May expressed similar sentiments, observing that while it is difficult for today’s 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 university’s two-year forestry program as well as the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada and Western Newfoundland Model Forest Inc.