(October 18, 2001, Gazette)
Remembrances of Memorial past...
Two departments move
September and October 1971 Lack of space causes two university
departments to move off campus this fall. The Extension Service moves
to Kings Bridge Road and the Personnel Department goes west to the
Cummings Building on Freshwater Road. Meanwhile, students are having
housing problems and University President Lord Taylor says the only long-term
solution is building new residences.
At fall convocation, honorary degrees are awarded to Sir
Edward Crisp Bullard, a Cambridge University geophysicist; Dr. Leonard
Albert Miller, provincial deputy minister of health; and Dr. Don Martindale,
a sociologist at the University of Minnesota.
25 years ago
New principal for college
September and October 1977 Dr. Cyril Francis Poole is principal
designate of Memorials Regional College at Corner Brook, succeeding
Dr. Arthur Sullivan. At the St. Johns campus, Dr. G. R. Peters is
appointed associate dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
and Dr. James Barnes becomes associate director of the School of Business
Administration and Commerce. And in retirements, Dr. E.R. Seary, Henrietta
Harvey Professor of English, steps down from his university career.
Automation comes to the Main Library as zebras
or bar-coded labels are placed on books as part of the librarys
automated circulation control system. At fall convocation, Dame Vera Lynn
receives a honorary doctor of laws degree. She holds a special place of
affection in the hearts of Newfoundlanders who fought overseas with the
armed forces in the Second World War. Honorary degrees are also conferred
on Frederick William Russell, a prominent businessman; Dr. Philip Edward
Lake Smith, archaeologist; Dr. Sylva M. Gelber, director of the Womens
Bureau in the federal Department of Labour; and William Andrew MacKay,
vice-president of Dalhousie University and former president of the Nova
Scotia Human Rights Commission.
20 years ago
September and October 1982 Student enrollment increases by
more than 11 per cent for first-year students and about 17 per cent for
senior division students.
Support for the universitys Extension Service is re-affirmed
after an exhaustive three-year review, and Elayne Harris is appointed
direct of extension. Meanwhile, subscribers respond to the plight of Decks
Awash with supportive letters and subscriptions pouring in to keep
the former Memorial University extension magazine alive.
At convocation, honorary degrees are awarded to Aloysius
Patrick OBrien, farmer and linguist; Maurice H. Saval, a pioneer
and leader in the excess and special risk insurance field in Canada; Dr.
Frederic G. Cassidy, English scholar; and Dr. Jeanne Manery Fisher, teacher,
scientist and writer.
15 years ago
Dinosaur bones discovered
September and October 1987 The first dinosaur bones ever found
in the Canadian High Arctic are discovered by a research team from Memorials
Centre for Earth Resources Research, working this past summer on Bylot
Island off the northern coast of Baffin Island. Dr. Elliott Burden and
his party make the most northerly find of dinosaur bones ever while collecting
samples containing minute fossils of plant spores and pollen.
In other news, Memorial has another record student population
but this year the number of full-time students rose by just 1.2 per cent
the lowest rate of increase in several years. Memorials Presidential
Committee to Review Teacher Education holds its first meeting in September.
Five members, a chair and a secretary-co-ordinator have been appointed
so far and one more member will be nominated by the Department of Education.
Under the chair of Dr. Madeline Hardy, the committee will undertake a
comprehensive review of all aspects of teacher education within the jurisdiction
of the university. And the universitys Teleconference Centre receives
financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency to
develop a teleconference system in Jamaica.
At fall convocation three honorary degrees are awarded to:
Dr. Joseph Edward Josephson, a prominent Newfoundland pathologist; Dr.
Roger Tory Peterson, internationally-renowned ornithologist and illustrator;
and Harold Seymour Peters, senior author of The Birds of Newfoundland.
10 years ago
New research on child abuse
September and October 1991 At the School of Social Work, new
research addressing child protection and child abuse will be undertaken
with the financial support from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St.
On the St. Johns campus, a major construction project
nears completion and occupancy of the extension to the Arts and Administration
Building extension will begin this fall. And the university names the
first group of Harris Scholars, winners of the Leslie Harris Memorial
University Alumni Scholarships, awarded annually to 10 students entering
university and valued at $2,500 per year. They are named in honor of past
president Dr. Leslie Harris.
Newfoundland businessman Harold Lundrigan is named Alumnus of the Year
for 1991. At convocation, honorary degrees are conferred on two distinguished
Canadians: journalist Sandra Gwyn and historian/educator Dr. Peter Waite.
Five years ago
Summit of the Sea
September and October 1997 On Sept. 1 a special convocation
to honor Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former president of Iceland,
officially kicks off the Summit of the Sea. The summit is an interdisciplinary,
multi-focused series of conferences and seminars examining the sustainability
development of ocean resources.
Writer Kevin Major is this years Alumnus of the Year.
With the help of $500,000 from Petro-Canada, a Young Innovator
Awards Program and a research chair in women in science and engineering
At fall convocation, an honorary degree goes to Rex Murphy,
Memorial alumnus and well-known Canadian journalist and commentator.