Dec. 12, 2002, Gazette
30 years ago
$150,000 for MUN
December 1972 A grant valued at $150,000, payable in three
equal annual installments, is made to Memorials Research Unit on
Vector Pathology by the International Development Research Centre. Dr.
Marshall Laird, professor of parasitology, says this money will be used
for equipment purchases and the employment of a technician. The unit is
also supported by a similar-size grant from the National Research Council
In other news, Dr. Michael Kennedy, Geology, is named the first winner
of the Young Scientist Award, presented by the Atlantic Provinces Inter-university
Committee on the Sciences. Dr. Kennedys work has concentrated on
a systematic study of the complexly deformed rocks of the central mobile
belt of Newfoundland.
25 years ago
Four honorary degrees at fall convocation
December 1977 Four honorary degrees are awarded this month
at Memorials fall convocation. The recipients are: Dr. Max Baker,
professor emeritus of engineering, Nova Scotia Technical College; Dr.
Albert Sherwood Barber, who has made a significant contribution to the
development of cooperative education at Memorial; Dr. William Anthony
Paddon, director of northern medical services with the International Grenfell
Association; and Dr. Gordon Waddell Thomas, executive director of the
International Grenfell Association.
20 years ago
Aftermath of tunnel fire
December 1982 In the aftermath of a Dec. 6 fire in the tunnels
of Memorial, university personnel are busy with clean-up operations and
assessment of damages. No one was injured in the fire, but the damaged
area tunnels between the Queen Elizabeth II Library and the entrance
to the Chemistry-Physics Building will be closed off until after
the Christmas break. About 200 lockers were totally destroyed, 200 received
heavy smoke and some fire damage and another 1,000 have additional heavy
smoke damage. As the result of an investigation by the Royal Newfoundland
Constabulary, a 17-year old university student has been charged with arson.
15 years ago
Medical notes to be more specific
December 1987 The Senate adopts guidelines for the information
to be included in medical notes written by physicians to document students
illnesses. The new guidelines state that doctors notes in support
of a students illness must be sufficiently specific to allow a proper
consideration of the case: they must be on letterhead, signed by the physician,
and include limited details on such items as the dates the student visited
the doctor, the degree and the length of time the illness is likely to
have affected the students ability to fulfill academic obligations,
and the fitness of the student to resume studies.
10 years ago
Memorial on the small screen
December 1992 Memorial will be featured prominently this holiday
season on CBC-TV, including a documentary series profiling some of the
work undertaken by staff, faculty, and students. The music of Memorial
will be featured in five shows in the Music from MUN series. On Christmas
Eve, Here We Come A-Caroling will air, featuring Memorials Chamber
In labour news, the university and its faculty union ratify a three-year
deal that covers the 1,000 professors and librarians until March 1995.
While the agreement does not include a salary increase, it does address
the issue of salary anomalies arising from the previous collective agreement.
Five years ago
University salary info now public
December 1997 In an effort to provide more information about
the operations of Memorial, the university is releasing details relating
to the salaries and compensation of its employees. For example, President
Arthur May receives an annual salary of $185,000 with no bonuses, lump-sum
payments or consulting fees.
In other news, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce donates $250,000
to Memorials Opportunity Fund. The gift is designated for the new
University Centre, which will provide enhanced services and facilities
for university students.