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March 6, 2003, Gazette

30 years ago
Library planning committee established

March 1973 — Vice-president M. O. Morgan announces the establishment of a library planning committee to undertake an in-depth study of the needs of the university for library services during the next five years. The committee will make recommendations for developing these services, taking into account factors such as the impact of advancing technology on the operation of the library and the nature of the library itself.

In other news, regulations governing the degree of master of physical education are approved by Senate.

25 years ago
New dean of education

March 1978 — President Morgan announces the appointment of Brose Paddock as dean of the Faculty of Education at Memorial. Mr. Paddock, a graduate of Memorial, has worked as a classroom teacher, principal and supervisor in the Newfoundland school system. He jointed the Faculty of Education at Memorial in September 1967.

In other news, students vote to use a three-quarter of a million dollar Student Union Building Fund for the purpose of negotiating a start on a new library. The vote was six-to-one in favour of the transfer.

20 years ago
President predicts sizable shortfall

March 1983 — After a preliminary analysis of the university’s financial position, in light of the recent provincial budget, President Leslie Harris says indications are that Memorial faces a potential shortfall of $3.1 million for the fiscal year 1983-84. The difficulties result in large part from a reduction in revenues from tuition because of the new high school program that now includes Grade 12.

In other news, the Board of Regents approves a proposal to institute a new scholarly journal focussing on Newfoundland studies. Provisionally titled Newfoundland Studies, the journal will publish twice a year with the first issue appearing in the spring of 1984. Editors for the publication are Richard Buehler and W. J. Kirwin of the Department of English.

15 years ago
Experts work with Ocean Studies Task Force

March 1988 — The Ocean Studies Task Force and its International Advisory Council are launched at Memorial. Dr. J. Fraser Mustard, president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in Toronto, is one of several representatives of the 27-member advisory council who travelled to St. John’s for the launch. The task force will chart the future of marine studies at the university.

In other news, the Memorial University Faculty Association (MUNFA) wins the vote to be the official representative of the university’s faculty and librarians in future labour negotiations.

10 years ago
Memorial faces funding cut of $11 million

March 1993 — President Arthur May says the only method left for the university to cope with reduced funding is to downsize the institution. This month’s provincial budget gave Memorial a grant that is $11 million short of the amount needed to maintain the status quo.

In other news, a study of low-weight infant nutrition headed by Dr. James Friel, Biochemistry, shows that low-weight infants need a nutrient-enriched formula with high amounts of zinc.

Five years ago
Budget brings good news for research

March 1998 — The recent federal budget is heralded as a landmark for postsecondary education in Canada by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The budget includes a wide range of measure aimed at lowering student debt, helping to increase access to postsecondary education and improving Canada’s capacity to create knowledge and conduct research. There are sizeable increases in funding for the granting councils NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) and MRC (Medical Research Council of Canada).

In other news, Memorial launches a completely redesigned and revised Web site. The new page will be used in the university’s marketing and recruitment efforts and will be especially useful for students in rural areas who have Internet access.