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 universitys
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. Johns 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 universitys 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 months 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 Canadas 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 universitys marketing and
recruitment efforts and will be especially useful for students in rural
areas who have Internet access.