May 22, 2003, Gazette
30 years ago
May 1973 — Bernard Jackson, resident naturalist at Memorial’s
Oxen Pond Botanic Park, is the author of the new 20-page booklet on Butterflies
of the Park. Mr. Jackson lists 41 species of Newfoundland butterflies,
13 of which have been recorded in the Botanic Park. He writes briefly
on butterfly conservation, pointing out that only one species, the cabbage
butterfly, is a real pest. In addition, he provides a list of garden flowers
that are useful in attracting butterflies.
25 years ago
Six honorary degrees
May 1978 — At this year’s spring convocation, Memorial
confers six honorary degrees to: the Honourable Clarence Gosse, lieutenant-governor
of Nova Scotia; Dr. Larkin Kerwin, distinguished French Canadian physicist
and educator; Arnold James Kerr, Canadian Arctic researcher; Hugh O’Neill,
Q.C., former chief magistrate; Father Malcolm MacDonell, president of
St. Francis Xavier University; and Edith Mary Manuel, Newfoundland educator
and historian. About 1,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees are presented
along with 38 prizes, awards and medals.
20 years ago
Mature students organize
May 1983 — Mature students on campus are getting together
to form an organization that recognizes their needs and interests. The
members of Students Older than Average (SOTA) are busy planning an information
booth for fall registration and they hope to find a permanent place to
meet, socialize and share information.
15 years ago
Amalgamation creates new school and centre
May 1988 — In moves designed to streamline operations and
cut costs, Memorial is restructuring several areas within the university.
The School of General Studies will join the School of Continuing Studies
and Extension to form a new administrative structure called the School
of General and Continuing Studies and Extension. General Studies, which
is responsible for first-year university students, becomes a division
headed by a director who reports to the dean of the new school. Dr. Graham
Skanes is appointed to the post of dean.
10 years ago
Improving pedestrian safety
Groundwork is being undertaken on the Elizabeth Avenue side of the St.
John’s campus in an effort to enhance pedestrian safety. Pedestrian
traffic surveys have led to several recommendations to modify the landscape
on the university side of the road based on where people choose to walk.
Five years ago
New principal for Grenfell
May 1998 — The Board of Regents appoints Adrian Fowler
as principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook. A St. John’s
native, Mr. Fowler has an MA from Memorial and was appointed to the university’s
English Department in 1971. He moved to Corner Brook in 1975 with the
opening of the Grenfell Campus. He served as Grenfell’s vice-principal