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May 22, 2003, Gazette

30 years ago
Butterfly book
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 since 1992.