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March 4, 2004



Remembrances of Memorial past...

30 years ago
Educational institute established
March 1974
– The Institute for Educational Research and Development (IERD) is established this month at Memorial. The purpose of the institute is to undertake, sponsor and encourage research studies and development prospects that can contribute significantly to education in the province.

In other news, Dr. Robert Paine, Anthropology, is appointed director of publication for the university's Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER).

25 years ago
New chancellor
March 1979
– Paul B. Desmarais is appointed chancellor of Memorial University. He is chair of the board and CEO of Power Corporation of Canada, Shawinigan Industries Limited and Trans-Canada Corporation Fund.

In other news, Dr. G.M. Story, professor of English, is appointed Henrietta Harvey Professor of English Language and Literature at Memorial. Dr. Story is author, co-author and editor of nine books as well as more than 80 papers and essays since he returned to Memorial as a teacher in 1954. He is now completing work on the Dictionary of Newfoundland English with W. Kirwin and J.D.A. Widdowson.

20 years ago
History PhD program to be offered
March 1984
– Senate approves a PhD program in three areas of history: maritime history, Newfoundland history, and Canadian history. The doctoral program will get underway in the fall semester of 1985.
In other news, a re-organized ISER (Institute of Social and Economic Research) with an enhanced applied research commitment will be headed by Dr. Doug House, Sociology. Dr. Robert Paine continues as editor of ISER.

15 years ago
University and MUNFA sign contract
March 1989
– Members of the Memorial University Faculty Association (MUNFA) have ratified their first collective agreement with the university. In a ballot held on March 1, faculty and librarians voted 76 per cent in favour of accepting the collective agreement, which includes a total wage increase of 29.9 per cent over three years. The collective agreement is signed March 16.

10 years ago
Food Processing Pilot Plant opens
March 1994
– Industry and entrepreneurs in the province can now take advantage of a facility at Memorial to develop value-added food products. The Food Processing Pilot Plant on Mount Scio Road is ready to accept contracts to conduct pilot scale research and development for the food industry. Dr. Suad Ghazzala is director of the pilot plant and assistant professor (food process engineering).

Five years ago
New president for Memorial
March 1999
– This month the Board of Regents appoints Dr. Axel Meisen as the university's next president and vice-chancellor. Dr. Meisen will succeed Dr. Arthur May, who retires in August and who has been president and vice-chancellor of Memorial since 1990.


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