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
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.