Remembrances of Memorial past...
30 years ago
Three new department heads
September 1973 – There are three new faces
in administration at Memorial this semester. Margaret McLean
is director of the School of Nursing, Leonard Richards is
appointed head of the Department of Social Work and Dr.
Maurice Scarlett takes over as head of the Department of
25 years ago
September 1978 – Two noted educators join
Memorial's faculty this fall as visiting professors. Dr.
Robert E. Feeney, professor and chair of the Department
of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska, will teach
and conduct research in the Department of Biochemistry.
Dr. Robert B. Klymasz, a noted researcher into the folklore
of Canadian ethnic groups, will teach in the Department
of Folklore. Meanwhile Newfoundlander Dr. Douglas Mews returns
for the fall semester as a Henrietta Harvey Visiting Professor
from Auckland, New Zealand. He will teach in the Department
20 years ago
Little effect from Grade 12 on enrolment
September 1983 – In spite of the advent of
Newfoundland's Grade 12 classes this fall, with an expected
drop in first-year university enrolments, Memorial enrolments
for full-time students remain high and register only a modest
drop from 1982 figures. Both first-year and senior divisions
on the St. John's campus exceeded projected enrolment figures
with 1,096 students enrolled in first-year and 5,890 in
15 years ago
New orientation event
September1988 – This year's registration
period includes an extra effort to welcome the parents of
Memorial University's students. A parent/family coffee house
and campus tours are introduced to make parents welcome
on campus and give them an opportunity to become more familiar
with the university’s facilities.
At the Maritime History Archive, quick action by staff averts
what could have been considerable water damage to the contents
of 35,000 boxes of crew agreements stored there. An air
conditioning system malfunctioned at the end of last month
but archive staff discovered the leak almost immediately
and began moving boxes and their contents in numerical order.
Of 232 boxes, the contents of only 10 boxes were damaged.
10 years ago
Networks of Excellence Program renews
September 1993 – There’s good news
for researchers at Canadian universities this fall as the
government renews the Networks of Centres of Excellence
Program, an innovative program that builds research alliances
between universities and business in areas of strategic
importance to Canada. Memorial is a partner in one of these
networks -- the Ocean Production Enhancement Network.
And history is made this month when Senate approves the
first-ever degree program to involve the Marine Institute.
Two students are already enrolled in the two-year M.Sc.
in aquaculture program, which involves the Marine Institute,
the Faculty of Science and the Ocean Sciences Centre and
is administered by the School of Graduate Studies.
Five years ago
Short strike by security staff
September1998 – To the relief of many of
the Gazette readers, Canadian Press decides to return to
the British spellings of words formerly spelled with -or
endings. Harbour, flavour and labour are welcomed back to
the pages of the university newspaper.