Flashback Remembrances of Memorial Past...
35 years ago
Senate holds special meeting
April 1970 ≠ A special meeting of the Senate was held to approve regulations for summer session and regulations covering those found guilty of cheating in examinations. The meeting also approved undergraduate courses in Sociology, Philosophy, Mathematics and Education.
30 years ago
Report on new library
April 1975 ≠ Planning is now underway for a new university library, and the Gazette contributes to the process with a special library issue. The library report looks at users, functional considerations, administration, acquisitions and processing, and service and information.
25 years ago
April 1980 ≠ Work is well underway on the changeover from Memorialís present telephone system to Centrex. The Newfoundland Telephone Company is on schedule with cabling and other changes. To ease the changeover process, the Gazette features a Q&A on the new system, which features 737 as the first three digits for all university numbers and allows internal calls to be made using just the last four digits.
20 years ago
Major funding for Music
April 1985 ≠ Two important projects at Memorial receive major federal funding this month. A $400,000 cheque for the universityís new music building and the final signing of a $2.85 million contract with the Canadian International Development Agency represent the culmination of long-term planning by the university and the federal government. The $400,000 from the Department of Communications is the first instalment on its pledge to the music building of $1.5 million.
15 years ago
April 1990 ≠ Several hundred postsecondary students in St. Johnís march on the federal government to protest the proposed Goods and Services Tax, cuts in student employment programs, and matters relating to student loans.
10 years ago
University left underfunded
April 1995 ≠ Once again, Memorialís grant is reduced in the provincial budget, this time by $2.5 million. The Faculty of Medicineís budget, which comes from the Department of Health, is reduced by $206,100. University President Arthur May said that excluding the health portion of the universityís funding, the actual shortfall totals more than the cut to its grant because of commitments such as changes to benefits and step increases that are part of collective agreements. Meanwhile, Memorialís administration is asking the province to provide the university with a four to five-year budget next year.
Five years ago
Research chair for Business
April 2000 ≠ The first research chair for the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial is announced this month. The focus of the Hubert W. Kelly Memorial Chair will be on youth-led, entrepreneurial start-ups in small cities in rural regions lacking an established industrial infrastructure. The chair will work to foster an entrepreneurial culture in the university and community at large, while conducting leading-edge research into technological entrepreneurship. The new post is held by Dr. Robert Richards, co-founder, CEO, and former president of Genesis Organic Inc.