The 40's

The President,
Memorial University College.

This year there are 96 women students registered in the College, of whom 62 are students from outside Saint John's. The outport students come from various parts of the Island, from Notre Dame Bay, White Bay, Fortune Bay, Trinity Bay, Bonavista Bay, from the South Coast, from Placentia Bay, from the Avalon Peninsula and from points situated on the Railway Line. Their preparation for college has, of necessity, been somewhat varied. Some have been prepared in High Schools, many others have received their previous education in small schools throughout the Island. Naturally some students find the adjustment to life in College more difficult than others, and my major interest during the first term has been to endeavour to make this adjustment as pleasant as possible.

Following the custom established over a period of years I meet the women students during the first week of the academic year. Many of them had already interviewed me in my capacity as Registrar, but this first meeting with all the women students provided an opportunity to talk to them and give them an outline of the student activities of the College and of the many opportunities that might be taken advantage of by all members of the college family. It was a source of real pleasure to me to have so many of the women students call on me after this meeting and discuss their problems which were many and varied. Of the ninety-six women students registered, all have called on me at least once in each semester and very many much more frequently. The nature of the work of the Dean of Women is so confidential that it does not permit of a detailed report.

It was a source of real sorrow to the College when some of our women students had to withdraw early in the year owing to ill health, and it is a great pleasure to record that one of them, Miss Dorothy Hynes, who entered the General Hospital with the prospect of a long period in hospital, has now recovered sufficiently to go home and is well on the road to recovery.

During the year many social functions were sponsored by the S.R.C. and class parties were given. I was very happy to be able to give some help with the planning and arrangements for these efforts of the student body to provide a home away from home for students.

The need for a College Hostel grows more pressing each year. This year perhaps more than ever, it was almost impossible to find suitable boarding houses for our students. We are fortunate that many of our women students can find accommodation in the various college residences, but until we can provide a hostel of our own many of our students cannot get the full benefit from their stay in College. I trust that the time is not too far distant when some provision, even in a small way, can be made to fill this long felt need.

May I take this opportunity of thanking you, Sir, for your constant encouragement and help; without it the Office of Dean of Women could not function.

I am grateful too, to the members of the S.R.C. and to second year students who have given me a great deal of help and, in many cases, have acted as "big sisters" to the freshmen students, and to the lady members of the Faculty especially Miss Baird and Miss Halley.

Respectfully submitted,
Dean of Women
May 26th, 1945

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