REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT 1961-1962
Section 1: Engineering
The enrolment for the year was 84 in the first year, 76 in the second and 27 in the third for a total of 187. Twenty-three students received their Engineering Diplomas and 5 students received a Bachelor of Science Degree as well. In the past two years 57 students have completed our Engineering Diploma Course. This Spring 8 of our diploma graduates received their Engineering Degrees, 7 at Nova Scotia Technical College and one at the University of Toronto. Four of our former students are working on post-graduate programmes and a fifth is to start this fall on studies combining the fields of Engineering and Fisheries.
This year the students have benefited by our vastly improved facilities in the classrooms, the science laboratories and especially in our own laboratories. The drafting rooms have good lighting, specially designed desks, adequate space and pleasant surroundings; all conducive to study. Our new reading room was used a great deal between classes, as were our drafting rooms. Our new Engineering Materials Laboratory has been fitted up and when a new testing machine is installed this year it will be equipped not only for a course in Strength of Materials but also to do research on the properties of engineering materials.
Changes in the Engineering Course:
Certain revisions in the Engineering Diploma Course, to take effect in the next academic year, have been prepared for presentation to the Faculty Council and Senate. The reason for revising the Engineering Diploma course is to be able to introduce fundamental engineering courses at an earlier stage than heretofore in the five year course. These new introductory courses will replace others which are not thought to be as important as they were in the past. In brief, the new courses are in Thermo-dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Electric Circuits and a new elective course. The courses cancelled are Engineering Problems 100, Engineering Problems 200 and Surveying 200.
Surveying Camp was held in September and we had the largest number of students taking this course in the history of the University. All our outdoor work was performed on the campus so that there was a great saving in time over previous years. The evening work was extended this year and much more was accomplished than heretofore. This September we plan to include most of the course work that was formerly given in Surveying 200 so that this subject can be dropped from the regular year's programme to make way for new engineering courses.
We have always felt that students appreciate, and benefit from, field trips to places where engineering work is being carried out. The outings this year reflect the changing scene in Newfoundland as we visited the tracking station in Pouch Cove and the oil refinery in Holyrood as well as the birch and machinery plant on the Topsail Road.
We believe that this is one of the most important courses taken by the Engineering students, and because it is done as a non-credit course we have given a great deal of our time and effort to make it attractive and successful. This year our experience was very satisfactory. We made some changes which we feel worked out quite well. One was to have a member of our Staff in charge of each programme to see that the speakers and other performers were prepared for the occasion. A special shield was donated by Mr. Percy Crosbie and the names of the winning teams will be engraved on it each year. This will make the student feel that he has an important part to play in the programme, no matter how small, as he is part of a team effort. This year the Engineering team won the University Debating Contest. We are very proud of this and feel that it will make our speaking programme all the more important in the eyes of the students.
Section 2: Buildings
This has been an eventful year for us in the new University buildings and by and large the planning has been good and the new facilities have enabled us to do a better job in the laboratories and in the classrooms. However, since our predicted enrolment rises rapidly in the next five years we must continue our planning to enable us to keep pace with this rise.
Section 3: Architecture
A new diploma course in Architecture, in which we are associated with the Nova Scotia Technical College degree course, was approved by our Faculty and Senate this year and already we have several students started on the programme. The course is closely parallel with that of engineering so that the students may have until their second year to decide whether to proceed with architecture or engineering. This is a good thing since architecture is such a specialized profession requiring certain innate skills. There is a need for additional architects in Newfoundland and we were given great support from the local architects to set up this diploma course at the University. We have received, from the Association of Professional Architects of Newfoundland, the second installment of money to purchase books for the Library.
Section 4: Forestry
Twelve students were registered in the first year course and seven in the second for a total of nineteen. This was almost twice the number of students we had last year. Three of our former students graduated in Forestry at the University of New Brunswick this Spring.
Field Trips and Films:
Visits to industrial plants and the showing of films were employed to aid in teaching courses in Wood Technology and Forest Industries. The operations of the Horwood Lumber Company and the Atlantic Hardwoods Limited were observed on two field trips. Students were shown comprehensive films on the Bowater's enterprise in Newfoundland as well as other films of a more general nature. A short course in film projection was given the students through the courtesy of the National Film Board.
This year a course in Wood Technology was introduced and considerable laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, slides, etc., was needed. We wish to thank the Department of Biology and Physics for the loan of equipment and the Forestry Department of the University of New Brunswick for a gift of slides. Additional funds this year will help make us self-sufficient in laboratory equipment.
Memorial University's first forestry camp started May 7th and ended May 19th. Eight students took part. Good weather made extensive field work possible. Windsor Lake and Cochrane Pond were the sites used for the demonstration and practice of various timber inventory methods, and the use of the map and compass in wood travel. The Brigus barrens and Torbay pine plantations were visited also, and a brief survey was made of the former to determine its growth rate and the extent of winter storm damage. Canoe practice and tree identification completed the outdoor activities. Lectures and exercises on topics such as aerial photography, forest insects and diseases, and compilation of plot data occupied the wet days.
Transportation was kindly provided by the Forest Service of the Department of Mines, Agriculture and Resources; and by the Newfoundland office of the Federal Department of Forestry, the latter also supplied the canoe.
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