The College, a campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, was established in September 1975. In 1979 it was named Sir Wilfred Grenfell College honouring the memory of the medical missionary who pioneered medicine in northern Newfoundland and along the coast of Labrador until his death in 1940.
Four-year degree programmes in arts, science, nursing and fine arts may be completed at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. The Bachelor of Arts degree is available in environmental studies, English, historical studies, humanities, social/cultural studies, and psychology, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) may be obtained in psychology. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) are offered in environmental science, and the University's four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree is offered in conjunction with the Western Regional School of Nursing in Corner Brook. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are conferred in visual arts and theatre. Most of these programmes are different from programmes offered on the St. John's campus and most are available only at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Students may do the first two years of the University of New Brunswick's forest resource programme at Grenfell. In addition students may complete their first year in all programmes offered at the St. John's campus (except music). With the exception of education, social work, pharmacy and medicine, students who wish to continue their education in one of the University's professional schools normally transfer to the St. John's campus after one year. Students who wish to pursue a degree in music are advised to proceed directly to the St. John's campus for their first year of university studies.
The Division of Continuing Studies offers distance education courses in Corner Brook and in northern and western Newfoundland. The Division of Community Education also offers a wide variety of non-credit courses to the students at the College and to the general public.
The College campus affords a spectacular view of the city of Corner Brook and the scenic Bay of Islands. It comprises four buildings. The Arts and Science Building houses administrative and academic units, a bookstore, an athletics and recreation wing, a student residence and the recently opened Student Centre. The Library and Computing Building includes the Ferriss Hodgett Library, a computer lab and a high tech lecture theatre. The Fine Arts Building contains facilities for students of theatre and visual arts, the college community and the general public. It features a 225-seat "back box" theatre, dressing rooms, scenery, costume and properties workshops, as well as an actors' green room and a rehearsal hall. The Fine Arts Building also includes an art gallery, art storage vault, studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, multi-media and photography, darkrooms, and workshops for lithography, intaglio and serigraphy. The new Forest Centre is to be a shared facility housing College's forestry programme as well as the Newfoundland Division of the Canadian Forestry Service and the Western Newfoundland Model Forest Incorporated. All campus buildings are connected, mostly by skywalks.
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND SERVICES
The Department of Student Affairs and Services is concerned with all aspects of student life at Grenfell College.
Staff in the department are involved in a wide range of programmes, services and activities designed to help students be successful academically while enhancing well-being, personal, and social development. These services include but are not limited to:
- Student Employment programmes
- Scholarships and Awards (students are encouraged to consult the Scholarships and Awards section of the Calendar)
- Student Recreation and Wellness
- Academic Support programmes
- Career Planning
- Services for Students with Special Needs
Students are encouraged to bring to Student Affairs all concerns associated with life at university. The department is always interested in hearing suggestions for new programmes and services which will meet students' needs.
Student Affairs and Services is located in the Student Services Centre, AS233 at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Residence and off-campus housing are also under the jurisdiction of Student Affairs. Staff in the Housing Office (RES221/201) manage the 191-bed residence facility, assign rooms and are responsible for residence life programming. This office will also assist students seeking off-campus accommodations in the Corner Brook area.
GRENFELL COLLEGE STUDENTS' UNION
The Grenfell College Students' Union of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College represents students' interests to the College administration and on a provincial and national level through the Canadian Federation of Students. The GCSU also promotes artistic, literary, educational, social, recreational, charitable, and sporting activities for the enhancement of the students of the College.
All full and part-time students pay GCSU fees and upon registration become members of the
Grenfell College Students' Union.
The College has two professional counsellors available to assist students with their concerns. The counsellors provide a free and confidential service that includes career, academic, and personal counselling. The counsellors meet with their clients individually and assist them with a wide range of concerns. When necessary, the counsellors can arrange referrals to other professionals in the community.
The Ferriss Hodgett Library is located on levels 2 and 3 of the Library & Computing Building, with seating for 203 users and includes group study rooms, audio-visual and computer carrels.
The Library holds include over 90,000 books and 550 current subscriptions, along with collections of audio-visual materials, government documents, microforms and periodicals.
A full range of public services is available including reference assistance, orientation tours and interlibrary loans, as well as access to electronic information resources, Internet, spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software.
As a branch of the University Library, the Ferriss Hodgett Library also provides its users with access to the collections and services of all other MUN libraries
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