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 T-Birds turn heroes
T-Bird coach Frank Smith: "Football, next to my family, is my top priority."
Photo: Arnold Hedslrotn, The Ubyssey
One of the greatest deities in Western
mythology is named Joe. As a young man,
Joe had a fine mind and generous soul, but
his 97-pound scarecrow frame made him
the target of bullies and led to his
humiliating downfall. But Joe fought back,
risking a dime to send away for a book that
would turn him into the muscular "Hero of
the Beach"; he subsequently avenged his
honor by punching out the very muscular
meathead who had humiliated him.
In addition to making millions for
Charles Atlas, Joe worked his way into the
North American subconscious. Each one
of us is a 97-pound weakling in one department or another, and Joe has given us faith
that if only we want and work hard enough,
nothing is beyond our grasp. It isn't always
true, of course, but we still cheer those
former 97-pound weaklings who do wreak
their revenge on their erstwhile tormentors.
The Miracle Mets of 1969 and the
Cinderella Canucks of 1982 were certainly
no better than any other World Series or
Stanley Cup finalists; their tremendous appeal stemmed from the fact that they were
former doormats rising up against their oppressors.
A similar story is unfolding on UBC's
own campus, where the Thunderbirds football team, once the laughingstock of a pretty weak league, is now the best college football team in the country. Because it's taken
place over eight years, the enormity of the
transformation is obscured. Consider some
statistics. In 1974, coach Frank Smith in
herited a football team that had gone 2-8
the previous season and would go 1-8 in its
first season under him (the lone win coming
in an exhibition game against a small
Washington college). This year, Smith's
Birds went undefeated in league play, out-
scoring the opposition by an average of
37-13 in the process, then won the Western
Intercollegiate Football League final 57-3
and the Atlantic Bowl 54-1.
It matters not whether they won or lost
the Vanier Cup, the Canadian university
football championship game (held between
deadline and publication of this issue of the
. Chronicle); a loss would indicate merely an
off day for a behemoth that has been ranked number one in the country from day one
of the season. The scouts who once trekked
up the sides of Burnaby Mountain to assess
the skills of the likes of Lui Passaglia, Glen
Jackson and Rick House, now park their
cars in the shadow of Thunderbird
stadium.
continued next page
Last minute score: UBC Thunderbirds
won the Vanier Cup 39-14 over University
of Western Ontario Mustangs.
Inside...
Editorial  2
Summer College  2
Pedersen to become 8th
UBC president  3
Alumni Fund Report  3
Resources Council reorganized ... 4
Travel with UBC  4
UBC Executive Programmes  4
Graduates face tough
time in finding jobs.  5
UBC Landmarks  5
Great Trek Week '82  6
Getting together  7
"Welcome Back"  8
The Alumni Awards      8 EDITORIAL
Alumni Association
pledges support
in UBC community
relations
On July 1st, 1983, Dr. K. George
Pedersen will become the eighth president
of the University of British Columbia.
The Spring Chronicle will have more to
say about the importance of this decision
for UBC and about the challenges that
will face Dr. Pedersen as he moves from
Simon Fraser to Point Grey.
For the present we want to congratulate
Chancellor Clyne and his search
committee on a wise and timely choice.
We also wish President Kenny well as he
prepares to return to teaching and
research. He has been a constant friend to
the Association. Finally we express, on
behalf of all graduates, a hearty welcome
to our new President. The Board, the
staff and the volunteers all look forward
to working with Dr. Pedersen, particularly
on the challenge of improving UBC's
public awareness.
We have spent considerable energy in
recent months establishing the
University's Resources Council for
President Kenny. It is now off and
running and will, we hope, be seen as a
useful asset by President Pedersen. One
of the things that we have learned along
the way is that fund-raising is only one
part of the larger endeavour of
community relations.
In these days of funding crises it is
imperative that the people of B.C. and of
Canada recognise that higher education is
of utmost importance to our society. It is
up to Universities to tell their stories to
the public and thus attract not only more
private funds, but also a greater degree of
stability.
Judging by Dr. Pedersen's track record
at Simon Fraser, he will be taking UBC's
community relations as one of his
priorities. The Alumni Association
pledges him its wholehearted and
enthusiastic support in this undertaking.
He should know that he has 80,000
ambassadors waiting for his call.
Ad multos annos.
Dr. Peter Jones
Executive Director
UBC Alumni Association
T-Birds . . .
continued from page 1
The metamorphosis of the hapless Birds
into the juggernaut they are now didn't just
happen, of course. It took somebody to
gamble, somebody who believed these
scrawny little Birds could, with a little application and perspiration, turn into muscled champions who would crush the various
Bisons, Huskies, Dinosaurs and Golden
Bears who fattened up on poultry all those
years. That somebody was Frank Smith, a
51 -year-old Vancouverite and former high
school teacher. He was hired in the spring of
1974 to replace Norm Thomas, Frank
Gnup's successor, who had resigned after
just one season on the job.
John Marquardt, who played under all
three coaches, notes the difference between
the approaches ofthe sainted Gnup and the
square-jawed tough guy Smith: "The football team used be a recreation program; it
was a lot of fun. With Smith it became a
football program. It was fun too, but it was
fun in a different way."
Smith brought three things to UBC:
discipline, knowledge, and football players.
He was determined that the province's best
young athletes would start going to UBC in-
stead of Simon Fraser University or
somewhere outside the province. One of his
first recruits was Dan Smith, the Birds
quarterback throughout the middle and
later 1970s.
Dan Smith recalls the first UBC football
game for both Smiths, a 63-0 loss to the
University of Saskatchewan. "Frank and I
went out to dinner that night. He said to
me, 'Now Dan, don't worry, it's gonna get
better, I promise you that. I'm going to
work, and it's gonna get better.'" It did the
following year. Bolstered by new recruits
Smith and Smith brought home UBC's first
winning record — 6-4 — in almost a
decade. Recruiting has since gotten a lot
easier. Let's face it — nothing brings in
recruits like an 18-4 record, which UBC had
compiled over the last two seasons.
Frank Smith, in fact, has just become
UBC's winningest football coach ever. His
55 wins in nine seasons is one better than the
54 wins Gnup compiled in eighteen seasons.
In fact, some time next year Smith should
double the total number of games won by
all UBC post-war football teams. (How
tough was it to win here? So tough that even
Don Coryell, now coaching the San Diego
local ofthe NFL Players' Association, won
only twice in 18 tries when he was in charge
of the Birds in the early 1950s.) Smith's
1982 Birds are the first team to go
undefeated in WIFL league play; they've
now won fifteen straight league games, a
record only they have any real chance of
breaking.
Smith reveals few secrets about his success, if indeed there are secrets. He avoids
controversy. The last time he did anything
controversial was after his first game back
in 1974, the 63-0 debacle, when he blew his
top, accusing the other team of picking on
his kids. The game loss appears to embarrass Smith a lot less than his loss of composure at the time. He's proud of his success, but he makes it all sound simple, as if
anybody could do the same, if only they
were willing to do the necessary sweating.
How did he get the job? "After the job
became available (following Thomas's
resignation) 1 applied for it." Did he impress UBC with his plans for turning the
football program around? No, he says.
"You accept a job the way it is, and after
that you work to change it, to make it a better job."
When he did begin to implement his
changes, did his new employers object to
his dismantling the "fun" "recreation"
program and replacing it with his own boot
camp? No, he insists. "They were supportive, but they left it in my hands."
"The biggest thing we did," he says
("we" being the coaching staff), "was we
recruited players and we devoted a lot of
time and energy to the football program.
Football, next to my family, is my top
priority."
Maybe it is that simple. In the meantime
the Birds are drawing more attention and
bigger crowds than ever before. Until the
other teams in the league get sick and tired
of getting sand kicked in their faces, until
they send away for their own versions of
Frank Smith, UBC's one-time 97-pound
weaklings will continue to avenge humiliations of football seasons past. •
by Ralph Maurer
(Ralph Maurer is a UBC graduate,
BA (English) '78, who is an editor for New
Star Books Ltd. in Vancouver.)
Alumni"
Summer College
The 1983 Alumni Summer College is
scheduled from July 5 to July 9,1983.
The topic will be
"1984 and the Computer Revolution"
More information on tours,
faculty and special events
surrounding the Summer College
will be in the Spring Edition
of the Chronicle.
Plan now to join us! Pedersen to become 8th
UBC president
Dr. K. George Pedersen, president of
Simon Fraser University, will become the
eighth president ofthe University of British
Columbia on July 1, 1983.
Dr. Pedersen, 51, will succeed Dr.
Douglas T. Kenny, UBC's chief executive
officer since 1975, who will have completed
39 years of association with his alma mater
when he steps down as president next June
30.
Dr. Leslie Peterson, chairman of UBC's
Board of Governors, in announcing Dr.
Pedersen's appointment, said the Board
felt it had found in Dr. Pedersen an ideal individual to succeed Dr. Kenny.
"Dr. Pedersen," he said, "has had experience as a student, teacher, researcher
and administrator at all levels of the B.C.
school system and at all three public universities in the province. He is ideally qualified
to provide the educational leadership so
vital in a comprehensive institution such as
UBC."
Dr. Pedersen is a graduate of UBC, a
former elementary and secondary school
teacher and administrator in North Vancouver and a university-level professor and
researcher in the field of educational administration.
He joined the University of Victoria in
1972 as dean of the Faculty of Education, a
post he held until 1975, when he was appointed academic vice-president and professor at that university. He became Simon
Fraser University's president in 1979.
Dr. Pedersen holds a diploma from the
former provincial normal school in Vancouver (1952); graduated from the University of B.C. in 1959 with double honors in
history and geography; was awarded the
degree of Master of Arts by the University
of Washington in 1964 in the fields of
geography and administration; and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from
the University of Chicago for research
which focussed on the administration and
economics of education.
As a student, Dr. Pedersen won
numerous awards, including a University of
Chicago Scholarship and two Canada
Council doctoral fellowships. He also held
a prestigious Ford Foundation fellowship
for three years at the University of Chicago.
For 13 years from 1952 to 1965, Dr.
Pedersen was a teacher, vice-principal and
principal at five elementary and secondary
schools in North Vancouver.
He enrolled at the University of Chicago
in 1965 to obtain his doctorate and after a
two-year period at the Ontario Institute for
Studies in Education (University of Toron-
Dr. K. George Pedersen
to) from 1968 to 1970 he returned to the
University of Chicago as an assistant professor and associate director of the Midwest
Administration Centre.
When he joined the faculty at the University of Victoria, Dr. Pedersen was deeply involved in a number of provincial and national bodies concerned with teacher education. He was a member of the provincial
Joint Board of Teacher Education for three
years and a member of planning committees for the Canadian Teachers' Federation
and the B.C. Council for Leadership in
Educational Administration.
He has also served on a number of committees ofthe Universities Council of B.C.,
including its business affairs, long-range
planning and program co-ordinating committees. He chaired the advisory committee
on educational planning for the B.C.
education ministry in 1977-78 and is currently on the task force on forestry manpower needs of the provincial ministry of
forestry.
Dr. Pedersen also has a long-standing interest in international education. He serves
on the advisory committee of the Office of
International Development of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
and is also a member of AUCC's board of
directors. He is a member, trustee and
governor of a number of local and national
bodies, including the Arts, Science and
Technology Centre, Discovery Foundation, the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, the advisory committee of the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Institute
for Research on Public Policy in Montreal.
Born in Northern Alberta, Dr. Pedersen
grew up and received his schooling in the
Fraser Valley community of Chilliwack. He
is married and has two children, a 22-year-
old son and a 20-year-old daughter. •
Alumni Fund
Report
Organizers of the 1982 Alumni Fund fall
campaign extend a warm thank you. To
date over $84,000 has been received
through alumni support. Over $48,000 of
that total has been unallocated, which means
the Alumni Association can fulfil its commitment to scholarships and bursaries for
needy students during these difficult times
of restraint. We can assist many student-
related groups on campus with special worthy projects as well.
The UBC Summer Program for the
Retired has been faced with a severe crisis
with its budget cut due to retrenchment.
Thus far $12,105 has been raised.
In response to the crisis developing with
DayCare facilities on campus, Mrs. Sherwood Lett has chaired a committee of UBC
supporters which has been seeking support
from fellow alumni. To date, $4,020 has
been raised. $217,000 is required to save the
centres from closing due to fire hazards on
December 30.
The UBC Ski Team Fund has generated
$1,375 from it's alumni.
The Wesbrook Society Trustees granted
$32,0O0US to the Crane Library for the
purchase of a Kurzweil Reading Machine
for the blind.
Our phonathon program kicked off this
year in California with a goal of endowing
our Southern Californian Scholarship.
Close to $2,700 was pledged in two days
with the help of six volunteers in the Los
Angeles area. Next stops are Seattle,
Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Local
phonathons are scheduled for Commerce
and Rehab Medicine and Geography just
completed one.
Other Campus groups have taken advantage of a divisional mailing to alumni. Civil
engineering is appealing to their alumni to
support the CCES Conference and
Chemical Engineering has recently held a
campaign for funds.
The Alumni Fund Committee, under the
Chairmanship of Mel Reeves, has other
plans in the offing — a special Parents Program for non-alumni parents, a reunion-
giving program which will enable classes to
choose a special project to honour their
graduating year. The Classes of '21 and '22
have already set their sights on raising funds
for a "Photographic Archives Fund" for
the Special Collections section of the
Library. • Resources
Council
reorganized
Universities are part ofthe communities
which they serve. As fund-raisers, we must
work to make the public aware of the important social and economic contributions
the University makes to the community.
That was the message from Chancellor
J.V. Clyne to newly-appointed members of
the UBC Resources Council at the council's
first general meeting since being
reorganized recently.
Noting that individuals and corporations
alike will support only those causes which
seem socially relevent, Clyne described the
Resources Council's task as one of community relations. A primary function ofthe
council, he said, should be to provide advice as to which University projects are
most likely to attract the financial support
of individuals, corporations and foundations.
The first general meeting of the newly-
appointed Resources Council was held October 14, 1982 in the President's Lounge of
the University Club. At that meeting,
Chancellor Clyne introduced Mr. Ron
Heath, who is serving as the Council's Executive Secretary.
An Australian by birth, Ron Heath
emigrated to Canada in 1947. During a
thirty-four year career with the resources
giant, Cominco Limited, Heath
demonstrated exceptional ability in the
fields of corporate forecasting and external
relations.
While at Cominco, Heath was at the
vanguard of an innovative and highly successful management strategy based on the
belief that social and economic change is
something to be managed, rather than
simply coped with.
As Executive Secretary, Heath will work
to develop a strong image of the University
within the business community. As well, he
will assist in the formation of long-range
funding strategies designed to balance the
University's needs against those of business
and industry.
In addition to his office on the University
campus, Heath will also keep an office in
the downtown core, in a space donated by
Placer Developments, Limited.
Resources Council Members:
The Honourable J.V. Clyne
A.F. Pierce
Morris Belkin
The Honourable John N. Tinner
Donovan F. Miller
Clark Davey
Trevor W. Pilley
R.I. Nelson
W. Robert Wyman
W.D.H. Gardiner
Ray G. Williston
W.G. Wilson
The Honourable N.T Nemetz
The Honourable S. Ronald Basford
J. Ronald Longstaffe
Tong Louie
Norman Hildesheim
Joseph Cohen
Ralph Franklin
Dr. Douglas T. Kenny
Grant Burnyeat
Ron Heath
Dr. Peter Jones
Allan Holender
Mel Reeves •
Travel with UBC
in 1983/4
ICducational and Economical Travel/Study
Experiences
ET 3036-483 — China: Cultural Traditions
and Modernization, Mr. Ken
Woodsworth, Oct 1-22, 1983.
ET 3044-384 — Kenya: Land and People
-Culture and Education, Barbara Matiru,
July 1984.
ET 3045-283 — Cultural and Educational
Tour of Hungary, Dr. Marg Csapo, May
24-June 9, 1983.
ET 3046-383 — Living and Learning in
Scandinavia, Dr. Steen Esbensen, July
9-29, 1983.
ET 3049-383 — International Higher
Education Seminar: Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, Dr. Stephen Foster, Aug
12-Sepl, 1983.
ET 3061-283 — The Ukrainians: Culture,
Society, Education, Dr. Hannah Polowy,
Apr27-May23, 1983.
ET 3062-383 — Japan: Care and Education
of Children, Dr. Hannah Polowy, Aug
7-19, 1983.
For details contact the Centre for Continuing Education, The University of British
Columbia, 5997 Iona Drive, Vancouver,
B.C. V6T 2A4 or phone 228-2181 or
228-6811, locals 221, 225. •
Mr. Ron Heath, Executive Secretary ofthe
Resources Council.
UBC Executive Programmes
Management Seminars and Workshops
SPRING 1983
The Resource Sector Outlook
February 15
$225
Quality Circles
February 15
$225
Financial Planning & Budgeting
February 17-18
$395
How to Measure and Improve Sales Force
Profitability
February 22
$225
How to Manage Stress
February 23
$225
Employment Law for Managers
February 24
$225
The Project Management Process
March 2-3
$395
How to Improve Productivity and Motivatior
i March 9-10
$395
Pricing for Profit
March 31
$225
Assertiveness for Managers
March 30
$225
Management Accounting for the Non-
Accountant
March 29-30
$395
How to Speak Without Notes
April 5
$225
Managing for Team Effectiveness
April 6-7
$395
Negotiation Skills for Sales and Purchasing
Managers
April 12-13
$395
Japanese Management Techniques
April 14
$225
Direct Marketing
April 14
$225
To register or for further information contact
Brenda Carratt at (604) 228-2026. Graduates face tough time
finding jobs
A better job faster! A11 the skills you need to
get any fob and have a good time doing it!
Such are the rewards promised by the
various job-search guides on display in the
UBC Canada Employment Centre. For an
increasing number of students, however,
the primary concern is no longer with finding a better job, but with finding any
employment, whatever.
Although, as a group, university
graduates remain among the most
employable members of society, the past
year has seen a dramatic decrease in both
the number and the overall quality of jobs
available to students. In British Columbia,
the university community has been
especially hard-hit by the economic hardships of industries traditionally known as
major sources of summer and casual
employment. The forest, mining, and
hospitality industries, in particular, have
been forced to cut-back substantially on
student hiring.
According to the Centre's acting
Manager Pat Hagerman, 1982 has been the
most worrisome year since the Canada
Employment Centre opened its UBC office
in 1978. As an indication of how serious the
student unemployment problem has
become, Hagerman cites comparison
statistics for the summers of 1981 and 1982.
Between April and August of this year, the
CEC was able to place only 413 students in
full-time, employer-solicited jobs — a drop
of 58% from the 988 placements achieved
during the same period in 1981. Part-time
placements also dropped slightly, from 635
in 1981, to 494 in 1982.
Hagerman also describes 1982 as a poor
year in terms of the types of job listed.
Compared with previous years, a
significantly higher percentage of job requests placed with the Centre this summer
were for low-paying, and in many cases only short-term, manual labour positions.
The summer employment shortage,
coupled with increased tuition, textbook,
and general living expenses, has led to fierce
competition for casual winter employment.
The situation is worsened by a record enrolment in both UBC and Simon Fraser
University. UBC Information Officer Al
Hunter estimates current UBC enrolment
at 25,030 — a rise of over three percent
from the previous record established last
year.
The principal source of on-campus
employment is the Work-Study program.
Funded by the provincial Ministry of
Education, the Work-Study program is
designed to assist students whose expenses
are not fully covered by other forms of
assistance, such as government loans and
grants-in-aid. The program is administered
by the Financial Aid office, with hiring
preference given on the basis of a needs
assessment. Wherever possible, a student is
placed in a position relevant to his or her
own course of studies.
Despite a slow initial response, the
number of applications to the Work-Study
program is now up substantially from last
year. In the view of Work-Study Administrator Sheila Summers, this delayed
response is explainable in part to poor student budgetting. In Summer's words,
"Some people receive their loans and don't
budget ahead. When you get $1,500 in your
hand, there doesn't seem to be any problem."
On the other hand, Summers points out
that many needy students, especially single
parents, face tremendous difficulties in attempting to free-up sufficient time to participate in the Work-Study program.
The 1981-82 recruitment program provided a graphic illustration of how serious
and widespread the recession had suddenly
become. For the first time in the history of
the program, a large number of students
were first offered employment, and then
notified that the offer had been revoked. It
is not suprising then, that, rather than risk
such an embarrassing situation again, a
number of major corporations have either
opted out of this year's recruiting program
or have confined themselves to a limited,
non-commital "survey" of present prospects.
While it is too early to accurately predict
whether the serious summer job shortfall
witnessed last summer will be repeated in
1983, a number of troublesome signs have
already appeared. As the annual campus
recruitment drive got underway, all indicators suggested that the serious
downturn experienced last winter will be
even more pronounced this year. •
by Ian McLatchie
(Ian McLatchie is a Vancouver freelance
writer.)
Editor's note: What the future holds for
1982 grads and how they face it is a CBC
television documentary Sunday, December
26 from 9-10 p.m. Grads, produced by
Doug Lower, is an Agriculture and
Resources documentary about graduates
and the workforce, which may be of special
interest to Chronicle readers.
Special Offer to UBC Alumni
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Your Alumni Association is
proud to offer this series of original
drawings by Vancouver artist
Calum Srigley to UBC alumni. The
series combines traditional scenes,
such as the Old Library, with modem additions to the campus, such
as the Museum of Anthropology.
$115.
for set of four
(including handling and
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Paper size 13" x 17"
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"UBC Landmarks"
UBC Alumni Association
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T1W5
(604) 228-3313 UBC a place of living history
during Trek Week '82
One of the most memorable events of
Great Trek Week '82 was the Great Trek
parade, which wound through downtown
and Point Grey streets and included large
and colorful contingents of both students
and alumni. Others will remember the Arts
'20 Relay Race, a recent revival of an event
originally staged in 1920, which this year attracted over 1400 entrants. The Engineering
A team won the race, finishing the 11
kilometres in 32 minutes, 6 seconds.
For many, the climax to the week was the
Founders Dinner and Dance, hosted by
Professor Emeritus Dr. Blythe Eagles and
highlighted by an address delivered by UBC
alumnus, Pierre Berton. The Founders
Dinner was something of a showcase for the
traditions and rituals which have been passed from one generation of students to the
next.
The Dinner was attended by at least one
member of each graduating class of the
years 1916-1929 — a tribute to the
organizational skills of the Great Trek
Week committee. In a salute to these
distinguished guests, Berton recalled the
inspiration he had experienced on first
hearing of the events of 1922.
Another feature of the Founders Dinner
celebrations was the presentation by Alma
Mater Society President Dave Frank of the
Great Trekker award for outstanding con-
UBC graduates and students at the start of the Great Trek parade.
tribution to campus life. In presenting the
award to UBC Intramural Co-ordinator,
Nestor Korchinsky, Frank noted that it
was only through the initiative of Dr. Korchinsky that the Arts '20 Relay Race was
revived in 1969. •
Dr. Nestor Korchinsky, UBC Intramural
Co-ordinator, received the Great Trekker
award for outstanding contribution to campus life.
Ki'n Parkinson
UBC alumnus Pierre Berton was the
keynote speaker at the Founders Dinner.
Cecil Green
Park
Fall Forums
Has the classical notion of a liberal
education been rendered obsolete by an increasingly specialized economy? Can the
success of a university be measured by the
financial contribution its graduates make to
society?
These questions were examined Thursday, November 4th at Cecil Green Park
during a lively debate between the noted
medieval scholar Dr. A. Jean Elder of the
UBC History Department, and Mr. James
P. Cooney, Manager of Government Affairs for Placer Developments, Limited.
The debate, entitled "Skilled Trade or an
Education: Should Graduates be Doers or
Thinkers?", was presented by the UBC
Alumni Association as the first event in its
evening Fall Forum series.
Three other programs in the Fall Forum
Series included:
• Professor Larry Weiler, Head,
Chemistry Department - "A Day In The
Life of a University Professor"
• The Honourable J.V. Clyne, Chancellor,
UBC - "A President for the 80's"
• Mr. Byron Olson, Olson Architects/ Program Planners - "The University Endowment Lands: Park, Research
Park, or Housing?" • Getting together
50th Reunion Committee members (I to r) Neil McKellar, Ottawa, Enid Harvey,
Alistair Taylor, London, Ontario, Dr. Charles Armstrong, San Diego, Tom Brown,
Mary Fallis, Prince George.
1932 Reunion
In 1932 there were 348 graduates from
UBC, each full of enthusiasm and ready to
make his or her mark on the world. On October 2, 1982, 84 graduates came back to
the University for their 50th reunion. A
weekend of celebration was planned for
this memorable anniversary including dinner parties given by the reunion committee
members in their homes; a bus tour of the
campus and a formal dinner at the UBC
Faculty Club.
The Class of '32 reunion committee,
chaired by Dr. Alfred Elliot, was a keen and
lively group determined to make this one of
the most enjoyable reunions ever. Guests at
the formal dinner were surprised and very
pleased to see so many familiar faces. There
was a special feeling of warmth and affection which was appreciated by everybody.
Credit for this goes to the committee, which
began organizing activities a full year before
the event.
"The personal touch," said committee
Secretary Mrs. Enid Harvey, "is the reason
why so many graduates were present."
Each invitation contained a personal comment from a member of the committee.
This must have stirred many fond
memories and certainly produced a good
response. Graduates came from as far away
as Australia, Scotland, Florida and California as well as from all over Canada. Reunion committee members offered their
homes to those needing accommodation
and made sure that anyone from out of
town received an invitation to dinner on
Friday night at one of their homes. This
kind gesture gave the out-of-towners a
chance to get to know each other again.
The bus tour on Saturday morning was
enjoyed by 20 graduates. In 1932, there
were only five main buildings on campus,
quite a contrast with campus today. Many
said that, although the University had obviously grown tremendously, they were glad
to see that the greenery and trees preserved
to some extent the garden-like surroundings
they had enjoyed before.
The media were very interested to hear
the graduates make comparisons between
1932 and the present. Mrs. Harvey commented in an article in the Vancouver Sun
on September 28, "With 50 year hindsight,
there'll be comparisons. But in my opinion
the world was bleaker in 1932". Dr. Charles
Armstrong in an interview with CBC-TV
said that he also felt that although things
seemed bad today, opportunities were still
there for graduates who were prepared to
work. The general feeling ofthe Class of '32
was that adversity creates stronger people
and encourages them to make more effort.
Chancellor J.V. Clyne, guest speaker at
the Faculty Club reunion dinner, noted that
1932 was a year which produced many
distinguished figures. The graduating year
produced at least one chancellor in the person of Dr. Ian McTaggart Cowan "and it is
hardly his fault that he is with the wrong
university" quipped Clyne. He captured
the feeling of the group when he said, "the
best is yet to come".
The graduates of 1932 are still looking
forward, many indicating that their
background, graduating in a year of the
great depression, only served to make them
more determined to succeed. They are optimistic and have faith in the future of
Canada and offer encouragement to
today's graduates.
1957 Reunion
The Graduate Student Centre was the
venue for this year's 25th Class Reunion,
where the class of '57 got together to greet
old friends and put names to familiar faces.
A cocktail reception was followed by a
delicious smorgasbord buffet for 150 in the
dining room where seating was arranged by
Faculty.
After dinner, guests danced to the
familiar songs of 1957 courtesy of Ruby
and Bill from Spectrum Audio Entertainment. Ruby helped the good times to start
by demonstrating the Hokey Kokey and
Bill led the guests in an interesting version
of the Rumba. There must have been some
tired feet the following day as the dancing
continued until 1 a.m.
Credit for the great time is due to the
Class chairmen who helped organize the
event and telephoned their classmates to
bring them out for the evening. Only one
regret was expressed: it was over too soon
and it's too long to the next reunion.
Ski Team Reunion
There will be a social gathering of the ski
team alumni on the weekened of February
26,1983. It will take place at Grouse Mountain and promises to be a lot of fun. For
more information, please contact:
Don Sturgess 263-2118.
Alumni Association
Divisions
An extraordinary Board of Management
meeting was held on November 4, 1982 to
discuss Divisions. Each member of the
Divisions Council Executive talked about
their area of responsibility and the way they
would like to see Divisions develop. Work is
proceeding on the Divisions Handbook and
Reunions Handbook. A newsletter was
recently completed for the Social Work
Division which included a "Missing Persons" list. The response from the
MBA/MSc list was good and we hope that
our Records department will have as much
success with the Social Work Division.     •
by Liz Owen
Program Assistant
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Alumni Award of
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This honors a UBC graduate who has, since graduating, made a contribution to his or
her field of endeavor that is of such significance that it reflects on UBC. Previous winners have been Pierre Berton, John Carson, Donald Chant, Roy Daniells, George
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Nominations
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Membership simply send the names of your nominees, the award you are suggesting for
them, and the reason for your nominations, along with your name, address and
telephone number to: The Awards Committee, UBC Alumni Association 6251 Cecil
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be received by Friday, February 11, 1983.
(A committee representative will contact you for biographical information on your candidates.)

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