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Vol. 22, No. 20. June 9, 1976. Published by
Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. J.A.
Banham, editor. Judith Walker, staff writer.
Production assistants, Anne Shorter and Louise
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Canada's governor-general. His Excellency Jules Leger,
visited UBC May 30 to cut the ribbon officially opening the
new Museum of Anthropology, above left, while UBC's
chancellor, Donovan Miller, looked on. Prime Minister
Pierre Trudeau, gesticulating with newspaper in picture at
right above, had a private one-hour tour of the museum
with, left to right, museum director Michael Ames; Arthur
Erickson, the Vancouver architect who designed the
museum; and UBC's president. Dr. Douglas Kenny. Pictures
by Jim Banham.
UBC stages remarkable week
UBC went through a remarkable
seven-day period from Wednesday,
May 26, to Tuesday, June 1.
During that period, the University:
• Staged its annual three-day
Congregation ceremony May 26 to 28
to confer 3,400 academic degrees on
graduating students and six honorary
• Announced on May 27 the
creation of a Centre for Human
Settlements to further the objectives
of Habitat, the United Nations
Conference on Human Settlements,
which opened in Vancouver on May
• Held a ceremony on May 29 to
inaugurate the new centre, which was
attended by some 100 politicians,
academic and Habitat officials and
• Held yet another ceremony on
May 30 at which Canada's
governor-general, His Excellency Jules
Leger, officially opened the new $4.3
million Museum of Anthropology in
the presence of 2,000 spectators and
representatives from the provincial and
federal governments; and
• Hosted Prime Minister Pierre
Trudeau, who paid a one-hour private
visit to campus on June 1 to see the
Museum of Anthropology just before
it opened its doors to the public.
For top University officials, and
especially Chancellor Donovan Miller
and President Douglas Kenny, the
period meant an almost constant
round of public appearances,
speech-making and hand-shaking.
The week of events also meant
virtual non-stop work for a number of
other UBC departments — Physical
Plant, which makes all physical
arrangements for UBC ceremonies;
Food Services, which provides
refreshments following campus
ceremonies;   Traffic   and    Security,
which handles traffic and parking and
directs visitors to campus events; and
finally the Ceremonies Office, which is
responsible for planning UBC
ceremonies and instructing other
support departments on the
arrangements that must be made for a
smooth-running event.
The thousands of spectators who
attended UBC's three-day
Congregation ceremony in the War
Memorial Gymnasium saw honorary
degrees conferred on Prof. Harry
Hawthorn, of UBC's Department of
Anthropology and Sociology, and
artist Bill Reid, two pre-eminent
figures in the revival of interest in west
coast Indian art; Barbara Ward
Jackson, the internationally known
economist whose writings have
highlighted the problems of developing
nations and who has been a key figure
Please turn to Page Three
See UBC WEEK Director named for new office
Dr. Norman Watt, currently
director of UBC's Summer Session, has
been appointed director of a new
Office of Extra-Sessional Studies
which will come into existence on July
The new office will co-ordinate the
administration of all part-time degree
programs offered by the University
during the late afternoon and evening
and on weekends, as well as credit
programs offered during the May-July
Intersession and Summer Session.
Dr. Watt's new appointment was
approved at the Board of Governors'
regular meeting on June 1. Dr.
Kenneth Slade, now associate director
of the Summer Session, was named
associate director of the new office.
Prof. Michael Shaw, vice-president
for University development and
chairman of the President's Permanent
Committee on University Extension
and Continuing Studies, said
establishment of the new office
reflected the growth in the number of
people who wish to take credit courses
outside the regular daytime Winter
"For some time there has been a
need for unification of administration
for extra-sessional offerings," Prof.
Shaw said.
He said the new administrative
structure had been agreed on in
discussions between the deans of Arts,
Education and Science, the director of
Summer Session, and the Centre for
Continuing Education.
Prof. Shaw said the prerogatives of
each   faculty  of  the   University with
Dr. Norman Watt
respect to academic requirements for
degrees, content and format of
courses, and appointment of lecturers,
would be maintained and
The deans of Arts, Education and
Science will each appoint a
coordinator of courses who will work
closely with the new Office of
Extra-Sessional Studies in organizing
programs and courses of study.
Tho existing Summer Session
Council will be abolished at the end of
the    1976    Summer    Session   and
replaced by a co-ordinating council
which will assist the director of the
new office and advise on long-range
development plans, budget
implications, guidelines regarding
maximum units taught and taken
during Intersession and Summer
Session, the financial implications of
the enrolment of regular day students
in evening classes, and other academic
Prof. Shaw said the new Office of
Extra-Sessional Studies would report
to the director of the Centre for
Continuing Education, which will
continue to be responsible for credit
courses held abroad and for
independent study programs.
Dr. Watt, who is an associate
professor in the Faculty of Education
as well as director of Summer Session,
graduated from UBC with the degree
of Bachelor of Physical Education in
1949. He received the degrees of
Master of Science and Doctor of
Education from the University of
Oregon in the early 1960s.
As director of Summer Session, he
initiated a series of special courses for
senior citizens at UBC in the summer
of 1974, for which he won the
Creative Programming Award of the
Western Association of Summer
Session Administrators.
Dr. Watt was a well-known student
athlete as a member of the UBC
Thunderbird basketball team. In 1966
and 1967 he was coach of UBC's
junior men's basketball team, which
won the Canadian championship both
Hearings planned for June 26
A one-man commission on
university education in B.C. outside
metropolitan Vancouver and Victoria
will hold hearings in Vancouver on
Saturday, June 26.
The hearings by Dr. William
Winegard, who was appointed as a
one-man commission early in May by
Education Minister Dr. Patrick
McGeer, will take place from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. in the auditorium of the new
Community Music School in Vanier
Park near the Centennial Museum.
Dr. Winegard, a former president of
the University of Guelph in Ontario,
has been asked "to advise the minister
on all matters related to the delivery
of academic and professional programs
outside of the Vancouver and Victoria
metropolitan areas, and academic
transfer programs and their
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A position paper, which has formed
the basis for a series of meetings the
commissioner has been holding in the
interior of B.C. in recent weeks, is
available from the commission's
secretary, John Bottomley, who is
working    in    the    offices    of   the
Three win awards
Three UBC students are among 100
Canadian students of exceptional
promise who have been awarded
special M.A. Scholarships for 1976-77
by the Canada Council.
The three are Elaine Hoag, a
student in the English department,
Stephen Rupp in Comparative
Literature, and Susan Van der Flier in
Anthropology and Sociology.
The scholarships are worth $5,500
each  and  include a travel  allowance.
Universities Council of B.C., telephone
Dr. Winegard is being assisted by a
nine-member advisory panel made up
of representatives from the three
public universities, Notre Dame
University and the interior regional
UBC representatives on the panel
are Jindra Kulich, acting director of
the Centre for Continuing Education,
and Prof. Donald MacDougall,
chairman of the Senate Committee on
Continuing Education and a member
of the Faculty of Law.
Individuals who wish to make
written or oral submissions to the
commission should contact Mr.
Bottomley for details.
Dr. Winegard is expected to report
to the provincial government by Labor
Continued from Page One
at Habitat Forum and in the
Vancouver Symposium; Father Gerard
Dion, of Laval University in Quebec
City, a noted industrial relations
expert; Prof. Kathleen Coburn, a
renowned English scholar from the
University of Toronto; and Stanley
Arkley, a 1925 UBC graduate and a
benefactor of the University Library
and School of Librarianship.
In his Congregation address,
President Kenny told graduating
students that the degrees they had
received were "certification that in the
judgment of this University you are
ready to start learning on your own.
That piece of paper is also an
affirmation of this University's faith
that you will continue to learn — on
your own."
He said that one of the main things
that has made it possible for students
to continue learning on their own has
been the process of discovery by
faculty members through research.
"That research," President Kenny
said, "also has another purpose
beyond its contribution to teaching.
That researcn is an essential part of the
learning process of our entire society.
"Any nation that stops learning,
exploring, discovering, gives up its
right to its own future," the president
said. "Just as any human being who
stops exploring and learning also gives
up the right to his or her future."
The president described as
"ominous" the recent decline in
national support for scientific research
for  reasons of  "supposed economy."
He added: "I am not being alarmist
when I say that these actions represent
a dangerous change in public policy —
a change that threatens Canada's
future, that is, your future."
President Kenny described the
reason given for financial restraints
being placed on research — "current
economic conditions" — as
"short-sighted public policy." He said
it is precisely at times of difficulty
that the need for research is greatest to
"tell us how to strengthen the
long-term development of our
resources and lives."
As graduates of UBC, the president
said, "you carry with you a
responsibility to recognize the
importance of knowledge, of learning,
in the long-term life and well-being of
this country. You carry a special
responsibility ... to contribute
intelligently to public policy decisions,
to urge upon your government and
your fellow citizens the need for
learning and discovery to be sustained
if this country is to retain its right to
its own future."
At the inauguration ceremony for
the Centre for Human Settlements in
the Woodward Instructional Resources
Centre on May 29, spectators heard
addresses by Enrique Penalosa,
secretary-general of Habitat; Hon.
Hugh Curtis, minister of municipal
affairs and housing in the provincial
government and a member of the
Canadian delegation to Habitat; Hon.
Barney Danson, federal minister of
state for urban affairs; Chancellor
Miller and President Kenny.
Mr. Curtis said he would introduce
a motion at the UN conference
inviting the UN to turn over all
audio-visual material prepared for
Habitat to the new centre. Such a
motion was introduced on June 4 and
was to be voted on later this week.
Mr. Penalosa spoke warmly of the
move by UBC to create the centre and
presented a bound volume of Habitat
documents to Chancellor Miller, who
traced    the    long    involvement   the
Wood dies
UBC lost part of its living history
last week with the death of Dr.
Frederic G.C. Wood, better known as
Freddy Wood. He was 89.
Dr. Frederic Wood was one of
UBC's first faculty members, and the
first British Columbian to join the
UBC staff. He was appointed to the
English department when UBC opened
its doors in September of 1915 and
remained with that department until
he retired from teaching in 1950.
During his years at the University,
Freddy Wood founded and directed
the UBC Players' Club, a major UBC
institution in the early years, before
there was a theatre department or
academic credits to be gained by the
student actors. The Players' Club
travelled throughout the province,
performing their successful
presentations in a time when talking
movies were rare and television
unheard of.
The Frederic Wood Theatre on
campus honors Dr. Wood's long-time
support of drama in the province.
Dr. Wood was awarded an honorary
Doctor of Literature degree by UBC in
1971. Since his retirement, he had
divided his time between homes in
Vancouver and Laguna Beach, Calif.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice,
two daughters, and a son, Dr. William
F.J. Wood, an assistant professor in
Commerce and Business
Administration at UBC.
University has had with the United
Nations and with questions related to
human settlements.
President Kenny said the centre will
not lead to new academic courses in
human settlements, but will support
existing disciplines and professional
education in a variety of ways.
The next day, Sunday, May 30,
brought the long-awaited opening of
UBC's Museum of Anthropology by
His Excellency Jules Leger,
governor-general of Canada.
The museum houses UBC's
collection of northwest coast Indian
artifacts as well as extensive
collections from other parts of the
world and the priceless Koerner
The opening was attended by
Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner,
deputy premier Grace McCarthy,
museum director Michael Ames as well
as President Kenny and Chancellor
Mr. Faulkner told the crowd that
the museum has the potential to
"become a centre for Canadians of all
walks of life to come to an
understanding of what our history has
been, at least part of it, how
distinguished the contributions made
by the native people of Canada.
"Maybe some day it will become
effective in our own thinking of our
own past," he said.
President Kenny said this museum
was "a place we can enter to regain a
sense of our past....
"The bulk of the materials on
display here are, as you know, the
creations of the Indian peoples of this
part of the world. In view of that fact,
and in view of the history of those
peoples since the European arrival
more than a centucy ago, it may at
first sound strange to say that this
museum preserves our past.
"That past does not yet belong to
us.... Part of the price of sharing that
past is a willingness to share our own
present and future. With these
beautiful artifacts, the people who
made them are permitting us to share
their culture, their history, to make it
ours as well. We will not be worthy of
this gift, however, unless we are willing
to invite them and their children truly
to join us in our present and future.
"This is only possible if we are
aware of more than objects. This is
only possible if we are aware of the
people who made them."
The Museum of Anthropology is
open Tuesdays from noon to 9 p.m.
and Wednesdays to Sundays from
noon to 7 p.m. until the end of
August. During the winter months the
museum will be open Wednesdays to
Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is free Tuesdays and other
days is $1 for adults.
UBC Reports/June 9, 1976/3 THIS WEEK AND NEXT
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice
Throughout the winter and spring of this year, "This
Week and Next" covered the period from the Thursday
following publication to the following Thursday
morning. Although this period was convenient for those
readers picking up UBC Reports from various campus
drops, those receiving UBC Reports through the mail
often did not receive their copies in time to take
advantage of some events listed.
In an attempt to make "This Week and Next" of
more use to our readers. Information Services is
changing the period covered in this column to the
Sunday following publication until the next Saturday.
The deadline for submission of notices remains the same,
the Thursday before publication at 5 p.m.
associate professor, School of Town Planning, University of New South Wales, Australia, on "Slow
Ways" in Cities. Rooms G53-55, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC, on Ultrasound
Imaging: The Use in Antenatal Diagnosis.
Conference Room, fourth floor, Health Centre for
Children, Vancouver General Hospital.
Lutheran Campus Centre.
4:00 p.m. BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. Elliott Schiff man,
Laboratory of Developmental Biology, National
Institute of Dental Research, Bethesda, Maryland,
on Some Aspects of Phagocyte Chemotaxis. Lecture
Hall 3, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Applegarth, Paediatrics, UBC, on The Pathogenesis
of Cystic Fibrosis. Conference Room, fourth floor.
Health Centre for Children, Vancouver General
Three awarded honorary degrees
Three well-known members of the
UBC faculty were honored by other
Canadian universities this spring when
they received honorary degrees at
congregation ceremonies.
Professor Emerita Margaret
Ormsby, former head of UBC's history
department, received the honorary
degree of Doctor of Laws from the
University of Victoria on May 29.
Prof. Ormsby, who taught at UBC
for 31 years and was department head
from 1965 to 1974, was the author of
the official history of B.C. issued to
mark the province's 1958 centennial.
Prof. William Hoar, former head of
the UBC zoology department, was
awarded an honorary degree by St.
Francis Xavier University in
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, in April.
A UBC faculty member for 31
years, Prof. Hoar was head of Zoology
from 1964 to 1971. He is one of
Canada's best known scientists and is
noted for his studies ancl publications
in the fields of physiology and
endocrinology, particularly as they
pertain to fish.
Prof. Ian McT. Cowan, who retired
last year as dean of UBC's Faculty of
Graduate Studies, received an
honorary Doctor of Environmental
Studies degree at the University of
Waterloo in May.
An internationally known
zoologist, Prof. Cowy-n has received a
number of awards for his
contributions to the study of wildlife
conservation and ecology
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Prof. Cowan was also honored
recently by the Canadian Society of
Zoology. He was the recipient of the
Fry Medal, awarded to a scientist who
has made an outstanding contribution
to knowledge and understanding in his
or her field and to the development of
zoology in Canada.
This is the second time the award
has been given to a UBC zoologist.
Prof. Hoar received the medal in 1974.
The first travelling exhibit to visit
UBC's new Museum of Anthropology
opens tomorrow (Thursday).
"The Legacy," part of the B.C.
Provincial Museum's collection, is a
unique collection of the work of
leading contemporary artists and
craftsmen of the northwest coast
people and includes both traditional
and contemporary carvings, jewellery,
paintings and weaving.
It has been lent to the Museum of
Anthropology for display until Oct. 1
The public is invited to the opening of
the exhibit, to be held from 5 to 7
p.m. on Thursday.
The museum has now been open to
the public for one week and is proving
to be a popular place. Just under
4,000 people have toured the museum
since its opening.
Dr. John Hay, associate professor
of geography at UBC is featured on
Saturday, June 12, in the CBC radio
program ''Conversations with
In an interview with Bert Nelson,
Dr. Hay discusses how changes in the
atmosphere in other parts of the world
affect British Columbia's weather
He also explains the rather
depressing fact that we are currently in
the trough of an approximate 15-year
weather cycle around Vancouver,
which may account for this cold, wet
The UBC geographer also discusses
how changing building patterns in the
city, and farming techniques in the
country, can affect climate.
The program is aired on CBU (690
on the AM dial) from 5:03 to 6:00
A NATO Scientific Affairs Division
panel on research grants will visit UBC
June 28 to conduct an open meeting
on NATO's research grant program.
The meeting will be held in the
Board and Senate Room of the Main
Mall North Administration Building at
2:30 p.m.
Purpose of the NATO research
grant program is to stimulate scientific
research carried out in collaboration
between scientists in the member
countries of the alliance. The program
funds research projects carried out as
joint efforts between university
laboratories or non-profit research
institutes in different countries.
All fields of science are eligible for
support with emphasis on fundamental
aspects    rather    than    applications.


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