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MUSHROOM GROWTH of the University of B.C. will soon make this aerial a new home management house for the school of home economics is nearing
map of the present campus completely outdated. Sites of three major building completion on Marine Drive between Fort Camp and the president's residence;
projects, each costing $2,000,000, are numbered on the map.   The new arts a new bookstore, post office, bus terminal and'cafeteria building is under
building (1), medical sciences centre (2) and student residence buildings (3) are construction on the site of the old bus terminal; and a new wing has been
expected to be under construction next year.  In other building developments: added to the administration building extending it out toward the auditorium.
Lw.     *
Cabinet adds
433 acres
to campus
An historic order-in-council transferring the title of 433 acres of land
to the University was approved by
the provincial cabinet last month.
Addition of the large tract of University Endowment Lands to the area
set aside for campus purposes brings
the total campus area to nearly 1000
acres. ,
President N. A. M. MacKenzie
termed the land grant "an act of
statesmanship equalled only by the
original choice of the Point Grey site
for the University campus."
The land, lying south and east of
the present campus, will allow future
University expansion without fear of
infringenient by residential *or commercial developments.
The site is considered an ideal location for botanical gardens and the
University plans to include a collection of flora from the Pacific area in
its development.
Site of Acadia Camp, student residence area, is included in the land
grant which will provide space for
further expansion of student housing
The area will also be used for expansion of the University's teaching
and research facilities, particularly in
agriculture and medicine.
It is also expected that the area
will prove additional playing fields
and recreational facilities.
Medical faculty in midst
of major building expansion
Grads dance
Boxing Day
Grads of all universities will get
together for a grand reunion on
Monday, Dec. 26, at the Commodore.
This is the annual All Universities
Boxing Day Ball, biggest social event
sponsored by the UBC Alumni Association and one of the most popular
affairs for all "aging" graduates.
Traditionally an occasion for good
fellowship and nostalgia, the Ball this
year will feature an informal entertainment program including the singing of Canadian university songs.
Reservations must be made early,
according to Mrs. W. C. Gibson,
Chairman and General Convenor.
"We're expecting a record attendance
because of the holiday on Tuesday."
Tickets ($6.50 per couple) can be
obtained by writing the Alumni
Office, 201 Brock Hall, or phoning
ALma 3044. Table reservations can
be made by phoning the Commodore.
Construction underway for
clinical medical building
(See picture on page three)
UBC's Faculty of Medicine, one of Canada's youngest medical
schools, is in the midst of a major building program less than two
years after graduating its first class of M.D.'s.
Course Changed
In Education
A major re-organization of
teacher education in British Columbia will go into effect in September, 1956, with the opening
of a College of Education at the
University of British Columbia.
A policy statement outlining
the new program for education of
both elementary and secondary
school teachers appears on page
Under construction on the Vancouver General Hospital grounds near
Tenth and Heather is a $1,500,000
four-storey clinical medical building,
which is expected to be ready for use
by the fall of 1957.
Plans are progressing rapidly for a
$2,000,000 basic medical sciences
building which will be built on the
University campus, with construction
expected to start next year.
Lower down on the priority list, but
definitely planned by the faculty of
medicine is a 300 to 400» bed University Hospital on the campus.
The   clinical   medical   building   at
Vancouver General will be used by
medical   students   in   the   third   and
(Please turn to page three)
See MEDICAL Page 2
Vol. 2, No. 2
Vancouver 8, B.C.
December, 1955
Ed Parker, editor Sheila Fraser, assistant
University Information Office
Authorized as second class mail, Post Office Department, Ottawa.   Published
bi-monthly by the University of British  Columbia and  distributed free  of
charge to friends and graduates of the University.   Permission is granted for
the material appearing herein to be reprinted freely.
Educational assets
Establishment of a College of Education at the University is a
major step forward in the field of education which can be reasonably
expected to significantly raise the status of the teaching profession
in British Columbia.
Bringing together within the orbit of the University those already
concerned with the education of teachers will permit a concentration of effort toward solving some of the problems in education,
including the acute shortage of well-trained teachers. From the
start the College of Education will insure that every teacher has a
good general education, a strong professional education and some
degree of specialization in the field of teaching. It will raise elementary school teaching standards to the level of University education
and provide encouragement for elementary teachers to proceed
further with their education.
Leadership in theories of education and their application to the
British Columbia scene can be reasonably expected as results of
educational research at the College. It is also expected that the
College of Education will be able to encourage a greater proportion
of able people to enter the teaching profession.
Professional courses in education will be taught within the College of Education itself, but the necessary "content" courses will be
drawn from the entire breadth and scope of the University. Whether
the courses are in English, mathematics, history or psychology, the
education students will have the advantage of learning their subjects
from the best minds the University has to offer.
In turn, the College of Education will strengthen the University.
Expansion of the present curriculum, particularly in the faculty of
arts and science, will be made possible by the increased enrollment
of education students in University courses. And the addition to
the campus of the men who will be teaching in the College of
Education will be a cultural asset to the University and to the
The real remembrance
Remembrance Day is every day at the University's War Memorial
Wall-sized letters in the foyer of the memorial building proclaim
for all to see: "To the men and women of our University and our
Province who gave their lives for freedom, this building is dedicated
by the students and friends of the University of British Columbia."
Beneath the inscription handsome glass-topped cases contain hand
lettered manuscripts containing the names of 2700 students, alumni
and faculty of UBC who served, in either world war.
On Nov. 11, 1955, the manuscript containing the names of those
who served in the First World War was dedicated as a companion
volume to the Second World War roll of service. Photostatic copies
of both manuscripts were placed in the building for visitors to
look through.
An annual ceremony is held on Rememberance Day each year to
formally recognize and remember those who served. An impressive
military page-turning ceremony is held on the 11th of each month.
But the real remembrance is in the hearts and minds of students,
faculty members and visitors who pass through the building in the
bustle of everyday activities and pay a silent tribute to those who
College of Education
Teacher training
program revised
An historic step in the development of teacher education in British
Columbia will be taken in September, 1956, with the opening of
a College of Education at the University of British Columbia.
Over the past two years the reorganization of teacher education has
been under study by a joint committee
of the University and the Provincial
Department of Education. Legislation
was passed at the 1955 session of the
Provincial Legislature placing the education of all teachers, both elementary
and secondary, under the authority of
a College of Education of the University.
Under the new program, all teacher
training will be given under the direction of the University of British
Columbia and certain parts of the
program will also be given at Victoria
College. All courses in education will
carry credit towards a degree in education. With the completion of the
1955-56 term, the Provincial Normal
Schools will come within the University or Victoria College. t
Until a new building for the College is erected on the University
campus,   temporary   accommodation
will be arranged at the University and
the former Normal School building
at Tenth Avenue and Cambie Street
will also continue to be used during
the first years of operation of the
The College of Education will offer
the programs outlined below leading
to the degree of Bachelor of Education. Upon successful completion of
any of the following programs, candidates will be recommended to -the
Department of Education for the
award of the appropriate certificate.
Through the Faculty of Graduate
Studies, the University will continue
to offer a Master of Arts degree in
the field of Education and it is anticipated that a Master of Education
degree will be established. Experience with the operation of the program will probably make modifications
necessary at a later date.
Four alternative programs for the
education of elementary teachers will
be offered by the College of Education:
(1) A minimum four year program
in the field of teaching in the Elementary school leading to the Bachelor
of Education degree.
(2) A two-year intramural program
for high school graduates with University entrance. At the conclusion
of this two year period successful candidates would have completed the
course requirements for the Interim
Elementary Basic Teaching Certificate
and have earned two years' credit
toward a degree in education.
(3) A one year program of teacher
training for those entering with Grade
13 or first year University. Successful
completion of this year will constitute
the course requirements for the Interim Basic Teaching Certificate as
well as the second year of credit
toward a degree in education.
(4) Because of the present demand
for teachers and the necessity of a
transitional period in progressing to
a higher standard of teacher education _
and certification, it is recognized as *
necessary for the present to retain an
emergency one year course for a
group of students who have only University entrance standing. This group
will be selected on the basis of their
academic record in High School. On
satisfactory completion of this year of
training these students would receive
an Elementary Conditional Certificate valid for four years during which
time they must complete by Summer
Session or intra-murally the remaining- *
courses of the two year basic program for elementary school teacher
Programs (2), (3) and (4) as listed
above plus the first two years of the
four year program (1) will be offered
at Victoria College.
Three programs will be offered for
the education of secondary school
(1) A five year program of arts
and science courses combined with
professional courses in education including observation and practice teaching. Successful completion will fulfill
course requirements for a Secondary
Basic Teaching Certificate and the
Bachelor of Education degree in
secondary education.
(2) An elementary teacher with two
years credit toward the education
degree may, intra-murally or by summer sessions, complete a further three
years of training for the Secondary
Basic Teaching Certificate and the
Bachelor of Education degree in
secondary   education,   provided   the
student  has  the  necessary  prerequisites.
(3) The graduate with a Bachelor
of Arts or other degree from a faculty
other than education, may, by taking
a special one year teacher training
program in the College of Education,
qualify for the Secondary Basic
Teaching Certificate, provided he has
the proper prerequisites. Following'
the completion of this further work,
the student may take additional
courses leading to the Bachelor of
Education degree or proceed to a
Master's degree in education.
The first two years of the five year^*
Bachelor  of  Education   degree  program will be offered at Victoria College. DECEMBER, 1955
Page 3
NEW CLINICAL MEDICAL BUILDING at Tenth at Heather on the Vancouver General Hospital grounds will
look like this when completed. The three-storey medical school building is expected to be ready for occupancy by
the fall of 1957. The $1,500,000 building, although owned by the hospital, will be reserved in perpetuity for the
use of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Let brotherhood prevail
International House aim
The attention of a visitor to the campus in the fall of 1955 would
be caught by the occasional overheard word of Greek, Spanish, Polish
or Arabic, evidence of the yearly increasing flow of foreign students
to UBC which this year has reached a total of 605 representing 57
countries throughout the world.
UBC Reports
lists revised
According to comments and constructive criticism received from
alumni and friends of the University,
UBC Reports is serving a need in
keeping them informed of University
activities and plans.
With this encoura"ement, the experiment will be continued and every
effort will be made to maintain a
high standard of quality.
Meanwhile, mailing lists for distribution of UBC Reports are being revised and brought up to date. If we
are not using your correct address or
have not included your postal zone
number, please fill out and return the
questionnaire on page four.
If you know of any graduates or
friends of the University who are not
receiving this publication and would
like to be added to the mailing list,
please send us their names, addresses
and years of graduation.
Students to dance
into outer space
Mardi Gras in Outer Space is the
theme of the 16th annual fraternity
and sorority ball Jan. 19 and 20 at
the Commodore.
Proceeds from the ball, which are
expected to reach $2000, will be given
to the University Development Fund
for research on the campus in muscular dystrophy.
Although the majority of these
students are immigrants, many will
return to their own countries to apply
new methods and ideas learned in
Canada. It is the aim of the University that they will also carry with
them an understanding of and a
friendship for Canada and Canadians.
Numerous means are provided to
assist foreign students in Canadian
universities. Outstanding is the Friendly Relations for Overseas Students,
whose member organizations include
several city service clubs. Their activities include receptions, orientation
and student talks. The World University Service, which has committees in
37 countries, supports a program of
student exchange which yearly sends
three or four to UBC.
There are occasional difficulties experienced with language, climate and
even food. One visitor from the Far
East who was noticeably growing
thinner after a few weeks residence
finally explained the reason: "I'm
starving! They only serve rice once
a week in the cafeteria!" In these and
other problems the President's Committee gives constant assistance.
One of the most active clubs on
the campus is International House,
half of whose members are Canadian.
An enthusiastic executive under President Jakob Lunder of Norway has
planned a lively program including
talks and discussions, dances and dinners for this year's 280 members.
These students are here to learn
but they also teach and in their dual
role provide the impetus for the aim
of International House—"That Brotherhood May Prevail".
Carnegie gift
adds courses
in Canadiana
University of B.C. is rapidly becoming one of the major centres in North
America for the study of French
Canadian history and literature.
Assisted by Carnegie Corporation
grants, the University has added
courses in French Canadian literature
and history to the curriculum, provided scholarships for study in these
fields, and built up a library of between 3000 and 4000 volumes of
French Canadian material.
Purchase of books, microfilms and
original documents for the library
collection was begun in 1952 with
a $7500 Carnegie grant. A second
Carnegie grant of $12,000 made this
year has enabled expansion to continue to the point where UBC has one
of the best selections of Canadiana
to be found anywhere on the continent.
As part of the program, Gerard R.
Tougas, assistant professor of French,
is giving a new course in the literature of French Canada from the conquest to the present. History instructor Blair Neatby is teaching a course
dealing with French Canadian culture.
Two graduate students, George
Shillih of Toronto and Walter Ull-
mann, 4678 West Fourth, Vancouver,
are doing graduate work in the field
assisted by scholarships financed out
of the Carnegie grant.
Pottery exhibited
Extension Ceramics supervisor Rex
B. Mason has recently had a piece of
his work, a covered jar, accepted in
the Collection of the Canadian Guild
of Potters.
work in
trial run
Students in Ralph Baldner's Italian
course have a different slant on education than many of their fellow v>n-
dergradutes—they're willing to slug it
out in a three hours a week lecture
course without formal credit.
The special reading course in Italian
is 'taken as an "extra" on top of full
course loads by about a dozen eager
language students. French Instructor
Baldner considers the course as a
trial run for a credit course to be
offered in the new Romance Studies
department to be set up next year.
The University Senate has approved
the amalgamation of the present departments of French and Spanish to
form the Romance Studies department.
Mr. Baldner's course, designed to
give third year language students the
tools to read Italian literature in the
original, will mark the first time UBC
has ever offered formal studies in
Dr. J. G. Andison, present head of
both French and Spanish departments,
has been appointed chairman of the
new department.
Simpler administration of the department and provision of better opportunities for language students to
supplement their studies with other
languages were cited by Dean of Arts
and Science S. N. F. Chant as reasons
for the change.
The title Romance Studies was
chosen to allow for expansion of
courses in languages and literature to
include studies of history, philosophy
and other subjects pertinent to understanding of another language and
culture, he said.
(Continued from page one)
fourth (clinical) years of the course
and will house the departments of
medicine, pathology, and surgery.
It will also house a pathology museum and provide pathology services
for the entire hospital. Plans also call
for lecture rooms, student locker
rooms and administrative offices.
The basic medical sciences centre
on the campus will house the departments of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pathology,
neurological research and possibly
public health as well as providing
space for lecture rooms, administrative offices and a branch bio-medical
Clinical studies taken in the final
two years of medicine would be given
at the Vancouver General. The clinical medical building will provide a
closely integrated teaching unit with
the new 335 bed wing of the hospital
immediately adjoining the offices and
laboratories of the medical school.
The University has committed itself to a policy of forming a unified
medical school on the campus, including a 300 to 400 bed teaching
hospital. Nevertheless, it is recognised that, even when such a medical
centre is completely developed, the
facilities of the Vancouver General
and other hospitals in the area will be
needed for teaching purposes. Page 4
Rural youth
to study
Preparations are being finalized for
the annual Youth Training School
which will be held in January and
February at the Youth Training
Centre, University of B.C.
The eight-week school, sponsored
by the Federal Department of Labour
and the B.C. Department of Education, is administered by the UBC Extension Department.
The course is open to any rural
young people between the ages of 16
and 30 and who are not attending
high school. Cost, including room
and board and transportation, is $35.
The purpose of the Youth Training
School is to provide leadership training for rural young people, to stimulate interest in civic and community
affairs and to give a knowledge of
facilities available through the various
federal, provincial and private agencies.
Instruction is given in agriculture,
commercial fishing and home-making,
handicrafts, recreation and rural organizational work.
Students to
extend Brock
Construction is expected to start
next March on a $250,000 extension to
Brock Hall.
The new wing, needed to provide
much needed club and lounge space
for the growing student population,
will be financed by an annual levy of
$5 per student which will continue for
seven years.
Students have been paying a similar
$5 per year levy to pay off the debt
on the Memorial Gymnasium which
will be retired next September.
Extension offers
home ec service
Education for all is the operating
theory of the University's extension
And putting the theory into helpful
practice is what their home economics
service is doing by providing literature on everything from floral arrangements to home decoration, planning and management. Most popular
is the 40-page "So You Want To
Sew" booklet.
A list of the booklets which may
be obtained free or for a very nominal charge is available at the extension
. . . shades of Shaw
Shaw festival
to feature
The first of numerous world wide
celebrations of the centennial anniversary of the birth of George Bernard
Shaw will take place at the University
of B.C. Jan. 16 to 21.
The week-long "Shaw Festival" will
feature lectures on Shaw's economics
and politics, readings from some of
his major works, a film of a Shaw
play and the Canadian premiere of
Shaw's epic play "Back to Methuselah".
The Shaw Festival, planned as a
tribute to the man considered by
many as the greatest dramatist and
literary figure of our day, is sponsored by the University Fine Arts committee, UBC Players club and the
English department.
UBC graduate Lister Sinclair, one
of Canada's best known dramatists,
will give dramatized readings from
some of Shaw's prose works at an
evening and a noon hour lecture.
Canadian literary critic George
Woodcock will take part in the festival with two public lectures on Shaw's
"Back to Methuselah" will be directed by University Drama director
Dorothy Somerset, assisted by Robert
Read and Joan Chapman.
The play, which has never been
produced in Canada before, has been
condensed from its original playing
time of ten hour to approximately
four. It will be presented on both
Friday and Saturday evenings.
Not athletic minded?
Don't you believe it
Imagine 4000 young men and women jumping, running, batting
balls or crossing epees. Quickly calculate that 4000 out of UBC's
6300 students comes close to a "participation percentage" of 65 per
cent. Then reject any lingering notion that UBC sports can be judged
by the football won-lost percentage.
Sports for the students, by the students, and may the hindmost become
a spectator, is the operating theory of
the athletic program administered by
athletic director R. J. (Bus) Phillips
and Robert F. (Bob) Osborne, director
of the school of physical education.
A UBC student can become well-
rounded, as Socrates would have it,
by combining intellectual and physical
exercise through five different channels: trying out for a varsity team,
registering for required first and
second year physical education classes,
participating in the intra-mural sports
program, taking a degree course in
physical education or taking advantage of recreational sports activities
If he or she is already well-rounded,
as Renoir would have it, then the
advice is to waddle over to the War
Memorial Gymnasium right after the
next class.
Teams representing the University
match outside competition in 20 (that's
right, 20) different sports. You could
probably list football, basketball,
rugby, soccer and rowing. But without hints how far could you go in
listing ice hockey, track, grass hockey,
badminton, fencing, weight lifting,
gymnastics, swimming, golf, tennis,
baseball, boxing, wrestling, cricket
and skiing?
Required classes in physical education for first and second year students
include instruction in all major team
sports as well as swimming, gymnastics, archery or even dancing.
As for the intra-mural program—
don't worry if your boy came in 47th
in the intra-mural cross country race.
He was probably well ahead of the
pack. And there is seldom a noon
hour that doesn't fill the gym with
shouts of several volleyball and basketball games.
The student who isn't keen about
team sports can always settle for a
casual game of golf, tennis, table tennis or a weekend skiing or hiking
with the Varsity Outdoor Club.
Coulthard elected
Professor T. L. Coulthard, acting
head of the department of agricultural mechanics and agricultural engineering, has been elected president
of the northwest section of the American   Society   of   Agricultural   Engi-
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NEW HEAD of UBC's chemistry department is Dr. Charles A. McDowell,
a 37-year-old graduate of Queen's
University, Belfast, Northern Ireland,
who comes to the University from the
University of Liverpool where he has
been professor of inorganic and physical chemistry.
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