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Array Vol. 2, No. 4
APRIL,  1956
May 14, 15
UBC Deans
to address
Dr. Cyril James, principal and vice-
chancellor of McGill University, and
five distinguished British Columbians
will be granted honorary degrees by
the University of B.C. at Spring Congregation ceremonies May 14 and 15.
Dr. James, Dean Henry F. Angus%
retiring Dean of Graduate Studies,
and Home Economics pioneer Mjss
Jessie L. McLenaghen will receive
honorary Doctor of Laws degrees on
Monday, May 14.
Former UBC Dean of Applied
Science, Dr. H. J. MacLeod, and two
distinguished local engineers, Col. W.
G. Swan and Mr. Thomas Ingledew,
will receive the honorary degree of
Doctor of Science on Tuesday,
May 15.
Dean Angus will deliver the Congregation Address to students graduating May 14 and Dr. MacLeod will
deliver the address to students graduating May 15.
Degrees is Arts, Social Work, Home
Economics and Pharmacy will be conferred during the May 14 ceremonies
with other degrees being granted the
following day.
Both ceremonies will be held in
UBC Armouries at 2:30 p.m.
This will be the tenth Honarary
LL.D. bestowed upon Dr. Cyril James.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of
McGill University, Montreal. He is
widely recognized for his work in
economics, banking, shipping and shipbuilding and is the author of several
books on these subjects.
(Please turn to page four)
DEAN N. V. SCARFE, presently
Dean of Education at the University
of Manitoba, will take over his new
duties as Dean of UBC's College of
Education July 1.
PACIFIC PANORAMA of mountains meeting ocean with the spacious University of B.C. campus in the foreground
makes an ideal setting for Canada's largest Summer School of Arts. Some of the world's most distinguished artists
and educators are being brought to Vancouver this summer by the University to provide a stimulating and exciting
experience in the fields of opera, drama, creative writing, sculpture and painting.
f. h. soward |jBC arts festival
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grad reunion draws noted artists
The University of B.C.'s Summer School of the Arts and Sum-
Professor F. H. Soward, Director mer Arts Festival in July and August promise some of the most
guesfSerL'thfanrmal dinner Emulating instruction in music, drama and the visual arts ever
meeting of Convocation and the available in Canada.
Alumni Association in Brock Hall
on Thursday, April 19. His subject
—"Germany and Japan Ten Years
Professor Soward spent six weeks
in Japan last summer and in November of 1955 studied current economic
developments in Germany under the
auspices of the German Government.
The joint annual meeting of Convocation and the Association is normally held in the Fall, but because
of a recent change in the fiscal year
of the Association it will in future
become a regular spring event in the
University calendar. It is the intention to establish it as a general reunion of alumni and friends of the
The Chancellor will preside at the
meeting of Convocation, Mr. Peter
Sharp at the meeting of the Associ-
tion. Reports on the year's acitivities
will be presented and new officers
elected for Convocation Executive
Council, the Association and the
Development Fund.
Well known emcee and pianist,
John Emerson, and Harold King, composer of "Hail U.B.C." will provide
musical entertainment.
Tickets for the affair, which commences at 6:30 p.m., can be obtained by phoning the Alumni Office,
Alma 3044.
The School—Canada's largest summer  school  of  arts—will   feature  as
guest   instructors  some   of  the   most
prominent artists and educators from*-
. ali over the English speaking world.
Sir Herbert Read, internationally
eminent art critic, educationalist, poet
and novelist, will be making his first
visit to Canada to give lectures on
Contemporary Expression in Art during the Summer School.
A special sculpture workshop course
will feature individual instruction by
Alexander Archipenko, one of the
world's most noted sculptors. His
sculptures have been widely exhibited
in Europe and critics generally concede that his influence in the development of European sculpture during the
period 1914-20 was analagous to that
of Picasso in painting.
Lecturing in the School of Music,
directed by Nicholas Goldschmidt,
musical director of the Opera School
of the Royal Conservatory, will be
Askel Schiotz, one of the world's leading Lieder singers; Hans Busch, director of the Opera School of Indiana
.University; and Mario Bernardi, assistant conductor and coach for the
Opera School at the Toronto Royal
The 16th Annual Summer School of
the Theatre, with a staff of 11 experienced instructors, will be headed
by UBC's Associate Professor of
Drama, Dorothy Somerset, and guest
director Donal Wilson, formerly stage
manager for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
The School of Theatre will offer a
seven-week course of intensive training and practical experience in all
phases of theatre and will stage and
product three different plays.
The Summer School will also feature a special School of Creative Writing, headed by noted Canadian author
and critic, Lister Sinclair. Courses will
include workshops in fiction writing,
playwriting, and poetry writing and
seminars on the art of fiction, drama
and poetry.
The School of Music will offer individual instruction in opera singing,
a course in Lieder and Concert Literature, choral singing and a course in
the Study of Accompanying.
They will present a concert of
Opera Excerpts, a full production of
Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte'' and a recital of sacred music. In addition to
these productions, Mr. Schiotz will
contribute to a series of three Lieder
Recitals, which will include as distinguished guest artist, Marie Schilder,
contralto, and Theresa Gray, soprano.
Full information may be obtained
by writing the University of B.C. Extension Department. Page 2
APRIL, 1956
Vol. 2, No. 4 Vancouver 8, B.C.
April,  1956
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.
Forest revolution
affects University
Dean of the Faculty of Forestry
Revolution on a grand scale is going on in the forests of British
Columbia. The forces of revolt are many and they are diverse in
nature. They are working against less-than-complete utilization of the
forest's products,—against the heavy losses caused by fire, insects, and
decay,—against incomplete or inefficient use of forest land,—and
against complacency respecting the wood supply of the future.
The forces are economic and they are technological. They are
founded on common sense and a healthy respect for the renewable
nature of the forest. Because wood has increased in value it has
become economic to use much more of the tree than was possible
previously; more wood is taken off each acre and much more of it
finds its way into usable products. And because accessible ripe timber
is no longer easily available in the next valley, many operators as
well as the' Crown are applying their energies to the growing of new
crops as well as to the harvesting of the old timber provided by
nature. In short, they are turning more and more to the land as the
real forest resource,—land that properly managed can yield successive
crops of wood and other valuable "products" such as wildlife and
fish, recreation and water, and protection against flood and erosion.
Forest conservation today has many facets,—more efficient and
more suitable harvesting of mature timber, elimination of waste in
the woods and in the mills, more valuable use of the products of the
forest, new products, extended life of wood through the application
of preservatives, reduction of losses from fire and other damaging
influences, quicker regeneration of the new forest, better new forests
that will produce a maximum of raw material, stabilization of markets
and development of new markets so that the beneficial trends of past
years can be maintained. These are not all part of "forestry" but
they are matters vitally important to forestry and forest conservation.
One example may be cited. The development of log barkers and
chippers in recent years has macle possible the use of formerly
unused small logs, chunks, and sawmill and plywood-plant refuse.
The annual equivalent of this in standing timber volume is over one-
third billion board feet or a volume that might be logged from some
7000 acres of good mature forest. Because low quality and small
material can now be removed economically from the forest, the logged
area is cleaner and often does not require slash burning; this in turn
often means quicker seeding-in of the land and a new forest on the
ground several years earlier. And because of the forest's increased
value, more attention can and must be paid to protecting it from
fire and insects.
This chain of relationships extends to the ultimate market for the
product. Only by constant attention to sales and market extension
can the product be sold to permit of this closer utilization and the
benefits that reach back to the forest. Forest conservation thus
embraces selling, plus efficient manufacture, plus research and development, plus careful and efficient harvest, plus the best of protection, plus quick establishment of the new forest so that effective
use of the land is made.
The University's role in forestry is a unique one,—to provide in
large part the technical, professional, and managerial staffs of government services and industry. Some will be graduates in Commerce,
Economics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineer-
ing,—some will be graduates who have not specialized to any extent,     »
—but a relatively large number will be graduates in Forestry or
Forest Engineering.   These are the men who will do the technical
work in the forest,—plan and lay out the cutting operations, devise
better methods of harvest and reforestation for the many conditions
that exist in the Province, plan and carry out protection operations,     _-
and make studies in the constant search for new knowledge that will
aid the forest manager in his practical duties.  In short, the forester
on the ground will be concerned with all aspects of harvesting, reproducing, and protecting the forest.   He may also find a responsible     ,
place in manufacture and in selling because of his basic understanding
of wood and its properties.
In view of the wide variety of responsibilities and duties that are
the forester's, his training is an important matter. Traditionally, the
world over, he is given a good grounding in the sciences that underlie
the forestry practices and techniques covered by the professional *
subjects. In more recent years, however, the need for an understanding of economics and business principles and for facility with
his mother language, has resulted in the addition to the curriculum ^
of economics, accounting, business administration, and more seminars
and English. At the same time attention has been given to subjects
such as weather and climate, genetics, and plant physiology, and
opportunity has been afforded for some electives in the sciences,
economics, commerce, and the humanities.
We might ask if less time should be spent on the non-professional v
subjects and more time on the professional. This is not easily <'
answered except to say that a great need exists today for men who
have not only professional ability but also a potential to rise to
administrative and executive responsibilities, in which positions they
can do much to promote better forest conservation. At the same time,
scientists and engineers and technical foresters will be needed in large
numbers at various levels of responsibility to carry out the interesting
and important tasks that lie ahead, many of which require them to
deal with and work with people.
There is a place for almost every young man of average intelligence
who has or develops a keen interest in the forest or in some aspect ,'
to it. One of our immediate problems is that too few of our young
men are entering the profession and the vast program that lies ahead
may be forced to advance slowly because of a lack of trained men.
This is true of other professions also, but in a region whose economy *
is firmly tied to the forest and the forest industry, the shortage of
foresters is likely to be of very great concern. Steps have been and
are being taken to attract more men to the profession. We are hopeful
that they will help to solve this vital problem of providing the
professional manpower that is needed for forest conservation in
British Columbia during the coming decades.
Education  unlimited
Each year British Columbia is graduating an increasing number
of young men and women from its public schools and the University.
In the past ten years this parade has swelled considerably with the
"graduation" from these same institutions of fathers and mothers and
other out-of-school folk who, usually without diplomas, have success- 4
fully completed courses in accounting or pre-school supervision,
oceanography or ceramics or a hundred other classes of popular
interest. During the past year the number of these back-to-school
adults at UBC alone exceeded 6000.
What draws these people from their easy chairs and television
sets back to the classroom? For some it is the promise of occupational and professional advancement or of greater understanding of
the increasingly complex problems in home and community. For
others University Extension courses are a positive answer to increased
leisure. Still others attend short courses and night classes to satisfy
a long sought desire to meet with some outstanding scholar or '
Life-long learning is thus no longer a pious hope.  This is an age
when every speech on automation or economic expansion, every
study on community welfare or international affairs, underlines the
need for better equipped and informed employees, employers, pro-     ,
fessional workers, parents, citizens.
U.B.C. congratulates its Extension graduates.   Their non-credit
courses are of great personal credit to all. May their ranks increase. APRIL, 1956
Page 3
ARTS BUILDING to provide classroom space for nearly 3000 students is expected to be under construction this
summer and completed by 1958. Costing $2,000,000, the three unit structure is one of three major buildings urgently
needed to accommodate the rapidly growing student population. Also in the final planning stages are student residences
and a basic medical sciences centre.
Construction underway
for education faculty
A $90,000 University of B.C. building program has been started
to provide sufficient accommodation for students starting classes in
the new College of Education in September, President Norman A.
MacKenzie announced today.
Highlights of plans for the College
of Education announced today by
President MacKenzie are:
1. Construction is expected to be
completed by September to accommodate all College of Education students
on the UBC campus. It had been
earlier anticipated that for the start of
the College of Education program
some courses would have to continue
to be given at the Vancouver Normal
School Buildings.
2. B.C. teachers wishing to better
their professional standing will be able
to start degree credit work given by
the College of Education at UBC's
Summer Session in July and August
of this year.
3. Generous financial assistance will
be available to assist students entering
the new College of Education to prepare for the teaching profession.
"Under the College of Education,
all education students will be students
of the University, taking courses carrying credit toward degrees in education and will haye all the privileges
of student residences, health service
and hospital facilities, gymnasium,
playing field and recreation facilities,
given to students in other faculties,"
the president said.
The University's Buildings and
Grounds Department has started construction of an eight classroom frame
and stucco building. A temporary
building now being used at the Vancouver Normal School will be trans-
Col. Logan, Dr. Norris
to write UBC history
Dr. John Norris, history instructor,
and Col. H. T. Logan, professor
emeritus of classics and editor of the
Alumni Chronicle, have been instructed to write the history of the
University for the Centennial Year.
ported to the campus to provide five
more classrooms.
The new College of Education
building now being constructed will be
a frame and stucco building with light
steel joists and with tinted glass windows for southern exposures. It is
being built on the corner of the main
parking lot near the armouries.
A head start on the official September opening of the College of Education will be made this summer with
courses in UBC's Summer Session
being offered for credit towards the
Bachelor of Education degree in both
elementary and secondary school education.
The Summer Session, directed by
Dr. Kenneth F. Argue, will offer more
courses in education than any previous
Summer Session, and will include the
complete program of training leading
to certification as high school counsellors.
The Provincial Government has established a fund providing interest-free
loans for deserving students who can
show evidence of finacial need and
will agree to teach in B.C. schools for
three years after graduation.
Bursaries are also available which
may be granted to students instead of
loans or as a supplement to loans in
special cases.
With the formation of the College
of Education as an integral part of
the University campus, education students also become eligible for bursaries and loans from regular University bursary and loan funds.
Copies of the Summer Session
Calendar and the College of Education
Calendar giving details of courses
available and admission requirements
may be obtained by writing the
Registrar, University of B.C.
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fund drive
Major objectives of the 1956 UBC
Development Fund drive are the
Brock Memorial Extension, Alumni
Regional Scholarships and the President's Fund, the Alumni Association
executive has announced.
Organization of the Fund Drive,
which netted $80,000 in 1955 has been
changed to keep pace with the growing
importance of the Fund. A general
chairman of the board will be appointed to coordinate all phases of the
Two vice-chairmen, one in charge
of the community and industrial giving program and one in charge of the
alumni annual giving program, will
assist in the fund raising.
Unsolicited donations in the current
year have reached $7000, although no
direct appeal has been made yet.
New special objectives which have
support from alumni and friends are
the D. C. Buckland Memorial, the
Nursing Students Assistance Fund,
UBC Ice Arena and the Rugger Fund.
Neurological Research and Muscular
Dystrophy are two of the continuing
projects which have also attracted
considerable financial support.
First in Canada
The University of B.C. will start a
new program of Asian studies in September and has appointed a graduate
of the University of London, Ronald
P. Dore to lecture on Japanese language and Japanese institutions,
President Norman A. MacKenzie announced today.
Professor F. H. Soward, outstanding Canadian authority on international affairs and recently appointed
associate Dean of Graduate Studies,
will be responsible for developing
Asian Studies in his position as director of International Studies.
Dr. Ping-ti Ho, who has been with
the University since 1949, will head
the courses given on China.
Faculty members at present 'giving
courses in the departments of economics, political science, geography, history and international studies will also
give classes in Asian studies.
The new program of Asian Studies
will for the first time enable Canadian
students to make their major studies
in this field. Apart from the University of Toronto, which has courses in
the archeology and language of China,
there is very little being offered in
Asian Studies in other Canadian
"The prosperity of Canada depends
to an unusual extent on what happens
in other countries and it is very important to Canada to develop interest
and increase knowledge of other countries and other peoples," President
MacKenzie said.
"In this respect the Slavonic Studies
department of which we are, I think,
justifiably proud, and the new program in Asian Studies are perhaps
the most important post-war developments.
"Geographically situated as we are
on the west coast of Canada closest
to these areas, it was logical that the
development of Asian Studies courses
should be started here," he said.
Mr. Dore is now in Japan spending a year collecting material to
write a book on the effects of land
reform on Japanese villages. From
1944-47 he was with the British Intelligence Corps as instructor in
Japanese at the School of Oriental
and African Studies, London University.
In 1950, after post graduate study,
he was awarded the Treasury Studentship in Oriental Languages and Culture to spend 18 months in Japan.
From 1951 until his return to Japan,
he was a lecturer in Japanese institutions at London University.
Dr. Ping-ti Ho took his post graduate work at Yenching University,
Peiping, China and at Columbia University. He will spend this summer at
Harvard University doing research on
the economic development of China.
Funds have been made available for
the new program through private
donations, and a Chinese library has
been started with funds donated by
the Vancouver Chinese community.
While Professor Soward was in
Japan last summer as co-director of
the World Universities Seminar there,
the Japanese ambassador gave 50,000
yen for the purchase of Japanese
books for the UBC library. Page 4
APRIL, 1956
DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS AND EDUCATORS taking part in UBC's Summer Session include Dr. W. E. Blatz,
director of the Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto and well known author, world famous sculptor
Alexander Archiponko, and distinguished art critic and educator Sir Herbert Read who is making his first trip to
Canada  to  gives  lectures  at  the  Summer  Session  on  Contemporary Expression in Art.
Record enrolment expected
for summer session courses
Summer Session enrolment is expected to pass the 1948 peak of
post-war years: an estimated 2000 students will be taking courses
for credit with an additional 500 registering in UBC's Summer School
of the Arts.
The 1956 Summer Session will make
educational history with the largest
number of educational courses ever
offered, a wide range of academic
courses for credit (ranging from anthropology to zoology) and a long list
of distinguished visiting lecturers from
all parts of Canada, the United States
and Great Britain.
Some of the outstanding names of
visiting lecturers on the 17-member
staff of the education department are:
Dr. W. E. Blatz, Professor of Child
Psychology and Director of the Institute of Child Study, University of
Toronto, who will be lecturing in
developmental psychology; Miss Margaret McKim of Teachers College,
University of Cincinnati, a noted
authority in the fields of elementary
school curricula and in reading instruction.
Dr. E. I. Durnall, Dean of Nasson
College, Springvale, Maine; Miss
Myrtle Boultwood, senior lecturer in
the department of education at The
University, Leeds, England; Dr. R.
Davis, Professor of Educational Research, George Peabody College for
Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee; Dr.
Albert Morris, Chairman of the department of sociology and anthropology, Boston University, Boston,
Massachusetts; and Dr. H. M. Fowler,
Ontario College of Education, University of Toronto.
Among the visiting lecturers for
credit courses other than education
Dr. Rodney Needham, assistant professor of anthropology, University of
Illinois, Urbana, Illinois; Dr. E. J.
Chambers, Economist, Prudential Insurance Company of America, and
Lecturer, Graduate School of Business
Administration, Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, New Jersey; Richard
Lipsey, assistant lecturer in economics,
London School of Economics.
Dr. Eleanor Hanlon, assistant professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse,
New York; Ali Tayyeb, lecturer in
geography, University of Toronto.
Toronto, Ontario; Dr. John J. Murray,
Head, Department of Political Science
and History, Coe College, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa; and Helmut Blume,
Chairman, Department of Keyboard
Instruments and Voice, McGill University,  Montreal, Quebec.
Thomas Wins Medal
Lionel A. J. Thomas, Instructor in
the School of Architecture, has been
awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for the
Allied Arts.
(Continued from page one)
Miss McLenaghen, first president
of the Canadian Home Economics Association and 20 years Director of
Home Economics in the Dept. of Education, British Columbia, is recognized
for her great pioneering contributions
to her profession in British Columbia
and Canada.
Dr. MacLeod has had a distinguished academic career in Alberta
and British Columbia. He joined the
faculty of UBC in 1936 as Head of
the Department of Electrical and
Mechanical Engineering, and in 1950
was appointed Dean of the Faculty of
Applied Science.   He retired in 1953.
Mr. Ingledow and Col. Swan, both
professional engineers living in Vancouver, have made great contributions
in the field of engineering in British
Columbia. Both have also made
major contributions to the educational
and social life of the Province.
Dr. Ormsby to write
British Columbia history
UBC history professor, Dr. Margaret Ormsby, has been granted a 12
month leave of absence to write the
history of B.C. for the province's 1958
centennial celebrations.
UBC athletes
preparing for
Olympic trip
University of B.C. athletes are preparing to carry the University's colors
into international competition at the
1956 Olympics in Australia next fall.
Already certain of berths to Australia for the Olympics are two Thun-
derbird basketball players, forward
John McLeod who was named to the
Evergreen conference all-star team
for three consecutive years, and guard
Ed Wilde who sparked the Thunderbirds to one of their best seasons this
Six-foot five-inch high scoring McLeod was named the most valuable
player on the Canadian championship
team that will represent Canada in
the Olympics.
More hopeful of an Olympic medal,
but not yet definitely awarded the
Australia trip is UBC's formidable
rowing crew. Coach Frank Read
promises times up to 10 seconds faster
than last year's crew which surprised
the world by winning the British Empire Games gold medal and upsetting
Russia in the Royal Henley Regatta.
Canadian Olympic Association has
not definitely decided to send an
eight-oared crew to Australia but are
going ahead with Canadian Olympic
trials this summer.
The crew showed promise of equalling or bettering last year's records by
defeating the highly -rated University
of Washington varsity crew by eight
lengths last month.
Less certain but still hopeful of an
Olympic trip are two members of
Peter Mullins' track team. Doug
Clement and Cole Harris, both half-
milers, have turned in good times this
year and may take part in Canadian
Olympic trials.
Noted critic
joins faculty
George Woodcock, a well known
Canadian lecturer and author of a
number of critical studies in English
literature, has been appointed lecturer
in the department of English as from
July 1, 1956. Mr. Woodcock was one
of the guest lecturers of the University's recent Shaw Centennial Festival.
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