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Vol. 22, No. 23. June 30, 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 Hoskin.
Mrs. Ethel Robson, 73, readies her desk for the course she'll be taking at Summer
Session, which begins Monday. The course on Creative Writing completes the
requirements for her Bachelor of Education degree.
Summer Session 76 —
something for everyone
This Summer Session will he a
special one for Ethel Robson.
On Monday, July 5, she'll be
starting the final course necessary for
the Bachelor of Education degree she
began 13 years ago. It will be nice to
he finished, she says. But there's no
real need to hurry with it. Mrs.
Robson is 73.
She began her course work after a
career as a teacher and 10 years in real
estate. With her son getting his second
degree (his first came from UBC), "I
got the bug," she says. And when she
asked then Dean Walter Gage, later
president of UBC, whether she should
get her degree, "he said the only two
words I needed — 'Why not?'"
Mrs. Robson took eight courses in
the first two years - "I don't know, so
help me, how I ever did it!" — then
remarried ancl began a life as a
storekeeper in White Rock, where she
now lives.
In 1973 she started her student life
again. She has nothing but praise for
the people — staff, faculty and
students — who encouraged her to
continue her education. "Students
would say to me, 'Why shouldn't you
be here? Get busy.' And I like that
Three of her courses were taken at
Douglas College in New Westminster
because a was closer for her than UBC
and the credit for those courses has
been transferred to her UBC degree.
She finished the last of those courses
in April of this year. Now, after barely
a two-month breather, she begins her
final course, Creative Writing 301, at
This course, she hopes, will help her
with the book she's writing about her
early life in Quebec and later as a
prairie schoolteacher during the
Depression. But that's her project for
Please turn to Page Three
I Centres
UBC has recommended the
establishment of University Centres at
each community college in the Interior
of B.C. as the best means of making
degree-level education available to
more people.
The recommendation was made in a
brief to a one-man Commission on
University Programs in
Non-Metropolitan Areas, which
concluded province-wide hearings in
Vancouver on Saturday (June 26).
The commissioner is Dr. William
Winegard, a former president of the
University of Guelph, who was
appointed in May by Education
Minister Patrick McGeer "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 programs and their
The UBC brief began by saying that
it would be unwise to create new
institutions or programs to satisfy a
temporary demand for education
which is likely to decrease in the
1980s because of a predicted decline
in the number of students in the 15-24
year age group.
The brief pointed out that the
percentage of high school students
who continue into post-secondary
education is significantly higher in the
metropolitan areas than in the rest of
the orovince.
"Any proposed solution," the brief
continued, "should be sufficiently
flexible to accommodate (1) a modest
increase in total demand for post
secondary educational opportunities
and (2) the possibility that there will
be significant changes in demand for
particular academic disciplines."
The brief suggested that any
proposal to remedy the current
situation must satisfy three basic tests.
• 1. It must substantially increase
the opportunities for people resident
in the Interior to complete a degree
In this connection, the brief said
establishment of a new university
would perpetuate the present system,
which provides adequate
post educational opportunities for
those resident in selected areas of the
province but neglects those resident
outside the selected areas.
Please turn to Page Two
Continued from Page One
"While population growth may
justify a new university in the interior
at some future date, it would not be
an appropriate response to the
problems that presently exist," the
brief said.
• 2. It must be consistent with the
maintenance of traditional university
standards of academic excellence.
The brief said interior residents
would be "ill-served by a proposal that
provided academic qualifications that
did not command general respect and
recognition.... In our view, academic
standards are best maintained in the
traditional university model — which
emphasizes personal contact between
instructor and students."
• 3. It must achieve the first two
goals with reasonable economic
The UBC brief said that in some
disciplines the physical facilities
required are so expensive that it may
be more efficient to subsidize students
from the Interior so that they can
attend one of the existing universities
rather than attempt to duplicate the
required facilities at one or more
Interior locations.
"Any proposal to expand the
educational opportunities in the
Interior must be sufficiently realistic
to justify a high priority on a
competitive basis," the brief said.
"It would be tragic if other
worthwhile projects had to be deferred
or abandoned, because the
commission, in choosing among the
various alternative methods of meeting
the understandable aspirations of the
residents of the interior, did not pay
sufficient attention to the economic
consequences of choosing a particular
The University Centres proposed by
UBC would be operated by one of the
three existing public universities,
"preferably in co-operation with the
community colleges."
At the College of New Caledonia,
for example, the University Centre
would offer advanced courses leading
to degrees, which would be awarded
by the "associated university."
Each community college would
retain complete autonomy over its
existing operations, the brief said, and
"ideally, the University Centre would
be operated by a board of
management containing
representatives of both the associated
university and college."
The brief said this arrangement was
recommended "because we believe
formal, as well as informal,
collaboration between the college and
the associated university will make it
more likely that the University Centre
2/UBC Reports/June 30, 1976
Prof. Erich Vogt, UBC's vice-president
of faculty and student affairs, has been
made an officer of the Order of
Canada. Prof. Vogt, a physicist, played
a key role in the construction of
TRIUMF, the nuclear research facility
that was officially opened on UBC's
south campus earlier this year.
will operate successfully. Moreover, we
contemplate that some of the
University Centres will become,
eventually,   independent  universities."
The first priority of each University
Centre should be to meet the needs of
those resident in the area it serves, the
brief said, with emphasis on "core" or
"basic" courses.
"The existing demand," the brief
said, "is for opportunities to acquire
the ordinary, generally accepted,
academic qualifications and innovative
programs will not satisfy that
Instructors of courses offered
through the University Centre might
be residents of the area appointed by
the university, faculty members at the
community college, or members of the
faculty of one of the three public
universities who would become
resident at the University Centre for a
specified period or who would visit the
centre on a regular basis.
The brief proposed that the three
public universities should be
responsible for the programs offered at
the centres. "It is important that these
programs be separately funded and
that the funds provided for them be
kept separate from other university
revenues," the brief said.
This is necessary to protect the
programs offered at the centres, which
might otherwise have to compete for
funds against other university teaching
and research activities, and to protect
the university, which might be
expected to provide a more extensive
rao^eof programs at the centres than
the university's financial resources
would permit.  "%.
The brief described the University
Centre model as. "very flexible" since
it would be relatively easy to expand
Ofjr.cpntraistyit or change the courses
off^d&s more information became
available about the demand for
post-secondary education  in the area.
The brief also said that the centres
could be operational within a short
period of time and the model had an
established record of success in other
areas of Canada.
In a section on supplementary
services, the brief proposed
development of supporting services
such as mobile libraries and
The brief said the UBC proposal
should reduce the number of students
who experience difficulty in meeting
the degree requirements of a particular
university when they transfer from
one institution to another.
The UBC brief was presented to the
commission by Dean Robert Will, of
the Faculty of Arts, who was followed
by Audrey Campbell, of UBC's Centre
for Continuing Education.
Her submission suggested that
several of the instructional models
being considered by the commission
could be strengthened through guided
independent study courses, which she
said referred to both traditional
correspondence courses and to other
distance-teaching systems in which
printed instructional materials and
correspondence between students and
teachers provide the basis for
She pointed to the growth of such
programs at UBC in recent years and
recommended that existing UBC
programs be used to broaden and
enrich university programs offered in
non-metropolitan areas.
She also recommended that
additional financing be provided to
allow UBC to experiment further with
various media as delivery systems for
guided independent study, and that
existing co-operation in independent
study among the three public
universities be supported and
Dr. Winegard, who is expected to
report to the provincial government by
Labor Day, is being assisted by a
nine-member advisory panel made up
of representatives of the three public
universities, Notre Dame University,
and the interior regional colleges.
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. SESSION
Continued from Page One
next winter.
Mrs. Robson looks forward to her
summer course, which starts at eight
o'clock in the morning. That way she
misses most of the traffic on the
freeway from White Rock to
Vancouver. "Means I'll have to be up
about 5:30, I guess, but that's all right.
I just skip over the freeway and I'm
It's unlikely that getting a B.Ed,
will be the end of Mrs. Robson's
student career. After this is over, she
explains, "then I can pick and choose
just exactly what I want to take." She
might come back to UBC next summer
and work on the Senior Citizens
Summer program. "I think it's a
fantastic deal, but I haven't been able
to squeeze the time in to get involved
with that. I don't really know what I'll
do, and it's nice not to know, isn't it,"
she laughs.
She has gathered a lot of memories
of her autumn days at UBC. "The kids
and the staff have been terrific. I'd
sometimes have a cup of tea with my
granddaughter down at the Ponderosa
(cafeteria on campus). Long hair,
jeans, pouring rain, leaves falling, a cup
of   tea  with   your granddaughter	
What more can you want?"
The course work hasn't been easy.
It requires discipline and time. "It is a
lot of work," she states flatly, "but
I've enjoyed it so far."
• • •
In addition to the Summer Session
credit courses such as Mrs. Robson is
taking, Summer Session also offers an
extensive non-credit program for
senior citizens. The program, which
includes free tuition, no residence
charges for students outside the
Vancouver and District area, no formal
academic qualifications and no exams
or essays required, is open to all B.C.
residents, 65 years of age and over.
The courses run for one week and
cover such topics as health, politics,
retirement management, fine arts,
history and geography.
Call    Program   Coordinator   Ruth
Burstahler,    228-6786,   for   more
• • •
The academic Summer Session
offers 289 on-campus and 18
off-campus credit courses in
everything from A(nthropology) to
Z(oology). An estimated 4,000
students will be enrolled for credit
courses, which continue until Aug. 13.
Some 350 instructors, some of
them from as far away as England and
Australia, have been engaged by the
University to teach academic courses.
UBC's Centre for Continuing
Education has plenty of suggestions on
how to spend your summer, which are
contained in a brochure obtainable by
calling 228-2181.
The centre is offering a wide range
of daytime and evening programs on
such subjects as jewellery fabrication,
gourmet cooking, art and fabric
design, photography, creative writing
and acting, as well as off-campus
programs that will take you to such
places as the Queen Charlotte Islands,
Seattle, Central America and Atlantic
A special feature of the 1976
Summer Session will be a workshop on
baroque music that will allow
advanced and specialized musicians to
study under experts who play the
baroque oboe and recorder, the organ,
the viola da gamba and the
During the workshop program,
Aug. 9-21, there will be a concurrent
early music and dance workshop, Aug.
16-21, and an early music festival,
Aug. 10-20. You can get a brochure on
the program from the Centre for
Continuing Education.
And for everyone, there will be the
usual round of indoor and outdoor
musical concerts, plays in the Frederic
Wood Theatre, and a program of free
films on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays. To keep abreast of what's
happening on campus in the next six
weeks, look for UBC Reports every
Wednesday in strategic campus
buildings. Our weekly feature, "Next
Week at UBC," will appear on the
back page of each edition.
held for
Hugh Kelly
Funeral services were held Tuesday
(June 29) for Hugh Kelly,
superintendent of UBC's traffic and
security department, who died last
week after a lengthy illness. He was
Mr. Kelly joined UBC in 1964 as a
campus patrol officer following a
career as a provost officer with the
Canadian army with the rank of major.
His army career included service
with the provost corps in Canada and
Europe, and graduation from the
Canadian Army Staff College at
Kingston, Ont. and the RCMP Staff
College in Regina.
Mr. Kelly was appointed
superintendent of traffic and security
at UBC in 1968 after serving as
supervisor of the University patrol.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, and
two children.
• • •
Prof. Alex Wood, a UBC graduate
and member of the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences for almost 20
years, died in Victoria on June 3 after
a lengthy illness. He was 61.
Prof. Wood joined the UBC faculty
in 1947 after graduating from UBC
with the degrees of Bachelor and
Master of Science in Agriculture and
obtaining his Ph.D. at Cornell
Prof. Wood remained at UBC until
1965 when he resigned to become
dean of the Faculty of Arts and
Science at the University of Victoria.
He held the post until 1967 when he
resigned to found and become
chairman of the Department of
Bacteriology and Biochemistry at
He retired in 1975 for reasons of
health. Prof. Wood is survived by his
wife, Eileen, and two children.
summer scene
Continued from Page Four
The Summer Students' Association is sponsoring golf lessons.
Package of eight lessons only $8 or single lessons at $1 for an hour's
instruction. Lessons also available for faculty and staff for $2 each
hour of instruction. Register at the Summer Students'Association
office, Room 140, West Mall Annex. Call 228-6178 beginning
Monday, July 5, for more information.
The Summer Students' Association will be sponsoring the third
annual Summer Session Golf Tournament on July 21 at the
Musqueam Golf Course. Tee-off time is 1 p.m. Entry fee and sign
up information for the tournament wilt be announced in the next
issue of UBC Reports.
Lessons held on Place Vanier Residence courts beginning Thursday, July 8, at 1 p.m. Cost to Summer Session students is $1 each
lesson or $6 for a six-lesson package. Also open to faculty and staff
for $2 a lesson. Register at the Summer Students' Association
office, Room 140, West Mall Annex. Call 228-6178 beginning
Monday, July 5, for more information.
A chartered boat is available for those interested. The 17-foot
deep-sea boat with an experienced skipper rents for $15 a person
for half a day or $25 a person for a full day. Minimum of two
persons. Call 228-6178 beginning Monday, July 5, for information.
UBC Reports/June 30, 1976/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Notices must reach Information Services, MainMall North Admin. Bldg.,by mail, by 5p.m. Thursday of week preceding publ icationof notice.
In addition to listing events of interest to the campus
community scheduled for the week of July 4 — 10, this
week's column includes a list of activities which will take
place during Summer Session. These events, listed under
the title "Summer Scene," are open to faculty, staff and
students, unless otherwise noted.
For Summer Students: This column is the place
where you'll find lectures, seminars, plays, concerts and
anything else that might be happening at UBC next
week. It will appear on the back page of UBC Reports,
which is published every Wednesday by Information
Services and placed in major campus buildings. If you
can't find a copy of UBC Reports, pick one up at our
office, second floor. Main Mall North Administration
If you have notices you'd like to have published, the
deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. of the week before the
edition of UBC Reports you'd like to have it appear in is
published. Send notices to "Next Week at UBC," c/o
Department of Information Services, UBC.
8:00 p.m. STAGE CAMPUS '76 presents Narrow Road To The
Deep North by Edward Bond. Dorothy Somerset
Studio. Tickets, $3; students, $2. Began June 30 and
continues nightly until July 10. For reservations, call
Board and Senate Room, old administration building.
2:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. John Simons, Chemistry, University of Birmingham, England, on Molecular Photodissociation and Energy Transfer. Room
225, Chemistry Building.
6:00p.m. HISTORICAL FASHION SHOW with clothing from
the Edwardian period to the present day with commentary by Ivan Sayers, assistant curator. Centennial Museum. $7.50 includes dinner at Cecil Green
Park. For further information and tickets, call the
Alumni Association, 228-3313.
Thomas, Cancer Control Agency of B.C., on BCG as
Maintenance Therapy in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma; and Dr. J.P. Kutney, Chemistry, UBC, on
Recent Studies in the Vinblastine-Vincristine Series.
Conference Room, second floor, Cancer Control
Agency of B.C., 2656 Heather St. $3 for buffet dinner.
7:30p.m. SUMMER SCREEN SERIES featuring films on
Habitat — Human Settlements. Three films from the
National Film Board will be shown: Boomsville
(color, 10 min.), A Sense of Place (color, 56 min.)
and Scoggie (color, 20 min). Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre. Free.
7:30p.m. SUMMER SCREEN SERIES featuring The French
Connection. (Color, 104 min.) Lecture Hall 2,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre. Free.
YOUNG ALUMNI CLUB Two-day Canoe Trip to
Pitt Lake. For further information, call 228-3313.
summer scene
If you need help with anything during Summer Session, contact
the Summer Students' Association located in West Mall Annex,
Rooms 140-142 or phone 228-6178. Office hours 2 to 4 p.m.
weekdays. Telephone will be manned beginning Monday, July 5.
Summer Session is now part of the Office of Extra-Sessional
Studies. The new office is located in the Coach House, 6323 Cecil
Green Park Road. Phone 228-2581 or 228-2657.
Once again, the Summer Students' Association is supporting a
summer film festival. Films will be shown Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday nights in Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
nights will feature new releases from the National Film Board, and
Friday will feature classic full-length films of the recent past. All
films FREE to everyone. Begins July 7.
A special series of evening concerts will be held in the UBC Music
Building Recital Hall at 8 p.m., beginning Friday, July 16. These
concerts will feature outstanding musicians of the Vancouver area
performing works from all periods of music history.
Free noon-hour concerts held outside the Student Union Building
begin on Wednesday, July 7. Everyone welcome.
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 — 9:30 p.m. on the SUB plaza, folk
dance sessions will be held. All that's needed is a pair of comfortable dancing shoes and your enthusiasm. All of the dances are easy
to learn and exciting to dance, so come and bring your friends. For
further information, call Richard Spratley, 228-3653.
If you are unfamiliar with the Library facilities on campus —Main
Library + 13 branch libraries with more than 1.6 million books and
periodicals, 1.6 million microforms, 400,000 government documents, 100,000 maps and 132,000 recordings, films, videotapes,
slides, transparencies and pictures — take a tour! They're available
each day from Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. and
12:30 p.m., beginning in the Main Library entrance hall. One half-
hour later, the Sedgewick Library is giving orientation to undergraduates. If you can't make the tour, pick up the UBC Library
Handbook near the card catalogues in the main concourse.
A series of activities which will study trees and wooded areas of the
campus, with direct concern for the ecology of these areas, will be
held through July and the first two weeks of August. The mini-
course is open to children aged9to 13. Parents interested in enrolling their children in the course should contact John Coates,
228-5056 (office) or 224-9182 (home phone after 5 p.m. weekdays).
Information on this co-educational camp sponsored by Physical
Education for children aged 7 to 14 can be obtained by calling
228-3341. Camps run for two weeks from July 5 to Aug. 13,9 a.m.
to noon, and cost $32 for each two-week session.
Free swimming is once again available to Summer Session students.
Check for times at the swim office at Empire Pool. Equipment for
use in the gymnasium (basketballs, badminton, etc.), is also available from the swim cage.
Please turn to Page Three
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