ARMSTRONG'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS
President and Vice-Chancellor Herbert S. Armstrong's inaugural address given at convocation on April 16, 1966.
The university gained autonomy from the University of Alberta in April 1966 with little fanfare. A search through the archives turned up the inaugural address then President and Vice-Chancellor Herbert S. Armstrong gave at convocation on April 16, 1966. The speech itself is a great example of the type of oration and rhetoric of the day. Due to copyright restrictions, it cannot be published but below is a paraphrased version highlighting the key points.
Armstrong begins by stating that long-windedness is disastrous on such occasions, however, he duly gives the occasion the exhortation it deserves. Armstrong spends the majority of his speech talking about taking the broad view toward this new university. For example, he says, "One further matter concerning the broad view is to recall that there are various deliberative bodies within the university, each of which must be concerned for the well-being, not of itself alone, but of its university at large." He encourages the audience to look around: "Each of these bodies needs periodically to lift up its collective eyes and see itself in relation to others, recognizing the common purpose of it all." He continues by saying that when any such body fails to see its interconnectedness, the development of the university is then "less than optimum".
Armstrong concludes his speech with a description of the Chinook, "the breath of warmth in the cold season." The Chinook is a promise of a better tomorrow.
UNIVERSITY THEATRE AND MUSIC WING OPEN
To mark the occasion, the Department of Fine Arts and Fine Arts hold a Fine Arts Festival. Lieutenant-Governor Grant MacEwan officiates.
PLANS TAKING SHAPE
Public Works Minister Fred Colborne predicts that after six years and $70 million invested in university construction to date, a further $250 million will be required to "round off the campus." Officials predict the student population to increase to 18,000 students by 1985.