Education opens doors to celebrate

UBC's Faculty of Education is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a series of special events Oct. 17 and 18, held in conjunction with Homecoming '97

"As any individual does when marking a 40th birthday, the faculty will take time to reflect, to celebrate and to consider the future. We invite all our friends and family, alumni and supporters to join us in making the celebration memorable," said Education Dean Nancy Sheehan.

Education at UBC has evolved from the appointment of a single professor, George Moir Weir in 1924, to its present status as one of the largest faculties on campus.

Today, about 144 faculty members conduct research and teach in five departments, four centres and one school. Scholarship interests range from day care and early childhood education to gerontology education.

Research is carried out in schools, professional organizations, local communities and First Nations reserves. As well, faculty provide research and policy advice to various levels of government.

The anniversary celebrations get underway with an opening ceremony at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the Scarfe building. UBC President Martha Piper and the Hon. Paul Ramsey, Minister of Education, Skills and Training are guest speakers.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, a day-long open house showcases the faculty's activities with lectures, and demonstrations. Faculty and class reunions will also be held. All are welcome to attend. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Scarfe building.

Also Saturday, a Dean's luncheon will be held at the First Nations Longhouse featuring guest speakers Deans Emeritii John Andrews and Daniel Birch and special guest Martha Piper. Cost is $30 per person.

That evening the Vancouver Institute Lecture, held at 8:15 in Woodward IRC lecture hall 2, will be of great interest to educators.

Larry Cuban will speak on "What are good schools and why are they so hard to get?" Cuban, whose experience includes teaching in ghetto schools, has been named teacher of the year six times at Stanford, where he teaches in the Faculty of Education.

For more information on the Faculty of Education's anniversary events, call 604-822-3790.