Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Community College does things in exciting ways Probably the major 1970 events for the Lethbridge Community College were its first full year in operation under the new Alberta Colleges Act, and construction of its $1 million administration building. The college currently shares its campus with the University of Lethbridge, but barring a labor problem for the university, LOC should have full occupation of the campus by the end of 1971. On Jan. 21, Education Minister Robert Clark announced appointment of the first LCC board of governors under the new act, including for the first time student and a faculty member. Vic Stapleton, LCC student council member, and Bill Ive-son, an assistant professor of chemistry, were appointed as the internal board members. Also appointed were Jerome Bobbins, of Pincher Creek, as board chairman; Dick Gruen-wald, Don Livingstone and Mrs. Gladys Redfern, of Lethbridge and Joe Chomany, of Tabsr. The five were on the previous board, which in the past had been appointed by southern Alberta school boards who had assisted with LCC's financing. Under the new act, the government assumes full college costs. LCC President Dr. C. D. Stewart is an ex officio member of the board. And, Oct. 1, Mr. dark officially opened the college's new administration building and other new facilities, collectively worth about $2.2 million. Mr. Clark said Lethbridge was "doing things in an exciting way" in education, and added he hoped LCC would continue to operate for the needs of all of southwestern Alberta. Students at the college were involved in several major activities, perhaps the most important of which was their decision to withdraw from the 40,-000-member Alberta Association of students. LCC students accused the AAS of being too university-oriented, and too concerned with involvement in international pontics. In other LCC events: Jan. 6: LCC school of agriculture prepares for second semester of operation. Jan. 19: LCC board of governors "unspends" $1 million in debentures it had approved, when informed the provincial government would cover all construction costs for the new shop addition to the Kate Andrews Building. Jan. 22: new board of governors named - first board under new Colleges Act. Feb. 5: new college board holds first meeting;' Dr. Stewart scores the Alberta colleges commission as being "at least 20 years out of date." Feb. 11 to 14: Chinook Winter Carnival held . . . with a Chinook and without snow; Irene Arizono, of the school of nursing, is Carnival Queen. Feb. 25: announcement that 24 new full-time positions at the college have been filled from 741 applications. March 4: LCC student council withdraws from AAS'. March 20: Skip DeCostc elected student president. April 9: LOC officials meet in Lethbridge with Alberta colleges commission, and commission chairman Dr. Henry Kole-sar says he is "very pleased" with suggestions made to him. April IS: LCC announces it will offer a summer outdoor recreation program. The program will last 16 days including a 10-day camping trip and will be available on a credit or non-credit basis. Several 16-day sessions are planned. April 17: LCC announces summer horsemanship courses, offering 25 hours of instruction in riding and other aspects of horsemanship. April 23: five southern Alberta lake sloughs are stocked with fish in LCC fish fanning experiment involving the college outdoors recreation department. May 2: college Convocation ceremonies held for 132 LCC graduate j; featured speaker is Fred Jorgenson, president of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. Joe Pupp is awarded the annual LCC $1,000 scholarship, and later uses it as one of three LCC students in an experimental transfer program in commerce attending the University of Alberta. May 13: Fin McPherson is appointed director of the LCC school of technical-vocational education, replacing Mel Jub-ber, who takes a one-year sabbatical leave and will return in 1971 as a teacher. June 4: LCC school of nursing, which has completed its first full year in operation announces expansion plans for the 1970-71 year. June 6: the LCC radio arts program is to be expanded into radio-television arts program in the fall, co-ordinated with the journalism program. June 12: the second Annual Indian counsellor-aide summer program is planned for July 14 to Aug. 6, and 45 students are expected. July 9: a two-year hotel and motel management, hospitality management program will be offered in spring, 1971, LOC announces. July 30: Gladys Redfern and Deficit for transit system The Lethbridge Transit System recorded a 1970 deficit of $95,600 compared with $58,000 the previous year. The system's annual report notes several factors that contributed to the large deficit. "A five per cent drop in fare passengers, due mainly to a fare increase in the fall of 1969; a mild winter and the granting of free bus passes to all citizens 65 years of age, resulted In a 10 per cent drop in anticipated revenue for the system. "Increased expenditures, due mainly to wage increases and council's decision to continue service after 10 p.m., were also contributing factors to the deficit. City council last spring voted to discontinue the after 10 p.m. service and the system's budget was prepared on that basis. Council then reconsidered and decided to retain the service. The report gives statistics comparing the 1970 operations with 1969 and 1960. The number of fare-paying passengers has declined since 1960. There were 1,659,000 that year. This dropped to 1,600,000 in 1969 and 1,513,000 last year. The system also carries about 720,000 school students each year. Chartered bus passengers are not included in the totals. The report says last year's five per cent drop, in fare passengers is comparable to the national average. Expenses over the same period have shown more marked changes. Slightly less than $200,000 in 1960, they rose to $319,000 in 1969 and $363,000 last year. Revenue has also increased. The system took in $146,000 in 1960 while in the past two years it has earned $261,000 and $268,000. In 1970 the transit system acquired a new 51-passenger bus, which was put into service in July. In October a 66-passenger school bus was put into service to replace a bus that was no longer serviceable. The system now has a total of 18 buses and operates a school bus purchased by Winston Churchill High School. It has also negotiated the lease of a bus from the Dorothy Good-er School and uses it to provide school bus service in west Lethbridge. There was one major route change in 1970. The No. 1 bus route was extended to provide service for residents living in the southeastern part of the city and to improve service to the College Shopping Mall area. Two buses on this route are providing 20 minute service. Another change, in Route 4A, in the northern part of the city, was made to give better service for residents of the area to the newly-opened Centre Village Mall. Joe Chomany are re-appointed to the LCC board of governors at the expiry of their preliminary, one-year terms. Other governors remain. New student member of board is Brian Meyers. July SI: college resubmits application for expanded apprenticeship offerings to the Alberta apprenticeship board in the college's continuing battle with the board; the application is later turned down again. Sept. 3: Bob Ham i 11 o n becomes new faculty representative on the college board of September: LCC enrolment jumps by 35 per cent, with 815 full-time students compared to 598 in the 1970 spring semester. Sept. 4: LCC faculty signs new contract calling for an average 5.7 per cent salary increases and new fringe benefits. Lecturer's salary ranges" from $9,300 to $11,100; assistant professors' salaries from $11,320 to 815,320. Oct. l. Education Minister Robert Clark officially opens new LCC facilities worth $2.2 million. Nov. 2; LCC given approval by federal and provincial officials to offer a one-year Indian counsellor-aide program. Nov. 4: LOC students again turn down membership in Alberta Association of Students. Dec. 3: LCC continuing education program deemed highly successful by college officials. Dec. 4: college officials take steps to insure LCC students will not lose out on extra-curricular activities when the U of L leaves the college campus. Jan. 7, 1971: another skirmish starts in LCC President Dr. C. D. Stewart's fight to make transfer arrangements for college students wishing to attend Alberta universities. Jan. 8: announcement that LCC tuition fees will be raised in September to $50 for most programs. Feb. 4: Judi Walker is appointed student representative on the college board of governors. Feb. 25: college announces "slight surplus" in some of its budget operations. The college's 1970-1971 budget may be $1.55 million, up from about $1.4 million the previous year. March 5: education Minister Robert Clark tells The Herald that college students will definitely be able to transfer a number of their college classes to Alberta universities "within a year." The system operates approximately 1,250 miles a day on the seven bus routes in the city. In addition, the system operates about 500 miles daily on school bus routes, including service to the Lethbridge Community College and the University of Lethbridge. The report points out that bus schedules and route maps are mailed to patrons on request. These are also available from bus operators, the information desk at city hall and the transit office. Paid for by commercial firms for the privilege of advertising in them, the schedules are provided at no cost to the transit system. In 1970 city bus drivers were involved in nine traffic accidents, and in no case were they to blame, says the report. All were cases in which there was a collision between a city bus and another vehicle. This safety record was compiled in a year's driving that covered some 500,000 miles on city streets. Safety awards were presented in 1970 to 24 transit employees by safety officer Bill Falconer. Operator's wages during the year cost the system an average of $3.46 an hour, compared with $3.02 the previous year. Total payroll expense came to $246,800, up from $221,000 the year before and only $130,-000 in 1960. 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