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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta J4 THE tETHUKlDGE IIERAID Monc'ny, Mny IS Oshiro installed as chancellor fly RON CAUNVKLL llcrnld Slaff Writer Dr. JruiK's Oshii'o, a Coal- dfili' v.iis 111- slnlleil as ho SLTOIH! dian- tif t lio I'liivursily of LuUibridgc during spring con- vuL'ation S.'iiiir- rlny at (he Exhibition Pavil- ion. The robes nf office were conferred on Dr. Oshiro by Mr. Justice Carl Clement of the Albert a Supreme Court. In tracing the growth of universities. Dr. Oshiro said: 'They have arisen because there has been an established community of men. A com- munity of men began, which grew, v.-bich matured lo tiie point where I hey be- came aware of the need for an institution which went well bcyomt the needs met by ele- mentary a n fl .secondary school, an inxlilulion which wa.s primarily enj-'.atied in en- men's in Jhe pursuit of knowledge and the cxnloralion of truth." Dr. O.shiro sziid one of thn dilemma's raring modern uni- versities is whether thcii role is teaching or scholarship. He said this lack of defin- ition of purpose may he one of the things that has contri- buted, lo Sit'.dcnt unio.s: and cross I h e L-oimM'Y. "The primary purpose of a university is a scholarly nur- pose. '1'he criteria on wliicii to judge a university is ai'a- dt'inic excellence. "I say if a university down- gnidcs its schoJiidy purpose t'oi1 I he salie of assujuinn a leaching role, it does so its ".Sooner or laler, the leadi- will suffer because it will linve no relevance lo what is on in UJG world today." Catherine Khan was award- ed the faculty of education gold medal and scholar- ship. Dr. Oshiro said the single most important aspect of ;i university is the excellence of its faculty. "A university is not ine.i- Miri'd by the beauty of its campus or the size of its slu- bodv, it is b" Hie cju-ellrnce of Jl.s he .said. Tlic second most imnorlar.t fad of ii university is its xlu- (ients. He said today's student is drastically diflerenl from the students of yeslerday who seemed concerned wilh noth- ing more than p.inty raids and overpopulating Vollis- wagens and telephone booths. 'Now, they want to be in- volved. And in our university they are involved, in am' committee of i m p o rtance from the board of governors Mary Tcrlcski won the William Abcrhart gold medal in education. Howard Alexander received as winner of gold medal in Arts nnd Science. RESTYLING C RELINING REPAIRING CLEANING AND GLAZING 514 3rd AVENUE SOUTH down. They have made a very significant contribu- tion." He told the graduates that they aro not graduates of the University of Lcthbridge, you are the University of Lethbridpe." OsJjiro said Die com- munity which spawned the imiversily lias a responsibil- ity lo require that it fulfills its basic function. "IVe have a right to ask for an accountability of the tremendous amounts of money which are being spent but, in return, we have a duty to recognize that a uni- versity can only truly func- tion in a free society, that Ihe pursuit of truth and know- ledge can only floiirsih in a climate free from pressure, either political, conventional or economic." "The universal empire of men's minds is the world of the university." Chester Ronning accepts an honorary Daclor of Laws degree from Dr. James Oshiro, chancellor of the U of L. Arts and Science graduate David Iwassa delivered a speech with a mcsagc. degrees Two Albertans, widely known for their contributions in differ- ent fields, were honored with honorary Doctor of La ws degrees from the University of Lethbridge during Saturday's spring convocation ceremonies. Dr. William H. Swift, a long- time educator, and Chester _ Ronning, the former Canadian 'M diplomat, were the recipients of the special honor. In presenting the degree to Dr. Swift, U of L President Dr. Bill Beckel said: "He 15 a man who recognized the value of Ihis university as an educational endeavor in this special region of the province and who, more than many, made it possible for us to Iw doing what we are doing here today." Dr. Swift chairman of the Alberta Universities Com- mission when the U of L was established in 1907. The second recipient, Dr, Donning, was described as "a teacher which all men should be and a diplomat which all men find it difficult to be. "Dr. Ronning is, in every sense of the word, a true dip- lomat." An honorary Doctor of Laws degree Is conferred on Dr. William H. Swift. 606-608 3rd Ave. S. 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