75 people, places and things
Throughout the month of October, the McMaster community has been celebrating the University's 75th anniversary in Hamilton. To round out the celebration, the Daily News recognizes (in no particular order) 75 people, places and things that make up McMaster University. From the McMaster Museum of Art to Faculty Hollow and President Peter George to George Gilmour, McMaster has a lot of interesting places and people. If you think we missed something particularly notable, let us know, and the Daily News will follow-up on your suggestions in the near future.
Throughout the month of October, the McMaster community has been celebrating the University's 75th anniversary in Hamilton. To round out the celebration, the Daily News recognizes (in no particular order) 75 people, places and things that make up McMaster University. Think we missed something particularly notable? Click on the link at right to submit a few of your own favourite things from McMaster. Click on the image to see a larger version.
namesake and chief benefactor, Senator William McMaster, watches over all
who enter University Hall. On his death, the Senator bequeathed $900,000 for
the founding of this University.
- Divinity College hearkens back to McMaster's
Baptist roots as a theological school.
- Problem-based learning is an educational buzzword that we're all familiar
with but some people may not know that it was pioneered at McMaster. PBL –
which quickly became known as the McMaster Approach, or McMaster Model – gives
students quite a different experience from mass lectures. Students work in
small groups, challenging each other to learn more and to solve problems together.
Their biggest task is to learn what questions they need to ask and how to
then find the answers.
- It was actually Susan
Moulton McMaster, William McMaster's wife, who planted the idea
of a University in his head. Mrs. McMaster's memory lives on at the
campus in Moulton Hall.
- People who park in Zones 6 and 7 often see deer and other wildlife in the
natural areas bordering the parking lots. Coldwater Creek serves as the University's
border on the west campus.
- The $19-million 15,000-sq.-ft. McMaster
Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) is Canada's most advanced and
best-equipped manufacturing research laboratory. The facility serves the polymer,
automotive and aerospace industries, as well as the tool, die and mold industry.
- Since 1930, McMaster has called Hamilton home.
- The McMaster Innovation Park will transform a largely abandoned industrial
site into a premiere research park focused on advanced manufacturing and materials,
bio-technology, information technology and environmental technology. The MIP
will be the only one of its kind in the region, and will build on the University's
existing reputation as a research centre of excellence.
- David Venus has an appropriate name for his title. The researcher is chair
of the physics & astronomy
department. However, he's not studying the stars. This physicist works
in condensed matter physics. His group studies magnetism of ultrathin films
(only a few atoms thick). Applications of this research area are in magnetic
- The McMaster University Student Centre
is the hub of campus life.
- The President's Residence, built in the 1930s for $30,000, served as home
for McMaster presidents. Peter George was the most recent tenant, occupying
the residence until 2001.
- Faculty Hollow serves as a great natural amphitheatre for summer concerts
- The glass blowing shop
located in the Arthur Bourns Building has provided custom design, fabrication
and repair of scientific glassware for over 35 years.
- A consistent, clear identity
is a powerful way for the University to make its mark. And one of the marks
of McMaster is the official University logo. The McMaster University logo
reflects McMaster's proud heritage, solid tradition of growth, and commitment
to a strong and vibrant future.
- Since being named president in 1995, Peter George has amassed many McMaster
mementos, which cover the walls of his office.
- McMaster boasts more than 115,000 alumni
living in 128 countries around the world. Some notable names include former
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Lincoln Alexander, astronaut Roberta Bondar,
politician and medicare advocate Tommy Douglas, premiere of Ontario Dalton
McGuinty, and funny men Ivan Reitman, Martin Short and Dave Thomas.
- The McMaster Museum of Art houses
McMaster's nationally significant collection of more than 6,000 works of art
and presents exhibitions, lectures and events. State-of-the-art exhibition
galleries and alternative collections facilities provide unprecedented access
to the collection.
- From ancient history to the most modern technology, the McMaster campus
is all about education.
- When it opened in 1999, the Allen H. Gould
Trading Floor became an innovative educational and research tool in the
DeGroote School of Business at McMaster. Today, with real live financial data
streaming from North American Exchanges, the Trading Floor continues to give
both students and professors real-time exposure to financial markets and the
trading room environment.
- Campus Health Centre provides
health care to all students of McMaster throughout the year. Whether you have
a health emergency, a concern about nutrition, or a bad case of the flu, the
Campus Health Centre can help.
- University Hall, one of McMaster's original buildings. When classes
began in 1930, University Hall housed administration, arts classes and the
- From 1888 to 1949, the head of McMaster was given the title Chancellor.
In 1949, George Gilmour became both President and Chancellor, and in 1950
his title changed to President and Vice-Chancellor. From that time onward,
the University had both a Chancellor as well as a President and Vice-Chancellor.
E. Carey Fox, a philanthropic alumnus, was chosen as the University's
first Chancellor. The Edward Carey Fox statue in the Arts Quad commemorates
Fox's contributions to McMaster.
- McMaster's Alpine Tower is the first outdoor high challenge leadership course
of its kind in Canada. The 50-foot climbing structure complete with ladders,
ropes, and harnesses that presents the same challenges of rock climbing and
high ropes course elements, is a unique recreation and teambuilding tool.
- The Health Sciences Centre, the largest structure on campus, is home to
highly advanced research facilities, classroom space, a public hospital and
a health sciences library.
- Appropriately, Gordon Irons, professor of materials science and engineering,
is also the director of the steel
- The Daily News is the source
for McMaster news and information. Special features such as a wireless version
and RSS feeds enhance the University's connection to the community.
- Westdale village, just down
the road from McMaster's campus, a shopper's and diner's haven.
- Quick, how many Tim Horton's outlets are there on campus? Can you ever have
- The McMaster nuclear reactor, built under the leadership of former McMaster
president Harry Thode and opened in 1959 by John Diefenbaker, then Prime Minister
of Canada, was the first university-based research reactor in the British
Commonwealth. Today, McMaster's reactor is the only Canadian medium
flux reactor in a university environment.
- The Sterling Street entrance is the main artery for transit, pedestrian
and vehicle traffic on campus.
- Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, a $71-million building,
is a hallmark of education and research on the McMaster campus. Along with
state of the art research labs, there are lecture halls, high-tech classrooms and hospital
- McMaster University also has a number of offices, including the Centre for
Continuing Education, at its Downtown Centre. Located at 50 Main Street East
in the old Wentworth County Courthouse, this extension of campus brings the
University right into downtown Hamilton.
- The Board of Directors of the McMaster
Students Union consists of the Vice President Education Stephanie Murray,
Vice-President Finance Jeff Moran, Vice-President Administration John Popham
and President Tommy Piribauer. The MSU represents more than 18,000 full-time
- A fixture on the McMaster campus the white shuttle buses transport passengers
from west campus to main campus.
- Ever wonder what lies behind the curved glass wall at ABB? The biggest of
Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers. NMR spectroscopy, mother of the
better-known Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), gives a non-invasive 3D picture
of atoms within a molecule. McMaster's seven superconducting NMR spectrometers
contribute to research in geology, chemical engineering and pharmaceuticals.
- Walk to the edge of the McMaster campus, and you'll find trails which
will connect you with Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Niagara Escarpment,
the Waterfront Trail and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
- On Oct. 12, 1994 it was announced that McMaster University's Bertram
Brockhouse had won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Brockhouse, professor of
physics at McMaster University from 1962 to 1984, personified the University's
excellence in research, innovation and teamwork.
- An icon as recognizable as University Hall, the hotdog stand beside Gilmour
- McMaster Children's Centre in
Sheila Scott House opened its doors in 1975, and has continued to serve the
McMaster community to this day. The Centre is licensed for 63 children, ranging
in ages from 18 months to 5 years.
- The distinctive “clock ring” perched atop the doorframe at the
north entrance to the McMaster University Student Centre is the legacy of
mechanical engineering graduates Patrick Burton, Braden Kurczak, Michael Paddags
and Peter Whitred.
- Within the ivy-clad walls of historic Hamilton Hall (circa 1929), the innovative
James Stewart Centre for Mathematics features oversized public corridors furnished
with tables, benches and blackboards to encourage group study, collaborative
thinking and discourse.
- McMaster University offers 11 residence buildings totaling approximately
- For lunch, dinner, dancing, concerts, events, Quarters, run by the McMaster
Students Union, has it all.
- Peter George's long lost twin brother has been found. Actually, it's
Doug Collins, a 32-year employee of physical plant.
- From an impromptu soccer game to the occasional sunbather, the University
Mall is the place on campus to congregate.
- As the largest library on campus, Mills
Memorial Library is a popular meeting place. The library is also home
to the famous Lloyd Reeds Map Collection and the William Ready Division of
Archives and Research Collections.
- What is 152 feet long, 112 feet wide, 50 feet high and maroon all over?
I know, it's sounds like a really big, really sunburned zebra joke.
It's actually the 2,880 seat Burridge
Gym, the main venue for Maruader basketball, volleyball, badminton, wrestling
and intramural activities.
- More than half of the campus' 4,306 parking spaces are in Zone 6 and
- For those times when cafeteria fare just won't cut it, discriminating
diners go to the University Club
in Alumni Memorial Hall. Artichoke, broccolini & asiago cheese strudel
- SWHAT (Student Walk-Home
Attendant Team) makes getting to and from campus or the downtown centre, across
campus or even downtown on the bus easier and safer.
- Many years in the making, the Main Street entrance now provides a distinctive
front door to the University.
- Titles bookstore offers course
materials, general books. clothing and giftware, a microcomputer centre, post-office
and much more. The main bookstore is in Gilmour Hall, mediashop.ca is in the
Health Sciences Centre, subtitles is at the Downtown Centre, and the Tank
is in the basement of Togo Salmon Hall (follow the fish, and you'll
- The only constant is change, and change on the McMaster campus comes in
the form of construction.
- The McMaster
track behind the Ivor Wynne Centre is an 8-lane, 400-metre circuit with
seating for 600 spectators. And yes, it is lit for nighttime training.
- The biology greenhouse
allows life science students first hand experience in the study of botany.
The environmental controls allow for tropical plants, including the popular
banana tree to live throughout the year. The greenhouse in open to visitors
most weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- The three-storey atrium at the entrance to the Michael G. DeGroote Centre
for Learning & Discovery provides a quiet place for patients, families,
doctors, researchers, students, professors and staff.
- Gargoyles watch over the campus from their perches on Hamilton Hall and
- McMaster University, literally ivy league.
- Thousands of McMaster students graduate each year in convocation ceremonies
held at Hamilton Place.
- Sixteen dining outlets are conveniently located across campus, so you don't
have to go out of your way to get a meal or a snack prepared by McMaster's
- Need to catch up on reading, grab a bench or pull up a piece of floor in
the McMaster University Student Centre.
- With 300 acres of grounds on campus, making sure all the lawns, flowerbeds,
building signs, front entrance, planters and tree is cared for and landscaped
is a daunting prospect. McMaster's grounds staff has the added pressure of
timing all of the gardens to bloom in the spring and fall when the majority
of people are on campus.
- Everyone visits the Registrar's
Office at some point at McMaster.
- The fireplace in McMaster University Student Centre is a cozy spot to relax
on a cold winter day.
- McMaster's campus radio, CFMU 93.3 FM,
is one of the oldest in Canada. In January of 1978, Mac went on air for the
first time. In 2002, CFMU moved to a new studio in the Student Centre.
- Michael G. DeGroote, one of the University's most generous donors.
- The Union Market is an old fashioned style general store with a modern touch.
The student run store (with student-budget-friendly prices) helps you through
your busy student life on or off campus.
- McMaster medical students and residents are the stars of Med
Students, a half-hour dramatic documentary series that provides a behind-the-scenes
look at the real life challenges faced by medical students and residents.
Med Students airs on the Life Network.
- There are over 30 competitive sports
programs at McMaster, from football to soccer, fastball to volleyball and
rugby to water polo.
- The Silhouette is McMaster University's
Student Newspaper, and the place to stay up to date on issues that affect
McMaster, students, and the wider community.
- Approximately 6,000 students, as well as a number of faculty and
staff, rely on the HSR
(Hamilton Street Railway) each and every day to get them to and from the University.
- Officially, the centuries-old role of chancellor is the titular head of
the University. But McMaster chancellor Mel Hawkrigg is more than just a figurehead.
Mel and his wife Marilyn, who is affectionately called the “co-chancellor,”
attend most campus events together and are fixtures within the McMaster community.
- Feeling a little lost? Compass can point you in the right direction. Compass
is an MSU service located in the Marketplace of the Student Centre. The Information
Centre is a one stop shop for information, tickets, whether for concerts,
events, sports or transit.
- The combined total of McMaster's two longest serving employees – 85 years
– has them 10 years ahead of the University's 75 years in Hamilton.
Gus Gerontzos has worked with Hospitality Services for 40 years, and Joan
Zywina has worked in the Faculty of Engineering for 45 years. The two longest
serving faculty members are Byron Spencer in economics with 39 years and Henry
Jacek in political science with 38 years. Peter George is right up there as
well at 40 years.
- The McMaster campus, as seen from the top of Brandon Hall (the tallest building