MURANews Fall 2017 issue in PDF format
In this issue:
Have you been enjoying the extended summer/autumn weather? I guess it is a reward for the rather damp spring and early summer. Certainly didn’t seem like October when we were closing up our cottage on Thanksgiving weekend while the neighbours children were still paddle boarding and swimming at the lake!
While MURA Council liaises on your behalf at all times (even during the summer months), the pace picks up starting in September as committees are all working on their respective areas. You can find a list of Council members and their roles on our web site. If you or someone you know would like to get involved, contact anyone on Council or let us know by phone or email.
You will see that the Pensions and Benefits area has been particularly active working with Human Resources on issues related to Sun Life health and dental claims and information on the biennial pension statements legislated by the Government of Ontario. You will want to read more on both these issues further in the newsletter.
Haven’t been on campus recently? Then you may be interested in an informative article regarding the newest building additions on campus.
Also of note, Mary Johnston who was MURA President for one year (and then Past President for two more) and served on the CURAC/ARUCC Board previously (our national organization), has recently been appointed as a Board member and as Secretary. Congratulations Mary!
Of course the Christmas Lunch Committee led by Gail Britton has been busy organizing this popular annual MURA event (details). I hope to see you there on December 5th.
In the meantime, enjoy the fall while it lasts.
Heather Grigg, MURA President
The L.R. Wilson Hall Liberal Arts Building
(McMaster’s new space for the Social Sciences and Humanities)
Where: at the Sterling Street entrance to campus (the former Wentworth House location)
When: Opened this year
Size: 5 floors, 150,000 square feet
◆ 350 seat concert hall, 400 seat lecture hall, 150 seat multi-purpose black box theatre, interactive classrooms
◆ Arts & Science program, Indigenous Studies program
◆ Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Social Sciences Research labs, Centre for Policy Analysis and Change Management, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
◆ L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation, Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental & Applied Linguistics
◆ Student commons, café, study and meeting rooms
Funding: a $10-million gift from McMaster University Chancellor Lynton (Red) Wilson and a $45.5-million investment from the provincial government
The Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning
(Engineering’s central hub for student-focused experiential learning initiatives)
Where: beside, and attached to, the John Hodgins Engineering Building
When: Opened this year
Size: 3 floors, 28,000 square feet
Features: meeting rooms, large spaces and shared workspaces provide a hub for engineering teams, clubs, societies, student support services and collaborative workspace
◆ $2-million donated by the global engineering consultancy Hatch, founded by the late Gerald G. Hatch. In addition, several Hatch employees made contributions that, when matched with company donations, totalled over $1 million
◆ $2-million from McMaster Engineering undergraduate students
◆ $1.5-million contributed by Gennum Corporation co-founders Doug & June Barber
◆ $1-million donated by Walter G. Booth, former Chairman and CEO of the Timberland Group of Companies
Booking Form for MURA Christmas Lunch
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12 noon
$17.50 per person — payable to MURA
Book by November 17, 2017
To reserve seats for the Christmas Lunch, please complete this form and mail
with a cheque payable to MURA to:
Gail Britton, 20 Autumn Leaf Road, Dundas, Ontario L9H 3V7
For more information, contact Gail Britton (905-627-4539 or email@example.com)
# of persons _________________________ Amount (# of persons x $17.50) $___________________________
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Name(s) of Additional Guest(s)______________________________________________________________________
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