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University of Manitoba History



1967        United College becomes the University of Winnipeg.


1967        Brandon College becomes the University of Brandon.


1970        The Faculty of Arts and Science separates to form the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.



Alumni House

                Originally known as the Home Management House, it was built in 1939 as a training center to allow students an opportunity to deal with a child’s daily routine.  Ten women would move into the house for a month to practice home management and childcare on their current Welfare Association child.

Engineering Complex

                The original section of this building, the southeast section facing the green, was completed in 1912-1913.  The first addition to the northeast corner came in 1949.  In 1954 the first floor of the center wing and the second and third floors of the old south wing were added.  In 1962 the second and third floors of the center wing were constructed, also in red brick.  The 1967 addition (the New Engineering Building), however, is contemporary in design and relates to the 1949 addition with its polished limestone veneer and large plate-glass windows.  The Senate Chamber is in this wing.

                The Fetherstonhaugh High Voltage Laboratory was completed in 1957.

Bison Building

                Formerly the Students Union Building, it housed the Bison East Gym, the print shop, a student computing centre, the School of Nursing and the Department of Landscape Architecture and City Planning.  The two gyms were converted from a former aircraft hanger, built by the Air Training Command for the Commonwealth Training Program.  This portion was moved to campus in 1948.  The first addition was made in 1952 and a large cafeteria and lounge were added in 1960.  This building was torn down in 1998.

Elizabeth Dafoe Library

                The main campus library was built in 1952 and  was named after Elizabeth Dafoe, the University’s chief librarian from 1937 to 1960.  The Sifton wing was added in 1978 as one of the University’s Centennial Projects.

St. Paul’s College

                Founded in 1926, St. Paul’s College first became affiliated with the University of Manitoba in 1931.  The College moved to the Fort Garry Campus in 1958.

St. John’s College and Chapel

                This Anglican College was one of the three affiliate Colleges that founded the University of Manitoba in 1877.  In 1958 it left Broadway Avenue and moved to the Fort Garry Campus.

Agricultural Research Building

                This three-story block links together two barns reconstructed in 1948.  The building opened in 1958 with additions to the rear completed in 1962.

John A. Russell Building

                Named after the School of Architecture’s first dean, this building was completed in 1959.  Russell was on faculty at the University from 1928 to 1966.

Plant Science Building

                Completed in 1960, this building was originally named the Crop Research Building..

Science Lecture Block

                Completed in the fall of 1960, the buildings are the Allen for Physics, the Parker for Chemistry and the Armes for lecture rooms.  The Allen Building houses the Cyclotron Research Center.

Isbister Building

                This building was completed in 1961 to house the Departments of Commerce and Psychology.  It now houses Geography, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology.  The Isbister Trust Fund has played an important part in student aid at the University.

Animal Science

                This building was opened in 1962.  The second floor houses the Department of Entomology.

Mary Speechly Hall/Pembina Hall

                Mary Speechly Hall (Women’s Residence) opened in September 1964.  Pembina Hall houses the residence students’ cafeteria and the Faculty Club.  Mary Speechly was the first woman appointed to the Board of Governors.

University College

                University College opened in the fall of 1964.  At the center of the complex is the dominating seven-story dormitory.  The second floor houses the Planetarium named after Robert James Lockhart who was instrumental in having the structure built and was the first director.

                Beside the Provost Office on the main floor is the “Victorian Room” with its unique mid-nineteenth-century English Victorian furniture donated by Dr. Joseph Doupe, the former Head of the Department of Physiology.

St. Andrew’s College

                Built in 1963, St. Andrew’s College was the first Ukrainian-language college to be opened by the Greek Orthodox Church in North America.  The College library contains one of the largest collections of Orthodox manuscripts and books in the world.

Fitzgerald Building

                The School of Art moved into its new and  permanent home on the Fort Garry Campus in the fall of 1965.  The building is named in honor of L. Lemoine Fitzgerald, a member of the Group of Seven and one-time Principal of the Winnipeg School of Art.  The School was founded in 1913 and operated independently of the University until 1950 when a degree course in Fine Arts was initiated.

Fletcher Argue Building

                This six-story building opened in the fall of 1967.  The building is named after Robert Fletcher Argue, an English professor from 1923 and the Dean of Junior Men at the University’s Broadway site from 1940-1948.

Ellis Building

                The original building was completed in 1966.  By 1969 a second floor had been added to the structure with a new two-story wing to house the Department of Soil Science and Food Science.  Joseph H. Ellis was both a student at the Agricultural College and long-time professor in the Faculty of Soil Science.  The Fisheries Research Board of Canada leases a portion of the complex.

Duff Roblin Building

                This structure was completed in 1970 and houses the Department of Psychology and the Zoology laboratories.  The building is named after former Premier Duff Roblin, a good friend to the University while in office and in his subsequent retirement.  He is responsible for the Roblin Commission Report on the State of Universities in Manitoba.

Robson Hall

                This building opened in September 1969 as the permanent home of the Faculty of Law.  The building is named after former Chief Justice of Manitoba Hugh Amos Robson.

University Centre

                This complex opened in the fall of 1969.

Frank Kennedy Centre

                The swimming pool of this athletic complex opened in 1965.  The larger structure that houses the gymnasiums and the Continuing Education Division was opened in 1972.  The building is named after the late Frank Kennedy, the first director of the School of Physical Education at its inception in 1964.

Freshwater Institute

                This building was officially opened in 1972.  Here, the federal Fisheries and Marine Service conducts supporting research and performs fisheries product inspection for Canada’s four inland provinces and the North West Territories.

Machray Hall

                This building houses the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Science, the Science Library, and the Departments of Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.  The facility opened in 1972 and is named in honor of Robert Machray, the Archbishop of Rupertsland and first Chancellor of the University of Manitoba.

Chown Building

                The Chown building was completed between 1962-1964 for research graduate education and administration.  The structure houses the Departments of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the animal shelters as well as several deans’ offices.  The building is named after Henry Havelock Chown, the third Dean of the Manitoba Medical School from 1900-1917.

Max Bell Center

                This athletic complex was opened in 1982 complete with hockey rink and the finest indoor track in the province.  George Maxwell Bell was a newspaper baron and at one time owner of the Winnipeg Free Press.  The Max Bell Centre is a beneficiary of the Max Bell Foundation.

Wallace Building

                This building opened in 1986 to house the Departments of Geological Sciences.  Robert Charles Wallace was the first professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Manitoba, joining the faculty in 1910.

Drake Management Building

                This facility opened in 1987 to house the Faculty of Management and the Transport Institute.  The opening coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Department of Commerce’s first courses.  R. W. Pollock (B.Comm., 1949), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Drake International, provided a major gift for the completion of the structure.

Brodie Centre

                This welcome addition to the Health Sciences Centre houses the Medical Library, bookstore and gymnasium.  The building was dedicated on June 14, 1996 in honor of Earle and Marion Brodie.  Earle Brodie (U. of M., M.D. 1936) established the Maft Corporation and the Price Company, operator of the Price Club, the original cash and carry membership warehouse.  He and his wife made a substantial gift to the university.

Agricultural Building

                November 1996 saw the opening of a new Agricultural Building.

I.G. Centre

                The new athletic centre , sponsored by Investors Group for the Pan Am Games, opened in 1998.



School of Music

                The Department of Music began in 1944 when classes in music theory and history were instituted as electives for Arts and Science students.

                In the early 1960’s Senate approved a series of courses leading to a Bachelor of Music degree; the School of Music was established in 1964.  The first students enrolled that year for a three-year general Bachelor of Music degree.

                The Music Building was completed in 1965 with the recital theatre named after the first director, Eva Clare.  In 1974 the four-year Bachelor of Music program was initiated.  In 1984 an Integrated Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education program was formed.

School of Medical Rehabilitation

                The School of Medical Rehabilitation was established in September 1960 as a response by the University of Manitoba to the increasing need for occupational and physical therapists.  It was founded as an academic unit within the Faculty of Medicine and was located originally in the Children’s Hospital.  In 1962 the school moved to the third floor of the newly-completed Manitoba Rehabilitation Hospital.  Since the incorporation of the Health Sciences Centre in 1972, the school has retained this location with increasing utilization of lecture, library and laboratory space in the Medical College and Basic Science Building.

                In February 1976, new undergraduate programs leading to the degrees Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) and Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) were approved by Senate in recognition of the expanding roles of occuapational and physical therapy in health care.  The diploma programs were discontinued.

Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies

                In 1933, a Director of Recreation position was created at the University of Manitoba.  It was not until 1950, however, that a Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics was established.  The purpose of this unit was to provide physical education courses for the various schools and faculties and to direct, organize and supervise the intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs.  In February 1964 the Senate of the University approved the establishment of a three-year program leading to the degree Bachelor of Physical Education.  In 1966 Phys. Ed. received School status.  Senate approved a Master of Physical Education in May of 1979 (the degree has since been changed to Master of Science).  A Bachelor of Recreation Studies originated in 1982 and the School was given Faculty Status in 1982.

                In 1992 the Faculty established the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Resource Institute.  In the spring of 1998 a four-year degree program, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, was initiated.

Faculty of Social Work

                The Faculty of Social Work was established in 1943 as a graduate school in the Faculty of Arts and Science.  The School originally offered a one-year program leading to a graduate diploma; later this program was altered to lead to a post-baccalaureate degree.  In 1952 the Faculty initiated a two-year graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Social Work.

                In 1968 the University of Manitoba was among several Canadian universities to introduce a Bachelor of Social Work program.  A revised Masters program was also introduced that same year.  In May 1989 the School was granted Faculty status.  The Faculty is housed on the fifth floor of the Tier Building.

Faculty of Nursing

                The first Nursing program at the University of Manitoba was offered in 1943.  One-year certificate courses prepared registered nurses either for teaching and supervision or for public health nursing.  As a result of an increased demand for nurses with more than one year of training, two program sequences were introduced  in 1962 and 1963 that offered courses leading to a Bachelor of Nursing. 

                A new program for registered nurses and applicants holding previous degrees in other fields started in 1971.  A four-year program was instituted in the School of Nursing in 1975 with an M.A. program offered in 1979.  In June 1986 the revised two-year Baccalaureate program for Registered Nurses was approved.

                The School of Nursing attained faculty status in 1992. One of the legacies of the 1999 Pan American Games will be the new Nursing Building which is scheduled to open in the fall of 1999.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

                At the University of Manitoba graduate study and research was conducted on a very modest scale during the early years.  As more students went on to complete advanced degrees a need was met with the formation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in 1949.  By the mid-1990’s enrollment had increased to 3200 students.  The Federal Department of Agriculture and the Freshwater Institute of the Fisheries Research Board maintain major research establishments on the Fort Garry campus.

Faculty of Education

                While teacher education in the Province of Manitoba dates to 1882, it was in 1935 that the Faculty of Education was created to offer programs leading to secondary teaching certificates and to M. Ed. degrees.  It was not until 1965 that the elementary school certification program and the staff of the Manitoba Teachers’ College were integrated into the University of Manitoba.  In 1982, the Provincial Board of Teacher Education and Certification recommended to the Minister of Education that the basis for teacher certification be the B. Ed. degree.  This was ratified in 1986.  The Education building was completed in 1962 with additions in 1965 and 1969.

Faculty of Dentistry

                The first classes in the Faculty of Dentistry started in 1958.  The Faculty lacked a facility and so space was provided in the Faculty of Medicine.  The following year the Dentistry Building was constructed at 780 Bannatyne Ave. and 777-785 McDermot Ave.  In February 1962 the Faculty was placed on the fully accredited list of Dental schools and colleges in Canada and the United States.  A School of Dental Hygiene was established in 1962.  The Dentistry Building has undergone two major renovations in 1967-1968 and 1989-1990.

Faculty of Management

                In 1937 the Department of Commerce was created within the Faculty of Arts and Science.  At the same time, the Department of Actuarial Science was created, the University’s intention being that in addition to a general business program there would be the option of specialization in the actuarial sciences.  In 1949 the Commerce Department was elevated to the rank of School.  In 1966 the Bachelor of Commerce was increased to a four-year honors degree.  The following year the Masters of Business Administration Degree was approved by Senate.  In 1970, with the separation of the Faculties of Arts and Science, Commerce achieved Faculty status.  In 1972 the Faculty was renamed Administrative Studies.  In 1986 it acquired its current title of Faculty of Management.  The Faculty moved into the Drake Centre in 1987.  Recent developments have included the introduction of a Masters of Accountancy in 1991 and a Ph.D program in Management in 1992.

Faculty of Architecture

                Architecture has been taught at the University of Manitoba as far back as 1913.  The curriculum was organized in a four-year program leading to the degree Bachelor of Architecture.  In 1920 it became a part of the newly established Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.  In 1933 a Masters of Science in Agriculture was initiated.  In 1938 a three-year diploma program in interior decoration was established.  In 1945 the Departments of Architecture and Interior Decoration were granted school status as the School of Architecture and Fine Arts.  Three years later the school reorganized to become the School of Architecture with a five-year program in Architecture and a four-year program in Interior Design.  In 1949 a one-year graduate program in Community Planning, open to graduates in Architecture of Civil Engineering, was established.

                The John A. Russell Building was completed in 1959, being the first building in Canada to be designed exclusively for a School of Architecture.  Architecture garnered Faculty status in 1963.  In 1966 the Senate authorized the curriculum of Architecture to include a three-year program leading to a Bachelor of Environmental Studies as prerequisite to a degree in Landscape Architecture or Architecture.  In 1970 the Master of Architecture degree was introduced; it was followed by the Master of Landscape Architecture degree two years later.

Continuing Education Division

                The Adult Education office was created in 1941 but ceased operation three years later when the Carnegie Corp. grant was not renewed.  In 1949 the Department of University and Adult Education was created with A. S. R. Tweedie as its Director and Professor of Adult Education.

                In 1953 an Audio-Visual Division was created in the hope of furthering Adult Education in rural Manitoba.  The Evening Institute was absorbed by the Extension Division that same year.

                In 1961 the Broadway site was abandoned and all offices were centralized on the Fort Garry campus.  The Extension Division was restructured in 1964 and the Community Studies Division added in 1967.  In 1975 the current title of Continuing Education Division was adopted with David J. Lawless as Dean of the Division.  Continuing Education now contains an Access Program, Canadian Armed Forces Program, Distance Education and the Stony Mountain program to name but a few.

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