Our new EngSoc officers are in! Now is the time for discipline club chairs, project directors, and BoDs to be elected!
A little history on EngSoc (now 130 years old)…
Back then, the Engineering Society was more heavily technical/academic in nature.
… the fortnightly meetings were used for the presentation and discussion of technical papers, occasionally given by notable guest speakers, many of which were then printed in a pamphlet for distribution.Galbraith gave the society his full support, and even allowed student papers presented at the meetings to be considered in awarding honour standing. The society played an important part in life at the school; the annual compilation of published papers read before the society was, by the 1890s, sometimes over 200 pages long.
(from The Skule Story by Richard White) Continue reading “Election Time! Article from 1914 Yearbook and Some EngSoc History”
A bit behind (based on personal goals) on updating on what’s been going on in the Archives lately, but in light of the 1T4+PEYs and 1T5s receiving their iron rings tomorrow (<1d ’til FeO!), let’s make a push to share some (what they call “administrative”) history behind the iron ring ceremony. Not necessarily EngSoc-centric, but it’s definitely worth knowing. Plus, it’s been 90 years since the first “ceremony”!
Featured are deceased Professor H.E.T. Haultain (also first student president of EngSoc) and famous poet Rudyard Kipling !
Pulled from: “Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, Office of the Wardens, Camp One fonds (Finding Aid),” University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services. Compiled by Simon Rogers, August 2009.
(Archivist’s note: A finding aid is a description of the collection of records the archives have regarding a particular topic, whether it be person, event, etc. The UofT Archives have a lot of boxed records associated with the Ritual.) Continue reading “90 Years Since the First Iron Ring Ceremony”
From The Varsity (The Monday Edition), vol. 110, no. 30., dated January 8, 1990
By T. Clive Thompson
Engineers remember victims of “senseless” murders
Over 600 U of T students and staff packed Convocation Hall last Thursday to attend the “Memorial Service for the Victims of the Montréal Tragedy” held by the U of T Engineering Society.
Cosetta Caporrella, president of the Engineering Society, discussed the “unique sorrow” felt by all members of the engineering community.
“The incredible human tragedy has emotionally touched all of us as individuals and as fellow engineers,” she said.
The huge crowd rose as Caporrella read the names of the 14 murdered women, and stood in silence for a few minutes Continue reading “Commemorating December 6, 1989”
Today is Remembrance Day. 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of what was to be known as the Great War. Canada, with their sentimental attachment to the Commonwealth still hanging around and their own patriotism, felt that they had a duty to serve. Of course, as Skule students, we can be aware that engineering students especially had a role to play in both wars (but remember, it’s not just about us). As always, Skule will put on its own memorial services at 11AM on Front Campus.
If you were interested, you should definitely check out a couple of places on campus, where they have artifacts that would appeal to students (and engineering is mentioned a few times):
Continue reading “In Remembrance, 1T4”
Over the past few months the EngSoc Archives has received a few things (which may or may not stay with us in due time), and we also have some new stuff up online!
We are currently in possession of some engineering drawings of a student in Department 6 (now chemical engineering) from the 1920s, thanks to the Alumni Office. (Though in chem eng, the assignments were more like general drawings and blueprints of structural and manufactured parts, rather than chem-eng-specific.) They were shown at our first Open Archives Hours session earlier in October, with one of the blueprints briefly on display in the case in the Galbraith building lobby during Homecoming weekend. We got two students wandering in on their own during those Office Hours, which was actually great by our standards (as I may be very terrible at advertising).
The current Toike Oike EIC graciously let us take a look at a couple of handbooks distributed from the S.A.C. (Students Administrative Council, now known as the UTSU by short name) in the 1940s from an older relative of his Continue reading “Gone Through and New in the Archives as of 11/10/1T4”
Secured a new place to visit!
Have you ever been to Hart House? Well you may have passed by a tower, and maybe even heard the bells there ring!
Located adjacent to Hart House, the Soldiers’ Tower is a memorial to the 1185 members of the University (including the 140 from Engineering) who gave their lives in the cause of peace and freedom during the two World Wars.
MEMORIAL ROOM GUIDED TALK
In light of the centenary of WWI, we especially invite current engineering students to visit and receive a guided talk of the artifacts in the Memorial Room of the Soldiers’ Tower. Continue reading “Visit to Soldiers’ Tower!”
Let’s face it, not only is our school really old, but the whole city is! And Skulemates calling T-Dot their home for 4-5+ years would perhaps appreciate (or be surprised with) how much has changed.
I’m sure there are others out there, but I’d like to bring to light a few that I found that are interesting…
Old Toronto Maps blog
Check out the oldest map that we have of the University of Toronto campus at this blog!
You can also check this particular map out in person at the UofT Archives! See below for my own photo of the map as proof:
Continue reading “A few neat websites on the history of Toronto… in pictures!”
Friday Oct. 3rd, 2014 @ 12:10PM. Approximately 45 minutes in length.
Meeting Location: Entrance to Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (2nd floor of Robarts Library)
Only 15 students will be allowed on this tour! (If there is enough demand, another tour will be scheduled.) Once you submit the form, you’ll be sent a message within 24 hours whether there is a spot confirmed for you.
If there is any reason you cannot attend anymore, please inform the Archivist ASAP, to allow others on the tour.
Any further concerns can be directed to the Archivist (email@example.com).
Very soon there will be a new website starting up that will provide you access to an Opportunities Listing from Skule Clubs and Organizations that want your support, assistance, attendance. Also it will be the Alumni Portal to Skule brought to you by the Engineering Society. To check out the page please visit http://alumni.skule.ca.
More to come soon!
For the first update ever, instead of Hello World, why not we say Hello Skule Alumni and Current Students!
This website will slowly become the portal to Skule’s Archives and History. Photos, Videos, Stories, Information can be found from here. Also if you want to contribute it’s as easy as clicking contribute and typing out your story, writing your email, or uploading your photos and videos.
More to come soon!
Nico (Alumni Outreach Director) and Catherine (Archivist)