June 27, 1977: Changes to part-time degree studies prompts
McMaster Students Union (MSU) Ombudsman/Researcher John Bartkiewicz
to send an open letter to part-time students. He calls for
establishment of a steering committee to develop an independent
organization to represent the interests of McMaster's part-time
September 1977: A steering committee is established.
October 1977: The Silhouette reports that a referendum
among part-time students [held October 3-6] resulted in unanimous
support for part-time students forming their own student
November 1977: The University sponsors mailing a letter and
questionnaire from the steering committee to part-time students. A
response rate of 5.8% is received. Of those 88% were in favour of the
formation of a part-time students association and 83% enclosed a
voluntary financial contribution to support the work of the steering
February 1978: The steering committee submits a brief on
part-time students to the President's Ad Hoc Committee on Student
June 2-4, 1978: Steering committee representatives attend the
1978 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Part-Time
University Students (COPUS) in Winnipeg.
June 14, 1978: Dr. Martin Johns, coordinator of part-time
degree studies, writes to University president Dr. A.N. Bourns to
share the conclusions of he and other COPUS conference delegates. He
recommends that the president encourage the steering committee in its
June 21, 1978: The Steering Committee sends a formal proposal
for the establishment of MAPS to President Bourns and requests
start-up funding from the University.
1978-79: Maxine Hartley Bartie is hired by the University, and
a central office is established in Gilmour Hall, to assist the
steering committee with its work.
October 1978: The first issue of The Link is published.
January 26, 1979: The Steering Committee writes to President
Bourns to provide an update on its progress and attaches a draft
constitution and budget for MAPS.
February 13, 1979: The MSU's legislative body, the Student
Representative Assembly, votes to support formation of an association
for all part-time students at McMaster. (78M, page 9)
March 1979: A referendum among 4,631 part-time degree,
certificate and MBA students approves the formation of a
self-supporting association. Support for formation of an association
and implementation of a $0.75 per academic unit fee is 85% and 80%,
April 6, 1979: MAPS president Helen Flaxman writes to Manny
Zack, assistant President Bourns, and requests that the University
formally recognize MAPS and agree to collect student fees on behalf
of the new organization.
April 15, 1979: MSU president Roger Trull writes to the
McMaster University Board of Governors to offer a "letter of
support" for the formation of a part-time students organization at
McMaster. He sets out a number of conditions set by the SRA.
April 20, 1979: MSU president Roger Trull writes to the
Steering Committee to advise that on April 17, the SRA amended the
conditions it set for MSU support of establishing a part-time
students organization to require that the MSU continue to receive
fees from part-time students enrolled in "day" courses.
Spring 1979: With the support of Stuart Winn '81, the
president of the McMaster Alumni Association, a MAA-sponsored
reception for part-time students is held in the Great Hall of the
Alumni Memorial Building. The reception is the founding general
meeting of MAPS and includes the election of the first MAPS Council.
MAPS moves into its first permanent office, KTH 102.
May 8, 1979: The McMaster University Board of Governors
formally recognizes MAPS and agrees that the University will collect,
on MAPS' behalf, a per unit
MAPS membership fee.
August 17, 1979: MAPS and the MSU enter into a memorandum of
agreement relating student association membership for part-time
students. Students registered in 1-17 units of degree studies in an
academic session, exclusively in night courses, will be members of
MAPS. Students registered in 1-17 units of degree studies, at least
one course of which is taken in the day, are members of the MSU. All
certificate students are members of MAPS. An option exists for degree
students to transfer their membership from one organization to the
September 1979: The newly implemented
membership fee collected by the University funds Maxine's
continued employment, now by MAPS itself, as a staff person to assist
1980: MAPS completes its first 5-year course availability study.
January 1980: MAPS inaugurates "Wine & Cheese Nights"
as student-instructor mixers.
October 1981: University president Alvin Lee accepts a
recommendation from Dean of Social Sciences Peter George that the
University provide one-time bridge financing for the purpose of
hiring a part-time secretary for MAPS and expanding the publication
of The Link.
January 1982: MAPS office hours are extended from 10:00 a.m.
to 9:30 p.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 10-2 on Friday. Previously, the
office opened at noon.
January 1982: Senate votes to remove student representation,
including a designated part-time student seat, from the Board-Senate
Committee on Long-Range Planning. Re-styled the Board-Senate
Committee on Academic Planning, only faculty and administrators are
included. MAPS joins the MSU, the Union of Graduate Students, and the
Alumni Association in opposing the change.
February 1982: MAPS treasurer John Simmons is one of seven candidates for the undergraduate seat on the University’s board of governors.
October 1982: MAPS' council considers and rejects legal
November 1982: MAPS submits a brief to the University's Ad
Hoc Committee to Review the Timetable in response to a request for
comment and advice on the new slot timetabling system introduced in
July 1983: Judy Worsley ’79 succeeds Maxine Hartley as MAPS’ executive assistant.
February 1984: MAPS unveils its new logo. Designed by MAPS
council member Bert Gaskell, three joined chevrons symbolize the
integration of three major components of a part-time student's
life: home, work, and education.
1984: MAPS establishes the Martin W. Johns Award, named in
honour of the former director of part-time studies who helped found
MAPS. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an
outstanding commitment to the interests of part-time students. Dr.
Johns is the first recipient.
October 1984: MAPS makes a formal submission to the Bovey
Commission (Ontario Royal Commission on the Future Development of
Universities in Ontario).
Spring 1985: The full-time position of executive assistant is
re-styled executive director.
May 1985: With MAPS-MSU negotiations at an impasse, the
University asks each organization to submit a brief on membership/fee
issues, to be evaluated by the Registrar for consistency of
definition, ease of implementation, and financial impact. MAPS and
the MSU submit their briefs on May 30 and July 30, respectively.
August 21, 1985: The University responds with its analysis of
the proposals submitted by MAPS and the MSU.
November 1985: The first annual MAPS Awards Dinner honours the
achievements of part-time students and the people who support them in
February 14, 1986: A new memorandum of agreement concerning
membership and fee assessments is signed by MAPS and the MSU,
replacing the agreement signed in August 1979. Effective May 1986,
all degree students registered in fewer than 18 units in an academic
session will be members of MAPS (previously only evening students).
March 1986: MAPS makes a presentation to the Council of
Ontario Universities Presidents Tour hearing on universities.
August 26, 1986: The MAPS Council establishes the Centennial Awards to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the University’s charter (1887). The annual awards are to be presented to individuals who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their studies or who contribute to the community outside the classroom.
Fall 1986: With the help of a federal government SEED grant,
MAPS publishes its first annual handbook. The book is edited by Mark
Walma '87 (sports editor of
The Silhouette in 1985-86, to return to McMaster in 2004 as
director of Human Rights & Equity Services).
October 1986: Full-time staff in the MAPS Office is expanded
to two positions.
October 15, 1986: MAPS' Council votes to endorse the university
centre project in principle and participate in a campus-wide capital
funding referendum, subject to appropriate representation for MAPS on
November 1986: The first Centennial Award is presented at MAPS’ Awards Dinner.
January 1987: In a referendum, MAPS members approve an
increase in membership fees of 10 cents per unit and 50 cents per
certificate course to fund membership in COPUS. (Referendum result:
1987: MAPS holds its first annual retreat to make long-term
June 19-21, 1987: More than 60 representatives of part-time
student associations from across Canada come to McMaster as MAPS
hosts the annual COPUS conference. MAPS board member Andrée
Roy-Miles is elected COPUS vice-president (external) for 1987-88.
August 16, 1987: The MSU’s Student Representative Assembly grants ex-officio (non-voting) status to MAPS and the GSA. The status is restyled Observer in 2004.
Fall 1987: MAPS publishes its first course-availability study,
confirming anecdotal evidence of a declining number and variety of
courses available in evening sections to part-time students. Copies
are provided to the University's
senior administration and deans of the Faculties.
February 1988: A new academic session from February to July is
introduced, primarily to meet the needs of part-time students. The
number of summer day courses offered is reduced.
1988: Class representative system introduced and the first
annual summer barbeque is held.
October 1988: In a referendum, MAPS members approve a
five-year fee levy of $2.50, per six unit course, to establish a
bursary endowment and support expansion of Mills Memorial Library. A
total of $250,000 is ultimately contributed by MAPS to support these
components of the University's
$90 million Centennial Campaign (1987-90). The fee is levied
from September 1989 to August 1994. The gift is allocated $100,000 to
endow bursaries and $150,000 for the expansion of Mills; two rooms in
the library are named for MAPS in recognition of the gift.
1988-89: MAPS council members Catharina Jager '89 and Mo
Shepherd '86 are elected as President and Ontario Coordinator,
respectively, of COPUS.
1989: MAPS commissions a marketing research study on part-time
students completed and presents the results to the University
May 1990-January 1991: Bruce Misch '89 is acting executive
director during Judy Worsley's maternity leave.
July 1990: MAPS' treasurer recommends to the board that
MAPS' membership fee be reviewed on an annual basis.
August 1990: MAPS receives representation on the newly
established University Centre Planning Committee (UCPC). The
Committee tenders an interim report in September 1991 and a final
report in October 1996.
1990: A reunion dinner for current and former MAPS board
members is held to mark the 10th anniversary of MAPS'
January 16, 1991: The MAPS board approves a $0.25 per unit
increase in membership fees, effective September 1991. The board also decides to pursue relocation in the proposed new student centre, rather than space with part-time degree studies and CCE, to be located in Togo Salmon Hall.
1991: Part-time students gain full access to the Ombuds Office
when MAPS becomes a funding partner, with the MSU, in the operation.
MAPS' participation in the funding arrangement ceases in 1997,
however, when a reorganized office is established and jointly funded
by the MSU and the University, all members of the campus community
gain access to the Ombuds service.
1991: The first MAPS Bursaries are awarded from MAPS'
contribution to a bursary endowment under the University's
July 1991: Judy Worsley resigns as MAPS executive director
effective July 25. She is succeeded by Bruce Misch on August 6.
September 1991: The University implements a 1% "collection
levy" on student fees collected on behalf of student organizations.
Provision is made to exempt fees for donations to McMaster University
(eg. fund raising campaigns, shared cost initiatives).
October 24, 1991: MAPS president Sharon Bell and MSU president Dylan Jones make a joint presentation to the McMaster University Board of Governors concerning the need for a student centre.
February 1992: 88% of respondents in a mail-in ballot
referendum vote to withdraw MAPS from membership in the Canadian
Organization of Part-Time Students (COPUS).
Spring 1992: MAPS executive member Antoinette DiRe-Somo '98
is treasurer of COPUS until MAPS' official withdrawal from the
organization in June.
September 1992: MAPS protests the imposition of a mandatory $3.84 per unit Student Athletic Fee payable by part-time students that was implemented by the University without consultation with MAPS. The University apologizes for not consulting, but refuses to repeal the fee. Part-time students overwhelmingly oppose paying for facilities most of them do not use.
Fall 1992: MAPS receives representation on the President's
Committee on Athletics & Recreation.
September 1993: The Student Athletic Fee increases to $4.17
January 1994: The Link reports that the Provost's
Advisory Group to Initiate Change (PAGIC) has directed the
University's student affairs departments to develop budget
scenarios that would reduce University budget support to
non-instructional student services by a third or two-thirds.
Increased student fees are cited as the likely response to University
budget cuts. An editorial in The Link states "all students
must ensure that there is no taxation without representation" as it
calls for accountability to students in design and delivery of these
March 1994: Certificates of appreciation for service are
presented to retiring board members.
March 31, 1994: COPUS is formally dissolved.
July 1994: The MAPS board considers and rejects legal
incorporation for the second time.
July 1994: The Government of Ontario institutes a policy
requiring consent of senior order student governments to increases
[new or increases on existing] supplementary fees.
November 15, 1994: The MAPS board agrees to placement of a notice
about the Legacy Campaign (financial gifts to the University
by graduating students) in the January 1995 issue of The Link
provided it is clear this is a University-sponsored initiative.
January 19, 1995: MAPS agrees to "top up" its contribution to
The Centennial Campaign from its retained earnings. The
five-year fee levy had come $23,765.99 short of its goal of $250,000.
March 1995: MAPS seeks to have a glassed-in bulletin board
installed outside its office.
April 10, 1995: Sheila Smith '90 succeeds Bruce Misch as
MAPS' executive director.
November 10, 1995: MAPS president Antoinette Somo participates in
the convocation ceremony that formally installs Dr. Peter George as
McMaster's 6th president. It is the first time MAPS has
been invited to participate in a presidential installation.
January 17, 1996: Roger Trull '79 (executive director,
university advancement) and John Mavrak '87 (director of the
University Centre Campaign, January 1995 - June 1996) make a
presentation to the board seeking MAPS' participation in the
capital fund raising drive.
February 1996: In a referendum, MAPS members reject a proposal
for a new fee to underwrite a Accident and Prescription Drug
Insurance and Eyewear Coverage Plan. The plan, from which individual
MAPS members would have been able to opt-out, would have involved an
annual fee of $40.44 plus applicable taxes (allowing for increases of
up to 10 percent per year). Part-time degree students oppose the
proposal 2:1, while certificate students vote opposed 3:1.
March 13, 1996: The MAPS board approves establishment of the MAPS
Gold Medal, to be awarded to the part-time student with the highest
Cumulative Area Average on graduation. The first presentation is made
at Convocation in June 1998.
May 15, 1996: University president Peter George, Roger Trull '79
and John Mavrak '87 make a presentation to the board seeking MAPS'
participation in the capital fund raising drive.
June 18, 1996: The MAPS board calls a university centre capital
fee referendum and endorses the Yes Side.
August 1996: MAPS hosts a one-day conference, at McMaster, for
part-time student associations in Ontario to consider forming a
provincial organization for part-time students.
November 6, 1996: MAPS (together with the Graduate Students
Association and MSU) is granted formal Observer status at Senate.
December 1996: In a referendum, MAPS members approve a
five-year levy ($2 per academic unit, $6 and $12 for certificate
courses) to support capital costs of a University Centre at McMaster.
The vote was 362 to 288 (55.7%) with 22.9% of the 2,840 eligible
voters casting ballots. Up to $500,000 will be contributed under the
levy, which will be in effect from September 1997 to August 2002.
1996: The University accepts MAPS' proposal for a three-year
Work Study Program pilot project. The program is underutilized during
the pilot period; however, the University's Student Financial Aid
and Scholarships Office continued to offer the program. There are
about 2 MAPS students per year that are successful securing part-time
1997-99: MAPS is represented by Sheila Smith and David Moore
'00 on the University Centre Steering Committee, the Site Study D
Group, and the Working Group on Governance.
April 1997: MAPS (together with the GSA and MSU) is granted
formal Observer status at the Board of Governors.
October 1997: The McMaster Association of Part-Time Students
Incorporated is established as a non-share capital corporation
established under the Ontario Corporations Act.
June 1998: The first annual MAPS Gold Medal is presented at
August 1998: The first annual "Are You Ready for University"
Fall 1998: MAPS begins sending a representative to regularly
attend meetings of the MSU's
Student Representative Assembly. MAPS was accorded non-voting
ex-officio speaking rights on the Assembly in 1988.
September 1998: MAPS membership fees increase from $3.75 to $4
per academic unit. It is the first increase since 1991.
February 1999: MAPS makes a $50,000 contribution to the
McMaster Student Opportunity Trust Campaign, endowing a bursary fund
in hour of the Association's 20th anniversary in 1999.
The provincial government provides a matching $50,000 to the
February 1999: MAPS is a founding partner signatory to the
University Centre governance agreements. Through these agreements
with the MSU and the University, MAPS receives representation on the
University Centre User Committee (to advise the architects) and the
University Centre Board of Management (the board of directors of the
separate corporation established to manage the Centre).
July 1999: MAPS undertakes associate membership of the Ontario
Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA).
September 1999: Sheila Smith advises the MAPS board of
directors that she will retire as executive director at the end of
the calendar year.
November 1999: Past members of the MAPS board are invited to
an expanded version of the annual awards dinner marking MAPS'
20th anniversary. The event is held at the Scottish Rite
in downtown Hamilton and includes screening of a video commissioned
to mark the anniversary.
January 2000: Jackie Osterman '80 succeeds Sheila Smith as
MAPS' executive director; however, Smith continues as MAPS'
appointee on the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) Board of
March 2000: MAPS executive director Jackie Osterman is among
the speakers at the official ground breaking ceremony for McMaster's
new $35 million University Centre.
April 2000: A mail-in ballot referendum among MAPS members
approves, by a 4 to 1 margin, a proposed Administrative Services Fee.
The compulsory fee ($0.87 per unit in the first year) replaces user
fee charges (for life) for deferred exams, letters of permission,
transcripts, notarizing fees, tuition receipt replacement, fee
certification, and Registrar's
September 17, 2000: The SRA grants MAPS a representative on the SRA’s Ad Hoc Committee on University Centre Naming. One of the three options recommended by the Committee, “McMaster University Student Centre,” is later endorsed by the MAPS board and subsequently approved by the MSU’s Student Representative Assembly (November) and the McMaster University Board of Governors (December).
January 17, 2001: On the recommendation of an ad hoc board
sub-committee, amendments to MAPS'
corporate bylaw (adopted in 1998) are approved by the board. The
changes are ratified at the annual general meeting in February 2001.
May 2001: MAPS' past-president, David Moore '00, is
elected treasurer of OUSA for 2001-02.
September 2001: MAPS membership fees increase from $4 to $5
per academic unit. It is the first increase since 1998 and only the
second since 1991. Fees for certificate students are changed to the
same per unit rate charged to part-time degree students.
January 2002: OUSA president Erin McCloskey and executive
director Bryce Rudyk '00 make a formal presentation to the MAPS
board of directors.
February 26, 2002: At MAPS' annual general meeting, a
resolution is adopted to undertake full membership in OUSA.
April 2002: MAPS moves into its new office in the MUSC. A
Student Leader Wall is installed in a second floor lounge in
the MUSC. It bears the names and terms of office of student body
presidents (MAPS, GSA, and MSU) dating back to the early 1890s.
May 17, 2002: Jackie Osterman succeeds Sheila Smith as MAPS'
appointee on the MUSC Board of Management.
September 28, 2002: MAPS president Walter Pohl '99 joins
other dignitaries in the ribbon cutting marking the official opening
of the MUSC.
January 20, 2003: MAPS agrees to "top-up" its contribution to the MUSC Capital Fund from its retained
earnings. The five-year fee levy was $14,382 short of its goal of
September 17, 2003: The MAPS board of directors approves an
allocation of $250,000 to establish a new MAPS bursary endowment to
be administered by the University. The gift is matched by the
Government of Ontario under the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust
Fund initiative. With this initiative, MAPS has made gifts of more
than $1 million to the University since 1989.
February 24, 2004: At the MAPS annual general meeting a
decision is made to withdraw from the Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance. A motion is also adopted to permit the University to
annually adjust the Athletics and Recreation supplementary fee by
the Consumer Price Index.
March 9, 2004: MAPS institutes a Code of Conduct for
members of its board of directors.
Autumn 2004: MAPS collaborates with the MSU and the GSA
on a formal submission to the provincial government's review of
higher education (the Rae Review).
October 2004: MAPS and CCE create and award the first
CCE/MAPS Awards of Excellence. Seven students in various diploma and
certificate programs are recognized for academic excellence.
November 27, 2004: MAPS celebrates its 25th
anniversary at its annual awards banquet. University president Peter
George announces that a plaque will be installed in the Student
Centre to commemorate MAPS' role in bringing the MUSC to fruition.
January 2005: Signage is installed on the west wall of
the MUSC atrium paying tribute to the role of part-time students to
the realization of the MUSC.
July 2005: MAPS submits a formal brief, Leadership in Lifelong
Learning, to the University in response to McMaster's updated
strategic plan, Refining Directions.
Winter-Spring 2005: MAPS opposes proposed reductions to
supports previously provided to part-time students by the Office of
September 2005: Jackie Osterman resigns as MAPS executive
director to accept a position with the Faculty of Humanities. Her
last day is September 16.
October 5, 2005: David Moore succeeds Jackie Osterman as
MAPS' appointee on the MUSC Board of Management.
November 28, 2005: Following an extensive national search,
Sam Minniti '03 becomes MAPS' fifth executive director. Tina
Puchalski (administrative assistant) is succeeded by Josie Taylor
'05 as (office administrator).
December 14, 2005: As part of a review of non-tuition
compulsory fees, a draft report from a University committee proposes
an 84% increase in fees paid by part-time students and eliminating
the MAPS membership fee.
January-March 2006: MAPS leads collaboration by senior order student governments at the University (GSA, MAPS, MBA Association, and MSU) to deliver a joint response to changes the University proposes to make to non-tuition compulsory fees.
March 15, 2006: The MAPS board gives approval in principle, subject to legal review, to an amendment to the 1986 MAPS-MSU agreement governing membership and fees. The amendment provides for limited membership transferability in specified circumstances.
March 2006: An agreement to permit limited membership transfers between MAPS and the MSU is approved in principle by the MAPS board of directors and the MSU’s Student Representative Assembly. Implementation of the agreement is deferred by the MSU in August 2006, after the University advises that it is not prepared to administer the fee adjustments associated with transfers.
May 13, 2006: The MAPS board decides to discontinue the summer barbeque (June) and “Are you ready for university” seminar (August) in favour of open houses and skills development workshops during the fall-winter session.
August 2006: A new terms of reference for the Student Government-Administration Consultation Committee entrenches MAPS’ membership on that body. MAPS had attended these periodic meetings with senior University administrators since the mid-1990s.
September 12, 2006: MAPS and the MSU issue a joint statement announcing that transferability will not proceed in 2006-07 because the University is not prepared to administer the related fee adjustments.
November 2006: MAPS announces a $250,000 gift to the University to establish the Mel & Marilyn Hawkrigg Bursaries for Part-Time Studies. Named to mark the Hawkriggs’ service to the University during his three terms as chancellor (1998-2007), the gift is to be matched by the Government of Ontario.
March 2007: For the first time in its history, MAPS holds elections for its board of directors, as the number of nominations exceeded the number of seats.
April 2007: MAPS’ executive director, Sam Minniti ’03, is selected by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the top 50 most influential people in post-secondary education.
September 2007: A liaison librarian from Mills is exclusively appointed to assist part-time students.
September 2007: MAPS sends out its first mass automated e-mail message to its members.
October 2007: MAPS successfully lobbies the University to not eliminate general three-year degrees in order to replace them with general four-year degrees.
January 2008: MAPS is granted observer status on the University Fees Committee, a body that manages and recommends fee structures to the Board of Governors.
April 2008: Sam Minniti ’03 becomes the MAPS’ appointee to the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) Board of Management.
July 2008: Terri Jones joins MAPS as office administrator.
July 2008: MAPS re-launches its summer barbecue as “Fun in The Sun”.
September 2008: The first transfer is made between MAPS and the MSU that sees a full-time student (as per the MSU definition of 18 units or more) transfer membership to MAPS under the auspices of the MAPS-MSU Transferability agreement.
September 2008: MAPS launches “University 101 for Part-Time Students”, a day-long workshop for part-time students.
October 2008: The MAPS Board meets with representatives from the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) to explore federal lobbying.
November 26, 2008: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the MAPS Board of Directors, MAPS announces a gift of $505,000 – its largest gift in its 30 year history to the University – to establish an endowment for bursaries specific to certificate and diploma students enrolled at the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). As a result of this gift, including leveraged government funding, MAPS reaches the $1,000,000 mark towards the Campaign for McMaster, and to date has donated a total of $2.3 million to McMaster University for capital costs and student financial aid.
||Helen (Flaxman) Barton
||Harry L.D. Stearns
||JoAnne M.C. Krakauskas
||Sandra L. Edrupt
||Maureen H.M. Shepherd
||Sharon E. Bell
||Glyn S. Wide
||Joanne de Bruin
||David M. Moore
||Glyn S. Wide
||Walter C. Pohl
||Carole L. Armstrong
||David M. Moore
||Allan G. Wong
MAPS Executive Assistants
||Maxine Hartley Bartie
MAPS Executive Directors
||Samuel J. Minniti
MAPS Office Administrators