Chronology of important dates -1977-2003
September 17, 2003: The MAPS board allocates $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.
October 21, 2002: 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 $500,000.
September 28, 2002: MAPS president Walter Pohl ’99 joins other dignitaries in the ribbon cutting marking the official opening of the MUSC.
May 17, 2002: Jackie Osterman succeeds Sheila Smith as MAPS’ appointee on the MUSC Board of Management.
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 government presidents (MAPS, GSA, and MSU) dating back to the early 1890s.
February 26, 2002: At MAPS’ annual general meeting, a resolution is adopted to undertake full membership in OUSA.
January 2002: OUSA president Erin McCloskey and executive director Bryce Rudyk ’00 make a formal presentation to the MAPS board of directors.
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.
May 2001: MAPS past-president, David Moore ’00, is elected OUSA treasurer for 2001-02.
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.
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).
April 2000: A 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 certification.
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.
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 Management.
January 2000: Representatives of MAPS and the GSA are added to the membership of a revived Student Government-Administration Consultation Committee. “Admin-Con” was originally established in 1981 and included only representatives of the MSU, the Inter-Residence Council, and the University administration.
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.
September 1999: Sheila Smith advises the MAPS board of directors that she will retire as executive director at the end of the calendar year.
July 1999: MAPS undertakes associate membership of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA).
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).
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 endowment.
September 1998: MAPS membership fees increase from $3.75 to $4 per academic unit. It is the first increase since 1991.
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 1987.
August 1998: The first annual “Are You Ready for University” seminar.
June 1998: The first annual MAPS Gold Medal is presented at Spring Convocation.
October 1, 1997: Letters Patent are granted for McMaster Association of Part-Time Students Incorporated, which is established as a non-share capital corporation under the Ontario Corporations Act.
April 1997: MAPS (together with the GSA and MSU) is granted formal Observer status at the Board of Governors.
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.
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.
November 6, 1996: MAPS (together with the Graduate Students Association and MSU) is granted formal Observer status at Senate.
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.
June 18, 1996: The MAPS board calls a university centre capital fee referendum and endorses the Yes Side.
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 campaign for the proposed new student centre.
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.
February 1996: In a referendum, MAPS members reject a proposal for a new fee to underwrite an 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.
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.
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 work.
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.
April 10, 1995: Sheila Smith ’90 succeeds Bruce Misch as MAPS’ executive director.
March 1995: MAPS seeks to have a glassed-in bulletin board installed outside its office.
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.
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.
July 1994: The Government of Ontario institutes a policy requiring consent of senior student governments to increases in existing (or creation of new) compulsory ancillary fees.
July 1994: The MAPS board considers and rejects legal incorporation for the second time.
March 31, 1994: COPUS is formally dissolved.
March 1994: Certificates of appreciation are presented to retiring board members.
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 services.
September 1993: The Student Athletic Fee increases to $4.17 per unit.
Fall 1992: MAPS receives representation on the President’s Committee on Athletics & Recreation.
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.
Spring 1992: MAPS executive member Antoinette DiRe-Somo ’98 is treasurer of COPUS until MAPS’ official withdrawal from the organization in June.
February 1992: 88% of respondents in a referendum vote to withdraw MAPS from membership in the Canadian Organization of Part-Time Students (COPUS).
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.
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).
August 6, 1991: Bruce Misch succeeds Judy Worsley as MAPS’ executive director.
1991: The first MAPS Bursaries are awarded from MAPS’ contribution to a bursary endowment under the University’s Centennial Campaign.
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.
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 which are to be located in Togo Salmon Hall.
1990: A reunion dinner for current and former MAPS board members is held to mark the 10th anniversary of MAPS’ establishment.
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.
July 1990: MAPS’ treasurer recommends to the board that MAPS’ membership fee be reviewed on an annual basis.
May 1990-July 1991: Bruce Misch ’89 is acting executive director during Judy Worsley’s maternity leave.
1989: MAPS commissions a marketing research study on part-time students completed and presents the results to the University administration.
1988-89: MAPS council members Catharina Jager ’89 and Mo Shepherd ’86 are elected as President and Ontario Coordinator, respectively, of COPUS.
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.
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 is reduced.
1988: A class representative system is introduced. The first summer barbeque is held.
Fall 1987: MAPS publishes a 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.
August 16, 1987: The MSU’s Student Representative Assembly grants ex-officio (non-voting) status to MAPS and the Graduate Students Association (GSA). The status is restyled Observer in 2004.
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.
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: 154-7)
1987: MAPS holds its first annual retreat to make long-term plans.
November 1986: The first Centennial Award is presented at MAPS’ Awards Dinner.
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 planning committee(s).
October 1986: Full-time staff in the MAPS Office is expanded to two positions.
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, he returned to McMaster in 2004 as director of Human Rights & Equity Services).
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.
March 1986: MAPS makes a presentation to the Council of Ontario Universities Presidents Tour hearing on universities.
February 14, 1986: A new memorandum of agreement governing 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).
November 1985: The first annual MAPS Awards Dinner honours the achievements of part-time students and the people who support them in their studies.
August 21, 1985: The University responds with its analysis of the proposals submitted by MAPS and the MSU.
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.
Spring 1985: The full-time position of executive assistant is re-styled executive director.
October 1984: MAPS makes a formal submission to the Bovey Commission (Ontario Royal Commission on the Future Development of Universities in Ontario).
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 an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the interests of part-time students. Dr. Johns is the first recipient.
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.
July 1983: Judy Worsley ’79 succeeds Maxine Hartley as MAPS’ executive assistant.
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 1982-83.
October 1982: MAPS’ council considers and rejects legal incorporation.
January 1982: Senate votes to remove student representation, including a designated part-time student seat, from the Board-Senate Committee on Long-Range Planning. The new membership of the re-styled Board-Senate Committee on Academic Planning includes only faculty and administrators. MAPS, together with the MSU, the Union of Graduate Students, and the Alumni Association, oppose the change.
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.
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.
1980: MAPS completes its first 5-year course availability study.
January 1980: MAPS inaugurates “Wine & Cheese Nights” as student-instructor mixers.
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 part-time students.
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, will be 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 other.
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.
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.
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. (SRA 79C)
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 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.
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%, respectively.
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. (SRA 78M, page 9)
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.
October 1978: The first issue of a newsletter for part-time students, The Link, is published.
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.
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.
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 the McMaster delegates to the COPUS conference. He recommends that the president encourage the steering committee in its work.
June 2-4, 1978: Steering committee representatives attend the 1978 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Part-Time University Students (COPUS) in Winnipeg.
February 1978: The steering committee submits a brief on part-time students to the President’s Ad Hoc Committee on Student Services.
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 committee.
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 organization.
September 1977: A steering committee is established.
August 11, 1977: An open letter from the MSU on the front page of The Silhouette calls on part-time students to form their own student government and offers MSU support.
June 27, 1977: Changes to part-time degree studies prompt 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 students.