The building will not only be a treasured home for Fine Arts and Drama. A vast proportion of Mount Allison students — from Science to Commerce — will also participate in the Arts at the Centre. In addition to those who specialize in Fine Arts and Drama, 40 per cent of students from outside these disciplines take a course in Fine Arts or Drama. Annually, approximately 1,500 students attend performances and more than 150 take part in these productions. Ron Joyce (LLD ’98) also announced a gift of $5-million from the Joyce Foundation in Purdy Crawford’s honour. The donation is in support of student bursaries. The day was full of many emotional moments, but one of the most memorable was a gift of $5-million in honour of Crawford from The Joyce Foundation. It will be used to create bursaries for students. “It was our dad’s dream that anyone accepted at the University would not be held back due to financial barriers and this is a huge help in accomplishing that dream,” says Crawford’s youngest daughter, Sarah (’95). Fine Arts department head Thaddeus Holownia and director of Drama Glen Nichols are just two of the faculty members that are thrilled to now have a new home at the PCCA. Nichols says when you work in the Arts you often have to work with whatever you get and that is sometimes very little. “But the generous donors and planners have given Drama students the very best of the best — not only something brand new, but precisely designed to meet our needs.” Holownia believes this investment in the Arts is not only monumental for Mount Allison, but stands as an example for the entire country. “I feel confident in saying that the PCCA represents the largest and most forward investment ever made in education for the creative arts in Canada.” Drama director Glen Nichols addresses the crowd while Fine Arts department head Thaddeus Holownia and vice-president, university advancement Gloria Jollymore look on. Mount Allison Students’ Union President Heather Webster says she thinks it is important for all students to have the opportunity to keep a connection to their creative side, even while studying other things. “The PCCA is a brilliant place to work, learn, and play, and it will add a whole new dimension to academic and extracurricular life at Mount Allison,” she says. The ribbon cutting at the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts official opening. From left John Bragg (’62), Heather Webster (’14 MASUPresident), David Sobey, Robert Campbell (U niversity President and Vice-Chancellor), Judy Bragg (’64), Bea Crawford, Suzanne Crawford (’79), Sarah Crawford (’95), Mary Crawford, Barbara Crawford, Heather Crawford, and David Crawford. 14 / Fall 2014 / RECORD