Mount Allison’s 175th year marked with national awards and honours BY ALOMA JARDINE It is a challenge to find the perfect gift to mark a 175th anniversary. But Mount Allison University has celebrated this milestone with an incredible string of national awards and honours including a Rhodes Scholarship; a 3M National Teaching Fellowship; a membership in the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists; a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Coach of the Year award; a Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award; and another #1 Maclean’s ranking — the University’s 18th. “What is truly impressive about this series of recognitions is that they cover all facets of the Mount Allison community: students, faculty, staff, academics, sports, teaching, research, leadership,” says Mount Allison Chancellor Peter Mansbridge. “It is a testament to the University’s overall excellence.” President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Campbell says Mount Allison’s success relies on its people. “You have to have good people and you have to use them well,” he says. “It is not obvious or automatic that one of the smallest universities in the country has the best endowment per capita, that we opened the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts and it is more or less paid for. We do not have a huge staff of people to do this, but we have good leadership, we have vision, and we see it through.” Campbell, who was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine in its Top 50 CEO list for the third time in May, says the Football Mounties’ success on the field in the past two years is an example of how Mount Allison as a whole moves toward excellence. In 2011, the team didn’t win a single game all season. In each of the past two seasons, the team has won the Atlantic University Sport championship and appeared in a national bowl game. “We did not provide any more money to achieve this,” Campbell says. “We took the same program, the same schedule, the same field, the same everything, and got better. And we got better in the way we do everything: we set a vision, we developed a strategic plan, we recruited good people, we set goals, and we operationalized them.“ Campbell says another key element is that the whole community supports each other in reaching their goals. “When one talks about this concept of Mountie Pride, this really means something,” he says. “No one is more proud of the Maclean’s ranking than the football players and no one is more proud of the football players than I am. This is what pulls the organization along.” “What is truly impressive about this series of recognitions is that they cover all facets of the Mount Allison community...” –Mount Allison Chancellor Peter Mansbridge This year’s dream Mountie Football season was capped by head coach Kelly Jeffrey being named CIS Coach of the Year. “I think in North America there are few unifying things like football,” Jeffrey says. “It has a way of bonding everybody together and tightening up our community. And 13