Mount Allison’s great sense of the possible T he Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once remarked, “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.” After one year at Mount Allison, this is also my wish. On Aug. 1, 2013, I marked one year at Mount Allison. The past year has given me an opportunity to get to know many members of this community. I’ve had the great pleasure to meet some of our wonderful students and see first hand how this special place provides an enriched environment in which students can learn and thrive. I’ve met many alumni at Reunion events and through my work with colleagues on the Board of Regents. Invariably, I’ve come to see that the connections made by Allisonians last a lifetime. It’s been incredible for me to see the devotion and commitment of alumni. Allisonians clearly bleed garnet and gold! I’ve worked alongside many faculty members in University governance and slowly but surely, I’m getting to know a lot of the great work being done by faculty in our classrooms and in their research and creative activities. I’m impressed to see the innovative work being done by our teaching staff, some of whom have garnered University, regional, and national teaching awards. Our researchers brought in significant funding, particularly from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Mount Allison researchers have “punched above their weight” at NSERC, and they have done so in an incredibly competitive environment. In the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) disciplines, there have been grants to support research development and conferences. These achievements provide incredible opportunities for our students in addition to the contributions made to knowledge and creative activities. As the 2013-2014 academic year unfolds, I look forward to working with colleagues on a number of new initiatives. Included will be a series of task groups focusing on key issues such as the first year experience, strategies for enhancing student success, and research development and the potential for developing an office of undergraduate research. As well, across the University, we will be looking at ways to increase opportunities for collaboration. I look forward, with optimism and enthusiasm, to working with the Mount Allison community on imagining the possible.... and making the possible our reality. Karen R. Grant, PhD Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research 36 / Fall 2013 / RECORD