#MOUNTIEPRIDE November 1984 — Football Mounties play in the Vanier Cup for the first time Oct. 20, 1979 — Official opening of the Centre for Canadian Studies 1992 — Mount Allison receives its first of 18 — and counting! — #1 rankings from Maclean’s magazine for Canada’s top undergraduate school March 1933 — 3rd Academy building, Old Lodge, pictured above, and Centennial Hall are burned Oct. 28, 1960 — Dr. Ralph Pickard Bell is installed as the University’s first Chancellor Summer 1948 — Alex Colville’s mural in Tweedie Hall is completed 2013 — The Class of 2013 celebrates the 150th anniversary of Convocation by having their photo taken with the class of 1963 2004 — Mount Allison becomes a wireless campus 2013 — Mount Allison introduces a new academic program, philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) June 17, 2008 — Mount Allison joins Facebook of history November 2009 — Mount Allison sends its first tweet 2014 — Grand opening held for the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts November 2011 — Mount Allison’s 50th Rhodes Scholar, Rebecca Anne Dixon, is named 2014 — Mount Allison celebrates its 175th anniversary three buildings burned in the same month; and several periods of great financial strain. From humble beginnings, Mount Allison has built a reputation as the country’s top undergraduate university, capturing top spot in the Maclean’s survey in 1992 and rarely relinquishing its number one place in the years since. “The story of Mount Allison is a story of resilience, dedication, and philanthropy — of people who dreamed of providing students with the best possible education and who worked tirelessly to do so,” says alumni relations director Carolle de-Ste-Croix. “As we mark our 175th anniversary, we celebrate those who have helped build Mount Allison into what it is today and look forward to what it will be tomorrow.” The University’s 175th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year, dovetailing with events like the Persons event, which focused on notable women in Mount Allison’s history, and the President’s Speakers Series. The University is also planning Cornerstone Day, an event to mark 175 years since the cornerstone for the first academy building was laid on July 9, 1840. “It is a day to reflect on where we’ve come from, what we’ve achieved, and an opportunity to celebrate our successes,” Mawhinney says. “It all started with an idea and that cornerstone laid by our benefactor 175 years ago. What an incredible legacy!” / 29