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36 / Summer 2014 / RECORD
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his past year was an eventful one, with many good
news stories for the Mount Allison community. On
the academic front, we celebrated our 52nd Rhodes
Scholar -- Kylie de Chastelain ('14), our record
17th #1 ranking as the country's top undergraduate university
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Maclean's), and the announcement of our newest 3M National
Teaching Fellow, Commerce professor Dr. Rosemary Polegato.
Our football team (CIS Uteck Bowl) and women's hockey team
(AUS finals) had fabulous seasons, and we received an incredible
gift of a complete set of Colville prints. Reunion Weekend con-
tinues to offer surprises, and Convocation celebrated the Class of
'14 and the addition of three stellar Canadians as honorary grad-
uands: Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, retired general John de Chastelain,
and our very own alumna, artist Dawn MacNutt ('57).
Last spring, Mount Allison entered a unique partnership with
three other undergraduate universities -- Acadia, Bishop's,
and St. Francis Xavier -- to form the `U4 League'. The `U4' is
exploring ways to collaborate on teaching, research and joint
courses, programs and exchanges, as well as communicating
nationally the benefits of a residential, liberal arts education.
We look forward to evolving this exciting partnership.
2014 marks the 175th anniversary of our founding. It is fitting
that we will celebrate a `Year of Culture and Creativity' with
many activities, including the opening of the Purdy Crawford
Centre for the Arts on Oct. 3. This extraordinary $30-million
facility will enhance our national reputation in fine and
performing arts programs.
I was honoured when the Board of Regents voted to extend my
current term as University President and Vice-Chancellor through
to 2018. Their ongoing trust and confidence validates the direction
of Mount Allison, while acknowledging that our strength lies in the
contributions of our entire community -- students, faculty, staff,
donors, alumni, and parents. We are all part of a great community.
Dr. Robert Campbell
President and Vice-Chancellor
Mount Allison University
Mount Allison, the U4, and the future
Editor's note: Dr. Campbell was also honoured this spring by Atlantic Business
Magazine, being named one of the region's Top 50 CEOs for a third time.
University Presidents Ray Ivany (Acadia), Sean Riley (St. FX),
Michael Goldbloom (Bishop's), and Robert Campbell (Mount
Allison) at the launch of the U4 League in 2013.