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Honouring Mount Allison's
past, and our future
ver the past few months I have been fortunate enough to be part of several focus
groups charged with studying the relationship between Canadian universities and
their stakeholders -- faculty, staff, students (both prospective and current), current and
potential donors, and of course, alumni. While all elements of the survey are fascinating
(truly), the aspect of this process I find the most intriguing relates to how each stake-
holder group values the sense of tradition within a university setting. More specifically,
how, if history is deemed an important element of a university's identity, do institutions
strive to retain a connection to the past, while at the same time progressing so as to be
able to serve the needs of a rapidly changing, and increasingly global market for higher
education? While many institutions attempt to strike this balance, few succeed.
One of the reasons I have been drawn to this aspect of these studies is because it would
seem something that Mount Allison has done quite well. There are many examples, par-
ticularly in the past decade, of how Mount A has taken a huge leap forward while at the
same time firmly retaining its connection to the past (the creation of the Wallace
McCain Student Centre, formerly Trueman House, is perhaps the best example of this).
More importantly, I have been drawn to this facet of these studies because it is an
inherently important issue for institutions such as Mount Allison. We are, after all, a
university with a rich and important history that should remain a critical part of our
institutional fabric. We continually attract the best and brightest to our campus, in
terms of students, faculty, and staff; to continue to do so, we must offer programs,
classes, and facilities that are unmatched. How do we continue to reconcile the two?
These questions do not have easy answers, but we do know the following -- great
institutions reinvent themselves time and again. They evolve and change. They cherish
the past but are not beholden to it. They are courageous and make tough decisions. I
believe Mount Allison has done well so far.
Andrew Clark ('98)
Mount Allison Alumni
Board of Directors
Andrew Clark '98
Vice-President & Secretary:
Anne-Katherine Dionne '88
Past President:
Barbie Smith '75
Honorary President:
Louise (Oates) Cooke '70
Sean M. Connors '81
Layton Fisher '57
Harriet Leggett '61
Amy MacAdam '02
Harriet Meacher '60
Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse '73
David Rose '90
Charles Scott '83
Colin Tippett '97
Christina Vroom '96
Danny Williamson '03
Executive Director:
Carolle de Ste-Croix '90
Tel: 506-364-2348 Fax: 506-364-2262
Nominations Call
-- Nominations are open for the
Alumni Board. The Board works to promote and motivate
the participation of alumni and friends of Mount Allison
with the University, through effective communication,
events, and special initiatives.
Address nominations to:
Carolle de Ste-Croix, Alumni Office
65 York St., Sackville, NB E4L 1E4
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The Wallace McCain Student Centre, opened in 2008, was restored from the former
Trueman House Residence and is located at the heart of the Mount Allison campus.