to see the cross section of students and community and alumni who made it back for the Loney Bowl — I was so happy we could have that on our campus, to see the strength of Mountie Nation in a venue like that.” Jeffrey says he was proud to accept the Coach of the Year award on behalf of the team. “I know my name gets put on it, but it is such a team award,” he says. “I felt I was accepting it on behalf of the players who stuck it out and the coaches who believed we could do more.” In the classroom, Commerce professor Rosemary Polegato was honoured for her achievements in teaching. Polegato was the seventh Mount Allison professor to receive a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s highest recognition of teaching excellence. Only 10 fellowships are awarded each year. “Mount Allison has a long history of encouraging people who are thoughtful, caring, resourceful, and willing to take the road less travelled,” Polegato says. “Awards affirm that we are not only doing something right — we are judged by our peers across the country to be leading the way.” The Fellowship brings with it a chance to meet with other 3M Fellows across the country to share ideas, take part in professional development, and create opportunities for faculty to discuss teaching and learning, meaning it will continue to benefit teaching at Mount Allison for years to come. Physics professor David Hornidge’s nomination to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists has an equally long-term effect. A total of 91 academics across the country were named to the inaugural cohort of the College. Unlike the Royal Society of Canada fellowship, which recognizes academics for life-time achievement, the College appoints young academics at the peak of their careers to a seven-year term. 14 / THE RECORD / Winter 2015 Hornidge says it is a way to include more younger faculty in the Society’s work. “Sixty per cent of the faculty in Canada have been hired since 2000,” he says. Members of the College will have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Society’s expert panels and to suggest nominations for future College members. “One of the first tasks we have is to examine the future of postsecondary education in Canada,” Hornidge says. “It is good to be at the table to make decisions about things that are affecting Mount Allison.” It is faculty like Polegato and Hornidge who often inspire students to reach a little higher. “I think that Mount Allison has been blessed with a faculty and staff that are dedicated to their students and to their community, often to the point of self-sacrifice,” says Bernard Soubry, who was named Mount Allison’s 53rd Rhodes Scholar this past fall. “I wouldn’t have become the person I am without them. Rosemary Polegato, for example, along with Michael Fox, Leslie Kern, and a host of other professors, were of wonderful support during my extracurricular involvements. They inspired me, questioned me, drove me onward, without ever having directly taught me in the classroom.” Soubry says many of the people who have been the most help to him on his journey are never recognized for their contributions. “I hope they understand how much we admire them, and how much we need them,” he says. “I’m very lucky and I’m very blessed. It’s not so much an accomplishment as a call to get to work. I’ve been given a unique opportunity here.” Gloria Jollymore (’77), Mount Allison’s vice-president, university advancement, who was named a Women’s Executive Network’s 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner, says all of the honours this year have one thing in common. In each case there is a whole team behind the award winner who helped make it happen. 1 “These accomplishments reflect what can be achieved when people support each other in reaching their dreams and goals,” she says. “This kind of support is wellknown within the close-knit Mount Allison community. The awards demonstrate externally the value of such community – a community of which top students, leading faculty and staff, generous donors, and alumni all want to be a part.” Campbell says the awards are as much a recognition of the institution as of its people. “It is exceptional people doing exceptional things and getting exceptional recognition, 2 but it is also an indication of the overall quality of the institution,” he says. “People do good things when they have the opportunity to do things that they love and enjoy. When you look at the stories of these successes, it demonstrates the extent to which our organization and our community provides a platform of support and success and engagement for our people.” 1. Head coach Kelly Jeffrey talks to Football Mountie Brandon Leyh during the 2013 CIS Uteck Bowl at MacAulay Field. 2. Bernard Soubry, Mount Allison’s 53rd Rhodes Scholar 3. Vice-President University Advancement and 2014 WXN Most Powerful Women Award recipient Gloria Jollymore (’77) 4. David Hornidge, centre, speaks with colleagues during the Royal Society of Canada’s inaugural banquet of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, held in Quebec City in November. 5. 3M National Teaching Fellow Rosemary Polegato