Explore Acadia University's strategic plan in action with this April 30 recap of news and events.
FEATURE
INVESTMENTS
Acadia News - On April 12, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia shared a joint announcement to revamp Raymond Field.

"This investment in sport and recreation infrastructure recognizes the central role Acadia facilities play, not just for our students but for people in our surrounding communities," said Dr. Peter Ricketts, President and Vice-Chancellor. "We are thankful to our government and community partners and donors for investing in the artificial turf replacement of Raymond Field. It is an example of what we can accomplish when working in partnership."
Acadia News - On March 19, the Province of Nova Scotia announced a $16.8 million investment that will allow four Nova Scotia universities to expand and enhance their computer science programs.

Acadia University will receive $1.47 million for the Jodrey School of Computer Science.

“We are grateful for Premier Rankin's commitment to improving access to digital education and training, particularly for those in disadvantaged communities, as an opportunity to lift others from inequity and help us all recover from the impacts of the pandemic,” said Dr. Peter Ricketts, President and Vice-Chancellor.
CONGRATULATIONS
Acadia News - Leah Creaser, fourth-year Honours Biology student and president of the Indigenous Student Society of Acadia (ISSA), has been awarded a 2021 3M National Student Fellowship. This prestigious award honours students across Canada who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and who exemplify a vision of education inside and outside the classroom.
Acadia News - Acadia University student Guy Harrison-Murray ('21) has won a prestigious Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies. He is one of only nine business students studying at Atlantic Canadian universities to receive $30,000 as a recipient of the 2020-2021 awards.
Acadia News - “I am excited and honoured to be chosen for this role…As someone who has spent her whole career at small universities, I bring knowledge and experience of that setting, to ensure SSHRC’s policies recognize the contributions such researchers provide,” says Dr. E. Dianne Looker.

A Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor, she has been appointed to a three-year term on the governing council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Acadia News - Dr. Rob Raeside has been named the Geological Association of Canada (GAC®)'s 2021 J. Willis Ambrose Medalist.

Each year, the medal is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to Canada’s earth science community.

“The Canadian geoscience community is small enough that people know each other, but broad enough and sufficiently scattered geographically that they rarely collaborate on the national scene," explains Raeside. "My contribution has been to try to provide means by which geoscientists can stay connected and informed.”
GIVING
Saltwire News - The success of Campaign for Acadia will make a positive impact on the university experience and quality of education for generations of students to come.

A total of $86.8 million was raised by December 2020, two years earlier than the campaign was expected to conclude.

“Given the extraordinary circumstances globally in the last nine months of the campaign, we are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support,” Campaign for Acadia chair, Nancy McCain said. “Clearly, the key projects and our students and faculty inspired donors to give generously.”
Giving News - Thanks to RBC Foundation’s generous funding for a mobile, skill development platform called Q-Life, students at Acadia University are remaining engaged and staying resilient – even during a global pandemic.

“Transitioning into life at university is hard, and students’ mental health can decline because of it. Not only does Q-Life help to prevent mental illness, but it also builds habits that promote mental wellness," says Acadia’s Health and Wellness Promoter, Courtney Sheedy. “Our universities and, most importantly, our students, are very lucky to have people like Darren Steeves and Jonathon Fowles working on these types of programs.
RESEARCH
Vox Interviews - "Everybody who supports government censorship has a very clear vision in mind of the kind of speech that will be targeted. In reality, it never ends up being the people that you hope or expect will be censored," says Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, professor of politics at Acadia University.

He was recently interviewed by Vox writer Sean Illing about a rising contingent of thinkers — on the left and right — who believe a culture of censoriousness has engulfed intellectual life over the last few years.
Acadia News - The provincial and federal governments are boosting their support of Nova Scotia's local beverage industry by investing in new equipment for the Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food and Beverage (ALAB).

“Acadia is proud to be part of this important economic story in Nova Scotia," says Leigh Huestis, Director of Acadia's Office of Industry & Community Engagement. "This investment represents the ongoing commitment to support Nova Scotia’s wine/grape sector, and now greater support for the growing beer, cider and spirits sectors."

The funding will help ALAB expand its efficiency to help industry expand its export markets and gain even greater levels of success.
COVID-19
Saltwire News - "Conspiracy theories reflect the societal anxieties and uncertainty arising at that point in time in history," says Dr. Kathryn Bell, a professor in the psychology department at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. Conspiracy theories have existed throughout history. The internet, she says, just helps to shine a light on them more readily.

Early intervention or public response to disinformation can help prevent people from developing conspiracy theories - if you can get to them before they take on further ideas, says Dr. Marc Ramsay, a professor in the philosophy department at Acadia.
Nova Scotia Health - Additional test site capacity! Public Health encourages all Nova Scotians to get tested regularly as one of the ways to live safely with COVID-19 and protect your community. Both the University Club and the Festival Theatre at Acadia are test sites. Both locations prefer you book ahead, although they have been taking the odd walk-in.
Acadia COVID-19 Information - Acadia University took measures to shut down most aspects of campus as part of a province-wide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 until at least May 12. Those who can work from home should.
EVENTS
Acadia Theatre Company Presents - For the perfect lockdown theatre experience - get your tickets for this pre-recorded performance!

The final screenings of the Acadia Theatre Company production of Uncle Vanya are scheduled on May 6 and 7 (at 2 pm ADT) and May 8 and 9 (at 7:30 pm ADT).

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