Campus News | July 27, 2020 | View as Webpage
In Pulveres Vinces

Dear Acadia community,

Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected liberal arts universities in Canada. It is also an integral part of the quintessential college town of Wolfville.

As we work toward Fall 2020, know that each of us will play a part in the next chapter of Acadia's history as we re-open our campus during a global pandemic. It is the first time we will be offering a hybrid model of course delivery, and the first time we will have a mandatory accessory - masks.

Many of you have researched, collaborated, and made exceptional efforts to help Acadia become COVID-19-ready. It is an extraordinary time in higher education, and I am proud of you and the inventive approach we are taking to allow our courses to be accessible. The collaboration and support we have with our community partners, government, and public health authorities speak volumes about Acadia and its place in our community and our province.

I cannot thank each of you enough for answering our surveys, patiently waiting for answers, taking on personal sacrifices to help mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19, and for being determined to keep Acadia on-track. 

Our founding motto - in pulveres vinces - which in literal terms suggests "in dust you will conquer," conjures for us a more contemporary understanding that though our hard work, we will succeed. Because of you - your efforts, cooperation, and resilience - we will be ready for Fall 2020. We can do this. Thank you.



Dr. Peter Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor
A mask policy for the community
As an added precaution in response to COVID-19, Acadia has introduced a new mask policy. It requires anyone entering publicly accessible buildings on campus to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Exceptions will be made for those individuals for whom wearing a face-covering poses health concerns or physical challenges.

Alumni Association increases COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to $100,000
The Acadia Alumni Association has doubled its commitment to COVID-19 relief at Acadia to $100,000 by adding another $40,000 to the Student Relief Fund and earmarking $10,000 for immediate aid for international students.

Alumni Association President Donalda MacBeath (’75) says, “we understand the impact the pandemic has had on Acadia’s students and want to make sure that resources are in place to support their return to school this fall and share in the many academic and social experiences that characterize Acadia."

New course format delivery
Learning and teaching at Acadia University will see significant changes in Fall 2020 to accommodate various scenarios due to COVID-19.

Students recently received an update outlining the various course formats and new protocols.

Federal government eases rules for international students studying online
Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced additional measures, including faster and easier study permit processing, to make it easier for international students to study online with a Canadian post-secondary institution this fall from abroad.

Allen Eaves ('62) with sculptor Ruth Abernathy during the 2019 installation of the Abraham Gesner bronze monument on Middle Dyke Road, Kings County.
Charles Huggins to be memorialized in bronze
“I think scientists need to be recognized better than they are now,” Allen Eaves says. “They contribute hugely, and Charles Huggins was a pioneer in understanding how hormones are involved in cancer. And he was local, so we should celebrate him.”

Eaves (’62) is funding the creation of a larger-than-life bronze portrait of Charles Huggins, who graduated from Acadia in 1920. The sculpted portrait is expected to be installed outside the entrance to Acadia’s Huggins Science Hall this October.

Resources, resources, resources!
If you ever wanted to learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion and how to challenge the status quo, now is the time! Polly Leonard, Acadia's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer has gathered a host of information for us.

In case you missed it, be sure to watch the Acadia 101 Webinar Series that has been taking place over the past several weeks.

Each session includes a Q&A featuring students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

‪Camps are back!‬
There's still time to register your child for a safe camp experience.
Roundtable for Wolfville residents
Acadia and Wolfville are working together to re-open our campus and community safely in Fall 2020.

Join President Peter Ricketts and Mayor Jeff Cantwell on Tuesday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. for a roundtable discussion for residents.

The Zoom meeting will be live on the Town of Wolfville's Facebook page. Email to get the link to ask a question during the online meeting.
CTV News - Even with students, it will look different. Fall 2020 - Dr. Peter Ricketts

Global News TV - Wolfville and Acadia prepare for a unique school year - James Sanford

The Conversation - Acid rain and mercury legacy decreases the number of loon chicks in Ontario lakes - Dr. Kristin Bianchini

Herald - Agricultural tour shows ASU president that summer farm jobs are for students - Brendan MacNeil

Herald - Researcher: Temperature, emotions affect food temperature - Dr. Matthew McSweeney

Nunatsiaq News  - Ocean plastics continue to impact some Arctic seabirds more than others: study - Julia Baak