Student Campus Newsletter | October 9, 2020 | View as Webpage
Student Campus Newsletter - Happy Thanksgiving
Thankful For You
Thanksgiving weekend is here. Many of us traditionally travel to visit with family and friends to enjoy our favourite holiday foods and reflect on what makes us grateful. While our Thanksgiving experiences will likely be very different this year, I hope you take the opportunity to celebrate what matters to you.

When I reflect on this holiday, I am grateful for you, this beautiful campus, and our educational mission. It is easy to think that we have little to be thankful for in 2020. Yet there are many important things for which we can be truly thankful – our families, friends and peers who have helped and supported us through these difficult months of the pandemic. And, of course, the public health leaders and frontline workers who have made it possible for us to live in what is currently one of the safest places in North America, if not the world.

As we continue to move through this term, your feedback is extremely important to us. It is our commitment to continue to create a university experience like no other. Please expect to receive a survey in the coming weeks inviting you to share your feedback and comments on your experience to date.

Lastly, please remember to care for yourself and others. Take breaks, reach out for help, connect with friends, continue healthy habits, share your smile, and express your appreciation to those who have helped you. It's often the smallest thing that can make the biggest difference.

Stay well and enjoy your Thanksgiving break!
Dr. Peter Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor 
Hosting the Ultimate Friendsgiving
Create a new tradition by staying inside the Atlantic Bubble and inviting a small group of friends to join you and celebrate! We understand that traditions are important for our mental well-being, but right now traditions have to look different. This doesn’t mean you can’t still have a good time. We just ask that you adjust your Thanksgiving to be as COVID-safe as possible. Check out the tips below!
A reminder that self-isolation and social distancing rules are still in place. Anyone who travels outside of the Atlantic bubble is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. Click here for more information.

Want to host, but don't know where to start? We’re so fortunate to be surrounded by bountiful farms. Build your thanksgiving meal with the inspiration of local and fresh ingredients. Grab your shopping bags and check out the below destinations.
Events & Activities
Fall Festivities

Introduce new traditions and activities to your Friendsgiving celebration. From apple picking to pumpkin carving contests to a frightful experience, get into the Fall and Halloween spirit with one or all of these weekend activities.
Acadia Athletics Alternate Sport Model - Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday - Bootcamp
Kickoff Thanksgiving weekend with a workout! Come to the Gymnasium at 8:00 p.m. to try a new BOOTCAMP run by EVOLVE FITNESS.

Evolve Fitness is based out of Halifax and turned to running online bootcamps when the pandemic first closed their in-person facility. Exclusive for Acadia students, join us for an intensive, fun workout with Evolve's virtual instructors. The one-hour pre-recorded classes will be setup with a screen and sound system. No equipment or weights are needed, and the BOOTCAMP is designed for all skill levels. Participants are welcome to bring their own yoga mat for comfort, or resistance bands. Please wear clean, indoor sneakers and your own water bottle (pre-filled).
Saturday - Dodgeball!

Staying in Wolfville this Thanksgiving? Get ready to Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge in the Gymnasium Saturday at 7:00 p.m.! Register individually, and if you're interested in making your own team, the registration form has the option to request others to be on your team of 5. Participants must pre-register through Acadia's Intramural page under One Night Events.
Stay Informed
Winter 2021 Term

Acadia University will stay the course and welcome students back to campus for a COVID-19-ready Winter 2021 term with a hybrid approach to teaching and learning. Academic classes will begin on January 18, 2021.

Residences will open January 3 for a staggered move-in to allow 14 days for mandatory quarantine (starting immediately upon arrival in Canada for international students) and online orientation programming for new and returning students. Students who are not required to quarantine are asked to return to residence on January 17. Click the button below to view all of the Winter 2021 key dates.
COVID-19 Updates
Keep up-to-date on COVID-19 impacts on Acadia, precautions being taken, prevention measures as well as self-isolation and testing requirements, please visit our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page.