Campus News | January 19, 2021 | View as Webpage
Watch some of the moments from campus in 2020 - a year like no other - in the video above.
Looking back at 2020, moving forward in 2021
Dear students, faculty, and staff,

As we head into 2021, we can all be proud of getting to this day - starting our winter term! Enjoy the opportunities to grow that are ahead, both the successes and the "failures," because this semester, we are all learning and growing in new ways.

I want to express how extremely proud I am of our community for our accomplishments over the past year. I am looking forward to an exciting new year and what we can achieve when we work together. 2020 is both a year we want to forget and a year we will always remember. I hope you enjoy the video showing some of the highlights of 2020.

I am pleased to report that our student in residence who was diagnosed with COVID-19 is now cleared by Public Health to resume normal activities. Thank you to all our students who are following the public health protocols. We know it can be trying.

The measures are working and serve as a reminder for all of us to continue to wear our face masks, wash our hands, maintain physical distance, and observe public health restrictions for gathering and travel.

We’re counting on you to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 so we can make the most of 2021.

Here's to a new year and a new beginning!


Dr. Peter Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor
Congratulations are in order for many in our community, including:


Student Lauren Muzak Ruff will be the first graduate of the new Master of Science in Environmental Science. She successfully defended her thesis in December.

Dr. Lesley Frank has been awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Food, Health, and Social Justice.

Dr. Tanya Surrette was awarded a Research Nova Scotia grant for new health researchers to study factors supporting counsellor development and career longevity.

President Emeritus Ray Ivany and alumna music champion Barbara Butler ('69, '70) have been awarded Order of Canada membership.

Dr. Jennie Rand is part of a unique wastewater research project with Dalhousie University, the Town of Wolfville, and LuminUltra with Research Nova Scotia support.

Dr. Sandra Barr joined the Discovery Centre Science Hall of Fame.

The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) recently announced financial awards of $5,000 for 15 Acadia students who will be engaging in work-integrated learning experiences in the life sciences.


Dr. John Colton is now serving as Acting Dean of Professional Studies.

Nancy Handrigan will begin serving as Interim Vice-President, Advancement, March 1.
Indigenous Speaker Series Jan. 24
Cultural Space and Racism in Sport
Sunday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. is your last chance to catch the Indigenous Speaker Series live.

Join host Zabrina Whitman, Indigenous Affairs Coordinator, and special guest Waneek Horn-Miller. The former Olympian is a bear clan Mohawk, and mother of three.

Virtual Event Series
Hindsight is 2020 – Lessons from the past year as we look to the future.
Monday, January 25 at 6 p.m. join University Chaplain Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis in conversation with Alumni Executive Director Oonagh Proudfoot. Discover ways to include spirituality in strategies to cope with stress and anxiety plus have meaningful lives during these most unprecedented times.

New strategic plan positions Acadia for the 21st century
Our Strategic Leadership Council is getting to work operationalizing our new strategic plan.

Acadia’s approach to educating the whole person has never been more relevant than it is in today’s rapidly changing society, where an increasingly complex combination of skills, knowledge, and capabilities is required to succeed and thrive.