Campus News | March 31, 2020
Dear Acadia Community,

To say our shared experiences in recent weeks have been unprecedented seems like an understatement. March saw us celebrate with new Canadian citizens and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau one day and then close our campus a few weeks later. We are living through a time that will be recorded in history as a significant global event. Through our efforts, I am confident that we will see this through together.

As a university community, we will continue to face unknowns and uncertainty as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fortunate to have trusted partners in public health, government, and the university sector who are helping us rise to the challenge.

Please know that your well-being is our first priority, and that has required us to enact rapid changes and caused subsequent upheaval. Despite this, you have continually demonstrated focus, dedication, and determination as we forge a new normal-for-now across our operations. For those impacted by the changes, most notably our students, your resilience and willingness to adapt are testaments to your character. I want to thank each and every one of you for everything you have done over the past few weeks to keep Acadia up and running as we make these enormous transitions.

As I write this, our campus is eerily quiet since most of us have moved home to help flatten the curve of this pandemic. However, some of you continue to keep on-campus services running and provide support to our students who remain in residence. Those of us working and studying from home are deeply grateful for your service and dedication.

To our students in residence, and our students who made it home, I am thinking of you and your families and wishing you well. I hope you are successful in completing your studies, even though it will be under very different circumstances than expected. I hope you are well and healthy over the spring and summer as we, hopefully, emerge from current restrictions.

For the Class of 2020, we will ensure that you have opportunities later to celebrate your achievements in person as we welcome you as the newest members of Acadia’s Alumni Association.

In Acadia’s 182-year-history, there have been many challenges, and our university has learned to be resilient. Each time, Acadia has met the challenge, adapted, and created a better future. We will get through this by working together and supporting each other, even though we are apart physically at present.

I hope this newsletter reminds us that we continue to operate and that many good news stories continue to occur. This pandemic will end, and we will come together again as a university community stronger and wiser than before. Until then, thank you for your patience, your strength and your continued hard work. Be well.



Dr. Peter Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor 
Prime Minister surprises new Canadians, including an Acadia alumna
“Acadia is where I started my journey and this is where I get to become a Canadian citizen," says Mrugakshee Palwe (’18) from Pune, India.

She arrived in Canada when she was 18 to study computer science at Acadia University. Today, Palwe is the co-founder of Atlantic Blockchain Company in Halifax.

She was one of 45 new Canadians who were surprised during a special citizenship ceremony at Acadia on March 3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed them in person as new Canadian citizens.

Responding to the pandemic
Wonder what's changed because of COVID-19? Acadia has a dedicated website for students, faculty, and staff about our response to the pandemic and Nova Scotia's state of emergency.

Enhance your cyber-security
While you adjust to working from home, the bad guys are preying on fear and sending out scams related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Technology Services has compiled tips to protect you and your family while working remotely.

Coronavirus requires researchers to get creative
“Here we’ve got an opportunity where we can show in a concrete way that when there’s a real impediment to what we consider normal operations, in fact, we can make this work to do some science."

With research in the Arctic on hold, Dr. Mark Mallory finds optimism.

Master's student advocates for others
"I've had this burning desire to make things easier for others."

Master's student Laura Fisher ('19) and Dr. Lesley Frank coauthored the 2019 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty.

VIDEO: Midwinter Feast

Explore our community celebration of the Midwinter feast, a traditional celebration of t he Mi'kmaq.

VIDEO: Axemen canvas the community

Look behind-the-scenes as the Acadia Football Axemen participated in the 2020 University 'Forget Me Not' Challenge for the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

A Maple League of Universities Mindfulness Online Program
Seven Sacred Teachings | March 31 - April 17
Join in online mindfulness training as a member of the Maple League of Universities.

The workshops is led by Mi’kmaq cultural teacher and Indigenous student advisor, Darlene Peters Copeland, and Politics professor and yoga and Pilates (yogalates) instructor, Dr. Cynthia Alexander.

Acadia Athletics
2020 Fred G. Kelly Awards | March 28 - April 2
Acadia Athletics is celebrating its student-athlete achievements online.

Since Saturday, March 28, team awards are announced daily at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Atlantic Time) until April 1.

Acadia's major award winners will be announced throughout the day on Thursday, April 2 beginning at 11 a.m. (Atlantic Time).

Follow Acadia Athletics' social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for coverage.

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