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Last September, several thousand members of the UBC community came together at events on both campuses to launch UBC’s Centennial and at the same time to mark the 10th Anniversary of UBC Okanagan. Throughout the Centennial year, the community has marked these historic milestones through collaborative projects that demonstrate our collective pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and research. We have remembered and included our Aboriginal history and our future together, recognized our government and private partnerships, and completed our landmark start an evolution fundraising and alumni engagement campaign.
Centennial events will continue until early June, but before the academic year draws to a close, I invite you to join us at end-of-term celebrations at both campuses. All are welcome.
The program at our Vancouver campus will begin at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 6, at Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square (outside UBC Bookstore) with the dedication of the Musqueam sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən (double-headed serpent post). This impressive, 34-foot tall post carved by Musqueam artist, Brent Sparrow Jr., will serve as a permanent welcome to all the visitors to these grounds and as a reminder of our relationship with the Musqueam people who were here long before UBC’s history began.
Following the dedication ceremony will be a lunch-hour festival at University Commons (outside the Nest) when we’ll celebrate the achievements of our splendid Thunderbirds, and the Alma Mater Society will seal a time capsule to be opened in 2065. The complete program of events for April 6th is available at www.ubc100.ca/v-celebration.
At the Okanagan campus, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard and the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan will host a festival from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Central Courtyard on Thursday, March 31, in celebration of UBC as a whole and our Okanagan campus in particular. Further details can be found at www.ubc100.ca/o-celebration.
I hope you will join us at these Centennial events to reflect on our historic year and to look beyond the present to another century of growth and transformation. What we learn, discover, and contribute to society over the next 100 years will depend on the strength of our connections to each other and to all our communities, local and global.
Dr. Martha C. Piper
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor