Mes­sage from alumni UBC

Trek Magazine - - Late Return -

This is­sue of Trek is be­ing re­leased on the 100th an­niver­sary of UBC’s very first class of stu­dents and the of­fi­cial open­ing of the spec­tac­u­lar new Robert H. Lee Alumni Cen­tre! In one short cen­tury UBC has en­tered into the top ech­e­lon of the world’s univer­si­ties, most of which are much older than UBC’s youth­ful 100 years. There have been many great suc­cesses in UBC’s his­tory and, of course, nu­mer­ous chal­lenges as well.

Many of you will know by now that UBC is un­der­go­ing an un­ex­pected lead­er­ship tran­si­tion, as Pro­fes­sor Arvind Gupta re­signed in Au­gust as Pres­i­dent and Vice Chan­cel­lor af­ter 13 months in of­fice. We are grate­ful to Dr. Gupta for his ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice and specif­i­cally his de­sire to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties for greater alumni en­gage­ment and to en­cour­age the univer­sity to be more out­ward fac­ing. UBC is in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate that former Pres­i­dent Martha Piper has agreed to lead UBC through the tran­si­tion pe­riod to the ap­point­ment of a new Pres­i­dent. Dr. Piper’s love of UBC and her un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ence will be in­valu­able dur­ing this pe­riod.

Our alumni share the univer­sity’s goal to be one of the top-ranked univer­si­ties in the world, one that plays a lead­ing and im­pact­ful role in the prov­ince, in Canada and in­ter­na­tion­ally. In view of the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing UBC, this Cen­ten­nial year is a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant junc­ture that re­quires the en­tire univer­sity com­mu­nity to come to­gether to ad­vance UBC. On be­half of alumni, we look for­ward to work­ing with our univer­sity’s ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship, Board of Gov­er­nors, fac­ulty, stu­dents, and staff to build on and en­sure UBC’s con­tin­u­ing suc­cess.

We will work hard to con­tinue the growth in alumni en­gage­ment across both cam­puses, which has more than dou­bled dur­ing the start an

evo­lu­tion cam­paign. We have opened the Robert H. Lee Alumni Cen­tre and cre­ated a much deeper and more en­rich­ing range of ex­pe­ri­ences for our alumni. This progress has oc­curred with the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of Pres­i­dents Piper, Toope and Gupta.

This com­ing year, as the univer­sity marks its Cen­ten­nial, there will be more op­por­tu­ni­ties on both cam­puses for alumni to en­gage with UBC and with one another. Cen­ten­nial ac­tiv­i­ties will cul­mi­nate of­fi­cially with Alumni Week­end on May 28, 2016. As part of the Cen­ten­nial, UBC’s 305,000 alumni are be­ing asked to pin them­selves on the UBC global im­pact map ( ubc100.ca/pin). If you live in the Lower Main­land, or find your­self in Van­cou­ver, make a point of vis­it­ing your new UBC home for life at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Cen­tre. You will be greeted warmly and pro­vided with the help you need to make the most of your visit to the cam­pus.

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