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January 2017

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Alumni President's Message | By sharing your UNB story with future alumni, you can directly impact their decision-making process or help them to discover our university.

Save the date for the 2017 Proudly UNB Awards to be held Thursday, March 23, in Saint John. This year, 43 nominations were received for truly incredible individuals and groups. Read more

Generating power the ‘smart’ way

Inspire | The growing demand for electric energy and the need for reliable, secure and sustainable power sources are driving the transformation of power utilities worldwide.

Liuchen Chang, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, has developed ‘smarter’ ways for energy to flow from small sources on the energy grid, rather than just having the grid deliver electricity from big plants. Read more

Collaboration for change

University Highlights | Family violence accounts for more than a quarter of all police-reported violent crime in Canada. To address this issue, Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch (BA’85, MA’95) and UNB’s Carmen Gill, in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, developed a national framework to raise awareness and create a shared understanding and common terminology for police agencies and community stakeholders across the country. Read more

Windows into history

University Highlights | Built in 1924 on the UNB Fredericton campus, Memorial Hall commemorates the 35 students and alumni who lost their lives serving in the First World War. Within the building are the seven breathtaking stained-glass windows featured in the Gothic Revival auditorium, each preserving a unique memory.

“There’s so much history in each of the windows,” says Marie Maltais, director of UNB's Art Centre, located in Memorial Hall. Read more

UNB wins big at IBM awards

University Highlights | Last fall, UNB doctoral students, alumni, faculty and staff received top awards at IBM’s annual CASCON – an international conference on computer science and software engineering.

More than 1,000 developers and researchers shared their work and collaborated with one another to identify industry trends. Competing against universities across the country, UNB was the only one to win awards in three separate categories.  Read more

UNB Saint John to get a multi-research greenhouse

University Highlights | Construction of the new multi-research greenhouse, which will replace the current aging facility, is planned for the summer/fall of 2017. The facility will allow for research to be conducted in aquaculture, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and will improve the environmental footprint of the Saint John campus by reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

Standing on her own

Alumni | Grace Annear (MA’17) shares her journey from elite athlete, to retirement, to elite athlete once again, and all of the bumps and revelations along the way.

“I went from a place of doubt to a place of shining belief. And I have become a woman with a vast community that taught me to stand on my own and to trust the voice inside of me.” Read more

Steve Vaughan inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Alumni | With his unique knowledge of both geology and law Steve Vaughan (BSc’59, BCL’65, LLD’14) is one of Canada’s leading experts in mining law. This month, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. The organization was created to honour Canadians who have made a significant contribution to the Canadian mining industry. Read more

Remembering Don Nelson

Alumni | Remembered for seeing the best in people, honorary alumnus and long-time UNB football and basketball coach Don Nelson passed away on Nov. 20, leaving behind a legacy of respect, dedication and mentorship. “Don taught more than basketball,” says Phil Wright who coached alongside Nelson. “He taught life values to the athletes, the students in the faculty of kinesiology, and to his fellow coaches.” Read more

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RBC supports entrepreneurship, innovation

Impact | On Oct. 13, RBC announced a leadership gift of $1 million to support entrepreneurship education through UNB’s Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME) program. The gift is part of UNB's It Begins Here campaign.

The RBC Innovative Action Fund will support a variety of experiential activities associated with the TME program, creating new opportunities for students as well as members of the community. Read more