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Fall 2022

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New program in criminology and criminal justice

This past fall, the faculty of arts on the Fredericton campus launched a new program in criminology and criminal justice. This holistic program includes an examination of the causes and consequences of criminal activities and criminalization processes, and the study of responses, focusing on the comprehension of the law and the operation of the Canadian criminal justice system. Read more

UNB expands nursing offerings on Fredericton campus

The faculty of nursing in Fredericton has introduced a mental health specialization and doubled the capacity of its nurse practitioner program. UNB is developing a curriculum of specialized theory and clinical courses that will allow 21 students to specialize in mental health each year, preparing them with the expertise and training to respond to mental health issues. The specialization was added for September 2022. The master of nursing – nurse practitioner program will expand from 10 to 20 seats in September 2023. Read more

A decade of PDC

The Pond-Deshpande Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary in May. The PDC, founded at UNB by entrepreneurs Gerry Pond (BA’66, DLitt’04), and Gururaj (MScEE’75, DSc’01) and Jaishree Deshpande (DSc’22), was aimed at leveraging entrepreneurship to find solutions for complex socio-economic issues. Over the years, the PDC team has inspired the next generation of young changemakers, invested more than $1 million in early-stage startups and launched the first Public Social Innovation Lab in Atlantic Canada. These initiatives helped launch companies like Resson Aerospace, Symptek Solutions, Hot Spot Parking and SomaDetect. Read more

New bachelor of health sciences post-diploma entry for respiratory therapists

UNB Saint John and New Brunswick Community College are offering a bachelor of health sciences post-diploma entry for respiratory therapists. The entry was developed to meet the needs of professionals who already hold a credential in respiratory therapy and wish to obtain a bachelor of health science degree. The degree is designed for part-time study to allow RT professionals to continue working in their field. Read more

New Indigenous health and social facility

The new Awitgati Longhouse and Culture Centre will be a net-zero carbon facility and serve as a gathering place to celebrate and support Indigenous people and culture. It will provide programs and services for all community members in four priority areas: health and wellness; education, skills and training; arts and culture; and gathering and community building. The spaces will be inclusive, affordable and accessible. The facility will replace Under One Sky’s existing building on Fredericton’s north side.

Dr. Jason Hickey, UNB’s Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Indigenous research chair in nursing, has supported the project. He co-led the feasibility study and funding application for the building. He will now serve on the advisory committee as the project moves forward.

Through collaboration with Under One Sky, UNB students and researchers have been able to learn, develop allyship and understanding, and provide academic support to community members. Read more

UNB first in Atlantic Canada to offer gender and sexuality in literature PhD

Drawing on its 40-year history of research excellence in gender and sexuality studies, UNB will launch a master’s and a PhD program in the specialization of gender and sexuality in literature (GSL). Students in the GSL stream will approach gender and sexuality studies through the lens of literature. They will develop a strong foundation in theoretical approaches and undertake research for a thesis on a topic of their choosing. All students who study in this specialization will take the newly developed course, Theories of Gender and Sexuality in Literature: GSL Core Course. PhD students will also complete comprehensive examinations on gender and sexuality theory or women’s and queer literature. GSL programming will begin in the fall of 2023 at UNB Fredericton. Read more

Nursing leadership program

Launched fall academic year, UNB’s Saint John campus now offers a certificate program in nursing leadership and management. This post-bachelor’s certificate is an online term-based program designed to meet the needs of health-care professionals starting their career in, or aspiring towards, leadership positions in health care. Students in this program will have access to a team of highly skilled and educated management professionals from the faculty of business and the department of nursing and health sciences. Read more

Experiential learning opportunity

A three-way partnership between UNB, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), and the Marshall Skills Academy will develop innovative new ways to provide students with experiential learning opportunities in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

The partnership will address skills shortages for the underemployed, newcomers, and military personnel transitioning to civilian life with a focus on talent retention. The partners will work with regional engineering and manufacturing organizations to stimulate economic growth through a delivery model of education that will assist in both attracting and retaining the highest quality engineers in the region. Read more

New legal clinic aims to improve access to justice through experiential education

The fall of 2022 was historic for UNB Law and the Province of New Brunswick. In late September, the law school welcomed the first clients to the UNB Legal Clinic — the province’s first full-time poverty law clinic offering legal representation to operate in over 30 years. The clinic provides free legal services to individuals who cannot afford a lawyer and who do not qualify for legal aid. Students, under the direct supervision of a full-time staff lawyer, will work on client files relating to housing and tenant matters, social benefits, employment law, and small claims. Read more

Fellow in digital education

The McKenna Institute launched the McKenna fellow program last March with the appointment of the inaugural McKenna fellow in digital education, Matt McGuire (BEd’07, MEd’14). Located in UNB Fredericton’s faculty of education, the fellow will work with the McKenna Institute, the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and other education stakeholders to develop and implement a new K-12 digital literacy program across all New Brunswick schools. Read more

Peer support pilot program

UNB, along with the University of Prince Edward Island, Trent University, Medicine Hat College and the University of British Columbia, is part of a $2-million, three-year campus peer support pilot project led by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The project’s aim is to provide post-secondary students with the tools they need to support each other’s well-being. To achieve this, CMHA will work closely with the institutions to train and empower students who have lived and living experiences of mental health or substance use to support fellow students facing similar issues.

The innovative pilot project will provide in-person and virtual training, as well as certification to 100 student peer supporters across the five sites. Peer supporters will work in tandem with counselling and professional services on campus and help connect students to supports available in the wider community and via their local CMHA. The training materials will be created with students, and peer trainers will be taught to deliver the curriculum so that the project can continue beyond the pilot phase. Read more

Sir Howard Douglas Scholars

Last May, 16 students were inducted into the Sir Howard Douglas Scholars Society for their exceptional involvement in UNB and their local and international community. Nominated by their faculties, the scholars must have completed at least two years of their bachelor’s degree program, achieved academic excellence and actively participated in co-curricular or extracurricular activities. Members of the Sir Howard Douglas Society become part of a network of outstanding students.

Congratulations Alexandre Banks, Michael Boyle, Maegan Burtt, Maddie Carr, Niko Coady, Vanessa Dairo-Singerr, Marlowe Evans, Jun Guo, Katie Herrington, Nihla Hussain, Charlotte Knappe, Alexis Matchett, Sofia Mehlitz, Ashlee Morrell, Book Sadprasid, Emily Thomson. Read more

Student creates clothing line to celebrate Saint John’s Indigenous roots

Hayden Hovey is bringing Indigenous visibility to the Saint John campus through a clothing line he designed called Menahqesk. Hayden is in his fourth year of sociology with a concentration in criminal justice and is the first Indigenous representative on the UNB Saint John Students’ Representative Council. He hopes the Menahqesk clothing line will pique curiosity to start a conversation and help educate the UNB community on Indigenous land history.

Hayden worked with UNB Saint John’s Indigenous adviser, Todd Ross, to create a way to connect the UNB community and celebrate the region’s Wolastoqey roots and Maliseet, Mi’kmaw and Peskotomuhkati Peoples. Social Science in Practicum is a course offered at UNB’s Saint John campus. It pairs students with a mentor or an organization that best fits their goals and related disciplines to provide experiential learning opportunities. Read more

Digital education in New Brunswick’s schools

UNB’s McKenna Institute, in partnership with New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, will help teachers integrate technology in the classroom and enhance their students’ learning experience. The partnership with the department’s anglophone sector has already begun, with 50 teachers receiving training through the Digital Learning Network.

Other initiatives include:

  • a program to enable middle school girls to learn the fundamentals of programming (coding) and explore related career opportunities;
  • the launch of the Centre of Excellence in Digital Innovation to connect students with experiential learning opportunities in information technology and cybersecurity;
  • the development of digital literacy standards and the creation of a web portal for teachers to access digital literacy resources, including learning activities they can implement in the classroom;
  • summer learning opportunities for teachers to help them develop digital skills;
  • and virtual and in-person workshops for families, where they can engage in digital literacy activities and explore career pathways.

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UNB opens $1 million Shankar Computer Science Laboratory

The 1,900 square foot state-of-the art laboratory was created through the generous support of alumnus Subramonian Shankar. It includes 74 workstation class machines and, in an historic first for UNB, an additional 70 machines with infrastructure allowing access to the computer science laboratory’s resources globally. This enables the lab to be used during off hours when students can access the computers from the convenience of their homes.

The grand opening of the laboratory was held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 following the induction of Subramonian Shankar into UNB’s Engineering Wall of Fame. Dean of engineering Dr. Chris Diduch presented Mr. Shankar with the faculty of engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Read more

Coding boot camp

UNB’s College of Extended Learning, the McKenna Institute and TechImpact have launched an online coding boot camp designed to help prepare learners for the surging number of available positions in the IT sector and workforce. Read more