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Fall 2022

Letters from the Presidents

UNB Associated Alumni President Jill Jeffrey


With a new academic year well underway, UNB’s campuses are vibrant with students and excitement.

On Sept. 22, we celebrated Red + Black Day at UNB. The Alumni Office hosted an ice cream social on our campuses, and it was wonderful to not only see the sea of red and black colours sported by our students, faculty and staff, but also worn by our alumni around the world in their workplaces, at home and on social media.

Thank you to our alumni family for taking part in this special celebration of you, our UNB community, and for showcasing your UNB pride.

This year has also brought an exciting return to in-person graduation ceremonies for members of our spring and fall classes. We welcomed a full cohort of 2022 graduates into the alumni family and celebrated their remarkable achievements. The fall ceremonies  took place Oct. 13 on our Fredericton campus and on Oct. 14 in Saint John. Having the honour to attend our Encaenia and Convocation ceremonies as president of the Associated Alumni has been a true highlight for me.

There is much to look forward to over the coming academic year, and I’m so enjoying connecting with you, our alumni, through the return of our many chapter events, alumni celebrations and UNB Talks Online webinars. I encourage you to keep an eye on your email inbox to see how you can get involved or stay in touch. We have a lot to be proud of over the last year and many ambitious goals for the future. Our 2021-22 Associated Alumni annual report is available for you to view online.

 “UNB is wherever our people are making a difference.”

Plans continue for the renovation of our Alumni Lounge and the President’s Tartan Room in the Alumni Memorial Building on our Fredericton campus. We can’t wait to show you the refreshed space and hope to have some of you experience it in person next June 1 to 4 during our 2023 Reunion Weekend. Mark your calendars!

Along with the many exciting plans for the academic year, it is also a season of great change for the Associated Alumni. In December, we said goodbye to Assistant Director Mary Duffley, as she began her next exciting chapter – retirement.

Mary has had a truly profound impact on the Saint John campus and our alumni over the last 25 years, as she’s successfully worked to build not only an Alumni Office, but a deeply connected, engaged and proud alumni network. Many of you have had the pleasure of knowing Mary, have attended her many celebrations over the years, and have witnessed her unwavering commitment to the alumni family and to the students of UNB. We are overwhelmingly appreciative of Mary, and the significant role she’s played in the Alumni Office for so many years. She will be deeply missed, and we wish her all the best in retirement.

Jill Jeffrey (BPE’82, BEd’83)
UNB Associated Alumni President