Celebrating our Success

FutureReadyNB Gala

The 2019 FutureReadyNB (FRNB) gala was held on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Several members of the UNB community were recognized for their participation in and promotion of experiential education opportunities in New Brunswick. I would like to congratulate UNB students and winners Kathleen MacNeil and Jessica Cook, who won the FRNB student excellence awards for their experiences during their clinical placement at the Portage Atlantic youth drug addiction rehabilitation facility. I’d also like to congratulate UNB student Tiffani Fazio, who was awarded the FutureReadyWabanaki excellence award for her work with the Nisuhsane project. This project partners Indigenous students in UNB’s Bridging Year program with upper-level students to help increase their sense of belonging at the university through culturally relevant and supportive mentorship.

The faculty award went to Dr. Martin Wielemaker, associate dean (strategic initiatives) and associate professor at UNB Fredericton’s faculty of management, for his leadership in the faculty’s move to provide an experiential curriculum throughout the program. Congratulations to Dr. Wielemaker and the faculty of management for their leadership and commitment to experiential education at UNB.

Professional of the Year Award

On Oct. 21, 2019, Julia McDevitt, senior director at UNB conference services, received the professional of the year award at the 2019 Unique Venues Annual Member Conference (UVAMC) in Dallas, Texas. Unique Venues is a member-driven marketing group for university and college conference service operations in Canada and the United States. This organization began approximately 35 years ago and is now a staple in the conference and event industry. McDevitt was up against some tough competition for this award, with colleagues from venues across North America. She will also be featured on the upcoming issue of Unique Venues magazine. Congratulations to Ms. McDevitt for this amazing achievement!  

Faculty of Management CPHR accreditation

UNB’s faculty of management reached an agreement with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) New Brunswick on Nov. 1, 2019, to provide accreditation of its bachelor of business administration with a major in human resources management and in the certificate in applied human resources management programs on the Fredericton campus.

The accreditation means that graduates of UNB Fredericton’s BBA program, with a major in human resources, and graduates of the certificate in applied human resources management will be conditionally eligible to waive writing the National Knowledge Exam.

Kinesiology Building sculpture unveiled

The UNB Art for New Spaces Committee commissioned a sculpture by Peter Powning for the Kinesiology Building.

The sculpture, Trace, stands 24 feet tall and spans the first two levels of the Kinesiology Building with various aspects of the sculpture being visible from all three levels. It was unveiled November 22.

Taking inspiration from kinesiology and motion tracking systems, Mr. Powning used silicon bronze, 316 stainless steel, aluminum and slumped glass to reflect or refract light to animate the space.

BIPOC Welcome Back Barbecue

On Sept. 24, 2019, members of the President’s Bi-Campus Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Human Rights hosted a welcome back barbecue for Black, Indigenous, and People Of Colour (BIPOC) communities at UNB. This was the first event in a series planned by the committee to engage and support BIPOC students, faculty, and staff. More activities are being planned for Black History Month in February.