From the President's Desk


Before we prepare to take our Thanksgiving break, I want to share our plans for Winter 2021, so you can make the necessary arrangements and plan for your winter term.  

At the University Senate's meeting on October 7, it was agreed that Acadia would continue with a mixed-delivery formats for the winter term (January to April 2021) and that the start of classes in January will be delayed to allow for a period for students who will be joining or returning to Acadia to quarantine as necessary.

RA's and Dr. Peter Ricketts pose in front Chipman House during Move-In Weekend 2020

Thanksgiving weekend is here. Many of us traditionally travel to visit with family and friends to enjoy our favourite holiday foods and reflect on what makes us grateful. While our Thanksgiving experiences will likely be very different this year, I hope you take the opportunity to celebrate what matters to you.

Dear Acadia Community,We are all Treaty People. But what does that mean, and why should it matter to you?

Recently I sat down with Zabrina Whitman, our Indigenous Affairs Coordinator at Acadia, to talk about the meaning of Treaty Day; the history of Mi'kma'ki where we live, work, study, and play; and our hopes for the future. I really enjoyed our conversation and learned a lot; I hope you will too.

Welcome to a new academic year at Acadia University! Although there is hardly a more beautiful campus than ours in the fall, some things will look and feel different as we implement public health guidelines to keep us safe.

This year more than ever, we are called upon to care for one other.

Dr. Peter Ricketts and Safety and Security's Greg Deveau walk around campus to inspect COVID-19 preparations

Earlier today, I was pleased to hear Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health report that he feels the re-opening of university and college campuses across the province is going well.