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Through generous gifts from a wide variety of alumni donors, and in support of the University’s commitment to anti-racism, Acadia is pleased to announce the Edwin Borden Awards.

Named in honour of Edwin Borden, an Acadia alumnus who was one of the first Black individuals in Canada to be granted a Bachelor’s (1892) and Master’s (1896), these awards will recognize community engagement and leadership among Black Acadia students. Borden was from Truro, Nova Scotia, and went on to earn a PhD and enjoy a distinguished career as a church leader and college president in the United States.

The Campaign for Acadia concluded successfully in December 2020, reaching and surpassing its $75-million goal with a final tally of $86.8 million to support students, faculty, staff and campus infrastructure under each of the four Campaign pillars: Transform; Discover; Inspire; and Build.

Archival photo of Lalia Halfkenny, submitted by Jennifer Harris

New Brunswick-born Lalia Halfkenny was the first Black woman to graduate from an institute of higher education in the Maritimes at a time when few Black Canadians had access to any schooling at all.

Halfkenny was the only Black graduate in her class at the Acadia Ladies Seminary in 1889.

Theresa Halfkenny, who believes she is likely a descendant, said stories of accomplishments like Lalia Halfkenny's need to be kept alive.

“The Raven into Dawn” (working title), acrylic on gallery canvas by Lena Gallant

The Acadia University Studio Art Program in conjunction with Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville will be presenting an exhibition entitled “Out of the Pandemic,” which showcases the acrylic paintings on canvas created by students enrolled in the Independent Study Winter Term course. This exhibition has been organized and curated by Judith J. Leidl, Faculty, Acadia University.

Dates for the exhibition are Saturday, March 6th until Saturday, April 26th. Participating students include Lena Gallant, Derek Gaudet, Jinhong Jiang, and Elianna McKinnon.

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