May 25, 2011

Sailing from campus to campus at the University of New Brunswick




As soon as I arrived at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus I was on the move. The historic and beautiful campus was packed with students preparing for Encaenia (UNB’s way of saying graduation ceremonies!). I had to make sure I was ready to graduate right along with them so I headed to the Registrar’s Office to enroll in some classes. I received my student card and headed over to Dineen Hall to begin my studies.

I was the first one there all ready learn! After a long day of studying, I was ready to graduate from my accelerated Ursidae degree program with all my new friends.

We were so excited on our walk down the hill to the brand new Richard J. CURRIE CENTER for graduation I almost couldn’t bear it! We talked about all the ways we are going to change the world and about how graduating from UNB will change our lives! I participated in a wonderful ceremony where I received my diploma and my exclusive UNB graduate commemorative coin.

2.	View the rest of the photos from Ursula's visit to St. FX here

Then I said so long to the capital city and sailed down river to visit the Saint John campus.

And what a trip it was!

After a fantastic day at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus – including graduating from a special Ursadie degree program on Thursday – I looked forward to a relaxing boat ride down the historic St. John river to visit UNB’s Saint John campus.

2.	View the rest of the photos from Ursula's visit to St. FX here

Arriving on Friday, I had a chance to take a relaxing run around the newly renovated Canada Games Stadium. After my run, I had a check up with some of the friendly medical students who are part of a growing health care program offering on campus that includes nursing, radiography, respiratory therapy and nuclear medicine.

Following my check up, I had a chance to tour the soon-to-be-opened University Commons, which will house a library, classroom space and other amenities.

2.	View the rest of the photos from Ursula's visit to St. FX here

In what was an amusing mix-up, I had mistaken a tour of the state-of-the-art marine biology labs in the Canadian Rivers Institute for a lunch break. After my gracious hosts explained the fish – including the particularly-scrumptous looking sturgeon – were there to help with world-class research, we continued on to our tour, including a stop at UNB Saint John’s Baird Dining Hall, where i had a chance to sample the local fare. (But between you and me, the sturgeon looked really, really good. Perhaps I’ll have to visit this campus again…).

After my tour I had a chance to watch nearly 400 graduates receive UNB degrees (this was a particularly proud moment now that I’m an alumna of UNB (2011).

2.	View the rest of the photos from Ursula's visit to St. FX here

UNB Saint John capped off an amazing time in Atlantic Canada. As a native martimer (my latin name is ursus maritimus after all) I felt right at home. My hosts at UNB Saint John were fantastic), though seriously, would anyone have missed just one sturgeon? C’mon…

Take a look at the full gallery of photos from my adventures at UNB’s Fredericton and Saint John campuses!

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