Some things are worth waiting for. At our AGM this September President Toope announced that UBC, in partnership with alumni UBC, is committed to going ahead and building an Alumni Centre on its Vancouver campus (see page 23). This was welcome news to the many alumni volunteers, including former and current board members, who have been personally invested in this project – some of them from its earliest conception many years ago. I am so very grateful to everyone who has been involved.
We couldn’t hope for a better site for our new Alumni Centre. It’s right next to transit stops, across from the bookstore, a stone’s throw from the library and immediately adjacent to the new Student Union Building, currently under construction. Even for frequent visitors to campus, this new SUB, paid for by the students themselves, seems to be materializing at the speed of light. It’s fascinating to watch the design take shape. It even retains the grassy knoll – albeit in a slightly different location from the original. I’m so pleased we’re going to be neighbours, given all the natural connections between students and alumni – especially in the areas of mentorship, employment, and innovative partnerships and learning opportunities.
The Alumni Centre will be a prominent structure forming part of the new University Square. Plans for improving this central area of campus have long been in the works – with the objective of giving it some definition and architectural character, and creating an inviting and vibrant community atmosphere.
The funding for construction will rely on donations from alumni and friends. I encourage you to visit alumnicentre.ubc.ca to learn more and find out how you can be involved in this historic project to build a home for alumni FOR LIFE at UBC!