UBC start an evolution Campaign Update

Campaign Update

Summer 2015


UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta It is my great pleasure to be writing to you again as I complete my first year as president of this wonderful university.

I am particularly pleased to be addressing our alumni and donors who have supported our start an evolution alumni engagement and fundraising campaign. Embracing everything from life-changing research, to student scholarships, to pioneering infrastructure projects, this campaign is truly revolutionary and is unparalleled in Canada.

The campaign ends officially on September 30, 2015 which coincides with the date of the launch of the university’s Centennial year – exactly 100 years after the University of British Columbia held its first day of classes in 1915.

We have come a long way, but if there is one thing that stands out in my first year, it is that UBC is much more than an institution or even a university – it is a community of communities. Our Centennial will be first and foremost a celebration of these communities. You can get a taste of what’s coming up at ubc100.ca.

Together, our 300,000 alumni, supporters, students, teachers, researchers, staff and neighbours on two campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan have demonstrated that our collective pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching and in research is making a lasting difference in our world.

The entire UBC community appreciates your part in our landmark start an evolution campaign. The campaign closes in a few short months but already its impact has been truly transformational thanks to you.

Professor Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor

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Peter Allard with Arvind Gupta UBC law alumnus Peter A. Allard, Q.C., donated $30 million to UBC’s Faculty of Law, the largest gift ever to a Canadian law school and the largest individual donation to the start an evolution campaign. In recognition of his gift the university has named the law school the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Allard’s historic donation will establish permanent endowments to support faculty recruitment and retention, entrance awards and programs, and clinical opportunities for students to learn practical skills. The gift will also enable the Allard School of Law to promote human rights and anti-corruption efforts around the world through the Allard Prize for International Integrity. The 2015 Allard Prize award ceremony takes place on October 1 as the inaugural academic event of UBC’s Centennial.

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your evolution WINNER 2015

your evolution winner 2015 The winner of alumni UBC’s 2015 your evolution program is "Help! Teeth Hurt!". The project was founded by lawyer and UBC alumna Joan Rush (B.Com.'81, LL.B.'82, LL.M.'06) after 10 years of trying to secure much needed dental care for her autistic adult son, Graeme. Rush’s goal is to create a specialized dental clinic for adults with developmental disabilities at the UBC Hospital while training students of dentistry, medicine, and social work. Help! Teeth Hurt! will receive a “social entrepreneur support kit” including a mentoring session with UBC President, Professor Arvind Gupta.

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Finch family supports UBC Okanagan student awards An Okanagan family is giving back to their community with a generous donation to UBC. Ken and Jean Finch’s significant contribution to UBC Okanagan campus has established the Finch Family Undergraduate Award and the Finch Family Graduate Award. These awards will recognize students who have demonstrated both academic success and qualities of well-rounded citizens by actively contributing to the quality of life in the region through community involvement, contributions to innovation and economic development.

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Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health UBC’s Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health has received two $1-million donations – one from start an evolution Campaign Co-Chair and UBC Chancellor Lindsay Gordon and his wife Elizabeth, and the other from Rudy, Patricia, Caroline and Rory North – to grow the number of aboriginal doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health professionals. While sharing a goal of increased enrollment and retention of aboriginal students, the donors have targeted distinct needs, from financial aid for aboriginal health science students to supporting mentorship and new science programs for aboriginal high school students.

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