UNBC Prepares for the Big Party
Prince George, B.C. – This Saturday, UNBC will be officially celebrating it’s 25th anniversary. This significant milestone will be marked with a special event at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre.Dr. Tracy Summerville is the Chair of the25th Anniversary Steering Committee and says it is amazing to see how UNBC has been embraced by the community “I think the thing about an academic institution is that it kind of has to make its way into the community and the relationships that have to develop” she adds that part of the celebration is to recognize that 25 year relationship with the community “and to share with people what we do.”
The theme of Saturday’s event is “The Founding and the Future ” and Dr. Summerville says while UNBC has had an impact on Prince George, “it only happened because the community decided it wanted that. It’s not just the University putting itself into the community but the community accepting us in that way and all the incredible partnerships that have developed along the way.”
The community pressed long and hard to have a free standing institution, and 16 thousand people signed a petition to back up their call. Dr. Summerville says there will be something special to offer recognition to that effort but no hints on how that recognition will be delivered “I think if I hint I’m going to be in big trouble” says Dr. Summerville. “It’s going to be very touching, I think people are going to be really, really surprised.”
The Celebration starts at 2:30 at the Sports Centre, and will include UNBC President Daniel Weeks outlining his vision for the future of the University. Other speakers include alumni from the past and present talking about their experiences.
“We’re going to recognize the past 25 years, but really, we are at an incredible crossroads, 25 years is a moment, we do have a new president, and I think that what we’re going to hear is not just where we’ve been, but where we’re going, and I also think we’re going to demonstrate some of the uniqueness of UNBC some of those institutional things that have become part of us. We’re also going to give a sense of where people are in the world who are alumni.”
So while the event will look at past present and future, Dr. Summerville says there will also be a thank you, “An incredible thank you. Because obviously none of us would be here without the community, and I don’t mean just Prince George, I mean regional community, people who committed to the idea.”
The celebration starts at 2:30 and will wrap up around 4 with cake.