Start an Evolution. It’s the theme of UBC’s ambitious, multi-year campaign, launched at the end of September 2011. The University has set twin goals of raising $1.5 billion and doubling the number of alumni engaged at UBC annually, making it the largest fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian history.
So where does our Faculty fit in?
Well, as part of the campaign, we are dedicated to creating an internationally significant facility that will support the focus on sustainability at the UBC Farm. Last year, we created an exciting new plan to protect and preserve UBC Farm, one of the University’s most important educational resources. Cultivating Place will ensure that our land-based assets have the academic, social and cultural integration necessary to become a world-class academic resource and a central part of UBC’s sustainability aspirations. To learn more, please visit www.landfood.ubc.ca/cultivatingplace/
Start an Evolution is not just about raising dollars; it’s also about engaging alumni and creating opportunities for alumni and the larger community to get more involved with UBC. Whether it’s volunteering at the Farm’s Market Garden, touring the Dairy Education and Research Centre or attending one of our lectures or seminars, the investment of our alumni’s time is greatly appreciated.
UBC generates ideas that start evolutions. Ideas that change the way people think and the way the world works. We see this change itself as an evolution, one that improves upon what has come before and inspires the generations that follow.
Our Faculty is at the forefront of social and environmental change. We are educating the next generation of leaders and conducting ground breaking research that will ultimately change lives. With your help, we can make a visible impact on the world. Whether you’re interested in the Animal Welfare Program, Food, Nutrition and Health, Applied Biology, the Wine Research Centre, Global Resource Systems, the Dairy Education and Research Centre or any of our other areas of study, your support and involvement will make a difference.
We look forward to hearing about your personal evolution from your time as a student, staff, faculty or community partner. We invite you to get involved and combine your energy with ours. Together with UBC, you can help create solutions for issues you care about. This is your opportunity to make a contribution with long lasting effects. This is your chance to help start an evolution and support thinking that can change the world.
Murray B. Isman, Dean
Faculty of Land and Food Systems