Anja Geitmann, PhD
Dean and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald) Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The academic year concluded with the faculty hosting four in-person Convocations! Students who graduated during the pandemic had the opportunity to attend celebrations on June 6th while current graduates attended ceremonies on June 3rd. Having families and graduates in the ballroom and taking photos outside was magical – the atmosphere was one of celebration and joy.

While the last year was certainly not without some challenges, many classes were held in-person, including exams! Students were definitely happy to be back on campus, meeting old friends and making new ones. While most extra-curricular activities remained on-line, the students continued to support each other and made the best of the situation. I am happy to say that we will return fully to in-person teaching and learning in the Fall 2022 term, which means we will return to hosting in-person alumni and outreach activities, so I hope you will consider a return to your Alma Mater.

The campus is also experiencing a renewal with many deferred maintenance projects completed or underway. The Centennial Centre has seen many changes including updates to the Ballroom, revised student and Student Services space and an addition to the Ceilidh – during the academic year the Macdonald Campus Students’ Society (MCSS) will manage the long-wished for student-run restaurant Monday-Friday every week. The old teaching greenhouses attached to the Raymond Building have been removed and a new one will soon take their place. Many of you have supported the Macdonald Farm Community Engagement Centre and new architectural renderings have been completed providing the Faculty with a state-of-the-art outreach and learning centre. The School of Human Nutrition is moving the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit from Maple Avenue to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in what was the old Canada Post Office. This new space will allow important research and outreach to take place – led by Professor Daiva Nielsen, the unit’s Director, the new space will facilitate high-impact and solutions-oriented research in nutrition and health.

The Macdonald Campus Town Hall I hosted on April 27th, was an opportunity for me to outline how McGill is investing in Macdonald, by presenting the various maintenance and new infrastructure projects that will benefit our researchers and the community. I presented architectural plans and renderings. A recording of the Town Hall is available for viewing online.

Now that the summer months are upon us, I wish you all continued health as we gradually return to our favourite activities. Homecoming is being planned with in-person activities taking place at Macdonald on Saturday, October 22nd. So, mark your calendars and hope to see many of you back on campus in the fall.

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