From the Dean

August 2021

Anja Geitmann (2021)As I watch the final days of August go by, I am excited for the start of the new academic term. We have been through a lot over the past year and a half, facing challenges that have pushed us to adapt, be more mindful of our community and create supportive initiatives. From these lessons, we are moving forward here at Macdonald as we prepare the campus to welcome a new cohort of students eager to start the next chapter in their lives. Community will be more important than ever this year, and we are ready to have students, faculty and staff on campus, learning and sharing information in classroom settings and conducting important research to address pressing local and global needs. Rest assured, we are following the Government of Québec COVID-19 guidelines for higher education that are updated on a regular basis.

We are beginning the fall term with some exciting virtual programming, starting with the A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series featuring “Dr. Food” David Hughes; our long-standing Food for Thought Lecture Series; and At-Home Homecoming from September 28-October 2. I am pleased to tell you that I will be hosting a live virtual event – Sir William Macdonald Gathering – on October 2 from 1-2pm EDT.

I take this opportunity to thank all class representatives for reaching out to classmates over the past two years, engaging, connecting and supporting each other and, though we will not be meeting in person, I encourage you to log on for our special event and be a part of a Mac Reunion!

I am looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year, knowing we are ready to gradually open our doors to our community of students, staff and faculty with hope that you, our alumni, will be back soon.

Wishing you all the best,

Anja Geitmann, PhD
Dean, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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