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Volume 7 - Issue 1 - Spring 2011

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THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES AT GLENDON! First, we are attracting strong students. Indeed, this year we were able to raise by yet another percentage point our ‘cut off’ or minimal grade for students entering from high school. This clearly places Glendon in the upper range of Onta rio’s liberal arts faculties. At the graduate level, we have attrac ted strong cohorts to each of our three Master’s programs: Études Franco - phones, Translation and Public & International Affairs. Finally, we have welcomed the entering class of our first doctoral program: the new Ph.D. in Études Francophones. Second, construction is now underway on a new building finan ced by a $20 million grant from the Ontario government to make Glendon the Centre of Excellence for French-language & Bilin gual Postsecondary Education. The first major capital project at Glen don since the early 1960s, it will transform our campus. The three-storey structure will be located at the north- west end of York Hall, adjoining A-wing and the main wing. Featuring a large number of classrooms, a 250-seat audi to - rium, and student study space and meeting facilities, it will go a long way to accommo dating our pressing needs. At the same time, it will provide an elegant main entrance to Glen don. The project is scheduled for completion in December of 2011; you can follow its develop ment on a special website that can be reached through our main page. Third, thanks in part to the support of so many members of the Glendon community, whether currently at Glendon or among our alumnae, our ‘Leadership for Global Challenges’ fundraising campaign has surpassed its initial goal of $5 mil - lion. Indeed, it is now building on this success with a second phase. The new building will itself provide ‘naming opportu - nities’ to donors. Through this support, we will be able to complete the project with all the features and finishing tou - ches that have been conceived by our architects. The momen - MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Kenneth McRoberts Kenneth McRoberts, Principal of Glendon College tum associated with the building and the second phase will also help us to raise funds for academic initiatives over the next three years of the Cam paign, including the Glendon School of Public & Inter national Affairs and our new Centre for Global Challenges. That Glendon should be able to attract such strong students, receive an important capital investment by the Ontario govern ment and complete its first major fundraising campaign, speaks to the continuing importance of its underlying mission. For close to 45 years it has been providing a bilingual liberal arts education that is unique in Southern Ontario. Glendon is certainly affected by the financial constraints that are facing Ontario universities. But we have good reasons to be confident about the future. Kenneth McRoberts, Principal Glendon Magazine 2011 ] 3 [ La Revue de Glendon 2011

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