Ally Buchanan
Ally Buchanan
Ally is in her second year at Renaissance College, pursuing minors in Political Science and English. She is originally from Hampton, New Brunswick
October 10, 2019

News Briefs - October

Students protest on Global Climate Strike rally on Sept. 20 | Photo by Mathew Gracie

UNB Business professor awarded the Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Martin Wielemaker, an associate professor in the Faculty of Management, has been awarded the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Distinguished Teaching Award for 2019. 

The AAU is an organization comprising of the 16 universities in Atlantic Canada, with the goal of advocating for the impact universities have on this region, through economic contribution, research and quality of life. Each year they award a Distinguished Teaching Award to recognize professors in the Atlantic region that demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership. 

Wielemaker has taught at UNB Fredericton since 2002. He has been involved in the development of new teaching materials in the form of tool kits and case studies in classrooms. He has also been recognized for this use of various alternative teaching methods and use of technology. 

Wielemaker received the UNB MBA Society’s Professor Recognition Award in 2007 and the University Teaching Scholar Award in 2012. 

Students rally across the city protesting government action, and inaction, on a variety of causes

On multiple occasions this month UNB students joined crowds—sometimes joining others in the province and country—to raise their voices against a number of issues. 

On Sept. 20, Fridays for Future and Rural Action and Voices for the Environment (RAVEN) hosted a rally as part of the Global Climate Strike, drawing crowds for poetry readings before marching to the Provincial Legislature. 

STU also held a climate rally on Sept. 20.

The UNB Student Union partnered with the New Brunswick Student Alliance and the STU Student Union to hold a rally protesting the rising tuition, and falling student financial support. The rally—dubbed SU Mobilize—gathered significant traction with their hashtag #Don’tCutOurFuture.

On Sept. 28, high schools around Fredericton gathered as part of the Fridays for Future Climate Rallies across the world.

This turn out contributed to Canada’s wave of protests, which were the third highest in the world.

For more information on rallies around Fredericton visit

UNB Launches ten thousand coffees 

On Sept. 25 UNB launched Ten Thousand Coffees, an online networking program. 

Ten Thousand Coffees has the goal of providing students with soft skills, such as communication and networking, in an effort to adapt to a modern workforce in which 85 percent of jobs are currently being filled as a result of networking. 

The program aims to connect students and recent grads with alumni from similar programs, based on interests and career plans. Involvement with UNB’s Career Cafe promises to help students make up 15 connections with alumni in their field by sending email introductions monthly. 

Students are invited to meet with alumni to discuss career paths and employment options over coffee, as the name would suggest, or purely online. 

Completion of the program will grant participating students an official LinkedIn certification recognizing efforts in networking. 

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