I am pleased to welcome you to Assumption University. This year, the international pandemic has brought forward a challenge that we have not seen in over a century. Nevertheless, Assumption University continues to do what it does best: persevere.
I am pleased to share that we are developing a new Christian studies minor with Canterbury College, Iona College, and the University of Windsor. This minor will present learners with a unique opportunity to learn about the world’s largest religion from various perspectives.
Our dedicated Campus Ministry team continues to support our students virtually. The team’s work is especially appreciated now given the added stress that students are feeling because of the pandemic. I encourage students to get in touch with the team and see what innovative activities they have planned for the coming year.
Our devotion to social justice issues has prompted the revival of the Fr. Joseph Quinn Social Justice Series. On April 22, 2021, we held our series with a topic on the environment. This series highlights the “power of one” and how individual students can be the source of change in their own communities. Our keynote speaker was Mr. Simon Jackson who at the age of 13 organized an international youth coalition to protect the Spirit Bear in Canada’s rainforest. The event welcomed over 1,600 students and teachers from across the region – a record for the event.
This April, Super Bowl Champion and athlete, Mr. Luke Willson was the recipient of the 2020 Christian Culture Series Gold Medal. Mr. Willson joins a distinguished group of philosophers, literati, scientists, and industrialists. This event marked the 80th anniversary of the first Christian Culture Series Gold Medal. We have already started to consider possible recipients the 2021-2022 academic year.
As always, I warmly invite you to check for regular updates on our new website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. I wish you much health and prosperity as we move towards our 165th anniversary of teaching goodness, discipline, and knowledge in 2022.
John Cappucci, Ph.D.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor