A president for the 21st century takes her place

Students will play a major role in the day's events as Martha Piper is installed as UBC's 11th president on Thursday, Sept. 25.

On that day students will meet Piper for breakfast, take part in a forum on undergraduate education, be recognized as entrance scholarship winners and even give an opera performance.

Piper's day begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at which she will informally meet 25 students who were invited to attend on a first-come, first-served basis.

Later that morning, the new president will take part in a forum titled Thinking the Future of Learning, an exploration of the possibilities for undergraduate education at UBC.

At the forum, Piper will challenge the university community to come up with innovative methods of learning that take full advantage of UBC's strengths in faculty, student, staff and research programs.

Each of the university's 12 deans and a student representing each faculty will respond to the challenge -- some in person, others in a pre-taped video. The forum will then be opened up for discussion involving audience members. Every faculty and department was invited to nominate a class to attend the forum. More than 1,000 students are expected to attend.

The forum will be held in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts from 10:10 to 11:30 a.m.

The installation ceremony runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Also held in the Chan Centre, the event is open to all wishing to attend.

Piper will deliver a keynote address and introduce UBC's 77 new entrance scholarship winners. Students from the opera program in the School of Music will also give a performance.

Chancellor William Sauder will swear in Piper, who repeats the oath of office and exchanges her academic robes from McGill University, where she earned her doctorate, for the regalia of UBC's president.

After the official ceremony, all members of the university community are invited to meet the new president at an outdoor reception from 3 to 4 p.m. The reception will take place at the Flagpole Plaza, located at the north end of Main Mall adjacent to the Chan Centre.

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