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Annual Appeal vision realized ‑ Jenkins Patio unveiled

Posted by Stephanie Rogers on September 30, 2015 in News

As part of the 2010/11 and 2011/12 Annual Appeals, the former Development and External Relations department raised funds for the purpose of grounds improvement. Alumni and friends gave generously to help make campus more functional for the student body as well as the community. Specifically, these funds were intended to be put toward the construction of a patio behind Jenkins Hall.

After six years of fundraising, planning and building, the patio has been unveiled. Located behind the Riverview Room and along the Cobequid Trail, this new patio is not only functional, but beautiful. The patio features professional brickwork and landscaping and provides exterior seating for students, staff and community members alike. It will serve as a striking addition to weddings, banquets and graduations and will be equally enjoyed by those walking along the trail.

The patio is also home to two beautiful pieces created by local artisans. “Coal Shovel Crane,” - created by Jackie Ross to honour Dr. Bernie MacDonald’s 18 years of service to NSAC - can be found beside the patio, as well as a new bench donated by the Faculty of Agriculture Alumni Association in collaboration with DASA. The bench, crafted by alumnus Shawn Taylor (Class of ’94) of Brokkr Forge, was commissioned by the Alumni Association to memorialize the legacy of NSAC, and is now housed on the patio.

Campus celebrated the opening of the patio with a garden party on September 10th. It is now ready to be enjoyed by the community at large.

(L to R) Robert Murray, Class of ‘52, Darwin Carr, Botanical Garden Manager, Class of ‘86, Stuart Gibb, Class of ‘84, Tracey MacKenzie, Assistant Professor, Class of ‘89 and Sarah Macdonald, Manager of Extended Learning, Class of ‘87.