It was an event worthy of ancient times: tall pillars lining the stairs of the Henry Hicks building, classical music playing in the background, colleagues happily chatting while waiting for food. Even Mother Nature paid her respects, holding off the rain that was threatening to interrupt the festivities.
The classically-inspired fanfare honoured Sam Scully, who is retiring after serving as Vice-President Academic and Provost for the past eight years. In addition to the lunchtime reception that was open to all members of the Dalhousie community, a red maple tree was planted behind the Henry Hicks building in honour of Scully's contributions to the university.
Calling the event "one of those bittersweet moments in life," President Tom Traves paid tribute to his friend and colleague with a speech that praised Scully's dedication and passion for his work. "He's been an exceptionally valuable member of our university community these past eight years," he said. "He's made a tremendous difference to Dalhousie."
Joined by his wife Jennifer, Scully was gracious about the celebration in his honour. "It means a tremendous amount," he said. "Universities are people-centred, so any chance to bring people together on a joyous occasion like this is wonderful. I find it hard to think that it's all about me; it's as much about this great institution."
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