Today the University of New Brunswick celebrated the rededication of
Jones House and the official opening of the C.C. Jones Student Services
Centre on the Fredericton campus. After extensive renovations and
upgrades, the building will now be the central location for student
services on campus.

“As a university, we are committed to
providing a quality learning environment that will enable our students
to achieve their academic and personal goals,” said Eddy Campbell, UNB
president. “This new centre brings the majority of student services
together under one roof and enhances our ability to meet students’
needs.”

The centre houses a modern Student Health Centre on the
third floor; Counselling Services on the second; and the Office of
Student Affairs and Services on the ground floor.

The
International Relations Office is also located in the building. Moving
this office next to the International Student Advisor’s office brings
together all international services and programs for students.

One
of the key features of the building is its accessibility. The very
first phase of the renovation was the installation of an elevator.

Renovations
to Jones House began two years ago and cost just under $5 million. The
majority of the funding came from the Province of New Brunswick. Thanks
to the province’s Alterations and Renovations Grant, University Deferred
Maintenance Program and the University Infrastructure Improvement
Program, the provincial government has contributed more than $3 million
to this project. The remainder of the funding was covered by UNB-1.2
million of which came from the Student Infrastructure Fee.

“It is
always a great pleasure for me to announce an investment of several
million dollars in the post-secondary education sector,” said Donald
Arseneault, minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.”
As I have said time and again, our post-secondary education system is
student-focused, for the benefit of the students, because the graduates
of tomorrow are our future.”

Opened in 1958, Jones House was home
to thousands of students for nearly 50 years. The building was named in
honour of the late Cecil Charles Jones, who served as UNB’s president
from 1906 to 1940.

“I think it is particularly apt that we are
officially opening the C.C. Jones Student Services Centre during UNB’s
225 anniversary,” said UNB’s Chancellor Richard Currie. “This
anniversary is being billed as A Celebration of Spirit. We are
celebrating the dedication and spirit of UNB’s founders and builders –
people like C.C. Jones – as well as the spirit of the UNB community and
its supporters.”

The C.C. Jones Student Services Centre will
serve the more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students at UNB
Fredericton.

About UNB

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public
universities in North America. With more than 12,500 students from more
than 100 countries, UNB has the best student-to-faculty ratio of
Canada’s comprehensive universities, according to Maclean’s magazine. As
the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts over 75
per cent of the province’s university research. The university has more
than 3,500 faculty and staff, and an annual operating budget of more
than $160 million. UNB’s two main campuses are located in Fredericton
and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Contact:


Natasha St.
Pierre
, Communication Officer (506) 458-7969