The University of New Brunswick’s Andrews Initiative, which was launched in 2011 by UNB President Emeritus, John McLaughlin, is thrilled to welcome retired Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, to UNB as part of this years signature lecture series. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free, but space is limited so tickets will be awarded based on a lottery.

Marie Maltais, director of UNB’s Art Centre, which houses the Andrews Initiatives, says it was important that everyone in the community have the opportunity to see the first Canadian to ever walk in space.

“The goal if the Andrews Initiative is to build bridges between the university and the public and to make these learning opportunities open and accessible to all,” said Maltias. “We think that making a high-caliber speaker like Chris Hadfield accessible to the general public at a free event helps to create a stronger relationship with the community, and helps engage members of the public and the UNB community in new ways.”

Tickets are available now and the lottery will be announced on April 10.

The Andrews Initiative is considered to be an intellectual journey for those who are interested in exploring substantive subjects of current significance. The initiative features prominent subject experts drawn from international, national and local communities and explores topics of relevance in the 21st century.

The initiative is in honour of Bill Andrews, who was born on April 9, 1931, in Milltown, N.B., and was particularly known to be a private individual. He graduated from Milltown High School in 1948 and then enrolled UNB where he earned his BA and first-class honours in economics in 1952. During his time as a student he was involved in clubs and activities such as the debate club and the student Christian movement. He lived the rest of his life in Montreal, where he worked as an accountant for the CIL/ICI/PCI. Andrews had died on January 27, 2005 at age 73, but throughout his lifetime he was a regular but modest donator to UNB and, in his legacy, left a quarter of his estate to UNB, but specifically indicated that he did not want to receive any recognition.

Media Contact: Natasha Ashfield 

*Contributed to by Sarah Beaney

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