News at the University of New Brunswick

Official opening of C C Jones Student Services Centre

Author: Communications

Posted on Feb 11, 2010

Category: UNB Fredericton

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.


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