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UNB opens doors to the new Barry and Flora Beckett Residence

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Sep 23, 2021

Category: UNB Saint John

The University of New Brunswick began an exciting new chapter with the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Barry and Flora Beckett Residence on Sept. 23.

The fully accessible residence marks an entirely new experience for students on the Saint John campus while honouring trailblazers Barry (PhD ’70) and his late wife, Flora.

The Becketts first made an impact at UNB Saint John in 1966 where, together, they helped build an identity for the campus based upon research excellence and community engagement.

Barry and Flora were well known for their devotion to giving every student at UNB the opportunity to access a quality and transformative educational experience.

“It is a proud moment for UNB,” said Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle, UNB president and vice-chancellor. “This residence is a testament to the past, and a reminder moving forward of how our students are the future of UNB.”

“The new residence is a magnificent addition to our ever-evolving campus and university. It is a very touching tribute that the university has seen fit to attach our names to,” said Dr. Beckett, UNB alumnus, long-time professor and registrar emeritus. “We joined the campus in its very early years, and it is so gratifying to see that it is still such an exciting and welcoming place that we can welcome students from away who will not only be enriched themselves but contribute to the richness of the campus in return.”

The building features energy-efficient geo-thermal technology, allowing students to control the temperature of their bedroom, including heat and air conditioning. There are two large lounges which can be used as multipurpose rooms, a study lounge and two large laundry rooms with 10 new washing machines and 12 dryers. The 37,624 square-foot building is connected to Colin B. Mackay Residence by a pedway and has accommodation for 100 students.

“This building marks the next phase for the community of UNB Saint John and our students,” said Dr. Petra Hauf, UNB vice-president Saint John. “We are committed to making this campus a more inclusive and comfortable place to live and study and this new residence is one way for this to happen.”

The Beckett Campus Community Fund provides opportunities for students to stay on campus after classes, connect with, and learn, from one another and further develop commitment to the community.

Media contact: Kathleen McLaughlin

Photo: From left: Charlotte Fanjoy, Dr. Paul Mazerolle, Dr. Barry Beckett, Dr. Petra Hauf and Elder Rollie Sappier.