Ursula the polar bear arrives on campus
Ursula, a 40-centimetre tall wooden polar bear, arrived at Queen’s Friday morning, a stop on her cross-country tour of Canada’s universities and colleges.
“Ursula on Tour” is an initiative of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and part of its 100th anniversary celebrations. The polar bear is a prominent symbol in AUCC’s coat of arms, and represents both wisdom and Canada’s Aboriginal people.
Ursula’s visit to Queen’s will include stops at a variety of research labs, and the state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre, located in the new medical building. She’ll also have a chance to meet with a number of students whose enthusiasm and initiative defines Queen’s.
Ursula began her tour at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s last spring, and will be coming to Queen’s fresh off a stop at the University of Manitoba. “Ursula on Tour” will wrap up in Montreal in late October, where the presidents and principals of Canada’s universities will be holding their annual meeting.
Ursula’s travels are documented on her blog at http://www.ursulaontour.ca/. Watch for an update on her visit to Queen’s to be posted soon.