Ursula the Polar Bear Tours Queen’s University

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Ursula the Polar Bear tour of Queen's UniversityUrsula, a 40-centimetre tall wooden polar bear, toured Queen’s University on Friday as part of her cross-country tour of Canada’s universities and colleges.

The polar bear is symbolized in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) coat of arms, representing both wisdom and Canada’s Aboriginal people. “Ursula on Tour” is an initiative of the AUCC as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.

Ursula’s visit to Queen’s included stops at a variety of research labs, including Dr Loock’s laser lab (pic) and the medical simulation lab (pic) in the new medical building. She also posed for students to take pictures & video (pic) and joined in a game of frisbee (pic).


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Ursula began her national tour at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s last spring, and was most recently at the University of Manitoba. She will complete her tour in late October in Montreal, where presidents and principals of Canada’s universities will hold their annual meeting.

Ursula the polar bear’s tour is documented on her blog at ursulaontour.ca.

UPDATE: Queen’s University produced a video of Ursula’s visit:

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Photo: Queen’s University | Linked pics: Greg Black, Marketing & Creative Services (Twitpic)