A Brief History of the AMS

September 30, 1915: First classes at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in its temporary location at Oak and 10th near the Vancouver General Hospital.

October 15, 1915: Formal constitution of UBC’s student organization, the Alma Mater Society (AMS).

October 17, 1918: The Ubyssey, the student paper published originally by the AMS, puts out its first issue.

October 28, 1922: The Great Trek. Students march to call on the government to build a new campus.

September, 1925: New UBC campus opens in Point Grey on the western tip of Vancouver.

April 27, 1928: The AMS incorporates as a non-profit society and embarks on fundraising campaigns to build athletic facilities on campus.

January 31, 1940: Official opening of Brock Hall, the first UBC student union building, paid for largely by funds raised by the AMS.

September 26, 1968: Opening of the second Student Union Building (the SUB), replacing “the Brock”; again paid for largely by AMS funds.

February, 2003: The AMS gets an inexpensive bus pass system, the U-Pass, put in place.

March, 2008: A student referendum approves spending on a new Student Union Building, scheduled to open in 2014.

Want to learn more about the AMS? Take a look at our full timeline or check out our history book. 

The book is available at the UBC Bookstore  and through Amazon. Also at Chapters.