Arch-E: Your monthly University of Calgary Alumni Newsletter

U of C News

Students Will Be Racing with the Sun
Solar cars will be racing into Calgary this July as part of the North American Solar Challenge. The race begins on July 17, 2005 in Austin, Texas and the 4,000 participants are expected to arrive in Calgary on July 27. It will be the first year that U of C engineering students compete alongside some of the most prestigious American schools in the race formerly known as the American Solar Challenge.

Learn more...

Researching a Social Vaccine for HIV/AIDS
While medical researchers have made great strides in slowing the onset of HIV/AIDS, they have not yet found a cure. In the meantime, U of C political science professor Donald Ray is researching in Ghana what is known as a "social vaccine." The concept of the social vaccine is to study how traditional African leaders can foster behavioural changes and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS within their communities, largely through education. "The whole idea of the social vaccine concept is that — while we await the medical vaccine — we work toward finding other solutions and easing the suffering," says Ray.

Learn more...

Our Newest Rhodes Scholar
The U of C can add another Rhodes Scholar to its list. John Anderson, an undergrad student in economics is one of only 11 Canadian students to be chosen this year for the prestigious scholarship. Anderson has managed to maintain an outstanding academic career while also being a part of the national water polo team. Anderson plans to pursue a graduate degree in economics during his future time at Oxford.

For more U of C news, pick up a copy of OnCampus or read it online at

Return to Top

Alumni News

Christmas Shopping for Alumni
Looking for Christmas gifts for that U of C graduate of yours? The University of Calgary Bookstore has recently gotten in new items for alumni, which can also be bought online. Ten percent of the profits from alumni merchandise items will go to the Alumni Association to fund scholarships for students. Click to shop online.

The Alumni Relations office also sells frames year-round for U of c grads to display their degrees in. To find out what frames are available call 220-6864 or click here.

The Faculty of Education Is Turning 100 Next Year
The Faculty of Education's 100th birthday party is less than a year away. Many initiatives are planned to mark the centenary and they are looking for faculty alumni to get involved in a number of ways. You can volunteer as a class captain, register on the family tree, submit your centennial story, and keep abreast of the centennial celebrations at

Nominations Open for Pulse of Social Work Awards
Nominate a deserving registered social worker for a Pulse of Social Work Award and a $500 cash prize in the third annual Awards of Excellence in Social Work for Calgary and area. Nomination forms and criteria for the awards can be found at Awards will be given for advocacy, clinical practice, community development, field instruction, interdisciplinary group, leadership, lifetime achievement, research and non-profit. Deadline is February 9. For more information, phone Lynne at (403) 220-2232.

For more alumni news:

Return to Top

Campus & Alumni Events

Holiday Hoops Classic
The Dinos women's basketball team will be holding their Holiday Hoops Classic from December 29 to 31 at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium. Tickets: family tournament pass $40; family day pass $15; single tournmanet pass $20; single day pass $8; under 6 Free. For event schedule go to:

Lecture on Running and Human Evolution
Are we born to run? The Faculty of Medicine is hosting biological anthropologist Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University on Tuesday January, 11 at 7:00 pm to speak about walking versus running in human evolution. The free lecture will be held at the Libin Lecture Theatre in the Health Sciences Centre. Call 210-5485 for more information.

Lecture on Preventing Birth Defects
The Faculty of Medicine is hosting a free public lecture on the preventive effects of pericongenital folic acid on birth defects on Wednesday, January 12 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Libin Lecture Theatre. Andrew Czeizel will be speaking, and he's an internationally respected researcher in the field of congenital birth defects and their prevention. Call 228-0796 for information.

Taking Light to Two Billion People
Hear the Reader's Digest Canadian Hero of the Year and U of C engineering professor, Dave Irvine-Halliday of the Light of the World Foundation talk about, "Two Billion People without Electric Light: A Canadian Solution" on Wednesday, January 12 at 2:00 pm. It's sponsored by the Emeritus Association and will be at the Olympic Volunteer Centre.

MBA Alumni Calgary Luncheon
The next MBA Alumni Networking Luncheon will be held on Friday, January 14 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Delta Bow Valley, Calgary. The guest speaker will be Shona Welsh. Her keynote is entitled "Confident People Build Powerful Companies." The cost of the luncheon is $25. Register by Tuesday, January 11 by e-mailing or call Cynthia Kong at 220-5688.

Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs Conference
Co-sponsored by the Haskayne School of Business, you have an opportunity to hear experts speak on the topic of entrepreneurship on Wednesday, January 19 from 2:00 to 5:30 pm at the Epcor Centre. Speaker line-up includes: Premiere Ralph Klein, N. Murray Edwards (co-owner of Calgary Flames), W. Brett Wilson (FirstEnergy), Bill Rancic (from The Apprentice), Bob Nicholson (President, Hockey Canada), Mark Hlady (Alberta Legislative Assembly), and Peter MacKay (MP) among others. Topics include: pursuing goals and dreams, building a business, growing an existing business, and youth in politics. Tickets are $50.00 for alumni. Contact Lynzey MacCrae at 220-6096 or

Annual Business Day Conference
The Business Day Group of the Haskayne School of Business invites all alumni to attend this annual event. This year's theme is "building the path to business excellence". The event starts on Thursday, January 27 with the Distinguished Business Leader Award (DBLA) dinner. The conference continues on Friday, January 28 and the morning keynote will be given by Krista Green (recipient of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40 Award). There will also be two panel discussions, "Future Balance: Sustainability in Business and Society" and "The Spirit of Initiative and Innovation." Fairmont Palliser Hotel. Full Conference Package: $100.00. Thursday dinner banquet: $50.00. Friday lunch banquet: $50.00. Register online at or call 220-7141.

Alberta Language Learning Initiative
How will the Alberta Language Learning Initiative affect you? The Faculty of Education's Professional Development Initiative invites you to join a discussion with a panel of education administrators on Thursday, January 27 in Education 179 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Songs and Dance from 17th-century England
Apollo's Banquet is a part of the Department of Music's Celebrity Series. Two of the most celebrated early music specialists in the world, Ellen Hargis (soprano) and David Douglass (violin), join forces with Victor Coelho (U of C professor of Music) and Neil Cockburn (accomplished musician and graduate student of Dept of Music) will present theatre songs and dance music from the 17th-century England. The performances take place on Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15, 2005 at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Tickets are $25 (adults) / $18 (students/seniors) and available through TicketMaster at 777-0000.

See Art and Science Come Together
Art and science will come together to explore the relationship between satellite imagery and art. Mryka Hall Beyer, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, and Sharon Thirkettle, a Calgary artist have put together the "EARTH" exhibit that will begin a series of exhibits at the Calgary Science Centre bringing together art and science. The exhibit will run from January 18 until April 3 at the Calgary Science Centre.

Learn more...

For more events, go to

Return to Top

A new operetta will have its North American debut in Calgary in January. The Last Sorcerer is the only operetta written by Ivan Turgenev.

Learn more...


Alumni Advantages: The Value of Membership

Celebrate the University's Scottish Connection and Aid in Student Scholarships

The U of C Pipe Band is hosting their Sixth Annual Robbie Burns Celebration on January 29, sponsored by your Alumni Association. A portion of the proceeds go to the Rick Sheills Scholarship.

Click here for details

Professional Development, Personal Enrichment & Degree Programs

Over 500 courses offered through U of C Continuing Education

Click for more information
or call 220-2866






Please forward this copy of Arch-E to other U of C grads you know and tell them they can receive Arch-E monthly by sending an e-mail request to

University of Calgary