Alumni Weekend Insider

Get the latest Alumni Weekend news and exclusive sneak peeks into what we've got in store. 

Power of Exercise

1. The Power of Exercise: Fitness from the Inside Out

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Free
There’s more to working out than looking good. Discover the many ways exercise and nutrition contribute to a healthy body, brain and overall well-being.
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Cancer Checkup

2. Cancer Checkup: Advancements in Screening

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Free
Join UCalgary researchers from the Early Cancer Detection Program to learn more about new cancer detection technologies that’ll save more lives.
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3. Kids and the Mighty Microbiome

3. Kids and the Mighty Microbiome

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Free
Guess what? Germs are good! Discover how you can help your child develop a mighty microbiome for long-term health.
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4. Winning by a Thread: How Wearable Tech Boosts Athletic Performance

4. Winning by a Thread: How Wearable Tech Boosts Athletic Performance

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Free
Explore the game-changing field of wearable tech with leading experts from UCalgary’s Human Performance Lab.
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5. Beyond the Headlines: Understanding the Opioid Crisis

5. Beyond the Headlines: Understanding the Opioid Crisis

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 | 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Free
Did you know opioid overdoses results in roughly three deaths in Alberta every day? Come learn what’s being done to combat this escalating public health issue.
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Bonus sessions — Get your sweat on at Alumni Weekend!

Save your spot for these two (FREE!) group fitness classes taking place in TD Park at Taylor Quad:

UNDRCARD Boxing Class
Sept. 23 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Studio Revolution Bootcamp
Sept. 24 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Two, Four, Six, Eight… are you ready to tailgate?

We’ll be tailgating from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the east parking lot. Come for a barbecue and loads of family-friendly fun — and get ready to cheer on your Dinos! The tailgate party is free to attend.

There’s still time to grab your discounted tickets to the game: they’re $10 for adults, $5 for youth or just $25 for groups of six!

Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of fun and great football. Don’t forget to bring your game face!

Alumni Weekend: Dinos vs. Huskies

When: Sept. 23, 2017
Where: McMahon Stadium
Tailgate party: 2:30 – 4 p.m. | east parking lot at McMahon Stadium
Game: 4 – 7 p.m.

Did you hear the exciting news? Market Collective is coming to Alumni Weekend! We’re giving away $500 to one lucky UCalgary grad to shop Market Collective at TD Park at Taylor Quad during Alumni Weekend. But that’s not all. The winner will also get an Alumni Weekend VIP All Access Pass (valued at $200) and some sweet UCalgary Alumni swag.

How to win

It’s simple! Take a photo of your August long weekend adventure and share it on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account between Aug. 4 and 7, 2017. Make sure you include #ucalgaryalumni and tag @ucalgaryalumni in your post!

Rules: 

  • 1 entry per post (if you post on both Instagram and Twitter, you get two entries) 
  • $500 to be spent at Alumni Weekend (Sept. 22 – 24), or at future Market Collectives. 
  • Prize to be picked up during Alumni Weekend at the registration table at TD Park at Taylor Quad. 
  • Winner will be selected on Aug. 8, 2017. 
  • Note: Your account’s privacy setting may prevent entry. If we can't see it (e.g., it’s not a public post), we can't enter it to win.

Read the full contest rules and regulations here. 

Check out who’ll be setting up shop at TD Park at Taylor Quad, and make sure to enter our August long weekend Market Collective and Alumni Weekend giveaway!

Session to offer an inside look at clean energy sources like algae

The team at Solar Biocells takes the term “green energy” quite literally.

Solar Biocells, a startup co-founded by scholars Christine Sharp and Marc Strous in the Energy Bioengineering Group at the University of Calgary, aims to produce renewable, clean energy using microorganisms such as algae to create carbon-neutral fuels. They’ll be leading the Alumni Weekend session The Greenest Green Energy on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 – 11 a.m.

The session promises an inside look at the microorganisms we interact with every day. Participants will get hands-on experience with some of the microscopes and other tools that the Solar Biocells team uses in their day-to-day research.

“When you look at algae, it just looks like green sludge, but, when we put it under the microscope, you can actually see all the different microorganisms,” says Karen Canon-Rubio, MSc’16, a research assistant with Solar Biocells. “We’ll show people all of the things we can do with algae, aside from capturing carbon dioxide.”

Taking research into the community

The session is just one of the ways the team is helping to promote renewable energy sources in our community. They also offer an educational program in schools called Fixing the Atmosphere that brings algal technology to elementary school students to teach and learn about climate change, photosynthesis and more.

The program successfully completed its pilot in spring this year, and the team is hoping to expand it to 10 schools in the year ahead.

“People don’t always realize how much these microorganisms are involved in our daily lives and how much we rely on them, so participants will get a closer look at that,” says Jackie Zorz, a second-year PhD student with the Solar Biocells team. “Plus, it’s always fun to look at stuff under the microscope.”

To learn more about Solar Biocells, visit their YouTube page or their website

Join us at Alumni Weekend

The second annual Alumni Weekend takes place Sept. 22 – 24, featuring more than 30 events offering opportunities to learn, connect and play, including five signature events and more than 10 faculty celebrations.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about the latest research discoveries, connect with former classmates or play the weekend away, Alumni Weekend has something for everyone. Everyone is welcome to attend Alumni Weekend — you don’t have to be a UCalgary grad, so bring the whole family!

Check out all of the mind-growing activities Alumni Weekend has in store and register today.

Meet the speakers

Karen Canon-Rubio, MSc’16

Karen Canon-Rubio, MSc’16

Alumna Karen Canon-Rubio, MSc’16, is currently working as a research assistant with the Energy Bioengineering Group at UCalgary. Her work is primarily related to the development and testing of the Fixing the Atmosphere school program.

Maryam Ataeian

Maryam Ataeian

Maryam Ataeian is a second-year PhD student in the Energy Bioengineering Group. Her work is focused on improving biofuel productivities using algal biotechnology.

Jackie Zorz

Jackie Zorz

Jackie Zorz is a second-year PhD student in the Energy Bioengineering Group. Her work is focused on improving high alkaline growth conditions and investigating the use of a more energy efficient alternative for cellular carbon fixation.

Thinking about horses, you may picture deep brown eyes, a shiny coat or muscular legs. Seldom, however, do we think about how what we know about horses can relate to our own health.

“Most of us have been exposed to dogs, cats and horses before, but what few people realize is that we can learn a lot from these animals about diseases that many people suffer from, such as diabetes, depression, arthritis, asthma and much more. We’re all connected,” says Dr. Jean-Yin Tan, an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

In her Alumni Weekend session, “From the Horse’s Mouth: What We Can Learn from Equine Medicine,” Dr. Tan will explore some of the advances taking place in equine medicine and how they’re helping us to better understand human health. The session takes place on Sept. 24 at 12:15 p.m.

“Advancements in arthritis research, for example, have seen rapid progression in equine medicine, largely because the guidelines are not as restrictive compared to human medicine,” says Dr. Tan. “By researching it more broadly with horses, we can gain insight into novel treatment such as stem cell therapy, which has potential in both animals and humans.”

One Community, One Health

The concept that we are all connected forms the basis for an initiative called One Health, which brings together UCalgary researchers to study how people, animals and the environment interact. By looking at the whole ecosystem, researchers can collaborate to solve complex problems facing our society, such as food safety, water safety, infection and disease transmission.

In addition to developing community engagement programs to dive deeper into these subjects, the One Health initiative also aims to educate the next generation of leaders in interdisciplinary problem-solving and policy development.

Join us at Alumni Weekend

The second annual Alumni Weekend takes place Sept. 22 – 24, featuring more than 30 events offering opportunities to learn, connect and play, including five signature events and more than 10 faculty celebrations.

Whether you’re looking to learn about the latest research discoveries (ranging from lighthearted fun to thought-provoking hot topics), connect with former classmates or play the weekend away, Alumni Weekend has something for everyone.

Check out all of the mind-growing activities Alumni Weekend has in store and register today.

Meet the speaker

Dr. Jean-Yin Tan

Dr. Jean-Yin Tan

Dr. Jean-Yin Tan teaches equine medicine at the UCalgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She also provides general practice, acupuncture and internal medicine services to the local horse community. Dr. Tan is certified in equine rescue and her interests include equine respiratory disease and infectious disease.

Alumni invited to learn how they can support greater Aboriginal inclusion in Canada

David Milia has one goal for the panel discussion he’s moderating at Alumni Weekend in September: for attendees to leave thinking about their role in increasing greater Aboriginal inclusion in business, culture and community.

The session, Aboriginal Inclusion in the Broader Canadian Context, on Sept. 23 will introduce alumni, community members, donors and friends to panellists that have diverse backgrounds on Indigenous issues, ranging from business and education, to environment and sustainability.

“This is a community necessity — one for all Canadians to understand,” says Milia, BA’00, MBA’11, director of Energy and Environmental Initiatives at the Haskayne School of Business. “By having these important discussions, we’ll continue the conversation, continue reconciliation and continue to improve true community inclusion.”

The panellists will not shy away from addressing the historic and cyclical barriers to inclusion, although Milia says the conversation will focus on raising greater awareness of why authentic business and community Indigenous integration is important, while also highlighting potential positive opportunities.

“We’re bringing together a balance of academic perspectives that can address what proper Aboriginal inclusion should be,” Milia says.

Meet the panellists

David Lertzman

David Lertzman

David Lertzman, assistant professor of Environment Management and Sustainable Development at the Haskayne School of Business, is passionate about ecology and culture, which has brought him to numerous Indigenous communities throughout the Americas. His research examines the environmental interface of Indigenous peoples and energy industries, including the Amazon and Canada’s Boreal and Coastal Temperate forests. Lertzman is a recipient of the Reverend Dr. Chief John Snow Sr. Award for teaching and research in service to Aboriginal peoples.

Bailey Quaite

Bailey Quaite

Bailey Quaite spearheaded operational transformation at her former role at CEDA, having spearheaded the organization’s Aboriginal relations function from its infancy to becoming a leader in the energy services industry in just three years, which has resulted in a significant boost in the hiring of Aboriginal peoples. She also built a strategy aiming to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations through recruitment and procurement. Quaite was recognized with the 2015 Young Women in Energy Award for her work with CEDA and currently works as a senior advisor in Community Engagement for Alberta Health Services.

Chris Fry

Chris Fry, BA’10, MSc’14

Alumnus Chris Fry, BA’10, MSc’14, works for Shell as an external relations advisor in its External Relations department. He has an undergraduate degree in International Indigenous Studies (2010) and a master of science degree in Sustainable Energy Development (2014) from UCalgary. His master’s research focused on Aboriginal consultation through the Joint Review Panel for the proposed Northern Gateway Project. Chris is also a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation located in Whitehorse, Yukon.

David Milia, BA’00, MBA’11

David Milia, BA’00, MBA’11

David Milia, BA’00, MBA’11 is Director of Energy and Environmental Initiatives at the Haskayne School of Business.

Join us at Alumni Weekend

The second annual Alumni Weekend takes place Sept. 22 – 24, featuring more than 30 events offering opportunities to learn, connect and play, including five signature events and nine faculty celebrations.

“To be able to return to where my journey started and participate in sessions that’ll help me on my walk today — that’s what I’m most excited about for Alumni Weekend,” says Milia, himself a proud two-time UCalgary grad.

Whether you’re looking to learn about the latest research discoveries (ranging from lighthearted fun to thought-provoking hot topics), connect with former classmates or play the weekend away, Alumni Weekend has something for everybody.

Check out all of the mind-growing activities at Alumni Weekend has in store at ucalgary.ca/alumniweekend and watch for registration to open soon.