University of Calgary

June 14/07

Vol. 3 No. 10
west campus

U of C seeks public input on West Campus
A master plan concept to develop the University of Calgary’s West Campus lands will be presented for feedback at two public open houses this month. Led by Sasaki Associates, an internationally renowned urban planning firm, and Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, a Calgary-based firm, the concept promotes an “urban life” design, incorporating housing, public spaces, workplaces for scholars, arts and culture venues, recreational facilities and more. >> more


School of Policy Studies launched at U of C
Dr. Jack Mintz, former president and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute and a world-renowned fiscal and tax policy specialist, will create a new School of Policy Studies at the University of Calgary. Building on the wealth of expertise already in place, the school will be an international centre of expertise in policy studies, including government, defence, health, economics, and energy and the environment. >> more

kosovo grads

Celebrating Kosovo’s newest educators
This year’s Faculty of Education convocation ceremony will mark the graduation of a group of nine students from Kosovo who studied at the University of Calgary in the aftermath of violent civil conflict in the Balkans, which destroyed much of the region’s education system. The students were part of a program that has been assessed by external evaluators as one of Canada’s best interventions worldwide in the last 25 years. >> more

campus fair

Campus Fair the best yet—thanks to you
By all accounts, this year’s Campus Fair was one of the largest and most successful. Organizers thank the hundreds of volunteers who made it possible for the University of Calgary to open its doors to thousands of parents and families—and open up a world of possibilities for them. >> more


Commuter Challenge: Twice as good as last year
After a week of healthy commuting, the University of Calgary made the top 10 of large local companies in Canada’s Commuter Challenge, with more than double the participation of last year. Together, these commuters saved nearly 14,000 tonnes of emissions from entering the atmosphere and made the campus a little bit greener. >> more


Nursing faculty celebrates donation, new bursary
The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing has received a milestone gift of more than $100,000 to fund graduate scholarships, and a $20,000 endowment from the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial to support a bursary for second-year students. >> more

bike downtown

Engineers cycle for kids’ cancer camps
A group of professors from the Schulich School of Engineering will be testing their passion for bioengineering and the outdoors on the long highways of Alberta next month as they take part—with a colleague from University Technologies International—in the Tour for Kids 2007, a fundraiser for children’s cancer camps in Alberta. >> more

michael shier

Awards fuel undergrad’s social work research
Having just completed his third year of the Bachelor of Social Work program, Micheal Shier will be spending the summer examining the academic and professional credentials of senior public servants. His research has been enhanced with $18,000 in funding—obtained through four substantial awards this year. It’s a significant achievement for any undergraduate. >> more

High River Med clinic

Rural nursing practicum provides broader scope
A small group of third-year Faculty of Nursing students who participated in a new four-week practicum at the High River Hospital found nursing in a rural setting provided opportunities not available in the city. The group experienced more community involvement in patient care and family-centered care. >> more

engg in greece

Opa Engineering! Course offers enriched study in Greece
As part of an innovative travel/study course, 35 Schulich School of Engineering students have just spent five weeks on the largest of the Greek islands, birthplace of master architects, artists and builders. Made possible by the Schulich Student Activities Fund, the credit program included a mathematics course, field trips to ancient ruins and a lecture series on the Minoan civilization. >> more

kristina groves

Groves exercises her right to work hard
Canadian speed skater Kristina Groves, BSc’04, almost never sits still. She won two Olympic medals while earning her degree, and is coming off her best season ever with nine medals. Her idea of a vacation was to travel to Rwanda in support of Right To Play, a humanitarian organization that uses sport and play to help children develop in disadvantaged areas of the world. >> more


Postcard from England
University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing student Jomar Ferreras thought a practicum abroad in England would be a good test of his commitment to pediatric nursing. Not only did he learn that he loves working with kids, he also caught the travel bug and hopes to have more opportunities to experience new places, people and cultures. >> more

victor coehlo

Muddying the waters: A blues history
Blues guitarist, professor of music and former University of Calgary faculty member Dr. Victor Coelho is returning to campus this month to present a three-part multi-media lecture series on blues history, its practitioners and its cultural significance. >> more

river rafting

Learn how to float the safe way
In Rob Vickers’ opinion, there are few better ways to spend a lazy summer day than floating down the Bow River. The rafting coordinator with the University of Calgary’s Outdoor Centre will teach families how to be safe on the water at the second annual Bow River Raft Float on June 23. >> more


President’s Chili Lunch a hot tradition
University of Calgary faculty and staff are invited to kick off Stampede with a bowl of chili and free musical entertainment at the President’s Chili Lunch featuring the hotly contested Charity Chili Cook-off. The annual event takes place on Thursday July 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. >> more


Ya-who? Talk explores veracity of Stampede image
What do mini doughnuts and a midway have to do with rodeos and chuck wagons? It’s a contradiction that has existed since the Calgary Stampede began and reflects this city’s complex vision of itself. In a public talk, western culture expert Dr. Max Foran from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Communication and Culture will explore this city’s deep connection to an iconic image of a west that never was. >> more

awards and more

U of C employees feted and quoted
Dr. Patrick Hettiaratchi of the Schulich School of Engineering has won an
Alberta Emerald Foundation award for research and innovation for his biocell sustainable landfill project. He is one of a number of University of Calgary employees who have recently won awards, or been quoted in the media. >> more