University of Calgary

Winter 2008

VOLUME 4, NUMBER 1

FEATURES:

Walking with the "People of Fear"
Alumna Susan Smith brings hope and knowledge to residents of an indigenous village in Mexico damaged by poverty, violence and disease.



From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe
You can find U of C alumni, students and faculty in all corners of the world. Follow us on a journey from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe.



Innovation in Laos
There’s a thirst for knowledge among the medical community in Laos and U of C doctors are on call to teach its members.

UPSTANDING ALUMNI:

Paging Dr. Doolittle
Sherri Olsen’s four-legged friend, Bear, is her inspiration
for teaching dogs and their owners the etiquette of off-leash fun.

Climate guru moves from Wedge Lake to Vanishing Lakes
The glass is always half full for Glen MacDonald but he doesn’t ignore global warming’s potentially devastating effects on the Earth’s water supply.

UExtra

Guiding young voices
A young alumna writes from Ghana where she is gaining valuable international experience and helping students find local solutions to public health issues.

DEPARTMENTS:

UNIVERSAL NOTE
Tim Goddard, vice-provost (international), on the importance of meaningful international activities.

UPDATE CAPITAL PLAN
The latest on capital projects at the U of C.

UPDATE NEWS
The latest developments and upcoming events at the U of C.

UNCOVER RESEARCH
Healthy workspaces, animal-human health and food insecurities among women in Bangladesh.

UNCONVENTIONAL RESEARCHER
Mary Goitom is taking a new approach in researching a condition that affects thousand of young Ethiopians—she’s listening.

UNRELENTING OLYMPIAN
In her race to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympics, alumna Jessica Zelinka chats about the drive, commitment and competitiveness she hopes will get her there.

UNITED COMMUNITY
Students cross borders to teach and learn.

UNLIMITED ALUMNI
Catch up on your peers’ news in the latest class notes.

UNLEASHED OPINION
Columnist Mark Hopkins wonders why there’s a giant centipede in his bed.

UNIQUE ALUMNI
Jacqueline Louie traces the steps of her ancestors as part of an oral history project about early Chinese immigration to Canada.

UNFORGETTABLE IMAGERY
Rickshaws in Bangladesh made for a colourful backdrop for alumna and filmmaker Dominique Keller.

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U is published three times a year by University of Calgary University Relations and the U of C Alumni Association.

Editor: Colleen Turner [ colleen.turner@ucalgary.ca ]
Associate Editor: Matthew Fox [ mbfox@ucalgary.ca ]
Art Director: John Vickers, Scout Communications
Copy Editor: Veronica Hoskins [ vhoskins@ucalgary.ca ]

Contributors:
Ken Bendiktsen, Shelley Boettcher, Dwayne Brown, Karen Cook, Michelle Cook, Nicole Davis, Beth Frank, Pierre Lamielle, Jacqueline Louie, Lynne Dulaney-MacNicol, Mary Anne Moser, Leanne Niblock, Ewan Nicholson, Tom Nugent, Joe Obad, Teresa Scarlett, Grady Semmens, Bruce Weir.

Cover:
Rosi Rojas Montufar, a mother of eight and a weaver since childhood, was born and lives in Tlamacazapa, Guerrero, Mexico, where alumna Susan Smith has spent the past decade bringing hope and knowledge to the village known as “The People of Fear.” / Photo by Dwayne Brown