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Community spirit showcased at university’s Stampede events

UToday HomeJuly 12, 2013

Thousands of students, faculty and staff showed what Stampede is all about while enjoying a little sun, food and entertainment during the university’s annual Stampede events, including the President’s Stampede Barbecue, Stampede Parade, and Alumni Association Stampede Barbecue.

Although the atmosphere was fun and festive, the underlying theme was one of community spirit. The university community was proud to show its support for students, faculty and staff who are affected by recent floods and the broader community who lost so much during this difficult time.

The sun was shining for the thousands who came out on July 2 for the President’s Stampede Barbecue — one of the first opportunities for the campus community to come together to support the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund and Campus Food Bank.

“This has been a difficult, tragic and trying time for our city,” says President Cannon. “I am so proud of this community’s response to the flood, and of the students, faculty and staff who continue to help where needed, both on and off-campus, during the state of emergency.”

On July 5, our Dinos athletes, students and a few alumni, along with Rex, received an enthusiastic response from the Calgary community as they accompanied the university’s Eyes High float during the Stampede parade, the official kickoff to the Calgary Stampede’s next 100 years. Several members of the university community were in the audience showing their pride in the float. Parade volunteers gathered at the Downtown Campus following the parade for some refreshments sponsored by the Senate.

On July 9, the Alumni Association welcomed previous graduates to the Downtown Campus to enjoy a barbecue lunch and listen to a lecture by Dawn Johnston — food culture expert, University of Calgary alumna, and senior instructor of Communications Studies in the Faculty of Arts. Johnston’s talk, Festival, Nostalgia, and the Food Culture of the Calgary Stampede, was a humorous exploration of the important role that food plays in culture, community and regional celebrations. Johnston also spoke of food’s immense transformative power in the wake of the recent floods.

The campus community raised a total of $4,000 for the Canadian Red Cross and several bins of food for the Campus Food Bank across all Stampede events.

Read more news from the university’s Calgary Stampede 2013 festivities.


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