University of Calgary

October 20, 2009

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International House opens
The campus community is invited to celebrate today the opening of the Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House, which features Global Village, the university’s first multicultural living-learning residence, and Hotel Alma, Calgary’s newest hotel and one of the first on-campus hotels in Canada.

Arts transition update
The transition team for the arts and social sciences at the U of C is recommending that Faculty of Arts become the name of the faculty that will comprise Communication and Culture, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Medicine prof new AMA head
The Faculty of Medicine’s Dr. Christopher (Chip) Doig is the new president of the Alberta Medical Association, the first time for a full-time faculty member from the U of C.

Campus Connection

Strategic research plan: Submit your comments
Vice-President (Research) Rose Goldstein and the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Alan Harrison invite online comments to the draft strategic research plan. Feedback provided to date is reflected in this revised draft. The deadline for comments is Nov. 13.


The Globe & Mail
Oct. 13: Afghanistan: You can’t take politics out of war

In a column on the war in Afghanistan, David Bercuson, director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the U of C, argues that politics can't be taken out of war and, in the case of democracies, it shouldn't even be attempted.

Oct. 14: Sales tax needed for Alberta advantage: study

Alberta needs to reorganize its tax structure—possibly introducing a provincial sales tax—if it wants to stay afloat amid a rising deficit and a loss of energy revenue, says a new report by tax expert Jack Mintz, head of the School of Public Policy at the U of C.

Popular Mechanics
Oct. 15: Team Alberta puts a premium on water, local materials

Team Alberta’s SolAbode reflects the forested, mountainous and sometimes industrial environment of southern Alberta. The exposed wood post-and-beam construction features reclaimed barnwood and spruce timbers from a community forest in British Columbia; part of the facade and the core of the house is covered by rundlestone from Canmore, and another part of the facade is covered by rusted corten steel—a nod to Canada’s oil industry.


> Art Department Fine Art Print Sale
> Statutory Rights to Oil and Gas, Water, Fisheries: Are They Private Property?
> Impact of Political Violence on Israeli & Palestinian Youth
> Celebration: Opening of International House
> Dept. of Drama: Albertine, in Five Times (runs Oct. 20-25 & 28-31)

Oct. 21
> Art Department Fine Art Print Sale
> UTI Speaker Series: Launching Your Idea Into the Marketplace RSVP required.
> EVDS BrownBag Discussion Series: Local Politics of Urban Design
> What Americans Really Want…Really
> AINA Talk: Climate Change, Parasites and Arctic Ecosystems: Why Should We Care?
> Big Rock Lecture Series: Plugging Into the Sun

Oct. 22
> Women's Resource Centre: SAGE Meet-up
> Mario Stella Distinguished Lecture: Italian Cinema and Holocaust Memory

Oct. 23
> WRC Awards Presentation Ceremony

Oct. 24
> Open House

Oct. 26
> A Short History of Recent Health Care Disasters and Lessons We Have Yet to Learn

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