Ronald B. Bond Bach Organ completes
vision for Rozsa Centre Page 3
Vet school’s unique study stream a draw
for ecosystem health expert Page 4
Summer reno season hits campus with
Volume 3 No. 26 JUNE 30, 2006 $6.7 million in upgrades Pages 6 & 7
D I S C O V E R Y E N E R G Y C R E AT I V I T Y C O M M U N I T Y
MORE SPACES FOR
STUDENTS Second Take Your Place redesign
unveiled in Math Sciences Page 3
EVDS graduate students Phil Vandermey, right, and
Lukas Armstrong led the design of the new space.
/ Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
SU HONOURS C&C DEAN SCHERF
Final list of
By Alex Frazer-Harrison
ight 40th anniversary-related projects for the sum-
E mer and fall have been announced by the University
of Calgary’s Special Projects Fund Committee—in
its final allotment of available anniversary money.
“We pretty well used it all up,” says Dr. Sandy Mur-
phree, dean of science and the committee’s acting chair.
“We only had $58,000 left for the last round, out of about
$350,000.” The round of funding scheduled for October
has, therefore, been cancelled.
Since December 2005, the committee has provided
funding for dozens of anniversary-based initiatives, cover-
ing virtually every faculty on campus. Murphree says the
response was far greater than anticipated.
“A wide variety of ideas were put forth from flower
beds to bringing in eminent speakers,” he says. “Some of
the ideas were exceedingly creative, and it’s going to be
exciting over the rest of the year to see these come to
The anniversary proposals that received funding in June
• Diversity, distinction and dimensions of Canadian
architecture—an arts symposium honouring Dr. Michael
McMordie, Oct. 6 and 7 (Environmental Design).
• 10th anniversary symposium and reunion for the BSc
environmental science program, Sept. 27 (Biological Sci-
• 40th anniversary commemorative CD release by the U
of C Chamber Choir, fall 2006 (Music).
• Conference on Latin American studies at the Univer-
sity of Calgary: A bright future for a project 40 years in the
making, Sept. 28-30 (History).
• The Louise and Richard Guy lecture series in mathe-
matics, September (Mathematics and Statistics).
• Faculty of Fine Arts 40th anniversary alumni show,
September to December (Fine Arts).
• Anniversary co-production with Maple Salsa Theatre
of Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs, June to September
Communication and Culture Dean Kathleen Scherf (centre) received the Students’ Union Presidential Citation (Drama).
award for her outstanding contributions to student life. “In my last two years as president of the Students’ Union, • Schulich School of Engineering’s distinguished 40th
anniversary lecture series, fall 2006 (Civil Engineering).
there has been, in my opinion, no dean more present, more engaged, or more active in campus culture, life and
governance here at the University of Calgary,” said Bryan West in presenting the award earlier this month. “To
know that our work is making a difference in the life of the campus, and to hear that from U of C students, is both
a pleasure and an honour for my assistant Mimi Daniel and for me,” Scherf said in receiving the award. Feds support
/ Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
T he federal government has announced it will donate
$25,000 to the Captain Nichola K.S. Goddard Memorial
TO THE POINT Graduate Scholarship at the University of Calgary.
“It is with great pleasure and honour that this contri-
U of C profs lead young women and sci- Sudan’s Order of the ning; Brad Boser, cam- bution be made to such a deserving and admirable
animal care ence mentors together Two Niles, one of pus services manager; cause,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “This schol-
committee to encourage more Sudan’s highest hon- Brad Knudtson, infor- arship will benefit many, and I hope it encourages others
female students to ours. mation technology to donate.”
Dr. Joseph Davison and choose science, mathe- Shinnie is being rec- manager; Sam Small- The scholarship program was created by Goddard’s
Dr. Ursula Tuor have matics and technical ognized for long and don, associate director family to honour and celebrate her life. Nichola Goddard
been appointed chair courses and careers meritorious service in of finance; and Farid was killed in action on May 17 while serving in
and vice-chair, respec- through job shadowing, the Sudan, particularly Vasanji, manager of Afghanistan as a member of the Royal Canadian Horse
tively, of the Health Sci- networking and work- for his archaeological finance. Artillery, based in Shilo, Manitoba.
ences Animal Care shops. Wirasinghe was research at the site of Richard Ogilvie, Her father, Tim Goddard, is the associate dean,
Committee. Davison also the Alberta Meroe, the capital of general manager of research and international, in the U of C’s Faculty of
previously served as Women’s Science Net- the first civilization of Materials Management, Education.
chair of the Health Sci- work Mentor of the Mil- black Africa. Shinnie also joined Dantzer and “The family thanks Prime Minister Stephen Harper as
ences Animal Care lennium in 2002. has written the stan- Dixon to present P3— well as the many other Canadians who have made gener-
Committee from 2000 dard text on the subject Public/Private Partner- ous donations to this endowment,” he said.
to 2003. During this Alum picks up and recently produced ship in Capital Projects, The scholarship is open to graduate students attending
time, he helped co-ordi- environmental the last of a series of at the Canadian Associ- the University of Calgary who are citizens of Papua New
nate successful accredi- award scholarly volumes on ation of University Guinea, Nichola Goddard’s place of birth, as well as citi-
tation visits by the his excavations. Business Officers zens of Afghanistan, the place of her death. The scholar-
Canadian Council on Dean Brawn, U of C (CAUBO) 2006 confer- ship is also extended to Canada’s First Nations, Inuit or
Animal Care in 2000 alum, Senate member Conferences ence in Montreal in Métis people, with whom Goddard spent many of her
and 2003. Tuor has and former president of highlight P3 mid-June. formative years. The scholarship will be awarded annu-
been a member of the the alumni association, projects ally, beginning in the fall of 2007.
Health Sciences Animal accepted a 2006 Alberta
Care Committee and Emerald award for envi- U of C shared hosting Prof acts as
the National Research ronmental excellence in duties with the Banff observer in
Council—Institute for the small business cate- Centre for this year’s Mexico election
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2 JUNE 30, 2006
Take Your Place, phase 2
student space opens
in Math Sciences
By Laurie Drukier
he second Take Your Place
T space—designed for students
by students—has opened in
Math Sciences. Students from the
Faculty of Environmental Design
took a boring brick space lined with
lockers and big windows and trans-
formed it into a comfortable place
for hanging out.
The new space, lined with a rib-
bon of multi-level steel furniture,
follows the redesign of a major traf-
fic corridor in Social Sciences in
“Students need quiet, well lit,
comfortable spaces to study in, or
pleasant places to sit in groups and
discuss classes, concepts, or life
Ron Bond visited the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall recently to see itself. This project makes those spe-
the progress of construction for the space for the new organ cial places happen,” says U of C
which, when completed, will be more than seven metres President Harvey Weingarten.
high and have 1,254 pipes. / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen EVDS graduate students Phil
Vandermey and Lukas Armstrong
designed both spaces, working
Pipe organ hand-in-hand with Stantec Architec-
ture on the renovations and the fur-
dedicated to “EVDS students are tackling the
design of campus spaces with imagi-
nation, consultation and profession-
Ron Bond alism. The results are entirely
impressive and undeniably impor-
tant,” says Brian Sinclair, dean of the
Phil Vandermey and Lukas Armstrong prepare for the official unveiling of the
newest Take Your Place space. / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
ing studio and a pipe
Outgoing provost organ, is finally being
Faculty of Environmental Design.
The Math Sciences renovation energetic functional space that sary year is up, this special proj-
was ‘a friend to While Bond received his
focuses on furniture and light.
“A variety of study habits and
allows for social interaction as
well as private study.”
ect—spearheaded by Sheila
O’Brien, special advisor to the pres-
PhD in Renaissance Eng-
the arts’ lish Literature, he also stud-
interactions are accommodated by
articulating the surface to become
The area was sponsored by
Pepsi, a long-time supporter of stu-
ident on student life—will result in
7,500 square metres of enhanced
ied piano and organ and has bench, table and bar,” says Arm- dent activities on campus. student space, at a total cost of $3
By Ian Warwick an associateship in piano strong. “The result is an open, When the U of C’s 40th anniver- million.
from the Royal Conserva-
The University of Calgary tory of Music and in organ
is dedicating the new pipe from the Royal Canadian
organ being installed in
the Rozsa Centre in hon-
our of Dr. Ronald Bond,
College of Organists.
“Ron is a champion of
U of C opens shop in Edmonton
the university and a friend
outgoing provost and vice- to the arts and it’s fitting By Greg Harris president and vice-chancel- and other Edmonton stake- stakeholders.
president (academic), in that we recognize his com- lor. “As one of Alberta’s holders. “We often partner with
recognition of his 33 years mitment and support in The University of Calgary, leading post-secondary “This initiative provides Edmonton-based organiza-
of academic leadership this unique way,” said Dr. SAIT Polytechnic and the institutions, it’s important all of us a closer connec- tions on health-related
and service to the institu- Ann Calvert, Faculty of Calgary Health Region will that the U of C is accessi- tion to the centre of gov- projects.”
tion. Fine Arts dean. officially open an office in ble to the decision-mak- ernment and others with Most of the day-to-day
“I’m surprised and Built in the North Ger- downtown Edmonton on ers—we need to have a whom we have existing work of each organization
deeply moved that the uni- man Baroque style, the July 13 to help better man- presence there.” relationships who pro- at CALGARY Connection
versity is recognizing me Ronald B. Bond Bach age relationships with key The U of C will also use foundly affect our ability to will be independent of one
in this way,” says Bond. Organ is being installed in supporters in Edmonton the new office to interact serve,” says Irene Lewis, another. The value in col-
“It’s gratifying to know the Rozsa Centre over the and northern Alberta. more effectively with more SAIT president. laborating is in sharing
that this unique instru- next two months by the The three Calgary insti- than 2,700 U of C alumni Deborah Apps, senior facility costs and resources,
ment, which will be a cen- German builders Jürgen tutions will operate under in Edmonton and area, and vice-president of commu- and in improving access to
tral feature for music at Ahrend Orgelbau. An the banner of CALGARY to recruit students. There nications and community Edmonton and northern-
the university and will be inaugural festival and Connection from the Mel- are more than 850 students relations for the Calgary based stakeholders.
used by countless commu- symposium is slated for cor Building at 10310 from Edmonton and north- Health Region, says that Representatives from
nity organizations, will September 22-30, 2006. Jasper Avenue. ern Alberta who currently having a full-time presence CALGARY Connection
bear my name. It’s also For more information, “As the capital of attend the U of C. in Edmonton will enhance will mark the opening of
exciting to see that the visit the organ inaugura- Alberta, Edmonton is the SAIT Polytechnic and their relations with the the office with a Stampede
original dream of the Eck- tion website at decision-making centre of the Calgary Health Region Government of Alberta, the Breakfast along Jasper
hardt-Gramatté Hall, www.ffa.ucalgary.ca/rozsa our province,” notes Dr. also have ongoing relation- Capital Health Region and Avenue and 103 Street on
which included a record- -organ/ Harvey Weingarten, U of C ships with the government other Edmonton-based the morning of July 13.
First novel a smash hit
By Christianne Wile Publishers Association. mand—it is a very clinical rowing and wise.”
While Foran says he is approach. But with fiction “Certainly the praise
t is considered a great
“honoured and pleased” you are driven by your was unexpected. But I’ll
accomplishment to by the prize, his aspira- characters,” Foran says. take it,” says Foran.
complete a novel, tions were somewhat “They take hold of you Other book award win-
much less have it pub- smaller when he first and it is a bit like driving ners from the Faculty of
lished, make the best- penned the story. a run-away carriage.” Communication and Cul-
seller list and win an “I had been nursing the The Madonna List ture included Dr. Bart
award. But for Dr. Max idea of writing a novel just traces the lives of two 19- Beaty, who received the
Foran, a professor in the to see if I could,” Foran century men across three prestigious Gertrude J.
Faculty of Communica- confesses. “I said to myself continents, where each Robinson prize for his
tion and Culture, it is all ‘OK, I can do this’ and one finds himself intertwined book Fredric Wertham and
in a day’s work. day I started. It wasn’t with a woman who has the Critique of Mass Cul-
His best selling novel about getting published.” been visited by the Virgin ture. The win is a first for
The Madonna List was The veteran non-fiction Mary. the U of C.
the recipient of the writer has already authored Foran says it was “fresh Dr. Heather Devine won
Trade Fiction Book a dozen books on Western and fun” to let his charac- the 2005 Harold Adams
Award at the 2006 art and history, but creating ters write the story for him. Innis Prize for her book
Alberta Book Awards. The Madonna List was a The technique obvi- The People Who Own
Winners were selected brand new experience. ously paid off. The Themselves: Aboriginal
by the Writers Guild of “With academic writing Edmonton Journal called Ethnogenesis in a Cana- Max Foran has a best-seller on his hands.
Alberta and the Book you are always in com- the book “gorgeous, har- dian Family, 1660-1900. / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
JUNE 30, 2006
FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
U of C, U of A join
to create new
the interactions between
Western animals, humans and the
environment may con-
researchers will tribute to the outbreak of
human sickness, disease
tackle global or death, and threaten the
livestock industries that
diseases support rural communi-
ties and the prairie econ-
The University of Cal- omy.
gary and the University The institute will
of Alberta have joined to extend to include scien-
create the Alberta Veteri- tists from other provin-
nary Research Institute cial and western
(AVRI) to examine issues Canadian institutions
relating to the health of with a commitment to its
humans, animals and the goals.
environment. “We look forward to
Emerging diseases leading the southern hub
such as BSE, SARS, of the institute and driv-
West Nile Virus and ing forward ground-
avian flu have created breaking research that
major risks to public addresses current and
health and continue to emerging needs in ani-
challenge scientists mal, human and public
around the globe. health,” says Dr. Alastair
Although many of Cribb, dean of the U of
these issues are the result C’s Faculty of Veterinary
of disease transferring Medicine.
from animals to humans Through AVRI, the U
through a contaminated of A will be able to
environment, not enough deliver undergraduate
is yet known about how courses that feature
to prevent this from hap- human-animal-environ-
pening in the face of ment interactions. The U
global warming and of A will also offer
increased travel and related master’s and PhD
trade. programs as well as a
Susan Kutz’s passion for Canada’s North has her hunting slugs, lungworms and other parasites on muskoxen and AVRI will support practice-based Master of
caribou. / Photo courtesy of Susan Kutz collaboration among Veterinary Public Health
those who study the with an emphasis on vet-
health of humans, the erinary science and food
Passion for wildlife tapped health of animals and the
health of the environ-
“The BSE crisis made
“A creative collabora-
tion between these areas
will undoubtedly lead to
for ecosystem program us acutely aware of how
profound an impact ani-
mal health can have on
eries and innovations
that will provide signifi-
Kutz is taking those same ques- our daily lives,” says cant benefits for all
Professor attracted to U of C school’s tions to the capital of the most Doug Horner, Alberta’s Albertans, and indeed,
powerful nation in the world. She agriculture, food and for people the world
unique focus on ecosystem health has been asked by the American rural development minis- over,” says University of
Meteorological Association to ter. “Collaboration and Alberta President Indira
By Leanne Niblock exist in Canada’s veterinary schools. speak to policymakers and others research, like this insti- Samarasekera.
The U of C’s new veterinary medi- about her research on the impacts tute will promote, are The institute is a col-
r. Susan Kutz has a cool of climate change on diseases in key elements in ensuring laboration between the
cine faculty will be the first to focus
job—in fact sometimes it’s one of its study streams on Ecosys- arctic animals. a quality food safety sys- two universities, as well
downright cold. Kutz, an tem and Public Health. The other “This is an opportunity to trans- tem and a healthy agri- as Alberta Sustainable
associate professor in the University two streams of study are Production late my field and lab research— culture industry in Resource Development,
of Calgary’s new Faculty of Veteri- Animal Health and Investigative which has included hours of slug Alberta.” the Alberta Provincial
nary Medicine, has a passion for Medicine. Kutz leaped at the chance searching on the tundra and hun- A team of 53 Laboratory for Public
Canada’s North that has her hunting to be part of the new program. dreds of fecal examinations—to researchers in western Health and the Food
slugs, lungworms and other para- “I came here because I thought it something that has real implications Canada—who collec- Safety Division of
sites on muskoxen and caribou, and would be thrilling to be part of a for policy and management.” tively bring more than Alberta Agriculture,
scraping feces from the frozen tun- new initiative that has the potential, Kutz is assisting in the develop- $32 million in research Food and Rural Develop-
dra in the middle of January. And through research and education, to ment of the Ecosystem and Public support—will study how ment.
she loves it. really expand the role of veterinari- health curriculum and working with
After graduating from the Doctor ans in promoting animal, human, Canada’s other vet schools to
of Veterinary Medicine program at and ecosystem health,” she says. develop an ecosystem health rota-
the Western College of Veterinary Kutz spends a good chunk of tion. Final year vet students from
Medicine at the University of each January in a northern, First across the country will have the
Saskatchewan, Kutz spent a year in Nations land-claim area called the opportunity to hone their skills in a
community practice in the North. Sahtu Settlement Region. Here, in two-week field-based rotation
“I flew into remote communities the central-western part of the focused on ecosystem health.
and offered a variety of veterinary Northwest Territories, Kutz takes The first year, they will head
services. I did spays, neuters, vacci- her knowledge of ecosystem health north to examine issues such as the
nations and everything else on the to the people. Every year, she and a impacts of oilsands development on
tables at the curling rinks or at the team of biologists from the govern- downstream animals and communi-
hockey arena. My passion for the ment of the N.W.T. hit the class- ties, agriculture in the North and
North grew.” rooms—from kindergarten to Grade zoonotic diseases in wood bison and
Community practice, though, 12—to speak to the children about muskrats.
wasn’t her passion and Kutz realized the world they live in. Kutz was recently awarded
she wanted to work with wildlife. “What we’ve done is taken the $100,000 a year for three years in
“When I went into veterinary issue of wildlife health from the lab the 2006 Ingenuity New Faculty
school I wasn’t sure what I wanted bench and ivory tower out to the Award competition.
to do. I thought maybe one day I’d people in the communities. We run Together with the Arctic Institute
end up in a mixed practice in some a program in the Sahtu for youth of North America and the Calgary
quaint little area—that’s what vets education and hunter outreach. It’s Zoo, she is also organizing the Third
do, right? But even then I had a very all about wildlife biology and International Workshop on Arctic
strong interest in wildlife and had a health: disease and human health Parasitology: Animal and Human
vague idea that a veterinary degree issues, how might that change with Health in the Changing North,
would provide me with an addi- development and climate change, which will take place in Calgary
tional set of tools to improve the the issues people need to worry Nov. 6-10.
health and sustainability of wildlife about, and how residents of north- For more information contact vet-
and ecosystems.” ern communities can contribute to email@example.com or go to www.arc-
Until now, a clear mandate for a our understanding of disease tic.ucalgary.ca/sections.php?sid=ne Dr. Alastair Cribb, dean of the U of C’s Faculty of Veterinary
focus on ecosystem health didn’t processes in wildlife.” ws&cid=arcticparasitology. Medicine. / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
4 JUNE 30, 2006
Dr. Steve Grasby samples yellow-stained glacial outwash indicating the presence of native sulfur.
/ Photos courtesy of Benoit Beauchamp
ARCTIC Microscopic photograph of rare mineral vaterite found
EXPEDITION STUDIES alongside native sulfur on glacier. Vaterite is usually
found in gall stones in humans.
By Grady Semmens
scientific expedition to a Unusual sulfur spring
A remote glacier field in
Canada’s High Arctic
may help researchers unlock the suggests how
Living accommodations on northern Ellesmere Island
are bare bones. Winter-like conditions still prevail in
July at a latitude of 81 degrees North.
secrets about the beginning of life
and provide insights for future
exploration of the solar system.
A team assembled by the Uni-
life may evolve
versity of Calgary’s Arctic Insti-
tute of North America is spending
two weeks studying a sulfur-
on other planets
spewing spring on the surface of
an ice field not far from the North
Pole this summer. The spring was discovered by the insti- Graduate student Damhnait Gleeson from the University
tute’s executive director Dr. Benoit Beauchamp during his of Colorado, on a project sponsored by NASA’s Jet Propul-
travels in the area. sion Laboratory, will be taking part in the study to deter-
Beauchamp, U of C adjunct professor Dr. Steve Grasby mine if it will be worthwhile testing spacecraft and
from the Geological Survey of Canada, and two graduate remote-control rover equipment on the glacier in the future.
students will conduct the first extensive study of the spring “These are exciting times for planetary exploration in
after initial tests showed the geological oddity is home to a Canada,” said Dr. Alain Berinstain, director of planetary
unique form of bacteria that has adapted to thrive in a cold exploration and space astronomy at the Canadian Space
and sulfur-rich environment. Agency. “These sulfur springs in the Arctic may just put us
“We really want to try and understand the plumbing one step closer to answering that age-old question: are we
system for this spring and where all this sulfur is coming alone in the universe?”
from,” Beauchamp said. “This is a very unusual feature on Beauchamp discovered the spring in the mid-1990s
the Earth’s surface and it’s an extreme ecosystem that when he noticed a yellow stain on the snow while passing
could be a good model for how life first begins in a harsh over the Borup Fiord Pass in a helicopter. He eventually
environment.” visited the site and noticed the strong smell of rotten eggs
The spring has also attracted the attention of the Cana- that indicates the presence of sulfur. Grasby then visited
dian Space Agency and NASA, which are helping to fund the site in 1999 and 2001 and collected samples of the
the expedition, because it likely provides the best example water and mineral deposits from the spring, which con-
on Earth of the conditions believed to exist on the surface tained new forms of bacteria and an extremely rare min-
of Jupiter’s moon Europa. eral known as vaterite.
Ice-covered Europa is considered one of the best candi- Sulfur-loving organisms have been found living in Dr. Benoit Beauchamp discovered the sulphur-spewing
dates for finding evidence of life on other planets within extremely hot water around geothermal vents deep in the
our solar system. Sending a probe to the planet is high on ocean floor but are seldom observed living in cold envi- spring on the surface of an ice field not far from the
NASA’s list of possible projects. ronments. North Pole. / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
JUNE 30, 2006
Darrel, an employee with Universal Flooring, on contract
with the university, works at replacing the floor in the
corridor between Science B and Earth Sciences.
Over the next few months,
$6.7 million worth of
upgrades, repairs and
maintenance will be
completed on campus
Craig Smith surveys one of the rooms in the Math Sciences Building that is slated for renewal. / Photos by Ken Bendiktsen
UNDER By Laurie Drukier
CONSTRUCTION Dave Min
t may be the season of Stampede and vacations by (and better) bike racks on campus. With all these proj- The property management team including Craig will also see a
I the lake, but it’s also the season of construction in
Calgary, and the U of C is no different. Crews are
taking advantage of the good weather and sparse
population on campus to get some necessary work
done—while trying not to get in the way.
Over the next few months, there are $6.7 million
worth of upgrades, improvements and fixes being done in
ects, the university’s sustainability goals play a key role.
Take Your Place, the 40th anniversary project to revi-
talize 40 student gathering and study spaces, is responsi-
ble for some of the construction happening on campus.
“The Social Sciences corridor was just the beginning,”
says Sheila O’Brien, the president’s special advisor on
student life. “We’re overhauling 16 residence lounges
Smith, Adrien Daigle and Janice Cummins, as well as
zone maintenance staff, are also inspecting all spaces
controlled by the Registrar’s Office—classrooms, essen-
tially—and recommending work to be done, such as
removing graffiti, repairing holes, repainting walls,
replacing lights, making floors look good and replacing
dences, to the
block. As part
company is su
buildings and on the grounds all over campus. Some of over the summer, and at the same time, the student These renovations are designed to keep the teaching cient window
the fixes are simple repair jobs—like holes in walls and designers are completing the plans for the rest of the and learning spaces of the university in good repair so security and e
broken floor tiles—and some are upgrades to improve spaces.” (See story on page 3.) that students can comfortably focus on their studies. Mike Roge
energy efficiency or install new equipment. By the end of the anniversary year, almost 7,500 “Our attitude is that if it’s not comfortable for stu- in Campus Inf
Students will return in the fall to improved meeting square metres, at a cost of $3 million (all supported by dents, they’re not going to learn as well,” Smith says. tial element o
and studying space, thanks to Take Your Place, and more donations), will have been transformed. Comfort is important, but so is accessibility. Students “Sustainab
6 JUNE 30, 2006
Happy to see new desks
and comfy chairs on cam-
pus? Wondering what hap-
pened to the old ones?
Check out the weekly on-
campus garage sale.
It’s not supposed to be a
secret, but few people
know that for years now,
and staff looking for deals
have picked up everything
from desks, chairs and fil-
ing cabinets to computers,
projectors and cameras for
Whenever there is
something worth selling—
and that includes most
manager of distribution
services, opens the doors
of the General Services
building to sells surplus
furniture and equipment.
“I know we’ve helped
lots of students furnish
their places,” Miners said.
“We’re happy to help; it’s
certainly better than send-
ing items to landfills.”
All items are carefully
inspected by Miners’ team
to assess their condition.
Anything that might be of
value to someone is added
to the catalogue for an
upcoming surplus sale.
Even broken furniture
almost never gets thrown
out—anything not sold or
donated is broken down
into as many components
as possible and recycled.
“We salvage what we
can and recycle what we
can’t,” says Miners.
ners, manager of Distribution Services, says there are good deals galore to be had at the weekly clearance sale. The sales have been
going on for eight years,
and there’s never a short-
age of deals. You can pre-
a new elevator in the Dining Centre, allow- term implications of the decisions we make,” he says. sidewalks in various locations. “Sometimes when we view what’s available in
ee access from the lower level and the resi- “Installing the cheapest equipment we can find today repair roads and sidewalks we have to do some landscap- the online catalogue at
upper level—for food sales and isn’t sustainable if we’re going to have to replace it again ing and irrigation work as well—to get the area looking www.ucalgary.ca/mm/sur-
in a few years.” nice again—but also to make sure all our hard work plus.html. The sale runs
with the university’s sustainability initia- As part of the partnership with Direct Energy Business doesn’t get washed away,” said Don Yuzwak, grounds almost every Friday from
ws are being replaced in the Engineering Services, the university is in the process of hiring 10 department construction foreman. noon until 2:30 p.m. at the
t of phase two of these upgrades, a local electricians to standardize equipment, change light bulbs, For all the construction work on campus, U of C staff north end of the general
upplying new, high-security, energy-effi- ballasts and fixtures—all aimed at reducing the U of C’s try to ensure that as much as possible is done behind the services building, just
s to replace the old, wooden ones for better long-term electricity consumption. The retrofit will take scenes, says Steve Dantzer, associate V-P of Campus Infra- behind Physical Plant
energy savings for the whole building. three or four years, but in the next three months alone, structure. “Planning is key whether we’re painting and (look for the signs as you
ers, manager of sustainable renewal projects $1.3 million in lighting projects are in progress or have replacing light bulbs or developing whole new buildings.” approach the Physical
frastructure, says sustainability is an essen- been approved. If you’re wondering about the work being done in Plant from West Campus
f the planning process. Outside, $250,000 in work is planned to repave part of your area, call Campus Infrastructure’s Customer Care Drive NW). Cash only,
ility means we take into account the long- Campus Drive and replace bike racks and hazardous Representatives at 220-7555. please.
JUNE 30, 2006
to track gamblers’
By Greg Harris “About five or six years
ago I hit bottom,” he says.
Why is it that for some “I wasn’t stealing or miss-
people, what begins as a ing work, but I was out of
harmless attraction to control. I met my future
poker or VLTs can escalate wife and I felt this terrible
into an unmanageable shame that I was living a
gambling addiction with lie. I realized I had to
potentially devastating stop.”
consequences? Calgarian Bill Denney
For the first time any- represents the other side of
where, Alberta the gambling coin. Now
researchers—from the uni- retired, he spends only a
versities of Calgary, small weekly amount on
Alberta and Lethbridge— lottery tickets and charity
are examining the habits of raffles.
gamblers over the long “I used to play the
term to determine how and horses, and I would get
why their behaviours involved in the odd poker
change. weekend, but that’s about
“The assumption is that it,” Denney says. “I went
gambling is generally pro- to Vegas a few years back
gressive,” says Dr. David and didn’t drop a nickel.”
Hodgins, director of the Dr. David Casey,
University of Calgary’s another U of C researcher
Gambling Addictions Lab working on the project,
and one of the lead says that for this phase of
researchers in the five-year the study, researchers need
project. “And while that 1,000 gamblers who gam-
definitely does occur, we ble at least a couple of
don’t really know how times a month and spend
common it is or what the more than $10 a month on
contributing factors are.” any type of gaming,
In the past year, 82 per- whether it’s lottery tickets,
cent of Albertans partici- bingo, VLTs, horse racing
pated in some form of or something else. A con-
gambling, helping to give trol group of 1,000 ran-
“The unique opportunity to work in an integrated service system—the holistic approach of bringing care for the mind, body the province its reputation domly selected people is
and spirit together—is really exciting,” says Alexandra Love. / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen as a high-rolling hotbed. already in place.
Net proceeds in Alberta in Those interested in par-
2005-06 from VLTs, slot ticipating can phone toll-
machines and ticket lotter- free (1-888-897-0810) for
Alexandra Love ies are projected to be $1.2
billion. Charitable gaming
revenue in 2004-05 was
$238 million. In Calgary
more information. If eligi-
ble, they’ll be asked to
come in for a face-to-face
interview in the first year,
Director, Wellness Centre alone there are six casinos and will be contacted once
with two more planned. a year thereafter. An hono-
“Some studies show rarium of $75 will be paid
porting staff through the changes.
he University of Calgary is taking a new,
that of those who gamble, for the initial interview,
There were always physical changes about five per cent have with smaller reimburse-
too. Every place I’ve worked has
ground-breaking approach to wellness for built a new building as part of the
moderate to severe prob-
lems with gambling,
ments later on.
Researchers are hoping
students by bringing Counselling Services, meaning they are experi-
encing some loss of con-
to get one-third of partici-
pants from Calgary, one-
Health Services and Chaplaincy Services together Can you tell us a little about your trol,” Hodgins explains.
Gambling addictions cut
third from Edmonton, and
one-third from Grande
in a new Wellness Centre. across all sectors, from
well-paid professional ath-
Prairie and Lethbridge.
The Alberta Gaming
I began my studies at the University
Alexandra Love joined the University of Cal- of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in letes like golfer John Daly,
to those who can ill afford
Research Institute is
funding the study.
Biomedical Sciences. I received a
gary on June 12 as the director of the new centre. Certificate in Primary Care from the inevitable losses.
Steven (not his real
“One other thing the
study will allow us to do
McMaster University (Nurse Practi-
Opening this fall, it will offer students a holistic tioner), and a BSN from D’Youville name), first got a taste of
gambling as a seven-year-
is to monitor how
changes in policy affect
College in Buffalo, New York. I am
approach to care that includes the mind, body and also a graduate of the Executive old watching people play
the slots at a local estab-
gambling habits,” Hod-
gins says. “For example,
Leadership Program at the University
spirit. On Campus recently spoke with Love. of Toronto. lishment. In high school,
he would spend lunch
if access to gambling
changes with the addition
What brought you to the U of C? hours at a nearby casino. of new casinos, how does
where we developed an integrated Eventually, things got out that affect an individual’s
OnCampus: What does the creation of hand. behaviour?”
health-care model that received high The unique opportunity to work in
of a wellness centre mean to U of C student satisfaction ratings. At Peter- an integrated service system—the
students? borough Regional Health Centre, I holistic approach of bringing care for
was responsible for the implementa- the mind, body and spirit together—
Alexandra Love: It means a student tion of new programs for patient care is really exciting. My research and
can go to one place to get compre- such as the comprehensive wound involvement with the American Col-
hensive holistic care to meet a variety care program, a post-surgery acute lege Health Association, a group
of needs. It means referrals can be pain program, and pre-surgery con- well represented by universities and
made more easily and more quickly. sult clinics. colleges in the states where new
It means students will interact with As director of bone marrow trans- service delivery is showcased, shows
highly knowledgeable staff who can plant and leukemia services at that the U of C model really is
direct them to the most appropriate Princess Margaret Hospital in ground-breaking. They are still
services. It means an increased Toronto, I introduced an integrated working on this kind of integration
awareness of how else we can pro- care model for inpatients and outpa- in the U.S.
vide care for a student. Ultimately, it tients. At Wellesley Hospital in Another really important draw for
means more complete, effective care Toronto, I worked as the manager of me is the energy of the staff at the U
for students. family practice. Both Princess Mar- of C and in the three areas I’ll be
garet and Wellesley hospitals were working with. There is a really posi-
You have extensive experience affiliated with the University of tive response to bringing the holistic
leading integrated-care models. Toronto. approach to student care to life and
Can you tell us a little about your that is a wonderful place to start.
background in this kind of service What were those experiences like? Working with staff is so important to
me—I love challenging them to
delivery? I’ve been most excited about the grow. I am really interested in giving
opportunity to be a change agent to the U of C as a mentor for col-
Much of my work has been in health working with fantastic teams. In leagues, staff and students. Coming
care where multidisciplinary teams many cases, there was substantial to the U of C is a real pleasure—I’m
work together to provide patient care. organizational design going on and I looking forward to a lot of growth In the past year, 82 percent of Albertans participated in
Most recently, I was the director of was able to facilitate the process of and to where the Wellness Centre
the health and wellness centre at the some form of gambling, helping to give the province its rep-
integrated service delivery by sup- will be next year at this time.
University of Toronto Scarborough, utation as a high-rolling hotbed.
8 JUNE 30, 2006
By Meghan Sired
M Wesley Barisoff
says he learns
best by doing. That’s why
he enrolled in a music his-
tory field school last month
that took students to New
a hands-on hit
York City to experience
first-hand the emotions,
tastes, smells and noises of Manhatttan’s music scene.
“It’s learning in a different way,” says Barisoff, 20. “I’m
the sort of person that anyone can sit there and tell me
things for hours and I won’t remember any of it, but if the
same person showed me or let me experience what they
were talking about I can get it instantly.”
The half-credit course, offered by University of Cal-
gary’s Department of Music, was the brainchild of John
Reid, an instructor and full-time regional director of the
Canadian Music Centre. Reid considered Cuba for his inau-
gural field school, but in the end decided on the Big Apple.
“Of course, in jazz music, New York City is the centre
of the universe and over the years I have taught many jazz
history classes about New York City and the music there,”
Reid took 15 students to New York City for seven days,
after a week of classes to prepare for the trip. The course
was called New York City: Musicals, Music and Culture.
Activities included a jazz brunch at the Redeye Grille,
visiting the Broadway Virgin Megastore, walking from
Brooklyn to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge, a guided
tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tickets to Puc-
cini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Centre
and the Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the
“These classes are a great way to learn about a specific
topic through practical learning,” says 19-year-old Bache-
lor of Music student Beth Desruisseaux.
“Talking about Broadway from Calgary cannot begin to
compare with viewing Broadway from the Shubert Theatre.
Being in the middle of the culture and experiencing first-
hand the topics studied creates education that lasts a life- Above: The field school students pose in front of the Duke Ellington Memorial in Harlem. / Photo by Rehana Bharwani
time,” she says. Below: All dressed up for a night at the opera. / Photo by John Reid
Reid admits New York can be overwhelming and that
taking students there after only a week of preparation was a
bit like learning to swim by being thrown into the deep end
of the pool.
“I think we achieved what we set out to do, though,
which was to give people a taste of all these various
aspects. So, a lot of this field school was to whet the
Upon arriving in New York City, the students bought
week-long metro passes, so that they could get around
easily. Their first stop was Times Square.
“The kids were saying things like ‘wow I’ve never seen
anything like this—holy cow,’ because in the middle of
night it’s bright as day because of the lights,” says Reid.
Reid also arranged for two distinguished New Yorkers to
speak to the class. Jazz critic Ira Gitler has been profession-
ally involved with jazz since 1951 and is the author of
many jazz publications. Maxine Gordon is the widow of
jazz musician Dexter Gordon, who was very influential in
jazz circles—particularly in bebop—and had a very suc-
cessful performing career.
Students were required write a term paper about some
aspect of New York City, as well as complete a journal of
their trip—being as creative as possible.
Barisoff said he had a lot of fun creating his journal.
“I glued and taped a lot of things in to my journal—
things like wrappers from American products I ate and
pamphlets from places I went. It is almost more of a scrap-
book than a journal,” he says. “I also got interesting people,
and all my classmates, to write something in it.”
Reid is planning another field school next spring. He
hopes to bring a class to New Orleans during the city’s Jazz
and Heritage Festival.
JUNE 30, 2006
K-12 teachers do
the math at U of C
viding them with materials and an oppor-
Workshop provides skills tunity to discuss and experience inquiry-
for new curriculum Organizers took advantage of the
annual meeting of the Canadian Mathe-
By Michelle Cook matics Education Study Group, being held
at U of C the same weekend, to introduce
train leaves Philadelphia at 2:30
Alberta teachers to researchers doing
p.m. going 60 miles an hour... ” If innovative work in the field and expose
this classic calculation brings back them to the latest international advances
traumatic memories of math class, you’re in inquiry-based math teaching and learn-
not alone. ing.
Most of Alberta’s K-12 teachers spent If that sounds too intense for those of
their school years trying to figure out you who still break into a sweat at the
when that train from Philly would reach thought of math class, the institute
its destination. showed educators that the inquiry method
The problem now is that these same isn’t just an effective way to teach math, it
teaches are trying to introduce their stu- can spark young “mathemaginations” in
dents to a new way of understanding ways traditional teaching methods can’t.
mathematics. Inquiry-based learning chal- In hands-on sessions, participants
lenges students with non-routine problems explored how origami, coloured blocks,
and encourages them to explain their solu- Islamic tiles and even a lively game of
tions instead of just memorizing rote cards—when played with a specially num-
functions. This approach will become a bered deck—can be used to teach complex
mandatory part of the provincial math concepts and get students thinking about
curriculum in 2007. math from a different perspective.
In an effort to help teachers update For Dennis Fitzsimmonds of Sundre,
their instruction techniques, math educa- who has taught high-school math for 26
tion specialists from the University of years, the workshops were a valuable
Calgary’s Faculty of Education held a free opportunity to acquire some innovative
professional development workshop ear- techniques.
lier this month. “Stand and deliver; that is very much
The day-long event drew more than me in class,” says Fitzsimmonds.
200 math educators from around the “I’ve been looking at ways to insert
province to campus to improve their math more investigation and fun into my
teaching skills. classes but still do it efficiently because
“We saw a real need in the community the Alberta curriculum is full and there’s a
for this,” says Dr. Jo Towers, who organ- lot to get through.”
ized the workshop with colleague Dr. Towers says the response to the work-
Olive Chapman. shop was so enthusiastic that organizers
“Teachers find it difficult to teach in hope to offer more professional develop-
U of C education PhD candidate Sandy Orsten uses the ancient art form of origami to ways other than the way they were taught. ment opportunities in future to help math
demonstrate a new way of teaching and learning math. / Photo by Michelle Cook We saw this as a way to help them by pro- teachers implement the new curriculum.
honours 435 grads
By Lorna Prediger
Lifelong learners at the
University of Calgary
were honoured at gradua-
tion ceremonies earlier
this month as U of C Con-
tinuing Education awarded
certificates to 435 stu-
dents. They joined the
more than 8,000 certificate
graduates who preceded
them over the past 35
years. Top L-R: Robert Woodrow, associate VP academic, Joanne
This year’s graduates Cuthbertson, Chancellor, and Dr. Scott McLean, director Sícan Lord’s Mask represents a Sícan deity. Made of silver and gold alloy and about 46 cen-
received certificates in 23 Continuing Education. Bottom L-R: Scholarship winners timetres wide by about 30 cm high, the mask was covered in cinnabar, a reddish material
continuing education pro- Howard Pruden, Carla Paleck, Robin Brandt, Lynne Koziey (mercuric oxide) meant to represent blood. The mask was worn with a feathered headdress.
grams, including 12 man- and Frazer Logan. / Photo by Stuart Gradon
agement certificate / Photo by Y. Yoshii
programs and 11 programs
in areas such as adult Marketing Management pursue an undergraduate
learning, career develop- Certificate, often while degree through Weekend Beat the gold rush with advance tickets
ment, teacher assistant, maintaining a full-time University.”
Spanish language and cul- career and family commit- The other recipients of for Peruvian exhibit this September
ture, visual design, web ments. the Kay Pringle Scholar-
designer and developer, Logan graduated with a ship are Robin Brandt, By Greg Harris gold pieces themselves, but multimedia presentations
software developer and General Management Cer- Carla Paleck and Lynne also by the mystery behind and an audiotour.
software management. tificate and is only one Koziey. The recipients of Advance tickets are now the people who crafted “We anticipate the show
More than 600 people course away from com- the Human Resources available for the Sept. 27 them—the Sicán of north- will sell out and we urge
attended the ceremony at pleting a Strategic Man- Institute of Alberta awards North American debut of ern Peru.” Calgarians to purchase their
the Red and White Club agement Certificate. He are Howard Pruden and Ancient Peru Unearthed: Archaeologists still have tickets in advance—partic-
on June 21. During the considers these programs Brian Doyle. Treasures of a Lost Civi- much to learn about the ularly if they’re planning to
ceremony, six scholarships to have been extremely “Continuing Education lization—a blockbuster Sicán, who lived between attend during the Christmas
were awarded to certifi- valuable and is encourag- students like Frazer Logan exhibit of priceless gold 900-1300 CE, pre-dating holidays,” Sharpe says.
cate students. Four stu- ing fellow employees at complete two to three artifacts. the rise of the Incas. All the Tickets are available
dents received $500 Kay WestJet to pursue the same years of part-time study, To be held at The Nickle pieces in the Ancient Peru through the Campus Ticket
A. Pringle Memorial or other relevant creden- mostly during evenings Arts Museum at the Uni- Unearthed exhibit were Centre or online at
Scholarships and two stu- tials through U of C. and weekends. This com- versity of Calgary, the found by professional www.ancientperu.ca or .
dents were awarded $150 “The learning and mitment represents a sig- show, which includes archaeologists in the tomb They are $14 for adults
Human Resources Institute development I have gained nificant achievement since crowns, masks, ear spools, of a Sicán lord, who was and $9 for seniors, chil-
of Alberta Awards. through continuing educa- most of the graduates have head-dresses, feather orna- buried together with three dren and students.
Frazer Logan, a pur- tion courses has played a families and work full- ments—and much more— other people who were ritu- The exhibit is on loan
chasing manager with critical role in my ability time,” says Judith Russell, has been referred to as Tut’s ally sacrificed in his honour. from Peru’s Sicán National
WestJet Airlines, is one of to leverage my career into registrar for Continuing Tomb of the Americas. The Ancient Peru Museum, home of an exten-
the recipients of the Kay management with West- Education. “This is a very unique Unearthed exhibit runs until sive permanent collection.
Pringle Memorial Scholar- Jet,” says Logan. “My University of Calgary collection that will appeal Jan. 14, 2007. It will feature Dr. Carlos Elera, the direc-
ship, which was estab- next goal is to become a Continuing Education to a broad demographic,” more than 100 items and tor of the Sicán National
lished to provide director and to help me serves 42,000 learners and says Colleen Sharpe, exhi- will include interactive Museum, is a University of
assistance to adult learners achieve this, I plan to delivers 2,400 courses in bition co-ordinator. components for children Calgary alumnus and
who have chosen to pursue apply the credits from my degree credit and non- “People will be attracted that are both fun and educa- helped bring the show to
a General Management or certificate programs and credit offerings. by the sheer beauty of the tional. There will also be Calgary.
10 JUNE 30, 2006
A better place
would be based
By Shelley Boettcher
A couple of University of
Calgary graduates are
planning to start a new pri-
vate school in Calgary. The mother-daughter team of Marianne and Kim Hartman received their BSW degrees
They’re not teachers; they together at the June 9 convocation. / Photo by Theresa Eng
simply want to make the
world a better place.
BFA’96, says the birth of
his daughter, now 2, made
him realize he wanted her
to experience a different
public school education stepdaughter’s plans to change career
than what he remembered
Mother and daughter earn paths, both Hartmans applied and were
from his own youth. accepted into the BSW program at the Fac-
He says he knew he’d
social work degrees ulty of Social Work.
have to do something Kim, now 25, began her BSW studies at
about it when he and his
at the same time the U of C campus in September 2003,
family moved to one of the L-R: Nicholas Jones, Randy Sommerfeld and Wilbur Turner. while Marianne, now 52, entered the fac-
city’s new communities. By Lynne Dulaney-MacNicol ulty’s Access program at the Grande
Although a school is / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen Prairie site in January 2004. Both are
scheduled to be built there tudents go to university to gain new enthusiastic about their respective student
within the next 10 years,
the nearest school now
will mean a 45-minute bus
ride twice a day for his
weren’t being met.
A high-school dropout
himself, he now wants to
check out www.human-
c.html or call 608-0184.
S experiences, follow their dreams,
achieve their career goals—and
sometimes, to get away from their parents.
“Being able to share what we were
learning in the BSW program was wonder-
ful,” says Marianne. “We found a definite
find a way to ensure other “This is not just for par- Not so for Kim Hartman. She entered
daughter. children have a more posi- ents with kids or educa- the Faculty of Social Work’s undergradu- difference between Kim’s more urban take
“If we have to put that tive school experience than tors,” says Sommerfeld. ate program right alongside her mother, on social work versus my more rural take,
much effort into getting he and his children did. “It’s really about making Marianne Hartman. though—and we had a little bit of compe-
her to school, I want her to “The public school sys- the world a better place for The mother-daughter duo received their tition for marks!”
experience something tem in Alberta is so struc- kids. Children are our BSW degrees together at the University of Both active in student governance, the
amazing,” says Sommer- tured,” Turner says. greatest resource as a soci- Calgary’s convocation ceremony on June Hartmans each received a student leader-
feld. “There’s no room for chil- ety. Whether you’re 20 or 9, where Kim also received one of the U of ship award from the faculty—Marianne in
“I really want her to go dren who don’t fit into that 80, if you’re interested in C Senate’s 40th anniversary awards. 2005, Kim in 2006—for their “significant
to an extraordinary school. structure.” being part of this, there’s a The Hartmans’ road to convocation was enhancement of the educational experi-
I want her to have a great With that in mind, both place for you.” a winding one. ence” of their fellow students.
life, and she can’t have a Turner and Sommerfeld Although they’ve only After working in home care for many What’s next for this dynamic duo? Mar-
great life if all of her little melded their goals, and been developing the years as a licensed practical nurse, Mari- ianne plans to continue working as a med-
friends don’t also have a with the help of fellow school for the past couple anne felt the need to make some life-alter- ical social worker with a long-term care
great life.” Calgarian Nicholas of months, they’ve already ing decisions after recovering from breast focus at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in
A practicing Buddhist, Jones—who graduated had calls and emails from cancer in 1999. Her only child, Kim, was Grande Prairie. “I’m heading to Guadala-
Sommerfeld contacted dif- from U of C with an interested teachers and in her first year of physical education at jara, Mexico for six months to volunteer in
ferent organizations in the archaeology degree in the parents across North Grande Prairie Regional College. a local orphanage,” says Kim, who then
city to see if there was any mid-’80s—they’re actively America. A similar project With her husband, Andy Fritsma, plans to return to Calgary and work in a
interest in creating a working toward creating is also forming in Vancou- “extremely supportive” of his wife and hospital like her mom.
school centred around the the new school. ver. Any plans for graduate school? The two,
Buddhist philosophies of “We’re all successful in The centre will follow still clad in their undergraduate convoca-
generosity, integrity and
our fields and in life, so
we’re looking at what to
the Alberta government’s
CLASSIFIED tion robes and mortar board caps, look at
one another and laugh. “Don’t tell my hus-
self-discipline. do next. How can we make but it will also have its To place your classified ad, please call OnCampus at band but… maybe!” says Marianne. “It’s
A friend introduced him a difference?” says Jones. own specific educational (403) 220-5726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each never too late to make changes in your life.
to Wilbur Turner, who has The project has been goals. Students will work word costs 15 cents, payable at time of placement by Never say ‘never’ to opportunities.”
been working on starting a named the Human Learn- at their own speed, regard- cash or cheque.
similar non-Buddhist proj- ing Centre, and will be less of age or grade level.
ect. Turner, the head of a open to people of all reli- The school will also be
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Rising to the
In the University of Calgary’s first year
participating in the Commuter Challenge,
almost 100 employees stopped driving
their cars to work as part of a national sus-
Out of a possible 4,700 people, 98
their vehicles and walked, biked, took tran-
sit and even canoed to work. In doing so,
they saved 11,378 commuting kilometres.
During Commuter Challenge week June
4 to 10, more than 4,000 Calgarians—rep-
resenting 76 workplaces—travelled
512,224.4 km using sustainable modes of
transportation. As a result, 134,932 CO2
equivalent kg of greenhouse gas emissions
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JUNE 30, 2006
JUNE 30 – JULY 25
Monday, July 3 Tuesday, July 25
Events are on the Web:
HOLIDAY: Canada Day. FORUM: Coastal Eco- www.ucalgary.ca/events
Archaeology. This youth
Thursday, July 6 forum will combine
marine ecosystems and Compiled by Ken
11:30 pm LUNCH: Presi- First Nations archaeology
in Barkley Sound. Stu- Bendiktsen
dent's Chili Lunch.
Runs until 1:30 pm. Info: dents will have to oppor- The listed events are of
Cindy Dunbar, 220- 3156 tunity to participate in general interest. Events of
or email: cdunbar@ucal- boat field trips and visits a specialized nature may
gary.ca. Enter the Charity to local beaches with not be listed here but can
Chili Cookoff: email cdun- teachers at the Bamfield
Marine Science Centre. be found on the Web at
Blue Room Patio, High school students www.ucalgary.ca/events.
Dining Centre. going into Grade 11 and Email your events
12 are invited to apply. information to
Runs July 25-29. Info: email@example.com Sarah Davidson and Carmen Szeto from Westmount Charter School. / Photo by Steven Mills
Talking science to
Galileo kids video-link projects By Rhonda Watson At U of C, the Let’s Talk Science Part-
nership Program is run by student co-ordi-
to Smithsonian festival hree University of Calgary student
nators Jason Bau, Steven Mills and
researchers opened laboratory doors Andrew Ah-Seng.
By Michelle Cook for 25 Calgary-area high-school stu- “There is a growing need to improve
dents recently as part of the Let’s Talk Sci- science literacy in the community. This
With a little help from the ence Partnership Program, a national program offers youth the opportunity to
University of Calgary, a non-profit organization that aims to experience university-level ideas unavail-
tech-savvy group of local improve science literacy. able to them in the classroom,” said Bau, a
grade 3 and 4 students will Also participating was Preston Man- Bachelor of Health Sciences student.
spend Canada Day on ning, former Reform Party leader and “I really enjoy teaching and working
campus sharing their founder of the Manning Centre for Build- with students. so this program is a great
views on what it means to ing Democracy, who addressed the stu- way for me to volunteer in those areas.”
be Canadian in a live, dents and Faculty of Medicine leadership Since inception in 2002, the Let’s Talk
interactive video-confer- on the importance of science outreach for Science Partnership Program at U of C has
ence with Americans in youth. offered campus and lab tours to high-
Washington, D.C. “I appreciate any opportunity to be school youth, giving them a chance to
The citizenship and involved in promoting science and careers experience lab environments and develop
global awareness project is in science among young people,” said relationships with role models at the uni-
the work of students from Manning. “The Let’s Talk Science Partner- versity level. Depending upon teacher
Glendale Elementary ship Program at the U of C and at cam- requests, the students may tour the CAVE,
School. It is one of four puses across Canada gives young people a bioinformatics facility, look at an elec-
projects produced by Cal- exposure to real-world science, while also tron microscope or use other equipment
gary-area schools that will giving university students a chance to unavailable at the high-school level.
be showcased, via video- ignite their enthusiasm for science in oth- The Let’s Talk Science Partnership Pro-
link, at the Smithsonian ers.” Manning said that programs such as gram operates at 22 education centres
Folklife Festival taking Let’s Talk Science go a long way to fur- across the country, including the Univer-
place in the U.S. capital thering science enrichment and career sity of Calgary. Visit www.let-
this week. All were opportunities. stalkscience.ca for more information.
designed in collaboration
with the Galileo Educa-
tional Network, a Faculty Some students in the Galileo project examined the histori-
of Education-based group cal ties between the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and
that helps teachers and stu- the Treaty 7 Nations. / Photo courtesy of Galileo
dents fuse technology with
“What we’re seeing For the citizenship proj- ture, the disappearance of
with these projects is the ect, Glendale students Alberta’s wooden grain
high quality of work that worked with their teach- elevators and the historical
emerges when young chil- ers—recent U of C educa- ties between the Calgary
dren are steeped in tion graduates Jennifer Exhibition and Stampede
inquiry,” says Dr. Sharon Grimm and Lauren and the Treaty 7 Nations. Volunteers Needed
Friesen, associate profes- Ranta—to set up a class- The students will be
sor of education and one room “carpet factory” to connecting with Folklife July 6, 2006
of Galileo’s founders. simulate child labour con- Festival visitors via
“These projects also ditions, raise money to Alberta’s SuperNet to 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
show what broadband purchase water filters for large outdoor screens set
technology is good for—it families in the Dominican up on Washington’s We are looking for assistance from anyone who can come out
shows ordinary children Republic and collaborate National Mall. The 10-day and help support this annual event.
doing extraordinary work with a professional film- annual outdoor event is
and puts children’s maker to document their expected to draw up to one
thoughts, ideas and inno- work. million people to the U.S. The President's Chili Lunch
vations at the forefront Other schools tackled capital between June 30 also features the Charity Chili Cook Off
internationally.” the topics of cowboy cul- and July 11.
We are seeking volunteers for the following areas and times:
New writer-in-residence named Setup
By Janice Lee During his residency, Singh will devote
half his time to writing and half to commu- Beverages
The University of Calgary’s Markin-Flana- nity activities, including individual manu- 11:30-12:15 p.m. & 12:15-1:15 p.m.
gan Distinguished Writers Programme in script consultations with local writers, Floaters
the Faculty of Humanities has announced public readings and workshops. While in 11:30-12:15 p.m. & 12:15-1:15 p.m.
that Montreal writer Jaspreet Singh is the Calgary, Singh will work primarily on his
2006-2007 Markin-Flanagan Canadian new novel, The Book of Hanging Gardens. Charity Chili Entry
Writer-in-Residence. Singh’s residency “Because of my involvement with both 11:30 - 12:15 p.m. & 12:15-1:00 p.m.
begins at the U of C on Aug. 15, 2006, and science and the humanities, I am very inter-
runs until June 15, 2007. ested in the interface, the gap, between Bussing Tables
Singh was born in India and moved to these two cultures,” says Singh. 11:30-12:15 p.m. & 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Canada in 1990. His critically-acclaimed “During my residency, I hope to explore
book of short stories, Seventeen Tomatoes: new ways to bring writers, artists, and sci- Take Down and Clean Up
Tales from Kashmir, won the Quebec Writ- entists together. I look forward to spending 1:00-3:00 p.m.
ers’ Federation 2004 McAuslan First Book 10 creative, stimulating months in Cal-
Prize. gary.” Call Cindy Dunbar at 220-3156 or Joanne O'Neil at 220-4624
Singh holds a PhD in chemical engineer- Singh will read with Melanie Little, the or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ing from McGill University and has worked 2005-2006 Markin-Flanagan Canadian Let us know where and when you would like to volunteer.
as a research scientist and teacher. He has Writer-in-Residence, on Thursday, Sept. 14,
also performed in street theatre in India, and at 7:30 p.m. at the Engineered Air Theatre,
on stage in Montreal. EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts.
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