DREAM REALIZED
                                                                Ronald B. Bond Bach Organ completes
                                                                vision for Rozsa Centre Page 3

                                                                COOL JOB
                                                                Vet school’s unique study stream a draw
                                                                for ecosystem health expert Page 4

                                                                UNDER CONSTRUCTION
                                                                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
                                                                                                                                      CELEBRATE 40
                  SU HONOURS C&C DEAN SCHERF
                                                                                                                               Final list of
                                                                                                                               projects funded
                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                               Goddard scholarship
                                                                                                                               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
Biodiagnostics (West)            gory earlier this month          Western Canadian Uni-                                         Volume 3, Number 26
Animal Care Commit-              for Calibre Environmen-          versity Physical Plant           Dr. Julia Murphy, assis-     OnCampus welcomes letters, comments and suggestions for stories.
                                                                                                                                Tel: (403) 220-5726 | Fax: (403) 282-8413 | Email:
tee—since 2004.                  tal, where he is vice-           Administrators                   tant professor in the        Web:
                                 president of business            (WCUPPA) conference,             department of anthro-        Postal: Administration 113, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4

Wirasinghe wins                  development. Calibre             held at the university           pology and a fellow in       OnCampus is published 28 times a year by the office of the Vice-President
                                                                                                                                (External Relations)
mentoring award                  Environmental pro-               and the Banff centre in          the Latin American
                                 duces “ecocoat” paint            early June. Campus               Research Centre, will        Editorial
                                                                                                                                Editor: Colleen Turner, Director, Communications
Dr. Chan Wirasinghe,             from latex paints that           Infrastructure Associate         serve as part of a dele-     220-2920,
outgoing dean of the             residents of Calgary             VP Steve Dantzer, along          gation of international
                                                                                                                                Assistant editor: Beth Frank                   Publication Mail Agreement No:
Schulich School of               recycle at fire halls and        with Direct Energy VP            observers during Mex-        618-4647,                   40064590
Engineering, is the              landfill sites.                  Peter Dixon led the con-         ico’s upcoming general                                                      Return undeliverable Canadian
                                                                                                                                Design/Production/Photography/Events           addresses to:
2006 recipient of the                                             ference on public-pri-           election. The delegation     Ken Bendiktsen                                 OnCampus, Administration 113,
Minerva Mentoring                Sudan honours                    vate partnerships in             has been organized by        220-3502,                   University of Calgary,
                                                                                                                                                                               Calgary AB T2N 1N4
Award, created to rec-           archaeologist                    capital projects. Other          San Francisco-based          Advertising
ognize a significant                                              Campus Infrastructure            Global Exchange and          Kathy Sieben
contribution to mentor-          Dr. Peter Shinnie, a Uni-        presenters were: Hans            Alianza Civica, an inde-
ing women of all ages            versity of Calgary pro-          Luu, environmental               pendent Mexican              Printer
                                                                                                                                Calgary Colorpress
in science, engineering          fessor emeritus and              management co-ordi-              organization. Murphy
                                 former head of archae-           nator; Margot Willox,            will be in Mexico June       Next edition: OnCampus Online, July 12, 2006
and technology. Opera-                                                                                                          Contents may be reprinted with
tion Minerva brings              ology, has received              manager of space plan-           26 to July 6.                acknowledgement to the U of C.

 2       JUNE 30, 2006
                                                                Take Your Place, phase 2
                                                                Second renovated
                                                                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,         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
                                                                                                                           veterinary institute
                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                             ground-breaking discov-
                                                                                                                                                             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 or go to www.arc-
   Until now, a clear mandate for a      our understanding of disease         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
                                                                                                                                                                                             ing barrier-fre
                                                                                                                                                                                             dences, to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                In keeping
                                                                                                                                                                                             tives, window
                                                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                full of
                                                                                                                                                                                Weekly campus
                                                                                                                                                                                garage sale
                                                                                                                                                                                features used
                                                                                                                                                                                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,
                                                                                                                                                                                budget-minded students
                                                                                                                                                                                and staff looking for deals
                                                                                                                                                                                have picked up everything
                                                                                                                                                                                from desks, chairs and fil-
                                                                                                                                                                                ing cabinets to computers,
                                                                                                                                                                                projectors and cameras for
                                                                                                                                                                                bargain prices.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Whenever there is
                                                                                                                                                                                something worth selling—
                                                                                                                                                                                and that includes most
                                                                                                                                                                                weeks—Dave Miners,
                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                  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
                                                                                                                               Provincewide study
                                                                                                                               to track gamblers’
                                                                                                                               evolving habits
                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                      formal education?
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
They loved
New York,
New York
By Meghan Sired
                                 Music field
            usic student

M           Wesley Barisoff
            says he learns
best by doing. That’s why
                                 school trip
                                 to Manhattan
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,”
says Reid.
   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
Imperial Theatre.
   “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-
                                                                                                                                               based math.”
                                                                                             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.

Continuing Education
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   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
for kids
New school
would be based
on Buddhist
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.
    Randy Sommerfeld,
BFA’96, says the birth of
his daughter, now 2, made
him realize he wanted her
to experience a different
                                                                                                  Dynamic duo
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-
non-violence, compassion,
generosity, integrity and
                                  our fields and in life, so
                                  we’re looking at what to
                                                                 the Alberta government’s
                                                                 curriculum requirements,
                                                                                                           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 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
successful Calgary-based                                                                          NITESTYLES (Established 1992). Men’s haircuts
                                  gious and economic back-       experiential in nature; in
software company, is the                                                                          $15, women’s haircuts $18 after showing student ID.
                                  grounds. A location and        other words, students will
father of two adult chil-                                                                         Hi-lites starting at $35. 30-min. massage and haircut
                                  fees have not yet been         have hands-on learning
dren who dropped out of                                                                           $55. Gift certificates available. Free parking. Sherina
                                  determined, nor has an         experiences that will make
Alberta’s public school                                                                           (Licensed 1984). Ph: 313-9592. 340 – 14th St. N.W.
                                  opening date.                  education important to
system because their needs                                                              
                                     For more information,       them.

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-
tainability effort.
    Out of a possible 4,700 people, 98
employees—2.09 percent—abandoned
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
were reduced.
    For full results go to www.commuter-

                                                                                                                                                                                   JUNE 30, 2006
JUNE 30 – JULY 25
Monday, July 3                    Tuesday, July 25
                                                                  Events are on the Web:
HOLIDAY: Canada Day.              FORUM: Coastal Eco-   
                                  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 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  
Dining Centre.                    going into Grade 11 and         Email your events
                                  12 are invited to apply.         information to
                                  Runs July 25-29. Info:             Sarah Davidson and Carmen Szeto from Westmount Charter School. / Photo by Steven Mills
                                                                                                 Talking science to
                                                                                                 high-school students
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.                         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
                                                                                                                                      10:00-11:00 p.m.
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
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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