Couple reaches out with million-dollar donation HIGHLIGHTS

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					                                                              FUNDRAISING RESULTS 2005/06

                                                                                                                                 Largest gift
                                                                                                                                 This fiscal year saw the largest gift in the
                                                                                                                                 university's history: $25 million from
                                                                                                                                 Torontonian Seymour Schulich for 102
                                                                                                                                 scholarships, three academic chairs and
                                                                                                                                 discretionary funds for the Schulich
                                                                                                                                 School of Engineering.

                                                                                                                                 Major donations for Fine Arts
                                                                                                                                 The Faculty of Fine Arts received two
                                                                                                                                 major gifts from alumni: $1.35 million from
                                                                                                                                 John Lefebvre, LLB’82, and another $1
                                                                                                                                 million-plus donation to be publicly
                                                                                                                                 announced on May 8.

                                                                                                                                 Scholarships from Talisman
                                                                                                                                 Led by Jim Buckee, Talisman Energy
Mike and Linda Shaikh hope their donation will create awareness and wellness in the community.                                   established $10,000 scholarships for stu-
                                                                                                                                 dents in Engineering, Science, Business,
                                                                                                                                 Law and Environmental Design. In the
Couple reaches out with                                                                                                          four latter faculties, these are the highest
                                                                                                                                 valued scholarships.

million-dollar donation                                                                                                          PennWest Energy Trust boosts
By Janice Paskey                          the university to go to.”                    The Shaikhs decided Reach!, the           PennWest Energy established nine schol-
                                             Linda Holaday followed Mazhar          joint fundraising initiative of the Uni-
                                                                                                                                 arships and bursaries in the Faculty of
           hen Linda and Mazhar           to Calgary; they married in 1974.         versity of Calgary and the Calgary
           (Mike) Shaikh made a $1-          Mazhar took on the English name        Health Region, was the perfect vehi-         Science worth from $5,000 to $10,000 for
           million donation to cardiol-   “Mike,” and established his own           cle for their donation as it allowed         students studying geoscience.
ogy research and care earlier this        accounting firm, while Linda pursued      them to direct their gift to cardiovas-
year, it was a testament to what          her career as a painter and an artist,    cular research through the Libin Car-
they’d achieved since arriving in         and taught drawing in the U of C’s        diovascular Institute of Alberta.            New entrance awards
Canada.                                   Continuing Education department.              “I’m just trying to give back,”          Direct Energy Business Services was the
   The pair met by chance on a 15-        Together, they raised three daughters,    Mike says. “The University of Cal-           lead sponsor of the Academic Merit
hour train trip while traveling           Sarah, Farrah and Janet, all of whom      gary was so good to me. I’m on the [U
through Europe. She was an Ameri-         later attended the U of C.                of C] Senate and am chair of the Fund        Entrance Awards, donating $500,000 for
can with an art degree living in             Over the years, Mike faced health      Development Committee, where we              entering students with marks of more than
Miami; he was from Pakistan, with         challenges. A congenital heart prob-      are raising funds for bursaries.             80 percent.
hopes of furthering his education in      lem resulted in a minor heart attack         “This donation to cardiology will
the West.                                 10 years ago, and then he had surgery     hopefully create awareness and well-
   Mazhar had earned a business           three years ago. He grew close to his     ness in the community.” He is also a         Bequests keep giving
degree at the University of Karachi,      U of C physicians and counts them as      member of the Chancellor’s Club.             The $6.25-million estate of Ursula Zand-
but felt opportunities lay elsewhere.     friends. “They were extremely pro-           Says Linda of the donation: “It’s
“I had applied to other universities      fessional; the quality of the care was    the most satisfying thing for us. We         mer distributed $370,000 last year for stu-
around the world, but the University      amazing. I was considering going to       are so grateful to be in a position to       dent scholarships, research start-up funds
of Calgary was very forthcoming;          the United States to get my surgery       be able to help like this. Our dreams        for new professors and laboratory refur-
they were so quick to tell me what        done and I chose Calgary because of       have come true here in Canada.               bishment in the Department of Chemical
courses I should take and how I           the people I knew, the plan they had,     We’re still dreaming, and we’re still
should proceed, so I thought this was     and the care they provided.”              going higher.”                               and Petroleum Engineering.
                                                                                                                                     The estate of Murray W. Waterman
                                                                                                                                 provided the first entrance award in Archi-
Foundation volunteers donate expertise                                                                                           tecture, of $10,000, in the Faculty of Envi-
                                                                                                                                 ronmental Design.
Trustees provide financial advice,                                                                                               Oilpatch invests
connect with community donors                                                                                                    EnCana donated $1 million to the Institute
                                                                                                                                 for Sustainable Energy, Environment and
By Erin Carpenter               legal and financial con-
                                sultant. “So I thought if
For Mike Tims, being a          my clients are interested                                                                        Alumni and students
trustee of the University of    in the University of Cal-                                                                        The University of Calgary Alumni Associa-
Calgary Foundation is a         gary, then I need to get
natural fit.                    more involved myself                                                                             tion and the Students’ Union were the
    The chairman of Peters      with it.”                      Mike Tims                         Yvonne Chenier                  lead donors to the first Take Your Place
and Co. Limited graduated           Tims and Chenier are                                                                         renovation launched April 12. This is one
with a commerce degree          two of the University of
from the U of C in 1976         Calgary Foundation’s 10        behalf. Composed of               broaden awareness of the        of 40 campus spaces being renovated to
and after completing an         trustees, all of whom          financial advisors,               university, or at least keep    commemorate the university’s 40th
MBA at Harvard, he              donate hours of volunteer      accountants, estate               the awareness high, by          anniversary.
returned to teach courses       effort to providing finan-     lawyers and private con-          having some functions
at the U of C and sit on        cial advice, connecting        sultants, it reviews and          that are really helpful in
the University Senate.          with donors and helping to     accepts deferred planned          building the relationship
He’s also a member of the       raise the profile of the U     gifts, such as bequests and       with potential future
Haskayne School of Busi-        of C in the philanthropic      remainder trusts.                 donors,” he says.               OnCampus welcomes letters,                Design/Production/Events
ness Management Advi-           community.                         “It’s a group that has            Chenier has written         comments and suggestions for              Ken Bendiktsen
                                                                                                                                 stories. Send to:                         220-3502,
sory Council.                       “The volunteers are        some component of chari-          technical articles for the      Administration 113
    “For me, it’s about get-    integral to the work of the    table giving as part of           foundation and as a mem-        University of Calgary                     Advertising
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ting a little more involved     foundation because they        their experience, and we          ber of the local Estate         T: (403) 220-5726     F: (403) 282-8413   220-5726,
with an organization to         help advance its mission,      tap into their expertise,”        Planning Council, her           E:
which I have a lot of ties      they are available to per-     says Arboleda.                    advice was particularly                                                   Calgary Colorpress
and commitment,” he says.       sonally contact donors,            That’s where trustees         valuable in developing a        Volume 3, Number 21
                                                                                                                                 OnCampus is published 28 times a year     Next edition: May 5, 2006
    Yvonne Chenier, who         and I think it’s important     such as Tims come in. His         planned giving kit for          by the office of the Vice-President       Contents may be reprinted with
also joined the foundation      to have that association, ”    contacts in the community         financial advisors.             (External Relations.)                     acknowledgement to the U of C.

as a trustee when it was        says Candice Arboleda,         are invaluable when it                “When you’re talking        Editorial                                 Publication Mail Agreement No:
                                                               comes to raising aware-           to clients it’s hard to talk    Editor                                    40064590
established in 1999, shares     associate director of major                                                                      Colleen Turner                            Return undeliverable Canadian
Tims’s enthusiasm for           and planned giving for the     ness of the university’s          in abstract about what the      Associate Director, Communications        addresses to:
                                                               financial needs. His role         university needs or what it     220-2920,      OnCampus, Administration 113,
promoting the university        U of C Development                                                                                                                         University of Calgary,
to potential donors.            Office.                        includes meeting with and         does or what the founda-        Assistant editor                          Calgary AB T2N 1N4
                                                                                                                                 Beth Frank
    “Many of my clients             The foundation func-       thanking donors and help-         tion’s all about,” she          618-4647
had considered the Uni-         tions at arm’s length from     ing to host events that           explains. “It’s better if you

versity of Calgary in their     the university to accept       build relationships.              put something in front of
wills,” says the prominent      grants and gifts on its            “We’re trying to              them.”

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