Monday, June 26, 2017

It’s Time to Contribute to The Conversation

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The Conversation comes to Canada
Translation – it’s an academic necessity. Whether it involves turning data points into theories, making course material accessible to undergrads, or ensuring that ideas have been expressed in a way that enables peer review, translating your work for a given audience is a daily reality. And today, translating your work for the public should be a little easier given the launch of The Conversation Canada.

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Next Dean of Native Studies Announced


I am pleased to announce that at its June 23 meeting the Board of Governors approved the appointment of the next dean of the Faculty of Native Studies. Dr. Chris Andersen has been appointed for a five year term, effective July 1, 2017. Currently serving as interim dean of the faculty, Dr. Andersen joined the University of Alberta 17 years ago, becoming a full professor in 2014.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

In Photos: National Aboriginal Day on Augustana Campus

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National Aboriginal Day 2017 @ Augustana Campus
On June 21, the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus played host to the city of Camrose’s National Aboriginal Day Celebrations. Alongside the Augustana campus and Camrose community, over 1600 elementary and junior high school students attended sessions throughout the day which included storytelling by Elder Myrna Yellowbird of Samson Cree Nation, followed by traditional Aboriginal dancing, performed by Red Thunder the Next Generation, a group from the Tsuu T’ina Nation.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thoughts on National Aboriginal Day

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National Aboriginal Day
In honour of National Aboriginal Day (June 21), we've asked members of the U of A community what the day means to them. Here's what they had to say:
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The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories

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The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories
Recently, almost two years of planning culminated in a thought-provoking, passionate conference about publishing Indigenous authors and stories. The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories was held at the University of Alberta on June 8, 9, and 10 and over 230 people registered. The conference was the brainchild of the director of the University of Alberta Press, Linda Cameron, who was answering a challenge Gerald Beasley (Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian of the University of Alberta) put to all of his directors to find innovative ways to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Appointment of the Interim Vice-provost and Chief Librarian

Dr. Kathleen De Long
As communicated in early May, Mr. Gerald Beasley will be leaving his role as Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian, effective July 31, 2017. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen De Long has agreed to serve as Interim Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian for the period August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, or until such time as a new Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian is appointed. Many of you who know Dr. De Long will agree that she brings a wealth of knowledge to this role.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 14: Law, Arts, Extension, and Physical Education and Recreation

Convocation Congrats!

Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the Faculties of Law, Arts, Extension, and Physical Education and Recreation.  Each has toiled and excelled in their field, and we'd like to take this opportunity to say congrats - well done, everyone!
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Consider This: Experiential Learning through Exhibition Curatorship

Photograph courtesy of Anne Bissonnette ©
View of the exhibition in the “A Dose of Design” section.
I was stunned and giddy. For the first time in its history, a Richard Martin Award for Excellence in the Exhibition of Costume was given to an exhibition co-curated by students. My students. Our exhibit, Eyewear: Fashion with Vision, opened in the University of Alberta’s Human Ecology Gallery in November 2016, and in May 2017, it received the coveted Costume Society of America award at the organization’s annual national conference in the US. Awardees have included major institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Selfies, a Big Bike, and Other Photos

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Tandem bikes: they're a little unexpected, at times romantic, and always an exercise in trust. During this year's Corporate Challenge (where the U of A came in third overall for our division), the ultimate tandem bike made its way to the U of A's north campus in the form of the Big Bike Challenge. Members of the university came together to ride a really big bicycle in what proved to be a tremendously fun expression of community support and adventure.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

A Farewell Interview with Dean of Nursing Anita Molzahn

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A Farewell Interview with Anita Molzahn
They say that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their desk. With nary a paper or book out of place in Anita Molzahn’s office, you get the sense that she’s incredibly organized and meticulous—a necessary skillset when you lead one of the largest nursing faculties in Canada.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Why Wear Your Academic Apparel?

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When he first began teaching nearly 18 years ago, Andrew Ede embraced the traditional Cambridge teaching gown. Watch to see his top ten reasons for doing so.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 7: Education, Business , and Faculty Saint-Jean

Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Education, Business, and Faculte Saint-Jean. Each has toiled and excelled in their field, and we'd like to take this opportunity to say congrats - well done, everyone!
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Convocation: The View from the Stage

Convocation at the University of Alberta
Journeys, and the footwear we choose for them. That’s what I think of as I watch thousands of graduates cross in front of me each year.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 6: Education, Native Studies

UAlberta Convocation 2017
Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Education and Native Studies. Each has toiled and excelled in their field, and we'd like to take this opportunity to say congrats - well done, everyone!
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Convocation - It's Time!

Convocation at UAlberta
Convocation is both a wedding and a roller coaster.

It’s like a wedding because it’s a celebration, a legal ceremony, and a long day marked with memorable moments. There is excitement, nerves, and drama. There are thousands of details and even more opinions on how it should all be done and what will happen next.
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Convocation Congrats! June 4: Augustana Faculty

Congratulations to #UAlberta17 Graduates!
This past weekend, the U of A community celebrated the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the Augustana Faculty. Each has toiled and excelled in their field, and we'd like to take this opportunity to say congrats - well done, everyone!
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Appointment of VP (University Relations)

After a comprehensive, international search, I am pleased to announce that the University of Alberta Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Jacqui Tam to the position of vice-president (university relations), with unanimous support from the advisory committee. Her appointment is for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2017.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

On the Path to Reconciliation: In Photos

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the University of Alberta took a step forward with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation by signing a new MOU partnership agreement. The agreement will serves as a deep and ceremonial acknowledgement of the University of Alberta’s commitment at the highest level to the work of reconciliation. It has created a framework for other activities at the University to bring awareness of Residential Schools and support progress towards Reconciliation.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Anne Carr-Wiggin: From the Archives

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Anne Carr-Wiggin, U of A Libraries
Anne Carr-Wiggin picked up the phone. "Hello?" A voice on the other end said, "I'm a survivor. Residential School in Kainai." It wasn't her first call like this. It was 2011, the deadline for settlement agreements loomed, and survivors were required to prove their attendance at residential schools to qualify. Many sought school records, photographs – documents that would legally validate their experiences. "There's a problem," the voice on the line told her. "The school burned down. The records are gone."

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Maybe May was Okay: May 2017 in Photos

Okay, so May wasn't "maybe okay" it was pretty great. It was filled with celebrations, sun, and the arrival of a new semester. Here's a look back at May 2017:

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