Thursday, March 23, 2017

Signature Areas Campus Forum Livestream

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Missed the March 23rd campus forum on Signature Areas? Watch it here.
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All-In With Gitta Kulczycki

Gitta Kuczycki, Vice-President (Finance and Administration), University of Alberta
Gitta Kulczycki likes to lay her cards on the table, which is a strategy that has served her well in a career that’s included stops in health-care, tech, and higher education. As our new Vice-President (Finance and Administration), she’s set to go all-in when it comes to knowing her team and addressing the goals laid out in For the Public Good.

We sat down with her to learn about her U of A experience so far, the shift from Ontario’s PSE sector to Alberta’s, and her thoughts on leadership.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Consider This: Let's Make Decisions Together


I never really intended to get involved in university governance. Like a lot of faculty, I kind of fell into administrative work early in my career; I served on a few committees in my department because they dealt with things that mattered to me. Then I got involved in some faculty-level committees in my field of expertise. When my term expired, I was ready for something new, and when the call came out for faculty members to serve on General Faculties Council (GFC), I decided I would throw my hat in the ring and see what happened. I had never been to GFC, and I didn't even know anybody who had been on it - it was a black box to me.

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Announcement: Dean of Nursing

Greta Cummings
I am pleased to announce the next Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, effective July 1, 2017. On Friday, March 17, the Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. Greta Cummings for a five year term. Dr. Cummings joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta 13 years ago, becoming a full professor in 2010. She currently holds a Centennial Professorship (2013-2020), one of our university’s highest honours.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Announcement: Dean of Education

Image courtesy of the University of Regina
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Tupper as Dean of the Faculty of Education, for a five year term, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Tupper is currently the Dean of Education at the University of Regina.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Danielle Peers: At the Intersections of Inclusion

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Danielle Peers
Danielle Peers (courtesy of CRIPSiE)  
As a former Paralympian, a scholar and professor, artist, speaker, filmmaker, performer, and activist, Danielle Peers is actually the strongest embodiment of her own work. She not only studies diversity and inclusion in sport and movement, and non-normative intersections in art and culture – she is herself a participant, a site of intersection, an intertwined reality. Her personal connection helps her draw together otherwise disparate fields and practices, and it results in something—in the best sense of the word—remarkable.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Consider This: What It's Like to Be A Book at the Human Library

The Human Library at the University of Alberta
Image courtesy of the Human Library
To be read as a human book is an extraordinary feeling. Every conversation you have with a reader is different and their reasons for choosing to read you are so diverse that it is often hard to plan your whole conversation/”reading” in advance. What is a guarantee, at least for me, is that whether you are a book or a reader, the Human Library is a place that creates moments of understanding and connection.

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6 Research Questions You’ve Never Thought Of

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Are you here looking for the announcement of the new Dean of Nursing? If "yes," click here to be redirected to the correct post. If not, enjoy some research questions.

Exploring Undergraduate Research
Interpretive dance on quantum dots is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about “research.” But, it might be after you visit this year’s Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (FURCA)!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Bound Together: Uniting the Libraries and the Press

The University of Alberta Libraries and The University of Alberta Press
Libraries need books and books need libraries, a rather obvious reality that makes the new relationship between the University of Alberta Libraries and University of Alberta Press a natural one.
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Congratulating the 2017-18 Student Representatives

The Students' Union Building and Triffo Hall
Over the last few weeks, the students of University of Alberta have run elections for their 2017-18 representatives, the final results of which have all been released. On behalf of the University of Alberta, I’m pleased to congratulate all of the undergraduate and graduate students who were involved in this year’s elections, from the campaign teams to the voters. This year’s voter turnout, particularly in the Students’ Union election, exceeded expectations and demonstrated the growing involvement of our student body.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Consider This: Should we teach our academic histories?

Should we teach our academic histories?
Each of our disciplines across the academy has a story – one that has shaped our curriculums, our canons, and processes for development. These histories have led us to today and will impact how we uncover our paths to tomorrow. But how many of our students actually know these histories?
Should study of the history of medicine be a requirement for medical trainees?
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Welcome to the New Members of the Board of Governors

Today, the University of Alberta welcomes the Government of Alberta’s appointment of six new members to the Board of Governors. Each of these new members brings valuable and diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise.  We look forward to working with them to further the strategic goals and initiatives laid out in For the Public Good.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Consider This On International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women's Day in Higher Education
In honour of International Women's Day, Undergraduate Engineering Student Victoria Thomsen shares her experience as a young woman pursuing studies and a career in a male-dominated area.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Messages to Celebrate Pride Week 2017

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Pride Week - University of Alberta Chancellor Douglas Stollery
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A Garden Path: Introducing the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Exploring the University of Alberta Botanic Garden
The walk to my university office is up a sandy path through a birch forest. Depending on the season, it is bathed in bottle green light, yellow birch leaves or snow-riven light shafts. The deer, grouse and moose tracks reminds me that the university garden I direct is a gem set in a forest.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bear Path Short Docs: Behind the Scenes with the Bears and Pandas

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You know we have a bunch of sport teams, and you probably know they are pretty good. Maybe you’ve even come to a game or two – but do you really know what it takes to be a Golden Bear or Panda student-athlete?
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Short, But Sweet: February 2017 in Photos

Signs of appreciation, expressions of remembrance, and googly eyes on cheese (really) all proved that February really was a month for love at the University of Alberta. 

Here's a look back: 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Announcing the 201​7-201​8 McCalla Professorships

​The McCalla Professorship​s​ recognize our colleagues' ​contributions to student learning as well as their commitment to integrate teaching​ and research ​at the University of Alberta. ​ ​This award, named for the first dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Arthur Gilbert McCalla, ​provides an opportunity ​for ​faculty members to further explore and implement strategies​ for integrating their teaching and research.​
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Changing Lives Week: Celebrating the personal impact of our donors

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Since joining the university last year, I’ve listened to the stories of our students who receive scholarships, awards and bursaries and the donors who made this assistance possible. These stories are a part of the U of A’s history and our future, which is why I’m so pleased we will be sharing them during the university’s first Changing Lives Week (February 27 – March 3, 2017). This collection of donor-inspired stories will be showcased on our website and shared through social media, as well as directly with donors.

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