Thursday, February 16, 2017

Have You Met... Cris Ryder?

Have You Met... Cris Ryder?
Have you met Cris, Student Programs Assistant and Special Projects Administrator at Elementary and Secondary Education? Spend the next two minutes getting to know him a little better.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Community Congrats! February 15, 2017

Golden Bears Wrestling
Golden Bears Wrestling, Canada West Conference Champions
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating conference championships and records in athletics, NSERC grant recipients, Top 30 under 30 students, and more! So, congrats to the following:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Un-bearably Punny Campus Valentines

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Valentine's Day at UAlberta
In an effort to help bring a little warmth to your February, we’ve created a few co-worker friendly valentines for you to share with the office mates and campus friends who brighten your work day. Are they cheesy? Absolutely. Are they covered in bad bear puns? Paw-sitively! Should you send us your own (family friendly) captions? Do it! (We might add them to the post.)


Monday, February 13, 2017

The Importance of Fair Dealing

Fair use is for everybody
Image courtesy of Fair Use Week
Fair dealing, particularly for the purposes of education and research, has a major impact on universities and on how faculty members, staff, and students can use and provide access to materials. The risk of infringing copyright through an over-broad interpretation of fair dealing has led many universities to be cautious in how fair dealing is applied, only rarely venturing beyond their conservative fair dealing guidelines.  However, when practices remain more conservative than recent court decisions suggest the law might allow, those practices risk establishing norms that might lead to an effective redrawing of boundaries at more restrictive levels. Fair dealing rights could easily become a victim of “use them or lose them.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Have You Met... Shana Dion?

Shana Dion
Have you met Shana, Director of the Aboriginal Student Services Centre? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.

The Facts on NSSE

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What is NSSE?

NSSE—pronounced “Nessie”—is the National Survey of Student Engagement.

Created, administered, and disseminated by the NSSE Institute at the Centre for Postsecondary Research in Indiana University School of Education, the survey is reaches hundreds of 4-year postsecondary institutions across North America every year.  This year, the survey will run from February 9 to March 31, 2017.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Community Congrats! February 8, 2017

Pandas Curling
Pandas Curling brings home the gold medal on behalf of Canada at the 2017 Universiade Games (photo: U SPORTS)
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a gold medal for Pandas Curling, a Steacie Memorial Fellowship, the launch of a new MOOC, and more! So, congrats to the following:

The Academic Governance Review

University of Alberta Council Chambers
As many of you will know, the General Faculties Council embarked on review of academic governance last spring. This is the first review of the University of Alberta’s academic governance structure in about 40 years. As President Turpin, chair of GFC, noted on the January 30th meeting of GFC, this review will have a substantial impact on the future governance of the university. Today we would like to provide an update on progress to date.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I-Week Tackles “Trumpism”

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Mojtaba Mahdavi at International Week 2017
Image courtesy of Sarah Bowes, Communications Coordinator , Global Education Program  
“I wish you were all here for a better reason,” Mojtaba Mahdavi said, addressing a full crowd at his International Week presentation on February 3. Mahdavi’s lecture, Muslims and the Middle East in a Post-Trump Era, didn’t require any further introduction. His audience was keenly aware of the timely subject.

Friday, February 3, 2017

14 of the Latest Articles in Higher Ed: January 30 - February 3, 2017

Incivility, talk of boycotts, and a proposal to close the Indigenous education gap are among the topics covered in this collection of higher ed stories.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Andrew Sharman: The Path to Alberta

Andrew Sharman
Photo: Richard Siemens
Andrew Sharman, our new vice-president (facilities and operations), came to the University of Alberta following several years with the Government of Alberta, and a 22-year career in the British Army. At first glance, these positions seem disparate—until Sharman explains how his career landed him and his wife, Yvonne, in Alberta, how skillsets like disaster response have spanned his professional transitions, and how an MSc in logistics management ties together his diverse experiences.

I sat down with Andrew Sharman to talk about his winding career path, the move to Alberta, his new role at the U of A, and… bomb disposal? Yes, that fits in, too.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In Photos: The First 31 Days of 2017

Kicking off 2017
Although 2017 is still in its infancy, it is proving to be an eventful year (which is likely a huge understatement). Sit back, scroll, and reflect on the month of January through this collection of images submitted by members of the U of A community.

Community Congrats! February 1, 2017

Brett Walsh, Golden Bears Volleyball
Brett Walsh of Golden Bears Volleyball  broke the Canada West conference record for assists 
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating public speaking champions, a UN Youth Representative appointment, a new Multi-faith Prayer and Meditation Space in HUB Mall, and more! So, congrats to the following:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

On the Ground: the Women’s March on Washington

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Women's March on Washington
Image courtesy of Teddy Carter
Organizers reported that 1 million people participated in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. Estimated to be the largest one-day protest in U.S. history, it inspired 673 Sister Marches around the globe, attracting nearly 5 million participants worldwide. Surrounded by controversy on social media, and highly politicized debates over event turnout, the march took on a huge political scope.

What would it have been like to join a protest of such historic proportions? Just ask the University of Alberta’s Teddy Carter – she was there.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The World of Higher Ed Reacts to the U.S. Travel Ban

The World of Higher Ed Reacts to the U.S. Travel Ban
As governments and everyday citizens around the globe work to understand the true implications of the U.S. travel ban issued by President Trump’s executive order, so too does the world of academia. See how the discussion is unfolding with this collection of the latest articles related to the ban.

Lowering the Flags for the Victims of the Quebec Attack

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Lowering the flags to half-mast
In recognition of the tragic shooting in Quebec City, the University of Alberta has lowered the university, provincial, and Canadian flags. The University of Alberta community extends our condolences to the family and friends of the victims of yesterday's attack. Our thoughts are also with our academic colleagues, community partners, and university volunteers from Muslim communities here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the world.

Public Vigil

The  Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council is organizing a public candlelight vigil & prayer in remembrance of the victims at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre. This vigil is being held tonight (Monday, January 30) on the Alberta Legislative Grounds.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

President Turpin stresses UAlberta commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

University of Alberta
Today, as president of the University of Alberta—but also as a citizen of Alberta and Canada—I want to voice our university’s firm commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the face of rising isolationism and division. These values guide our actions every day in a myriad of small ways, but sometimes, we are called to stand up for them in visible and vocal ways.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Have you met... Cynthia Munro?

Cynthia Munro
Have you met Cynthia, Learning and Development Consultant in Human Resource Services? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Community Congrats! January 25, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating major research discoveries and accomplishments, the School of Dentistry’s centenary, and more! So, congrats to the following:

A Consider This Opinion Piece: Why I-Week Matters to Me in 2017

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Preparing for the world of 2017 with International Week
The world appears to have changed for the worse, and while so many seem incapacitated, there are many others who have risen to the challenge. Front line workers and volunteers work to comfort, feed and shelter those in need; scientists refuse to be silenced about the environmental catastrophes we face; educators prepare the next generation to be creative, courageous and committed to changing a broken system; and grassroots organizers work tirelessly to ensure that equity and human rights are enshrined in our laws, policies and procedures.

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