Right in the heart of downtown, UCalgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design recently opened a 29,000-square-foot satellite campus, a.k.a. the City Building Design Lab (CBDL). Then there’s the new Central Library, the Rocky Ridge YMCA, restaurants like The Wednesday Room and houses galore — all of which are being designed and shaped by UCalgary alumni.
With a willingness to take on entrenched and challenging urban issues, UCalgary alumni, students, faculty and researchers are assisting those who live on the margins. A Syrian refugee, a once-homeless person now living in affordable housing and a teenager who was helped by a frontline physician — your alma mater has influenced them, and they, in turn, are giving back.
What’s transformed the Dining Centre is far more than a slap-happy menu makeover; we ask Vivek Shraya for her ideal party-invite list; gatecrashing the art gallery world; what’s in a name when it relates to Indigenous peoples; inside the mind of a literary icon.
UCalgary’s new president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD, ponders the role that a great research university plays in reducing and dispelling the uncertainty and anxiety that face us and the future well-being of our society.
Rather than power-wash a dreary cinder-block wall, discover why more organizations are hiring mural-painters like Katie Green, BFA’14, to add pizzazz to a space that can double as a conversation-starter.
Think it’s easy for a university to swap its traditional, bureaucratic structure for an entrepreneurial mindset? UCalgary Chancellor Deborah Yedlin weighs in and gives us an update on where the university stands in its efforts.
As Vern Kimball, BA’81, MBA’90, president of UCalgary Alumni Association, winds up his term, he reflects on three new programs that have boosted alumni engagement — the Recent Graduate Program, the Future Alumni Network and Affinity Communities.