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Alumni A Cappella All-Stars Keep Hitting The High Notes

Alumni A Cappella All-Stars Keep Hitting The High Notes

With the Heebee-jeebees celebrating 25 years, we dive into their valuable education and how they keep racking up hit after hit.

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Alumnae Twins Star in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

Alumnae Twins Star in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

We lift the curtain on those hapless Baudelaire siblings, treacherous Count Olaf and the beguiling beginnings behind all those Lemony Snicket books and episodes.

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Lessons From Tragedy: A 9/11 Survivor’s Message

Lessons From Tragedy: A 9/11 Survivor’s Message

Seventeen years ago today, alumna Christine Gillies was working on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center when her world sheared and collapsed around her. She and co-worker Yvette Lynch managed to escape and then, this past summer, decided to return to Ground Zero. Together.

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Returning to Campus with Kids in Tow

Returning to Campus with Kids in Tow

Alumna, author and speaker Joan Chand’oiseau rediscovers what she can do at her alma mater with her family.

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Class Projects Can Change the World

Class Projects Can Change the World

Alumna Carolyn Reicher has been awarded a Governor General's medal for her work with women in Afghanistan, and it all began in an international development course at UCalgary.

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The Family Way:

The Family Way

Family businesses are different from other sorts of enterprises — they are held together by strands of DNA, as well as the logic of profit. In a salute to Family Day, we checked in with a trio of alumni-operated family businesses.

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Behind the Scenes at Dragons’ Den with a UCalgary Alumnus

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What Happens When You Say “Yes!” to Your Kids

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Q&As

Top 40 Under 40

Top 40 Under 40

Among the honourees of this year's Top 40 Under 40 were many researchers, doctors, aid workers and charity founders with UCalgary connections. In fact, 21 of this year’s recipients have ties to the University of Calgary. We spoke to 20 of them to produce this four-part series.  

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Wordfest’s Creative Ringleader Reveals Her Top 10

Wordfest’s Creative Ringleader Reveals Her Top 10

Forget zotting off to Bora Bora or Botswana — this week’s ticket to pure escapism doesn’t demand vaccinations or visas, or even much moolah.

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Dear First-Year Me

Dear First-Year Me

If we could fill a stage with some wise UCalgary alumni, we wondered what they’d say to their younger selves. In this article alumni share words of wisdom on how to optimize their university experience.

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Back to School — But Far, Far Away

Back to School — But Far, Far Away

A year abroad (or several) has become a popular career move. Several months before he was to graduate from the Werklund School of Education, Christopher Klune, BEd’17/BA’17, decided he was not ready for the briefcase, nor the Brooks Brothers look.

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Three UCalgary Alumni Power Couples

Three UCalgary Alumni Power Couples

Whether they are building an empire together or they are finding ways to better the world individually, these UCalgary alumni have figured out how to balance their professional, personal and love lives.

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Her Olympic Dream Ended, But She Thrived

Her Olympic Dream Ended, But She Thrived

It was a beautiful day on Feb. 1, 2009, when Charmaine Ironside, a gifted snowboarder ranked No. 2 in Canada in the half pipe and training for the Olympics, landed hard and shattered her back — and her dreams.

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National Music Centre Offers Backstage Pass to Music History

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Careers

King of Montreal’s Hidden Histories

King of Montreal’s Hidden Histories

Careers in Motion: We chatted with Montreal-based arts entrepreneur Donovan King, MFA’04, who juggles almost as many jobs as there are ghosts in what Mark Twain once dubbed as “The City of a Hundred Steeples.” 

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Careers in Motion: Vandy Midha, BFA’12

Careers in Motion: Vandy Midha, BFA’12

We chat with Calgary-based art entrepreneur Vandy Midha, BFA’12, who is now an art consultant and owner of ArtMatch — an online art gallery that connects clients with dozens of artists.

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Careers in Motion: Fatima Nasser, BSc’07, BN’11

We chatted with Calgary-based entrepreneur and award-winning home-builder Fatima Nasser, BSc’07, BN’11, who, along with her husband, Moe Abdullah, won last year’s Building Industry Lane Developers (BILD) award for Calgary’s Best New Home of the Year.

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Careers in Motion: Bobbi Paidel, BA’09

Careers in Motion: Bobbi Paidel, BA’09

What makes someone with a dance degree, who then snags a lucky break that lands her in the fashion industry in Toronto and NYC, toss all that aside to launch a non-for-profit organization that helps children in India who are HIV-positive?

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Actor-Alumna Jamie Konchak Takes Us Behind the Curtain

Actor-Alumna Jamie Konchak Takes Us Behind the Curtain

"I really like the people. Theatre people are investigators. Actors ask big questions of themselves and the world they live in. I think the potential for internal and spiritual growth is very high amongst actors."

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Careers in Motion: TREE founder Jordan Flagel BA'11

Careers in Motion: TREE founder Jordan Flagel, BA’11

Our featured alumnus is Jordan Flagel, BA’11, who is currently working in the rainforests of Belize, Guyana and Jamaica. Executive director and founder of an ecotourism company dubbed TREE (Tropical Rainforest Education & Exploration).

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14 Books to Help Grow Your Career

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Ten Tips for Future Careers

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Careers in Motion: Helen Vanderburg, BPE’79

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Careers in Motion: Bindu Cudjoe, BComm'96

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Careers in Motion: Bonnie Butlin, BA’95

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Careers in Motion: Jeremy Bridge, BSc (Eng)’05

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Careers in Motion: Judy Arnall, BA’88

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Top Tips to Help Grow Your Career

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Careers in Motion: Jill Tynan, BPE’72

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Careers in Motion: Tony Tran, BComm’11 (minor in dance)

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Philanthrophy

Non-Profit Leaders Transform Communities

Non-Profit Leaders Transform Communities

Passion for helping others sparked at UCalgary. Great leaders of non-profit organizations pilot by example, their vision for bettering lives rooted in hands-on work. They see clearly how to improve communities for everyone and they get things done.

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Discover how Eva Friesen, MBA’00, stays grateful all year round. On a sharp December morning, Friesen, takes us on a tour of the Calgary Foundation’s sunny space on the 11th floor of the Kahanoff Centre.

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If There’s More to Learn, Just Keep Going

If There’s More to Learn, Just Keep Going

Robbie Babins-Wagner, PhD’11, on scholarships, education and mental health. If you’ve received a scholarship do you wonder where the money came from?

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University will teach you how to think, not what to think

University Will Teach You How to Think, Not What to Think

Award-winning actor Andrew Phung, BA'06, reflects on how his UCalgary experience shaped his career in the world of improv comedy, and how he pays it forward for the next generation.

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Research

Know What’s Now. Know What’s Next

Know What’s Now. Know What’s Next

Top influencers debate whether cities of the future can be resilient and sustainable. Calgary and Beyond: Sustainability in the Next 20 Years is a four-part speaker series organized by UCalgary’s Office of Sustainability that runs until March 2019.

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From TV to Real Hospitals: Sci-Fi isn’t Fiction Anymore

From TV to Real Hospitals: Sci-Fi isn’t Fiction Anymore

The surgeons’ hands move in thin air, exploring a heart only they can see suspended in front of their goggle-clad faces. The doctors examine the hologram to determine the best course of action to fix the heart.

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Augmented reality – it’s not just for Snapchat & Pokémon Go

Augmented Reality – It’s Not Just for Snapchat & Pokémon Go

Alumnus Jeff LaFrenz, BSc’85, MSc’88, is at the helm of leading-edge technology that’s transforming business.

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UCalgary Driving Changes to New Economy

UCalgary Driving Changes to New Economy

As Alberta looks to pivot from its history of relying primarily on the energy sector to developing a more diversified and sustainable economy, the University of Calgary is poised to be a consistent driver of innovation and collaboration.

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Health

Why it’s Good to Be Grateful Beyond Thanksgiving

Why it’s Good to Be Grateful Beyond Thanksgiving

Is “gratitude” the new self-help buzzword of the moment?  The importance of gratitude goes far beyond Tom Turkey and pumpkin pie. 

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10 Know-Brainers for Aging

10 Know-Brainers for Aging

Some of healthy aging has to do with genetic luck, but much of it has to do with making smart lifestyle choices every day of our lives — from exercising to learning to tango.

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Just For Fun

What Makes a Perfect Day?

What Makes a Perfect Day?

Whether it’s over a mug of glogg  or at a candlelit choir service, people celebrate the holiday season in unique and memorable ways.

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What Makes a Perfect Pumpkin Pie?

What Makes a Perfect Pumpkin Pie?

Precisely why a small, but vital team of five pie-lovers at UCalgary Alumni decided to chow through four Calgary-made pumpkin pies (two of those bakeries are owned by alumni) to toast a pie that is said to have been first served at the Pilgrims’ second Thanksgiving in 1623.

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Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes

We've put together these three pumpkin-based dessert recipes to inspire the chef in you. Learn how to make a classic Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling and Pumpkin Mousse Parfait with Speculoos Crumble.

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