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Devon invests in new engineering student centre

By Amanda Snyder

A new resource centre where University of Calgary engineering students can congregate to study, interact and access academic support resources is now open at the Schulich School of Engineering.

devon openingThe Devon Academic Resource Centre, named in honour of Devon Canada Corporation’s ongoing commitment to student success, includes a study area and breakout rooms for seminars, group work, tutoring and interviews for the school’s 1,500 first and second-year students.

Devon Canada has been a strong supporter of programs that enrich the student experience both inside and outside the classroom, including the Schulich School’s highly successful internship program and the Engineering Associates Program.

“Devon’s partnership with the University of Calgary and the Schulich School of Engineering has evolved over time, but the focus has remained consistent—to work together to produce graduates who are innovative, inspired and capable,” says Chris Seasons, president of Devon Canada. “Our experience has been that U of C engineering graduates are a great fit with our company and our values, which emphasize professional excellence, continuous improvement and entrepreneurial spirit.”

The Devon Academic Resource Centre is in a centrally located area, Engineering Block C 208, next to the Undergraduate Office.

“The Schulich engineer embodies the intellectual strength required by the course work as well as the ability to work collaboratively, to understand communities, and to tackle the challenges that we as a society face,” says Dean Elizabeth Cannon. “It’s a tall order, but with resources like the Devon Academic Resource Centre, we can ensure that every deserving student entering the school will be supported, and will succeed.”

Devon Canada Corporation is the Canadian operating division of Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corporation. It employs approximately 1,400 people in Calgary and its field operations. The company is a strong supporter of educational initiatives and programming.