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University of Calgary gets ready for 10 days of Stampede fun; mark July 2 on your calendar
June 29, 2015
Participants who attended the President's Stampede Barbecue last year hang out with Rex. The 2015 edition of the barbecue kicks off at 11:45 a.m. in the TFDL quadrangle on July 2. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Participants who attended the President's Stampede Barbecue last year hang out with Rex. The 2015 edition of the barbecue kicks off at 11:45 a.m. in the TFDL quadrangle on July 2. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

The Calgary Stampede is a 103-year-old celebration of Calgary’s frontier history, a symbol of western hospitality at its finest, and a critical link between our modern urban world and the agricultural community that still supports us.

The University of Calgary plays many roles in the Calgary Stampede story and continues to support the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth as they build towards their next 100 years. Here’s what’s happening on campus and in our community:

President’s Stampede Barbecue

For the past four years, the university community has gathered together to celebrate the Stampede spirit on campus. You’re invited to join President Cannon as she hosts the President’s Stampede Barbecue on Thursday, July 2 in the Taylor Family Digital Library Quadrangle from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This will be the first spotting of RodeoRex, so get your cameras ready.

Many of our faculties and units also celebrate Stampede by hosting their own events. If you would like to post your own Stampede event or highlight your Stampede activities, please submit it here.

RodeoRex

Our University of Calgary mascot will put away his gym shorts and jersey, and embrace his western roots for the 2015 Calgary Stampede. If you spot RodeoRex around campus or in the community, make sure you get photo evidence and share with your friends on social media using the hashtag #RodeoRex. Keep tweeting and sharing — there is an opportunity to win a prize. The more you share, the greater your chance to win.

Follow @ucalgary and @ucrex on Twitter for clues on where Rex can be found next.

Back to our roots

The University of Calgary has always had close ties with the Calgary Stampede. This year, we will be showcasing the Stampede family memorabilia of one of our own, political science professor Donald Ray. Professor Ray spent his youth rope spinning at rodeos (including the Calgary Stampede), as well as in circuses, theatres and nightclubs from Canada to South Africa.

A selection of Professor Ray's memorabilia, as well as pieces from the university's own archives, will be on display from June 30 to July 12 in the lobby of the TFDL. We encourage everyone to view pieces of our history. Learn more about Professor Donald Ray here.

See more information about Stampede events and stories on campus.

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