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UCalgaryStrong Festival helps wrap up 50th Anniversary year for students

Community invited to engage in live music, contemplative activities and games on April 12
April 10, 2017
Messages left on the UCalgaryStrong tree at a previous festival help students, faculty and staff reflect on the past year.

Messages left on the UCalgaryStrong tree at a previous festival help students, faculty and staff reflect on the past year.

Students, faculty and staff leave each other messages of reflection and celebration on the last day of classes.

Students, faculty and staff leave each other messages of reflection and celebration on the last day of classes.

On Wednesday, April 12 the University of Calgary will host the third annual UCalgaryStrong Festival. Students, faculty, staff and the local community are invited to attend the free event to celebrate the resilience, leadership and well-being of the university community. 

“The festival provides an opportunity for our community to reflect on the year with quiet, contemplative stations, a Community Café, and to celebrate with a series of interactive stations and high-energy activities,” says Susan Barker, vice-provost (student experience).

“There is something for everyone this year from listening to music to engaging in a jousting match on a large inflatable arena. This year is also a special year as the festival helps wrap up our 50th Anniversary celebrations. I encourage our community to take a minute to reflect on the past year in the Infinity Experience.” 

Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium, the festival will have a different look and feel this year. The track level will host the Community Café, and the university is working with the Prophets of Music Society to showcase local talent. Attendees can also drop in for a free Jelly Modern doughnut and complimentary Starbucks coffee. 

The Prophets of Music Society was formed in 2015 by a community of professional musicians and recording artists and engineers to commemorate two bright and talented musicians — Josh Hunter and Zackariah Rathwell. The society provides resources, mentorship and education in music fundamentals, artistic development, performance, and production and business essentials to emerging Canadian artists working on original music. 

The gym level has a series of interactive stations and high-energy activities. An inflatable blob, jousting ring and obstacle course are available for those who want to engage in a little friendly competition. A Boler bus photo booth will allow attendees to step back in time as another way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Beakerhead will be present again this year with their human gyroscope and a series of craft tables with make-and-take activities will be scattered throughout the gym.

The complete schedule of entertainers and activities is available on the UCalgaryStrong website.

This year only, celebrate the wrap-up of the university’s 50th Anniversary year with the Infinity Experience, open April 10-13 during the week of the festival. Students, faculty and staff are invited to take a minute to reflect on their past year and consider their future potential in this unique immersive experience. It’s the ultimate selfie opportunity — be sure to share yours using the hashtags #ucalgarystrong and #ucalgary50.

Located in MacEwan Student Centre, South Courtyard, the Infinity Experience will be open Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Wednesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Thursday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The UCalgaryStrong Festival, along with all other UCalgaryStrong initiatives (Strengths-Based Campus, Bystander Intervention, wellness programming and student leadership development programs) are generously sponsored by a family from our community.

Together we are UCalgaryStrong.