University of Calgary

News Briefs

U of C hosts first graduate student conference
From May 13 to 15, the Graduate Students’ Association will host a graduate student conference with the theme “Sustainability & Innovation.” The first conference of its kind in Canada, it is being organized by U of C graduate students from all faculties. The conference will provide a venue for graduate students to discuss their multi-disciplinary research. Highlights will include oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, workshops, a performing and visual arts show, networking events and a banquet. Watch for details about the call for proposals, which will go out on March 9 with an abstract deadline of April 10. Contact Conference Director Kelly Goss at for information.

Undergraduate Programs Office moves

The Undergraduate Programs Office has moved to a new home across the hall. Located on the fourth floor of MacEwan Student Centre, the newly renovated office boasts a spacious waiting area and modern meeting rooms to provide students with necessary privacy when meeting with advisors and associate deans. “We hope that students who use the UPO, whether to ask simple questions about courses or to discuss more serious matters, will feel more comfortable in the new space,” says Jennifer Quin, associate vice-provost (student success and learning support services). Students can now make appointments in advance to see an advisor or they can still access the UPO on a drop-in basis. Visit

New student residence to break ground

Construction is scheduled to begin in early April on a new student residence at the U of C. The new residence will provide accommodation for 596 students and is part of the university’s ongoing redevelopment of its student housing supply. The building should  be complete by the spring of 2011 and will be located on a site in Parking Lot 50.

Reach! raises $312 million for health care

Reach!, the joint fundraising initiative of the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Health Trust, has raised more than $312 million in gifts from more than 700 donors. This is the largest successful fundraising initiative to date in Calgary’s history. Launched in October 2005, Reach! will support more than 100 projects in medical research, education, patient care, and public health and wellness.