December 16, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!

It has been a whirlwind of a semester and I am very very glad school is finished for me right now! I know some of you are already on your break while others are still writing exams. To those of you still writing, you can do it! I believe in you :) to those that have already finished, congratulations and enjoy your winter break! We hope to see many of you at the holiday party and during the final few shifts of our Fall Semester :)

I hope all of you enjoy the cat memes. I could not contain myself.

In this edition:

  • Fall Fundraising Stats
  • Weekly Leaderboard Recognition
  • Lifetime Fundraising Achievement
  • Exam Shift Schedule
  • Leftovers: Rescue Food
  • SCP Holiday Party
  • SCP Video Shoot
  • From One Foodie to the Next
  • Did You Know?
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Fall Fundraising Stats

From September 12- December 15 we have raised:

  • 423 donations
  • $54,815.39 total dollars raised
  • $129.60 average gift
  • 74% credit card rate
  • Weekly Leaderboard Recognition

    We are very excited to recognize your achievements! These weekly updates shine a light on our top achievers across four areas and are counted with a minimum of 2 pledges and a minimum 50% CC rate. Congratulations to the following Callers on a great week!

    If you see your name on the Leaderboard, think of some good tips or strategies to share with your peers during Pre-Call next week!

    These results reflect caller achievements between December 9 to 15.

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    Lifetime Fundraising Achievement

    We have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful students over the years. The Annual Giving office is proud to recognize the outstanding contributions of student callers who have individually raised $10,000 or more during their time with the SCP.

    Please congratulate DARIA STOCK and SAMANTHA TAYLOR for being our most recent addition to the Honour Roll list! Daria with $10,046 in total dollars raised to date since fundraising with the SCP in January 2015! Samantha with $11,023.39 in total dollars raised to date since fundraising with the SCP in September 2015!

    Exam Shift Schedule

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    Leftovers: Rescue Food


    It’s that time of year when I am reminded of the generosity of others – providing for others less fortunate in our community, neighbours helping one another in times of need, even our co-workers being a little extra supportive of one another.

    The holidays have a special way of bringing us together and appreciating those in our family, circle of friends and the community at large. For us at the University of Calgary, we see this togetherness in our day-to-day work of connecting passionate individuals with initiatives that change the world; and in our United Way efforts, supporting those in need.

    However, the giving nature of our team doesn’t end when the holidays do. We know there are many in our community that need a helping hand year-round, and I’m delighted to announce we will be partaking in our first Development and Alumni Engagement team community event in January.

    January 16th is colloquially known as Blue Monday – what some deem the saddest Monday, what with the holidays behind us and a long winter stretching before us. What better time to take the opportunity to come together and help our community?

    On January 16th we will be making sandwiches for LeftoversCalgary, a local organization started by UCalgary alumna Lourdes Juan. Lourdes and her team rescue food from being thrown in the garbage, ensuring it gets to service agencies like the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and Inn from the Cold. LeftOvers delivers perishable food to these locations to alleviate stress and fill the kitchens with fresh items.

    More information will be forthcoming in early January, but for now I’d ask you to save the date for the afternoon of January 16th, where we’ll come together to help feed our community and lend a helping hand to those in need.

    I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the innovative work of our collaboration task force who developed and advocated for this important team building and service opportunity. In particular, I would like to recognize the incredible work of Lindsay, Myrna and Siobahn. They searched for and analyzed a number of volunteer opportunities for our team and I am grateful for their initiative.

    Wishing you peace, joy and a restful holiday.

    With gratitude,

    SCP Holiday Party

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    SCP Video Shoot

    On Wednesday, December 14th, we gathered together to create the SCP Holiday Video and it was so much fun! We have been told that the video will be available for viewing by Monday for the Holiday Party so please come to the party and have fun with all of us there! You do not have to participate in the gift exchange to come to the party, just bring yourselves. Please enjoy the pictures from our Holiday Video shoot below :)
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    From One Foodie to the Next

    Sam's Pick:

    Saigon Night

    Where: 817 19 St NE, Calgary

    What: Vietnamese

    When: Monday- Saturday


    Favourite: The staff and the food is amazing! Dar and I used to live very close to this place and we tried it on a whim and never regretted it. If you ever find yourself in the Mayland Heights area you should try it! Pictured is my favorite dish with shrimp, beef, chicken and vermicelli noodles!

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    Anissa's Pick:

    Blue Nile Restaurant

    Where: 322 10 ST NW

    What: Ethiopian

    When: Monday - Sunday

    11AM - 9:30PM

    Favorite: Vegetarian Assorted Dish which gives you a little taste of the most common vegetarian Ethiopian dishes. For meat eaters, I used to love Doro W'Et (chicken)--it's fantastic! Blue Nile truly gives you the authentic Ethiopian dining experience. Definitely not as good as my mom's home cooked Ethiopian food, though. ;)

    Pictured: traditional Ethiopian coffee, incense, and a Google image of Ethiopian food (because I forgot to take a picture but it's basically the same in the restaurant).

    Motwakil's Pick:

    Towa Sushi

    Where: 2116 4 St SW #1

    What: Japanese

    When: Tuesday to Thursday:

    Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Dinner 5 p.m. – 10 :00p.m.
    Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Dinner 5 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 12 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Lunch 12 p.m. – 2 :30 p.m. Dinner 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    Favorite: spicy tuna roll--very good!

    Pictured: half order of the spicy tuna roll and half order of the black and white roll via yelp.

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    Did You Know?

    • The Winter Solstice, December 21, was celebrated throughout Europe. December 21 marked the beginning of Yule. A Yule Log would be burned and the feasting would begin. The feast could last 12 days (hence the 12 days of Christmas)
    • In Rome, Saturnalia, was their December celebration. They honored the god Saturn who was believed to oversee agriculture. There were many feasts throughout this time and everything closed for a month so that everyone could join in the celebrations.
    • The Christian tradition of Christmas didn't even exist until the fourth century. The story of the birth of Jesus was attached to a holiday that was pre-existing to ease the transition from Pagan to Christian traditions.
    • Christmas is Celebrated on December 25th and marks the birth of Christ in Christian traditions. There are both pre-secular and secular themes attached to Christmas. The tree that gets decorated is from Pagan Germany and was traditionally part of the Solstice celebration. Mistletoe and Holly are also very Pagan in their roots along with presents and cards and advent calendars.
    • The most important part of the holiday for many who celebrate it, is the opportunity to spend time with loved ones.
    • Another holiday celebrated at this time of year is Hanukkah. This is an eight day Jewish celebration and it recognizes the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
    • This holiday is not celebrated on a particular day and instead begins on the 25th of Kislev which can land anytime between November and December.
    • It is also known as the Festival of Lights due to the lighting of the Menorah. It is believed that during the Maccabean Rebellion, there was only enough olive oil to keep their lights lit for a single night. Miraculously the lights continued burning for eight nights, allowing the Jewish people to find more oil.
    • Many traditional Jewish foods are fried in oil during this time of year to remember the oil that burned for eight days.
    • Kwanzaa began in 1966 and was created by Dr. Karenga who wanted to bring the people of the African American community together. Many traditional harvest celebrations from other cultures were combined to form the foundation of Kwanzaa.
    • This is a seven night celebration full of food and dance and family. On each night family gathers together and a child lights a candle on the Kinara.
    • There are seven principles attached to Kwanzaa. Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.
    • There are so many traditions surrounding this time of year, and regardless of whether you celebrate any, be sure to take your weeks off school and appreciate your loved ones and eat lots of really great food.
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    Homework for the Holidays

    Anissa's homework for everyone: WATCH GREMLINS (aka the best Christmas / Halloween movie ever). :)

    Gremlins (1984) Official Trailer #1 - Horror Comedy

    Feedback? Comments? Suggestions?

    Busola and Daria like to try and make this weekly communications work for you! What would you like to see in your End of Week email? Send your ideas to scp@ucalgary.ca!

    Thanks and have a terrific weekend!