November 10, 2016

Hello friends,

This week has been amazing and you guys have done a wonderful job in boosting our numbers so give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back. We still have over a month left in our fall semester and we're going to keep seeing those pledges night after night!

In this edition:

  • Fall Fundraising Stats
  • Weekly Leaderboard Recognition
  • Shift Schedule
  • Upcoming SCP Activities
  • Stretch Goal Incentive
  • Philanthropy Awareness Week
  • Katie's Weekly Wonders
  • From One Foodie to the Next
  • Did You Know?

Fall Fundraising Stats

From September 12- November 10 we have raised:

  • 158 donations
  • $18,935 total dollar raised
  • $119.84 average gift
  • 69.62% credit card rate

Weekly Leaderboard Recognition

  • Huge kudos to our callers dominating the Leaderboard this week!
  • In a single week of contacting our recent donors, you have helped to raise over $14,600 dollars from 101 donations! You are PHENOMENAL!
  • 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 November 3 to 10.
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November 14- 19 Shift Schedule

Please review the schedule and let Shahla know if you see any discrepancy. If you wish to sign up for a shift, let Shahla know ASAP and she will confirm a seat for you!

As a reminder calling shift times are as follows:

  • M-F 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sat AM 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Sat PM 3:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Day shift 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Upcoming SCP Activities

  • Monday November 14 – Haskayne School of Business team visit (presentation and TY calls)

Stretch Goal Incentive!

Are you ready to rally together over the next 40 shifts??

Rebecca and Shahla have set a stretch goal of $165,000 by December 20th! Sounds ambitious? Of course it is, and we have seen entire teams smash goals in the past so we absolutely believe that you can do this TOGETHER!

This is a great time of year for fundraising. It is an opportunity for donors to consider a gift before the end of the calendar year and receive their 2016 tax receipt, all while supporting the incredible funds designed to impact students on campus.

If we hit this goal by December 20th, the entire team is awarded with a fabulous prize to celebrate together! It will be unlike any other social event we have held before and a great way to bring us all together to recognize your efforts :)

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National Philanthropy Awareness Week

Let’s celebrate Philanthropy Awareness Week (PAW)!

But wait, how do we do this? . . . by sharing and leveraging content through social media and your philanthropic networks.

Before we get to the plan, here’s a bit of background. Philanthropy Awareness Week kicks off on November 8 leading up to and culminating on November 15 – National Philanthropy Day® (NPD). NPD is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and others engaged in philanthropy. In 2012, Canada officially and permanently recognized November 15 as National Philanthropy Day.

This is our chance to thank our donors, volunteers, alumni, campus and broader community for their contributions of time, talent and treasure in a way that inspires them to continue their engagement with UCalgary, and to build and celebrate a culture of philanthropy on our campus.

Each day of PAW, we will share stories through UCalgary social media channels (Alumni and institutional), including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, that highlight different aspects of philanthropy – including, stories of volunteerism, engagement and charitable giving.

To start the conversation, be sure to follow our social media channels. We would also ask you to help keep this going by reposting, retweeting and (most importantly) uploading your own original content (short video messages of thanks, your reasons why philanthropy is important to you, etc.) using the hashtag #UCalgary50.

It doesn’t take much to share – a few simple messages can go a long way! Here are some examples of the type of content we will be sharing:

· November 8; UToday article from Nuvyn Peters, VP Development and Alumni Engagement that includes Fives Faces of Philanthropy profiles

· November 10; celebrating Legacy Giving (includes a video)

· November 15; CNRL opening

· November 15; Alumni award for National Philanthropy Day

And there is more, so be sure to follow your UCalgary social media channels, and get sharing!

Katie's Weekly Wonders

  1. The average Game of Thrones episode costs $6 million to create, which is two times the typical network or cable show. Breaking Bad episodes cost around $3 million and the Big Bang Theory around $2 million to produce.

  2. The Grand Canyon is 446 km long and up to 29 km wide, it also can attain a depth of 1800 meters. In comparison the Mariana Trench is 2550 km long and up to 69 km wide. The deepest point of the trench is 10,994 meters and known as the Challenger Deep.

  3. A lobster could be immortal. Because of an enzyme, telomerase, the DNA in a lobsters cells are prevented from being damaged and thus getting older does not affect their chance of dying. However a lobster could die from diseases or attacks.

  4. The word Popsicle is actually a trademark of Unilever Group. It is therefore not possible to refer to other frozen products as popsicles if you are a competing company. Unilever has also trademarked Creamsicle, Fudgsicle and Yosicle.

  5. Typically a packing camel can move at an average speed of 12 km per hour for as long as 18 hours. This means you could travel across the Sahara desert with a camel in 151 hours, whereas by foot it (averaging 3 miles an hour) would take 605 hours. A fast unpacked camel can be as fast as 60 km per an hour.

From One Foodie to the Next

My (Daria) favorite restaurant in the entire world is Mocha Cabana in Lethbridge. The atmosphere is amazing and all of the ingredients are locally sourced and super fresh. On top of that, all of the kitchen staff are students at the Lethbridge College who are studying culinary arts. They have live music on the weekends and the best cheesecake you will ever have. Honestly it's worth the 2.5 hr drive to Lethbridge just to eat there. It's a super cute restaurant and my favorite dish there used to be the Tequila Lime Chicken (they don't serve it anymore). When we moved I had to start making my own and this is the recipe I use:

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 3 cloves of garlic - minced
  • lime wedges
  • Cilantro (optional for garnish)


  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and cayenne pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Rub the garlic on the chicken
  • Mix marinade ingredients together and put the chicken in and stir. Marinade for at least 15 minutes but if you can prep and let it marinade for approx. 2 hrs the taste is better.
  • Pan fry the chicken on each side until browned and then move the chicken into the oven.
  • Bake the chicken until cooked through
  • Let the chicken rest in juices for approx. 10 minutes before transferring to a plate. Garnish with cilantro and a wedge of lime.

Did You Know?

Two of your fellow coworkers are part of the Scribe and Muse English Club on campus (Anissa, Co-President & Katie, VP Finance)! Here are a couple of cool events the club is hosting open to everyone.

  • Scribe and Muse Pub Night - November 14th, 7 PM-10 PM
    Come join us at Kilkenny Irish Pub to share some drinks, food, and conversation.

Entrance to either event is $5 and pays for a year-long membership. Members get in for free. Hope to see many there. :) - Anissa

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. It is observed throughout the commonwealth and many other countries in remembrance of the end of WWI. The First World War ended on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month as a result of the Armistice Agreement.

Feedback? Comments? Suggestions?

We'd 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!