Arts Faculty Newsletter

November 2013

Keep going!

If you thought October was a busy month, wait 'till you see what's in store for November! Make sure to check out what's happening this month, lots of event this week especially!

What's Happening with the SU?

There are lots of questions being thrown around about what's happening with our beloved MacHall. On November 7th, at 12:00pm there will be an information session with FREE FOOD in the North Courtyard of MacHall with an "exciting announcement" !

Be sure to be there with a couple friends, enjoy some delicious treats and hear about what is going to happen with the MacHall renovations!

Your President of the Students' Union, Raphael Jacob, has a short video you should definitely watch to keep updated on how these changes will effect you! By clicking on the title "Presidents' Message", you can watch the video.

Midterms, assignments and presentations- Pretty much the tasks on your agendas during this time of the semester! Thanks to your President and VP Student Life - they have worked on extending hours of TFDL which will remain open until 11:00pm everyday! If you see either of them walking in the hallway, don't feel shy to say hello and strike up a conversation.

Reading Days

No lectures will be held from November 9-12, it's Reading Days. Relax, catch up on sleep and! The University will be closed but libraries will remain open.

Office Hours

Your Arts Representatives are holding Office Hours every weekday from 3:00pm-4:00pm in the Arts Lounge in Social Sciences. Come stop by for an answer to a question or just to chat!

We always welcome any students to come by!

Looking for a Part-Time job?

Here are two terrific top opportunities for you- the students!

Student Calling Program

The Student Calling Program is a terrific resume builder, takes place in a fun environment and is close to campus! If you are outgoing and would like a great paying job - this is the job for you!

To apply for this job click the link below.

Research Assistant

The Students' Union is looking for a student to work as a Research Assistant! You will be conducting research by gathering and analyzing information, preparing notes and locate important information!

The job requires a maximum of 10 hours a week, and pays $12.00/hour. If you are interested in this job click on the link below for more information!

Get ready to take the plunge on November 7th, 2013.

JDC West Team Haskayne is hosting their 3rd annual Chillin’ 4 Charity Fundraiser.

All students, faculty, University staff, and corporate groups are invited to organize teams and jump into a pool of icy cold water while wearing costumes. Team Haskayne JDCW has organized this event in support of the United Way of Calgary and Area’s Community Platform and 211 Campaign. All funds raised will go to the 211 campaign.

Click on the title for more information!

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Behind Beards and Burqas

Monday, Nov. 18th 2013 at 5-7pm

Gallery Hall, TFDL - University of Calgary

The Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures is proud to present a seminar titled "Behind Bears and Burqas" in recognition of their new Arabic Languages and Muslim Cultures (ALMC) program at the University of Calgary!

A speaker, Dr. Amyn Sajoo from British Columbia will be coming to discuss his book "Behind Beards and Burqas". This event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff! If you are interested in attending please RSVP to by November 8, 2013!

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Dining Etiquette Dinner

Wednesday, Nov. 13th 2013 at 5:30-7:30pm

906 8 Avenue SW

Calgary, AB

If you’ve ever found yourself at a dinner with several forks, assorted glassware and several courses, our annual Dining Etiquette dinner on November 13 is for you! This professional development opportunity will bring together recent grads and soon-to-be alumni for an evening of delicious food, and personal and professional development with Calgary etiquette consultant, Maria Doll.

To register, click on the link below!

Arts Industry Panel

Your Arts Representatives are teaming up with Career Services to provide you with a Retail focussed Arts Industry Panel.

There will be 5 panelists; District Managers, Visual Merchandisers, Human Resources Staff etc. from the top 5 companies in Canada!

This event is taking place on March 6, 2014 from 4:30pm-6:00pm in the Arts Lounge in Social Sciences!

The focus of this event is to show how your Bachelor of Arts Degree can be worth more than it seems. Remaining a manager of a retail store in the Mall should not be your only option, there are always ways to increase your opportunities and to step further up on the ladder of success!


The Calgary World Health Organization (CalWHO) simulation will be held at the university's Foothills campus on November 9-11th. All university students are invited to register and participate in this global health conference. At CalWHO students choose a country and represent that country as delegates and deliberate on health policy. They will also learn a great deal about global health from a speaker series featuring:

-David Hall, DVM, PhD

-Hude Quan, MD, PhD

-Tommy Ka Nit Ngai, M. Eng, PhD

The registration fee is $60, and can be waived if it is an issue for some students. See for more information.

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FASA Update

FASA is having an open council meeting on November 15 and November 29 in the Council Chambers in MacHall from 3:00pm-4:30pm!

Want to have a great time and help support the student experience in your Faculty? The Faculty of Arts Students' Association is co-hosting a fundraising cabaret with the Engineering Students' Society! The annual VA (theme this year is 'Vegas Alberta') Cabaret is being held at Cowboys on November 22nd, and your $10 ticket gets you party bus transportation from the University and no line or cover once you're there. As this is a fundraising event, Cowboys is donating $14 per ticket that will go directly towards holding events in the Arts Faculty that focus on building community and pride in the Faculty!

If you're interested in a ticket or more information, send an email to or connect with us on Twitter (@FASA_UCalgary)!

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Dear U of C undergrads-

The university is currently developing a framework and strategic plan around learning technologies and how those technologies are used in learning and teaching across the U of C campus. This framework will affect the ways that professors use technologies both inside and outside the classroom and where resources (financial and otherwise) are directed. The framework will affect your learning experiences and perhaps in the future, your teaching and research experiences as well. The survey is very short (it should take under 10 minutes to complete) and it is your opportunity to let the decision makers of our university know what works for you and what doesn’t. I would encourage you to take the time to fill it out, and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Emily Macphail

SU Vice President Academic

To access the survey, click on the title "Learning Technologies Task Force Survey"

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Events that occur on a weekly basis are:

Cinemania - Every Monday, new and entertaining movies will be shown in That Empty Space. Showtimes are 5:30pm and 8:00pm with Free Admission and unlimited popcorn for $2 for all University of Calgary students!

The Students' Union also provides something we like to call "5 days of Fitness" :

Spin Classes - Every Monday

Yoga in the Space - Free admission for all those who want to join! Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm-1:30pm and every Wednesday from 12:00pm-1:00pm in That Empty Space.

Boot Camp - Every Friday

Stay healthy and active to help de-stress during the busy academic year!

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 28th 2013 at 11am-2pm

402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest

Calgary, AB

The Students’ Union Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) gives students an opportunity to showcase your research alongside other undergraduate researchers from across campus.

The centerpiece of URS is a research poster competition held in MacEwan Hall at the end of November. Students selected to present their projects during the event are eligible to receive a number of awardsranging from $500 to $1,000. The event recognizes achievements in a variety of areas and across all faculties.