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April 2016

Alumni Weekend
Distinctly Haskayne
Events designed with you in mind

Saturday Lunch – Calgary Today  

A live recording of the alumni podcast, Peer Review, featuring business moguls and philanthropists Dick Haskayne and alumnus Geoff Cumming sharing their experiences on weathering economic ups and downs.

MacEwan Hall A/B

Saturday April 30, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
$10 includes lunch. CASH BAR

The 3 Faces of Entrepreneurial Thinking: Innovation and Personal Transformation

Have you wondered about starting up a business or social venture? Are you struggling with traditional ‘old school’ thinking in your organization and feel you can bring some new thinking into your workplace? Are you a ‘big picture’ thinker who is looking for ways to impact an existing sector? Are you constantly ‘solving the problems of the world’ in your head and looking for like-minded individuals who think as big as you do?

Join the Haskayne team of business scholars, new venture specialists, experienced entrepreneurs and successful community-builders on an exciting transformational journey. 

Host: Mike Tims, BComm'76, vice-chairman, Matco Investments Ltd.

Face 1: Start-up "Eco-System"
Mark Blackwell, BComm'11; Lesley Rigg, dean, Faculty of Science

Face 2: Established Organizations
Bill Borger, BComm'96; Olga Petricevic, professor, Haskayne School of Business

Face 3: Innovation 
Breanne Everett, MD'09, MBA'13; Houston Peschl, BA'98,  MBA'10

Becoming an Entrepreneur
Gary Kovacs, BComm'90, MBA'99; Holly Brattberg, BSc’06, MBA'11; "Dr. Bob" Schulz, professor, Haskayne School of Business

MacEwan Hall Ballroom

Saturday April 30, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Grow Your Mind at Alumni Weekend
Two Days. 50+ experiences, lectures and extraordinary activities.

Come Grow Your Mind April 30 - May 1.

Hear about the latest research on keeping your brain sharp and knees in running shape; learn about real-life homicide investigations; talk trends in design, education; tackle big issues like weight bias, cyber security; and check out drones, vintage video games, life-size Jenga and more.

Alumni Weekend is family friendly and almost all of it is absolutely free!

Get the full details and register now

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application here.

Points of Pride
Rita Egizii, Haskayne’s Alumni Relations Director, says “see you soon”

After 13 years of serving Haskayne’s alumni in a variety of roles, Rita Egizii (BComm’96, MEd’15) has left her position as Haskayne’s Alumni Relations Director to spend time with her family and move into the next phase of her career. 

Although she will be missed, we are all excited for Rita as she continues her doctoral studies and remains close by as a sessional instructor at UCalgary.

For all matters related to the Haskayne Alumni office, please contact Linda Dudek at or 403-220-6769

Business leader seized opportunity to help other women succeed

Milena Radakovic (BComm’95), president and owner of Nexus Exhibits Ltd, received one of three 2016 WRC Awards of Excellence honouring her outstanding leadership in striving to improve the community.

Read more here

All-female University of Calgary team makes it to finals in esteemed competition

The University of Calgary Hult Prize competition team placed second in the 2016 regional finals in Dubai. Their project was selected from more than 25,000 entries received for consideration this year.

Fartoon Siad, Dr. Carol Fenton, Hena Qureshi, Dima Arafah, and Haskayne School of Business alumni Rosalynn Dodd Peschl (Bcomm’10) represented UCalgary at the Dubai regional competition for the Hult Prize

Read more here

In the News
Providing more facts won’t sway public opinion on controversial issues

Lianne M. Lefsrud, assistant professor of Engineering Safety and Risk Management at the University of Alberta, presented her ground-breaking research that explores the emotionality of social and traditional media debates with Chris Westbury, Geoff Hollis, and the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR).

During her presentation, Lefsrud explained that many controversial issues — like climate change or stem cell research — are not processed cognitively, and because of this, more information does not persuade public opinion. While it is important to understand how people think, we need to understand how they feel and why.

Read more here

Get Involved
Volunteer at your Alma Mater

The most exciting times in our University’s history – our 50th Anniversary and campaign launch!

Save the Date and Make a difference by Volunteering at the Alumni Weekend, April 3 - May 1.

Grow your mind and join UCalgary's 50th anniversary celebrations. The weekend is jam-packed with something for everyone of all ages.

*Free parking!

All about Alumni Weekend, click here.

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