Like most people, you probably took to the internet to make most of your (essential and non-essential) purchases this year — but if you ever wondered about the political impact you make when you choose to add or not add something to your shopping cart, you might want to read up on Dr. Shelley Boulianne's research. Boulianne, who is one of the 2019 Board of Governor's Research Chairs (along with Dr. Erin Walton), also worked with 10 student researchers on a study about climate change, politics and social media.
Terri Suntjens, director of Indigenous Initiatives, spoke with Global News and CBC about her involvement in creating Indigenous ward names for the City of Edmonton.
News about the university's Social Innovation Institute (SII) developing a proposal as part of a high-profile awareness campaign to combat liquor store thefts had people talking — and the SII team ended up winning a $500,000 grant to continue their work. "This engagement is a great example of how post-secondary institutions can positively impact the communities we serve," said Dr. Wanda Costen, dean of MacEwan's School of Business.
Remember when we mentioned how proud we are of our students? Well, we're also incredibly proud of our faculty and staff. Earlier this year, we announced our first 3M National Teaching Fellow – Dr. Diane Symbaluk. “A 3M National Teaching Fellowship is, truly, our country’s most prestigious recognition of leadership in university teaching,” said Dr. Craig Monk, provost & vice-president, Academic.
There is no bigger celebration at MacEwan than our twice-yearly convocation ceremonies. So when COVID-19 forced the university to cancel our large gathering, staff and faculty worked hard to come up with something truly unique.
Curbside Convocation was an event to remember with over 2,300 grads in the spring and 500 this fall receiving special boxes filled with goodies to celebrate at home and online. Though we wish we could have celebrated in person, we were blown away by the number of people who joined in to make this day special for our grads.
And 1 new president
Since joining the university in August, Dr. Annette Trimbee has been hard at work. One of the biggest things on our new president and vice-chancellor's plate going into 2021 is leading the multi-phase process of creating MacEwan's strategic vision.
We're excited to see what happens in the new year, but until then, happy holidays, warm wishes and happy new year!
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We’re so grateful to the many people who tackled difficult topics, celebrated with us and inspired us this year.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.