2017: The year in headlines

December 19, 2017 | Campus Life

Our top news stories of the year

2017 was a year of big headlines for MacEwan University. We welcomed a new president. We opened, closed and broke ground on new buildings. And in between all of the milestones and moments, our faculty members and students continued to garner attention with their research, teaching and on-campus initiatives.

Here are our 10 most-read news stories of 2017. 

1. New president

Back in March, we announced that we would be welcoming a new president to helm MacEwan University. Since beginning her role in July, Deborah Saucier has engaged regularly with the community and our readers in many ways, including through her regular column.


2. Allard Hall

Our second biggest story of 2017 was over three years in the making. In the fall of 2017, MacEwan’s new fine arts building was completed and opened, and its official name, Allard Hall, was announced.

Of course, with new beginnings come goodbyes. We bid a fond farewell to the old Centre for Arts and Communications by sharing the stories that made it such a special place.

With one new building completed, it was time to get to work on another. Ground was broken for the new SAMU building in the spring.

3. Phishing attack

Not all headlines are pleasant ones. Rounding out our top three news stories was the unfortunate news that the university had fallen victim to a phishing scam.

4. Introduction to Psychology class takes on a new look

Every year, over 3,000 MacEwan students enrol in PSYC 104: Introduction to Psychology, so it’s no surprise that a change in the course’s delivery method grabbed the interest of our readers.


5. Convocation

A mainstay on our annual top stories list, and with good reason! We’re so proud of all of the students who graduated in both spring and fall, and enjoyed sharing their stories.


6. Student wellness

From hitting the gym to spending time with four-legged friends, stories about new programs to promote mental wellbeing during stressful times were some of our top reads.

7. Preferred name and gender expression

We made some technological changes to give students more control over how they express their gender identity in our systems. This change was part of larger goal to better serve and celebrate our diverse student body.

8. Research at MacEwan

We dove into what student research looks like more broadly at MacEwan, and over the course of the year, some individual research stories also grabbed our readers’ attention, spanning topics like using Disney’s Frozen to inspire creative play, the physics of dragon boats, the social and economic impact of the Fort McMurray wildfires, an archaeological dig in the Mill Creek Ravine and engaging elderly immigrants.


9. MacEwan-NAIT All-Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers Rookies

The MacEwan Griffins and the NAIT Ooks—two hockey teams that are normally rivals—joined forces to defeat the Oilers rookie squad in a thrilling shutout.

10. Truth and Reconciliation

Faculty and students discussed what indigenizing education means to them, and came together to recognize and work toward overcoming the legacy of residential schools.


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