There may have been fewer students around in May, but there was still a lot happening on campus. Take a look back at what we were up to.
Dr. Paul Byrne and his family celebrated the newly named Paul Byrne Hall in the Heart of the Robbins that recognizes the many contributions that the president emeritus made to MacEwan, and makes way for the former Paul Byrne Hall (on the westernmost side of the Robbins Health Learning Centre) to become the new home for kihêw waciston, the university’s Indigenous centre.
The university started its urban beekeeping project in 2016 with a couple of hives on Building 5. Since then, the bees have been creating buzz, whether it’s because of our ongoing sustainability efforts or because the honey is just so delicious. This year, volunteer beekeepers unwrapped our six hives on May 16.
MacEwan’s hockey programs were approved to join the Canada West conference following a successful vote at the Canada West AGM in Whistler, B.C., on May 9. Both Griffins men’s and women’s hockey teams will join the highest level of university sport when they begin play in Canada West, starting with the 2020/21 season.
We marked National Nursing Week with several stories, including one about our psychiatric nursing students practicing the skills they've learned in their first-year mental health course. Here, psychiatric nursing faculty member Randi Ziorio Dunlop oversees a simulation that creates a safe space for students to practice their first difficult discussions about suicide.
A younger-than-usual set of entrepreneurs (more than 150 elementary school students) made their way through the halls at MacEwan University on May 29. The students, representing 17 Edmonton Public Schools, came together in Paul Byrne Hall in the Heart of the Robbins to talk about the businesses they’ve spent the school year working on as part the Entrepreneurial Adventure Showcase, an event that caps off a year-long experiential learning program.
From May 7 to 9, the Biennial Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium ignited discussions through a variety of speakers and workshops to explore current best practices in the field and opportunities for improvement in Canada and the international community.
On May 27, the MacEwan University community came together for the annual raising of the rainbow and transgender flags. New this year, we also painted several sidewalks to welcome and recognize the university’s gay, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse community.
On May 2, Early Learning at MacEwan (ELM) hosted 60 early childhood educators, administrators and policy makers for Pedagogical Pathways 2019 to look at the use of materials in early learning.
In collaboration with maskekosak, Enoch Cree Nation, kihêw waciston created a learning opportunity in late May for approximately 30 students, staff and faculty to go out on the land to learn from Elders and Knowledge Keepers from Treaty 6 territory. “This cultural camp humbles us, connects our minds to our hearts and lets us be still and reflective of our purpose as human beings in this experience on earth," said Terri Suntjens, MacEwan’s director of Indigenous initiatives. "I am very grateful to the community for hosting us. We walked away with memories, relationships and gratitude.”
With 35 years of service under her belt, Carolyn Graber was among the close to 100 faculty and staff who were honoured during the university’s Career Milestones event the evening of May 16. Heartfelt thanks and congratulations go out to everyone being recognized for 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service, or their retirement.
We announced two new Board of Governors Research Chairs. Dr. Shelley Boulianne and Dr. Erin Walton were chosen to continue advancing the profile of research, scholarly and creative activities at the university as outlined in the Research Strategic Plan. They join current research chairs Dr. Sandy Jung and Dr. Sam Mugo, whose terms are from 2018 to 2020.
The Dr. Sherrill Brown Distinguished Research Award recognizes faculty members who have made notable contributions to research at MacEwan. This year’s award goes to Dr. Tricia Lirette, an assistant professor in the Early Learning and Child Care program, and chair of the Department of Human Services and Early Learning.
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.