Dinosaurs, dogs, dialogues and a new degree

November 6, 2019 | Campus Life

Take a photographic journey through the month of October at MacEwan. From visiting scholars, artists, poets and dancers to students tackling big problems – and big data.


Visiting artist Andrew Byrne leads a group of Theatre Arts students in a vocal master class. Byrne is a voice teacher, vocal coach, composer, performer and music director. He was twice named one of the Favorite Vocal Coaches in the NYC Backstage Readers’ Choice Awards. Here, he gives a “hands-on” lesson.
Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2019 opened with a special spoken-word performance by Edmonton Poet Laureate Nisha Patel (pictured here), and included remarks from Edmonton City Councillor Bev Esslinger and the launch of MacEwan’s latest “Ending Sexual Violence” campaign video.
The second annual Round Dance brought together staff, faculty, students, graduates and community members to honour our graduates. “These cultural events are important because they lift our spirits and bring us joy in different ways that are meaningful for many,” said Terri Suntjens, kâ-nêkânêstahk iyiniw pamihtamowina – director of Indigenous initiatives.
At the RBC Changemaker Challenge, post-secondary students from across the city came together to brainstorm ideas and solutions in response to the 2019 Youthful Cities Urban Work Index Report. MacEwan’s Roundhouse hosted the national event that included 60 youth in the early years of their careers.
For anyone considering additional schooling after their degree, the Graduate School Fair was the place to be. Representatives answered students’ questions about graduate studies and professional education programs. If you missed out, be sure to visit MacEwan.ca/CDEL.
Students in Assistant Professor Gordon Youzwyshyn’s ZOOL 224: Vertebrate Adaptations and Evolution class journeyed south to Drumheller to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum. The museum’s mammal curator gave the students a rare behind-the-scenes tour, and they also made sure to check out the dinosaurs.
Your PAWSS dog of the month is … Oreo! (You just know he’s dreaming about one of the bones in the last slide!) Check out MacEwan.ca/PAWSS for a list of Pets Assisting With Student Success events and be sure to give Oreo and his furry friends lots of love.
Math and stats students got down and dirty with data as part of the CANSSI National Case Study Competition. They applied their statistical, collaborative and problem-solving skills to predict ferry delays using a dataset from BC Ferries. At the presentation above, they discussed their methods and results.
A panel discussion to honour Indigenous resilience and resistance kicked off the 2019 Spirit Bear Dialogues on October 8. Amber Dion, a MacEwan social work assistant professor was one of four panelists. The biggest takeaways from the event? “Indigenous women are innately resilient – resilience is in our blood,” says Amber. “All of the women on the panel have different roles in our community – and those roles carry responsibilities.”
A new Bachelor of Early Childhood Curriculum Studies was launched. The degree’s focus on curriculum and pedagogy makes it unique, says Dr. Tricia Lirette, chair of the Department of Human Services and Early Learning. Graduates will fill a range of existing and emerging professional roles as curriculum facilitators and leaders in child care centres, preschools, school-age care programs, family support programs and early intervention, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs.
The Library launched a collection of work from prominent and emerging Indigenous authors called First Voices: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction. The paperback collection focuses primarily on Indigenous authors in Canada and is located across from the Borrower Services desk, making it easy for people walking by to grab a book without searching the catalogue. Artist Angela Hall generously granted permission to reproduce her painting, Creation (signed Aguenus), which is currently exhibited in the Library, as a sticker to identify books included in the collection.
MacEwan social work faculty member Dr. Somnoma Valerie Ouedraogo (left) welcomed visiting scholars from the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida in Germany, Dr. Barbara Wedler and Gabriela Beyer. Together with MacEwan social work faculty member Danielle Larocque, they explored ways to increase opportunities for student exchanges among Bachelor of Social Work students at both universities, toured practicum sites and continued work to develop a collaborative model for teaching, learning and research.
MacEwan teamed up with ICE district, Stantec, City of Edmonton, Enbridge and ATB as part of a downtown collaboration to raise awareness and support for individuals who need pathways out of poverty through United Way’s #unignorable campaign. As part of the campaign, members of MacEwan's executive team, including Myrna Khan, vice-president of University Relations, climbed 22 flights of stairs at the YEG Stair Climb challenge, which raised funds in support of the United Way.

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