7 places on campus you should check out in 2020

January 2, 2020 | Campus Life

Wandering around in search of a classroom or a quiet place to study, you might think you’ve seen all that our campus has to offer. But MacEwan University has seen a lot of exciting developments in the last few years — from the shiny jewel that is Allard Hall to the soon-to-open students’ association building — so we made a list of seven places on campus you should make sure to check out this year. How many have you visited?

1. kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre


With increased interest from students, staff and faculty in the area of reconciliation and Indigenization, the kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre in Building 7 was well loved, but running out of space. Fortunately, through consultations with kihêw waciston staff, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, the facilities team, and the architecture firm at Dialog, a new, purpose-built space opened in the Robbins Health Learning Centre in November.

Read our longform story for a deep dive into the unique features and details, and the experience of Indigenization.


2. MacEwan University Health Centre


If you’re not feeling well physically or mentally, we encourage you to make an appointment at the MacEwan University Health Centre, located on the northeast corner of 105 Avenue and 109 Street. The health centre is open to all students, staff and faculty and provides comprehensive physical and mental health care, including disease prevention, health promotion, acute care and chronic care.

Resources include the Rainbow Clinic (which serves LGBTQ2S+ patients), an STI clinic and the PrEP program. Learn more.


3. SAMU building


Students rejoice — the brand new Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) building opens in Winter 2020. This highly anticipated addition to the City Centre Campus has been years in the making. Built to LEED Silver Certified standards, the building features designated study spaces, an event hall, new food vendors, an outdoor terrace and all the natural light you could ever want.


Allard Hall venues

4. Betty Andrews Recital Hall


Music season is on at MacEwan. Not only is this your chance to enjoy brilliant performances by our Bachelor of Music students, but you can also check out the stunning Betty Andrews Recital Hall, an intimate venue for many of our music season concerts.


5. John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery


The Mitchell Art Gallery is a professional public art gallery on the main floor of Allard Hall. Exhibitions are showcased throughout the year for free and are open to the public, and students in the Fine Art and Bachelor of Design programs host their grad and portfolio shows in the space as well. See what’s on now.


6. Triffo Theatre


Another Allard Hall mainstay, Triffo Theatre is the setting for many of the theatre season’s shows, including Legally Blonde The Musical in March. November’s production of Pippin used the brand new trap doors to include some spectacular visual effects, and past shows like Sister Act made use of the fly gallery, which seamlessly moves scenery and backdrops for immediate scene changes.

You can also catch a concert featuring our Bachelor of Music students performing in the Big Band, Showcase Band or Percussion Ensemble.


7. Theatre Lab


Located on the second floor of Allard Hall, the theatre lab is primarily a teaching space for students of the Theatre Arts and Theatre Production programs. But at least once a year, the 150-seat lab space opens its doors to the public for one of its theatre season shows. This year, you can check out the space as part of The Crucible, and find out how our creative cast and crew transform this flexible space into an immersive experience. (Above, a scene from 2019’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.)



“We weren’t talking about Indigenization with this project, we were living it.”

New home for kihêw waciston is grounded in the openness, learning and trust that Indigenization demands.


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