RenewFest Bonfire
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With students off for the week, you could easily throw a bowling ball through Mac Hall and only risk hitting the ever-present lineup at Tim Horton’s. But jus...

Michelle Hendrix, UCalgary Dinos
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In 1993-94, her rookie season with the University of Calgary Dinos, Michelle Hendrix helped the team win the national championship. 

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Timeline

Explore the timeline of the university from the beginning

Timeline

Explore the timeline of the university from the beginning

Timeline

Explore the timeline of the university from the beginning

Timeline

Explore the timeline of the university from the beginning

Timeline

Explore the timeline of the university from the beginning

Timeline

Explore the timeline of the university from the beginning

Preparing University of Calgary site for construction
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These are the stories of our professors emeriti on the early years of UCalgary and their experiences. Many came from all over the world to be part...

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Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Chair and President of the Rozsa Foundation, shares the story of how the Rozsa Centre came to be and how the Rozsas continue to build o...

UAC princesses
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Thousands of items, from photos to yearbooks, have been scanned and uploaded to an online collection as part of UCalgary's 50th anniversary. Visit the Un...

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Aritha van Herk’s biggest challenge writing the University of Calgary's 50th Anniversary commemorative book was choosing among the “endless little nuggets” s...

Faculty of Social Work celebrates 35 years in Lethbridge
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There was a bit of a “double-anniversary” celebration in Lethbridge recently as the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work celebrated 50 years as a Fac...

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If anyone knows first-hand how diversity and equity issues have evolved on campus, it’s Adrienne Kertzer. She’s been teaching English at the University of Ca...

So much to celebrate video
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Time flies!

It has now been eight months since UCalgary kicked off its year-long anniversary celebrations on April 29, 2016 — 50 years to the day from...

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UCalgary students use empty beer cases to build a float on the back of a flat-bed truck at Stampede Park during the 1969 Bermuda Shorts Day.

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UCalgary President A.W.R. Carrothers prepares for a pie duel during Bermuda Shorts Day, 1972.

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Biological specimens in jars, including fish and snakes, at the Environmental Science Centre in Kananaskis Country, 1966.

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Bowling at the MacEwan Hall bowling lanes, located in the northwest corner of the lower level, 1970.

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An aerial view of campus looking east.

 

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Campus looking north from the Education Tower, 1968.

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An aerial view of campus looking northeast, 1969.

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An aerial view of campus look southeast, 1972.

 

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An excavator works to prepare the site for UCalgary's first buildings, now Admininstration and Science A, 1959.

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Safety Office pick-up truck used at the University of Calgary for hauling flammable material, 1975.

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Like many Calgary success stories, this one has a spirited beginning, an unprecedented growth spurt and a promising future. And after 50 years, the story is...

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A founding member of the University of Calgary medical school, Dr. Church is professor emeritus and founding head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molec...

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Dr. Norman Schachar, was one of Calgary’s first resident orthopedic surgeons. He arrived from Ontario in 1970 to a fledgling Department of Surgery in t...

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The main entrance to the University of Calgary was transformed into a gateway in 1986 when an archway which spanned University Drive was installed.  Designed...

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A peregrine falcon peers through a window on the Social Sciences building, 1998.

The justices of the Court of Appeal of Alberta — from left: Justice Bruce McDonald, Justice Jack Watson, Justice Patricia Rowbotham, Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, Justice Sheilah Martin, Justice Peter Martin, Justice Frederica Schutz, Justice Brian O'Fe
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"Oyez, oyez, oyez! This ceremonial Sitting of the Court of Appeal of Alberta in celebration of the ruby anniversary of the foundation of the Faculty of Law a...

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“Memories, memories — friendship, service, fun.” These are the first words of the Faculty Women’s Club Memories song, written by Margaret Oliver and sung for...

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Marjorie Norris laughs and sighs as she recounts the early beginnings of the Faculty Women’s Club (FWC). “We really functioned like a ladies’ auxiliary, but...

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University of Calgary Women's field hockey team, 1974.

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University of Calgary students learn to golf, 1965.

Neville Parsons, Founding dean of science
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2016 marks 50 years of the University of Calgary being part of this vibrant, energetic city and we have a great deal to celebrate. Led by the Eyes High visio...

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On November 1, 1958 ground was broken on the site of the new University of Alberta campus in Calgary (UAC). City Transit buses took dignitaries, media and gu...

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The University of Calgary Dinosaurs hockey team, 1971.

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Dr. Herwig held a dual position at the University of Calgary as Professor of History and as Canada Research Chair in the Centre for Military and Strategic St...

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An IBM printing card punch 26, early computer technology used at the University of Calgary, 1964. 

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Information Commons in the MacKimmie Library Block prior to the 2011 opening of the Taylor Family Digital Library.

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On April 29, Calgary’s first poet laureate, Kris Demeanor, BA'92, illuminated and entertained guests at UCalgary’s 50th anniversary celebration and launch of...

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President Terry White and members of the Students' Union inaugurate the new location of the Rock, which was moved from the southeast corner of MacEw...

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A student stops to read signs at a tent city set up outside MacEwan Hall by students protesting tuition hikes, 1999.

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St. Luke Elementary School students watch a dot matrix printer during a visit to the University Computing Centre.

50th Anniversary Open House
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You may notice, over the next year, a few happy coincidences. Or maybe you’ve already been part of the excitement that was the SMARTIE Swarm at the 50th anni...

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Students arrive on campus during Bermuda Shorts Day with a Second World War Willys Jeep and a field gun, 1964.

Kananaskis field station 1966
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Only one year after it was established as an autonomous institution, the fledgling University of Calgary was fast becoming known in Canadian university circl...

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Whether you walk by them, read them, paint them, like them or hate them — “The Rocks” have become a symbol of free expression at the University of Calgary. E...

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Jane Matthew and her son Matthew Carrothers, share their stories about their husband and father, Alfred William Rooke Carrothers who was president of the Uni...

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Andrew Doucette was the Director of the Calgary Branch of the University of Alberta from 1947 - 1960. His son, Frank Doucette, shares his memories of his dad...

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Ann McCaig was Chancellor at the University of Calgary from 1994 - 1998. Listen in on her stories. 

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William A. Cochrane was president of the University of Calgary from 1974 - 1978.  He share his story of the lasting impact he had on our institution inc...

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Bill Warren was a senator at the University of Calgary from 1992 - 2002 and Chancellor from 2002-2006. He was also instrumental in bringing the Olympics...

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Charles M. Macleod was the Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Alberta from 1949 - 1966, when UCalgary became autonomous. Listen to his dau...

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John (Jack) Perraton was chancellor of the University of Calgary from 1998 - 2002 and Board Chair from 2007 - 2010. His children, Kris and Lindsay share thei...

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Jean-Louis Lebel was Chancellor from 1978 - 1982 at the University of Calgary. His widow Therese, and his daughter Louise, share their memories of Jean-Louis...

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Joanne Cuthbertson was Chancellor at the Universitiy of Calgary from 2006 - 2010. She shares her memories of her time at UCalgary. 

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Leroy Allen Thorssen was Board Chair at the University of Alberta from 1967 - 1970, during the time the University of Calgary gained autonomy from UofA. His...

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Murray Fraser was president of the University of Calgary from 1988 - 1996. His widow Anne Fraser shares her memories of past president Murray Fraser and thei...

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Terry White was president of the University of Calgary from 1996 - 2001. Hear his story of a turbulent time in our history and his approach to building bridg...

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A skeleton points the way to the archaeology department during a 1972 open house.

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A University of Calgary student splashes in the fountain in the Adminstration building atrium, 1970.

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Cyber 205 mainframe supercomputer used at the University of Calgary, 1985.

Image of The Zipper
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Generations of UCalgary students have relished in rotating Zipper, the shiny, undulating metal loop in Science Theatres. According to university lore, giving...

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Three years of the Marguerite Schumacher Memorial Alumni Lecture and the event keeps getting better!

Nearly 100 guests enjoyed Lorna Estabrooks’ (MN’97...

So much to celebrate video
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2016 marks 50 years of the University of Calgary being part of this vibrant, energetic city and we have a great deal to celebrate. Led by the Eyes High visio...

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Education students watch a film in the Curriculum and Instruction audio-visual lab.

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The University of Calgary was created as an autonomous provincial university in 1966 when the Universities Act received royal assent in the Alberta Legislatu...

April 29th Celebration
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On April 29, 2016, the University of Calgary celebrated its 50th Anniversary and kicked off a year-long celebration with the community. Hundreds of members o...

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The University of Calgary officially marks its 50th Anniversary today, launching a year-long celebration to honour the legacies of the past while engaging th...

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University Theatre lobby, 1970s.

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Hot air balloons float past MacKimmie Library Tower during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

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Electrical engineering professors, left to right, Bruton, Hoslette, and Nichols, trying to influence an Engineering Queen judge, Professor  R.G. Moore,...

Timeline: A Record of Change

Events in time inspire us all to reach for ever more distant heights, to redefine what’s possible and to keep pushing forward.

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