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Be part of UCalgary’s 50th Anniversary celebration

Activities and events continue until April 2017

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 when the university officially earned its autonomy back in 1966. There are four months of activity remaining until we wrap our anniversary programming and initiate our next half-century — in tandem with the 150thanniversary of Canadian Confederation. There is a lot of opportunity to get involved:


  • The month kicks off with the 50th Anniversary edition of the Crowchild Classic, with the Dinos facing off against the MRU Cougars for a double-header hockey game at the Scotiabank Saddledome, with all the trimmings. Come see who wins the coveted golden manhole cover.
  • Come learn about aging in place and how cities are evolving to better cope with an aging population. Idea Igniters at the Crowfoot branch of Calgary Public Library, Feb. 9.
  • Know a good campus love story? Share it on Valentine’s Day as part of our 50 Years of Love feature, Feb 14.
  • Watch for a week-long series of activities to help you focus on personal renewal, Feb. 21.
  • Get your tickets for the 50th Anniversary concert hosted by our School of Creative and Performing Arts at the Jack Singer, showcasing students in drama, dance and music, Feb 26.


  • UCalgary partners with The Walrus for Walrus Talks: NextGen, a panel discussion about the future of leadership and how to prepare students for success, March 9.
  • Wonder how the world will feed its nine billion inhabitants by 2050? Raise your hand to be part of a community conversation with our Global Challenges students by emailing, March 14
  • Follow Alice down the rabbit hole at the Anniversary Celebration with UCalgary and Alberta Ballet also turning 50 this year. Alberta Ballet is offering a one-time custom promo-code for an evening performance; full details will be shared with all students, faculty and staff at the end of January. March 17.
  • Nominate UCalgary’s best teachers, to be recognized at the annual UCalgary Teaching Awards, March 23.


  • Celebrate 50 Years of Dinos Pride at the Hall of Fame Induction Gala, April 3.
  • Mark the end of classes with the UCalgaryStrong Festival, April 12.
  • Help support students by contributing to Giving Day 2017.
  • Join in the wrap-up of our anniversary year, the kickoff of our next 50 years, and the introduction of a refined Eyes High strategic direction that will guide the university into its next half century, April 28.

Keep an eye on our 50th Anniversary events page for more activities that you can be involved in.

Celebrating a half century of transformation

When we began our anniversary year, we set out to shine a spotlight on how the university has evolved in tandem with our city, how the shape and spirit of the university reflects the uniqueness of southern Alberta and the distinct needs of its people. The stories are abundant and inspirational and we double-dog dare you to check out the more than 50 links in this article chronicling our year of awesome.

Embracing our community: highlights of our anniversary year so far

Programming and activities to date have focused on building community engagement, recognizing the contributions of our many friends and stakeholders, and creating opportunities for conversation about the future. From special moments during Convocation and new student orientation, to thought-provoking discussions during the Idea Igniters series with the Calgary Public Library and with our First Nations community at Campfire Chats, to revisiting 50 Years of Art in the Community with the Nickle Galleries, and showcasing our spirit downtown, people have come together in unprecedented ways to show their dedication to this community.

Thousands came to campus and our research stations to kick off the year and meet old friends, to share learning at the 85th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, to experience the new Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, to learn about our world-leading facilities at DoorsOpenYYC, to join us in the fun of Stampede and 50 Years of Yahoo!, to cheer the Dinos on and reminisce about games past, to recognize students, faculty, staff and alumni who really make a difference, and to take the first step to joining our university family.

Faculties and units have embraced this year of celebration wholeheartedly. From Social Work’s anniversary days and Kinesiology’s Gift of Play giving back to local schools, to the reopening of the Werklund School of Education space and the launch of the renovated and expanded facilities for the Schulich School of Engineering, to Science’s time capsule, Law’s celebration of its history, Arts’ unstoppable professor and our community’s passion for bringing some extra joy into people’s lives — and even our Nursing team in Qatar, where dance and food brought people together in celebration — across our campuses, the anniversary has provided an occasion to reflect on what makes this place special.

We showcased our incredible archives, published an anniversary book (thank you Aritha van Herk!) and an UMagazine edition highlighting our defining moments, shared our history with each other online, showcased the impact our research is having on the world, gathered stories from our earliest champions, thanked those who initiated our caring culture, remembered corners of campus that have since been transformed, and named new ones so that our historic leaders could always be cherished. We also focused on giving back, through our own transformative fundraising campaign and through our annual United Way drive to help those less fortunate in our region.

Share your story

We’re celebrating 50 years of amazing stories and we’ve collected a lot over the year — from our former leaders to our current and retired faculty and staff, to our students, alumni and donors. What connects you to the University of Calgary? Visit the award-winning, where you can experience the story of our origins, follow the conversation about #ucalgary50 on social media, and add your story to the collection.

Originally published in UToday, January 16, 2017
By: University Relations Staff 



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