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Are you graduating this spring? Did a member of the UAlberta community make a difference in your time at school? A teacher, coach, staff member, donor, or some other mentor who gave you support and inspired you to do great things? If so, we’d like to write about you both!

Drop us a line or two about your story at commun@ualberta.ca. Please include your contact information so the UAlberta story team can get back to you.

Convocation is an extraordinary moment in every student’s life. It is the culmination of years of perseverance and hard work, and the commencement of a brand new journey. We’d love to hear about your experiences as a student, the impact a teacher, coach or mentor made in your life, as well as your plans for the future.

Yesterday, Provost Carl Amrhein and Students’ Union President Petros Kusmus announced the approval of a Fall Reading Week at the University of Alberta. The break is expected to take effect in the fall of 2015.

Hey, UAlberta. Can you make it one hour without power? Pledge to be part of the Campus Challenge now! 

I—AM—MAGNETO! Part of the "Wow, Open This!" pop-up book exhibit at Bruce Peel Special Collections Library. The exhibit runs until June 6.

Meet Thumbs, Dr. Scalpel, and Nurse No. 2, the stars of Muppet Surgery. Created by Jonathan White, award-winning surgery professor at UAlberta, the Muppet Surgery videos are an extension of White’s enormously popular Surgery 101 podcasts and app. Both the podcasts and the videos teach medical students about surgical practice.

A $20 diamond has confirmed massive amounts of water deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

From “Rare mineral points to vast ‘oceans’ beneath the Earth.”

Ross Lockwood tries on a pair of Google Glasses as part of tech testing for his upcoming Mars simulation in Hawaii. The physics student will spend spend four months inside a sealed environment as part of a NASA mission to create psychological guidelines for selecting future astronauts. Ross will also be testing the effectiveness of surgical tools created by a 3-D printer. 

Plagiarism Rap: a new video resource for students, faculty and parents on the do’s and don’ts around citing sources, plagiarism, and academic integrity.

From Schism, by Grace Sippy. On exhibit at the FAB Gallery until February 15.

The University of Alberta has earned 20 District VIII awards for excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in recognition of its highly successfully, strategic, often harmonized projects dedicated to advancing the institution.

The projects showcase innovative, high-impact work by faculty, staff and alumni across the U of A, advancing awareness and understanding of the university’s importance in Alberta, in Canada and around the globe. Most of the awards were in recognition of the work done by U of A Marketing and Communications (MarComm) and the strategic communications team in the Office of Advancement, each being named on 10 awards, including five citations earned in partnership with each other, underlining the successful collaboration between the two offices. 

"These are remarkable results for a remarkable team of professionals at the University of Alberta,” said Debra Pozega Osburn, U of A vice-president, University Relations. “Each year, it becomes more important for us to successfully tell the University of Alberta story; each year, we refocus our efforts and re-energize our team to do exactly that.

"These awards clearly reflect the fact that, through hard work, great partnerships and a resolute strategy designed to advance the university promise of ‘uplifting the whole people,’ we are having an impact.”

She added, “We will continue to inspire and encourage others to share our vision of advancing the university’s reputation through collaborative, high-quality initiatives such as those recognized by these awards.”

Award highlights include gold for the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services case for support fundraising brochure, the Autumn 2013 cover of New Trail magazine and a news story by MarComm’s Bryan Alary, as well as a sweep of the top two Photographer of the Year awards by New Trail contributing photographer John Ulan and MarComm photographer Richard Siemens.

Other awards included a bronze for the new responsive university website, a silver for U of A Engineer magazine, a bronze for the Alberta School of Business annual report and a pair of bronzes for the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.

The CASE District VIII awards, announced Jan. 9, honour excellence in marketing and communications for professionals working in post-secondary environments. CASE VIII, representing more than 130 member institutions in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, is a regional district of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which is one of the world’s largest non-profit educational organizations, focusing on alumni relations, communications, marketing, fundraising and other areas that advance the institution and its mission.

GOLD

Entry Title: Finding fluency a father’s final wish, by Bryan Alary/Sean Townsend
Category: Writing - 28. News Writing (news releases, web or print news writing)

Entry Title: The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services Case for Support, by Erica Viegas (writer) and Trevor Horbachewsky (designer)
Category: Fundraising, Special Event & Other Communications - 07. Fundraising Brochures, Case Statements, Fliers & Packets (suite of related publications)

Entry Title: New Trail - Autumn 2013 Cover Illustration, by Julius Csotonyi, ’98 BSc(Hons)
Category: Photography & Illustration - 23a. Illustration and Photo-Illustration - Individual

Entry Title: John Ulan
Category: Photography & Illustration - 24. Photographer of the Year (This award is based on an entire portfolio of photos, including this one and these)

SILVER

Entry Title: Humanities, medicine combine to reveal the secrets of scurvy, by Michael Brown/Sean Townsend
Category: Writing - 28. News Writing (news releases, web or print news writing)

Entry Title: What’s Next: David Ley, by Geoff McMaster/Adam Kidd/Jeff Allen
Category: Video & Multimedia - 44. Public Relations Videos

Entry Title: Richard Siemens portfolio
Category: Photography & Illustration - 24. Photographer of the Year
(This award is based on an entire portfolio of photos, many of which can be see here.)

Entry Title: What’s Next, by Marketing and Communications/Digital Strategy
Category: Projects & Programs - 32. Best Practices in Communications and Marketing

Entry Title: U of A Engineer
Category: Magazines - 12a. Print General Interest Magazines - circulation <29,999

Entry Title: Building a Better Undergrad, by Marcey Andrews
Category: Visual Design - 16. Multi-Page Print Design

Entry Title: Bringing Birth Back to the North, by Sarah Ligon
Category: Writing - 25. Individual Features or Feature Articles

Entry Title: Blue Sky, Green Moss, by Kate Black
Category: Writing - 28. News Writing (news releases, web or print news writing)

BRONZE

Entry Title: UAlberta Responsive Website, by University Digital Strategy
Category: Websites - 36. Overall Institutional Website

Entry Title: The Changing Face of the North, by John Ulan
Category: Photography & Illustration - 22a. Photography - Individual photographs

Entry Title: The Keys to Life, by Sarah Ligon
Category: Writing - 25. Individual Features or Feature Articles

Entry Title: The Accidental Protester, by Glenn Kubish, ’87 BA
Category: Writing - 26. Editorial Shorts (published-print or web-editorial pieces <1,000 words)

Entry Title: The Making of a Citizen, by Todd Babiak, ’95 BA
Category: Writing - 26. Editorial Shorts (published-print or web-editorial pieces <1,000 words)

Entry Title: Solving the Grizzly Bear Question, by Keith Gerein
Category: Writing - 25. Individual Features or Feature Articles

 Entry Title: Faculty of ALES - Nutrition and Food Science Video
Category: Video & Multimedia - 45. Student Recruitment Videos

Entry Title: Alberta School of Business – Excellence, Relevance, Confidence
Category: Fundraising, Special Event & Other Communications - 08. Annual, Semiannual or Biennial Reports