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University of Alberta
Motto Quaecumque Vera
Motto in English Whatsoever things are true
Established 1908
Type Public
Endowment $677.7M[1]
Chancellor Linda Hughes
President Indira Samarasekera
Provost Carl G. Amrhein
Faculty 3,506[2]
Staff 10,640[2]
Undergraduates 28,477 full-time, 2,102 part-time[3]
Postgraduates 4,937 full-time, 1,446 part-time[3]
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Colours Green and Gold         
Nickname The Golden Bears (men), The Pandas (women)
Mascot GUBA (men), Patches (women)
Affiliations AUCC, CIS, CWUAA,AUFC, UArctic, ACU, CUSID, AUFSC, CBIE, CUP.
Website http://www.ualberta.ca/
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The University of Alberta (U of A) is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford,[4] the first premier of Alberta and Henry Marshall Tory,[5] its first president, it is widely recognized as one of the top universities in Canada. The main campus covers 50 city blocks with over 90 buildings directly across the North Saskatchewan River from downtown Edmonton.

As of 2005 the continued economic boom in Alberta, driven mainly by high energy prices, had resulted in multi-billion dollar government fiscal surpluses.[6] This led to the introduction of Bill 1 by the provincial government, which promised to create a $4.5 billion endowment for Alberta's post-secondary institutions.[7]

In March 2010, the U of A will be hosting the Canadian National Debating Championship.[8]

Contents

History and Overview

Early history

Tory building at the University of Alberta
Tory Lecture Theatres at the University of Alberta
Rutherford House, located on the north-east corner of the University of Alberta campus.

The University of Alberta, a single, public provincial university, was chartered in 1906 in Edmonton, Alberta with a new University Act. University of Alberta was modelled on the American state university, with an emphasis on extension work and applied research.[9]

University of Alberta is a non-denominational university which offers undergraduate and graduate programs.[10] With the hiring of Henry Marshall Tory in 1907, the University of Alberta started operation in 1908 using temporary facilities, while the first building on campus was under construction.[10]

In a letter from Henry Marshall Tory to Alexander Cameron Rutherford in early 1906, while he is in the process of setting up McGill University College in Vancouver, Tory writes "If you take any steps in the direction of a working University and wish to avoid the mistakes of the past, mistakes which have fearfully handicapped other institutions, you should start on a teaching basis."[11] The University of Alberta was established by the University Act, 1906[12] in the first session of the new Legislative Assembly, with Premier Alexander C. Rutherford as its sponsor.

The governance was modelled on Ontario's University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the 2 bodies and to perform institutional leadership.[9]

It awarded its first degrees in 1912.[10] In 1912 the university established its Department of Extension. In the early part of 20th century, professional education expanded beyond the traditional fields of theology, law and medicine. Graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced.[9] In 1929, the university established a School of Education. In 1932, the University Department of Extension established the Banff School of Finer Arts.

The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society. In 1966, the University of Alberta introduced a masters program in community development.

The single-university policy in the West was changed as existing colleges of the provincial universities gained autonomy as universities - the University of Calgary was established in 1966.[9] The University of Alberta first offered programs of study at Calgary in 1945 and continued until 1966 when the University of Calgary was established as an autonomous institution.[10]

In 1976 structural engineer, Reuben VandeKraats made the decision to add a more complex building style to the newly designed science and art wings of the school.

Location

The location of the university was to be decided along the same lines as that of Saskatchewan. (The province of Saskatchewan shares the same founding date as Alberta, 1905.) Saskatchewan had to please two competing cities when deciding the location of its capital city and provincial university. Thus, Regina was designated the provincial capital and Saskatoon received the provincial university, the University of Saskatchewan. The same heated wrangling over the location of the provincial capital also took place in Alberta between the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. It was stated that the capital would be north of the North Saskatchewan River and that the university would be in a city south of it.[4] In the end the city of Edmonton became capital and the city just south of the river, Strathcona was granted the university, much to the chagrin of Calgary, for many years to come.

Meanwhile, in 1912 the two cities of Edmonton and Strathcona were amalgamated under the name of the former; Edmonton had thus became both the political and academic capital, at the expense of Calgary. This was just one act in a larger rivalry between the two cities, often called the Battle of Alberta.

In 1940, the University's Garneau neighbourhood was chosen as the location for the Garneau Theatre, in large part an effort to garner the University student's patronage.

Faculties

In 1913, a medical school established at the University of Alberta in Edmonton was opened.[13] By 1920, the university had six faculties (Arts and Sciences, Applied Science, Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry, and Law) and two schools (Pharmacy and Accountancy). It awarded a range of degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Pharmacy (PhmB), Bachelor of Divinity (BD), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), and Doctor of Laws (LLD). There were 851 male students and 251 female students, and 171 academic staff, including 14 women.[14]

Newspapers

The university has two main newspapers, Folio[15] and The Gateway[16]. Folio is the official newspaper published by the "Office of Public Affairs" every two weeks from September to June. The Gateway is the official student newspaper. Fully autonomous, it publishes "most Tuesdays and Thursdays".

The university also has the independent newspaper The Gold Standard[17] and a monthly student newspaper, the Dagligtale, published at Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta.[18]

Radio

In 1927, the university established the CKUA Educational radio station.

Book publishing

The University of Alberta Press, which was founded in 1969, concentrates on western Canadian history, general science and ecology.[19] The University of Alberta Press publishes an average of between 20 and 30 books per year, often accepting submissions from across Canada for over 50% of the publications. Their current active title listing has more than 150 books,[20] as of 2007.

Academics

Profile

As of 2008, the U of A had approximately 36,000 students, including 6,600 graduate students[3] and 2,700 international students representing 128 countries.[21] The university has 3,506 academic staff along with about 10,640 support and trust staff.[2] University professors have won more 3M Teaching Fellowships (Canada's top award for undergraduate teaching excellence) than any other Canadian university, 30 awards since 1986.[22][23] The university offers post-secondary education in about 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs. Tuition and fees for both fall and winter semesters are slightly more than $5,000 for a typical undergraduate student, although they vary widely by program.[3] The University of Alberta switched from a 9-point grading scale to the more common 4-point grading scale in September 2003. 67 Rhodes Scholars have come from the University of Alberta.[24]

Faculties and colleges

St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta

The university has eighteen faculties and two affiliated colleges.

  • Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences focuses on natural, biological, and human resources.[25] The University of Alberta Faculty of Forestry is part of the AUFSC and has accredited baccalaureate of science programs.[10]
    • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Major in Agricultural and Resource Economics; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Major in Animal Science; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Major in Crop Science; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Major in Range and Pasture Management; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Major in Sustainable Agricultural Systems
    • Master of Agriculture in Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science; Master of Agriculture in Agroforestry; Master of Agriculture in Forest Economics; Master of Agriculture in Rural Sociology; Master of Agriculture in Soil Science; Master of Agriculture in Water and Land Resources; Master of Business Administration / Master of Agriculture
    • Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Home Economics: Dept. of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science has an accredited dietetic program. The university is accredited by a professional organization such as the Dietitians of Canada and the university's graduates may subsequently become registered dietitians. List of universities with accredited dietetic programs
The Lecture Theaters section of the Humanities Center.
The Mechanical Engineering Building.
The Natural Resources Engineering Facility.
The Earth Sciences building.

Library system

The Rutherford Humanities and Social Sciences Library

The University of Alberta library system[2], received a tremendous boost with the opening of the Rutherford Library in May 1951, and now has one of the largest research libraries systems in Canada. As of 2004, according to the Association of Research Libraries, the library system is the second-largest, by the number of volumes held, among all Canadian universities, after the University of Toronto Library.[29] In 2006, the university library was rated 20th in North America by the Association of Research Libraries (up from only 28th a year earlier).[29] With over 5.7 million printed volumes combined with online access to more than 410,000 full-text electronic journals and more than 600 electronic databases[30] the library system ranks first in Canada in terms of the number of volumes per student.

Specialty libraries

Winspear Business Reference Library

The library system comprises the following libraries:

  • Augustana Faculty Library
  • Bibliothèque Saint-Jean
  • Book and Record Depository (BARD)
  • Cameron Library (Science & Technology)
    • Knowledge Common
  • H.T. Coutts Library (Education & Physical Education)
  • J.A. Weir Memorial Law Library
  • J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library
  • Dr. Josephine M. Mitchell Mathematics Library
  • Rutherford Library (Humanities & Social Sciences)
    • Bruce Peel Special Collections Library
    • Data Library
    • Music Listening and Reserve
  • Winspear Business Reference Library

School of Library and Information Studies

The university is also home to a School of Library and Information Studies. Notably the school offers a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree,[31] accredited by the American Library Association,[32] and is hosted in Rutherford South, the original four story brick, marble, and oak main campus library, opened in 1951.

Research overview

Housing over 400 distinct research laboratories, the University of Alberta is one of the leading research universities in Canada. The university is a member of the G13 universities, which are the leading research universities in Canada. In the period from 1988 to 2006, the University of Alberta received about $3.4B for research from external sources, with $404M in 2005-2006 alone.[33] The University of Alberta is consistently ranked among the top research universities in Canada.[34][35][36][37]

Notably the University of Alberta is also the national scientific and administrative headquarters for:

Medical research

Medical researchers are developing the Edmonton Protocol, which is a new treatment for type one diabetes that enables diabetics to break their insulin dependence. The project was originally developed by Drs. James Shapiro, Jonathan Lakey, and Edmond Ryan.[38] The first patient was treated in 1999. As of 2006, the project is developed through the Clinical Islet Transplant Program.

Population research

Biomedical research

Biomedical researchers, headed up by Michael Ellison have initiated a project to model Eukaryotic cells in detail, called Project Cybercell.

Nanotechnology research

The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT)

In June 2006, a new 120 million dollar building for the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) was opened on campus. The NINT complex is one of the world’s most technologically advanced research facilities, housing the quietest, and cleanest, laboratory space in Canada.[39] NINT occupies five floors of the new building with the top two floors being reserved by the university for nanotechnology-related research. Recently some staff members have been jointly recruited by the NRC and the University of Alberta.

Other

Services for Aboriginal people

The University of Alberta provides services to Aboriginal people in more remote communities. University of Alberta provides special first-year bridging programs for Aboriginal students. The University of Alberta’s Aboriginal Teacher Education Program at Blue Quills First Nations College was developed in partnership with specific Aboriginal communities to meet specific needs within Aboriginal communities. The Faculty of Native Studies at University of Alberta was designed to meet the knowledge needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. The University of Alberta reaches into Aboriginal communities to talk to potential students at a much younger age through its Summer Science Camps for Aboriginal high school students.[41]

Reputation

University rankings
ARWU World[42] 101-151
ARWU N. America[43] 60-77
ARWU Engineering & CS[44] 78-107
ARWU Life Sciences[45] 76-107
ARWU Clinical Medicine[46] 77-107
Newsweek World[47] 55
THE-QS World[48] 59
THE-QS Arts[49] 101
THE-QS Life Sciences/Biomed[50] 52
THE-QS Natural Sciences[51] 75
THE-QS Engineering/Tech.[52] 46
Canadian rankings
Maclean's Medical/Doctoral[53] 5

The University of Alberta consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Canada. Historically the university has produced 67 Rhodes Scholars.

Top 5 overall

Newsweek

Newsweek (International Edition) in 2006 rates the top 5 Canadian universities (world rankings in brackets):[54]

1) University of Toronto (18)

2) University of British Columbia (31)

3) McGill University (42)

4) University of Alberta (55)

5) University of Waterloo (84)

THES-QS

The Times Higher Education Supplement in 2009 rates the top 5 Canadian universities (world rankings in brackets):[55]

1) McGill University (18)

2) University of Toronto (29)

3) University of British Columbia (40)

4) University of Alberta (59)

5) Université de Montréal (107)

Webometrics

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities in 2008 rates the top 5 Canadian universities (world rankings in brackets):[56]

1) University of Toronto (28)

2) University of British Columbia (49)

3) University of Calgary (50)

4) University of Alberta (59)

5) Simon Fraser University (69)

Research Based Ranking

Research Infosource in 2008 and 2009 ranks the top 5 Canadian universities by research criteria:[57]

1) University of Toronto

2) University of Alberta

3) University of British Columbia

4) Université de Montréal

5) McGill University

Discipline specific rankings

The University of Alberta is consistently highly placed in national and worldwide rankings for its engineering and technology, sciences, lifesciences and medicine programs.

Engineering and technology

The Times Higher Education Supplement in 2009 rated the University of Alberta within the top 5 Canadian and top 50 worldwide universities for technology (world rankings in brackets):[58]

1) University of Toronto (8)

2) University of British Columbia (17)

3) McGill University (20)

4) University of Waterloo (27)

5) University of Alberta (46)

Lifesciences and medicine

The Times Higher Education Supplement in 2009 rated the University of Alberta within the top 5 Canadian and top 50 worldwide universities for lifesciences and biomedicine (world rankings in brackets):[59]

1) McGill University (10)

2) University of Toronto (11)

3) University of British Columbia (16)

4) University of Alberta (52)

5) McMaster University (60)

In its 2008 survey, Maclean’s, a leading Canadian news magazine, rates the University of Alberta 5th in the Medical-Doctoral category by National Reputational Ranking.[60]

The top five in this category were:

1) McGill University

2) University of Toronto

3) Queen's University

4) University of British Columbia

5) University of Alberta

Beginning in 2006, The University of Alberta (along with 22 other universities) has declined to participate in the Maclean's annual university rankings issue, due to concerns that past rankings have been inaccurate.

Natural sciences

The Times Higher Education Supplement in 2009 rated the University of Alberta within the top 5 Canadian universities for natural sciences (world rankings in brackets):[61]

1) University of Toronto (14)

2) University of British Columbia (20)

3) McGill University (26)

4) University of Waterloo (56)

5) University of Alberta (75)

Employment Based Ranking

In October 2008, the University of Alberta was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, the university was also named one of Alberta's Top Employers, which was announced by the Calgary Herald[62] and the Edmonton Journal.[63][64]

University Report Card

The Globe and Mail's University Report Card reflects the opinions of 32,700 current undergraduates who responded to some 100 questions about their respective universities.[65] The University of Alberta received high (A- and above) grades in the following categories:

  • overall academic reputation of the university, reputation of university among employers, reputation for conducting leading-edge research, reputation for undergraduate studies, reputation for graduate studies
  • overall quality of education, faculty members' knowledge of subjects
  • overall university atmosphere, sense of personal safety/security, tolerance for diverse opinions/ideas, availability of quiet study space, overall library, library services, online library resources, availability of journals/articles/periodicals, total number of library holdings, computer accessibility on campus, availability of up-to-date computer equipment, on-campus network for Internet/email, overall quality/availability of technology on campus, access to course/teaching materials online

Campuses

The university has several distributed campus facilities including, other than the Main Campus, two auxiliary satellites; Campus Saint-Jean in east Edmonton, and Augustana Campus in Camrose. An extensively renovated and refurbished Hudson's Bay department store in downtown Edmonton, renamed Enterprise Square, serves as a campus for adult students belonging to the Faculty of Extension. Notably the university owns a set of large parcels of undeveloped land (currently used as an experimental farm) slightly south of the main campus, called South Campus, in which an entire new university complex will gradually be constructed of similar magnitude to the Main Campus.

North Campus

University, river valley, and downtown Edmonton

Also known as Main Campus, the North Campus is the original location of the University of Alberta. It is located on the southern banks of the North Saskatchewan River. It has 145 buildings on 92 hectares of land.[66] It is at colatitude equator's reciprocal, meaning that its colatitude (angle from the north pole) is the reciprocal or multiplicative inverse of the equator's angle of π/2 from the north pole (in radians), so it is at colatitude 2/π radians, or about 36.5 degrees from the north pole, at latitude 53.5 degrees north of the equator.

A satellite view of the main campus can be seen on Google maps.

Architect Barton Myers completed the long-range campus plan in 1969 and continued as a planner for the University until 1978.

Campus Saint-Jean

The Campus Saint-Jean is a francophone campus located 5 km east of the main campus, in Bonnie Doon. It is the only French-language university campus west of Manitoba. Due to increasing enrolment, the Campus Saint-Jean is currently undergoing expansion, acquiring new laboratory and classroom spaces. Students at Campus Saint-Jean currently may pursue Bachelor's degrees in the sciences or arts, or complete their first year of Engineering, after which they often transfer to the University of Alberta's main campus.

Augustana Campus

The Augustana Campus is located in Camrose, a small city in rural Alberta about 100 km southeast of Edmonton. In 2004, the former Augustana University College in Camrose merged with the University of Alberta, thus creating the new satellite Augustana Campus. Students enrolled at the Augustana Campus currently may pursue four-year Bachelor's degrees in arts, sciences, or music.

Enterprise Square

Enterprise Square opened for business January 15, 2008 on the north side of the North Saskatchewan river in downtown Edmonton.[67] It is located in the historical building previously occupied by the Hudson's Bay Company. The building underwent major renovations. Currently, Enterprise Square houses the Faculty of Extension, the professional development activities of the School of Business, the Alberta Business Family Institute, and the Design Gallery. It is also the new home of the University of Alberta Alumni Association.

Future campuses

The University of Alberta has future plans for one more Edmonton campus. The South Campus is much larger in terms of land area and located two kilometres to the south of the Main Campus, with a convenient high speed link via Light Rail Transit. The transit station is near Foote Field and Saville Sports Centre, forming a natural gateway to the new campus architectural model. Since South Campus LRT opened in April 2009, the U of A became the only university in Canada with four LRT/Subway stations on its campuses (Along with University, Health Sciences/Jubilee, and Bay/Enterprise Square stations). Preliminary long range development thinking[68] for South Campus implies it may become an expanding academic and research extension of the Main Campus, with rapid development over the next few decades. New architectural guidelines, differing from the Main Campus might encourage a somewhat more consistent, high quality, aesthetic architectural style. As there is a large expanse of land available, significant green space will be incorporated[68] to provide a park like context overall.

Construction

Cranes over the University

As part of the University of Alberta's expansion,[69] several construction projects have recently been completed on campus, and many more are either in the process of being completed, or are slated to begin in the near future. Expansion of the already extensive facilities of the University of Alberta Hospital is also included in current construction projects. Many of the new buildings recently completed now stand where either older university buildings once stood, or on former parking lots.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Science

One of the major projects underway is the construction of a new $180 million state-of-the-art facility, scheduled for completion in January 2011 and to be known as the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS),[70] a facility for interdisciplinary research groups, as well as the Department of Physics. Three buildings - V-Wing (a large one-floor building composed of 10 lecture halls, of which two will remain), the Avadh Bhatia Physics Building (a six-storey building formerly housing the Department of Physics offices and laboratories), and the old Centre for Subatomic Research[71] - have been demolished to make way for CCIS. Many of the classes and labs that were held in these buildings have now been relocated to other new or recently renovated buildings, such as the building now known as the Civil Electrical Building (CEB), which currently holds the Department of Physics offices, undergraduate labs, and classrooms,[72] plus the first phase of the CCIS facilities which presently house the Condensed Matter labs.

The Edmonton Clinic

Construction on a new $909 million multidisciplinary health science facility, surrounding the new Health Science LRT Station, started in early 2008 and is slated for completion in 2011.[73] The Edmonton Clinic (formerly the Health Science Ambulatory Learning Centre) is a joint project with Capital Health, and consists of two separate buildings. Edmonton Clinic South will focus on patient care and house most of the medical and dental clinics, while Edmonton Clinic North will focus on research and education currently held at the university.

Health Research Innovation Facility (HRIF)

Two new buildings adjacent to the Heritage Medical Research Centre building on the main campus will contribute to research by allowing the university to hire over 100 additional biomedical and health researchers, this is projected to result in a doubling of research funding by 2014.[74]

University of Alberta panorama.

Student life and Residences

South side of the Students' Union Building.

Student Bodies

In 1946 the university student council met to consider possible blueprints for a new building, including a large auditorium, during a time when veterans were returning to complete their interrupted studies. The new building was financed by a series of mechanisms, and the completed structure, after a series of additions, now with the large auditorium, named after Myer Horowitz, opened in 1967.

The Students' Union Building (SUB) has been expanded twice since its original construction. It holds a number of services and businesses owned and operated by the Students' Union as well as services owned and operated by the University of Alberta, including the University Bookstore.

Undergraduate and graduate students' organizations are registered with the Students Union (SU) and Graduate Students Association (GSA) of the university.

Residences

The University of Alberta offers a wide range of residences on its campuses.

While a majority of the university's students live off-campus, a significant number of students from outside Edmonton in early years of their post secondary education opt to live in residences operated by the university's Residence Services.[75]

  • Lister Centre is a large residence complex, located in four towers, mainly occupied by first and second year students. It provides a full care boarding package, with hospitality programs to help integrate new students into university life. The complex offers a large number of furnished single and double dormitory style rooms with common kitchens and living areas. There is a large scale cafeteria, in the central building of the complex. It is the largest residence on campus with a population of 1800.[76]
  • HUB International houses a combination of international students and Canadians with a selection of very high quality bachelor suites and also single, double and quadruple bedroom apartments. The 957-foot long design, by architect Barton Myers, became a prototype for cold Canadian climates. It is the second largest residence on campus with a population of 850. The official student group for HUB Residents is the HUB Community Association (HCA)[77][78]
  • International House is a new residence designed for international students and a few Canadian students, interested in living with international students. It offers modern well equipped single bedrooms with common kitchens and living spaces, both furnished and unfurnished.[79]
  • Newton Place is a high rise offering older students an apartment-style facility.[80]
  • East Campus Village comprises houses and walk-up townhouses, offering older and married students a modern multi-room facility.[81]
  • Michener Park. Offers older students another apartment-style facility.[82]
  • St. Joseph's College Residence operates an all-male residence, independent of the university's official residence service.[83]
  • La Résidence Saint-Jean operates a modern apartment style, French language oriented, residence on Campus Saint-Jean, about six kilometers east of the Main Campus.[84]
  • Augustana Faculty Residences comprise two distinct compounds. The 300-room First Year residence complex is similar in style to, although much smaller than, Lister Centre, and is comprised entirely of double rooms. Across a small ravine from the rest of the campus there is another compound of seven smaller buildings (six residences and a common area) known collectively as the "Ravine Complex" that house almost exclusively upperclassmen. The Augustana Faculty is the only faculty in the University with a residence requirement whereby, with certain exceptions, all students are expected to spend their first year in residence on campus.[85]

Athletics

South side of the Butterdome sports complex (officially called the Universiade Pavilion).

The University of Alberta is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Alberta Golden Bears (men's) and the Alberta Pandas (women's). The Green & Gold Soccer Club is the university's soccer centre.[86].

Alberta Pandas

As of November 2006, the Panda's hockey team has won the Canada West Conference 7 times in the 8 year history of competition.[87] In addition, they have claimed the national championship five times in the last seven years, in 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2000. They also boast a pair of silver medals (2005, 1999) since the inception of the CIS championship in 1997-98. When the Pandas lost the CIS championship game in March 2005, it ended a 110-game undefeated streak (109-0-1).[87]

The Pandas volleyball team are frequent national contenders. They last claimed the national championship after beating Laval University 3-1 in March 2007. They previously won 6 national titles in a row beginning in the mid 1990s.

Past University of Alberta student, Trevor Reitsma, is currently training with the Canadian 2010 olympic team in Lake Louise.

Alberta Golden Bears

The Golden Bears hockey team has played in the CIS University Cup finals, winning an unprecedented 13 times.[88] Every fall the team plays against the Edmonton Oilers rookies. In 2006 they lost 6-3, ending their five game winning streak against the rookies.[88]

Green & Gold Soccer Academy

The soccer team of the Golden Bears played as Green & Gold Soccer Academy and L'Academie Vimy Ridge Academy.[89]

Cheer Song

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement, convocation, and athletic games are: 'University of Alberta cheer song' with words by R.K. Michael and music by Chester Lambertson; 'The Evergreen and Gold' (1915) with words by William H. Alexander and sung to the Russia national anthem; and 'Quaecumque vera,' with words and music by Ewart W. Stutchbury.[90]

Distinguished University of Alberta people

Current faculty

Past faculty

Alumni

Academics

Authors

Politicians

Other notable alumni

Rhodes Scholars

To date the U of A has produced 67 Rhodes scholars.[107] A few of them are:

Honorary degree recipients

Histories of the university

  • Maureen Aytenfisu. "The University of Alberta: Objectives, Structures, and Role, 1908-1928." M.A. thesis, University of Alberta, 1982.
  • Johns, Walter H. A History of the University of Alberta, 1908-1969. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1981.
  • William Hardy Alexander, The University of Alberta: A Retrospect 1908-1929[108]
  • Walter Johns [3], History of the University of Alberta[109]
  • John Macdonald, The history of the University of Alberta, 1908-1958[110]
  • Rod McLeod, History of the University of Alberta 1908-2008 (work in progress)  
  • Scott Rollans 'Echoes in the Halls: An Unofficial History of the University of Alberta' (Association of Professors Emeriti of the U of A, University Of Alberta, November 1, 1999)
  • Ellen Schoeck, I Was There: A Century of Alumni Stories about the University of Alberta, 1906–2006[111]

See also

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