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Connecting MacEwan Alumni and Friends

Singing for their AGM in Review

Corporate Wellness

Winter 2007

MacEwan alumni make music work


Allard Chair in Business

Message from Alumni Association President

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Editor Sarah Edwards Mailing Address Alumni Association Grant MacEwan College P.O. Box 1796, Edmonton Alberta, Canada T5J 2P2

Moving On is the official publication of the MacEwan Alumni Association. The Alumni Association Office provides Moving On three times a year for alumni and friends of the MacEwan Alumni Association. The editor reserves the right to select, edit, and position submitted copy. Views expressed in Moving On do not necessarily reflect those held by MacEwan College.

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All inquiries and correspondence should be directed to the Alumni Office at the above address or by calling (780) 497-4273. Alumni are welcome to visit our offices at: Room 7–103, City Centre Campus, MacEwan College 10700–104 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Design, Layout & Production Co-ordination Halkier + Dutton Strategic Design Contributors Scott Rollans, Tanya Wold, Alison Gurnham Advertising & Sales For information on booking ad space, call (780) 497-5543 Circulation In excess of 35,000

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6 Alumni Chapters 7 Focus on Alumni


11 Benefits Just for Alumni 12 Events in Review 13 WhereAbouts 15 Going Mad - As a Hatter

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from the Alumni Office

This issue of Moving On features three of our music grads. The paths that led them into the Music program all vary. The journey they have been on since graduating have all been very different. The two things they have in common are their fondness for MacEwan and their obvious success. We have also focused on wellness in this issue. Often at the beginning of a new year we look at changing habits or adopting new ones. You will read about your fellow alumni all working at the MacEwan Centre for Sport and Wellness in the section Focus on Alumni. As well, we have included infomation on the Corporate Wellness program offered by the Centre for Sport and Wellness.

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Message from the Executive Director

I hope you enjoy this issue. The best to all of you in 2007.

Sarah Edwards, Executive Director Grant MacEwan College Alumni Association

President’s Message I hope 2007 is off to a great start for you and your friends and family. The Alumni Association is looking forward to expanding our MacEwan ‘family’ even more this year by continuing to build stronger connections with existing and new alumni. In November at the MacEwan Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting, I began my term as President of the Alumni Association. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the College to move ahead with the vision and plans that were established at our retreat in the fall of 2006. This vision inclued making the Alumni Association a formal part of MacEwan. Representatives from the Alumni Association Board of Directors have been meeting with the college administration to make this transition official as of July 1, 2007. Watch for more details in the next issue of Moving On. There are exciting Alumni events coming up in the next few months. On February 8, it’s MacEwan Day! Join us for breakfast and the College awards at the City Centre campus. Many alumni look forward to attending, supporting or volunteering at the annual Mad Hatters Gala. This spectacular event will be celebrating its 22nd year on Saturday, April 28. Funds raised through this event support student bursaries and scholarships. Best wishes for a wonderful 2007. I encourage you to take some time to attend one or more of the many upcoming MacEwan Alumni and College events.

Scott Kashuba, President


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Corporate Wellness at MacEwan Centre:

Providing Choices for Bottom Line Thinking MacEwan Centre for Sport & Wellness offers corporate wellness services to corporations all over Alberta. Employee health and well-being is top-of-mind with today’s employers as they confront retention tactics and promote long-term, bottom-line thinking in Alberta’s booming economy. MacEwan Centre offers many options for corporations, each helping to improve employee outlook on health and wellness and the effect it has on everyday life. By providing the education and training necessary to inform employees on how to live better, MacEwan Centre boasts many corporate wellness success stories and enjoys providing front-line service and out-of-thebox thinking. Corporate clients include Intuit, Alberta Medical Association, Al-Pac, Enbridge, AADAC, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education and Alberta Advanced Learning. Companies who want to get involved with corporate wellness programs often don’t know where to start. Offering flexible options and cooperative, synergistic meeting environments, MacEwan Centre works with each organization to help reach their unique goals on budget.

Presentations Presentations are just one of the options we offer to corporations. Through lunchand-learns or as part of a Wellness Day, presentations can be brought into the workplace to help educate employees on health and wellness related topics. Examples include: • De-cluttering • Laughing Yoga • Portion Distortion (nutrition information session) • Stress Management • Sleep Techniques (learn how to improve your sleep) • Fitness & Active Living

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Ask the Trainer (advice from a personal trainer) Ergonomics

Wellness Fairs MacEwan Centre boasts experience in organizing many annual wellness fairs and corporate wellness retreats. Educational booths, presentations, health and fitness testing and team-building activities all provide health and wellness education for employees. Often, bringing in outside health-related organizations is also an important addition to these types of events. MacEwan Centre’s strong linkages with other wellness centres outside of Edmonton may also benefit your organization if you’re planning a province-wide health and wellness opportunity for employees.

Polar BodyAge Assessments Provide Polar BodyAge Assessments for your employees. Corporations can take advantage of this new technology by providing employees a chance to have their health benchmarked. Through a series of physical tests and questionnaires, the Polar BodyAge Assessment provides employees with a BodyAge score (biological age of your body, based on how well you maintain it) and a detailed program to work towards lowering that score – in essence, work to create a younger you.

Heath Testing and Screening MacEwan Centre is linked with the Canadian Diabetes Association and the local

Encouraging a healthy lifestyle will improve your bottom line. There is plenty of research to support this claim. • DuPont reduced their absenteeism by 47.5 per cent over 6 years when 29,315 blue collar workers joined a fitness program. Participants had 145 fewer disability days. • Dr. Roy Shephard found corporate wellness programs returned a cumulative economic benefit of $500 - $700 per worker per year. • Municipal employees in Toronto missed 3.35 fewer days in the first six months of their “Metro Fit” fitness program than employees not enrolled in the program.

medical community. Blood pressure, blood screening and cholesterol and glucose level testing are valuable services that keep your employees’ health in-check. Providing awareness and education for employees is key as they begin on their path to health and wellness.

Group Fitness and Exercise Classes We can bring health and fitness to you. MacEwan Centre’s team can design group fitness classes for your employees. From Cardio Funk to Yoga Strength, classes can be brought to your employees to help them stay focused on fitness. Either on-site or off-site, we’ll work to accommodate you.

Personal Training and Nutrition Counselling Whether it’s a small group or an individual employee that has questions or wants some guidance on matters effecting

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new programs, courses, workshops and camps

What’sUp On Campus

A warm MacEwan welcome for new students MacEwan welcomed new students in a fun, high-energy orientation at the City Centre Campus on August 28. The new student orientation hosted more than 1,400 students and was well-received according to Barbara Scuccato, coordinator of the Student Success Program. “New students got good information and tours of the campus, and were able to deal with those firstday jitters,” she said. The success of the one-day event can be attributed to the more than 70 staff, student, alumni and faculty volunteers who supported the orientation and provided students with positive interactions.

MacEwan hosts special guests from China Representatives from Heze Medical College in China visited MacEwan in early October and resided in the MacEwan Residence during their stay in Edmonton. Heze Medical College has given students, faculty and staff from the MacEwan Acupuncture program the opportunity to study in China for the past four years. Each year, approximately six students do the practicum component of the course in Heze.

A new arena equals a new breed of MacEwan hockey fans The MacEwan Griffins hockey teams started the season off on the right skate! After lengthy negotiations, the Griffins have claimed St. Albert’s new Servus Centre as their home ice. “Our teams are playing on the best ice in Alberta,” said Mark Mahl, MacEwan Athletics director. Along with excellent line-ups and impressive stats, both teams have an entire community of Griffins hockey supporters – the


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City of St. Albert has adopted the Griffins as their home teams. For game schedules and updates, visit

eCampusAlberta spearheads collaboration between MacEwan and SAIT Polytechnic On November 24, eCampusAlberta announced a collaborative agreement between MacEwan and SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary to offer a Business Administration, Management major diploma and a Management Studies diploma available entirely online. “This initiative has allowed our faculties to collaborate on the development of online curriculum and to share in best practices of delivering courses,” said Elsie Elford, Dean, MacEwan School of Business. eCampusAlberta was established in 2002 as a consortium to facilitate increased access to high quality online learning opportunities in Alberta.

MacEwan opens multi-faith prayer and meditation room College representatives, students and community members celebrated the grand opening of MacEwan’s new multi-faith prayer and meditation room on November 21. The space, located at MacEwan’s City Centre Campus, is available for individuals on a drop-in basis. The room will also accommodate group bookings for student faith-based groups.

Kule family donates an additional $750,000 to MacEwan for Ukrainian studies Drs. Peter and Doris Kule have donated an additional $750,000 to MacEwan to complete the Kule Chair endowment and establish a Visiting Scholars

Program in Ukrainian and Eastern European studies. The new donation brings the Kule’s total donation to $1.25 million over two years. Taken together, the Kule’s donations to MacEwan have translated into a $3.75 million endowment because

of matching funds provided by the college and the Government of Alberta. These resources are being used by MacEwan’s Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre to foster innovation and leadership in Ukrainian studies and education.

City of Edmonton

Hall of Fame Awards Nominate an Outstanding Edmontonian! The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Committee is actively seeking nominations for the City of Edmonton Halls of Fame. Saluting Edmonton’s most outstanding citizens, these awards are presented to individuals or groups who, through their participation in arts and culture, community service, or sports, have made exemplary contributions to the quality of life in Edmonton.

Arts and Culture Hall of Fame This award is presented to individuals or groups whose work in arts and culture has brought recognition to our city.

Community Service Hall of Fame This award is presented to honour outstanding individuals or groups who have demonstrated significant leadership or provided exemplary service to the citizens of Edmonton.

Sports Hall of Fame Honouring our city’s finest athletes and sports builders, inductees are individuals who have represented Edmonton in athletic competition and demonstrated superior sportsmanship, as well as those who have contributed significantly to the development of sport in the city.

Deadline for nominations is February 23, 2007 For nomination forms and further information, contact Mavis Snider at 496-7380 or Nomination forms are also available on the City of Edmonton website at

Dr. Paul Byrne

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anuary is always an exciting time for MacEwan students, as they start a new semester and think about the year ahead. For those starting their last semester of study at MacEwan, it’s an especially busy time. As alumni, many of you recall the stress and the excitement of writing your last exams, finishing work placements or preparing for job interviews. You’ll probably never forget the reward and satisfaction of getting your first job – something 93 per cent of MacEwan grads find within six months of graduation. And while you’re probably enjoying the benefits of Alberta’s thriving economy, we are always trying to find ways to help you continually advance in your field. As you think about the year ahead, do you have specific goals in mind? MacEwan has a number of post-degree diplomas and certificates designed to complement your existing education and work experience and enhance your overall career potential. In September 2007, the college will begin offering its third baccalaureate degree – and plans to add more in the future. With over 70 degree, diploma and certificate programs in total, we offer you the ability to earn various credentials, through various delivery methods that suit your busy schedules. But, whatever your goals may be, MacEwan is proud to be your alma mater and we know you are making an important contribution to your community. Whether you want to turn over a new leaf, strive for that promotion or head back to class, I wish you luck with all your personal, career and educational endeavors in 2007.


Paul Byrne President & CEO

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upcoming events, not to be missed

Alumni chapters are an excellent way to get involved and provide an opportunity to give back to the college. They also allow alumni to stay in contact with fellow graduates and together make an impact on their community. Call (780) 497-5543 for more information.

Chapter Contacts Massage Therapy Program

Information Management & Library Technology Program Carol Fowler:

Charlotte Bowman:

Fine Arts Program

Music Program

Accounting and Strategic Measurement Program

Sue Stollings:

Special Needs Educational Assistant Program (formerly Teacher Assistant) Vickie Grafton: To learn more about the Special Needs Educational Assistant chapter, please refer to their website.


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Rose Clancy:

Allen McQueen:

Therapist Assistant Program

BulletinBoard On Campus

Crazy For You

Songwriters’ Concert

Jan.26–Feb. 3, 2007 John L. Haar Theatre

March 31, 2007 John L. Haar Theatre

Guitar Band Concert

Jazz Band Concert

March 3, 2007 John L. Haar Theatre

April 2, 2007 John L. Haar Theatre

The Full Monty

Design Studies Grad Show

March 9–17, 2007 John L. Haar Theatre

April 2007, Details TBA*

Love’s Labour’s Lost/Woyzeck

April 14–19, 2007 Studios 106,109 & 113*

March 14–18, 2007 Theatre Lab

*no charge for these events

Jazz Choir/Jazz Combo Concert

Advance Tickets at Tix on the Square:

March 18, 2007 John L. Haar Theatre

Music Concert Prices: Jazz Bands, Showcase Band: $10 – adults, $8 – students/seniors;

Brenda Heffernan:

Composition Concert

Students’ Association

John L. Haar Theatre

Brent Meyer:

Human Resources Management Program Lisa Galloway:

March 24, 2007

Percussion Concert March 25, 2007 John L. Haar Theatre

Fine Art Grad Exhibit

Month of Music Concert Prices (performances applicable to March 3, 18, 24, 25 & 31) : $7 – adults, $5 – students/seniors.



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Staff and members of MacEwan Centre for Sport and Wellness want to wish you all a happy, healthy new year. It’s resolution time, and we hope the following tips and quotes will help you on your path to health and well-being in 2007. Hope to see you around the centre soon and often!

“Fitness helps keep me centered, grounded and excited about life.” “All my life, I’ve been physically active in one way or another. For me, fitness has been the only component of my life that has remained constant. As a matter of fact, fitness has gotten me through a lot of ups and downs in my life because it has always been there for me – always a positive component of my life. Fitness is so much more than simply exercising and being active. Fitness increases my well-being, selfcare and my ability to live better. What motivates me is concentrating on how I feel during and after a workout or even when I take my dog to the park. Fitness keeps me centered, grounded and excited about life.” Katie Metez, Early Childhood Development, 1980. Current Occupation: Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant, MCSW

“A workout partner will keep you motivated.” “In the past, my exercise and fitness came from group practices and games. Now that I have graduated from college sports, I find it easiest to stay accountable if I plan my workouts with a friend. A workout partner will keep you motivated and will lessen your chance of cheating on days when

you don't feel like doing anything. A fitness buddy will cheer you on and give you that extra push to achieve your fitness goals.” Kristin Pool, Information Management and Library Technology, 2002. Current Occupation: Aquatics Supervisor, MCSW

“It’s a choice… so make it for you.” “I see friends I graduated with in high school who are overweight and get winded with minimal exercise. I am as active now as I was when I was 18 - but in order to stay this way, I have to work on the one part of my body that affects everything… my mind! By staying disciplined, eating healthy, exercising regularly, stretching and doing cardio, we all can reach any physical goal we may have. But it starts with commitment… and I believe everyone out there has a New Year’s resolution coming to them! It’s a choice…so make it for you!” Neall Alden, Public Relations Program, 2003. Current Occupation: Owner/Operator/ Adventure Architect, Backside Tours Inc. Mountain Adventures for Groups

“Join a recreation league to hold yourself accountable.” “I believe staying active is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

The biggest challenge is finding an activity that you enjoy enough to do on a regular basis. This new year, make some realistic resolutions that you can stick to. I enjoy volleyball, whether it be jumping in the gym to play pepper or playing ladies league each week. Volleyball helps me stay active while enjoying time with my friends. Joining a recreation league is a great way to hold yourself accountable and there are many sports and skill levels available. Staying active has helped me focus mentally, emotionally and physically in my day-to-day life.” Kylie-Joy Berg, Bachelor of Physical Education university transfer, 2005 and Griffin Women’s Volleyball alumni. Current Occupation: Customer Service Agent , MCSW and Assistant Coach Griffin Women’s Volleyball

“Make time for yourself by doing something active, fun and enjoyable.” “Being active is part of a happy, wellrounded lifestyle. You have to find ways to incorporate activities that you enjoy such as walking, sledding and skiing into your day. Make time for yourself by doing something active, fun and enjoyable! By participating in activities you enjoy, it doesn’t even seem like a workout!” Heather Knowles, Bachelor of Physical Education university transfer, 2005. Current Occupation: Recreation Assistant, MCSW

Reduced rates for MacEwan alumni are available at MacEwan Centre for Sport & Wellness. Go to for membership details.

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At this very moment, somewhere in Alberta, a youngster is warbling away in the shower, dreaming of becoming a professional entertainer. If he or she follows that dream to MacEwan, there’s every chance that it will come true.

Of course, it won’t be an easy road. For every millionaire pop star, there are thousands of singers who work hard for every penny they earn. They drive used cars to their weekend gigs, hold down day jobs to help pay the bills and patiently raise funds to selfproduce CDs. Moving On recently chatted with three female MacEwan graduates who became honest-to-goodness professional singers, and who can’t imagine a career without music.

Ann Vriend

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Left to right: Ann Vriend, Julie Mahendran and Anna Beaumont

Ann Vriend pours coffee in the kitchen of her cozy Inglewood bungalow. She’s relishing having a place to call home, after years on the road interspersed with periods spent crashing with friends and family. “I finally got all of my things out of storage,” she marvels. “I keep finding things that I forgot I even owned.” Like most singers, Vriend loved music as a kid. “And I was always writing stuff,” she says. “But I never thought it would be my career.” She studied some music at university, but it wasn’t her prime focus. “It didn’t take me long to realize that I wasn’t as disciplined as you have to be for classical music. So I made music my minor and majored in English.” Then, when she was just three courses away from her degree, fate intervened. Vriend went to see a friend compete in a battle of the bands and ended up being blown away by one of the other contenders. “They were all really young— like my age. I found out they were students at Grant MacEwan. And I thought, well, that’s the kind of music I want to do. I didn’t know you could formally study it. “I called the next day and they still had one audition day left for the vocalist program.” Vriend learned Lullaby of Birdland with the help of her roommate, a classical pianist who played the sheet music note for note. When the audition accompanist swung into the tune, it didn’t seem like the same song at all. “But I did say to myself, “If I do get in, I’m going to take it as a sign and drop out of university.” M OVING O N M a c E w a n A l u m n i N e w s l e t t e r 9

After switching to MacEwan, Vriend worried that she had made a horrible mistake. She hated the ordeal of performing day in and day out. “It was one of those things where it gets worse before it gets better. And it got bad. It got really bad. By the end of the first semester, I was just miserable.” Vriend decided to stick it out for the rest of the year because she had paid in advance, but she gave up the notion of a musical career. “I think what I needed was just that attitude change. To not have that pressure. Because things started turning around and I started to enjoy myself.” Among Vriend’s fond memories of her MacEwan teachers, the late Rick Garn really stands out. “Just before you’d go onstage, you’d be all nervous, and he’d come right up to you, nose to nose, and go, ‘Don’t @#$% up.’ That would always make me laugh. I still hear that in my head sometimes.”

Anna Beaumont Anna Beaumont took a more direct route to MacEwan. She spent much of her teen years onstage with Edmonton Musical Theatre, where her father was a regular lead actor. Straight out of high school, Beaumont asked herself, “Is there a music school in this city? Oh, then that’s where I’m going to go.” Beaumont enjoys her own memories of MacEwan teachers, people like Bob Gilligan and Tommy Banks, and sees herself as part of a rich MacEwan legacy. “Edmonton has a huge music community thanks to MacEwan, and they’re such great players. Lots of really good friends.” Early on, however, Beaumont’s career wasn’t so warm and fuzzy. After graduating, she hit the road with a bar band, covering Heart tunes. “We did the whole yellow school bus thing and slept in a lot of crappy band rooms. It didn’t take me long to get turned off from the road.” Beaumont took a job at the Edmonton Police Service, overseeing the drugs and drug money the police seized in raids. On weekends, she sang at La Ronde in the Chateau Lacombe. It sounds like the makings of a good movie—drug squad by day, chanteuse by night. Laughs Beaumont, “You wouldn’t have to spice it up much!” While at the police service, she landed a 10

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role in the Stage West 60s musical Beehive. The play put her onstage alongside exSupreme Mary Wilson. Wilson ended up hiring her for a tour of Europe and the U.S. with other soul legends like the Commodores and Edwin Starr. “Depending on where we were playing, we were billed as ‘Mary Wilson of the Supremes,’ or as ‘Mary Wilson and the Supremes’.” laughs Beaumont. “That was pretty exciting. But that’s also where I realized that stardom’s not all it’s cracked up to be.” Instead, Beaumont began to focus more on her parallel path as a healer. “I went back to school and took something called integrative body psychotherapy. It’s like trying to return to the authentic place inside of us.” Not surprisingly, her techniques focus on music. “Definitely, voice training is a really big part of it. Our voices are the representatives from the depths. It just depends on how far you’re willing to go down.” These days, Beaumont often works with groups of eight to twelve in workshops she calls “Express Yourself.” She’s even experimenting with the downtown office crowd with weekly noon-hour sessions. By giving office workers a chance to recharge, she hopes to spread the energy far beyond her little group. “One person’s energy affects another person and another person. I just sort of drop little pebbles into ponds and see how they ripple. And I’m doing more and more of it.” Over time, Beaumont’s paths have converged. “I’m doing concerts alongside the workshops. So the roles are merging, which is a nice thing. I’m not divided anymore. I am one person!”

Julie Mahendran Listening to Julie Mahendran’s warm, playful jazz vocals, you can’t picture her slaving away over spreadsheets. But, for a while at least, she toyed with the idea of becoming an accountant. While studying business at the U of A, however, Mahendran she joined the U of A Mixed Chorus. It didn’t take her long to figure out where she was most comfortable. “The chorus was basically my whole social life,” she recalls. “I didn’t really have a whole lot to do with the other business students.” After completing her degree, she continued to gravitate towards music. “I went down to Waterton Lakes and waitressed at the Prince of Wales Hotel. There was a piano player in the dining room

who played jazz standards and he was very encouraging. He gave me some sheet music to look at and learn and he let me sit in and sing a few tunes during the dining hours. I just loved it. I don’t remember being all that nervous or afraid.” Even so, she flirted with yet another career before finally choosing music. After a year off to travel, she applied to (and was accepted by) the U of A’s law program. “I hadn’t done my audition at MacEwan yet,” she explains. “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.” Like Vriend, Mahendran had a memorable audition. “I sang Thelonious Monk’s ’Round Midnight. I thought nothing of it at the time but in retrospect, for someone who hadn’t sung a lot of jazz, it was definitely a tricky song to choose.” At MacEwan, Mahendran studied for two years under Chandelle Rimmer. “She gave me a really good foundation for singing in general. To be able to use proper breathing techniques and things like that. She was a great friend as well.” After MacEwan, Mahendran worked in Edmonton for a year. She was saving up to study music at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College. Since graduating in 2000, she has lived in Toronto. Edmonton remains a musical touchstone for Mahendran, however. In the summer of 2003, during a three-week visit home, she decided to finally record a full-length CD. “I thought I’d put together a band, find some studio space, and just go and record an album. I figured it was now or never.” The result, Never Do Without You, features one original song by Mahendran, a challenge she hopes to explore more. “Songwriting is tough. It’s the thing I feel the least naturally gifted at. But I want to go more in an original direction.” That direction will likely involve more of a groove, suggests Mahendran. “I feel inspired when people are moved to dance when I’m playing. I’d like to have that in my own solo career as well.” She has definitely landed in the right field. After all, people rarely dance for their accountants.

Hear these amazing MacEwan vocalists at their websites:

preferred rates for home, auto, life, and health insurance, theatre discounts and more


just for alumni

The alumni association provides opportunities for alumni to maintain an active affiliation with the college and its communities. As a student who has completed a MacEwan diploma, university transfer or certificate program, you are a member of the Alumni Association and can be involved in several ways: • run for any position on the board of directors and participate in the continued building of the association; • form or guide the Alumni Chapter representing your MacEwan program or division, and keep in touch with your fellow graduates; or/and • enjoy the activities and privileges the MacEwan Alumni Association offers you.

Grant MacEwan College Alumni Association Home and Automobile Insurance Program Meloche Monnex offers preferred rates for home, automobile, travel and small business insurance to MacEwan alumni. To request an on-line quote, visit: macewan or call 1-888-589-5656.

Student Resource Centre Alumni have access to the following services: Job postings are now online at Check out the job postings by clicking on students, college resources, then MacEwan Job Board. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Postings are updated daily. If you are an alumnus who graduated in the past two years, you can take advantage of more personalized services, such as resume critiques (individual appointments to assist with resumes), interview preparation and job search strategies.

Moving On To keep our alumni up to date on fellow graduates and college

programs, the MacEwan Alumni Association sends out this newsletter three times a year. If you are interested in submitting an article that might interest our alumni, or you would like to be included in the "WhereAbouts" section of the magazine, please contact the editor at (780) 497-5543 for more information.

annum fee. Alumni can have borrowing privileges and access to computers (computer use after 4:00 p.m. weekdays and anytime on weekends). For further information, call Margaret Lariviere at (780) 497-5852.

Centre for Sport and Wellness

There are special facility rental rates for MacEwan alumni. Take advantage of reduced rental rates when holding meetings, workshops, seminars, public forums, conferences or special activities at the college (John L. Haar Theatre, MacEwan Centre for Sport and Wellness, and Conservatory of Music excluded). Call (780) 497-4273 for information or to request a guide to facilities and services.

Discount memberships are available for MacEwan alumni. As well, alumni can see Griffin basketball games for half price. Call (780) 497-5300.

Diploma Frames Specially designed frames with the MacEwan logo can be purchased at Convocation, through any campus bookstore or by contacting the Alumni Association Office at (780) 497-5543.

LRC Computer and Material Access MacEwan alumni who have graduated from a MacEwan program or have completed a two-year university transfer program have the option of purchasing a LRC card for a $60 per

Access to College Facilities

Manulife Financial The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife Financial) is the underwriter of your Grant MacEwan College Alumni Association Life and Health Insurance group policy. Call 1-888-913-6333 for more information.

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A glance at alumni and college events

EventsinReview Alumni talk about Wellness

Christine Wengrzynski, an alumna of MacEwan’s Holistic Health program, treats a guest to a relaxing treatment at the October 5 MacEwan alumni event.

On October 5, MacEwan alumni visited the MacEwan Centre for Sport and Wellness for a Wellness Walk and Talk Alumni event. Murray Chrusch, who is the wellness consulting and disease prevention manager for the MacEwan Centre, shared through song and dance his passion for creating a balanced lifestyle and improving one’s health through physical activity. Alumni snacked on nutritious munchies and sipped at healthy beverage bars. Alumnae from the Holistic Health program, Dinah Bear and Christine Wengrzynski, treated guests to free reiki, massage and reflexology. Thank you to the MacEwan Centre for Sport and Wellness and its staff for their help in educating MacEwan’s alumni on wellness.

UpcomingEvents Convocation April 20 & 21, 2007. For more information or to volunteer, call 497-4273.

Mad Hatters Gala April 28, 2007. For more information or to volunteer, call Sangelle at 497-5054.

Tournament of Aces June 13, 2007. For more information or to volunteer, call Sangelle at 497-5054.

Alumni at the 2006 AGM

Annual General Meeting On November 1, the Alumni Association held its Annual General Meeting in partnership with the MacEwan Bookstore. Alumni came out to say goodbye to outgoing board members, elect new board members and look back on the accomplishments of the association for 2005/2006. The rest of the evening was spent mingling with fellow alumni who took advantage of the special alumni discount the MacEwan Bookstore extended that evening.

Alumni trio sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex

2006/2007 Board ofDirectors Past President


Andrew Ross (University Studies 1999)

Doug Anderson (Audiovisual Communications 1991 & University Transfer 2002)



Scott Kashuba (General Studies 1985)

Alva Shewchuck (Voluntary Sector Management and Public Relations 1999)


Patricia Feduk (Social Work 1994)

Linda Warner (Travel Consultant 1992)

Joan Goodman (Social Work 2000)

Secretary Rhonda From (Advertising & Public Relations 1990)


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Jocelyn Kaup ( Public Relations 2002)

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Whereabouts 1980 Jeffery Strangman Design Arts (Environmental Design) 1983 Upon Jeffery’s graduation at Grant MacEwan College, he continued his studies in Visual Communications in Calgary and graduated from ACAD in 1987. In 1991, he worked with RHY and Studio 3 Graphics in Edmonton for 5 years and has since owned his own firm. Today, Jeffery is living his life long career ambition as a design educator at the NAIT Digital Arts Interactive Media Design/Graphic Communication program.

Shelley Ferguson-Hardinge Music (Vocal Performance) 1987 Shelly sings with Gerry Perkin and ‘The Majestics’. The Majestics are a blues band based out of Brandon, Manitoba. They will be playing at a blues festival in Mazatlan, Mexico January 24 & 25th, 2007! Her husband, Richie Hardinge completed the first year of the music program (bass) in

Reunion Early Childhood Development Class of ’82 is planning a reunion. The reunion social is to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our class. It is planned for Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at MacEwan City Centre Campus. Contact the alumni office for more information 497-4273. An ECD Class of ’82 Las Vegas trip is also being planned for mid July 2007. Please contact Jo-Anna at for further information and/or if you are a classmate of the Class of ’82.

1986 before heading off to Europe to play for The Southlanders based out of London, England. Shelly and Richie got married in London, England in 1988 and enjoyed a career in cabaret. In 1992, they moved back to Manitoba and started a family: they have 3 children Djavan (now 14), Genevieve (12) and Leighton (4). Shelly is very proud of her current band as Ritchie plays the bass, the former mayor of Rivers Manitoba, Dave Oakey plays the blues harp and keyboard, and Randy Lawrence from Winnipeg is the drummer. Richie and Shelly live in Hamiota and their band leader, Gerry Perkin, is renowned around western Manitoba. Shelly will sing songs by Shamekia Copeland, Irma Thomas, Susan Tedeschi and a few original songs. If any Alumni are in Mazatlan on those dates, make sure to drop in to a club called Canucks. Shelly will be there wailing out the blues!

1990 Gail Powlik (nee Fortier) Early Childhood Development 1991 In June 2006 Gail was awarded the Alberta Child Care Professional Award of Excellence in recognition of her work and contribution in a Rural Family Day Home program. The awards gala was held in Calgary and the

presentation was made by Heather Forsyth, Minister of Children's Services. Congratulations Gail.

Susanne Ritchie (nee Hube) Visual Communications (Environmental Graphic Design) 1992 Susan has worked a variety of jobs semi-related to graphic design including a t-shirt printing company, a

In Memoriam Henry Vandenberghe Grant MacEwan College sadly announces that Henry Vandenberghe, who worked at the Western Canada Theatre (WCT) in Kamloops since 1988, passed away. Henry passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at the age of 61 years after being attacked at the bus station by strangers. He would be remembered as being the ‘heart’ of WCT by his family at Western Canada Theatre.

Barbara Pergentile Human Resource Management 2003

Ken Partington Business Administration 1989 Since graduation, Ken furthered his education through NAIT (architecture) and University of Alberta (engineering). He has also traveled extensively over the years (Asia, Africa, South America and Europe).

Michalakis (Mike) Aristocleous Management Studies 1989 Mike (foreign student from Cyprus) will never forget the wonderful time that he had as a student in Edmonton. He is now the Technical Director of an engineering firm back home in Cyprus. Although he and his family were accepted to come back to Canada as landed immigrants in 2004, they decided to stay at home after Cyprus joined the European Union.

On December 16, 2006, Mrs. Barbara Anne Pergentile passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with brain cancer at the age of 47 years. Barb was born in West Vancouver in 1959. Her family moved to Kamloops and Barb eventually ventured further east to Edmonton in 1978. She started work with Miller Office Group (now known as Corporate Express) where she met her sole mate and love of her life Nathan. They were married in 1979 and had two beautiful boys: Jesse in January of 1981 and Corey in December 1985. In her career as the Human Resources Manager and in her life, Barb touched many people with her kindness and compassion and made many friends. Barb will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Barb will be lovingly remembered by her family; husband Nathan of 27 years, sons Jesse and Corey, mother Marg Fyfe, brother Derek (Cathy), as well as numerous relatives and dear friends.

Shauna Seneca Youth Development ‘77 On December 14, 2006, at the age of 49, Shauna passed away from complications after knee surgery. Shauna co-founded the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Sociaety and helped thousands of aboriginal children, youth and families. She was honoured by MacEwan for her work in the community with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000. She leaves behind her husband Brad Seneca and her son David McNicoll. She will be missed.

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Whereabouts photocopy shop and the Leduc Representative newspaper in the Composing department. She is currently self-employed in Leduc, designing logos, ads, event programs and brochures, as well as creating pencil portraits and caricatures at parties and festivals. She has been married since 1995 and is a proud parent of two: Lauren (August '99) and Evan (December 2002).

Milusha Petrica (nee Ravi) Visual Communications 2000 Milusha married Mark in August and then decided they needed a change of scenery. They wanted to live and experience different parts of Canada so they drove across Canada from Edmonton to Ottawa over the course of 6 days. It was wonderful! They have now settled in Ottawa, Ontario.

Kent Sutherland

2000 Mary Heide Office Administration/ Medical Secretary 2000 Mary has been working at Grey Nuns Hospital since October 2000. She is currently responsible for physician credentialing for the Grey Nuns, Misericordia and Edmonton General Hospitals. She finds her career is more than she could ever have anticipated and the responsibility is exciting and very challenging. She says the time she spent at MacEwan definitely gave her a leg up and is very happy with the results.


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Arts & Cultural Management 2001 Kent started his own company, Sutherland Productions, in January 2006. The company focuses on event planning/management, media relations, PR and volunteer management.

Alex Neilson BCom Transfer 2001 In January 2006, Alex was a finalist for the 2005 United Campaign Chair of the Year in the Edmonton Capital Region, Private Sector. Congratulations Alex.

Corporate Wellness continued from page 3 health and nutrition, MacEwan Centre provides the attention and expertise needed to help employees make great health and wellness decisions.

Reduced Membership Rates Once a company has worked with MacEwan Centre on Corporate Wellness programming, a reduced membership rate is extended to employees of that specific company.

Unique Ideas Tailored to fit your employee’s or organization’s needs, we offer many types of packages. We work one-on-one with you to come up with great ideas that fit your organization’s goals and budget. Examples include: • Incentives to help employee’s reach their health and fitness goals. Al-Pac provided incentive programs for employees. Employees pay a fee to register for subsidized fitness programs. If employees

reach their health and fitness goals and sustain them for a set period of time, employees will receive financial rewards as a bonus for reaching and sustaining their goals. Make health and wellness fun, interactive and exciting. Alberta Medical Association has partnered with MacEwan Centre to provide a Wellness Day for their employees. A healthy living themed scavenger hunt is going to have employees running all over town while they learn the benefits of healthy living and fitness in a fun, interactive setting. Lunch-and-Learns – Part of your employee’s workday Intuit chose a unique corporate wellness package part of which includes new Lunch-and-Learn session on-site (at Intuit) each month for interested employees.

Call 497-5134 for more information on Corporate Wellness options.

from the foundation

Going MadAs a Hatter One of the don’t-miss events on

there is a lot of buzz about the gala, which

Hatters will really have people talking.” For more information about this year’s

Edmonton’s social calendar is MacEwan’s

has resulted in very brisk advance ticket

very own Mad Hatter’s Gala in support of

sales. “You can look for some surprises this

event, or to buy your tickets ($300 each),

the college’s scholarship, award and bursary

year,” adds Bensler. “This years’ Mad

call 497-5013.

programs. This year’s gala — the 22nd annual — will be held on April 28, 2007. “Community support drives this event,”

Watch your donation grow...

says event co-chair Gurvinder Bhatia. “And

and grow...and grow...

we are thrilled with the level of response we

The MacEwan Fund Development Office is very excited to be working with the

are seeing from the community. We have an

Alumni Association and Students’ Association on our recent matching gift campaign

impressive list of sponsors for this year’s gala

in support of scholarships, awards and bursaries. Thanks to the generosity of our

– Bell Canada has come on board as our

partner associations and the provincial government, donations made in response to

presenting sponsor for the next three years.

the recent correspondence sent to alumni will be quadrupled with matching gifts.

Two Silver sponsors — McLean Budden and

If you have already responded with a contribution, thank you. Your gift makes a

Kasian Architecture Interior Design and

big difference in the lives of MacEwan students. You, as alumni, have the power to

Planning Ltd. — have joined us, as has

affect the future.

Bronze sponsor, CJ Woods.” “And the list is growing nearly every day,”

If you have not yet contributed, some good news may help influence your decision: it was recently announced that the matching donation program will be

adds co-chair Harry Bensler. “We were

extended until February 15, giving you the opportunity to make your donation

happy to welcome Don Wheaton Ltd. as a

grow before your very eyes.

Gold sponsor in December.” With the event moving to the beautiful

If you would like more information about the matching gift campaign, contact Cindi Berg at (780) 497.5590 or at

new Hall D in the Shaw Conference Centre,

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MacEwan announces Campaign Chair Grant MacEwan College President and CEO Dr. Paul Byrne and Vice President of Fund Development Dale Bayley are pleased to announce the naming of Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai as Chair of the MacEwan Front and Centre fund development campaign. Dr. Collins-Nakai is a prominent Edmonton cardiologist, educator and community leader. She has earned a reputation as a medical innovator and builder, and as a caring mentor of young people. She has served numerous roles at provincial, national, and international levels, including President of the Alberta and Canadian Medical Associations. She was named one of Alberta’s Physicians of the Century during Alberta’s Centennial and has also previously held many voluntary positions within the community. Dr. Collins-Nakai is also a long-time friend of Grant MacEwan College, having served two terms on the college’s Board of Governors (2000-2006). She led the development and building of the MacEwan Residence and is currently leading the team that designed and is building the college’s new Robbins Health Learning Centre at the City Centre Campus. The MacEwan Front and Centre campaign is focused on raising funds to support student scholarships and bursaries as well as the building of a new Centre for the Arts at the college’s City Centre Campus. MacEwan is proud to have a leader of Dr. Collins-Nakai’s distinction as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet.


Relationships Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (with diploma exit option) MacEwan's Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (with a diploma exit option) prepares you for a rewarding career helping at-risk youth and their families manage emotional and behavioural problems. With diploma and degree options, you can choose your own path - and reach your full potential. Child and Youth Care diploma graduates are eligible to transfer into year three of the program. Graduates with a related diploma may be eligible to transfer into year three with some upgrading. Third and fourth-year students may complete the program on a full or part-time basis. Prepare for advanced child and youth care practice, or entry into Child and Youth Care graduate programs.

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