The Ascent - 2018 Rundle Alumni Magazine

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THE ASCENT to the FUTURE Rundle Alumni Magazine | Summer 2018


In This Issue Head’s Message by Jason Rogers

Rundle College Reflections by Cam Clark ‘18 Rundle College Alumni Feature The Future of Tech by Kathryn Hamilton ’12

Founder’s Message by Dr. Rod Conklin The Future of Oil by Roberto Aguilera ‘96











The Future of Film Interview with Dominique Van Olm ‘09 by Asha Sara ‘18 and Madaline Warme ‘18 Rundle College Historian Future Rundle by Bob Forman

Director’s Message Community Giving by Alan Collyer

Rundle College Alumni Updates

The Future of Scientific Research by Aaron Goodarzi ‘95

Featured on the front cover: Emily Hayes ‘18 & Sona C. ‘28. On the back cover: Caleb A. ‘28

We Look at the Future

Giving At Rundle

Rundle Academy Alumni Updates

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Alumni Magazine Contributing Editors:

Rundle Academy Historian I Believe by Cheryl Phillips Rundle Academy Reflections Lachlan Gordon ‘18

Aaron Goettel






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46 Michelle Cawthorpe

Distinguished Alumni

Rundle Academy Alumni Feature Moving Mountains by Alicia Udy ’16

Rundle Alumni Events The Future of an Athlete Jenna Runaway by Rose S. ‘19

Leslie Tecklenburg

Head’s Message Dear Alumni, It is so easy to look at our alumni and consider them as the 'cohorts of the past.' After all, you are the ones who graduated in 1990 or 2005 or 2017. However, after considering the future this past year, I have a deep belief that you are anything but the 'cohorts of the past.' Many futurists are putting vast amounts of time and energy into considering the implications of disrupters such as the block chain, virtual reality or artificial intelligence. They perseverate on what this will mean for business, industry and education. In fact, as academic leaders, we catch ourselves in this trap too. At graduation ceremony after graduation ceremony, we hear guest speakers say to the graduates, 'you need to be prepared for jobs that do not even exist.' In our schools, we continue to implement programs that espouse the benefits of STEAM methodology, coding, robotics and maker spaces. It is not to say that virtual reality or unknown jobs are not the future. In fact, I am the first to endorse STEAM and coding. This being said, I do think that if the futurists and academic leaders focus solely on these underpinned elements, we have missed the point. In my humble opinion, those who will succeed will need to be a connected part of a network. The network of the future is not Facebook, LinkedIn or Snapchat - it is the network of personal connection and character.

The human advantage is that we are able to connect, collaborate, inspire and innovate in ways that no technology can. Furthermore, as alumni of Rundle College Society, each of you has a readymade network of friends and professionals who exude the qualities of excellence in academics and character. So, to the 'cohorts of the past,' I simply say, "Your network is all of our future." All my best, Jason B. Rogers Headmaster, Rundle College Society

Check out Jason’s Head’s Up - The Podcast on iTunes. Follow Jason on Twitter @jasonbrogers


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Board of Directors COMMUNITY GIVING | Rundle Academy Class of 2018 Finding inspiration in our daily lives is fundamental to our individual and collective well-being. In our current reality of pervasive/ ubiquitous technology, continuous adaptation and the emergence of the ‘me-centric’ society, this has never been more important. Moments of inspiration offer us the opportunity to fill our soul(s) and the invitation/capacity to connect to a much larger common purpose. Inspiration can be found in nature, literature, cities, art & architecture and, most poignantly, in the generosity and capability of the human spirit. The Rundle Academy Legacy Wall Project 2018 is a community giving initiative that is truly inspirational in its vision, aspiration and outcome. For the first time since the creation of the Legacy Wall in 2015, the entire Academy Grade 12 graduating class (30 students) contributed financially to the Legacy Wall Bursary Fund. Beyond the obvious philanthropic importance of the initiative, the leadership and generosity of the students embraces the concepts of inclusion, equality, civil society and building meaningful/enduring community in a very tangible and inspired way. The graduating class was formally recognized at a recent Rundle Academy student rally. Each of the graduating students was presented with a commemorative Legacy Wall Member lapel pin, specifically designed to celebrate their achievement. Living a life shaped by common purpose with intention, compassion, generosity, self-reflection and a shared sense of destiny is needed now, more than any other time in human history. Rundle Academy Class of 2018….your Legacy Wall participation has reminded us of the importance of our most quintessential human capacities. You have provided a timely and important example for the entire Rundle community to celebrate and to follow. Thank you for your leadership, your vision, your generosity of spirit and your wonderful gift of inspiration. Bravo!!! Submitted by Alan R. Collyer | Rundle College Board Member

2018 Rundle College Board of Directors Mr. Ronald Carrick Member Since 1988 SECRETARY EMERITUS

Mrs. Charlotte Collett Member Since 2011 VICE-PRESIDENT and VICE-CHAIR

Mr. Alan Collyer Member Since 2017 DIRECTOR

Dr. Rodney Conklin Member Since 1985 DIRECTOR FOR LIFE

Dr. Robert E. Evans Member Since 2001 DIRECTOR

Mrs. Carrie Ferguson Member Since 2013 PRESIDENT AND CHAIR

Dr. Geoff Hill Member Since 2014 DIRECTOR


Mr. Iain McCorkindale Member Since 2017 DIRECTOR

Mr. Desmond Moult Member Since 2008 DIRECTOR

Ms. Mehri Salimova Member Since 2017 DIRECTOR

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Founder’s Message When Aaron Goettel asked me to write a piece for this issue of the alum magazine, it gave me an opportunity to reflect. We started Rundle College in September 1985 with 22 students. The word “Alumni” never passed through our lips in those early days. Before we knew it, we had 7 students graduating from Grade 12. Rundle’s first graduation took place in June 1989. The names of those 7 grads were Jennifer, Anoop, Joel, Lori Ann, Huw, Danny, and Kerry. All of you are as clear in my mind today as you were back in 1989 – you were like my first born – you never forget! I wish we could meet one day at our new campus and reflect on your life experiences. Much has changed in 33 years. Many more alumni, many more stories, and a great deal of life experiences to share – we are family – tied forever by the bond of graduating from Rundle. Rundle is now 33 years old and you, as alumni, are between the late teens and midforties. We have reached a point in history that puts Rundle in an enviable position as a leader in the field of education. But what does the future hold? Many leading futurists suggest that the world is changing in such an unprecedented manner resulting in dramatic changes in how we do things, but also in the loss of jobs due to the advancement in digital technology. Entire career segments may be a thing of the past. Computerized technology could take away the jobs of many human beings. It has also been suggested at the same time that people involved in one-to-one relationships, such as coaching, teaching, mentoring, and the like, cannot easily be replaced by computers. It is my view, because Rundle is focused on the development of individual people to their fullest potential, that it is paramount that we preserve small class sizes and the retention of only the most caring and empathic teachers. We must also preserve a compassionate and hardworking Board of Directors. It’s a given that most organizations that achieve extended success have outstanding Boards. I can personally attest to the fact that since our inception in 1985, we have had outstanding individuals acting in that capacity.

In conclusion, I believe Rundle should work diligently to preserve the tenets of our structure and mission and continue to fine tune those areas that make us great. I retired from active, day-to-day involvement as Superintendent of Rundle College in 2007. My wife, Dee, and I now reside in Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia. Nothing pleases us more than when a teacher or student is passing through Radium and they stop to reminisce with us. I would be more than pleased to hear from you, our Alumni. It would make my day! If your travels bring you this way and you have time to visit, please email me at There is always a comfy chair to sit in overlooking the Rocky Mountains while we chat about the past, but more importantly, what you are doing with your future. One more thing, when you do visit, you will notice our house is marked by a burgundy flag flying on the patio with the words R. C. Conklin School on it. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t beam with pride over how many amazing individuals Rundle College has helped shaped. Thank you all for remembering and participating in Rundle’s past, and of course, its future. Dr. R.C. Conklin (aka Rod)


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Rundle Historian


Recently Aaron Goettel approached me to see if I would be interested in writing an article for the Rundle Alumni Newsletter as this year’s Rundle Historian. The question by itself was slightly upsetting. It’s weird how quickly things change. How quickly you can go from a rookie teacher not knowing much about anything to, 24 years later, being the white-haired sage that someone would ask you to be the Rundle Historian! This is a request you do not receive in your first year of service. The questions remain: how did I get here and can I really do this? The other interesting question to ponder is why would you ask this particular sage to espouse on the future, when he is so rooted in the past and the good-olddays? Certainly, no one would describe my classroom as futuristic; don’t be fooled by the dual projectors. While other teachers are turning on the technology in their classrooms, I am still pulling the top off of my white board marker. My classes are lecture-based and I still believe in practice makes perfect, showing all of your work and being neat. Whole educational industries have been created to research how outdated my teaching style is. In my spare time I like to take simple vacations in remote locations where I can be off the grid. So asking me about the future might seem a little misguided. On the other hand, it is a popular topic in my physics classroom. Kids are fascinated with the future. A common question I get all of the time (besides “can I go the bathroom?”) is “what is the ultimate fate of the universe?” Will it keep expanding until everything is infinitely distant to everything else, or will it eventually stop expanding and start contracting to end in a big crunch before another big bang? Hard to say. The one thing I know for sure is that the future is wondrous. Since spring-break started, I have read articles on a galaxy without dark matter and a star 9 billion light years away that appears in the sky as it 7

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Mr. Forman with the SV Girls Rugby Team at the 2018 Clearwater Cup 7's Tournament

looked when the universe was only 30% of its present age. A couple of years ago, I attended a conference in Edmonton where Dr. Patrick Brady talked about the detection of Einstein’s gravitational waves, a feat even Einstein predicted would never be done. Cars are just starting to drive themselves, quantum computers based on the super position of electrons are working out once impossible calculations, and artificial intelligence is on the verge of who knows what. Another problem asking me about the future is that, as a father of two young men, just starting on their own journeys, and as a member of the human race, I have to admit I am a little fearful of the future that awaits us all. Not to be an alarmist, but as inhabitants of spaceship Earth, we are facing some very serious problems going forward: global warming and all of its ramifications, the melting of the polar icecaps, desertification, mass extinctions like we haven’t seen for millions of years, extreme weather, over population, pollution of the land, oceans, and atmosphere, possible pandemics and epidemics, the distribution of wealth, the growing gap between the rich and poor, and the prospect of artificial intelligence taking over the world. The list is endless. These are real problems that scare the heck out of me, and they are going to need to be addressed soon. But it is not all doom and gloom. We can never surrender to the position that all hope is lost, because the human spirit has carried us this far and we have to believe that it will see us through the difficult times ahead.

If we can somehow figure out how to survive the next 500 years, I think we can survive the next 500 million years. I am also a strong believer of the curious gene and it will drive us to solutions that we are already starting to see - solutions like fusion generated electricity that uses ordinary water as a fuel source and releases nothing more dangerous than helium, and electric cars, that are basically emission free. So there is hope and all is not lost. The future is not predetermined, but ours to shape and mold, and this is where Rundle comes back into the picture. It may seem corny to some, but the hope for the future is in front of every teacher, every day, in those smiling, cheerful faces that greet us everyday. Our students are the hope for the future and are what should give us all optimism for the future. One need look no further than the amazing movement that has come out of the recent tragic events in Parkland, Florida, where a group of students have led the charge to make fundamental changes in American society. All this led by young people with a vision for a better future. I tell my students all of the time that it is their responsibility to make the world a better place. That the world is waiting for the next Newton, Einstein or Hawking, and that it could be them! That all of these giants were students in a classroom just like them before they got the bug and went on to make huge contributions to science and the world. Why not them?

And that is what makes my job, every teachers’ job inspiring students to solve the serious problems we are facing today - so important. There is no greater calling. On that note, my vision for Rundle College in the future, is, despite all of the wondrous technological advances that are surely on their way, to still be the school envisioned by our founders – Dr. Collett and Dr. Conklin, with small class sizes (if we still have classrooms), dedicated, enthusiastic teachers, who work with kids of all abilities, and fabulous sports teams and fine arts programs. In other words, I hope it will look and feel very similar to the Rundle College we are so proud of today, and one that we would recognize were we to walk through the front doors in 2118 or 3118! In closing, I would like to leave you with some headlines that I would like to read on my futuristic cell phone while walking my dog on the beach on Vancouver Island. • Rundle student among the first to walk on Mars. • Canadian government to use Rundle College model in developing a national education program because every child deserves what we do at Rundle! • Rundle graduate wins Noble Prize for advances in cancer prevention. • Rundle graduate to lead a United Nations’ initiative on the redistribution of wealth in the world. And finally ………. • Rundle College graduate leads Canada to their first ever Rugby World Cup Championship!

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TECH The Age of Autonomous Vehicles by Kathryn Hamilton‘12 The automotive industry is one of North America’s greatest and most iconic economic successes. First commercialized in the early 1900s, personal vehicles were the answer to an age-old question: “What’s the best way to move people and goods using the latest technology?” Soon after their inception, personal vehicles spread across North America and overseas. They led a massive disruption to the horse-drawn carriage industry and, with the revolution of the assembly line, overhauled the manufacturing industry too. For over 100 years, personal vehicles have provided a stable income for a range of professions from line workers to salespeople. The industry has cultivated international trade growth and cooperation. Related sectors such as oil and gas, infrastructure, and natural resources have also profited. It's overwhelmingly clear from automotive history that safe and efficient transportation is tied to economic welfare.

Advancements in artificial intelligence have opened the doors to a new version of the driving task. Sensor capabilities and computational power have finally surpassed the high reliability standards required for use in the automotive industry. This has marked a turning point where driver assistance features, such as parking assist and lane-keeping, could graduate from research projects to full-scale production.

Flash forward to the vehicles we see and drive today. These machines are more safe, powerful, and versatile than ever before. The industry is still booming. In 2017, the United States market alone was worth $953 billion, employed 7.25 million people and produced 17 million new vehicles [1].

Over the past decade, automakers have been able to take responsibility away from the driver piece by piece. These features have grown from small tasks, such as indicating when a vehicle is in the blind spot, to completing the entire driving task for multiple consecutive minutes.

Yet, while the technological improvements are staggering compared to original models like Ford's Model T, it's important to note that the concept of a vehicle remains more or less the same. For the most part, pedals and steering wheels are functionally the same as they were in 1900. A driver uses them to brake, accelerate, and steer down roads guided by the same style of traffic lights that became mainstream over 70 years ago. This system seems to have stood the test of time, and it is not until recently that any change has been seriously considered.

Current model year vehicles can park themselves remotely via a mobile app (Mercedes-Benz’s Remote Parking Pilot) and drive hundreds of miles on premapped freeways (General Motors’s SuperCruise). Consumers love these features for the time and effort they save, and regulatory bodies are eager to support them for the promise of safer roads.


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Vehicles have arguably changed more in the past two decades than they have in their entire lifespan. The driver assistance space is developing so quickly that automakers are now seriously able to consider: “What happens if the driver is taken away entirely?”

It is this thought that started the race to driverless autonomy. Throughout 2015 and 2016, automotive giants began to fund self-driving startups and research projects at a larger scale and expense than ever before. Their goal is to become the first high-volume manufacturer of fully autonomous vehicles. To automakers, this race feels like do or die. Successful implementation of an autonomous driving network has the power to disrupt the entire transportation industry. Again, conventional vehicles risk becoming obsolete. Auto giants that have survived over a hundred years, through wars and recessions, risk going out of business. Given the winner-take-all environment, it's easy see why these companies are so eager to throw money at good talent and technology.

and city infrastructure to effectively set the stage of what's to come. Automakers need to simultaneously create both a product and an environment in which the product will be profitable. That is not an easy task, particularly in the agile, techdriven society we see today. It's hard to say how the race will end. Most automakers are trending towards a company-owned fleet of vehicles that customers hire on a per-trip basis. This Uber or Lyft-style model ensures long-term profits as opposed to the single-sale transaction model used today. The model faces several hurdles, such as requiring a high volume of users to be profitable, but seems more or less viable in the current landscape.

Among others, General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Volvo, BMW, and Tesla have all gone public with a promise for their own variation of mass-produced autonomy by the early 2020’s. Teams have been gathered, resources allocated, and the race is quickly under way.

Regardless of whether automakers are successful in creating autonomous vehicles, there will always be a part of the market reserved for alternative transportation. Similar to how buses, trains, bikes, and vehicles split the workload today, successful new-era technologies like drones, pneumatic tubes and self-driving cars might play competing, if not complementary, roles in the future.

At first, it was smooth-running as automakers brushed the dust off old projects and dove into defining the scope and architecture of their product. Sometime about a year later, however, a different kind of discovery was made. The age-old question resurfaced: “What’s the best way to move people and goods using the latest technology?” Most companies were quick to realize that the answer does not necessitate a vehicle. That’s a scary thought for anyone in the automotive industry.

Personal vehicles will likely become obsolete, but not for several decades. Jobs in the oil and gas sector are at risk, as are owners of parking garages, drive-thrus and billboard signs. Cities risk a revenue cut due to decreased vehicle registrations and traffic tickets. Insurance providers and body shops might be forced to reinvent their business models. The weight of that kind of change will be felt everywhere, regardless of where you live, what industry you’re a part of, and even if you drive a vehicle.

In fact, there are hundreds of equally plausible answers. Drone delivery networks could whisk packages through the sky (Amazon Prime Air). Pneumatic tubes buried underground could push pressurized pods at near supersonic speeds (Virgin's Hyperloop One). Who knows, maybe wearble personal jetpacks are right around the corner!

It’s clear that the impacts of a transportation disruption are substantial and far-reaching. But it’s important to remember that this change is all being made in the name of human progress.

Article continued on page 16 Regardless, this realization has put automakers in a tricky spot. They are confined by the very road system they created and their very specific expertise in vehicles and engines. They have public promises to achieve and risk putting their reputations on the line. Yet, they have also amassed the power and influence over regulatory bodies

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RC Alumni Updates After suffering a work-place injury as a Federal Correctional Officer at Bowden Institution, Justin Ouelette ‘96 is currently recovering from surgery and preparing for a second surgery in the near future. To pass the time, Justin has been studying physics as well as improving his Aboriginal art portfolio in an effort to enter the international art market. Justin volunteers his time with various youth groups and at his childrens’ school. Yearly, Justin can be seen in our hallways during Fine Arts Day.


Crosby Haight ‘01 welcomed baby girl, Porter Haight, on February 1, 2018. Katie Love ‘01 is the proud mother of Elliot (3 years) and Penny, born September 2017. Katie has worked for the Calgary Public Library since 2006.

Since graduating from Rundle, Cait Pilon (nee Hammett) ‘01 moved to Vancouver, BC - eventually settling in Burnaby with her husband Dylan. She earned a BA in Archaeology from SFU and a MSc in Museum Studies from Leicester. Cait works at UBC's Museum of Anthropology as the Collections Assistant. In 2017, Cait and Dylan welcomed their daughter.

‘00s Richard Lobsinger ’02 and Laura Lobsinger (nee Harvey) ‘01, are expecting their second baby June 2018. Richard and Laura have a 3-year old daughter, Giselle. Laura is a Registered Dental Hygienist at West 85th Dental and Richard is an Executive Vice President at Quarry Bay Investment, a local development company with many exciting projects being built here in Calgary.

After graduating from Rundle, Steven Richards ‘03 went to UBC to complete his Geological Engineering degree. After finishing in 2009, Steven started working at a geotechnical engineering firm in Vancouver where he mostly worked on designing and constructing tailings dams at mines throughout Canada. During that time Steven obtained his professional engineering designation as well as his masters in geotechnical engineering. In the fall of 2015, Steven married his fiance´Allison in Vancouver, while at the same time making a career change. He left his engineering job to attend a Web Development Bootcamp and transition into the software development profession. He worked briefly at a software company before starting his own business developing software for professional services, such as engineering and architectural consulting. “It's been a very fulfilling change that has come with more stress, but that’s outweighed by the increase in freedom!” Steven and Allison continue to live happily in Vancouver with their 1-year old Aussie-Doodle, Agnes. 11

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‘00s According to Reid Stanway ‘05, “lots has happened since leaving Rundle.” Reid completed his undergrad in Geological Engineering at Queen's University, followed by a Masters in Financial Risk Management at NYU Stern School of Business. Reid worked as an Geo-technical engineer for 4 years, following his graduation from Queen's, primarily in the sectors of forensic engineering, in-site soil mechanics, and geo-environmental remediation projects. After obtaining his P.Eng, Reid decided engineering wasn't for him and moved into the world of insurance and risk management at a company named Marsh, where he worked in Toronto with Canada's largest mining, power and nuclear operators. Most recently, Reid accepted a position in the UK and has moved to downtown London to work with Marsh's Chief Risk Officer (CRO) as one of the CRO's number two.

Jill Wanklyn ‘05 recently graduated from the Haskayne MBA program specializing in real estate studies. She successfully competed in both the 2017 and 2018 Battle of Alberta NAIOP Real Estate competition and is proud to say that the U of C has crushed the U of A 3 years in a row! Jill currently leads the business development team at Rockwood Custom Homes and believes “the future of housing will be smaller floor plates, less parking, focus on efficiency of design and enhancing the public realm.” Jill is still and avid skier and golfer; however, she no longer plays competitively, unless it’s against her dad!

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Nicole Androsoff (nee Klassen) ‘07 and her husband, Nathan, welcomed their third baby girl, Rosalie, to the world on February 6, 2018. She is absolutely adored by her older sisters Paisley (5), and Noelle (2). Congratulations Nicole and Nathan!

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RC Alumni Updates After completing his master's degree in English at Concordia University in 2017, Ken Hunt ‘09 took a few months off to catch up with family and friends. This fall, Ken has decided to pursue his PhD in English at the University of Western Ontario in London. Ken will also publish the first of two books of his poetry by the Canadian publisher Book*hug. His first book, entitled The Lost Cosmonauts, elegizes the deaths of both cosmonauts and astronauts who perished in the pursuit of space exploration. The second of his two books, The Odyssey, erases words from the Apollo 11 air-to-ground transcript in order to unearth a series of poems. The Odyssey is scheduled for release in the spring of 2019.


Upon graduating from Queen’s University in 2012, Julie Lockwood ‘08 worked for two consulting engineering firms. Recently, she has made the transition to the Gas Distribution Division within ATCO, giving her further opportunity to advance in her career. She is anticipating receiving her Professional Engineer Designation over the next few months.


Rundle alumna Diana Doublet 09’ has completed her first season as Orchestra Librarian for Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax. This summer she will be coauthoring a book chapter on digitizing scrapbooks for special collections, exploring more of the beautiful Nova Scotian landscape, and spending lots of time with her cat (who’s still great). Jenna Galloway ‘10 is very excited to celebrate the first anniversary of her business, Wymbin Yoga. The studio is located in Inglewood and offers yoga classes for all ages and abilities.

“We are so proud to be working with both Rundle Academy and Rundle College to bring our yoga programming into the schools this year and have been so appreciative of the support that both schools have given us since graduation. The support of faculty, staff, mentors, and peers has made building this business possible.” - Jenna Galloway ‘10 13

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In addition to Wymbin Yoga, Jenna and her partners continue to operate the BEAM Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation through which they provide both subsidized and free yoga as well as mindfulness and community initiative programming for children who are ill, recovering, have adapted needs, or who come from low income backgrounds. BEAM partners with like-minded organizations such as The Alberta Children's Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club of Calgary, and Inn from the Cold. Visit Visit for more information.

Janine Jomaa ‘11 graduated from the U of C in 2015 with a Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction. She has been working as a Registered Nurse in the Labour and Delivery unit since graduating. Additionally, she is the Showroom Director at Modern Beauty Supplies, opening 11 stores since starting, which now totals 18 stores under her direction. Janine has found a love for traveling, visiting many different countries including Australia, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. In her spare time, she sits on the board of a non-profit organization which services thousands of underprivileged families in Calgary through poverty relief, social services, and education support. Her nephew just started Kindergarten at Rundle Elementary this past year and he’s loving it!


Amara Kraft ‘12 graduated from UBC this past May in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Commerce. In August, Amara started working as a Regional Field Engineer for Otis Elevator Company. Erin Anderson ‘13 graduated from Dalhousie University in 2017 with a BSc Honours and a Music minor, finishing up four fantastic years on the east coast. She took a year off from school to work and travel and is looking forward to joining the law program at the University of Calgary this September.

Joey Hubbard ‘12 graduated from the University of Calgary this past November with a Bachelors in Military History and minors in both Museums and Latin American Studies. Recently Joey moved to South Korea to teach English to kindergarten and elementary students at a private school. “The cities are both beautiful and very advanced in technology. While I am still new to the area, it is an amazing country, and every day is an adventure!”

Mitchell Bashnik ‘13 will be pursuing a masters in science at the University of Calgary in the fall of 2018, specializing in control systems and robotics. His thesis, and the project he will be working on is a high-precision robotic surgical arm, similar to the Canada Arm, which is to be used on the International Space Station. Mitchell hopes to use his degree in the automotive industry and apply his skills to help develop autonomous vehicles.

Medina Jomaa ‘13 graduated from the University of Calgary in 2017 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. She was awarded the Haskayne School of Business Gold Medal and the Silver Medallion in Marketing, as she finished her degree with a 3.99 GPA. Following graduation, Medina took on the position of Marketing Director at Modern Beauty Supplies and loves it! Medina hopes to return to the classroom in the near future to complete her masters.

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RC Alumni Updates “In March, I finally acquired the ring I’ve been waiting years to get! No, not an engagement ring. No, not the one ring to rule them all. Something much, much engineering iron ring! Funny how the first ring I ever get is also the most expensive one I’ll probably ever have in my life (thank you tuition)! In May, I will begin my engineering career working as a Junior Bridge Engineer for Associated Engineering in Calgary. I’ll be working on many Alberta Transportation bridge projects around Chestermere, Airdrie, and Calgary, such as the West Ring Road. So be amazed and in awe (or maybe afraid) when you’re driving past bridges across Alberta! I may have helped with a few!” - Taylor Caldwell ‘13 This past spring, Ryan Finn ‘14 completed his last year at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. During his four years on campus, Ryan managed The Xavier Student Newspaper and lent a hand to help fellow Rundle Alumni start StFX's first financial publication, X-Markets Monthly. He was elected to the Students' Union Council, Schwartz Business President, and the Board of Directors for the Canadian After 4 years of studying interactive media and games at High Point Academy, Dom Bellusci ‘14 was recently accepted into the prestigious masters of Interactive Technology with a focus in Production program at SMU (Southern Methodist University, Plano, Texas). Congratulations Dom for being one of five candidates selected annually for this program! 15

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Association of Business Students. Ryan competed in numerous case competitions on behalf of the Schwartz School of Business, including JDC Central and the CFA Institute Challenge. He completed three co-op work terms in Antigonish and Calgary. Ryan volunteered in the community for numerous organizations and worked for several art non-profits in Antigonish. In his third year at St. FX, Ryan started a website design and social media marketing company to help rural areas develop their online presence. He is currently starting a clothing company with a fellow graduate from St. FX called HUMA. Ryan plans to continue his work on university campuses and in communities as an entrepreneur and member of the Canadian Association of Business Students Management Team, while he starts his career as a technology consultant for Deloitte Canada. Daniel Krayzel ‘15 recently finished his third year of mechanical engineering at the U of C. He has been fortunate enough to receive an internship in the energy sector, and will be moving to Red Deer for 16 months. “Despite the new challenges I face, I think the life skills I learned through my time at Rundle will help me overcome them.”


"When I first started at the University of Alberta, I was enrolled in the Neuroscience Honours program. I quickly discovered that I wasn't passionate about science. I wasn't enjoying any of my classes, and was also feeling discouraged about what the future held for me. I switched between various majors in the Faculty of Science, but still couldn't find an area of study that I was interested in. Last summer, I ended up taking a job as an intern at Anstice Communications here in Calgary. I instantly fell in love with the business world. Being an all-female firm, Anstice provided a truly unique workplace experience – I had never been surrounded by a group of such talented, driven women before. My time at Anstice inspired me to switch into the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta. This coming fall, I'll officially be majoring in Finance, with a minor in Communications. I'll also be returning to Anstice for another summer of work." Mathea Johannson ‘16

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The Age of Autonomous Vehicles - continued from page 9 by Kathryn Hamilton ‘12 Among many other benefits, autonomy in transportation can reduce the number of fatalities associated with human error and poor judgement. This could have a great impact on roadways, where there has been a significant safety decline due to distraction caused by mobile devices. Autonomous vehicles also have more efficient driving behaviours as compared to humans, which promotes better traffic flow and uses less fuel. Lastly, but certainly not least, autonomous vehicles give back what every driver wants: their valuable time. The expense may be large, but experts are still convinced that the benefits of a transportation disruption will outweigh the cost in the long term. Even if they don't, what would you pay to watch Netflix instead of commuting every day?

[1] “Economy.” Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, https://

Kathryn Hamilton graduated from Rundle College in 2012 and went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Engineering from Queen’s University in 2016. From there, she moved to Detroit, Michigan where she currently works as a Systems Engineer in the Autonomous Vehicle team at Ford Motor Company. Her responsibilities are primarily focused on ensuring safe interactions between self-driving cars and their environment, including passengers, technicians, other road users, and the cloud. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley.

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OIL by Roberto Aguilera ‘96

Oil price developments over the past 40 years have been truly spectacular, but it is likely the period of excessively high prices has come to an end. Moreover, a turning point has been reached where scarcity and uncertain supply will be replaced by abundance and undisturbed availability. Technical advances over the past decade, which led to fast-rising shale oil and natural gas production in North America but are also applicable worldwide, will assure ample and diversified future supply. Together with a co-author, I discuss these trends in a recent book, “The Price of Oil”, published by Cambridge University Press. Some major findings are provided below, starting with a short summary of past price performance: 1. Oil prices rose by almost 800% between 1970 and 2014. This can be compared with a mere 40% increase for a metals and minerals price index, comprising a commodity group that, like oil, is exhaustible. We find it is political turmoil rather than economic forces that has shaped the inadequate growth of oil production capacity, and that is the dominant factor behind the sustained upward price push.

2. The shale oil revolution has turned the long declining oil production trend in the US into a rise of 86% between 2008-2017. Geologically, the US does not stand out in terms of shale resources. Given the mainly non-proprietary shale technology, it is inevitable that the revolution will spread to other countries. If the rest of the world would, by 2035, exploit its shale resources as successfully as the US has done in the revolution’s first ten years, this would yield the rest of world’s output of around 20 million barrels per day – which is similar to the global rise of all oil production in the preceding 20 years. 3. The oil output increases are bound to put downward pressure on prices, either by preventing price rises from recent levels, averaging some $50 per barrel over the past few years, or by pushing them back to these levels if an early upward reaction takes place. Although short-run price spikes may occur, oil prices are unlikely to prevail above the total production costs of new supplies, which are estimated to settle at $40-60/barrel in the coming two decades.


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Downward pressure will be reinforced if electric vehicle penetration exceeds expectations, e.g. due to implementation of an ambitious climate policy, and thus a reduced demand for oil. The price implications will in turn influence many other conditions that shape human life, be they economic, political, diplomatic or military. For example, suppressed oil prices could be regarded as a generally benign factor to the world economy. 4. The technologies involved in the oil revolution will have an equal bearing on the global production of natural gas. This will result in falling long-term gas prices, as is apparent from the North American experience so far, where the decline of gas prices has resulted in a wholesale decommissioning of coal-fired power facilities and their replacement by facilities run on gas. This has reduced CO2 emissions to levels not seen since the mid-1990s. Similar emission reductions can be expected across the world, as cheaper and cleaner gas replaces coal in power generation, representing a climate benefit of the revolutions.

5. In the coming decades, oil and gas is expected to play an important role in satisfying energy demand, from Asia to the Americas, with innovation that will allow for economic production in spite of low prices. It should be highlighted that Canada is an important supplier, thanks to Alberta’s oil sands, but we also have a strategic advantage in shale oil and gas development – given the existing infrastructure, matched with a lengthy history of oil and gas industry experience. In the longer term, abundant natural gas resources in Canada and the rest of the world will act as a transition fuel to renewable energy sources.

Dr. Roberto F. Aguilera is an associate of Servipetrol Ltd, Canada, and an adjunct research fellow with Curtin University, Australia. From 2013-2017, he was an analyst with the OPEC Secretariat, Vienna, and a co-author of their annual World Oil Outlook. He holds PhD and Master degrees from Colorado School of Mines and a Bachelor’s from Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.

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RC Alumni Athletes

CONGRATULATIONS 2017 INDUCTEES TO THE RUNDLE COLLEGE ALUMNI ATHLETIC BOARD The Rundle Alumni Athletic Board recognizes alumni athletes who found their athletic passions at Rundle and pursued them at the post-secondary level.


Katherine Simonson 2007 Northwood University Timberwolves Track & Field

Alec Simpson 2015 University of Alberta Golden Bears Golf

Renae Lapins 2017 University of Rochester YellowJackets Volleyball

Jillian Goodhart 2011 SAIT Trojans Basketball

Zach Folan 2017 University of Toronto Varsity Blues Football

Jordan Wong 2017 University of Alberta Golden Bears Wrestling

Madison Kehler 2015 Ambrose University Lions Soccer

Gabrielle Gregg 2017 University of Western Ontario Mustangs Track & Field

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RC Alumni Return

Ravinder Minhas ‘00 presenting to the Rundle College Ascent Leadership students

Holly Fritz ‘98, Erin Anderson ‘13, Irfaan Sorathia ‘00

Maya Chambers ‘17, recipient of the 2017 Toni Kohn Memorial Award

Brent Hargreaves, Andrew Buckley ‘11, Dave Hauk, Jason Rogers presentation of a signed Buckley Stampeder’s jersey to Rundle College

Thank you to our alumni for inspiring the future generation with their stories and passions.

Clay Wearmouth ‘11 and Sam Babcok ‘11 presenting to Social Studies classes on their travels to North Korea

2017 Band Christmas Brunch

Neil Domstad, Mike Tiemen, Gary Sylven

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FILM Interview with Dominique Van Olm ‘09 by Asha Sara ‘18 and Madeline Warme ‘18 The world of film is a dynamic and complicated place where different worldviews, business ventures, and passions come into play. For many young people in the business, following their dreams is not easy and has many factors that can play into their ability to do so. For Dominique Van Olm, who graduated from Rundle in 2009, her passion for film and cinematography led her to pursue a successful career as a director, focusing primarily on short films. After Rundle, she started her journey by studying film at the University of Calgary, then later transferred to Ryerson University, where she created the short film “Flower Girl” as her thesis. We were given the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Van Olm about her career, the arts, and her wealth of knowledge about the industry. What projects are you most proud of? Dominique shared her love for her short film For Dad, With Love. The film is close to her heart as it follows her brother’s journey as he donates his hair to the Canadian Cancer Society and is a tribute to her father, who passed away from lung cancer. This short film can be viewed on CBC. Dominique is also proud of her short film Little Brother. This film follows the first time her then 13-year-old brother came to visit her in Toronto by himself. For Dominique, this film is a way of containing the memories shared with her brother as it represents “the ending of our collective childhood.” What does the future hold for you? Dominique expressed how she wishes to continue creating and directing short films, as well as branching into commercial directing. She believes directing commercials presents its own sets of challenges as a convincing story must be portrayed within a short time frame. However, Dominique enjoys the challenge as it allows her to be creative during the process. She also has a new documentary that is currently in post21

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production which can be expected soon. The film titled Zone Rouge, was filmed in France and follows miners as they clear France of leftover bombs from two world wars. When asked on her future and success, Dominique responded by sharing her definition of success as being able to sustain herself and her future projects. Where do you think Canada is headed in the film world? When asked on this topic Dominique shared her belief that Vancouver and Toronto will remain to be a Canadian hub for the film industry. However, she touched on Quebec's growing popularity and her belief that their film industry will continue to grow at a rapid rate. What is your advice to aspiring artists? When it comes to the future artists of the world, Dominique believes that they should “keep creating.” For Dominique, this means whether your passion is painting or film-making, the more you create and the more you push for your work to be seen, you will be able to find success. She expressed how at times the process of creating can be discouraging, however, the end product is very rewarding.

What inspired you to pursue the directing field? How did Rundle help to foster your dreams for the future? Dominique explained how she has always had a passion for drama and school productions and eventually her love of being on the stage blossomed into a love for being behind the scenes. From a young age at Rundle, she was heavily involved in the drama department, and as she gained more experience she developed a love for being on stage. After a while, she explained how she began to become more curious about plays, movies and commercials and what goes on in the making of a finished project. She also credits Rundle for providing a supportive environment where she felt safe to be creative, as well as her ability to express her love of film through school projects, and her love of acting through drama class and the school play. How would you say your experience has been in the industry as a woman? Dominique highlighted the fact that while she has not felt strong notes of sexism or harassment and that the film world is moving in a positive direction, there are still aspects which are affected. She explained how, as a woman, sometimes people won’t take as many chances on hiring you as they would on a man. Sometimes she felt as though her abilities and creativity were also being doubted. She noted, however, that despite challenges, things like equal opportunity projects and businesses which specifically work to give more female directors a voice are helping.

What is your favourite movie? As a cinefile, she talks about how she loves many movies for many different reasons. Her all time favorite is Jurassic Park and her reason is because she loves how it has the ability to transport her to another world of fantasy. She also likes the campy feel of the filming and really appreciates the nostalgic feel of the adventure film. CONCLUSION: Where do you think the world of film is headed? Dominique was very interested in this question and explained to us how, in the modern world, the film industry is moving at an astounding rate. With the increase in technology and accessibility to high-tech equipment, film is moving in a more accessible direction. More voices are being heard and a more diverse set of perspectives are being brought to the table. Links to her work For Dad, With Love: CBC write up: Little Brother: Zone Rouge Trailer: Flower Girl (Ryerson thesis) -

Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world. Unknown

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Rundle Reflections I have been a part of the Rundle College family for fourteen years, and have had the opportunity to experience everything that Rundle offers. Gradually, throughout my years in this school, I began to construct an image of Rundle. Originally, I perceived Rundle as a place for me to interact with my friends, a job where my Dad worked, and a place to maybe learn new information. However, as I grew, and my intuition sharpened with experience, I was able to truly see what greater cause Rundle served for its students: the future. I now realize that there is a purpose for everything, in an attempt to astronomically improve the future of its students. No matter who you were, inside of Rundle everybody was given the same treatment, and offered the same opportunities, in order to benefit themselves. All programs, clubs, gatherings, events, were for the betterment of the forthcoming. Rundle contributes to the future, for not only those inside its walls, but even for those far away. Firstly, Rundle College undoubtedly improves the future success of its students in numerous ways. One of the most impactful qualities Rundle College possesses, is the unrelenting thoughtfulness and care given by the teachers. Every student has the ability to get extra help, at any time of the day, with any teacher. Not only are teachers available, but they are persistent in making sure you understand the information. Even though some teachers express their persistence in ways different than others, they genuinely do care about students’ success. They all make an attempt to accommodate our needs, therefore, constructing a prosperous future for their students. Secondly, Rundle improves its students’ future by the accessibility of its clubs. Numerous clubs are available, all of which teach students skills they can apply in their future. Everything is serving a greater cause, whether that be writing more tests, the creation of more clubs, or more extra help. Rundle undoubtedly serves the impending success of their students. More so, Rundle College has numerous programs that improve the future of those outside of its walls. One statement anybody can genuinely support is that our school gives back to the international community. Every year, Rundle creates a humanitarian trip to a developing country. These trips consist of Rundle students, interacting with a small, developing community. In my case, I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador and lay the foundation of a household. Although the work was physically demanding, never once did I see a lack of motivation or geniality fade from Rundle students. The


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inspiration of creating a successful and improved future for a developing community was always prominent. This is only one example of the many things Rundle College does to improve the future of those outside of our community. If there is a piece of advice that I would give to anyone attending or coming into Rundle, it would be to take advantage of everything Rundle offers.

In terms of Rundle’s community, education, and influence; one gets as much from Rundle as they put into it.

Those who don’t get involved won’t get to experience Rundle for what it is. One must dig into its foundation; here they will find everything they need to better their future. My experiences were created not solely because of Rundle, but because I put in the effort to discover what Rundle offers. In doing so, I was able to create memories that I will cherish and will dramatically improve my future. Cameron Clark ‘18

RC Today Business Club: • 1st place - Haskayne Business Competition at the University of Calgary • 2nd place Ivey Business competition • 1st place Westmount Charter Business case competition Robotics: • 2nd place Betabots competition • 5th/30 at Victoria Regionals • Semifinalists at Calgary Regional Competition Competitive Speech: Provincial silver and bronze Reach for the Top: The Rundle One senior team qualified for Provincials in St. Albert Spring Production: Drama department staged the musical Grease (School Version) that included students in grades 9-12 Art/Photography: Students focused on visual arts in the Art/Photography Club. Band: The Senior Concert Band toured Oahu, Hawaii CAUSE: Students have volunteered and raised funds for several local agencies (Community Kitchen, Salvation Army, Food Bank, Mustard Seed) Duke of Edinburgh: 3 students completed the silver award Rundle Travel Club Thailand - Grade 10 Spain & France - Grade 11/12 El Salvador - Grade 11/12 Victoria, BC - Grade 10-12 Boys Rugby

CISAA League Championships

ASAA Provincial Championships

Volleyball Senior Varsity Girls - League Champions Volleyball Senior Varsity Boys - 2nd Place Wrestling - 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze Rugby Boys - 1st in regular season play Cheer Team - 1st Place in Stampede City Showdown Track & Field • 1st Int. Boys 400m & 800m • 1st Sr. Girls 800m • 1st Wheelchair 100m & 200m

Boys Golf Team Cross Country - Liam K. ‘19 - 5th Grace E. ‘18 - 14th Volleyball Senior Varsity Girls Bronze Medalists Wrestling Boys - Sam P. High School Provincial Champion Track & Field • 2nd Int. Boys 800m - Liam K. ‘19 • 2nd Sr. Girls 800m - Grace E. ‘18 • 1st Wheelchair 100m & 200m Amman A. ‘19

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and welcome to the Rundle College Alumni Association. We look forward to watching you as you ascend to new heights!

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SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH by Aaron Goodarzi ‘95

It is in the nature of science to change and change quickly, as indeed hypotheses and theories are constantly evolving with the emergence of new knowledge. What was true a few centuries ago may be considered the absurdity of today while, at the same time, yesteryears’ absurdities may today be considered fact. Science done correctly means innovation, and with innovation is the constant need to adapt and keep up in order to maintain success. Indeed, perhaps one of only constants in scientific research strategies, institutions and endeavours, is the need to be ready to change at all times and, if one is to be truly successful now and in the future, anticipate these changes and embrace them before others. Let me tell you, this is not easy. Scientists who fail to change their technology, their approaches to research and even (to some extent) the type of questions they ask are more likely to fail in terms of attracting funding, publishing studies and making an impact on society. Those able - and also unafraid - to move with the times are certainly more likely to see their work flourish and be sustained over the long term. So, the simplest lessons here are to keep on learning new things no matter how successful and mature you become in your career, and that being complacent and resistant to change, is likely to be disastrous. Right now, the future of scientific research looks pretty bright. In biology, what was fantasy only a decade ago – to edit genes in living cells at will – is now commonplace reality. This revolution, almost overnight, obliterated the relevance of many previous methods of asking biological questions, and those who clung to those old ways more often than not have perished in terms of their funding only a handful of years later. While it is very difficult to predict what the next decade will bring, one emerging area that I personally think will 25

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change scientific research dramatically is machine learning – the ability of computers to recognize complex patterns within data with all the power of artificial intelligence and analytics that are simply impossible for the human brain to achieve. Technology innovation within research is generating incredibly large and ever more complex datasets with increasing speed. We are now at the point where, if we are even to start to use that data in a meaningful way, we must turn to new ways of thinking such as machine learning. Those who learn how to do this now will be the research stars and survivors of tomorrow.

Dr. Goodarzi is the Canada Research Chair for Genome Damage and Instability Disease and is both the Education Lead and Microscopy Lead for the University of Calgary’s Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute. He obtained his PhD from the University of Calgary in 2005 and trained as a post-doctoral scholar at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex (UK) until 2010. In 2011, he opened his own laboratory at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. In 2015, he was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 for achievements in science and education.

Rundle Remembers

The Rundle College community is saddened by the passing of Troy Black ‘01 on February 17, 2018. Troy graduated from Rundle College in 2001. He always wished to make a difference in the world. Troy was a very passionate student in politics and a talented athlete in golf and hockey. This was evident during his time at Rundle through his participation on the golf team and in the Staff-Student Hockey Game. His passion will be missed by the Rundle community, family and friends.

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RUNDLE ATHLETICS The success of Rundle Athletics comes from within - from within our athletes, our coaches, our alumni, and our community. The legacy of Rundle athletics comes from nurturing the acorns that grow into mighty oaks. The Rundle College Jr. Cobras Sport Development Program was introduced in the Spring of 2016 to foster a of love of sport and nurture the athletic talents of Rundle’s youngest athletes. Through this grassroots initiative, the Rundle College Community has come together to positively influence our future stars and build an exceptional athletic program at Rundle.

Jr. Cobra alumni coaches: Morgan Saunders ‘15, Jillian Goodhart ‘11, Melissa Guenette ‘13, Kayla Barry ‘12, Matt Siriani ‘17, Joelle Petersen ‘17, Lexi Greenslade ‘16, Leigh Hauk ‘17, Rayff McMahon ‘17

Thank you to our alumni who continue to share their time and talents to coach our future Rundle Cobras! Michael Klassen ‘09 and Andrew Buckley ‘11 Jr. Cobras special guest coaches


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Giving at Rundle Giving Myths Here are a few myths regarding giving at Rundle that our community maybe unaware of:

Giving Myth #1

Tuition and government grants cover costs of additional programs at Rundle. Conklin School Locker Room Opened May 2018

Tuition and grants only cover operations of the school. Any additional programs (e.g. Robotics) or capital projects (e.g. Locker Room, Makerspace) must be funded by the school.

Giving Myth #2

Every Rundle family can afford to attend. Each year, many families encounter financial difficulty. Our goal is to never have a current Rundle student leave because of financial hardship. Thank you Drew Morsky ‘06 for your $1,000 donation to the Locker Room Campaign. The past school year has seen our alumni give an unprecedented amount of their time, talent and treasures to Rundle. It is incredibly inspiring when our alumni give back. The highlight of our alumni’s philanthropy was the number of donations we received to help construct the new locker room. Over $20,000 was donated to this project by our alumni. Thanks to your generosity, we now have a place worthy of the pride we have for our Athletics program. In November, we also had a number of our alumni contribute to the Bursary Fund on Giving Tuesday. This fund is integral in retaining current Rundle students whose families are in a difficult financial situation.

Giving Myth #3

Bursaries are granted to each request. Any family who applies for a bursary agrees to a thorough financial audit by an independent third-party institution, Apple Financial Services.

If you or your family would like to say “Thank you, Rundle” by supporting a teacher’s PD, a particular program (e.g. math, music, robotics, athletics) or a student bursary, please contact Aaron Goettel at or visit to make a tax-deductible donation.

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Alumni Giving Students Leaving a Legacy Rundle Endowment/Bursary Fund Project 20.15 was an initiative by the Class of 2015 to enrich the Rundle Endowment/Bursary Fund. It was their graduation gift to pledge a contribution of their grad year ($20.15) for 5 years following their graduation. It was their wish to leave the legacy of helping fellow Rundle students and inspire future graduating classes to do the same. The Legacy Circle was created to recognize the Academy Class of 2018 for becoming the first Rundle graduating class to have 100% of its members contribute to the bursary fund. We invite future graduating classes to join the Legacy Circle. To the following graduates, we offer our gratitude and are inspired by your legacy to help fellow students succeed.

Rundle College Class of 1989 – 2014 Donors Holly Fritz ‘98 Amara Kraft ‘12 Paula Rooney ‘14 Tyler Turnbull ‘01

Stuart Baker ‘13 Jaimie Bird ‘10 Emily Buchanan ‘13 Zach Carter ‘10

Rundle College Class of 2015 Donors - 37% participation Ashley Berry Meg Buchanan Jakob Chambers Danielle Chang Alexandria Chin Leland Chumik Vincent Dang

Graham Fader Mackenzie Gellner Hayley Giesinger Kelsea Gorzo Elizabeth Gray Morgan Gregg Sam Guest

Chelsea Hamming Carly Johannson Alana Kerr Michael Keys Lauren Kruger Carina Lai Ellie Maclennan

Rundle College Class of 2016 Donors - 21% participation Abby Beerkircher Christiana Bellusci Mitchell Besplug Kiara Botha Brett Bradley Allison Chan Thaddeus Chong

Jennifer Chow Alexandra Greenslade Alex Mah Meghan Mehra Paula Munroe Nicola Panaccione Tyler Primorac-Tang

Kelsey Shea Idaresit Thompson Liam Walters Nicholas Welch

Rundle College Class of 2017 Donors - 26% participation Hannah Bentsen Alyssa Berry Marie Bouchard Logan Dods Alysa Evans Zach Folan Gabrielle Gregg


Aidan Jackson Jayda Jessee Noah Kende Renae Lapins Arjit Lodha Michael Lusty Lauren Munroe

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Tara Osler Miranda Pachkowski Amanda Pockar Sara Stephens Michelle Sutton Matt Tamkee Kirstin Young

Samuel Maclennan Jenna McFeely Jane Moult Angel Najjar Sarah Orr Quinlan Park Logan Roth

Gianfranco Sartor Morgan Saunders Bobbi Shewchuk Luc Terrien

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Rundle College Class of 2018 Donors - 60% participation Tessa Allison Aliyah Ayorinde Georgia Baskeyfield Sophie Bell Raja Boury Mehtab Brar Lochlan Breckenridge Brad Burgess Jon Bylyku Davis Carlson

Jordan Chan Jeffrey Chow Cameron Clark Kathryn Collyer Katie Cooke Alexander Fader Emilie Fournier Jonathan Gilmour Hillary Graham Jacob Graham

Hannah Greenslade Kalem Hanlon Emily Hayes Hannah Hayes Alex Hayes Brenden Hiebert Aidan Highton Alexis Hill Ariela Jamshidi-Shahvar Akash Khaira

Arshroop Khaira Usman Khan Megan Mathison Lauren Mayes Philip Nowak Jamie Ramsay William Rioux Daniel Saloni Asha Sara Sarah Seaver

Holly Tecklenburg Etido Thompson Sahej Toor Enobong Ukpong Gabriela Villarroel Cole Wanner Zachary Welsh

Kaitlyn Magee Alexander Moumdjian Liam Rinehart Mollie Smith Kristian Thomsen

Derek Wispinski Ashley Yee

Casey O’Connor Colton Playsted Madison Shields-Knutson Max Smith

Alix Stephen Cal Tecklenburg Mitchell Tuckwood Alycia Udy

Rundle Academy Class of 2015 Donors - 66% participation Ramy Abdel-Keriem Mia Berloni Stephanie Berry Rajan Bhullar Nicholas Block

Jonathon Boland Jon-Jacob Bruyn Katharine Elliott Taylor Evans Carmen Farmer

Jaxon Gaetz Curtis Holloway Johanna Jurok Carley Louw Cristi Louw

Rundle Academy Class of 2016 Donors - 69% participation Dylan Barr Katherine Bennett Jack Bridges Payton Budd

Cali Champagne Max de Paiva Sarah Fawcett Aden Garcia-Ahmadi

Eric Hallson Kennedy Huntley Malyk John Davis Maxwell

Rundle Academy Class of 2017 Donors - 38% participation Ciaran Bailey Cole Bottomley Amedeo Cortese

Jennelle Hughes Nick Larmour Amy Major

Dominic Petti Sarah Reeder Lara Smith

Emily Smith Laura Zentner

Rundle Academy Class of 2018 Donors - Legacy Circle Members - 100% Participation Kemarr Bishop Mark Blair Meghan Boisclair Bram Bouma Soren Bradley Rowan Brandon-Christie

Ali Carruthers Catherine Carruthers Jack Conquergood Ian Cram DJ Dhaliwal Aneisha Gardiner

Jackson Giles MacLachlan Gordon Amy Heise Ryan Holan Keegan Janzen Ben Kitchen

Claire Oliphant Jakson Pashelka Cassandra Petropoulos Oliver Petti Penn Poutanen Nathan Retzer

Adam Schwartz Phoenix Shomody Isaac Towsley Paul Uponi

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AN ATHLETE Jenna RunAway by Rose S. ‘19 It is reasonable to call Jenna Westaway degree in Geology. Her degree ‘12, a graduate of Rundle College, Jenna RunAway. Since graduating, Jenna has made some very big strides in her running career. In case you didn’t already know, Jenna holds the Rundle records for the fastest 400m and 800m. This year, she came fourth at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in the 800m held in Birmingham, England. Additionally, she earned first place standings in the mile at the Seattle UW PreviewFirst indoor track meet, the 800m at the Boston New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and the 600m at the Albuquerque Martin Luther King Invitational. Currently, she is ranked third in the nation for the outdoor 800m. Needless to say, Jenna is an outstanding athlete who has had an amazing track career so far. The roots of her passion for running were developed in large part because of Rundle while she was a student there. Starting at Rundle Elementary in grade 6, Jenna went through an outstanding growth period both academically and athletically. She knew there was an expectation for excellence and like any other student, she wanted to be excellent. Jenna’s intellectual growth began at

was inspired by her eighthgrade science teacher Beverly Ross. Jenna plans to follow in the footsteps of Miss Ross by returning to university to study education. Jenna wants her career to resemble that of Ms. McClements, who inspired her to stay in track for her athletic career. By becoming a teacher and a school track coach, Jenna could help other young people develop the same way she grew through Rundle. She hopes to inspire young athletes to chase their dreams and feel as empowered as she does. The 2005 Rundle Elementary Terry Fox Run is where Jenna discovered her passion for running. She was an active child and loved to move. Upon discovering running was a sport of its own, it was all she wanted to do. Jenna began by signing herself up for a race at the University of Calgary - this where her self-motivation shines. “Running hurts, and it’s a solo mission! In order to get better, you have to voluntarily sign up for a daily dose of pain. Sometimes you don’t want to do it, but it’s the only way of getting faster and the only way to win!”

Jenna has the ability to motivate “The staff at Rundle held me accountable herself in order to reach her goals, for my efforts, and while it felt like a characteristic which many seek to pressure at the time, I now reflect on it acquire. This is yet another thing that with appreciation. There were eight hours makes Jenna the amazing person in a school day, all of which were devoted that she is. Westaway’s main goal has been, and still is, to represent Canada to intellectual growth.” on the international stage. She is sponsored by Brooks Running, and this alone shows how she recognized Rundle and is continuing to develop. she is in the track community. This She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2012 with an undergraduate year she trained in Big Bear, California,


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running almost everyday to achieve her goal. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are a possibility for Jenna; with her strong work ethic, anything is achievable. I think it is fair to say that Jenna Westaway embodies the model Rundle Students. Not only does she exemplify the school’s motto “Attention to Excellence;” she continues to pursue excellence in both athletics and academics. She has demonstrated excellent athletic ability at the national track level and continues to pursue excellence at the international level in her dream to represent Canada in the Olympic Games. It is one thing to be outstanding academically and athletically, and is something even more to have outstanding character. Jenna Westaway is all of these things. She is one of the kindest and most generous people you could ever hope to meet. She makes you feel good about yourself when you are with her and inspires you to be your best. We should all hope to be that way. Let’s stay tuned to see where Jenna goes….

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I BELIEVE by Cheryl Phillips Before looking ahead and trying to describe where we may be going, I had to look back to where I came from. 25 years ago, I was 25. If you had asked me to predict what communication and learning would look like in 2018, I don’t believe I would have gotten it right. In 1993, I had yet to get my first computer. And when I did, it had a monochromatic screen. It was a glorified typewriter that allowed me to move my files from one computer to the next with a floppy disk. I wouldn’t be introduced to the internet for another 3 years when connecting to the internet meant through the phone line and started with the ubiquitous song of the computer talking to…..the World Wide Web. Email did not exist, as such, for the everyday person but there was a thing called Macworld. If friends at home had a Mac, I could communicate with them in a chatroom. 25 years ago cell phones were rare, carried by the extremely wealthy. I could not have predicted that the phones we have today would have more computing capabilities than the computer on Apollo 11. I would never have been able to tell you about “face timing” on our phones like Captain Kirk and United Federation of Planets. In fact, talking to someone on the other side of the world in real time while looking at them was not in my frame of reference. I certainly would never have predicted that 95% of all students sitting in my classes would have a phone in their pockets capable of doing this and much more. 25 years ago I had a camera with film. I had to decide if I needed 100, 200 or 500 iso film; who knew that 25 years later, cameras would not have film any more and really, forget the camera all together, That is what my phone is for. 25 years ago I had a yellow Sony Walkman. It was nearing the end of life as the Discman was cutting-edge technology. I had all my cassettes stored in a shoebox with their spines facing up so I could find the one I 33

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wanted quickly. Who would have guessed that in 25 years I could “download” music picking only the songs I wanted off of an album. Now, I have 3 devices connected to the internet. The internet has become all encompassing...the focus of our existence. There are people who do not even need to leave their houses; they can live strictly through the internet. They work from home, shop from home, order groceries and get it delivered, and they can even find their dates from home. I don’t have to go to the camera shop to pick up my pictures anymore which is nice. Now they are up in a cloud. In fact, everything is up in a cloud. My downloaded music is up there somewhere, my images are floating around mingling with others’ images, my contacts are in a cloud, my lesson plans and long range plans are there, and my resume and personal data are up there too. Does anyone really know where this cloud is? Cable TV is out and streaming services are what we use now so we can binge on our favourite shows. I can watch what I want, when I want, on whatever device I want.

So when I look to the future of Rundle and what it may look like in 25 years, I am a little overwhelmed by the changes that may occur. But I am going to do my best, and I would like everyone to put on their imaginary space suits as we trip off into the future. I believe that high school students will not be afraid of fractions any more and that the hungry alligator will have disappeared. I predict that AI will do the individualizing for us and that computing will be more tangible helping to make mathematics less abstract. I believe education at Rundle will be a continual and interconnected efforts and we will offer classes on just plain learning, thus helping students cope with their everchanging world. I predict that our students will not just be in our classroom but will be located around the world as the confines of the physical classroom will not hold us captive any longer. Imagine an immersive virtual reality

where students appear to be there but are halfway around the world, perhaps in Singapore. This immersive virtual reality will truly change the meaning of field trips. And the last thing I believe, actually that I know, is that Rundle will continue to be a leader in education not because of the advancements in technology but because of the students and teachers. Rundle will continue to encourage and support the outstanding students and professionals who embody our mission; To create a nurturing, engaging environment that provides an enriched, personalized education, preparing students for an everchanging world. As you have moved out into the world and left the physical Rundle behind, I know that you were given the tools you need to be successful in this ever changing world. Know that we are here cheering you on and are very proud of everything you have achieved.

RA Today Fine Arts: Celebrated 2nd Annual Fine Arts Day Buddies Program: Grade 6 & 12 buddies participated in the Terry Fox Walk/Run, 5-pin bowling, Christmas gift exchange, and tubing at COP Spring Production: Drama Department presented the musical James and the Giant Peach Maker Club: created droids, robots, 3D printing, fidgets, and coding new games Volunteering: • Students benefit from volunteering through Families And Schools Together (FAST), a family skills program that connects families with their schools and communities • Kids Helping Kids Events: Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids, We Day, shoeboxes and sponsoring families Athletics: Cross-Country - 1st in the league Volleyball Senior Varsity Boys - 2nd place Holy Cross Tournament Rugby Boys - 1st in regular season play Cheer Team - 1st Place in Stampede City Showdown Ultimate Frisbee - team competed at a 2-day Provinicial Tournament Track & Field - CISAA League Champions

Rundle Travel Club Peru - Grade 10/11/12

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MOVING MOUNTAINS Speech for 2018 Moves Mountains Breakfast by Alycia Udy ‘16

Good morning Board members, staff, students and parents. My name is Alycia Udy and I graduated from Rundle Academy in 2016. I am honoured to have been asked to speak here this morning about my experience at Rundle Academy. I discovered I had Dyslexia with a severe processing disorder when I was in grade 3. Before I came to the Academy in Grade 9, I attended the Calgary Girls’ School. During my time there, I struggled with friendships as well as not receiving the support I needed for my learning disability. This made school a place that I dreaded going to everyday. Often times I would find myself trying to convince my mom that I didn’t need to go to school as we wouldn’t be learning anything important that day. Some of the girls in my class knew that I had difficulties with things like reading and one memorable day while we were having to do partner reading, the girl I was paired up with approached my teacher and stated very loudly “I can’t read with Alycia, she has a reading disease.” For years after that, I would not read anything aloud in class for fear of being ridiculed! And look at me now, I’m reading in front of a room full of people! (I still might be a bit terrified but here I am ‘moving mountains,’) This incident is a time that I look back on now and laugh, but in the moment, it made learning in this kind of environment extremely difficult. While I was still in grade 8, my parents started investigating high schools, knowing I had to find somewhere other than my designated high school, Lord Beaverbrook. I was already struggling with learning in the small environment at the girls’ school. We knew I would not be able to receive the support I needed for my learning requirements in a large, public high school. Once I toured Rundle Academy, I knew this was where I needed to be! With no available openings in my grade at the time, I was put on a waitlist at the end of the school year in grade 8 with the hopes of getting a spot for grade 10. A week later we got a call stating that a 35

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spot had opened up in the fall that I was heading into grade 9 and with no hesitation we decided to make the move, as I was so unhappy at the school I was at. Looking back on that moment I now realize I had won the education lottery! Starting at a new school was terrifying and overwhelming as I did not know anyone at the Academy, but quickly my outlook on school changed. In my first week, I very clearly remember Mr. van der Meer jokingly stating: “I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to change lives”, and that he did! (In the process he may have also made a friend.) I started to enjoy going to school and was actually interested in the things that I was learning. Though I had a lot of gaps and missing pieces in my curriculum, my teachers here at Rundle worked hard to get me caught up. For the first time ever, I felt safe in my learning environment, was willing to take risks without being judged and began to build some confidence. Also, for the first time ever, I even tried to play on different sports teams. Throughout my time at the Academy I played on the volleyball, basketball, rugby and cheer team, as well as being a part of two of the spring musical productions. Most importantly, I was no longer trying to get out of going to school. Being at the Academy has taught me to advocate for my learning needs, recognize my many different strengths and, most of all, it has taught me to recognize and embrace my unique abilities.

Having the skills to understand how I learnt made it possible for me to excel in school and make it on the Gold and Excellence Honour Roll all 4 years at the Academy. This is something that I never would have imagined I could have accomplished. I am currently attending the University of Lethbridge in the Bachelor of Nursing program. This is an extremely difficult program to get into, requiring a 91.5 average for acceptance and I would never have been able to accomplish this without the amazing skills I learnt and the support I received during my time at Rundle Academy. I sometimes have to work a little harder than my fellow classmates to get good grades, but I now have several strategies that help me reach my goals. While at the Academy, I learnt to advocate for the support that I need as well as how to ask for accommodations while at university. I am no longer ashamed of my learning disability or feel that I need to hide it from others out of fear of being judged or made fun of. I am confident in who I am and am grateful for the struggles that I have had on my learning journey because they have helped me to

become the hard worker I am today. I recently received a letter in the mail informing me that I received honours during my last semester at university. I still have 2 years of university left but I am looking forward to seeing where they take me and I am excited to be able to pursue a career in my dream job of being a nurse. I would like to congratulate all of the Move Mountains recipients on your hard work, determination and the grit that you have shown this year. I would like to encourage you to continue to have exemplary work ethic, embrace your unique abilities, and to always follow your dreams. By being nominated for this breakfast, you have all shown that you have strength, determination and the skills needed to reach your goals and you should be very proud of this. Life is full of many challenges, obstacles and mountains that you will have to move but all of the hard work and determination will be worth it when you look back and see how far you have come and the things that you have accomplished.


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RA Alumni Updates Congrats to Kyle Fagnan ‘02 and his wife Ashley on their wedding last August 2017.

Congratulations to our first alumnus, Robin Darsi ‘01 and his wife on the birth of their first child! Dante Alec Rao Darsi was born at 9:25am September 27, 2017, weighing in at 8 lbs, 13 oz!

Congratulations to Faye Sutherland ‘06. Baby Isaiah was born on September 17th.

‘00s Congrats to Sara Bathory ‘08 on her recent wedding!

It’s been a busy year for Zach Flower ‘06. He recently graduated from the Bachelor of Eduction program at St. Francis Xavier University as well as became engaged! As a swimming coach for the Special Olympics, Zach was recently instrumental in hosting a special swim meet which brought together international community leaders and local Special Olympic athletes. Read the full article here:


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RA Alumni Updates Congratulations to Joel Ferguson ‘09 on the arrival of his little one.

Congratulations to Alexander Thomas ‘09 on his graduation from Okanagan College with a degree in Business Administration (Marketing).

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‘00s While in university, I volunteered occasionally for 2 years in Mrs. Kapitza’s grade 4 class at Rundle Academy. I learnt about their daily routines and how to differentiate my work with each individual student. In May and June of last year, I had the opportunity to substitute teach before being offered the Intern position with Rundle Academy. This is a new position involving substitute teaching at the campus and working on specific projects around the school.

How Our Alumni Continue to Move Mountains Cathleen Timlick ‘09

During the summer, I had the opportunity to take a backpacking trip with two of my best friends. We travelled throughout Croatia, Italy, and Belgium. It was a fantastic experience and I am very happy that I could share it with two amazing people. In the future, I would like to travel more, eventually have my own classroom, and own my own house.

In my years at Rundle Academy, the school taught me excellent strategies personalized to my learning needs IN HER OWN WORDS and I took those necessary strategies onto university. My teachers taught me how to find success in my own After graduating from Rundle Academy, I enrolled into way in my academics and in many other areas of my life. the Bachelor of Arts program in Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge. I decided to continue my studies Rundle Academy is a great community! in education at the University of Calgary. I recently graduated in the spring of 2017.

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RA Alumni Updates How Our Alumni Continue to Move Mountains Andrew Warren ‘11 IN HIS OWN WORDS Hi there future Rundle Alum and students, I graduated from the Academy in the spring of 2011, and since then, my life has been a crazy adventure which has led me in the past few years to the University of Lethbridge. I have been living in Lethbridge since the fall of 2016, and, yes, its just a windy as people say it is! I decided to continue my education at the University so that I could continue to work towards my goal of operating my own ski resort. After completing my two-year diploma at Selkirk College, I found that, while having that education was an added bonus, I still needed that extra ‘leg up’. This is what made me look into university, and more specifically, the University of Lethbridge, due to its transferable credit. University has been hard. I’m not going to lie and say that it’s this super magical place where dreams come true, but at the same time, hard work and perseverance are rewarded with good marks. There are lots of groups of people. Make friends, and get involved in events and activities. When I look back at my decision to enroll in university, there is some regret. College is definitely different in the way that the teachers, students, and classrooms feel more like a community and you work on things together. University is definitely a journey you make on your own, and with friends. The professors expect a lot from you, and yes, sometimes they aren’t going to be the nicest individuals, but again, do your work, show up to class, and you’ll be fine.

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I still have another semester and a half, but I hope to graduate by next fall, and then it’s back to the mountains - and believe me, they are calling! Go out and try things, step out of your comfort zone; you may just find what you want to do for a career. Also, be true to yourself, listen to advice from others, but to a certain point. Do what makes you happy, don’t get forced into anything. Best of luck to you all. I hope the next time I update you, I’ll be onto a new adventure.

Congratulations to Darian Magee ‘12 on her recent engagement.


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‘10s Congratulations to Stefanie Mudry ‘12 who worked on the set design for the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre production of Crimes of the Heart.

How Our Alumni Continue to Move Mountains Megan Janzen ‘12 IN HER OWN WORDS Following my graduation from Rundle Academy, I went straight to the University of Lethbridge to follow my dream and complete a combined degree: Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics and a Bachelor of Education. As I completed my degrees, I had the great opportunity to volunteer my time coaching junior boys’ and girls’ volleyball for one of my courses. During the summer months, I worked at the Mount Royal Summer Camps as an instructor and camp leader. I am currently working for the Foothills School Division at Foothills Composite High School in Okotoks. I am a math teacher currently in a support role until the second semester when I will teach my own math classes. My future goals are to continue to develop my teaching practice; providing students with the best educational experience I can give them. I also hope to continue my journey in helping students become athletes, developing their athletic skills, while also understanding and valuing the importance of their academics. During my time at Rundle, I gained insight into the importance of accepting my learning disability as an exceptionality in my learning process. To be successful, Rundle taught me to embrace the benefits of the tools I needed to create a successful academic experience

and that my learning exceptionalities have made me a stronger person. Rundle taught me that it is okay to ask for what I need and that everyone has their unique ways of learning, some requiring more assistance than others. What I miss most about Rundle Academy is the community environment that has been created throughout the whole school, including small class sizes, one-to-one interaction, greater student voice allowing for collaboration, and the feeling of being part of a family.

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RA Alumni Updates Connor Hamilton 14’ completed his 2017 season as a Canadian Champion in bareback riding!

Congratulations to Meagan Macdonald-Jasper ‘12 on completing a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a minor in Economics at the University of Saskatchewan.

Congratulations to Cole Risebrough ‘14 on his graduation from The SAIT Culinary program.

In 2015, Sarah Lamoureux ‘15 graduated with a Bachelor of Communication specializing in Information Design. She ended up bending her degree crossing the stage at graduation so she now has a very expensive piece of origami to hang on the wall! In January 2016, Sarah started working at Theatre Calgary as their Digital Communications Manager and is responsible for all social media channels and digital marketing materials. “Being behind the scenes at such a prolific theatre company is incredibly rewarding, plus getting to say that I "Tweet" for a living is pretty cool.” This year, Sarah fulfilled a life-long dream of heading down to Roswell for literally no other reason other than The X-Files. Update: Congratulations Sarah for winning the SocialWest 2018 Community Manager of the Year: Theatre Calgary Hashtag Award!

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RA Alumni Return

Good to see Mitchell Falkenberg ‘07 and Jayme Buchanan ‘08 during their tour of Stephanie Falkenberg's ‘08 (nee Rasmussen) room and a quick visit with Mr. Palmer.

Gabrielle Hashman '11, Olivia Adams '11, and Victoria Hill '13

Thank you to Anya Curtis '11, Darian Magee '12, and Connor MacLean '14 for being judges at the Elementary Academic Fair.

Chris Huband ‘11 and his partner taught students how to line dance during the Rundle Academy 2nd annual Fine Arts Day in October.

We were excited to welcome back Connor MacLean '14, to speak at our Terry Fox Rally. His passion for the cause and his fundraising efforts are an inspiration to us all.

Ally Duckworth ‘14 volunteered her time on a few occasions this year. Ally spoke to the junior high students about Global Issues in India. Follow @childhavenintl on Twitter for more information. Ally also made a guest appearance in senior high food class, teaching students how to properly cut food and make pico de gallo.

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RA Alumni Return

Shilo Vesey and Liam Reinhart ‘15

Anthoney Stan ‘15

Sneh Yadev '16 and Emily Smith '16


Our alumni are always invited to come back to Rundle and share their experiences with our current students as guest speakers or mentors.

Thank you to our alumni Madison Hillstead ‘16, Kennedy Huntley ‘16, Alix Stephen ‘16, Alycia Udy ‘16, Amedeo Cortez ‘17, and Sarah Reeder ‘17 for speaking to our grade 12 class about their post-secondary experiences.

Dylan Graham ‘16 and Dylan Barr ‘16


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Special guest visitors from the Class of 2017: Laura Zentner, Lara Smith, Sarah Reeder, and Ciaran Bailey.

Madison Shields-Knutsen ‘16 and Jessica Lorne ‘16

Max de Paiva ‘16 and Kennedy Huntley ‘16

Rundle Alumni Events 2017 Christmas HoHoHomecoming

Dan Hohmann ‘13, Anthoney Stan ‘16, Matt Meldrum ‘10

Dave Fennell, Sam Babcock ‘11, Stuart Reid ‘11, Clay Wearmouth ‘11, Andrew Miles ‘12, Brandon Giacchetta ‘12

Class of 2007 10-Year Reunion

Jacob Kinzer ‘12, Rich Lawson and, Jason Pike '02

Jamie Burla, Michelle Cawthorpe, Wesley Cook ‘07, Mitchell Falkenberg ‘07, Stephanie Falkenberg ‘08 (nee Rasmussen) Thank you to Robin Darsi ‘01 for allowing us to enjoy your establishment The North on Centre Public House! February 21, 2018 was a momentous occasion for the Rundle College Alumni Department. Six Rundle Alumni decided to come together as a committee to advance the development of the department. Several ideas were discussed and developed that will be realized in the upcoming year. It was not only the success of the meeting that was significant, but the interest of these alumni to create something everlasting and with purpose, to maintain the sense of pride in the alumni department within the Rundle community.

Chetan Shory ‘11, Meg Buchanan ‘15, Emily Buchanan ‘13, Cassandra Will ‘11, Meghan Gray ‘12 and James Bouchard ‘14 Alumni Association Advisory Committee

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Rundle Reflections I have been enrolled at Rundle Academy since grade four. I had transitioned from a public school since I was finding it rather difficult to be successful in school. At first, Rundle was a foreign place that had nothing familiar to its name. During the first week of being at Rundle, my fears of not liking anyone or the school itself quickly diminished. For that first week, I discovered new friendships that would last for a great many years, but on top of that, I learnt about the new perks of coming to a very accommodating Rundle Academy. Through the progression of each grade, the feeling that Rundle is a family became more and more apparent. Peers as well as teachers looked out for one another. Not only did the school have a tight-knit community; it was also able to offer some very useful learning tools and experiences that would help me excel with better grades and a much happier school career. When I came to Rundle, I was struggling with my mathematics and reading comprehension but found benefit in the small class sizes. Almost all of my difficulties with school were resolved with the small classes. Each teacher was able to have one-on-one time with myself and other students. Rundle has also given many great memories to look upon and stories to tell, from orientation camp antics of pure unfiltered energy in junior high to stories of enjoyable experiments in science classes. A story that stands out to me over my years at Rundle would be one that took place in junior high. At that point, the idea of track and field was new to me as no school pushed their students like Rundle to try new activities. A day of non-stop fun and new experiences ensued. When track day came, a true sense of belonging to a community became apparent as all grades mixed and bonded over sport and competition. It was then that I realized that I did not belong to a unique school but a community that looked out for one another through thick and thin, while also having a great time.

Rundle has also been able to give many unique opportunities, For instance, Rundle conducts the buddy program where grade 6 and 12 students are paired together and do fun activities together to build relationships. I have been on both sides of the buddy program, and I can say that I loved it in grade 6 and I still love it in grade 12. Though most my experiences have been in school, many have been out of school. Whether it was being sent to the CAIS conference in Toronto or going on the Europe trip through the Travel Club, Rundle has been there for me and many others in difficult times and for that I'm thankful. With my grade 12 year coming to an end, I must say in a way I am sad to be ending my schooling, but I have been sufficiently prepared to enter the new world that is university and will cherish the memories and lessons I have learned at Rundle Academy. Lachlan Gordon ‘18

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and welcome to the Rundle College Alumni Association. We look forward to watching you as you ascend to new heights!


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Rundle College Alumni Department has established the Distinguished Alumni Award to honour and recognize the recipient’s exceptional achievements, significant continuous service and contribution to Rundle College and the community. Rundle Academy Distinguished Alumni

Rundle College Distinguished Alumni

2017 Cathleen Timlick ‘09 2016 Chris Huband ‘11 2015 Stephanie Falkenburg (Rasmussen) ‘08 2014 Derek Kemp ‘05 2013 Rachel Dornian ‘04

2017 Aaron Goodarzi ‘95 2016 Michael Bellusci ‘09 2015 Dan Biggs ‘96 2014 Adam Gordon ‘08 2013 Scot Paisley ‘94

If you would like to nominate a Rundle alumni for this award, please contact Mr. Aaron Goettel at Dr. Goodarzi has become a champion for radon gas testing and education — earning a University of Calgary Peak Scholar Award for his dedication to knowledge engagement within the community. He was also recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in November of 2015. His contributions to Rundle have been invaluable over the years. Aaron has opened his laboratory doors to our senior biology students and has created valuable experiences for them. A few years ago, he focused the eyes of a then young Rundle elementary student to the wonders of molecular biology, becoming an integral part of the success of his science fair project. Aaron continued his contributions to Rundle through mentorship, where a Rundle alumna had the good fortune of working in his lab for several months. Aaron Goodarzi ‘95 recipient of the 2017 Rundle College Distinguished Alumni Award

Aaron has also served on the Rundle College alumni advisory committee last year. Congratulations Aaron!

Cathleen’s influence on Rundle Academy has been felt by many. She has been a longstanding volunteer at the school at events such as the Academic Fair. The impact she has had on our Elementary program has been invaluable. Over the past three years, Cathleen has volunteered her time supporting students with their reading and language acquisition. The relationships she has built have helped these students further develop confidence in themselves and realize their potential - qualities that Cathleen has taken away from her time at the Academy and continues to value to this day. She is now a full-time teacher at Rundle Academy. Update: Cathleen will be teaching grade 2 next year at Rundle Elementary.

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RUNDLE GRADUATES AROUND THE WORLD Each year, our graduates and alumni gain acceptance at some of the finest educational institutions across Canada and around the world. We celebrate their hard work and extraordinary achievements in their pursuit of further education at their post-secondary institutions of choice. Our Rundle graduates continue as life-long-learners in diverse fields of study such as art, music, science, and education. Many graduates continue their athletic passions as student athletes. Rundle graduates around the world are making an impact as scholars and global citizens. If you have studied at a post-secondary institution not listed, please let us know.

USA: Arizona State University • Baylor University • Berklee College of Music • Boston University • California State University • Chapman University • Colorado School of Mines • Dartmouth University • Drexel University • Florida Southern College • Harvard University • High Point University • Hofstra University • Lewis & Clark University • Loyola Marymount University • Lynn University • Montana State University • New York University • Parsons School of Design • Pomona College • Princeton University • Rollins College • San Diego State University • Scripps College • St. John’s University (New York) • Stanford University • Syracuse University • Texas State University • University of Arizona • University of California, Berkeley • University of California, San Diego • University of California, Santa Cruz • University of Colorado • University of Denver • University of Southern California • University of Missouri • University of Nevada, Las Vegas • University of Oregon • University of Rochester · University of San Diego • University of Texas • Western Washington University • Wellesley College · Whitman College


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CANADA: ACAD • Acadia University • Ambrose University • Bishop’s University • Brock University • Carleton University • Concordia University • Dalhousie University • Georgian College • Grant MacEwan University • Humber College • Huron University College • McGill University • McMaster University • Memorial University • Mount Allison University • Mount Royal University • Queen’s University • Quest University • Royal Military College • Ryerson University • Simon Fraser University • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology • St. Francis Xavier University • St. Mary’s University • Thompson Rivers University • Trent University • Trinity Western University • University of Alberta • University of British Columbia • University of Calgary • University of Guelph • University of King’s College • University of Lethbridge • University of Manitoba • University of New Brunswick • University of Ottawa • University of Saskatchewan • University of Toronto • University of Victoria • University of Western Ontario • Vancouver Film School • Vancouver Island University • Waterloo University • Wilfred Laurier University • York University

INTERNATIONAL: Bristol University • King’s College • University College London • University of Edinburgh • University of Queensland • University of St. Andrews • University of Westminster – London • University of Exeter (UK) • University of Alcala de Henares (Spain) • University of Glasgow • University of Melbourne • Utrecht University in the Netherlands • Tsinghua university (Beijing) • University of Oxford • Demontfort University • Bond University, Queensland • University of Wollongong (Australia) • Cardiff University • Universidad de Los Andes, Chile • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany • University of South Australia • Ayub Medical College • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne • University of Cambridge • City University London


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