U School Donation

Supporting the Friend’s primary goal to connect the community to the University, we are proud to donate $10,000 to U School. On November 14, 2018, Friends President Kate Freeman presented the cheque to Chancellor Douglas R. Stollery.

You can read more about the goals of The Friends of the University of Alberta and join the friends. We will not be asking you for money, but if you have some time to donate as a casino volunteer or on the board, you would certainly be welcome!


Please help with our next casino

We are holding our casino January 3 and 4, 2019 at the Casino Edmonton (7055 Argyll Road). We need volunteers to make it a success! Our casino will bring in approximately $75,000, which goes a long way in helping The Friends to deliver on our Strategic Plan.

Just a few positions need to be filled.

Thursday evening, January 3

2 Chip Runners 6:30 PM – 3:15 AM
2 Count Room workers 11:30 PM – 3:30 AM

Friday evening, January 4

1 Banker (K) 6:15 PM – 4:00 AM
1 Cashier (K) 6:45 PM – 3:30 AM
1 Count Room worker 11:30 PM – 3:30 AM

Meals are provided for all volunteers. If required, transportation costs can be reimbursed. There is free parking at Casino Edmonton. It is a great way to get involved and meet other Friends.

Friends of the University of Alberta are required for key positions (membership is free and easy to obtain), but other positions may be filled by anyone, so please encourage your family and friends to lend a hand as well. No previous experience necessary.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact our Casino Chair by email.

Thank you for your support! This is The Friends of the University of Alberta only fundraising opportunity and we can’t do it without you.

2018 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture – Fall edition

“Cannabis, the Plant Not the Politics”
…psst, this is not your typical horticultural lecture!

Just days into the legalization of cannabis, Jim Hole, Alberta’s most well-known, respected and articulate horticulturalist will speak about “Cannabis, the Plant Not the Politics” at the Telus Centre on October 25, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you,

Friends of the University of Alberta

(Doors open at 6:30pm.)

Reserve your ticket here.

Artificial Intelligence – Fantasy & Reality

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Artificial Intelligence – Fantasy & Reality

Artificial Intelligence. Is it Alexa and Siri? Or Hal-9000 and Robocop? Join the Friends of the University of Alberta for a pint or glass of wine, and find out more about the Fantasy & Reality of Artificial Intelligence from one of North America’s leading researchers in the field.

Jonathan Schaeffer is Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta and the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence. He led the team that wrote Chinook, the world’s strongest checkers player. He is involved in the University of Alberta GAMES group developing computer poker systems. Schaeffer is also a member of the research group that created Polaris, a program designed to play the Texas Hold’em variant of poker. He is a Founder of Onlea, a nonprofit organization, which produces interactive online learning experiences such as Massive Open Online Courses.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
@ Accent Lounge, 8223 104 St, Edmonton
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Raise The Bar is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta Society to provide interesting, engaging learning opportunities that break down real or perceived barriers to education and connect the University and its faculty to the broader community. We’re raising the bar on the way people consume content.