2015 ALES Museum Tour

20151005_Ales_MuseumAgriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) Museum tour

October 5, 2015 from 4-6pm

After spending over 40 years as an animal technician at the University of Alberta’s Edmonton Research Station on South Campus, Jack Francis decided that a museum was needed to preserve and showcase the agricultural research history and work at the University of Alberta and throughout the province. Through a letter to the dean of ALES 15 years ago Jack’s project came to life: the Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) museum.

Today, the museum is home to 400 artifacts that Jack has proudly collected and restored. Jack witnessed many research advances and innovations throughout his career at the Research Station and felt it was necessary to document it and preserve this part of the province’s history for future generations.  From a 1916 buggy that Jack restored to X-ray machines and other animal handling equipment, the museum honours the work of U of A agricultural researchers and Alberta farmers through the thoughtful exhibits of equipment and innovations that advanced the industry of animal research and farming techniques in the province.

Join Jack Francis and the Friends of the University for a tour of the ALES Museum on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 4-6pm.  The museum is located in the old barn at South Campus, just north of the Saville Community Sports Centre (6647 – 118 Street) and parking is available. We will be meeting at the museum at 3:45pm and the tour will start at 4pm.

This is a free event; however registration is required as space is limited to 25 people.  Please register via an email to friendsofualberta@gmail.com.  You will receive an email confirming your registration. Once maximum registration is reached, we will take waiting list names to advise of a second potential date once available.

2015 North Campus Tree Tour

20150608_campus_tree_tourNorth Campus Tree Tour – Is a tree just a tree?  Is there a story to tell?…

Join the Friends of the University of Alberta on a walking tour of campus on

Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4 p.m.

where we will learn about some of the unique characteristics of the nature within the U of A campus.

Wayne McCutcheon, University of Alberta’s resident horticulturalist and landscape designer will be your special host for the evening.  He has walked the campus grounds since the fall of 1981.  For the first 30 years of his time with the University he was Manager of Landscape Maintenance and Construction and since 2011 his primary focus has been as Project Coordinator for Landscape Services.  His passion is overseeing landscape beautification and improvements to ensure a safe and pleasing campus for everyone today and for the next 100 years.

Topic of the campus walk: Campus Urban Forest – Trees and Interesting Landscape Features.

For everyone who has been associated with the University of Alberta, its campus has a place in our memories – and its trees through the changing seasons are very much a part of those memories.  Much of the original native forest which provided the back drop to the University’s first sod turning ceremony has disappeared as the University grew and grew.  However, over the years many new trees have found their way onto campus, including several specimens not native to the Edmonton area.   The campus has inherited a truly lovely urban forest of 4,000 trees.

Join us and acquire some basic knowledge of some of the U of A campus specimen trees as well as a bit of landscape history while enjoying some fresh air, exercise, and camaraderie.  We encourage you to ask questions, take pictures and relieve stress as you listen to the babbling brooks beside one or two of the seven campus water features.

We will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus.   The tour will begin at 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes!

We look forward to sharing an evening of learning with you and connecting with U of A’s urban forest.

Date: Monday, June 8th , 2015
Time: Meet at 3:45PM, tour begins at 4:00PM
Tour Guide: Wayne McCutcheon, University of Alberta’s Resident Horticulturist

Topic: “Campus Urban Forest – Trees and Interesting Landscape Features”
Location: Meet at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus.

2015 Annual Dinner

Join us for a fun evening of dinner, socializing and to learn about exciting things happening at the Faculty of Science from our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, Dean of Science. The program also includes a short Annual General Meeting.

20150505_Jonathan_SchaefferKeynote Speaker:
Dr. Jonathan Scha
effer, Dean of the Faculty of Science

“What Do Dinosaurs, Poker, Diamonds, and Mars Have in Common?”

Date: Tuesday, May 5 , 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Cocktails (Cash Bar)
6:30 PM Dinner ($45 per person)
7:30 PM Speaker
Location: The Faculty Club
11435 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton