Students, faculty and staff:
As the COVID-19 pandemic changes how we are teaching, learning, researching and working, we want to thank you for the extraordinary effort and sense of community shown by each of you during this challenging time. We are so proud of how you’re adapting to a new way of learning and working. By leaning on and supporting one another, we will get through this.
We know that while we are taking steps to physically distance ourselves, we now, more than ever, want to be socially connected.
In an effort to stay connected and engaged with each other, we have established this space for you to thank your peers and co-workers, and let them know you’re thinking about them; it’s also a one-stop place for you to connect to various activities and resources offered to you through the university.
Our Faculty community is only successful because of you, and it’s through you that we will continue to make a difference for our students, faculty, and staff during these challenging times. If you are struggling, please remember there are a number of mental health resources available to you. We urge you to be kind to yourself and others.
Please take a moment to recognize a champion of science today for making noteworthy contributions to our community. Share your stories, your thanks, and your hints and tips with all of us…because we are #UCalgaryTogether.
Stay healthy and stay connected!
Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Science
UCalgary COVID-19 Response Page
This site has timely information about changes to our campuses. Find out more about the COVID-19 Dashboard, which provides date information on the number of COVID-19 cases on campus. Also, If you're returning to campus, take a moment to familiarize yourself our resources for return to campus protocols.
Mental health tips for working from home
UCalgary supports faculty and staff who work from home for the safety of themselves and the community. We’ve outlined some key tips below to help you work from home in a healthy way.
Zoom: Skills for Helping Others
This workshop, part of the Community Helpers Program, is for anyone who finds themselves in a helping role in any capacity, including helping peers, students, colleagues, and more. This workshop is open to all UCalgary students, faculty, and staff. August 10, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Webinar: Mindfulness as a Coping Strategy in Times of Crisis
Dr. Linda Carlson will discuss the ways in which mindfulness can be used as a coping strategy to help reduce stress as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic. August 11, 10:30 a.m.
Online Delivery: Building Personal Resilience
This workshop examines emotional, social and physical wellness to help you learn strategies to increase your personal resilience so you are more prepared for everyday activities and to deal with challenges. August 13, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Science Community Resources
These resources can help you find information on wellness, connect with the campus community and recognize a person or group in our community for their hard work and accomplishments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you are struggling, please remember there are a number of mental health resources available to students, faculty and staff.
Resources are here to support students, faculty, staff, alumni and all our communities during this unprecedented time.
Recognize a champion of science for the positive impact they have had to the Science Community. Some of your stories will be shared here.
Your Shared Stories
...For all the behind the scenes work you so selflessly do, helping everyone in need and keeping the department safe and operational. You are our superstar and we appreciate your amazing efforts."
Michelle Forgeron, May 28, 2020
My group obtained the "Critical Research Designation" and returned to work. Michelle quickly setup us to have access to the NMR facility, so that we were able to start working without delay. She and Mark also made sure that we have solvent/reagent supplies from the Chemstores, and Mark delivered all what needed to our lab. Magdi helped us to order chemical regents & when they arrived, Michelle and Mark coordinated to deliver them to us directly! Many thanks to you all, you guys are amazing!"
...As Head of Chemistry, I want to recognize Michelle Forgeron for her extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 disruption. Thank you, Michelle!"
Dr. Jennifer Love, Head of the Department of Chemistry, May 22, 2020
...Thank you to the science advising team for being leaders in all the ways that matter for our students. I am so proud to be part of your team."
Kathleen Ralph, April 7, 2020
...They have been working alongside program advisors at the Undergraduate Science Centre to help our students through registration during this very stressful time. Thank you Team Science for facing these times with positivity!
Nancy Chibry (Associate Dean – Undergraduate Programs and Student Affairs), April 1, 2020
...Suzanne worked fiercely and tirelessly to equip us support staff with all of the tools necessary to succeed working at home. She definitely worked longer hours than healthy to do this, and she checked up on all of the stakeholders on each of our projects. At the same time, Suzanne reminded us that we are valued, even as we struggle to retain productivity in this strange time."
Support staff member in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, March 27, 2020
...Technician Farzin Malekani is an indispensable member of the Environmental Science team, whether in a pandemic or not. He goes above and beyond to keep student projects running smoothly, and puts in many hours outside the normal 9-5. As with many of us, Farzin has been juggling work life and parenting a small child, but has still been working to keep student projects functioning and the lab operational (until recently). Thank you Farzin for stepping up."
Dan Shugar, March 26, 2020
Ariane teaches a large course, conducting authentic research in formal teams. It is a huge challenge, especially for a NEW Instructor! She was thoroughly engaged with her students, & mastered every detail of leading this course. The COVID19 situation did not hinder Ariane: she remained dedicated to and compassionate with her students, she adapted to delivering course material online seamlessly, and remained tirelessly supportive of her students and teaching team."
Louise Hahn, March 26, 2020
...Karen has sending out daily “hello” emails to our BioSci grad students asking if they are ok and if anyone needs help. This is exactly what we need right now as we try to bring our community together while being apart! Stay well and thanks Karen!"
Sean Rogers, March 26, 2020
— their incredible support of our students in this difficult times is appreciated by all of us."
Steven Vamosi, March 25, 2020
...for graduate students in Biological Sciences, who are navigating changes and delays to the way they teach, conduct research, and maintain community.”
Steven Vamosi, March 25, 2020