2019-01-18 January EC Email ImageWelcome or welcome back students to our winter semester! The bright side is that our days are becoming longer each day.

Those of you on campus last semester may recognize me from ACADSA, my name is Simone Saunders and I am the Director of Leadership & Governance. Thank you to everyone who joined the announcement of our University name change with the Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education and Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism! ALBERTA UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS! If you were unable to celebrate with us for the media event then mark February 1st on your calendar as it is the OFFICIAL launch of our name change! If you have questions about yesterday’s event or the name change please email communications@acad.ca.

In line with the exciting name change for the now Alberta University of the Arts, ACADSA will now become the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (AUArtsSA?). More information about our students’ association’s upcoming rebranding process will be made available in the next few weeks.

The Fall term has brought momentum in Winter! The Student Leadership Committee (SLC) has been meeting bi-weekly to discuss student/department needs, concerns and successes. Please be sure to notify your SLC department rep if you have anything to discuss. Photos of our representatives (if you have yet to see them confettied around the school!) are available on our website. Visit their profiles here: www.acadsa.ca/about/.

The SLC has requested to ACAD Cabinet and Security, on behalf of the student body, to have two side doors within the building accessible through access card only. This will ensure more safety and security on campus. Please have your pass with you at all times, as most of us are already accustomed. The doors leading into the cafeteria, as well as the doors facing the parkade near the sculpture studio entrance will be locked 24/7 as of January 21st, 2019. Any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to ask your SLC representative or step into ACADSA to speak with any member of the Executive Committee (EC).

Your Executive Committee has been dedicating to advocating for specific initiatives within our community, with much ground work and success in the Fall term. These include:

  1. Promoting awareness of and create positive change in regards to sexual violence and assault incidents and policies. With campaign’s starting January, proceeding to the end of the school year. Your EC is lobbying on a provincial level for Sexual Violence Policy standards in November and March (ASEC) and within campus committees.
  2. Creating opportunities for students enhancing a sense of belonging and opening inter-department connection. To spread positive gossip and promote community initiatives. This is strongly urged through the SLC October-April, through meetings, social media hashtags, events, student groups and positive gossip.
  3. Clarity of relationship with ACAD. Creating organizational charts for ACADSA manuals and developing collaboration agreements that recognize ACADSA as an equal contributor in joint programming initiatives with ACAD and external organizations.

Any questions you have for us—or if you feel you want to be involved in any way—don’t hesitate to contact myself or members of the Executive Committee. We are open to speaking with you and encourage you to connect with us!

The winter term can prove to be a difficult balance with the cold season. Please be advised to use our on campus services:

For academic support: www.acad.ca/current-students/get-support/academic-support

For Counselling: www.acad.ca/current-students/get-support/counselling-services

ACADSA Health + Dental Plan members have access to Empower Me, a mental health and wellness service that offers confidential and accessible support in multiple languages. Call 1 844 741-6389 to connect with trained counsellors, consultants, and life coaches 24/7, 365 days/year for a variety of issues. There is also an app available! For more information: http://studentcare.ca/rte/en/AlbertaCollegeofArtDesignACADSA_EmpowerMe_EmpowerMe

We are trying to limit the amount of emails you receive from us this year, so to stay up to date on what is happening at the Students’ Association please check out News and Events on our website (www.acadsa.ca) and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – @ACADSA.

Have an incredible semester students! See you in the halls! If I’m not in the ACADSA office, you can certainly find me this semester in the loom room of the fibre wing on the 4th floor.  🙂

Simone Saunders
Director of Leadership and Governance
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association


Upcoming ACADSA Events and Deadlines

Health + Dental Plan – Opt In

If you are a new student this semester, now is the time to enrol yourself and your spouse and/or dependent children in the ACADSA Health & Dental Plan. Enrollments to the ACADSA Health + Dental Plan must be done between January 9-23, 2019. Visit www.studentcare.ca for instructions.

Call for Submissions: Hear/d Residency Program

Want to be a part of the ACADSA Hear/d Residency Program this semester? Now is your time to submit a proposal! The residency will have its own central theme of resilience, relating to the journey of mental health issues currently experienced by many post-secondary students. Participants are invited to explore and share their journeys in a creative and innovative way. DEADLINE: January 20, 2019! More information can be found at www.acadsa.ca/heard

Marion Nicoll Gallery: Call For Submissions

If you are interested in having a show between February – April 2019 in either of our Marion Nicoll Gallery spaces, submissions are open. All current ACAD students are eligible to submit, as well as recent ACAD graduates within the last three years. Please read through our submission guidelines carefully and prepare to complete the online submission form.The form will guide you through the submission process. DEADLINE: January 20, 2019! More information can be found at marionnicollgallery.wordpress.com

Jury Members Required: MNG, Student Groups and Hear/d Residency Program

The ACADSA Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG) Selection Jury, Student Group Funding Jury and Hear/d Residency Selection Jury needs volunteer members for the Winter 2019 Submissions! Help decide on funding for student groups or determine which artist will be selected for our gallery or residency. Find out about the positions and how to apply at www.acadsa.ca/2018/12/call-for-volunteer-jury-members-acadsa-2-2/

From Books to Business Workshop

Do you want to start your own business but don’t know where to start? On January 30 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm, join your fellow classmates in the ACAD Boardroom for tips and best practices when looking at entrepreneurship as your next career step and get your answers from RBC staff. More information at www.acadsa.ca/event/from-books-to-business-workshop/

Career Development Fair

Find a summer internship! Discover community resources! Get to know the local organizations that are here to support your professional development as emerging artists and designers. ACADSA’s Career Development Program is pleased to invite you to the 2019 Career Development Fair! On February 6th (12:30-3pm), we will be hosting over 20 organizations that drive the Calgary arts scene, from artist-run centres, non-profits, guilds, maker spaces, coalitions, and more!

Spring 2019 Show + Sale – Coming Soon

This semester’s Show + Sale will be held March 28-30, 2019, but we’ve already begun our preparations. Each sale attracts over 1,500 customers and provides emerging artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their professional work in a public retail setting. Interested in participating? Information about how you can register to participate will be made available next week, so keep an eye on your acad email inbox or at www.acadsa.ca/show-sale/