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Frank Albo

e-dition - December 1, 2006

Western Esotericism with UWinnipeg Alumnus, Research Fellow Frank Albo

Want to discover the magic and mystery behind Manitoba's grand Legislative Building? Western Esotericism: Heretical Movements and Secret Societies, taught by UWinnipeg research fellow Frank Albo (BA-4 year '02) and the scholar behind the current 15-part Winnipeg Free Press series The Hermetic Code: Unlocking One of the Province's Greatest Secrets, will answer those questions and more. The 3 credit hour course surveys the history of Western Esotericism from the resurgence of Hermetic philosophy in Renaissance, and the rise of secret societies such as Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and the Illuminati, to the occult revival of the 19th and early 20th centuries through exponents Eliphas Lévi, H. P. Blavatsky, and Aleister Crowley. The course includes selected readings from Marsilio Ficino, Cornelius Agrippa, and John Dee. Students will also examine the aesthetic and literary influence of esotericism, including the contemporary success of novels such as The Da Vinci Code and the esoteric designs of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Western Esotericism (01.2001/3) will run Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for 12 weeks January 6 - March 31, 2007 (no classes Feb. 17). For more information or to register, please contact University of Winnipeg Admissions at 204.786.9159 or admissions@uwinnipeg.ca

The University of Winnipeg Downtown Jazz Holiday Reception

Hundreds of University of Winnipeg faculty and staff members enjoyed this year's holiday reception held November 29, 2006 in Riddell Hall.  UWinnipeg employees took time to visit with one another, sample an array of goodies and get in the holiday spirit. The University of Winnipeg Downtown Jazz Band, comprised of UWinnipeg students, provided the pleasant musical entertainment. 

Tree planting Greening Spence

Dean of Theology James Christie (left) and Dean of The Collegiate Rob Bend planted a hardy Discovery Elm tree November 24, 2006 on Spence Street next to historic Wesley Hall, home of The Collegiate. This ceremonial tree planting marks the beginning of the greening of Spence Street which will include additional landscaping and green space, recreational space and sustainability demonstrations.  An outdoor skating rink is planned for this winter in the former Lot A. All ideas being implemented arose from the participatory campus development planning process initiated in 2005. Funding for this project is external.

Director of Security & Community Ambassador Services David MauroCommunity Ambassadors

The University of Winnipeg's volunteer community ambassadors were feted at a luncheon recently by University of Winnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy and Director of Security & Community Ambassador Services David Mauro (pictured at left). Each student ambassador was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his or her demonstrated commitment to public awareness and enhancing safety on campus and in the surrounding community. Program applicants must be University of Winnipeg students or alumni. Requirements include a positive attitude, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to commit to four hours per week of volunteer time to Community Ambassador Services.  For more information, please visit the Community Ambassador Services website. 

Community Ambassador Keith Ladobruk with University of Winnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy Community Ambassador Keith Ladobruk is presented with a certificate of appreciation by University of Winnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy at a reception recognizing the Community Ambassadors for their dedication to The University of Winnipeg community.

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