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Get moving, get inspired, get connected and get organized at RenewFest

Sign up now to attend the bonfire kickoff on Feb. 21 in the Taylor Quad

Lisa Rowson
RenewFest is Feb 21-24, 2017

Our bonfire kickoff for RenewFest is Tuesday, Feb. 21 — sign up to attend now! Grab your colleagues and join us between 11 a.m and 2 p.m. on Tuesday for a bonfire — seriously! — and free hot chocolate with all the trimmings in the Taylor Quad. 

This reading week, as students take time to recharge, faculty and staff are taking advantage of the change in campus pace for a week of renewal — Feb. 21-24 — to get moving, get inspired, get organized and get connected as a university community.

Connect with your fellow colleagues at the first RenewFest, challenge yourself to try something new and help create a community of caring in support of the Campus Mental Health Strategy. Celebrate 50 years of bold ambitions by learning new skills (gardening 101 or barre fusion, anyone?), developing healthy habits and meeting more people from across campus.

With dozens of activities happening from Feb 21-24, you can challenge yourself to:

  • learn to swim, snowshoe or jazzercise
  • attend a healthy meal prep and planning or gardening 101 seminar
  • de-stress at yoga or a meditation session
  • get fit at Zumba, Pilates or one of the many fitness classes through the week.

Many workshops have already reached capacity, but there are still opportunities! If time is standing in the way between you and your renewal, use your lunch hour to attend an event like the colouring session — staying in the lines is up to you! See the full schedule of events and links to register. Don’t forget to confirm with your manager for permission to participate in activities during work hours to ensure all operational needs are met.

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 21 for the RenewFest bonfire kickoff

We still have many exciting ways to celebrate our milestone year, and engage and inspire our university family as we enjoy the last few months of our 50th Anniversary. On Tuesday, February 21 we will kick off RenewFest with a bonfire in the Taylor Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and we’ll keep you warm with complimentary hot chocolate! Enjoy catching up with your workmates and learning about the RenewFest events and activities that will be going on throughout the week. The SU Food Bank will be on site collecting donations, so bring a non-perishable item for donation.

Get moving with a free two-week Active Living facility membership

Motivating yourself to get moving has never been easier. As part of RenewFest, all employees have a complimentary Active Living facility membership preloaded onto their Unicard; this temporary membership is non-transferable and is valid from Feb. 21 to March 5.

Simply drop by and access all facilities in the Kinesiology Complex during open recreation hours, including the Fitness Centre and Aquatic Centre, climbing walls, gymnasiums, Racquet Centre and Olympic Oval. No registration or sign up required. All you need to do to get moving is check in with your Unicard at the client services counter between Feb. 21 and March 5.

Hours of operation for Active Living facilities can be found at  

Unsung Heroes

Is there an unsung hero you work with at UCalgary? Tweet your amazing story during RenewFest using #ucalgary50 or submit it through Recognition should be offered every day and in abundance. During RenewFest, say thanks to a colleague with an eNote or consider formally recognizing a colleague for a U Make a Difference Award.