There couldn’t be a better time in history to bring progressive, creative thinkers to campus with what’s going on in the world, says Fiona Black, director of Capilano University’s BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.
When Shasha McArthur heard the news that Capilano University was commissioning a Coast Salish artist to carve a traditional canoe on campus, the film student knew she had to be involved.
The colourful light show inspired by the University’s brand palette started with a bang, then built to a sparkling finale.
The Capilano University 50th anniversary celebrations proved to be the perfect opportunity for many to return to the campus to reminisce and consider current opportunities for students.
Geographer Brett McGillivray originated and led international field schools that presented hands-on learning experiences across Europe and Asia.
“My Barbies were very well dressed,” says Kim Bothen, co-founder of Capilano University’s Costuming for Stage and Screen program.
A member of the Stó:lō Nation, Capilano University’s Indigenous faculty advisor, David Kirk, was one of the only Indigenous students in his school in Burnaby where he was often bullied, and eventually dropped out of school.
Elder Latash Nahanee describes the significance of a 50th anniversary legacy.
“Our first big show sold out,” says Fiona Black, longtime director and programmer of Capilano University’s BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.
When Capilano then-College business instructor Doug Loblaw and then-vice-president Bill Gibson first travelled to the site of a future college 25 kilometres south of Beirut in May 1998, they encountered derelict buildings, walls scarred with graffiti and 10 acres of overgrown land.
Capilano then-College opened its doors to students only four days after Tim Hollick-Kenyon became its first registrar on September 6, 1968.
One table, two sewing machines and an iron.
In 2001, three years after Capilano then-College started teaching Canadian curriculum in China, The China Program expanded to five locations throughout the country.
Customs officials holding textbooks was the first of two major challenges Capilano then-College organizers faced when they established a joint program with Dalian University for Minorities in China in 1998.
Co-hosted by the CSU and Capilano University, the CapRocks concert on Friday, January 11 kicks off the spring 2019 term and the second half of the University’s 50th anniversary.
The challenge was to design a poster commemorating CapU’s 50th anniversary and third-year Bachelor of Design student Brynn Staples didn’t hesitate to dive in.
As we reflect on the past 50 years as a college and then university, we want to honour some of the founding builders of Capilano University. The late Bill Manson was one of them.
A chance encounter with a hitchhiker is how Nancy McMaster first learned about the field of music therapy.
Capilano University historian Robert Campbell made a name for himself researching the optics of Canadian alcohol consumption.
“Should students hire teachers?” reads a front-page headline in Capilano then-College’s first student newspaper, The Id. Page 2 features a story about a fictional “south-sea paradise” where sex is commonplace and eating is taboo.
Tia Strachan was 31 and married with three kids when she enrolled in a special two-semester General Studies Program at Capilano then-College in 1971.
It’s unheard of today, but up until the mid-1980s, it was common to see students and faculty members puffing away on cigarettes in Capilano College classrooms and offices.
Capilano University first became carbon neutral in 2010 and has continued to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions ever since.
Coming up with a symbol to represent Capilano College was no easy feat. It took three years, several contests and lengthy consultation before the final symbol was unveiled in 1971.
When Margaret Kirk, a member of the Capilano College Council, was invited by the Women’s Studies group at the College to a seminar on the problems of women in education in 1976, she wasn’t sure what to expect.
Lisa Hubbard contracted meningitis while travelling around Europe when she was 20. When she returned to North Vancouver, she attended physiotherapy in the mornings and then took the HandyDART to volunteer at a childcare centre.
Who remembers Capilano College’s Cafetheatre, or The Pit as it later became known? It was a kind of sunken amphitheatre with a stage surrounded by five tiers of seating built below the ground level of what was then a bustling cafeteria.
How do you ensure a rowdy bunch of beer-loving rugby players are in tip-top shape for Saturday morning games? Bob Bagshaw, the coach of Capilano College’s rugby team from 1974-1980, had a creative strategy.
Maybe it was the sign outside Andy Warhol’s office: “Knock Loudly and Announce Yourself” that foretold Fran Lebowitz’s future.
In the collection of CapU memorabilia the 50th anniversary commemorative tea towel holds a place of honour all its own.
Janet MacDonald worked full-time at a five-and-dime in 1969 while she studied Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) at Capilano (then-College), which had just been established the year before.
Racing against a deadline in an escape room to problem-solve sounds like a situation to be avoided to some. For others, joining forces with friends to achieve a common goal sounds like fun.
When you wear one of the items from the Cap Love Tuesdays (CLT) apparel collection, you’re not only demonstrating good fashion sense, but you are also helping students in need.
Paul Natrall’s uncle was a hunter. Natrall grew up eating venison burgers with spaghetti and moose stew with chow mein.
“MASH IT! POUND IT! KNEAD IT!” says Maureen Strasdine’s recipe for aggression cookies, which appears in the 1993 edition of Cap Cookery.
How do you do that for so long and not fall over? is the question members of Five Alarm Funk typically face following one of their signature high-energy shows.
Deb Jamison on being 50.
When writer and artist Pierre Coupey was hired by Capilano College, English department head Bill Schermbrucker issued the challenge: “Make a contribution, man! Do something—you’re not just here to teach.”
If it weren’t for a Bunsen burner accident, the Outdoor Recreation Management (OREC) program at Capilano University might never have come about.
Bud Kurz’s looks, musicality and domestic prowess swiftly stole Heidi Durstberger’s heart when she first met him in the music program at Capilano then-College in 1981.
Bruno Tomberli on turning 50.
Who knew Capilano had a hockey team in the 1970s? The Capilano College club team skimmed the ice beginning in 1973, practicing on a rink in Lynn Valley.
Seeing the Sportsplex approved and then open in 1991 was a highlight of Neil Chester’s 20-year career as athletics director at Capilano then-College.
Have you ever wondered why a tree is suspended from the ceiling in the rotunda of the Capilano University Library?
From six rubber balls to soccer supremacy, Capilano University’s first athletics director recalls how the athletics program grew.
Establishing Capilano College on the North Shore was a community effort that corralled politicians, men, women and girls.
“Soccer, soccer, soccer,” that was Frank Pupp’s life, according to his daughter, Laura Acutt.
Cap♥Tuesdays (“Cap Love Tuesdays”) are your chance to show your CapU pride by wearing it!
Capilano University’s public lecture, film and event series that explores environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
When Capilano University created the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007, the goal was to connect with alumni.
Leonard George remembers the exact moment the seed for the Capilano Universe lecture series was planted.
Capilano University is turning 50. So is Caroline DePatie.