On June 8, the fire alarm went off in the business school. Within minutes, the business quad was filled with well-dressed students in convocation gowns, their beaming family members, business faculty and staff savouring the impromptu opportunity to capture images of this milestone event outside the building where so many hours of study had been spent. A student asked if she could take a photo with me (see p. 25), and so it happened—my first-ever “selfie.”
It was a sign of the times (OK, I am late to the party)—not just this awkward, arm-stretching, photo-capturing moment for me, but the fact that these images would appear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter moments later via platforms created by enterprising young people barely a decade ago or less. The students who gathered in quad that early summer’s afternoon have great ideas and, with the right conditions and support, will manifest those crazy ideas into something that will change the world, just as those social media innovators did.
Our role at the Alberta School of Business is to prepare and inspire not just our students and alumni, but those from across campus, to be creative, take risks and change the world. We do this well and nothing makes me prouder than to read about the incredible difference that U of A alumni make in our own community and in other parts of Canada and the world.
Every facet of business activity and business education can benefit from an entrepreneurial mindset and focus. This is as true with startups as it is with social innovation. That is why we at the school are so excited about entrepreneurship and the bridges we are building throughout the university and across our communities. I hope this issue of the magazine goes some way toward highlighting some of the incredible efforts made by our alumni.
I am also thrilled to announce that the school will be celebrating its centennial year in 2016. To acknowledge this significant milestone, we will host special events throughout the year as we celebrate our legacy, impact and future. I hope you will join us.
As a postscript, there was no fire in the building that day, and in case you were wondering, my first selfie made it onto my Twitter feed.