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University of Alberta Grace
Hoc convivio firmati,
praecepto nostrae universitatis parentes,
constantius sequamur quaecumque vera.
Refreshed by this meal and fellowship,
obeying the precept of this our University,
let us pursue more steadfastly whatsoever things are true.
Latin Pronunciation Guide: The general rule in Latin is to pronounce every letter. 'C' is always hard like 'k', never like 's'. 'V' can be pronounced either as a 'w' (Classical pronunciation) or as the English 'v' (Medieval and Church pronunciation).
The University Grace was originally composed by Dr. William Hardy Alexander and every student and staff member in the early days of the University could recite the grace. It was said prior to meals in dining halls and was meant to convey a sense of civility during meal times.
The Grace has undergone a number of revisions over the University's history to help it embrace the secular nature of the U of A. The Grace is used before formal University meals and its current text was rewritten by former President Myer Horowitz, with the help of former Dean of Education, Herbert Coutts.
University Mace in the Senate Chamber
The University of Alberta Mace was designed and crafted specifically for the University as a gift from Dr. Francis Phillip Galbraith, Chancellor of the University of Alberta from 1964-1970. It was presented by his son, Michael Galbraith, on behalf of his father on 26 May 1970.
Among its elements are:
- the Star of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Patron Saint of Scholars;
- the Wild Rose of Alberta;
- the Maple Leaf;
- and the separate charges which make up the University's Coat of Arms.
The University motto encircles the staff. The Mace is made of sterling silver which was rhodium plated after the insertion of the various enamelled shields which make up its elements. A special electro-plate process was used to apply 24 carat gold to other parts of the Mace.
The ceremonial stand for the Mace was donated in 1987 as a memorial gift by family and friends of Dr. Charles Malcolm Macleod, Chair of the Board of Governors 1950-66, together with two ceremonial chairs for use by the President and the Chair of the Board of Governors at Convocation.
It was intended that the Mace should be modern in appearance but with medieval origins. The preponderance of visual weight at the top of the staff and the rather complex section through the metalwork at this point are reminiscent of the use of the mace as a weapon, defensive or aggressive.
The Mace is carried before the Chancellor, or Vice-Chancellor, in procession and rests on its stand in full view of the assembly during Convocation. Centuries ago the Mace was a symbol of authority over life and death. Today it represents power - but the power of knowledge and the importance of the University in the community.
Quaecumque vera - The University's Motto
'Whatsoever things are true'
The University Motto, Quaecumque vera, is taken from the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 8:
De cetero, fratres, quaecumque sunt vera,
quaecumque pudica, quaecumque justa,
quaecumque sancta, quaecumque amabilia,
quaecumque bonae famae,
si qua virtus, si qua laus disciplinae, haec cogitate.
The same passage from the King James version is:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and there be any praise, think on these things.
Book the Senate Chamber
Located in 326 Arts and Convocation Hall, the Senate Chamber is the original oval-shaped room used for Senate meetings. The floor is hardwood and the original wainscotting is oak. The moulded ceiling needed little or no repair when the room was upgraded as part of the remodelling of the Arts Building in 1988.
Although the present-day Senate is too large to meet in the Chamber for its plenary sessions, members decided to raise money at the time of the remodelling, to ensure that the room would be appropriately furnished. An oval table, 20 leather chairs, a podium, a Wilton carpet and two modern sculptures were purchased, and the "Tory Desk" refurbished and placed in the room (and was later removed).
Currently, it is used for seminars and small meetings as part of academic programs, and Senate also uses it for a committee meetings.
Senate Chamber - 326 Arts & Convocation Hall