Featuring the alumni achievement awards
It’s about where you’ve been, and where you’re going. You’re ready to take that next big step, but sometimes you need A little push. Maybe you’re looking to reconnect with old friends – your personal cheerleaders – your classmates who helped you survive exams, an internship or your first trip abroad. Imagine your Mount Royal alumni community as 90,000 connections, cheering for you. Sure, you’ve grown. We’ve all grown. But we haven’t grown apart. On October 5, share your Mount Royal pride. Hear from your alumni community leaders to connect and learn. Join us for an inspiring Night with entertainment, food and drinks. Come back to where it all started. You still belong here.
About the Alumni Achievement Awards
Mount Royal University derives tremendous pride from the success of our students and their achievements as alumni. Our alumni community has grown to more than 90,000 individuals who make remarkable contributions to their professions and communities. To celebrate their many accomplishments the Mount Royal University Alumni Association offers a comprehensive recognition program to honour alumni and students known as the Alumni Achievement Awards.
A Royal Night is an exclusive opportunity to experience the talent within the Mount Royal community. Hear Paul Brandt talk about his legacy and celebrate our alumni leaders as they take the stage for a mix of music, dance and inspiration.
Nicola Kozmyk Jones
Pure Motion Dance Company
Mount Royal Artio & Cum Vino Cantus
The Calgary Fiddlers
Doug Dirks, Sport Management diploma, ‘83, has been a CBC broadcaster for nearly a quarter of a CENTURY – the past 23 years being here in Calgary. He has hosted the Homestretch weekdays on CBC Radio One in Calgary, 99.1 FM, 1010 AM, the local TV news and shows on CBC News Network. He's also the host of Our Calgary, a weekly current affairs program on CBC TV. Doug has worked as a sports commentator covering everything from the Stanley Cup finals, to the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics and is now taking on the role of CBC's lead commentator for the sports of rowing, canoe-kayak and mountain biking at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. He is a graduate of McGill University, Mount Royal College and Humber College. Mount Royal is close to Doug’s heart, he was also an employee with Cougar Athletics.
A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards will be Dirks’ sixth time hosting the alumni awards.
You might recognize Jenny Howe, Broadcasting diploma, ’06, from the Homestretch on CBC Radio One in Calgary, 99.1 FM, 1010 AM. Before attending Mount Royal, Howe studied Zoology at the University of Alberta. Howe’s science background landed her a job working in a chemistry lab in Fort McMurray. After seven years she became restless and was persuaded by a friend to try her hand at broadcasting. Howe enroled at Mount Royal College in the fall of 2004. One of her Mount Royal instructors told her to apply for a position with CBC as a traffic reporter, and she’s been with CBC Radio Calgary ever since.
A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards will be Howe’s sixth time hosting the annual Mount Royal alumni awards.
Paul Brandt, Nursing, ’92, is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. His 1996 debut RIAA certified Gold album, Calm Before the Storm, went on to sell one million albums internationally, propelled by the #1 single and wedding standard “I Do”. A recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2008 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, and numerous other national and regional humanitarian nods, Paul is committed to practically meeting the needs of the world’s poorest communities through his Buckspring Foundation.
Paul was named MRU's Storyteller in Residence in 2016. Among many projects on campus, he is honoured to be working with Bissett School of Business senior marketing students on the W at MRU Campaigns this November, raising money and awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and sexually exploited children in Canada and around the world.
At A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards, Brandt will give a talk titled: Paul Brandt Legacy Collection - Intellectual, Creative and Personal.
Nicola Kozmyk Jones
Nicola Kozmyk Jones, Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship ’06 and 2011 Horizon Award recipient, is the owner and executive director at Pure Motion Dance Company.
A dancer, choreographer, dance educator and proud Mount Royal alumna, Kozmyk Jones has a star studded past. She’s danced with Nelly Furtado, Lenny Kravitz, the Goo Goo Dolls, Down with Webster, the Stereos and many others. Nicola’s dance credits include many awards and scholarships at Canadian dance competitions and festivals, dancing at the World Police Fire Games, several Grey Cup Half Time shows and pre-game events and the Orange Bowl Half Time Show. She also spent one year with Calgary’s Youth Dance Unlimited, at the time Canada’s only professional contemporary dance company.
An entrepreneur and an artist, Nicola Kozmyk Jones and her troupe will dazzle on stage at A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards.
Mount Royal Artio
Artio specializes in choral music that is distinct, demanding, diverse and innovative — re-imagining and re-inventing music of the past, embracing new creations crafted by today’s composers and pursuing the avant-garde music of tomorrow, all while exploring a variety of genres. Artio is continually pushing the boundaries of choral music and performance, even fusing music with innovative ideas and other art forms to create “choral theatre” performances.
The name Artio is derived from the Celtic word for "bear” and was the name of a Gallo-Roman goddess who often took the form of a bear. The goddess represented creative, bold and emergent abundance — all qualities that describe the singers who make up Mount Royal Artio.
Cum Vino Cantus
In 2006, four friends imagined a community where they could share their love of music, musicianship and passion for performing with like-minded people. The group would soon become the wonderfully brash, fiercely social and musically exigent choir known today as Cum Vino Cantus.
The Cum Vino Cantus name comes from Latin for “with wine, comes singing.” Cum Vino Cantus repertoire is eclectic, traditional, novel, ancient, and multicultural.
Lead by artistic director Jean-Louis Bleau, on Oct. 5, the two choirs will collide for an invigorating performance inside the Bella Concert Hall at A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards.
The Calgary Fiddlers
The Calgary Fiddlers, formed at Mount Royal in 1981, are a musically gifted, world renowned group of young people performing at over 100 functions each year in and around Calgary, as well touring internationally. The ensemble plays a variety of music ranging from traditional folk fiddling, to country, bluegrass, Celtic, and even big band.
The Calgary Fiddlers have a long standing history with the Mount Royal Conservatory. Many of the fiddlers take classical violin and orchestra at the Conservatory, and the Calgary Fiddlers' own artistic director and executive director, Nolana Baillargeon, is a Mount Royal Conservatory and academy alumna.
This highly skilled group of amateur musicians, will perform at A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards on Oct. 5, 2016.
Bella Concert Hall
The Bella Concert Hall stands as a distinct arts venue for the city of Calgary. With 787 seats, it offers concert-goers an intimate space with superb acoustics. The design and structural elements reflect the rural prairie heritage, including hints of a barn roof and a ceiling crafted out of cherry wood to look like rose petals.
Oct. 5, 2016 — 6 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall | Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts | Mount Royal University
Two for $75
Early bird prize!
Purchase your tickets to A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards by Sept. 15, 2016 and be entered to win two tickets to the Soundscape Series presented by Mount Royal Conservatory featuring Chantal Kreviazuk and Horizon Award nominee Jan Lisiecki.
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