In 2006 the University celebrated its 40th anniversary. The number of fulltime students had grown from 3,740 in 1966 to over 24,000. Several achievements and celebrations marked the 40th year of autonomy:
• Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for three buildings that each held the promise of fostering new forms of learning and research: the Campus Calgary Digital
Library (now the Taylor Family Digital Library); the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy; the Experiential Learning Centre.
• A one-of-a-kind replica of a German Baroque-era organ is installed in the Eckhardt-Grammate Hall. Built by Jergen and Hendrik Ahrend of German, the organ is dedicated to outgoing Provost and VP (Academic), Dr. Ron Bond.
• Dr. Henry Jok Ying Tung donates $2 million towards a new international residence for students and visiting scholars.
• Women’s Resource Centre opens on the 3rd floor of MacEwan Hall.
• The Nickle Arts Museum celebrates the 40th with an exclusive exhibition from Peru: “Ancient Peru Unearthed – Treasures of a Lost Civilization.”
Specific celebrations for the 40th included:
• Dr. Tony Rasporich collects materials for the anniversary memoir book: Make No Small Plans: The University of Calgary at 40
• Faculties and departments all work the 40th anniversary theme into their Campus Fair exhibits and displays
• “Contrasts” festival stages several concerts highlighting jazz, classical and vocal music.
• KICKOFF event or the Once-in-Four-Decades-All-Day-Birthday-Bash.
• 40th Anniversary Carnival hosted by Human Resources