The words you speak become the house you live in. – Hafiz

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“Persian lyric poet Hafiz (born Khawaja Samsun d-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Šīrāzī) grew up in Shiraz. Very little is known about his life, but it is thought that he may have memorized the Qur’an after hearing his father recite passages. When his father died, he left school to work at a bakery and as a copyist. Hafiz became a poet at the court of Abu Ishak and also taught at a religious college. He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets, and his influence can be felt to this day. As the author of numerous ghazals expressing love, spirituality, and protest, he and his work continue to be important to Iranians, and many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings. Hafiz’s tomb is in Musalla Gardens in Shiraz.” (

As you finish the term over the next few weeks, students will be working hard to meet deadlines, study for finals, get those last assignments submitted. Faculty will be trying to cover the last days of content, and grading, while advising students about next steps. Staff are in the midst of two terms and calendar years, paying invoices, recording transactions, planning for next term’s start-up.

It is so human to be focused on what is coming and hurrying to cross the next item off our list. Hafiz’s pithy words, which a friend shared with me from England over a zoom call, beckon me to be present in this moment and mindful of what I am calling into being through my words.

Whatever it is you are engaged with right now and over the next week, may you be wholly present – and invite the best parts of yourself and others through the words you speak, both inwardly and audibly.


Winter 2022 Awards Application: deadline Monday Dec. 6th

The online Winter 2022 Awards Application is now available: Winter 2022 Scholarships and Bursaries Application. This application includes the following awards:

  • Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association Award (2ndYear BEd students only) – reference letter due January 5th, 2022
  • Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship – reference letter and supporting documents due December 6th, 2021
  • Indigenous Careers Award – supporting documents due December 6th, 2021
  • Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership – reference letter due December 6th, 2021
  • Mary’s Bursary

Some awards require reference letters – start your application early! The deadline to submit the application is MONDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

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“The words you speak become the house you live in” (Hafiz). What kind of week are you creating for yourself?


Dr. Tara Hyland-Russell