Social Night @ Filthy McNasty's

HESA will be hosting a social night at Filthy McNasty's! Meet other Human Ecology students and members of the HESA executive. HESA members will also receive 20% off regular-priced food with their membership card.

Location: Filthy McNasty's (2nd Floor, 10511 - 85 (Whyte) Avenue)
Date: Monday, September 28th
Time: 7:00-9:00pm

If you haven't gotten your membership card already, you may pick one up or sign up for a membership on:
September 24th: 12:30-5pm, or
September 25th: 10:00am-12:00pm, 2:00-4:00pm
in the HESA office GSB 204-E (down the hall from Student Services)

See you there!

ACHES 2010 Conference

The Association of Canadian Human Ecology and Home Economics Students' (ACHES) is holding a conference in Moncton, New Brunswick for their annual get-together of Human Ecology students across Canada to network and have fun. The conference will be held either the second or third weekend of January 2010.

If you are interested in going, the information session is on:

October 1, 2009
4:30 - 5:30pm
Location: Human Ecology Bldg. - Room 301

HESA Lounge

If you're ever feeling peckish, need a quiet place to study, or to take a nap after a hard day's work in the sewing lab, the HESA Lounge is the perfect place for Human Ecology students. The lounge is located in the basement of the Human Ecology building, Room B04.

As a benefit for Human Ecology students, we provide a wide variety of snacks at student-friendly prices. HESA Lounge snacks are provided as a courtesy for students. Please help and support us by paying the full amount as displayed on the price list in the lounge.

2009/2010 Food Price List:
Granola bars            $0.50
Chips                       $0.50
Juice & Pop              $0.75
Chocolate bars         $0.75
Teddy Grahams       $0.75
Goldfish                  $0.75
Mini Oreos              $0.75
Pizza pops              $1.00
Soup cups               $1.00
Soup bowls             $1.25
Burritos                   $1.50

The access code for the lounge is 0102* . The lounge is reserved for Human Ecology students only. Please do not share this code with students outside of the faculty. Thank you!

T-Shirt Contest for HESA WEAR


HESA WEAR needs a makeover!

HESA is organizing a T-Shirt Design Competition for Human Ecology students. Your design may be selected to be printed onto t-shirts supplied by American Apparel, and possibly even onto tote bags and pins!

- Your design must be related to Human Ecology. It can incorporate both areas of study (Clothing & Textiles/Family Ecology), or focus on one. In other words, we may have two separate designs!
- Note: To clarify, we are not replacing the official Human Ecology logo. However, your complete design must relate to Human Ecology and can be specific to HESA WEAR.

Optional: Include a witty catchphrase or tag-line to accompany your submission. It does not necessarily have to relate directly to your logo. If chosen, the catchphrase or tag-line may also appear on the t-shirts.

- The design must be within the dimensions of 8 x 10 inches, with a minimum of 300 DPI (Resolution).

- Send your designs to in PDF format, with the subject "Contest Entry". Please be sure to include your full name and your area of study, and a brief paragraph about your design inspiration.

- Deadline for submissions is October 16th. Orders will follow in the week October 26th - 30th.

- You can get a free t-shirt if your design is selected!

Good luck!

HESA Executives

If you have any questions about anything regarding HESA, or even advice with courses and selection of courses, don't hesitate to approach any of the executive members!

HESA Executive Members 2010-2011
t: Rochelle Ignacio:
Co-President: Karly Newbigging

VP External: Janelle Kuntz jdkuntz@ualberta.caVP Academic: Allison Brett:
Co-VP Student Life: Sara-Jayne Johnson
Co-VP Stud
ent Life: Katryna Yasinski
Co-VP Promotions: Steven Cvikco
Co-VP Promotions: Vanessa Zembal
VP Finance: Sierra Bilyk
Secretary: Cara Simioni

Rochelle Ignacio - Co-President

Area of study
:4th year of my undergraduate degree

Year of stud
y: Human Ecology, with a major in Human Ecology and a minor in Community Diversity

Interests: I’m interested in areas of study concerning immigrants and look forward to working under Dr. A. Knight, Chair of the Political Sciences Department here at the U of A. I also enjoy leisure activities such as riding my bike, going dancing with my girls, and reading a good book.

Ideal dream/happiness: paying off my student loans, saving up money to travel and moving to the Kengsington area of Vancouver. At this point in my idea of happiness is staying on top of coursework so I can still enjoy my social life!
Favourite Music: I’m really big on Hip Hop, Reggae, and Dancehall music. I’m an avid fan of Jay-Z, and lately I’ve been loving Willow Smith who he just signed on to his label. I also enjoy downloading mixtapes such as Money Isn’t Real, or Black El. In the Edmonton scene you have to attend one of Mitchmatic’s shows, he’s both an amazing musician (piano & drums) as well he can freestyle pretty good!

Favourtie Childhood Movie: Not going to lie… I watched Beauty and the Beast EVERYDAY at the ba
bysitters growing up, if I was feeling adventurous I would switch to Bambi

Karly Newbigging - Co-President
ea of study: Clothing and Textiles, Product Design and Development
Year of study: 4th Year

Allison Brett - VP Academic

Area of study:
Clothing and Textiles. Museum Curatorship and Conservation

of study: 5th year university, 4th year Hecol
Hobbies: Hanging out at the Clothing and Textiles Collection, riding my bike, napping

Interests: Art Nouveau, dresses, shopping/eating
After graduation: More school. Lots more.

Why HESA: I had a great time on the executive last year. I have had an amazin
g time in Hecol, and want to help other students feel the same.

Advice: Human Ecology is such a small program – so take advantage of the opportunity to get know your professors. They are all smart, fun and genuinely want you to succeed!

Favourite chil
dhood movie: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Disney's Robin Hood. I know all the words.
Favourite writers (I included poets!): Kazuo Ishiguro, Frank O'Hara, Douglas Adams, Dorothy Sayers, Nina Berberova, Jane Austen . . .
Idea of earthly happin
ess: An entire fridge packed with fresh fruits and vegetables from my garden, and an entire room packed with books; enough time to cook for all my friends and enough time to spend by myself reading all the books.
Natural abili
ty I would like to possess: A photographic memory. Or maybe synesthesia - I would love to hear or taste colours.

Janelle Kuntz - VP External
Area of Study: Major: Family Ecology Minor: Community Diversity

Year of Study

Why did you decide to become a part of HESA? To not only become a more active student with Human Ecology, but also to establish networking relationships with students, staff, alumni, and to create a better school experience for myself and friends in Human Ecology. 

Advice for HECOL students: Be proactive and take initiative! You are the ones who control the direction your life takes you, so be the one to make the positive changes in it and take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that the department and HESA can offer you. 

Favorite hero of fiction: Harry Potter.
What do you value most in your friendships? Honesty, reliability, strength, and humor, and I am fortunate to have many like this.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? I wish I possessed the ability to play the ukulele and sing. Thus far practice really does not make perfect.

Sara-Jayne Johnson- Co-VP Student Life
Area of Study: Family Ecology with a minor in Child and Youth Studies

Year of
study: 4th
What you plan to do after graduation: I would like to work as a school/family
liaison worker.

hy you decided to become part of HESA: I wanted to be more involved in the University and the Human Ecology program

Who is your favourite musician -
I love Josh Groban!

What is your greate
st aspiration in life - To get married and have children. Although, I really value my education and desire to work in a field where I can make a difference in the lives of families, youth and children; my main "career" aspiration is to be a mother.
What is your favourite childhood movie
- All the disney princess movies.

Katryna Yasinski - Co-VP Student Life
Area of study: Clothing and Textiles, Fashion Merchandising
Year of study: 3rd Year
What I plan to do after I graduate: I have absolutely no idea what I want to do once I graduate, but the array of Hecol classes I am taking are slowly helping me narrow it down.

Why I decided to become part of HESA: I decided to become part of HES
A because I love being involv ed in my program as much as possible, and it's a great way to meet like minded individuals.

Advice for HECOL students: I advise all Hecol students to go to as many events as they can. They are all great networking opportunities.

What is your favourite childhood movie?
Beauty and the Beast. And my current favourite musicians are Metric.
What superna
tural gift would you most like to possess?
I would love to be able to do magic. It may be partly because of laziness, but a life with magical powers seems like it w
ould be much more fun than a life without them.

Steven Cvitko – Co VP of Promotions
Area of Study: Textiles and Clothing Minor: Design and Product Development
Year of Study: 4th year

Why did you decide to become a part of Human Ecology? I am almost finished my undergrad and I haven’t really accomplished anything of importance. I figured being actively involved in a student group would get me off my couch and moving in the right direction.

Advice for Human Ecology students: GO TO CLASS. Also, your instructors are all pretty cool. Treat them with respect. 

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Fox Mulder
What is your favorite childhood movie? You know, I cannot think of one. If I ever have a daughter, however, I will completely censor her childhood movie-watching to be entirely pro-feminist. I only approve of children’s movies made after the Lion King.

Vanessa Zembal - Co-VP Promotions
Area of study: Clothing and Textiles, Marketing
Year of study: 4th Year
Interests/Hobbies: The great outdoors, random lectures, eating great food (especially when it's free and comes with great conversation)

What I plan to do after I graduate: I can't even plan a week in advance so who really knows. But hopefully traveling to far off places and taking advantage of the government funding for young people (ie: the Explore program, Canada World Youth program...)

Why I decided to become part of HESA: Because I really enjoy wondering around campus and know the really good places to put up posters. Also, it's kind of exciting to know that your opinion could really make something happen.

Advice for
HECOL students: Follow your curiosity now only your checksheet and really check out the academic calendar and search for odd-ball classes because those random classes can change your whole university degree. And make sure to spread yourself over as many different experiences as possible, whether it's.
What do you value most in your friends? strong opinions to encourage healthy debate and exchange around a pint or two; willingness to try new things; cool skills/experiences they can share with me so I can try them too.
Who or what would you like to be in an alternate life? If I was smarter and less blind, an astronaut, because their perspective is something to be desired. Everything looks so blue and problem-less from space, but they also had to travel through the cloud of pollution.

Sierra Bilyk - VP Finance
Area of study: Clothing and Textiles, Fashion Merchandising

Year of study: 4th Year

Cara Simioni - Secretary

Area of Study: Textiles & Clothing
Year of study: 4th
Interests / hobbies: caffeinated beverages, reality television, and laughing.

What you plan to do after you graduate: After I graduate, I plan to have saved up enough money to spend a year traveling before I pursue a "real" job.

Why you decided to become a part of HESA: I joined HESA because I wanted to make the most out of my University experience and getting involved with a student group seemed like the perfect way to get involved and have some fun.

Advice to HECOL students: My advice to human ecology students would be to always work hard because it pays always off in the end. Work hard, play hard!

What is your favorite childhood movie? The Little Mermaid
Who is/are your favorite musicians(s)? John, Paul, George and Ringo.

HESA Membership


2010-2011 brought in so much more to the HESA membership!!

A HESA membership entitles Human Ecology undergraduate students numerous benefits, including a discount on HESA Wear, selected apparel retail establishments, bars, and more! A membership costs $5.00, effective through Fall and Winter Term, with most discounts extending into the summer months too!

Memberships may be purchased at our office in General Services Building, Room 204-E.

The HESA membership will allow you exclusive offers at the following establishments:

Bars and Clubs:
- Fluid Lounge (no line/cover. 20% off food)
- The Billiard Club (no line/cover before 10:15pm. 20% off food)
- Squires Pub (no line/cover. 15% off food. free Red Bull (groups of 5+)
- Union Hall (no line/cover before 10pm)
- Cook County (no line/cover before 11:30pm)
Priority entrance and no cover charge all night at:
- Oil City Roadhouse (including $100 off Pubcrawl Package Booking)
- Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge
- The Bank Ultra Lounge
- Lucky 13
- Pawn Shop
- Buffalo Underground Dance Bar (10320 102Ave)

20% off regular-priced food at:
- The Hat
- The Pint
- Filthy McNastys
- The Rack (+ Free hour of pool Sunday-Thursday)

Food Establishments:
- Remedy (10% off food & non-alcoholic drinks)
- Skinny Legs & Cowgirls (15% off total bill)
- Whimsical Cupcakes (buy 3, get the 4th Free)
- Vons Steakhouse & Oyster Bar (10% off regular priced items)

Apparel Retailers:
- Nokomis (10% off regular-priced items)
- Bamboo Ballroom (10% off regular-priced items)
- Gravity Pope (10% off regular-priced items at both locations)
- Davey's Fabrics (use of wholesale services; Account Number: 4460)
- Eyecare Group (40% off regular priced frames, with purchase of lenses)
(20% off sunglasses)
- Shades of Grey (10% off total bill)
- Thread Hill (10% off regular priced items)

(Last updated: October 4, 2010)
Offers are subject to change between each school year.


For any questions regarding the HESA membership, how you can be involved in HESA, and any others, feel free to visit our office, send us an e-mail, or speak to any executive member of the HESA council

Office: General Services Building 204-E
(down the hall past Student Services Office)

Office Hours:
By appointment only. Please email us at to arrange an appointment.

About HESA


HESA is the Human Ecology Student's Association, which is managed by undergraduate students within the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. The group was started in the 2000/2001 calendar year.

HESA strives to create a memorable experience for undergraduate students in the Department of Human Ecology. Executive members provide networking opportunities for existing and newly-admitted undergraduate students through numerous social events. HESA also serves as a formal means for addressing student concerns within the department.

The HESA site relocated to its new home in the form of a blog in September 2009. Here you will find information regarding all social events organized by the HESA executives. You will also find details regarding the benefits of becoming a HESA member, and how you can be involved in the operations of the HESA council.