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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Student Welcome

New Student Welcome (NSW) is here, and more than 1,100 new students will be coming to our campus for the first time.

The Recuitment and Student Life team has once again developed an informative and entertaining program for new students and parents to take advantage of as they begin their first week of classes. Look for events in the Atrium and in other locations on campus all this week. 

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Residence construction a boon to local companies

The construction and furnishing of Mt. Blakiston House, the University of Lethbridge’s newest residence building, was made possible thanks in part to the skilled trades and services offered by a variety of Lethbridge companies.

Approximately 50 per cent of the $27.5 million cost to construct Mt. Blakiston House was paid to local subcontractors and goods and service companies to ensure a timely and quality completion of a building that will house many of the U of L’s second- and third-year students. Get the details here.

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See the new Campus Quad at the September 11 Welcome Back BBQ

Join  fellow U of L faculty, staff and students to celebrate the start of the academic year at the Annual Welcome Back BBQ

September 11, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served at noon
Campus Quad (north of Markin Hall)

There will be FREE lunch for the first 1,000 people and activities courtesy of Athletics, the Bookstore,  the Supporting Our Students team and Aramark.

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Campus Quad completed

The new Campus Quad space is finished but it lacks an essential element -- people to use it. Located just north of Markin Hall, the massive green space is sure to be a pleasant  outdoor hangout, weather permitting. You can get a good chance to experience the quad for yourself -- plus a free lunch -- if you attend the Welcome Back BBQ on Sept. 11 (see above notice). 

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Food Services Update: Urban Market, Starbucks now open

The Urban Market  is now open and features fresh made-to-order menus including pizza & calzones -- made on the spot in the new brick pizza oven, above --  as well as salmon burgers & tandoori chicken, sushi made daily, a full soup & salad bar, and an all new Deli offering sandwiches, salads and other healthy options. We are also introducing an all new EVO Grill offering a healthy, personalized cooking experience. Get additional information here.

Catering Supervisor Christy Davis is also getting her feet wet in her first two weeks on the job. The catering@uleth.ca email is the direct link to catering as well as the office line 403-329-2491. Christy can also be reached on her cell at 403-332-0656 for any issues, requests or questions.

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In-service computer training for faculty & staff

Information Technology Services (ITS) - Client Services will be offering a series of in-service computer training sessions for University of Lethbridge faculty and staff members.

These sessions are being presented to provide an overview of features associated with commonly used computer programs. The sessions are strictly overviews of concepts and full courses will be offered at a later date.

To register, please call 403-329-2490 or e-mail help@uleth.ca

Sessions continue until the end of September. Get the complete list here.

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Faculty of Fine Arts launches unique BFA (Native American Art) program

The Faculty of Fine Arts has launched a new degree program with a focus on Native American Art -- a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Native American Art)

One of only three such programs in Canada, this unique and historically significant offering reflects the importance of aboriginal art and culture in this region and across North America. Get the details here.

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Teaching Centre News

Talking About Teaching - Call for Presenters

The Teaching Centre team is currently seeking instructors who wish to share how they have disrupted or flipped their classroom.

Presenters will be part of a panel on Sept. 20, and will be asked to share their classroom disrupting experience with other panelists and audience members.

This can be done via a discussion, presentation, or by modelling what you do in the class. Learn more here.

Want to Talk About Your Teaching?

Is that class just not feeling right? Is that assignment not accomplishing what you wanted it to do? Are you having trouble getting your students to stop texting and really engage?

Do you have a great idea for a new assignment but need some help sorting out the details? What's working and what isn't in your classes?

Stop by the Heart of Teaching for casual and confidential drop-in peer mentoring. Put your feet up and talk to other teachers who have been there! Dates and details here.

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News Roundup

Canada.com -- Millennials will "reinvent everything" – just as soon as they land careers and leave home

Science.org -- A Changing Climate of Communication

Daily Interlake (Montana) -- Dragon boat festival has international flair

CJOC Radio News -- University of Lethbridge President Excited About New School Year

Lethbridge Herald -- City public schools set for new year

TheWeek.com -- Are dudes with beards really more attractive?

Country 95.5 Radio News -- U of L Opens $32-Million Residence Building for New School Year

Lethbridge Herald -- Some Sweet New Digs

CJOC Radio News -- University of Lethbridge Officially Opens New Residence Building

Calgary Herald -- Studying requires new habits in a social media world

The Globe and Mail -- The evolution of steel: Why Corten is attracting the attention of architects and designers

Lethbridge Herald -- Easing stress of back to school

Calgary Herald -- Double whammy of stress awaits high school students

Lethbridge Herald -- Parkinson Step ‘N Stride goes Sept. 7

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix -- Co-ops give out four scholarships to Ag students

Lethbridge Herald -- Changing the Grades

If you know anyone who has been featured or mentioned in the media, and has a U of L connection, please send a note to robert.cooney@uleth.ca

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Pronghorn Athletics News

2013 Pronghorns Scholarship Breakfast to feature Tewksbury, Muir as guest speakers

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Operating Hours

September 3 - 10 -- General Operating Hours -- First week of classes

September 2 - 11 -- Bookstore Fall Rush Hours

September 3 - 10 -- Fine Arts Advising Hours

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Living Well at the U of L

Personal Directives Lunch and learn,  September 11

Learn about the documentation you need to prepare to have a legal document in case something happens and you cannot make your own personal decisions in the future

Learn to run - for smokers

The latest initiative out of the Wellness office is a Learn to Run for Smokers program that begins Sept. 10, 2013 and lasts for eight weeks.

The program is designed to help people get fit, and learn to run, or walk, a 5k race.

Check out the Wellness website for full details and how to register. For express signup, just click here.

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Mark your calendar: Career Fair, September 27

Career Fair 2013 takes place on Friday, Sept. 27  from 10 a.m. to  3 p.m. on the track level of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.  Admission is free.  Learn more here.

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Recruiting members for the Montana Dragon boat festival, September 6-8

Join The FUN: Join a U of L Dragon Boat Team!

U of L paddlers are headed down to the Montana Dragon Boat Festival in early September, and are in need of a few more people to fill the boats next month. There will be two evening practices, a couple nights in Kalispell, and lots of fun for everyone.

As the image shows, the venue on Flathead Lake is beautiful, the water is fast and unlike any other dragon boating experience you might have had locally -- and the residents of Kalispell and Big Fork area put on a great weekend party for the teams and supporters.  

Who Are We? We are teams of faculty, staff, students and alumni who are of different ages, sizes and shapes, all eager to practice together, perfecting the stroke and hopefully winning some races.  Learn more about the event and how to participate here.

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Lux Bucks Winner

Leslie Gatner is the lucky recipient of a three-figure payoff from the Lux Bucks 50/50 draw. Find out how much cash she landed, here.

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Career Fair volunteers needed

If you know a student who would like to build up their volunteer hours, the Career Fair may be just the place for them to help out.  Check out this opportunity, here.

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Community Service Opportunity: Help provide school supplies for Interfaith Food Bank’s First Day at School program

The Faculty of Management is participating in the Interfaith Food Bank’s Annual School program again this year. The program encourages contributions from the community so all children are equipped with the supplies required for learning.

The Interfaith Food Bank has requested supplies for their program with scientific calculators, red pens, pencil crayons and geometry sets being their greatest need. The complete list is here.

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Update: International visa study and permit delay information

The labour dispute involving the Professional Association of Foreign Services officers (PAFSO) continues to affect the processing time for visa/study permit applications.

The University of Lethbridge has made special provisions for international students who are experiencing visa/study permit approval delays. Get the details here.

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, September 9, 2013

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of Sept. 9 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca

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