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Monday, May 13, 2013

Canada-Wide Science Fair takes over campus this week

In case you  hadn't already noticed the fuss, the U of L campus is abuzz this week with  Canada-Wide Science Fair participants, delegates and supporters.

Approximately 1,100 students, chaperones, judges, sponsors and dignitaries are on-site for the week-long event, which takes place primarily in the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.

The exhibits are open to the public on Thursday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The on-campus operations are being organized by Conference Services with the co-operation of numerous academic departments and business units. 

The volunteer contingent includes hundreds of judges and volunteers from the U of L community. Students are staying in residence and will be back and forth  to the Atrium in University Hall for meals.

Canada-Wide Science Fair 2013 features the top 400 science projects by students from grades seven through 12 which were selected from more than 100 regional competitions across the country.

Additional information about the  Canada-Wide Science Fair can be found here.



Students from across southern Alberta and southeastern British Columbia will be on campus this week getting a close look at the nation's top science exhibits and participating in a number of interactive science and techology programs.  Read more here


1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 16,  4 p.m. to  6 p.m., Andy’s Place Terrace (AH100).

Drawing the Canada-Wide Science Fair is a collective of fifteen artists who have come together to interpret and play with the spectacle of a national science fair through visual language. By drawing on-site during the Canada-Wide Science Fair, the artists will create and immediately broadcast drawings of selected projects on display. Learn more here.


More than 100 of southern Alberta’s brightest young wind energy engineers will be going head to head in a friendly competition at the University of Lethbridge on May 17 -- while approximately 800 students also learn how to make wind turbine crafts.

Lethbridge College’s International Wind Energy Academy is hosting The BMO KidWind Challenge during the Canada-Wide Science Fair, a combined event that also provides an interesting opportunity for hundreds of students from across southern Alberta to learn more about wind turbine technology.

The event, which is supported by BMO, runs from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday, May 17 at the University of Lethbridge on the track level of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness. Read more  here.

To learn more about Youth Science Canada and the Canada-Wide Science Fair, please visit this website

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Navigating Upper Campus Walkways During SU Plaza Construction

With a major project underway to rehabilitate the tunnel and replace the south Plaza of the SU building, several formerly convenient access routes to the Library have been blocked off.

With heavy equipment mobilizing soon and in the interests of public safety, the diagram above shows the location of some alternate routes to gain access to other parts of campus.

Please note that walking on the bus loop road is not appropriate and is dangerous. Read more here.

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Music Conservatory Celebrates New Location Downtown: CASA Lethbridge Grand Opening, May 14 - 18

A longtime dream for the arts and culture community  will  come to fruition next month as CASA opens in downtown Lethbridge on May 14 with numerous events spread over five days.

The multi-purpose facility, located on 3rd Ave. S between 7th St. and 8th St., was built to replace the aging and cramped Bowman Arts Centre. The U of L Conservatory of Music is a key tenant in the new space.  Details of the Grand Opening celebration can be found here.

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U of L's Downtown Presence Enhanced by Official Opening of the Dr. Foster James Pernny Building, May 16

University of Lethbridge officials and community members will officially open the Dr. Foster James Penny Building in downtown Lethbridge on Thursday, May 16 beginning at 11 a.m.

The building, formerly a furniture store, is located in downtown Lethbridge at 324 5th St. S. and was gifted to the U of L by long-time Lethbridge residents and restaurant entrepreneurs Jim and Hazel Penny. The building is named in honour of their late son Foster, a noted medical doctor and educator who passed away at age 44 in 1992.

In addition to providing a gallery space for Fine Arts students, the building also provides an ideal space for community-related events, with two large meeting rooms which are equipped with audio-visual components and flexible seating. The Penny Building is also home to the U of L’s alumni relations and annual giving programs and a U of L gift store.

The building has undergone extensive interior renovations, and in addition to the enhancements to the main floor spaces, now features an elevator, renovated and accessible washrooms, and a fresh and contemporary interior décor.

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U of L celebrates its Calgary presence at Bow Valley College South Campus grand opening

The University of Lethbridge celebrated the new location of its Calgary Campus with its post-secondary, community, alumni and government partners, as Bow Valley College officially opened its South Campus last Friday.

In addition to the introduction of a beautiful building that will be utilized by four of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, a new partnership between Bow Valley College, Olds College, Athabasca University and the University of Lethbridge was celebrated in front of dignitaries that included Premier Alison Redford, Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Since 1996, the U of L has served a critical role in Calgary by offering university degree level programming through its Faculty of Management in the evenings and on weekends. Read more here.

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Health Sciences Researcher Em Pijl Zieber Inaugural Recipient of Wendy Lipinski scholarship

Two local registered nurses have been named the inaugural recipients of the Wendy Lipinski Memorial Scholarship for Advanced Education.

Em Pijl Zieber (pictured above) and Klaas Vanden Beld received their awards on May 8 at Chinook Regional Hospital. The scholarship was established this year by the Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET), with funding from Executive Links/Nursing Links, a Calgary provider of nursing education.

This scholarship serves as a memorial to the contributions of Wendy (MacFarlane) Lipinski, a registered nurse who practised for 18 years in Lethbridge and area. She died of cancer last December at age 59.

Pijl Zieber and Vanden Beld receive scholarships worth a total of $5,000. They were chosen by an ARNET allocation committee on the basis of academic merit in their graduate-level studies. Read more here.

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Living Well at the U of L: Amazing Race Week 3 Prize Winners

Until June 9: ‘Be(e) Amazing Race’

Bee Amazing Race is well underway – check out the Cartoon page for all the Week 2 Hahalulu submissions! Thanks to all who told a joke or shared a cartoon last week.

Make sure you check the Heart Smart Bee Amazing Race site for last week’s winners!

Week 3 Challenge: Heartford, Connecticut – Where Healthy Living is Heart Work! Check out the challenge for this week 

The Challenge continues until June 9. Get  your travel route, and all the destinations, (including "Las Veggies, NV") here.

Coulee Cleanup, Wrap-up:

Thanks to the Coulee Cleanup volunteers!! We sure appreciate having nice clean coulees to enjoy this spring! In addition to golf balls, parking tickets and other junk,  teams gathered more than 30 bags of trash and one team found a bike.

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News Roundup

Global TV Lethbridge -- Top scientists across Canada gather in Lethbridge

Country 95 Radio News -- Canada-Wide Science Fair Brings Students From Across The Country To Lethbridge

Lethbridge Herald -- Aussie team at science fair

Globe and Mail -- Religion in Canada is changing, but it’s not being abandoned

CTV Calgary -- Researcher says relying on addicts a losing bet

CBC Radio Calgary -- Province to legislate Alberta teachers' deal

Calgary Herald -- Man who watched fatal LRT beating brings anti-bullying campaign to Calgary

Winnipeg Free Press -- Pair credit aboriginal culture for fresh start:
Study backs what two native Winnipeggers experienced

Truro Daily News -- Former Lions throwers keep their winning ways at Calgary track meet

Global TV Lethbridge -- Lethbridge Minor Hockey supports Alberta’s Hockey move to ban body checking in pee wee hockey

CBCNews -- Bow Valley College opens new south campus

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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Operating Hours

May 20 -- University Library Closed for Victoria Day Holiday

Until August 23 -- Registrar's Office and Native Student Advising Summer Hours

Zoo Summer Hours -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday

May 27 / 28 -- Arts & Science Student Program Services Office Closure

May 30 / 31 -- Registrar's Office Availability during Convocation

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Spring Convocation Overview

This spring, more than 1400 students are eligible to graduate.  The relevant information students, families, guests  staff, volunteers and faculty need to know is available at this website.

Construction Detours

Because of the tunnel closure and construction project barricades around the Library and SU building entrances,  there will be changes to where graduands line up for the ceremonies. That information can be found here --  "What to Expect on Your Convocation Day"

Honorary Degree Recipients

This year, four individuals with diverse career and community service experiences will receive an Honorary Degree from the University of Lethbridge.

Richard (Rick) Casson -- Ceremony 1 (May 30, morning)

The former Manager of University of Lethbridge Printing Services, Rick Casson has served the University, his home community of Picture Butte, the people of southern Alberta and Canada as a whole over the course of his 30-plus year political career.

Neil Wittmann -- Ceremony 2 (May 30, afternoon)

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute graduate Neil Wittmann has long been respected as one of the top litigators in the province of Alberta, serving as an exceptional teacher and mentor to junior lawyers and erstwhile champion of ethical litigation.

Rivka Golani -- Ceremony 3 (May 31, morning)

A world-class musician, performer, teacher and promoter of classical music, Rivka Golani is among the top-five viola soloists in the world and a major contributor to the advancement of classical music in southern Alberta.

Robert Turner -- Ceremony 4 (May 31, afternoon)

As Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Lethbridge for six years (2006-2012), Robert Turner helped guide the University through an era of significant change and growth, including the creation of a new Strategic Plan, a successful fundraising campaign and a major expansion of campus services.

Dr. Garald (Gary) W. Bowie -- Fall Convocation

A founding faculty member of the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Gary Bowie is a noted community volunteer, builder, leader and educator. Bowie will receive his degree at the Fall Convocation Ceremony.

Ingrid Speaker Medal for Distinguished Research, Scholarship or Performance -- Dr. Cynthia Chambers

Professor of Education Dr. Cynthia Chambers is a leading figure in Canadian curriculum and literacy studies, and the enduring influence of her research has extended locally and around the world.

Distinguished Teaching Award -- Dr. Hadi Kharaghani

Combining dedication, wit and an unparalleled mathematical knowledge, Dr. Hadi Kharaghani (Mathematics and Computer Science) helps students at every level of ability, pushing them to reach their potential.

Kharaghani, a professor in the Department of Mathematics who has shaped the lives of many aspiring scientists and engineers, is the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.

Volunteer Award -- Alberta Summer Games Team

Thanks to the dedicated volunteer work of Jochen Bocksnick, Deb Marek, Cheryl Meheden and Nancy Walker, for four days in July 2012, over 2,600 athletes came to Lethbridge to compete in the 2012 Alberta Summer Games.

The Senate of the University of Lethbridge is proud to recognize their service with the 2013 University of Lethbridge Volunteer Award.

Bocksnick, Marek, Meheden and Walker  sat on the Board of Directors for the games as well as managing their own specific portfolios.

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Alumni Honour Society Inductees' Reception, May 29

The Alumni Association invites  members of the community to join them as they welcome and acknowledge the 2013 Alumni Honour Society inductees. A reception will take place beginning at 7 p.m. at Markin Hall, on the U of L campus.  Please RSVP here.

2013 Alumni Honour Society Inductees:
Sarah Amies (BA ’88)
Sylvia Campbell (BEd ’79)
Frank Gnandt (BA ’74)
Michelle Hogue (MEd ’04)
Douglas McArthur (Mgt Certificate ’90)
Diane Randell (BN ’91)

Learn more about the 2013 Alumni Honour Society Inductees here.

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Alumni Association Hosts Two Golf Tournaments to support scholarships

This summer, the Alumni Association is hosting two golf tournaments to support student scholarships -- one in Lethbridge and one in Calgary.

John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament -- Friday, June 14, 2013. In Lethbridge at the Henderson Lake Golf Course. Register here by May 31

Calgary Chapter 11th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament -- Thursday, August 22, 2013. In Calgary at the McKenzie Meadows Golf Club. Register here by August 8.

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Violence Threat Risk Assessment Level 1 Training, May 27, 28

The University will host a two-day, Level 1 Violence Threat Risk Assessment workshop with Kevin Cameron, the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.

In this workshop, teams are trained to become knowledgeable practitioners at collecting data that helps to paint a clear picture of how high risk an individual may be and what the appropriate intervention should be based on that data. To register and learn more, please visit this website.

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Rattlesnake Advisory

There have been some rattlesnake sightings on campus recently. Today, a sun-bathing rattler was detained and removed from the east patio of University Hall. Please call security if you see a snake on campus, and they will make arrangements for its relocation. Generally the snakes will only bother you if you bother them. Keep away, and contact Security (403) 329-2345, or ext 2345 on any internal telephone.

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River Valley Fire Ban

Effective immediately, and until further notice, a fire ban has been placed  by the City of Lethbridge Fire Department on aIl open fires in the River Valley area, including the U of L campus.

Excluded are the stoves at the John Martin Centre, the fire pit at the Elks Recreation Community Compound, the Picnic Shelter at Popson Park, the community fire pit at Bridgeview RV Resort and any fire pit at a private residential dwelling.

For more information citizens are encouraged to call the Fire Prevention office at 320- 3811. Read more here

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Pssst... got any spare blood?

Wondering what to do with that spare blood you have pumping around?  You can save a life by giving a couple hours of your time to donate blood.  To make it even easier, we have another lifebus running at noon on Tuesday, May 21 to take you from the U of L directly to Blood Services and back.  To get on the bus, please contact Patti Leeb at leeb@uleth.ca or 403-329-5182

You can also book your own appointment online, here.

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, May 27

If you have a notice or information to submit for the next two weeks beginning May 27 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca

Please note that after May 13, Uweekly will be published every second Monday until the end of August.  Dates are listed below.

May: 27; June: 10, 24; July: 8, 22; August: 6, 19.

August 26 -- Regular weekly editions resume.


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