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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Parking Lot Construction Update --The end is really, really near. Really.

Parking access to the lot near Anderson Hall should be ready by the end of this week, weather permitting.  Paving crews were re-directed to firefighting duties yesterday, but will be back on site soon.

This project is not  completely finished but is far enough along to allow  it to be used.  Please observe all barricade signage and fencing.

Get more details here.

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Supporting Our Students Campaign Launch -- Wednesday, Sept. 19

Since 2005, University of Lethbridge faculty, staff and retirees have contributed more than $1.5 million toward Supporting Our Students (SOS), an annual campaign to raise money for scholarships and bursaries.

Join this year’s SOS Co-Chairs, Dr. Jon Doan and Judy Jaeger, as they kick off the campaign next Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the East Patio in University Hall. There will be a brief program at 11:30 a.m.

Learn more about SOS and how you can make a difference, here.

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Get to Know U Fun Run/Walk -- Sept. 22

The third annual Get to Know U Fun Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 beginning at 11 a.m. from the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness. This year a flat 3 km route has been added to the regular 5 km route.

After the run, there will be refreshments and a chance to win great prizes. Proceeds from the run will go to KidSport Alberta. Sign up soon, here.

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Lethbridge Community Leaders Recognized With Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals

Community leaders and volunteers from Lethbridge and southern Alberta -- including a number of individuals with ties to the University of Lethbridge -- were honoured last week with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The medals were presented by His Honour, Col. [Ret’d] the Honourable Donald S. Ethell at a ceremony at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge. Find out who received this honour, here. 

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Recycle your Coffee Cups -- New Bins on Trial

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Did you know that paper coffee cups can be recycled?

More and more people have been placing their cups in the white, blue and green recycling bags located across campus, but the Caretaking Department has recently introduced a new coffee cup recycling bin to reduce the amount of paper getting soaked in the bags. Get the full story, and step-by-step instructions, here. 

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Research Web services Not Available

The IT team is working to solve a problem that has taken the research website out of commission. Yesterday afternoon, three websites were affected -- classes.uleth.ca, people.uleth.ca and research. uleth.ca.  Two of the three sites were mended within an hour, but the research.uleth.ca site continues to be unavailable.  Learn more here.

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Need Some Help or Guidance with FOIP?

If you, your office, or unit need any assistance with FOIP or would like to gain a better understanding of it, please feel free to contact Privacy Office Co-ordinator Karen Mahar (karen.mahar@uleth.ca) or (403) 332-4620. Get more information -- without having to fill out a FOIP request -- here.

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Reward Outstanding Community Commitment with an Honorary Degree

If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to society at the provincial, national, or international level, someone who has really made a difference in the lives of Albertans, then you know someone who merits consideration for an Honorary Degree from the University of Lethbridge.

Honorary Degree recipients come from all walks of life, and so do the people who nominate them.

If you know someone whose contributions may make them worthy of one of the University's highest honours, please take the time to tell us about that person. Nominations close on Nov. 1.  Get more information here, including details about the nomination process. 

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Free Exercise Program

The Engineering and Human Performance Laboratory is currently seeking individuals age 18 to 40 who are interested in participating in a FREE, 12-week exercise program. The exercises are easy to fit into a busy school schedule and can be completed anywhere. If this is of interest, please visit this website.

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Return of Long-form Census Backed by one of Canada's Leading Demographics Experts

One of Canada’s leading demographic experts is reinforcing a report by Statistics Canada (StatsCan) that recommends reintroducing in 2016 the long-form census.

Dr. Susan McDaniel, a University of Lethbridge Sociology researcher, the Director of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy and a Canada Research Chair in Global Population and Life Course, said the extensive report, made public at the end of August, makes clear a number of reasons why the long form Census, which gathers data from a representative sample of Canadian households, needs to be re-introduced. Get the full story here. 

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Toastmasters Club Established on Campus

A Toastmasters club is being formed on campus for faculty, staff and students.  

If you want to enhance your public speaking and presentation skills, Toastmasters  can help! Several demonstration meetings will take place during the month of September.  Get the schedule here.

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Wellness Updates

Health Check for Uregistration now open! Health Check for U is a health screening program offered to U of L employees right on campus in the Health Centre. 

The screening is FREE, takes 15 minutes and will provide you information on your general health, risk for cardiovascular or related diseases and gives you the opportunity to set some health and wellness goals.

Participants also qualify for an hour Lifestyle Assessment ($60.00 value) with a certified Fitness expert to help you meet those goals.  Register today as there is limited space.  Email wellness@uleth.ca for your appointment.
Mini-massage is back! Lethbridge College Massage Therapy students will be on campus again this semester.  We are in the process of setting up the dates but there will be some sessions throughout the semester starting the week of September 17.  Watch the Notice Board and the digital TVs for more info and how to register.   

Ready to quit smoking? Lethbridge Quitcore begins September 11th, 2012 at 7:00pm. Registration is now open. Please call 1-866-710-QUIT (7848) to register. Quitcore is a FREE group support program led by a trained counsellor.

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Sport and Recreation Services Launches Activities for 2012 / 2013

Sport and Recreation Services has a number of new and interesting fitness opportunities available beginning in September: 

Runners Training Camp

Coulee Running Group

Bender Ball Yoga

Bosu Fitness

To learn more about these classes visit the Sport and Recreation Services website

UPDATE: Max Bell Pool opens Sept. 6

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CRDC and CAETL present the Apple Learning Tour, Sept. 18

The Apple Learning Tour  takes place Tuesday, Sept. 18, and offers faculty and staff an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content. Get the details here.

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Needed: School supplies for Interfaith Food Bank’s First Day at School program

The University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management is participating in the Interfaith Food Bank’s Annual First Day at School program again this year.

The program encourages contributions from the community so all children are equipped with the supplies required for learning. Learn what is needed, and how to hand it off to the right place, here.

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Survey Process Reminder

The number-crunching experts in Institutional Analysis are reminding the U of L community that if you wish to conduct a survey or distribute survey information to students or employees, they can help define how best to do that, and also ensure that the survey process follows the policy and guidelines approved by the Board of Governors on December 16, 2010.

The policy was developed to avoid 'over-surveying' people and also to ensure that no FOIP or improper data collection issues take place. Get more details here.

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CKXU Radio Presents Love and Records 2012 -- Downtown, September 15

Love and Records is an outdoor event held at Galt Gardens in downtown Lethbridge that features live music and vendors from across Alberta.

It brings together a community of like-minded people to share in their love of music in its many media formats.

This year's event will be an official celebration of the CKXU Radio Society's 40th anniversary on the airwaves in Southern Alberta! Get the details here.

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Olympic TV Host Brian Williams Guest Speaker for Sept. 25 Pronghorn Scholarship Event

Pronghorn Athletics at the University of Lethbridge is looking for a community team effort to fill the 1st Choice Savings Centre gym and kick off what they hope becomes an annual scholarship event that supports Pronghorn athletes.

The breakfast event on Tuesday, Sept. 25, will feature well-known television broadcaster Brian Williams, fresh off his experiences at the 2012 Olympic Games, as the featured speaker. Tickets are on sale now. Please visit this website for additional information. 

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Blood Services Transport Bus Dates Confirmed

Give blood with your friends and co-workers by signing up for  the Blood Services Transport Bus. There are three dates to choose from (Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Oct. 26). Please contact Patti Leeb at leeb@uleth.ca or click here for more information.

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Word on the Street Festival -- Participants requested for Haiku 'Death Match', Volunteers Needed

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The 2012 Word on the Street Festival takes place on Sunday, September 23 downtown on the streets and parking lot surrounding the Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch, located on the corner of Stafford Drive and 5th Ave. S.


Can you Haiku under extreme pressure --  for glory, and possibly interesting prizes?  Participants are invited to join a Haiku "Death Match" competition, where individuals or teams will have a limited time to invent a haiku based on randomly-selected words or phrases.

No one will actually die, of course, but  the organizers are ensuring a relevant amount of drama.

The paperwork and challenges associated with an actual fight to the death would be significant, and it is highly unlikey that Risk and Safety Services would approve of this activity. 


A very successful launch last year saw more than 2,000 people take in a full day of music, readings, family activities and fun for all ages. 

The U of L is supporting this festival again -- the Bookstore is a partner and will be on site, several student clubs and individual students have agreed to take on specific projects, and numerous faculty and staff volunteer their time.

This year's event promises to be bigger and better, and is still Alberta's only Word on the Street festival!  

You can help with this event by volunteering for a variety of projects. Learn more here.

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Student Jobs -- Advancement Call Centre

The University of Lethbridge Call Centre runs each fall and spring semester.

The position of student caller involves contacting U of L alumni by telephone to update their alumni records, share news about the University, and ask them to make a donation to the U of L.

The Call Centre is now hiring. If you know a student who might be interested in this part-time opportunity, please direct them to this website for more information. 

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Career Fair -- Wednesday, October 3

The ever-popular and ever-expanding Career Fair takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 3 this year.  Get more details here.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: If you know a student who might be interested in volunteering at the Career Fair, please direct them to this website. 

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Fall Convocation -- Saturday, October 13

Fall 2012 Convocation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13. Details about relevant deadlines can be found here.

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"Omlouvám se" -- Fun with FOIP

In last week's Uweekly, some of the web links on the FOIP PIB posting were incorrect. The proper version can be found here.

Also, the first person to e-mail and tell me the language I am apologizing in will win a stylish U of L pin.  If you do not get a response by the end of the day, you were not a successful participant. 

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, September 17

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of Sept. 17  and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca.

Where was my Uweekly yesterday? Sidetracked by wildfire related communications.  Follow the latest infomration about the wildfire, here

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