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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Water Pipe Replacement Closes Three Campus Buildings, July 7 & 8

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Over the July 7 / 8 weekend, contractors at the University of Lethbridge are tackling a plumbing project that would scare most homeowners – over a 12-hour period, they will replace the main water line to an interconnected series of buildings. 

From Saturday, July 7 at 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday morning on July 8, three University of Lethbridge buildings will be closed to all users so contractors can replace a main water supply pipe as well as connect new building isolation valves, shown above, which are already in place and ready to be connected to the water supply. 

The main water supply moves more than 110,000L per day (1100 cubic metres) into the system on campus. By contrast, a typical home  might use 20 cubic metres per month. 

The affected buildings include the 1st Choice Savings Center for Sport and Wellness, Turcotte Hall, and the Students’ Union Building.

NOTE: During this time, the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre will be closed, along with the Fitness Centre and Ascent Climbing Centre.

The buildings must be closed (and locked) to the public and employees because there will be no access to the water supply, and fire suppression systems will be detached during construction.

Get the full story here

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Construction Changes Entrance to Main Parking Lot, Effective July 5

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Construction on a new entrance into Lot E from Valley Road is almost complete. Once the roadway is open, work will continue on the parking areas outlined in the parking lot rehabilitation project .

During this phase of construction, the existing north entrance at the lights will be closed, as well as the entire area adjacent to Anderson Hall (Lots E, F, and FS).

Depending on the weather this portion of the project will begin  Thursday, July 5.

Get more details here.

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"The Bridge" Out Overnight Tuesday, July 3

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The Bridge online information system will be unavailable due to routine scheduled maintenance starting 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012 until 7 a.m. Wednesday July 4, 2012.

If there are any services or information you require from the Bridge during this downtime, please ensure you make use of the system before the shutdown.

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Doyle at (403) 382-7124 or email him at doyle@uleth.ca

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Fire Door Installation Causes Detours in University Hall -- Early July

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University Hall has been undergoing extensive renovations to its fire alarm and fire compartmentalization systems since April in order to meet current Alberta Building Code requirements.

Most of the work will take place in ventilation and service shafts however, work will also occur in stairwells and hallways throughout University Hall.

Although noise disruptions and stairwell closures throughout the summer months may present some frustration for UHall users, the end result will ensure that life safety of students, faculty and University guests is not compromised should a fire occur.

Starting July 4 to the 6, the stairwell in Block A will be closed while the contractor removes existing doors and frames.

Beginning July 9, the B Stairwells will be closed off. Please watch for detour signs and respect construction barricades. 

Get more information here

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U of L Signs Access Copyright Model License

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The University of Lethbridge is now covered by the model license negotiated by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Access Copyright, effective January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015.

The University upheld its Copyright Act obligations during the opt-out phase (September 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012) by obtaining required copying permissions independently.

The University’s Access Copyright license once again covers the making of classroom handouts on all of our campuses, which, in the opt-out period, were produced on our behalf by a commercial printer.

Learn more here.

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Community Arts Centre Takes Shape with $650,000 to Support U of L Conservatory's Move to New Facility

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Elected representatives, funding partners and some local arts community members got a close-up look at the new Community Arts Centre  last week.

With construction on time, on budget and now halfway to completion, the City of Lethbridge held the briefing and tour of the $20.7-million facility for federal, provincial and municipal officials.

The U of L Conservatory of Music will be a major tenant when the Community Arts Centre opens in May, 2013.  

U of L President Mike Mahon announced the conclusion of the Music in the Making Campaign, which  exceedeed its goal more more than $150,000 and generated more than $650,000 to support the Conservatory's move to the new facility.  78 donors contributed $659,523.10. 

View images and get more information, here.

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New Funding to CREATE More Research Career Opportunities for U of L Students

University of Lethbridge students will benefit from a new training program recently announced by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Over the next six years, the federal government, through NSERC, will invest more than $1.65 million at the University of Lethbridge to give young researchers the opportunity to learn the technical and professional skills that will prepare them for successful careers in science and engineering.

Through the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program, U of L researchers in Neuroscience and Biological Sciences will work with up to a dozen post-doctoral fellows, more than 20 graduate students and eight undergraduate trainees.

They will be cross trained on a wide variety of approaches to biological systems research and will have access to  the U of L's state-of-the-art equipment. The U of L project is one of four in Alberta and among 17 funded nationally.

Learn more about this project, here.

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Be Heart Smart Wrap-up: Which Team Clocked 1.9 Million Steps?

By the numbers, the 2012 Bee Heart Smart campaign was a heart-pounding success. More than 200 participants joined 20 teams, and logged an astonishing  27,297,725 steps.

A complete list of all participants, winners and their sports can be found here.

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Pension and Benefits News Now Available: UAPP Changes Take Effect July 1

Information about the latest changes to the Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP) are included in the most recent issue of the Pension and Benefits Newsletter, which you can find here, along with a host of additional material from the Pension and Benefits team.

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Summer Camps Start This Week: Searchable Summer Camp Database Now Available

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A new listing process that lets people search and select summer camps based on age, interest, start dates or topic is now online.

Summer camps in all areas generally fill up quite quickly, so please use this convenient tool to get your kids registered, and spread the word to those you feel may also be interested in having their children experience the U of L during the summer. 

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What's new at www.thisismyU.ca?

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Grounds crew sustains University's beauty

In the dead of winter, they keep the University of Lethbridge’s sidewalks safe by shovelling snow and spreading sand. In the spring, they sweep the gravel, mow the grass and replenish the planters.

They are the Grounds crew and their role at the U of L is essential for creating both a vibrant and safe campus, all the while supporting the University’s recruitment, retention and sustainability efforts.

“First impressions are important,” says manager Phil Dyck.

Grounds staffers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have formal training in landscaping while others have experience in lawn maintenance and other aspects of the job.

What they have in common is an enthusiasm and dedication to their trade, reflected by the group continually attending seminars and taking courses for licencing and certifications to the industry’s latest standards.

Get the full story here

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U of L Team Walks for MS

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Thanks to the more than 20 participants from different areas of campus (Research Services and the Faculties of Management, Education, Arts and Sciences and Fine Arts, including family members and pets) the MS Society was $4,630 richer after the recent MS Walk.  Find out who else was on the team, here. 

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Lux Bucks Winner

Who has $362.50  in their pocket this month as a result of the Lux Buck draw? Find out here. 

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Homecoming, Oct. 12 - 14

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It may seem like a long way off, but  the U of L's 45th Anniversary Homecoming events take place Oct. 12 - 14, 2012.  In conjunction with Fall Convocation, the weekend features activities hosted by many different groups on campus.

\If you have an event or activity that you wish to schedule during Homecoming Weekend, please  visit this website to learn more.

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, July 16

Over the summer, Uweekly will be published every second Monday until August 27. If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of  July 3 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca.

Summer publishing dates: 

Monday, July 16

Monday, July 30

Monday, August 13

Monday, August 27

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