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Monday, April 22, 2013

Community Update Meeting, April 23

University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon invites students, staff and faculty members, at all three U of L campuses, to a second Community Update where details will be provided on the U of L’s budget planning process and Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education’s Letters of Expectation initiative. After a brief presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Date: April 23, 2013

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Lethbridge: Students’ Union Ballrooms, 3rd Floor, Students’ Union Building.

This event will be streamed live to both Calgary and Edmonton campuses, and  for those unable to attend. Get additional details here


Reaffirming our Values: A University Response to the 2013-14 Provincial Budget

Our Strategic priorities remain priorities independently of the financial challenges our University encounters.

To take us to our desired future the University will pursue its established strategic directions and identified priorities.

Our first order of business is to enter into a process that will address our required reductions.

To do this our institutional values will be reaffirmed and will be used to guide and influence all budget related decisions and processes that lie ahead. Additional information here

We commit to maintaining the forward vision of the University of Lethbridge

Our people define our University and are our greatest strength

High quality is central to all that we do

Access to our University is a foundational value

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Cor Van Raay Surprises Scholarship Dinner Crowd with Additional Donation


Cor Van Raay's quiet generosity and support for his community is widely recognized in Southern Alberta. The well-known agribusiness entrepreneur, who came to Canada in the 1950s with very little, was acknowledged in grand fashion for his years of innovative philanthropy recently as the guest of honour at the 26th annual Faculty of Management Scholarship dinner, which raised more than $50,000 for a scholarship in Van Raay's name.

In front of a packed banquet room at the Coast Hotel, Van Raay, characteristically a man of few words, expressed his thanks to over 500 guests, then wowed everyone by pledging to match the amount of money raised over the course of the evening to fund an additional scholarship in memory of his late wife, Christine, who passed away in 2006 from cancer. Learn more here

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Annual Long Service Awards and Retirement Recognition Ceremony, May 1

The annual Long Service Awards and Retirement Recognition Ceremony  takes place Wednesday, May 1 beginning at 1 p.m. in the SU Ballrooms.

We will be honouring 119 employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service, and 12 retiring employees.

As well, the President's Awards for Service Excellence will be awarded to deserving employees representing AUPE, APO/Exempt and a Campus Team.

All employees are invited to the ceremony and reception to honour the award recipients listed here. The reception will include light refreshments. Get more information here.

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Flashback to the 1960s with Historic Lethbridge Festival

The Historic Lethbridge Festival kicks off  May 3  and goes back to the 1960s in various locations in the community and on campus. 

With a host of community partners,  and events that range from favourite 60s TV show viewings, to a  classic car show to several different music  events,  there is something for everyone!

U of L Drama majors Samuel Bente and Makambe Simamba are models at the 1960s Fashion Show & Concert, which takes place  May 6 at 7 pm at the Lethbridge Public Library downtown.

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U of L Supports "Accelerate South 50", April 30, May 1

Accelerate SOUTH50 is southern Alberta’s only entrepreneur and tech event where founders, business leaders, start-up entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, mentors and students converge to expand and support the entrepreneurial eco-system thriving in the region.

The Coast Lethbridge Hotel and Convention Centre will be a buzz of intellectual sharing on April 30 and May 1, 2013.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn from the best.

Created and organized by Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA) in which the U of L is a partner, Accelerate SOUTH50 is geared to help entrepreneurs, founders of start-ups and seasoned business people access capital, gain exposure to global markets, cultivate talent, and identify, connect and communicate with experts in the tech and non-tech industries. Get additional details here.

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

A long-time 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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Unpublished Chava Rosenfarb poems shared in new book released by author’s daughter

After discovering unpublished poetry translations of her own poems by her late mother - internationally recognized Yiddish novelist and Holocaust survivor Chava Rosenfarb - University of Lethbridge professor Dr. Goldie Morgentaler is sharing these poems, along with previously published poems, in a new book entitled Exile at Last.

In her lifetime, Chava Rosenfarb was recognized internationally for novels, poems and plays about the Holocaust, including The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto, one of the seminal works on the Holocaust. Learn more here.

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“Food for Thought” Fund Supports Food Security Programs on Campus

A unique fund started by a U of L faculty member will help individuals and groups on campus invest in programs that support food accessibility for all members of the campus community.

The “Food for Thought” program is supported by Dr. Jennifer Mather (Psychology), a veteran faculty member who wanted to ensure that no one in the campus community should go hungry. Her gift of $5,000 will fund projects that relate to food accessibility.

“Dr. Mather’s idea is quite inspirational, and we hope that people come forward with innovative ideas to carry out her vision, which is to increase the level of food accessibility on campus,” said Elaine Carlson, the U of L’s Associate Vice-President, Human Resources.

Carlson said the criteria are deliberately broad, to allow for creativity. Applications can be put forward by members of the University of Lethbridge community, whether  they are individuals or groups.

The deadline for the first round of applications is April 29, 2013.

Read more here.

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Teaching Day 2013


The Teaching Centre team  is presenting a full day of activities on May 3 at Teaching Day.  You will hear from the Teaching Development Fund award winners, watch colleagues 'respectufully disagree',  learn about  "Baseball Cap Boys and B+ Girls"  and check out the popular Pecha Kucha powerpoint sessions, among many presentations. Participants are entered in a draw for an iPad Mini. The complete list of sessions can be found here.

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Bilingual Volunteers Required for Canada-Wide Science Fair

The Canada-Wide Science Fair/Expo-sciences pancanadienne is still looking for volunteers who speak French!

The CWSF is being held at the University of Lethbridge from May 11-18. If you are proficient in French and you'd like to volunteer some of your time for this exciting event, please  visit this website for information on how to register.

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Food Services Renovations Begin May 1

Beginning in May, work gets underway to renovate  several campus food service venues. The former CJ's location gets a complete overhaul, and will be renamed the Urban Market (artist concept above).

A Tim Horton's Express and Subway Express will be constructed in the former Level 6 Fresh Express location,  and a Starbucks will take over the Station venue on level 9 of the Library building.  Get additional details here.

For information on ARAMARK Catering, Please visit this website.

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Lethbridge High School Students participate in 2nd Annual ‘Let’s DO Science! Day’

Lethbridge high school students will participate in unique, hands-on science activities at the University of Lethbridge on April 30, 2013.

This day will not only be filled with many fun science activities for the enthusiastic students participating in this ‘Let’s DO Science Day’, but it will also inspire them to think about their future careers after graduating from high school. 

In the past months, several graduate student volunteers of seven different science disciplines have designed hands-on activities for high school students.

Overall, more than 20 graduate and undergraduate student volunteers will assist during the ‘Let’s DO Science Day’ to make this event a fun and inspiring experience for the high school students. Learn more here

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Library extended hours, Stress-free Zone run until April 29

The Library's extended hours conclude on April 29. The Stress-free Zone also returns during exams -- a break room with snacks, games and items to provide a physical and mental break from studying or paper-writing. Learn more here

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Join the U of L Walk for MS team, April 27


The U of L has a team for the Walk for MS, which takes place on  Saturday, April 27 at Fort Whoop-Up. The team meets at the collection tent at Fort-Whoop Up at 9:30 a.m.  Learn more here

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Living Well at the U of L

May 1 to June 9: ‘Be(e) Amazing Race’

This year our Bee Heart Smart challenge will be taking a new route, starting with "Aerobiquerque," New Mexico. Get your teams geared up and ready to travel across the continent for good health. The Challenge will take place May 1 – June 9. Get  your travel route, and all the destinations, (including "Las Veggies, NV") here.

May 4: Steps for Life Walk

In conjunction with NAOSH week, the U of L ‘Luxy Loafers’ will be walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy. This year we would like to have lots of U of L folks to help us pay tribute to Curtis Dodd who was fatally injured at the U of L residence construction site last fall.  If you would like to join the team, sponsor a walker, or would just like more information please contact Suzanne at wellness@uleth.ca you can sign up online as well, here

April 22 to May 12: Helen Schuler Nature Centre Coulee Clean

The Helen Schuler Nature Centre's annual Coulee Clean runs from  April 22 – May 12. Contact wellness@uleth.ca if you would like to volunteer to help clean up the University coulees.


Next Pure North S'nergy Foundation session, May 1

Please email universityoflethbridge@purenorth.ca or call Ryan at 1-403-984-5214 to register or for more info. Please note as of January 2013, there is a registration fee for ‘non-vulnerable’ participants.

May 1 -- 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Markin Hall

June 19  -- 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Markin Hall

Sept. 25  -- 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Markin Hall

Dec. 4 -- 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Markin Hall

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News Roundup

Calgary Herald -- Capsized research rowboat recovered from Atlantic: University of Lethbridge among many hopeful valuable research can be salvaged

Lethbridge Herald -- Bracing for the impact of cuts

CJOC Radio Lethbridge -- Rally Outside University of Lethbridge to Protest Budget Cuts

Edmonton Journal -- Redford Year One: The road has been bumpy

Country 95 Radio -- Protesters at U of L Voice Concerns Over Cuts to Advanced Education in Alberta

Global News Lethbridge -- Redford announces tuition freeze

Lethbridge Herald -- More teachers will be needed

SHAW TV Lethbridge Go! Southern Alberta -- U of L grad Michael Duffy part of International Einstein Challenge

Sudbury Star -- Students go head-to-head in science fair

Montreal Broadway World -- Blues Singer Caroline Fe Returns to Theatre in MARG SZKABULA (PISSY'S WIFE) by Ron Chambers

Lethbridge Herald -- Turning back the clock

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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CAFA award Deadline Extended to April 30

The purpose of the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) Distinguished Academic Awards is to recognize members of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association [ULFA], the Athabasca University Faculty Association [AUFA], The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary and the Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta [AASUA], who through their research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activities have made outstanding contributions to the community beyond the university. There is still time to nominate a colleague for this award. Please visit the CAFA website, here.

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Operating Hours

Faculty of Management Advising offices closed Thursday morning, April 25

Fine Arts Advising Office Closed Wednesday, May 1

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Hey -- My Uweekly is Different! What's the Deal?

Just to keep you on your toes, we have adjusted the layout and  formatting of Uweekly, mainly to be able to add larger images, make the text a bit more readable, and gain the ability to share some stories via social media.

If you do not care, say nothing and enjoy all that Uweekly brings to you. If you do care, and have comments either pro or con, please weigh in via email, here.

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, April 29

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of  April 29 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca

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