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University of Lethbridge UWeekly

Monday, July 8, 2013

U of L Calgary Campus Flood Closure Update: U of Calgary welcomes U of L team to campus for Summer Sessions II and III

Due to the flooding in Calgary and the continuing challenges posed by the current closure of Bow Valley College, the University of Lethbridge Calgary Campus has found temporary instructional space in order to proceed with Summer Session II/III classes.

The University of Calgary has agreed to host the U of L Calgary Campus until we are able to return to our home in Bow Valley College.

Our estimated return to BVC is unknown at this time, but we are hopeful that we will know more in the coming days.

Faculty, staff and students affected by this relocation have been communicated to directly by email. A room assignment listing and campus phone directory for staff can be found here. 

On behalf of the University of Lethbridge, I would like to extend gratitude to the faculty and staff who have been working very hard to accommodate this challenging situation.

I also want to express appreciation to our students for their patience and understanding.

Finally, I want to thank the University of Calgary for welcoming us to their campus and for the outstanding support they have been providing to us.

Lorne Williams
Asst. Dean, North Campuses

Additional information is available here.

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U of L encourages donations for High River flood evacuees be made to Red Cross/Salvation Army

The University of Lethbridge is encouraging those interested in helping evacuees who are temporarily housed in campus residences to make cash donations to organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

In recent days, a few well-meaning residents have dropped off unsolicited physical donations on campus. As the University is not set up to receive and process these items, unsolicited donations become an additional challenge for the staff members who are working daily to make our High River guests comfortable at the university.

“The willingness to give demonstrated by Lethbridge and area residents is truly extraordinary,” says Erin Crane, Manager of Conference Services and Events.

“Unfortunately, unsolicited donations at our campus, especially if received in bulk, can be an unnecessary distraction for our staff and volunteers. The university is receiving the additional support it requires through organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army.”

Learn more here.

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U of L's high school iGEM team the best in the world

A team of Lethbridge high school students  -- and their U of L advisors -- received   the coveted "Green Brick" grand prize at the iGEM High School Jamboree – an international competition for young synthetic biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA.

The team was judged on its efforts to create a longer lasting form of Oxytocin – a hormone most-commonly known for its use in aiding childbirth.

In addition to being named the top team at the competition, the Lethbridge team also was awarded prizes for the “Best Bio Brick” and “Best Wiki”. A total of 30 international teams competed at the event.

Students from the Lethbridge team represented various Lethbridge high schools including Chinook High School, Winston Churchill High School, Catholic Central High School and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. The team has successfully applied for funding from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (geekStarter) to support their project.

Learn more here.

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U of L's Inter-Collegiate Programming Contest team takes 4th place in open game coding challenge

U of L's Inter-Collegiate Programming Contest team has returned from the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia with several notable achievements for their first-ever international competition.

The team ( photo above) made up of Hugh Ramp, 4th year Physics;  Darcy Best, 2nd year MSc Mathematics; coach Dr. Howard Cheng (Mathematics and Computer Science), Chris Martin, 3rd year Computer Science; and coach Dr. Kevin Grant (Mathematics and Computer Science) took a 4th place spot in an open challenge competition where they had to code their way out of a video game problem – and avoid being eaten by digital zombies in the process.

As well, the team placed 3rd among the Canadian competitors, 12th out of 23 North American teams and 80 of all 120 teams entered in the contest, which was hosted by St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO).

Learn more here.

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University of Lethbridge Play Day initiative wins national, international awards

The University of Lethbridge’s Play Day initiative recently received a Silver award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) - a national organization that acknowledges excellence in alumni relations, communications community outreach and development programming at universities and colleges across Canada.

The circus-themed event also won a bronze award in a similar category from the international Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII, which is made up of post-secondary educational institutions from western Canada and the northwestern United States.

Play Day is designed to promote opportunities for play for southern Alberta children and families. The free event, sponsored by 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union, drew nearly 5,000 people to campus on Family Day, which took place February 18, 2013.

Mark your calendars! The next Play Day will take place on February 17, 2014.

Learn more here

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U of L Sorority supports High River graduating class with international dress roundup, fundraising for grad event

Kelsie Schlese, a U of L Music student and the President of the  U of L's  Delta Eta Iota Sorority, holds just a few of the more than 600 (yes, that's right, 600!) dresses the group collected in about a week to support the students in the High River 2013 graduating class.

The sorority  joined forces with a High River resident who was already working on the project, and have committed to finding sponsors, additional fundraising and event planning -- no more dresses are required at this time.

Proceeds from a surplus dress auction and other activities will be presented to the students so they can  get started on their own post-secondary plans. At this time, a date and a location are yet to be determined.

Learn more about Delta Eta Iota and how to contribute,  here

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Pronghorn Paddlers and Fiat Dux Achieve Medal Success at Dragon Boat Festival

This past weekend -- despite rain and hail, the annual ATB Rotary Dragonboat Festival took place at Henderson Lake.

The U of L's two teams -- the Pronghorn Paddlers and Fiat Dux -- made it into the medal rounds with the Dux taking a Gold in the "B" Division Final and the Paddlers taking Silver in the "E" Division final.

Results are available here.

Prongorn Paddlers team "Wrangler" Candace Dueck took a lot of photos, which are available for viewing here.

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Graduate Studies applications now available online

Calling the introduction of the online graduate studies application process a win-win scenario undersells just how many wins will be realized now that the new system has been launched.

Now available, the new online application system sees an end of a process whereby paper application forms, colour-coded by program, had been submitted for the past 30 years.

Initiated through the Recruitment and Retention Integrated Planning project, the online application system will not only be of significant improvement for students looking to enter graduate programs at the U of L, but it will greatly enhance the efficiency of University staff and faculty who must accept and review the applications and supporting documents submitted.

“By bringing this from paper submissions to an electronic method, we expect it will cut anywhere from two to six weeks of turnaround time off the application process,” says Alice Miller, team leader of the online graduate application review.

Applicants to the School of Graduate Studies  will now be able to upload their supporting documents online, pay for their application fee online with a credit card, have letters of reference completed online by their referees and have their application packages reviewed online from anywhere in the world.

Learn more here.

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Dr. Chris Nicol appointed University Librarian

The University of Lethbridge has named Dr. Christopher J. Nicol as its new University Librarian, an appointment that took effect on July 1, 2013.

Nicol, the former Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, had been serving as Acting University Librarian since Sept. 1, 2012. He follows Alison Nussbaumer, who moved into the role of Interim Dean, Internationalization. Learn more here.

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VP Research Dr. Dan Weeks appointed to Genome Alberta board

Dr. Dan Weeks, the University of Lethbridge’s Vice-President, Research, has been named to the Board of Directors of Genome Alberta.

He will serve a three-year term on the 11-member board.

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded, not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships.

Researchers funded by Genome Alberta examine the genetic components of a wide variety of projects, ranging from health and biomedical concepts to livestock production. Learn more here.

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University of Lethbridge signs collaboration agreement with Mexican university

The University of Lethbridge has signed a collaboration agreement with the Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo in Mexico that will develop academic areas of mutual interest.

University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon and Dr. Francisco Javier Rosado May, Rector and President of the Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo, signed the agreement at the Canada-Mexico Round Table on Aboriginal/Indigenous Higher Education held June 21 at the University of Lethbridge.

The round table, which included participation from nine Canadian universities and eight indigenous universities in Mexico, focused on improving Aboriginal educational experiences and research collaboration.

The agreement focuses on the development of study abroad programs, student and faculty exchanges, cooperation of academic activities, and is open to other emerging opportunities. Learn more here. 

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Library flood recovery update

Services have resumed at both the General Services Desk and at the Information & Research Assistance Desk.

The physical locations of some of the items in the collection have changed. Details here

Updated information about Inter-library loans (ILL) can be found here

Approximately 180,000 volumes have been moved from L9 to L10.

Work continues on L9, which will remained closed until the reclamation is complete.

Stay up to date with the Library's operating hours and services by checking the  Library website.

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Living Well at the U of L: Employee Health and Wellness Survey Update

An employee survey completed more than a year ago showed a need for additional wellness services. The information provided at this website  shows the progress in services and activities to date.

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News Roundup

Alberta Venture --  Naylor, Sutherland featured among Alberta's 50 most influential

Calgary Herald -- The stress of the mess: Catastrophe can take its toll now and in days to come

Ottawa Citizen -- Blame the jet stream? Fluctuations caused by Arctic warming are creating havoc, some scientists believe

Nature World News -- Copper Leaves Fish Susceptible to Attack

Lethbridge Herald -- Shakespeare in the Park returns with a new look

CTV News -- Women close education gender gap: StatsCan survey

Vulcan Advocate -- Lethbridge sorority taking donations for High River class of 2013

ITBusiness.ca -- Alberta students scoop fourth place in international AI programming challenge

Pincher Creek Echo -- Small town stereotypes defied at high school reunion

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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Lux Bucks June 2013 Winner

Congratulations to Catherine Ross, the winner of the June 2013 Pronghorn Athletics LUX Bucks 50/50 draw. Find out how much she won, here.

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Operating Hours

July 9 --  No Academic Advising in Faculty of Management

June 10 and onward -- Library Operating Hours

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

Until August 23 -- Cash Office Summer Hours

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, July 22

If you have a notice or information to submit for the next two weeks beginning July 22 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca

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

July: 22; August: 6, 19.

August 26 -- Regular weekly editions resume.


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Uweekly Distribution Delay

Sorry for the later delivery of your Uweekly. Some technical difficulties cropped up at the last minute.

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