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Monday, May 6, 2013

President’s Award for Service Excellence 2013 Winners Announced

The President’s Award for Service Excellence recognizes exceptional service to the University of Lethbridge and members of the University community.

At an event which took place last week, the awards were presented to one Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) staff member, one Administrative Professional Officer (APO)/Exempt Support Staff member, and one team.

This year, the recipients are Barbara Hodgson (pictured above), an administrative support person for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; Barbara Williams, the Coordinator of Counselling Services; and the Printing Services team members. Learn more here.

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Three New Research Centres Approved

The General Faculties Council at the University of Lethbridge has approved the creation of three new collaborative -- and diverse -- research centres, which will focus on the creation of oral history, develop community-based collaborations and bring together chemistry and biochemistry researchers from around the world to further their expertise in fluorine technologies.

Growth of research centres and institutes in strategic areas, and the continued development of existing centres and institutes, is a key feature of the Strategic Research Plan of the University of Lethbridge. Learn more about these new Centres, here.

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Working Rivers: U of L research examines functional flows in provincial waterways

A critical study by the University of Lethbridge’s Water Institute for Sustainable Environments (WISE) that could shape how the province manages its water sources is being given a $1 million boost by the Alberta government.

Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions is contributing $1 million toward a proposed $2.5 million project that will take place over the next three years.

Functional Flows, headed by principal researcher Dr. Stewart Rood of the University’s Department of Biological Sciences, will attempt to answer the question of how much water needs to be left in our rivers to sustain healthy aquatic and riparian ecosystems, all the while developing strategies to provide sufficient water to support growing human populations and industrial expansion. Learn more here

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U of L Welcomes Canada-Wide Science Fair participants, May 11 - 18

The Southern Alberta Technology Council, together with the local Host Committee for CWSF 2013 is pleased to announce that the 52nd annual Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) 2013 is set to launch this coming weekend at the University of Lethbridge.

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

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 will feature the top 400 science projects by students from grades seven through 12 which were selected from more than 100 regional competitions across the country.

The event will include project judging, science and social activities, tours and hands-on science activities at the University of Lethbridge along with visits to featured Southern Alberta tourism destinations.

CWSF 2013 brings the top young scientists in the country to Lethbridge, as well as provides a unique opportunity to showcase Southern Alberta’s culture, research and educational facilities at the University of Lethbridge.  Close to $1 million in cash, prizes and scholarships will be awarded to the top students.

The exhibits are open to the public during the following times and there is no charge to visit:

-  Sunday, May 12th   2 pm – 4:30 pm
-  Monday, May 13th   9 am – 12 noon
-  Thursday, May 16th   9 am – 12 noon

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

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YWCA and Salvation Army Benefit from Surplus Food Service Items

The YWCA and the Salvation Army will benefit from some housecleaning the new ARAMARK team is doing as they continue to move into their role as the U of L's food services provider. 

Today,  two truckloads, yes, truckloads, of cups, glasses, dishes, cutlery, food preparation utensils, and other items -- estimated at several thousand individual pieces --  were handed over to the YWCA  and the Salvation Army for use in their facilities or to be given at no cost to people the YWCA  or Salvation Army identifies as being in need of dishes, glasses, cups and cutlery.

The items are perfectly useable, but were left by the former food service provider and do not match the new ARAMARK products arriving as part of ther changeover process. In the above photo, all the material lined up against the wall is on its way out.

Pictured, left to right: Brian Johnson – Operations Manager, Trent University; Erin English – Catering & Assistant Food Service Director; Cairol McMorrow – District Supervisor Support, Western Region; Brian Blondeel – Executive Chef. Learn more here

Food Services Renovation Information

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Historic Lethbridge Festival wraps up this week

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!

Today, the 1960s Fashion Show & Concert wraps up Music Monday and takes place  at 7 pm at the Lethbridge Public Library downtown.

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New SU Executive Settling in to New Roles

The photo may be black and white, but their roles are anything but. The new Students' Union Executive team officially took office May 1 and are looking forward to the upcoming academic year.

Left to right: SU President Shuna Talbot;  VP External Sean Glydon; VP Internal Affairs Adam Long; VP Operations and Finance Michael Kawchuk; and VP Academic Katie Kalmar. Get to know them a bit better, 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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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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Living Well at the U of L: Amazing Race Kickoff with President Mike Mahon, May 8

Until June 9: ‘Be(e) Amazing Race’

The Be(e) Amazing Race kicks off  on Wednesday, May 8 beginning at 10 a.m.  in the 1st Choice Savings Centre. Sign up here.

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.

Until 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, June 19

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.

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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Steps for Life team part of largest event in Canada

The 2013 Steps for Life Walk 2013 was a huge success!  The U of L Luxy Loafers had 87 registered walkers and raised more than $2000 towards the Threads for Life program, which assists families of those individuals lost to workplace accidents. The Lethbridge Walk was the largest in Canada and raised more than $60,000. Additional photos will be available soon on the Wellness website.

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Students organize "Spring Flair Gala" to benefit the Jack Ady Cancer Center

A group of U of L students are hosting a benefit concert on May 11 to support the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) and the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, located at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.

The Spring Flair Gala takes place on May 11, beginning at 5 p.m. at Southminster Church, 1011 4th Ave. S in downtown Lethbridge.

For $50, participants will be treated to a variety of entertainers, including U of L faculty member Bente Hansen, local dance groups and Canadian Dancesport Champions Elena Sinelnikova and Jim Deglau.

A complete list of performers and ticket purchase infomration is outlined here.

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News Roundup

Global TV -- Community comes together over music

Hay River Times,  NWT -- On track to becoming coaches

Lethbridge Herald -- Windstorm causes chaos

Halifax Chronicle-Herald -- National science fair competitor nervous, excited

Lethbridge Herald -- Change on menu for U of L diners

Edmonton Journal -- Urban aboriginals who follow traditional ways less likely to become drug addicts, study finds

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 7 -- Library Closed

April 30 - May 7 -- Library Intersession Hours

Begins May 1 -- Registrar's Office and Native Student Advising Summer Hours (until August 23)

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

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

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Alumni Honour Society Inductees' Reception, May 29

The Alumni Association invites  members of the U of L community 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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Lux Bucks April 2013 Winner

Congratulations to Gary Cunningham, the winner of the April 2013 Pronghorn Athletics LUX Bucks 50/50 draw. Gary is the winner of $460. Learn how you can participate in the Lux Bucks program, here.

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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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Fire Alarm Speaker Tests, May 8

More fire alarm tests are taking place this week, in Markin Hall,  University Hall, the Library and the AWESB. Find out when, 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 13

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of  May 13 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: 13, 27; June: 10, 24; July: 8, 22; August: 6, 19.

August 26 -- Regular weekly editions resume.


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