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Monday, February 25, 2013

Food Bank Fundraiser

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The ULSU will be hosting a Food Bank Fundraiser to raise money for the campus food bank.

The event is also intended to shed some light on the issue of starving students.

For the month of February, bright pink piggy banks can be spotted in departments all over campus, and everyone's generosity would be appreciated -- your small change  can make a big difference! Learn more here

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Phishing Scam Emails Increasing

University employees, students, and alumni continue to be targeted by scam emails designed to manipulate them into divulging their usernames/passwords.  One such message was received by over 800 University constituents today. 

The IT Security  team is  asking the University community to be extra vigilant about emails claiming that there is some sort of emergency and then providing a link to a non-University website where you are asked to enter your username/password.

You can find further details on these types of scams here

These sorts of scam messages appear  regularly, but have been increasing in frequency over the past two months.

For assistance

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Solutions Centre: Phone: 403-329-2490 Email: help@uleth.ca

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BMO Financial makes significant donation of de Grandmaison works to U of L Art Gallery

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BMO Financial Group has donated 67 original pastel portraits by Nicholas de Grandmaison (1892-1978) from its art collection to the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery.

The collection, which is valued at more than $1.66 million, spans a period of over 30 years and traces the development of de Grandmaison’s talent and facility as one of the most important painters and portraitists of western First Nations people in Canada.

“The University of Lethbridge already owns one of the most comprehensive collections of artworks and artifacts by this important Canadian portraitist,” says Robert Hayes, senior vice president, Prairies Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.

“We are excited to enhance this collection with a gift that will allow it to continue to serve as a resource for students, faculty and independent scholars.” Learn more here. 

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CRDC + CAETL = Teaching Centre! New Name, New Programming to be officially unveiled at March 4 launch event

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In March 2013, the Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CAETL) as well as the Curriculum Re-Development Centre (CRDC) will merge to become the Teaching Centre.

CAETL and CRDC have been critical to the U of L’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning in both our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Although independent units, the two departments share a symbiotic relationship that provides vital and fundamental teaching development support to the University of Lethbridge. 

Join the newly-named Teaching Centre team on Monday, March 4 as they officially launch this new effort beginning at 2 p.m. in L1126, where President Mahon and VP Academic Hakin will officially launch the Teaching Centre. They have some exciting news and resources to debut!  Learn more here. 

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Enhancing student engagement the focus of learning circles

How better to engage students in the University of Lethbridge community than to involve them in building the supportive culture they want and need?

This creative method of developing a supportive campus community is the basis of the Learning Circles project, and involves the creation of high performance teams (HPTs).  Learning Circles is another Recruitment and Retention Project (RRP) with a goal of enhancing the student-centred service commitment of the U of L. Learn more here. 

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U of L, Alberta Health Services researchers investigate moral distress among Alzheimer's caregivers

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Knowing the right thing to do is one thing. Actually being able to do it, quite another.

In fact, many nurses experience that dilemma every day, according to University of Lethbridge researcher Dr. Shannon Spenceley. She is exploring ways to lessen this source of moral stress among nurses in the workplace.

The study, which is funded by the national Alzheimer Society Research Program, is the first in Canada to focus on moral distress in continuing care settings, such as long-term care or supportive living facilities.

A nursing professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Spenceley is the principal investigator of a study that is examining moral distress among nurses who care for those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia. Learn more here.

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International initiatives the focus of new Interim Dean

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“I thought we already internationalize. Why do we need to do anything about internationalization? Is this a priority? What is the purpose of internationalization? Are we doing anything in China? What is internationalization?”

These are some of the comments and questions that Alison Nussbaumer has heard from faculty and staff during her first few months as Interim Dean (Internationalization).

In the early years of internationalization, the focus was on student mobility – bringing international students to Canadian campuses and creating a variety of overseas learning opportunities for domestic students.

Internationalization now encompasses the full range of teaching, learning, research and service opportunities; it looks to engage students, faculty and staff.  Learn more here. 

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U of L welcomes Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers, March 7 - 9

The Department of Geography will be hosting the 55th Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) which takes place March 7 to 9. 

WDCAG meetings serve as an annual gathering place for geographers in western Canada and northwestern U.S. to share recent advancements in the discipline.

Many of the WDCAG meeting attendees and presenters are traditionally students, and the group welcomes geographers and those interested in Geography to join them at this conference.

General information can be found on the conference website.

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New Event Connects Researchers and Community Members, March 22

It’s not quite speed dating, but the idea is similar.

On Friday, March 22, the Office of Research & Innovation Services (ORIS) team will host its first Community/University Research Exchange (CURE) event where they are looking to do some relationship building between community groups and University of Lethbridge researchers.

Researchers often experience barriers when trying to involve external partners in their research programs.

The CURE event aims to reduce those barriers by bringing community partners and U of L researchers together to talk with, and learn from, each other at a one-day open house.

A broad cross-section of external community groups and partners are going to be invited to participate and attend the event, which will take place in Markin Hall.

The event will feature keynote speakers with extensive expertise in the transfer of research outcomes to the public domain, displays and posters that highlight research outcomes of U of L faculty and graduate students, a series of short talks from researchers and community group representatives, plus a networking reception where those who attended CURE can interact face-to-face. Learn more here. 

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Crossing borders with bold Brazilian program

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Dr. Drew Rendall’s psychology lab might be considered atypical in its student makeup now, but as the University of Lethbridge continues to push internationalization as a key strategic goal, it may soon become representative of many.

Rendall currently has graduate students from Alberta, Manitoba, Sri Lanka and Brazil assisting with his research projects, the most recent addition coming to the University by way of the Brazilian Science Without Borders (SWB) program.

“This is a real boon for us as a university,” says Rendall, professor of psychology in the Faculty of Arts & Science. “Graduate students are kind of the heart of the research enterprise, they are the real engine of it. They collect the data and do a lot of the work, and without graduate students the research enterprise disappears.”

Science Without Borders began as an initiative whereby the Brazilian government is looking to send 100,000 students to universities around the world to study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal is to revolutionize the country’s research and development system.

“Brazilian science has shown great improvement over the last decade but we face many challenges,” says Ednei Barros dos Santos, a Brazilian PhD student who has taken advantage of the SWB program to come study under Rendall at the U of L.

“We have a very low proportion of doctors in relation to our population, and there is a low frequency of international collaboration.” Learn more here.

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Former educator invests in the future

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The late Ida Wiens had a love of learning that motivated her to complete her education, drove a successful 36-year career as a teacher and inspired a gift that will help future teachers, like Chelsa Cumming.

Grateful for her own education and successful career in teaching, Wiens made a bequest in her will for the University of Lethbridge to ensure more students had the opportunity to go to university.

Cumming is one of the first recipients of the Elmer and Ida Wiens Faculty of Education Bursary, which will help provide the financial means necessary to train the next generation of teachers. Thanks to this legacy gift, up to eight U of L education students will receive an award each year.

Now in her fifth year of university, 22-year-old Cumming has paid for her education by working part time and through student loans. From a financial standpoint, the bursary is of great help. Learn more here. 

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Living Well at the U of L

Upcoming Wellness sessions:

March 19 -- Disordered Eating Workshop

Ongoing -- Mini Massages!  Book soon!

For additional information, please visit the Wellness Website.


Pure North S'nergy Foundation sessions confirmed until December 

March 13 -- 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Markin Hall

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


Health Check for U – vascular screening program: Screening sessions will be starting again Feb 2013. Get a jumpstart on your health for the new year by registering for the screening for next semester.

Health Check for U is a program designed to inform you about your overall and cardiovascular health. We will work with you to set goals about your general health and provide you with the necessary resources to meet those goals.

The screening is confidential and is FREE to U of L employees. Contact wellness@uleth.ca to register or for more information.

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News Roundup

Calgary Herald --  ‘Moral distress’ among nurses caring for dementia patients focus of study

Lethbridge Herald -- Will the Show Go On? 

Stockhouse Internet News Service -- BMO Financial Group Donates Collection of de Grandmaison Portraits to University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

Lethbridge Herald -- Family Day remains a hit

Vimeo -- Climate Change: DO THE MATH!

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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President's Award for Service Excellence Nominations Now Open

The President's Award for Service Excellence is awarded annually to an administrative staff member or team in recognition of their provision of exceptional service to the University of Lethbridge and members of the University community.

Award recipients will be honored at the annual Long Service Awards and Retirement Recognition Ceremony on May 1, 2013. Deadline for nominations for this award is: Mar. 22, 2013. Learn more here.

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ULSU/EUS Clothing Drive and Sale!

Have too many clothes stuffed into your closet? 

The ULSU and Education Undergraduates' Society are once again hosting their annual Clothing Drive and Sale on Feb 27 and 28, but they need clothes to sell. Look for the bright pink bins on campus and donate your used clothing to a good cause. Learn more here.

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Spring Is Almost Here! Garden Fundraiser Supports Campus Roots Community Garden Association

The Campus Roots Community Garden Association is proud to be working with Vesey’s Bulbs to bring you a selection of quality summer flower bulbs, roots, and seeds at great prices. Fifty per cent of the total sales will help Campus Roots improve the campus community garden. Read more here. 

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Canada Summer Jobs 2013

If you are interested in learning more about how to qualify for the  Canada Summer Jobs progam, please visit this website. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. 

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IT Office Suite training -- Have you signed up yet?

The University of Lethbridge continually offers opportunities for personal and professional growth and the Department of Information Technology is getting on board with a series of Microsoft Office Suite sessions in the coming months.

Beginning in February, faculty and staff at the U of L will be eligible to participate in the first of these sessions, Entry Level Excel.

This introductory course will be offered over the course of four weeks, with two-hour sessions each Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in E640. The first session is Thursday, Feb. 21, followed by sessions on Feb. 28, Mar. 7 and Mar. 14. Get more details here.

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Native Awareness Week, March 4 to 8

Celebration, education and entertainment are on the agenda at the upcoming Native Awareness Week activities, which take place on campus from March 4 to 8. A preliminary schedule of events can be found here. Don't miss out on the fry bread and berry soup!

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"Cuisine 4 a Cause" puts local restaurants' dinner proceeds toward MS Society

The U of L Integrated Management Experience (IME) Class of 2013 is hosting “Cuisine 4 a Cause” on March 7, a unique event that raises money for the regional Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society-Lethbridge) chapter.

Partnering with three local restaurants, food proceeds from patrons who visit the restaurants the evening of March 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. will go toward MS research funding.

Participating businesses are Spring Rolls Vietnamese Restaurant, Streatside Eatery, and Two Guys and a Pizza Place.

So, all you need to do is choose a restaurant, go out for a nice meal, and you'll be supporting a great cause. Learn more here.

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Kinesiology Research participants needed

Researchers in the Dept of Kinesiology are seeking women to participate in a research project.

If you are a woman, 55 years or older, currently engaged in full-time employment, and are interested in participating in a research project - then we want to hear from you!  

The study involves wearing a small motion sensor for 7 days to monitor your movement, and 2 visits to the Exercise Physiology Lab (~60 minutes each) where you will have an assessment of your functional fitness.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Copeland for more information by phone (403-317-2804) or by visiting  this website 

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, March 4

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of March 4 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca


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