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Monday, December 3, 2012

Final Strategic Planning Workshop This Week

The 2009 – 2013 Strategic Plan is an excellent strategic document that has taken us to where we are today.  It is time to revisit this plan for the future and your input is needed.

Over the past few weeks, the Strategic Planning Committee  has hosted a series of workshops to discuss strategic issues and record your feedback. 

You are invited to attend the final session:

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., SU Ballroom

Please rsvp to presidentsoffice@uleth.ca to attend.

Your opinions and comments will be used to plan for our future!

To learn more about the Strategic Planning process, please visit this website. 

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Computer Coding team members problem-solves their way to Russia

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The recent winners of a spot in a prestigious international Computer Science and Mathematics challenge competition are going to have to brush up on their Russian – and quickly.

A team of University of Lethbridge Computer Science and Physics students, coached by Dr. Howard Cheng, placed second of 49 teams from western Canada and the northwestern United States in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Rocky Mountain competition at the end of October.

The team’s success landed three members of the U of L group -- for the first time -- on the elite roster of competitors at the ICPC World Finals to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 30 to July 4, 2013. 

Photo – Front row, left: Hugh Ramp: 4th year Physics; right: Dr. Howard Cheng (Mathematics and Computer Science), team coach; Back row, left: Chris Martin: 3rd year Computer Science; right: Darcy Best: 2nd year MSc Mathematics.

The international event is hosted by St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO). Only 115 of the top teams worldwide make it to the World Finals. Learn more here.

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Links between Night Shift Work and Cancer: U of L researchers Seek Genetic Connections

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Dr. Olga Kovalchuk, a medical doctor and biological Sciences researcher at the University of Lethbridge, is studying how something as simple as sleep disruption could make cells vulnerable to cancer.

“The disruption of circadian rhythms (a sleep-wake cycle) due to shift work or exposure to light at night has recently been suggested as a breast carcinogen. Elevated rates of breast cancer have been reported in groups of shift workers in countries all over the world, including Canada,” Kovalchuk said.

Circadian rhythms are the equivalent of a person’s ‘internal clock,’ and help govern such things as sleep patterns, alertness and other factors. Circadian rhythms are found in most living things, from bacteria to plants and animals.

They follow a set pattern that, if shifted around, cause a number of biological processes to change, and not always for the better – as any sleep-deprived new parent or shift worker adjusting to a new schedule can attest.

How will this research be conducted? Find out here.

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Dr. Seamus O’Shea Recognized as a Cyber Trailblazer by Cybera

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Dr. Seamus O’Shea, a University of Lethbridge Vice–President Academic Emeritus and a well known advocate for province-wide information technology development, was recently acknowledged, with colleague and fellow “Cyber Trailblazer” Dr. Brian Unger, for their long-term efforts to support and expand connectivity to the province’s networking and computing infrastructure. Learn more here. 

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U of L CIO Clark Ferguson Appointed to Cybera Board

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Clark Ferguson, the Chief Information Officer at the University of Lethbridge, was one of five recent appointments to the board of Cybera, Alberta’s guardian of research and education e-infrastructure.

He follows Dr. Seamus O’Shea, who represented the U of L on the Cybera board and who recently served as the organization’s President. Learn more here.

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Bridge "Out" for Regular Maintenance, December 4, 11 p.m. to December 5, 7 a.m.

If you have a burning desire to submit an expense claim, allocate your wellness spending money or change your contact informantion on the Bridge,  don't try it tomorrow evening after 11 p.m. because the system will be off-line for regular maintenance. You'll have to wait until 7 a.m. on Dec. 5, when everything should be back online. 

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Sports Medicine Clinic and Rebound Health Centre Open House, Dec. 5

The University of Lethbridge is pleased to announce the opening of the new sports medicine clinic, which houses a medical practice and physiothererapy  services.

There will be an open house showcasing the facility and associated services on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Sports Medicine Clinic is located in PE100, Level 1, 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.  Learn more here. 

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December 8 Robotics Day Launches Computer Science Education Week

Sorry, R2-D2 and C3P0 will not be there, but  anyone attending the Robotics Day at the U of L on December 8  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PE264) will get a taste of how much fun robotics is -- and in  a very accessible way.  The presentations are suitable for kids age eight and up. Younger children are welcome with parental supervision. 

As part of Computer Science Education Week ( Dec. 9 to 15), several groups on campus will join together to demonstrate the fun in computer science, math, and robotics.  Learn more here 

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Annual Christmas Family Skating Party, December 9

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The 19th Annual Christmas Family Skating Party for ALL University staff and their families is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9 from 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Enmax Centre.

RSVP to advancement@uleth.ca by Monday, Dec. 3 if you are planning to join in the fun. 

Find out when Santa arrives, here. 

Please let us know the number of adults and children that will be attending, as Santa needs to make sure there are enough treat bags for all the children.  Learn more here. 

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Living Well at the U of L

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Upcoming Wellness sessions:

December 5 -- Building Resilience - Learning to Roll with Life's Punches: Presenter, Homewood Human Solutions, Sandy Annis - AH100 - 12 noon  to 12:50 p.m.

December 12  -- Thinking About Quitting Smoking? Register at wellness@uleth.ca to meet with a counsellor on Dec. 12 between 10 a.m. and  12:30 p.m.

For additional information, please visit the Wellness Website.

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Office Hours and Closures

NOTE: Please try to have any office hours such as reduced operating hours, lunchtime closures etc... posted on the Notice Board as soon as possible.  

A complete list of holiday closure hours will also be posted the week of December 17 and will cover the days leading up to and including the holiday break and first week of school (Jan. 2 - 8).

December 10 -- Registrar's Office Closed 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

December 10 - 14 -- Arts & Science Student Program Services Office: Changes to operating hours

December  12 -- Arts & Science Student Program Services Office Closed 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

December  14 -- Arts & Science Student Program Services Office Closed 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

December 19  to January 8 --  Campus Information Services Desk Reduced and Holiday Hours 

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News Roundup

Country 95 Radio News -- Senator Joyce Fairbairn Resigns Seat In Upper House

Lethbridge Herald -- Teen happy she spoke out about sexual assault

The Manitoban -- Experimental and unconventional

Calgary Herald -- What message does your Movember ’stache send to women?

Lethbridge Herald -- Are you Cyber Safe?

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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Fire Alarm Speaker Test Tuesday December 4

The monthly fire alarm speaker test for the ALBERTA WATER and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE BUILDING, MARKIN HALL, UNIVERSITY HALL and the LIBRARY will be conducted on Tuesday December 4, 2012. Find out when, here. 

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Spring 2013 Parking Permit Purchases Begin December 17

Parking permits for the 2013 Spring semester will be available to reserve on-line, beginning December 17, 2012. Learn more here

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Exam Preparation for Students

If you know a student who might need some extra help with exams -- which start on December 10 -- Please have them visit this website for more information from Counselling Services.   They can offer support with:

- Time management
- Making the most of your study time
- Studying for exams
- Taking lecture notes
- Effective textbook reading
- Overcoming procrastination

Learn more here.

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Charity and Community Service Activities, December

NOTE: As we move into end-of-term activities and the holiday season,  an increasing number of charitable  and community service activities are taking place.  

To ensure your activity makes it into this column, please  post your information on the Notice Board and send an e-mail to robert.cooney@uleth.ca


Campus Care Parcel Give Away, Dec. 5

Wednesday, December 5

2:30 p.m.

University Hall Atrium

Groceries have been collected from churches all over southern Alberta and packed in almost 300 bags.

Volunteers from the Ecumenical Campus Ministry  and the U of L community  will be handing out these bags to U of L students to help with end of term studying. The bags go really fast so come early. Last year it took 9 minutes to hand them out.


Red Nose logs 13 per cent increase over last year on first weekend of operation

The popular  Operation Red Nose designated driver program began its 18th season on Nov. 30 with more than 90 volunteers giving 170 rides -- a 13 per cent increase over last year. 

Over the years,  hundreds of community partners, thousands of rides and thousands of volunteer hours have added up to significant support for Pronghorn Athletics.

If the pace continues at this rate, the solid core of volunteers volunteers will need some help.

If you or a group are interestred in helping out, please contact Pronghorn Athletics (403 329-2681) or go to www.gohorns.ca for a volunteer application.

December dates are as follows: 

Dec. 6, 7, 8

Dec. 13, 14, 15

Dec. 20, 21, 22

Dec. 31

To volunteer, please visit this website


Food Fight Lands 500lb of non perishable goods

The "Food Fight" between Management and Health Sciences  and organized by students enrolled in the Social Responsibility minor resulted in a big win for the Interfaith Food Bank -- with more than 550 pounds of non-perishable foodstuffs going their way. Management was declared the winner overall. Health Sciences lives to fight again next year, as the event will become an annual initiaitive.

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The Nutcracker Ballet December 13 - 15

The University of Lethbridge Children's Ballet Program presents the  classic family holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. Tickets sell quickly for this event. Please do not be disappointed! Learn more here.

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Lux Bucks Winner

Deb Marek won the most recent Lux Bucks draw! Find out how much she'll take home, here.

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Student Speaker Challenge 2013

The Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG), the U of L Students' Union, and the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) have once again teamed up to bring a forum for discussion to the U of L.

Students are invited to apply to participate in The Big Idea: The Student Speaker Challenge 2013.

What is the 'Big Idea' question this year? Learn more here.

More information about the Student Speaker Challenge can be found on the LPIRG website  or by contacting LPIRG at pirg@uleth.ca or call 403-332-5343.

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, December 10

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of Dec. 10 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca

The last Uweekly of 2012 will be distributed on Monday, Dec. 17. 

The first Uweekly of 2013 will be distributed Monday, Jan. 7.

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