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Monday, March 4, 2013

CRDC + CAETL = Teaching Centre!

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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. 

They have some exciting news and resources to debut!  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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Living Well at the U of L

This month’s Comfort Zone newsletter is now available. Articles this month include  Dealing with Distractions; Hepatitis C; Protecting your home from water damage; Heart and Stroke Foundation’s one minute quiz for women;Foot comfort and safety; Warming up for work, even if you work at a desk; and more!

Upcoming Wellness sessions:

March 13 -- Pure North S'nergy Foundation session. See additional information below to register. 

March 14 --  Desktop Yoga, Stretches and the Importance of Moving While at Work – Lunch and learn – Sophie Verzosa from U of L Kinesiology will be presenting. AH100, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

March 19 -- Disordered Eating Workshop FULL!  Please email wellness@uleth.ca  if you would like to be added to a wait list for a possible second session.  Dawn McBride and Heather Ponech presenting.

March 28 –  Asthma and Allergies – lunch and learn – Dianne Sullivan from the Asthma and Allergy Clinic will be presenting symptoms and signs of allergies and asthma, what you can do, and how to access the clinic. AH100, 12 noon to  1 p.m.

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

Please email universityoflethbridge@purenorth.ca or call Ryan at 1-403-984-5214 to register or for more info.  Here is the last notice about Pure North if you would like more information. Please note as of Jan 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


Health Check for U Vascular Screening Program --  The last appointment date is April 4!

Get a jumpstart on your health for the new year by registering for the screening soon. 

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

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Lethbridge Herald -- First university, next guide dog college (Lauren Hamilton and her guide dog in training, Myrtle, celebrated their first term together recently)

Financial Post -- Addicted to trading: When online investors become gamblers (Robert Williams)

Beaverlodge and District News -- Alumni in the News: Christopher Deheus, BFA ' 11

Fernie Free Press -- Alumni in the News: Kelsey Goldade, BMgt '04

Canada Newswire -- Harnessing the brain's power to heal itself focus of international research conference in Toronto (Dr. Bryan Kolb, CCBN)

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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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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Brain Awareness Week Activities, March - March 16

The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) is hosting its popular Brain Awareness Week from March 12 to March 16.

In addition to a number of school visits by CCBN researchers, a free public lecture by CCBN researcher Dr. Robert McDonald is planned for March 12.

If you've ever wanted to see what happens inside the CCBN, be sure to attend their open house on Saturday, March 16. Meet the research teams, their students and tour the dry lab areas. Get more information here. 

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Gender Equity and Diversity Week, March 11 – 16

Wheelchair basketball, a  Diversity and Inclusion "Poetry Slam" lectures on the gender differences in the brain,  art and disability and other topics are on the agenda at Gender Equity and Diversity Week, which takes place March 11 - 16.  Get the details on this action-packed week of activities, here.

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

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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.

Photo:  Jordan Thomas,  MS Society Development Coordinator Jackie Stambene, Brynne Thurston and Streatside Eatery owner Steve Oseen are getting ready to take a bite out of MS.

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Students Homeless for Five Days, March 10 - 15

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A couple of U of L professors will be joining this group of students brave the cold at the annual 5 Days for the Homeless event, which takes place from March 10 to March 15 near the SU Building bus loop. Find out who they are, here.

The group is raising funds for the Wood’s Homes Emergency Youth Shelter, a local organization that supports youth at risk in the community.

To date, U of L  student groups have raised more than $50,000.

The students will be sacrificing all technology, routine meals, a warm bed, and their own personal hygiene to contribute to the cause. An online donation website is available, here.

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Volunteers Needed for Canada-Wide Science Fair

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The University of Lethbridge, together with the Canada-Wide Science Fair host committee, is proud to welcome Canada’s brightest young scientists to our campus for the 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) May 11-18, 2013.

If you have a passion for science, or would just like to be involved in this fantastic event, volunteers are needed to help make the 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair successful. Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles.

Volunteers with French language skills would be considered an asset.

Information sessions will take place on March 6 and March 7.  Learn more here. 

To learn more about the judging process, and the Canada Wide Science Fair in general, please visit this website 

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Female Science Mentors needed for 5th Operation Minerva

Destination Exploration, the U of L Youth Science Programs, is hosting its 5th annual Operation Minerva on campus, April 18, 2013. 

This event connects grade 8-9 girls with real women in science and educates them in the many career options that are available to them in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The success of this event depends largely on the involvement of the female science community at U of L, who volunteer as mentors to lead these sessions. 

Volunteers can be students, faculty or academic staff and there are several ways that women can be involved so that we can accommodate their schedules as best as possible.To register, or to learn more, please visit this website. 

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Registrations for DELF testing

Registration  is now open for people to take any one of five DELF-DALF tests to confirm their French language proficiency. Register online until April 5. Testing begins April 22.  For more information, please visit this website. 

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Lux Bucks Winner?

Congratulations to Kali McKay (University Advancement, Communications) as the winner of the most recent Lux Bucks draw.  Kali took home $487.50. You can support Pronghorn Athletics by signing up for this monthly draw. Learn more here. 

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Next Uweekly -- Monday, March 11

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of March 11 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca


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