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Monday, February 18, 2013

U of L and Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) partner to promote research, community achievements

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Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) has launched a marketing initiative designed to raise community awareness of the quality and quantity of business success in the Lethbridge region.

The Success in Lethbridge initiative will build on the momentum of EDL’s award-winning Mind Blowing Facts campaign, and will feature stories and facts that showcase business success in the community.

The University of Lethbridge is a partner in the Success in Lethbridge Campaign. Find out why Doug Spoulos is smiling, here. 

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U of L Welcomes SWATCA delegates, Feb. 21 and 22

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While students are out of school this week, educators  from across southern Alberta are flocking back to school, specifically the U of L, for their annual convention.

Conference Services and the Faculty of Education are getting ready to welcome up  to 2,000 delegates -- members of the South Western Alberta Teachers Convention Association  -- who will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22. 

The massive  event will be quite obvious on campus, in several areas. Keynote speeches and wrap-up sessions will take place in the main gym of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.

Classrooms throughout campus will see breakout sessions. The Atrium and  level 6 walkway in University Hall  will be a giant trade show.  Learn more about the SWATCA convention at this website

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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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Hot off the Electronic Press: Your Latest Pension and Benefits News!

The February Pension & Benefits Newsletter is available for viewing on  the HR/Pension and Benefits website. This issue has some very time-sensitive information regarding 2012 Spending Accounts claims deadlines, so do not delay, click today. 

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Alums Myshak, Brown turn knowledge into high flying business

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When they began their academic adventures at the University of Lethbridge, co-owners of the newly formed Isis Geomatics Incorporated, Steve Myshak (BSc ’10) and Owen Brown (BSc ’09) were heading down very different career paths.

In fact, Brown wasn’t planning on staying at the University for long. Originally enrolled in pre-engineering, he intended to transfer to the University of Calgary to complete his degree there, but one semester in geography at the U of L and he knew he was hooked.

Myshak entered the University of Lethbridge as a mature student, looking for a fresh start. He initially majored in history but after switching majors several times, he found his true passion.

Myshak and Brown are tenants at the new tecconnect centre, a  tech business incubator facility operated by Economic Development Lethbridge. About half the building's clients are connected to the U of L in some way. Read more here

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An "Historic" Example of SOS Effort

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Sheila McManus doesn’t like to brag, but when it comes to supporting students, she and her department have every right to toot their own horn.

A professor in the Department of History at the University of Lethbridge, McManus is familiar with the financial struggles many students face.

“I was able to get my degrees with the help of student loans and jobs,” she recalls. “The stress of working while going to school was a defining characteristic of all three of my degrees.”

Despite facing those financial challenges as a student, McManus felt it was important to give back to her community.

“As broke as I was as a student, I was aware of how privileged I was in this world,” she says. “I didn’t have time to volunteer, but I thought I could find 10 dollars a month to contribute to causes I cared about. 

McManus’s entire department donates to the Supporting our Students campaign. In 2012, for the fourth year in a row, every member of the history department contributed to the campaign.

“This is a real point of pride for our department,” says McManus. “No other department has hit 100 per cent participation four years in a row. We are so proud!” Read more here.

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Operating Hours, Feb 18 - 25

Library Hours, Reading Week

Bookstore Hours, Reading Week

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Share your Research Expertise

Public Affairs is embarking on the process to compile the expertise of our faculty members (and other experts) so that we can populate a new experts database when it is built.

It is critical that our new experts database is up-to-date, easy to use, and searchable. Having a tool that media can use to directly find experts puts U of L researchers in a position to be sought for comment. Likewise, the tool is extremely valuable for public affairs staff who are actively pitching experts in the context of current events.

A searchable experts database is critical for other university functions as well. This includes enabling external researchers to find potential collaborators and helping potential graduate students find supervisors.

U of L’s Information Technology department is in the process of building this Experts Database. As mentioned above, the Public Affairs office has started to compile the information needed to populate it. The form, which is easy to fill out,  allows faculty members flexibility in describing their unique expertise and can be found here.

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Living Well at the U of L

February "Comfort Zone" Wellness Newsletter now available 

Upcoming Wellness sessions:

March 19 -- Disordered Eating Workshop

Ongoing -- Mini Massages!  Book soon!

For additional information, please visit the Wellness Website.


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

University Affairs -- University for better health

Lethbridge Herald -- A Call for Racial Unity

Kyiv Post, Ukraine -- Canada's University of Lethbridge strikes deal with Ukrainian universities

QR77 Calgary / i880 News Edmonton -- Researcher out to prove the benefits of learning to play

Lethbridge Herald -- Pope decision a surprise

Huffington Post Canada -- Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Works In 'Macro' As Well As Quantum World, Study Shows

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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University of Lethbridge Senate seeking internal and external community volunteers

There is currently one opening for a member of the non-academic staff and nine openings for public representatives from southern Alberta to become a part of the U of L Senate, a community-focused group of volunteers.  To learn more, please visit this website. 

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Canada Summer Jobs 2013

If you are interested in leaning 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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Assorted Reading Week Construction Projects

Tunnel Closure,  Feb. 19 - 21

In preparation for construction on the underground PE Tunnel to take place this summer, workers will be demolishing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) duct enclosures. The tunnel will be closed from 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Learn more here.

University Hall  Construction Work

If you hear noises from inside the mechanical shaft walls, it is not a really large marmot.  Find out what's really going on, here.

Carpet Replacement -- UCA, UHall and SU Building

During reading week carpet replacement will occur in three different areas of campus. Learn more here.

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Fire alarm testing in University Hall, Tuesday, February 19

In addition to the construction mentioned above, there will also be fire alam tests taking place in University Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 19.  Will you have to leave? Will you even be here? Learn more at this website.

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Wait, there's More! Emergency Power Testing, Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 a.m.

The University is required by code to test our emergency generators and campus power transfer equipment.

This will take place Thursday, Feb, 21 at 6:00 a.m. in all campus buildings except Student Housing, Sports Field and Helper Hall.

There will be two brief power interruptions of approximately 5 seconds each, about an hour a part.  The first interruption is the transfer from building power to emergency power.   The second interruption, approximately an hour later will be the transfer back.

Only lights or equipment powered by emergency power will be affected by the test.  Building power will remain on as normal.

If you have questions, please contact Tal Meidinger, Electrical Systems Manager, (403) 329-2712.

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Updated Travel and Business Expense Policy and Procedures

If you're hitting the road on company business, please take a moment to review the latest version of the travel and expense policies.  Please note that it is not acceptable to FedEx yourself anywhere. Despite the cost savings,  Risk and Safety Services could have some issues with the outcome. Learn more here.

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...to donate blood.  See the sights of Lethbridge on your way across the river! And back! Ok, maybe this is overselling it a bit, but it's a short trip for a good cause, and you'll be helping serve a definite need in our community. Get the details here.  

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IT Office Suite training available beginning February 21

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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Who Won the U of L Alumni Couples Contest?

 The U of L alumni group held a contest to ask for brief stories about how people met at the University... the winners were recently posted on the ULAA Facebook page.

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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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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, February 25

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of February 259 and beyond, please contact robert.cooney@uleth.ca


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