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What will happen if our freshwater supply runs dry?


How can we stay active and healthy as we age?


What would the future hold if history wasn’t told?


These are just a few of the important questions that we are thinking about at the University of Lethbridge. Welcome to the University of Lethbridge 2005/2006 Community Report. As you read through these pages, you’ll find a dynamic, progressive, young university that is a leader in post-secondary education in Canada; world-class research that’s both applicable and relevant; professors who treat their students like colleagues; graduates who have gone on to impact society in extraordinary ways; and bright, ambitious students who are intent on becoming tomorrow’s leaders. We are Canada’s premier learning experience, built on a commitment to the individual student and to providing every student with the most vital and engaging learning environment in the country. At the University of Lethbridge, students learn to think, and because of that they go on to make outstanding contributions locally, nationally and internationally. We have also made a strong commitment to the importance of including students in our research endeavours, to community-minded research and to the development of centres of excellence on our campus. In 2005/2006, the University received more than $12 million in research funding, and we will continue to make great strides in teaching, research and scholarship. On the eve of our 40th year, we revel in the significant opportunities before us now. We are taking bold steps forward. We have the vision, expertise and ability to positively affect today, tomorrow and the decades to come. I invite you to join us on our journey. I extend a personal invitation to you to visit our campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton to learn more about our university, the people who study and work here, and the more than 25,000 alumni worldwide who have contributed to our tremendous success over the last 39 years.

Dr. William H. Cade President and Vice-Chancellor Professor of Biological Sciences


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BOARD OF GOVERNORS AUGUST 2006 INTERIM CHAIR:

A. G. (Guy) McNab

CHANCELLOR:

Shirley DeBow

PRESIDENT & VICE-CHANCELLOR:

William Cade

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: Aaron Engen

John Gill

GENERAL FACULTIES COUNCIL:

Tom Robinson

Claudia Malacrida

SENATE:

Sharon Holtman

GOVERNMENT:

Myles Bourke

Grant Pisko

Robert Turner

Kevin Keith

Doug Stokes

Karen Bartsch

Dean Setoguchi

Gordon Jong

STUDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVES:

Dustin Fuller

Christopher Ng

GRADUATE STUDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE:

Jon Lane

NON-ACADEMIC:

Linda Anderson

SECRETARY:

Rita Law

0506 Community Report

Produced by the Office of University Advancement at the University of Lethbridge. PUBLISHER:

WRITERS:

University of Lethbridge

Bob Cooney

Board of Governors

Alesha Farfus-Shukaliak

EDITOR: Tanya Jacobson-Gundlock ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Alesha Farfus-Shukaliak DESIGNER: Stephenie Chester PHOTOGRAPHY: Bernie Wirzba Curtis Trent Photography

Shelagh McMullan Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel CONTRIBUTORS: Cindy Armstrong-Esther Mandy Moser PRINTING: Calgary Colorpress


What are the chilling effects of global warming?

“Freshwater is not endless; we only have

landscape and the ecology. There are

a finite amount. Almost two-thirds of

coldwater fish that can’t survive water

the world’s freshwater is stored in the

temperature changes, and the tree line

form of glaciers and ice sheets, and this

and vegetation zones are moving higher

is gradually released into our rivers and

up in the mountains.

oceans.

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Dr. Hester Jiskoot’s research shows that global warming is having a “chilling” effect on our glaciers and our world. Jiskoot is an award-winning glaciologist, and she has spent her career studying how glaciers flow and how they interact with the environment and the climate.

“The fact that the climate is changing

“Glaciers are a thermometer of the

more rapidly than ever in human history

climate. If the climate gets warmer, the

is very clear – the glaciers are retreating

glaciers recede and become smaller. If

at an accelerated pace.

a glacier gets smaller, then there is less water to melt. If we were to run out of stored freshwater, such as in glaciers and mountain snow packs, then in periods of drought very little water will be left in the

“The Columbia Icefield and Alaska’s calving glaciers are amongst the fastestmelting glaciers in North America. Glaciers in the European Alps

rivers. For Alberta, this would mean that in late summer most of the rivers may eventually carry too little water to sustain our needs. More research is needed to predict the exact changes to the amount of meltwater due to climate change.

“Melting of the glaciers also causes the sea level to rise, and it affects the

have lost more


than 50 per cent of their volumes in the

system where all natural processes

last 100 years. Glaciers in Africa, such

are connected and urge them to be

as on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount

environmentally conscious and conserve

Kenya, will only be around for another

water. I lead by example.”

20 to 25 years, and so will the ones in Glacier National Park, MT. “Global warming has a dramatic effect on the glaciers. They are depleted and much less active. It is very sad, but also very exciting to be able to study these drastic changes and to help predict the effects this has on our world. “As a researcher, I contribute my little bit in providing the correct information and data, which I hope can influence the thought process of

Jiskoot has visited glaciated regions all over the world, including the Himalayas, Greenland, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Iceland, the Yukon territory, Alaska, the European Alps and the Canadian Rockies. She is one of 24 recipients of the 2006 NSERC University Faculty Awards, which are designed to increase the representation of women and Aboriginal peoples in the natural sciences and engineering faculties at Canadian universities. In 2005, Jiskoot was invited by the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources to advise about the role of glaciers in the water supply prognosis in Western Canada.

WHAT OTHERS AT THE U OF L ARE THINKING ABOUT How do human activities affect our ecosystems, fisheries and water quality? Each summer, biological sciences professor Dr. Joseph Rasmussen and his undergraduate assistants pack up their gear and head to the river to conduct fieldwork. They are fishing for answers to questions like what impact does contamination, watershed alternation and the introduction of exotic species have on our ecosystems, fisheries and water quality? This year, students collected fish for mercury analysis in the South Saskatchewan River Basin and sampled cutthroat trout for genetic studies of hybridization between the native cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout. Rasmussen conducts his research through the Water Institute for Semi-arid Ecosystems (WISE) and holds a Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystems. What are the economics of water?

decision makers. I also teach my students that the world is a global

Economics professor Dr. Henning Bjornlund is investigating which policies and instruments irrigation communities need to implement in order to achieve better ecological outcomes and have the least impact on the economy and the communities. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Water Resource Economics. September 2005: The Government of Alberta, through the Ministry of Advanced Education, announced that the University will receive $12 million in capital funding to help construct a Water and Environmental Science Building, which will

THE MELTING POINT house a large number of people devoted to water use, water conservation and water quality. Photo courtesy of Dr. Hester Jiskoot


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STUDENT RESEARCH Learning about the discoveries of

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the past is an important part of undergraduate education. But at the University of Lethbridge, undergraduate students like Jonathan Loree have a hands-on role in the discoveries of today and tomorrow. Loree has spent two summers working as a co-op student alongside noted researcher Dr. Olga Kovalchuk, who is a molecular biologist and trained medical physician. Not only has Loree’s learning transcended the traditional undergraduate experience, but his work

has life-saving potential. As part of Kovalchuk’s 13-person lab,

potentially affect distant cells and lead

see the results and know that they’re

to malignancies in the future.”

applicable. You’ve made the next step

which includes six undergraduate

Kovalchuk’s lab is investigating the

students, Loree is looking at how

mechanisms by which the bystander

radiation affects cells that are not

effect may be signalled to distant cells

actually hit by the radiation – a

and implemented by those bystander

biological phenomenon called the

cells as well as the significance of

bystander effect.

these induced changes. They are

“The bystander effect involves the induction of genetic and epigenetic alterations in cells that have never been exposed to ionizing radiation,” explains Loree. “For example, radiation that is used to diagnose or treat cancer can

working to provide further insight into the molecular underpinnings of the bystander effect in order to create more effective treatment regimes and potentially limit this side effect. “The most rewarding part is when you

and created new knowledge,” says Loree. Loree is a recipient of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Summer Studentships (2006). He maintains a 4.0 GPA, coaches volleyball and badminton at Lethbridge middle schools and is an active volunteer with Chinook Health’s Bridges Program – a community-based geriatric program.


Jonathan Loree

How can we make antibiotics more effective? Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden researches ways of making antibiotics more effective by focusing on bacterial cells’ ribosomes. “Ribosomes are tiny ‘engines’ that build the proteins necessary for all life forms and are found in

their efforts to produce deletion mutants in E. coli O157 in order to identify new genes that are contributing to its bacterial pathogenesis and virulence. In another project, they are working to further characterize different strains

of E. coli O157 that infect preferentially into cattle and humans. They have

teamed up with the Alberta Livestock Industry through its development fund to produce a new diagnostic test for E. coli O157 in water and in food.

the cells of all living things,” explains Wieden. “Determining the best way to

Something to think about: At many universities, research opportunities

block this translation process will provide key information for the development

are reserved for graduate students. At the U of L, however, undergraduate

and testing of novel antibiotics.” Wieden is a professor in the Department

students engage in research and discovery. Students work with world-

of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and he was appointed as the University’s sixth

renowned professors and enhance their educations through research and

Canada Research Chair in November.

work experiences. Learning also transcends the traditional classroom

Does our water quality pose a risk? Biological sciences professor Dr. James Thomas and his master’s students are collaborating with Health Canada on water quality. They are combining

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“The most rewarding part is when you see the results and know that they’re applicable. You’ve made the next step and created new knowledge.”

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environment through our co-operative education programs, international exchanges, study tours, applied studies and independent studies.

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If we live in one of the most affluent and abundant countries in the world, then why are today’s children at risk of living shorter lives than their parents? Education professor Dr. David Chorney is a visionary. He has his sight set on the future of

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physical education, and he has dedicated his research and teaching to advancing the field and inspiring the next generation of teachers. According to Chorney, we need to rethink what the field of physical education is all about – and reevaluate what it should be – so that students learn the inherent value of quality physical education, health education, physical activity and wellness, and what all of these things can mean to them at the present as well as for the rest of their lives. “Physical education is not only an education through the physical, it is also about affective

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(feeling) and cognitive (thinking) domains and

understanding an array of questions: What

bringing together all three of these domains

effects do the use of heart rate monitors have

of learning. It’s about linking lessons together

on students enrolled in physical education

so that students learn an appreciation for

classes? Which physical fitness, psychosocial

appropriate physical movements, so students

and behavioural health indicators are associated

become aware of their own skills and abilities

with physical activity among middle school-aged

How much does it cost to educate patients

and take individual responsibility for their own

children? What do physical education teacher

about diabetes?

health and well-being. It’s also about mandating

education programs look like across Canada?

Despite the widespread acceptance of the importance

the physical education curriculum for all grades,

How do U of L physical education majors’

of patient education programs and the vast amounts

like it is for other subjects, and ensuring that

beliefs and perceptions regarding the teaching

physical education is taught by knowledgeable

of physical education change throughout their

and qualified professionals,” explains Chorney.

teacher preparation programs?

“We need to rethink what the field of physical education is all about – and re-evaluate what it should be – so that students learn the inherent value of quality physical education, health education, physical activity and wellness, and what all of these things can mean to them at the present as well as for the rest of their lives.”

Chorney’s research directly influences his

student Atulya Venkatramanan developed a

teaching – where he says his goal is to foster

strategic model that links an organization’s cost

inquiry. “When students leave my class, I want

management decisions to its strategic objectives, and

them to walk away with more questions than

used the model to estimate the cost of a diabetes

answers. I hope they have learned relevant content, teaching strategies and new ideas, but I also hope I’ve helped them gain more

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of resources invested in them, research into the costs of providing patient education is sparse, especially in the chronic disease area. As part of her master’s research project, master of science in management

patient education program. Chinook Health’s Building Healthy Lifestyles diabetes education program participated in the study.

confidence and unleashed their spirits to make

What role does physical activity play in

them even more passionate about their future

successful aging?

careers as physical education teachers. I also try to encourage my students to be accountable for asking their own questions and to develop into self-sufficient learners.”

Dr. David Chorney

Kinesiology researcher Dr. Jennifer Copeland is investigating the role of physical activity in successful aging. Specifically, she is looking at the influence of age on endogenous anabolic hormone levels, anabolic hormone responses to different types of exercise and the role of hormone levels in successful aging. She is also interested in determining the best methods for measuring physical activity in

This vision has become the focus of Chorney’s

different populations, which is an important step

research program. His research delves into

in determining how much physical activity is

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necessary for optimal health. She was recently a coinvestigator on two projects that measured physical activity in Old-Order Mennonite and Amish children in southwestern Ontario. The objectives of these innovative projects were to study the behaviours of those who adopt lifestyles somewhat representative of several generations ago, when current health concerns such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease were less common. May 2006: The universities of Lethbridge, Alberta and Calgary announced a first-in-Canada postsecondary collaboration aimed at dramatically increasing public health initiatives. The Pan-Alberta Public Health Initiative focuses on wellness and prevention.


What if neurological and psychiatric conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, mood disorders and schizophrenia could be prevented?

the brain to function

neurological systems are shaped by our experiences

abnormally. He explains

and memories, these experiences and memories can

that once we understand

also cause dramatic changes to the systems in our

how and what systems in

brains. Learning how memory systems are organized in

the brain are affected, and

the brain and how they interact with one another and

when, we can work to override

the rest of the brain to produce different thoughts and

these cascades of events that

behaviours is a key component of a knowledge base

are the cause of neurological

that will lead to an understanding of how neurological

dysfunction.

conditions and psychiatric disorders manifest

prevent these kinds of disorders from occurring.

“It’s all about learning to think differently about these diseases and taking an alternative approach to them,” says McDonald.

“Essentially, we all have the same neurons,” says

McDonald’s research has far-reaching

Never one to follow and accept mainstream solutions when questions can still be asked, psychology and neuroscience professor and University of Lethbridge alumnus Dr. Robert McDonald (BSc ‘89) is working toward discoveries that could potentially

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McDonald. “It’s the way that our brain gets organized during development and the formation of our memories, experiences and what happens to us throughout our lives that shape who we are, who we become and why

factors in their lives, we could then develop treatments that could potentially prevent the condition from occurring in the first place,” he explains.

neurological questions about our memories and their powerful influence on

McDonald and his colleagues approach the study of

“What happens when we lose that?”

combination of influences

predisposed to a condition, based on the different

sociological, psychological and

our personalities and behaviour. “Ultimately,

one single factor that causes brain disorders, but a

“Once we are able to understand who may be

implications answering philosophical,

we behave the way we do.”

neurological conditions with the idea that there is no

themselves in individuals.

memory defines who we are,” he explains.

Just as

our

that cause systems in

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ERIES OF THE MIND WHAT OTHERS AT THE U OF L ARE THINKING ABOUT What are the long-term effects of drinking during pregnancy? Education professor Dr. Noella PiquetteTomei is participating in a study entitled Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Autism, which will receive $50,000 per year for the next three years from the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Networks of Centres of Excellence. The project examines prevalent

development disorders of the brain that

major research tools to its expanding abilities

Pokarney, Kevan Bryant, Tanner Heggie,

result in severe cognitive impairments and

to study the brain with the installation of

Amber Mueller and Laura Vogelsang. The

associated learning difficulties. The group is

two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units.

HYRS program coordinator for the U of L was

led by Dr. Christian Beaulieu, a professor in

These magnets are among the most powerful

graduate student Nazia Alam.

the Department of Biomedical Engineering

in the province for research purposes.

in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Piquette-Tomei’s co-investigators include colleagues from the University of Alberta Centre for Research on Literacy and the fetal alcohol spectrum disorder clinic at Glenrose Hospital in Edmonton, AB. July 2006: The U of L’s Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) added two

Summer 2006: The U of L welcomed five students from area high schools to campus this summer to take part in the Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) program. Sponsored by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), the HYRS students worked in the CCBN. The 2006 HYRS students were Brynna Brown-


What would tomorrow hold if the past was not remembered?

highest award for Yiddish literature. Although Rosenfarb is recognized as one of the most prominent Yiddish writers living today, she told graduates that she is “proof of how easily the right to an education can be taken away,” and she urged us all to remember the lessons of the

“My university was the Second World War. My classroom was the Lodz Ghetto. My teachers were my fellow inmates there – especially the poets, painters and intellectuals of the doomed writers’ community incarcerated between the barbed wire walls of the ghetto, who accepted me at a very early age as a member. So, I am a graduate of the Holocaust, of the death camps of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. I have

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matriculated in one of the greatest tragedies known to man.” These are the words spoken by Dr. Chava

past.

“Please remember that the future grows out of the past, and the past too must be remembered if only for the lessons it has to teach us – namely, what to celebrate and what to fear.” Dr. Chava Rosenfarb

Rosenfarb (LLD ‘06), an award-winning

“You may be thinking to yourself that surely

Yiddish author and Holocaust survivor, at the

this could never happen in Canada, and I

University of Lethbridge’s spring Convocation on

certainly hope that what I have lived through

May 31, 2006, where she was awarded a doctor

can never happen here. But then, who would

of laws. This honorary doctorate is the first

have imagined that the devastation and horrors

honorary degree ever bestowed on a Yiddish

of the Holocaust would have happened in the

writer by a Canadian university, and it is also

heart of civilized Europe. And yet, they did …

Rosenfarb’s first university degree.

Please remember that the future grows out of

Rosenfarb’s mother tongue, Yiddish, was also a victim of the war. In her Convocation address, she explained that she writes in Yiddish to pay

the past, and the past too must be remembered if only for the lessons it has to teach us – namely, what to celebrate and what to fear.”

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homage to her past. “I write in Yiddish because

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it was the language of my home in Poland. It was the language of my childhood and my community. It was the language I knew like the map of my own heart,” she said. “So I wrote my novels in Yiddish out of a sense of loyalty to the vanished world of my youth, out of a sense of obligation to a world that no longer existed.” Rosenfarb’s poems, stories and novels reflect have earned her the Prize of the Congress for Jewish Culture; the Sholem Aleichem Prize; the Atran Prize and the Itsik Manger Prize, Israel’s

University of Lethbridge English professor Dr. Goldie Morgentaler is Rosenfarb’s daughter and translator. Morgentaler is a co-winner of the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies, one of the Modern Language Association book prizes, for her translation of Rosenfarb’s Survivors. The prize will be awarded at the Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia, PA, in December 2006.


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WHAT OTHERS AT THE U OF L ARE THINKING ABOUT Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation of the Nazi camps where millions of Jews and other prisoners died. It’s a frightening chapter in modern history that Peter Visentin, a music professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and Dr. Bruce MacKay (BA ‘84), the coordinator of liberal education in the Faculty of Arts and Science, aren’t prepared to close the book on. “One of the responses to the Holocaust has been to say, ‘This should never happen again.’ Yet it has happened again, and it is still happening. As distasteful and horrendous as it is to think about genocide, I think we have to,” says MacKay. MacKay and Visentin responded to the anniversary by organizing a course and a colloquium on genocide. The Problem of Genocide: Remembrance and Reconciliation course offered in the Fall 2005 Semester featured 17 faculty members lecturing on genocide from the perspectives of their disciplines. “A liberal education helps students develop the tools, skills and confidence to use their education and knowledge to make the world a better place. I think a course like this helps in that regard by focusing on one particular problem and considering what can be done about it from a range of disciplinary perspectives,” says MacKay. Students attended the three-day Genocide Generation, Remembrance and Reconciliation... Or Repetition? colloquium in October. Highlights included: - Speakers discussing examples of genocide in countries around the world in the 20th century. - The Music of the Holocaust performance of music written by people who lived in the resettlement and death camps. - The Reflect: Goodwin, Spero and Steinman art exhibition with works contemplating the imagery and physical traces of organized violence as well as the personal experience of these tragedies. “The art exhibition and concert were designed to engage students on an emotional plane and challenge them to examine how they relate to the world around them. Many students found themselves unexpectedly moved by lectures and events that would normally have been outside their disciplinary comfort zone,” says Visentin.


Does a border really mean that we need to draw lines of distinction?

“Today, this border is very porous. And although there is no physical boundary, the border has a great effect economically. We see this in examples such as international water rights; when the American cattle industry was able to get the border closed to Canadian cattle; and

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According to Dr. Sheila McManus, history has a lot to teach us about borders and what they do and do not mean. McManus is an expert in Canadian-U.S. comparative history, who happens to have a fascination with borders. Her research focuses on the history and creation of borders, specifically the 49th parallel east of the Rockies.

the current talk of needing a passport to get across the border in the future. “What fascinates me about the CanadaU.S. border is the constant tension of trying to make it into a real political border – a barrier to people – a real line of difference, but the histories and economies of the two countries suggest to me that it’s never going to be that kind of border. “The Canada-U.S. border is a creation; it was made. The divisions between people are creations. The belief that people are different from you because of their

“How do you make a border? How do you make a

skin colour or their faith is an artificial

border where, in terms of the history and the geography

distinction. We are all people.

of the region, one doesn’t seem to belong? Both the Canadian and U.S. governments had to work very hard

“When you look at the Middle East, it’s

to create a line that was supposed to separate the two

an entire region with artificial borders.

countries.

A line in the sand doesn’t have to

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Canada’s Most Famous Generation Is Leaving Behind,

their magnetic properties. He was the only Canadian on

this fall.

a team of archaeologists, paleontologists and technicians

How do we as Canadians see our families, jobs and

When is the earliest record of human activity in

the country? What do we believe and believe in?

northern Europe?

Maclean’s Poll 2006 answered these and many other

A widely-reported discovery that humans occupied

questions using data collected by University of Lethbridge

parts of what is now the northeast coast of Britain more

sociologist and Board of Governors research Chair Dr.

than 200,000 years earlier than previously thought

Reginald Bibby. The poll, published in the July issue of

has a University of Lethbridge connection. Dr. René

Maclean’s, examined the beliefs that make us who we are

Barendregt, a U of L geography researcher and associate

and changes in popular Canadian attitudes since 1975.

dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, helped to verify

Bibby’s information is drawn from more than 30 years

700,000-year-old human occupation of a prominent

of his trend-tracking research and will be published in

United Kingdom archaeology site. Barendregt’s research

expanded form in a new book, The Boomer Factor: What

specialty is dating sediments and artifacts by measuring

who were studying a coastal site called the Comer Forestbed Formation, located at Pakefield, in Suffolk, U.K. Their findings, with Barendregt’s contributions, were published in the international research journal Nature as the cover story on Dec. 15.


mean that you have a knee-jerk stereotype about who that person is on the other side. Couldn’t you choose to see that dividing line differently? “I question lines, borders and boundaries, and I want my students to question the lines that people draw for them. Look beyond the line in the sand. Look beyond what you’re being told about the people on the other side. Question that line. Think about that line.” In 2005, McManus published a very influential book entitled The Line Which Separates: Race, Gender, and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands. According to McManus, nations are made and unmade at the borders, and the 49th parallel separating Montana and Alberta in the late 19th century was a pivotal western site for both Canada and the United States. Her book makes an important comparison between American and Canadian government policies and attitudes regarding race, gender and white colonization. The book also explores the uneven way the border was superimposed on Blackfoot country in order to divide a previously cohesive region.

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Who are the true winners and losers in the gaming industry?

two of the most important issues in gambling

few studies on how a specific type of gambling

research: the socio-economic costs and benefits,

might affect a community and its individuals,”

and the factors that contribute to people

says Williams.

Two University of Lethbridge researchers and their colleagues from Alberta, Ontario, Texas and Australia are out of the starting gate on the largest gaming study ever undertaken.

becoming problem gamblers.

gambling on the social and economic health of

gambling have been biased, methodologically

Canadian communities can be generally

flawed or both,” says Williams, a veteran gaming

applied to other communities, according to Wood,

researcher and the project’s principal investigator.

a U of L sociology researcher who is studying the

“The main limitations have been the failure to not studying the impacts for a long enough period of time,” explains Williams. “Some social impacts

losers are in an industry that is promoted on the

(such as problem gambling) take much longer

merits of community and economic benefits, but

to show up compared to economic impacts. This

which comes with many unclear social costs.

project gives us the ability to do an exhaustive

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will spend the next few years working on a $3.1 million study of the effects of a large-scale ‘racino’ (a combination horse racing track and casino) opening in Belleville, ON. They will tackle

social costs of gambling.

cast a wide enough net to explore impacts and

Their goal is to find out who the true winners and

Dr. Robert Williams and Dr. Robert Wood

That crucial information about the impact of

“Most studies on the socio-economic impact of

state-of-the-art impact analysis.” The study will follow 4,000 people “These

for five years. “There have been

sorts of

many long-term studies of mental

gambling venues are

health problems and other addictions, but this is one of the very

opened and operated on the

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WHAT OTHERS AT THE U OF L ARE THINKING ABOUT How do models of international development reflect our cultural assumptions as Westerners and shape the economies and identities of non-Western peoples? Dr. Patrick Wilson’s field research in Amazonian Ecuador

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over the last 10 years has dealt with that general question. The anthropology professor is beginning a new research project which examines transnational fair trade and the global construction of indigenous identity,

working with fair trade and sustainable development non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Spain and

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indigenous communities in Ecuador that are recipients

Sciences offers the only baccalaureate program in

of fair trade development projects from those same

addictions counselling in Canada. The program is offered

NGOs. By examining how stereotypical understandings

in collaboration with Medicine Hat College. The School

of indigenous people travel cross-culturally, he hopes to

is also the home of the University of Lethbridge site for

discover how fair trade program development may be

the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, a partnership

related to the cultural production and circulation of ideas

among three Alberta universities that is funded by the

associated with indigenous populations. Through this

Government of Alberta.

research he also hopes to shed light on the socio-cultural and economic impacts of fair trade projects implemented in these indigenous communities.


premise that Canadian society will benefit from

“Just as there are winners and losers when

gambling,” says Wood. “Such an assumption,

gambling on specific games, there are winners

however, is tragically premature.”

and losers in society in a much broader sense,”

Wood adds that the study is long overdue in the

says Wood.

Canadian context, where governments accrue revenue from the gambling and problem gambling activities of Canadians.

(l-r) Dr. Robert Wood, Department of Sociology, and Dr. Robert Williams, School of Health Sciences

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How can marketing promote alternatives to drinking and driving? According to management professor Dr. Sameer Deshpande, social marketing is the key to stopping people from driving after drinking.

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“Social marketing goes beyond education, and it is not just creating awareness,” Deshpande explains. “It’s a social change tool where we identify the target audience, understand why they are undertaking the socially-undesirable behaviour and promote an alternative behaviour by creating an attractive opportunity in the environment that reduces barriers, satisfies the underlying needs and provides enhanced benefits.”

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Deshpande was involved in a Wisconsin-based Road Crew project that identified a toolbox of strategies to motivate young adult men to take rides and reduce the need to drive after drinking. Three Wisconsin communities employed marketing strategies to introduce the new services and successfully decreased

the incidence of alcohol-impaired driving. “For the strategies to be successful, the alternative behaviour – adopting a service where someone else drives from the bar to home – must be more attractive to the target audience than the negative behaviour – driving after drinking,” says Deshpande. “For example, one Wisconsin community purchased used limousines from Las Vegas and offered discounted rides.” This fall, Deshpande will be working with the Alcohol Awareness Committee at the University of Lethbridge to use social marketing to promote responsible drinking. “We will be conducting focus groups and surveys to investigate what kind of ideas would attract first- and second-year students to attend alcohol-free

events while meeting their need to socialize,” says Deshpande. “We hope to use marketing techniques to develop a strong and sustainable program.” Deshpande is a member of the Faculty of Management’s Centre for Socially Responsible Marketing. The Faculty has developed a niche in this area with all of its tenure-track faculty members specializing in social marketing, corporate social responsibility or not-for-profit marketing.


Conservation: Is it worth all the effort?

PITCHING IN A little car goes a long way in terms of fuel efficiency. It takes a mere $16 worth of diesel fuel to fill the Utilities Department’s new Smart car, and one tank keeps the car going for about 600 kilometres of on-campus driving.

The U of l has put its environmental aspirations into action by: • Implementing a paper and cardboard recycling program that

The Utilities Department is responsible for the operation,

has been running since 1992. The 86,500 kilograms of paper and

maintenance, distribution and integrity of the University’s

cardboard that the University recycled in 2005 is the equivalent of

utility infrastructure. The wide-ranging responsibilities

1,470.5 trees or $5,709 in waste removal costs.

take the building operations staff across campus, and

• Composting food waste from Sodexho’s on-campus food

the Smart car is the vehicle of choice for quick trips that

services and the Students’ Union pub.

don’t require more horsepower or space.

• Constructing the new Centre for Sport and Wellness to meet

“It is not smart to travel around campus in a one-ton

the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and

truck when you can use a little car like this,” says Hank

Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification standards.

DeRidder, superintendent, Utilities Department.

It will be one of the first buildings in Alberta to receive this certification.

• Running the Centre for Sport and Wellness on environmentally friendly wind power. The U of L has agreed to purchase 850-megawatt hours of electrical green power per annum, which is equivalent to the annual production of one windmill, from Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc. for the next 10 years. This contract is expected to meet 100 per cent of the centre’s annual power needs. • Recycling more than 5,000 fluorescent light tubes on an annual basis. • Establishing three battery recycling stations on campus.


What happens when technology meets art?

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE

When the U of L installed the motion-capture lab in 2001, it was one of the first such systems in North America. The lab offers students, like Brandie Dunn (left) and Xi Li (right), the relatively rare opportunity to use a professional motioncapture system similar to the Vicon systems used in such movies as Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. The lab has research and performance applications for students and faculty in various disciplines.

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The U of L has graduated more than a hundred

Dr. David Clearwater (BA’93, BFA ’93) says

design, video and cinematic work, 3D modelling

alumni with bachelor of fine arts degrees in new

students are benefiting from the University’s liberal

and artistic practice. Many alumni have gone on to

media since introducing the program in 1999.

arts focus. “We provide students with a number of

successful careers in the video game, television, film

Approximately eight per cent of new media

different skill sets and a knowledge base that they

and advertising industries.

graduates go on to post-secondary programs.  Of the

can apply in a variety of different areas. Employers

graduates who enter the workforce, 94 per cent are

want people with research, writing and technical

employed in their field. Alumnus Nate Smith (BFA

skills as well as the ability to do creative conceptual

’02) exemplifies the new media alumni’s success. At

development,” says Clearwater.

the 2006 Canadian New Media Awards, Smith was named Designer of the Year and his multidisciplinary design firm, The Vacuum Design, was a finalist in the Most Promising New Company category. Department of New Media Acting Chair

“The new media program combines mass communications tools and the artistic and creative process. Traditional artists have an almost one-toone relationship with the people viewing their work

New media students have access to a motion-capture

in galleries. New media alumni working in special

lab, sound engineering room and high-end computer

effects houses or advertising firms could have their

labs outfitted with dual monitors and full software

work exposed to tens of thousands of people,” says

suites.

Clearwater.

The diverse ambitions of new media students can be loosely categorized into web design and graphic


(l-r) Joanne Luu, John Lapins and Ben Thibault

What is the value of a liberal education?

medical reasons,” says Thibault. That brought out the

swimming and the title of University of Lethbridge

activist inside of him, and Thibault started to take some

male athlete of the year. During his first year, he broke

sociology and political science courses.

three school records in the 100-, 150- and 200-metre

“I realized my dream job was to be a political power

backstroke.

player – a lobbyist,” says Thibault, who is now studying

“The good thing about this university is that it is small,”

at Harvard.

says Lapins. “Most swim teams are way bigger than ours,

STUDENT CENTRED At what university can an undergrad studying

The possibilities at a smaller university where students

but we get more attention here – the ratio of coaches to

biochemistry get his name on two published research

have unfettered access to any number of world-

athletes is so much better. And our swimming pool is one

papers, have the opportunity to co-write a research paper

renowned professors is what truly makes the U of L

of the best in Canada.”

on the Supreme Court of Canada and then get accepted

shine, says Joanne Luu, a fourth-year student who is

into Harvard Law School?

majoring in both biological sciences and political science.

That is precisely the experience Ben Thibault (BSc ’06,

Luu is an active volunteer. As a member of the Rotaract

after the U of L. But all three students agree that the

Co-op) had at the University of Lethbridge. Thibault

Club, she has worked on projects like Water for Life,

University of Lethbridge has given them exactly the start

began his U of L experience with a goal to become

raising funds to build wells in India. She plans to study

they need – a sort of head start, really, over students

a small animal veterinarian – but the opportunities

law once she completes her U of L degree.

who begin their post-secondary experiences at larger

provided at the liberal arts university opened his eyes to other possibilities.

John Lapins is in his first year at the U of L, and he already has a long list of swimming championships

“I wanted to be a vet, but then I saw this statistic that

and medals with his name on them, including two

said 50 per cent of euthanized pets in the United States

bronze medals at Canada West, the title of Canadian

are euthanized because of owner’s choice, not for

Interuniversity Sport male rookie of the year for

Lapins hopes to pursue a degree in criminology and he – like Thibault and Luu – will continue with his education

institutions. Photo and story courtesy of the Lethbridge Herald


A Year in Review

(Selected highlights from October ‘05 to September ‘06) Visit From the Premier Premier Ralph Klein visited the Lethbridge campus on Oct. 27 to announce that the Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre will receive $1.2 million in provincial funding to help purchase scientific equipment. The Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre is the primary receiving and distribution station for images taken through a special satellite technology called SPOT. U of L Makes “A” List

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The University of Lethbridge scored grades ranging from “A+” to “B+” in approximately half the categories in the 2005 Globe and Mail University Report Card, published in the Nov. 2 edition of the newspaper.

of Jaén (Spain) and Otto-von-Guericke

of Brain and Mental Health. The new

celebrations to mark the Faculty’s

University (Germany).

program has been created to recognize

25th anniversary and the Calgary and

the contributions of Harley Hotchkiss,

Edmonton campuses’ 10th anniversaries.

“Soundscapes” Receive National Exposure A joint project by fine arts professor Will Smith and geography professor Dr. Craig Coburn that transformed satellite images of Canadian cities into musical compositions was featured in Canadian Geographic magazine (Jan./Feb. 2006). The soundscapes also caught the attention of CBC Radio One, and Smith and Coburn were interviewed on Sounds Like Canada on Jan. 20.

Peter Raymont, a veteran filmmaker who told the world the compelling story of Lt.Gen., the Honourable Roméo Dallaire’s journey through the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, was the featured speaker at the U of L’s 14th International Dinner in

educational institution to receive an

of collective responsibility.

A-level ranking (A-) in the “Overall

Dallaire received an honorary degree

Quality of Education” category, which

from the U of L at the fall 2005

measured teaching quality and faculty

Convocation.

knowledge, teaching methods and

JDC West Comes to Lethbridge Flinging people into near-freezing lake water combined with a huge amount of

In the specific categories, campus safety

preparation and enthusiasm paid off for

and security and on-campus Internet

a group of management students who

and e-mail services scored A+, with

participated in the Jeux du Commerce

(among other categories) class sizes, the

(JDC) West – a high-profile student

library and faculty members’ knowledge

business competition – in January. The

and availability to students scoring A

41-person U of L team brought home

rankings.

eight awards, including a third place

Five European education students completed two-month teaching internships at Lethbridge schools in December 2005. The students were part of the Canada European Community Mobility Project, an international teacher exchange program between three Canadian universities – Simon Fraser University, the University of Lethbridge

program, which is based at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. The program will bring together researchers from laboratory and clinical settings at the universities of Lethbridge, Calgary and Alberta to better understand how brain development is affected by perinatal of children.

L was the only Alberta post-secondary

Mobility Project

professor Dr. Bryan Kolb is leading the

International Dinner

power of the individual and the necessity

Canada European Community

U of L psychology and neuroscience

experiences in order to improve the lives

February. He spoke on the topic of the

office hours.

the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary.

Filmmaker Speaks at

For the second year in a row, the U of

faculty availability to students outside

outgoing AHFMR Chair and founder of

finish overall. The group won the charity award for organizing a successful polar bear swim that raised more than $5,000 for the United Way and received the organizing committee of the year award. In 2008, management students, led by Lee Spracklin and Christine Odney, will host the JDC West conference in Lethbridge. Understanding Perinatal Experiences This spring, the Alberta Heritage

Raising Money for Charity Calgary campus students in the Managing Responsibly in a Global Environment course raised more than $8,000 for charity in the Spring Semester. In June, team Fiat Lux, which was made up of U of L staff and friends of the University, contributed $5,024 to the fight against cancer by participating in

Two individuals with strong ties to southern Alberta and the University of Lethbridge were named to the Order of Canada on July 24. University of Lethbridge sociology researcher and author Dr. Reginald Bibby was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Dr. James Horsman, QC, a Medicine Hatbased lawyer, University of Lethbridge chancellor emeritus and honorary degree recipient, was named a Member of the Order of Canada. President Cade Inducted Into Kainai Chieftainship University of Lethbridge President Dr. Bill Cade joined a select group of people on July 22. He was inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship, a group of up to 40 living individuals who have been recognized by the members of the Blood Tribe for their service to the community.

the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay

20 Years of Student Exchanges

For Life. The Canadian Cancer Society

This summer, the University of Lethbridge

recognized team members for achieving

celebrated 20 years of student exchanges

bronze status by raising more than

with Hokkai-Gakuen University (HGU).

$5,000.

Since 1986, 206 students from HGU

Convocation Celebrations The University held its 100th Convocation ceremony on June 2. The ceremony marked the end of approximately 30 years of Convocation ceremonies in the old gymnasium, which closed to make way for Centre for Sport and Wellness renovations. It was also a new beginning for nine Faculty of Education students who were the first graduates of the Niitsitapi Teacher Education program.

have been to Lethbridge and 142 students from the U of L have been to the Sapporo/Kitami campuses in Japan. This year also marked the first visit from a special class of students from the HGU Faculty of Management who began English as a second language (ESL) and business studies on the U of L Edmonton campus.

Faculty & Staff Dr. Peter Heffernan, a researcher

The program was developed by the

specializing in second-language

University of Lethbridge Faculty of

education, received two awards – the

Education in collaboration with Red Crow Community College to offer local First Nations students a teacher education program that incorporates Blackfoot culture, traditions and knowledge as foundational components.

Foundation for Medical Research

Management Celebrates a Milestone

(AHFMR) announced up to $650,000

Year

European universities – the University of

for the AHFMR Hotchkiss Provincial

On July 1, 2006, the Faculty of

Leeds (United Kingdom), the University

Program on Perinatal Determinants

Management began a year of

and the University of Regina – and three

Order of Canada

Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) Prix Louis-Philippe Cormier Award and the Robert Roy Award from the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT). Dr. Kris Magnusson, a professor of counselling psychology with a specialization in career development, has been awarded this year’s Stu Conger Leadership Award in Career Development


and Career Counselling by the Canadian

Biological sciences professor Dr. Olga

mer throw at the Commonwealth Games

Career Development Foundation.

Kovalchuk received $120,000 from the

in Australia in March. Steacy broke his

Andrew Hewitt (BMgt ’05) and his

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

own Canadian record in hammer throw

business partner, Luc d’Abadie, attracted

(CIHR) to study new ways to improve

at the Alberta Provincial Championships

the attention of New York billionaire

radiation treatment for cancer.

in July, and he represented the Americas

Donald Trump last fall with their book –

at the World Cup in Athens, Greece, in

The Power of Focus for College Students.

September.

The book teaches students how to make

Leading Alberta educator Dr. Séamus O’Shea, vice-president (academic) and provost of the University of Lethbridge, has been named Chair of Alberta’s

Ron Chambers (BASc ’85), Department

Informatics Circle of Research Excellence

of Theatre and Dramatic Arts Chair, was

(iCORE) board of directors. O’Shea has

one of the 2006 inductees into the U of L

Pronghorn rugby player Ashley Patzer

served on the iCORE board since 2000.

Alumni Honour Society.

made a dramatic entrance to Canadian

Geography professor Dr. Ivan

Biological sciences professor

Townshend received the J.L. Robinson

Dr. Stewart Rood received the

Award for Meritorious Service to the

University of Lethbridge 2006 Ingrid

Discipline of Geography and to the

Speaker Medal for Distinguished

Western Division of the Canadian

Research, Scholarship or Performance.

Association of Geographers. This is the second time a University of Lethbridge geographer has won the award, which was inaugurated in 2005 when Dr. Robert Rogerson of the U of L and Jim

Education professor Dr. Craig Loewen (BEd ‘84) received the University of Lethbridge 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women’s rugby in the fall of 2005. In addition to helping the Horns win a 2005 Canada West silver medal, Patzer was honoured as the Canada West and CIS rookie of the year, a Canada West All-Star and a CIS All-Canadian.

Alumni The U of L Alumni Association recognized Brig.-Gen. Raymond Romses

were both given Robinson awards.

Students University of Lethbridge students Joanne

Dr. Robert Sutherland, the director of

Alumnus of the Year for his exceptional

Luu and Molly Jacob were recognized

the Canadian Centre for Behavioural

professional achievements and service to

with Canada Millennium Scholarship

Neuroscience, received more than

Canadians.

Foundation Excellence Awards. They each

$950,000 in renewed funding from

received $5,000.

Windsor of the College of New Caledonia

the Alberta Heritage Foundation for

of Canada. The medal was awarded

Hole Humanities and Social Sciences

to Kovacs in recognition of his work

Scholarships. The $5,000 scholarships

with the Organization for Security and

are awarded for community involvement,

Cooperation in Europe at the Human

stroke, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy,

leadership and academic achievement.

Rights Centre of the University of Pristina

age-related diseases and prenatal alcohol

U of L student Kelly Andres (BA/BMgt

the brain, especially in the hippocampus, lead to memory disorders associated with

To learn more about the exciting achievements of U of L alumni or to receive the Journal, the U of L’s alumni magazine, visit www.uleth. ca/alumni. This is just a glimpse of the noteworthy achievements that took place at the U of L this year. To stay up to date throughout the year, visit the Legend newspaper online at www.uleth.ca/legend.

awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal by the Government

better understanding of how changes in

foreword is written by Trump.

Jerry Kovacs (BASc ’77) was

one of the first four recipients of the Lois

conducting research that is leading to a

best investments of their lives, and its

(BASc ’75) as the 2005 Distinguished

Jacqueline Quittenbaum (BA ‘06) is

Medical Research (AHFMR). Sutherland is

their post-secondary educations the

(Kosovo) in 2003.

CONGRATULATIONS exposure. Dr. Judith Kulig received the Nursing Excellence in Research Award from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta on April 21. Kulig, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and one of Canada’s first nurses to earn a doctoral degree, is well known internationally for her research on rural

’05) has received a $1,000 Persons Case

Leanne Elias (BFA ’95, MEd ’03)

Scholarship from the Province of Alberta.

received the 2006 YMCA Women of

The annual Persons Case Scholarships are

Distinction Award for Social Advocacy.

awarded to students whose studies and career goals will ultimately contribute to the advancement of women or those who are studying in fields where few in number.

as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by

other projects.

Steacy is on a winning streak. He

Coach of the Year Award.

Academy Professor of the Year. Marc Henry (BA ’92) was honoured

U of L Pronghorn track star James

MacLeod earned his first Canada West

recognized as the 2006 Prairie Baseball

members of their gender are traditionally

nursing and community resiliency, among

Pronghorn Women’s Hockey Coach Doug

Marda Schindeler (BA ’93, MA ’98) was

claimed the gold medal in hammer throw

CalgaryInc Magazine in September 2005. Henry is the chief of staff for Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier.

at the Francophone Games in Niger in

Jon Bromling (BSc ’03) was awarded

December and the silver medal in ham-

the Alberta Venture 2005 eAward for Customer Service.


“The Legacy of Leadership Campaign is about seizing opportunities, enabling solutions and leveraging the expert knowledge and uniqueness of the University of Lethbridge to help find solutions to real issues that are close to the hearts of Albertans.” Dan Laplante (BMgt ‘88), Legacy of Leadership Campaign Chair

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE

The U of L Launches Its Most Ambitious Capital Campaign to Date With the Largest Individual Donation in the U of L’s History The University of Lethbridge launched its Legacy of Leadership Campaign on Nov. 29 with a $3 million personal gift from well-known Calgarian Dr. Allan Markin (LLD ’06), former chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited and an outstanding philanthropist who has supported numerous

Since Jan. 1, 2005, there have been 700 new donors to the University of Lethbridge and 38 new student awards and scholarships set up as a result of gifts from donors.

educational institutions in Alberta. Markin’s gift – the largest personal

Thanks to the kindness of donors

gift ever received by the U of L – will support the construction of the new

Lloyd and Robert Simpson the

Management and Health Sciences building.

Simpson-Markinch Foundation

(l-r) Lloyd Simpson, Kari Card and Nolan Card

RECENT DEVELOPME THINK ABOUT IT

The U of L’s Management and Health Sciences building is one of the main

was created. They understand the

priorities of the capital campaign. The campaign, which has already raised

importance of higher education and

$16 million towards a $20 million

have created the Simpson-Markinch

goal, also includes the building of a

Scholarship to assist students in

state-of-the-art sport and wellness

achieving their goals.

facility and increasing financial support for student scholarships and bursaries.

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Through the generosity and estate planning of Hope and Keith Ferguson, numerous University of

In a recent referendum, U of L

Lethbridge students will fulfill their

students agreed to contribute $2.5

dreams by attending graduate school

million to the new Centre for Sport

at the University of Lethbridge.

and Wellness. The City of Lethbridge contributed $5.3 million to the facility in 2004. Dr. Allan Markin (LLD ‘06)

Dr. Roloff Beny, photographer,

The late Keith and Hope Ferguson


(l-r) Barry Knapp, major gifts officer, Ruth Hummel, director of development and Kathy MacFarlane, senior development officer

“We are helping donors connect with their passions, and students connect with their dreams.”

painter and designer, died in March 1984. Considered to be one of the most distinguished artists in Canadian history, he left a lasting legacy to University

Ruth Hummel

of Lethbridge students by assisting photography students wishing to travel to

In addition to the many private donors,

The University of Lethbridge is proud to introduce its new development team.

financial institutions BMO Financial

Led by returning Albertan Ruth Hummel, who

Group, TD Bank Financial Group, RBC

has recently been joined by Barry Knapp and

Foundation and Scotiabank have also

Kathy MacFarlane, the team brings a diverse

supported a variety of projects at the

background to the U of L and close to 40 years of

University in the last year.

fundraising success between them.

benefit their careers.

“We have the pleasure of working with our

ENTS

Dr. Roloff Beny, 1946

supporters worldwide to help them stay connected to the U of L and be a part of its exciting future,” says Hummel. “The best partnerships are formed by exploring our donors’ interests and aligning them with opportunities at the University. We are helping donors connect with their passions, and students connect with their dreams.” Gifts to the University are transformational.Whether through a one-time gift or ongoing pledges, donors can share their philanthropic vision while making a significant difference to the U of L and the students we serve. Major Gifts • Annual Funds • Capital Campaigns • Faculty & Staff Giving Programs • Alumni Campaigns • Planned Gifts •

Dr. Howard Forsyth (second from right) with recent scholarship recipients (l-r) Rodney Big Bull, Debbie Kelman and Veronica Shade. Forsyth donated $100,000 to the Zella Dague Forsyth Memorial Scholarship, which is designed to assist Aboriginal students during their studies.

Gifts of Securities • Foundation Grants • Corporate Relations


statement of operations

0506

For the year ended march 31

(thousands of dollars)

2006

REVENUE

University of Lethbridge Financial Statements The University of Lethbridge is accountable to many stakeholders: students, the government, granting agencies, donors and the community. Through sound budgeting and planning processes, the University maintains exemplary financial management of public and private funds, satisfies stakeholder expectations and achieves the U of L’s goals. The financial information presented cannot be expected to provide as comprehensive an understanding as the information provided in the University’s audited financial statements. Please refer to www.uleth.ca/fsr for complete financial statements, accompanying notes and the Auditor’s Report.

Grants $ Tuition and related fees Sales of service and products Investment income Gifts and donations Amortization of unamortized deferred capital contributions Miscellaneous

77,961 35,060 11,964 3,486 713 6,034 1,075

statement of financial position

72,262 11,278 3,676

65,915 10,805 2,982

408

EXCESS OF REVENUE OVER EXPENSE

$

67,119 33,743 11,629 2,589 637 6,153 963 122,833

7,478

$

136,293

EXPENSE

Salaries Employee benefits Scholarships, fellowships and bursaries Supplies and services Cost of goods sold Equipment Travel Utilities External contracted services Repairs and maintenance Professional fees Interest on long-term liabilities Insurance Property taxes Loss on disposal of capital assets Unrealized loss on write-down of investments Amortization of capital assets

2005

3,004 2,742 3,447 2,934 2,593 1,671 911 414 234 564 492 12,087

6,680

2,888 938 3,080 3,046 2,683 1,796 1,032 429

367

126,195 10,098

219 1,094 55 12,064

$

116,073 6,760

AS AT march 31

(thousands of dollars)

2006

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and short-term investments Accounts receivable Inventories Prepaid expenses

$

2005

28,528 5,895 432 665 35,520

INVESTMENTS CAPITAL ASSETS AND COLLECTIONS

$

51,325

54,102

18,196 5,420 476 593 24,685

185,726

172,775

$ 275,348

$ 248,785

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

2006

$

122

7,528 4,656 4,007 8,192

$

115

5,618 4,411 4,448 9,879

24,505

24,471

Long-term debt Employee benefit liabilities Deferred contributions, research and other Deferred contributions, capital

3,654 6,168 577 12,585 22,984

3,776 5,545 869 4,834 15,024

UNAMORTIZED DEFERRED CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS

91,103

84,437

Investment in capital assets and collection Endowments Internally restricted Unrestricted Commitments and Contingencies

90,846 13,663 16,541 15,706 136,756

84,445 11,975 13,713 14,720 124,853

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

NET ASSETS

$

275,348

$ 248,785

2005

CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Excess of revenue over expense $ 10,098 $ 6,760 Non-cash transactions Amortization of unamortized deferred capital contributions (6,034) (6,153) Amortization of capital assets 12,087 12,064 Loss on disposal of capital assets 564 1,094 Unrealized loss on write-down of investments 492 55 Increase in long-term employee benefit liabilities 623 901 17,830 14,721 Decrease in non-cash working capital (2,511) (235) 15,319 14,486

CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Employee benefit liabilities Deferred revenue Deferred contributions, research and other Current portion of long-term debt

statement of cash flows For the year ended march 31 (thousands of dollars)

Purchase of investments (net) (3,269) Capital asset additions Internally funded (12,723) Externally funded (12,700) (2,232) Collection additions (8) Proceeds on disposal of capital assets 67 (28,633) Increase (decrease) in construction accounts payable 2,035 (26,598)

CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Capital contributions received Endowment contributions received Capitalized investment earnings Long-term debt repayments

INCREASE IN CASH

CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS, beginning of year

(3,565) (10,163) 68 (15,892) (126) (16,018)

20,160 1,292 274 (115) 21,611

6,653 409 221 (108) 7,175

10,332

5,643

18,196

12,553

CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS, end of year

$28,528

$18,196


8,100 students

Students from 58 countries

Three campuses: Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton

25,000 alumni worldwide

Average high school entrance grade: 78%

$12,848,000 in research funding

457-acre main campus located

on the edge of the beautiful Oldman River valley

Original campus master plan design by noted architect Arthur Erickson Home of one of the most

significant

art collections in the country Economic impact of $199.8 million on the province

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