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With the official start of spring just around the bend, it only seemed fitting to use this piece, Arrival of the Sun, from the University of Lethbridge Art Collection on the cover. With more than 13,000 objects, the collection includes pieces from Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as media ranging from drawing, printmaking and painting to photography, sculpture and installation.

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EDITOR: Tanya Jacobson-Gundlock ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Jana McFarland DESIGNER: Stephenie Karsten FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHER: Rod Leland ILLUSTRATOR: Brennan Kelly

Arrival of the Sun, Kenojuak Ashevak, 1962 | Gift of Toni Onley Born in 1927, in Ikirasaq, Northwest Territories, Kenojuak Ashevak spent most of her life living on the land in a manner not unlike her ancestors, traveling from camp to camp on South Baffin Island and Arctic Quebec as hunting dictated. In 1949, Kenojuak married Johnniebo Ashevak  and lived with him in various camps. In the late 1950s, they both began to experiment with carving and drawing, encouraged by James Houston. They settled in Cape Dorset

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in 1966 and continued to work together until Johnniebo’s death in 1972. Perhaps the most internationally recognized of all Inuit artists, Kenojuak received the Order of Canada in 1967 and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974. Three of her images have been released as Canadian postage stamps. Her work often depicts Arctic animals, the sun and mythic spirits, stylized in shapes that represent transformation.

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Blood, sweat and happy tears The road wasn’t easy, but the spirit of southern Alberta is deep-rooted and saw these rugby girls rise above all odds.

The art of illusion The nocturnal installations of alumnus David Hoffos recently offered a unique art experience at the National Gallery in Ottawa.

With its bright colours and comic-book style, the continuation of the recent exhibit Snap, Crackle, Pop will leave you smiling (and maybe questioning what you classified as art).

8 Bridging Experiences Nursing student Christina MacDonald combines her compassion for helping others with her next travel adventure to Uganda.

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With never a dull moment, the University continues to have a lot going on: the announcement of a new president, a visit from the MythBusters, a chance to win a BMW, a new facility for the U of L’s littlest members, a dunk in icy cold waters for a good cause, and...

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eastern pilgrimage

engineering a better future

bringing back the groove

In a culture completely different than any he has ever known, alumnus Matthew Salmon explores Yemen through words and photos.

At the Southern Alberta Centre for Successful Aging, three U of L researchers are helping find the answer to how we can live longer, fuller lives.

U of L graduate student Natalie de Bruin shows how an iPod might be able to help those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

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Blood, sweat and tears: Happy

the road to a three-time championship For a program that has claimed three successive national championships, remarkably, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s rugby team does not focus on winning. The goal for this group is to see just a little improvement every day and – for three years – it has made the Horns better than every other post-secondary team in the country. “Our focus is on each person finding her role and then improving within that role,” says U of L head coach Neil Langevin (BA/BEd ’91). “The question we ask is: ‘How are you going to make the Pronghorns better today?’ We just continue working on improvement – it’s very much a process that is not focused solely on results.” It is a philosophy born out of necessity. There was a time when the Pronghorns were barely able to field a full roster, they had to borrow uniforms to compete and were thrust into a conference dominated by the national champion University of Alberta. Victories then were measured incrementally, not by numbers on a scoreboard.

“It was very much a David-and-Goliath scenario,” says Langevin of the Horns’ introduction to rugby at the 1999 Canada West championship tournament. “It was a hodgepodge. We had to borrow jerseys from the Lethbridge Rugby Club, and I was coach, assistant coach, manager, trainer and even had to be a touch judge. We didn’t score a single point in the tournament.” Despite the lopsided losses, the program itself was not a lost cause. “The thing I took away from it was the spirit of our southern Alberta girls,” says Langevin, the only coach the Horns have ever had. “We got waxed, but we didn’t quit and you could see improvement throughout the entire tournament. I didn’t expect we’d go back and win the next year, but I felt we would do OK.” The program’s development was measured but steady. The arrival of junior national team member Evelyn McGunigal in 2001 marked the first major recruiting coup for Langevin and

a first medal for the Horns, a bronze at the Canada West championships. Consecutive Canada West silver medals over the next two years led to an appearance in the CIS championship tourney in 2003, where the Horns lost to host University of Alberta in the final to finish second nationally.

“We never put a firm number on it, but we’ve always tried to keep the team about 75 per cent local,” says Langevin. “It has made it easier to recruit over the years, and the growth of local highschool rugby has mirrored the growth of our team. The local league is literally one of the best in the country.”

While consistently losing to the U of A Pandas was frustrating (U of A won five straight CIS titles from 1999 through 2003), it provided the Horns a perfect measuring stick for the growth of their program.

Lethbridge native Ashley Patzer is the jewel of the program’s recruit-local approach. She joined the Horns in 2005 and succeeded McGunigal as the second Pronghorn to win CIS Rookie of the Year honours. Now a senior national-team member, Patzer is generally regarded as the top back in the country.

“We knew the standard that we had to get to because we played against U of A all the time,” says Langevin. “It was very concrete as to what level we were trying to reach.” As the reputation of the Horns grew, so did their ability to bring in talented players. Langevin became involved with the country’s national program and developed key contacts that aided his recruiting efforts. Still, the Horns never strayed from their roots, relying primarily on local talent to fill out the core of the roster.

She says the Horns were just starting to be taken seriously when she arrived, thanks to the foundation established by pioneers like McGunigal, JJ Ondrus (now an assistant coach) and Paige Burdett. By 2006, Patzer’s second year, they were back in the national tournament and won a bronze medal, upsetting the University of Western Ontario on its home field. The following three years reaped CIS gold for the Horns.


“It’s hard to quantify but that toughness southern Alberta produces is really reflected in the players we have in our program.”

“It was fun experiencing the change from my first year to my last year. It’s definitely a whole different mindset. In the first year, there was no pressure on us, and we’d just go and play our hearts out because there were no expectations,” says Patzer. “In this last year, everyone was gunning for us and we had to prove ourselves because of what we’d accomplished.” As the Horns produced better results and gained a greater profile, gifted players were knocking at the door (more than 60 girls inquired about the four open roster spots in 2009). But, as Langevin attests, skill is only half the equation. “The great thing with Ashley is that her leadership abilities rival her amazing athletic abilities,” he says. “She recognized very early that many of the traditions and customs that leaders before her like Evelyn McGunigal and Paige Burdett had established, were important to keep alive – they are things we still do today.” Patzer describes simple activities such as potluck dinners as a way to create camaraderie, as well as the annual awarding of the hallowed Golden Shoe, a spray-painted rugby boot


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given to the player who exhibits the most spirit throughout the season. “How close a group we are is definitely one of the biggest strengths of our program and why I think we perform so well,” says Patzer. “Those before me started these traditions, and we think it’s important to carry them on.” Then there are the intangible elements that come simply from growing up in southern Alberta. “It’s hard to quantify but that toughness southern Alberta produces is really reflected in the players we have in our program,” says Langevin. “And then there’s the teamwork of our staff. People such as JJ Ondrus, Toby Boulet, Rob Kossuth and Norm McDougall all play a huge part in the program’s success.” Creating an atmosphere of trust and confidence among teammates is another hallmark of Langevin’s philosophy. That was most apparent in 2007 when, with Patzer away at a national team commitment, the Horns still managed to win their first national title.

“I think for a lot of the players, the fact they won without her cemented how good they could be,” he says. “Although Ashley was a huge part of the team, they no longer identified themselves as Ashley’s team. It cemented the concept of roles.” While the 2007 title was somewhat unexpected and even considered a year premature, the Horns carried the weight of expectations the last two years. In 2008, they were pressured to repeat while host club of the CIS Nationals, and in 2009, a perfect season was in the balance as Patzer and a group of seniors looked to end their CIS rugby careers with a third successive title. On each occasion, they rose to the challenge. “One of my favourite things about our coaching staff is they never put any pressure on us to win a specific game,” says Patzer. “Their focus was on how we performed, and if we performed well, we knew the rest would take care of itself.”

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Last November, the Pronghorns women’s rugby team successfully claimed its third straight national title, beating the St. Francis Xavier X-Women in the gold medal game 20-3 at the Thunderbird Stadium in B.C.


The art of For as long as he can remember, U of L alumnus David Hoffos (BFA ’94) has been fascinated with magic, illusion, trickery and deception. As a child, he was absorbed with movies like Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. – watching them as many as 20 to 30 times. Later in high school, Hoffos took in almost every Alfred Hitchhock movie at a local repertory theatre. “I would pick these movies apart,” recalls Hoffos. “It wasn’t so much the storytelling that drew me in but the details of technique and craft, the special effects, the mechanics of suspense.”



Today, as a nationally renowned artist, Hoffos has carried that fascination with motion picture magic into his practice. His current exhibition titled David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream, recently on view at the National Gallery of Canada, combines low-tech ingenuity with old and new media to create vignettes where characters are caught in time and space. Taking up 5,000 sq. ft., it is comprised of 20 installations that Hoffos produced between 2003 and 2008. “It’s a rambling labyrinth of miniature dioramas and life-size projections that create a dreamlike space that viewers walk through,” explains Hoffos. “I’ve created 3-D illusions and effects that

don’t require any special viewing apparatus, you can walk right up to them and experience the illusions – and even understand how they are created.”

“My work is all about this line between illusion and reality, between body and spirit, the physical and the nonphysical,” says Hoffos.

Using mirrors, television monitors and other basic devices, Hoffos brings seemingly ordinary scenes to life. In one, a ghostly child rides a bicycle up and down a suburban street, oblivious to the fireworks exploding in the sky. In another, a security guard paces an art gallery like a caged tiger. He checks his watch, plays with his keys, ties his shoes. Then there are other scenes where very little appears to be taking place, that is until you notice the curtains eerily blowing or a strange movement behind a crack in the wall.

As the title of the exhibition suggests, Hoffos found inspiration for his work in a recurring dream he had about an interior, domestic space.

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“I didn’t know this when I started the project, but a lot of people have this dream, of this space that changes over time in their lives. It often contains hidden spaces – places that represent the past, the present and the future.” And while Hoffos thought he was simply bringing that dream to life, he was surprised at what emerged.

C.P. Fail, 2008 Single-channel video, audio and mixed-media installation Photo by David Miller

“Now that it is complete, when I look at this labyrinthine experience, this dreamlike journey, it speaks to the modern conditions of anxiety, depression and addiction. These are things I was not consciously putting into the work, but now, when I go through it, I really feel this melancholy, this sense of waiting, and sense of sadness and nostalgia. I never would have guessed that these sensations would come out of what started as a dream about a house.” In the future, Hoffos sees his illusion techniques moving from the gallery to the stage – expanding to dance, theatre and even rock shows. And the possibility of pursuing a childhood dream to create a feature film always lingers in the background.

“Right now that project is still a fantasy,” says Hoffos. “But a lot of my work has come from dreams, so who knows?”

David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream initially premiered in Lethbridge, Alta. at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG). It is currently on a three-year tour that includes the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. Read more about David Hoffos, including the many rejections he faced, his advice for emerging artists, his experiences at the U of L and the ways in which he gives back through workshops for high-school students. Visit:

Overpass, 2007 2-channel video, audio and mixedmedia installation Photo by David Miller

Bachelor’s Bluff, 2005 Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery 2-channel video, audio and mixedmedia installation Photo by David Miller



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experiences “I’m aware going into this it’s likely I’ll take away more than I’m able to give.” Christina Macdonald

Christina MacDonald has cleaned hurricane-ravaged streets in Honduras, taught English to Ethiopian children and delivered food to disadvantaged seniors in her hometown of Fort Smith, N.W.T. The fourth-year University of Lethbridge nursing student isn’t short on ambition and her interests are many. Globetrotting and volunteering are major themes in her life, as is conservation. An avid camper and outdoorswoman, MacDonald spends her summers at Wood Buffalo National Park, teaching visitors about the area’s spectacular geological wonders, flora and fauna. This January, MacDonald began her biggest adventure yet: a three-month practicum in Kampala, Uganda. She and fellow student Andrea Fandrich will be the first U of L undergraduate nursing students to complete their final practicum overseas. MacDonald got a taste of international work after volunteering for SOS Children’s Villages in Ethiopia after completing high school at the prestigious Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, B.C. While MacDonald

had long hoped to complete her senior U of L nursing clinical experience internationally, she didn’t realize it was a possibility until she began swapping stories with one of her professors, Dr. Jean Harrowing. Harrowing had done her master’s thesis research in Uganda and still had connections in the capital city of Kampala. Both Harrowing and MacDonald recognized this as the perfect opportunity for MacDonald to travel overseas and for the U of L to continue building a rapport with the Ugandan nursing community. Harrowing volunteered to be MacDonald’s faculty advisor and put her in touch with the assistant nursing director at Mulago Hospital, the largest hospital in Kampala. Prior to leaving, MacDonald held high hopes for the experience.

nursing students from the nearby university was one possibility. “We’re going into this very open-minded, keeping in mind the fact that we’ll have to be flexible,” she says. MacDonald recognized that living and working in Uganda would be very different from anything she’s ever experienced. With inconsistent Internet access, it would be a struggle to communicate with her professors, family and friends at the U of L. She also anticipated that it would be a challenge to adjust to a clinical environment that may not have the same technologies as a typical Canadian hospital.

“From what I’ve heard, the nurses there are so amazing and work so hard. I’m looking forward to being a part of that team and learning from them,” says MacDonald.

With this in mind, MacDonald and Fandrich stuffed their suitcases with a large cache of medical equipment both to use on their trip and to leave behind for the nurses at the hospital when they head home. For several months, the girls invited students and faculty at the U of L to donate stethoscopes, gloves, bloodpressure cuffs and other medical tools for the students to take on their travels.

It wasn’t set in stone what MacDonald would do after she arrived in January, but mentoring first- and second-year

“It’s our hope that we can create a bit of a bridge between Lethbridge and Kampala, and facilitate nurses in

Canada supporting nurses in Uganda in their practice,” says MacDonald. But while confident she’ll make a contribution to the hospital, MacDonald thinks she has more to gain from the experienced nurses she’ll be working with. “I’m aware going into this it’s likely I’ll take away more than I’m able to give.”

MacDonald, who is Métis, has been involved with the Support Program for Aboriginal Nursing Students (SPANS) by volunteering to teach an essay-writing workshop and has benefitted from the program’s scholarship support. She has also received numerous scholarships, including the 2009 McGrawHill Ryerson Student Scholarship Award, a Students’ Union Quality Initiatives Scholarship, and the New Sun – Joy Harvie Maclaren Award in Health Sciences.




“I wanted to find a place where I could immerse myself in the culture and history, and also in interesting political situations. Without that, the trip would be nothing more than a glorified holiday.” Matthew salmon


The ancient city of Sana’a in Yemen is a place of paradoxes. People in long robes with covered heads and veiled faces line the busy streets, while adjacent shop windows showcase western mannequins sporting the latest in high fashion. Luxury vehicles veer stealthily around four-wheeled relics that by all accounts shouldn’t be able to move. Street vendors hawk pirated Hollywood movies long before they’ve reached theatre screens in the West, while calls to prayer resound across the city fives times each day.

Salmon graduated with a degree in religious studies, finishing with an impressive 4.0 average, and an applied study to his credit – he served as the co-ordinator for the Religious Studies Annual Conference in 2008. He says he always knew he’d travel to further his learning, but wasn’t always sure where he’d go.

It’s here, in the centre of Sana’a, the oldest, most vibrant and energetic part of the city, that U of L alumnus Matthew Salmon (BA’09) has made a home.

In Yemen, Salmon found what he was looking for in spades. He arrived in September 2009 with the intent of staying one year to work and study. He admits now that his stint will likely

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“I wanted to find a place where I could immerse myself in the culture and history, and also in interesting political situations,” says Salmon. “Without that, the trip would be nothing more than a glorified holiday.”

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last much longer, largely because the goals Salmon set for the trip have changed since he got there. “I came with two goals in mind: to understand a culture completely misunderstood in the West, and to provide a window into that culture for people back home.”

“I’ve seen two different sides of Yemen – one hyper political and one overwhelmingly compassionate,” says Salmon. “Through the Special Olympics, and just through everyday interaction with people on the street, I’ve seen the very best of Yemeni spirit. The traditional lifestyle is intoxicating, as is the good-natured disposition of the people.”

Salmon’s priorities have since expanded to contributing to and nurturing Yemeni culture – a society he’s grown to love, despite what he says are its obvious shortcomings. He felt the focus of his trip evolved when he took jobs with both the Yemen Special Olympics and the Yemeni Observer, a local English newspaper.

Salmon’s work as an editor and freelance journalist with the Yemeni Observer opened many doors for him across the country, a few of which Salmon concedes have caused unsettling results. Threats aren’t unusual, and Salmon and the rest of the paper’s staff have had occasion to change behavioural patterns for the sake

of their own security. To make matters more tense, Salmon is also a student at the Sana’a Institute for Arabic Language – a school that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attended – the man involved in the botched terrorist attempt on a Detroitbound flight in December 2009. Salmon expresses sadness and disbelief at the situation, but finds extremist actions of this nature more reason to expose the complete picture of Islam. “I am no longer content to just observe and report. I feel a need to be engaged and active. I’d rather be part of the solution than part of the problem. There is beauty and goodness mingled with Yemen’s darker side.”

Salmon says that his planned one-year stay will likely be extended to two or three, depending on the political climate. Learning Arabic is taking longer than he anticipated, and the more he delves into the culture, the more compelled he feels to remain there to assist in the country’s growth and betterment. Graduate study in Canada, however, is the ultimate goal. “I want to apply what I’m learning in a liberal university setting,” says Salmon. “My time in Yemen is a direct manifestation of the critical thinking and liberal education I got at the U of L.”


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B iomedical engineering

ahead Full throttle

The idea that engineered devices can help us live better lives immediately brings to mind scenes straight out of blockbuster sci-fi movies – images of humans dependent on contraptions and devices with robots on the brink of taking over civilization.

While science captures the imagination, it can seem far removed from our everyday, current existence. But at the heart of it, biomedical engineering reminds us that science is relevant and can make our lives better. This emerging field marries engineering concepts and technology with medical science, and tackles thorny real-life problems, like how people with brain injuries can be better rehabilitated and

how people with Parkinson’s can avoid nasty falls. By harnessing existing and emerging technologies, it is looking to the future to see how your grandmother with Alzheimer’s might be able to remain in her home or how those with a history of heart disease can live stress-free lives with bloodstream monitoring. And ultimately, it’s about how we can live longer, fuller lives – something from which we can all benefit. The possibilities are endless. At the University of Lethbridge, researchers and students alike are dreaming big and are just on the verge of discovering the exciting potential of where this burgeoning field can lead.

In the following pages, you’ll have a glimpse into some of the areas at the U of L impacted by biomedical engineering including three researchers who share a common vision for aging, and a graduate student who is making a connection between the power of music and Parkinson’s disease.


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better future There isn’t any avoiding it. Day by day, all Canadians – from newborns to seniors – are getting older. In fact, the country’s large population of baby boomers is rapidly approaching retirement age. In 2011, the first of the generation will turn 65; by 2015, there will be more people in Canada over the age of 65 than under 15.


popular belief, there’s nothing about aging that makes any of this inevitable.

The good news is that as medical science marches forward, we’re living longer, on average. Data released in 2008 by Statistics Canada showed that the average life expectancy was 80.4 years in 2005 – up from 77.8 in 1991.

“There are some changes that we assume are a natural part of aging when actually, they’re a natural part of becoming sedentary,” explains U of L exercise physiologist Dr. Jennifer Copeland. For instance: while muscle loss is unavoidable, aging muscle can adapt to physical activity just as well as young muscles. Bone density does decrease, but by maintaining physical fitness over time, you can make sure you’ve got plenty in the bank for your senior years. “If you maintain a certain level of activity, you should be able to do the things you enjoy for a really long time,” says Copeland, who studies the impact of exercise on health.

Of course, living longer isn’t all it is cracked up to be if we’re not well enough to enjoy it. Statistically, we’re far more prone to developing diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s or diabetes as we reach the golden years. Many people are also likely to become less active and give up the things they once loved to do, both in the realm of work and recreation. However, contrary to

In 2006, Copeland and U of L colleagues Dr. Jon Doan (PhD ’06), who investigates the relationship between activity levels and work, and Dr. Lesley Brown, who researches balance and fall prevention, formed the Southern Alberta Centre for Successful Aging (SACSA) to examine how the transition to the senior years affects activity levels and what can be

done to promote greater wellness. It’s research urgently needed: between 2006 and 2026, the number of seniors is projected to increase from 4.3 to 8 million in Canada. “That volume means we need a better understanding of what seniors want to do, what will be beneficial for them, and how we can match those things together,” says Doan. Funded by the U of L and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, SACSA involves a dozen undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 100 people so far have participated in the centre’s research projects. At the moment, there is a wide range of studies underway. All three researchers are taking part in a collaboration called the Successful Transition to Active Retirement (STAR) project, which is examining how the transition to retirement affects activity. Studies show that generally speaking, life transitions have enormous influence on health behaviours and “retirement is a big life change that hasn’t been studied very much,” explains Copeland.

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The study examines people in various stages on the path to retirement, including those over 55 and still working, those who have completely retired and those engaged in new careers or employment opportunities after officially retiring from a long-term occupation (bridge employment). Preliminary findings contradict the researchers’ hypothesis that people who are bridge-employed are more active because they’re leaving the house regularly to go to work. Rather, the opposite is true: working after retirement seemed to make survey respondents less likely to stay physically active. However, it’s likely that how active people are during bridge employment depends upon the industry they’re in, says Doan. Continuing to farm past the age of 65 is probably more conducive to activity than an office job, for instance. Ultimately, Doan plans to analyze the differences between occupations. Doan’s research tends to focus on the interaction between work and physical activity levels, as well as how environments can be engineered to promote greater

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(l-r) Drs. Jennifer Copeland, Jon Doan and Lesley Brown are working together to understand how we can age better.

health. One of his projects involves assessing how the workplaces of seniors in bridge employment can be altered to better meet their needs. “Older workers have different demands in that their understanding of the job is probably greater, but their physical fitness may be a little lower than other workers,” he says. As an interdisciplinary centre, SACSA taps into exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomedical engineering, a growing

area at the U of L. Doan, who has an engineering background, explains that many of the technologies and research methodologies at the centre rely on biomedical engineering, particularly research related to the biomechanics of movement. Case in point: a research project involving Doan, Brown and researchers at the University of Calgary involving the use of a new device, called a

“There are some changes that we assume are a natural part of aging when actually, they’re a natural part of becoming sedentary.”

Dr. Jennifer Copeland


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GaitMeter, to study the movement of people with Parkinson’s disease. Because the neurological condition impairs motor function, people with the disease often struggle with walking and are apt to fall. As a result, the disease can limit a person’s mobility and independence, so finding ways to improve their gait is critical. Studying the stereotypical movements of a person’s walk can only be done with carefully engineered equipment. The GaitMeter is about the size of an iPod and clips onto a belt loop. The data logger communicates with a small sensor placed on the shin to register and record subtle changes in a person’s body as they move. Unlike traditional devices used to measure movement that can involve cumbersome wires, this wireless tool is engineered to allow researchers to track study participants beyond the lab. “We can get them walking around the track or walking down the hallways at nursing homes,” explains Brown.


Thanks to SACSA funding, Brown’s lab is also equipped with state-of-theart balance equipment, including a Neurocom® SMART Balance Master Clinical Research System. “It’s about the size of a British-style phone booth,” she explains. “It’s three-feet wide and three-feet deep, and you step into it.” The floor of the device rocks back and forth, and the visual surround also moves. “It allows you to test the (physiological) symptoms that control your balance: your vision, what you’re feeling on the ground and the integrity of your inner ear,” says Brown. The tool is enormously useful both to the community – hospital patients with balance problems often come to the lab for assessments – and Brown’s research program, since falling is one of her areas of interest. One of her current projects involves investigating how the focus of a person’s attention influences balance. She recently recruited patients who were self-identified as having a fear of falling and exposed them to threatening cues (such as flashing words like ‘ice’ and ‘fall’ on the screen surrounding

them). Brown measured how long they attended to the words and determined that people who fear falling found it difficult to stop paying attention to the threat stimulus. One possibility from this finding, she explains, could be that people who are fearful are prone to falling because their attention is captured by the threat and consequently directed away from controlling balance. While tripping or falling may seem like a minor issue to those in good health, the consequences increase as we age, explains Brown. “Working in this area for the last number of years, I really appreciate that balance is something we take for granted when we’re younger, but as we age it can become an issue that preoccupies your life.” As a result of trying to avoid injuries like broken hips, older people can start to limit their activity and become less vibrant and independent. The U of L is in an ideal location to do this work. While Lethbridge has a population of about 80,000, its dry

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and sunny climate has made the city a popular spot for active seniors to retire. When it comes to living an active lifestyle, researchers say there are ways to be active at any age. Despite the many disclaimers on exercise products, physical activity is remarkably safe for just about everyone. “The risks are pretty similar, regardless of your age, when you’re starting something new,” says Copeland. The key is starting off very gradually and checking with your doctor before you take on a more extreme regimen. Although she’s an avid runner and outdoorswoman, Copeland says her research has reminded her to stay committed to an active lifestyle. “I must admit that my research has affected my beliefs about physical fitness. It has to be done a little bit each day – like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.” While collecting data at the Lost Soul Ultra marathon in Lethbridge this past September, she was inspired by one of her research participants – a 65-year-old woman motoring along a 100-km route. “That’s how I want to be when I’m older.”

B iomedical engineering

Bringing back the

groove Music has power – it’s a certain fact that few, if any, will deny. From the earliest of our days, our mothers sing us lullabies, and later as children we learn ABC’s and nursery rhymes to sweet little tunes. Music has the power to make us believe in something greater than ourselves. It crosses cultural, generational and racial barriers. It is the sure go-to when we’re feeling low in spirits or high as a kite, and on more than one occasion has been just the romantic backdrop needed to make heartstrings tug. We each have a certain soundtrack to our lives – rhythms that inspire, beats that blare and grooves that rock.

Considering that music is such an integral part of our modern-day culture, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that up-and-coming researchers are looking at its power. But still, the concept that music can help in the healing of those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease is oddly surprising. Working in the lab of Dr. Lesley Brown, U of L neuroscience PhD student Natalie de Bruin (BSc ’06, MSc ’08) is contributing to a study on how music affects the gait of people with the degenerative disorder. The study

emerged from anecdotal evidence that suggests that listening to music could help people with Parkinson’s move with greater control and ease. “There was an example of a lady who had Parkinson’s and was severely debilitated, but when you played ABBA’s Dancing Queen, she would go from being almost frozen to dancing with her husband,” explains de Bruin. For people with Parkinson’s disease, things most of us take for granted – like grocery shopping or collecting the


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mail – can become monumental challenges. The disorder causes a shortage of dopamine in the brain, resulting in rigid muscles, tremors and slowed movements. As a result of these movement challenges, people are at risk of falling and injuring themselves, especially the elderly. It’s a disease that robs people of their independence and takes away the joy of movement. But, through the use of music, de Bruin is finding, it doesn’t have to remain that way. Working together, the U of L, the University of Calgary and Dalhousie University are collaborating on a number of projects related to music and movement. De Bruin is contributing to a 12-week study with patients from both Lethbridge (which is known for its large senior-citizen population) and Halifax.

Billiondollar industry bringing growth to Alberta


In the experimental group, Parkinson’s patients were given iPods loaded with songs that matched the rhythm of their own stereotypical walking patterns. Three days a week, participants listened to the music while walking. Those in the control group went about their normal day-to-day activities without music. The project has relied on sophisticated biomedical engineering devices like motion capture cameras (at the U of L) and pressure-sensitive floors (at Dalhousie University) to objectively assess changes in how participants walk.

After preliminary evaluation, the results are pointing to the fact that music really does aid in movement. “It’s possible that music may offer a safe walking intervention for many Parkinson’s patients,” says de Bruin. “We want this to be something individuals can enjoy and continue using.” Unlike other modes of physiotherapy for Parkinson’s, walking is less repetitive and listening to music adds an element of fun to the activity.

For de Bruin, the most satisfying component of her PhD research has been working with the participants. “I’ve had the opportunity to find out how participants have benefited from the research we’re doing,” she says. “It’s gratifying to know that what I’m doing is making a difference for them.”

“There was an example of a lady who, when you played ABBA’s Dancing Queen, would go from being almost frozen to dancing with her husband.”

At the root of it, technology has long been applied to health and wellness on many levels. X-ray technology, for instance, was discovered in the 1880s and is now used by hospitals every day to see inside the bodies of patients. But what is new, is the extent to which health sciences is embracing technology as a means to both diagnose and treat patients in a clinical setting, and study how the body works. In 2006, more than 35,000 Canadians were employed at 1,500 biomedical

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engineering-related companies whose sales surpassed $6 billion. Internationally, medical devices and technologies are an industry worth an estimated $140 billion to $180 billion. While the growth of biomedical engineering is boosting the Canadian economy, it is also bringing Alberta’s three major universities together. This past fall, scientists, industry and officials from across Alberta met at a biomedical conference in Banff to discuss a joint strategy to enhance the growth of biomedical engineering in the province.

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“The U of L, U of C and U of A all have representation on five working groups to make Alberta a working hub, a world leader in biomedical engineering,” explains Dr. Daniel Weeks, the U of L’s vice-president of research. The Pan-Alberta Biomedical Engineering Strategy is brand new, but ultimately it hopes to enhance existing educational programs and see an increase in the number of biomedical engineering experts in Alberta.

Special insert

Report to Donors

University of lethbridge

Everything we do is thanks to U – our donors.

The stories that follow are just a few examples of the many individuals and organizations that stand behind the University of Lethbridge. They represent groups, corporations and individuals; they cover a range in gift size; and they include support for students and infrastructure. What our donors all have in common is a shared belief in the importance of giving back.


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Asking the hard questions Jackie Flanagan is not afraid to ask the hard questions. She approaches difficult subjects with uncommon candour and the intensity of someone looking to make a difference.

“Our will is expressed through government actions, and therefore we should hold our government to better education. We often fail to acknowledge the collective power we have as citizens.”

“Institutions like the

Ask Flanagan, for example, what matters to Albertans and she’ll answer abstractly at first, with a casual reference to education. When she begins talking about funding for education initiatives, however, things get very specific very quickly.

“Obviously, that’s an idea that’s easier to articulate than achieve,” acknowledges Flanagan. “But I sincerely hope we shall make the required efforts to strengthen post-secondary education.”

knowledge. Universities

“The people of Alberta believe strongly in higher education. We want to have a well-educated population,” says Flanagan. “Therefore, we need to ensure that education is being adequately funded.” Flanagan maintains that education is an essential part of Alberta’s success and encourages Albertans to make their voices heard. She is quick to dismiss the idea that the government is disconnected from the people of the province, and instead maintains that as citizens we all have a role to play. “Universities belong to us as citizens,” explains Flanagan. “We therefore have a shared responsibility to ensure these institutions are adequately funded.”


However, where funding falls short, Flanagan is glad to help. As an advocate for both education and environmental causes, she was naturally interested in donating to a lab in the Alberta Water and Environmental Science Building at the University of Lethbridge. “Institutions like the U of L play an important role in creating new knowledge,” says Flanagan. “Universities are the places where past learning and future understanding meet. I’m honoured to facilitate the creation of this lab.” The Flanagan Lab, which will be completed in the spring of this year, will enable faculty and students at the U of L to continue advancing water-related research that will benefit us all.

U of L play an important role in creating new are the places where past learning and future understanding meet. I’m honoured to facilitate the creation of this lab.” Jackie Flanagan

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Jackie Flanagan is the founding publisher and editor of Alberta Views magazine, which provides a platform to explore issues of public concern and celebrate the culture of the province.


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Founded in Virginia in 1869, Kappa Sigma is an international men’s social fraternity that includes over 300 chapters and colonies across North America.

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“Eli completed his education at the U of L, but didn’t have the time to put it to full use. This award will help another student with his or her own education and in that way, Eli’s memory continues to make a difference.” Ryan Walker

Students are typically the beneficiaries of scholarships, not the benefactors. However, Kappa Sigma fraternity is challenging that perception by establishing a scholarship, making them not only students, but donors. Kappa Sigma has been part of the U of L since 2004, and was officially chartered as Omicron-Xi in 2006. The fraternity currently has 42 active undergraduate members who aim to enhance their university experience through their involvement with the fraternity. Elijah de Guzman (BFA ‘07), a founding member of Kappa Sigma’s Omicron-Xi chapter, passed away as a result of a drowning accident in July 2009.

When Elijah de Guzman, one of Omicron-Xi’s founding members, passed away suddenly, the fraternity wanted to honour his memory. De Guzman graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in new media in 2007 and was known to be a hardworking student and a dedicated brother to the fraternity.

“Eli really embodied what Kappa Sigma is about,” says Zack Moline, the chapter’s grand master of ceremonies. “He was a dedicated student, but he was also involved in the community, both on and off campus. He was very active within the fraternity during his time as a student and he maintained close ties with Kappa Sigma as an alumnus.” Although de Guzman’s life was cut short, his brothers from Kappa Sigma are helping to ensure that his memory lives on. The fraternity established the Elijah de Guzman Memorial Award, aimed at helping students who demonstrate academic determination and a strong sense of citizenship. “Eli completed his education at the U of L, but didn’t have the time to put it to full use,” says Kappa Sigma Grand Master Ryan Walker. “This award will help another student with his or her own education, and in that way, Eli’s memory continues to make a difference.”

The award also enables Kappa Sigma to embody the four pillars that are the cornerstones of the fraternity. “The four pillars are scholarship, fellowship, leadership and service,” explains Walker. “Eli’s scholarship represents each of these elements: it encourages academic study; it recognizes a brother we’ve lost; it sets an example to others; and it betters the community in which we live.” The de Guzman family is honoured by the dedication Kappa Sigma has demonstrated to Eli’s memory and believes the award truly reflects Eli’s legacy. “As a parent, it makes you proud when your children are the recipients of scholarships,” says Eli’s mother Enonie. “Our family is happy that Eli’s name can be attached to a scholarship that will benefit other students.”


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“It’s important to help people around you, whether you know them or not. I think that’s part of being in a community.”

morry hunt

As the owner of Windriver Glass, one of the largest commercial glass shops south of Calgary, Morry Hunt is responsible for the colourful windows being installed in Markin Hall.


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Investing in community Morry Hunt knows a good business opportunity when he sees one. When Hunt started Windriver Glass in 1995, he began bidding on contracts for the University of Lethbridge; since then, Windriver Glass has been involved in almost every major construction project at the U of L.

arts degree. The awards are not necessarily for the top achievers in each category, but are aimed at supporting hard-working students who might not otherwise be able to complete their education. Hunt explains that supporting student scholarships is a way for him to personally support the institution that has given him so much.

“I was able to do lots of work for the U of L as I built my company: as the University grew, so did Windriver Glass,” says Hunt. “We started with smaller jobs and eventually worked our way up to larger projects. We were able to secure work at the University at every level.”

“The University has played an important role in helping me establish my business, so it’s nice to be able to give something in return.”

Windriver Glass has been involved with the construction of several buildings on campus and is currently completing work on Markin Hall. While Hunt enjoys watching the building take shape, he is aware that without the students, the bricks, the mortar and, of course the windows, would lack purpose. Wanting to do something in return, Hunt established three scholarships aimed at helping students succeed: one for each of the men’s and women’s hockey teams and one for a student completing a bachelor of

A longtime Lethbridge resident, Hunt believes it’s essential for people to engage in the support and improvement of the communities in which they live. “It’s important to help people around you, whether you know them or not,” says Hunt. “I think that’s part of being in a community.” When it comes to supporting institutions within the community, Hunt offers straightforward advice: “If you can afford it, support local organizations. Your little bit of help can make a significant difference to someone in need.”

Students like Logan Lavorato benefit from student awards. Through his company, Morry Hunt established awards in both men’s and women’s hockey, as well as one for a bachelor of arts student.


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In the

spirit David Renter’s undergraduate experience at the University of Lethbridge was anything but average – he attended class, studied and wrote tests, all alongside his grandmother, the late Evelyn Beattie. “She was certainly a part of my U of L experience – she did most of my homework,” jokes David. David grew up in Lethbridge, completed a bachelor of music degree in 1998 and went on to receive his masters and doctorate degrees in music composition in the United States, but the memory of his grandmother as a student has never been far from his mind. Evelyn audited classes, attended student events and was a recognizable figure on campus, often at the centre of student groups, offering encouragement to her fellow classmates. She had a passion for music, and attending the U of L allowed her to fulfill a lifelong dream of studying music. “She received a diploma from the Royal Conservatory, but in the 1930s it was much harder for a woman to pursue a career outside of the home,” explains her daughter, Diane Renter. Evelyn opted for a degree in education, but music continued to be an important


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part of her life. She taught private piano lessons for several years, and eventually taught elementary school, including early music education classes. Her family believes that given the opportunity, Evelyn would have taken a path similar to the one David pursued. When Evelyn passed away, the Renter family, which includes Diane, Juergen and their three children, Brad, David and Jennifer, set to work developing a scholarship that would honour her memory and continue promoting music education, something she had obviously been passionate about.

“I was given the opportunity to continue my education and to explore my interests and I want other students to have those opportunities as well,” says David. “I hope receiving this award allows someone to try something new or to follow a passion, and possibly foster some new understanding. It’s something my grandmother herself would have been happy to support.”

“Music was so important to Evelyn,” says Juergen Renter, her son-in-law. “It is something we continue to value as a family, and the Evelyn Beattie Memorial Music Scholarship really and truly reflects Evelyn’s legacy.” For David, who is now a faculty member at the U of L, the award finishes something he started more than 10 years ago with his grandmother. “My grandmother passed away in April of 2008, and I was hired in August of the same year,” notes David. “Because I started my education here at the U of L with her and have now returned to teach, things have really come full circle.”

Music was a passion for the late Evelyn Beattie.

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The Renter family, (l-r) David, Juergen, Jennifer, Diane and Brad (not pictured) are honouring Evelyn Beattie’s legacy by establishing a scholarship in her name – something they believe she would have been happy to support.

“Music was so important to Evelyn. It is something we continue to value as a family, and the Evelyn Beattie Memorial Music Scholarship really and truly reflects Evelyn’s legacy.” Juergen Renter 27

The University of Lethbridge continues to ensure new opportunities to engage in creativity, inquiry and discovery.

Thank you

for helping make that happen. Your generosity, combined with that of hundreds of others, makes it possible for the U of L to increase educational opportunities for students, expand physical spaces on campus and provide necessary resources for research – all resulting in impacts far greater than we can begin to imagine. On behalf of students, faculty and staff at the University of Lethbridge, thank you for your contributions in 2009. Here are some noteworthy numbers from 2009 that give a glimpse into the impact of your support:



The following listing recognizes our lifetime donors and the many dedicated individuals, corporations and organizations who generously supported the University of Lethbridge in 2009. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, we recognize that errors may have occurred in this listing. If your name is missing or listed incorrectly, please accept our sincere apologies and contact University Advancement at 403-329-2582.

Lifetime donors In recognition of contributions of $25,000 and above Anonymous (16) 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union Ltd. ALCOA Foundation ATB Financial ATCO Group Agrium Inc. Evelyn Aimis Alberta Health ServicesAADAC Alberta Lottery Board Alberta Real Estate Foundation Alberta Blue Cross


Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Christopher Allen Illana Aloni AltaGas Income Trust Gisele Amantea Anderson’s Medical Dental Pharmacy Ltd. Estate of Teresa Andrus Arthur J. E. Child Foundation Association of Professional Engineers AstraZeneca Canada Inc. Walter Bachinski

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gifts for student awards

Mowrie Baden Lawrence and Wilma Barany Randy Bardock BDO Canada LLP BMO Bank of Montreal BP Canada Energy Company Ron Bell Bennett Jones LLP Reginald Bennett Raj Bhogal David Bierk Black Velvet Distilling Company Peter Boyd

Roland Brener Jacqueline Brien Irwin Browns Erwin Buck Bill Burden Feike and Margaret Bylsma CIBC-Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Bill and Elsa Cade Calgary Foundation Eric Cameron David and Vivian Campbell Rick and Ellen Campbell

Canaccord Capital Corporation Canada Council for the Arts Canada Safeway Limited Canadian Council for the Arts Canadian Pacific Railway Company CanWest Global Foundation Janet Cardiff Ian Carr-Harris Alex and Norrie MacMillan Memorial Certified Management Accountants of Alberta


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CGA Alberta Research and Education Foundation Pierre Chamberland Chartered Accountants’ Education Foundation Christian Chouinard Winston Wing-Tat Chow City of Lethbridge Pamela and Joseph Clark Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. CoCo Pazzo Italian Cafe Ronald Coleman Community Spirit Grant Program Dennis and Catherine Connolly ConocoPhillips Canada Harry and Mildred Cox John Crabb Chris Cran Jean-Charles Crombez Elizabeth Crone G. Sidney Cross DA Electric Ltd. John and Myrna Daniels Bart and Cynthia Davies John and Karen Davies Nicolas de Grandmaison Sonia de Grandmaison Rene Despres Devon Canada Corporation Estate of Arthur and Annie Dorigatti

Estate of Leopoldine Dorner Dorot Foundation Dave Duckett David Duffin Robert Dufresne William Eakin Gordon Eberts Elk Valley Coal William Elichen Ellison Milling Company Peter and Carol Emerson EnCana Corporation Enercon Water Treatment Ltd. Estate of Islay Erickson Enn Erisalu Paterson Ewen Ivan Eyre Fairmont Foundation Terry and Sheila Fenton Estate of Keith and Hope M. Ferguson Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects Rick and Rita Filanti Flanagan Foundation Jacqueline Flanagan Elizabeth Forrest Patrick Forrest Howard Forsyth Bill and Stefanie Forward Graham and Catherine Fowler E.C. Fredericks Guy Gagnon

Urs E. Gattiker James Gellman Genus Capital Management Inc. Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Joe and Bertha Ghert Mira Godard Gold and Gold Productions Government of Alberta William Gracey Graduate Students’ Association Gary Gray Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life Peter and Olive Green Bert Griffin Martin and Sonya Grypma Myron Gushlak Paul Hacker Frederick Hagan Einard and Kay Haniuk Gregory Hardy Estate of Alice Harper John Hartman Douglas Haynes W. Vaughan and Marilyn Hembroff Ben Heppner Dr. M.P. Hess Peter Hide James Hill and Karen Reid Eric and Barbara Hillman

Bob Hironaka Family of Richard Martin Howell Laurence Hoye IGM Financial Inc. Imperial Oil Foundation Shoppers Drug Mart Liz Ingram Investors Group Financial Services Rita Irwin Avrom Isaacs Geoffrey James Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Albert Johnson Terence Johnson Kent Jones Gordon and Elizabeth Jong Emerich Kaspar Garry Kennedy Kay Kerr Mushtaq and Catherine Khan Robert Kimmitt Christopher Kostyniuk KPMG Foundation KPMG LLP Wayne and Rhonda Kwan Chantal Laberge Claude Laberge Louise-Marie Laberge Laidlaw Foundation Alain Lamoureux Lantic Inc.

3,619 $4.5 gifts


Dan and Karen Laplante Cindy LaValley Mona LaValley Leslie Lavers Lethbridge Community Foundation Lethbridge Community Lottery Board #75 Lethbridge Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ltd. Lethbridge Iron Works Company Limited Lethbridge Public School Local 41 ATA Lethbridge School District No. 51 Jacques Libersan A. Lielmanis Leon Liffmann Kenneth Lochhead John and Maybelle Lockhart Syd Lovell William MacDonnell Allan MacKay Landon MacKenzie Glen MacKey Ian MacLachlan and Diane Clark Gordon MacNamara G. MacNeil Allan Markin Vincent Martino Richard Masson

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Val and Flora Matteotti Billy McCarroll Estate of Phyllis Mary McDonell Catherine McGilly-McCoy McDonald Auto Group Edward and Linda McNally Allan McWilliams Meota Resources Corp. E.F. Anthony Merchant Meyers Norris Penny Dan and Gail Michener Robert Michener Edward Mikhail Mathilde Miller Walter Joseph Mitchell Kim Moody Molson Inc. Cherie Moses Muttart Foundation Nat Christie Foundation Nexen Inc. NG Campbell Holdings Ltd. Norlein Foundation Kevin and Katharine Nugent Toni Onley Edward Orchard David Ornstein Lyndal Osborne Seamus and Judy O’Shea Ludvik and Danica Pahulje Warren Pashkowich Bruce Parsons

Lorne Patzer Graham Peacock and Wendy C. Rollins Pen - Bro Holdings Limited Penn West Energy Trust Estate of Kathleen Pepper Dale Percy William Perehudoff and Dorothy KnowlesPerehudoff Anil and Sheri Pereira Z. Perler Knud Petersen Petro-Canada J. Christopher Pratt John and Connie Prentice Stephen Pustil RBC Financial Group through RBC Foundation Richardson Oilseed Ltd. Robert J. Turner Professional Corporation David Roberts John Roberts Rogers Broadcasting Limited Robert and Minda Rogerson Roloff Beny Foundation Fred Romanuk Richard Rooney Catherine Ross Royal Host Hotels and Resorts Randy and Jane Royer Terrance and Maureen Royer


Earl Rumm Jared Sable Ron and Joyce Sakamoto Kevin Sassa Scotiabank Robert Scott Brian Scully Yosh and Florence Senda Dean and Natalie Setoguchi A.W. Shackleford Robert and Mildred Shackleford Max Shafir Kelly Shannon Stan Shapson Estate of Mary T. Skelton Shell Canada Limited Miriam Shiell Muriel Shortreed Ron Shuebrook David Silcox and Linda Intaschi T. Gordon Sim Sandra Simpson Simpson-Markinch Charitable Foundation Melissa Singer Leo and Phyllis Singer Stephen Smart Southern Stationers Limited Raymond and Ingrid Speaker David and Jo Spinks Evelyn Springer

areas supported

Maxine Stephens Student Referendum Leila Sujir Sun Life Financial Roger Swierstra James and Tanya Szarko A.D. Taliano Talisman Energy Inc. TD Bank Financial Group Teck Coal Limited TELUS Communications Inc. Howard and Sharon Tennant Rex and Jean Tennant David Thauberger Claudio Tocchio Robert Tocchio TransAlta Corporation TransCanada Corporation TSX Venture Exchange Robert and Dawn Turner U of L Foundation Douglas Udell University of Lethbridge Students Tony Urquhart Thorpe Van de Mark Glenn and Janice Varzari W. Garfield Weston Foundation Ian Wallace John and Barbara Warren George Webber Simon Weinberg

Wesbridge Construction Limited Edward White Darol and Evelyn Wigham Wigham Resources Ltd. John Will Mary Will Lela Wilson Warren Wilson Mark Wiltshire Wind River Glass Ltd. Clive Wulwik Anne Wyse Xerox Canada Ltd. Ronald and Kathryn Yoshida Robert Youds George A. and Kathleen Young Young Parkyn McNab LLP Young’s Securities Limited Tim Zuck Irving Zucker


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2009 donors Anonymous (47) 1327090 Alberta Ltd. 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union Ltd. 2152008 Ontario Limited 327102 Alberta Ltd. o/a Village Liquor 373603 Alberta Ltd. 487478 Alberta Ltd. o/a We Care Home Health Services 5 Suns Transloading Ltd. 573937 Alta Ltd. 620025 Alberta Ltd. o/a The Duke of Wellington 808097 Alberta Ltd. o/a Backstreet Pub and Pizza 837008 Alberta Ltd. 959445 ALB. Ltd. O/A Second Cup Palmer and Lise Acheson Dick Adachi Kikuko Adachi Darren Adams Dave Adams Darren Adamson Afcsoccer Inc. Genevieve Ahart Lori Ahart Airtech Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. Airwest Flight Group Art Aitken Elena Aitken Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission Alberta Association, Canadian Institute of Planners Alberta Blue Cross Alberta Distance Learning Alberta Motor Association Alberta Parks Alberta String Association Albi Homes Ltd. Lyle and Carisa Aleman Alice Elizabeth Takacs Ltd.


Bruce and Jane Allan Donald Allan Kenneth Allan Dawn Allen Scott Allen Karla Alliban Cathy Almond Lynn Ambedian Bilal Amin Lanny Anderson Linda Anderson Marla Anderson Robert and Shirley Anderson R. Androkovich Alan Andron Alan Ankutowicz and Laura Horton Mary Annis Ryan Anson Apex Power & Automation Ltd. Jess Arai Archaeological Society of Alberta Cindy Armstrong-Esther Carolyn Arnold Gerald Arnold Hugh Arnold & Family Judy Arnold Lynn Arnold Art Batty Enterprises Inc. AstraZeneca Canada Inc. ATB Financial ATCO Group Courtney Atkinson and Jennifer Copeland Scott Atkinson Danielle Aubin Avonlea Homes Ltd. Kaye Ayukawa Galt Baalim Derek Babe David Bach Backstreet Pub and Pizza Sheila Bad Eagle Tammy Lynn Baedke

John Bain and Elizabeth Schultz Glen Baker Jason and Tracy Baker Robbie Baker Mohamed Bakhit Tammy Ballendine Baltyk Investments Inc. Jason Baranec Lorna Baranec Randy Bardock Karen Bartsch Nicole Barnett John and Yvonne Barthel Robert Bartlett Terry Basaraba Gregg and Patricia Bassendowske Bill Basso Victoria Baster Anne Baxter Bayer CropScience Inc. BCT Structures BDO Canada LLP Michael Beamish Mariette Beaudry Harold and Henrie Beaulieu Barbara Beckett Vivian Beckingham Ryan Beekman Rosh Begg Tim and Brenda Bell Jeannette and Bryce Bennett Michael and Diane Bennett Remie Benoit Kathy Benson Jim and Jean Berezan David and Salma Bergen Douglas Bergen Peter Bergen Stacey Berger Lut Berghmans Dorin and Helen Berlando Robert Best Maralon Bevans

Reginald Bibby Bigelow Fowler Clinic Leonard Binning Greg Birch Layton Birka James Bishop John Black Black Velvet Distilling Company April Blackmer Brent Blasetti Lisa Block BMO Bank of Montreal Samantha Boehr Rene and Brenda Boere Arie and Margaret Bomhof Art Bonertz Borealis Building Consultants Ltd. Arthur and Shirley Borzel Keith Boschee and Val Hill Daniel Bosters Beverley Botter Toby and Bernadine Boulet Myles and Betty Bourke Diane Boyle Craig Braak Craig Braden Christine Brady Ryan Brandl Sharon and Douglas Bray Ann Braybrooks Kathy Brewer Bridge City Chrysler Dodge Jeep Inc. Bridge Pressure Washers Bridge Vacuum Michael and Annette Bright Steve Brodrick Geri Bronson Catharine Brooks Barrie and Marion Broughton Linda Brovole Harold and Peggy Brown Kirk and J’Nan Brown Murray Brown

Phil Brown Anthony Browning Gordon Brownjohn Morgan Brownjohn Olga Bruder Michael and Laverne Bryant Gary Buchanan Deb Bullock Robert Bullock Burbridge Farm Ltd. Paige Burdett Theresa Burg Ryan Burke Dale Burnett Susan and Craig BurrowsJohnson Dennis and Christine Burton Jenifer Butterfield Donna Butterwick Brent and Niki Button C.G. Excavating Ltd. Bill and Elsa Cade Maureen Calder Calgary Flames Limited Partnership Calgary Foundation Cheryl Calver Becca Campbell Janet Campbell Michael Campbell Nancy Campbell Canadian Council for the Arts Canadian Pacific Railway Company Canadian Pension and Benefits Canadian Petroleum Tax Society Hart Cantelon Capture the Flag, Harry & Myrna Kruger 247403 Alta Ltd. Dino and Kaareen Caputo Eric Carmichael Carla Carnaghan

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Thanks for answering the call. In 2009, U of L student callers phoned more than 5,000 management alumni, who in addition to supporting the Faculty of Management Annual Fund, shared their news and offered encouragement to current students.

David Carpenter and Cheryl Arelis Jason Carruthers Cassidy’s Classics Ltd. Awny Cassis Charlotte Caton Caveman Transport Ltd. Centron Construction Limited Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta Certified Management Accountants of Alberta

CGA Alberta Research and Education Foundation Mahshid Chaharlang Bakhtiari Yoshio Chaki James Chalmers Stanley Chan Donald and Nadine Chandler Connie Chaplin Glen Chapman Guy Chapman Darren Charlesworth Charlton and Hill Ltd.

Chartered Accountants’ Education Foundation Matt Chatwin Jesse Cheetham Yue Chen Susan Childress Chinook Chrysler (2007) Ltd. Debbie Chisholm Katherine Chiste Robert Chomiak Steven Chong Winston Chow Duane and Kathy Christensen

Sara Christmas Van and Helen Christou Margaret Chubb Carmen Chudleigh CIBC-Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Terry Clak Jeff and Lisa Clarke Angela Clarmont Cherie Clarricoates Allyson Clay Clear Sky Radio Inc. Karen Clearwater

Mary Clewes Tracey Coates Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Michael Coe Heather Coleman Melville and Flo Collier Don Collins Community Spirit Grant Program Dennis and Catherine Connolly Conoco Phillips Canada Continental Cattle Carriers Ltd Alex Cook


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Audrey Cook Bonnie Cook Mitch Cook Derek Cooney Robert Cooney Ronald and Laurel Corbiere Michael Cormican Brad Cornish Giuliano and Dawna Coslovi Costco Wholesale Janice Cougle Vaughan Coupland Barry Court Donna Court and Family Linda Court Andrew Courtney Shaun Courtney Ashley Cowan Asheley Cowie Harry and Mildred Cox Terri and Mervin Cradduck Steve Craig Naomi Cramer Richard Crerar Jeffery and Stephanie Crighton Art Crooks Scott Crowe Dale Culler Gary Cunningham James and Barbara Cunningham Rich and Julie Cuthbertson Rae Daggitt Randy Daggitt Angela Dagnone Penny D’Agnone Dagmar Dahle Dan Vitale Sales Agency Daniel S Heaton Architect Ltd. Dayna Daniels Robin Dann and Dixie Koenig Dan’s Contracting Ltd. KJ Darius Davidson and Williams LLP Charleen Davidson Richard and Denise Davidson Bart and Cynthia Davies Joanne Davis Randy Davis Leslie Dawn Kathleen Dawson


Scott Dawson Dylan de Peuter Mark James DeBlois Kim Deck Chris DeLange Oriano Delbello David Demian Randy Denecky Rebeca Derkitt Joanne Des Roche Susan DeSandoli June Dick Robert and Pam Didur Donna Dimaio Michael and Allison Dixon Jon Doan Mike Dobay Brian Dobing Karen Dodd Rajko and Amy Dodic Frances Dogterom Douglas and Teresa Dolman Dolphin Swim Club Fang Dong Kenneth Dorchak Karen Dow-Cazal John and Katherine Doyle Tom Doyle Dr. Holly Wells Medical Prof. Corp. Rodney Draffin Douglas Driediger Judith Droessler Bhagwan and Swarn Dua Du-Al Renovations Ducan Industries Inc. Brenda Dudas Everett Duerksen Clint Dunford Arno Dyck Kelly Dyck Martin Dyck Anne Dymond Dynamic Rehabilitation Kerry Dyte Eagle Commodities Ltd. Arman Earl Bonnie Court Earl Darrell and Marion Eastman Economic Development Lethbridge

Ariana Edelman Spencer Edelman Jane Edmundson Tracy Edwards Patricia Ehrhardt Bryce Eidsness Eldorado RV Sales Ltd. Harold Elke Trevor and Jen Ellerman Mary Elliott Denise Ellis Ellison Enterprises Ltd. Riley and Jennifer EllisToddington Auke and Ruth Elzinga Barry and Trish Emerson EnCana Cares Foundation EnCana Corporation Dennis and Elizabeth Endersby Enercon Water Treatment Ltd. Janelle Enns Gordon Rhonda Enns Leslie and Linda Epp Richard Epp Ryan Epp Christopher Epplett Barb Erler Ernst and Young LLP Rob Evans George Evelyn and Lottie Austin Evergreen Golf Centre Executive Women International, Lethbridge Chapter Express Coffee and Tea Fairfield Appliance Services Ltd. Alesha Farfus-Shukaliak Cliff Faszer Bruce Faulkner Sarah Faulkner and Nicholas Hanson Lynette Featherstone Jess Fehr Estates of Keith and Hope M. Ferguson Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects Carolyn Fetaz Karen Filbert Michelle Filipenko

Dale Filkowski David Findlay Michael and Connie Fiorino Marcie Fischer Kaye Fisher Beatrice Fishley Jo-Anne Fiske Dennis Fitzpatrick Flanagan Foundation Jacqueline Flanagan Larry and June Flanagan Joan Flemmer April Fleury Robert Flexhaug Trevor and Laura Flood Floorright Interiors Ltd. Yoshio Fojimoto Arnold and Dorothy Follinglo Patrick Forrest Nick Forsberg Doug and Janet Forsyth Bill and Stefanie Forward Foster and Sons Jewellery Ltd. Terry and Lynda Foster Michael and Roxanne Fournier Kim Fowler Leah Fowler Michael Fownes Brett Francombe David Franz Joanna Fraser Jesse Frederick Patricia Frederickson Barbra French Marjorie Fujita Matt Fuller Lana Gabor Marty Gadd Carol Gaetz Margaret Gal Patrick Gallagher Dean and Bev Gallimore Pam Garner Ron and Bev Garnett Joe and Leslie Gatner Greg Gavelin Janice Gavelin Wayne Gayford Jason Gee Ulf Geerds GEN Manufacturing Ltd.

Genome Alberta R. Gibson Barb Giesbrecht Todd Giesbrecht Ryan Giese Don Gill Kathleen Gill Tanya Gill Quinn Gillett Gloria Gilmour Jim Gladstone Marylee Glassford Cameron Goater Erik and Lori Goble Elaine Godwin Gold and Gold Productions Joanne and Tom Golden Evelyn Good Striker Gregory Goodman Gordon E Jong Professional Corporation Masa Goshinmon Joey Grace Graduate Student Referendum Melissa Graff Bart and Rumi Graham Michelle Gramatke Carl and Friederike Granzow Grant Thornton LLP John and Jo-Anne Gray Linda Gray Marissa Gray Green Acres Foundation Peter and Olive Green Fred Greene and Lisa Doolittle Pauline Greenidge Betsy Greenlees Malcolm and Bonny Greenshields Wes and Catherine Greer David Gregory John Grey Teresa Grice Jaime Griffin Nancy Grigg Rob Groenenboom Don Groft and Jean Harrowing Harry Gross Growing Alberta Shawna Gruninger Ryan Guenter

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Susanna Gunawan Shauna Haag Gerry Haagsma Haig Clinic Patricia Hake Andrew and Linda Hakin Elizabeth Hale Geoffrey Hale J.D. Hall-Buckland Cliff and Melanie Hamilton Karen Hamilton Kelle Hamilton Kevin Hamilton Laurel Hamilton Hamman AG Research Inc. Sean Hanke Terrance Hanna Tracey Hanson Lorraine Happ John Harding Paul and Ina Harding Megan Hargreaves Karen Harker William Harker and Dereka Thibault Harold F. G. Elke Professional Corporation Harold’s Auto Service Ltd. Elaine Harrison Lynda Hartley Michelle Haskins Elaine Haughian Haul-All Equipment Ltd. Cal and Brenda Hauserman John and Marilyn Hawryluk David Hay Sally Hayward Garett Heath Kent Heatshorn Kattherine and James Hegedes Howard and Suzanne Heil Roelof Heinen Mark Heinricks Casey Hellawell Scott Hembroff Tracy Hembroff Vaughan and Marilyn Hembroff Todd Hendricks Ben Heppner Daryl and Wendy Herbers

M.P. Hess John and Fern Hicken Dean Hickman Jason Hieb Shinako Higa Shirley Higa George High High Volt Electrical James Hill Susan Hill Valerie and Richard Hill Eric and Barbara Hillman Julia Hilman Carol Hilsendeger Hideo Hinatsu Megan Hintz Marie Hirashima Bob Hironaka Hironaka Employee Benefits Inc. Grant Hironaka Marshall Hironaka Timothy and Lois Hironaka Tsuyoshi Hironaka Tomi Hisaoka Frances Hiscocks Kathleen Hnidan Ryan Ho Hobgoblin Holdings Limited Linda Hockley Cindy Hoerger Robbyn Hoffe Duane Hoffman David Hoffos and Mary-Anne McTrowe Robynne Hogg Wayne and Aline Holmen Beverly Holmes Jean and Owen Holmes Wolfgang Holzmann and Joan Blair Alice Hontela Robin Hood Shawna Hood Shane Hooker Darlene Hooper Shawn Hooper Doug Hopkins Keith and Lynn Hopkins Chris Horbachewski and Lana Wicentovich

When it comes to showing support, U of L faculty and staff – both past and present – are the first to step forward. In 2009, 297 U of L employees contributed close to $200,000 for Supporting Our Students, an annual fundraising campaign to raise money for student awards. This significant investment in students demonstrates the commitment of U of L faculty and staff to enhancing the student experience and creating education and research opportunities.

Hornquist Enterprises, Trish’s Hair Design James and Elizabeth Horsman Christopher Hosgood Renae Hougen Andy Houthuys Laurence Hoye Kevin Hronek Tina and Gary Huckabay Doug Hudson Hudson LLP Meredith Hull Human Resources Institute of Alberta Melissa Humeniuk Lance Hummel Ruth Hummel Brian Hunter T. Andrew Hurly I.W. Kuhn Environmental Ltd. Ian B. Hurdle and E. W. Dodd Professional Corporation Rumiko Ibuki Akira Ichikawa

Yoshiye Ikebuchi IMO Farms Ltd. Imperial Oil Foundation Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta John and Noella Irwin Rita Irwin Molly Ito J.P. Kelly Ranching Ltd. J.S. Monteith Professional Corporation Trish Jackson Ron and Mariette Jacobson Judy Jaeger Burt Jaegli Charles and Patricia James Charlene Janes Frank and Marion Jankunis Tido Janssen Blayne Janssens Denise Janssens Victor and Lise Januszewski Bill Janzen Lois Jardine

Jeffery M. Warren Professional Corporation Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Jody Moltz Professional Corporation John Bekkering Holdings Ltd. Dean and Lori Johnson Garth and Dori Johnson Patricia Johnson Wayne Johnson Jesse Johnstone Joint Medical Staff Courtesy Fund Jones Brown Insurance Brokers and Consultants Christina Jones Jeff and Marianne Jones Gordon and Elizabeth Jong Katelyn Jonsson Robin Jorgensen Mackenzie Kim Jorgenson Randy and Beverly Joseph Judo Alberta Judo NB Inc. Judo Ontario Judo Quebec Inc. Dragoslav and Rose Jurisich K B Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. K. Gregory Senda Professional Corporation Habiba Kadiri T. Kaga Ruth Grant Kalischuk Alice Kamitomo John Kamitomo Roy Kamitomo Tosh Kanashiro Richard Kanegawa Kappa Sigma Barbara Karbashewski Albert Kardash Troy Kasting Martha Katsuta Greg Kaupp Mary Kavanagh and Edison del Canto Chiyoko Kawai Kawneer Company Canada Limited Dan Kazakoff


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The University of Lethbridge landscape is constantly changing as we evolve to meet the needs of our students. In 2009, the University completed construction of both the Community Sports Stadium and the Daycare. Construction also continues on Markin Hall, which will open in the fall of 2010 and will house the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Jamie Keeley Kevin and Patricia Keith Andrew Keller Peter and Helen Kelley Roslyn Kelln Tibetha Kemble Ken H. Lewis Professional Corporation Lynn Kennedy Misty Kenney Michelle Kensley Cecily Kenwood Terry and Barbara Kerkhoff Kay Kerr Rodney and Elaine Kettles KF Yamashita Professional Corporation Hadi Kharaghani Mony Khiev Ross Kidd and Ellen Potvin Brad Kilkenny Richard Kille Dorian King Robert and Jenny King-Brown Wesley King-Hunter Yoshitaka Kinjo Sean Kirby and Dawn Janecke Brad and Sandra Kirk Bryce Kirkpatrick Ken Kitagawa Kyle and Denise Kitagawa Jean Kiza Barry Knapp Jill Knapp Carol Knibbs Paul Knoll Shirley Knott Camille Kobayashi Kodiak Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. Gayle Koep Bryan Kolb Richard Kong Jennifer Kongus Duane Konynenbelt Marguerite Koole-Ady Kerri Koop Stephanie Kormos John and Doris Kostiuk Jill Kotkas

Igor and Olga Kovalchuk Dacey Kovich Nolan Kowalchuk Richard and Lenore Kowalchuk KPMG Foundation KPMG LLP Josephine Krokosh Leslaw Krysiak Gabe and Joanne Krywolt Jeremy Kucheran Job Kuijt Judith Kulig Val Kurio Dave Kusalak Peter Kusalik Peter Kutney Kim Kwan Wayne Kwan Luke Kwong Harvey Labuhn Justine Lackton Tayyab Ladha Lafarge Canada Inc. Jay Langager James and Katherine Langston Marie Lanier Lantic Inc. Dan and Karen Laplante Chantelle Lariviere Michael Lariviere Dale LaRoue Chris Lastiwka Bill Latimer Jon Latrace William and Nancy Latta Neil Latter Jason Laurendeau Cindy LaValley Brian Laveck Alyson Lavers Daphne Lavers Leslie Lavers Logan Lavorato David and Chriss Lawson Sharon Lawson Chelsea Layden-Power Troy Layton Donny Lee Kathy Lee Lana Leeb

Legislative Assembly of Alberta Donald and Sharon Leitch George Leith Lemare Seed Cleaning Ltd. Dianne Leonhardt Norm Lepard Andrea Letal Lethbridge Caterers Ltd. Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Lethbridge Community Foundation Lethbridge Hockey Hounds Lethbridge Housing Authority Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club Lethbridge Iron Works Company Limited Lethbridge Karaoke Club Lethbridge Public School Local 41 ATA Lethbridge Real Estate Board Co-op Ltd. Lethbridge Senior Men’s Soccer Association Lethbridge Soccer Association Lethbridge Symphony Association Lethbridge Twinning Society Stanley Leung Ken and Kathy Lewis Gerry and Doris Lidstone Evone Liew Ted Likuski Shirley Lindquist Murray Lindsay Sandra Lindsay Lucie Linhart Sharon Linitski Suzanne Lint Wayne Lippa Ruth Liska Neil Little Felicia Lloyd Suzanna Lo Cliff Lobe Craig and Sharon Loewen Solang Loland George Lomas


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Gregory Long and Connie Lassiter Florence Look Becky Lore Cristian Lorenzoni Cornelis Los Janice Loughlin Sheila Lowe Natasha and Blair Lozza Ken Ludwig and Victoria Laverty-Ludwig Christina Lui Sandy Lyons Kim Ma Heidi MacDonald Dan and Kathy MacFarlane Cher MacIntosh Melanie Mack Allan MacKenzie Rizos Mackenzie Glen Mackey Brenda MacKinnon Ian MacLachlan and Diane Clark Kevin and Tami MacLean Scott MacLean Robert and Wendy MacPhail Rita Mahar Lola Major Kami Makar Claudia Malacrida Andrew Malcolm K. and I. Malik Manitoba Black Belt Association Debbie Manley Ellen Manson Helen Manyfingers Larry Marasco Dawn Marcinek Austin Mardon Ernest and May Mardon Deb Marek Lee Markert Allan Markin Jess Markin Tyler Marriott James Marshall Todd Martens Annie Martin Martin Bros. Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Ltd. Diana Martin


Nancy Martin K. Maruno Kay Maruno Erik Mason Gary Massier Arlen Masson Kendal Masson Richard Masson Chris Mastromatteo Misae Masuda Mark and Cindy Matheson Pastinu Mathias Ben and Marie Matkin Kay Matsuda Cheryl Matsugi Val and Flora Matteotti Hermann Mauthner Stephen Mayall David and Helen Maze Amber McAdam Doug and Rita McArthur Clark and Anna McAskile McAskile Management Ltd. McCain Foods (Canada) Deborah Smith McCarty Karen McCallum Dan McCormack Heather McDonald Neil McDonald Robert McDonald Ryan McDonald Lee McEwen Blaine McFadden Darren McFadden Kyla McFadden Kevin McFadzen Raymond and Sheila McHugh Dennis McKay Maria McKay Robert McKay Sandy McKay Kurtis McKean Margaret McKeen Codder McKenzie-Gribe Bruce McKillop McKillop Insurance and Registry Services Ltd. Doug McLaughlin McLean Insurance Agencies Ltd. Tracy McLeod Sheila McManus

Donors play a significant role in the success of the University of Lethbridge. The generosity of our donors has enabled the University to leverage an additional $12 million in matching funding from the Government of Alberta’s Access to the Future Fund since 2005. The Access to the Future Fund truly demonstrates the province’s commitment to education and recognizes the important role of donors in helping build our University.

Jack McMaster Guy and Tracy McNab Edward and Linda McNally Mark Medoruma Brad Mehalko Chris Meilleur Muriel Mellow Brock Melnyk Bruce Mendenhall Kaye Mendoza Meota Resources Corp. Dale Merchant James Merchant Jodi and Brent Merriman Sharon Merryweather Lilia Mesina John Metcalfe Lorraine Methot Allan Metzger

Meyers Norris Penny Terry and Anne Michaelis Gina Michel Barry Milaney Alice Miller Calvin Miller Christine Miller Colin and Laura Miller Ken Miller Shauna Milligan Vance Milligan Bruce and Mary Milliken Josephine Mills Neil and Heather Mirau Perry and Sharmaine Mirkovich Ruby Misak Joyanne Mitchell Jay Miyanaga Mark and Tamara Miyanaga

Nicholas Mizera Ali Mohamed John Moldon Craig Monk Mauro Montanini Greg Moody Kim Moody Chester Mook Sharon Mook David Moore Tracey Moore-Lewis Shawn and Jaime Morasch Deborah Morgan Goldie Morgentaler Chris Moroz Sidney Morrell Gregory and Nancy Morris Shawn Morton Brad and Mandy Moser

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Daisy Moshurchak Jason Moulton and Janay Nugent Mr. Cash ATM Network Inc. MR.SUBMARINE LIMITED Richard Mueller Doug and Pam Mundell George Murakami Jessica Murphy Victoria Murphy Donna Murphy-Burke Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Kelly Murray Kyle Murray Lisa Murray David Muryn Shelagh Mutch Jason and Shannon Mutschler Afton Myers Todd Myers Katie Nakagawa Toshiko Nakahama Amy Nakamura Kazuo Nakamura Teiji Nakamura James Nakashima Sonny and Kimiko Nakashima Tovi Nalder National Salvage Co. Ltd. David Nay Edward Nedza Christyn Nelis Jerry Nelson Breanne Neufeld Cheryl Neufeld Dale Neufeld Peter Neufeld NeuroInvestigations New Image Furniture and Auto Upholstery Janice Newberry Cathy Newman Sheila Newman Kenneth Newsham Nexen Inc. Chris and Lorraine Nicol Cregg Nicol Andrea Nippard Setsuko Nish Iguchi Audry and Harold Nishikawa Toshiko Nishimura Brenda Nixon

Noji Management Ltd. Noosa Energy Ltd. Norlien Foundation North and Company North Country Liquor Store Ltd. R. Phillip and Freda North Travis and Beata North Kevin Norum Noteable Music Kevin and Kathy Nugent Tom Obodzinski Finbarr O’Brien Mike O’Brien Tracy Oetelaar Eric Ogrins C. Ohashi May Ohno Kimio Oikawa Lilly Oishi Sylvia Oishi Fujiko Okamura Alberto Oliveros Mandi Olsen Orla Olson Jessie Olson-Heisler One Earth Landscaping Rod and Tracy Oosterbroek Order of the Royal Purple No. 32 Kim Ordway David Orr Julie and Mervin Orr Margaret Orsten Yumiko Osaka Collette Oseen Seamus and Judy O’Shea Jim Oshiro O-Sho Japanese Restaurant A. K. Otsuka Joanne Overn Foluso Owonifaari Deanna Oye Erhayat Ozcan Natalie Pace Raphael Paczkowski Wayne Padelka Pahulje Enterprises Ltd. Ludvik Pahulje and Jehan Cassis Carolyn and Craig Palmer Pamac Investments Ltd.

Angela Panczak Roberto Paoletti Andre and Lisa Paradis Paramount Development Group Inc. Douglas Parker Glen Parker Marion Parker Riley Parker Trenton Parks and Lillian De Vetten-Parks Robert and Lillian Parkyn Kurt Pascal Warren Pashkowich Passion Parties Janine Paterson Steve Patitsas Brenda Paton Garry Pattison Lorne Patzer Ron and Helen Paulence Darcy Payne S. Pedersen Sergio Pellis Pen - Bro Holdings Limited Kevin Pengelly Cathy Penich Penn West Energy Trust Harold Penner and Irene Klassen-Penner Susan Perley Richard Perlow and Lori Kopp Bessie Persson Knud Petersen Patricia Petersen Peterson and Purvis LLP Cara Peterson Eric Peterson Peterson Walker LLP Duane Petluk and Lori Harasem Doug Petriw Teresa Petriw Michael and Lucia Pfeuti Paul and Patti Pharo Jason Phillips Joshua Phillips Tod Pickerell Anna Pickering Hazel Pierson Quintin Pike and Cara Varzari Nicole Pilkey

Pinetree Supply Ltd. Mildred Piper Ryan Pipes Dal Pirot Darcel Pittman Quentin Pittman Urban and Marlene Pittman Roy Pocza Stephen Poettcker Lindsey Polishuk Diane Pommen Brad Ponto Catherine Poon Tim and Patricia Pope Bernie Popp Samantha Postman Rita Potvin Patricia Powers Robert Pratt Premium Mechanical Inc. Prescription Centre West Ltd. Prestige Plumbing Tom Price Ryan Proceviat Pronghorn Booster Club Kuvar Puri Keith Pushor Tysen Pushor QL Aviation Services Ltd. Quest Support Services Inc. R & D Asset Management Ltd. Marion Radke Rochelle Radke Valerie Rajcic Jim Ralph William Ramp Grant Ranslam Karen Raphael RBC Financial Group through RBC Foundati Red Deer Judo Club Derek and Ashelyn Redman Donald and Helen Reeves Kendra Reeves Regent Restaurant Inc. Bruno Regimbald Relics Basketball Club Remco Farms Ltd. Robert and Brenda Rennie Melanie Revoy Robert Rice Richard A. Low & Company

Donald and Kathleen Richards Richardson Oilseed Ltd. Ted and Iris Richardson Ricoh Canada Inc. Una Ridley Jeremy Riehl Tara Riehl Ring Container Canada Deb Robb Robert J. Turner Professional Corporation Keith and Jean Robin Bev Robinson Michael Robinson Leslie Robison-Greene Desmond Rochfort Roest Acoustics Ltd. Shane and Allison Roest Robert and Minda Rogerson Gregory Rohovie Janett Romero Raymond and Carol Romses Romulus and Remus Italian Canadian Club Stewart Rood John Rosenberg Roy and Janet Rosentreter Catherine Ross David Ross Kendy Ross Margaret Ross Rotary Club of Lethbridge Blair and Janice Roth Gloria Roth Marc and Catharine Roussel Scott and Heather Rowland Donna Rowntree R. Roy Royal Canadian Legion Alberta-NWT Command Royal LePage South Country Real Estate Services Ltd. Runners Soul Inc. Katharine Russell Tony Russell Dan and Anita Ryder S and A Holdings Ltd. Lori Saar Ann Saddlemyer Jeff Saito and Miki Groenenboom Shigeko Sakamoto


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Ron and Joyce Sakamoto Anthony Salekin Nick and Lynn Saler Crystal Samela Dean Sandham Mark Sandilands Debi Sandul Warren Sanregret Mae Sasaki Kevin Sasa Saturn of Lethbridge Donald Sauter Jim Savoy Randy Sawade Susan Schabler Alexander Schelesnak Gail Scheuring Craig Schmidt Cameron and Janelle Schmitt Jean Schmitt Werner and Kathleen Schrage Evaline Schultz Rhoda Schultz Heather Schwab Randy and Maureen Schwartz Scotiabank Rhonda Scott Kelly Scoville Dave and Linda Sebastian Glenn and Penny Secretan Noelle Sedgwick Dale Seeman and Marie Vander Linden Richard and Thea Seibel Coleen Sekiya John and Elsa Sekulic Mark Selent Brent and Lorna Selinger Danny Semenoff Mitsushi Senda Roy Senda Yoshio and Florence Senda Allan Sept Mark Sera Shaun Serafini Servus Credit Union Dean and Natalie Setoguchi


James Setoguchi Oliver and Joanna Seward Donna Seyed Mahmoud Joyce Shang Sharbro Homes Ltd. Kevin Sharp Amy Shaw Jeff Shaw John Sheriff

Simpson-Markinch Charitable Foundation Chris Sims Debbie Sincennes Christine Sinclair Donna Sinclair Patricia Siray S. Sitz W. Skelton

Breaking it down:

Who gives to the U of L? At the University of Lethbridge, the people who give are as diverse as the areas they support.

Alex Shiels Bob Shigehiro Mary Shigehiro Corey Shilliday Hiroshi and Beverly Shimazaki Grant Shingoose Irene Shippobotham Johanna Shortreed AJ Sikora Daniel Simek

William and Eleanor Skelton Ches and Betty Skinner Sandy Slavin Brian Slomp Laura Slomp Albert Smart Patty Smart Christopher Smeaton Barry Smith David and Michaeleen Smith David Smith

Doug Smith Eleanor Smith Jay Smith and Kari Speaker-Smith Jen Smith John Smith Sam and Carol Smith Shae Smith Steve Smyth Barbara Snowdon Softball Valley Gladie Sollid Phil Sollid Kelly Sombach Mikulas Somos Louis and Dorothy Soop Southern Alberta Rock Garden Southwest Steel Products Ltd. Frank and Lorna Spanbauer Raymond and Ingrid Speaker Chris Spearman Jackie Spencer David and Jo Spinks Randall and Renee Spohn Norma and George Spoulos SRI Homes Inc. Rhonda St. Amand St. Augustine’s Anglican Church Dave Stafford Andrew and Tauna Staniland Scott Stanley Mavis and Barry Stannard Kathryn Starko Victor and Amy Stasiuk Gary and Kathy Stauffer Emily Stearns Richard Steed Lori Stefiuk Bradley Stephenson and Tanya Bell Steve Rodo Foundation Brown Steven Calvin Stewart Robert Stewart Emily Stitt Melissa Stoker Jennifer Strain Doug Stroh Student Referendum Jason Stusick Michelle Sudo Kazuko Sugimoto Tomiko Sugimoto

Brian and Colleen Sullivan Don Sun Sun Life Financial Mas Sunada Elke and Marvin Sundstrom Chris Sushelnitski Candace Susic Darlene Sutherland Steve Sutton Larissa Svekla Roger Swierstra Mark and Lea Switzer Lisa Sygutek James and Tanya Szarko T. Yoshida Professional Corporation Clarence and Lynette Taal Elias Taboulchanas Jim Tagg Noris Taguchi Gordon and Jody Tait Taka Karate School Alice Takacs K. Takada May Takahashi Paul Takahashi George Takashima Carrie Takeyasu Reiko Takeyasu Minnie Takhar Dan Tall Art Tamayose Andy and Siew Tan Elaine Tanaka Morison Tanaka Ayako Taniguchi Betty Taniguchi Donald Taniguchi Shirley Taniguchi Robert and Angela Tarleck Wayne and Barbara Tate Frances Tatebe and Ralph Arnold Brian and Lorraine Taylor Delaine Taylor TD Bank Financial Group TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Te Deum Co. Team Heninger Ltd. Teck Coal Limited Maxine Tedesco Philippe Teillet

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Lynn Telford TELUS Communications Inc. Joyce Temple Howard and Sharon Tennant Terry Longair Professional Corporation Ray Teruya Bill Teshima Loretta Tetzlaff The Alberta Kodokan Black Belt Association Bruce Thiessen Randy Thom Mary Thomas Aaron and Shannon Thompson Brendan Thompson Chris Thompson Barb Thomsen Jon Thorlacius George Thumb Blake and Kathy Tillotson Rod Tilson Tim Rollingson Professional Corporation Shane Timmerman Timna’s Massage Therapy, Rmt Timothy J. Boyle Professional Corporation Brian Titley and Jane O’Dea Dan Toews and Stephanie Kubik Murray and Shirl Tofsrud Teruko Tokitsu Florence Tomiyama Joe Tomiyama Marion Tomiyama Kent Toone Jeff Torgunrud Torry Lewis Abells LLP

Ryan Tratch Tammy Trekosski Fred Trinh Triple M Housing Ltd. Catherine Tsang Chak Lun Tsui Tak Tsujita Fujio Tsukishima James Tsukishima Kenneth Tsukishima Sumie Tsukishima Alan Tymko Marvin and Frances Tymkow Kurt Ully United Way of Calgary and Area University of Lethbridge University of Lethbridge Alumni Association University of Lethbridge Students Ab Uppal Rumi Urasaki Ken and Lynn Urban John Usher Mavis Van Buskirk Christina Van Diemen Nicki Van Eck Brandi Van Eeuwen Linda Van Esch Della Van Gaalen Garth and Sharon Van Gaalen Kenneth and Lori Van Raay Grace and Glenn Vanden Dool Marcel Vanden Dungen M. Vanden Elzen Francis VandenHeuvel Ron Vandenheuvel Adrian and Gerda VanderFluit

University of Lethbridge University Advancement Development Phone: 403-329-2582 Toll Free: 1-866-552-2582

Glenn and Janice Varzari Mahadevan Venkatasubramanian Versacold Group Versus Management Inc. Guy Vervoort Connie Viau Steven Vincent Moanna Vineyard Virco Holdings Ltd. Michael Virginillo Carole and George Virtue Lesley Visser Harry Vissers Viterra VO Investment Ltd. Wendy Vogel Volker Stevin Contracting Ltd. Amy von Heyking Sonya von Heyking Darren Vucurevich Gary Vucurevich Susan Wagner Jake Waiboer Eliza Walden Robert Waldner Graham and Brenda Walker Keith and Valerie Walker Nancy and Paul Walker Samuel Walker Herb and Kristine Wall Ross Wallis Tania Walters Mark Walton Scotty Ward Edwin and Katherine Wasiak Sherry Wasilow-Mueller William Watkins Wayne Shaw Enterprises Ltd.

Candy Weaselhead Jean Wells Wesbridge Construction Limited Bruce West Loise Westbrook Dan and Karen Westwood Gerard and Terry Westwood Sandi Westwood Tim Westwood Mace Wetter Gary Wheeler Michael Whipple Ian and Susan Whishaw Jeanette White-Evans Terry Whitehead Kim Wickwire Ute Wieden - Kothe Hans-Joachim Wieden Wigham Resources Ltd. Tyler Wighel Elayne Wilkie Carol Williams Lorne and Wendy Williams Mel Willis Annette Wilson Donald Wilson Ellen Wilson Jim Wilson Kella Wilson Robert Wilson Ronald Wilson Windriver Glass Ltd. Leslie Wingerter Ila Wingfield Pamela Winsor Wayne and Wilma Winter Lorraine Wise Brad Wishnevski

Shelly and Stephen Wismath Amanda Wisniewski Denise Wladyka Sue and Mark Wobick Barbara Wolstoncroft Dan Wong Janeen Wong Peter and Shelly Woolf Work N Play Karen Woynarowsky Wurth Canada Michael and Teresa Yamada Greg Yamaoto Garry Yamashita Wayne Yamashita Yasuo Yamashita Hui Yang Sharon Yanicki Debra Yanota Brad Yoshida Doug Yoshida Ronald and Kathryn Yoshida Diana Young Young Parkyn McNab LLP Sajjad Zahir B.A. Zaremba Ying Zheng Heather Zimmerman Lise Zimmerman Jarret Zukiwsky

Chris Horbachewski Vice-President (Advancement)

Kristine Carlsen Wall Advancement Business Officer

Ruth Hummel Director, Development

Donna Court Gift Processing

Barry Knapp Manager, Major Gifts

Taryn Sailer Administrative Support

Kathy MacFarlane Manager, Development Programs

Erika Street Research Support

Anna Linville Manager, Advancement Services

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Jesse Plessis, a fourth-year bachelor of music student, is the recipient of the Jill Kotkas Music Education Award and the Dorothy Margaret Meehan Memorial Award.

Thank you

“All artists face financial obstacles – especially students. Scholarships let me be a musician.” Jesse Plessis

The University of Lethbridge is dedicated to enhancing the student experience and creating opportunities. Our donors help make that happen by supporting student awards. When you support students, you offer possibilities. It’s one way your contribution can leave a mark on the world.

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SNAP, CRACKLE, POP Featured in this spring’s Snap, Crackle, Pop exhibition of contemporary pop art by southern Alberta artists, U of L alumnus Len Komanac’s (BFA ’04) work explores comic-book esthetics and fantastical disaster narratives. Komanac appropriates imagery and materials from popular culture to create highly detailed sculptures of trailer-park dwellings and vibrant paintings that serve as snapshots from a superhero tale. These works find parallels with numerous pop-art pieces held in the University of Lethbridge Art Collection, specifically those by fellow prairie artists John Will and David Thauberger. Will often employs the use of highly personal, narrative text in his paintings and prints, while Thauberger’s graphic style illustrates idealized rural homes that stand in direct juxtaposition to Komanac’s derelict trailers.

David Thauberger, Peppermint House, 1986 From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the Ruskin Family, Calgary, in memory of George Ruskin, 1994. 44

Len Komanac, His Destiny, 2006

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David Thauberger, General Store, 1993 From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the Ruskin Family, Calgary, in memory of George Ruskin, 1994.

Len Komanac, Mayday, 2006

John Will, I Wish I Were You, 1992 From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the artist, 2009.

John Will, The End Is Near, 1973 From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the artist, 1991.


Meet the next U of L president:

Dr. Mike Mahon

The University of Lethbridge will embark upon a new era in July 2010 when Dr. Michael J. (Mike) Mahon officially assumes the role of U of L president and vice-chancellor. Poised to become the University’s sixth president, Mahon will succeed Dr. Bill Cade, who has held the post since 2000. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and my family,” says Mahon, who will come to Lethbridge with his wife, Maureen. The couple has three grown children. “My greatest impression so far with the U of L is the people. They have been genuine, and they’ve really wanted to connect with Maureen and myself in a


personal way, and that’s fundamentally why we’re so excited about this opportunity.” Mahon comes to the U of L after serving two terms as dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. A vigorous proponent of physical activity for people of every age and ability, he holds a PhD in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MSc in physical education from the University of Alberta and a bachelor of physical education from the University of Manitoba. An accomplished researcher, Mahon has worked with, and conducted research

for, the Canadian Special Olympics organization and Right to Play, a non-profit group that supplies sports equipment and support to children in developing countries. “I’ve always been interested in the extent sport and play influence the social integration and quality of life of people with disabilities,” says Mahon. His reputation as a personable, community-minded individual, coupled with an outstanding research record and proven leadership abilities made him the ideal candidate for the position. “We were looking for an individual who would not only embrace the University’s

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ideals as a community of scholars and leaders, but who could also continue to engage our students and the broader community on a regional, national and international scale,” says Robert Turner, Chair of the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors.

To find out what made Mahon’s heart race, why he’s looking forward to a move closer to the mountains and who will inherit his Golden Bear golf shirts, visit: joining-u-l-family Watch for the fall issue of SAM for a full feature about Mahon.

Significant and mentionable

Global connections When you think of the University of Lethbridge’s global reach, you might not initially think of a connection to the current war in Afghanistan. However, that’s just where some members of the U of L student and alumni community are right now, based in Kandahar, Afghanistan, literally and figuratively one of the world’s hot spots. Bombardier Keenan Geiger (left) is a current fourth-year Edmonton campus management student majoring in Human Resources. Now taking a break from school, he is on a sevenmonth deployment in Afghanistan as a reserve member of the Canadian Forces. His unit is part of the 20th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, based in Edmonton. Geiger shows off a U of L flag with Cpl. Andrew McDonald (middle) who graduated in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in political science, and (right) Calgary police officer and Lt. Kevin Collier, who holds a bachelor of management degree in accounting, which he obtained in 2004. U of L alumnus Tyler Paynton (BA ’07), a member of the 18th Air Defence

Regiment in Lethbridge, is also serving in Afghanistan but was not able to be in the photograph. To send a brief message to Geiger or his colleagues in Afghanistan, e-mail:

Grading education This past fall, U of L researcher and veteran educator Dr. Noella PiquetteTomei was one of only a handful of Canadians invited to participate in the Return to Salamanca: Global Conference on Inclusive Education. There, she and fellow experts reviewed the Salamanca Statement and Framework for Action on Special Needs Education, an understanding signed by all members of the United Nations that pledges to further inclusive education, providing all children with opportunities to learn. As a result of the conference, she has been asked to contribute to a case-study book that will be used across Canada by pre-service teachers and community workers for strategies when facing various disabilities.

Win President Bill Cade’s car Who is Michael Nolan? It’s a question that’s been murmured repeatedly around campus over the past few months. On Feb. 22, 2010, the surprising answer was revealed: a 1984 BMW 325e. The car, which President Bill Cade bought brand new, was fondly named Michael Nolan after a distant family member who provided a trust fund for Cade’s mother. In the spirit of giving back, Cade has donated the long-loved BMW to the Students’ Union to be raffled off in support of student scholarships. Tickets are $5 each or three for $12 and are on sale until the end of the semester, at a variety of functions, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Students’ Union office (SU180), the Advancement Office in University Hall (A735) and the SU Service Centre in the SU Building. For details about the car and to watch a video of President Bill Cade with Michael Nolan, visit:


significant and mentionable Those lucky enough to score tickets to the sold-out evening heard Belleci and Imahara speak candidly about their path to stardom, their craziest stunts and other personal trivia like favourite movies and songs on iTunes. But more importantly, audience members young and old were exposed to the fact that science has relevance.

MythBusters prove science is cool On Feb. 6, 2010, MythBusters (l-r) Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci made a public presentation at the U of L as part of the Science Alberta Foundation’s Science Happens Here program.

“One of our founding goals was to encourage young Albertans to enter careers in science and technology, by fostering an interest in these areas,” explains Dr. Arlene Ponting, CEO, Science Alberta Foundation. “We were pleased to work with the University of Lethbridge in delivering this unique event, as the University showcases some of the most innovative science in the province.”

Whishaw earns prestigious ASTech award Dr. Ian Whishaw, a founding member of the University of Lethbridge’s pioneering neuroscience research group and a leader in behavioural neuroscience research internationally, was awarded the 2009 Alberta Science and Technology Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Science award. Whishaw, who is among a select group of Alberta’s top scientists and innovators to receive the award, is one of the top contributors to the field of behavioural neuroscience, and based on citations, is one of the 200 most influential neuroscientists in the world.

Mrazek presents at Copenhagen conference In late December, Dr. Rick Mrazek returned from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen where he was presenting his research on Rivers and Oceans and Water Under Fire. The topics of Mrazek’s research include the negative impact of the northern Alberta tar sands, Canadian water consumption in relation to other countries, global assistance in terms of water and the dire state of the world’s water supply.

Athletic accolades On Nov. 5, 2009, fifth-year University of Lethbridge fly-half/fullback Ashley Patzer was named player of the year in Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s rugby for the second time in her career. The five-foot-two Lethbridge native became the third double MVP since women’s rugby was added to the CIS program in 1998. Chillin’ for Charity In late November, the student-run Jeux du Commerce (JDC) West 2010 Team hosted Chillin’ for Charity, an event that raised approximately $15,000 for the United Way. Always willing to give back, U of L President Bill Cade was the first to jump into the icy cold water.


Both Patzer and teammate Ashley MacDonald were named to the AllCanadian team. It is the second straight honour for MacDonald and fourth overall for Patzer.

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U of L Pronghorns women’s rugby coach, Neil Langevin, was also recognized. Langevin was the first coach from a Canada West women’s rugby program to be named CIS coach of the year.

The girl in the picture Kim Phuc graced the University of Lethbridge campus on Feb. 10, 2010, and shared a powerful message. Phuc, a Vietnamese-Canadian, is widely known as “the girl in the picture” for her role in an iconic photo taken during the Vietnam War.


On June 8, 1972, Phuc’s village of Trang Bang came under attack by South Vietnamese planes, which mistakenly dropped napalm in an area where the North Vietnamese were infiltrating. While running for safety, nine-year-old Phuc was severely burned. The now famous photograph instantly became evidence of the cruelty of war toward child victims and a symbol of civilian suffering in war. Nearly 40 years later, Phuc uses her experiences to advocate for peace and forgiveness. While on campus, she made a presentation to students and was the guest speaker at the 18th Annual International Dinner, A Celebration of Humanity.

significant and mentionable U of L’s iGEM team is golden The University of Lethbridge iGEM team won a gold medal at Massachusetts Institute of Technology iGEM International competition in Boston, Mass., at the end of October. A total of 112 teams vied for gold, silver and bronze medals. Only 10 Canadian teams received gold medals, three of which went to teams in Alberta. The iGEM competition is regarded as the premier undergraduate synthetic biology competition in North America. Student

teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts, along with new parts of their own design, to build biological systems. They then operate these systems in living cells. The U of L team, led by Dr. HansJoachim Wieden (far right), included (l to r) Roxanne Shank, Alix Blackshaw, Lisza Bruder, Ashley Duncan, Fan Mo, Mackenzie Coatham, Megan Torry, Jeffrey Fischer and (missing) Kristen Rosler.

University moves up in rankings In the 2009 Maclean’s magazine annual ranking of Canadian universities, the University of Lethbridge moved up one spot – from seventh to sixth – and retained its place in the top 10 listing of 22 primarily undergraduate institutions.

In a separate national ranking focused on research, the U of L moved up three places as one of Canada’s top 50 research universities. The results were released by Research Infosource Inc. and based on Statistics Canada data and the Research Infosource Canadian University R&D database.

As well, the U of L maintained or increased its placement in 10 different measures, among them the amount of support for student services and scholarships and the number of awards per full-time faculty members.

With a 22 per cent increase in funding, well ahead of the national average of six per cent, the U of L’s gain demonstrates the institution’s strength in key research areas.

While noteworthy results, the rankings do not include several items that show additional investment in student resources and do not reflect the U of L’s focus on graduate studies.

Daycare dream realized It was a big day for some of the smallest members of the University community. On Feb. 25, 2010, the U of L proudly celebrated the grand opening of its new Daycare. A long-envisioned dream, the $2 million project was completed on time and on budget. The facility, located near the University residences, has space for 54 children and includes a large outdoor play area.

“We increased our student scholarships and bursaries significantly, which increased our ranking, but those figures do not include an additional $2.4 million our students receive through the Alberta scholarship program,” reminds U of L President Bill Cade. “As well, as we move forward with our strategic plan and continue to develop as a comprehensive research university, there’s no accommodation for our dramatic increase in masters and doctoral candidates in our School of Graduate Studies.”

“During the reporting period (2007-08), our research funding increased from $13 million to more than $16 million, and moved us up from 38th to 35th place, in the middle range of the top 50 group,” explains U of L VicePresident, Research, Dr. Dan Weeks. “Our researchers should be extremely proud of this accomplishment – it is proof that the U of L is successfully moving forward in many directions. Even in a tough economy, we are seeing great success. I am pleased that we were among the top 15 universities to record significant percentages of overall research growth.”

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the University, visit the U of L’s official online news centre at:


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Performing Arts Events Theatre March 23-27 • Life’s a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca (Adapted by Adrian Mitchell and John Barton) 8 p.m. | University Theatre On the advice of an astrologer, a king imprisons his infant son for fear he will grow up to rebel against him. The play explores illusion and reality, fate and free will, tyranny and kindness. Sometimes violent and dramatic, sometimes thoughtful and comic, this masterful classic has entertained audiences for nearly 400 years.

Music March 26 • Glory and Grandeur 8 p.m. | Southminster Church With the U of L Wind Orchestra and special guests Adam Mason, Jodi Bartell and Matt Groenheide. March 29 • Haydn’s Creation 8 p.m. | Southminster United Church Features Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Vox Musica, U of L Singers and soloists Dr. Janet Youngdahl (soprano), Dr. Sandra Stringer (mezzo-soprano), Dr. Blaine Hendsbee (tenor), George Evelyn (bass) and John Conlon (baritone). April 7 • U of L Jazz Concert 8 p.m. | University Theatre Features U of L Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Renter. Special guest is saxophonist Mace Hubbard from Atlanta Georgia.


Art April 9 and 10 • Global Drums! 8 p.m. | University Theatre Steel Drums, African Drums, Taiko Ensemble, Brazilian Samba Ensemble and more! April 17 • Faculty Artists & Friends: An American in Paris 8 p.m. | University Recital Hall Explore the French connection, a cross-Atlantic musical exchange between American composers studying in Paris and French composers influenced by jazz and blues. April 18 • Faculty Artists & Friends: An American in Paris 2 p.m. | Medicine Hat Esplanade Studio Theatre May 1 • 1940s Big Band Jazz 8 p.m. | Southminster Church Features Dr. David Renter’s Contemporary Jazz Works Orchestra with guests Anna Young (soprano) and Nick Sullivan (trombone). May 4 • “We’ll Meet Again” 7:30 p.m. | Lethbridge Public Library Music faculty and students present popular and classical music from the Second World War. Free admission.

March 12-April 9 • Semiotica: The Persuasion of Text Helen Christou Gallery Curator: Emily McCormick, museum studies intern Moving away from traditional art styles, this exhibition features work from the U of L Art Collection and explores conceptual art involving written language. March 12-April 9 • Annual Curated Student Exhibition U of L Main Gallery Curator: Sandra Dyck Reception: 8 p.m. | March 12

For more information about any of these events, visit: WWW.ULETHbridge.CA/ FINEARTS/EVENTS To purchase tickets for music or theatre performances, call the box office at 403-329-2616. art Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and open until 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is free.

April 16-June 4 • The 1940s Helen Christou Gallery Curators: Jarrett Duncan and Kasia Sosnowski, museum studies interns In conjunction with Historic Lethbridge week, this exhibition features works from the U of L Art Collection and Galt Museum and archives. April 20 and 21 • Art Student Open House Student artwork in a wide variety of media is exhibited throughout the art department, and visitors can visit the excellent facilities, studios and workshops.

Summer camp fun The U of L Faculty of Fine Arts Drama and Art Camps offers children exciting opportunities to create a sculpture, paint a picture, write a play or appear on stage. There are lots of week-long camps to choose from, running weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about summer camps offered at the U of L, visit:

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alumni news & events


U OF L ALUMNI ASSOCIATION COUNCIL President Don Chandler BASc ’73 Vice-President Kathy Lewis BN ’83, MEd ’99 Treasurer Lanny Anderson BMgt ’06 Secretary Rachel Yamada BMgt ’07

ULAA Annual General Meeting

Calgary Chapter welcomes new board

Get involved and find out what is planned for your Alumni Association in 2010/11. All U of L alumni are welcome.

On Feb. 4, 2010, the Calgary Chapter hosted its annual general meeting. Congratulations to new board members:

June 9, 2010 | 7 p.m. AH100, Anderson Hall | University of Lethbridge

Looking forward to spring events The Alumni Association has many events planned for the coming spring, including an Alumni and Friends Scotch Tasting and events in Calgary and Edmonton. Alumni Celebration Honouring 2010 Alumni Honour Society inductees 7 p.m. | June 2, 2010 SU Ballrooms | University of Lethbridge John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament 1 p.m. | June 11, 2010 | Picture Butte Golf Club

President Georgina Lieverse BMgt ‘07 Past President Karen Filbert BMgt ‘90 Vice-President Brock Melnyk BMgt ‘06 Treasurer Jeff Wilson BMgt ‘05 Secretary Kara Orr BMgt ‘07 Directors Luke Elford BMgt ‘04 Kristin Krause BMgt ‘05 Kelly Ngo BMgt ‘04 Lindsay O’Neill BMgt ‘06 If you are interested in becoming involved with the Calgary Chapter, please contact 1-866-552-2582 or e-mail Visit the Calgary chapter website:

For more details about these and upcoming events, visit:

Past President Sheila McHugh DipEd ’84, MEd ’97 Directors Grant Adamson BSc ’03 Ted Likuski BEd ’74 Cheryl Meheden MgtCert ’97 Jeff Milner BFA ’06 Rebecca Remington BSc ’90 Shaun Serafini BMgt ’02 Faisal Shaffi BMgt ’03 Jan Tanner BA ’04, MA ’06 Board of Govenors Reps Don Chandler BASc ’73 Kevin Nugent BMgt ’88 Senate Reps Robert Christiansen BMgt ’07 Holly Debnam BA ’97 Students’ Union Rep Jeremy Girard First Nations, Métis and Inuit Chapter President Leroy Little Bear BASc ’72, DASc ’04 Calgary Chapter President Georgina Lieverse BMgt ‘07 Edmonton Chapter President Kelly Kennedy BMgt ’08

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1970 David Iwaasa BA ’72 “After living in Japan for more than 12 years, we have moved back to Canada and now live in Burnaby, B.C.”

1980 Bonnie Gunderson (Leahy) BA ’80 Gunderson was recently appointed as the Victoria Branch Chair for the Minerva Foundation of British Columbia. Robert Morrison BA ’83 Dr. Robert Morrison’s book The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey was published in Britain on Nov. 26, 2009 and in Canada on Jan. 27, 2010. The biography passionately argues for the critical importance and enduring value of this neglected essayist, critic and biographer. Elizabeth Ginn BFA ’84 Following her MA studies at Marylhurst University in Portland, Ore., and working in the field of art therapy, Ginn has been living in Lethbridge for the past seven years, teaching both at Lethbridge College and privately. She is opening a small school to teach art classes to the developmentally delayed. Ginn started the program for special needs at the Bowman Arts Centre in 1986. In Lethbridge and Edmonton she has continued to research, through the modality of art therapy, the impact of the creative process on humans. Ginn is also very involved in animal rescue in this region and founded SAARC (Southern Alberta Animal Rescue Coalition).


Stebbins recognized for role in shaping art culture Joan Stebbins (BFA ’79) worked with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) in the role of director/curator for 15 years. In 2007, Stebbins was named a member of the Order of Canada. Last year, she received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the U of L; earned the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist award; and was given the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, RCA Medal for her work on countless artist exhibition publications. Stebbins is currently curator emerita at the SAAG and continues to work on selected special projects.

1990 Glen Davidson BA ’91, Lori-Jean Davidson BEd ’86 “My wife, Lori, and I have owned Dionysios Restaurant in Lethbridge for 12 years. I also started AMP ALL AUDIO, a pro-sound and lighting company. We do live sound production for concerts, corporate functions, DJ service, weddings and nightclubs. Lori is still teaching as a substitute teacher for the Lethbridge region.” Robert Peregoodoff BEd ’91, MEd ’02, Colleen Marte BEd ‘90 After spending six years in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Rob and Colleen returned to Canada with their fouryear-old son, Westley. Rob has taken a position with the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and Colleen is at York House School in Vancouver.

Laurianne Schell BFA ’92 “My husband, Rick, and I have both taken steps to improve our quality of life. We have relocated our family to our nation’s capital, where he is a senior mechanical designer at Iogen Corporation, helping to manufacture bio-fuels. I am an independent Norwex consultant. It is very important for both of us to see our children grow up in a healthy environment.” Terri Mort BA/BEd ’93 “I am still teaching in Fort McMurray as a high-school drama and art teacher. I am involved in community theatre and recently bought a house with my partner, Ben. I am excited to hear about the U of L Fine Arts programs via my graduating students heading off to Lethbridge.”

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Alumna from nursing’s first class receives national recognition Internationally recognized for her outstanding achievements and contributions to Canadian and aboriginal health care, Dr. Madeleine Dion Stout (BN ’82) has been awarded the 2010 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for health. Dion Stout is the president of Dion Stout Reflections Inc. She is a well-sought lecturer throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Among other awards, she is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (1995), the 2008 Centennial Nursing Award and an Honorary PhD from the University of British Columbia.

alma matters Darin Reeves BEd ’93 “I am assistant director, GNWT Corrections Service and will be invested in May 2010 as knight in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Humanitarian Service).” Rhonda Aos (Paulence) BMgt ’95 “I am the manager of Human Resources for Lethbridge School District No. 51. I love my job!” Mary-Anne McTrowe BFA ’98 McTrowe was asked by recent Art Now speaker and founder of Contraposto Home Decor, Brian Goeltzenleuchter, to create work to be featured on his website for Winter 2010 based on items in his product line. Chantelle Dubois Nishiyama BA ’98 “This September, we welcomed our firstborn, Simon, to our family. In January of 2010, I was an Olympic torchbearer running for Canadian Pacific Railway in Lethbridge.”

2000 Stephane Chamberland BMgt ’01 “I am living in Guelph, Ont., with my wife and two kids. I have been in Ontario since 2002 and working for Shaw Tracking

(division of Shaw Communications) since 2003. I have great memories of my two years at U of L in Calgary. Thanks U of L!”

group exhibition entitled Family Matters at Sushi Center for Urban Arts, which runs from Mar. 4 to Apr. 24.

Elizabeth Williams BASc ’01 “I now practice law at the Calgary law firm Macleod Dixon LLP in the General Corporate Commercial area with a focus on intellectual property, sport and sponsorship.”

Melanie (Belsheim) Inzunza BA/BEd ’04 “I have been teaching in a small Catholic school, St. James, in Vernon, B.C., for the past three years. I teach K-7 Music, French and Grade 5 core subject areas.”

Christine Bakke BA ’02 “I am currently working as a legislative assistant to a Member of Parliament at the House of Commons.”

Jaime Thomas BSc ’04 “I have been working with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission since 2005 and have been responsible for the creation and implementation of a webdelivered GIS for 36 municipal clients.”

Lisa Crowe BSc ’03 Crowe is now working at ESRI developing GIS software. Michelle Goodfellow BMgt ’03 “I moved from Lethbridge to Ottawa five years ago to work for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. I am a management and consular officer and recently returned to Ottawa after an assignment at the Canadian Embassy in Havana, Cuba.” Daniel Wong BFA ’03 Wong and Mary-Anne McTrowe (BFA ’98), as The Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonorealistes, will be travelling to San Diego in March to participate in a

Jessie van Rijn BFA ’04 Van Rijn just finished her first year as general manager of Carousel Theatre, one of the country’s largest professional Theatre for Young Audiences companies. Stephanie Clark BFA ’05 Since graduating Clark has dedicated her time to her art career on an international basis, and to date, has exhibited in Canada and Europe. Clark’s exhibition was featured at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary from Feb. 12 through March 11, 2010.

Around the world and into the wild

Aaron Barr (BFA ’02), an early grad of the U of L’s New Media program, was one of the character animators for the Disney movie, The Wild. He currently resides in Australia pursuing his love for animation.

Williamson turns passion into lucrative career path In 2007, Jessica Williamson (BMgt ’02) opened Hoopla Clothing in Moose Jaw, Sask. Since opening, Hoopla Clothing has surpassed the $1 million mark in sales. Williamson won the 2009 CYBF Central Prairies Best

Business Award; the 2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Moose Jaw award; was nominated for the 2008 Best New Business Award in Moose Jaw; and won the 2008 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Cheering on Canada Kristin Krause (BMgt ’05) showed her pride for the University of Lethbridge while cheering on Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.


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Harper recognizes education alumnus A teacher at Simon Fraser Middle School in Calgary, Alta., Daniel Buchanan (BA/BEd ’02) was awarded two prestigious teaching honours this past year: a Alberta Education Excellence in Teaching and a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Buchanan is well respected among his colleagues, students and the community for his dedication to students and for his innovative incorporation of new technology to improve student learning. He is actively involved in extra-curricular activities such as school recycling and digital literacy programs, including his current initiative in which students and staff make wallets out of used tetra packs.

Alex Snell BA ’05 “Jan. 26, 2010, marks my 5th anniversary with the Calgary Stampeder Football Club. I am a senior account executive responsible for season-ticket sales, game-day group ticket sales, and sponsorship sales. In my five seasons with the club, we have made the playoffs every year, and captured the 96th Grey Cup in 2008!” Lisa Polley BSc ’05, Nathan Crosby BA ’04/BEd ’06 “We are newly engaged but not yet married. We actually didn’t meet in Lethbridge but have realized that we were in so many of the same places.” Jamie Dunsdon BFA ’06 Dunsdon has successfully defended her thesis and earned her MFA in directing from the University of Calgary.


Don Nguyen BMgt ’07 Nguyen lived and worked in South Korea for two years. He recently moved back to Canada and is now living in Calgary, where he owns a Rogers Wireless dealership. Abdulrasheed Yaro Lecky MEd ’07 “I just moved to Edmonton to start a new position with Alberta Employment and Immigration (AE&I).” Pattie Dwyer BFA ’08 Dwyer is performing in Quest Theatre’s spring production of Night Light by John Lazarus. Quest Theatre is the largest professional Theatre for Young Audiences company in Calgary. Andy Jenkins BFA ’08 Jenkins directed New West Theatre’s production of It’s Munsch Time, in a production that featured Willie Banfield

(BFA ’06) and Neil LeGrandeur (BFA ’06). The show included a series of sellout performances for families and school groups. Jill Oberg BFA ’08 Oberg is teaching drama courses and is involved with operations at Calgary’s StoryBook Theatre. Adam Beauchesne BFA ’09 Beauchesne is performing in Concrete Theatre’s acclaimed production of Are We There Yet? After more than a decade of tours, Are We There Yet? has become the landmark production of Edmontonbased Concrete Theatre, has spawned similar projects across Canada and is the recipient of a million-dollar SSHRC/ CURA research grant. The show tours high schools using theatre as a means to discuss sexual health issues.

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Corinne Thiessen Hepher BFA ’09 This past fall, Hepher’s film Git ‘er Done was selected for a screening at the Southern Alberta Film Festival. Git ‘er Done is a 10-minute documentary that explores what it means to be a “redneck” and offers new insight into an old stereotype. Michelle Law BMgt ’09   Law is attending Life University (Marietta, GA) studying to become a doctor of chiropractic. Her husband, Mark Huvenaars, is working as the social-media and marketing liaison in the enrolment department at Life University and will be graduating from the U of L this spring with a bachelor of management degree.

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In Memoriam Avelar earns Parr award The University of Lethbridge wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the following members of the University community:

Ricardo Avelar (BA/BEd ’08) excelled in his first year teaching at Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Alta. In recognition of his efforts, he was honoured with the Edwin Parr Award for Zone 6 (southern Alberta area below Calgary), which recognizes exceptional new teachers who go above and beyond for their students. He credits the U of L’s Faculty of Education for getting him ready to take on the demands of full-time teaching.

Earland Dawson (former Board of Governors member/senator) passed away on April 22, 2008. Robert Ste. Croix BMgt ’00 passed away on Feb. 15, 2009. Jeanne Danyluk-Vucurevich BEd ’71 passed away on Sept. 21, 2009. Islay Arnold LLD ’88 (Chancellor Emerita) passed away on Sept. 22, 2009.

“It’s a great program,” says Avelar. “I felt very ready, logistically, when I graduated.”

Jim Wells BEd ’77 passed away on Sept. 20, 2009. Wilma Winter (former faculty) passed away on Sept. 30, 2009. Hugh Kerr (former employee) passed away on Oct. 25, 2009. Marlin Anderson BEd ’75 passed away on Nov. 25, 2009.

Fox plays foundational role in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities When Paulette Fox (Naatawawaohkaakii) (MSc ’05) graduated in 2005 with a master’s degree in environmental science, the Blood Tribe had no formal environmental protection division. Fox worked hard to benefit her community, and today she is the manager of the Environmental Protection

Division for the Blood Tribe Land Management Department. Fox remains strongly connected to the University through membership in the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) chapter of the University’s Alumni Association (ULAA). “The FNMI chapter is relatively new, and I am proud to be part of its inception. This is a great step forward, bringing together graduates who have aboriginal ancestry,” says Fox.

Muriel Jolliffe (former senator) passed away on Nov. 28, 2009. James Cummins BEd ’79 passed away on Nov. 29, 2009. Vera Wiest BEd ’71 passed away on Dec. 7, 2009. Valerie Ferguson BN ’82 passed away on Jan. 1, 2010. Ethel Eichhorn BEd ’73 passed away on Jan. 23, 2010. Reed Coleman BEd ’72 passed away on Feb. 23, 2010.


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U of L management student James Zanoni proudly carried the Olympic flame in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. In his final semester, James will begin articling with BDO Dunwoody in May.

When I started the management program at the U of L, I was unsure of myself and really afraid of public speaking. The program challenged me through classes, group projects and co-op work placements.

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