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Embracing change This fall I celebrated my 12th year here at the University of Lethbridge. I racked my brain trying to pinpoint the most memorable moments from the last 12 years but quickly realized there are too many to mention. I’ve decided the most noteworthy aspect of my experience at the U of L is the constant change I have witnessed and had the privilege to be a part of.

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Wikipedia defines change as the “process of becoming different.” This issue of SAM touches on how U of L professor Judith Kulig is helping the Slave Lake region of northern Alberta rebuild in the aftermath of a devastating fire, an affirmation in resiliency; and provides a tribute to the strength of the community as witnessed by Allan Winarski (BSc ’86, BMgt ’90).

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Change also means the absence of monotony. Read about Christian Darbyshire (BMgt ’99) and his anything-but-monotonous career that earned him recognition as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ this year. Change is also a great way to describe our Spotlight on Research section that highlights the U of L’s imaging research programs and shows how technology is changing our “view” of the world around us. I hope you enjoy,

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From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection | purchased in 1988.

Kazuo Nakamura (1926 – 2002) was an acclaimed Japanese-Canadian painter and sculptor. He studied at Toronto’s Central Technical School and would eventually co-found the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group, a collective of abstract artists in Canada.

Although sharing in the other members’ use of painterly abstraction, Nakamura’s work was distinguished within the group by his use of simpler structures and monochromatic colours.

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Nakamura was concerned with science, time and space and his work often examined universal patterns in art and nature. To him, these laboriously inscribed works were a quest for some ultimate order to the apparent chaos of the universe.

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Read how a U of L professor is using her research expertise to lead the recovery efforts in the fireravaged Slave Lake region.

As a partner with tinePublic Inc., alumnus Christian Darbyshire has brought big names to Canada for speaking engagements and was recently named one ofCanada’s Top 40 Under 40™.

Today at the U of L, researchers are using stateof-the-art digital imaging technologies to view areas – within the body and across the planet – that would otherwise be inaccessible.



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SIGNIFICANT AND MENTIONABLE Wondering what’s been happening at your U? Read about the latest news and events.

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ALUMNI NEWS AND EVENTS Everything you need to know about alumni events, chapters, news and benefits.

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ALMA MATTERS Ever wonder what happened to your first-year roommates? Or where life took your bio partner?






Learn how the U of L Music Conservatory is inspiring a new generation of musicians and helping bring music to the community.

Shirley McClellan brings a wealth of experience to her newest career endeavour as the 12th U of L chancellor.

2011 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, J. Michael Miltenberger, is one of the longest-serving politicians in the Northwest Territories.

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Several months after fires devastated the Slave Lake region of northern Alberta, winter quickly approaches and people are still living in trailers and hotels. Timesensitive insurance negotiations linger and there are concerns about building inflation and a shortage of workers. It is clear the recovery process is a colossal job. While many are left wondering how the community will cope with such devastation, Dr. Judith Kulig, a University of Lethbridge researcher, believes the answer lies in the resiliency of the community itself. “The notion of resiliency describes the ability of a community to not just bounce back but to actually function at a higher level, despite the adversity they faced,” says Kulig, a former public health nurse who has spent the last decade examining what happens in rural communities when disaster strikes. Even with the financial and moral support from organizations and individuals outside the community, the task of replacing the physical structures lost or damaged by the fire is significant. More importantly, the process of looking after the physical and emotional well-being of the people affected by the fire, and how well the community recovers, is what interests Kulig. “Some communities do well in these situations and some do not,” explains Kulig, who believes the overall health of a community is reflected in its ability to recover. “If we can figure out the reasons behind these differences, we will be in a better position to support disaster relief efforts everywhere.”

Embarking on a new study, Kulig is investigating how the people of Slave Lake are recovering, with a particular emphasis on children and families. “Up to this point, there hasn’t been a full understanding of what happens to kids in these situations,” says Kulig, who is part of a research team that includes other researchers from the U of L, as well as colleagues from Queen’s University, Concordia University and Laurentian University. The team has worked in Saskatchewan, interior British Columbia and the Crowsnest Pass. “While parents are busy finding a place to live and negotiating with insurance companies, they are also teaching their kids how to handle adversity. We need to evaluate how these lessons are being transferred and what impact they are having.” Kulig has visited Slave Lake several times and is working with an advisory board that includes representatives from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, Natural Resources Canada/Canadian Forest Service and the Australian Red Cross. She is also working with local agencies and individuals to connect with people in the affected communities.



Dr. Judith Kulig and Dr. Anna Pujadas Botey arrive in Slave Lake, Alta.


Allan Winarski (BSc ’86, BMgt ’90) is the chief administrative officer for the MD of Lesser Slave River. He has been instrumental in helping residents deal with property losses since the fire and has been working closely with Kulig as she collects information from residents in the area.

Allan Winarski talks to a Canadian Red Cross worker after the fires.


“You know the beach scene in Apocalypse Now where they come in with the helicopters? It was like that,” says Winarski. “Buildings went up in flames, fire balls were landing on cars, and the sky was full of thick, dark smoke.” But somehow, through everything, Winarski and others like him worked methodically, coordinating the complete evacuation of 9,000 residents from the town of Slave Lake and the surrounding areas. “I was so focused on the task at hand I don’t think I really felt anything at the time,” says Winarski, reflecting on the evacuation, which is considered the largest displacement in Alberta’s history. “It’s

The wisdom in Churchill’s words is even more evident in the aftermath of the fire. The damages have been estimated at $700 million and it will take months – if not years – to replace the physical structures destroyed by the fire. Despite these hurdles, the people of Slave Lake remain optimistic. “People are antsy but at the same time they’re grateful to be alive and thankful that it wasn’t any worse,” says Winarski. “There is definite pride in the efforts to get people back to the community since the evacuation.” That being said, Winarski admits there’s always room for improvement, which is why Kulig’s work is so valuable. “When communities are well on a collective level, they are also well on an individual level,” explains Kulig. “We want to talk to the residents, members of the local and regional governments, the local First Nations communities and anyone else who was affected by this disaster so we can gain insight into what can be done for the community as it rebuilds.”



“The fire was a horrible kick in the pants, and to some extent there is still a bit of numbness in us all,” says Winarski, who describes the days the fire hit as complete chaos.

like Winston Churchill said, ‘When you’re going through hell, keep going.’”


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Information is being gathered using traditional methods such as personal interviews and household surveys plus an online questionnaire for students. Kulig is also trying something new: she is equipping families with cameras so they can record their impressions of the community throughout the rebuilding process. “This method allows people to capture in photos and words what they want Slave Lake and the surrounding area to be like as the recovery moves forward,” explains Kulig. “People express their feelings in many different ways and we’re going to try this approach here.” Called “photo-voice” research, Kulig says this method can result in surprising insights when people are asked to talk about their photos. Confidentiality is extremely important, but Kulig hopes some of the photos can be exhibited as part of this project. “Understanding what this community goes through will be informative for other communities that experience wildfires and other disasters,” says Kulig. “It is also an opportunity for community members to discuss their experiences, and to ensure our findings are useful in the

development of policies and guidelines in Slave Lake and other communities.” The information Kulig and her team gather will be published independently and will be freely available to communities conducting disaster planning, communities that have experienced a major adverse event or community members interested in learning more about helping their community recover from a disaster. The Slave Lake project is expected to take at least a year but for Winarski, there is no doubt that the area will rebound. “I believe in the rugged character of the people in this part of Alberta. We are self-starters, and when the chips are down, we just get the job done. Together, we’ll turn this bad-news story into a good one.” For more information on Kulig’s work in Slave Lake, visit www.wildfire.ca.



A new reality BY KALI MCKAY

The day before the fire came to town was much like any other for Jessica Bevans, a University of Lethbridge education student who had returned home for the summer to Widewater, Alta., a small community in the MD of Lesser Slave River. Bevans never imagined that a devastating fire would sweep through her hometown and permanently change her perspective. “People in this area are used to having smoke from wildfires pass through in the summer,” says Bevans, who was unconcerned by smoke in the distance from a nearby fire. By early evening, however, there were harbingers of the coming disaster: the fire was moving faster than anticipated and seemed more unpredictable than usual. Bevans and her family were put on evacuation notice. “I started feeling very uneasy at that point,” recalls Bevans, who stayed up most of the night monitoring the fire’s progress. “The next morning the fire was visibly closer and we decided it was time to get out.”


Bevans and her family made their way to the town of Slave Lake, which was originally thought to be safe from the threat. However, soon after their arrival, shifting winds put Bevans and her family back in harm’s way. Not knowing what the next few hours would hold, Bevans made her way to the local Walmart to pick up some provisions for her family. “I remember it was so weird because people were still stocking the shelves; it just seemed surreal to me,” reflects Bevans. “Forever, I will remember a boy, sitting on the floor, stacking puddings, all the while the fire was about to hit town. Before I left, I said to the cashier, ‘What are you guys still doing here?’ and she said, ‘You’re my last customer.’ As I got to the parking lot, you could see the wind shift again. That was the moment the fire hit town.” For the next two days, there was little Bevans could do but sit and watch as fire destroyed much of her hometown. Now, in the aftermath of the inferno, emotions in the community are mixed. “Initially, there was a lot of anger and frustration, but people didn’t have anything to direct it toward,” says Bevans. “Despite everything,

Jessica Bevans, pictured above in dark green, stands with her family outside their home.

there have also been great acts of kindness and generosity. Two churches burned down, but spaces were offered rent-free to make sure people would have opportunities to gather and worship as they wanted. Others opened their homes. Donations have flooded in from across Canada.” As the restoration process begins, signs of resiliency are obvious. A recent Facebook status from one resident read: We will rebuild. “I think there’s a definite change in attitude now. People’s spirits are starting to lift out of feelings of despair and hopelessness to feeling like there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Bevans. “It was not an easy summer. It’s definitely been a learning experience,” she adds, reflecting on the past six months. “My family was fortunate but we’ve witnessed a lot of hardships. Things like this really put life into perspective.”

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behind the scenes BY NATASHA EVDOKIMOFF

Forget about spreadsheets and market analysis. If you want to hatch an incredibly successful idea, one of the best ways to do it is to scratch your musings on a paper napkin. The method might be unorthodox, but it’s hard to argue with its effectiveness when you consider the list of businesses and ideas that got their start that way. The founders of Southwest Airlines, the professor who came up with trickle-down economics, and the duo who created the game Trivial Pursuit all used napkins as a springboard for their ideas. It’s not a bad club, and it’s one that Christian Darbyshire (BMgt ’99) is happy to be a part of. Darbyshire is the co-owner and operator of tinePublic Inc. (pronounced “tiny” Public) – an internationally renowned special-events company with a rather prophetic origin.


Inspiration for tinePublic struck late one night in Toronto at a restaurant in Chinatown. Darbyshire was sitting across the table from his good friend Andy McCreath, eating soup and talking the way old buddies do. The duo has known each other since the age of 12 and has a long history together. As fate would have it, Darbyshire and McCreath had professional interests in common, too. After serving several years in the trenches of the television industry, Darbyshire had carved out a profitable niche as a freelance production manager and publicist. McCreath was doing publicity work for the National Hockey League. As the night wore on, the soup disappeared and the conversation between the friends got inventive. They started to wonder what was stopping them from joining forces and creating their own company. They had been planning events and doing publicity for others for years. Why not combine their expertise and strike out on their own? They envisioned putting together speaking engagements that featured big headline names, producing and promoting the events, and selling tickets for a tidy profit. Darbyshire used

the proverbial paper napkin to jot down a business plan. Before the night was over, he and McCreath were partners in a new event-planning venture – tinePublic Inc. “We wanted to create events for young business professionals,” says Darbyshire. “Most of the speaking engagements at that time were big-ticket dinner events that priced a lot of people out of the market. We wanted to produce events that drew a wider audience.” tinePublic’s top choice for a first speaker was former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Darbyshire sent a letter to Clinton’s organization requesting a meeting to discuss his company’s proposal. It wasn’t a big surprise that there was no response. “I knew it was a long shot trying to line up such a big name right off the bat, but there was nothing to lose in trying,” says Darbyshire. “I sent at least half a dozen letters to Clinton’s office over two years, and made several phone calls, but it didn’t get us anywhere. In the meantime I kept looking for another opportunity.”

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The brass ring presented itself a couple of years later in the form of a reality TV star – one Bill Rancic, winner of the first season of Donald Trump’s television show, The Apprentice. “The Apprentice was a massive success and Bill Rancic was huge,” recalls Darbyshire. “It was 2005, and business in Alberta was booming. It was the perfect time to bring the current icon of business success to the public.” Darbyshire and McCreath contacted Rancic’s people, scheduled a meeting and flew to New York. There, in Rancic’s Manhattan office, the partners laid out a plan for the first speaking engagement the pair would produce. It would take place in Calgary, the epicentre of new business in Canada, and Rancic would be the headliner. “He jumped on board right there,” says Darbyshire, describing Rancic’s response. “We couldn’t believe it. Suddenly we were in business. That was it. The ball was in motion.” The next 30 days were a whirlwind of big-time planning on a shoestring budget. Darbyshire and McCreath cleaned out their bank accounts to pull it off, and a month later Bill Rancic was in Calgary in front of a group of 1,800 eager businesspeople. The success of that first engagement led to five more shows at venues across North


America. The Rancic tour was tremendously popular and profitable. “That’s when we knew we were really onto something,” says Darbyshire. tinePublic was enjoying its first taste of success. Darbyshire and McCreath were busy planning a stream of new engagements when one day, out of the blue, Darbyshire picked up a call from the office of the man he’d been waiting for since day one – Bill Clinton. Clinton’s office had received all the letters Darbyshire had sent over the years and was impressed by the company’s recent success. They offered tinePublic the opportunity to co-ordinate speaking engagements for the former president and Darbyshire accepted the job on the spot. “It wasn’t until I hung up the phone that it occurred to me that maybe we’d bitten off more than we could chew,” says Darbyshire. Putting his worries aside, plans for the Clinton engagement went full steam ahead. The event took place several months later at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont., in front of a crowd of 6,500 riveted attendees. Darbyshire and his partner doubled their investment that day, and went on to produce 10 more events with Clinton over the next two years.

Colin Powell, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani and Lance Armstrong among other cultural and political icons. The company has also expanded its business scope to include concert promotion (they’ve worked with performers like Elton John and Diana Ross). In addition to his work with McCreath, Darbyshire runs a publicrelations firm that works with major finance, cosmetic, oil and gas, and mining companies across North America. In recognition of his hard work, Darbyshire was named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ in 2011. Stories and anecdotes about the famous people Darbyshire has met are just under the surface of his speech, but he’s far too professional to let any cats out of the bag. The most he’ll tell you is that everyone he’s worked with is quite candid, and the insights he’s gained from high-profile people are extraordinary. When it comes to sharing the secret of his own success, however, Darbyshire is a lot more forthcoming. “You can’t let fear stop you, in life or in business,” Darbyshire says. “I’ve been scared plenty of times, but I’ve always followed through. If you really work at something, it will most likely end up being OK, or really good, or even spectacular. You’ve got to use fear in a positive way. Never give up. And think big.”

The rest, as they say, is history. tinePublic has gone on to organize touring events for Tony Blair, Alan Greenspan, Arnold Schwarzenegger,


A closer look EXPLORING THE WORLD OF IMAGING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Imaging provides a new vantage point to marvel, monitor and measure our world. With the advent of Earth observation and satellite technology, we are now able to view the planet—and our impact upon it—in real-time digital imagery.


At the University of Lethbridge, imaging is explored across disciplines and potential solutions to real problems are investigated in new ways. In the following pages, you’ll read about the vision and people driving this exciting field forward.

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On the forefront of an

emerging science BY DANA YATES

Humans have long wished to see beyond what our limited vision permits. For proof, consider the invention of microscopes, telescopes and satellites. Today at the University of Lethbridge, researchers are using state-of-theart digital imaging technologies to view even more areas – within the body and across the planet – that would otherwise be inaccessible to mortal eyes. Along the way, vast amounts of data are being collected. “Solutions to the world’s biggest problems can be resolved with high-quality, reliable data,” says Dr. Daniel Weeks, the U of L’s vice-president (research). “Our researchers are gathering, analyzing and making data more useful so important decisions can be made faster and more easily.” For example, using sensors to acquire information about the Earth’s surface (a process called remote sensing) can help farmers evaluate the health of their crops. In medicine, similarly, magnetic resonance imaging, which produces 3-D images of soft tissue, can enable doctors to assess a patient’s brain after a stroke. For these reasons, and many more, imaging was named one of the top 20 greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century by the National


Academy of Engineering in the United States. Indeed, imaging is effecting enormous change in multiple fields. In recent years, the U of L has attracted numerous international imaging-science researchers in such diverse disciplines as physics, astronomy, kinesiology, geography, neuroscience and new media. As a result, the University identified imaging as a key area for growth. There are many on-campus facilities dedicated to supporting imaging research at the U of L. They include two remote-sensing laboratories, a brain-imaging centre and a soon-to-be completed and unique-in-Canada facility for calibrating remote-sensing instruments. Also, the University is home to a satellite-receiving station that is operated in conjunction with Iunctus Geomatics Corp., founded by U of L alumnus Ryan Johnson (BSc ‘98, MSc ‘00). Two researchers benefiting from those facilities are Dr. Craig Coburn of the Department of Geography and Dr. Albert Cross of the Departments of Neuroscience, and Physics and Astronomy. Coburn is finding new ways to solve problems with, and extract information from, remotely sensed data. He has built remote-sensing instruments for such clients as the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And while the official use of the instruments is classified, Coburn speculates

their job may be to spot disturbances in soil. This data could indicate the presence of landmines, for example. “Imaging is about more than pictures,” says Coburn, reflecting broadly on the field. “These are scientific-grade research instruments floating in space and they can provide a lot of valuable information if we know how to render the image.” The same is true of neuroimaging instruments, says Cross. “Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we can track activity in the brain and unravel how the brain is organized.” An MRI physicist, Cross is developing new, minimally invasive techniques for neuroimaging. Using lab rats, Cross is studying the efficacy of manganese as a way to produce contrast changes in regions of the brain that correspond to prior experiences during MRI scans. Imaging science can effect tremendous change in many fields, Weeks believes. On that note, the University plans to broaden the impact of its imaging science research. “We’re reaching out to potential partners in China, India and Germany, for instance. By finding new collaborators and exploring new avenues of discovery together, we can further increase the University’s global footprint in this exciting area of investigation.”

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EXTRATERRESTRIAL: Long before Star Trek popularized the phrase, “To boldly go where no man has gone before,” humanity has been interested in the cosmos. But sending people deep into space is dangerous and expensive. Fortunately, extraterrestrial imaging enables us to find faraway stars, galaxies and planets, and puts the universe in closer reach.

NEUROIMAGING: We already have proof that the brain is a powerful tool. You do, after all, remember the location of your keys (most days). But in what areas of the brain does thinking actually happen? And how does the whole system work? By providing images of the brain as it goes about its business, neuroimaging offers important insights about the process of cognition.

MOTION CAPTURE: Movement is something many of us take for granted. But researchers know there’s more to human motion than heaving yourself out of bed, running around with a to-do list and then crashing on the couch. What are the subtle mechanics of motion? Knowing this information will advance our understanding of how bodies move, and will benefit everything from the fine arts to the field of kinesiology.

ATMOSPHERIC: The air that surrounds our planet may appear clear some days and a smoggy soup on others. But no matter the atmosphere’s appearance, there’s always a mix of gases up there. Some have little impact on our weather. Others, like carbon dioxide, are dramatically changing our climate. Atmospheric imaging researchers study the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and detect the trace gases that can be climatic game-changers.

SATELLITE: We’ve come a long way from the days of setting out on long expeditions to record the contours and features of the land. Today, we look above to satellites for a big-picture view of the planet. But small details are significant, too. For instance, what’s happening on the Earth’s surface in each region of the world? Satellite imaging enables us to see such phenomena as deforestation and the development of deserts.




In imaging science, it’s all about seeing the big picture and the fine details. So it makes sense that the University of Lethbridge offers a unique-in-Canada program that enables the next generation of imaging scientists to explore potential careers and acquire the skills they need to achieve success on the job. In the Advanced Methods, Education and Training in Hyperspectral Science and Technology (AMETHYST) program, students are exposed to imaging science and technology research in a variety of areas. Among them are remote sensing, neuroimaging, greenhouse gas studies, and resource and environmental monitoring. Along the way, students conduct research on campus and then undertake internships in academic, government or industry laboratories. Students also participate in workshops aimed at enhancing their knowledge of their chosen field and preparing them for the workforce.

According to the program’s co-ordinator, Trevor Armstrong, the catalyst for the AMETHYST program actually came from U of L faculty members, led by Dr. Phil Teillet. “There were many researchers on campus who were working in hyperspectral imaging (a specialized type of remote sensing), and they wanted the U of L to be at the forefront of this field.” Moreover, Armstrong notes, faculty members believed there was a need to build a critical mass of imaging scientists in Canada. The AMETHYST program is helping to fulfil that objective. Currently, 13 undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have been accepted into the program. Efforts are underway to recruit even more participants, with a target of reaching 49 trainees by 2016. Launched in 2010, the AMETHYST program was made possible by a $1.65 million grant from a special funding initiative established by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Intended to pique students’ interest in the sciences at an earlier age, the Collaborative Research and Training

Experience (CREATE) program supports the mentoring and education of young researchers through collaborative training initiatives. The goal: to attract and retain highly qualified researchers in Canada’s workforce. Eighty per cent of the grant, which provides funding over six years, has been earmarked for trainees’ salaries. The remaining 20 per cent goes toward participants’ travel allowances. That funding model is a key advantage of the AMETHYST program. Graduate students, for example, depend on salary support in order to focus exclusively on their research projects. While the U of L’s School of Graduate Studies provides some funding, when students are accepted into the competitive AMETHYST program, they also receive direct funding from NSERC. “That infrastructure provides an important opportunity for students, and it reflects positively on the University,” says Dr. Karl Staenz, principal investigator of the AMETHYST program. “As the U of L becomes a comprehensive university, with increased emphasis on graduate-level programming, it’s important that direct funding opportunities be made available. It will help increase the intake of graduate students.”

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Keiko McCreary (left) and Ashley Bracken are both completing master of science degrees and are grateful for the funding AMETHYST provides.

One such student is Keiko McCreary (BASc ’10). As part of the requirements for her master of science degree in neuroscience, McCreary is conducting research at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN), a worldclass brain research facility at the U of L. Under the supervision of Dr. Gerlinde Metz from the Department of Neuroscience and Dr. Albert Cross of the Departments of Neuroscience, and Physics and Astronomy, McCreary is mapping the brain activity of rats. Using a specialized and minimally invasive technique called manganeseenhanced magnetic resonance imaging, McCreary is trying to develop a functional magnetic resonance imaging technique to be used on animals. McCreary’s work to identify activity within the brain is helping to advance our understanding of neurological disorders, and the progression of strokes and aging. It’s an ambitious research program, and one that benefits from the knowledge of other researchers, says McCreary. “All graduate students need a strong research community. I can draw on the expertise of the network of professors and



mentors available in the AMETHYST program to get guidance and advice.” Those investigators, who represent such diverse fields as geography, neuroscience and physics, provide a supportive framework for student learning. In addition, as part of the AMETHYST program, students are provided with funding to attend conferences related to their field, an experience that further increases students’ knowledge and facilitates networking opportunities. Those experiences will also come in handy during AMETHYST’s mandatory, paid co-op placements (for undergraduate students) and internships (for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows). AMETHYST participants put their theoretical and experimental training and professional skills to use in a variety of settings. Collaborating institutions in the AMETHYST program include numerous international universities, as well as the Canadian and European Space Agencies, and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing.



“The AMETHYST program enables you to think in a broader context,” says McCreary. “It forces you to have intellectual curiosity about different career paths.” Ashley Bracken (BSc ’09) also understands the desire to expand one’s horizons. As a master of science student in geography, Bracken will use her AMETHYST program internship to continue her research at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. Having completed two previous research stints at the German research centre, Bracken is looking forward to a third experience next summer. Specifically, Bracken – who is supervised by Dr. Staenz – is comparing various remote sensors to determine the data each type of sensor will provide. In the end, she will use that information to study the development of deserts on the Earth’s surface. Being able to see desertification from a distance, Bracken says, will undoubtedly further her interest in imaging science. “The AMETHYST program is helping to build my foundation of knowledge. I enjoy remote sensing and the science behind imagery and I’m excited to specialize and get more experience in imaging techniques.”



Kai Ichikawa taking lessons with U of L Music Conservatory instructor Breeanne Fuller (BMus ’05).


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The University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music is all tuned up and ready to put on a show. Currently located on campus, the Conservatory will make the move to the new Community Arts Centre in downtown Lethbridge in 2013, helping ensure music education takes centre stage in Lethbridge and the surrounding area. “The Conservatory is a cornerstone of this community’s commitment to music,” says Peggy Mezei, director of the U of L Conservatory. “We’re pleased to join the City of Lethbridge in the new building to help bring arts to the community.” Currently under construction, the facility will serve as a community venue and provide much needed space for special programming, events and conferences in southern Alberta. For the U of L Conservatory, the space will allow for expansion and growth. “Our programs have grown significantly in the last few years,” says Mezei, noting that over 700 students are registered with the Conservatory this fall. “We offer voice lessons and instruction

on almost any instrument, along with many different group classes for musicians of all ages and abilities.” In addition to individual lessons, the U of L Conservatory also serves the broad musical needs of the community through outreach programs like the Feel the Beat series, exposing more students to what the Conservatory has to offer. “We are music education,” says Mezei of the Conservatory’s mandate. “We believe strongly that the arts have an important role to play in our community. Many of our programs are free of charge, exposing more students to the benefits of musical training and helping instil in them a lifelong appreciation for music.”

you learn as a musician will carry over to many other aspects of your life.” In order to provide the support necessary to make the move, the U of L Conservatory launched the Music in the Making campaign last spring. CoChaired by Lottie Austin and professor emeritus Dr. George Evelyn, the campaign brings people together to support something they love – music. “The Music in the Making campaign helps ensure the Conservatory continues to deliver and expand its programming,” explains Mezei, who credits Austin and Evelyn for the campaign’s success. “This is an important step as we continue to grow music in our community.”

As an accomplished clarinet player, Mezei has made music her occupation. However, she believes there is value in studying music even if the end result is not a professional career in music.

For Mezei, the move to the Community Arts Centre represents a milestone in developing passionate and effective musicians who are prepared to face professional and personal challenges both on and off the stage.

“I understand that most people who take lessons will not go on to be professional musicians but they will always carry music with them,” says Mezei. “Music is more than just notes on a page – it’s foundational and character building. The skills

“By bringing the arts together under one roof, this community is supporting the development of musicians and performers and helping make our community a better place to live,” says Mezei. “It’s one way we can leave a lasting note on the world.”


Giving Back

“My degree prepared me not only for a career but for my life by giving me a breadth of knowledge I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I give to the U of L so that current students can have that same experience.” Tamara Miyanaga (BA ’91)

As a student, Tamara Miyanaga (BA ’91) was actively involved in the U of L community through her work with the Students’ Union. Reflecting on her experience, Tamara sees this as her introduction to community involvement. “I had a lot of fun serving the University community,” says Tamara. “My time at the U of L taught me the importance of being involved in the community and being a responsible citizen.”

Today, Tamara is committed to giving back. Join her and other U of L alumni and make a gift. The Annual Alumni Giving Campaign raises money for today’s students. Your gift supports programming, student awards and research initiatives for faculties and schools across campus. This is your university. Will you show your pride and make a gift?

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DEAR FRIENDS! The selections below have been taken out of a booklet produced in response to the oft-repeated requests of students to find out more about navigating the murky terrain that is the culinary experience of one’s postsecondary education. We have been inspired in our efforts by the many church guilds, local businesses, schools, amateur collectives, charities and ladies’ auxiliaries who have gone before us in producing modest collections of recipes, advice and accumulated wisdom that will both inform and entertain. We assembled this volume with an eye to the challenges faced by having limited access to kitchen facilities, being restricted by a modest income, and often having to work with leftovers and/or ingredients procured through opportunistic methods. In the spirit of our many predecessors, we have included a selection of mild humour, nutritional advice, and simple life lessons, both contemporary and some vintage, from the offerings of those who came before us and who were equally confronted by the task of being frugal and economical, yet not so thrifty as to court a level of meanness and tight-fistedness that would offend one’s peers. We share here with you some of this material with the hopes that it will not only bring to mind fond memories of your years spent as a munching scholar but also that it will be of some use in your current culinary endeavours. Happy reading, cooking and feasting!

LETHBRIDGE NEEDS A PIZZA! What’s on a Lethbridge pizza? Well, if pineapples and ham make a Hawaiian pizza and olives and feta make a Greek pizza, then...well, we aren’t yet sure what makes a pizza Lethbridge! DodoLab wants to know how and why certain foods get associated with certain places. So this October, we will be on campus at the University of Lethbridge working with students to figure out what exactly goes on a Lethbridge pizza. What do you think belongs on a Lethbridge pizza? Here are some suggestions but feel free to come up with others. When we know the answer, we will share the results on our website (www.dodolab.ca) and then you too can be a maker (or orderer) of the soon to be famous Lethbridge pizza!



LEFTOVERS ARE FREE! Cobbled Together Muffin Bread Pudding Our good friend, artist Paula Jean Cowan of Sackville, New Brunswick, has provided the following tasty recipe. You’re on campus and feeling peckish. You spot the muffins by the check out and succumb in a flash of homesickness and lust for baked goods. When the time is right, you gently peel back the plastic wrap that has transformed the crispy muffin top into a disappointment of sogginess. Yet somehow the muffin crumbles at the lightest touch of your fingers to reveal its sahara heart. Now what? from the grocery store: 2 eggs from the campus cafeteria or food court: 1 muffin (any flavour) cut into cubes (or if lacking a knife, broken into chunks), 4 creamers, 4 packets of sugar, 2 pats of butter, cinnamon & nutmeg from the coffee accoutrements stand (to taste), one borrowed bowl, one borrowed fork for a special treat: the remainder of the chocolate bar you didn’t finish, crumbled Grease the inside of the bowl with one of the butter pats. Beat the eggs in the bowl with the 4 packets of sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg. When frothy, add creamers and stir until thoroughly mixed. Press muffin cubes into the egg mixture with your fingertips. Stop adding muffin when the egg mixture has been completely absorbed. Too much muffin and your pudding will be dry, too little and it will be rather ‘eggy’. Dot top with small chunks of butter from remaining butter pat. If you wish to add chocolate, do so when you add the muffin. Microwave on med-high until egg is cooked (2-4 minutes or consult your microwave manual). Warning: the eggs will expand when cooking and the pudding may appear to be about to pop out of the bowl. Pause the microwave for a minute and allow the eggs to ‘relax’ before continuing, or you may have a bit of a mess.

Microwave Rice Pudding (also known as Old Flies and Maggots) * 2 cups cooked rice * 2 cups milk * 3 eggs * 1/2 cup raisins * 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or maple syrup) * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract * 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg In microwave proof two quart casserole or baking dish, mix together eggs, milk and sugar (or syrup). Stir in rice, raisins and vanilla. Cook uncovered on High 8 to 10 minutes. Stir every 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg and let stand about 30 minutes, without stirring. Serve warm or cold. Serves 6 to 8.


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MICROWAVES AREN’T THE ONLY ONES! The Other Grains’ Porridge Just as the microwave dominates the quick cooking world, wheat and oats dominate in the grain division. But the world is filled with many healthy, tasty and easy to cook grains. They are easily and cheaply obtained at most bulk food stores, keep for long periods of time and are easily prepared in a rice cooker. So, they are great things to have around! Experiment with different grains to see which ones you like best. Some good ones to try are millet, barley, amaranth, spelt and quinoa (which is actually a seed but cooks like a grain). The simplest preparation for almost any grain involves adding rinsed grains, the recommended amount of liquid and a pinch of salt then just turning the rice cooker on. Here’s a more lavish, though still very easy, recipe for a seriously nutritious breakfast or snack. The best thing is that it is very flexible; changing around the grain types is no problem as long as you end up with the same total grain to liquid ratio, plus you can experiment with different toppings. * 1/3 cup brown rice * 1/3 cup millet * 1 handful of barley * 1 handful of oats * 1 handful of wild rice * pinch of salt * 2-1/2 cups water * brown sugar, raisins and walnuts Rinse the grains in a sieve under water before cooking. Add grains, water and salt to rice cooker and turn on. When rice cooker is done, add brown sugar to taste and sprinkle with raisins and walnuts. Enjoy! You can also make a savoury version of this by cooking in soup broth instead of water and omitting the sugar and raisins.

Iron Works for Sandwich Don’t have a toaster or microwave? That doesn’t mean you have to eat your sandwich cold, just find an iron (the kind that is often used on clothes) and some aluminum foil then toast away. Turn the iron on and set to “linen.” Assemble a cheese sandwich making sure to butter the outside surfaces of the bread. Wrap in aluminum foil ensuring the sandwich is covered and edges are well sealed. Don’t overwrap it though; the sandwich will toast best through a single layer of foil. Put the sandwich on a flat heat-safe surface such as a cutting board then place the hot iron on the covered sandwich for 30 seconds to 1 minute, checking to see when it has reached the desired level of toastiness. Flip the sandwich over and iron the other side. Unwrap and enjoy while considering what other foods could be cooked with an iron…



FOOD IS HISTORY! In Memory of The House of Lethbridge Ginger Ale Cake

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For a long time, Sick’s Brewery and their House of Lethbridge ginger ale recipe was famous throughout Western Canada. The original makers of Old Style Pilsner beer (now made by Molson Inc. in Vancouver and Edmonton), Sick’s Brewery also made Lethbridge Dry Ginger Ale, a non-alcoholic soda and mixer. Ginger ale makes a fabulous substitute for water in cake mixes, particularly Angel Food Cake (a healthy choice as it is fat free unlike most cakes). So to honour the memory of a once great local business, get a package of Angel Food Cake mix and a small bottle of ginger ale. Replace the required water with ginger ale (usually 1.25 cups) bake your cake and (in honour of Crystal Dairy, another long gone local business) serve with a scoop of ice cream. To complete this culinary trifecta, wash it down with a can of Old Style Pilsner. (Please note that while we have kitchen tested the cake recipe, the addition of the pilsner as a complimentary beverage should be done at your own discretion. Also, using Old Style Pilsner as a water substitute in the cake mix will not yield good results.)

& IT IS THE FUTURE! Gelatinous Delight There was a time, not too long ago, when the idea of eating sushi on the prairies, or in any land-locked city or town, would have been considered outrageous (and a little risky). Now sushi and other seafood is easily available in stores and restraurants pretty much everywhere. This combined with the promotion of seafood as a healthy choice has made eating seafood a major part of many diets. But sadly this has contributed greatly to the rapid depletion of fish stocks in the world’s oceans. Most scientists believe that the oceans will become largely dead during our lifetimes unless we change how we harvest the seafood. If we don’t, one likely outcome will be an ocean filled with algae and jellyfish. So, just in case we do decimate the oceans, here is a simple jellyfish recipe. Best to start experimenting now so we are up to speed when the jellyfish come! In the meantime, www.seachoice.org provides a simple guide to making informed seafood choices. u Obtain a jellyfish (ideally the non-poisonous variety, i.e. avoid the Man-of-War and Box species) v Boil in salted water for 10 minutes or until cooked. It will become a rubbery mass when it is done w Slice into strips or cubes and then use as substitute for pasta in any of your favourite recipes. Note: there will be a LOT of jellyfish so you may want to experiment with both savoury and sweet recipes as the jellyfish is basically a pretty flavourless blob. Bon appétit!


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A huge baseball fan, Shirley McClellan helped establish the Prairie Baseball Academy.


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In a career that has spanned almost four decades, Dr. Shirley McClellan (LLD ’10) says that there hasn’t been a single day that she didn’t want to go to work. “There have been a few days when I got to work I wanted to turn right back around,” says McClellan with a laugh, “but there’s never been a morning when I wasn’t looking forward to going in.” McClellan is best known for her 20-year service as an Alberta MLA, but her curriculum vitae gained another important accolade earlier this year when she was appointed the 12th chancellor of the University of Lethbridge. McClellan’s ties to the University go back many years, but she was an advocate for education long before the U of L was on her personal or professional radar. Born in Hanna, Alta., in 1942, McClellan grew up in a politically and educationally active family. Her father was mayor and chairman of the town’s school board for many years. “I was raised with the belief that, as citizens, we should be interested and involved in our

communities,” says McClellan. “Contributing and making your town a better place to live wasn’t anything unusual or extraordinary, it was just what you did.” McClellan has been a proponent of higher education for many years. Her first foray into the field of educational advancement took place while living on a farm in the New Brigden area, just west of the Saskatchewan border. McClellan had volunteered in the community in a variety of ways for years, and eventually was asked to be the coordinator of further education for the area. “I was told it would be a six-month commitment, but I ended up doing the job for 12 years,” says McClellan. “Rural areas were struggling to keep professionals because of a lack of opportunities to upgrade their credentials. The thinking was that if we offered programming in these areas, professionals wouldn’t leave communities that needed them.” During her time as the further-education coordinator, McClellan was invited to sit on the board of directors of the Big Country Education Consortium headquartered in Drumheller, as well as serving on the Minister’s Advisory Committees for Further Education and College Affairs. This

work led to the creation of distance-delivery credit programs available to rural residents and professionals through Olds College, SAIT, the University of Calgary, Lethbridge College, Medicine Hat College, as well as the U of L. “That was when I developed a keen interest in further education,” says McClellan. “It became clear to me that the key to Alberta’s success was a well-rounded and well-educated workforce. Lifelong learning isn’t just a buzzword for me. People should never stop learning. Young people today may have three or four careers in their lifetime. We need an education system that accommodates that.” McClellan’s political career officially began in 1987 when she was elected to the Alberta legislature. She served six consecutive terms for the Drumheller-Stettler constituency, holding a diverse portfolio of ministerial offices including associate minister of agriculture, minister of rural development, minister of health, and minister of community development, to name just a few. She also served as deputy premier and finance minister during her tenure. Ironically, McClellan took over the riding somewhat by happenstance. She was an active member of the constituency when the existing MLA unexpectedly passed away. Having served as president, campaign manager and regional director for the party, McClellan was selected as a possible successor. “A lot of people came to me and said that I’d be a good choice to take over, so I let my name stand in the byelection,” says McClellan.



“I never imagined that decision would lead to 20 years in office, but I don’t regret a minute of it. Serving as an MLA was a great honour and a fantastic experience. I’d been involved in political circles for years, but this was something much larger. I remember the day I was sworn in; the realization hit me that I had a heavy responsibility bestowed upon me.” McClellan accomplished much during her two decades in office, but is particularly proud of her involvement with the Prairie Baseball Academy program at Lethbridge College and the U of L. Founded in 1995, the Academy met a need that McClellan and many other Albertans identified in the education system. “There wasn’t an academic baseball program anywhere in the country at the time,” says McClellan. “If our young people wanted a career in baseball, they had to go to a U.S. college. We wanted to offer kids a way to pursue their dreams in Canada.” As a huge baseball fan, and a parent and grandparent of very involved players, McClellan was 100 per cent behind the development of the Academy, and worked closely with former Lethbridge MLA Clint Dunford to get it off the ground. McClellan opened a baseball game in July 1995 between the Canadian national team and the Oyen Pronghorns with a cheque for the newly established Prairie Baseball Academy in the amount of $25,000, donated by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.



With politics behind her, McClellan is now focused on her role as chancellor at the U of L, which she will hold for four years. Education is one passion that she continues to pursue, but McClellan is also involved in a second interest she holds close to her heart: she became the CEO of Horse Racing Alberta on June 1. “I love everything to do with horses,” confesses McClellan. “Aside from the fact that they’re beautiful animals, horses are a big part of the Alberta economy. We have the most complete horsing industry in Canada. It’s a great part of our provincial heritage, and I just admire the people in the industry a great deal.” McClellan participated in developing legislation for the Horse Racing Alberta Renewal Initiative as minister of agriculture while in government. True to her rural roots, McClellan lives and farms near New Brigden with her husband Lloyd, their son Mick, daughter Tami (BEd ’89) and her husband Jeff, and four energetic grandchildren. Ask her the secret to achieving lifelong career satisfaction, and McClellan responds in signature style – shooting straight from the hip. “I’ve made a living doing a bunch of things that I love to do,” she says. “Isn’t that the best way to live? You should believe in what you do, and feel good about it. If you do, everyday is a good day and you do a much better job overall.”

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Shirley McClellan watches a game from the dugout with players from the Prairie Baseball Academy.


Performing Arts Events THEATRE AND MUSIC November 22 - 26 Movable Feast 8 p.m., David Spinks Theatre Imagination, head, heart and stomach are all involved when dance, theatre and music come together to explore that most basic of life’s activities: eating. November 23 | Braggin’ in Brass 8 p.m., University Theatre Enjoy the bright and bold sounds of big-band brass! The U of L Jazz Ensemble showcases a diverse array of big-band music spanning the Swing Era to contemporary times. November 25 Classical Percussion Concert 8 p.m., University Theatre U of L Percussion Ensemble performs compelling modern and classical percussion repertoire. December 2 | Winter Winds 8 p.m., Southminster United Church Featuring the U of L Wind Orchestra. December 3 | Stella Natalis 8 p.m., Southminster United Church Featuring the U of L Singers, Vox Musica and the U of L Women’s Chorus. December 3 New Orford String Quartet (Montréal/Toronto) 2 p.m., Recital Hall Performs music by Sokolovic, Beethoven and Brahms and contemporary works. Faculty Artists and Friends.


December 7 Feel the Beat: Kid’s Choir Concert 7 p.m., Southminster United Church School choirs from around southern Alberta perform with the LSO, concluding with a mass choir piece, including a guest performance by the U of L Singers. Admission by donation. January 14 Blaine Hendsbee and Friends 8 p.m., University Recital Hall Blaine sings Noel Coward songs, Finzi’s song cycle “A Young Man’s Exhortation” and shares the stage with some of his musical friends. Faculty Artists and Friends. January 26 - 28 | TheatreXtra 8 p.m., David Spinks Theatre Matinee: 2 p.m., Jan. 28 January 28 | Abbondànza 6 p.m., CoCo Pazzo Italian Café A memorable evening of gourmet food, fine art and fun to raise funds for fine arts student scholarships. February 2 The Necessities of Life (Canada/Benoît Pilon/2008) 6:30 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library Theatre | New Media Film Series explores momentous movies of the last 10 years. Mature content. Free admission. February 3 and 4 Mozart’s The Magic Flute 8 p.m., Southminster Church With a dragon, an evil queen, three little genies, a lovely princess and a handsome prince, Mozart’s masterpiece captures the mystic

fairy tale about the timeless struggle between good and evil. February 10 The Game of Love: Winners and Losers 7:30 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library Theatre | Short talk and concert featuring music faculty and students. Free admission. February 14 - 18 Hamlet by William Shakespeare 8 p.m., University Theatre 11 a.m., Feb. 16 His father murdered and his mother remarried to the uncle he suspects of the killing, Hamlet’s world has been turned upside down; tormented with loathing and consumed with grief, he plans to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet is the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.

ART November 19 | Rub it in! What kind of imprint do our surroundings make on us? How do we express these textures with paper and a crayon? January 14 | My Bestiary Animals with human characteristics or part of a fantasy world have been depicted in stories since the Middle Ages. When these animals are described in a group of stories, or shown like The Winnipeg Alphabestiary, it is called a bestiary. Make your own book of the animals that live in your imagination!

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February 4 | Printmaking An annual favourite! Materials provided, it’s easy to do and lots of fun, too. March 17 Button-Making with Trap\door Back by popular demand.

EXHIBITIONS U of L Main Gallery November 3 - January 5 The Lion’s Share (Food* series) January 12 - March 1 The Winnipeg Alphabestiary Helen Christou Gallery October 28 - January 2 Outlandish January 6 - February 24 Notebook (art + people = x series) March 2 - April 6 Concertino

For more information about any of these events, visit: www.ulethbridge. ca/finearts/events




Lethbridge and the profession.

The U of L extends sincere congratulations to the following members of our community for their achievements:

Andy Davies’ (BFA/BEd ’09) installation Traveller’s Return was just unveiled in Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay, Ont.

“The U of L should be proud of this friendship and the goodwill it has promoted between two cultures and two nations, much less two universities,” says U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon.

U of L Board of Governors member Jim Berezan was honoured as a fellow by the Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Berezan, who recently retired from his partnership in a major accounting firm, was recognized for his dedication and passion for

Dale Ketcheson, a longtime instructor for the U of L Conservatory of Music, released his first CD, Heart Strings.

The first faculty exchange between the two universities took place in 1981, followed five years later by the start of a student exchange program. Designed to promote cross-cultural understanding between the two nations, the exchange relationship has succeeded on many levels.


Don Hunt took on the role of registrar in July, a position held by Leslie Lavers for 15 years. Hunt joins the University of Lethbridge from Cleveland, Ohio, where he was deputy registrar at Case Western Reserve University.

and seek out new challenges.

Although most recently from Cleveland, Hunt is from here, there and everywhere. Born in East St. Louis, Ill., he’s lived in nine different U.S. states, a host of foreign countries and now Canada. Part of his wanderlust can be attributed to his eight-year career in the U.S. military but the majority is Hunt’s innate desire to experience life

“What sold me was the vision for the institution as both (vicepresident, academic) Andy Hakin and (president) Mike Mahon laid it out,” says Hunt. “The idea of where the institution wants to go as a whole, moving to a very customercentred, destination university – all those things I could get behind.”

This year marks two significant milestones for the friendship between Hokkai Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan, and the University of Lethbridge: 30 years of faculty exchanges and 25 years of student exchanges.

Trish Jackson (BASc ’03), the acting director for the International Centre for Students, says each exchange offers a unique experience for those taking part. “We have faculty members coming from all different kinds of backgrounds at Hokkai Gakuen University,” she says. “They come here for one semester to teach common content as part of a Japanese Culture class. Likewise, we send faculty members to teach their students about Canadian culture. You get a different flavour every time you have a different faculty member because they have their own way of looking at their culture through their own discipline and background.”

U of L Sociology researcher and director of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy,

Dr. Susan McDaniel, has been named a Tier I Canada Research Chair. Dr. Olga Kovalchuk (biological sciences) was recognized by Women of Influence Magazine alongside 24 other Canadian women considered significantly influential. Marilyn Smith (BFA ’96), executive director of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, received the 2011 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management from the Rozsa Foundation.

Hunt brings a strong background in technology and systems implementation to the U of L, with a particular interest in better serving students.



GALT ALUMNI GIFT $150,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS Earlier this fall, the Galt School of Nursing Alumni Association and the University of Lethbridge announced the transfer of nearly $150,000 in scholarship money to support students enrolled in the U of L’s nursing program. “The University of Lethbridge is pleased to continue in the tradition established by the Galt School of Nursing and is proud to educate the next generation of nursing professionals,” says U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon.

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR U OF L FACILITIES University of Lethbridge officials and the Hon. Greg Weadick (BASc ’77), Minister of Advanced Education and Technology and MLA, Lethbridge West, announced $5.6 million to support infrastructure upgrades to the original U of L Physical Education (PE) building, which is now part of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness. The original facility was built in 1971. Some parts of the 40-year-old building were renovated during the

MAX BELL REGIONAL AQUATIC CENTRE RE-OPENS AFTER MAJOR RENOVATION The Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary by unveiling a $2.7 million renovation. The facility, which is the largest of its kind in southern Alberta, re-opened at the end of October. The upgrades to the support systems that control air handling, water


“There continues to be a need for qualified health-care professionals and this gift from the Galt School of Nursing Alumni Association helps ensure that current nursing students have access to muchneeded scholarship money.” Donna Karl, RN, a Galt School of Nursing graduate (1963) and spokesperson for the alumni group, says the gift to the U of L helps Galt alumni continue their support of nursing in the community. “The Galt Alumni Association has looked after this money for many years, and is delighted to have the University accept it to continue supporting nurses.”

construction of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness (which opened in 2008) while other projects were put on hold until additional funding was available. The funding will address some deferred maintenance projects, and allow the U of L to keep the facility in top shape by upgrading items such as ventilation, windows, lighting and electrical systems. In addition, Weadick surprised guests by announcing that the U of L will also receive $2.3 million to start the development process for a longawaited science complex.

circulation and other equipment were necessary to ensure the building remains in top shape for the next 25 years – or more. “This facility is used by thousands of people each year, including numerous regular user groups, and we host many local, regional and national-level aquatic events,” says Deb Marek, manager of facilities and services for Sport and Recreation Services at the U of L.

A science building has been on the U of L’s facility development list for several years, and will help expand labs and classroom spaces. It will also make the current science spaces in University Hall available for other purposes. There are no immediate plans for construction but the proposed building would be located on the upper level of campus, near Markin Hall. The $2.3 million allows for site-selection refinement, space planning and other related functions to move the building process forward.

“We want to thank everyone for their patience throughout this process,” says Marek. “Our aquatic facility is now a more comfortable place for people to visit, and has the necessary equipment upgrades to ensure it meets the high standards our users and the community have come to expect.”

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INAUGURAL FIAT LUX ADDRESS SHEDS LIGHT ON U OF L’S FUTURE This past September, the campus community gathered to listen to U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon as he spoke about the current state of the University and where he sees the institution moving forward. Intent on governing with transparency, this initiative is just one of many that will keep the U of L community updated on issues related to the future direction of the University. “The Fiat Lux Address underscores my commitment to shedding light on all that we are working on and thinking about,” says Mahon. “I also see this as an opportunity for others to share their own thoughts on the present and future University of Lethbridge.”




It’s midterm season for post-secondary students and, with the release of the Maclean’s ranking of Canadian universities and the national university report card from the Globe and Mail, the University of Lethbridge itself is under the microscope – having been graded by its students and compared with other universities across the country.

The Faculty of Health Sciences recently hosted the Second Annual Friends of Health Sciences Dinner, giving the Faculty the opportunity to show its appreciation to the many individuals who help make its programs successful. Among those recognized were the senior placement supervisors from various health-care organizations who work closely with nursing students in practical placements or addictions counselling students in senior internships.

The results? If the U of L was a student, it would be headed straight to the honour roll. Dr. david Gregory (left) and Faculty of Health Sciences dean, Dr. Chris Hosgood

In addition, each year the Faculty recognizes an individual or an agency that has made a significant contribution to health education and research in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the U of L.

In the Globe and Mail’s report, the U of L was judged to be first in research opportunities in its class, and also led the standard for Recreation and Athletics and managed an “A” grade in five survey categories. Overall, the U of L maintained or increased its ranking in both Maclean’s and the Globe and Mail reports.

This year’s Friends of Health Sciences Award recipient is Dr. david Gregory, who taught in the Faculty for five years before becoming dean of nursing at the University of Regina. As a dedicated and accomplished academic and a leading nurse educator and administrator, Gregory was instrumental in supporting the Faculty’s graduate programs.

U OF L IGEM TEAM EXCELS AT WORLD JAMBOREE The 2011 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team achieved finalist status at the 2011 Americas Regional Jamboree in Indianapolis, Ind., this past October.

The U of L retained its fourth-place finish in the annual Maclean’s ranking, and maintained or improved its position in a majority of the categories used by Maclean’s to measure Canadian post-secondary institutions.

“As we evolve to become a more comprehensive research university, it is important that we not lose sight of our focus on students and the services that are important to them,” says U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon. “The numbers clearly indicate that we are doing both – moving our research programming forward, but not at the expense of our studentcentred philosophy.”

From there, the U of L team advanced to the World Jamboree at Masschusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 5 - 7, where they competed in a field of 66 of the top iGEM teams in the world. There, the Lethbridge team was the only Canadian entry that qualified for

the Sweet Sixteen group, placing them in the top 16 in the world. Already recognized as one of the top 10 per cent of iGEM teams in the world, the U of L group is made up of primarily undergraduate students who compete against a field of mainly masters and doctoral level students.

Mahon adds that the national benchmarking is helpful for Albertans and people from across the country who are considering the U of L as their destination university. “We are very proud of how we compare to other institutions nationally, because we are clearly providing the services, atmosphere and level of student engagement that our students and their families value,” says Mahon, noting that the U of L community should be very proud of these results. “These ratings come from our students, which is quite meaningful and speaks to the ability of our faculty and staff to engage our students.”



U OF L RECEIVES FUNDING FOR THREE NEW RESEARCH CHAIRS Three new research Chairs are coming to the University of Lethbridge thanks to the Government of Alberta’s Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Chairs plan. Part of the government’s Campus Alberta collaborative initiative, this prestigious program provides an initial 16 research Chairs to Alberta’s four Comprehensive Academic and Research Intensive (CARI) institutions: University of Lethbridge, Athabasca University, University of Alberta and

the University of Calgary. “This is an excellent forward-thinking program, and we’re thrilled the government has followed through with its commitment to advancing research expertise in the province,” says Dr. Dan Weeks, the University’s vice-president (research). The program is designed to recruit new research leaders to Alberta in specific areas of study. The U of L’s three Chairs will work in the areas of: aquatic health, brain health and dementia, and terrestrial ecosystems and remote sensing.

The value of the CAIP awards will vary from approximately $300,000 to $650,000 per year for seven years, depending on the nature of the research being undertaken. Academic appointments will be made at the assistant professor, associate professor or full professor level depending on the seniority of the individual. Search committees have already been established and the University will be making the appointments soon. The four universities will work together to recruit Chair holders within a priority area who have complementary research areas. Those appointed will

then be encouraged to work with individuals in similar fields at the other Alberta universities as appropriate, possibly through cross appointments or adjunct appointments. “We pride ourselves on being a key contributor to the Campus Alberta model and its inherent collaborative nature,” says Weeks. “These Chairs enhance our ability to bring in outstanding research talent and only add to the research infrastructure across the entire province.”


HORNS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT CANADA WEST TITLE IN WOMEN’S RUGBY In October, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s rugby team won its sixth straight Canada West championship with a convincing 41-0 win over the University of Alberta Pandas at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium. Following the game, the Canada West all-stars and award winners were announced. Lethbridge’s all-stars included Brandi Van Eeuwen, Kelsey


Willoughby, Juhee Thompson, Laura Murphy-Burke, Kayla Moleschi and Cassandra Orr. The Horns also took both major player awards in the 2011 season, with Moleschi taking home rookie-of-the-year honours while Willoughby was named the Canada West MVP. The Horns went on to represent Canada West at the CIS Women’s Rugby Championship tournament hosted by Trent University in Peterborough, Ont. Nov. 3 - 6, where they placed fourth overall.

An idea that started over a beer and was roughly drafted on a napkin, has evolved into the latest addition to the City of Lethbridge Public Art Collection. Aeolian Aviary, a collaborative installation by U of L alumni and art professor Denton Fredrickson (BFA ’01) and art studio facility manager Catherine Ross, was recently unveiled in its permanent location on the east side of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG). Fredrickson and Ross were awarded the public art commission following a competition that attracted 40 submissions from across Canada and beyond. The selection committee consisted of representatives from the Allied Arts Council, SAAG, a community member, an artist and a technical expert. “It is exactly these kinds of awards and achievements that reflect so

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well on the creative and research work of the members of the Faculty of Fine Arts,” says Dr. Desmond Rochfort, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts. “It also helps to highlight the excellence of our creative activities and research endeavours, and underscores why the U of L Faculty of Fine Arts is increasingly the place of choice in Alberta for those wishing to study fine arts.” Aeolian Aviary combines the acoustic resonance of 16 wind- and light-sensitive string instruments with the dynamic emergence of 67 bronze birds.

Where will your curiosity take you?

“The practical training that I received in labs during my undergrad was a turning point for me. Dr. Kovalchuk fostered my interest in science and encouraged me to pursue a higher level of education in the field. Undoubtedly, she has provided me with invaluable tools and advice to succeed in my research career.” Kristy Kutanzi (BSc ‘06, PhD ‘11) Medical Research Scholar for the Alberta Heritage Foundation Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient, 2009 - 2010

What makes a university experience? YOU. The University of Lethbridge is a personal, engaging, comprehensive university where you can create your own unique opportunities, both academically and socially, giving you an extraordinary experience that cannot be duplicated at a larger institution.

Curiosity is what drives Kristy Kutanzi (BSc ‘06, PhD ‘11). As an undergraduate student, she worked with Dr. Olga Kovalchuk, a nationally recognized researcher known for her work in radiation and epigenetics. Kristy’s experience inspired her to pursue her own research into genetic influences of cancer as a PhD student. She received funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Alberta Cancer Research Institute and also became a

medical research scholar for the Alberta Heritage Foundation, and earned the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, valued at $50,000 per year. Where will your curiosity take you? With over 150 program options, from undergraduate to doctoral degrees, the University of Lethbridge provides you with the foundation you need to succeed.

Student centred. Comprehensive. Community engaged. Alberta’s destination university. Make it yours.

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While many are seduced by the big city lights, it was northern lights that called to J. Michael Miltenberger (BASc ’75). Since graduating from the University of Lethbridge in 1975, he has used his political positions to protect the unique people and environment of the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.). Born in Ottawa but raised in various communities in the N.W.T., Miltenberger served with the Third Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry before deciding to further his education at the University of Lethbridge. It was a life-changing decision. Not only did he earn a BA (sociology) that paved the way for a career in human services, but he met Jeri, his wife of 37 years, with whom he’s raised their daughter Michaela, who now attends the U of L. After studying at the U of L, Miltenberger pursued graduate studies at the University of Alberta. “Neither of us liked big-city life in Edmonton, so we bought an old truck, packed up our stuff and headed north to live a simpler life for a while,” he says. The family settled in Fort Smith, N.W.T. – a primarily Aboriginal community of 2,400 people


– where Miltenberger built the family’s timberframed house. After a few years as a carpenter, he put his U of L degree to good use while working for the Department of Health and Social Services. Miltenberger didn’t begin his career with political ambitions. But after serving on town council, he was inspired to run for mayor, even though it meant a 50 per cent pay cut. “The work interested me: the ability to enact laws and help the community develop,” he says. In 1987 he completed his first term as mayor. He returned to the Department of Health and Social Services as regional superintendent shortly after that. In 1995, he ran for MLA – and won – and has represented Fort Smith ever since. Presently, Miltenberger serves in cabinet as deputy premier, government house leader, minister of finance, minister of health and social services and minister of environment and natural resources. “I’ve worked hard to make sure the community is well-served by the territorial government,” says Miltenberger. He’s also a passionate environmental advocate, working to protect atrisk species and water systems. On the border between the N.W.T. and Alberta, Fort Smith is situated in the middle of the boreal forest and adjacent to the Slave River, best known

for its powerful rapids that occasionally attract contentious hydroelectric dam proposals. As minister of environment and natural resources, Miltenberger has worked closely with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to establish a water stewardship strategy for the N.W.T. and has been a significant figure on the international water-policy stage. Earlier this year, he was one of five Canadians on an expert panel at the Seventh Annual Rosenberg Water Policy Forum in Argentina where he delivered a paper on traditional knowledge and water-policy development in the N.W.T. Water and other environmental issues, negotiating a final devolution agreement with Canada, an upcoming Canada-wide review of health care and a project to implement fibreoptic capability all contributed to Miltenberger’s decision to run for office one last time. On Oct. 3, Miltenberger was elected to a fifth term. “I’m grateful for the continued support of the constituency,” says Miltenberger, reflecting on his re-election in an area renowned for its political toughness. “I look forward to spending the next four years working on the issues I’m passionate about. After that, I can pass the torch.”

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J. Michael Miltenberger was honoured as the U of L’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at Fall Convocation in October.


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U OF L ALUMNI ASSOCIATION COUNCIL President Kathy Lewis BN ’83, MEd ’99 Vice-President Grant Adamson BSc ’03 Treasurer Jason Baker BMgt ’02 Secretary Sara Breedon BA ’08 Past President Don Chandler BASc ‘73 Directors Lanny Anderson BMgt ‘06 Bonnie Farries BA ’00, MA ’04 Greg Imeson BA ‘04 Randy Kobbert BMgt ‘86 Ted Likuski BEd ‘74 Sharon Malec BEd ‘73 Jeff Milner BFA ’06 Jan Tanner BA ’04, MA ’06 Board of Governors Rep Kevin Nugent BMgt ‘88 Senate Rep Rachel Caldie BMgt ‘07 Students’ Union Rep Zack Moline Graduate Students’ Association Rep Paul Walz Calgary Chapter President Brock Melnyk BMgt ’06

Show your UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS Calgary Chapter Food Bank Assistance December 2011 The Calgary Chapter invites you to lend a hand at a local food bank as they sort and prepare goods for the upcoming holiday season.


Calgary Alumni Chapter Annual General Meeting February 2012 Join the Calgary Chapter as they review the past year and seek input for the year ahead. Native Awareness Week – FNMI Alumni Event March | Details to follow For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit: www.ulethbridge.ca/alumni

Edmonton Chapter President Shannon Digweed PhD ‘09 FNMI Chapter Chair Leroy Little Bear BASc ’72, DASc ’04 Contact us: The University of Lethbridge Alumni Association 4401 University Drive W. Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4 Phone: 403-317-2825 Toll-Free: 1-866-552-2582 E-mail: alumni@uleth.ca

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LEWIS A PERFECT FIT FOR ALUMNI POST and was working as a nursing sessional instructor at Lethbridge Community College. The University was just starting the nursing program and I was asked to enrol. I remember thinking, ‘Gee, why are you contacting me?’ I really didn’t feel that I had what it took academically, but you know the old saying: success breeds success. I found myself completing courses and did very well. I surprised myself,” says Lewis, who completed her BN (with distinction) in 1983.

Joking that some might call her career path “checkered” – she prefers “eclectic” – retired nurse, Kathy Lewis (BN ’83, MEd ’99), is both nervous and excited to take on the role of University of Lethbridge Alumni Association (ULAA) president this year. Lewis began her nursing career in the early 1970s after receiving her RN certificate from the Holy Cross School of Nursing, but a phone call from a University recruiting officer led Lewis to explore a whole new world of possibilities. “I was married, had two young children

With an undergraduate degree in hand, Lewis says doors opened to her that had formerly been closed. She landed a job as a discharge planning co-ordinator for St. Michael’s Hospital and eventually began working as a home care coordinator for the Lethbridge Health Unit. After working as a sexuality educator and counsellor in the 1990s, Lewis decided to pursue her master’s degree. “I had always liked the teaching part of my job so I opted for a master’s in education at the U of L. My supervising professor was Dr. Cynthia Chambers. She was such an inspiration; she had a lot of life experience as a wife, mother, educator and writer and she brought that experience to the classroom,” says Lewis. “Ron Chambers taught me my last class, which was a drama elective. It was one of the most rewarding classes I had in all

THE ALUMNI HONOUR SOCIETY 2011 INDUCTEES The University of Lethbridge Honour Society recognizes the achievements of successful alumni within the global community. This year the University was proud to recognize Dr. Benjamin D. Cavilla (BSc ’00), Michael A. Cavilla (BA ’93), Dr. A. Craig Loewen (BEd ’84), Richard R. Masson (BMgt ’87), Dr. Marla K. Middleton Freitag (BEd ’81) and Terry T. Whitehead (BA ’94).


my university time. Here I was, almost 50, and I found myself in class pretending to be a cow. “That is what the university does; it gives you that opportunity to open up to a broad range of ideas, people, experiences and possibilities.” Despite her busy schedule with family, work and schooling, Lewis has always made community service a priority in her life. She has served on various boards, including the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Lethbridge Community Band Society and the Allied Arts Council, and has been a canvasser for a variety of different organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Association. In 2002 she was nominated to the University Senate to which she dedicated six years of service. In 2008, while attending a Senate meeting, Lewis volunteered to join the ULAA. “It was not in my life plan to be on the Alumni Council, but the University is such a positive force, certainly in my life and in the community. It is a major employer in the region, we have excellent research, wonderful fine arts and contribute to educating our population. I often say that Lethbridge is a different place because people in the 1960s had a vision. We can be proud of that and proud of the people

who made all this happen,” says Lewis. “Being part of the ULAA is a valuable opportunity. I am very much a believer in working together; where we may have shortcomings in experience or knowledge, others fill in. Together we all contribute to the betterment of our society.” During the past two years the ULAA has revised its constitution and bylaws to ensure that the association continues moving in the right direction, maintaining its focus on building relationships with the community, students and alumni. “In Spring 2012, thanks to the hard work of Cheryl Meheden and her committee, we will be launching a Fiat Lux ring as part of our 45th anniversary celebration at the U of L. We hope every alumnus will want to have one and wear it with pride,” says Lewis. “Our alumni chapters are essential. Together we are over 32,000 strong. We are represented on the Board of Governors, the Senate and many University committees. Our voice is at the table of decision-making and our participation is vital to the success of this institution. I would encourage each alum – when the timing is right and the opportunity to get involved knocks – to open the door.”

NEW EDMONTON CHAPTER PRESIDENT In September, Shannon Digweed (PhD ’09) became the 2011/12 president of the Edmonton chapter of the Alumni Association. “I value and appreciate the time I spent at the University of Lethbridge and am proud to be involved with the Edmonton alumni chapter. I bring my enthusiasm for the University and the City of Edmonton to my role as chapter president and look forward to connecting with alumni from all faculties and schools to remember and support the U of L. After all, this is our U!“

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ALUMNI HIT THE LINKS University of Lethbridge alumni came together in foursomes over the summer to raise money for student scholarships and bursaries. The John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament took place in June, raising more than $18,000. In August, alumni from Calgary and area teamed up at McKenzie Meadows Golf Club for the Ninth Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, which raised more than $3,000. Thanks to the many sponsors and participants who made these events successful. Jeff House, Jason Longshaw, Brock Melnyk (BMgt ’06) and Darin Gyug (BMgt ’01) at the Ninth Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament in Calgary.

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Growing up in Whitehorse, Marilyn Smith (BFA ‘96), executive director for the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), was surrounded by some of the most beautiful artwork that nature could provide – but it was the artwork created by humanity that truly captured her heart. “The arts have always interested me. The Yukon is an adventurous, creative place and I’m attracted to that same spirit in the arts; a place where people aren’t afraid to push boundaries,” says Smith, winner of the 2011 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management. Drawn by its size and reputation for Native American and education programs,


Smith became a student at the University of Lethbridge in the mid-1970s.

the quality of the professors and the educational experience.

“I originally thought about going into art education. I started taking art classes and art history. I realized that was the area I was most interested in but that I didn’t want to teach in a formal school system. Simultaneously, I got a job working at SAAG as part of the gallery’s first extension program led by Victoria Baster (now an instructor in the University’s Faculty of Fine Arts). It was this experience that shifted my concentration to the administrative side of the arts,” says Smith.

“The professors are top-notch. My drama professor, David Spinks, was inspirational to me in my first experience at the University. He created opportunities to go into local and First Nations communities to perform that really expanded my understanding of this area and the different people who live here. Jeffrey Spalding, the director of the University’s Art Gallery, was amazing. He made the collection accessible on so many levels; he had such an inspiring boundless vision,” remembers Smith. “The University introduced me to contemporary art through their exhibitions, speaker series, visiting lectures and art history classes. I have brought that knowledge with me in my career.”

After her third year at the University, Smith went home for the summer and she stayed until 1995 as co-owner and producer of a musical theatre company: Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue. Ready for a change, she returned to Lethbridge to complete the final year of her multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree in fine arts. “In my first go-round, the University was so small; it was almost like a large high school. Art classes were in the dark, dank basement of the physical education building. When I returned in 1995, the University was much bigger, more sophisticated. There was a wider range of opportunities and a state-of-the-art fine arts building. It was quite a big change,” says Smith, who is quick to point out that the constant over the years was

In 1996, Smith graduated with distinction and began her career at the SAAG as an education co-ordinator and curator until 1999 when she was promoted to her current position. During her tenure, gallery proceeds have increased 200 per cent. Recently, Smith oversaw renovations at the SAAG that included an addition of 6,000 square feet of space with a library and new instructional area. Since re-opening in 2010, the gallery has tripled its membership, while programming and sponsorship has increased.

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“The focus of SAAG, from the founding board until now, has always been that the gallery would bring the kind of quality programming to Lethbridge that is available in larger centres. It is my privilege to work with amazing colleagues, board and community members. It has been a group effort that brought us to the point where we have an excellent reputation locally, nationally and internationally,” says Smith. “I am honoured to have been a part of that.” Smith also believes that the gallery’s success is greatly supported by the close connection it has with the University. “The University and the SAAG have had a symbiotic relationship over the years. We exhibit artists who teach at the University; many of our artists speak at the University’s lecture series and we are actively involved in student internships from the University,” says Smith. “Currently all our staff are University graduates; there is a shared understanding and experience because of that. The University has made a huge difference in our quality of life and the fact that we have such a tremendously well-educated group of people to draw upon to fill the expertise needed to run the gallery has significantly influenced the growth of our institution.”


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Todd Read BSc ’89 “I’m currently operating as a pharmacist with a contract relief, recruitment and consulting firm.”

Tania Huk BASc ’69 “I recently retired from my position as studio piano teacher and classroom music teacher at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario - an independent day/ boarding school for girls. I still enjoy teaching in my home studio.”



Robert May BA ’93 “Within a year after graduating from the University of Lethbridge, I became a licensed real-estate agent. In 2003 I opened my own real-estate brokerage office named Rainbow Realty.“

The University of Lethbridge inducted the 1971 Chinooks women’s basketball team into the Pronghorns Hall of Fame, recognizing the significant contribution these motivated young women made to the University’s sporting history.

Dale Samsonoff BA ’93 Dale Samsonoff is director of Strategic Human Resources with the BC Ministry of Health.

The Chinooks won the institution’s first national crown, the Canadian Junior Women’s Basketball Championship. It was a monumental achievement that went relatively unnoticed, both then and over the ensuing years.

Stacie Wolfer BA ’95 “Since graduating from U of L, I’ve travelled across the United States, Europe, Greece and Turkey. I got married in 2008 and live with my husband in Calgary, and work in the oil and gas sector. We are the proud parents of three dogs and spend some of our spare time golfing here in Calgary.”

1970 Erna Topliffe BASc ’71 “I am in private practice as a counsellor/ clinical social worker. The name of my business is Joshua Tree Inc.” Monica Stolte BASc ’72 “I got an Honours BA (criminology) in 1986 and an MA (criminology) in 1988, both from the University of Ottawa. I have worked with the Correctional Service of Canada since 1989 as a parole officer and executive assistant. I’m currently living in the upper Fraser Valley.” Albert Calman BASc ’77 “I ‘made aliyah’ (moved to Israel) from Canada.”

1980 Arlene Olynyk BASc ‘87 “I’m married with three children who are all very involved in sports – the oldest two play at the university level in women’s rugby and men’s basketball. Currently we live in Kamloops and enjoy the hot, wind-free summers.” Darin Paton BSc ’89 “I specialize in enterprise architecture, strategic IT and SAP technologies with Cornerstone Consulting Inc.”

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“The very best fans we had were the janitors at the Civic Centre,” laughs Joan Langille (Cannady) (BASc, BA ’73). “We didn’t have a lot of people come to our games. What really struck us though, was when we arrived back in Lethbridge from winning the championship, the only people at the airport to greet us were the boyfriends, the parents and the janitors; they supported us right to the end.” Now that the University has recognized the Chinooks, the team has been brought back into the fold. “We’re very appreciative, honoured and in a way humbled,” says Linda Joncas (Dogterom) (BEd ’72). “We didn’t realize at the time that it was a big deal. We were all young and it was fun and it was a ’Wow, we did it’ feeling, but in terms of the bigger perspective, I don’t think we really understood the way we do now.”

Shayleen Stringer BMgt ’99 “Dean and I returned to Calgary in September 2010. I joined BOWEN Workforce Solutions as their director of recruitment.” Antonio Tejada BSc ’99 “Three and a quarter years ago I joined Syngenta Crop Protection Canada and have spent the last three years as key account manager with Seedcare.”

Langille and Joncas were co-captains of the Chinooks in 1971, both playing out their final years before graduation. Each used her U of L degree to carve out a satisfying career: Langille as a longtime provincial government employee and Joncas as a teacher and guidance counsellor.


Charles Shewen BSc ’01 “I recently moved from Fort McMurray, Alta., to my hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon, in order to start a new Golder Associates Ltd. office.” Laura Poile BSc ’02 Laura is the Rocky View County agricultural services officer. Melissa Crawford BSc ’03 “I am currently a stay-at-home mom to two toddlers. After graduation I worked for four years at Vulcan County in Vulcan, Alta., in my chosen field of GIS. I then married the love of my life and through his work was transferred to Tisdale, Sask., where we currently live.” Amy Crandall BA ’06 “I am currently at New Mexico State University obtaining my doctorate in Counseling Psychology.” Shannon Hagel BFA ‘06, BHSc ‘07 “I am moving to Africa for six months to volunteer in rural Ghana.” Nicholas Hall BMgt ’06 “I got married at the end of the summer (August 27), and now have a new position where I’m consulting

(Alliance Pipeline) as an account manager.” Steve Langston BMgt ’06 “I am an author, filmmaker and proud Manitoban who lives in Winnipeg during the winter and at Riding Mountain National Park in the summer. Check out www.dirtytshirt.net.” Kim Tse BMgt ’06 “I recently got engaged and we puchased our first new home together.” Dorothee Van Dijk BMgt ’06 “I recently completed a transition from working as a territory manager with Dow AgroSciences and living in Camrose, to now working as a product manager out of Calgary.” Brandi Tindall BMgt ’07 “I am a small-business account manager at Scotiabank and have been since I graduated (in between having a baby, and I have another on the way!).” Kate LaRocque BMus ’08, BEd ’10 “After I got my BEd, I moved to Quebec for a year to teach English. I didn’t learn much French, sadly. I also went to Japan and witnessed the earthquake. I can’t wait to go back – it’s an amazing place, but the people were even more amazing.”

Melissa Johnson BFA `09 Melissa runs a cupcake business called Buttercup Catering from the kitchen at Pasta Fresca in Lethbridge. JJ Machalski BMgt ’09 “Christa and I got married on August 6, 2011.” Lee Ann Wynder BA ‘09, BEd ‘11 Lee Ann is an online and home-school teacher at The Centre for Learning@ HOME.


2010 Ivy Waite BA/BEd ’10 “I have an exciting teaching job at the Calgary Science School. Researchbased inquiry learning, with student teachers from the U of L and U of C – amazing program.” Arlene Westen Evans BFA ’11 “I’m proud to announce the opening of my new art gallery (Evanescence Gallery and Art Studio) in High River, Alta.” Melissa Goodwin BA/BEd ‘11 “I will be teaching in China for the next year.”

While most of us would run screaming from the prospect of undergoing surgery, let alone one that involved the removal of a healthy, major organ from our bodies, alumna Jody Horvath (BA ’09, BMgt ’09) – the first Calgarian to become what is known as an anonymous kidney donor – is utterly matter-of-fact about her motivations behind such a random act of life-saving generosity. “Why not? I have two, someone else needs one – simple as that,” she says. “It was an easy decision and one I don’t regret.”





The seeds for such a rare gesture were sowed a few years ago when Horvath was a student at the University of Lethbridge studying history and marketing. While donating blood, she was told by a nurse about plasma donation programs.

Nexen’s manager of Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene, Marie Sopko (BN ’92), pictured above left, recently won the prestigious Nurse of the Year Award for the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association (AOHNA). The award recognizes professional accomplishments as well as leadership and volunteer contributions to the AOHNA. In recognition of the award, Nexen made a $5,000 contribution in Sopko’s name in support of scholarships for nursing students at the U of L.

“The slightly increased chance for me having problems just wasn’t enough to outweigh the almost certain good of donating a kidney.” “I began to research organ donation,” says the native Edmontonian who now calls Calgary home. “I immediately knew it was something I wanted to do and I read everything I could about the process.” What she discovered was the Living Donor program offered through the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Horvath also learned that a kidney from a live donor, rather than one extracted from a deceased person, has a better chance of thriving for its recipient. That was enough to convince her she was making the right decision.

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“The slightly increased chance for me having problems just wasn’t enough to outweigh the almost certain good of donating a kidney,” says Horvath. Since donating her kidney, Horvath has left her job at another non-profit and joined the southern Alberta branch of the Kidney Foundation, as the manager of volunteer resources.

Rokib Hassan MSc ‘11 “I’m a PhD student at the University of Alberta, working on biomimetic synthesis of metal nanoparticles for catalysis at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT).”

AARON NAKAMA BA ’98 Since graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a bachelor of arts in French, Aaron Nakama (BA ’98) has held positions in diverse fields, including broadcasting and technical recruitment. Currently the senior technical recruiter at Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc., Nakama works with clients from around the world.

Trent Keeley BA ‘11 “I am currently working in a different field than my degree in order to make enough money to go travelling. I plan to go to places where most people do not think of going: Brazil (Amazon), South Africa (Madagascar), India and Southeast Asia.”

“A degree from the U of L provides more than just an amazing liberal arts education,” says Nakama. “The small class sizes and the opportunities to build strong relationships with faculty and staff instil in students a strong sense of community - the priceless foundation of your success beyond graduation.”

Matt Walker BSc ‘11 “For the next two years I will be attending Queen’s University, working on an MSc in particle physics.”


The University of Lethbridge wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the following members of the University community: Dorothy MacAulay BEd ‘77

Jerri Bolton (BEd ’69) always knew she wanted to be a teacher and credits her University of Lethbridge education with helping her reach her goal.

Passed away on January 31, 2011

“My education gave me the skills and the training I needed to be successful in a field I was passionate about,” says Bolton, who taught locally for a few years before opening a private pre-school in Lethbridge. “My career was incredibly rewarding and it wouldn’t have been possible without the experience I had at the U of L.”

Passed away on February 13, 2011

As an alumna of the Faculty of Education’s first graduating class, Jerri has watched the University grow since her time as a student. “When I started university, the U of L didn’t exist yet,” recalls Bolton. “I took classes at Lethbridge Junior College until the U of L was established in my third year. I’m proud of what the University has accomplished since then and want to help grow its reputation and reach in years to come.” To hear more about Bolton and other alumni like her, visit www.thisismyu.ca.

Kirsten Andersen BA ‘00

Ashley Fair BMgt ‘11

Lori Saar BEd ‘89

Passed away on April 18, 2011

Passed away on August 14, 2011

Passed away on February 7, 2011

Passed away on May 7, 2011

Richard McDonald BEd ‘74

Lily Dunk BEd ‘70

Ruby Larson DSc ‘77

C. Sandra Pierson BN ‘88

Geoffrey England

Constance Cook BN ‘83

Pat Laplante BEd ‘77

Ladell Friesen BMgt ‘02

John Irwin

Passed away on February 17, 2011 Passed away on February 22, 2011

Dean Lien

Former Senate member Passed away on February 24, 2011

Sydney Jackman DLitt ‘89

Passed away on February 27, 2011

Judith McCoskey BEd ‘85 Passed away on March 26, 2011

Anne Le Blanc BASc (BA) ‘80 Passed away on April 1, 2011

Reta Pierson BEd ‘72

Passed away on April 5, 2011

Martin Oordt Retired faculty member Passed away on April 8, 2011

Anne Campbell LLD ‘83

Passed away on April 13, 2011

Passed away on May 13, 2011 Passed away on May 27, 2011

Passed away on August 22, 2011 Former faculty member Passed away on August 24, 2011

Sharon Reinhardt BEd ‘84

Passed away on September 5, 2011

Former Board of Governors and Senate member Passed away on May 31, 2011

Madeline Nochief BHSc ‘10

Josephine Krokosh

Passed away on September 19, 2011

Former Senate member Passed away on June 17, 2011

Harley Hotchkiss LLD ‘07 Passed away on June 22, 2011

Don Quesnelle BA ‘91

Passed away on July 15, 2011

Dan Konynenbelt BSc ‘99 Passed away on July 20, 2011

Arthur Ferrari BASc (BA) ‘72 Passed away on July 30, 2011

Theodore Haynes BEd ‘84 Passed away on August 4, 2011

Leanne Armstrong BMgt ‘88 Passed away on August 12, 2011

Passed away on September 8, 2011

Gerald Lutwick BASc (BSc) ‘79 Betty Reimer

Former staff member Passed away on September 21, 2011

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