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a year to remember There is always a lot to talk about here at the University of Lethbridge. In the Advancement office, particularly, there is always an event to promote, a story to tell or a tweet to reply. But I can’t think of anything more satisfying than when we don’t have to initiate the conversations and when others start talking about the U of L and the strides the institution continues to make.

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In addition to wrapping up our 45th Anniversary, this fall has brought much additional celebrating to the U of L. We were recently named as Canada’s Research University of the Year 2012 (Undergraduate Category) by RE$EARCH Infosource, and earlier this month, Maclean’s magazine ranked the U of L as #3 in the country within our cohort. These are significant accomplishments for the U of L and are reflections of the focus, hard work and dedication that take place here every day.

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This issue of SAM is a sampling of what goes on here at the university many of us call our own. Whether you are an alumnus, a donor, friend, faculty, staff, parent or student (current or prospective) of the U of L, I hope you feel the same sense of pride I do to be a member of the University of Lethbridge family. Enjoy.

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Tanya Jacobson-Gundlock, Editor

Delia Cross Child, Revisions, 1999 From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection. Acquired in 2004 from the U of L Native American Studies Department.

Delia Cross Child (BA ’96, BEd ’02) is a Blackfoot artist and educator whose creativity and compassion have brought pride to her community and awareness to First Nations issues. As a contemporary artist, she is known for integrating tradition and history with a modern sensibility. Her work has been exhibited at the Glenbow Museum, Walter Phillips Gallery and Southern Alberta Art Gallery. As a teacher, Cross Child has woven traditional visual literacy into her curriculum to successfully inspire and motivate learning in students. Cross Child was inducted into the U of L Alumni Honour Society in 2009.

She describes this work as: “Revisions reflects the essence of perceptions and world views in many First Nations languages. In Blackfoot we call ourselves ‘Niitsitapi... the real people’ and its definition is embedded in the long history that we have had with the land. Yet in the English language there exists antagonistic associations in the words that are used to describe the First Peoples of this land.”

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The Future of Liberal Education

Past Shaping the Future

The U of L reimagines liberal education for the 21st century.

A new University Campus Master Plan is set to shape the U of L’s campus for the next 25 years.

25 Healthy Futures U of L neuroscientist Dr. Gerlinde Metz and her team of student researchers are advancing our understanding of preterm birth and are leading the way for a healthy tomorrow.


Spotlight on Research

The U of L stakes claim as Canada’s Research

University of the Year (2012), Undergraduate Category.

20 | University of Lethbridge

Art Gallery

On Landscape Images

34 | Significant And Mentionable What a fall! Find out what happened at your university as it wrapped up its 45th year.

41 | Alumni News And Events



Get a recap on Homecoming and learn more about

what’s coming up in 2013.

45 | Alma matters


Looking to reconnect? Alma Matters features news and notes from your former classmates.

Small Business, Big Opportunity

To Sleep Perchance to Dream

Management professors Dan Kazakoff and Dr. M. Gordon Hunter establish the Small Business Institute and connect the University with the small business community.

Art professor Taras Polataiko captures the world’s attention by bringing a fairy tale to life in his recent exhibit, Sleeping Beauty, held at the National Art Museum in Kiev, Ukraine.

EDITOR: Tanya Jacobson-Gundlock ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Alesha Farfus-Shukaliak DESIGNER: Three Legged Dog Design PHOTOGRAPHERS: Jason Jones Rod Leland Leslie Ohene-Adjei Jaime Vedres ILLUSTRATOR: Dale Nigel Gobel CONTRIBUTORS: Jaelyn Birch

Chemical Reaction U of L Alumna of the Year Dr. Kathryn Preuss (BSc ’95) found her career experimentally. Read on to discover how she became one of Canada’s leading chemists.

Kristine Carlsen Wall Bob Cooney Spencer Court Jane Edmundson Natasha Evdokimoff Betsy Greenlees Trevor Kenney Bruce MacKay Kali McKay Jana McFarland Josephine Mills Julia Mitchell Jaime Morasch Angelsea Saby Maureen Schwartz Bernie Wirzba Jamie Woodford Dana Yates U of L Advancement Office


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spotlight on research

Over the last 45 years, students have worked alongside professors at the University of Lethbridge, engaging in research, discovery and creativity. This fall, RE$EARCH Infosource named the University of Lethbridge as Canada’s Research University of THE Year (2012),




Undergraduate Category.


By Trevor Kenney

There were hints that this was coming. It is no secret that the University of Lethbridge has undergone a cultural shift and been making major inroads as a comprehensive university on both the provincial and national stage. Research institutes have been developed and supported, leading researchers have been actively recruited and research activity now percolates at all levels (undergraduate and graduate alike) and across disciplines. But when RE$EARCH Infosource tagged the U of L as Canada’s Research University of the Year (2012), Undergraduate Category, it elevated the University from an emerging comprehensive institution to one of Canada’s most influential research universities. Dr. Dan Weeks, the University’s vice-president (research), is the first to admit that the rise to number one did not happen overnight and is not attributable to one factor.


Statistics tell part of the tale. The University saw a huge rise in research income over the past year (38.7 per cent), and that growth was the third best of any university in the country. But the U of L story has never been about numbers, and instead is rooted in the community of people who make up the University. “A research portfolio must be built strategically, over time, and with support throughout the University,” he says. “It is also dependent on the hard work of faculty members who consistently demonstrate that they are among the very best researchers in Canada. They not only excel in research, but actively engage students in research opportunities that foster the next generation of researchers and innovators.” Therein lies the uniqueness that is the U of L. Undergraduate students are exposed to research opportunities often only available to graduate and PhD level students at other institutions. It’s what brought Jennifer Arthur (BA ’07, MSc ’12) to the U of L, and also what kept her in Lethbridge for her master’s studies.

“I could have gone anywhere for university, but I chose the University of Lethbridge specifically for the undergraduate research opportunities available to students,” says Arthur, who graduated with her Master of Science in Health Sciences earlier this year. “My experiences in Dr. Glen Prusky’s (BASc ’86) visual plasticity lab and Dr. Martin Lalumiere’s psychophysiology lab gave me the discovery and application piece of my education and prepared me for my master’s degree.” The University does not see teaching and research as distinct entities, rather it fosters an atmosphere where its teachers bring their research into the classroom, helping develop the critical thinking and practical research skills today’s students deem essential. Weeks points to programs such as iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) and AMETHYST (Advanced Methods, Education and Training in Hyperspectral Science and Technology) as examples of student-focused

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“Sweet 16” iGEM Team Recognized as one of the top 10 per cent of International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) teams in the world, the U of L group, which is led by chemistry and biochemistry professor Dr. Hans-Joachim (HJ) Wieden (photo centre), competes each year in what is regarded as the premiere synthetic biology competition worldwide. Last fall, the U of L’s iGEM team designed a bacteria to help remediate oil sands tailing ponds, achieved a top-16 finish and was the only Canadian school to achieve this status, matching institutions like the University of Washington, Brown-Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Tokyo Tech, MIT and ZJU-China.

research initiatives that create a new generation of researchers who go on to strengthen Alberta’s knowledge-based economy. “The outcomes from these programs are significant and will benefit students and the University community for years to come,” says Weeks. “What excites me is the potential employment success for graduates who participate in these programs and what they prepare our students for in their careers.” The U of L proudly boasts world-renowned researchers in traditionally scientific fields such as neuroscience, the study of water and physics, but a university does not achieve status as the top undergraduate research institution in the country without diversity in its portfolio. Indeed, it is the breadth of research across the full gamut of disciplines that speaks to a campus-wide philosophy where discovery is valued and supported at every turn. Weeks points to the establishment of internal research and development funds as potential drivers of research activity going forward. He also

highlights the allocation of specific funds for the development of interdisciplinary research teams. The anticipated result will be synergies across disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund (IRDF), a one-time non-renewable research fund, was created to provide the foundation for developing the next generation of interdisciplinary concentrations of research excellence. In spring 2012, it funded three projects (up to $100,000 each over two years), then approved two more proposals in the fall. “There is a real breadth to the research activities taking place across campus,” says Weeks. “With the establishment of a number of internal funding mechanisms in recent years, it has served as the impetus for new research initiatives that are now being recognized by external agencies. Couple that with the many faculty who already have well established research portfolios and it creates an even more vibrant research environment.” The U of L now boasts nine research centres and

“When I look at what is now available to students and how the University continues to enhance those research opportunities, as an alumna I am extremely proud of my University.” Jennifer Arthur (BA ’07, MSc ’12)

institutes that address issues across the sciences, social sciences and humanities. From neuroscience research at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, to water management studies in the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments and


the study of childhood in the newly established Institute for Child and Youth Studies, U of L research is multidisciplinary and relevant to today’s world issues. “The problems being addressed by U of L researchers are helping to create a better quality of life for local and global communities,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mike Mahon. “While many factors have contributed to building this capacity, the exceptional work by current and former faculty has played a significant role in attracting additional worldleading researchers to the University, thereby expanding our research portfolio.” Where the University goes from here is the most exciting aspect, because as a teaching institution intent on training the next

THE U OF L HAS identified five THEMEs that set the stage to advance our national and international reputation of research excellence.


generation of researchers, the U of L is its own renewable knowledge resource. From a student perspective, this is great news. “When I first started at the U of L nearly 10 years ago, there wasn’t the breadth of formal opportunity for undergraduates to participate in research that there is today,” says Arthur. “However, what was the same then as it is today, was the commitment of faculty and staff to engage students in a meaningful way and to encourage students in their research endeavours. “When I look at what is now available to students and how the University continues to enhance those research opportunities, as an alumna I am extremely proud of my University. This recognition is richly deserved.”

Jennifer Arthur (BA ’07, MSc ’12)



This research theme recognizes research at the intersection of art, culture and society. Our current capabilities in these contexts rest on outstanding intellectual, creative and performance activities of our cultural and literary critics and theorists, analysts and composers as well as our dramatists, visual artists, musicians, designers, producers, directors and digital media specialists who each provide constructs of social communication and aesthetic expression. This theme builds on the U of L’s strength in visual arts by incorporating traditional and emerging media, including digital and interactive media. Through collaborative efforts with other disciplines, research explores the connections of movement and performance, both athletic and artistic, and its implications on group identity and popular culture.

This research theme is built on a foundation of understanding the earth, its resources and its sustainability. The U of L has long focused on the issues of sustainability, development and globalization. Our current capacity stems from our work on water, fresh-water ecosystems, mountain and river hydrology and the overall sustainability of our environment, including the development of biofuels, bioenergy sources and new materials, such as biodegradable plastics. Our work on remote sensing and imaging, spectroscopy, chemical processes and structures, and water and environmental research will provide data and knowledge pertinent to the development of effective land and water management practices.

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AMETHYST PROVIDES INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE The University of Lethbridge is committed to being an international leader in the development and application of innovative remote sensing technologies and research. In 2010, the U of L received a prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant for the Advanced Methods, Education and Training in Hyperspectral Science and Technology (AMETHYST) program. Helping expose students like MSc candidate Logan Pryor (BSc ’09) to imaging science and technology research in a variety of areas, AMETHYST encourages and enables undergraduate and graduate students to explore potential careers and acquire the skills they need to be successful in the future. Logan Pryor (BSc ‘09)




This research theme is built on an integrated approach to health and wellness across the lifespan. Basic research is providing the knowledge necessary to realize breakthroughs in wellness and in disease prevention and management. This fundamental research offers potential for the development of new treatment approaches for many of the devastating injuries and diseases we face throughout life. The U of L has strong research efforts aimed at improving the health and wellness of all Albertans and we will continue to further our capacity to influence social policy, improve education, identify preventative strategies and reverse pathology.

This theme of research explores the relationships that exist between people, cultures and places, and organizations. Our current capabilities are founded on scholarship that seeks to provide insight into how individuals, groups, organizations and institutions relate to one another as well as the ethos and processes that shape society and civilization. Research questions challenge the multifaceted dimensions of civilization through critical and interpretive examination of the past and the present across multiple perspectives. Through social and cultural critique, our researchers seek to understand our present and our past, and to identify and clarify public issues.

This theme is dedicated to explorations of the most basic questions of life, humanity and the universe. From the origins of human cultures to the creation of galaxies and stars, our researchers probe thought, understanding and reason to provide the numerical, literary and computational discourse to advance theory, critique contemporary and historical frameworks, synthesize new materials, create novel devices and solve complex problems. Emerging opportunities in this theme are broad in scope and positioned to raise critical questions, expand both knowledge and global enterprise, and diversify economies. The methods, assumptions and disciplines of study within this theme are a catalyst for the development of skills of critical and interpretive dialogue, logic, reason and understanding.


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New Take on New Media New media is just one of the many areas being explored from multiple perspectives at the U of L and to receive support through the University’s new Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund (IRDF). This year, a multidisciplinary group of researchers in fields ranging from new media, art, education and management received IRDF funding to discover how we are using new media tools and how educators can work together to expand research and teaching practices. The IRDF was created to provide the foundation for developing the next generation of interdisciplinary concentrations of research excellence at the U of L. In 2012, it funded five projects (up to $100,000 each over two years).

The U of L is home to nine research centres and institutes: • The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy is a multidisciplinary, cross-faculty institute dedicated to researching the long-term global impacts of demographic, economic and social issues related to changes in world population patterns. • The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience is the only research facility of its kind in Canada. There, internationally acclaimed faculty and their students engage in leading-edge brain research. • With implications for diseases, biotechnology and our understanding of evolution, the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute is dedicated to RNA research and training excellence in one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences.


• At the Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre, researchers are taking a decidedly big-picture view of the planet – one that can be seen from space. The Centre focuses on remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy, applying their research to monitoring natural resources and the environment. • The Centre for Socially Responsible Marketing aims to educate students and empower non-profit personnel in areas of social marketing, sustainability and social responsibility, and non-profit marketing and management. • Researchers at the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments are analyzing water resources, including natural science analyses of watersheds, and water quantity and quality, while also considering aspects such as water policy and economics.

• The Institute for Space Imaging Science explores our relationship with our own planet and our place in the universe using space imaging technology. This innovative approach allows us to see space and the cosmos in new ways, and discover answers to questions that push the boundaries of human understanding. • Focusing on privately-held small businesses, the Small Business Institute helps bridge connections between researchers and the business community. • The newly established Institute for Child and Youth Studies will bring together researchers from across disciplines and Faculties, along with community partners, to explore children and youth as categories of experience, development, expression and investigation.

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planNING for the next generation of learners In less than half a century, the University of Lethbridge has built an outstanding record of research performance that has consistently placed it among the top ranks of competition within its cohort. But this is just the beginning. As the institution looks forward, it has set its sights on a new science building – a specialized space that will provide faculty and students with the room and tools to make the discoveries of tomorrow. Planning is already underway. With the support of the Government of Alberta, who has pledged approximately $2.8 million to the project, the U of L is currently undergoing a rigorous planning process to determine the size and type of space needed. Dubbed the Destination Project, the proposed project involves three elements critical for success: construction of a new ultra-modern science facility

with high-intensity labs, renovations to University Hall and the expansion of campus infrastructure. As for the current space in University Hall that will be vacated when the sciences move into a new building – it will be renovated to suit humanity departments and reclaim spaces originally designed as gathering sites for students and faculty to carry on informal discussions outside of the classroom.

For more information on the Destination Project, please visit: science-complex

The project’s sponsor, Dr. Andrew Hakin, provost and vice-president (academic), says the Destination Project plays a crucial role in the University’s future. “We are looking at the space of education for tomorrow,” says Hakin. “What programs, what opportunities, what facilities can we build for our students to support the next generation of learners.” Just imagine the possibilities.




Liberal education has been a pillar of the University of

Lethbridge since its inception in 1967. As the institution

moves forward, it will stay true to its roots, but what does liberal education look like in the 21st century? Today, the


U of L is reimagining liberal education for tomorrow.


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BY KALI MCKAY (BA ‘06, MA ‘10)

“Looking back, I can see how my choices evolved over the five years it took me to complete my degree,” reflects Nakama. “I started in management, considered education and finally ended up with a BA in French with a heavy concentration of math, statistics and computer science courses. As a result, I am a well-rounded, global citizen, agile enough to take on new opportunities as they present themselves.” Advocating for liberal education, which emphasizes a breadth of knowledge and develops intellectual skills, comes naturally to Nakama who says that his own world view and interests don’t fit neatly into any one subject. His university experience reflects these divergent and yet complimentary interests. “The U of L enabled me to explore my interests and make connections between disciplines and with faculty, staff and other students that I rely on to this day,” says Nakama, who has put his degree to use in a variety of fields ranging from broadcasting to technical recruitment since graduating from the U of L 14 years ago. Indeed, a liberal education implies breadth and depth: broad knowledge in a range of disciplines, focused by more concentrated work in one. Liberal education degrees, which aim to prepare the next generation of well-rounded and responsible citizens, are not the new kids on the block – they’ve been around since 400 BC and represent a classical approach to university education. While liberal education is common at universities across North America, it has a special context at the U of L. Forty-five years ago, a forward-thinking group of citizens believed that southern Alberta merited its own university. Over the course of four days in the fall of 1967, 20 delegates and a trio of invited resource guests charted the course of the fledgling University of Lethbridge at the Waterton Conference, producing a statement of philosophy that is reflected in the academic program of the University today.

The principles of liberal education were deemed essential to what the University of Lethbridge would become and would serve as the foundation for inspired teaching, a personalized supportive learning environment, and student engagement in learning, creative activities and research. “The University of Lethbridge is not located in a large metropolitan area as are the other two universities in this province,” writes former acting president Dr. Russel J. Leskiw (LLD ’93), in a document dating back to early 1967. “There is some reason to believe, therefore, that if the University of Lethbridge is to succeed, and in fact survive, it must become an institution that is unique. It must somehow be an institution that differs from the two older ones in this province.” That the University’s founders were so prescient in their thinking is testament to the visionaries that were at the table. They understood the importance of setting the U of L apart and saw liberal education as central to that mission. The U of L’s statement of philosophy, originating from the Waterton Conference and printed in every University Calendar since 1967, says it best: “The University of Lethbridge endeavours to cultivate humane values; it seeks to foster intellectual growth, social development, aesthetic sensitivity, personal ethics and physical well-being; it seeks to cultivate the transcendental dimension of the scholar’s personality. Its primary aims are to foster the spirit of free inquiry and the critical interpretation of ideas.” For 45 years, this statement has provided the foundation for how the U of L delivers its programming. However, since the original statement of philosophy was written there has been little discussion on the subject of liberal education or what it means for the University and its students. “Liberal education has historically been very important to us,” says Dr. Andrew Hakin, U of L provost and vicepresident (academic), who is leading the charge around a re-evaluation of liberal education at the U of L. “The question we need to ask today is, does it still have that importance to us as an institution?” In the last 45 years, there have been enormous advances in technology, demographics, funding


Aaron Nakama (BA ’98) has encountered a few false impressions when explaining how the Bachelor of Arts in French he completed at the University of Lethbridge prepared him for a position as senior technical recruitment manager for Knowledgetech, a boutique IT Services company in Vancouver, B.C.


models, not to mention student habits and attitudes, to which the University has adjusted to better meet the needs of our students. Our approach to liberal education, however, has remained basically the same. “The evolution of liberal education has been slow in the 23 years I’ve been here,” says Hakin, who started in the chemistry department before moving into administration. “For many at the U of L, liberal education has been synonymous with the general liberal education requirement (GLER) that asks students to take courses from three different lists. Is that how we define a liberal education at the U of L?” Hakin is arguing for a more purposeful approach and invited the U of L community to take part in the dialogue around liberal education at the second annual Fiat Lux Address, hosted earlier this fall. From the outset, Hakin made it abundantly clear he does not presume to have all the answers but he believes the time to forge a new conception of the time-honoured idea is at hand. Hakin maintains that we need to consider the ideal of the educated person as a starting point for justifying curriculum content in liberal education. “When we think about career paths for our graduates, the vast majority of them will likely go through multiple job transitions and changes in career direction. What I would hope, is that a liberal education will help our students to develop resilient skills that will serve them long after their formal schooling ends,” says Hakin. For him, this means reinvesting in curriculum to ensure the academic experience offered at the U of L addresses the needs of today’s students. As the generators of curriculum, the challenge now lies with faculty to take a real look at the ideals of liberal education and how that translates to the teaching and learning philosophy at the U of L. The role of staff in supporting a liberal education experience will also be critical to success. “We have some extraordinary courses and programs here,” says Hakin, mentioning the U of L’s liberal education classes as just one example. “Courses like these are challenging students to engage with our world, developing their analytical skills and prodding them to think through the ethical, civic and societal implications in the world around them. These experiences need to be the norm for our students, not the exception, both within individual classes and across degree programs.”

By educating students broadly so that they can move from one opportunity to another with confidence, the U of L is considering what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century and what contribution liberal education can make in addressing this question. “As a student, I was able to direct the course of my own education,” says Nakama, who credits the U of L for cultivating an openness that allowed him to chart a broad intellectual course, not just as a student but throughout his life. “My success underscores the value of liberal education for all students, regardless of their background, field of study or career aspirations.” With the next strategic planning exercise currently underway, Hakin wants liberal education to emerge as a key priority for the University resulting in a thorough examination of the subject by faculty and departments across campus. “If we’re serious about the quality of the whole of the degree we offer, then we have to try and build an experience not just around the major but around the whole degree experience. Our job is to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful, to eventually serve and to improve our society,” says Hakin, harkening back to the ideals of liberal education. “These core values, held dear for the last 45 years, are still vital. However, we cannot be satisfied with simply being what we have been. I am suggesting that our greatest opportunity is to reimagine what liberal education means for the University of Lethbridge today and how that can impact our society and our world.” (TOP) AARON NAKAMA (BA ’98)


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“The U of L enabled me to explore my interests and make connections between disciplines and with faculty, staff and other students that I rely on to this day.”






The coulees offered extraordinary opportunities: dramatic heights and depths unusual in the Prairies, and the possibility of outlook, proximity to the river and a microclimate milder than the windswept flatlands. Standing there on the far edge of the coulee I saw etched against the sky the light tracery of an old iron railway bridge, 300 feet in the air, spanning a mile across the river. I came to the conclusion that though any building upon the exposed flatland should be interred in earth berms so that they would become part of the

land, the academic building could span the coulees and, like the old bridge in its rigid flatness, reveal the rich contours of even the most level prairie. It seemed to me that the top storey of the university should lie below the tableland in an uncompromising straight line spanning the haunches of the prairie. ... Dr. Arthur Erickson
 (LLD ’81) The Architecture of Arthur Erickson With text by the architect
 Tundra Books, 1975

When renowned Canadian architect, the late Dr. Arthur Erickson (LLD ’81), first came to Lethbridge to design University Hall and formulate the University’s Development Plan, he was in awe of the coulee landscape, inspired by the High Level Bridge and concluded the University should be part of the land. “Architecture, as I see it, is the art of composing spaces in response to existing environmental and urbanistic conditions to answer a client’s needs,” Erickson once said. “In this way the building becomes the resolution between its inner being and the outer conditions imposed upon it. It is never solitary

By Natasha Evdokimoff


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but is part of its setting and thus must blend in a timeless way with its surroundings, yet show its own fresh presence.” The vision as outlined in the 1969 Erickson-Massey Development Plan saw academic space integrated with residences “so that learning becomes part of living.” The 1969 planning objectives also included attractive pedestrian walkways that linked to green spaces; closely knit, clear organization of campus buildings that took advantage of unique views of the river valley; and building sites chosen to ensure reverence, preservation and protection of the coulee landscape.

From its very foundation – quite literally – the University of Lethbridge began as something unique. Today, the iconic University Hall is imbedded in the coulees as a testament to Erickson’s vision.


“The U of L is very fortunate to have had the kind of vision that Erickson had around building into the coulees and really connecting the university with the topography


and with nature.” DR. MIKE MAHON


Over the years, the University campus has expanded and evolved with recommendations initially set out in the Campus Development Plan Review (1993), the Master Plan Report (2000) and the Core Campus Expansion Plan (2001) – the latter of which is the springboard for the new University Campus Master Plan (UCMP), set to be ratified by the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors in December 2012.

“Key elements from past plans have been retained, but the earliest plan had the most fundamentally correct principles or truths that continue to provide value and timeless importance today,” he says.

Those principles of strengthening the existing site and building features, creating a compact campus, integrating campus with nature, and using an appropriate brand of architecture to produce a unique campus identity and experience are Spencer Court, architect and associate instilled in the 2012 plan. director of Campus Planning and Architecture at the U of L, has been Prepared in a collaborative effort leading the current UCMP renewal. with the University by Moriyama & He says the new plan takes previous Teshima Architects and Planners, planning history into consideration Gibbs Gage Architects and and maintains key planning initiatives Educational Consulting Services, while advancing the University’s the UCMP sets out a series of recommendations aimed at guiding current strategic goals.

larger-scale planning decisions for the main campus of the University over the next 25 years. According to the UCMP, these guidelines “accentuate the existing campus design – organizing systems to allow the unique beauty, original order, coherence and distinctive setting of the campus to re-emerge.” The UCMP suggests “a highly interconnected system of buildings and pedestrian networks to create an intimate and harmonized learning environment, integrating both academic and residential programs.”

future buildings and outdoor spaces. “Campuses are like people in that they mature and become complete over time,” says Court. “As key participants at a critical point in the development of our campus, we are privileged to produce a planning vision at a time when many are likely to witness the campus evolve into a more complete place.”

The UCMP points to three key directives that align with the University’s 2009-2013 Strategic Plan and 2011-2015 Capital Plan. The first is to physically support the University’s mandate to be What makes the UCMP unique is the way it frames and defines the academic a comprehensive and academic core with a celebrated gateway accessing research institution and to provide opportunities for a community the heart of campus, while promoting of learners – students, faculty, pedestrian-friendliness and retaining researchers and staff – to interact the physical geography that informs

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The UCMP establishes a network of interconnected buildings that engage the coulees using a unique brand of landform architecture that fully integrates with the landscape.

in purposeful spaces. Second is to reinforce the quality of built and natural environments at the University with an emphasis on improving campus life and the everyday student experience. Third, the plan will provide guidance in planning and management of assets while being stewards of the land. These directives will aid in creating the physical “Destination U” that is currently being defined at the University of Lethbridge. U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon agrees. He says this UCMP is vital for establishing this legacy. “As individuals who have various roles on campus, we are at one point in time, but universities live for a long, long time. It’s critical that we look to the future from a planning

perspective, and plan for years ahead that we can’t even imagine. It is vitally important that our buildings and grounds deliver on the notion of the Destination University,” says Mahon. “The U of L is very fortunate to have had the kind of vision that Erickson had around building into the coulees and really connecting the University with the topography and with nature.” The UCMP aims to create a unique identity to differentiate the U of L from other universities and to offer a distinctive and memorable experience for its students. To do that, the plan outlines specific design work including a refocused ceremonial entrance along Aperture Drive, and framing a new “Coulee Quadrangle” north of the University Library, bordered by University Hall and

future buildings to form a campus heart. The UCMP also establishes a network of interconnected buildings that engage the coulees using a unique brand of landform architecture that fully integrates with the landscape. In addition, the construction of the “Prairie Quadrangle” adjacent to Markin Hall will serve to improve connectivity from the academic core to Exploration Place.

Establishing Aperture Drive as the ceremonial entrance to the U of L is just the beginning. The gateway will be framed with a building element linking the Library to the Students’ Union Building, as well as a signature building travelling southward that responds to the coulee setting and the Oldman River vista. This building will act as a bridge directly linking the residence precinct to the rest of campus.

One of the biggest values of the new UCMP is creating a compact campus that fosters a better sense of community. Although the UCMP organizes the physical campus, it is the arrangement of those spaces and places that not only leads to a sense of community but also supports academic programming and student life.

Retaining the land in its natural state is also part of the UCMP proposal, and so, the natural coulee space south of the library will be left in its pristine state to preserve the natural view. It’s the shared experience of the beautiful scenery of the unique prairie and coulee landscape that brings the University community together and that’s an important consistency of the UCMP, says Court.


“We are located in a world-class, unique setting that our forebears committed to being, literally, in this place. That is the driving force in how we go forward.” SPENCER COURT

“We are located in a world-class, unique setting that our forebears committed to being, literally, in this place. That is the driving force in how we go forward,” he says. “It is the threshold experience between plateau and river valley we want to be, and since we are here, we should capitalize on that because in the physical sense it’s one of our most significant differentiators.”

based,” says Court. “The master plan has tried to focus on creating a compact, pedestrian-oriented, connected campus that responds to external factors such as weather or the opportunity for memorable views and seriously considers how people move through it.”

The University Campus Master Plan is just that – a plan. At this point, campus planners have not While the prairie land surrounding the initiated detailed design studies, but most of the features will likely University is vast, a key UCMP goal be developed over time. The is to create a campus with synergy, recommendations in the UCMP, ease of access and more importantly, however, are critical for the logical pedestrian circulation. University to reach its strategic “There’s a point where everyone goals, says Chris Eagan, director who arrives here by transit, bicycle of Facilities. or automobile becomes a pedestrian, “The UCMP follows the institution’s and in the master plan the campus nucleus is predominantly pedestrian- strategic planning. It allows the


creation of a common vision of what space, building and landscape places look like to fulfill our strategic goals,” he says. “The UCMP is a broad vision that will be accomplished incrementally through individual capital projects. These projects have urgent and important needs that must be subservient to the institutional requirements outlined in the master plan. It will give the structure and guidance of university planners to all those who design and implement the plan for years to come.” After the UCMP is formally ratified in December 2012, a public open house celebrating the new plan and its document release will be held early in the new year. According to Court, the new UCMP offers many advantages as the

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University looks to the future. “Overall, it’s addressing original concepts that the institution has already put substantial resources and value into,” he says. “Those early ideas are treasured fidelities – concepts we shouldn’t turn our backs on. If we’ve learned anything, we’ve learned that they are important and they still apply going forward.” ... For more information on the UCMP, please visit:

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BY Dr. Josephine Mills, Director/Curator, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

There is a powerful connection between Canadian identity and landscape that has lasted from the development of Canada as an independent nation to the present. That bond is political and experiential as well as fundamentally based on visual representation. In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a wave of art practice that focused on the relationship between subjectivity and forms of landscape. Connected to the cultural theory of the period that addressed ideas of speaking from the margins as well as city theories and urban policies, this work explored the


imbrication of economics and landscape as well as race, nationality, gender and sexuality in connection with spatial practices and forms. Instead of thinking of identity as a thread or track that runs through different experiences and places, artists in the 1980s and 1990s began to explore identity in a new way. Much of the work from this period examines how specific sites produce and reproduce identity through the visual forms and the practices that occur there. As Michel de Certeau explains, “space is a practiced place” – meaning

is produced through the repeated interaction of subjects with locations. There is no area more loaded with the stakes that produce and secure social beliefs than landscape with its many permutations from urban and industrial to rural and wilderness. Yet at the same time that landscape is loaded with meaning, the genre is also inescapably beautiful and able to evoke powerful emotions. It is this interaction between aesthetics and concepts that makes landscape continually relevant and engaging for artists and viewers.

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There is no area more loaded with the stakes that produce and secure social beliefs than landscape with its many permutations from urban and industrial to rural and wilderness.





Geoffrey James, High Level Bridge Looking West, October 1999 (The Lethbridge Project), 1999

Geoffrey James, Paradise Canyon, August 1998 (The Lethbridge Project), 1998

Geoffrey James, Chinese National League, August 1998 (The Lethbridge Project), 1998

Allan Harding MacKay, From Source Derivation II (Lawren Harris), 1991

From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;

From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;

From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;

From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;

Commissioned by the Southern Alberta Art

Commissioned by the Southern Alberta Art

Commissioned by the Southern Alberta Art

Gift of the artist, 1994.

Gallery with support from the Canada Council for

Gallery with support from the Canada Council for

Gallery with support from the Canada Council for

the Arts Millennium Fund, gift of Geoffrey James

the Arts Millennium Fund, gift of Geoffrey James

the Arts Millennium Fund, gift of Geoffrey James

and Jessica Bradley, 2000.

and Jessica Bradley, 2000.

and Jessica Bradley, 2000.


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It is an ideal topic, then, to approach through a liberal education. It provides a focal point for using a breadth of disciplinary perspectives.

BY Dr. Bruce MacKay, Coordinator, Liberal Education Program

The land can be approached, on the one hand, as a singularity, something we can see and interact with. On the other hand, the land is diverse and not something that can be fully understood or explained from the perspective of only one academic discipline.

It is an ideal topic, then, to approach through a liberal education. It provides a focal point for using a breadth of disciplinary perspectives. It is a subject that requires critical thought to analyze and evaluate the multiple perspectives and to develop one’s own view. It is a subject



worthy of critical engagement because, as Wendell Berry suggests, “we and our land are part of one another” and we and our neighbours live on this land. The decisions we make about the land affect us and our fellow citizens, now and into the future.



JIN-me Yoon, Souvenirs of the Self, 2001

Collection; Purchased in 2001 with support

Allyson Clay, Pastoral, 2005

Allyson Clay, Surfacing, 2005

from the Canada Council for the Arts

From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;

From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;

From the University of Lethbridge Art

Acquisition Assistance Program.

Gift of the artist, 2008.

Gift of the artist, 2008.

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Allyson Clay, Page 44, 2005

Isabelle Hayeur, Refuge, 2002

Isabelle Hayeur, Ajour, 2003

From the University of Lethbridge Art

From the University of Lethbridge Art

From the University of Lethbridge Art

Collection; Gift of the artist, 2008.

Collection; Gift of the artist, 2007.

Collection; Gift of the artist, 2007.

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Season at a Glance NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY Theatre and Music


November 27 Classical Percussion Concert 8 p.m., University Theatre

December 10 Handel’s Messiah and More 8 p.m., Southminster United Church

January 24 to 26 | TheatreXtra 3 8 p.m., David Spinks Theatre Matinee: Jan. 26, 2 p.m.

November 28 and December 5 Feel the Beat 7 p.m., Southminster United Church

December 15 Hansen & Plessis Duo 8 p.m., U of L Atrium

January 25 | Celebrate Poulenc 8 p.m., University Recital Hall

November 30 U of L Wind Orchestra 8 p.m., Southminster United Church

January 14 Moon (UK/Duncan Jones/2009) 7 p.m, Lethbridge Public Library Theatre

December 1 U of L Jazz Ensemble 8 p.m., University Theatre December 2 Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., University Recital Hall December 5 | Somewhere (USA/Sofia Coppola/2010) 7 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library Theatre December 7 | Winter Wonder 8 p.m., University Recital Hall

January 16 Music to Warm the Long Winter Nights 7:30 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library Theatre January 18 LSO Chamber Series III 8 p.m., Southminster United Church January 19 Big Band Cabaret 8 p.m., U of L Ballrooms (Students’ Union Building)

November 1 to December 21 And yet we still remain January 10 to February 28 The Uncanny Valley

January 26 | Abbondànza 6 p.m., CoCo Pazzo Italian Café

HelEn Christou Gallery

February 1 and 2 Fledermaus – The Opera Ball 8 p.m., Southminster United Church

January 10 to February 2 Tracing the Elusive Past of the Chinarians

February 5 U of L Wind Orchestra and Guests 7:30 p.m., College Drive Community Church

March 1 to May 31 Projects by Museum Studies Interns

February 6 | The Artist (France/Michel Hazanavicius/2011) 7 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library Theatre

Culture Vulture Saturdays

February 12 to 16 The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (Adapted by David S. Craig) 7 p.m., University Theatre

For more information about any of these events or a complete listing of the 2012/2013 Season at a Glance, please visit:


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January 12 Into a New Photo Realm 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., U of L Atrium February 9 | Print Making 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., U of L Atrium

Healthy U of L neuroscientist Dr. Gerlinde Metz and her team of student researchers are advancing our understanding of preterm birth and are leading the way for a healthy tomorrow.

By Dana Yates

Why do some women go into premature labour? University of Lethbridge neuroscientist Dr. Gerlinde Metz has been searching for the answer for nearly a decade. Today, she is deepening her exploration with help from a new research grant, an international team of investigators and numerous student researchers at the University of Lethbridge.

Originally from Germany, Metz came to Canada purposely to conduct her research at the U of L’s acclaimed Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN). An expert on the physiology of stress, Metz is now a principal researcher at the CCBN, a professor in the University’s Department of Neuroscience and a Senior Scholar of Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS). Metz is also a co-investigator on a new project that will examine various aspects of preterm birth.

Led by University of Alberta researcher Dr. David Olson, the international group received more than $1 million in funding this fall from the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS). An initiative of Seattle Children’s, GAPPS supports innovative research and interventions to improve maternal, newborn and child health around the world. Characterized by a gestational period lasting less than 37 completed weeks, a preterm birth is the most frequent cause of infant death and is a global


“our focus isn’t just on prenatal stress anymore. We’re now looking at health and disease across generations.” DR. GERLINDE METZ

health problem, according to a study released earlier this year by the United Nations, the World Health Organization, March of Dimes and Save the Children. In 2010, for example, approximately 15 million babies were born prematurely worldwide – and more than a million of those infants died. Survivors, meanwhile, can face a range of health issues, including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and vision and hearing impairment. While most premature babies are born in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, preterm births also occur in developed regions. In fact, Alberta has Canada’s highest provincial rate for premature births, accounting for about nine per cent of babies. That being the case, says Metz, it’s fitting that her latest project involves two researchers from


the province. Both Metz and Olson are members of the Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes Team, an interdisciplinary group of AIHS-funded researchers, who are advancing our understanding of premature labour. “There are several steps that collectively cause labour to take place, but in a preterm birth situation, they start much earlier, and with significantly more risk to the mother and baby,” Metz explains. “It’s a complex problem that is surrounded by mystery. In half of all cases of preterm birth, there is no known cause, and in all cases, it is difficult to prevent preterm birth.” Working with her CCBN colleagues and a team of determined student researchers, Metz used laboratory rats to develop an animal model of spontaneous preterm birth.

The goal: to learn more about the physiological factors behind the event, especially hormones. “What we have learned so far is that there’s a cascading effect which starts with an inflammation – or what the body thinks is an inflammation. This triggers white blood cells to go into defensive mode,” she explains. “Members of our team have discovered that where there is a risk of preterm birth, the white blood cells respond differently to some type of change in the body. We will be looking at how to identify and reduce this inflammatory trigger.” To that end, she found that maternal stress experienced by one generation can affect the risk of preterm birth among offspring well into the future.

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“The students are putting together a puzzle. They are helping to solve the issues of tomorrow.”

research by handling a variety of responsibilities, such as developing ways to measure maternal health among rats. “The students are putting together a puzzle,” says Metz. “They are helping to solve the issues of tomorrow.”

DR. GERLINDE METZ “This means that our focus isn’t just on prenatal stress anymore,” Metz says. “We’re now looking at health and disease across generations.” Student researchers have played a key role in driving Metz’s research forward. In addition to postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students – as well as a particularly ambitious high school student – work with Metz in the lab. There, the students are learning the intricacies of academic

And their work is paying off. “The support we have received will advance our ability to hopefully change a large-scale health problem,” she says. “It’s really exciting for me, my colleagues at the CCBN and our students to be able to play a part. This is foundational research that could change how people generations from now live.” With the GAPPS funding through the University of Alberta, Metz will work with Canadian, Australian and Chinese researchers to explore four areas of

study. First, the team aims to identify factors that lead to preterm birth. This information, in turn, will be used to help predict who is at greatest risk of the phenomenon. Next, the researchers intend to create new therapies to prolong pregnancy and prevent preterm birth. Specifically, Metz will test the effectiveness of peptides or molecules made up of amino acids. Finally, the researchers hope to secure additional funding down the road in order to improve newborn health. The objective is to develop inexpensive and easily accessible tools for the early detection of preterm birth and treatments to delay it from happening. Both innovations are especially needed in low- and middle-income countries. “Ultimately,” Metz says, “We want to support healthy mothers and babies.”


small business, BIG OPPORTUNITY Small businesses are making a big impact on Alberta’s economy.



According to the provincial government, small businesses make up about 96 per cent of all businesses in Alberta. While they may be small, they certainly are mighty. In fact, small businesses in the province contribute nearly 30 per cent of Alberta’s gross domestic product (GDP) – a figure that puts them first in the country for small business GDP per capita in 2009. But it’s not just small enterprises in Alberta that are economic powerlifters. Across Canada, small businesses are doing their bit by employing half of the total workforce. The hard reality, however, is that 75 per cent of Canadian small businesses fold within nine years. Why does that happen, and what factors contribute to the long-term success of some small businesses? These questions and others like them are being explored at the University of Lethbridge’s newly established Small Business Institute (SBI) in the Faculty of Management. Founded earlier this year, the SBI links small businesses to the expertise of researchers, professionals and other business people. Simply put, the SBI serves as a hub for research on small businesses and a resource for those who own, work at and are interested in them. The Institute investigates many issues related to businesses, including succession, sustainability and franchising. The SBI also works with rural areas throughout southern Alberta, where small businesses are often the lifeblood of the community.

“The SBI is an excellent example of U of L professors and researchers working to ensure that their work is relevant and valued in the community, and that leading business practices can be adopted by small businesses in the region,” says David Hill, director of Centres and Institutes at the U of L. The SBI was established by researchers Dr. M. Gordon Hunter and Dan Kazakoff. Both professors in the Faculty of Management, they worked together initially to co-author the book Little Empires: Multi-Generational Small Business in Southern Alberta, Canada. Published in 2008, Little Empires profiled 11 local, family-run operations.

“It allowed me to see how other businesses operate and what allowed them to prosper.” PAUL MCDONALD

“We wanted to help small businesses learn from each other,” says Kazakoff, noting that the SBI was a logical evolution of the work invested in Little Empires. “With the Institute, we wanted to raise the profile of small businesses and interact with the community. It was our way of giving back.” The strategy works well, says Paul McDonald (BMgt ’88), one of the entrepreneurs


By Dana Yates


Upcoming Small Business Institute Speaker Series events: Pincher Creek Nov. 21, 2012 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. Ramada Inn 1132 Table Mountain St. Vulcan Feb. 6, 2013 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. Vulcan Lodge Hall 231 Centre St. Medicine Hat Feb. 27, 2013 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. Medicine Hat Lodge 1051 Ross Glen Dr. S.E. Cardston March 20, 2013 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cardston Civic Centre 67 3rd Ave. West Brooks April 10, 2013 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. Heritage Inn 1217 2nd St. West Lethbridge Small Business Forum April 2013 | TBA Location: TBA For more information or to register, please contact or call 403-329-5181.

featured in Little Empires. McDonald, along with his brothers Jim (BMgt ’80) and Gord (BMgt ’89), owns the McDonald Auto Group, which has operated in southern Alberta since 1942. While the family business originally sold John Deere tractors, it now owns McDonald Chevrolet Buick GMC in Taber and McDonald Nissan in Lethbridge. Participating in Little Empires, says McDonald, was an eye-opening experience. “It allowed me to see how other businesses operate and what allowed them to prosper.” Today, he repays those insights by serving on the SBI’s Advisory Board. “They want to know the challenges small businesses face and the resources we need to succeed in the future. We provide that feedback.” In addition to guiding the SBI’s initiatives, Alberta businesses are also supporting them financially. This fall, ATB Financial made a $36,000 investment in the SBI that will sponsor a speaker series and bring industry leaders and researchers – including Hunter and Kazakoff – to rural communities throughout southern Alberta. The purpose of the business education seminars is to share knowledge and experiences on topics pertaining to small businesses. That expertise is also showcased in Hunter and Kazakoff’s second book, which was released earlier this year. Unlike Little Empires though, Small Business: Journey to Success was written


primarily for an academic audience, reflecting the researchers’ goal to eventually develop new courses within the Faculty of Management that focus on small businesses and bring new knowledge into the classroom. In the meantime, Hunter and Kazakoff are busy with a number of research projects. The team, for example, has previously examined why small businesses fail (e.g., owners lack passion and focus) and how small enterprises survived the financial crisis (e.g., they were already operating in a fiscally conservative manner). Now the researchers are studying why small businesses typically do not partake in insolvency processes to deal with deteriorating financial situations (e.g., owners usually cannot afford the inherent expense). Down the road, Hunter and Kazakoff will also look at small businesses’ contributions to the local economy and how the agricultural industry has been affected by changes to the Canadian Wheat Board. The researchers also plan to compare the success stories of indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada with those of the Maori in New Zealand. “Through our research,” says Hunter, “we hope to expand our reach locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.” For more information on the U of L’s Small Business Institute, please visit:

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DREAM By Natasha Evdokimoff (BA ’95, BMgt ’97)

A fairy tale brought to life in the hope of finding true love


Taras Polataiko. Sleeping Beauty. National Art Museum of Ukraine. 2012

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nce upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful maiden lay asleep on a bed of white satin, waiting to be awoken by true love’s first kiss. People came from all over and gazed in wonder as the beauty stirred, turned and dreamed – her face relaxed yet somehow filled with hope – waiting day after day for Prince Charming to appear and free her from cursed inertia. Many suitors tried to awaken her. Many failed. Would the moment ever come? Would Sleeping Beauty awake to a life of full awareness and joy? Or would she be doomed to stay asleep forever, frozen in time for the lack of something that perhaps doesn’t exist? We’ve all heard the fairy tale, and we all know how it ends – in children’s books at least. But when the story is real and happening before our very eyes, who’s to say how things will actually unfold? Especially when Prince Charming has to sign a legally binding contract stipulating that he will marry the sleeping woman should she open her eyes to his kiss. Such was the scenario that University of Lethbridge art professor Taras Polataiko brought to life in his appropriately entitled exhibit, Sleeping Beauty, held at the National Art Museum in Kiev, Ukraine (Aug. 22 to Sept. 9, 2012). A gorgeous girl lying in wait, dozens of hopeful suitors ready for their chance, and both parties willing to commit their lives to each other based on the feeling of a single kiss. It’s a provocative scenario, but even Polataiko didn’t expect the media frenzy that ensued – a daily maelstrom of international attention from news groups around the globe, including the likes of the Associated Press, Reuters and the BBC. “It was really very strange. I can’t quite wrap my mind around it,” says Polataiko of all the interest. “It was supposed to be very gentle – a tender, magical, quiet show. Instead, I had television crews in the gallery every day.” The response to Polataiko’s exhibit might be surprising, but the way Sleeping Beauty captured the imagination of millions around the world and in all languages is easy to understand. Consider it: a fairy tale made real. The opportunity to kiss a beautiful girl who is willing to spend her life with you if your touch ignites her soul. The idea that true love might actually exist and is waiting for you to come claim it. It’s hypnotic and gender-charged and manages to raise questions while remaining enchanting. Taking place in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev, it also functions as an allegory of political unrest in Ukrainian society that, like all allegories, often reveals psychological truths deeply imbedded in the human psyche.


“Initially the thinking was to create something meaningful for Ukraine,” says Polataiko. “The social and political history of the country is very traumatic. I wanted to create a show that reflected the sense of apathy Ukrainian people feel because of all they’ve endured. The concept for the show was based on the idea of being endlessly patient and waiting for something powerful to happen.” Born and raised in Ukraine, Polataiko knows the social and political climate of the country very well. He was pursuing a career in North America when the Orange Revolution took place in Ukraine in 2004, but he flew back specifically to take part in the uprising. Knowing that the exhibit could tread on touchy ground, Polataiko kept the political aspect of his concept quiet over several months of preparation, all the while interviewing dozens of potential candidates to fill the role of Sleeping Beauty. “That was when the work started to get really interesting – when I was talking to the girls and listening to their motivations for getting involved,” says Polataiko. “The stakes were very high. We were talking marriage – the possibility of committing yourself to a stranger. Most of the girls I spoke to were hoping to find true love.” Polataiko eventually selected five “beauties” to sleep in shifts over the course of his three-week exhibit. Their only requirement: to respond to a kiss that compelled them to open their eyes. Princes, on the other hand, had to meet more rigorous conditions. They could be either male or female but had to be more than 18 years of age, single and serious enough about marrying the beauty to sign a contract to that effect if they awakened her. Only one kiss per prince was permitted, and it had to be given respectfully. Polataiko, and hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched the fairy tale unfold via live streaming video, were blown away by the sincerity of the suitors who took a shot with fate. One potential groom broke down in tears when his kiss failed to break the spell. “The space was very intense, super charged, but at the same time extremely tender, kind and hopeful,” says Polataiko. “The beauties and princes were vulnerable and brave all at once. There was a lot on the line for both of them.” Polataiko began teaching at the University of Lethbridge in 2010. He’d been previously working in New York as a full-time artist for several years, but opportunities to create dried up with the market crash. It was a stroke of good luck, all the same.

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“The space was very intense, super charged, but at the same time extremely tender, kind and hopeful.” TARAS POLATAIKO TARAS POLATAI KO, RI GHT


“I like it here,” says Polataiko from his campus office. “The artistic community is friendly and very supportive. My work is happening here. I’m able to use Lethbridge as a successful base, and I would like to stay and continue teaching at the University of Lethbridge, if a permanent position were to present itself.” Sleeping Beauty received so much international coverage that viewers of the exhibition labelled Lady Gaga as a copycat artist after she staged a strikingly similar production in New York City. Gaga slept in a large stage set shaped like a bottle at the launch party for her new perfume several weeks after Polataiko’s show was all over the news. Although Polataiko isn’t impressed with the singer’s commercial take on his concept, he’s gracious enough to respond by saying, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” After days of kisses without an awakening, it looked as though Polataiko’s Sleeping Beauty might never open her eyes. But one suitor did eventually draw her from slumber. Ironically, the kiss that did the trick wasn’t a passionate lip lock with a virile Adonis. It was a gentle peck on the forehead – administered by a woman. Polataiko isn’t sure if the women will abide by the contract and marry. It’s a complicated scenario given that same-sex marriage is illegal in Ukraine. A fairy-tale ending is therefore probably not in the cards for the newfound couple, but Polataiko believes the importance of his exhibit is bigger than this result.

“It’s about the most fundamental thing we have – love. What’s bigger than that?” TARAS POLATAIKO

Sleeping Beauty closed on Sept. 9, 2012. Polataiko hopes to reopen the show in other global cities in the future.


“Sleeping Beauty is the very essence of human existence. It’s about that magical feeling that binds two people together, produces children and continues life,” says Polataiko. “It’s about the most fundamental thing we have – love. What’s bigger than that?”

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Significant and mentionable

New Coat Of Arms Unveiled

In January 2012, during the University’s 45th anniversary celebrations, Chief Herald of Canada Claire Boudreau granted the University of Lethbridge an official coat of arms, which is entered in volume VI, page 100 of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada.

The University of Lethbridge unveiled its official coat of arms at the Fall 2012 Convocation ceremony. Drawing inspiration from previous representations, the new coat of arms has been designed to reflect signature elements of the University of Lethbridge and will be used to represent the University at ceremonial occasions.

The arms features a blue shield with white edging and the University’s signature sun in the centre, representing intellectual enlightenment.

The University has had a coat of arms since its founding in 1967 but it had never been formally granted. In 2008, the University of Lethbridge’s Board of Governors gave approval for the development of armorial bearings from the Canadian Crown under the powers exercised by the Governor General. Made up of individuals from across the University community, the group worked with the Canadian Heraldic Authority and heraldic painter Robert Grey to develop a coat of arms that would accurately represent the University now and into the future.

The eagle feather and the Alberta Wild Rose on the crest above denote the University’s location on traditional Blackfoot land in southern Alberta, while the books are enduring symbols of education. The shield and crest are flanked on the left by a pronghorn, representing the University’s athletic teams, and on the right by a mule deer, a native inhabitant of the area. Together, they also represent the men and women who make up the University community.

The coulee landscape and rough fescue (the official grass of Alberta) are characteristic of southern Alberta, and the sun-grass-animal connection represents the flow of energy that supports all life and reminds us of our own connection with the landscape. The rock below the shield recalls the name “Medicine Rock” bestowed on the University by Blackfoot Elder Bruce Wolf Child in 2002. It also alludes to glacial erratics, large rocks deposited in the area when the glaciers receded. The miner’s lantern, an artifact of the early history of Lethbridge, recalls the idea of the illumination of knowledge and symbolizes the achievements of the more than 34,000 University of Lethbridge alumni. The University’s motto Fiat Lux (Let there be light) appears at the bottom of the coat of arms. The University’s official flag, in use since 1988, was also registered as part of this process.

Coming Soon: New Student Residences Currently, only 10 per cent of U of L students live on campus. Come July 2013, however, that number will double when the new residence in Aperture Park opens its doors to returning students. Located across from the Residence Village and Paterson Centre, the 11,589 sq.m (124,743 sq. ft.), $32-million residence is the University’s largest project currently under construction.


The five-storey facility will offer 259 double beds within four and twobedroom units, each containing a full kitchen. Several studio rooms will also be available for long term guests and visiting lecturers. Many parts of the building are designed to encourage student interaction including nine study lounges, a games room, an exercise room and a multipurpose room that can be divided into three smaller study spaces.

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Welcome Aboard This fall, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta appointed U of L alumnus Gordon E. Jong (BSc ‘80, BMgt ‘82), a Lethbridge-based chartered accountant with a long-standing relationship with the University of Lethbridge, as the ninth Chair of the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors. Jong, who earned Bachelor of Science (1980) and Bachelor of Management (1982) degrees from the University of Lethbridge, is a former member of the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors (2006 to 2012) and a 2004 U of L Alumni Honour Society Inductee.

Community work has been a staple for Jong. He has served as Chair of the Board of Governors at Lethbridge College, treasurer of the Southern Alberta Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; Lethbridge Jaycee’s Club; president of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge; and treasurer of the Rotary International Peace Park Assembly. Jong is also a successful Lethbridge businessman starting Jong & Company – a private company categorized under Chartered Accountants. “The University of Lethbridge has always been a special place for me,”

Congratulations Graduates! At the Fall 2012 Convocation, the U of L celebrated the achievements of 339 graduates who received undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, diplomas and certificates. We also welcomed one of newest members to the alumni family – President Emeritus Dr. Bill Cade (LLD ‘12), who received a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.

ATCO Gas Gift Helps Establish a Gathering Space for FNMI Students

NEW PROGRAMS In September, the U of L proudly welcomed the first students into two new, innovative and collaborative combined degree programs that bring a management focus to health sciences and fine arts.

Master of Education in Addictions and Mental Health Counselling program. The program has a strong clinical focus and incorporates evidence informed theoretical perspectives and interventions.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Management and either a Bachelor of Health Sciences in public health or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in new media. These programs are the first of their kind in Canada.

The Faculty of Education is currently developing the recently approved PhD in Education with a proposed start date of 2014. Graduate students in this new program will study educational theory and research questions related to education, leadership, and counselling theory and practice.

The Faculties of Education and Health Sciences are collaborating to offer a

says Jong. “I am very proud of the fact that the U of L has emerged as one of Canada’s leading teaching and research universities. I am equally proud that while the U of L remains true to southern Alberta’s needs through its teaching and research activities, that it has emerged as a destination university for students across the province, country and from around the world.”

U of L First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students are the beneficiaries of a unique gift that has helped establish a common gathering space on campus.

Chair of the Department of Native American Studies, says the importance of community support in the FNMI culture cannot be underestimated.

The Native American Students’ Lounge and Ceremonial Room have become a reality thanks in part to a $30,000 gift from ATCO Gas. Designed to enhance the campus experience of the University’s 400-plus FNMI students, the lounge serves not only as a gathering space, but fosters a sense of community.

“It’s about creating an atmosphere where the traditions of family, culture and spirituality can exist,” says Harnett. “If we are able to give our students a sense of belonging, where they feel welcome to celebrate the history and culture they’ve grown up with, it can only add to their confidence in achieving their educational goals.”

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and his sister Heather Steacy competed in the men’s and women’s hammer throw competitions, respectively. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Gleadle, who left her studies at the University of British Columbia for a year to train with Horns track coach Larry Steinke (BA ‘94), competed in the women’s javelin event, and first-year Pronghorn swimmer Zachary McAllister competed in the Paralympic Games. As of Sept. 1, 2012, Peter Schori is the new head coach and director of swimming for both the U of L Pronghorns and LA Swim Club (LASC). Since 2001, Schori has been

the head coach of the Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club in Medicine Hat, where he coached former Pronghorn swimmer and Canadian Olympian Richard Hortness.

U of L Top-Three in Maclean’s Congratulations! The U of L congratulates all members of our community who recently received awards and recognitions. Here is a sampling: Youth science program manager Kristy Burke (BSc ’08) and Dr. Hans-Joachim (HJ) Wieden (chemistry and biochemistry) were honoured at the 2012 Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Awards. Read more about Burke on page 45. Dr. Glenda Bonifacio (women and gender studies) was a finalist in the 2012 Lethbridge Family Services – Immigrant Services Immigrant Achievement Awards.

This is the highest ranking the U of L has achieved in Maclean’s since the primarily undergraduate category was established in 1992.

(Academic) Dr. Andrew Hakin. “The majority of our students, greater than 70 per cent, come to our University from outside the southern Alberta area, and the reasons they choose the U of L as their destination university are reflected in these rankings and speak to the educational experience they enjoy.”

“This ranking is a tremendous credit to the faculty, staff and students who comprise our University community across all three of our campuses,” says Provost and Vice-President

The U of L achieved its largest ranking gains from a rise in the percentage of overall budget spent on student services, library expenses, and the reputational survey and

The results are in, and this year the U of L claimed a top-three position in Maclean’s magazine ranking of Canadian Universities.

Dr. Tom Droog (LLD ’06) was inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame. Dr. Henry Bergen (LLD ’08); Dr. Reg Bibby (sociology); Karen Collin (BMgt ‘86); Dr. Leonard Haney (LLD ’05); Chancellor Emeritus Dr. James Horsman (LLD ’04); the Hon. Dr. Raymond Speaker (LLD ’03); Heather Steacy, former Pronghorn; James Steacy (BASc ’09); and Dr. Joan Stebbins (LLD ’09) were honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


student awards indicators. Of the 14 indicators used by Maclean’s to construct its rankings, the University gained in seven categories and remained the same in three others. Maclean’s referred to the U of L as “Alberta’s rising research star” and noted its move to second overall in institutional reputation in its class. Maclean’s praise of the University reflects the recent Globe and Mail’s University Report Card, in which the U of L also received a strong review. In this year’s Globe and Mail rankings, the U of L maintained or increased its letter grades in the majority of categories, achieving its highest grades in Campus Atmosphere, Recreation and Athletics, Class Size, StudentFaculty Interaction and Quality of Teaching & Learning.

Northern Campus News This fall, the U of L officially opened its new Edmonton campus location at Concordia University College of Alberta. “By listening to our students and closely following the direction provided by our strategic and academic plans, we believe this

move presents great opportunities for both the U of L and Concordia to work together to meet the needs of Edmonton students in new and innovative ways,” says University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon. “This helps to ensure that more students will have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.”

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The Calgary and Edmonton campuses also welcomed new managers, Dana Corbin (BMgt ’05) and Nicholas Lang’at, respectively. Approximately 900 students are currently attending the U of L campuses in Calgary and Edmonton.

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2012 Alumna of the Year, Dr. Kathryn Preuss,


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By Natasha Evdokimoff (BA ’95, BMgt ’97)

Do scientists believe in fate? If you talk to Dr. Kathryn Preuss (BSc ’95) about her academic life and professional career, you’ll notice a string of coincidences that seem to have led her on a path to her current position as an associate professor at the University of Guelph and a Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Chemistry of Molecular Materials. It started when Preuss was a school kid in Lethbridge, and her father, Dr. Peter Preuss, taught philosophy at the U of L. “I remember going to the Christmas parties, running around and having fun on campus as a child,” recalls Preuss. “The U of L has always been a positive environment for me.” Attending the U of L was therefore pretty much in the cards for Preuss from the beginning. She knew the University well and was aware of its great undergrad reputation across the country. Preuss enrolled at the U of L with the intention of taking her talent for science into the field of medicine. But as it happened, fate once again played its hand. “When you’re a girl and you’re good at science everybody tells you that you should become a doctor, so that’s what I assumed I’d be,” says Preuss. “But then I met Professor René Boeré.” In 1992, Preuss had earned the highest marks among all first-year chemistry students at the U of L. At the end of the year, Boeré approached Preuss about accepting a summer job in his lab. Preuss jumped at the opportunity. She was in need of a job, and the idea of getting paid to do something she was genuinely interested in was too enticing to pass up. She spent that summer conducting experiments on inorganic synthesis and doing all sorts of exciting things that very few first-year undergrad students ever have the chance to do. “It was eye opening,” recalls Preuss. “I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to do all that cool stuff and was building my academic credentials at the same time. Suddenly I realized that it was possible to be a professional chemist, to do research and actually make a living at it.” From there, Preuss’s path took a turn. She focused on obtaining a degree in chemistry and continued to work in various professors’ labs between semesters. Preuss furthered her experiments in inorganic synthesis and later expanded her research to the areas of organic synthesis, thermodynamics and photochemistry. By the time Preuss had finished her undergraduate studies,

she had no fewer than seven published papers to her name – more than most PhD students tend to have on their CVs. She graduated with distinction from the U of L, was awarded the Faculty of Arts & Science Gold Medal (Science) for her achievements and went on to complete a PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Waterloo. Today Preuss is a leading expert in the field of materials science. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s UFA University Faculty Award and the Ontario Government’s Early Research Award. Leading a team of highly skilled graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, her integrity and impassioned approach to research and discovery generate energy and enthusiasm, making her a mentor and a model of excellence for her colleagues and peers. Preuss is well respected for her development and use of sophisticated techniques for the preparation of organic, main-group inorganic and organometallic molecular compounds. Her current research focuses on the rational design and preparation of molecular materials with predictable and/or controllable magnetic properties. Her research is innovative and influential – the magnitude of which only a chemist can truly appreciate. “We are attempting to make bifunctional or multifunctional materials, but our design is unique,” she explains. “We are the first to actually develop thiazyl radicals as ligands in a rational way, and we have added a new class of radicals. We’ve taken the entire metal-radical concept a step further than it has ever been taken before.” Ask her how she feels the University of Lethbridge prepared her for academic achievement and professional success, and Preuss’s response is crystal clear. “My education at the U of L is directly responsible for where I am today,” says Preuss. “If I hadn’t gone to the U of L, met professor Boeré and worked in his lab, I wouldn’t have become a chemist. None of what I’ve done would have been accomplished. The U of L gave me the opportunity to do a lot of really significant research and be recognized for it early on. Attending the U of L definitely gave me a head start and got me going in the right direction, academically and professionally.” It might be hard to prove it, but scientists may just believe in fate after all.


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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, BN ’11 Past President Don Chandler BASc ’73 Directors Neil Boyden BASc ’73, BEd ’85, MEd ’94 Greg Imeson BA ’04 Randy Kobbert BMgt ’86 Ted Likuski BEd ’74 Jeff Milner BFA ’06, BEd ’12 Jan Tanner BA ’04, MA ’06 Board of Governors Reps Kathy Lewis BN ’83, MEd ’99 Kevin Nugent BMgt ’88 Senate Reps Rachel Caldie BMgt ’07 Sharon Malec BEd ’73

Upcoming alumni Events Edmonton: Coffee and Spirit Tasting Nov. 28, 2012 Transcend Coffee (10349 Jasper Ave., Edmonton) Tickets: $20, RSVP by Nov. 23 to Calgary Chapter Food Bank Assistance Dec. 15, 2012 Lend a hand at a local food bank with your fellow alumni. RSVP by Dec. 6 to Calgary Hitmen Hockey Family Night Dec. 28, 2012 Join alumni in a box suite at a Hitmen vs. Hurricanes hockey game. Tickets: $25. Purchase by Dec. 20 by emailing: Annual Scotch Tasting Event March 14, 2013 Lethbridge

Fiat Lux Ring Ceremony May 29, 2013 Aperture sculpture, University of Lethbridge Alumni Celebration May 29, 2013 Students’ Union Ballrooms, University of Lethbridge In recognition of the 2013 Alumni Honour Society inductees ULAA Annual General Meeting June 12, 2013 AH100, University of Lethbridge John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament June 14, 2013 Henderson Lake Golf Club For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit:

Students’ Union Rep Armin Escher Graduate Students’ Association Rep Matthew Wang Calgary Chapter President Brock Melnyk BMgt ’06

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and Alumni Honour Society awards.

To obtain a nomination form, contact Alumni Relations: e-mail or call toll-free 1-866-552-2582. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31, 2012.

Edmonton Chapter President Shannon Digweed PhD ’09 First Nations, Métis and Inuit Chapter Chair Leroy Little Bear BASc ’72, DASc ’04 Contact us: University of Lethbridge Alumni Association 4401 University Drive West Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4 Phone: 403-317-2825 Toll-Free: 1-866-552-2582 E-mail:

Alumni Benefits & Services As a graduate of the University of Lethbridge, you are a lifelong member of the Alumni Association. Stay connected to make the most of your membership. Visit

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The University of Lethbridge proudly held its 45th Anniversary Alumni Homecoming Weekend Oct. 12 to 14. The celebration drew alumni and friends from across Canada back to campus for a full weekend of activities. Events included faculty receptions, guest lectures, award presentations, a scotch tasting, the Faculty Artists and Friends concert, a 60s fashion show, a non-fire bonfire and, of course, the Dine and Dance. Special thanks to all those who celebrated 45 years of bright minds and ideas with us. Visit to view photos from the weekend.


Inaugural Fiat Lux Ring Ceremony

Alumni Golf Tournaments Successful

The inaugural Fiat Lux Ring Ceremony was held on May 30. Alumni were led by Convocation Marshall Dr. Jon Doan (PhD ’06) and a piper to the Aperture sculpture where representatives from the University of Lethbridge and the Alumni Association waited to greet them. That evening, 33 alumni were presented with their Fiat Lux Rings.

Alumni and friends hit the links this summer to raise money for student scholarships and bursaries. The sold-out John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament took place in June and raised more than $24,000. In August, alumni teamed up for the 10th Annual Calgary Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament, which raised more than $7,000. Thanks to the many sponsors and participants who made these events successful.

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HOMECOMING October 12-14, 2012

Scotch Fundraiser Supports Students To celebrate the University of Lethbridge’s 45th anniversary, the Alumni Association introduced a limited edition bottling of Tullibardine (1993) Bourbon Cask Finish Scotch that was sold in support of student bursaries. The campaign, which began mid-September, was a clear hit with alumni as the last few bottles quickly sold out during the homecoming Dine and Dance on Oct. 13. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

ULAA President Kathy Lewis (BN ’83, MEd ’99), right, presents Sharon Malec (BEd ’73) with her Fiat Lux Ring.

The U of L Students’ Union executive – Armin Escher, Brady Schnell, Shuna Talbot and Julia Aldolf – tee up at the John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament.


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Order your OFFICIAL University of Lethbridge alumni ring today. Available for purchase only by University of Lethbridge graduates, the Fiat Lux Ring is an enduring symbol of your achievement and an unmistakable emblem of pride that ties you to the University and your fellow alumni.

Cast in sterling silver, the ring is available in a wide or narrow band and features a number unique to each owner engraved on the inside. For more information or to order, visit

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1970 Marjorie Rigaux BEd ’73 “I have taught three generations of children, lived in Pincher Creek since 1946 and raised seven children. I now have 15 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. One of my grandsons began attending the University of Lethbridge this fall and is playing soccer for the Pronghorns.”

Burke Helps Ignite a Passion for Science Kristy Burke (BSc ’08), manager of youth science programs at the University of Lethbridge, received an Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Foundation Award at its gala reception in Edmonton on Nov. 2. She was also recognized as one of the 2012 Mentor of the Millennium award winners by the Alberta Women’s Science Network earlier this year. Thanks to Burke, the U of L science outreach programming has made great strides over the years. What began with a sleepover camp 10 years ago that invited 16 youths to campus has now grown to a variety of programs that reaches up to 1,500 children per year. Igniting a passion for science, and having the resources to fuel that passion, is what the programs are all about. Burke wants youth

to see the doors that open up for those who have a breadth of science knowledge. “Science is often made so difficult for students at the lower levels that they get turned off of it,” she says. “Our first goal is to have fun and to make fun somehow related to learning. We try to support the curriculum in a lot of our programs and sometimes it’s just a matter of getting their hands dirty and getting into it.” A mother of two, Burke understands how important it is to create positive early experiences for children. She is especially interested in encouraging young girls and minority students to pursue science. Burke is currently working on a master’s degree in education at the U of L under the tutelage of Dr. Leah Fowler.

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Bruce Beck BEd ’77 Beck is teaching music at Eckville Elementry School in Eckville, Alta. Prior to this, Beck taught Grade 5 and music classes at Bluffton School for 31 years. He then retired for several years but still worked as a substitute teacher for Wolf Creek Public Schools. In addition to voice, he also specializes in recorders. Beck plays a tenor recorder with the Red Deer Recorder Consort.

1980 Otto Rapp BFA ’82 “Since 2011, I have resided in Vienna, Austria, and maintain a studio in the same building as Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs. The studio is in the Palais Palffy (which also houses the Phantasten Museum) in downtown Vienna, next to the Hofburg Palace. One of my works is on permanent display at that museum. Since moving to Austria I have participated in several exhibitions, most notably IMAGO at the Barockschloss Riegersburg. Several other exhibitions throughout the rest of this year in Austria and Germany are also scheduled. In 2009 I founded a private network of visionary artists with a handful of friends.

The network has now grown to more than 370 members – most are artists, but we also have art historians, writers, teachers and museum directors among our members. Our public mirrorsite where we display our best work is the Visionary Art Gallery, a site I built and maintain. I still have my home in Lethbridge but will be living mostly in Vienna until at least next summer.” Arlene Robertson BEd ’82 “I have very fond memories of my years at the University of Lethbridge. My degree served me well as I taught for 27 years in Alberta before retiring from full-time teaching. I have one grown child, my son, who in those university years attended the University Day Care, which was very convenient. I have two grandchildren, a grandson who is in Grade 6 and a granddaughter who is in Grade 1. They live with their parents in Cochrane, Alta. While retired, I still do some substitute teaching within Lethbridge and area. I am thoroughly enjoying my retirement years and love Lethbridge. I am proud to say I am a graduate of the University of Lethbridge.” Darvin Babiuk BASc ’85 “I have two new books published this year, both fiction. One a full-length novel entitled Molotov’s Cocktail, and the other an anthology of short stories entitled Nobunaga World.” Caroline Westwood BASc/BEd ’86 “After teaching children with emotional and behavioural disorders in Strathmore, Alta., and Lancaster, Calif., I received an MA in counselling psychology at UBC (1991) and a PhD in counselling psychology at U of C (2002), specializing in play therapy. I am currently working


alMA MATTERS for Alberta Health Services with the children’s specialty neuropsychiatry service in Calgary, and private practice. I recently married in 2010 and am enjoying our new family with two adult stepsons.” Rae Stephens BFA ’88, BA ’92 Stephens is a professional costumer who has recently written The Costumer’s Notebook. This book is a comprehensive handbook for the costumer in stage and film.

1990 Mike Aumond BMgt ’92 “I have been employed by the government of the Northwest Territories for the last 20 years. I am currently working as deputy minister of finance/secretary of the Financial Management Board with the minister of finance and 2011 University of Lethbridge Alumnus of Year J. Michael Miltenberger (BASc ‘75).” Shelley Bridarolli BA ’92, Mgt Certificate ’93 Bridarolli was appointed director of human resources for the electrical components organization at Eaton Corporation. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa, with her husband Glen and children, Sam and Ellie.

Chad Jensen BMgt ’96 Jensen was honoured as BC Homes magazine’s 2011 Residential Construction Person of the Year and named one of the Top 10 Business People in 2009 by Kootenay Business magazine. For the past 15 years, he has been president of New Dawn Developments in Cranbrook, B.C., and is currently a board member of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia. Kari Whan BA ’97 David Whan BA ’99 Kari continues to enjoy working at Cold Lake Elementary School teaching Grade 3, while David is working at Cold Lake High School teaching Grade 9 English and social studies. Nicole Barabe BSc ’98 “I have been employed at Defense Research and Development Canada in Suffield, Alta., since 2000. I am currently a senior research technologist in the biotechnology section working in the area of virology, developing novel vaccine and therapeutics primarily against alphaviruses.” Linda Carney BFA ’98 Carney is currently showing An Intricate

Balance at the Esplanade Art Gallery in Medicine Hat until Dec. 8, 2012. The exhibition features a retrospective of paintings from 1968 to 2011, which are characterized by a delicate beauty and an enduring connection with the land, birds and insects of the West.

2000 Melissa David BA ’02 “After graduating, I made my home in Lethbridge for nine years. I composed prolifically, not only for my own projects, but also for local artists such as Joshua Reuben, who commissioned me to write string quartet arrangements of his compositions, which were performed and recorded by Musaeus. I recorded my first album of solo piano improvisations, entitled Voice of Many Waters, in 2006. The therapeutic nature of the music made it a success in schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities. During the planning and recording of my second album, Sojourn, I met my husband, Toronto-based violinist, Dan David. We married in 2011 and I relocated to Ontario. Though based in Toronto, we travel extensively across North America performing our original music in concert. Our future plans include a video shoot

in Israel for a nationally aired television program, as well as two new albums that are in the planning stages.” Byron Silver BSc ’03, MSc ’06 “I completed an MD from the University of British Columbia in 2011. I am now entering my R2 year in ophthalmology in Vancouver.” Brad Richardson BA ’04 Richardson is working as a southern Alberta marketing manager for Crop Production Services. Natascha Hainsworth BFA ’05 Hainsworth is the general managing director for New West Theatre, replacing Jeremy Mason (BFA ’05), who has moved to the role of artistic director. Jay Merchant BA ’05 “Since graduating from the U of L, I have completed a master’s degree in business law at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, in 2007. I then returned to Canada to work in an executive position in an oil-and-gas firm in Alberta. I migrated to Australia on a Distinguished Talent Visa in 2011 and have since completed a juris doctor degree at Bond University. I was recruited to train and develop the sport of curling in Australia.

Thomas Receives Students’ Union Alumni Achievement Award Dr. Melanee Thomas (BA ’03), who led the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union (ULSU) as president in 2002/03, is the recipient of the Students’ Union Alumni Achievement Award for 2012. Thomas, originally from the Granum area, graduated from the U of L in 2003 with a degree in political science (Great Distinction). She went on to earn an MA in political science with a specialization in Canadian politics from the University of Calgary in 2006, and completed her PhD in political science at McGill University in 2011. Thomas was the Skelton-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellow in Canadian Affairs in the Department of Political Science at


Queens University. Now back in Alberta, she is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary in the Political Science Department. Among numerous awards, Thomas received a Young Woman of Distinction award from the YWCA in 2003 and a Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2005 scholarship for her research into how gender influences the participation of women and men in politics. She also has direct political and election experience as a candidate for the NDP in the Lethbridge riding during the 2004 federal election.

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alMA MATTERS This past September, my mixed doubles partner and I won the Australian National Mixed Doubles Tournament and will compete for Australia at the 2013 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Fredericton, N.B., this coming April.” Sandy Annis BA ’06 “After graduating from the U of L, I received a master’s degree in counselling psychology at another university. I recently finished the rigorous process of becoming a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta. After five years in a counselling agency and time as a clinical supervisor of the counselling department, I decided to step out on my own. I have a successful private practice in Lethbridge. I continue to supervise and support practicum students in the counselling programs from the University of Lethbridge.” Angela Goudman BN ’06 “I am currently finishing a master of nursing (family/all ages - clinical focus) and am teaching full time in the practicalnurse program at NorQuest College in Edmonton.” Erin Davidson BA ’07 “I recently completed training to become a

marine communications and traffic services officer with the Canadian Coast Guard.” Meaghan Kirkpatrick BA ’07 “I received my bachelor of French immersion education from the University of Regina in 2009. I was offered a position teaching in London, England, and worked at Carlton Primary School in Camden from 2009 to 2011. I returned to Canada to teach with Regina Catholic Schools in fall 2011.” Gaina Wagner MEd ’08 Wagner is pursuing a doctor of education in reading at Nova Southeastern University. Mark Anderson BA/BEd ’09 “Hired directly out of University, I’m now in my fourth year of teaching Grade 4 at Napi’s Playground Elementary School in Brocket. Since coming into the community, I have gained much respect and appreciation for the rich Piikani culture. I’ve been learning traditional skills such as hand drum and rattle making, and in turn passing that knowledge on to the First Nations students. “Last year our school piloted an exchange program with Sunnyside School of the Palliser Regional Schools Division.

Hironaka Invested into the Alberta Order of Excellence University of Lethbridge Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Robert Hironaka (DSc ’02) received the Alberta Order of Excellence on Oct. 17 – the highest honour the province has to offer. Hironaka is a respected member of the international scientific community who has also devoted a lifetime of volunteer service to support multiculturalism, education and

those less fortunate in his community. A member of the U of L Senate from 1983 to 1987 and chancellor from 1995 to 1999, he continues to be one of the University’s most devoted supporters. He has been an active member of the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association for several years, serving on many important committees.

(L-R) The Mackinnon brothers – Ryan, Ross, Scott (BA ’07) and Sean. Here they are in Dr. Jon Doan’s (PhD ’06) kinesiology lab after a brief tour of the facilities.

Mackinnon Bikes for Baha This past summer, Scott Mackinnon (BA ’07) and his three brothers (Sean, Ross and Ryan) cycled across Canada to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research to honour their late grandfather, Neville “Baha” Munro. The quest to cross Canada begin May 19 on the B.C. coast and ended July 16 as the brothers dipped their bike tires in the Atlantic Ocean. On May 30, the group reached Lethbridge – a homecoming for Mackinnon and an opportunity to show off the University community he grew so close to during his time on the Pronghorn men’s basketball team. “Coming through Lethbridge was the best thing that happened to us,” he says. “We were pretty inexperienced touring cyclists so once we got through the mountains, Lethbridge was a key morale

boost for us. It was great to see Travis Grindle (BA ’97), Eoin Colquhoun (BA ’02), coach Dave Adams (BEd ’82) and a lot of the people I really respect and look up to. The effort they put in to help us – we were all taken aback by it.” The group spent two nights in Lethbridge, participated in an evening fundraiser, met with kinesiology professor Dr. Jon Doan (PhD ’06), toured his lab and learned about his work with local Parkinson’s patients. Mackinnon, who went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education at Queen’s University, just completed his first year of teaching at an international school in Manila. Read more about the Mackinnon brothers’ journey on their blog:


alMA MATTERS We each spent one full day at one another’s school, sharing cultural backgrounds and having fun. The exchange was a great success and we plan to continue the program with the hopes of expanding it to other Lethbridge area schools.” Miranda Grol BA ’09 Grol is the head of collections at the Fort Museum in Fort Macleod. She is co-curator of the Caring for the Collection exhibition at the Helen Christou Gallery. The

exhibition runs until Dec. 24, 2012. Kristina Thornton BFA ’09 Thornton obtained an MA in art history from Queen’s University.

2010 Felix Aladedunye PhD ’11 Aladedunye was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for a research stay in Germany at the Max Rubner-Institut.

(L-R) Jessica Fox (BA/BEd ’05, MEd ’12), Amanda Fox (BSc ’02, MEd ’12), Jacinta Fox (BASc ’83, BEd ’02, MEd ’12), Jenny Fox (BA/BEd ’03, MEd ’12) and Samantha Fox (BA/BEd ’03, MEd ’12).

FOX FIVE Five members of the Fox family crossed the stage at Spring 2012 Convocation. Two sisters, Jenny and Jacinta Fox, along with two of Jenny’s daughters, Jessica

and Amanda, and niece Samantha, made the May 31 Convocation celebration very special. The Fox Five graduated with MEd degrees in the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Curriculum Leadership Program.

ART ABROAD Denton Fredrickson (BFA ’01), John Granzow (BA ’99, MSc ’10), Michael Granzow (BA ’06, MA ’10) and Hongchan Choi, collectively called Deckle Group, had a sound installation at the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon in France in June 2012.

David Hoffos (BFA ’94), Mary-Anne McTrowe (BFA ’98) and Daniel Wong (BFA ’03) earned spots in the Oh, Canada exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Teaching Excellence Congratulations to the following alumni who received the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence:

James Jackson BEd ’91 (Ralph McCall School, Airdrie, Alta.)

Darren Vaast BA ’94 (Glendale School, Calgary, Alta.)

Jennifer Dusyk-Johnson BSc/BEd ’96 (Cold Lake High School, Cold Lake, Alta.)

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Hogue Clears a Path to Post-Secondary Science Programs for Aboriginal Learners The Canadian Education Association (CEA) has awarded Dr. Michelle Hogue (MEd ’04), assistant professor and coordinator of the First Nations Transition Program at the University of Lethbridge, the 2012 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education for her work in improving attendance, engagement and success for Aboriginal learners. Hogue’s research blends required curricular and institutional demands with narrative and arts practices that, with holistic knowledge, have the potential to change science education for Aboriginal learners. In addition to working with students at the University of Lethbridge, Hogue is conducting research and developing new teaching practices in a pilot project with high school students, educators and administrators on the Blackfoot (Kainai) Reserve in Southern Alberta, located just west of Lethbridge.

With innovative teaching methods that integrate drama, narrative and cultural stories into chemistry education, Hogue theoretically and directly addresses science, specifically chemistry, which is one major barrier to further studies in health, counselling, medicine, pharmacy and other sciencerelated professions. “My doctoral research (University of Calgary, 2011) focused on Aboriginal individuals who had been successful at post-secondary education, particularly in the sciences, an incredible feat in light of their academic challenges,” says Hogue. “Their stories of experience and their success fuel my driving passion to enable Aboriginal success in the Western education system.” Hogue presented her research and was formally recognized with the Pat Clifford Award at the CEA Council Meetings on Oct. 24 in Toronto.

Influential Alumni Make the List University of Lethbridge President Emeritus Dr. Howard Tennant (LLD ‘05) and alumnus Ryan Johnson (BSc ‘98, MSc ‘00) were both honoured as two of Alberta Venture Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People of 2012. Tennant led the U of L from 1987 to 2001 and since his retirement has remained a member of the Faculty of Management. In

In Memoriam The University of Lethbridge wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the following members of the University community: Gordon Hirabayashi DA ’98 Passed away on January 2, 2012

Bradley Kuhl BA ’91 Passed away on July 2, 2012

Vera Bissett (née Sylvester) BEd ’72 Passed away on January 8, 2012

Alex Harper Former Senate member Passed away on July 24, 2012

Gordon Russell Professor Emeritus Passed away on January 11, 2012 Michael Robinson Former Faculty member Passed away on January 29, 2012 Judith Furukawa BASc ’72 Passed away on February 23, 2012

Malcolm Earl BEd ’76 Passed away on July 30, 2012 Dorothy Dunn BEd ’68 Passed away on August 7, 2012 Barkley Kendall BMgt ’94 Passed away on August 8, 2012

Larry Yanick BEd ’72 Passed away on March 4, 2012

Phyllis Medhurst Former Senate member Passed away on August 30, 2012

Steven Hall BMgt ’04 Passed away on March 9, 2012

Mark Ellingson BASc ’72 Passed away on August 31, 2012

Jean Poile BEd ’74 Passed away on March 17, 2012

Wyatt Lewis BA ’01 Passed away on September 1, 2012

Barbara Rushforth (née Jurcic) BMgt ’02 Passed away on March 17, 2012

Menino Furtado BEd ’69, BASc ’71 Passed away on September 4, 2012

Heather Turner BASc ’80 Passed away on March 30, 2012

Lloyd Johnston Former Senate member Passed away on September 5, 2012

Marilyn Macht BMgt ’83 Passed away on April 5, 2012

Delani Kela BASc ’84 Passed away on September 6, 2012

Robert Anderson Professor Emeritus Passed away on April 7, 2012

Donald Birchfield Faculty member Passed away on September 7, 2012

Lucien Needham Retired Faculty member Passed away on April 12, 2012

Peter Lougheed LLD ’88 Passed away on September 13, 2012

Henry Peard BEd ’75 Passed away on April 16, 2012

2011, he co-chaired the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel.

Roy Montgomery Former Senate member Passed away on April 19, 2012

Johnson, CEO of BlackBridge Geomatics, is the world’s fourth largest private owner of space-based satellites. As well as partnering with the University on imaging education and equipment use, BlackBridge is investing in technology to support high-tech startups.

Wayne Smeland BMgt/BEd ’96 Passed away on April 21, 2012 Michael Mclean BA ’02 Passed away on May 3, 2012 Keith Parry Professor Emeritus Passed away on May 15, 2012 Nelbert Little Mustache Mgt Certificate ’98 Passed away on June 8, 2012

Daniel Hirsche BA ’95 Passed away on September 18, 2012 Marnie Hiscock BMgt ’00 Passed away on September 30, 2012 Anthony Pomahac Former Health Centre Physician Passed away on October 1, 2012 Paul Hawryluk MEd ’86 Passed away on October 15, 2012

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