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Peter Schori takes over the Horns swim program
Dr. Tom Hazell will get you fit in 30 minutes or less
Dr. Martin Lalumiere searches for answers
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The University of Lethbridge is ready to take its food services to a new level and has entered the marketplace in search of a provider that will meet the contemporary needs of today.
BY TREVOR KENNEY
ood plays a major role in our lives. Far more than just providing sustenance, the food we eat and the meals we share help establish a culture, frame our celebrations and serve as a common ground. Breaking bread shapes who we are. Jim Booth, executive director of Ancillary Services, recognizes that, and he also is keenly aware that food services at the University of Lethbridge have been lacking. “Food service is a gap right now in the student experience being offered by the University,” says Booth. “It needs to go from mediocre to great – we need that wow factor.”
“This is our opportunity to really sit down and discuss what food services can and should be.” JIM BOOTH
To that end, for the first time in 30 years, the University has extended a Request for Proposal (RFP) to three food service providers as it looks to completely overhaul its delivery of catering and food services. “We strive to be a destination university and the student experience on campus is paramount to achieving that goal,” says Booth. “Food services touches everybody multiple times in a day. It can make your day or it can ruin your day.” Sodexo, and its previous incarnations, has been the sole food service provider to the University since 1982, and over the course of the last 30 years, its relationship with the U of L community has seen both ups and downs. “That continual service I think has served us well,” says Booth. “I think it’s been a good partnership, but this past 24 months has been a
real challenge and they’ve had great difficulty in getting the right people, the right leadership to achieve the consistency of service and quality we require, whether it was in retail or catering services.” Booth initiated an expression of interest to feel out the food services marketplace and found several providers eager to come to campus. After reviewing initial proposals, an invitation-only RFP was sent out to Aramark, Chartwells and the incumbent provider, Sodexo. “It’s time for us to revisit how we deliver food services to our campus community,” says Booth. “Looking forward to the next 10 years and beyond, we need someone who can keep things fresh and edgy. What we are faced with today is a need to differentiate ourselves. It is all about the experience and we need a partner that can deliver that experience.” And while the RFP is a nuts and bolts logistical document, Booth intends to mesh that with community feedback gleaned from a series of surveys and World Cafés that will be initiated later this month. “In the past, we’ve had surveys that asked the transactional questions and we’ve responded by changing menus and so forth, but we’ve never really thought beyond that,” says Booth. “This is about defining our culture, about finding what is unique to the University of Lethbridge and how food services relates to our strategic goals and priorities. If we get the right partner, our food services will fully mesh with that thinking, which will make them very successful and will also help us create that student experience we desire.” A total of six World Cafés will be held, Sept. 25, 26 and 27, in the Students’ Union Ballroom A. Four sessions will be open to anyone interested in attending, including students, staff and faculty. The other two will be dedicated to residence students and those individuals who primarily use the catering services. As well, surveys targeting the general University community, residence students and catering clients, will take place the weeks of Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.
“This is our opportunity to really sit down and discuss what food services can and should be at the University of Lethbridge,” says Booth. “This will add the colour and flavor of our institution to these organizations and how they interpret the results and how they respond will be critical.” Following the close of the RFP on Oct. 25, a committee will review the submissions from the competing service providers throughout the month of November. A new contract will be signed on May 1, 2013, allowing for a summer transition and training period before a soft launch and then full launch of new services in the fall when students return to campus. “It comes down to people and to leadership,” says Booth of who will win the contract. “It also comes down to having individuals that are a part of our community and consider this a partnership – they have to be as committed to the student experience as we are.”
G E T T H E FA C T S • Booth estimates the new
food services contract to be worth $40 to $50 million over its 10-year course
• Part of the new contract will require the service provider to bring in capital dollars for renovations of food service areas
• Some of the challenges
facing food service providers include responding to individual dietary needs such as food allergies and sensitivities, meeting the demands of an ever-growing international student segment, incorporating local brands and presenting healthier eating alternatives
• An invitation to the World
Café sessions will be posted on the Notice Board
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OPENMike University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon chats about what’s happening in the University community
Fall is always such an invigorating time at the University and I’m excited to welcome everybody to campus to begin another academic year. Whether you are a new student, staff or faculty member, or are returning from a summer break, it’s great to have the campus bustling with energy again. As you make your way around the University, you’ll no doubt notice many of the physical changes that have taken place over the summer as well as some of the ongoing projects that continue to reshape and redefine our culture. Now in our 45th year, the University has grown and matured dramatically since its
inception, and with a rapidly changing post-secondary landscape, must continue to evolve to meet the needs of our students and society as a whole. In the spring, I released an Open Letter to the University community that began the discussion about the future direction of the U of L. It was a means to introduce some initial thoughts on our strategic goals and priorities and to bring forth questions related to our future direction. Now, it is time to hear from you. What do you think about the future of the University of Lethbridge? What does it mean to you that we are Alberta’s Destination University and how
CAMPUS The University’s Lets’ Talk Science program, under the guidance of Dr. Ute Kothe (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was recently awarded the prestigious Friends of 51 Award by Lethbridge School District #51 thanks to the many ways in which the University connects youth in the community to science. Dr. Shelley Scott (Drama), visiting exchange professor at Hokkai-Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan, and Bill Tice (BFA ’87) provided a lecture at Hokkai-Gakuen as part of the 2012 English Lounge Series. Tice talked about his painting practice, which depicts the Canadian landscape, and Scott discussed directing U of L theatre productions. The University of Lethbridge’s Board of Directors Executive Committee recently approved the granting of Emeritus status to three distinguished members of the University community. The following designations are now official: Don MacDonald,
does that shape the work you do for the University today and in the future? What is your vision in terms of continuing to grow as a comprehensive university and how do you see the future structure of our university reflecting our academic and research aspirations? I encourage you to take another look at the Open Letter (www.uleth.ca/president/ presentations-communication) and to think of the themes introduced. There will be various opportunities for your feedback and your ideas will help shape the future direction of the University of Lethbridge. The first such opportunity is the Sept. 27 Fiat Lux Address,
Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) Emeritus; Doug Parker, Executive Director (Facilities) Emeritus; Karen Clearwater, Associate VicePresident (Financial Planning) Emeritus. Adam Mason (Music) and the U of L Global Drums Steel Band toured Trinidad and Tobago, where they met with the National Minister of Culture in June. Denton Fredrickson, (BFA ’01; Art faculty), 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 Biliotheque Municipal de Lyon in France in June. Denton Fredrickson, John Granzow and Chris Chafe (composer and scientist, Stanford University) under their collaboration name, Zombie Taxa, have an exhibition at the San Jose Biennial (Zero Biennial), opening Sept. 15.
Alison Nussbaumer, formerly the University librarian, has accepted a three-year reappointment as Interim Dean (Internationalization). Dr. Chris Nicol, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, has added the title of acting University librarian to his duties through June 20, 2013.
which will be given by Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Andrew Hakin. The theme of his presentation is liberal education, how we now define it at the University of Lethbridge and what it means to us going forward. This is an excellent opportunity to not only hear Dr. Hakin’s interpretation, but it is a forum at which you can bring your ideas to the fore in an open discussion. On Oct. 1, a Strategic Priorities Forum will present another opportunity for the University community to engage in the decision-making process. Born out of the President’s Task Force on Budget Process, this forum is
designed to create greater transparency around priority setting from senior leaders across the institution. Look for further communication in the UWeekly newsletter, on campus web pages and on digital signage for times and locations of upcoming forums as these are a valuable opportunity to give a voice to your ideas – the people who make the University of Lethbridge such a wonderful and unique community.
SURVEY POLICY DESIGNED TO ASSIST COMPILING GOOD DATA The number-crunching experts in Institutional Analysis are reminding the U of L community that if you wish to conduct a survey or distribute survey information to students or employees, they can help define how best to do that, and also ensure that the survey process follows the policy and guidelines approved by the Board of Governors on December 16, 2010. The policy was developed to avoid ‘over-surveying’ people and also to ensure that no Free-
dom of Information Privacy (FOIP) or improper data collection issues take place. If you are planning a survey for any segment of the U of L community – or are looking to participate in an externally-designed survey which would be made available to or distributed to employees or students – please visit this website [www.uleth.ca/analysis/surveys/survey-policy] or contact Institutional Analysis to learn more about the survey policy.
Taras Polataiko (Art) has his interactive exhibition entitled Sleeping Beauty at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kiev. Rae (Alexander) Stephens (BFA ’88, BA ’92), is a professional costumer who recently had his book The Costumer’s Notebook launched. Chris Eagan, executive director of the Department of Facilities, received the Pacesetter Award from the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) for demonstrating significant service to the APPA organization. Eagan was lauded for his leadership in managing modern, energy conserving facilities.
The University community is invited to the second annual Fiat Lux Address, featuring Dr. Andrew Hakin, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 3 to 4 p.m. University Theatre
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Summer campus projects give new look
CCBN RENOVATION CREATES ENHANCED RESEARCH AREA
Research technician Aubrey Demchuk prepares an experiment in the CCBN’s new in situ lab that offers much more space than the previous lab.
BY JAMIE WOODFORD The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) has undergone some major renovations in the past few months to improve the space where world-renowned research is being conducted. The former in situ lab at the CCBN was quickly outgrowing the needs of the expanding Polaris Brain Dynamics Research Group at the University of Lethbridge. But thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a new, larger lab and animal facility – an addition of 224-square metres – has been built to better suit researchers’ needs. The new lab is a modern space with the capacity to operate multiple workstations simultaneously. Previously, researchers would have to travel from room to room to gather supplies or use a particular piece of equipment, while changing lab coats and other protective gear between rooms. Research technicians Valérie Lapointe and Aubrey Demchuk, who help to manage the lab and assist undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and principal investigators with their research, say the extra space has greatly improved their working conditions. “The room where we were doing the experiments before was very tiny. We could only work with a few people at a time, and we’d kind of walk on one another,” says Lapointe, who was part of the planning and design process for the new in situ lab. “It’s nice that it is bigger and that everything is here in one room.” “We’re really lucky to have as much space as we have now,” says Demchuk.
The new quad area north of Markin Hall promises to give the University another parkland setting, complete with rolling hills and well-lit walking paths.
BY JAMIE WOODFORD
s another academic year gets underway, new and returning students, staff and faculty will see some significant changes to the U of L’s physical campus. The Department of Facilities and its Project Management Office have been working diligently to create and renovate a variety of new and improved spaces. This past summer was one of the largest building seasons the University has ever seen – about $30 million worth – making our campus the busiest building site south of Calgary. While construction crews have been working around the clock and most projects are near completion, not all are finished. The Facilities department appreciates everyone’s patience as crews wrap up the remaining construction, and ask that all posted signs be obeyed to ensure everyone’s safety. The second and final phase of the mechanical upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the University Centre for the Arts should be done by early September. A typical break-in period of new equipment is expected to follow. The project will not only improve air quality but also create a more energy efficient building operation. Several areas of the PE Building are also wrapping up construction, including the finishing touches on the south plaza entrance as well as the indoor PE staircase, both of which should be open by October. The newly renovated day-use change rooms in the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre should also be operational by early October. The nearby
underground Physical Education Tunnel re-opened just prior to the first day of classes. The new sports medicine clinic in PE100, the area below the south end of the running track, is on schedule to open by the end of September. Once complete, the clinic will feature physiotherapy and exam rooms, treatment areas and doctor’s offices. The University Quad north of Markin Hall, featuring a core open space surrounded by small rolling hills, well-lit sidewalks and landscaping should be ready for use by October. The final details of the parking lot redevelopment will also conclude later this month. The lots have been redesigned to offer more practical parking and improve pedestrian safety. Phase 2 of the parking lot project will get underway in spring 2013. Perhaps the biggest project on campus, the ongoing construction of the 259-bed Aperture Park residence is on schedule and set to open July 2013. Off campus, the downtown Penny Building will undergo renovations starting mid-September. Details on these projects can be found at www.uleth. ca/facilities. For more information on any of these projects, contact Brian Sullivan at 403-329-2592
Dr. Bruce McNaughton, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Polaris Research Chair, says many projects were put on hold until the new lab could be built. “We now have an outstanding neural imaging facility for both live animal imaging and quantitative microscopy. As well as an integrated center for neuroscience data analysis, with workstations connected to our parallel supercomputing facility,” he says. “These new facilities will enable a big increase in lab productivity and the output of high quality basic and preclinical neuroscience.” When it came to building the lab, most of the work was in the details, says project manager Brad Robinson. “You can see, the counters are just full of lab equipment, so I had to do elevation views of each wall and know where each piece of equipment was going, where the plug was going, where the data plug was going, where the light switches were going, where the thermostats were going and so on. I had to know where everything needed to be logistically to create a well-organized, functioning lab,” he says. The rodent research facility at CCBN also received an overhaul. It now features 45 animal experiment/research rooms, six surgery suites, a quarantine room, seven animal housing rooms, an MRI room, an MPE (multiphoton electron) microscope room and an optical imaging room equipped with specialized LED surgical lights and Nederman gas extractor arms that can be placed almost anywhere near a surgery table to exhaust vapours. Making renovations to the CCBN’s animal facility wasn’t without its challenges. Construction work can severely impact research. Simply drilling a hole into the drywall contaminates a room. The preparation and planning to shut down an area of the facility can take longer than the actual construction work, but if the proper precautions are not taken, the entire animal facility could be contaminated and thousands of hours of research work would be lost. “Shutting down parts of the building to tie the new infrastructure into the existing infrastructure was a real team effort,” says Robinson.
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Have you given to SOS yet? BY KALI MCKAY
s students fill hallways and classrooms signaling the start of another semester at the University of Lethbridge, their presence begs the question: have you made your contribution to Supporting Our Students (SOS) yet this year? The new 2012/13 SOS campaign Co-Chairs, Dr. Jon Doan (PhD ’06) and Judy Jaeger, are interested in your answer as they prepare to launch this year’s campaign. “The students are back and they need our help,” says Jaeger, manager of caretaking services and a long-time supporter of the campaign. The campaign, which will officially kick off at an event on Wednesday, Sept. 19, has a strong history of support at the U of L. Since its inception in 2005, more than 650 University faculty, staff and retirees have contributed more than $1.5 million toward student scholarships and bursaries. “This type of support sends a strong message to students,” says Doan, a professor in kinesiology and physical education. “It shows them that the people who work here are willing to personally invest in their success.” Through their work on campus, both Doan and Jaeger interact with students regularly and have seen the difference scholarships and bursaries can make. These Co-Chairs insist, though, that it’s not only students who benefit from the campaign – faculty and staff have a lot to gain by making a gift.
Dr. Glenda Bonifacio recently attended the Second International Colloquium on Borders and Cultural Diversity
Supporting Our Students Co-Chairs Dr. Jon Doan and Judy Jaeger.
“Working here isn’t about punching in and punching out. This really is a community and everyone has a role to play,” explains Doan, who maintains faculty and staff have tremendous influence. “Giving is a great way to help strengthen our community and ensure that your own personal values and interests are represented here.” Jaeger notes that her own gifts have allowed her to support students like those who work in her department. “We have a lot of students who work casually or even part and full time,” says Jaeger, who established a bursary a few years ago to help students in financial need. “I see how they struggle
Join us as we launch the 2012/13 Supporting Our Students campaign. Make your 2012 gift in by September 28 and you will be entered into a draw to win a prize from the U of L bookstore! Visit uleth.ca/giving to make a donation today.
and how hard they have to work to make ends meet.” For faculty and staff considering making a gift, Doan offers a word of advice: “Find an area that’s meaningful for you and support it. Contributing to the campaign helps students, but it also creates a sense of community on this campus that we all benefit from.” For more information on Supporting Our Students or to make your contribution today, visit www.uleth.ca/giving/supporting-our-students. Make your 2012 gift by September 28 and you will be entered into a draw to win a prize from the U of L Bookstore.
Wednesday, September 19 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Program 11:30 a.m. University Hall, 6th level patio 4
CONFERENCE CONTINUES RELATIONSHIP WITH BRAZIL BY BOB COONEY Dr. Glenda Bonifacio (women and gender studies) was one of two Canadian researchers invited to the Second International Colloquium on Borders and Cultural Diversity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over the summer. Bonifacio, who studies a wide range of topics relating to gender and migration, discussed her research about constructing labour identities of female workers who have left their countries of origin, mostly from developing economies, to seek better opportunities for themselves and their families in postcolonial contexts. Bonifacio says that in Brazil, there is also a high rate of return migration, which made her research and presentation particularly relevant to the local participants. Her work and the relationships built through the meetings will have productive spinoffs in her classes and future research projects. “The conference covered topics on cultural diversity, development and sustainability; these are important concepts in a globalizing world with local applications,” she says. “We also talked about the concern for the rights of marginalized communities, the business model driving growth and development at the expense of the environment; the intersections of gender and race. These are all part of my research and
courses and will become part of my class discussions.” The international speakers were invited by the host institutions, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Bonifacio says that she is working on a possible international collaboration with a postdoctoral fellow at UFRJ on return migration, and has had discussions with UERJ, which is also open to international collaboration. Her visit is one of several made by U of L representatives in the past year. U of L President Mike Mahon was part of a significant Canadian delegation to Brazil in May, while the U of L recruitment team has joined a number of Canadian-sponsored efforts to bring students to Canada from Brazil. There are presently five Brazilian students studying at the U of L and, just this week, the U of L welcomed two more students from Brazil who are attending classes as part of a unique program called Science Without Borders. Through this program, Brazilian students receive funding (for tuition, room & board, travel and other fees) to study at an overseas university for one year. They complete one semester of English training, one semester of undergraduate studies and a four-month research or industry placement.
athletics AT T H E U
Coaches Scott Whiteside and Judy Zanger (front, left to right) are flanked by students Rayna Fraser, Sloan Fraser, Ailene McMahon, Kate Takeda, Victoria Bedard, Meaghan Primeau and Jaidyn Nobert.
GYMNASTIC PROGRAM GETS NEW FACILITY, OPPORTUNITY BY BOB COONEY
New head swim coach Peter Schori is enthused about the future of the Horns swimming program.
Schori sees no limits BY TREVOR KENNEY
eter Schori has no qualms about saying he has long coveted the head coaching position with the Pronghorns swim team. Similarly, he has no problem declaring that there are no limits to what this team can achieve. “I am absolutely thrilled to be here,” says Schori, who was born in Gainesville, Fla. but grew up primarily in Calgary. “I’ve wanted this job for a long time and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the next few years.”
“I’ve wanted this job for a long time and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the next few years.”
Schori comes to the U of L having worked wonders with the Marlin Aquatic Club in Medicine Hat the last 11 years. Schori had left an assistant’s role with Calgary’s Cascade Swim Club to go to Medicine Hat in 2001, seeking a head coaching position and smaller community to set down roots.
Since then, he has been busy putting the Marlin club on the map, producing elite level swimmers that included both world championship and Olympic participants. “What we were able to do in Medicine Hat is pretty unique in terms of producing the high performance swimmers we did out of a tiny club and tiny town,” says Schori. “I went in there with the belief, and I told them this, “You can get there from here, you don’t have to be in Calgary”, and they did. “Honest to goodness, I don’t see a limit in terms of what we can accomplish here in Lethbridge.” Schori coveted the Horns job because it allows him to grow professionally and move into a high performance setting. His work in Medicine Hat was primarily with pre post-secondary swimmers and he’s excited about the chance to work with young men and women. “The facilities here are great, the size of the community is awesome and there’s just a different feel to a university community than a city or town that does not have a university,” he says. His wife Staci (BFA ’08, BEd ’10) is a U of L alumna and the couple just recently welcomed daughter Willow into their lives. A competitive swimmer growing up, Schori is quick to downplay his talents in the pool. “My standard line is that if I get in the water I lose cred-
ibility,” he deadpans, admitting that he actually fell just shy of a national caliber level. What he learned as a swimmer who almost made it is reflective in the way he coaches today. “I was good enough to understand the sport very well but I had my shortcomings, and I think if I’d had a little more support in terms of coaching, it would have helped me at the time,” he says. “Some people can use the experience of going to an Olympics to help teach, whereas I can bring the experience of some of the things I struggled with to help teach.” Schori isn’t blind to the challenges he faces. His Canada West rivals at the University of Calgary and University of British Columbia boast National Training Centres, while American colleges and universities have come into Lethbridge and wooed some of the best young swimmers away from the Horns program. But he’s willing to fight the fight and believes the Horns can win a few battles along the way. “It’s tough when an American school can come here offering $120,000 in scholarship money but at the end of the day, that’s just four years of schooling, and we can provide that too,” Schori says. “We have everything we need here. What we need to do is convince the best student/athlete swimmers that this will be the environment that they can achieve their true potential.”
It’s been a pasta warehouse, a furniture store and, now, a place where people will be flying through the air with the greatest of ease. The University of Lethbridge Sport and Recreation team and its students are jumping for joy at the prospect of a significantly expanded gymnastics facility located in Plaza 1, on 13th St. N (just south of the Canadian Tire store). The 10,000 sq. ft., air-conditioned space will allow for significant expansion to the U of L’s offcampus gymnastics programming, including more space for trampolines, tumbling, aerial/trapeze activities, plus a child and adult ‘circus school’ concept. Currently, more than 900 students of all ages participate in more than six types of gymnastics, competing both provincially and nationally.
The new space and programming will allow for an additional 200 to 300 participants, including adults who might want to consider gymnastics as a fitness experience. As well, the facility will be used for kinesiology classes, and groups such as the U of L Cheer Team, a community Aikido martial arts group, a local judo club and other organizations. Rental for birthday parties is also part of the new concept. Sport and Recreation Services offers programming on and off campus to more than 11,000 people each year, including summer camps, specialty sports camps and intramural activities for U of L students. For more information on programming, contact Sport and Recreation Services at 403-329-2706, or visit the website at www.uleth.ca/ sportrec
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Hazell enthusiastic about research future BY TREVOR KENNEY
r. Tom Hazell has got a deal for you. Give him just 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week, and your return is a loss of fat mass and gain in muscle mass that rivals and even betters longer and more sustained workout regimens. No, it’s not an infomercial pitch; rather it’s laboratory research that shows intense
G E T T H E FA C T S • Hazell has also studied whole body vibration and how combining workouts with vibration plates can further stimulate muscles and burn more calories • Born and raised in Hamilton, Ont., Hazell moved to Lethbridge with his fiancé, who is originally from Calgary. She is working as an educational assistant with autistic children in Lethbridge School District No. 51 • He has been wowed by the facilities at the U of L, particularly the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness. “Having been at McMaster, Windsor, Western and McGill, the U of L’s facilities really are state-of-theart and I think people are spoiled if they don’t realize it. This is one of the nicest gyms I’ve ever been in.”
PEERS BRINGING MESSAGE TO CAMPUS BY CARLY ADAMS, JASON LAURENDEAU AND SUZANNE LENON One of the highlight speaking events of the fall semester will take place Monday, Oct. 1 when the University welcomes Danielle Peers to campus for her talk entitled Interrogating Disability: The De-Composition of a Recovering Paralympian. Co-sponsored by the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, the University of Lethbridge Office of the President and numerous departments and organizations on campus, this event promises to have wide appeal, as Peers’s work is pro-
interval training can not only provide the results many people are looking for when they go to the gym, but also can do so in a quick and efficient manner. Hazell is one of the University’s newest recruits, a member of the Department of Kinesiology who came on board in August. A week after he’d arrived, he was one of four keynote speakers at the Exercise Physiologists of Western Canada Conference hosted by the U of L. “It was great to get thrown into things quickly and really good to get exposure to the Western Canadian kinesiologists,” says Hazell, who earned bachelor, master’s and PhD designations in kinesiology at McMaster, Windsor and Western universities, respectively. He also did a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric nutrition at Montreal’s McGill University. Young, athletic and a former hockey player, Hazell says he excelled at both sports and science while growing up, pointing him towards the study of kinesiology. He knew he found his calling as a professor when he first started giving lectures as a master’s student. “I don’t really consider it working because it’s my passion and what I’m interested in,” says Hazell. “If I’m not here in the lab or teaching, I’ll be at home reading the latest articles trying to find things that I can incorporate into my research – it’s just what I love to do.” His work in investigating interval training techniques really took shape during the first few years of his PhD studies. Using the universally renowned Wingate Anaerobic Test (pedaling a mechanically braked bicycle ergometer), he and his team discovered that 30-second
vocative, interdisciplinary and creative. Peers is a Trudeau and Vanier scholar who studies the relationship between disability, sport and social justice movements in Canada. The timing of her talk could not be better, coming on the heels of the Paralympic Games in London, Eng. Bringing Peers to the U of L is a coup for organizers. An activist filmmaker, performance artist, former Paralympic athlete, wheelchair basketball coach and community organizer, Peers is a sought-after speaker. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and has been involved in research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Sport Science Association of Alberta. Her academic
Dr. Tom Hazell is in the midst of setting up his lab space as he begins his U of L career.
bursts of all-out effort, followed by four minutes of rest and repeated four to six times in a session yielded potent results.
“One of the main reasons I got into being a professor was to mentor students.”
DR. TOM HAZELL
“Within two weeks we found you could increase your VO2 max (maximal aerobic capacity) by 10 per cent, and this in just over six sessions,” says Hazell. “We then did a six-week study where the main outcome
Danielle Peers is a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar.
was body composition and we found that participants lost a similar amount of fat mass and gained lean mass with about one third the training volume similar to doing 30 to 60-minute runs on a treadmill.” It’s not as easy as it sounds though, because all-out really means all-out. “You really have to be motivated because all-out is difficult to do for 30 seconds. After about 10 seconds you’re completely fatigued and you still have to push for another 20 seconds,” says Hazell. Working at the U of L, he sees multiple opportunities to collaborate with his colleagues in kinesiology on projects that will take this research to the next level. “The question I want to start tackling now is what else is this training doing? How does it
affect your appetite, so let’s look at the physiology of it,” he says. “I’d like to eventually get the funding to get some equipment so that I can look at the bone aspect of this. Can interval training help osteoporotic people who otherwise can’t do impact exercise for any sustained time stimulate bone growth or even minimize bone loss?” Right now, he’s just looking at filling out his lab and getting as many students involved in his research as possible. “One of the main reasons I got into being a professor was to mentor students,” he says. “Some of the relationships I had with students who were senior to me, or my advisors, are lifelong. Both my PhD and master’s advisors are now two of my better friends, and those are some of the relationships that drove me to do what I do.”
writings have appeared in such scholarly venues as Disability and Society, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, and Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. Several U of L faculty members teach Peers’s work in their classes on campus. In her talk, Peers will weave personal stories, creative writing and critical disability theory to explore how the daily questioning and storytelling about disability serve to create certain kinds of disabled (and able-bodied) subjects. She will revisit her own experiences of diagnosis, Paralympic classification, basketball games, media interviews, conversations and internal struggles to consider how she has been composed, and has decomposed herself as a disabled Paralympian. The event provides a valuable forum for intellectual
discussion and it is an important opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff, to hear a provocative and engaging speaker who will challenge us all to think about the ways in which particular bodies are constructed as the “Other.” Organizers of the event include Drs. Carly Adams (kinesiology and physical education), Jason Laurendeau (sociology) and Suzanne Lenon (women and gender studies). The event is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. in the SU Ballroom and is free and open to the public. Following Peers’s talk, there will be a reception with light refreshments. Peers will also meet with interested graduate students at a luncheon earlier on Oct. 1 as well as speak to undergraduate classes on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
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SAFEWALK LOOKING FOR GREATER VISIBILITY, USE For more than 10 years, the University’s Security Services office has been offering the Safewalk program to students, staff and faculty. Now, they want to take that program to another level. “It’s not being used as much as we would like,” says Security Supervisor Al Hill. “Over the course of an academic year, we’ll probably only get 40 to 50 calls, so there is definitely room for many more.” Safewalk allows persons on campus to call 403-3801888 to request a safety team (one male, one female student) to accompany them anywhere they’d like to go on campus. This can include walks from offices to the parking lot and so on. “It’s not a program that was put in because we have a problem, rather it’s something we provide to our students, staff and faculty to give them peace of mind and to prevent possible problems,” says Hill. Student teams are hired in early September to take part in the program, which is offered from late September through the end of April. Hours of operation for Safewalk are 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. “I’ve talked to people who have worked here for years and didn’t know we have a Safewalk program, whereas others think it is just for students,” adds Hill. “We’d really like to increase the profile of Safewalk so that everybody understands how they can take advantage of it.” Hill also wants to make it clear that should anyone on campus need an escort outside of Safewalk’s regular hours, their officers will be happy to oblige. “After hours, all you have to do is call the Security Services office at 403-3292549 and we’ll send a team out to escort you anywhere you need to go on campus.”
Dr. Martin Lalumiere is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He studies the etiology of sexual aggression, the development of atypical sexual preferences, the physiological assessment of sexual arousal, sex differences in genital arousal, the effect of birth order on development and the determinants of risk taking. Prior to joining the U of L, he was a research psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and associate professor of psychiatry and criminology at the University of Toronto (1997-2004). Lalumiere teaches courses on criminal behaviour, psychopathology and evolutionary psychology and is a past Chair of the Human Subject Research Committee.
What first piqued your interest in your research discipline? As an undergraduate student at the Université de Montréal, I signed up to be a research participant for a study on the Pavlovian conditioning of sexual arousal in humans (how can one not be curious about a study like that!). I had a long chat with the PhD student who was running the study, and soon thereafter I applied for a research assistant position in that laboratory. I immediately started running similar studies and discovered that the study of human sexuality was fascinating, complex and extremely rewarding.
How is your research applicable in “the real world”? I will say that sex is pervasive, important to people and associated with important health and life satisfaction outcomes. Increasing knowledge about sex is bound to have important impacts on things like sex education, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and sexual and relationship satisfaction. In our lab we also study the link between sexual preferences and crimes, with the hope of better preventing sexual crimes.
What is the greatest honour you have received in your career?
I would say the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, for best graduating student at Queen’s University. As a graduate student I didn’t even know that such a prize existed, and all I was trying to do was to learn English and become a good scientist.
How important are students to your research endeavours? I spent the first nine years of my career working in research institutes, without much help from students. I was sufficiently productive but felt that something was missing. Since arriving at the U of L in 2004 and establishing the Human Sexual Arousal Laboratory, I discovered the joys and benefits of having undergraduate and graduate students involved in my research. They are very important to my research program. In fact, most of my recent successes are a direct result of having very qual-
ified students in my lab. Their work has shaped the direction of my own research activities.
If you had unlimited funds, which areas of research would you invest? Currently, my students and I are spending most of our energies attempting to discover why women’s genital arousal is not quite consistent with their experience of sexual arousal. It is a great mystery that fascinates us. Is it the most important research question in the world? Probably not. Is it an important question that is likely to lead to concrete answers? Very likely. Will those answers allow us to better understand women’s sexuality (a mostly neglected topic in human science)? Very likely. Already we have received emails from women who have been the victim of rape, and who were tortured by the memory of experiencing genital arousal during the event. We are now able to provide them with a pos-
sible explanation, and they find it quite reassuring. The most important areas of research are those where questions are answerable and can lead to improvement in human welfare. Having said all this, I think the most important research question for human research has to do with the effects of economic and health inequalities, and the measures needed to diminish those inequalities. We have done some research on this topic and I hope that we will continue to do so. Each month, the Legend will present 5 Questions With . . . one of our researchers. For a look at the entire catalog of 5 Questions With . . . features, check out the Office of Research and Innovation Services website at www.uleth.ca/research/ research_profiles. If you’d like to be profiled, contact Penny Pickles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Homecoming an opportunity to reconnect BY STACY SEGUIN Some words are difficult to define; others simply define themselves. Perhaps that is why so many universities and colleges the world over refer to some of their most significant celebrations as homecomings. On Oct. 12-14, the University of Lethbridge extends an invitation to students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members to return to the University for a weekend of reflection, reminiscing and celebration at the 45th Anniversary Alumni Homecoming 2012. “Calling the celebration a homecoming brings back the concept of family. It feels special, more familiar, and it gives everyone a sense of belonging,” says Jan Tanner (BA ’04, MA ’06), Chair of the Public Relations Committee of the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association (ULAA). “I started at the University years ago when it was still located on the college campus, but life took me in a different direction until 2001 when I returned to the University and completed both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in anthropology by 2006.”
“I think it is great that the ULAA provides alumni with so many ways to give back.”
After her graduation, Tanner found that she missed the connection she had with the University. She was also looking for a way to give back to the University and provide others same kinds of opportunities she had as a student. “I received a lot of bursaries and scholarships throughout school without which I would not have been able to get my degrees. Having the financial help lessened the stress and gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment. The more I received, the harder I worked to make the University proud of me,” explains Tanner. “I think it is great that the ULAA provides alumni with so many ways to give back; a lot of our money goes back into scholarships and bursaries to support students, and we have wonderful events that allow us to support the University, the community and each other. This year’s homecoming weekend is an opportunity for everyone to relax, reconnect with others who
Alumna Jan Tanner looks forward to the 2012 Alumni Homecoming event as a chance to celebrate her connection to the University.
love their university. I am excited to see the magnitude of the effect of the U of L and how many people will come from all over to take part in this event.” Weekend events are listed on the Homecoming 2012 website (www.uleth.ca/alumni/ homecoming) along with registration information. Those who wish to attend homecoming events can register online through the website. The deadline for registration is Oct. 3. Homecoming weekend begins early Friday morning with an exhibition at the University’s main Art Gallery and includes activities put on by various Faculties throughout the University as well as the Students’ Union, the ULAA and Alumni Relations. Saturday events include Fall Convocation where a special seating area will be set up for registered alumni. A Dine and Dance, put on by the ULAA, will conclude the Saturday activities. “The Dine and Dance is the predominant function of the Alumni Association during the weekend. Sara Breedon, Chair of the Dine and Dance Committee has been working hard to ensure a wonderful evening for those who attend,” says Tanner.
“The University has benefited so many people in so many different areas of study and in different age groups. It makes me really proud of the University, and as an alumna, I am proud to be able to meet other alumni you haven’t met before and not feel like strangers.” Local 10-piece funk/jazz band, Hippodrome, will be performing live that evening. Tickets for the Dine and Dance, held at the Lethbridge Lodge, are $60 per person and everyone is welcome to register for this evening of fun and entertainment. The final event of the weekend takes a look at the University’s past with the President’s brunch and roaring fashion show on Sunday morning. Although this is a wonderfully entertaining and humorous look at our humble beginnings, at least our fashion beginnings, it is also a great reminder of how far the University has come and of the possibilities the future might hold. “The University’s homecoming festivities will celebrate 45 years of the University’s past, which have been greatly enriched by our alumni, faculty and staff,” says Maureen
Schwartz, director of Alumni Relations. “The celebration comes when our academic year is in full swing, providing our guests an opportunity to interact with students, faculty and staff. I hope you can join us on October 12-14 for a memorable homecoming weekend!”
G E T T H E FA C T S
• The registration deadline for Homecoming 2012 is Oct. 3
• Volunteers are needed
to help with the weekend’s activities, including assisting with events and registrations and decorating the ballroom for the ULAA Dine & Dance. To volunteer, e-mail alumni@ uleth.ca or call Alumni Relations at 403-317-2825
• For more information
on Homecoming 2012, see the website www.uleth.ca/ alumni/homecoming
SCOTCH EVENT A CHANCE TO CELEBRATE U OF L’S 45TH To celebrate the University of Lethbridge’s 45th anniversary, the U of L Alumni Association is introducing a special edition Tullibardine (1993) Bourbon Cask Finish Scotch to be sold in support of student scholarships and bursaries. Aged by Tullibardine for 18 years and finished in a bourbon cask, the bottle is available for purchase only during the University’s 45th Anniversary year. Priced at $250 (including GST) per 750 ml bottle, each purchase receives a $100 charitable tax receipt. Quantities are limited. Visit www.uleth.ca/ alumni/homecoming/45thanniversary-scotch-caskfundraiser to get yours today.
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Holiday dining doesn’t have to be unhealthy BY DIANNE BRITTON
ith the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, our mouths start watering just thinking of the feast ahead – turkey dinner with all the trimmings! It’s only after that the dreaded feeling of guilt overwhelms us if we’ve over indulged. Are you looking for a way to alleviate the guilt? Why not pile your plate full of antioxidants at this year’s feast? Antioxidants are nutrients naturally found in food that help repair damaged body cells, improve immune function, promote health and reduce the risk of some diseases such as cancer. Here are some antioxidants to look for at your holiday table, and foods loaded with them to fuel your feast.
WELLNESS BEGINS WHEN WE LIMIT STRESS BY SUZANNE MCINTOSH Here we are once again at the beginning of a new academic year. Summer just flew by and although I did get to some of the things I wanted to accomplish over the summer, not everything got done and now we are back into our busy lives and schedules. Here are some tips for managing stress in small ways – courtesy of health and productivity expert Michelle Cederberg, Certified Speaking Professional (www.michellecederberg.com). • Recognize what you can
BUSY SUMMER FOR LIBRARY PROJECTS BY JESSE MALINSKY “It must be nice to have the summer off,” is a refrain that many in the university community hear from friends and associates outside the U of L. It is, however, very far from reality and University Library staff has been busy throughout the summer months preparing for the upcoming academic year. Here’s a wrap-up of some of the projects that have been ongoing at the University Library.
Reheat to serve) • Mashed sweet potatoes or yams • Steamed carrots and broccoli • Spinach, red pepper and tomato salad with feta cheese, topped with a Dijon vinaigrette • Stuffing (baked separately from the turkey to reduce the fat) • Cranberry sauce • Pumpkin Pie (easy on the whipped cream!) • An icy cold glass of milk to drink • Water
These antioxidants are found in vegetables and fruits that are dark yellow, orange and red. Carotenoids are also found in dark-green leafy vegetables. Look for recipes that include sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, romaine lettuce and spinach. Try orange fruits such as mangos, apricots and cantaloupe for breakfast, lunch or snacks.
Good Old Vitamin C
Helpful in forming connective tissue that holds many parts of your body together, it also helps reduce bruising by keeping capillaries healthy and maintains healthy gums so they won’t bleed. Foods rich in vitamin C include red peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cranberries and even potatoes with the skin.
Holiday Menu to Feast on Antioxidants • Roasted Turkey (choose one
that has not been injected with extra fat) • Mashed potatoes (for smooth potatoes add milk and a bit of butter or margarine and beat with electric mixer; if you use
mayonnaise, sour cream or whipping cream – use very little or none at all as these add extra fat) • Gravy (cool the gravy with ice cubes or in the fridge, and the fat will harden and float to the top. Skim off the fat – every tablespoon you take off is about a hundred calories of pure fat.
change – without running away from your problems some stress can be minimized by avoiding a person or place or choosing a different option. Set some goals regarding what you would like to change, take small steps toward the goals, structure your time so you’re not overscheduled, and ask for help. • Mind your emotional response to stress. The stress response is triggered by your perception of a particular situation and your ability to cope with it. You may or may not be accurate in your appraisal. Do you make mountains out of molehills? We create unnecessary stress for ourselves by anticipating stress that may or may not occur. Prepare yourself with options but focus on positive outcomes. • Take time to work at reducing
stress. Take small steps to boost your resilience, starting now. Try the following for one week and see how you feel: • Eat a healthy breakfast • Reduce or eliminate caffeine consumption – especially after midday • Drink lots of water – skip pop entirely • Walk outside for 10 minutes every day – I know you’re busy but it’s only 10 minutes • Leave work on time at least two days this week • Snack healthfully throughout the day • Minimize alcohol consumption – it’s only for one week • Go to bed one hour earlier at least two nights this week • Hug your loved ones every day, morning and night
Health Check for U
iPads have better applications and longer loan periods. Faculty, staff and students will now be able to borrow them for up to 96 hours. New applications installed on the iPads include GarageBand and iMovie, allowing people to perform audio and video editing respectively. For productivity, the iWorks suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) has also been included.
ects at the library is the maintenance of the digital collections. With 14 and counting, ongoing projects like the recently launched Herbarium continue to grow in leaps and bounds. These built-inhouse collections include those of the University Archives, community organizations and other external partners – some of which were developed in co-operation with their respective stakeholders.
Text Messaging Library Information Services
Two new SelfCheck stations were installed in the library over the summer to provide an additional level of convenience to patrons. These stations will allow people to check out most items from the library and the Faculty of Education’s Curriculum Laboratory without having to go through library personnel. The personal touch has not gone away though; library staff and student assistants will still be available to assist patrons with borrowing resources and related services at the General Services Desk.
With the success of the original iPads in the library, four new iPads (3rd generation) will be available to patrons. These
The Peer Assisted Technology Support Students (PATSS) are here to stay. If patrons are having technical issues with computers and software in the library, they can get help from a PATSS representative.
One of the less obvious proj-
Registration is now open for the annual Health Check for U program. This is a health-screening program offered to U of L employees at the Health Centre. The screening is free, takes 15 minutes and will provide you information on your general health, risk for cardiovascular or related diseases and gives you the opportunity to set some health and wellness goals. Participants also qualify for an hour Lifestyle Assessment ($60 value) with a certified fitness expert to help you meet those goals. Register today, as there is limited space, by e-mailing wellness@ uleth.ca for your appointment.
Mini-massage is back
Lethbridge College Massage Therapy students will be
It has always been possible to email, IM, phone or visit the Library’s Information and Research Assistance Desk (IRAD) for help, but now patrons can send text messages. Text short questions to 780-666-4622 and get short reliable replies. If patrons call the number,
To find out more helpful hints to boost your holiday nutrition, call Building Healthy Lifestyles at 403-388-6675 to register for our seasonal Festive Feasts cooking class. Diane Britton is a registered dietitian with Building Healthy Lifestyles
on campus again this semester. We are in the process of setting up the dates but there will be various sessions throughout the semester beginning the week of Sept. 17. Watch the Notice Board and the campus digital signs for more information on how to register.
Ready to quit smoking?
Lethbridge Quitcore begins Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Registration is now open. Please call 1-866-710-QUIT (7848) to register. Quitcore is a free group support program led by a trained counsellor. As always, I look forward to any comments, suggestions or questions! Suzanne McIntosh, Wellness Co-ordinator
they will be directed to the IRAD phone. Texts received after hours will be answered with an automated message informing the sender that the service is closed.
Single Sign-on (SSO)
As part of a larger campus initiative, SSO is a more convenient means of accessing resources both on and off campus. When patrons log in to either the library or to the Moodle learning management system, they will now be able to navigate between the systems and resources without having to log in separately to each service. These initiatives represent a sample of the many projects being developed and launched by the University Library. Watch for more as we strive to bring better and more services to our patrons.
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events C A L E N D A R
Sept. 12 | Pronghorns Game Day Staff Orientation Meeting | Paid positions for Game Day Staff during home athletic events 4 p.m., PE250
Sept. 13 | Owen G. Holmes Lecture Series: Joe Schwarz | Are Cows More Trustworthy than Chemists? | 7 p.m., PE250
Sept. 18 | Music at Noon: Dale Ketcheson (guitar) | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570)
Sept. 14 | Art Now: Trevor Embury Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)
Sept. 25 | Music at Noon: Dr. Blaine Hendsbee (tenor) and Glen Montgomery (piano) 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570)
Sept. 15 | Canada West Women’s Soccer Horns host Mount Royal University Noon, Community Sports Stadium Sept. 15 | Canada West Men’s Soccer Horns host University of Calgary 2 p.m., Community Sports Stadium Sept. 16 | Canada West Women’s Soccer Horns host University of Alberta Noon, Community Sports Stadium Sept. 22 | Canada West Soccer Horns host University of Fraser Valley Women’s game, noon; Men’s game, 2 p.m. Community Sports Stadium Sept. 23 | Canada West Soccer Horns host University of Victoria Women’s game, 10 a.m.; Men’s game, noon Community Sports Stadium Sept. 27 | Canada West Men’s Hockey Horns host University of Calgary 7 p.m., Nicholas Sheran Arena Sept. 29 | Canada West Women’s Soccer Horns host University of Calgary Noon, Community Sports Stadium Oct. 6-7 | Canada West Men’s Soccer Horns host University of Manitoba 2 p.m., Community Sports Stadium Oct. 6 | Canada West Women’s Hockey Horns host University of Calgary 7 p.m., Nicholas Sheran Arena
Sept. 17 | Art Now: Jarvis Hall Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)
Sept. 27-29 | TheatreXtra: The Free Fall Improv Ensemble | An artistic high-wire act with no safety net, except fellow performers, as the Free Fall Improv Ensemble creates three scenes on the spot, based on audience suggestions | 8 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 29, David Spinks Theatre
Sept. 20 | Discovery Lecture Series: Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish | Author of I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey | 7:30 p.m., PE250 Sept. 21 | Art Now: Mary-Beth Laviolette Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)
Oct. 9 | Music at Noon: Glen Montgomery (piano) | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570)
Sept. 21 | Prentice Brown Bag Lecture Series: Dr. Henning Bjornlund | Issues & Challenges in Alberta Water Policy | Noon, L1102
Sept. 24 | Art Now: Jason deHaan Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)
Sept. 12 | New Media Film Series: Melancholia | A film about depression, marriage, sisterhood, and other little catastrophes – including the sudden appearance of a mysterious planet on a potential collision course with Earth. Hosted by Dr. Aaron Taylor | 7 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library
Sept. 24 | Architecture & Design Now: Gerald Forseth | 6 p.m., M1040 Sept. 28 | Art Now: Kristan Horton Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)
Sept. 13 | Exhibition Opening: Rural Readymade | Curated by Shauna McCabe and organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown. | Opening Reception, 4 to 6 p.m., U of L Main Gallery
Oct. 1 | Art Now: David Diviney Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Oct. 1 | Danielle Peers presentation Interrogating Disability: The De-Composition of a Recovering Paralympian 7 p.m., | Students’ Union Ballroom Oct. 3 | Art Now: Mark Porcina Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)
For the third year in a row, the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union Executive Council has brushed up on its painting skills by participating in Project Paintbrush. All the while, the group was working on team building and learning a little bit about themselves and one another through volunteering. Project Paintbrush is a partnership program orchestrated through Volunteer Lethbridge that helps to fix up houses for those who need assistance. Four SU Executive Council members took part in a project that aided in painting a fence at a house in
South Lethbridge in late July. “When we were asked if we could volunteer for Project Paintbrush again this summer, it wasn’t even a question,” says Armin Escher, ULSU president. “It’s great for us to be able to give back to the community.” Project Paintbrush focuses on assisting seniors and individuals with special needs who are physically and/or financially unable to maintain the exterior of their property. There is no cost to the homeowner and the program operation is based solely on volunteers. “Lethbridge gives so much to the students who call this city home, whether it’s by way
Sept. 22 | Get To Know U Fun Run/Walk The third annual event features both 3km and 5km distances. All proceeds from the run will go to KidSport Alberta | 11 a.m., 1st Choice Savings Centre Sept. 23 | Word on the Street Festival A day of music, readings and family activities for all ages Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch Sept. 25 | Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting | Learn about the new U of L Toastmasters Club. Primarily for faculty and staff, but anyone is welcome to attend Noon, W646 Sept. 27 | Fiat Lux Address: Dr. Andrew Hakin | 3 p.m., University Theatre Sept. 28 | Chinook Symposium for Chemistry and Biochemistry Oct. 1 | Strategic Priorities Forum 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Students’ Union Ballrooms Oct. 3 | Career Fair 2012 | Explore career opportunities with a variety of companies 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1st Choice Savings Centre Oct. 3 | New Media Film Series: Let The Right One In 7 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library
Sept. 18 | Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting | Learn about the new U of L Toastmasters Club. Primarily for faculty and staff, but anyone is welcome to attend | Noon, W646
PROJECT PAINTBRUSH TAKES STUDENTS’ UNION EXECUTIVE INTO THE COMMUNITY BY ABBY GROENENBOOM
Sept. 20 | Toastmasters Demonstration Meeting | Learn about the new U of L Toastmasters Club. Primarily for students, but anyone is welcome to attend | Noon, L1114
of work opportunities or just being a great place to live,” says Escher. “It’s always great to see the number of students who volunteer their time to support the Lethbridge community.” The ULSU Executive would like to encourage students to participate in such fulfilling volunteer activities that reach so many people, even if they are only in Lethbridge for a short period of time. “When you see how much your work is appreciated by those you have helped, it really makes the experience worth it,” says Escher. “We can look back and know we made a difference, which is the ultimate reward.”
TOASTMASTERS CLUB READY FOR CAMPUS DEBUT Toastmasters International is coming to the University of Lethbridge. One of the world’s most recognized communication and leadership development programs, Toastmasters is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. A University of Lethbridge Toastmasters Club is being formed on campus this fall for staff, faculty and students, and a series of demonstration meetings are planned for September. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in W646,
the first demonstration meeting will be held. This meeting is geared toward faculty and staff members but anyone is welcome to attend. Students are the focus of the second scheduled meeting, Thursday, Sept. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in L1114. Again, anyone is welcome to attend. Finally, another faculty and staff session is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in W646. Regular club meetings will commence on Monday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. in W646. Meetings will subsequently be held on a weekly basis. For more information on Toastmasters, check out the website www.toastmasters. org, or contact Mandy Moser (email@example.com) at 403-329-2063.
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Performance series offer something for everyone There is one way to reserve your own seat and enjoy an entire season of Theatre Mainstage productions or Faculty Artists & Friends concerts – with season tickets purchased through the U of L Box Office. Here’s a look at what’s being offered in the series this academic year.
Theatre & Dramatic Arts Mainstage Series
Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show appears at the University Theatre, Oct. 16-20. Aliens, usherettes and sweet transvestites? Dammit Janet! Let’s do the Time Warp again in this cult rock opus. Complete with a live rock band, special guest stars, audience participation and more surprises! The Lion in Winter by James Goldman runs Nov. 20-24 in the University Theatre. It’s Christmastime at Chinon Castle and King Henry II’s guests are celebrating. As the party commences, the scandals of this
NEW MEDIA SERIES OFFERS STUDY OF GREAT FILM Anyone who appreciates good film is sure to love the New Media Film Series, which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Lethbridge Public Library Theatre with a showing of Melancholia. A perfect opportunity to watch and talk about great film created in the past decade, the New Media Film Series presents an eclectic and enjoyable array of movies for adults each month from September through April. “In just over a decade, cinema has undergone radical transformations at every level, from production to distribution to exhibition. Cinema’s capacity to frequently revivify and reinvent itself can be taken as a sign of its vitality,” explains Aaron Taylor, film series co-ordinator. “This series will look forward to new possibilities and creative currents within international film art produced since the turn of the 21st century.” Throughout the series, film experts and aficionados from the U of L host screenings of their most memorable contemporary films, and invite audiences to appreciate important recent developments in this art form.
dysfunctional dynasty explode, revealing shocking truths of betrayal, deceit and treachery. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (adapted by David S. Craig) plays Feb. 12-16 on the University Theatre stage. A boy must save the world of Fantastica using the power of his imagination. Estuary by Ron Chambers plays March 19-23. As a young man’s dreams infiltrate his waking life, he’s forced to determine what’s real and what isn’t. This comedy asks whether, in snubbing our dream life, we are ignoring a significant, and real aspect of our humanity. Season tickets for the Mainstage series are $45 regular, $30 seniors/students. Individual performance tickets are $15 regular, $10 seniors/students.
Faculty Artists & Friends Series
Celebrate 45 appears Oct. 12 in the University Recital Hall. Join music faculty to celebrate the U of L’s 45th anniver-
“The evenings start with an introductory lecture by a guest faculty to discuss points of interest in the film and what to look for when we watch it. There is a Q & A afterwards – we expect this year to be as interesting and engaging as last year’s series,” he adds. Taylor is hosting the first screening himself. “Melancholia is about depression, marriage, sisterhood and other little catastrophes – including the sudden appearance of a mysterious planet on a potential collision course with Earth. It’s one of the most beautiful and maddening films about the end of the world ever made,” he says. “Directed by the provocative Danish filmmaker, Lars von Trier, it’s an apocalyptic vision represented through the combination of two typically incongruous styles: high romanticism and ultra-realism. Audiences worn out by Hollywood’s increasingly bombastic depictions of global catastrophe will find Melancholia a welcome departure.” Other films in this year’s series include: Let the Right One In (Sweden), Adventureland (USA), Moon (UK), The Artist (France), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (USA), and Cosmopolis (Canada). Get a complete list of New Media Film Series offerings at uleth.ca/finearts. Admission is always free.
The Faculty Artists & Friends Series features exquisite live music.
sary with a musical potpourri of music at 45. It includes some written by 45-year-old composers, bearing the opus 45 label, from 1945 and more. Capella Artemisia takes place Nov. 15 in the University Recital Hall. This Italian ensemble (six vocalists, two cornetti and continuo) presents recently unearthed vocal and instrumental music of the 16th and 17th century, much of it written behind convent walls where both composition and performance were officially forbidden! Hansen & Plessis Duo appears Dec. 15 in the U of L Atrium. Bente Hansen (Music) and Jesse Plessis (BMus ’10) play a new two-piano arrangement of the seminal psychedelic rock album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as works by Glass, Bergmann and Muhly. Celebrate Poulenc occurs on Jan. 25 in the University Recital Hall. The show is in honour of the 50th anniversary of the death of Francis Poulenc, a leading
RURAL READYMADE SET TO OPEN The Rural Readymade brings together work by contemporary artists who start from the same impulse – to explore the found and familiar in their environments, imbuing ordinary objects and elements of everyday life with new meaning. Curated by and organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Rural Readymade is at the U of L Main Gallery and Helen Christou Gallery until Oct. 25, with a public reception in the Main Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.
IMPROV TAKES THE STAGE Guaranteed to keep actors on their toes and audiences on the edge of their seats, the Free Fall Improv Ensemble is a spontaneous and unpredictable kick-off to an exceptional TheatreXtra season. Playing Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. nightly (with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 1) in the David Spinks Theatre, the Free Fall Improv Ensemble presents out-of-the-box theatre, as a talented cast of eight students creates scenes on the spot, based on audience suggestions. “Each performance is a new creation. It is never the same
A piece of art from the Rural Readymade exhbition.
“Reconciling their experiences within primarily rural contexts, each work offers insight into the evolution of the contemporary readymade, underscoring an enduring tension between what is, and what is not, art,” explains guest curator Shauna McCabe, who is giving a curator’s tour of the exhibition during the reception. “Responding to everyday
twice,” says Andrew Legg (BFA ’00), director and MFA candidate. Along with preparing the production in partial fulfillment of the requirements of his MFA degree, Legg is ready to take on the challenge of directing a production without the safety net of a script. It helps that he is not a stranger to the world of improv. “I did a lot of improv while I was working on my undergraduate degree at the U of L and I continued afterwards performing with Remotely Controlled Improv,” he says. Legg also had the opportunity to participate in the realitybased television show, Sketch Troupe, on the Life Network. “The Free Fall Improv Ensemble is narrative-based im-
figure in the Parisian musical life of the early 20th century. The Quasar Saxophone Quartet appears Mar. 9 in the University Recital Hall. The confluence of acoustic and electronic music, Quasar explores aspects of artistic creation from instrumental to live electronics, from improvisation to instrumental theatre. Saba Musical Group wraps up the series on Apr. 7 in the University Recital Hall. The group features classical Persian music and Iranian traditional music. Season tickets for the Faculty Artists and Friends Series are $100 regular, $75 seniors/students. Individual performance tickets are $20 regular, $15 seniors/students. Order your tickets for both series at the U of L Box Office (W510), Monday through Friday (12:30 to 3:30 p.m.) or by phone (403-329-2616). Season tickets are available for both series up until the first show of each series.
surroundings where the use and adaptation of found materials are deeply engrained in daily life, the work of these artists playfully and adeptly blurs the lines between the mundane and aesthetic, natural and handmade, low-tech and no-tech, DIY and folk cultures,” she says. Artists with work in the exhibition include Adriana Kuiper, Ryan Suter, Norma Jean MacLean, Janice Wright Cheney, Will Gill, Kim Morgan, Clint Neufeld, Eryn Foster, Doug Lewis and Geoffrey Hendricks. “I’m excited to bring a range of work by artists from the east coast to Lethbridge,” says Josephine Mills, U of L Gallery curator/director. “Most have never exhibited here before and it is a great opportunity to see recent work by artists from across Canada.”
prov and is different from gamebased improv, with which many audiences are more familiar. Rather than a sketch consisting of witty micro-moments and leading to a punch line, narrative-based improv develops a story,” adds Legg. Three sketches are featured each evening, with ideas such as character, places and situations inspired by the audience. Tickets for the Free Fall Improv Ensemble are available at the University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or by calling 403-329-2616. Tickets are $11 regular, $7 for students and seniors. New this fall, regular tickets are available online at www.uleth. ca/tickets.
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(TOP) John McEwen, Western Channel, 1981. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Commissioned for the opening of the Centre for the Arts Building, 1981. (FAR LEFT) Byron Johnston, Book Tower, 2003. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of the artist, 2003. (LEFT) Al
McWilliams, Rumination on a Set of Circumstances, 1983. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Purchased in 1987 with funds provided by the Alberta Advanced Education Endowment and Incentive Fund, and the Canada Council’s Special Purchase Assistance Program.
The entire University of Lethbridge campus was officially designated as the Papokan Sculpture Park on the occasion of the University’s 25th anniversary in September 1992.
Papokan was the vision of founding Fine Arts faculty member Carl Granzow, whose belief in the relationship between art and the environment propelled the permanent installation of sculptural works on University grounds and inside buildings across campus.
John McEwen’s Western Channel was commissioned in 1981 to commemorate the opening of the University Centre for the Arts. The undulating planes of the work reference the shape of the surrounding coulee landscape, accompanied by abstracted coyotes.
Al McWilliam’s Ruminations on a Set of Circumstances was another early work installed as part of Papokan, and features gas burners that can be lit to produce flames under the legs of the central chair.
Byron Johnston’s Book Tower was commissioned in 2003 upon the completion of the Library Information Network Centre. The tower is built of books discarded from the Library inventory, selected by the artist and stacked inside a column of metal and glass.
Published on Sep 11, 2012