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How Moses came to be at the U of L

Fred Greene shares his love of the arts

Dr. Andrew Iwaniuk answers 5 Questions

Alumna Emma Parkinson hits the high notes

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Photo by Taryn Tamayose Nearly 500 high school students and their teachers from as far away as Fernie, B.C., Calgary and Dunmore, Alta. experienced fine arts through a wide array of art, drama, music and new media workshops during the first Experience Fine Arts Day! an innovative recruitment initiative hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Education begins with respect BY TREVOR KENNEY


year after opening a dialogue on diversity and respect, the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association’s Gender, Equity and Diversity Caucus is looking to build upon that momentum with the 2nd Annual Respect & Diversity Awareness Week. Running Mar. 5-9 at the University, this year’s theme for the weeklong conversation is “Respect and learning go hand in hand”. “Last year was great for an inaugural event,” says Dr. Carly Adams, Chair of the Gender, Equity and Diversity Caucus. “We thought how it was taken up by the University community was wonderful. It’s a conversation that needs to be ongoing.” Events such as a Talking About Teaching panel discussion through the Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CAETL) spurred the campus community into thinking about how we interact with one another, in classrooms, meeting rooms and even as we walk through the hallways. “As a faculty member who attended these talks, I thought about the issues raised and then took them into my classroom,” says Adams. “I hope that others took the things they heard and tried to adapt new strategies in the ways they dealt with students or fellow faculty.” If anything, the week created an environment where issues of inclusion and respect can be discussed. It also established an awareness of the caucus and took its work to another level. In early February, the caucus played a role in the Discover Diversity conference hosted by the City of Lethbridge and co-sponsored by the University. “I was really pleased we were able to be a part of that because not only did we have an opportunity to talk about the caucus but also the respect and diversity week and some of the other initiatives we’re involved in,” says Adams. “It led to an even wider discussion about

workplace diversity and respect beyond our campus.” This year’s awareness week will feature a few new additions, including an Ignite! event on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 5 p.m. in the University Library (10th floor). Described as a fun, informative, rapid-fire session, participants are tasked to speak to 20 pictures or slides of their choice, all in a five-minute window of time, as they wax eloquent about diversity and/or gender. “We’re really excited about this event,” says Adams. “We have a number of faculty lined up to take part, as well as people from the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG) and the Students’ Union. In total it’s about 12 to 15 people, and it should create a really lively discussion from all the different perspectives across campus.” The line up of speakers includes Dr. Kevin McGeough (Geography), Yale Belanger (Native American Studies), Dan Johnson (Environmental Science), Carol Williams (Women and Gender Studies), Phil Jones (CAETL/Health Sciences), Marinus Swanepoel (Library), LPRIG, Shelia McManus (History), Rob Sutherland (CCBN/ULFA) and Tanya Harnett (Native American Studies/Fine Arts). Other events for the week include a film screening of MissRepresentation, a documentary exploring how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The Gender, Equity, and Diversity Caucus is joining the YWCA, Womanspace, Campus Women’s Centre

and LPIRG in sponsoring the film screening that takes place Thursday, Mar. 8 at 7 p.m. in Galileo’s Gallery and coincides with International Women’s Day. On Friday, Mar. 9, Craig Milner from the Faculty of Management will present Student Diversity Rocks: Developing High Performance Teams in the Classroom (1 p.m., M1040). “He’s discussing diversity in teams, and how we might leverage some of the different experiences of our students in the classroom to create different conversations in groups,” says Adams of the onehour workshop. While the week concludes with Milner’s presentation, the conversation does not, and will be picked up a week later when the Department of Women & Gender Studies, with assistance from Adams’ group, will present Why Women and Gender Studies? A Multigenerational Roundtable and Conversation, Friday, Mar. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Students’ Union Ballroom. “Last year, we came away thinking it was a very positive week and worth continuing,” says Adams. “We invite everyone to come out for these events and I hope that this will give these important issues even more exposure.” The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association’s Gender, Equity and Diversity Caucus consists of: Andrea Amelinckx, Andrea Glover, Dr. Hester Jiskoot, Dr. Kevin McGeough, Dr. Noella Piquette, Dr. John Sheriff, Dr. Robert Sutherland, Jennifer Thannhauser and Dr. Carly Adams (Chair).

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OPENMike University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon chats about what’s happening in the University community Over the past two months, the President’s Task Force on Budget Process Review has taken a close look at how the University forms its annual budget. Supported by a very able group of individuals appointed to the task force, the enterprise engaged people from across campus. Over the course of approximately six weeks, we consulted with faculty, staff and students via a series of retreats, open forums, Deans and Directors Councils and University Budget Committee meetings. We were very encouraged to find nearly universal agreement on your thoughts about the Univer-

sity’s present and future budget processes. The principles of the budget process that you endorsed were: the integration of University planning including the budget process and strategic plan, an understandable process that is iterative and builds on each stage of planning, that allows for transparency balanced with confidentiality, where outcomes are documented, timeliness is essential, and where an atmosphere of institutional trust is cultivated. Based upon the above noted principles, the task force has now crafted a report that is in the

final stages of review. This will be completed and posted online within the next few weeks. At that time, we will ask the heads of our budget units how this renewed process, in conjunction with the budget allocation model, can ensure future budgets best meet the needs of our campuses. Once this second step is completed, we will be well positioned to begin our Strategic Planning process. Recently, I announced we are working on a President’s Discussion Paper that will lay the groundwork for the future structure of the University of Lethbridge, and kick-start our

CAMPUS Paul Sanden’s (Music) article Virtual liveness and sounding cyborgs: John Oswald’s ‘Vane’ was published in the Cambridge University Press journal Popular Music, vol. 31/1. The article can be accessed at Cambridge Journals Online and on his website, www.paulsanden.com Pronghorns women’s basketball guard Lauren Taal (Lethbridge, Alta.) was named as the Canada West representative for the CIS Sylvia Sweeney Award as the country’s top student-athlete. Taal is the Horns’ second all-time leading scorer, and in addition to her on-court success, has been a fixture in the southern Alberta community. Along with volunteer coaching,

2012 BOOK AWARDS The University will celebrate the 2012 Book Awards on Monday, Mar. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Andy’s Place (AH100). This is your opportunity to celebrate the achievements of your colleagues. A wine and appetizer reception will follow the formal portion of the event. Following is a list of Book Award recipients. Congratulations on your achievement.

Taal has been involved in a variety of non-basketball activities as a donor for Canadian Blood Services, participant in the network Christmas campaign for Southern Alberta Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Elementary Literacy program and a canvasser for both the Heart and Stroke and Canadian Diabetes programs. Deanna Oye (Music) performed with soprano saxophonist, Dr. Jeremy Brown (University of Calgary) and violinist Theresa Lane in a contemporary dance work choreographed by Melissa Monteros. The performance was part of the 30th Annual Alberta Dance Festival: Contemporary Choreography

and Canadian Composers, hosted by Dancers’ Studio West and presented in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre and Centrediscs label.

science beyond what the classroom typically offers. Her award bio can be viewed at www.awsn. com/Minerva_Award/Minerva_Award

Collin Zipp (Art) completed a residency and presented an exhibition in Rimouski, Que.

Pronghorns men’s basketball forward Dominyc Coward (Airdrie, Alta.) was named a Canada West Second-Team AllStar after an outstanding first season with the Horns. Coward is in his third year of postsecondary play after transferring from Lethbridge College.

Kristy Burke (Conference & Event Services) was recently honoured as Mentor of the Millennium by the Alberta Women’s Science Network for her work in supporting youth science programs at the University. Burke’s work, specifically on the Destination Exploration programs, inspires children with a fun, interactive science experience and exposes them to

Ian Burleigh (Music), with colleagues Friedemann Sallis (University of Calgary) and Laura Zattra (University of Padova), are presenting their paper, Seeking virtual voices

Dr. Craig A. Coburn (Editor) – Proceedings, 30th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing

Dr. Carly Adams – Queens of the Ice

Dr. Bryson Brown (Editor) – Philosophy of Ecology Handbook

months. I understand that this can involve significant time and effort, but let me assure you that our intention is to streamline our planning as much as possible so that we do not overwhelm the institution, all the while maintaining a spirit of engagement and consultation. Our goal is to have our strategic planning process for the 2014-19 Strategic Plan completed later in 2013. Thank you to all those who participated in the budget process consultations. I look forward to our continued discussions about the future of our University of Lethbridge.


Book Awards: Book Listing

Dr. Reginald W. Bibby – Beyond the Gods & Back: Religion’s Rise and Demise and Why it Matters Dr. Glenda Tibe Bonifacio – Gender, Religion, and Migration: Pathways of Integration

strategic planning process by outlining actions to support our aspirations as a comprehensive destination university. This paper will be available to the entire University community and we will solicit feedback as a part of the first stage of our strategic planning exercise. I am now in the thick of writing this paper, and am finding the process very encouraging. We have much progress to celebrate, and our many advances provide a terrific platform for our future. I encourage everyone to continue to engage in the planning processes that will be happening over the next number of

Dr. Mary Dyck – Coaching Volleyball Champions: Principles and Practices

of the Philosophy of Science Volume 11 Dr. Christopher Burton (Editor) – Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, and Science


Leanne Elias (Book Designer) – Science Fiction Science Fair Dr. Trevor W. Harrison (Editor) – Against Orthodoxy: Studies in Nationalism Dr. Harold J. Jansen (Editor) –

in Luigi Nono’s A Pierre (1985) through a study of a performance and the creative process, at a symposium organized by the Société française d’analyse musicale and IRCAM in Paris in April. Larry Steinke (Track) was named 2011 Athletics Alberta High Performance Coach of the Year for his work as one of the top throws coaches in Canada. As well, former Horn thrower Jim Steacy (BASc ’09) was named Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Overall Athlete of the Year, while Heather Steacy (Track) earned recognition as Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

Money, Politics & Democracy: Canada’s Party Finance Reforms Dr. Bryan Kolb – An Introduction to Brain and Behavior Dr. Christopher J. Kukucha (Editor) – Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas Norman Leach – Passchendaele: Canada’s Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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The proud history of our beloved Moses BY TREVOR KENNEY Sometimes, it’s just a matter of asking the question. When Dr. Van E. Christou (LLD '84) and his family attended Expo ’67 in Montreal, they had no idea they’d be coming home with a 17-foot tall, 1,800 kilogram (4,000 pounds) souvenir for the University of Lethbridge. Then again, the fledgling U of L was not your typical university and as an original board member, Christou had the kind of maverick spirit that opened doors and got things done.

G E T T H E FA C T S • Moses was originally

cast in Florence, Italy before being transported to Montreal

• Seagrams paid for the

entire cost of shipping Moses to Lethbridge and for engineers to erect the sculpture on its original site

• Etrog, who was born in

Romania in 1933 but left to study at the Tel Aviv Art Institute in 1950, later moved to New York City then Toronto. He gained Canadian citizenship in 1966

• Etrog also designed the

Canadian film award now known as the ‘Gemini’. It was originally called the ‘Etrog’

• The University has a

total of five Etrog pieces in the Art Collection

Sorel Ertog's Moses as it appeared outside the American pavilion at Montreal's Expo '67.

• Moses underwent fur-

telling the story of this new centennial university and how a significant art piece would make a wonderful gift to celebrate its opening. “He said go ahead, choose whatever one you want,” says Christou. With family in tow, Christou and his wife Helen went shopping. “We had four children ranging from eight years down, and they all came with me, and we went back and forth across the entire Expo site,” recounts Christou. “I eventually narrowed it down to two pieces, one from Sorel Etrog and another from Louis Archambault, a French Canadian artist. I chose Moses because I thought it would fit better with Erickson’s University Hall.” Created by Romanian-born, Canadian sculptor Etrog, it was commissioned by the corpora-

ther repairs in 2005, when additional supports were installed near the top of the sculpture after it was found to have moved during regular cleaning “When we were walking around Expo I was really struck by the art throughout the site, and I noticed that each sculpture was owned by the House of Seagrams,” says Christou. “I called up our president, Sam Smith, and asked if he could get me a meeting with one of their representatives. The next afternoon I spent an afternoon with Charles Bronfman, the CEO. At the end of our talk, I asked him what they were doing with all the sculptures when Expo was finished and he said they had no plans.” So Christou made his pitch,

tion that operated Expo ’67. Etrog actually created three such sculptures, cast in bronze and hollow, with the others currently situated in Los Angeles, Cal. and Tel Aviv, Israel. It originally resided near the American pavilion on the Expo ’67 site.

“It is a very powerful piece”


“People used to gather around it and meet around it when it was out in the open, it has that kind of presence,” says Christou. “It is a very powerful piece. If you walk around it, it really does something to you, it’s very strong. I just thought it was outstanding and that’s why I picked it.”


Moses was originally installed at the University’s Lethbridge Junior College campus before being moved to the west side in 1972 and mounted outside the entrance to University Hall. For more than four years Moses braved the weather as best he could, but even 4,000 pounds of bronze can buckle when confronted with southern Alberta Chinook winds that vibrated it so consistently, it developed a series of cracks in its base. In the fall of 1977, Moses was taken down and shipped off to Dressor Clark Industries for substantial repairs. A heavier base was constructed, cracks in its exterior were sealed and Moses was ready for his next, and final, journey. In 1981, as the Centre for the Arts was nearing completion, he was lowered through an unfinished roof to his current resting place. “It’s interesting that it’s the

first piece that we got for the art collection,” says Christou of an internationally renowned collection that now has greater than 13,000 pieces. “It allowed me to talk the other members of the board into spending money to start the art collection. It was a tough time and money was scarce but I managed to wine and dine them long enough to get it passed and that’s how we got the collection started.”

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Fred Greene sees Supporting Our Students as a chance to create opportunities for students.

Giving creates access BY KALI MCKAY


hen Fred Greene (BA ’98) is asked to name a favourite work of art, he rhymes off not one, but a handful. With an impressive resumé that includes a four year fellowship at the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome and 10 years in the Conservation Department at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, it’s not surprising that Greene feels right at home in the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. He describes the U of L Art Collection with passion. “Our collection is spectacular,” he says simply. Even more importantly, Greene is proud of the work going on behind the scenes. “Our reputation isn’t based on what we have in the collection anymore. We’re being recognized for what we’re doing with it,” explains Greene, whose training is in conservation. “Instead of commenting on the value or size, people now know we also have a wellhoused, well-maintained, welldocumented and well-utilized collection.” Moreover, access to artworks is incredible. Since Greene started work at the gallery in 1999, he’s been involved in the development of an online database that allows much of the collection to be viewed electronically. This makes artworks more accessible, helping Greene to share what he loves with others. “I’m the art guy,” laughs Greene, referencing his unofficial title amongst the students he works with. “I am involved in our museum studies program, but I also work with

students from disciplines outside of fine arts. We have very dynamic young people on this campus and I’m proud to say that I get to work with lots of them.” For Greene, supporting students extends beyond showing them works from the collection and helping them with conservation projects, he also shows his commitment as a regular contributor to Supporting Our Students (SOS). “We talk a lot about access and equal opportunities but without proper funding, it’s not possible,” says Greene, who returned to university in his 40s and completed a bachelor of arts at the U of L. He took advantage of applied studies and was able to work overseas on archaeological sites between semesters to help pay for his education, but Greene recog-

nizes many students are not as fortunate. “I hope my gift helps someone who wouldn’t be here otherwise,” says Greene, who is proud to be part of the University community. “The U of L plays a significant role not only in my life, but in the life of my family,” adds Greene, who notes his wife is a faculty member and his son is a current student. He’s witnessed the impact the University has from all angles and wants to ensure more students benefit from what the U of L has to offer. “I’m proud of this university and what we’re building.” For more information on SOS, or to make a contribution, visit www.uleth.ca/giving/SupportingOurStudents or call 403-3292582.

The 2012 Supporting Our Students stickers are now available. Get yours today by making a gift. By coming together to support students, faculty and staff at the U of L show that this is a campus community that cares. Please put students first and make a gift today.

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Lindsey Meredith knows first-hand how being involved in 4-H can benefit your post-secondary studies.

ARTS AND SCIENCE COMMITS TO SUPPORTING 4-H CLUB MEMBERS BY BOB COONEY The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Lethbridge is committing $65,000 in tuition credits over the next three years to qualified 4-H club members in Alberta. “We believe that 4-H club members bring a wealth of social, technical and academic skills with them when they enter university,” says Dr. Chris Nicol, the Dean of the U of L’s Faculty of Arts and Science. “These are just the type of students we are looking for, and we hope this commitment to supporting their interest in university studies at the U of L translates into even more leadership opportunities here.” A total of 15 awards will be given to selected applicants, accepted as new high school students into the Faculty of Arts and Science BA, BSc or BASc programs, regardless of major, valued at $1,000 for the 2012/2013 academic year. The new 4-H scholarships are welcome news to U of L students like Claresholm resident Lindsey Meredith, currently completing a combined degree in biology and management. “If I had had a chance to apply for a scholarship like this, I wouldn’t have had to sell my horse to pay my tuition,” says Meredith. “I had some amazing experiences through 4-H. The program helps people learn by doing a variety of projects, and the U of L experience is much the same in that students are encouraged to do volunteer work and community service, which is a huge asset on a resumé.” Meredith adds that for students coming to Lethbridge

from smaller communities, the campus environment is small and close-knit, but the opportunities are large. “I have met people from around the world, I’ve helped plan large events, and I’ve used pretty much all the skills I learned in 4-H along the way. I would really encourage any 4-H member thinking of attending university to consider attending the U of L and applying for this award.” Students can register for a wide variety of programs, including but not limited to agricultural studies, agricultural biotechnology, environmental science, remote sensing and a multitude of other internationally recognized degrees, which can later lead to masters or doctoral–level studies. Co-operative education work placements and other services are available to students to ensure they are as prepared as possible for the workforce. The applicant must be an active member of an Alberta 4-H club at the time of application, and have a permanent mailing address within the province of Alberta prior to enrollment at the U of L. The student must be registered for both the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters to receive the funds. Winners will be chosen by random draw, with only one entry per person accepted. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2012. Selection and notification of the Alberta 4-H Entrance Awards will occur by July 1, 2012. For more information or to apply online, visit www.uleth.ca/artsci/ awards

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Patterson responds with breakout season BY TREVOR KENNEY


oaltender Crystal Patterson was challenged by head coach Chandy Kaip to be better than a third-string player. Suffice it to say, she responded. The second-year Calgary product posted one of the best Canada West seasons ever for the Pronghorns women’s hockey team, helping the Horns to their best finish in franchise history and first playoff appearance in five seasons. “I took that challenge and pretty much proved coach wrong that I was a third string goalie,” says Patterson. “I knew I had to get my fitness up and it was something I worked on and it turned out pretty well.” Patterson started all but one conference game this season, leading Canada West in minutes played (1401:22), shutouts (6) and total saves (607). She was also second in the conference in wins (14), third in save percentage (0.928) and fourth in goalsagainst-average (2.01). In her second year with the Horns, Patterson came out of the Edge Hockey Academy in her hometown of Calgary. She says there was never a consideration to play for the University of Calgary Dinos. “No, I never thought about it. I actually loved coming to Lethbridge because it is close to Calgary but it gives you your own independence and freedom,” she says. “If you need to go home, it’s just a two-hour drive. My parents are able to come down and watch me play pretty much every weekend too, and they come on a lot of our road trips as well, so it’s great to have that support.” It’s a consistent theme on the Horns, with five players from Calgary and a sixth who attended Edge Academy. Canada West Rookie of the Year, Sadie Lenstra, is another Calgary product, proving it is fertile ground for U of L recruiters. Off the ice, Patterson is studying in the Faculty of Management. “It’s too early to tell what

IME CLASS PLANS TOURNEY A group of Management students is banking on the number “7” to generate even bigger numbers for Pronghorn Athletics scholarships. By organizing a Rugby 7s tournament for regional high school students, the 2012 Integrated Management Experience (IME) group is looking to raise funds that will be directed toward supporting less well-

Goaltender Crystal Patterson uses her five-foot-10 inch frame to advantage and relishes the nickname, “The Monster”.

I want to do with my degree,” she says. “My dad wants me to do something with the family trucking business but I’m not sure. I just may get a good background in business and see where it takes me.” Patterson will head back to Calgary once the spring semester ends, but part of her summer training will involve further work with Kaip as she takes her first turn at helping up and coming youngsters. “Chandy just came to me with the opportunity, and it will be my first chance to work

funded sports teams in the Pronghorn Athletics family. This year, the group hopes to kick off what they see as an annual effort by supporting the Horns women’s rugby program. A total of 10 teams are registered from high schools in Lethbridge and across southern Alberta, with include four men’s and six women’s teams in the mix. The Rugby 7s game is faster, with fewer players (seven versus 15) and is proving to be a popular version of the sport. The first games in the

with kids so I’m really looking forward to it,” says Patterson. She understands how a future can be shaped by the influence of a mentor. She recalls an instance where National Hockey League goaltender Curtis Joseph made a lasting impression on her with just one small gesture. “I got the chance to play between periods at a Flames’ game and he was playing for the Detroit Red Wings then,” recounts Patterson. “I remember he patted me on the pads and he’s been my favourite ever since.” Of course, as a hockey-play-

Rugby 7s tournament will take place at the U of L Community Stadium on Friday, Mar. 30 beginning at 4 p.m. and will continue Saturday, Mar. 31 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A weekend pass is $5 (available at the stadium ticket office) and also includes entry into what promises to be a highenergy showdown on Saturday afternoon between the Canada West champion U of L women’s team and the nationally-ranked Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) Cougars.


ing girl growing up in Calgary, current rival Hayley Wickenheiser was also a big factor. “Hayley Wickenheiser was a big influence for all girls who played hockey in Calgary because she was always involved in camps and things like that,” says Patterson. “You’d see her with her medals and she’d come out on the ice with you, so that’s why it’s so strange to be playing against her now. She was an idol and now she’s our competition, I never thought I’d experience that.” After a season of monumental

successes, both Patterson and the Horns will be expected to take the next step in 2012-13, but if we’ve learned anything about “the Monster” as she’s been dubbed, it’s that the five-foot-10 inch Patterson relishes a challenge. “Chandy said to us last year that within our time here at the University, we’ll be up there challenging for playoffs and playing with the best teams,” she says. “It’s pretty astounding that we were able to make playoffs in our second year, but I want to put a banner in our barn before I’m done here.”

MOVIE MILL EVENING TO BENEFIT WOMEN’S RUGBY PROGRAM Can a bag of popcorn help a student? A group of students has secured the Movie Mill for Wednesday, Mar. 14 as a fundraiser for Pronghorn Athletics scholarships, and they hope the community responds. The 2012 Integrated Management Experience (IME) class has partnered with Movie Mill owner Leonard Binning to have

half of the evening’s proceeds go toward scholarships, with this year’s funds supporting the women’s rugby program. From 6 p.m. to closing, your purchases at the Movie Mill – for both admission and concessions – will support Pronghorn Athletics. There are also door prizes, on-site contests and much more.

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Von Heyking recognized with merit award BY BOB COONEY


onya von Heyking (CA, CIA, BMgt ’03 Great Distinction) is one of 22 Alberta-based chartered accountants being honoured with a 2012 Merit Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) for making significant contributions to charitable and community causes, as well as to the CA profession. An internal auditor with the University of Lethbridge since May 2006, von Heyking is being awarded an Early Achievement Award, presented to CAs who, within the first 10 years since qualifying, have demonstrated excellence in professional, civic, charitable, community or other services. Von Heyking received her CA designation in 2006, and prior to joining the U of L, worked at KPMG in Lethbridge. Reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Governors, von Heyking has worked on numerous projects that have helped to streamline processes or affect savings or efficiencies for the U of L, including H1N1



t is always a good time to travel, and one of the great benefits of being able to see the world is immersing yourself

BUSINESS PLANS EARN SUPPORT BY JESSE MALINSKY University of Lethbridge students Aamna Zia and Richard Jokinen took home some cash to support their new business ventures as this year’s finalists in the Southventure Business Plan competition. Supported by Dr. Dan Weeks, VP research, and the Office of Research and Innovation Services, the applicants were challenged to convince a panel of judges that their business plan

preparedness, supplier selection processes and analysis of various activities related to strategic priorities. “We are extremely proud of Sonya’s achievement,” says Bob Turner, the U of L Board of Governors Chair. “Sonya is a valuable member of our administrative team, and has an excellent working relationship with the University community. In her position, she looks at many different aspects of our business and financial environment, and has a varied skill set that enables her to advise the Board and our senior administrative group with a high level of confidence. This recognition by the ICAA affirms what we already know, and appreciate, about her service to the U of L.” Von Heyking has also earned her CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) designation, making her one of the few CAs in the province with that distinction. As well, she presents at numerous conferences, recently earning a trip to the Institute of Internal Auditors ‘All Stars’ international conference – an opportunity based on positive

in the culture and customs of faraway lands. A key to many successful trips is the ability to communicate with the local populations. If you are keen to start learning a new language or want to brush up on your existing language skills, then check out Mango Languages – a full-featured languages education resource available to the University community through the U of L Library.

has merit and is worthy of a cash investment. Jokinen received $6,000 as the first place winner. He’s a current management student and founding partner in Mexspace. com, the first segmented dating/ social networking community, and what he hopes is the future website of choice for young Mexicans around the world. With more than 140 million Mexicans worldwide, Jokinen believes that the website is viable because Mexico is a huge market, and does not currently have its own dating or social website community. Zia, a management student

Internal auditor Sonya von Heyking is a 2012 Merit Award winner.

feedback from colleagues, audiences and conference organizers. Among other projects, von Heyking designed assurance engagements that allowed U of L students to conduct actual audit

work under her guidance, and present their reports to the University’s Audit Committee. This project was extremely successful and benefitted both the students and Internal Audit.

Some of the languages featured in this resource include: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese. These are just a sample of the available language lessons; there are 23 more languages included – including the whimsical Pirate module! With this resource, users will develop practical conversa-

tion skills through instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. Mango Languages also takes it a step beyond the normal language resource and offers users insight into the cultures of the various language groups. Mango Languages can be accessed via the Internet and is not dependent on whether you use a Mac or Windows-based computer. iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) users can also download a free mobile application from the Apple Store. Another great feature is that, with a microphone, you can also get feedback on your pronunciation. The lessons are not only practical but are designed to be both fun and engaging. With a user-friendly interface

Aamna Zia, left, and Richard Jokinen, right, were the recent finalists in the Southventure Business Plan competition. Each finalist earned a cash investment toward the establishment of a small business.


As an Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta Centennial Ambassador, von Heyking also volunteered extensively in 2010 to establish a long-term fund supporting academic awards in local high schools. Through contributions by Lethbridge and area chartered accountants, the project ultimately raised sufficient funds to provide 60 annual awards to local high school students. “The ICAA is, once again, honouring a tremendous class of Merit Award recipients,” says Blair Nixon (Q.C. FCA), president of the ICAA. “Each of this year’s recipients, including Ms. von Heyking, have left a positive impression on those around them. Throughout the profession’s history, CAs have been known for making a difference in Alberta’s communities – and within the profession. As always, this year’s recipients live up to that reputation.” In total, 22 Alberta recipients will be officially recognized at the 2012 Merit Awards Gala, which takes place June 22 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

that tracks progress, users are able to see themselves work towards becoming an intermediate language user. There are also language lessons for English as a second language (ESL) users. In total, there are 15 ESL modules for speakers whose native languages may include: Egyptian Arabic, French, German, Spanish and more. Mango Languages is free for University of Lethbridge faculty, staff and students. You can get started today by visiting http:// bit.ly/zlFCas and creating an account for yourself.

currently taking classes at the U of L Calgary Campus, took second place and $2,000 for her work on CitizenBridge, a webbased citizen engagement system that gathers information about government resources into one location. It offers an opportunity for the public and government representatives alike to join in conversations about issues of public interest. The panel of reviewers and judges have more than a century of business experience among them, and put the entrants through their paces at a final presentation in late February.

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niversities and experiments go handin-hand. Rats and mazes, however, likely come to mind well before furnishings and interior design. The experiment in question is part of the University of Lethbridge’s Recruitment and Retention Integrated Planning (RRIP) project, designed to not only attract new students to the University but also provide existing students every support possible to help them graduate. In the case of a new 24-Hour Study Centre, the goal is to find the proper combination of furnishings and technology to meet the learning and study needs of today’s students. The original concept of the centre called for major renovations or the creation of an entirely new space, says Brenda Mathenia, a member of the Learning Commons Space Subject Matter Team (SMT). Upon further review, however, the group has put forward a smaller, pilot project that uses an existing space. The idea is that it will provide the best means to find out what students want and need in a 24-Hour Study Centre. Using an evidence-based design, the SMT has moved new, more flexible furnishings into the former study area adjacent to the University Hall Atrium, and will now observe how the space is being utilized and what might be missing. “It’s hard to ask students ‘what do you want’ when they have no concept of what’s available,” says Mathenia, associate University librarian. “We all know you can’t please everybody all the time, but that’s all part of the learning process – looking at what we didn’t get quite right.” The atrium study area previously offered only long study tables for group work and a number of old-fashioned carrels for more private studying. The SMT looked at what a number of other universities were offering for study areas and found today’s students demand a greater variety of options. She says there’s a desire to retain some “alone space” but they also want to provide options where classmates can pull up alongside one another and collaborate. “Students learn in a totally different way today than from when I was an undergrad,” says Mathenia. “It seems students need a combination of quiet, noisy, group, individual, social and casual spaces for their entire educational experience.” While a different location for the 24-Hour Study Centre was contemplated, they decided

it was best to revamp the existing area in the atrium. “There’s not really another space readily available and centrally located. It’s a known space, there’s heavy traffic and to be quite frank, it was in dire need of updating anyways,” says Mathenia. The changes began the last day of exams in December. The carrels were removed and a bar-height counter was installed to better accommodate students popping in and out to use the computers between classes. Also added were tables arranged in pods to accommodate multiple students huddled around one computer. The space also has flat, sturdy tables that can easily be moved around, and at one end is a SMART Board interactive whiteboard on a cart that allows students the ability to work on a variety of projects. The space also boasts a flat-screen LCD display where students could connect a laptop and share their work with others. There are soft-seating areas with low, comfortable chairs and coffee tables with whiteboards on top for jotting down notes, as well as large, rolling whiteboards, which can be used to create a buffer or a working wall to gather around. “As we saw in the library, there’s a lot of formal group work happening with students, as well as informal gatherings. There’s a real social aspect to learning,” says Mathenia. There are plans to introduce an assistance desk in the 24-Hour Study Centre, with a proctor of sorts offering assistance with technology or referrals to other campus services. Mathenia says the introduction of Peer Assisted Technology and Support Students (PATSS) in the library this past spring has been a great success and they could be utilized to work the assistance desk on a rotational basis. She says the concept of students helping students has been well received. “They understand the concept of customer service,” says Mathenia. “They may not have the answer to every question but they should be able to help them find someone who does.” The newly reworked 24-Hour Study Centre space opened Jan. 10. As studying picks up throughout the term, the SMT will actively observe how students are utilizing the space. The information they gather from the project will then be used to further modify the atrium space and assist with the development of future study centres in other areas of the campus.

Dr. Andrew Iwaniuk is an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience. He is interested in understanding the neural and behavioural effects of chemical exposure by using multiple methods in both the laboratory and in the field.

environmental pollution disrupts the development of the brain and behaviour.

How is your research applicable in “the real world”?

This research includes: gaining a better understanding of the role of the brain and hormones in controlling natural behaviours, the effects of specific classes of chemicals on neural development and the neural and behavioural effects of newly emerging contaminants, such as perfluorinated and polybrominated compounds. His current research addresses two main questions: 1) how have the brain and behaviour evolved in concert with one another; and 2) what are the neurobehavioural effects of exposure to persistent organic pollutants?

My research addresses fundamental questions regarding how the brain modulates behaviour in different species, which is one means by which we better understand how the brain works. In addition, Ruffed Grouse are in decline across much of eastern North America and by better understanding their courtship display (i.e., drumming) we can make more informed decisions about habitat management for them. My contaminants research also has significant implications for deciding what chemicals we use, how much should be allowed in our food and in the environment and the extent to which some of these chemicals might be affecting wildlife.

What first piqued your interest in your research discipline?

What is the greatest honour you have received in your career?

As a graduate student, I was stunned by how little was known about why different species behave differently. I decided to then start filling in the gaps by examining how the anatomy of the brain varies from one species to the next and how this variation is related to its behaviour. Currently, I am examining how male Ruffed Grouse produce their unique drumming display and how females might be detecting the extremely low frequencies that make up the drumming sound. I am also testing the effects of environmental contaminants on developing birds to better understand how

I do not consider any of my research awards to be honours, but if I had to choose something it is being asked to be on the committee of the J.B. Johnston Club, the only international organization focusing exclusively on how brains vary among different animals.


How important are students to your research endeavours? Students are critically important to my research at a number of levels. First, they provide much needed technical assistance in my lab on several

different projects. I can honestly say that I would not have been able to complete the bulk of my research without student help. Second, when students are really interested in the topic they are researching, they often bring new perspectives and ideas to my research, which aid immensely in designing new experiments and writing papers. Third, students that I train are often afforded the opportunity to travel to present their research at regional and international meetings. This greatly benefits the students because they can meet potential graduate or post-doctoral supervisors as well as present their work to the scientific community. It is also critical to my research because it fosters collaborations with other researchers, advertises the expertise of my lab and encourages other students to come and work with me.

If you had unlimited funds, which areas of research would you invest? Application based research, such as prevention and treatment of various health problems, is entirely dependent on basic research. Most major discoveries in science occurred because of serendipitous findings in research labs addressing fundamental questions in science. I would therefore allocate far more funding and flexibility to productive scientists who are trying to gain a better understanding of how the world works. For a look at the entire catalog of 5 Questions features, check out the Office of Research and Innovation Services website at www.uleth. ca/research/research_profiles.



Parkinson discovers a mentor, launches a career BY STACY SEGUIN


hinking back, Emma Parkinson (BMus ’08), up-and-coming mezzo-soprano with Opera de Montréal, remembers growing up in a household filled with music. “My dad (Brian Parkinson) is a drama professor at the University of Lethbridge and my mom is an elementary school teacher. My older sister and I grew up playing piano, taking dance lessons and putting on little plays for our family. I loved it, the performing, the singing, the dancing, all of it really,” recalls Parkinson. “My parents always had music of all different genres going on in the house, but I actually hated opera when I was growing up. It was the one type of music that would make me run out of the room.”

“Blaine Hendsbee is my mentor forever and always.”


Parkinson spent her high school years singing with the LCI Chamber and Jazz choirs. During her last year of school, the choir went to Europe, singing its way through the south of France, Italy and Austria, an experience she describes as fantastic. After graduation, she enrolled in music at the University of Lethbridge, but remained unsure if she would enjoy studying solo voice until a summer workshop at the University of British Columbia turned her aversion of opera into a passion. “It was a one week workshop filled with people of all ages, many of whom were more advanced singers. My eyes were



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Parkinson, singing Carmen in La Tragedie de Carmen from the Banff Centre Opera as Theatre Program in 2009.

opened seeing all these different pieces of opera coming to life. It was at that point that I realized opera was such a perfect combination of theatre and music,” she says. “It just sort of came together for me and I remember thinking, ‘wow, I really want to do that. I need to do that’!” With this newfound passion, Parkinson continued her musical journey as a voice student at the U of L, working under the direction of wellknown tenor and music professor Blaine Hendsbee. Hendsbee turned out to be the perfect mentor for Parkinson, balancing high expectations with great support. “I had taken a couple of voice lessons with Blaine before I auditioned for studio at the University, so when I found out that he selected me for studio I was really happy. He is my mentor forever and always. He is so passionate about opera; he really inspired me to stretch and grow, and he helped me come out of my shell and find my voice as a soloist. He has a professional quality and is very encouraging but still firm. He

demands a very high standard, which is exactly what you need when you are pursuing any sort of art form,” says Parkinson, who made the most of her time as an undergrad, participating in several music and drama co-productions and singing with the University Singers. “Because the University has a smaller program in terms of numbers, I was able to grow and blossom as an individual. I received opportunities that a larger school wouldn’t provide, which put me at an advantage when I started my graduate studies. I got my first role in the U of L’s production of Mikado. My dad was the director; I felt very privileged to work with him. He was very professional and it was nice to watch him work,” says Parkinson. “I remember the first time performing Mikado on stage; I was ecstatic because we had these incredible costumes and an orchestra and I loved the overdramatic, evil-witch character I got to play. We had worked so hard to get to opening night that I wanted to go out there to have fun and entertain. I felt over the moon when the curtain dropped!” It is a feeling that has stayed

with her throughout her busy musical career. Parkinson graduated from the University with a BMus in 2008. She earned her master’s of music in opera performance in 2010 from McGill University, during which time she starred in multiple operas and oratorio concerts. After her master’s she auditioned for a two-year young artist training program, Atelier Lyrique of Opera de Montréal, one of only four such training programs available in Canada. She will complete the program with them in June. This summer she is excited to fulfill her first international professional contract in Berlin, where she will spend two months playing Mercedes in a new production of Carmen. “The marriage of music and theatre is like nothing else and I really love it. I feel so lucky to spend my day working on beautiful music, singing beautiful music and performing it. At the end of the day, I can’t imagine working on anything else.”

University of Lethbridge for a Meeting of the Minds and get answers to these –and more – questions on Saturday, Mar. 10 in Markin Hall. The Meeting of the Minds Conference, hosted by the U of L Graduate Students’ Association and sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies, is geared to bring research to an external community audience, and all presentations are open to the general public and free to attend. The day concludes with a reception and poster presentation display at 5 p.m., a cocktail dinner and a 7 p.m. talk by pioneering U of L neuroscience researcher Dr. Bryan Kolb. Meeting of the Minds prom-

ises to deliver a surprising and educational day of more than 30 talks and poster presentations which represent the wide variety of research taking place on campus at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral level. This is the sixth annual event of its type on campus. “It is extremely important as a researcher to be able to present your work in a way that is understandable to an external audience,” says spokesperson Samantha Dawson. We are looking at this event as a way to not only explain what we do, but to gain experience in public presentation skills and networking.” With more than 500 people conducting research and taking

graduate studies at the U of L, Dawson says the opportunity to learn from each other is also extremely valuable. “We don’t have time to drop into someone else’s lab and ask them what they are up to, so our event also gives us a chance to learn even more about what our colleagues are working on,” she says. “We hope that this sparks collaboration between people who might not have previously thought of working together.” Dawson says that conference organizers have worked hard to encourage participation from all areas of campus. “We had people from different faculties review papers – for example, a biological sciences


Photo by Donald Lee

G E T T H E FA C T S • Parkinson has

performed as a soloist or character role in more than 25 productions

• In December 2011, she

participated in a 14-day concert tour of China, singing with the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra

• In 2011, she was

awarded the Prix Jeune Espoir Lyrique Canadien, as well as the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Laureate honours

• This year, she is

preparing for roles as a soloist in Rossini et Ses Muses (with Atelier Lyrique), and Siebel in Faust (with Opera de Montréal)

presentation might have been reviewed by someone from fine arts or management, and vice versa. This ensured that there was a good level of external review and requests for clarity. If the reviewer didn’t understand it, it was unlikely a broader community audience would understand it.” This year’s conference promises to be the largest to date. “With the Meeting of the Minds theme and external focus, hopefully we will draw more people to campus to learn about graduate studies and the diversity of work taking place here,” says Dawson. For a complete list of presentations, check the Notice Board.


& wellness

Wellness survey is opportunity to shape program Creating a workplace atmosphere that offers employees a positive work-life balance is one of the key goals of the University’s Wellness Committee. In an effort to meet that goal, the committee needs to know how to best serve employees’ needs. The introduction of a wellness survey at the end of March is a way to discover just what employees value most when it comes to wellness activities. Look for the survey to be e-mailed to you Monday, Mar. 19. It will be active until the end of the month.

Why should the University of Lethbridge conduct a wellness survey for employees?

Work can affect health and wellness and vice versa. A healthy workplace begins with its employees. The University of Lethbridge is looking to you, our employees to gain insight into

SETTING GOALS, USING SUPPORTS THE KEY TO REAL CHANGE BY LORI WEBER While it is still winter out there, it hasn’t exactly been the toughest winter season to endure. It’s probably why people are finding that spring is coming to mind much quicker than in previous years. We’re all starting to think about getting outside and being healthy and active in the summer months. But how do we get there? When people ask me about planning in regards to their

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individual perceptions and opinions on wellness activities at the University of Lethbridge. The purpose of this survey is to have your input to help identify the gaps, provide benchmarks, raise awareness and develop strategies to improve the U of L health and wellness program. Our Wellness Vision recognizes that our people are our greatest asset and that the balance of individual health and well-being is critical to the overall success of the University. Our three-year plan includes promotion of a healthy lifestyle as a major goal. In working with the Workplace Health Improvement Project (WHIP) through Alberta Health Services, it was identified that a missing piece of our overall program was asking employees for their input into our wellness program and how we can make it more accessible to them. Your input is key!

What is the purpose of the Wellness survey?

To determine your view of our program, set priorities, take actions to improve employee health and wellness attitudes and practices and improve the quality of the work environment. To raise awareness with all employees of the variety of health and wellness activities currently available.

Your opportunity to voice your opinion. Your chance to help shape the future of health and wellness at the U of L. PRIZES! You could win a Tablet as the grand prize, with other weekly participation prizes including flowers, spa treatment, oil changes, car care packages and more! Why did the University of Lethbridge Wellness Committee choose the survey questions and Metrics at Work to assist with this process? This survey allows organizations to address both workplace and individual determinants of health. Metrics at Work was chosen as it is a reputable organization

health, I always start by asking what they want. Planning is the key to starting the process of change. If you can first answer the question, “What do I want to achieve with my health?”, you are already on your way because you have started to verbalize your goals. It is my belief that everyone aspires to be healthy, safe and secure as a basis for his or her sense of well being in the world. Employees of the University of Lethbridge have a great many resources to call upon to help them achieve these goals. The Wellness Office has an excellent resource in coordinator Suzanne McIntosh. Suzanne can assist you in a number of ways, such as discuss-

ing both short and long-term disability issues, by introducing you to wellness initiatives such as the Vascular Risk Assessment Program, and by connecting employees to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). This program offers confidential support via phone (1-800-663-1142), e-mail and in person through www.homewoodhumansolutions.com. They have supports available for everything from financial, legal, psychological, trauma and eldercare to parenting assistance and much more. Another great resource on campus is the Health Centre (SU020, 403-329-2484), while both the Risk and Safety Services Office and the Security Office will also assist you

with any questions or concerns. Remember that all safety concerns, including near miss accidents, should be reported either through a call to Security (403-329-2345 for immediate needs) or to the website: www. uleth.ca/hum/riskandsafetyservices/cair. There is also a Safety Committee at the University that has members in all departments throughout campus. Now that you know a few of your resources, I challenge you to start thinking about your health, safety and security plan. Here are some basic questions you should ask. What do I want to achieve/ what is my goal? What have I done that has worked before? What have I not yet tried?

To help determine your perceptions and opinions on health and wellness, and what this means to you.

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To benchmark metrics of health and wellness indicators, usage and programming for employees on campus.


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(Alberta Cancer Board used this company for their employee health and wellness survey) that is very familiar with an educational institutional setting and is a neutral, third party and confidential resource. The survey will be webbased and available to employees only. The results will be communicated to employees over the next six months.

What sorts of questions will the survey ask? • Rate your own health and wellness – employee health conditions and concerns, risk behaviours, and readiness to change. • Rate the organizational health of the University – such as quality of work life and satisfaction at work. • Provide a programming needs assessment. For any questions about the survey, contact Wellness Co-ordinator Suzanne McIntosh.

Who else is involved and can work with me (spouse, friend, family, EFAP, Suzanne McIntosh/Wellness Office, various University offices)? If you write down the answers to these questions, and carry out at least three steps, this could set you well on your way to achieving your health and safety goals. But now is the time to start. Don’t wait for spring (it could still be a long way off), and take those first few steps to achieving your health and wellness aspirations. Lori Weber is the manager of the University of Lethbridge Health Centre.

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Performances Mar. 13 | Music at Noon: Julie-Anne Derome (violin) and live electronics (Montreal) | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 17 | Faculty Artists & Friends: Piano Pianissimo! | Featuring performances from David Rogosin (Mount Allison University), Glen Montgomery, Deanna Oye, and alumna Magdalena von Eccher (BMus ‘07) 8 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 20 | Music at Noon: Nick Sullivan (bass trombone) and Bente Hansen (piano) | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 20-24 | The Madonna Painter or the Birth of a Painting | A parable of lies, twisted with every stroke of the painter’s brush; religion, sexuality, death and secrets collide in a small Quebec village in 1918 | 8 p.m. nightly, University Theatre Mar. 24 | U of L Jazz Ensemble: Essentially Ellington | The U of L Jazz Ensemble plays the music of Duke Ellington including the classics Take the A Train and Caravan | 8 p.m., The Gate Mar. 27 | Music at Noon: Dr. Troy Breaux (percussion) | 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 30 | Global Drums! | Features the AfroCuban music of guest Troy Breaux (Lafayette, Louisiana). Enjoy Steel Drums, African Drums, and Taiko Ensemble, Brazilian and Samba group and the new Polynesian Ensemble 8 p.m., University Theatre Apr. 1 | Spring Choral Celebration | Featuring the music of the U of L Singers, Vox Musica and the U of L Women’s Chorus 3 p.m., Southminster United Church

Apr. 3 | Music at Noon: Trudi Mason (trumpet) and Elinor Lawson (piano) 12:15 p.m., University Recital Hall (W570)

Mar. 13 | Political Science presentation Gendered Impact of Electoral Systems on Political Participation, featuring Katrine Beauregard, University of Calgary 12:15 p.m., D634


Mar. 13 | Program Planning Advice for Chem and BioChem majors How to make the most out of your program – what to take and when | 4:30 p.m., B660

Mar. 7 | CAETL Graduate Student Workshop | The Multicultural Classroom – TA panel-based forum explores issues related to being a graduate student on an ethnically diverse campus and what impact these issues may have on teaching and learning Noon, L1168

Mar. 14 | Art Now: Rosalie Favell Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 15 | Plays & Prose Competition Winners | U of L students read their winning entries from the Striking Pose and PlayRight Prize competitions | 7 p.m., David Spinks Theatre

Mar. 7 | Art Now: Charles Stankievech Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 8 | CMA Panel Discussion CMAs from top employers in Lethbridge discuss how the CMA designation has propelled their careers 6 p.m., Andy’s Place (AH100)

Mar. 15 | Agricultural Innovation and Business Speaker’s Series Thebaine Poppy Innovation, Glen Metzler, president, API Labs Inc. 7:30 p.m., Galt Museum & Archives

Mar. 9 | Art Now: Dawn Cain Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)

Mar. 16 | Art Now: Jeremy Hof Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)

Mar. 9 | CAETL Talking About Teaching Ideas to Jump-Stars Your Course: New Ideas for a New Semester | 2 p.m., L1168

Mar. 19 | Art Now: Nancy Tousley Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)

Mar. 9 | Department of Modern Languages Speaker Series | Cervantes, Zayas and the Seven Deadly Sins with Dr. Anne J. Cruz | 3 p.m., B543

Mar. 21 | Art Now: Maskull Lasserre Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 21 | CRCGA Workshop: Understanding Soil | Graeme Greenlee, Soil Scientist, will talk about the components of soil | 7 p.m., AH116

Mar. 9 | CIHR Café Scientifique Sexual Health – A Possible Genetic Link to Samoan Sexual Orientation with Dr. Paul Vasey and Dr. Andrew Paterson 7 p.m., Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Mar. 21 | CMA Speakers Series: Craig Kielburger | The Faculty of Management welcomes Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children | 7 p.m., SU Ballroom

Mar. 12 | Art Now: Jennifer Cane Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 12 | Architecture & Design Now: Calgary architect Dave Monteyne 6:15 p.m., M1040

Mar. 26 | Art Now: Elsworthy Wang Noon, University Recital Hall (W570)

Mar. 28 | Art Now: Zin Taylor Noon, University Recital Hall (W570) Mar. 30 | Discovery Lecture Series: Global food activist Raj Petel | How to Feed 10 Billion: Global food writer, activist, academic and award-winning author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing 7 p.m., PE250

Miscellaneous Mar. 7 | Student Speaker Challenge Second semifinal session 4 p.m., Students’ Union Ballroom A Mar. 9 to Apr. 12 | Curated Student Exhibition | An established guest curator selects work by students and helps them acquire professional experience while showcasing the best of the year’s undergraduate art production Reception, Mar. 9, 8 p.m., Main Gallery Mar. 13 | Student Speaker Challenge Final session | 7 p.m., Andy’s Place (AH100) Mar. 17 | Culture Vulture Saturday: Button-making | Button-making with Trap/ Door | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Hall Atrium Mar. 19 | LPIRG Film Screening For the Bible Tells Me So 7 p.m. Galileo’s Lounge Mar. 21-24 | OUTspoken The largest annual event of its kind in southern Alberta, OUTspoken is designed to address a wide variety of LGBTTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer and allies) topics | Check the Notice Board for individual events Mar. 24 | 6th Annual Lethbridge Film Festival | Take in the winning entries of this year’s Film Festival | 8 p.m., PE250

Mar. 26 | Architecture & Design Now: Elsworthy Wang | 6:15 p.m., M1040

ZOO PLANS AHEAD WITH NEW SUMMER HOURS BY KYLE DODGSON For the past 41 years, the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union has provided students with a venue to sit back and unwind. From its humble beginnings in 1971 as the ‘SU Pub’ in a temporary building, to the Students’ Union Building institution it has become, the Zoo has always prided itself as being a place where great food, beverages and conversation can be enjoyed by the University of

Lethbridge community. As the hustle and bustle of the winter semester continues, the Zoo can be a welcome place to help release the tension of another busy semester. With that in mind, the ULSU and the Zoo work hard to host events to help students escape the daily challenges of post-secondary classes. This semester, the newly minted weekly event is Karaoke Night. Every Tuesday evening, the Zoo fills with budding singers and songstresses hoping to build up enough confidence to make their talents known to the world. The lively audience is ever encouraging and Karaoke Night continues to be a roaring success for everyone.

Open Mic Night, as shown here, as well as Karaoke Night have proven to be popular attractions for patrons of the Zoo.

Now in its second year, Open Mic Night is another monthly performance event where students and community members alike can promote


their talents and perform for an encouraging and appreciative audience. For those individuals looking past the doldrums of winter

to the sun-soaked summer months, the Zoo has an enticing new summer offer on the horizon; they will be remaining open for business during the summer months. The establishment will be open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The addition of new patio furniture and umbrellas will make the Zoo the place to take a welcome rest from the ins and outs of daily office life or to enjoy happy hour on a sunny afternoon. For more information about the Zoo and any ULSU events, visit www.ulsu.ca or stop by our offices in SU180.


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Whitehead gift gets creative juices flowing


hanks to generous University of Lethbridge alumnus, Terry Whitehead (BA ’94), students have the opportunity to flex their creative writing muscles and possibly win fame and fortune. Whitehead provides $5,000 in prize money to support the annual Play Right Prize and Striking Prose competition to encourage excellence and development in student playwriting and short story writing. When the 2012 winners were asked why they participated in this competition they all answered the same way – because they love to write. The first place prize in the Striking Prose category went to English major Kristine Saretsky for her short story The Persephone

Games. The three member jury, made up of Department of English faculty, Dr. Kiki Benzon, Dr. Maureen Hawkins and Dr. Jay Gamble, conclude Saretsky’s story is a moving read that is part mystery, part dream and entirely entrancing. What is left unsaid defines the story and is most terrifying. First place for the Play Right Prize went to Makambe Simamba, a BFA Drama major, for her play MUD, which speaks to contemporary Canadian issues in a powerful and poetic way. The jury included Meg Braem, an award-winning playwright and drama faculty member; alumni Andy Jenkins (BFA ’07), Empress Theatre’s summer program director; and Estelle Shook, the former artistic director of British Columbia’s nationally acclaimed Caravan Farm Theatre. With a record number of submis-

SPOTLIGHT ON PIANO Two pianos, four pianists and eight hands are the formula for an exciting, entertaining evening of music. Piano PIANISSIMO!, the final Faculty Artists & Friends concert of the season, features the talents of music faculty Dr. Deanna Oye and Glen Montgomery, alumna Magdalena von Eccher (BMus ’07) and special guest David Rogosin. It plays on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 8 p.m. in the University Recital Hall. “The pieces we’ve selected are gems of piano repertoire,” says Oye. “The program is filled with music written or arranged for piano duet or piano duo, and the finale features a piece for two pianos and eight hands!”

JAZZ GREATS EXPLORED Experience a night of classic jazz tunes and new favourites with the University Jazz Ensemble. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Oliver Jones – the melodies of these jazz heavyweights and many more fill The Gate on Saturday, Mar. 24 at 8 p.m. “Ellington was one of the most influential jazz composers and this concert pays tribute to his talents along with many others,” says Don Robb, U of L Jazz Ensemble director. “It’s a great night to come out and listen to some exceptional jazz.” To enjoy Ellington’s Rockin’ in Rhythm and In a Sentimental Mood, Count Basie’s Down for the Count and Tall Cotton and Oliver Jones’ Emancipation Blues, reserve your tickets at the U of L Box Office.

A CHORAL CELEBRATION Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with the U of L Singers, Women’s Choir and Vox Musica. The Spring Choral Celebration showcases each choir’s wealth of vocal talent and celebrates the Easter season, Sunday, Apr. 1, 3 p.m. at Southminster United Church. “With April 1 being Palm Sunday, the repertoire certainly captures the mood of Holy Week,” says Glenn Klassen, Vox Musica director. “Composers throughout history have created masterpieces using texts from the Lenten and Easter season, and this concert samples just a few.” Tickets are available at the U of L Box Office.

Pictured here are the winners from the Play Right Prize and Striking Prose competition. Back row from left: Cole Olson and Christopher Wallace. Front from left: Lori-Ann Steward, Kristine Saretsky, Makambe Simamba and Chelsea Woolley.

sions, the jurors were impressed with the high degree of imagination demonstrated by the student playwrights. Both first prize winners receive $1,500 and the opportunity

to share their winning entries at a public reading on Thursday, Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. in the David Spinks Theatre. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. The evening includes a reception

and cash bar. Second place in the Play Right competition went to Chelsea Woolley for her script 1000 Names, which had rich, vivid characters and timeless potent themes. Third place went to Cole Olson for his play Patriarch, a work that takes a personal and intimate approach to the classic family drama. They receive awards of $750 and $250 respectively. Because the quality was so high, this year’s Striking Prose jurors found it too hard to decide on a second and third place story, so two second prize awards were presented to Christopher Wallace for his story Alex and to Lori-Ann Steward for her submission Marionette. Wallace and Steward split the second and third prize awards and each receive $500.

THE MADONNA PAINTER A CHALLENGE FOR SMALL CAST Religion, sexuality, death and secrets all collide in the small parish of Lac St-Jean, Quebec when The Madonna Painter or the Birth of a Painting by Governor General Award winning playwright Michel Marc Bouchard unravels its tantalizing tale. Playing Mar. 20-24 at 8 p.m. nightly in the University Theatre, The Madonna Painter beautifully caps off a captivating Mainstage season. “It is a collision of ecstasies, a bouquet of lies disguised as a fable,” wrote Bouchard. “The Madonna Painter or The Birth of a Painting is writ in scarlet pigments, in holy wine and haemoglobin, all the shades of red that flow though us, from our sex to our souls.” Conveying the poetic

essence of the script and capturing its poignant imagery is the challenge confronting MFA candidate and director, Sean Guist. “The play takes place in 1918 in rural Quebec, and I did a lot of historical research, which included a trip to Quebec, to understand the period and its religious influences,” Guist says. “The play is loosely based on events that happened in Bouchard’s home town when he was young, and he wrote the play many years later while living in Florence, Italy. When he returned to Canada, after the play received critical acclaim abroad, he rewrote and translated the play a couple of times. The translation by Linda Gaboriau is the version we are using.”

The story begins as World War I is ending and the Spanish flu is taking hold. A young priest, having recently arrived in the small parish, commissions a wandering Italian painter to create a fresco dedicated to the Virgin Mary to ward off the oncoming plague. As he chooses his model between four local virgins – all named Mary – the Madonna painter changes the fate of the entire community. “Our cast is small, only seven characters,” Guist explains. “Every character in the play has their own journey and their own beauty to discover. In turn, each actor has to go on that journey too; to discover their own beauty.” “The audience will

experience great contemporary Canadian theatre that comes to life on a stunning set designed by faculty member and alumnus Roger Schultz (BFA ’89), with costumes designed by Leslie Robison-Greene. Bouchard said he wanted the audience to leave with one element from the play: an image, a character, a line or a moment. I know this play both provokes and entertains – it’s very beautiful, like a great work of art,” says Guist. Tickets for The Madonna Painter 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 $15 regular, $10 for seniors and students.


fantastic night of entertainment featuring works from our Steel Drum Ensemble, African Drums, Taiko Ensemble, Brazilian and Samba Ensemble and brand new Polynesian Ensemble.” Joining Global Drums onstage is a notable roster of guests including worldrenowned Afro-Cuban artist, Troy Breaux. “Breaux comes to us from the University of Louisiana. We’re very excited to have him lead Global Drums in a traditional Afro-Cuban piece,” says Mason. Global Drums collaborates with pianist Glen Montgomery for a unique

medley from West Side Story. Composed for piano and orchestra, this unforgettable arrangement of themes from Bernstein’s classic musical is not to be missed. Other program offerings include Anthony Di Sanza’s Concerto for Darabukka, a Middle-Eastern percussion piece performed by MMus candidate, Joe Porter. As well, local dancers from Nefertiti Dance Studios are planning to heat up the stage with the new Polynesian Ensemble. The evening’s finale takes the audience on a nostalgic journey through the decades of what many

Canadians consider to be the country’s true national sport. “From the ponds, to the streets, to Sidney Crosby’s gold medal goal, this piece honours our hockey traditions,” says Mason, who composed the piece to celebrate the nation’s love of the game through Stompinspired choreography and stick-slapping rhythms. To experience Global Drums, reserve your tickets today at the U of L Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or by calling 403-329-2616. Tickets are $15 regular and $10 for seniors, students and children.

Global Drums scores this spring with a lineup of all-star performers and an original tribute to hockey’s greatest moments! The U of L Global Drums and their special guests take to the University Theatre stage Mar. 30-31 at 8 p.m. nightly for a program of hardhitting rhythms and unique cultural collaborations. “This concert has something for everyone,” says Adam Mason, director. “Audiences can expect a


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Otto Rogers was born in Kerrobert, Sask. in 1935. He received his Master of Science in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin 1959. In the same year, he began teaching at the University of Saskatchewan, where he served as department head from 1975 to 1988. In 1988, Rogers was called to Haifa, Israel, where he served two, five-year terms as a counselor member of the International Teaching Center of the Bahai faith. He returned to Canada in the sum-

mer of 1998 and currently lives and works in southern Ontario. Rogers is regarded as one of Canada’s senior abstract painters, and his work is held in numerous public collections across the country, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada Council Art Bank, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Canada. His art practice incorporates the teachings of the Bahai faith, which promote the concept of a fundamental unity of reality and the symbiotic relationship between art, nature, language and consciousness.

(TOP) Otto Rogers, Checkboard Still-life, 1956. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection. Gift of the artist, 1988, in memory of his parents Mary Jane and Otto Victor. (CENTRE) Otto Rogers, City of Light, 1964. The University of Lethbridge Art Collection. Gift of the artist, 1988, in memory of his parents Mary Jane and Otto Victor. (BOTTOM) Otto Rogers, Trees As Energy, 1962. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection. Purchased in 1988 with funds provided by the Alberta Advanced Education Endowment and Incentive Fund.

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The Legend March 2012  

The official newspaper of the University of Lethbridge

The Legend March 2012  

The official newspaper of the University of Lethbridge