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A voyage of self-discovery


Supporting Our Students continues to grow

Hansen in the right place at the right time Joanne Peterson is learning more about herself than she’d ever imagined when she returned to school as a mature student.

A distinguished group of Honorary Degree recipients Galway explores themes in children’s literature

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oanne Peterson was initially disappointed when she learned how many classes she’d have to take before she could pursue her master’s of counselling degree. Now, having just graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology (with distinction), she has a true appreciation for the breadth of her educational experience. “When I learned I needed to complete 20 courses at the U of L before applying for my master’s, I felt discouraged,” says the 46-yearold Peterson, a mature student who returned to post-secondary school after being in the workforce for years. “But I can truly say that the undergraduate courses I have taken have taught me more about myself than I could ever have realized.” Aspiring to be a registered therapist, Peterson found herself in classes she would never have considered taking beforehand, such as neuroscience. “I discovered I had a passion for learning about and understanding the brain and behaviour,” she says. “Now, I can see it really benefitting my career as a therapist. I’ve enjoyed the process of learning and in doing so, I realize that the more I learn, the less I know. It is both humbling and exciting at the same time.” Peterson immersed herself in the university experience, taking full advantage of the opportunities

afforded her. She took an applied study course that placed her as a volunteer at Martha’s House, an independent living seniors’ community, where she had the opportunity to study quality of life issues for seniors. Through that association, she was introduced to the Lethbridge Seniors’ Forum and now is an active committee member. Her applied study resulted in the creation of a series of four brochures that reflected quality of life topics most important to the residents of Martha’s House. Packaged as a Navigation Guide for Seniors, the brochures are now being published and distributed by the City of Lethbridge. This experience led Dr. Jennifer Mather (psychology) to encourage Peterson to write an honour’s thesis (Seniors Views on Quality of Life), and she turned the difficult task into an excellent experience of selfdiscovery. “She recognized my lack of confidence, even though I was carrying a very high GPA,” says Peterson, who had to present her thesis to an audience of professors, administrators, fellow students and invited guests. “Without her encouragement, I don’t believe I would have pushed myself to write a thesis and it turned out to be such a rewarding part of my university experience.” She was later invited to present

her thesis findings to the boards of directors at St. Michael’s Health Centre and the Green Acres Foundation. Throughout her educational journey, Peterson saw time and again the supportive nature of U of L faculty and staff, something that was in stark contrast to her first post-secondary experience, years before at a much larger institution. “In attending a smaller institution, my experience as a student was much more personal and hands-on than what I’d experienced when I attended the University of Alberta years back,” she says. “The class sizes, particularly in the 3000 and 4000-level courses were often 20 to 40 students, allowing me to engage in discussions with my professors that greatly enhanced my learning. I also found the accessibility of my professors to be remarkable.” It’s another reason why she will not hesitate to apply for the master’s program. “I intend to take this next year as a professional development year and seek work experience in the counselling field before applying for the 2014 cohort,” she says. “The encouragement and advice I’ve been given from the Master’s of Counselling program, particularly Dr. Blythe Shepard and Dr. Dawn McBride, has really made an impact in my continued pursuit of a career as a therapist.”

SYMBIOLOGICA TEAM RECORDS ANOTHER VICTORY University of Lethbridge 4401 University Drive Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

It’s win number two for the team of University of Lethbridge student researcher/entrepreneurs who form the Synbiologica Ltd. team. CEO Isaac Ward (third-year neuroscience), first-year biochemistry student Erin Kelly and chemistry and biochemistry master’s students Mackenzie Coatham and Harland Brandon have developed a

new method of detecting hormones – an idea they are in the process of patenting. Their proposed biomedical device technology, called Biologically Enhanced Assay in Real-Time, is expected to bring next-generation hormone detection to the research, agricultural and medical markets. In addition to winning $10,000

in the SouthVenture Business Plan Competition in March, the group recently took first place in the Tech Stream portion of the Chinook Entrepreneurial Challenge, an annual business planning competition hosted by Community Futures Lethbridge Region. CONTINUED ON PG. 9

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University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon chats about what’s happening in the University community

I often talk about the community of people we have here at the University of Lethbridge and how it’s the people who are behind the success of the institution. Never has that been more apparent than in the last few weeks when we’ve seen the U of L community come together as a supportive, cohesive team to not only execute planned events but respond in times of crisis. Over the course of the last month, the University hosted the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), held our annual Spring Convocation and dealt with a serious flooding incident. All three events were unique in their own right, yet all three produced the same response from faculty and staff, people working together and showing their commitment

to the University of Lethbridge. Looking back at the CanadaWide Science Fair, it is virtually impossible to prepare in one year all the logistical elements of this massive event, especially given the fact that previous planning committees typically have three years to accomplish the same feat. But with a volunteer base numbering more than 400, including 70 faculty members serving as CWSF judges, the weeklong event was an incredible success. Understanding how important it was that we showcase the best of our university to this national group of young scientists, our people left a lasting impression on our visitors that will serve the U of L for years to come. Convocation is another such event for which the University

planned and executed flawlessly. Given the constraints the organizing committee had to work under in regards to the campus construction projects, Spring 2013 Convocation was yet another memorable experience for the graduates and their families. This is a very important time for our students, and our faculty and staff once again came together to create a truly celebratory atmosphere for our new graduates. That spirit of teamwork and community responsibility was even more evident over the past week, when an unplanned event tested the resolve of everyone on campus. The significant flood that shut down the University Library and the University Centre for the Arts brought out our very best.

As I was on campus watching the events of the flood unfold, it was amazing to see more and more people coming back to campus ready and willing to volunteer their time and efforts to help out in any capacity. Fully aware of the challenge, there was no looking back, no wondering why this happened to us. Rather, the mood was entirely focused on moving ahead and getting the University back in shape for its students, staff and faculty. We have a unique attitude here on campus and it manifests itself in everything we do. I think back to the start of our academic year and the 45th anniversary celebrations we all took part in, the organization that took place behind the scenes

that helped us to remember the beginning years of our institution. We have had many ups and downs over the past few months, including many terrific events countered by some difficult budgetary challenges. Yet through all this, whether in good times or bad, there is a consistency to our people and their pride in the University of Lethbridge. It brings us together and helps us achieve great things. I want to thank you for stepping up and ensuring that the University of Lethbridge continues to move forward, regardless of the circumstances we may face. I wish everyone a wonderful summer and urge you to take advantage of the opportunities you have to relax and recharge for the fall semester.

Anne-Laure Djaballah (MFA candidate) has an exhibition entitled Non-Places at the Muse Gallery in Toronto during the month of June.

pentathlon; and the team of Sura and Krosse who won a silver medal in the line throw event. Dallas Walker was also selected to represent Canada on the development team at the 2013 Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Canberra Australia in September, while Krosse was selected as a primary alternate for the Canadian Development team for the Commonwealth Championships.

tion) and Olu Awosoga (Health Sciences) are the recipients of a CAETL Teaching Development Fund grant.

gourmet, healthy, simple and easy choice ingredients. Check out the South50 competition at

Mark Richards (Music) recently had two articles published. Sonata Form and the Problem of Second-Theme Beginnings appeared in the journal Music Analysis, and Transforming Form: The Process of Becoming in the Scherzo of Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 1 is in the journal Indiana Theory Review.

Jay Whitehead (Drama) and Richie Wilcox (Drama), recently returned from the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Ireland with their production of UNSEX’d by Jay Whitehead and Daniel Judes. The production involved U of L alumni, student and faculty connections, including: David Barrus (BFA Dramatic Arts ’09, MFA Dramatic Arts ’13) was the set & costumes designer and nominated for Best Aspect of a Play; Richie Wilcox (Drama) was the director and nominated for Best Aspect of a Play; Jay Whitehead (BFA ‘Drama) was the playwright and an actor and was nominated for Best Male Actor and Best New Writing of a Play; Doug MacArthur (Drama) was the dialect coach; Adam Beauchesne (BFA Dramatic Arts ‘09) was an actor; Keith Miller (BFA Dramatic Arts major) was the fight choreographer.

Debi Sandul (EIS Manager, Operations and Reporting) will be honoured with a Western Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (WARUCC) Service Award for her work as the University’s Associate Registrar. The Service Awards program was started in 1993 to recognize exceptional achievement in the field. Former U of L employees Peter Haney and Leslie Lavers are past award winners.

Andrew Stewart (Music) took part in the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) in Daejeon and Seoul, South Korea last month. He also premiered a new work for soprano t-stick, entitled Still Life: Eviction – influenced by the large format, backlit, photography of Canadian photographer, Jeff Wall. The University of Lethbridge Maxbell Mantas finished sixth out of 21 teams at the 2013 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships in Trois Rivieres, Quebec recently. In addition to the team result, several individual competitors excelled, including: Merel Krosse, who won a silver medal in the 100-metre carry with fins event; Alex Sura, who won a bronze medal in the women’s

Annie Martin’s (Art) exhibition, Everything That Rises (installation) and Temporal Drawings is at the Pith Gallery in Calgary until June 15. Taras Polataiko’s (Art) work was part of the internationally touring exhibition entitled Ukrainian News, which was at the Centre of Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland. It is considered the most prominent venue for contemporary art in Poland. Monique Sedgwick (Health Sciences), Lance Grigg (Educa-

Matthew Gourley (Management student) and Patricia and Alex Luu (Management student) were winners in the Accelerate South50 competition. Gourley won the Student Pitch It Contest by making the best elevator pitch for his proposed “jobbid” website whereby customers can post jobs online for registered contractors to bid on. The Luus won the Entrepreneur Contest for their grocery retailer, Umami Shop. Described as a neighbourhood grocery store, it boasts


The play, The Tighty Whities, involving Fine Arts alumni and a current students won the Provincial One Act Play Festival in May. Those involved are director Kathryn Smith (BFA Dramatic Arts ’12), cast member Emma Sinclair (BFA Dramatic Arts ’12), cast member Kelly Malcolm (BFA Dramatic Arts ’12), set and crew Ryan Reese (BFA Dramatic Arts ’13) and stage manager Janah Holgate (BFA Dramatic Arts major). CONTINUED ON PG. 10

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Ferguson earns provincial honour E

lizabeth Ferguson (BA ’03, MA ’05, Native American Studies), the coordinator of the University of Lethbridge’s Native Student Advising office, has received an award from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) for her work to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at the U of L.

“Elizabeth has single-handedly developed a lot of the support systems we have in place for our FNMI students.” DR. JUDITH LAPADAT

As the first recipient of this award from the U of L community, Ferguson joins more than 300 women from 76 communities across the province who have been recognized for their strength and accomplishments. “Elizabeth has singlehandedly developed a lot of the support systems we have in place for our FNMI students, and has done so in a resourceful, gracious and determined way,” says Dr. Judith Lapadat, the Univer-

First Nations, Métis and Inuit students enjoy the strength of support systems initiated by Elizabeth Ferguson.

sity’s associate vice-president, students. “I am extremely proud of her, as are our staff members who work with her to support our FNMI students. Elizabeth is a key point of contact for all of them at some point in their university life, and does everything

she can to make their experiences here better. As a U of L graduate who returned to school as an adult, Elizabeth has the inside knowledge they appreciate.” The U of L currently has more than 400 FNMI students from all parts of Canada.

Ferguson, a member of the First Nations Dene community, is well known on campus and in the community for her advocacy for, and wholehearted participation in, numerous activities that showcase the achievements of the U of L’s FNMI students.

These include an event for families and graduates at spring and fall convocation ceremonies, the annual Native Awareness Week celebration and her role in enhancing the presence of Elders on campus. She also started an FNMI student-specific food bank, made sure that the campus food services providers learned how to make fry bread, berry soup and other traditional foods at FNMI-focused events and works with students to provide settlement assistance when they relocate to attend school. Her external community activities include a city-appointed position as the First Nations representative on the board of Economic Development Lethbridge, among many other commitments. “Elizabeth Ferguson has been invaluable in the cultural, spiritual and scholarly advancement of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students on the campus of the University of Lethbridge and has served the larger campus community through her leadership,” says Dr. Carol Williams, a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies. “She has successfully shown the University how, and why, ensuring student confidence through cultural specific and sensitive policy and practices is crucial to their success.”

FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP ENABLES UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY BY BOB COONEY Maggie Kogut, a third-year modern languages and English major, has received a highly competitive national scholarship to attend a French language university of her choice in Canada for a year of study. Kogut, originally from Sylvan Lake, Alta., transferred to the U of L from Red Deer College. She will receive $7,000 and travel expenses as the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Endowment Fund for Study in a Second Official Language award, administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). “The competition for this award is fierce as there are only a maximum of three awarded every year,” says Dr. Tabitha Spagnolo Sadr, an assistant professor of French and one of Kogut’s nominators. “Each university in Canada can put forth only their best candidate. “The idea is that anglophone undergraduate students either in their second or third year can apply for funding to study for a year at a francophone insti-

tution. In turn, francophone students compete for the same award to study at an anglophone institution. We are extremely proud of Maggie for this exceptional achievement.”

“I’m considering a career in journalism, and being able to write effectively in both languages would be a helpful skill.” MAGGIE KOGUT

Kogut is taking majors in both English and French, and is already refining her bilingual writing skills as the Entertainment editor and as a French-language columnist for the Meliorist. Though the year away adds

Maggie Kogut plans to study at the Université du Québec à Montréal for a year.

to the time Kogut ultimately spends in school, she does not mind at all. “I am interested in taking a program at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) which focuses on French writing for non-francophones,” says Kogut. “I’m considering a career in journalism, and being able to


write effectively in both languages would be a helpful skill.” Spagnolo Sadr says she and her colleagues in the Department of Modern Languages spend a great deal of time and effort creating a cultural environment and range of courses, particularly at the upper levels, that prepare students like Kogut

to succeed in language and literature studies in the classroom and beyond. “Department members are always pleased to engage with our students and support them in exploring a wide range of external opportunities including funding, travel and employment options.”

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SOS making a difference



Dr. Claudia Malacrida


Dr. Jon Doan, seen here on the left administering his Chief Marshall duties at convocation, is the Co-Chair of the 2012-2013 Supporting Our Students campaign.



n May 30 and 31, the excitement of Spring Convocation was palpable at the University of Lethbridge. Caps and gowns, flowers and photographs lit up the campus as the U of L community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of over 1,400 graduates. As Chief Marshall of Convocation, Dr. Jon Doan (PhD ’06) was able to join in the excitement. “Convocation is a great experience to share with the students,” says Doan, Co-Chair of the current Supporting Our Students (SOS) campaign. “The ceremonies are a wonderful combination of tradition and excitement, and you can really see the students reflecting on their accomplishments at the U of L and envisioning their futures.” Many people play a supportive role in the life of a student. From friends and family to faculty and staff, a support

system is crucial to student success. That’s why the Supporting Our Students campaign is so important. Judy Jaeger, long-time supporter of SOS, is the other CoChair of the current campaign. “I know my donations are always needed,” she says. “I see firsthand the struggles students face daily; 25 per cent of my employees in the caretaking department are students taking full course loads. My SOS contributions help them succeed.” In 2012, a total of 330 faculty, staff and retirees contributed to SOS, totalling over $174,000 in gifts and pledges. In 2013, 238 participants have already contributed over $55,000 in gifts and pledges. Through the generosity of these donors, approximately 2,000 scholarships and bursaries have been awarded to students over the past year. This amazing show of support resonates far beyond the classroom. “As donors, we might be providing the funds for a student to take that formative course that

‘flips the switch’ on their education, or to join that eye-opening class trip or student event, or to buy that innovative course textbook that exposes a whole new interest,” says Doan, who contributes to SOS on an ongoing basis. As the 2012-2013 campaign comes to a close, Jaeger and Doan are proud of how it has progressed and look forward to staying involved as volunteers. Watch for an announcement on the SOS Co-Chairs for the 2013-2014 campaign, launching in September. If you haven’t yet made your 2013 gift, the Co-Chairs encourage you to do so. “We are all here for the students. Without them, this campus would be empty,” emphasizes Jaeger. “Please join Jon and myself in giving back to students on a monthly basis. Thank you for putting students first.” For more information on Supporting Our Students, or to make a donation today, visit www.uleth. ca/giving or call 403-329-2582.

Thank you for putting students first As the 2012-2013 Supporting Our Students campaign comes to a close, Co-Chairs Dr. Jon Doan and Judy Jaeger thank all faculty, staff and retirees who stepped forward to generously support student awards. Once again this year, the U of L community came together and showed that we stand behind our students. If you haven’t made your 2013 gift yet, please visit today.

What expectant mothers envision for their birth experiences often isn’t what they realize, according to a University of Lethbridge study. The result is a drastic rise in Caesarean section rates that has alternative health-care providers, feminist advocates for women’s health and mainstream medical providers all expressing serious concerns about the medicalization of childbirth. In a paper titled “Best Laid Plans? Women’s Choices, Expectations and Experiences in Childbirth,” University of Lethbridge sociology researcher Dr. Claudia Malacrida and co-author, doctoral candidate Tiffany Boulton of the University of Leeds, UK, found that, contrary to the belief that modern birthing experiences are consumer driven because women have the capacity to plan for, make decisions about and choose a particular type of birth experience, a woman’s capacity to ‘drive the machine’ of birth is severely limited. “In women’s prenatal education, in their conversations with their friends and in the books and online media pregnant women read, there is a consistent sense that, if women simply prepare and inform themselves appropriately, they will be in a position to make the right choices when giving birth,” says Malacrida. “We may think that natural birth advocates have little in common with medical practitioners when it comes to discussing women’s birth choices. However, each perspective assumes women can and will make appropriate birth choices. Our study found that in practice, such choice is often illusory.” Malacrida and Boulton interviewed 22 recent mothers as part of a larger project examining the culture of birthing in southern Alberta. Every woman they interviewed was well informed about the birthing process, had attended prenatal classes, sought out information online and read popular books or magazines about what to expect in the birthing room. From these interviews, it was clear that all the mothers expected to make birthing

choices based on the knowledge they had acquired. “In our interviews, virtually all of the mothers described hoping to achieve ‘as natural a birth as possible’, which for most meant a vaginal birth with no intervention,” says Malacrida. “A lot of the medical and lay discussion seems to assume that the rise in C-section rates, for example, rests with women who are ‘too posh to push’. On the contrary, much medical and popular writing positions natural birth as the ideal, responsible choice. Thus, women are given a strong message that natural is best for mom, and especially best for baby.” Many women prepared birth plans, hired doulas and attended classes on non-traditional birthing methods, all in seeking a sense of control over the birthing process and to limit medical intervention. “Once in the hospital, however, women described a cascade of intervention that began with induction or epidurals and spiraled outward,” says Malacrida. In the end, Malacrida and Boulton contend that although the majority of women plan to have as natural a birth as possible, their lived experiences differ significantly from their birth plans. Further, the implication that women have choices in the birth experience, rather than empowering expectant mothers as effective and active consumers, creates a situation where they are instead culpable for the increasing medicalization of childbirth. “Because women are so pressured to work towards this idealized natural birth, when their hospital experiences do not work out as planned, they often blame themselves,” says Malacrida. “Women in our study expressed distress about failing as mothers, and not living up to their expectations, or the expectations of family and friends. The magic of birth seemed to elude them. Instead, they felt like they had let themselves and their babies down.” The paper was recently published in Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine.

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Horns homecoming is right fit for Hansen


Mike Hansen is eager to assume the leadership of a program he’s been closely associated with for nearly two decades.

• Hansen met his future wife Anne (neé Trenholm, BSc ’99) while she was on the Horns women’s basketball team. They have four children named Grace (8), David (8), Allison (7) and Jane (5) • Hansen was third in team scoring his final season playing for the Horns, averaging 12.4 points per game in 1993-94. Brian Kannekens led the way at 19.9 and rookie Danny Balderson (BA/BEd ’01) was next at 15.8 • Hansen has always been focussed on coaching and teaching, coaching his first team (junior varsity high school girls) while in Grade 10 in Newfoundland



ormer University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s basketball player Mike Hansen (BA ’96, BEd ’99, MA ’09) is the perfect fit and logical choice to be the new head coach of the program. A four-year player for the Horns in the early 1990s, Hansen learned under the program’s all-time winningest coach, Dave Crook. He’s a three-time graduate of the University, has cut his coaching teeth at both the high school and college levels and considers the man he’s succeeding, Dave Adams (BEd ’82), as one of his coaching mentors and a major influence on his life. While that’s all well and nice, Hansen’s pedigree is only as impressive as his eventual win total. It begs the question, can he and the Horns consistently win? “Four years ago, when I interviewed for this job, one of the reasons I pulled my name was because I wasn’t convinced,” says Hansen, who also admits he wasn’t equipped to coach the program at that time. “Since then, in 2011 we took a bunch of southern Alberta kids at Lethbridge College and we went to the national final and that taught me that it

can be done. I think the key is keeping our local talent here, investing in the community and being involved with the development of our players and coaches in the community.” Hansen sounds like a native southern Albertan, and given the community connections he’s established over the last 20 years, he’s earned the right to claim ownership of the area’s basketball interests. A transplanted Newfoundlander, Hansen followed Crook to the U of L after the former Horns bench boss recruited him to and then coached Hansen for a year at Sackville, New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University. “I think our relationship was more of a big brother or fatherson relationship,” says Hansen. “Even now, when we talk, he can make me feel like I’m a kid, but I can tell you that when I got the job, one of the first calls I received was from him. It’s a great feeling to know how proud he is that I’ve stepped in and taken over the program.” Hansen has seen success at every level, beginning with three league titles, four zone championships and six provincial championship appearances at the high school level. He then moved on

LIBRARY EXCITED ABOUT PENNY SPACE BY CHRIS NICOL The summer months at the University of Lethbridge give the library an opportunity to increase the intensity of its collection management processes, with a reduced amount of student traffic allowing for more flexibility in library staff members’ schedules.

to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) where he qualified for the playoffs in all five of his seasons, including a run to the national title game with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in 2010-11.

“We enjoy a level of support that is unparalleled in western Canada and I would argue in almost all of Canada.” MIKE HANSEN

Hansen’s X’s and O’s game will not be a radical transformation for either Horns players or supporters – coach Norman Dale is not coming to Hickory High. “I love up-tempo basketball, I love aggressive defensive basketball and kids tend to love that too,” he says, taking over a team’s roster consisting of 10 players he’s previously coached. “We get up

This year, we are fortunate in that the Dr. Foster James Penny Building is now officially open, and library collection space in that building is now available for use. As a result, the library is quickly making use of this space to optimize the organization of its collection. This is important on an ongoing basis since, this year alone, more than 14,000 new items have been added to the library’s collection. With a significant amount of the periodical collection now available via online databases, the library is looking at

and down the floor and I think that’s a staple of southern Alberta basketball.” Hansen’s greatest asset is more intangible, a philosophy gleaned from Crook’s teachings. “I would call Dave the perfect Canadian coach. In Canada, kids are paying out of pocket to play basketball so they have to have a great experience. I really believe that one of the great things about the U of L is that it is really focused on that student experience,” he says. “Dave always did the little things, whether it was flying out late from the coast so that we could enjoy the weather a bit in the middle of winter, or getting up early with him when he’d take us around and show us all the great spots to eat in the different cities. “There were days when he was hard on us but I don’t remember a day where we didn’t laugh, and I’ve carried that philosophy into my coaching as well. Guys know I have high expectations and that they can feel my wrath at times but they also know we’re going to find an opportunity to laugh and have some fun every day.” Talk to Hansen about Horns Nation and Pronghorn Pride and the concepts resonate. “You don’t realize how unique

the extent to which all physical volumes of bound journals within the library on the main campus need to be retained. As a first step to addressing this issue, an analysis of bound journal holdings represented in the Journal Storage (JSTOR) online collection has recently been completed. As a result, the process to relocate physical, bound volumes of such journals to the Penny Building library holdings area has begun. In order to ensure that our now distributed collection is fully accessible


southern Alberta is within Canada,” he says. “You go to some of the powerhouse programs in Canada West and they might have 60 fans sitting in the stands. We enjoy a level of support that is unparalleled in western Canada and I would argue in almost all of Canada.” He insists he’s at a point in his life where it’s the right time to be coaching the Horns, both personally and professionally, and he’s ready to grow from the foundation that Adams left for him. And while logic tells us a Carleton Universitylike era of dominance is not possible given the resources available, Hansen isn’t shy about saying the Horns can be a team of national relevance. “I believe we can or otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” he says, welcoming the inherent pressure that accompanies such lofty goals. “I have enough confidence and belief in what I’m doing now. I accept that there are going to be people who think they know more than I do or know what’s best for the program but that comes part and parcel with it. I’m prepared for that and excited about that because I believe that once we put this program among the top 10 in the country, playing in that gym is going to be an amazing experience.”

to library users, a retrieval procedure has been developed for items of the collection that are housed at the Penny Building. For now, the part of the collection housed at the Penny Building facility will mainly be comprised of bound journals represented in the electronic journal collection, such as JSTOR. As this project matures, other databases with electronic resources represented in the physical, bound serial collection will have their physical counterparts migrated to the Penny Building library facility.

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The University of Lethbridge Senate has confirmed a diverse and distinguished group of five persons as recipients of Honorary Degrees for 2013. From the sporting field to the boardroom, the concert hall and the halls of parliament and justice, the group represents a cross section of the local, national and international community. “The University of Lethbridge is very pleased that these individuals have agreed to let us recognize them with an Honorary Degree,” says University of Lethbridge Chancellor, Dr. Shirley McClellan. “Their collective accomplishments have made our local, provincial, national and international communities stronger and have improved the quality of life for people around the world.” Following are brief biographies (in alphabetical order) of this year’s honoured recipients.






A founding faculty member of the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Gary Bowie is a respected community volunteer, builder, leader and educator. Dr. Bowie taught and developed courses in physical education and kinesiology at the University over the course of a 30-year career (1968-1998) and played a major role in the construction of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness. A former Pronghorns basketball coach and Chair of the Department of Physical Education, Dr. Bowie was also active in his community, serving as the Director of Sports for the 1975 Canada Winter Games and Chair of both the Alberta Winter and Summer Games. A co-founder and Chair of the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, Dr. Bowie is also a hall inductee. As an educator, Dr. Bowie served 15 years as a trustee on the Lethbridge School District #51 Board, and his volunteer activities have long served the local and provincial homeless populations. He was recently appointed Chair of the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness and continues to positively influence his community.

The former Manager of University of Lethbridge Printing Services, Rick Casson has served the University, his home community of Picture Butte, the people of southern Alberta and Canada as a whole over the course of his 30-plus year political career. Casson began his community service as a volunteer firefighter before being convinced to run for local political office, eventually serving as a municipal councilor for nine years and then as Mayor of Picture Butte for an additional nine years. Casson would spend 14 years as a sitting Member of Parliament and was both a successful and influential MP. He served as Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defense as well as Chair of the Special Committee on Afghanistan, all the while remaining true to his local roots and actively supporting the constituents of southern Alberta. Named to the Queens Privy Council for Canada in 2010, Casson has also been a strong advocate for the support of Multiple Sclerosis research, raising $122,000 for the MS Society over the last seven years.

A world-class musician, performer, teacher and promoter of classical music, Rivka Golani is among the top-five viola soloists in the world and a major contributor to the advancement of classical music in southern Alberta. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Golani moved to Canada in 1974, performing across the country and spreading the love of music to the communities that she visited. When approached to teach master viola classes to students in southern Alberta, she enthusiastically shared her immense talent and quickly took up the charge to create an international music festival. The Fort Macleod International Festival was born and is now in its ninth year. A dedicated and successful teacher, Golani is also a champion of southern Alberta composers, giving young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents and taking their works to national and international audiences. With more than 250 original works composed especially for her, Golani has brought the world of classical music to southern Alberta’s doorstep.

As Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Lethbridge for six years (2006-2012), Robert Turner helped guide the University through an era of significant change and growth, including the creation of a new Strategic Plan, a successful fundraising campaign and a major expansion of campus services. Turner, a successful attorney and businessman, was elected to the U of L’s Board of Governors in 2002 and served four years as a key contributor to the creation of governance policies and practices, as well as the attached responsibilities of the Board, administration and others. When appointed Chair of the Board in 2006 and then reappointed for a second term in 2009, Turner recruited an outstanding group of Board members, ensuring gender balance, a Pan-Alberta membership and the skills necessary to run an emerging comprehensive university. Turner’s extensive volunteer contributions reflect the values of the University of Lethbridge and continue to have impact at the local, provincial and national level.

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute graduate Neil Wittmann has long been respected as one of the top litigators in the province of Alberta, serving as an exceptional teacher and mentor to junior lawyers and erstwhile champion of ethical litigation. Now, as Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in the Province of Alberta, Wittmann conducts the majority of his work behind the scenes, continually working to better the practice of law in the province. As Vice-Chair of the Judicial Conduct Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), Wittmann’s work is absolutely essential in ensuring that the independency of the judiciary is maintained in Canada and the conduct of the members of the judiciary adhere to the ethical principles adapted by the CJC. Wittmann’s stellar career as a lawyer in private practice, coupled with his excellence as a judge and now Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench demonstrates the respect and admiration the legal community has for his contributions to the practice of law in Alberta and beyond.

GRAD STUDIES APPLICATIONS GO ONLINE Calling the introduction of the online graduate studies application process a win-win scenario undersells just how many wins will

be realized once the new system is launched. Scheduled to be operational at the end of June, the new online application system will see the end of a process whereby paper application forms, colour-coded by program, had been submitted for the past 30 years. Initiated through the Recruitment and Retention Integrated

Planning project, the online application system will not only be of significant improvement for students looking to enter graduate programs at the U of L, but it will greatly enhance the efficiency of University staff and faculty who must accept and review the applications and supporting documents submitted. “By bringing this from paper


submissions to an electronic method, we expect it will cut anywhere from two to six weeks of turnaround time off the application process,” says Alice Miller, team leader of the online graduate application review. Applicants to the School of Graduate Studies ( will now be able to upload their sup-

porting documents online, pay for their application fee online with a credit card, have letters of reference completed online by their referees and have their application packages reviewed online from anywhere in the world. CONTINUED ON PG. 9

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Dr. Elizabeth Galway

Dr. Elizabeth Galway has been a faculty member in the Department of English since 2003 where she teaches courses in Canadian literature, children’s literature and nineteenth-century literature. She is the author of From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood: Children’s Literature and the Construction of Canadian Identity (Routledge 2008), and is currently working on a book about children’s literature and the First World War.

What first piqued your interest in your research discipline?

I have a variety of different research interests but my primary research areas are children’s literature and Canadian literature. I became interested in these subjects while I was completing work for my master’s degree in English literature. I was studying at Durham University in the north of England at the time and I was conscious of the fact that the English literature that I had read as a Canadian child had shaped my expectations about life in England, and had led directly to my desire to live and study in Britain. These thoughts about the continuing resonance of children’s literature in my own life were the first step towards my reconsideration of the apparent simplicity of the genre. I became interested in exploring what one might call “adult themes” in children’s literature, and started to consider how literature for children is inextricably bound up with issues of concern to adults. Living in England gave me a better understanding of British literature and culture, but it also heightened my awareness of my own status as a Canadian. I began to consider the extent to which the literature read in childhood influences how Canadians perceive themselves, and how others perceive them. I have been able to combine my interests in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Canadian and British literature and to explore how children’s literature reflects and influences attitudes towards nationalism, imperialism, gender and citizenship.

Dr. Elizabeth Galway believes that children’s literature has a profound effect on the attitudes we carry as adults.

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

We should not consider scholarly research as something separate from “the real world,” since the work being conducted across different disciplines is applicable to many aspects of everyday life. Although my current project about WWI has me studying literature written nearly one hundred years ago, it has direct relevance to events taking place today. I recently published an article on the portrayal of child soldiers in WWI literature that can help us understand current debates about the use of underage fighters. Exploring literary portrayals of child contributions to the First World War can help us understand contemporary definitions of childhood that simultaneously include a longing to protect children, a need to shape them into “good citizens”, and a desire to give them a sense of confidence and agency. First World War children’s literature may have also had a lasting impact on how

Canadians viewed the nation, its role in the world, and concepts of citizenship and patriotism. Canada has not ceased to be engaged in military activity in different parts of the globe, so understanding earlier attitudes towards armed conflict can help us better comprehend our current place in the world.

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

Every time that I accomplish something that is part of the job, whether it be receiving a grant, generating a great class discussion, or receiving a copy of one of my publications, I feel a sense of excitement. The most recent achievement that I am very proud of is my role in helping to establish the Institute of Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS) at the University of Lethbridge. This institute represents a major step forward in facilitating interdisciplinary relationships between scholars working in different areas related to childhood studies.


How important are students to your research endeavours?

My desire to become a university professor arose directly from my own love of being a student; so creating a positive experience for students is something that is very important to me. There is a direct link between my research and my teaching and I am often able to include readings on my courses that stem directly from my research trips. For example, on my reading list for Canadian Literature 1867-1914, I have included a number of stories and articles that are long out of print, but which provide students with a more complete picture of what early Canadians were reading. The SSHRC grant for my project on WWI has also enabled me to hire several students as research assistants. They’ve been a real help to me, and have had the opportunity to conduct handson research by visiting libraries and museums, and working with primary source material from the war period. The study of literature can be a very solitary

pursuit, so it has been wonderful to have this opportunity to work with students outside of the classroom and to share ideas about the material that is being studied.

If you had unlimited funds, which areas of research would you invest?

If I had unlimited funds, I would invest in every area of research! The real question is how to decide what projects to support when the funds are limited. The short answer is that we need to strike a balance. After all, what good would it do to invent an iPod or a Kindle, if there was no music to listen to and no literature to read? 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



University experience proves to be the tie that binds


t took 19 years and thousands of miles traversed across the globe before alumna Robyn Schilling (BEd ’92) and Gloria Irani-Patterson (BA ’93) again crossed paths. And while the stories of their post University of Lethbridge lives took divergent routes, the former roommates shared a sense of discovery and willingness for adventure that eventually led them back together – in Johannesburg, South Africa. Schilling’s story began with a move away from Lethbridge shortly after graduating with a bachelor of education degree in spring 1992. Quickly finding work as a teacher, she spent the next 11 years of her life teaching high school business education, English and computer science in Dawson Creek, Courtenay and Vancouver, B.C. schools. “In 2003, I was somewhat disillusioned with how things were with George Bush Jr. and the leadership of the United States and truly disillusioned with how little money I could use to travel on a B.C. teacher’s salary that I decided to give international education a try,” says Schilling. After attending a job fair for international educational opportunities, she accepted a position at

Gloria Irani-Patterson, left, and Robyn Schilling reconnected in South Africa, 19 years after being roommates while studying at the U of L.

the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. For the next five years, Schilling taught computer science and implemented a one-to-one program for middle school students. She also worked towards her master’s degree in educational leadership, attending The College of New Jersey’s global graduate program for three summers in Mallorca, Spain. Having worked her way up to become associate principal of the middle and high school, Schilling, with her master’s degree in hand, was ready for another challenge and turned her

PENNY BUILDING FITTING TRIBUTE TO A LOVE OF EDUCATION Named for a man who embraced education and served to continually better his community, the Dr. Foster James Penny Building will stand as a testament to lifelong learning and the University of Lethbridge’s commitment to the Lethbridge community. The U of L officially opened the Penny Building on May 16, reenergizing the former Capital Furniture building and breathing new life into the city’s downtown core. Gifted to the University in 2012 by longtime businesspersons Jim and Hazel Penny, the building is named after their son Dr. Foster Penny, who passed away in 1992 after a five-year illness with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was only 44 years old. “It’s a wonderful memory for our boy,” says Hazel Penny. “He would be so proud to see his name on a building pertaining to education. I can see him smile.” Dr. Foster Penny combined an unbridled zest for life with a kind heart, and always sought out ways by which he could learn more about the world around him. “Foster said to me once, every time I pick up a book I want to learn everything that’s in it,” recalls Hazel.

gaze to South Africa. In the meantime, IraniPatterson had completed her bachelor’s degree in English and entered the world of journalism. She finished a Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts diploma at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Institute for Technology and took up a position with CBC NewsworldCalgary. “After that, I worked for a couple flagship live television shows on ACCESS-The Education Station in Edmonton before I decided to go overseas for a year and tour Asia and the Caribbean,”

says Irani-Patterson. In 1998, she returned to Canada and tackled a new challenge, finding work at a diamond mine in Canada’s north. It was there she met here future husband and six years later, with a family started, the couple moved to Suriname, South America. Two moves later (including a stint in Houston, Tex.), IraniPatterson found herself walking down the tiled hallway of the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ), wondering if South Africa was the right fit for her family.

“I was unsure of so many things,” she says. “Are the kids going to be OK here? Am I going to be OK here? And then a thunderbolt of certainty hit me straight between the eyes. From behind me I heard a voice that I will never forget – Robyn Schilling – my roommate from the University of Lethbridge, now the middle school principal of AISJ.” It wasn’t long before IraniPatterson was ending her 10-year role as a stay-at-home mom and back in the workforce, alongside Schilling as the school’s assistant to the activities co-ordinator. Their relationship picked up virtually where it left off some 19 years previous, the shared experiences of their University of Lethbridge education having inspired the duo to boldly branch out and find their respective paths, all the while bringing them back together with an unbroken bond. “Although it is still unclear to me why our paths have crossed again,” says Irani-Patterson, “reuniting with Robyn has taught me that even though the world around me changes, and I embrace that change, the relationship I began with Robyn at the U of L is a familiar and comfortable beacon in my changing world.”

The Dr. Foster James Penny Building.

Dr. Foster Penny completed a bachelor’s degree in science at Carleton University, and then went on to the MBA program at Queen’s University. He finished his MBA but realized his true love was with science, so he returned to school to study medicine, eventually specializing in anesthesiology.

“He would be so proud to see his name on a building pertaining to education.” HAZEL PENNY

With a long list of accreditations to his name – BSc, MBA, MD, FRCPC – Foster practised medicine and taught at the University Hospital in London, Ont., where he was part of an association of anesthesiologists devoted to research and teaching. “We’ve always believed in education. The building is payback for all the years of education our children and

grandchildren received. It’s a token of appreciation for all the good things our family got out of university,” says Jim Penny, who developed Dairy Queen, A&W and TacoTime franchises across the country. “The world has been kind to us, and every once in a while there needs to be a payback. It’s that simple.” The Dr. Foster James Penny Building will create new and exciting opportunities for the University, its students, faculty and staff, and the local com-


munity. In addition to providing a gallery space for Fine Arts students, the Penny Building is home to the U of L’s alumni relations and annual giving programs, the U of L Call Centre and eventually a U of L gift store and ticketing centre for University activities. Located at 324 5th St. S., the 2,862 sq. metre structure also houses two large community meeting rooms equipped with audio-visual components and flexible seating plans.

“We see this space as an excellent opportunity to further our connection with Lethbridge and the southern Alberta community,” says University of Lethbridge President Dr. Mike Mahon. “We are extremely grateful to the Pennys for helping us to realize the vision of their late son Foster, and to continue his legacy as someone who loved learning and served his community in so many ways.”

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arm weather and the hope of summer – what is more Canadian than that? As part of our Canadian culture, summer is truly a special time, if only because it is so limited. We have such high expectations of this upcoming time period, and while I agree that we should all be making plans to ensure we have exceptional summertime experiences, the nurse in me wants to also say, “Be Careful”. I know it can be annoying when we tell our children or family members to be careful without giving them any actual issues to consider, so here’s a list of some things to think about when you are relaxing in the summer sun.

Do you have allergies?

Know your allergies, watch the pollen count and use antihistamines as directed.

Are you a person who loves being outside?

Remember to hydrate! Watch for signs of problems with the heat, take care to attend to bug bites (ticks, mosquitos etc.) and get prompt medical help for physical injuries.

Do you love swimming?

Always look before you dive and never dive headfirst into unknown bodies of water. It might seem like common sense but forgetting just once can result in tragic circumstances. Always remember to swim with other people.

Are you a sun worshipper?

Watch for sunburn and sunstroke, wear appropriate sunscreen and know what to do about problems with heat. If a mole or skin area is changing, see a doctor.

Are you a gardener?

Watch for skin rashes, too much sun and overexertion.


RACE BEE AMAZING!! BY SUZANNE MCINTOSH Wow, as of May 29 there were 240 people and 23 teams registered in this year’s Bee Amazing Race fitness challenge. In comparison, 2012 had 206 participants and 20 teams registered, so we really are amazing here at the University of Lethbridge! By the time you read this article we will have reached our final destinations for this year’s Bee Amazing Race. This year’s challenge was especially inspiring, made special thanks to President Mike Mahon for

his kickoff and wellness talk to get us going. Josh Schroeder and Brian Lutchmeesingh were instrumental in making sure you knew about the weekly challenges and that you received credit for them. Although I could not keep up with the leaders in trip tix points, my favorite part of this year’s challenge was striving for the 50,000 points per week so I would get the passport stamp. I also really enjoyed the creative team names and descriptions. Bee Amazing Race final results will be posted on the Notice Board, Facebook and the Wellness website (www.uleth. ca/hr/wellness) in the weeks to come.

Are you travelling?

Watch for travel sickness and tummy upsets, and remember to plan ahead for your trips by getting your immunizations.

Are you ready to fire up your barbecue?

Know the safety issues around food contamination, cleanliness, thoroughly cooking your meat and working with hot surfaces.

Are you trying to accomplish too much in a short a period of time?

Try not to overdo the planning and just enjoy the time you have. Some faculty and staff still have a busy workload in the summer, and if expectations of time away cannot be met, disappointment can occur. The same can be said for students who choose to be at the U of L for summer sessions. Make sure the short period of time that you do have away from academic studies is relaxing and gets you psychologically ready for the next part of your life.

You can look forward to more health challenges as the Wellness Committee continues to research possible wellness portals and better ways to encourage physical activity and optimum health at the U of L. Managing Chronic Conditions with Better Choices Better Health TM (Stasha Donahue, Alberta Healthy Living Program) Chronic diseases are those conditions which are long lasting and do not go away. Examples include diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure, to name a few. Alberta Health Services suggests that 80 per cent of Albertans over the age of 45 report having at least one chronic condition, and 35 per cent report having two or more chronic conditions. Based on costs calculated in 2000, an estimate of the total economic burden of only four conditions per person in Alberta was $1.07 billion. Management of many chronic conditions often involves lifestyle changes. Eating healthy, being physically active, avoiding tobacco and coping emotionally are recommended


Once the health and safety issues are dealt with – enjoy these months! If you start getting into frustration mode that the summer is passing by too quickly, find joy in the smaller, more meaningful experiences. Take pictures and videotape your vacation experiences, as you can look back on these pictures all fall and winter. If you are around campus this summer, the Health Centre is open with expanded physician hours. Call us at 403-329-2484 (ext. 1) for more details. Due to renovations to the Health Centre space, a brief closure is expected in late July – check the Notice Board for details. I wish everyone in the University of Lethbridge community a rejuvenating and healthy summer! Lori Weber is the manager of the University of Lethbridge Health Centre

in most cases. Many chronic conditions require the use of medication to treat symptoms. Coping with lifestyle change, disease symptoms and medications can be difficult for many. Support is offered by Alberta Health Services through the Better Choices Better Health TM program. Better Choices Better Health TM is offered by the Alberta Healthy Living Program. It was designed to give those with chronic conditions more confidence and better skills to manage their health. The program consists of six, two-and-a-half hour sessions, and is administered by trained leaders. If you are interested in learning more about the program or to register for the next session, please call the Alberta Healthy Living Program (formerly known as Building Healthy Lifestyles) at 403-388-6675. As always, I look forward to any comments, suggestions or questions. Be well! Suzanne McIntosh is the U of L’s wellness coordinator

the Legend GRAD STUDIES APPLICATIONS GO ONLINE CONTINUED FROM PG. 6 As well, supervisors of graduate students can submit their supporting application forms online, manual data entry will be significantly decreased for U of L staff and applicant activity can be tracked by staff throughout the admission process. Additional cost savings will accumulate by moving away from paper forms, by reducing mailing expenses (international costs are extremely high) and by automating manual processes. Miller says the increase in graduate student applications as a result of a move to an electronic application process could be substantial, and is a key driver behind the project. As the University looks to further strengthen and grow its graduate programs, improving the conversion rate of applicants to registered graduate students can best be accomplished by making the application process as quick, easy and seamless as possible. Following the launch of the online application system, training will be made available for faculty members who are involved in the graduate application and review processes. The School of Graduate Studies currently offers programs in more than 60 disciplines for the following degrees: Master of Arts (MA) Master of Counselling (MC) Master of Education (MEd) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Master of Music (MMus) Master of Science (MSc) Master of Science in Management (MSc (Mgt)) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) For more information, please contact Graduate Studies at or

SYMBIOLOGICA CONTINUED FROM PG.1 They received another $10,000 in cash, a one-year lease on space in the tecconnect Centre for New Commerce – a high-tech business incubator operated by Economic Development Lethbridge – plus a host of other in-kind prizes that include business consulting from Myers Norris Penny and ActionCOACH, along with several thousand dollars worth of media services. The competition evaluates and awards business plans submitted by entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the free business training provided by Community Futures across Southern Alberta. Finalists were chosen from 24 businesses that submitted business plans for the challenge.

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Wednesdays | Aramark Weekly BBQ Every Wednesday throughout the summer months, Aramark will be holding a lunch BBQ | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., East Patio (weather permitting) or Atrium Foyer June 13-14 | AMETHYST Workshop on Hyperspectral Imaging Science and Technology | World-class experts from Canada and Europe come together for two full days of diverse imaging technology and applications in terrestrial remote sensing, atmospheric analysis and magnetic resonance imaging June 14 | John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament | The annual John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament raises money in support of the Birdies 4 Bursaries program. Register to take part by contacting June 27 | Conversations about de Grandmaison | Join U of L archivist Mike Perry as he presents Arranging the Nicholas de Grandmaison Fonds in the University Archives | 7 p.m., L1172

Science Camps Destination Exploration Summer Science & Technology Camps are once again being offered at the University of Lethbridge throughout the summer months. The camps invite all children aged 5 (must have completed Kindergarten) to 16 for weeks of fun and educational activities that will both inspire and entertain. All the camps are science-based and designed to ignite a passion in children for a better understanding of the world around them. For more information, or to register, visit register

CAMPUS KUDOS CONTINUED FROM PG. 2 Sara Turner (BFA Dramatic Arts ‘04) directed the Canadian Play Polygraph at Sage Theatre in Calgary. Courtney (Berg) Murias (BMus ’09) and Tyler Fitzgerald (former BMus student), have been accepted into the Calgary

s the University receives its annual summer makeover, so too will the ever-popular Zoo. As of May 1, the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union (ULSU) welcomed Shawn Mullen to the team as the new food and beverage manager of the Zoo. Although he’s new to the position, he is no stranger to the Zoo, having bartended there since Septem-

ber 2011. Mullen is a trained Red Seal chef with 20 years of experience in the service industry under his belt, and he’s ready to whip the Zoo into shape. “I’ve walked around campus and talked to students who have been here for years and haven’t even heard of the Zoo,” says Mullen. “That’s a problem. It’s all about getting bodies in here.” Mullen plans to do this by giving the Zoo operation a complete overhaul, starting with a facelift. The Zoo has been cleaned from top to bottom, new TVs have been



installed and a new paint job is on its way – but that’s just the beginning. Mullen also has big plans for the menu. He’ll be trying to stay away from deep fried food items while adding more vegetarian and health-conscious items, as well as more homemade food and drinks. He even wants to plant his own herb garden for Zoo use and support more local food providers. Although these may seem like lofty goals, Mullen has the full support of the ULSU and has been working closely with the new VP student affairs,


Adam Long, on brainstorming new event ideas for staff and students. The two have been discussing the possibility of the Zoo hosting a battle of the bands night, a hypnotist show as well as faculty nights, evenings devoted strictly for U of L faculty members to kick back and enjoy a pint or two. “All the changes we’re making will only set us up for success,” says Mullen. We believe he’s a man of his word. Marika Stevenson is the SU communications coordinator

Megan Moore will visit sites from the Korean War as a guest of the South Korean government.

BY BOB COONEY A tour of duty by her grandfather a lifetime ago – into a war zone in 1950s Korea – is resulting in the trip of a lifetime for U of L student Megan Moore. Moore, a third-year biological sciences student from Picture Butte, Alta., is leaving in mid June for Seoul, South Korea as part of an international program that will educate young people about the Korean War on the 60th anniversary of the end of the conflict. She is the only Albertan and one of few Canadians on the scholarship trip, which was open to people who are currently post-secondary family members of Korean War veterans. Moore said she was excited to have the experience because she has the highest respect for the military and its veterans, and wishes to learn more about an activity that had such a profound effect on her family. “I am very honoured to be chosen to attend this conference, because my knowledge of the Korean War isn’t as broad as it should be,” she says. “I wish I had spoken more with my grandfather about it, but he was a very private man who didn’t generally discuss

Opera Emerging Artist Development Program. Each season, the Calgary Opera program provides up to eight young singers with the opportunity to study and perform under a highly prestigious professional staff of teachers and performers. It serves as a bridge between academic programs and the professional world of opera, offering the experience and practical skills necessary to succeed as a self-employed professional in a

the topic, and he passed away when I was a young teenager.” Moore’s paternal grandfather, Leading Seaman (LSEM1) John Moore, was a veteran of the Korean War and served on the HMCS Crusader battle ship (known as the Train Wrecker for its ability to successfully disable land-based supply trains) from November 16, 1951 until June 5, 1953. Thankfully, a person who felt more at home on water than land, Moore’s grandfather held the position of a “Stocker” in the engine room of the Crusader. He left military service after his Korean War experience, working in several B.C. packing houses and subsequently for Agriculture Canada until he retired. The elder Moore passed away in 2006, leaving behind a legacy of military tradition with his six children, and in the hearts of his numerous grandchildren. Hosted and supported

highly competitive international environment. Shaun Bellamy (BMus Digital Audio Arts major), who was the recipient of the 2012 Joyce & Ron Sakamoto Award, displayed his completed project, Space for Musical Composition, at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Bellamy (BMus Digital Audio Arts major) and mentor Andrew Stewart (Music) received a $3,000 U of L Men-


by the South Korean government’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Moore will see locations of some of the key points in the conflict, which lasted from 1950 to 1953, including the now famous Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and a memorial to fallen soldiers at Busan. More than 26,000 Canadians volunteered to serve in the Korean War, and more than 500 perished. Canada’s presence continues today through the United Nations peacekeeping process. Moore is no stranger to military life – in addition to her grandfather, she has aunts, uncles and cousins who have served in various military capacities from World War II to Afghanistan – and, in fact, wishes to pursue a career of her own in the military following graduation. “As a former member of the 11 Lethbridge Royal

tors in Creative Research grant to enable Shaun to develop a metasaxophone. Andrew Martin (BFA Art major) and mentor Denton Fredrickson (Art) received a $3,000 a U of L Mentors in Creative Research Grant to explore digital fabrication techniques and create a series of works based on what Martin learns, combined with his knowledge of traditional techniques.

Canadian Air Cadets (from 2004 to 2011), I was able to travel, develop leadership skills and gain numerous other experiences. This has led me to the decision to join formally after university, and right now I am leaning toward a career in the medical services,” she says. Moore adds that anything that increases her knowledge of military history and other activities will only help her in the future. “I am especially grateful to local Korean veteran Don Dahlke and members of the General Stewart Legion for their help and input as I was preparing for the trip. A lot of people still don’t understand that the war between North Korea and South Korea is technically still going on, and that Canada plays a huge role in the peacekeeping process to this day. I hope I can help tell that story a bit more effectively once I get back.”

For a full list of faculty/ student external research grants and awards, visit the Office of Research and Innovation Services website and look under 2013 competition results (www.uleth. ca/vp_research/content/2013competition-results). As these results are continually updated, the most recent grant awards will appear there.

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ongratulations to the students honoured with individual awards of merit at Spring 2013 Convocation.

Governor General’s Gold Medal – Lori-Ann Rosalind Sacrey

Lori was funded by several prestigious funding agencies throughout her program. For a recent graduate, she already has an outstanding publication record, most of which are in first class journals. Lori’s great leadership skills were evident by her engagement in various collaborations, teaching and extracurricular activities on campus and throughout the community. We wish her all the best in her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit (Doctor of Philosophy) – Chad Robert Laing

Chad is an exceptional student, making great impacts in the field of bioinformatics, as evidenced by his extensive publication record. His work promises to be valuable in the diagnosis of disease outbreak and will contribute to decisions on water and food contamination issues. Chad is also a leader in his community, sitting on the board of directors of the Canadian Hands 2 Heart Foundation.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit (Master of Arts) – Rachel Holly Shields

Rachel’s work offers a critical look at the history of colonial feminism and the role it played in the institution of a racist culture. She is an outstanding student who seeks out alternative perspectives, and encourages thoughtful conversation and work across disciplines. We wish her luck in her PhD program at Florida State University.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit (Master of Science) – Samantha Jane Dawson

Samantha’s research on women’s sexuality and sexual arousal was innovative and well developed resulting in multiple publications. Aside from her high academic accolades, Samantha was busy volunteering both on and off campus with the Graduate Students’ Association

as well as with multiple community groups. We wish her luck in her PhD program at Queens’ University.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit (Master of Counselling) – Erika Pauline Kewley

Erika undertook a complex critical analysis of a topic that is infrequently addressed in the field of ethics and assessment, contributing much to the field of psychology, educational psychology and assessment fields. Erika created a manuscript proposal that captured the themes of her project, which she plans to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. Her goal is to become a registered psychologist who works with adolescents and families.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit (Master of Education) – Leslie Anne Waite

Leslie was regarded as an exemplary student and her graduate work examined the ways in which mathematics education can engender a sense of wonder and creativity in school childrens’ understanding of mathematics. Leslie’s thesis work has already received attention from her school division and the province, as she will be presenting her findings at an upcoming French Immersion conference in Alberta.

School of Graduate Studies Medal of Merit (Master of Science, Management) – Olufemi Oladimeji Aiyegbusi

Olufemi’s (Femi) graduate work attempts to build a framework examining scenarios and recommending solutions for economic growth with low carbon emissions. Femi has been accepted to present a paper, based on his thesis, at the 2013 meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. Femi received a full scholarship and attended Global Sustainability Summer School at Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Research in 2012. We wish Femi every success in his PhD program in Management at Bocconi University, Milan.

Faculty of Arts and Science Gold Medal (Arts) – Joanna Waszkiewicz Joanna came to the University of Lethbridge from her

native France and embraced all that campus had to offer. Academically, her professors, across multiple departments, describe her as “unusually advanced” and “remarkable.” Joanna is currently employed at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, where she is admirably using her anthropological and linguistic skills to assist immigrant women in Alberta.

Governor General’s Silver Medal – Fern Megan Violet Leavens

Upon admission to the University of Lethbridge, Fern received the Chinook Scholarship, the top entrance award. She has now completed her bachelor of science, with a major in mathematics. Within her program, she studied at a 100 per cent course load each semester and completed an Undergraduate Honours Thesis.

Faculty of Arts and Science Gold Medal (Science) – Ashlee Eleanor Matkin

Ashlee’s professors note that she is “highly innovative” and “extremely motivated” and this has been rewarded through NSERC and AIHS summer student research awards, as well as laboratory experiences across neuroscience, chemistry and biology. Ashlee plans to pursue a career in medicine and a lifetime of continued learning and volunteering.

Faculty of Health Sciences Gold Medal – Twyla Lyndell Doyle Twyla’s instructors have described her as caring, compassionate, enthusiastic and diligent. While completing the bachelor of nursing program she demonstrated her dedication to providing quality health care services and advocating for those in need.

Faculty of Education Gold Medal – Hailee Brianne Virostek

Hailee was an outstanding student, achieving a most exceptional final academic standing in the Faculty of Education. With respect to her practicum experiences, Hailee was commended for her commitment to students and teaching. Especially noted were her planning and preparation standards, her ability to adapt to any classroom environment, her commitment


to professional development and extracurricular activities, and her strong rapport with students and staff. After graduation, she will be attending McGill University in Montreal for two years to complete a master’s degree in speech language pathology.

William Aberhart Gold Medal – Joanne Christine Collier

Not only was Joanne an excellent student but she was also regarded as an excellent teacher. Throughout her practicums, Joanne was commended for being deeply passionate about music education, having exceptional planning abilities, demonstrating excellence in classroom management, and embodying genuineness and warmth toward her students. Upon completion of her degree requirements in December, Joanne was fortunate to be offered a teaching position at Lethbridge’s Catholic Central High School.

Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal – Joelle Esther Strang

Entering the Faculty with relatively little musical experience four years ago, Joelle is leaving as one of our most accomplished musicians. Joelle exemplifies the highest quality in academics and in performance on the oboe. In addition to her participation in the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra, Joelle is also a member of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest musician with the Lethbridge Community Gold Band. Joelle plans to continue her studies with a second degree majoring in music education. Joelle has applied to the Faculty of Education for the fall semester and hopes she can continue to share her love of music.

Faculty of Management Gold Medal – Michael Stephen Despres

Michael will be attending Law School at BYU this fall on a full scholarship. He is interested in the fields of corporate, international and taxation law. His long-term goal is to return to Canada and work for a large multi-national organization as a strategic leader.

The University of Lethbridge joined the City of Lethbridge and the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge in officially opening CASA, a spectacular 42,000-square foot arts centre in downtown Lethbridge, on May 14. CASA is the realization of a 20-year dream, shared by many in the Lethbridge arts community, to expand or replace the Bowman Arts Centre and provide a home for the arts in one central location. “Our local arts community has been waiting for this for a long time. For decades to come, this new arts facility will be a significant cultural and economic asset for downtown Lethbridge and for the entire community,” says Mayor Rajko Dodic. Along with the Allied Arts Council, who will be overseeing the facility, the University of Lethbridge is a major partner with its Music Conservatory moving to the facility. “We are extremely proud of U of L Music Conservatory Director Peggy Mezei and her team, and their achievements as they move in to CASA’s bright and beautiful space,” says Dr. Mike Mahon, the U of L’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “Our commitment to the community takes on many forms, and being such an integral part of the CASA group is something we are very pleased to be a part of. This new facility will be of great benefit to our present and future conservatory students, and also to the many members of the arts and culture community who use the facility to express their own creativity.” Funding for the $20.69 million project includes $6 million from the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component, $14.4 million from the provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative and $200,000 from the City of Lethbridge. “We’re pleased to support local priorities and build communities through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative,” says Greg Weadick, Associate Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs and MLA for LethbridgeWest. “Facilities like CASA bring together families and neighbours while they enrich lives, entertain and create more vibrant economies.” CASA will allow for students of all ages to learn and explore many different mediums of art, drama, music, dance, yoga and more. It will also become home to many local groups and events.

(BOTTOM) Jean Brown, Wheatfield. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection; Gift of Margaret S. Nelson, 2008.

(TOP) Philip J. Collins, Twixt the Coulees, Lethbridge, 1961. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;Â Gift of Margaret S. Nelson, 2008.

(MIDDLE) Anna Mackenzie, Mount Eisenhower. From the University of Lethbridge Art Collection;Â Gift of Margaret S. Nelson, 2008.

In October 1936, a small group of local artists founded The Lethbridge Sketch Club. The club held regular painting sessions in the environs of southern Alberta, where the artists rendered depictions of rolling hills, coulee valleys and mountain peaks. During visits to the area throughout the 1940s and 50s, Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson joined the club on a number of excursions. With continued membership and creative productivity over the next seven decades, the club transformed into the Lethbridge Artists Club, and is presently active in the newly opened CASA arts centre in downtown Lethbridge.

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