Wine & Dine: Arts & Science Scholarship Fundraiser

The University of Lethbridge Faculty of Arts & Science is pleased to recognize Dr. Bhagwan Dua (1936~2018) at the 2018 Wine & Dine: Arts & Science Scholarship Fundraiser.

Join us for a grand tour of Italy. This wine tasting dinner will offer the unique experience of learning, connecting with one another, and of course eating and drinking delicious food and wine.

Throughout the evening, we’ll keep the food and wine coming and provide you with a fun and informative presentation which will boost your knowledge and confidence with Italian wine! Learn about the regions, origins, history and stories of Italy’s wines, while enjoying expertly paired foods.

This unforgettable night will honour the memory of Dr. Bhagwan Dua, by creating a place for people who support the University of Lethbridge and recognize the importance of supporting our students to come together, just as Dr. Dua so often did.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 6:30-9:30PM

Lethbridge Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre
320 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, AB

Semi-formal / Formal attire

Individual tickets are $150 | Table (8) $1,000 (Tickets go on sale August 15th)

Dr. Bhagwan Dua
Proceeds from the event will support the Dr. Bhagwan Dua Scholarship Fund to be used for student scholarships in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

“He was the right man at the right time for Arts & Science,” says Dr. Andy Hakin, provost and vice-president (academic). “He was a kind, gentle soul and a good leader. People came first and he genuinely loved the University.”

Dean and Professor Emeritus Dr. Bhagwan Dua started his career at the University of Lethbridge as a professor of political science in 1977 and taught in the department until 1991 when he became Dean of Arts & Science.

As Dean, Dua would task his good friend and colleague, Dr. Peter McCormick from political science, with being the front man on some difficult issues. The approach succeeded in bringing about transformations in good time, such as changing the composition of the salary, tenure and promotion committee. Dua and McCormick were great collaborators.

His priorities never wavered — students and the University of Lethbridge. Dua’s main concern was for people and his approach was always to help make things better. He would remember details about people’s lives and follow up on them during their next conversation.

Dua and his wife, Swarn, often entertained and people looked forward to receiving an invitation because of the delicious East Indian dishes that would be on the menu and the relaxed atmosphere they created as hosts. Together they helped grow the University to what it has become today.

“It was his leadership that inspired a lot of us in administration to go on,” says Hakin. “He could get things done, he never lost sight of what was important and you wanted to do things for him.”

We are so pleased that our first fund-raising event in Arts & Science can be the venue, not only to raise money towards student scholarships, but also as a fitting tribute to Dr. Bhagwan Dua, who contributed so much to the University of Lethbridge, and after whom the scholarship will be named. His legacy and love for education will continue on.

Dua was selected in recognition of his leadership and notable achievements during his thirty-one years of service as well as his commitment to students and the University of Lethbridge as a whole.

You may donate to the scholarship fund directly by visiting us online. Choose "Other" in the field that asks where you would like to direct your gift and in the box that appears, type "Dr. Bhagwan Dua Scholarship Fund".

For more information or for other ways to donate to the fund, please contact the Faculty of Arts & Science at 403-382-7154 or email