Markin Hall Grand Opening Brings Health Sciences, Management Together in State-of-the-art Facility
Markin Hall Grand Opening Brings Health Sciences, Management Together in State-of-the-art Facility

October 20, 2010

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After years of planning, looking at blueprints and imagining the opportunities offered by Markin Hall, the building is complete and University of Lethbridge students, faculty and staff are reaping the benefits.

The 10,400 sq.m. (111,900 sq. ft.), $65 million home to the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Management will be officially opened on Thursday, October 21 by the Hon. Ed Stelmach, Premier of the Province of Alberta, and U of L officials.

Watch the ceremony live on the internet beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

Please visit this website to view the announcement: http://www.livestream.com/ulethbridgelive

The funding to construct the four-storey building was provided by the Government of Alberta and private and corporate financial support, including a lead gift from Calgary oil and gas industry leader Allan Markin, for whom the building is named.

Among the unique teaching spaces within the “LEED Silver-standard” building are three high-profile labs for Health Sciences and Management – a significantly expanded, state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab, an addictions counseling lab area for individual, family and group counseling and a unique-to-Canada finance trading room featuring real-time data from the world’s financial markets.

Read more: Markin Hall Provides Practical Experiences for Health Sciences Students: http://www.uleth.ca/notice/display.html?b=13&s=14870

Read More: Finance Trading Room Brings the World Markets to Lethbridge: http://www.uleth.ca/notice/display.html?b=13&s=14872

Markin Hall was a main priority in the University of Lethbridge’s Legacy of Leadership campaign, which concluded in December of 2007. The campaign was the most ambitious in the University’s 40-year history and raised more than $35 million for students and infrastructure. When combined with government funding, the campaign resulted in a $113 million investment in the U of L.

In 2005, Dr. Allan Markin (LLD ’06), made a generous contribution to the Legacy of Leadership campaign. His visionary gift was combined with early private funding and support from national corporations, U of L friends and alumni, and the Government of Alberta and construction of Markin Hall began in 2008.

“By improving facilities on campus, the University is investing in its students,” says University of Lethbridge Students’ Union President Taz Kassam. “Markin Hall provides a hands-on and interactive learning environment for U of L students and ensures we have the best resources and infrastructure to support our education.”

In addition to providing some much needed physical space, Markin Hall includes dedicated research areas for faculty members and their research teams, a purpose-built Addictions Counselling Lab, a Simulation Health Centre with wireless high-fidelity patient simulators and Western Canada’s first finance trading room.

“This is the most modern and forward-looking facility in Western Canada for studying business and management,” says Faculty of Management dean, Dr. Robert Ellis. “As well as classrooms with state-of-the-art capabilities, Markin Hall has 18 rooms where groups and individuals can study and work on projects together.”

In Markin Hall’s collaborative environment, the U of L will address our province’s most crucial issues and continue to invest in energetic, effective and strategic leaders in the fields of health-care and management.

“Markin Hall provides an opportunity for continued collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Management, including the development of a new combined degree in Public Health and Management. We look forward to many opportunities to develop innovative program and research collaborations in the coming years,” says Dr. Chris Hosgood, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

By improving teaching, learning and research facilities, Markin Hall helps the U of L meet the needs of a shifting economy and a changing province.

Background information, building facts and a photo gallery are attached.

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Contacts:

Bob Cooney, University of Lethbridge Media Relations
(403) 330-4609 cell / (403) 382-7173 office
e-mail: robert.cooney@uleth.ca

Zyna Taylor, Faculty of Management Communications
(403) 329-2019 office
e-mail: zyna.taylor@uleth.ca

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

FINANCE TRADING ROOM


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The Finance Trading Room trading room in Markin Hall will be Western Canada’s first commodity trading laboratory, and will provide students hands-on experience in derivatives trading and risk management. The University of Lethbridge will be the second academic institution in the world to have a derivatives-oriented trading room, with direct connections to futures exchanges around the world.

NURSING SKILLS LAB / SIMULATION HEALTH CENTRE

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This new facility will almost triple the size of available teaching space, from 85sq. m. to 250 sq. m. With its design and extreme high-tech focus, it will serve as a showcase facility for the faculty. The lab will be outfitted with nursing stations, including some with mannequins that are operated from a separate control room.

ADDICTIONS COUNSELLING LAB

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The Addictions Counselling Lab provides hands-on experience to students in the Addictions Counselling program. As part of the program, students learn individual, group and family counselling skills in weekly small group labs. The new lab facility provides 12 individual, one group, and one family room all equipped with the latest in digital recording technology.

FAST FACTS:

- Markin Hall is a $65 million project

- Markin Hall covers 10,400 square metres on four floors and houses approximately 230 faculty, staff and graduate students

- The building provides space for more than 420 health sciences students and 1,600 management students

- Markin Hall includes $1.6 million worth of audio-visual equipment

- Markin Hall is certified silver by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards

- The building includes two video-conference rooms used to offer courses via video in Calgary and Edmonton. These classrooms double as case rooms for the Faculty of Management, offering closely-tiered, seating for 50 students, with adjacent breakout rooms for smaller group work

- In addition to the Simulation Health Centre, the Addictions Counselling Lab and the Trading Room, which all provide hands-on experience, there are four experimental research labs used by the Faculty of Management to conduct behavioural research such as focus groups

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Contacts:

Bob Cooney, University of Lethbridge Media Relations
(403) 330-4609 cell / (403) 382-7173 office
e-mail: robert.cooney@uleth.ca

Zyna Taylor, Faculty of Management Communications
(403) 329-2019 office
e-mail: zyna.taylor@uleth.ca

PHOTO GALLERY

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Markin Hall North Facade

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Markin Hall South Facade

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Markin Hall North interior study space

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Markin Hall interior atrium lobby

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Markin Hall interior stairwell


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