As September drew to an end, Advanced Education Minister Denis Herard appointed Robert Turner as the new Chair of the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors. Effective immediately, Bob will vacate his board member position to accept a three-year term as Chair. I look forward to working with Bob in his new role and extend congratulations to him on behalf of the entire University community.
Earlier in the month I travelled to Japan to visit Hokkai-Gakuen University (HGU) and Kansai Gaidai University. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U of L and HGU’s academic exchange program for faculty. This is the longest-running exchange program for both universities with almost 100 professors from the two campuses studying and teaching in Lethbridge and Sapporo. We have also exchanged students for 20 years. We represented the U of L as part of a group of four Chinese and South Korean universities at the opening of the new Hokkai-Gakuen School of Commerce and School of Law.
The U of L signed an exchange agreement with Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City in 2001, and since then 15 U of L students have studied there for a semester. It was a great pleasure to meet with HGU and Kansai representatives and build on the U of L’s close ties to these universities. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting U of L international management major Qiang Han, who is on exchange at Kansai. Qiang moved from China to Canada five years ago. After studying English in British Columbia for one year, he chose to pursue his management degree at the U of L. His instructors in the upper-level Japanese language courses at Kansai are very impressed with him. It was a thrill to meet Qiang and hear first hand what he has accomplished in the past five years.
On Oct. 14, the successes of many U of L graduands will be celebrated at the Fall 2006 Convocation. The. Hon. Catherine A. Fraser and Blaine Thacker will be receiving honorary degrees, and Dr. Shirley Steinberg is being recognized as the 2006 Distinguished Alumna of the Year. Congratulations to all. The ceremony will be a milestone for the University as a whole since it will be the inaugural Convocation in the new triple gymnasium in the Regional Health and Wellness Centre.
In another first for the U of L, the Art Gallery has launched an online research database that provides public access to the more than 13,000 objects in the University’s art collection. Staff from the Art Gallery, the Curriculum Re-Development Centre and the Information Technology Department contributed to the success of this project. To access the database, visit the gallery’s web site at www.uleth.ca/artgallery.
When you open your Sunday newspaper on Oct. 15, you will find the 2005/2006 University of Lethbridge Community Report. I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the noteworthy achievements that took place at the U of L throughout the year.
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