The community-minded research conducted at the U of L and the research opportunities available to our undergraduate students are two of the key reasons why I believe the University of Lethbridge offers Canadaís premier learning experience. A recent Research Infosource Inc. ranking of the top 50 research universities in Canada affirms the strength of the U of Lís research program. The University ranked third in the undergraduate category along with Lakehead University and the Royal Military College of Canada, which placed first and second, respectively. The U of L placed fifth in the research income growth category with a reported $12 million in research funding in 2005/2006. Thank you to the faculty and student researchers and Office of Research Services staff whose efforts have established the U of L as a nationally recognized research university.
The Pronghorn Womenís Rugby Team deserves a great deal of recognition for winning their first Canada West championship on Oct. 22. Their win ended the University of Alberta Pandasí seven-year hold on the championship. The U of Lís Ashley Patzer, Cayley Gunn and Amanda Richardson were named Canada West Rugby All-Stars, and Ashley was recognized as the Canada West Player of the Year. Best of luck to the Horns as they move on to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships at the University of Western Ontario from Nov. 3 to 5.
The U of Lís most recent graduates and everyone who contributed to the Oct. 14 Convocation in the Centre for Sport and Wellness are also to be congratulated. Approximately 1,330 people were on hand to celebrate the achievements of 379 graduates at the inaugural Convocation ceremony in the new facility.
Many individual members of the University community have also enjoyed recent successes. U of L management student Amanda Velcic is one of 10 Canadian university business students to receive a 2006 Futures Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership from Canadaís Outstanding CEO of the Year program. The other U of L finalists for the award were Jennifer Steeves and Irene Wong. Jennifer Franks (BA í02) has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (Masterís) for $17,500. Alison Gray (BMgt í83) has been appointed as the new director of the Calgary campus. Alison is an alumnus who has taught at the Calgary campus and most recently served as the executive director of the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs association.†Congratulations to all.
I wish you all the best in the month ahead.
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