The University of Lethbridge’s international relationships and partnerships have enriched campus and created exchange opportunities across the globe for students and faculty. Two recent developments highlight the potential international cooperation has to enhance scholarly research and ultimately benefit the greater community.
On Nov. 21, U.S. Consul General Tom Huffaker visited the Lethbridge campus to announce the creation of the U of L’s first Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Water and the Environment. This visiting professor program is in the area of water policy research and is funded by the Fulbright Foundation. It is an honour for the University to participate in the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program, and the Fulbright Scholar will no doubt enhance the U of L’s strong water research program. Dr. Geoffrey Hale (Political Science) and Dr. Derek Peddle (Geography) are past recipients of Fulbright awards. The University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Community College and Red Crow Community College are partnering with South Africa’s Department of Education and other organizations to assist rural South African communities with the provision of basic water, sanitation and public hygiene. A third-year U of L nursing student is being selected to travel to South Africa to participate in health-promotion activities. The School-Based Water and Sanitation Project is part of the Canadian International Development Agency’s Canadian College Partnership Program. Dr. Judith Kulig is representing the U of L in this initiative.
University students, staff and faculty are also making important contributions to the community. The University Bookstore’s Tree of Knowledge sold for $3,100 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital Foundation’s Christmas Tree Festival Gala Auction on Nov. 15. In addition to the book- and merchandise-laden tree, the Bookstore donated a separate collection of autographed Robert Munsch books that raised $150. Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in Education Dr. Rick Mrazek’s contributions to environmental education have been recognized with the 2006 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Outstanding Post-Secondary Individual award. Pronghorn Athletics has launched its 12th season of Operation Red Nose, which provides Lethbridge-area residents with safe rides home in their own vehicles every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December as well as New Year’s Eve. The ride home is free, but donations are accepted. In the past 11 years, more than $260,000 has been raised for Pronghorn teams.
In the final Bill Board for 2006, I would like to thank the entire University community for displaying grace under pressure during the ongoing construction on campus. The end is in sight for the Centre for Sport and Wellness construction and renovations. The new gymnasium space is expected to be fully operational by early December, and the renovated area is scheduled to be in operation in early 2007. New sections of the Centre are already in use, and students, staff, faculty and community members will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities for years to come.
I want to wish all of you the best for a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to the start of our new term in January.
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