Last year ended on a very positive note with the Dec. 7 announcement that John and Connie Prentice are donating a minimum of $8 million to the University of Lethbridge to launch the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. Sincere thanks to the Prentice family for supporting an institute that will transform the University of Lethbridge as it improves the worldís understanding of global demographics and economics. This endowment is the largest individual donation in the U of Lís history, and it will enable the University to attract top researchers to the multidisciplinary institute.
Thanks also go out to the CIBC, which is supporting the U of Lís Legacy of Leadership campaign with a $125,000 donation. The funds are being directed to the proposed Management and Health Sciences building.
Congratulations to the University of Lethbridge Jeux du Commerce (JDC) West team on the success of the second annual Chilliní for Charity polar bear swim, which took place at Galt Gardens on Dec. 2. The event was organized by the JDC West team, in cooperation with the United Way of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, to raise funds and complete a community service component of the groupís entry in the JDC West business competition, which will be held in Vancouver from Jan. 19 to 21. More than 80 jumpers, myself included (see photo below), raised $10,700 for the United Way.
Pronghorn Athletics and the Pronghorn Booster Club are also to be congratulated on the success of the 12th season of Operation Red Nose. Throughout December, Red Nose volunteers provided more than 1,000 rides and, in the process, helped more than 3,000 people get home safely. The efforts of the 516 volunteers, who travelled more than 18,000 kilometres in Lethbridge and the surrounding areas, raised more than $20,000 for the Pronghorn teams.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the University of Lethbridge, and celebrations will officially begin at the grand opening of the Centre for Sport and Wellness at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8. Everyone is invited to attend this event and enjoy an evening of entertainment, recreation, reminiscence and recognition. The free tickets will be available on campus and throughout the community by mid-January. Stay tuned for other anniversary events throughout 2007.
Best wishes for a happy new year.
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