U of L departs SAIT campus for new location

Members of the University of Lethbridge Calgary Campus recently capped off a very positive 15-year relationship with SAIT Polytechnic by establishing a new transfer scholarship.

The scholarship program is for graduates from SAIT who choose the U of L, and will be made available to transfer students registering at the
U of L in the Fall 2011 semester.

The U of L is relocating its offices to a downtown Calgary location in partnership with Bow Valley College beginning in January 2011. Program growth spurred the move, both at SAIT and the U of L.

"To best serve our growing number of students – from SAIT and elsewhere in Calgary – the U of L decided that moving was a viable option," says Lorne Williams, director of the U of L's Calgary campus.

"In turn, this allows SAIT to expand its on-campus space to serve its students. We've had an excellent relationship over the past 15 years, and it will continue, but in a different location."

The University of Lethbridge Calgary Campus was established in 1996 to meet the changing needs of a working student population who wanted classes during evenings and weekends. What started as a small satellite campus for the Faculty of Management, now offers courses across several disciplines. Close to 700 students were registered in classes this semester.

"Our Calgary campus at SAIT is a great example of partnership," says U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon. "When SAIT opened its doors to the
U of L 15 years ago, the two institutions joined together to meet the needs of students and the community. We continue to partner together, ensuring continued opportunities for students through complementary programming and transfer credit."

Mahon adds that the U of L receives many bright and talented transfer students from SAIT.

"These students are building upon the strong foundation offered by SAIT's diploma program to complete their university degree, and we wish to reward them by creating a new scholarship for SAIT students who choose to continue their education at the U of L."

The Calgary campus office is moving to Rocky Mountain Plaza (Suite 1100, Rocky Mountain Plaza, 615 Macleod Trail SE, T2G 4T8), effective Dec. 20. Starting in January, all classes will be held at Bow Valley College.