Welcome to uLethbridge New Student Orientation 2020!

This is a year full of big changes and you probably have questions as you get ready to start your studies at uLethbridge. Of course you do! We are very excited to be offering you a virtual NSO 2020 experience!


NSO will introduce you to important student services, help you understand who to ask for supports both in your courses and out, and teach you about the academic expectations of being a first-year university student.

We encourage you to listen, to meet the speakers, your fellow classmates, the knowledgeable staff and student mentors and to ask questions!

Since many of you are not on campus this term, we are bringing the campus to you! Watch the video: Lethbridge Campus Tour


Welcome Back to uLethbridge 2020


Welcome Messages

Click your intended area of study (or multiple if you would like) to see a welcome message, get introduced to some past students and find out about all the great supports that are available to students!


Schedule of Virtual Events

Monday, August 31

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Unsure how to use Zoom? Check-in with our team to make sure that yours is up and running! If you are unable to access this test room, email us at help@uleth.ca and they will troubleshoot with you!

Presented by Natasha Buis Deering

9 - 9:30 a.m.  |  Did you know the skills you gain outside the classroom can be just as helpful in future jobs as what you learn in the classroom? Learn how to use the My Experience Transcript to highlight opportunities, experiences, specific and transferrable skills while you earn your degree!

Presented by Kyra Gillert

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9:40 - 10:10 a.m.  | If there is one thing that we can be certain of, 2020 has been full of uncertainties! One of the biggest uncertainties for ANY first-year student is what learning in a university will look like. Let uLethbridge professors Sonya von Heyking and Dr. Kevin McGeough explain how they plan to support students through their online learning this fall.

Presented by Kevin McGeough​ and Sonya von Heyking

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10:20 - 10:50 a.m.  | ​Even online learning requires textbooks! Learn all about the FREE Textbook Reservation service and other great services provided by our University Bookstore.

Presented by Annette Bright

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11 – 11:30 a.m.  | ​How can you get research help? How do you access online journal articles, books, and videos? Join Librarians Emma and Paula for an introduction to your University Library.

Presented by Paula Cardozo and Emma Scott

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11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  |  First year university has challenges but we have the tools to help keep you healthy! Learn tips, ideas and strategies for keeping your mind and body healthy while learning at home from Horns Rec staff and Counselling Services.

Presented by Bill Halma and Jenn Ellis-Toddington

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12:20 – 12:50 p.m.  |  We know that first-year courses can be challenging, especially online during a global pandemic! Learn more about the virtual tutorials and supports we have for Fall 2020!

Presented by Jaime Morasch

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1 – 1:30 p.m.  |  Join Librarians Paula and Emma to learn why and how to avoid plagiarism. We'll cover paraphrasing, quoting, knowing when and what to cite, and how to get help. While academic dishonesty is an offense with serious consequences, our approach is based on respect and positivity with an aim to developing your knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Presented by Paula Cardozo and Emma Scott

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1:40 – 2:10 p.m.  |  While most courses and learning is being offered online only this semester, if you do need to be on campus, you need to know you’re doing it safely and following university protocols. Let us help!

Presented by Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw

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3 - 3:30 p.m. |  The University of Lethbridge Students’ Union (ULSU) provides you with academic support, opportunities to get involved and meet other students through event, clubs, and online activities. From the GooseChase app and Fresh Fest to Club Rush and Speakers Series, learn what the ULSU has planned for you!

Presented by Richard Lee-Thai

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2:20 – 2:50 p.m  |  Let us help you discover opportunities and experiences that you can do in your first year to help you navigate the transition between school, job search, and employment.

Presented by Jasminn Berteotti

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Tuesday, September 1

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  |  The Faculty of Arts & Science invites you to engage in conversation with some of our outstanding people. Meet the professors who will teach your classes. Connect with specialists from Career Bridge and Student Program Services (Academic Advising). And if you are part of the GCC or RIC, meet your cohort for the first time!

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12:30 - 4 p.m.  |  Unsure how to use Zoom? Check-in with our team to make sure that yours is up and running! If you are unable to access this test room, email us at help@uleth.ca and they will troubleshoot with you!

Link to Student Online Learning and Technology site: https://uleth.sharepoint.com/sites/student-technology

Presented by Natasha Buis Deering

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Wednesday, September 2

10 a.m.  |  The Dhillon School of Business warmly invites you to meet the people eager to help you get the most out of your education. Find out important information about your specific major as well as about the unique Dhillon student engagement opportunities that will further enrich your university journey.

Please click the buttons below to watch each session recording.

Dean's Welcome

Academic Advising

Experiential Learning

Student Programs/Majors



General Management

Global Business

Human Resource Management and Labour Relations

Indigenous Governance and Business Management


Small Business

1 p.m.  |  If you are a Pre-Education student please take this opportunity to join us! We have an excellent panel of faculty, staff, and students to answer your questions and share some tips on “what to know” before coming into the teacher preparation program.

Presented by Dr. Danny Balderson and Richelle Marynowski

Thursday, September 3

10 a.m.  |  Meet your faculty and key staff that will help kick start your semester and set you up for success. Learn about the people, places and resources that will help you adjust to Fine Arts student life. Take part in the reveal of the sealed envelope in your NSO-in-a-box to participate in fun ways to get to know the Fine Arts and a chance to win some SWAG. Students will jump over to department specific sessions for Art, Drama, Music and New Media after receiving an additional Zoom invite in session.

Hosted by Fine Arts Dean Dr. Mary Ingraham and the Student Services Office

Dean's Welcome

Student Programs/Majors




New Media


1 p.m.  |  Welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences! Please join us and engage in conversation with our outstanding faculty and staff.

Presented by Acting Dean Shannon Spenceley

Dean's Welcome

Student Programs/Majors

Aboriginal Health

Therapeutic Recreation

Public Health


Friday, September 4

9 - 9:50 a.m.  |  Understand the immigration regulations that will apply to you as a student.  We will share pertinent information for students beginning their studies both inside and outside of Canada.  We will cover study permits, rules for working as a student, and post-graduation work permit eligibility. 

Presented by Imaru Baquero and Claire Brodrick

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10 - 11 a.m.  |  Studying in Canada is an adjustment for most students.  This session is designed to help you understand what to expect from your new academic environment.  You will also learn about the importance of academic integrity in a digital world. 

Presented by  Claire Brodrick, Sammy Jordan and Imarú Baquero 

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12 - 1 p.m.  |  Learn what some professors and student support staff have planned to support your success during remote learning this fall.

Presented by Trisha Henschel, Kristin Galicia, Mark Matias and Rebecca Friesen

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12 - 1 p.m.  |  Indigenous students are encouraged to join us for a meet and greet with Indigenous Student Affairs and Indigenous Success Cohort staff and students. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and connect with others with similar interests and passions as you! We look forward to seeing you there.

Presented by Lindi Shade, Heather Munro, Michele Hogue, Abby Morning Bull, Charlene Bruised-Head Mountain Horse, Francis First Charger and Rhonda Crow

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1 - 2 p.m.  |  Parents! This is your opportunity to meet with student services representatives and engage with the staff that will be supporting your student through their journey at uLethbridge.

Presented by Paula Cardozo, Jesse Malinsky, Rebekah Eckert, Sue Kovach, Mary Nanninga, Dawn Vickers, Megan Paul, Richard Lee-Thai, Lyndsay Montina, Gizelle Tiponut, Jasminn Berteotti, Jennifer Ellis-Toddington, Courtney Smith, Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw and Alison Pilsner

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Tuesday, September 8

10 - 10:30 a.m.  |  Welcome to the University of Lethbridge, we can't wait to meet you!

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View your Virtual NSO-in-a-box  

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