Story https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story en Prairie Spirit https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2019/prairie-spirit <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2019" hreflang="en">Fall 2019</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/790" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">James Harrison</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/29/2019 - 21:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .mustard { background-color: #edc679; padding: 30px; } .mustard h2 { color: white; } /*--><!]]]]]]]]]]><![CDATA[><![CDATA[><![CDATA[><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]]]]]]]><![CDATA[><![CDATA[><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]]]]]><![CDATA[><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="luco-farms1_0.jpg" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d6f344eb-fdf7-4326-94cd-469b7558ec24" height="791" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/2019-08/luco-farms1_0.jpg" width="1285" /><figcaption><em>Photo:  Robert Luco (standing) and his son, Ben Luco (left) along with Chef Rob Sonnenberg (right), worked together to find a solution to a jar sealing problem.</em></figcaption></figure><p style="margin-bottom:11px"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">Luco Farms – makers of marvelous mustard – had a problem. The seals on the jars of their artisan mustard, which is made from mustard seed grown in southern Alberta, weren’t sealing properly. While this didn’t affect the quality or safety of the Prairie Flower, Prairie Sun, Prairie Lightning or the other prairie-based flavours, it did leave customers concerned when they didn’t hear the satisfying “pop” upon first opening.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">So Robert Luco and his son, Ben Luco, went to the Tecconnect centre for entrepreneurship and innovation in Lethbridge, a vibrant place for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses within a supportive and innovative environment. There, they connected with Lethbridge College, where food scientist and chef Rob Sonnenberg and his students joined in the effort to find a solution.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">In just a year, and with support from an NSERC Engage grant as well as some trial and error, they solved the problem: a new way to vacuum seal the jars, plus a switch of kinds of salt, did the trick. Now, thousands of jars of Luco Farms mustard are making their way throughout the region, each one opening with a pop that reveals a small but significant southern Alberta – and Lethbridge College applied research – success story.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">Read more about this partnership in the fall Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Report prepared by Lethbridge College.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"> </p> <div class="mustard"> <h2 style="margin-bottom: 11px;">A PEEK AT PART OF THE MUSTARD-MAKING PROCESS</h2> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">1. Robert and Ben Luco pour a batch of Prairie Spirit mustard into the dispensing machine.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">2. The dispensing machine is set to fill the bottles with the perfect amount in a flash. For the sake of the photo shoot, the Lucos slowed the process down.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">3. The Lucos hand tighten each jar.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">4. Ben Luco places a batch in the vacuum sealer, which was created from an old sink from the Marquis hotel. In just 60 seconds, the lids are sealed.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">5. Each label is placed by hand.</p> </div> <p> </p> <p><img alt="luco-farms-compilation.jpg" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="248100a7-d784-4b0a-8401-65c5ba9668b4" height="629" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/2019-08/luco-farms-compilation.jpg" width="1290" /></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Lisa Kozleski | Photos by Rob Olson</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Prairie Spirit</span> Fri, 30 Aug 2019 03:30:00 +0000 James Harrison 5755 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca I GIVE BECAUSE I’M BLESSED, I’M BLESSED BECAUSE I GIVE https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2018/i-give-because-im-blessed-im-blessed-because-i-give <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2018" hreflang="en">Fall 2018</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Jonathan Ruzek</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-large full-width-background parallax paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default" data-parallax="scroll" data-image-src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/styles/section_paragraph_background/public/2018-09/328_01273_1.jpg?itok=pPy3Nk6l"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-2-col paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>By spring 1979, I had finished my classes [at the Western Canada High School adult education program] and applied to the Journalism program at SAIT. …Although my preference was to stay in Calgary so that I could continue to work while I attended school, I grudgingly applied to what was then called Lethbridge Community College.</p> <p>SAIT’s admission process was two-fold: the written plus the oral interview. I wrote my written test and passed. …[And] from my perspective, the interview went well. … Approximately two weeks later, I received a letter notifying me that I was not granted admission into the program. Why? It was all due to my accent. Yes, in those days, you could be openly discriminated against without repercussion, or at least without a second thought. …Naturally, I was very disappointed when I was not granted admission into SAIT, but my hopes were not dashed. I was still waiting to hear from Lethbridge. A short time later, I received a congratulatory letter of admission [into the Radio Arts and Journalism program at LCC]. I was elated! My dream was taking shape!</p> <p>The college environment was unique and intimate. Our student body was comprised of selected students from all over Canada. Carol Thibeaux was our copywriting teacher, our surrogate big sister, and a caretaker in the department. In addition, I developed a mentorship/coach relationship with the Radio Arts program manager, Mr. Ian Mandin. Mr. Mandin was a very patient, caring, and witty instructor. He infused humour and laughter into all his lessons, making his classes both fun and memorable.</p> <p>…[After completing her first year of the program, Taiwo and her husband spent the summer working to raise money for the next year’s tuition. She also discovered she was pregnant with her first child.] In September of 1980, the second year and third semester of my Radio Arts program began. As I sailed through it, my belly grew steadily. My program mates and faculty showered me with much care and attention. They even got me a couch to lie on whenever I felt tired. They were so kind, and I was so very grateful to them.</p> <p>The fall semester concluded, and I started my last semester at LCC. It looked like I was going to be able to push ahead and deliver the baby close to graduation; at least, that was my wish. In spite of my wishes, the baby decided to make her appearance midway through my final semester. She arrived on Feb. 6, 1981, weighing in at 6 pounds. …After one month at home with my baby, I returned to classes in March and graduated with my program mates in April of 1981. …I was utterly exhausted most of the time, and to be honest, I don’t know how I pulled through. But I did. I was very proud of myself for pushing through and graduating despite the challenges.</p> <p>… I have faced challenges in pursuing higher education. …[But] part of being successful is recognizing that a closed door is sometimes the best thing that could happen to you.</p> <hr /><h3>Related content:</h3> <p><a class="button-primary" href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2018/mojis-tale">Moji's Tale</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Reprinted with permission</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">I GIVE BECAUSE I’M BLESSED, I’M BLESSED BECAUSE I GIVE</span> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:33:55 +0000 Jonathan Ruzek 5020 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Building a legacy https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018/building-legacy <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018" hreflang="en">Winter 2018</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Jonathan Ruzek</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="pull-left quote">The opening of Lethbridge College’s new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility to students this past fall represented more than just the largest expansion in the institution’s history. It’s the ultimate fulfillment of one man’s vision of Lethbridge College as a leading centre for vocational and technical education, a vision more than 50 years in the making.</p> <p>In December 1961, Dr. James (Jim) Twa was appointed the first-ever director of Vocational Education for what was then called Lethbridge Junior College. But long before that, Twa, who passed away in 2013, was a young man looking for a way out of the hardscrabble life on a small prairie farm.</p> <p>“He was definitely someone who was a product of the Great Depression,” recalls his daughter Denise Wall (Agriculture Technology 1983). “He grew up near Talbot (just under 200 km east of Red Deer) where my grandpa had a small farm. He was one of the lucky ones who didn’t lose his tractor and that’s where [Jim] learned to fix things.”</p> <p>Even in those early days, education asserted a strong hold on Twa, as it would throughout his life and career. “He came from a poor family and he and his older sister were the only ones who finished their Grade 12,” says Wall. “They would ride a horse bareback for four miles spring, fall, winter just to get to school.”</p> <p>After finishing high school in 1946, Twa moved to the tiny hamlet of Craigmyle where he started his career. He was just 17 years old. “He used to talk about meeting the superintendent of the school, who wanted to know where the teacher was and my dad had to try very hard to convince the superintendent he WAS the teacher,” laughs Wall.</p> <p>Over the next few years, Twa continued his teaching career as well as his own education, receiving a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta in 1957.</p> <p><span class="round-image"><img alt="story-building-a-legacy1.jpg" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ddd37f2b-3d85-4370-9e71-925e3a789f10" height="400" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/wider-horizons/winter-2018/story-building-a-legacy1.jpg" width="400" class="align-right" /></span>In 1961, while working as a shop teacher for Lethbridge public schools, he applied, and was hired, for the position of director of Vocational Services with the fledgling Lethbridge Junior College. His role would be to develop and administer the programs to fill the new vocational area of the four-year-old college. Twa toured other junior colleges in Canada and the United States for ideas and inspiration and put together advisory committees to build partnerships between the school and the industries who would depend on college grads to fill their ranks.</p> <p>According to the history of the college written in 1992, when Twa was hired, “he was expected to do everything that was going to be done in technical and vocational education in the college, but no one really knew what that was going to be. …Twa was later to say that if he had known what the task was, he would have said it was impossible. …There was no Canadian model to follow, no legislation to cover what they were doing, but the board and Twa were willing to gamble, inventing and innovating as they went along.”</p> <p>In September 1963, classes for the new vocational-technical school began with 10 faculty and 145 students enrolled in areas including automotive repair, radio/television technician, welding, sheet metal, commercial cooking, electrical and secretarial. Within five years, he worked to more than double the number of faculty and students in the vocational section, which, as stated in the faculty tribute when he was nominated to the Lethbridge College Hall of Fame, “placed the Technical-Vocational Section in a strong position when the University of Lethbridge was established in 1967. Without this position, the absorption and eventual demise of Lethbridge Junior College would have been a very real possibility. We are indebted more than we realize to Jim Twa for the present, vibrant college we all know today.”</p> <p>For Twa, an education in the trades was an effective alternative to an academic university education for some students. “Education was a pathway for him,” says Wall. “For him, I think he saw education as a way off the farm and out of poverty and he really believed in it for his students and [his own children]. He’s the guy who would come home every day to give us a word of the day to increase our vocabulary.”</p> <p>Twa built the new program during those early years at the college, eventually served as acting president of the college in 1967 and vice-president in 1967-68. He left the institution in 1968 to pursue his PhD at the University of Oregon, and returned with his family to Lethbridge in 1970 where he continued his career as a professor in the Faculty of Education at the newly-created University of Lethbridge. “He was the kind of guy who was the salt of the earth,” says Wall. “If you met him, you wouldn’t have known he was a professor, he never had that air. He didn’t like people calling him Dr. Twa. He preferred to be referred to as Jim as it didn’t separate him from his students.”</p> <p>In 1986, after more than 40 years away from a farm, Twa returned to his roots, retiring to a small hobby farm near Raymond. “He would always be tinkering with things on the farm,” recalls Wall. “A tractor would die but instead of buying a part he’d improvise his own. He had such a mechanical mind, he should have been an engineer.”</p> <p class="pull-left quote">“If you met him, you wouldn’t have known he was a professor, he never had that air. He didn’t like people calling him Dr. Twa, he thought that was way above him.”<br /><br /> { Denise Wall }</p> <p>Twa was inducted into the Lethbridge College Hall of Fame in 1989. While he lived out his retirement, his family followed in his footsteps in higher education. Wall graduated in 1983 from what was then called Lethbridge Community College in the Agricultural Technology program and later went on to get her education degree at the U of L. In turn, all three of Wall’s own children have gone on to post-secondary education, with daughter Jesse graduating from Lethbridge College with a diploma in Business Administration – Accounting in 2011.</p> <p>“Education was extremely valued in our household by my family, and that definitely stemmed from my grandfather as he ingrained that into his children as well,” says Jesse Wall. “I was always under the impression that I needed to go to either college or university after high school and that’s what I did. Having both my Grandpa Jim and my mom going through Lethbridge College – they might have biased me a little bit to go to there.”</p> <p>Wall’s son Murray went into the trades as a sheet metal worker. In a final twist, Murray worked on the construction of the new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility, the new home for the same programs his grandfather helped build.</p> <p>Wall says the family remains proud of their connection to Lethbridge College and Jim Twa’s contribution to making the institution what it is today.</p> <p>“I wish he could have seen [the new building] in his lifetime,” says Wall. “He would have been incredibly proud to see something that he was passionate about become reality in this way.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="color color-background-grey-lt paragraph-padding-small full-width-background paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Dr. James Twa</h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-2-col paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>In his daughter’s words…</h3> <p>I started at Lethbridge College in October 1981. The Ag Tech program in those days at LCC was only six months long to allow students to help on the farm with seeding and harvesting. Many of the instructors stick in my mind as great mentors. Dr. Gene Keller bought some old cull cows in the fall and we got to do hands-on things like pregnancy testing and AI with them. Darrel Brown impressed upon me that only through financial management of the farm could a person be successful, as a great farmer in the field would fail if he didn’t manage his farm well. This is so true in today’s agriculture. Being hands-on in the classroom was so important for me.</p> <p>I graduated from the University of Lethbridge, where I obtained my bachelor of education in Physical Sciences in 1989, and I worked as a substitute teacher for the next 23 years. After graduation, I married a farmer whom I farmed with for 15 years until his death in a farm accident.</p> <p>I became the sole proprietor of the farm and have been successfully farming southeast of Lethbridge for the last 13 years on my own. I raised three children during this time, two of whom attended the college. In 2012, I retired from teaching and am farming full time. I keep in touch with several of my classmates from the college, and I have one in particular who has become a lifelong best friend whom I hike, ride horses and generally hang out with.</p> <p>Both of my girls have bachelor’s degrees. Jesse, 25, earned hers in management in accounting, and Emily, 27, has a degree in biology from the University of Calgary. Murray, 23, is taking a time out from his apprenticeship in HVAC, traveling in southeast Asia for the next year.</p> <p>My father, my late husband and I were great travellers, having visited most of the continents. Education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world. I am a big proponent of education in that it is the way to a better life.</p> <p>- <strong>Denise Wall</strong>, Agriculture Technology 1983</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>In his granddaughter’s words…</h3> <p>I attended Lethbridge College from 2009 to 2011, directly after high school. I played collegiate soccer there as well. An active lifestyle was something that was passed down from my grandfather. He valued team work along with working towards a common goal. I feel I enjoyed my college experience more by having an opportunity to play sports too. I loved how hands-on the instructors were at the college. The classes were smaller and I had all the resources and abilities to talk to the instructors for clarification whenever needed. I really enjoyed James Reimer (Business Administration 1990) – he taught most of my accounting classes and he genuinely made me love accounting (it is nearly impossible to make someone enjoy accounting).</p> <p>My grandpa could take anything you gave him and make it into something great. Even though I never got the bug to fix things or work with my hands, my grandpa taught me that hard work pays off and he was a living example of it. He knew how to work with his hands and he knew how to “create.”</p> <p>His style of learning I think also is something that Lethbridge College embraces as they give you the opportunity to start from the bottom and they provide a great foundation to whatever you pursue in life. My grandpa actually offered the basement of his house in Lethbridge for me to live while I went to the college, so I think that was his gesture to send me in that direction. He was definitely excited that I chose to go to Lethbridge College.</p> <p>The 2+2 program the college offered was also huge in my decision. I decided to do my first two years at the college, which was the best decision I made. My classes at the college gave me the knowledge that is more prevalent to the work I am doing now. I am happy to have had my first two years there as it gave me an amazing start to my education and I hope that maybe one of my children will go there one day and carry on the tradition.</p> <p> - <strong>Jesse Fowlis</strong>, Business Administration 2011</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"><img alt="Family photo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4279a02a-aeb2-43e8-a278-884b3a6602b1" height="510" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/wider-horizons/winter-2018/story-building-a-legacy2.jpg" width="1200" /><figcaption>(From left): Emily Reid, Murray Wall, Denise Wall and Jesse Fowlis love sharing stories of their father and grandfather, Jim Twa, and the impact he had on trades<br /> and technologies training at Lethbridge College.</figcaption></figure></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Jeremy Franchuk | Photos submitted</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Building a legacy</span> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:36:35 +0000 Jonathan Ruzek 4200 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Coulee Fest for the community https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018/coulee-fest-community <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018" hreflang="en">Winter 2018</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Jonathan Ruzek</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--embedded-video paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-video field--label-hidden field__item"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wrm1FOFSotg?autoplay=0&start=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="pull-left quote">Lethbridge College’s 60th birthday party brought more than 2,000 revelers to campus for a day of free fun and celebration.</p> <p>Coulee Fest, which was held on Sept. 23, brought students, alumni, current and retired employees, government officials, donors, prospective students, neighbours and the greater Lethbridge community to campus to celebrate the college’s history and get a glimpse of what the next 60 years has in store.</p> <p>The day started with the opening of the college’s new <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c194151f-435b-47bc-a90c-28469ace41cb" href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018/founders-square-cherie-reitzel" target="_blank" title="Founder's Square">Founders’ Square</a> and then shifted into full-party mode with live music, beer gardens, a kids’ zone including a petting zoo, food vendors, program exhibits, a street market, tours of campus and more.</p> <p>Volunteers handed out 200 “swag bags” in the first seven minutes and 500 Lethbridge College lanyards in the first two hours, and then took 85 people on campus tours. In the beer gardens, visitors consumed 600 cans of beer – including some with specially-designed Kodiaks Cream Ale labels – and 200 cans of other alcoholic beverages. Food from three of the trucks – which had come prepared to feed 750 – ran out of some or all of their products.</p> <p>“After months of planning, we were thrilled to finally get to celebrate with our community,” says Dr. Paula Burns, Lethbridge College President and CEO. “We are proud of our standing as Canada’s first publicly-funded community college, and we wanted to throw a party to mark the moment and say thank you to everyone in southern Alberta who has supported us over the last 60 years.”</p> <p>Talks are underway about making the celebration an annual event. Stay tuned to future issues of Wider Horizons for details, and thanks to all who came to make the event what many called the best 60th birthday party ever.</p> <p>To see photos from Coulee Fee, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lethbridge-college/sets/72157686615540830/" target="_blank">visit our gallery on Flickr.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Lisa Kozleski | Photos by Rob Olson</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Coulee Fest for the community</span> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:49:12 +0000 Jonathan Ruzek 4198 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Last look https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018/last-look <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018" hreflang="en">Winter 2018</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Jonathan Ruzek</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:02</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When colleagues came together to create the new Founders’ Square as a way of commemorating Lethbridge College’s 60th anniversary, they knew they wanted to find ways to tell the story of the land where the college now sits while showcasing the institution’s lasting legacy. One essential way to tell that story is to connect it to the land’s Indigenous history.</p> <p>So the college commissioned Kainai artist <em>Api’soomaahka</em> (Running Coyote) William Singer III to create a special painting to mark the occasion. Using a traditional buffalo hide design, Singer’s art, titled <em>Ikaitapiitsinikssini</em>, or the telling of old stories of our forefathers, tells the story of how Indigenous people have adapted to a new way of life and uses traditional symbols to show the pursuit of education.</p> <p>“The piece actually starts on the outside of the hide, the universe, home of the seven brothers and the moon and sun,” Singer explained in his artist notes. “…You can see the dipper, the seven brothers, who are out of reach from their mother and the Pleiades cluster showing the lost children. Within the hide, the creation of the Oldman River is told…, reflecting knowledge and our connection to nature as it was our first ‘school.’</p> <p>“The eagle symbolizes strength, power and is a helper of the Great Spirit who we are connected with. …Young people are depicted within the system to seek higher knowledge. Lifelong learning is shown at the bottom of the hide and shows a trail coming from the left and meeting a Blackfoot couple, the first family. At the bottom you see a morning star referring to the story of the woman who married the morning star, and the celestial connection of the Blackfoot worldview that we are all made of stars.”</p> <p>The painting can be viewed in Founders’ Square, just outside the Food Court.</p> <img alt="Ikaitapiitsinikssini" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e6a998d8-a1a2-4273-9bd0-c7be5145fdaa" height="1067" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/wider-horizons/winter-2018/story-last-look.jpg" width="1600" class="align-center" /></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Lisa Kozleski | Photo by Gregory Thiessen</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Last look</span> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:02:41 +0000 Jonathan Ruzek 4195 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca History made https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018/history-made <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018" hreflang="en">Winter 2018</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Lawrence Krysak</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><img alt="wider-horizons-winter-2018-history-made-TTIF-night.jpg" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="12d9539b-8f76-45db-ba32-2c054fa1f12e" height="1280" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/wider-horizons/winter-2018/wider-horizons-winter-2018-history-made-TTIF-night.jpg" width="1920" class="align-center" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Amid a flurry of sparks as an acetylene torch burned through a specially-fashioned metal ribbon, Lethbridge College’s new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility officially opened with an on-campus celebration on Sept. 27.</p> <p>The new facility completes the largest construction project in the college’s history, a three-and-a-half year endeavor that has created the largest trades training facility south of Calgary. The completed building, which includes the first phase that opened in September 2015, measures 168,812 square feet, cost $70.7 million and provides state-of-the-art training opportunities for students in a variety of skilled trades and technologies programming.</p> <p>“The grand opening was the culmination of a lot of planning, foresight and effort by many groups to fill a need in southern Alberta that will positively affect our college and the local economy for generations to come,” says Dr. Paula Burns, Lethbridge College President and CEO. “The building itself is beautiful and has already become a showcase piece on campus, but the practical applications and technological benefits that it will provide to students is the most exciting part of this project.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-large parallax paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default" data-parallax="scroll" data-image-src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/styles/section_paragraph_background/public/2017-12/wider-horizons-winter-2018-history-made-ribbon-cutting.jpg?itok=iu-Ufs2T"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="pull-left quote-background">“I am sure that this building and the learning happening here will help the college achieve a higher recognition within the world of post-secondary education, not only in Alberta, but also throughout Canada. This facility is the future, and it supports the foundational growth not only of the college but also the city of Lethbridge. ”<br /><br /> { Arthur Torres, president, Lethbridge College Students’ Association }</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The college broke ground in October 2015 on the second phase of the facility, which houses students in the Wind Turbine Technician, Electrician Apprenticeship Training, Welder Apprenticeship Training, Plumber Apprenticeship Training, Engineering Design and Drafting Technology, and Interior Design Technology programs.</p> <p>The first students moved into the facility in late August after a concerted effort by Lethbridge College’s Facilities Management department, college faculty and staff, and construction management company Stuart Olson to complete the project on time and on budget.</p> <p>Financing for the project came from the Province of Alberta, internal college funding and contributions from the Possibilities are Endless campaign, which raised $27.8 million for college projects, including the new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility.</p> <p>“We are so thankful for the many partners who contributed to this facility through our very successful capital campaign,” says Burns. “You’ll notice that many of the classrooms, labs and workshops carry the names of our partners. This is not only a thank you to them for their donations, but also a commitment to continue to build on those partnerships to create opportunities for our students that will positively benefit all of us.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-large paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default" style="background-image:url(https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/styles/section_paragraph_background/public/2017-12/wider-horizons-winter-2018-history-made-ceremony.jpg?itok=BTG8paUp);"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="pull-left quote-background">“With its focus on cutting-edge technology and applied research, the new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility not only fits the needs of the students of today but also the evolving needs of the future.”<br /><br /> { Maria Fitzpatrick, Lethbridge East MLA, Government of Alberta }</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The building is on pace to receive a high LEED certification for its environmentally-friendly construction. Diamond Schmitt Architects, in association with Sahuri + Partners, designed the facility and Stuart Olson oversaw the construction. Scores of Lethbridge College alumni worked for these companies as well as the dozens of local contractors and trades involved with the project since its ground-breaking in April 2014. The event concluded with the unveiling of a collaborative piece of art that captures the proud history and inspiring future of trades and technologies training at Lethbridge College. Titled Creators, Educators, Innovators, the sculpture was created by a talented group of college employees and partners who designed, shaped, fabricated and installed this piece as a way of celebrating the official opening.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="color color-background-blue color color-font-white paragraph-padding-med full-width-background paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-2-col paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h2><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Facts and figures</span></h2> <h3>Construction on the entire project ran from April 2014 to August 2017</h3> <ul><li>Phase one groundbreaking was in April 2014 and it opened in September 2015</li> <li>Phase two groundbreaking was in October 2015 and it opened in September 2017<br />  </li> </ul><h3>The total construction cost was $70.7 million</h3> <h3>Construction used 30.56 per cent of regional materials</h3> <ul><li>Construction used 21.64 per cent of recycled materials</li> <li>Over 80 per cent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill<br />  </li> </ul></div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>The facility prioritizes space for student learning:</h3> <ul><li>72 per cent of the square footage is dedicated to shops, labs and related support</li> <li>14 per cent of the square footage is dedicated to lecture, classroom and seminar space<br />  </li> </ul><h3>The facility houses students from 10 programs:</h3> <ul><li>Phase one includes programs within the Crooks School of Transportation, including the Automotive Service Technician, Parts Technician, and Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician programs</li> <li>Phase two houses the Wind Turbine Technician, Electrician Apprenticeship Training, Welder Apprenticeship Training, Engineering Design and Drafting Technology, and Interior Design Technology programs, along with classroom space for the Plumber Apprenticeship Training program.</li> </ul></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Lisa Kozleski / Photos by Rob Olson</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">History made</span> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:14:25 +0000 Lawrence Krysak 4192 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca New CARI director eager to create and cultivate applied research projects https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018/new-cari-director-eager-create-and-cultivate-applied-research-projects <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018" hreflang="en">Winter 2018</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Jonathan Ruzek</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="round-image"><img alt="story-create-cultivate-jagvir-singh.png" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7d074973-ebfa-4c83-a796-b396ca1dab13" height="400" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/wider-horizons/winter-2018/story-create-cultivate-jagvir-singh.png" width="400" class="align-right" /></span> Good things are growing at Lethbridge College, and Jagvir Singh is looking to make it bloom as a hub for applied research.</p> <p>Singh joined Lethbridge College as the director of the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation last March. He brings with him extensive experience building partnerships with industry and researchers, first as a scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in India and, most recently, at the University of Alberta’s Research Services Partnerships Team. He’s also a scientist in his own right with a background in nanotechnology.</p> <p>Central to Singh’s vision for the centre’s future is building on the college’s current strengths in agriculture and sustainable food production, as well as its robust partnerships with industry.</p> <p>To that end, he says the centre is developing a proposal for the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s College-Industry Innovation Fund. If successful, the proposal could bring in between $2.5 and $3 million in funding and support efforts to build new partnerships with industry and government.</p> <p>“We are presently brainstorming different ideas among the researchers and deans before finalizing the proposal to put forward a solid application in the spring,” Singh says.</p> <p>Currently, much of the college’s applied research muscle focuses on the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence and the Mueller Research Chair in Irrigation, the college’s first endowed applied research chair. Long-term, Singh also wants to see the college advance research projects in other areas, such as microbiology, early childhood education, and health and wellness.</p> <p>Singh also wants to find ways to better engage the college’s faculty and staff to create opportunities for these employees – who at a community college don’t have the same research demands or dedicated time for research that their counterparts at a four-year university would have – to create their own research projects. In the end, this would result in building more capacity for applied research across campus, while providing students and employees with opportunities to work with industry partners to solve the questions applied research projects ask.</p> <p>“Lethbridge is very rich academically,” Singh says, and there are researchers and projects at a variety of stages. “We have those who are just starting to explore research projects, then we have those who are already working in their area who need support to be taken to the next level. That support comes in various forms and stages, from the writing of the research proposal to identifying potential industry partners or funding opportunities.”</p> <p class="pull-left quote">“We’re setting the stage not just for more sustainable agriculture here, but also for space colonization. It may sound crazy now, but if you recycle waste, water nutrients, even carbon dioxide, you can use plants and produce food anywhere.”<br /><br /> { Nick Savidov }</p> <p>As he settles into his new role, Singh says he looks forward to immersing himself in the college’s applied research efforts. “In my previous role [with the University of Alberta], I was not always working on the full continuum of a research project,” says Singh. “Here, I get to be involved with every step, from the inception of an idea to the delivery of the project.”</p> <p>Moving to a smaller community has also meant some adjustments for Singh on a personal level: his wife Geeta has remained in Edmonton for the time being, while his son Harsh has joined him in Lethbridge to attend high school. He looks forward to having the whole family in Lethbridge as soon as possible.</p> <p>“I knew almost nothing about Lethbridge before I first came here, but I’ve found the people here are more friendly and approachable and you feel more supported,” Singh says. “It’s a dramatic change, but it’s a positive one and I feel more involved and engaged in the work and community.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Jeremy Franchuk | Photos by Rob Olson</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New CARI director eager to create and cultivate applied research projects</span> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:38:45 +0000 Jonathan Ruzek 4189 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Waste not, want not https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018/waste-not-want-not <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2018" hreflang="en">Winter 2018</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Jonathan Ruzek</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="round-image"><img alt="Nick Savidov" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8318a77e-eb6d-4963-bac1-035e679e5cfb" height="400" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/wider-horizons/winter-2018/story-waste-not-want-not-nick-savidov-1.jpg" width="400" class="align-right" /></span>From Moscow to Alberta, basic scientist to applied researcher, aquaponics skeptic to champion, Nick Savidov has proven adept at navigating changing circumstances to end up right where he wants to be.</p> <p>"I think about myself as an extremely lucky person," says the garrulous senior aquaponics research scientist with Lethbridge College's Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE). "I'm doing what I like most in my life and if I can help people solve their problems, that is one of the most satisfying activities I can imagine."</p> <p>Savidov's path to Lethbridge began in Russia, where he was born and raised. He attended the Russian State Agrarian University (RSAU-MTTA) in Moscow, one of the oldest universities in the country and one of the few in Europe focusing on agricultural science.</p> <p>After graduating with M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, he was invited to continue his studies at Ben Gurion University in Israel. After finishing his degrees there, Savidov was asked to stay on as an instructor, a move made easier by the changing political tides in his homeland.</p> <p>"Basically, at that time the Soviet Union was disintegrating and for me it would have been a waste of my life to stay there, so I decided it would be a good idea to emigrate."</p> <p>In Israel, Savidov studied plant adaptation to stressors, including drought, salinity or high temperatures, conditions common in the environment of the Negev Desert. Savidov describes this period in his life as a fruitful one for him professionally. After moving to Canada in 1997, he spent five years at the University of Alberta before applying for the role of head greenhouse crops research scientist with Alberta Agriculture's Crop Diversification Centre South in Brooks. "I applied for the position without much hope because I had only been in Canada for five years and there were many candidates from across Canada, so it was a great surprise [to be selected]."</p> <p>It was a role that required Savidov to shift his approach to science from a purely academic one to one centred around finding real-world solutions.</p> <p>"For me, it was a pretty drastic change because, up to then, I had been engaged in fundamental, basic research, he explains. "In Brooks, the main focus of the program was the development of technologies and transferring those to industry."</p> <p>In more than a decade with Alberta Agriculture, first in Brooks and later as a senior research scientist at Edmonton's Crop Diversification Centre North, Savidov pioneered new tools and techniques for commercial use, including introducing a charcoal variant called biochar as a soilless medium for greenhouses and experimenting with liquid chicken manure as a nutrient source for crops. He also began exploring the growing field of aquaponics, an agricultural method in which fish and plants are cultivated together in an integrated system that can efficiently and safely produce plants year-round.</p> <p>"I'd be lying if I said I accepted aquaponics right away," Savidov says. "I was interested in hydroponics. In hydroponics, you control every input very tightly. In aquaponics, it's the fish that control everything and I didn't understand how you could really manage plant growth if you don't know what you put in the water."</p> <p>However, after his experiences with the college's Aquaculture Centre of Excellence, Savidov overcame his initial skepticism and embraced aquaponics. "With aquaponics, what essentially happens is you are utilizing the same mechanisms that govern ecosystems for millions of years, so you know that it works," says Savidov. "And while that all sounds nice the question is: can it be economically viable to build a business?"</p> <p>In 2003, Savidov began working closely with ACE researchers at Lethbridge College to answer that question. As a plant physiologist, Savidov relied on the expertise in fish biology provided college researcher John Derksen and Alberta Agriculture researcher Dan Watson.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-large parallax paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default" data-parallax="scroll" data-image-src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/styles/section_paragraph_background/public/2017-12/story-waste-not-want-not-nick-savidov-2.jpg?itok=A9ZrDdEQ"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <p class="pull-right quote-background">Senior aquaponics research scientist Nick Savidov works in the campus greenhouse with Penny Takahashi, the centre’s aquaponics technician, near the end of the growing season last fall.</p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In conjunction with ACE, Savidov designed and tested four different generations of systems prototypes for commercial aquaponics. He ultimately developed a fully automated zero-waste aquaponics system that utilized both liquid and solid waste – the first in the world.</p> <p>The first Canadian commercial aquaponics prototype was tested between 2011 and 2013 by Red Hat Co-operative, one of the largest greenhouse companies in Canada.</p> <p>Championed by Lorne MacGregor, the college’s director of Applied Research at that time, aquaponics research at ACE grew significantly between 2009 and 2014. In 2012, ACE received its first Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant for aquaponics, followed by a five-year, $2.1 million grant in 2015 to make Integrated Fish and Plant Systems (IFPS) a commercially-viable food production solution. In 2015, Savidov officially joined ACE as the Senior Research Scientist – Aquaponics Program.</p> <p>“[Nick] is an amazing researcher with an unbelievable level of passion and energy,” says Jagvir Singh, director of the college’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation. “He is not only spearheading the NSERC project, but his close  national and international connections with the aquaponics industry have been instrumental in establishing some great collaborations with the college.”</p> <p>Under Savidov, ACE has expanded its connections with industry, including greenhouse growers and aquaculture operations like Current Prairie Fisherman, a massive fish-farm in Nobleford that has constructed one of the largest aquaponics facilities in the country.</p> <p>Recently, the college was awarded a new $50,000 grant through a joint Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement/NSERC funding program to work with Aqua Terra Farms in Okotoks to develop a biochar filtration system to remove impurities in the water called total suspended solids (TSS).</p> <p>Aqua Terra Farms owner Dan Ronald says biochar, unlike other filtration methods like activated charcoal, can capture the solid particles even at the microscopic level.</p> <p>“We have a very simple filtration system in our operation and it’s not removing enough of the solids,” says Ronald. “We’re trying to remove those particles so they don’t accumulate in the system and cause us problems. We want crystal clear water with just the nutrients flowing through.”</p> <p>Ronald says working with Savidov and ACE enables Aqua Terra to develop a biochar filtration system, have the results empirically tested and make connections with other industry partners so the system can be commercially scaled and sold. Savidov adds that the success of such a system would have far-reaching implications for industry.</p> <p>“If we are successful, the industry gets a good tool to control total suspended solids in the fish effluent they recycle. It means that any fish species could be introduced successfully into aquaponics or aquaculture, making large scale commercial fish farming of species possible when it would have previously been unsustainable to do so.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-large paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default" style="background-image:url(https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/styles/section_paragraph_background/public/2017-12/story-waste-not-want-not-nick-savidov-3.jpg?itok=PqYmppd2);"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <p class="pull-left quote-background">“With aquaponics, what essentially happens is you are utilizing the same mechanisms that govern ecosystems for millions of years, so you know that it works.”<br /><br /> { Nick Savidov }</p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--multicolumn paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-multi-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Another area where Savidov and ACE are breaking new ground is in aerobic biodigestion technology, a process in which organic waste is broken down by bacteria into carbon dioxide and minerals available for plants. When integrated with an aquaponics growing operation, it would mean the entire system – fish, plants and bacteria – would generate no waste.</p> <p>Savidov says such technology could have applications for places where conventional agricultural techniques are impractical or impossible, from remote Indigenous communities to the surface of Mars.</p> <p>“We’re setting the stage not just for more sustainable agriculture here, but also for space colonization,” says Savidov. “It may sound crazy now, but if you recycle waste, water nutrients, even carbon dioxide, you can use plants and produce food anywhere.”</p> <p>Savidov’s obvious enthusiasm and vision for the potential of the method has earned him a reputation as a sort of aquaponics guru with a vision of making Lethbridge College a national hub for aquaponics training and education.</p> <p>“It has been a great experience for me to work with [Savidov],” says Penny Takahashi (Renewable Resource Management 2003), the centre’s aquaponics technician. “I have gleaned a tremendous amount of knowledge and insight from him and he is a rich resource for all of us. It’s been so rewarding to work with him and to be a part of the tremendous progression forward. His work stretches all of us in our areas of expertise.”</p> <p>Dan Ronald credits Savidov for helping him get Aqua Terra Farms up and running in the first place back in 2009. “I look up to what he’s done in the industry and sought him out to work with because of his influence,” says Ronald. “A few years ago, there weren’t many people involved in [aquaponics] so finding someone who was scientifically testing these theories and who could provide us with their research was the springboard I needed. It’s great to have someone with his energy and enthusiasm for the whole field willing to work with us and share his knowledge. It’s really been an honour.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Jeremy Franchuk | Photos by Rob Olson</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Waste not, want not</span> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:24:08 +0000 Jonathan Ruzek 4178 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Generosity for the generations https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2016/generosity-generations <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2016" hreflang="en">Fall 2016</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/02/2016 - 09:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This spring, the college approached the brink of its $25 million fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of five local companies and organizations that donated more than $1 million in cash, technology and equipment in recent months. These companies – D.A. Building Systems, the Lethbridge Construction Association, Simpson Plumbing, Timber Tech Truss and Western Tractor – have ensured that generations of Lethbridge College students will have access to the facilities, scholarships and programs needed to succeed in their professional lives. Continue reading through page 46 or go to lethbridgecollege.ca/possibilities, to learn more about the lasting effects these gifts have on students and learning.<br /><br />  <br /><br /><strong>D.A. Building Systems Ltd. donates $50,000 to create new classroom</strong><br /><br /> A local company with a history of using local products is once again investing in its community, as Lethbridge-based D.A. Building Systems Ltd. has announced a $50,000 gift to Lethbridge College. In business in Lethbridge for 36 years, D.A. Building Systems is owned and operated by Doug and Scott Grenier. The gift to Lethbridge College will create the D.A. Building Systems Ltd. classroom in phase two of the new trades and technologies facility.<br /><br /> “Lethbridge College adds value to both industry and our community by training the workers of tomorrow,” says Doug Grenier, co-owner of D.A. Building Systems. “The new, modern facility allows for greater efficiencies and exciting opportunities to train a greater number of students and offer new trades in the region.”<br /><br /> Many of the company’s welders and carpenters have completed their apprenticeship training at Lethbridge College, while D.A. Building Systems also hires employees from the college’s Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program.<br /><br /><em>To read more about D.A. Building Systems’ gift to Lethbridge College, go to learn.lc/dabsgift.</em><br /><br />  <br /><br /><strong>Timber Tech Truss Inc. builds on long-standing partnership with $200,000 gift</strong><br /><br /> Timber Tech Truss Inc., Lethbridge’s largest manufacturer and supplier of wooden trusses, is helping to build the future of Lethbridge College through its $200,000 gift, which was announced on May 25 and will benefit skilled trades and technologies training at the college. The gift will create two classrooms, named after Timber Tech, in phase two of Lethbridge College’s trades and technologies facility.<br /><br /> “The new addition of the trades and technologies facility is a great asset to the college and the city,” says Derrill Murphy, founder and President of Timber Tech Truss Inc. “Having this facility here in Lethbridge contributes greatly to keeping our young, skilled tradespeople right here in southern Alberta. Lethbridge needs these workers and we don’t have to go elsewhere to hire trades personnel.”<br /><br /> Timber Tech Truss Inc. employs many Lethbridge College graduates, including alumni of the Carpenter Apprenticeship Training, Engineering Design and Drafting Technology and Business Administration programs. Timber Tech Truss Inc. is a locally-owned family business founded by Derrill and Pearl Murphy in 1980, and many of the company’s employees (including two of the Murphy’s children, Ryan Murphy and Wendy Going, as well as CEO and 1986 Business Administration grad Kelly Skauge) have ties to the college.<br /><br /><em>To read more about Timber Tech’s gift, go to learn.lc/tttgift.</em><!--nextpage--><br /><br />  <br /><br /><strong>Simpson Plumbing invests in its future with $200,000 gift to college</strong><br /><br /> One of Lethbridge’s largest plumbing companies is investing in Lethbridge College, as Simpson Plumbing announced on May 11 a $200,000 gift to benefit skilled trades and technologies training. Simpson Plumbing’s gift was spurred by the development and implementation of the new Plumber Apprenticeship program which was launched by Lethbridge College for the January 2016 semester. The program allows Simpson Plumbing to keep its apprentices in town for the first time, instead of having to send them away for training. The gift will create the Simpson Plumbing classroom, which will be located in phase two of Lethbridge College’s trades and technologies facility.<br /><br /> “I am very proud to be a partner with Lethbridge College,” says Simpson Plumbing owner and President Roger Simpson. “Having the Plumber Apprenticeship program added to their existing Alberta trades programs shows continued commitment and growth in investment of our southern Alberta students and community. This first-class building will offer a state-of-the-art educational experience in a modern learning space. This gift is an investment in existing Simpson Plumbing staff as well as future apprentices in southern Alberta.”<br /><br /> Simpson Plumbing is a locally-owned family business that has served Lethbridge for more than 30 years. Owner and President Roger Simpson is currently the chairman of the Local Apprenticeship Committee and was instrumental in the creation of Lethbridge College’s Plumber Apprenticeship program.<br /><br /><em>To read more about Simpson Plumbing’s gift, go to learn.lc/sp2gift.</em><br /><br />  <br /><br /><strong>Western Tractor Company Ltd. commits $750,000 in one-of-a-kind gift to college</strong><br /><br /> An industry leader committed to the southern Alberta agriculture community is taking a hands-on approach to education, as Western Tractor Company Ltd. announced in June a $750,000 multi-faceted gift to Lethbridge College. The gift will support the college’s new trades and technologies facility through the creation of the Western Tractor Technology Lab – an advanced electrical room inside the first phase of the new building that will house industry-leading technology to benefit both Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician apprenticeship training.<br /><br /> “It’s great to see the renewed focus and investment that Lethbridge College is making in the future of agriculture and the next generation of farming,” says Western Tractor President and General Manager Steven Dyck. “Western Tractor is very excited to be in partnership with this initiative.”<br /><br /> Western Tractor has also signed a five-year agreement to supply John Deere equipment to Lethbridge College, allowing hands-on training for students, while providing the opportunity for them to stay in southern Alberta and take all four years of Agricultural Equipment Technician Apprenticeship training in Lethbridge for the first time. Western Canada has four locations in southern Alberta in Lethbridge, Taber, Burdett and Medicine Hat, and the company values programs that support rural communities, young farmers and sustainable farming practices.<br /><br /><em>To read more about Western Tractor’s gift, go to learn.lc/wtgift.</em><br /><br /><!--nextpage--><br /><br /><strong>Lethbridge Construction Association shows united commitment to college with $100,000 gift</strong><br /><br /> Individual members of the Lethbridge Construction Association (LCA) have shown their commitment to Lethbridge College on countless occasions over the last decades. On April 19, the organization as a whole continued that show of support with a $100,000 gift to benefit trades and technologies instruction at the college. The generous gift will create the Lethbridge Construction Association classroom, which will be located in phase two of Lethbridge College’s trades and technologies facility.<br /><br /> “The planning and foundation that LCA members and boards have set in place over the years gives us this opportunity to invest in the future workforce of the trades in southern Alberta,” says LCA President Nathan Neudorf of Ward Bros. Construction. “The need for skilled trades and a highly trained workforce is constantly in demand. And this facility will play a crucial role in that development for not only the city of Lethbridge and southern Alberta, but as far reaching as the province and country.”<br /><br /> For more than 60 years, the Lethbridge Construction Association has worked together to benefit its members by ensuring the continued success and growth of the industry and the region. Nearly 250 companies are members of the LCA and together they employ more than 3,000 workers. The LCA relies heavily on graduates and apprenticeship training from a variety of Lethbridge College programs.<br /><br /><em>To read more about the Lethbridge Construction Association’s gift, go to learn.lc/lcagift.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Lisa Kozleski</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/story" hreflang="en">Story</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Generosity for the generations</span> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:33:54 +0000 admin 2691 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Portraits of our people https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2016/portraits-our-people <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2016" hreflang="en">Fall 2016</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/01/2016 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Wider Horizons</em> put out a call this spring for faculty and staff members to pass along the names of colleagues who make a difference in their lives and in their jobs. The short stories and photos on the following pages reflect just a small sliver of the hundreds of talented, thoughtful, and hard-working members of the Lethbridge College team.<br /><br />  </p> <p> </p> <h2>Amanda Guccione</h2> <p><br /> Academic Advisor - International Focus<br /> { @LethCollege since 2013 }<br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • Convocation Day. She gets to meet many students on their first day on campus and gets a thrill seeing them cross the stage.<br /> • Her rescue shepherd/collie mix named Mozzie (the best Christmas present ever).<br /> • Pottery, which she has been doing for about three years, and travelling, which she would love to do even more.<br /><br /> In her own words:<br /> “Student Services is where my passion is. I love talking to the students and helping them solve their problems. That is the best part of my job.”<br /><br /><em>Amanda Guccione graduated from Lethbridge College’s Fashion Design and Marketing program in 2006.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Cheryl Meheden</h2> <p><br /> Business Administration instructor<br /> { @LethCollege since 1996 }<br /> Loves:<br /> • Travel. Considers herself a global traveller and global thinker. Most memorable trip was to the Galapagos Islands for her 50th birthday.<br /> • Learning. Degrees include a B.A., B.S., MBA and PhD. Says she recognized at an early age that education was the ticket out of poverty.<br /> • Dogs, picnics outside, championing worthy causes and big open skies.<br /> In her own words:<br /> “My favourite day of the academic year is probably around day 21. That is when everything congeals and really comes together. It’s still new enough to be fresh, and by that time, I know who the students are, they know who I am, and there is this conversation that flows freely. It’s wonderful.”<br /><br /><em>Cheryl Meheden won the Lethbridge College Students’ Association and Faculty Association Teaching Award in 2015.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Dave Kennedy</h2> <p><br /> Business Administration/Accounting instructor<br /> { @LethCollege since 1985 }<br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • All sports, especially playing hockey and golf. Has been inches away from a hole in one – and plans to keep shooting for that goal – and played on provincial championship teams for eight different sports.<br /> • Travelling, especially when he can accompany college students on the study tour to Europe.<br /> • Trivia and everything about it, including the time he met Jeopardy-winner Ken Jennings and made an accounting instructor’s joke about H&R Block – the answer Ken finally missed on his 75th day on the show.<br /><br /> In his own words: “I still love what I am doing – I can’t imagine stopping.”<br /><br /><em>Dave Kennedy received the Lethbridge Police Service’s Award of Exceptional Recognition in 2007 for his “awareness and actions [after] finding a youth suffering from hypothermia and taking immediate action for his safety.”</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Shoja Mazidi</h2> <p><br /> Computer Information Technology instructor<br /> { @LethCollege since 2008 }<br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • Teaching and mentoring inquisitive college students and helping them discover their creativity.<br /> • Soccer, whether it’s the indoor games he plays in Lethbridge, the various games he referees each year in the district, or the refereeing training clinics he leads to prepare new refs to do the challenging job.<br /> • Giving back to the community. Before moving to Lethbridge, he volunteered with the Tetra Society in Calgary, creating customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities, and in Lethbridge he is active in (and is now a board member of) the Southern Alberta Technology Council.<br /><br /> In his own words:<br /> “Teaching is the greatest profession. Not only do you get to teach, but you get to learn at all times it is learning and discovering the world around you for the love of your students. You do it because you love it..”<br /><br /><em>Shoja Mazidi is a longtime community volunteer who is active with the Southern Alberta Technology Council and other community organizations.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Donna Kalau</h2> <p><br /> Child and Youth Care instructor<br /> { @LethCollege since 1991 }<br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • Seeing students grasp a concept they had been struggling with (sometimes she sees these “a-ha” moments happen right before her eyes) and the fantastic colleagues she works with.<br /> • Walking in the coulees, and being part of the Playgoers of Lethbridge, where she works onstage as well as backstage and will receive a lifetime achievement award this fall.<br /> • Having been in the very first cohort in the college’s new Child and Youth Care program 30 years ago, which she describes as a fantastic experience.<br /><br /> In her own words:<br /> “I always look forward to the final seminar for our second-year students, just before Convocation. We have a bit of a closing ritual, and we pass back a letter they wrote to themselves during the first few weeks of their first year. It’s so cool to see how far they’ve come.”<br /><br /><em>Donna Kalau graduated from Lethbridge College’s Child and Youth Care program in 1986 and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 1992. She won the Lethbridge College Students’ Association and Faculty Association Teaching Award in 2014.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Bertil Johansson</h2> <p><br /> Exercise Science instructor<br /> { @LethCollege since 1987 – retired summer 2016 }<br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • Keeping in touch with the people he taught and coached, a list which includes everyone from Olympic hopefuls to faculty colleagues to multiple generations of families.<br /> • Having helped launch the college’s Exercise Science program in 2005.<br /> • Every day that he had a chance to make a difference in the life of a student or an athlete.<br /><br /> In his own words:<br /> “I was in the hospital when one of our runners was running at nationals. She called from Quebec and said: ‘Coach. I won.’ And it was the first time anyone from the college won a national title. I wasn’t even there – and didn’t have to be. They were prepared. We as faculty and coaches, we influence students. We are there in spirit – they can hear our voice.”<br /><br /><em>Bertil Johansson coaches the Kodiaks men’s and women’s cross country teams and indoor track teams and was named the ACAC cross country coach of the year for 2015-16.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Cherie Reitzel</h2> <p><br /> Interior Design Technology instructor<br /> { @LethCollege since 2015 }<br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • The first week of classes, when it smells like fall and feels like fresh starts.<br /> • Making design plans and investing the time needed to see them come to life. Current plans include helping the college become the leading design technology school in western Canada and building a mountain home that reflects her own innovative style.<br /> • Music. She has been singing since she was five, giving music lessons since she was 14 and making the world’s best music videos with her children, ages 15 and 13, for the last few years.<br /><br /> In her own words:<br /> “I am at the end of my first year at Lethbridge College and, honestly, it has been the best year of my life. I have had so much fun, have felt so welcomed and have been so challenged.”<br /><br /><em>Cherie Reitzel taught at Sheridan College for 15 years and Georgian College for six years before coming to Lethbridge College.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Jim Manzara</h2> <p><br /> Massage Therapy instructor<br /> { @LethCollege since 1989 – retired summer 2016 }<br /><br />  <br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • Teaching the 500 or so students who have come through the college’s Massage Therapy program, which he helped launch in 1996.<br /> • Dragonboating. With 14 years of experience coaching, steering and some paddling, he is now steering for two teams primarily: the college’s mixed team and Team ID. He will also be steering for a Regina team called “Pond Scum,” which competed in nationals in Ontario in August and will compete next year at the Pan Am championships in Puerto Rico.<br /> • Travelling. He is hoping retirement – and dragonboating – will bring more opportunities to travel the world.<br /><br /> In his own words:<br /> “Every day is a new chance. Every day brings something new to the students you are trying to teach. Every day you are looking to see their eyes light up when they learn something new and it all makes sense.”<br /><br /><em>Jim Manzara won the Lethbridge College Students’ Association and Faculty Association Teaching Award this spring.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Rina Hu</h2> <p><br /> Cash Receipt Specialist in Accounting Services<br /> { @LethCollege since 2008 }<br /><br /> Loves:<br /> • Travelling. After moving to Canada from China in 2002, travelling throughout North America and Asia has been an important part of her life.<br /> • Working at the college after having been a student here.<br /> • The colleagues she works with in Accounting Services, who make every day at work a great day.<br /><br /> In her own words:<br /> “I like my job, and people here are so nice. In my department, everyone is willing to help with any questions you may have.”<br /><br /><em>Rina Hu graduated from Lethbridge College’s Business Administration program in 2008.</em><br /><br /><strong>We encourage readers to post stories about other favourite Lethbridge College faculty and staff on the college’s social media channels, and to email us at WHMagazine@lethbridgecollege.ca for future issues. 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