Monthly Archive for April, 2015

News and notes: Gift from the McCain Foundation establishes Simulation Collaboratory

A collaborative space used by students and faculty to incubate ideas will be included in Lethbridge College’s new trades and technologies facility thanks to a $100,000 gift from The McCain Foundation, the college announced in February. “The McCain Foundation recognizes the vital role that education plays in contributing to the quality of life of families […]

Strong and free: Rianne Vanderburg (NESA Bachelor of Nursing 2012)

Some children dream of growing up to become rock stars, rocket scientists or prime ministers. For Rianne Vanderburg, a broken femur as a child laid the ground work for her dream of becoming a nurse. Vanderburg grew up playing soccer in the Red Deer area, so she was looking for an educational experience a little […]

Practice makes perfect: students to benefit from new interactive technology

The two new Judgment Training Simulators at Lethbridge College will give students an exciting opportunity to improve their skills using real-world, real-time scenarios. The college is the only post-secondary institution in western Canada with this type of simulator technology. The new simulators were recently installed at the college and were incorporated into courses in March […]

Strong and free: Eduardo Sonsin (First year student, Business)

Eduardo Sonsin chose the 21st century forum of Instagram to count down the days until he left his home of São Paulo, Brazil, to study at Lethbridge College. In the 53 days before his departure last summer, he flooded his account with pictures of Lethbridge’s post office, the High Level Bridge, the Rocky Mountains and […]

Strong and free: Derek and Matthew Quilley (Criminal Justice 2003 and Criminal Justice 2007)

Regardless of where in the world they travel as members of the RCMP’s Musical Ride, Matthew and Derek Quilley are Albertans to their core. Born and raised in Red Deer, the brothers came to Lethbridge College to enrol in the Criminal Justice program. Derek graduated in 2003 and Matthew in 2007; both started working for […]

Strong and free: Steve Meszaros (Business Administration 1976, Distinguished Alumnus 2012, Honorary Bachelor of Applied Science 2015)

A good friend once told Steve Meszaros that he could make a lot of money working just half a day as long as he worked hard. “And then thefriend told me I could even choose which 12 hours of the day I wanted to work,” Meszaros explains, his eyes lighting up with his smile. Meszaros […]

Strong and free: Blaine Calkins (Conservation Enforcement 1995)

Blaine Calkins’ route to national politics started in the forests and mountains of Alberta, where he has worked as a fisheries technician for Alberta Fish and Wildlife, Park Ranger for Alberta Parks Service and as a National Park Warden for Parks Canada. “My decision to get involved in politics stemmed from working for Parks Canada,” says […]

Open skies, open hearts: the Mueller family legacy

The skies are as wide open and blue as they were 100 years ago when the first of the Muellers came to this spot in southern Alberta, and the wind is as powerful and relentless. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture what Mike Mueller and his brother encountered when they arrived from Wisconsin at […]

Alberta: strong and free

This September, Alberta will turn 110, and the province is as much of a “wild land of freedom,” a “land of the silver springs” and a “province vast and for its beauty famed” today as it was in 1905. But what distinguishes Alberta today even more than its natural beauty is the resilience, innovation, dedication […]

Strong and free: Darrell and Jody Bohle (Welding Apprenticeship 1983 and Business Administration 1997)

The story of Darrell and Jody Bohle, the owners of Bel-Aire Welding Ltd. in Lethbridge, is not just a story of a smart business partnership. It is also a love story – one with all of the fire and sparks you’d expect in the welding world. The couple’s business has been providing welding services to […]

Strong and free: Paul DeMaere (Business Administration 1994 and Environmental Sciences 1998)

What have we done?” That’s what Paul DeMaere and his wife, Jacqueline, said to each other five years ago after they purchased a commercial-grade coffee roaster. It was a risk they knew they had to take. Fueled by a love for exceptional coffee, the DeMaeres started Red Engine Coffee Roasters in their roasting studio in […]

Strong and free: Annette Fox-BruisedHead (Renewable Resource Management 1998)

One of the fond memories Annette Fox-BruisedHead has of her time in Lethbridge College’s Renewable Resource Management program was her excitement at being able to connect her courses to the Blackfoot cultural understanding of environmental issues. One instructor in particular stands out – Stan Clemens – as “his passion for the area was infectious and […]

Editor’s message

When my husband and I moved to Alberta, my plan was for it to be a two-year stop. During those first years, we went to some of the province’s most stunning sites – Waterton, Banff, the Frank Slide and along the Bow River in Calgary – and we started to discover the hidden gems in […]

Carving a piece of history: the true tale of a John Weaver bronze and the impressive woman who was its inspiration

On March 28, 2010, the 90th birthday of artist John Weaver, the entire Montana House of Representatives and Senate stopped their proceedings to give the sculptor a standing ovation and to sing “Happy Birthday” to him. John Weaver was an artist worth stopping for. He was born in Montana, called Canada home since 1972, and […]

Lethbridge College Legacies: The Whitneys provided fertile ground for Lethbridge College

On April 29, 1962, at the sod turning for the present Lethbridge College site, a special bronze shovel decorated with ribbons of green and sky blue was used for the occasion. When presenting the shovel to Mayor E.C. Lonsdale, Kate Andrews took the opportunity to speak about the location of the college and referred to […]

Finding their flow: Students take part in real world research project to improve access to clean water

Truth be told, it doesn’t look like much – a couple of buckets filled with water and rocks, with a maze of spigots and spouts jutting out in all directions. Yet the research that is taking place in the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence at Lethbridge College involving the water in those buckets could mean the […]

Strong and free: Quinn Ohler (Communication Arts 2009)

Quinn is a classic newshound, who sniffs out and chases stories that engage, inspire and sometimes enrage viewers,” says Kerry Powell, managing editor at Global Edmonton. “She’s utterly dedicated to her craft and to Global News viewers.” In 2009, Lethbridge College awarded Quinn Ohler the Troy Reeb Distinguished Alumni Internship. This priceless experience allowed the […]

Q&A with Gabriela Rodriguez

Gabriela Rodriguez has been drawing her whole life. After spending her childhood and teen years taking art classes and workshops in her hometown of Mexico City, Mexico, she went on to fine art school. In her career, she specialized in making murals, teaching art, and creating illustrations for about 10 children’s books, all while raising […]

Strong and free: Katy Lucas (Communication Arts – Broadcast Journalism 2013)

Katy Lucas, Miss Rodeo Canada 2015, makes it clear that being a rodeo queen is about more than big hair and flashy outfits (although those are certainly part of the job). “It’s also about being a great ambassador for the sport and a role model for young women in any sport,” she says. “I grew […]

It’s a family affair: The Siegle and Wolsky families

It’s special when the place you work is the place you went to school. Nursing instructor Karla Wolsky was once a nursing student at the college herself. She chose the program because she wanted to be in a small institution with a solid reputation and practical opportunities. “The nursing program was and still is a […]

2015 Honouring Excellence winners announced

Every spring, as Lethbridge College grads prepare to move from the campus to their new careers, they have inspiring examples to emulate. The four people chosen by Lethbridge College and celebrated on these pages are among the many accomplished alumni who credit their time at Lethbridge College as one of the secrets of their success. […]

News and notes

Wider Horizons, college photography, win industry awards for Lethbridge College Lethbridge College’s Marketing and Communications team received three awards in February in Seattle at the CASE District VIII 2015 Communication Awards ceremony. The winning submissions include: Gregory Thiessen’s photo of a geomatics student, which won a bronze award in the photography category; Wider Horizons, which […]

Strong and free: Steve Meszaros (Business Administration 1976, Distinguished Alumnus 2012, Honorary Bachelor of Applied Science 2015)

A good friend once told Steve Meszaros that he could make a lot of money working just half a day as long as he worked hard. “And then the friend told me I could even choose which 12 hours of the day I wanted to work,” Meszaros explains, his eyes lighting up with his smile. […]

Where are they now?

2013 Andrew Baron Conservation Enforcement Bachelor of Applied Science Andrew was featured in a January article in the Peace River Record Gazette, which described his work as a new fish and wildlife officer. Andrew told the reporter: “I like the fact that not every day’s the same. There’s always something different that’s happening. The job […]

From our kitchens: Carne asada with guacamole and pico de gallo

Spring and summer are perfect for cooking and eating outdoors. Why not kick off the season with this delicious Mexican feast of carne asada with pico de gallo and guacamole? In fact, grilling from Cinco de Mayo (May 5) to Mexico’s Independence Day (Sept. 16) might be a whole new way to frame the outdoor […]