Archive for the '2014' Category

It’s a family affair: The Hofman family

Sometimes you leave college with more than a diploma. Barbara knew in high school that she wanted to be a “stay-at-home” mom but also knew that she wanted to work from home to contribute to her future household’s income. “I knew I would need a husband and an education in accounting,” she says. “I obtained […]

Extreme success ahead: Lethbridge College’s two Extreme Career Makeover winners give the rundown on life since they won this one-of-a-kind contest in April and discuss their plans for their first semester at school

One of the first things you should know about Greg Matt and Kevin Boys is this: during the voting period of Lethbridge College’s Extreme Makeover contest last spring, each regularly voted for himself…and then each also took the time to vote for the other, because each thought the other had a great story and reason […]

Editor’s message – Fall 2014

There was little discussion about who we would put on the cover of the leadership issue of Wider Horizons. Lethbridge Regional Police Chief Tom McKenzie, a 1976 grad and long-time supporter of the college and its justice programming, had announced his October retirement after 38 years on the job, and we knew we had a perfect subject. But just where we would […]

News and notes: Hanlon Ag Centre Ltd. gives $100,000 to Lethbridge College

A $100,000 gift from Hanlon Ag Centre Ltd. announced in June at Lethbridge College illustrates the ongoing support the college maintains with its industry partners as well as the value placed on the trades and the training of the workforce of today and of the future. The gift will support the college’s new trades and […]

Leading the way: Former Kodiaks runner and new Canadian Kip Kangogo blazes new trails in long distance competitions

On race day, Kip Kangogo says, everyone is nervous. If you’re not nervous, adds the nationally-ranked marathon and half-marathon runner and former Kodiak, you’re not normal. You have to be a little nervous to run your best. Kangogo says you should prepare yourself as much as you can before the race. Visualize the race, anticipate […]

Digging deep: College breaks ground on new trades and technologies facility

“Now THIS is a groundbreaking!” That is what Alberta Premier Dave Hancock tweeted to his followers the afternoon after Lethbridge College broke ground on its new trades and technologies facility in a ceremony that had the premier at the controls of a powerful excavator at the south end of campus. The April 24 ground breaking […]

Where are they now? Celebrating the successes of our alumni in their careers and throughout their lives

2013 Karli Bell, Interior Design Karli has started working at Matters of Design Inc. in Lethbridge as a member of the design team. Matters of Design sent out a warm Facebook message with the news in April, noting that Karli brings a wealth of experience and an eye for interior design to the job. She had […]

Oh the places they went: Past LCSA presidents discuss leadership, life and lessons learned during their time at Lethbridge College

By Alexandra Kulas Business Administration 2012 LCSA President 2011-12 My journey with student politics began at a young age, when I was just 11. I won my first election at West Meadow School in grade six and continued with the student council until high school graduation. When I came to Lethbridge College, I immediately knew […]

From our kitchens: Creole Jambalaya

With its radiant red colour and savoury smells, jambalaya is the perfect choice to dress up a dinner table this autumn. Although its exact origin is unknown, the creation of this shrimp, chicken and sausage stew likely came about thanks to the multiple ethnicities mingling in the port city of New Orleans centuries ago. Jambalaya […]

Back to the Barn: Alumni, friends of the college share their best Barn tales

In the Fall 2013 issue of Wider Horizons, we ran a short story on the history of the D.A. Electric Barn, the oldest building on campus and the scene of countless great moments for many Lethbridge College alumni and staff. We put out a call in the magazine and on Facebook for our readers and […]

Top cop: Police chief Tom McKenzie reflects on the value of community, communication and collaboration during his 38-year career

Tom McKenzie’s first day on the job as a Lethbridge Regional Police officer took him downtown on a summer day in 1976 where he was assigned the “important” job of directing traffic during a parade. While the young patrolman had prepared for – and probably hoped for – more challenging assignments during his time as […]

News and notes

New Fashion Design and Sustainable Production program launches this fall Lethbridge College is launching a new two-year, one of a kind Fashion Design and Sustainable Production program this fall that focuses on design, production, sustainability, business and technology to prepare students for a future in fashion. Students will receive training in sustainability research, industry appropriate […]

Passion and purpose: Thelma Chalifoux changed, challenged and ‘set a fire’ in the Canadian Senate

Thelma Villeneuve Chalifoux was born in a blizzard in Calgary in 1929 and was told by her father that it meant she would be strong and independent. In her work and in her life, she has lived up to her father’s words, whether by fleeing her abusive husband with her small children when she was […]

Q&A with Chloe Devoy & Tom Graham

Chloe Devoy comes to Lethbridge College like clockwork, bounding up the four flights of stairs that lead to biology instructor Tom Graham’s labs perched at the top of the Cousins Building. The grade 10 St. Francis Junior High student arrives with big ideas and big questions, looking for science and solid research to supply the […]

Cor Van Raay gives $5 million gift to support agricultural studies at college and university

One of southern Alberta’s most prominent agricultural entrepreneurs is ensuring that the future of agribusiness and the agricultural sector remain strong through a major philanthropic gift that will benefit students at both Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge. Cor Van Raay, the founder of Cor Van Raay Farms and a leading Canadian cattle producer, […]

Lethbridge College legacies: Kate Andrews

The Andrews building, one of the busiest places on Lethbridge College’s campus, was named for the visionary southern Albertan woman who helped shape every level of education in the province – and knew an important thing or two about horses as well. Catherine [Kate] Brodie was born in Lethbridge in 1895. Shortly after her high […]

News and Notes

Wider Horizons cited for excellence in magazine publishing Lethbridge College’s magazine, Wider Horizons, received a bronze award Feb. 13 in Vancouver at the CASE District VIII 2014 Communication Awards ceremony. The award recognizes excellence in magazine publishing among colleges and universities throughout western Canada and the western United States. Recognized at the ceremony were managing […]

News and Notes: More than $230,000 in proceeds from The College Home project to Lethbridge College

Ashcroft Master Builder and Galko Master Builder, along with their building teams, announced a $231,084 donation to Lethbridge College as part of The College Home project in March. The donation is the first of its kind from the unique partnership between the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region (CHBA) and the college. “We were incredibly […]

Where Are They Now? Spring 2014

2012 Lori Patterson, Central Sterile Processing Lori sent the college a Facebook update saying she found a full-time job in Edmonton less than two months after her graduation and that she is now studying to get her international certification which was based on the course materials she was taught at the college. “Who knows where this […]

Where Are They Now? Downtown Dining Edition

Lethbridge College students and alumni are cooking up some pretty creative culinary concoctions in downtown Lethbridge. The list below is just a small sampling of some past and current Kodiaks working at local restaurants and cafés. If you would like to be included in a future list of college chefs, cooks, servers or staff, email   […]

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR: The Perlich Family

Maureen Perlich says the Perlich family has been connected to Lethbridge College since the late 1960s when her father, Joe, was on the Board of Governors. Since then, five members of the family have attended agriculture programs at the college. She and one of her brothers, John, attended, and from the next generation, so have […]

Celebrating our Stars

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. […]

STEPPING AWAY FROM THE PODIUM: Flexibility and freedom in 21st Century Classrooms at Lethbridge College let instructors and students shape space to suit their needs

Four students huddle around the small whiteboard attached to the end of their shared table. They’ve pulled their colourful rolling chairs close to work on a chemistry equation together. Just as their collaboration intensifies, their instructor pulls up a chair to join the discussion. It’s an ideal environment for active learning, and one that Lethbridge […]

The journal of Constance Day Chief: Peru 2013

Editor’s note: This is a copy of the journal that Lethbridge College student Constance Day Chief kept during her time in Peru building a greenhouse in the summer of 2013. The article about her experiences there with classmate Darcie Doore can be found here.  Day 1- Departure/Travel Day Arrive at airport at 6am. I am […]

BUILDING MORE THAN A GREENHOUSE: Lethbridge College students make connections, build community in summer trip to Peru

They felt like they were walking uphill everywhere they went. They missed hot showers a little and their young sons a lot. But Lethbridge College students Constance Day Chief and Darcie Doore say they’ve never been happier than they were last summer. That’s when they were building a greenhouse where school children could grow vegetables […]

Q&A with Dave Haight

It’s late October, and three friends from Environmental Sciences, Dave Haight (Renewable Resource Management 2005, Fish and Wildlife Technology 2006), lab coordinator, Terry Kowalchuk, chair, and Dave McRae (Renewable Resource Management 1984), instructor, are gathered in Haight’s garage. The room is filled with meat cutting and sausage making equipment. Three or four pigs have been […]

FROM OUR KITCHENS: Quick braised pork chop

Lethbridge and southern Alberta are great places to find local products, such as savory cheeses, fresh, full-bodied yogurts, seasonal fruits and vegetables and succulent, sustainably-raised meat. You can start by checking out the farmer’s market that starts up this year on May 10 or stopping by some of the many shops in the region that […]

The Girl Can Cook How a Lethbridge College Alumna has been spreading the joy of cooking

Cinda Chavich’s second cookbook, High Plains: The Joy of Alberta Cuisine, received more awards than she could have hoped for, including being named the best cookbook in Canada in 2002 – but it also shed light on a growing problem. “I was constantly meeting people at book signings who would say ‘It’s such a beautiful […]

Cinda Chavich’s asparagus risotto

1 pound asparagus 4 cups low-salt chicken broth 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 ½ cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice ½ cup dry white wine 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese salt and freshly ground black pepper […]

Comfort foods from far away: College student shares some favourite recipes from his Hyderabadi home

Lethbridge College Business Administration student Abdul Raqeeb discusses the food of his hometown as passionately as he talks about Indian politics and the economic situation of countries around the world. “I grew up in India in the city of Hyderabad, which is very famous for its food,” he says, describing succulent meat and rice dishes […]

Abdul Raqeeb’s family recipe for dal (lentil soup)

For the dal 1 cup yellow, red, or a mix of lentils 4 roughly chopped small green chilis 1 roughly chopped medium tomato 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger 1 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste) ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder To taste salt For sourness 2 to 3 tablespoons tamarind […]

And the meat is the bonus: Lethbridge College instructors share motivation behind lifelong love of hunting

Kerry Edwards (Renewable Resource Management 1983) and Terry Kowalchuk, both instructors in Lethbridge College’s School of Environmental Sciences, know each other well from academic seasons as well as from hunting seasons. These avid hunters of game and waterfowl discuss the many different kinds of satisfaction that come with hunting, including the value of knowing the […]

Kerry Edwards’ favourite recipe for grilled duck

Recipe by Don Morrison, reprinted with permission from the fall 2004 Delta Waterfowl magazine. 4 to 6 duck breasts (ideally with the skin on) ½ cup soy sauce ½ cup red wine vinegar 1 cup olive oil 6 cloves of minced garlic 1 tablespoon sugar 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1½ tablespoons oregano 1½ tablespoons fresh […]

Showing his culinary chops: Claresholm chef concocts truly creative meals on Food Network show

“You’ve been chopped.” Those are the three dreaded words that contestants on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada do not want to hear. For Kieth Carlson, a ‘94 alumnus of Lethbridge College and the chef and owner of Roy’s Place in Claresholm, they were the words that came too soon in his exciting attempt to win […]

Kieth Carlson’s Pulled Pork Flatbread

Pulled pork 8 pounds pork shoulder ¼ cup smoked paprika ½ cup kosher salt ¼ cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon mustard powder 1 tablespoon Cayenne 1 tablespoon cumin 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons black pepper Mix the spices listed above together and rub about eight pounds pork shoulder with dry rub. […]

Sue B.’s Amazing Chocolate Cake

Sue B. was a woman who posted on a cooking forum about a chocolate cake recipe she liked but was having trouble with. She liked how quick and simple it was, but it had a tendency to fall in the middle. Since I love tinkering with recipes I took it and reworked it to fix the problem and thus […]

Tales from the kitchen: Jennifer Davis, an instructor at Lethbridge College, writes about why she loves cooking

I have always loved cooking, especially baking. Perhaps loved is not quite the right word. Let’s go with obsessed, pathologically obsessed. One of my earliest memories as a toddler is of sitting under the kitchen table with a bowl and spoon pretending to make bread, which I did a lot of with my Mom. When […]

Chef Cam Picyk’s recipe for Mac and Cheese

2 cups rotini, macaroni or any short pasta 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup milk ¼ cup heavy cream 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoons whole grain mustard 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoons Franks red or Louisiana hot sauce 1 tablespoons soy sauce 1 cup grated aged cheddar cheese ½ cup grated gruyere […]

Dude, where’s your restaurant? College culinary grad starts successful pop-up restaurant in Victoria

One night, Chef Cam Picyk’s menu at his Diyu Underground restaurant in Victoria might include a main dish of bison with beet, blackberry, juniper and cocoa. Another night, guests will instead be offered pheasant with aged farmhouse cheddar, broccoli and brioche. A starter of green beans with devilled duck egg and wild rice will be […]

Food, glorious food: Fill your plate with tales and treats from college students, staff and alumni

There’s a lot of love for food in southern Alberta. That love starts with the region’s agricultural roots, and many of those who care most about what’s on our plates come from families who have been working this land for generations. That love continues on with newer arrivals to the region, those who are dedicated […]

Good for what ales you: Lethbridge Werthogs Homebrew Club

A group of well-versed beer makers prepares to sample the next round of homebrew, a strong ale. It is supposed to smell like a lakeside cabin, and that distinctive description carries with it some high expectations. The steward delivers the brew. And as the group inhales before taking a sip, they’re transported back to their […]

Aquaponics 101: A basic introduction to the recirculating growing systems that can efficiently and safely produce fish and plants year-round

The aquaponics process is pretty simple: Fish need water. So do plants. Commercial-scale aquaculture requires controlled temperatures and a filtration system to ensure the fish are healthy. Plants grown in a hydroponic environment need those same things. However, instead of chemicals mixed into the water to encourage plant growth, in an aquaponics system the water […]

WORMS AT WORK: Vermicomposting takes ‘green waste’ from college kitchens and turns it into nourishing fertilizer for plants, soils and more

Apparently, all it takes to keep worms happy is coffee – and other snacks like vegetables, sawdust, egg cartons and cardboard. In return, the hard-working red wigglers provide valuable, nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants in Lethbridge College’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE) facility and the college’s applied researchers with a menu of ideas for future projects. The worms at the college’s […]

A FISH (AND VEGETABLE) TALE: College’s aquaponics researcher exchanges tropical winds for Chinooks in search of innovative answers to pressing food production questions

While Charlie Shultz has been influencing the development of aquaponics in Alberta for more than 15 years, he just arrived in the province, and at Lethbridge College, in 2013. Shultz is one of a handful of researchers in Canada who works in the aquaponics field, a research discipline named by combining the words aquaculture – […]

Editor’s message

Those of us who have had the good fortune to have worked at, attended or visited Lethbridge College know one of the many benefits of being on campus is the ability to go to a cafeteria with delicious offerings every day. From freshly-prepared sandwiches and salads stuffed with local produce to delicate desserts created that […]

News and Notes: Winter 2014

College welcomes new key leaders Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns finished filling some key leadership positions last November when the college welcomed Stuart Cullum and Michel Béchard to campus. Cullum is the new vice president academic and chief operating officer. His role is to champion academic transformation, applied research, and teaching, while […]

News and Notes: Comparative Justice Studies in the USA

With the goal of gaining a better understanding of the justice systems in Arizona and California, seven of Earl Nilsson’s fourth-year Justice Studies degree students spent a week last year touring prisons and probationary facilities, including the justice system of the Navajo reservation; Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Tent City Prison; the oldest operating state prison in […]

Where are they now? Winter 2014

Current students Mariah Leusink, Criminal Justice Mariah was one of 32 teens from across the Prairies to spend a week in Regina at a youth camp designed to entice young people to become Mounties. According to an article in the Lethbridge Herald, Mariah was thrilled to get an insider’s understanding of the RCMP before beginning […]

It’s a family affair: The MacNeil/Peat family

Some kids, it seems, are destined to attend Lethbridge College. Systems analyst Evan Peat says the college has been a part of his and his brother Matthew’s life from a young age. “As children visiting our mother at work, we always found the college to be a fascinating and exciting place.” Their mother, Bette-Anne MacNeil, […]

Thank you to all 2012-13 Lethbridge College donors

The following pages list the alumni, parents, employees, community members, business people and industry partners who have shown their commitment to Lethbridge College by donating to one or more of the college’s projects or programs. These gifts provide students with scholarships and bursaries, support student learning and services, and allow the college to invest in […]

Lealta Building Supplies gives $50,000 to Lethbridge College

Lealta Building Supplies of Lethbridge donated $50,000 to Lethbridge College in November. The gift will be used to establish the Lealta Building Supplies Orientation and Information Display in the south entrance of the college’s Trades and Technologies Renewal and Innovation Project and to create the Lealta Building Supplies 50th Anniversary Carpentry Apprenticeship Award, which will […]

Lafarge Canada Inc. donates $50,000 to Lethbridge College

The southern Alberta region of Lafarge Canada Inc. donated $50,000 to Lethbridge College in November to support the college’s Trades and Technologies Renewal and Innovation Project through the establishment of the Lafarge Group Meeting Room. “This donation will provide support to the School of Engineering Technologies as well as students in the Interior Design program […]

Government invests $56 million in college’s new trades facility

After years of planning, promoting, fundraising and fine-tuning, Lethbridge College’s new Trades and Technologies Renewal and Innovation Project received a huge boost from the Alberta government in December, which means work on the much-needed building can begin this spring. The announcement was made on Dec. 6 at Lethbridge City Hall, when then-Deputy Premier and Minister […]

Q&A with Ron and John Jacobson

One look at this 1966 Pontiac Parisienne convertible, one of the most recent and unusual gifts to Lethbridge College, and you’re hooked. From its made-only-in-Canada origins to the beloved woman who drove it around town, the car offers no shortage of stories. Ronald A. Jacobson, now a retired Provincial Court Judge with a long association […]

This land is our land: Northwest Territories

Norm Embleton, Yellowknife Computer Information Systems 1992 Norm Embleton works in one of the most rapidly changing professions in the world – information technology. And yet more than 20 years after completing his Computer Information Systems diploma, this 1992 grad finds himself calling on a few of the lessons he learned as a student two […]

Editor’s message

This issue of Wider Horizons has been so much fun to bring together. The main feature – “This land is our land” – all started with a conversation about how Lethbridge College alumni are doing great work across the country. From a Communication Arts grad blazing trails in the west to an Environmental Sciences grad […]

This land is our land: Yukon

Megan Freese, Whitehorse Business Administration – Marketing 2004 Megan Freese has had the chance to put her business skills and experiences to good use in a variety of different settings, including a bank, the government and non-profit organizations, since receiving her Business Administration – Marketing diploma in 2004. But it’s in this last setting that […]

This land is our land: Ontario

Michelle A. Smith, Ottawa Criminal Justice 1986 Since leaving Lethbridge College with a Criminal Justice diploma in 1986, Michelle A. Smith’s work with the RCMP has ranged from investigating murders and working as a bodyguard for Supreme Court justices to continuing her studies and working in witness protection. Today, she is a Staff Sergeant posted […]

This land is our land: Northeastern Canada

Janalynn Petten, Port de Grave, NL Fashion Design and Marketing 2008 Janalynn Petten, who lives and works in the small fishing town in Newfoundland where she grew up, is pursuing a dream that started with a class assignment in the Fashion Design and Marketing program at Lethbridge College. The assignment involved choosing a store and […]

This land is our land: Maritimes

Craig A. Smith, Sackville, New Brunswick Conservation Enforcement 1999 The 2½ years of thorough research, far-reaching interviews, relentless determination and resolute perseverance all paid off on Oct. 1 for 1999 Conservation Enforcement grad Craig A. Smith. That was the day a provincial court convicted Greg Logan of New Brunswick of illegally exporting 250 Narwhal ivory […]

This land is our land: Alberta

Richard Stamp, Enchant Enrolled in business, carpentry, computer and other courses in the 1980s Richard Stamp is a first generation farmer, although farming ran – and still seems to run – in his family’s blood. His greatgrandparents homesteaded near Travers, Alta. at the turn of the century. But the droughts of the Dirty Thirties and […]

This land is our land: Saskatchewan

Anna Marie Willey, Regina Communication Arts – Print Journalism 1976 Forty years ago this fall, Anna Marie Willey stepped on a Greyhound bus and rode 500 miles to arrive at the place that she says ended up shaping her whole professional life: Lethbridge College. Since her graduation from the Communication Arts – Journalism program in […]

This land is our land: Manitoba

Jeremy Langemann, Winnipeg Culinary Careers 1995 The February 2012 morning that Jeremy Langemann put on his new executive chef’s jacket and went to work at the Fairmont Winnipeg didn’t feel much different from any of the thousands of days he’s gone to work in a kitchen – with one small exception. “I just knew I […]

From our kitchens: Little Ox-eye Cookies

It’s easy to lean on familiar favourite recipes, whether it’s a savoury meatloaf or a flakey chocolate chip cookie, and these always have a trusted place in any kitchen. But sometimes, the similar effort can achieve a new and inspiring result, as is the case with this recipe, Little Ox-Eye Cookies. Using just four ingredients […]

This land is our land: British Columbia

Julie Nolin, Vancouver Communication Arts – Journalism 1991 Julie Nolin is quick to acknowledge that her college experience got off to a rocky start, but she worked deliberately during the second year of her Communication Arts – Print Journalism program to get herself back on track, becoming heavily involved in the Endeavour and student government. […]