Archive for the '2015' Category

On the Mark with Tony Dimnik: Mark Campbell’s conversations with Lethbridge College alumni

Part of my own personal mandate for doing this blog is to feature Lethbridge people who I think have interesting stories to tell. They don’t necessarily have to have climbed Mount Everest or saved someone from a burning car wreck. For me I’m intrigued by just hearing what a person’s journey through life has been. […]

Hardcourt history: The headlines capture the thrill of the 1966-67 basketball season for the then-Lethbridge Junior College Kodiaks

It starts with “Impressive Opener for Kodiaks.” That is followed by “Kodiaks Hit Hot Lick in Sweeping Hoop Set,” “Locals Triumph,” and “Kodiaks Breeze Again In College Hoop Play.” Then there was “117-Point Spread in Kodiak Victory” and “Kodiaks Lay Home Streak On Line Against Calgary.” The outcome of that game is shared in “Kodiaks […]

News and notes

College receives $2.1 million in applied research funding Lethbridge College will receive $2.1 million over five years to support its applied research program in Integrated Fish and Plant Systems (IFPS) thanks to a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Only eight institutions in Canada received College and Community Innovation […]

Thinking fast: Lethbridge College grad creates adaptive, 600-horsepower competitive drift machine as well as a charitable organization to help others with disabilities develop a passion for motor sports – all from the seat of his wheelchair

He welds. He invents. He teaches. He races. About the only thing that 2010 Lethbridge College welding alumnus Rob Parsons can’t do is walk. Parsons used to weld and invent and race and walk – all with an intensity and quickness that inspired (and occasionally overwhelmed) the people around him. He loved motorsports and raced […]

News and notes: LCSA gives $200,000 for new trades and technologies facility

Lethbridge College students and staff celebrated the Lethbridge College Students’ Association’s (LCSA) donation of $200,000 toward a multi-use student space to be called the LCSA South Commons in the new trades and technologies facility during an event in Centre Core in April. “The LCSA is pleased to be able to give back to the college […]

Campus in motion: College’s miner keeps watch over a campus that’s always moving and changing

Motion surrounds the miner whose gaze surveys Centre Core at all times of day and night, every day of the year. Yet the bronze statue is resolutely steadfast. The statue, which was created by Cornelius Martens in recognition of the City of Lethbridge’s 1985 centennial, always keeps watch. He has seen buildings crop up from […]

Whirlwind: International study tour takes students from the new world to the old, with plenty of business and life lessons along the way

For 16 action-packed days this spring, new Business grad Mia Cartwright and her classmates got to learn about global business practices in the best setting possible – from business owners and leaders in France, Italy and Spain. The students were part of an annual international study tour that helps students improve their awareness of these […]

From our kitchens: Homemade pizza topped with figs, arugula and gorgonzola

As the seasons shift to shorter days and cooler nights, it’s the perfect time to heat up the kitchen and try a savoury pizza created by Lethbridge College’s Chef Doug Overes, chair of the college’s Culinary Careers program and 2014 winner of the Chef of the Year title by the Canadian Culinary Federation. Overes and […]

Up in the air: Nursing alumna devotes a quarter century to flying critically ill and injured patients to the care they need

Turbulence, motion sickness and flying into unknown situations are all just part of the job for 1985 Lethbridge College Nursing alumna Carolyn Hogan. Hogan, who is approaching her 25th anniversary of working as a registered nurse for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) at the STARS Calgary base, has made almost 600 flights in […]

Where are they now?

2015 Jolayne Prus Business Administration Jolayne was one of two Alberta students to win a full scholarship to attend Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies in the Czech Republic. The scholarship is sponsored by the Governments of Alberta and the Czech Republic as a new initiative to foster greater academic, research and cultural collaboration between Alberta […]

Fancy footwork

With his feet flashing and flying to the sounds of beating drums, Marvin Calf Robe Jr. moved through Centre Core with stamina, strength and a strong connection to history. Calf Robe, a student in Lethbridge College’s Automotive Services program in 2013 and 2014, is especially skilled in the men’s fancy dance, one of the most […]

Grads on our grounds: with Dominique Tousignant

Dominique Tousignant, who is surrounded by sparks, splatters, fizz and buzz every day in his work as a journeyman welder, was one of many Lethbridge College grads who went straight from their apprenticeship or program into full-time work. The Lethbridge resident started working for Gilmar Crane Services last January right after finishing the college’s Welding […]

Question time: college alumna returns to Criminal Justice classroom to share insights and experiences of the real world of policing

> What is the velocity of detonation? > How is a methodical search for a bomb conducted? > Where would you set up a command post in a hostage/armed and barricaded subject situation? Question after question, Lethbridge Regional Police Sgt. Christy Woods challenged her students in her Preliminary Response and Investigation course last spring. It […]

Bird, plane, drone? Geomatics students take part in pilotless aircraft technology demo

What is that soaring above the coulees? It’s clearly no bird. And it’s definitely not a plane. That soaring object in the sky, in fact, is an Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS. Students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program at Lethbridge College were treated to a hands-on demonstration of these sophisticated pilotless aircraft above the coulees […]

Lights, camera, action: Multimedia grad is constantly in motion and working hard to pursue his passion

One of the main things I didn’t realize back when I was a student was that I was always waiting,” says Colter Ripley, the founder of a small, full-service video production studio based out of Vancouver. “I was waiting to finish the program, waiting to do a better project, waiting to move to Vancouver, waiting […]

Lethbridge College legacies: As soon as cars were invented, drivers wanted to go faster and race against each other.

In the 1920s, Lethbridge City Police Chief Joseph Gillespie complained about drivers and the Herald highlighted his reasons: “There is too much ‘joy riding’ going on in the city and that is probably the reason Chief Gillespie wants the speed limit reduced… The younger element of drivers is chiefly responsible for all the kicks that […]

Power and passion: First phase of the new trades and technologies facility ready and roaring to go

For 15 months, a strict dress code was required to hang out in Lethbridge College’s newest building. That dress code wasn’t black tie or the creative fabrications of the college’s Fashion Design and Sustainable Production students, however. Rather, visitors to the new facility on the south side of campus needed to get fully decked out […]

It’s a family affair: The Hochstein family

The Hochstein family knows the value of strong, local roots. Theirs go back five generations to the family ranch near Pincher Creek and a 100-year-old, 23-room Victorian home ordered from the Eaton’s Catalogue for the princely sum of $1,800. But the family’s roots extend well beyond that, travelling (among other places) all the way to […]

Editor’s message – Fall 2015

I headed out on a bike ride in late spring with my kids on a wonderful path that goes along the coulees behind Lethbridge College. After we passed by the Cullen residences and the Garden Court Dining Room and looked ahead, my kids came to an abrupt halt. “Where did that building come from?” one […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Editor’s message – Winter 2015

The building site on the south side of campus is in a state of constant motion these days. In October, a visit would have revealed a host of workers focused on structural steel and heavy timber framing, electrical work, masonry and mechanical work, site paving, and more. It’s an exciting place to be – and […]

Lethbridge College Legacies: Nursing program’s roots go back to Lethbridge’s earliest days

When Lethbridge College nursing students don that blue uniform, do they realize the history and tradition they are part of? Lucy Hatch McInnis, a graduate of the first Galt School of Nursing class in 1913, described her uniform on page 16 of the book White Caps and Red Roses: “Her blue checkered dress was buttoned […]

News and notes

College celebrates annual FNMI Days Lethbridge College, in partnership with RBC Foundation, celebrated the pride, history and knowledge at the heart of Canada’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities at the annual FNMI Days in October. The three-day event included a traditional fashion show, First Nations drumming and dance, a hand drum contest, traditional […]

News and notes: College community mourns the passing of philanthropist Val Matteotti

The college community was saddened by the death of Val Matteotti, a pioneering Lethbridge farmer and inspirational philanthropist. Matteotti, age 101, passed away on Oct. 17, in Lethbridge. “Lethbridge College’s community mourns the passing of Val,” says President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. “He is an example of how a person with a dream – […]

It’s a family affair: The L’Heureux Family

“I believe in the college.” These simple but powerful words come from Conservation Enforcement instructor and Environmental Science alumnus Guy L’Heureux. Guy’s passion for the college no doubt influenced his daughter, Desiree’s, desire to attend. Guy’s wife, Geralyn, is also an alumna. For the L’Heureux Crew (a family nickname), Lethbridge College is definitely a family […]

Where are they now – Multimedia Production grads

Our Multimedia team sent over a series of great updates on a number of graduates of Lethbridge College’s Multimedia Production program. These alumni are involved in creative, complex and compelling work around the world. Paige Berezay (2011) Paige works as the animation coordinator for Song Pictures Imageworks where she manages two full teams of animators. […]

Where are they now?

2013 Mackenzie Hientz Communication Arts The staff of Wider Horizons would like to issue a correction and an apology. An update appeared in the Fall 2014 issue and incorrectly referred to Mackenzie as a “she” and not a “he.” We are sorry for the error. Mackenzie is a feature columnist with Estevan Lifestyles, an award-winning, […]

OPENING DOORS AND MINDS: Communications grads share their knowledge and experience working in a rapidly-evolving industry

People in communities around the globe encounter Lethbridge College communications graduates when they turn on their radios and televisions, read the latest newspaper articles, check their Twitter feed and watch how decisions in Canada’s and America’s media landscape unfold. The college has been sending out graduates in communications fields for more than five decades, constantly […]

From our kitchens: Strawberry cream puff swans

It’s a recipe that has been around since the Middle Ages in one form or another – and perfecting it will provide endless options for main courses and desserts. It’s the cream puff or profiterole, a light, airy pastry that can be filled with savory cheeses or light creams and sweets. In this recipe, Chef Heng Ng (Culinary 1994) […]

COLLABORATION ON CAMPUS: Solid teamwork, creative cooperation and innovative partnerships thrive in all corners of the college campus

In the classrooms and on the playing courts, in the library and in the Lethbridge community, Lethbridge College students, staff, alumni and partners can be found working together on a variety of projects of all sizes and ambitions. Sometimes the partnership benefits the two people involved. Sometimes it benefits groups and organizations for decades down […]

Q&A with Sabine Semmelrock

Austrian-born Sabine Semmelrock, a student in Lethbridge College’s Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program, started making her plans to move to Canada when she was just 10 years old. That dream became a reality in 1998. In 2012, she moved to Lethbridge and enrolled in classes at the college and has been able to combine […]

COR VAN RAAY IN HIS OWN WORDS: Agricultural entrepreneur and philanthropist talks about the business of agriculture and his remarkable collaborative gift

Cor Van Raay took time away from the harvest last fall to talk to Wider Horizons about his decision to donate $5 million to Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge to create the Cor Van Raay Southern Alberta Agribusiness Program. For the college, the gift will be used to support student awards, to develop […]

STARTING A NEW JOURNEY: Class assignment and work with college Elder changes lives – and career plans – of two criminal justice students

With willows and rocks and a willingness to learn, James Smith and Warren Haayema approached the sweat lodge for the first time in February 2014 with Lethbridge College Elder Peter Weasel Moccasin. They had started on this journey in the class of Terry Dreaddy, and as Weasel Moccasin says, “Once you start on a journey, […]

THANK YOU to all 2013-14 Lethbridge College donors

The donations made to Lethbridge College this past year from the individuals, families, businesses and organizations listed on these pages will make a real difference – now and for years to come. The following pages list the alumni, parents, employees, community members, business people and industry partners who have shown their commitment to Lethbridge College […]

News and notes: Kodiaks shine on fields and courts in 2014

The Kodiaks’ 2014-15 season has been one of talent and teamwork, grit and great plays – and fans and friends alike are looking forward to the second half of the season that starts back up in January. Highlights include the women’s soccer team, which made its first appearance back to the ACAC Championships in eight […]

ADVANCING THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE: Historic $3.1 million gift will transform the college

Agricultural programming at Lethbridge College will benefit from a record-setting $3.1 million gift from a family whose Alberta roots go back to its earliest days as a province, the college announced in October. This remarkable philanthropic gift from the estate of Lloyd and Dorothy Mueller will transform the college’s agricultural programming and shape the future […]