University of Lethbridge highlights for the week of September 5 to 9

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The University of Lethbridge has several events lined up this week that may be of interest to your readers, viewers and listeners. Members of the media who are interested in covering these events are encouraged to contact the individual event organizer directly.                     

New Student Orientation

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., various locations

The second day of New Student Orientation begins in the main gym with the First Lecture by Dr. Andy Hakin, vice-president academic and provost, where he’ll talk about U of L history and traditions. At 10 a.m. Aaron Chubb, learning strategist, will discuss the learning transition from high school to university. Activities beginning at 11 a.m. include a First Nations, Métis and Inuit student meet and greet, an introductory session on the U of L library, financial resources, Pronghorn recreation programs, opportunities for learning outside the classroom and a session on healthy relationships. Students can meet professors and service specialists from their faculty from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The itinerary for NSO is available online.

Contact: Asheley Cowie, 403-795-0301,


U of L Students’ Union — Fresh Fest

Thursday, Sept. 7 to Saturday, Sept. 9, 1 to 9 p.m., various locations

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fresh Fest welcomes students back with tons of fun events, including the Fresh N’ Breezy Luau on Thursday with music, giveaways, an inflatable obstacle course and a giant slip n’ slide. The Rumble in the Jungle cabaret is the first cabaret of the year at The Zoo. Saturday’s Fresh U Jamboree is billed as Lethbridge’s largest outdoor festival with seven hours of live music and entertainment.

Contact: Ameet Kumar, 403-329-2222,


Elders of the Future

Saturday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m., Casa

This exhibition, the culmination of a 10-year research project called ‘Raising Spirit’ led by Tanya Pace Crosschild and Dr. Jan Newberry, provides a space to learn about local Blackfoot culture, history and language through art and photography. Elders of the Future, created through a collaboration between the Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society and the U of L’s Institute for Child & Youth Studies (I-CYS) celebrates the incredible resiliency of local Blackfoot communities through their family and child-rearing practices.

Following a wine and cheese reception from 7 to 8 p.m. is a blessing and ceremony featuring Indigenous dancers and drummers.

Contact: Dr. Jan Newberry,


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Caroline Zentner, public affairs advisor

403-394-3975 or 403-795-5403 (cell)