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University of Lethbridge expecting around 60% of its students back for fall

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Despite a primarily online format for the fall semester, many University of Lethbridge students are planning to return to the city in September.

The U of L has a strong reputation as a destination university with a majority of students coming from outside the local region.

A recent survey of Canadian post-secondary students determined over 60% of U of L students plan on returning to Lethbridge in the fall. That’s roughly 3,800 people.

The U of L says the safety of students will continue to be priority in all University operations and the focus remains on limiting the number of people on campus at any given time.

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“I have had many conversations with business owners and community leaders about the online format of our fall semester,” says Mahon. “U of L faculty and staff are looking forward to re-engaging with students in September, and our community partners have always remarked that the vibrancy of our city is greatly enhanced when students return to Lethbridge. I know that they too are looking forward to welcoming students back to our region.”

While social distancing measures are reducing the capacity of university residences, it is expected that over 400 students will be living on campus this fall.

The first day of Fall Semester classes at the U of L is Wednesday, Sept. 9.

(With files from University of Lethbridge)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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