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U of L new student orientation taking virtual approach this September

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New student orientation at the University of Lethbridge is taking on even more importance as the experience this fall moves online.

The U of L is welcoming close to 2,000 new students in September.

New student orientation takes place next Monday, August 31st through to September 8th. It’s been designed to meet students in a virtual space, supported by a special welcome box.

Asheley Cowie, the U of L’s orientation and transition coordinator says given the current situation with primarily online learning during the fall semester, it’s even more important for new students to take part in this orientation to build connections with staff, faculty, and other students.

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Cowie says starting university is a huge transition for someone, but it’s fair to say starting university from home during a global pandemic creates additional stressors.

“We want students to know we created this NSO understanding they are uncertain and hopefully our support will help them get the best possible start. New students normally have a lot of questions, and this year will not be an exception, so we want to ease as many concerns and provide as much support as we can from day one,” states Cowie.

The new U of L student welcome box includes:

  • Fall 2020-specific student services and support department resources
  • Commencement coin and page
  • Faculty-specific information and giveaways
  • NSO giveaways
  • U of L ID card (if submitted)
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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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