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University of Lethbridge bringing students and local businesses together

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A new program bringing University of Lethbridge students together with local area businesses launched recently – with a goal of connecting students to the community while giving a much-needed boost to small businesses.

Get U Around Town is a partnership initiative between the U of L and local area businesses that offers discounts and incentives to students when they show their commencement coin or U of L identification. While some businesses have long had student discount pricing or deals, this program creates even more opportunities for students to engage with local businesses and the community at large.

“We know that our small businesses have been struggling with the pandemic, and so have our students,” says Kathleen Massey, the University’s associate vice-president (students). “We’ve heard from many of our students that they are feeling isolated and disconnected from the community. Get U Around Town is a way of sparking some connection — even if it is online or over the phone — and encouraging our students to get to know more about all the amazing businesses in Lethbridge.”

More than 20 local businesses have already signed on to the program, offering everything from discount incentives to special student package pricing and even one-of-a-kind food items geared for those showing their Pronghorn Pride. With new provincial restrictions in place, it’s even more important to find ways to support these businesses.

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“We encourage students to find ways to connect with their favourite business partners, whether it’s through online sales, curbside pickup options or others,” adds Massey. “The relationship between our students and local businesses is so important. Students bring so much to our local economy and likewise, the support they feel when they are engaged with the community is a big part of their university experience.”

(U of L Release)

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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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