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New University of Lethbridge building named “Science Commons”

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The newest building at the University of Lethbridge finally has a name.

The $280 million science and academic facility will be officially known as “Science Commons”.

The name was chosen to reflect the fact the building brings together eight different departments in a place that stimulates collaboration.

Matthew Letts, interim dean of the U of L’s Faculty of Arts & Science says the main idea behind using the word “commons” was to reflect this new building is inviting to everyone across campus as well as the entire community in Lethbridge and southern Alberta.

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“Science Commons is the perfect descriptor because the building is specially equipped for world-class scientific research and teaching, while the word “commons” denotes that the space is meant for everyone. The science-on-display concept is designed to encourage community participation, showcase the extraordinary work that happens in the labs here and inspire the next generation,” says Letts.

The official grand opening of Science Commons will be September 13th and 14th. The opening ceremony is slated for 11:00 am September 13th.

As part of the grand opening, a Blackfoot name will be bestowed to the building during a traditional Blackfoot ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

Science Commons also features dedicated spaces that allow the U of L to double its capacity for science outreach with schools, through science camps and clubs, and the community at large, through lifelong learning and meeting places.

(With files from U of L)

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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