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Record student enrolment at University of Lethbridge

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The University of Lethbridge setting several student enrolment records to start off the fall semester.

Current student numbers sit at 8,956, which is a 2.2% increase over last year and an overall record for the U of L.

Kathleen Massey, the University’s Associate Vice-President, says it’s great to see the U of L’s growth is balanced representing undergraduate, graduate, Indigenous and international students. “All segments of our student body have seen measured increases, which is testament to the excellence of our faculty, staff and program offerings across the board.”

The Lethbridge campus is now home to a record 8,265 students, an increase of 2.1% over last fall, while the Calgary campus increased 2.7% to 691 students.

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Undergraduate student number hits all-time high

This year’s enrolment totals include a record number of undergraduate students, up 2.1% to 8,318. Of the many factors contributing to that increase, the opening of Science Commons has to be considered a key driver.

Graduate students recognizing opportunity

The number of graduate students is also at a record high, up 2.4% to 638 students.

Indigenous student numbers continue to rise

In each of the past three years, Indigenous student enrolment has increased, and this year’s numbers reflect a new record, with Indigenous student enrolment up an impressive 9.4% to 561 students.

International students taking notice

One of the most impressive enrolment numbers of the fall is that of international students, increasing by 17% to 572 students. International students now make up 6.4% of the total student population.

(Files provided by the 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 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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