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LETHBRIDGE: Alberta Advanced Education has given the University of Lethbridge $5.6 million for upgrades to the school's gym building - and a surprise boost for another facility. The province also handed over $2.3 million to begin planning for a new science building.

"It's about as good a day as you could get," said university president Mike Mahon of the announcements. Mahon says the money will go a long way in upgrading the Centre for Sport and Wellness, including a step toward building a new centre for sport medicine.

"We have a terrific Pronghorn athletic program and we don't really have the kind of sport medicine that a very strong athletics program deserves and so this will create that opportunity," said Mahon. The other facility that needs an overhaul is the school's science lab. "Our science labs are forty years old and when I look at them, they're not as good as some of the new high school science labs. So this is a very important announcement."

The university will put the $2.3 million in science funding toward a new $200 million science facility. The physical education building money will be put to use when renovations begin in summer 2012.

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 4/19/2014 4:13:04 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News: University of Lethbridge president Mike Mahon talks to reporters Friday
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