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Remembrance Day Ceremony to be held Nov. 9

UBC's Okanagan campus Remembrance Day ceremony is next Wednesday, starting at 10:45 a.m. in the campus courtyard. This is the sixth annual Remembrance Day ceremony on campus and combines traditions from UBC and the Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony is organized by students, faculty and staff working with Legion Branch 26.

Remembrance Day Ceremony
Lest We Forget
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Campus courtyard

There is also an open reception following the ceremony in the Arts building foyer from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Susan Crichton, associate professor and director of graduate studies with the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in her office after recently returning from Karachi, Pakistan where she co-facilitated a professional development program.
Susan Crichton in her office after recently returning from Karachi, Pakistan where she co-facilitated a professional development program.

UBC professor makes a difference half a world away

Susan Crichton helping teach faculty in Pakistan

The challenge faced by Aga Khan University (AKU) is a big one. It has to reach people in some of the most geographically hard-to-access places on the planet and Susan Crichton travelled half way around the world to help meet that challenge by co-facilitating a professional development program.

The associate professor and director of graduate studies with the Faculty of Education was invited by the Karachi-based university to work with 15 faculty from five campuses on two continents to develop a blended learning program that combines face-to-face instruction with online learning.

In areas like Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of East Africa where AKU operates, both types of teaching can be difficult, so Crichton helped faculty determine what methods would best serve their learners.

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Adam Jones, political scientist with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Adam Jones, political scientist with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

UBC professor selected as expert for UN Genocide Prevention Agency

Adam Jones leads training seminars for government officials and NGOs alike

Political scientist Adam Jones has a new role as an expert consultant to the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG), based in New York.

Since June this year, Jones, an associate professor of political science at UBC's Okanagan campus, has led OSAPG training sessions for UN personnel, government officials, and nongovernmental organizations in Sarajevo, Bosnia; Geneva, Switzerland; New York City; and most recently Bangkok, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to network and build linkages with a wide variety of international figures who are concerned, as I am, with genocide and crimes against humanity," says Jones, who teaches courses on these two themes at UBC, along with classes on gender and international relations, the politics of the Global South, and African politics, among other subjects.

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Sarah Bryant has received the Options for Sexual Health Volunteer of the Year Award. The Master of Arts in Education student at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is passionate about volunteering and helping others.
Sarah Bryant has received the Options for Sexual Health Volunteer of the Year Award. The Master of Arts in Education student is passionate about volunteering and helping others.

Passion for helping others leads to award

Student Sarah Bryant volunteers with Options for Sexual Health

Young people are curious about sex. It is a natural part of growing up, but not all young people have a trusted advisor they can go to for some advice.

That is where Options for Sexual Health (OPT) comes in. The staff and volunteers are trained to help young people navigate the dangers, and joys, of sex.

For her tireless work with the organization, Sarah Bryant recently received the OPT Volunteer of the Year Award. OPT has 61 sites throughout the province and hundreds of volunteers.

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Wolfgang Depner has studied immigrant issues in the South Okanagan and found there are challenges to keeping immigrants in the region.
Wolfgang Depner has studied immigrant issues in the South Okanagan and found there are challenges to keeping immigrants in the region.

Study: South Okanagan immigrants face many hurdles

Better transit, cheaper housing and better pay needed

By resolving many of the issues around retaining immigrants, rural municipalities will also be better able to keep young people in the community.

Wolfgang Depner, a UBC PhD candidate in interdisciplinary studies, has studied the issues faced by immigrants in the South Okanagan, and discovered many of the challenges immigrants must deal with overlap the challenges young people face.

"If young people can't establish themselves in their community, why should we expect immigrants to come here?" says Depner, adding the challenge is largely because of, but not limited to, economics.

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UBC versus UBC

UBC versus UBC

Heat go head-to-head against the Thunderbirds this weekend

The upcoming weekend will be an historical one for the University of British Columbia as the Heat play the Thunderbirds for the very first time in a varsity event.

This Friday night the UBC Thunderbirds will travel to the Okanagan campus to take on the Heat men's and women's volleyball teams.

The women's match is scheduled for Friday night at 6 p.m. when the Heat face the four-time defending national champions and the top team in the nation. The men will face off at 8 p.m. when the Heat look to continue their unbeaten run against the Thunderbirds.

To mark this historic event UBCO.TV will be live-streaming the game at goheat.ca/live and goheat.ca/live/iphone for viewers on mobile devices.

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UBC Southern Medical Program recruiting volunteer patients

Clinical training sessions will help prepare next generation of doctors

Interested in training the next generation of doctors? The UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program (SMP) is recruiting volunteer patients to help train its inaugural class of medical students.

"Volunteer patients play a vital role in the education of future doctors," says Diane Oorebeek, SMP volunteer patient recruiter. "They get to experience firsthand how today's medical students are trained, while at the same time fulfill a significant program need."

A volunteer patient can be anyone from the general public that participates "as themself" in a supervised, clinical training session. Medical students learn to hone their basic communication and clinical skills through personal interaction with the patients.

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UBC releases new information on animal research

The University of British Columbia is publishing on its Animal Research website information on the total number of animals involved in research during 2010, the major species groupings, and the degree of invasiveness of the research activities.

While the University has always been accountable for this work through a number of scientific, ethical and humane care reviews, UBC is the first university in Canada to provide this degree of detail to the public.

In an e-mail sent to all UBC faculty, staff and students on October 28, Vice President Research and International John Hepburn said this marked a significant step towards greater public transparency, and that "making this information available will help inform the ongoing public dialogue on this sensitive issue." He encouraged the UBC community to engage in an open and respectful dialogue on the issue.

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2011 Workplace Experiences Survey

2011 Workplace Experiences Survey now open

What do you think about UBC as a workplace? Members of the campus community have the opportunity to share their experiences by participating in the 2011 Workplace Experiences Survey.

The survey has just launched and is open to all UBC staff or faculty. It is expected to take about 20 minutes to complete and includes questions in areas such as opportunities for advancement, leadership, workloads, and change in the workplace. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

Survey findings will be used to help inform future strategic priorities and initiatives at UBC, both for the University overall and individual faculties or departments. These decisions and choices will rely on the experiences and points of view captured in the data.

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Students to vote on U-PASS fees Nov. 18

As part of a 2012 Kelowna Regional Transit fare increase, it is proposed that the student U-PASS (Universal Bus Pass) will cost $60, versus the $50 it cost today. Students at UBC's Okanagan campus would pay $54 (a 10 per cent subsidy is paid by UBC) versus the $45 that they currently pay. The U-PASS has not changed with regular transit fare increases since it came into effect, four years ago.

On November 18, students will be asked to vote to keep their U-PASS, but at the new fee. Without the increase, students risk losing their U-PASS (and having to pay regular transit fares), possible transit service reductions, increased traffic, and less available parking.

Students approved the U-PASS program in September 2007. U-PASS holders are entitled to unlimited access to the Kelowna Regional Transit System at a significant discount.

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Expanded Helpdesk hours now in effect

IT, Media and Classroom Services has significantly increased the campus community's access to its Helpdesk this month -- moving from an eight-hour to a 12-hour weekday schedule.

Helpdesk hours are now 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The instructional, research and business activities at UBC's Okanagan campus have grown dramatically over the past five years, and the expanded phone and walk-up Helpdesk hours reflect this.

Expanded hours will continue throughout the current academic term. IT, Media and Classroom Services will perform a review and analysis of this service expansion in January to determine how service delivery can be further improved.

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Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies launches weekly seminar series

FCCS provides a weekly forum for critical engagement

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies has launched a weekly seminar series to help connect with the campus community.

The talks cover a wide gamut of significant issues confronting societies, in both contemporary and historical contexts. The seminars adopt an interdisciplinary approach to examining and understanding relevant issues.

Upcoming seminars include The Politics and Pragmatics of 'Minority' Anthology Publishing on November 8 (Marie Loughlin, associate professor of English), East Germany's Environmental Movement and its Underground Publications on November 15 (Martin Blum, associate professor of English), and Performing Animator Instrument on November 22 (Aleksandra Dulic, assistant professor of new media).

All FCCS seminars take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Administration building faculty and staff lounge (room ADM115). To find out more visit the FCCS events calendar.

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Powwow orientation organized for campus community

Powwow time is a way of getting together to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, making new ones and sharing a meal. This is a time for everyone to come together to renew thoughts of the old ways to preserve the rich Aboriginal history.

Aboriginal Programs and Services has organized a Powwow Orientation on November 18 to help everyone learn more about the ceremonies, traditions, and history of the Powwow. The orientation takes place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the University Centre building (room UNC 210)

This event is open to everyone. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture and heritage and how it is still being celebrated in communities throughout Canada. 

To RSVP for this orientation contact Johanna Sam, Aboriginal Student Advisor, by Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Community research projects featured at UBC grant forum

Sustainability issues highlight campus initiatives in Glenmore neighbourhood

Three community development research projects that were awarded internal grants by the Okanagan campus Sustainability Office were recognized at a special campus event on October 26.

The Sustainability Community Development Internal Grant solidified a new partnership between UBC's Okanagan campus and the City of Kelowna to help foster sustainable community development within the Glenmore neighbourhood of Kelowna.

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peopleAdrienne Vedan, acting director, and Lyle Mueller, former director, of Aboriginal Programs and Services
Adrienne Vedan, acting director, and Lyle Mueller, former director, of Aboriginal Programs and Services.

New roles in Aboriginal Programs and Services

Ian Cull, AVP Students, has announced that this month Lyle Mueller, Director of Aboriginal Programs and Services, will move to a new position focussing on broad projects and maintenance of relationships with Aboriginal communities, allowing Mueller to reduce his workload to half-time to allow him the pleasure of semi-retirement.

Mueller began his career as a teacher in Saskatchewan's Aboriginal high school programs. He started as Aboriginal Education Coordinator at Okanagan University College (OUC) in 1992, and served in Aboriginal programs at both OUC and here at UBC.

Adrienne Vedan will take over as Acting Director. Vedan started with UBC in 2008 as the Aboriginal Access Studies Advisor and is currently the Manager of Aboriginal Programs and Services, which encompasses a wide variety of programs and services and relationships with many initiatives on campus and in Aboriginal communities. She graduated from OUC with a BA in history.

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Heat players help at the annual United Way barbecue. Left-to-right: Kaylan Gouldsborough, Elizabeth Babcock, Preston Tucker and Alex Basso
Heat players help at the annual United Way barbecue. Left-to-right: Kaylan Gouldsborough, Elizabeth Babcock, Preston Tucker and Alex Basso.

United Way Halloween barbecue brings in over $1,200

The United Way Halloween Barbecue on October 27 helped raise more than $1,200 for this year's campaign.

The Okanagan campus United Way committee thanks everyone who supported this event.

Reminder: donation forms went out by email to all faculty and staff on October 17. Please contact Elizabeth Kershaw if you would like your form re-sent or if your form directs you to the Lower Mainland United Way instead of the Central and South Okanagan United Way. All employee donations submitted before Friday, Nov. 18, will be eligible for an early-bird draw for a 19-inch flat screen TV.

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research spotlightStudying Bobcats in Lynxland

Studying Bobcats in Lynxland

Roberta Newbury's research has been featured in the November-December edition of Montana Outdoors, the magazine of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Newbury is a PhD candidate in biology and physical geography. She and research assistant Jodi Berg were joined in the Flathead National Forest by feature writer Tim Gibbins last winter to discuss the research looking at the movements of bobcats and their daily energy requirements in deep snow.

The research will be used to help guide bobcat management practices in Montana.

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At the ROM, 2011, inkjet on paper, 40 X 36 inches, by Fern Helfand
At the ROM, 2011, inkjet on paper, 40 X 36 inches, by Fern Helfand

FCCS professor's photo exhibit focuses on taxidermy

Manufactured settings and human interaction with taxidermy specimens are documented in Fern Helfand's work, currently exhibited at the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Helfand, an associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS), focused her research on mounted animals and the viewer -- both in fabricated museum environments and private collections.

Entitled About Looking, the exhibition includes a catalogue with essays by the artist, Lubos Culen, and Rachel Poliquin.

The exhibition runs until Dec. 21. Helfand presents her work in an artist talk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the gallery (3228  31st Ave., Vernon, phone 250-545-3173).

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workshops

What's a Wordpress and how do I use it?

Nov. 9 info session to review Wordpress usage and best practices

Here's a good opportunity on November 9 to find out more about Wordpress -- a blog tool that an increasing number of UBC websites are using to keep audiences informed and updated.

Find out about the ins-and-outs of this platform as well as how to write and organize content for blog posts. Get more information about:

  • the basics: using Wordpress to create a new post
  • keeping it simple: titles, paragraph structure and building content for Wordpress
  • building an audience: RSS and other tools that help connect those interested
  • reaching wider audiences: when and whom to call for communications support

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: IT, Media and Classroom Services computer lab, room ADM013

To find out more contact Vanessa Lomas, web design and development specialist.

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Workshops at a glance

Here are some professional development workshops for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus in the next few weeks:

November 7
Colloquia: teacher education programs

November 7
Writing a scholarly article C/P

November 7
RefWork


November 7
Editing and revision strategies: the basics

November 8
Library research for graduate students

November 9
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P


November 10
NSSE and our campus: 2011 results

November 10
HR Lunch and Learn: interviewing tips

November 10
Tomorrow's academic: teaching and disseminating research using social media


November 14
Writing a scholarly article C/P

November 14
Editing and revision strategies: organization, structure, clarity, and conciseness

November 16
Information session: behavioral research ethics applications


November 16
WestGrid Seminar Series: job scheduling explained

November 16
Holistic nutrition and habits to enhance your well-being

November 16
Getting started on your literature review


November 17
SoTL brown bag lunch series

November 17
Designing and presenting a poster

November 17
Information session for IGS 630: teaching in higher education

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
November 2, 2011

News

How will you remember?
UBC professor makes a difference half a world away
UBC professor selected as expert for UN Genocide Prevention Agency
Study: South Okanagan immigrants face many hurdles
UBC versus UBC
UBC Southern Medical Program recruiting volunteer patients
UBC releases new information on animal research
2011 Workplace Experiences Survey
Students to vote on U-PASS fees
Expanded Helpdesk hours
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies launches weekly seminar
Powwow orientation organized for campus community
Community research projects featured at UBC grant forum

People

New roles in Aboriginal Programs and Services
United Way Halloween barbecue brings in over $1,200

Research Spotlight

Studying Bobcats in Lynxland
FCCS professor's photo exhibit focuses on taxidermy

events

Influenza vaccine clinics organized for today and next week

All members of the campus community are eligible to receive the flu vaccine at clinics being held on Nov. 2 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic will be located in the Administration building foyer.

The flu shot is available to all students, faculty and staff members at $5 plus a donation to the Food Exchange. All participants are asked to bring their Health Card.

Dates: Nov. 2 (today) and Nov. 9
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Administration building foyer

To find out more, visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/hse or contact Toni Harfield, occupational health nurse, at 250-807-8867.

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Cadillac revolutionaries: Miguel Alemán and the fortunate sons of the Mexican revolution

Ryan Alexander, PhD candidate from the University of Arizona, will be on campus today to give a history colloquium on Mexican revolutionary Miguel Alemán and the generation of professional politicians that followed him.

Miguel Alemán became Mexico's first civilian president since 1910 and ushered into national office a new generation of university-educated professional politicians.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 2 (today)
Time: 2 to 3:20 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI236

To find out more about this talk contact the history department at 250-807-9335.

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The 2011 Christchurch earthquake

destruction and repercussions from the perspectives of a Vancouver disaster planner

Daniel Stevens, the manager of emergency planning for the City of Vancouver, will be on campus tomorrow to give a talk on the earthquake that struck New Zealand's second-most populous city in February. Stevens spent the month of April observing and supporting the earthquake relief efforts.

This presentation will cover Stevens' key observations and thoughts from his perspective as an emergency manager working at the Christchurch Response Centre.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 3
Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI247

To find out more contact Robert Young, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, at 250-807-9523.

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2011 Student Leadersihp Conference

2011 Student Leadership Conference

This year's Student Leadership Conference is organized for this Sunday and features adventurer and runner Ray Zahab as the keynote speaker.

The Student Leadership Conference helps students build skills in leadership development, group dynamics, team building activities and more.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 6
Time: all day
Location: Engineering Management Education building

The conference is open to all Okanagan campus students. To find out more visit the Campus Life website.

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The Moorish invasion of Europe: 1,400 years of myth and history

Dialogues on cultures, religions and spiritualties

A lecture and roundtable discussion featuring Emilio González-Ferrín, professor of Arabic and Islamic Thought at the University of Seville, has been organized for Nov. 7.

At this discussion González-Ferrín will explore enduring medieval myths about the alleged Muslim-Arab invasion of Christian Europe's Iberian peninsula.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART114

To find out more, contact Francisco Peña, assistant professor of Spanish, at 250-807-8044.

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The films of Woodhaven

See three short films made for the Woodhaven Eco Art Project.

  • Ants, Ants, Ants directed by Michael V. Smith, assistant professor of creative writing
  • The Chainsaw Ballet directed by Denise Kenney, assistant professor of performance and theatre
  • The Woodhaven Eco Art Experience directed by Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing and poetry and artist Lori Mairs.

This event is free and open to everyone. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages provided at the event. There will also be a cash bar for wine and beer.

Date: Monday, Nov. 14
Time: doors open at 4:30 p.m., screenings begin at 5 p.m.
Location: Minstrel Café -- 4638 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna

To find out more visit the Woodhaven Eco Art Project website or contact Nancy Holmes at 250-807-9369.

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Coast to Coast
Seminar Series

Sheldon Opps, from the Department of Physics at the University of Prince Edward Island, will give a talk by video conference on Nov. 15 on the topic of The effects of confinement and landscape fragmentation on predator-prey dynamics.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP337

This talk is part of the Coast to Coast Canadian Seminar Series. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP contact Collaboration and Visualization Specialist Todd Zimmerman.

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Equity and Diversity Research Graduate Student Spotlight

Foucault goes to the animal research centre

The Equity and Diversity Research series continues in November with a presentation from Lindsay Diehl, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies student and Master of Fine Arts graduate in creative writing.

Diehl's research interests focus on the intersections of critical animal studies with critical race, feminist, and postcolonial theory.

Drawing from Michel Foucault's ideas, this talk examines animal research centres for the relation they reveal between the mistreatment and oppression of human and animal groups.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

To find out more contact Ilya Parkins, assistant professor of gender and women's studies, or Allison Hargreaves, assistant professor of North American Indigenous literatures.

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International
Students' Day

Celebrate International Students' Day by recognizing the international student community at UBC's Okanagan campus. This event is open to everyone and refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 17
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building foyer

To find out more contact Terri Flanagan, manager of International Programs and Services.

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Celso Machado

Minds and Music concert: Celso Machado

The Minds and Music series and the Latin American Studies Program have organized an afternoon of Brazilian music performed by the internationally renowned recording artist Celso Machado.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 17
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Fipke centre building foyer

There is no charge for this concert and it is open to everyone.

To find out more, visit the Minds and Music website.

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Father knows best? Integrating masculinities and health promotion

Partnership in research series event

Find out more about how findings from studies of men's health behaviours are used to develop innovative, male-friendly approaches to promote health and smoking cessation.

Presenters for this discussion include Joan Bottorff, Gayl Sarbit and Jared Seminoff from the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, and Doug Werry, Chair of the Building Healthy Families Society.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 24
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

There is no charge for this event and it is open to everyone. For those who can't attend in-person, a webcast is also available. For more information, visit the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention website or contact Kate Woods.

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What's Happening on campus

The Okanagan campus events calendar is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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