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newsOkanagan Campus green roofs provide natural temperature control
Green roofs provide natural temperature control

Harnessing nature's energy to heat an entire campus

Geothermal technology KEEPING US WARM THIS WINTER

UBC's Okanagan campus is digging deep -- literally -- to reduce the impact it has on the planet.

UBC has gone underground to employ geo-exchange technology for the heating and cooling needs of most campus buildings. Using the natural energy of the earth reduces the environmental footprint while meeting the climate-control needs of the large campus buildings.

The geo-exchange system is estimated to avoid putting approximately 38,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere over the next 25 years. On average, a typical passenger car emits 5.5 tonnes of CO2 annually.

All new academic buildings are now heated and cooled using geothermal technology -- including the Fipke Centre for Innovative Research, University Centre, Arts and Sciences II, Engineering, Management and Education (EME) and the Health Sciences Centre. In addition, the new 212-bed Purcell Residence has its own horizontal geo-exchange loop system.

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Michelle Lowton, associate director, student development and advising, foreground, and Get Involved Program leader Leah Donatiello are looking for up to 13 students willing to step away from the norm and into a small village in Peru.
Michelle Lowton, associate director, student development and advising, right, and Get Involved Program leader Leah Donatiello are looking for up to 13 students interested in volunteering in a small village in Peru.

Campus volunteer efforts extend to Peru

Not a vacation, but an amazing adventure awaits UBC student volunteers

There won't be any drinks with little umbrellas served at a beachside cabana, but there will be a chance to make a real difference in the lives of many people.

The opportunity to reach beyond the borders of one's everyday existence and help others in a developing nation is being offered to students at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Michelle Lowton, associate director of student development and advising, and Get Involved Program leader Leah Donatiello are looking for up to 13 students willing to step away from urban life and into a small village in Peru where they will endeavor to make a permanent difference in the villager's lives.

"It's not a typical tourist spot at all," says Donatiello of the town of Lobitos, 90 minutes by air north of Lima. "It's a real working village."

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Okanagan short story contest posterOkanagan short story contest is 14 years strong

Great opportunity for writers to showcase their talent,
win prizes

The 14th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is now accepting stories from writers in the Okanagan region. Award-winning author Karen Connelly (The Lizard Cage) will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes in Spring 2012.

The contest invites all Southern Interior writers from east of Hope, west of the Alberta boundary, north of the U.S. border and south of Williams Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 15, 2011.

"When I first came to the Okanagan," says writer Jake Kennedy, "the Okanagan Short Story Contest reading was the first literary event I attended. For me, first of all, it was so thrilling to know that such a contest existed. And then -- as I listened to the shortlisted authors read their works -- it was just plain exciting to recognize how much literary talent we had in the Okanagan Valley."

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Survey seeks your view on U-PASS for faculty and staff

Faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus are invited to participate in a survey about a possible Faculty/Staff U-PASS program for the Okanagan campus. The survey is online, and takes less than five minutes to complete.

Take the survey: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/universityrelations/upass

Gord Lovegrove, assistant professor in the School of Engineering, has asked that this survey be circulated to the campus community for wide input. Senior administration has agreed to this request to consult with faculty and staff. While the results of this survey will not be binding, they will be shared with the campus community.

A U-PASS (Universal Transportation Pass) is a card that entitles its holders to unlimited access to the Kelowna Regional Transit System whenever and wherever the system operates (i.e. more than just on UBC-related routes).

Any questions about the survey should be directed to Gord Lovegrove at 250-807-8717.

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Nominations now open for Researcher of the Year

The deadline for nomination packages is fast approaching for a very prestigious UBC research award. Members of the campus community still have until next week to submit a letter of nomination for the Award for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Scholarly Activity.

The Excellence in Research award recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to research during their appointment. The award consists of a $5,000 cash prize and is presented annually during the Celebrate Research Week Gala.

Faculty members, Deans, unit heads, alumni and students are all invited to submit nominations for deserving recipients of this award.

  • Friday, Nov. 25
    Deadline for letter of nomination
  • Friday, Dec. 16
    Deadline for complete nomination package

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of Research Services website.

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Teacher of the Year Award nominations now open

Know an outstanding teacher? Nominations are now open for the Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Each year the Okanagan campus acknowledges two faculty members for their contributions to teaching excellence and innovation during the time of their appointment -- a senior faculty member (10 or more years of teaching experience) and a junior faculty member (less than 10 years of teaching experience).

Each award consists of a $3,000 cash prize and is presented during the annual Learning Conference.

Faculty members, Deans, unit heads, alumni and students are all invited to submit nominations for the award.

  • Thursday, Dec. 15
    Deadline for notification of intent to nominate form
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25
    Deadline for complete nomination package

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal website.

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PUMPS: Prevention, Understanding, Motivation, Power and SkillsMirrorless Monday organized for next week

Next Monday is a day to reflect on what is on the inside.

Mirrors across campus will be covered with brown wrapping paper and spattered with inspiring, motivating quotes on November 21, as part of Mirrorless Monday -- a day to increase knowledge of disordered eating and excessive exercise.

Mirrorless Monday is organized by the School of Health and Exercise Sciences as part of a new education campaign called PUMPS (Prevention, Understanding, Motivation, Power and Skills), organized by Mary Jung and Sally Stewart.

PUMPS is an on-campus education and support group. It aims to help people understand eating disorders and the importance of healthy attitudes towards body image, eating and physical activity.

To find out more, visit the PUMPS website.

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Members of the Student Library Advisory Council enjoy the new study spaces after the most recent renovations. Left to right: Cherry Wang, Sarah Ulicny, Tanya Chartrand, Jesse Bryden, Kyla de Jong, Katrina Labun.
Members of the Student Library Advisory Council enjoy the new study spaces after the most recent renovations. Left to right: Cherry Wang, Sarah Ulicny, Tanya Chartrand, Jesse Bryden, Kyla de Jong, Katrina Labun.

Library opens two new study rooms

With the first phase of the current library renovations finished, study space has been increased for students at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The first phase of the library renovation project included moving staff offices and the library mailroom to the second and third floors. Rooms LIB 113 and 115 were then converted to student study space.

The Student Library Advisory Council hosted a launch party on November 10 to introduce the new space to the campus community. Upcoming renovations will see more student space opened on the first floor and the creation of a central service desk.

To find out more about the library renovation process, contact Sarah Stang, Learning Commons librarian, at 250-807-9606.

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Minds and Music logoMinds and Music and Creative Studies bring Gold Mountain Dream to the Okanagan

Gold Mountain Dream is being performed on November 29 at no charge for Okanagan residents.

This collaboration between the Flicker Arts Collaboratory and the Orchid Ensemble -- featuring Aleksandra Dulic, assistant professor of new media -- explores the themes of Chinese diaspora and culture through interactive media arts, live music and spoken word.

It starts with BC's Chinese community but expresses a shared experience of all immigrants from different cultures, acting as a bridge between communities, and is backed by life-stories collected from numerous insightful interviews from different generations of Chinese Canadians.

The performance takes place at 8 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre (1375 Water Street, Kelowna).

To find out more visit the Minds and Music website.

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UBC nursing students stage gala to support African relief trip

Fourth-year nursing students who are heading to Ghana and Zambia this January for their practicums have organized an International Gala on November 26 with the on-campus Global Nursing Citizens club.

Students organizers hope to raise more than $20,000 to help provide supplies and equipment while in Africa.

The gala begins at 7 p.m. in the Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna). It will include a three-course meal, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table of eight.

To purchase tickets or find out more, contact the organizers at internationalgala2011@gmail.com.

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UBC nursing students set up free community foot-care clinic

Fourth-year nursing students have organized a free foot-care clinic at Inn from the Cold. Working with Kelowna's First United Church, these students are providing free foot-care services to a vulnerable and often overlooked population in Kelowna.

The students are setting up for their first clinic at Inn from the Cold on November 16 (tonight) from 7 to 9 p.m. The shelter is located at 1157 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna, on the second floor of the Salvation Army Thrift Store building.

The students will be assisted by specialized foot nurses who were generous enough to provide their time, talent, supplies, and continual support.

Any suggestions, comments, questions, or donations for this project can be directed to nursing student Morag Gibb.

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peopleHuman kinetics student Steven Oishi

UBC student wins video contest while on exchange in Australia

Human Kinetics student Steven Oishi, currently in Australia finishing up his Go Global exchange, has won first prize in a video contest that asked participants to show how studying in Australia has opened up their future.

The video is just under three minutes long and is entitled My Future Unlimited. It can be viewed online via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4jcBvDxIDg

Oishi will be receiving two roundtrip plane tickets to Australia as a reward for his efforts.

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Okanagan campus' Movember team still looking for members

Movember might be half-over, but any members of the campus community who are participating this year are encouraged to join the Okanagan campus' fundraising team as soon as possible.

The Student portfolio is currently leading the way with four staff members participating: Derek Como, Anthony Dodds, Dan Odenbach and Steve Taylor.

Movember participants can join the team by visiting the greater UBC Movember network, which is comprised of all teams and individual members from UBC. There are several ways to get involved:

  • encourage staff or faculty members who are already Movember participants to join the team
  • encourage more UBC staff to participate
  • donations to colleagues' Movember fundraising efforts

Too find out more, contact Steve Taylor, marketing and communications specialist, at 250-807-9859.

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research spotlightSanjoy Ghosh and Deanna Gibson, assistant professors in biology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus have received a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sanjoy Ghosh and Deanna Gibson, assistant professors in biology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences have received a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

UBC's Okanagan campus receives grand challenges explorations funding

Researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus will receive funding of US$100,000 through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges.

Deanna Gibson and Sanjoy Ghosh, assistant professors in biology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, will pursue an innovative global health research project, titled Maternal dietary intake alters offspring's disease risk: Mom's dietary lipid intake can increase their offspring's susceptibility to enteric infectious disease.

Grand Challenges Explorations funds scientists and researchers worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Gibson and Ghosh's project is one of 110 Grand Challenges Explorations grants announced today.

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workshops

Upcoming WestGrid Seminar Series talks

Using WestGrid resources to simulate and understand elementary chemical processes

Georg Schreckenbach, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Manitoba, will be giving a talk by videoconference on November 23.

Find out more about using computational quantum chemistry to simulate and understand elementary chemical processes, testing of computational methods for the production of plastic materials and modelling the chemistry of uranium and other heavy elements.

Installing software packages on WestGrid systems

Belaid Moa, high performance computing specialist at the University of Victoria, will be giving a talk on November 30.

Find out more about software package customization, user-based software, installation challenges faced by WestGrid users and effective guidelines to address these challenges.

These talks are open to everyone and take place at 12 noon in the Fipke Centre (room FIP337). To RSVP contact Collaboration and Visualization Specialist Todd Zimmerman.

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Coast to Coast Seminar Series

Michael Carter, from the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering at the University of Toronto, will give a talk by video conference on November 29 on the topic of Modelling healthcare policy decisions for planning and impact analysis.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
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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Ergo Rep training organized for Dec. 1

Become an Ergo Rep and help improve departmental well-being and productivity by improving computer workstation ergonomics.

Ergo Reps are trained by Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) to perform basic computer workstation assessments.

This training session will show participants how to set-up a computer workstation, identify signs and symptoms associated with poor ergonomics and learn control strategies to reduce or prevent musculoskeletal symptoms.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 1
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART276

To register, contact Dave Cavezza, HSE associate. To find out more visit the HSE website.

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Workshops at a glance

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

November 16
Information Session on Behavioral Research Ethics Applications

November 16
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P

 

November 16
Holistic Nutrition and Habits to Enhance Your Well Being


November 16
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P

November 16
Getting Started on Your Literature Review

November 16
Engineering Graduate Writing Group


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


November 18
Social media: what is it?

 

November 21
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P

November 21
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P


November 21
Dissertation Writing Group 1

 

November 22
Copyright Compliance for Professors

November 22
NSSE and the Okanagan campus: 2011 Results


November 23
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P

 

November 24
Writing for a broader audience: communicating beyond the academy

November 25
Grant Information Session


November 23
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P

November 24
Writing for a broader audience: communicating beyond the academy

November 25
Grant Information Session


November 28
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P

November 28
Video and Lecture Podcasts

November 28
Dissertation Writing Group 1


November 29
Course Design in a Nutshell: Constructive Alignment

November 30
Inclusive Classrooms Brown Bag Lunch

November 30
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P


November 30
Engineering Graduate Writing Group

December 3
Just in Time Course Design

December 5
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)


December 5
Writing a Scholarly Article C/P

December 5
Preparing the job package (curriculum vitae, résumé)

December 5
Dissertation Writing Group


December 6
Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar

 

December 7
Engineering Graduate Writing Group

December 7
Information Session for IGS 630: Teaching in Higher Education

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

 

OKANAGAN CAMPUS
November 16, 2011

News

Harnessing nature's energy to heat an entire campus
Campus volunteer efforts extend to Peru
Okanagan short story contest is 14 years strong
Survey seeks your view on U-PASS for faculty and staff
Nominations: Researcher of the Year
Nominations: Teacher of the Year
Mirrorless Monday organized for next week
Library opens two new study rooms
Minds and Music and Creative Studies bring Gold Mountain Dream to the Okanagan
UBC nursing students stage gala to support African relief trip
UBC nursing students set up free community foot-care clinic

People

UBC student wins video contest while on exchange in Australia
Okanagan campus' Movember team still looking for members

Research Spotlight

UBC's Okanagan campus receives grand challenges explorations funding

events
FCCS Visiting Artist Series

FCCS Visiting Artist Series: Ken Gregory

Winnipeg-based artist Ken Gregory has been working with appropriated technologies, do-it-yourself interface design, hardware hacking, audio, video, and computer programming for over 20 years. He will be in Kelowna on November 21 to give a talk for the FCCS Visiting Artist Series.

Gregory's installation and performance work is focused on the exploration of the relationship between technology and humans making use of old and new everyday technologies and objects and reinterpreting them through a bricolage process.

Date: Monday, Nov. 21
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery -- 1315 Water St., Kelowna

This event is free and open to the public. To find out more contact Aleksandra Dulic, assistant professor of new media, at 250-807-9771.

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Upcoming FCCS weekly seminars

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) weekly seminar series covers a wide gamut of significant issues confronting societies, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

Upcoming seminars include:

  • November 22
    Performing Animator Instrument
    with Aleksandra Dulic, assistant professor of new media
  • November 29
    Meetings with Remarkable Women: You are Someone's Daughter with Virginie Magnat, assistant professor of performance and theatre.
  • December 6
    How Never to Achieve Peace: Civil War in Shakespeare's Henry VI Plays with Sean Lawrence, assistant professor of English
  • December 13
    Le Corps malade du désir du pays natal': la nostalgie, la médecine et la géographie (1800-1900) with Jelena Jovicic, assistant professor of French

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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Fair Trade Fair organized for Nov. 23

The Equity Office is hosting a Fair Trade Fair next Wednesday.

Learn, discover, and buy from a variety of fair trade retailers just in time for the holiday shopping season. All items are responsibly made and fairly paid.

The fair will feature an Engineers Without Borders fair trade pancake breakfast and a number of fair trade, local, and organic businesses from the Okanagan region.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

This is an Equity Matters event. To find out more visit the Facebook event page or contact Fair Trade Fair organizer Hannah Warren.

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United Way logo

United Way bake sale and silent auction

Stock-up on tasty home baking and purchase some great gifts at the annual United Way bake sale and silent auction.

The silent auction features great items such as dinner for two at Waterfront Wines, a leather office chair, jewellery, concert tickets and even a snowboard.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 24
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre atrium

All proceeds from this event will go to the UBC United Way campaign.

Donations: pre-wrapped baked goods can be dropped off in the Fipke foyer before 9 a.m. on November 24. To find out more contact Toby Wesenberg, at 250-807-9762.

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Healthy eating bake sale

As part of a course assignment with Sally Stewart, instructor for the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, third-year Human Kinetics students were challenged to create healthy baked snacks and healthy eating education tips that will inspire the campus community.

The baked goods, recipes and healthy information will all be available on November 24 in the Arts building.

All proceeds for this bake sale are going to support the development of the PUMPS program.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 24
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building foyer

To find out more, contact Sally Stewart.

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Latin American film festival: Nostalgia for the Light

The final film screening in this fall's Latin American film festival will feature Nostalgia for the Light from director Patricio Guzmán.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 24
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Arts and Sciences II building, room ASC130

To find out more about this screening, contact Jessica Stites Mor at 250-807-9655.

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FCCS Visiting Author Series

FCCS Visiting Author Series: Matt Rader

Poet Matt Rader will give a free public reading on November 24, as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Author Series.

Rader, who currently teaches literature, creative writing and composition at North Island College on Vancouver Island, has performed his poems and stories from Newfoundland to BC, and throughout the US. He is also a past director of the Robson Reading Series at UBC's Vancouver campus.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

This event is free and open to everyone. To find out more contact the Department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.

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Creative and Critical Studies book launch organized for Nov. 25

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies invites the campus community to celebrate the end of the term on November 25 with a multi-author book launch.

The event showcases work by five Critical Studies faculty members. The publications being celebrated include:

  • Globalizing Afghanistan: Terrorism, War, and the Rhetoric of Nation-Building (David Jefferess, associate professor of English)
  • Religion y economia: Los chuetas y la Inquisicion mallorquina (Mercedes Duran-Cogan, assistant professor of Spanish)
  • an English translation of The Evolution of Gay Imagery in Mexican Cinema (Bernard Schulz-Cruz, associate professor of Spanish)
  • Victorian Social Activists' Novels (Oliver Lovesey, associate professor of English)

Date: Friday, Nov. 25
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

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A melody of hope: surviving your daughter's eating disorder

Cathy Robinson, instructor with the School of Nursing, recently published A Melody of Hope: Surviving Your Daughter's Eating Disorder -- a book that looks at personal stories of daughters who have recovered from eating disorders, as told by their mothers.

The Faculty of Health and Social Development will hold a book launch for Robinson on November 28.

Date: Monday, Nov. 28,
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts and Health building, room FIN322

To find out more, contact Kelli Sullivan, special projects coordinator, at 250-807-8034.

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

Sustainable cities: a question of culture?

This Research Tea Break series continues in November with a talk by Bernard Momer, associate professor of geography, giving his talk Sustainable cities: a question of culture?

This talk will begin with a brief journey through the evolution of cities in the Western World followed by a discussion examining the links between planning, sustainability and culture.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

There is no charge for this talk and it is open to everyone. To find out more, contact the Research Services Office at 205-807-9412.

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Traditions of Christmas: Family Fun Day

UBC's Okanagan campus is holding its second annual Christmas Traditions Family Fun Day on December 10.

The day promises an enjoyable afternoon for families, beginning with a live performance of the heart-warming Peanuts classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, performed by students from Glenmore Elementary school.

The day will also feature horse-drawn hayrides, crafts, refreshments, gingerbread cookie decorating, photos and treats with Santa Claus and door prizes -- including a draw for a 17-inch television.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: event begins in the Administration building theatre, room ADM026

Tickets for Family Fun Day are $5 and are available at the bookstore. Admission is free for all children under the age of two. All proceeds will go to the Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

To find out more contact Rosemary Thompson, media centre coordinator, at 250-807-9832.

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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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UBCO.TV

Okanagan campus people, achievements and events are showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

  • Remembrance day
    Students, faculty and staff remember those who have served Canadian Armed Forces in the past and present.
  • Farmers' market
    On-campus shopping got a little greener and easier when a Farmers' Market set up shop on October 28.
  • Students try their hands at bricklaying
    Third-year engineering students get hands-on experience at bricklaying.

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