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newsFrom left: Gord Binsted, Acting Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Development, Lauren Sugie , second-year nursing student, Loyd Busby, nurse manager for Kelowna General Hospital 4A and Wendy Andrews, associate professor of Nursing, review a patient chart during a clinical learning session. Binsted spent a day in the hospital with the nursing students and was impressed with what he saw.
From left: Gord Binsted, Acting Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Development, Lauren Sugie, second-year nursing student, Loyd Busby, nurse manager for Kelowna General Hospital 4A and Wendy Andrews, associate professor of Nursing, review a patient chart during a clinical learning session. Binsted spent a day in the hospital with the nursing students and was impressed with what he saw.

Dean rolls up sleeves to work in hospital ward with
nursing students

UBC academic gets first-hand experience in clinical learning

Now he knows what a day is like on a busy hospital ward. UBC's acting Dean of Health and Social Development, Gord Binsted, whose background is in human kinetics, decided the best way to learn what goes on in his faculty's School of Nursing was to become a nursing student for a day of clinical learning at Kelowna General Hospital.

So that's what Binsted did Nov. 23, as Associate Professor of Nursing Wendy Andrews led second-year nursing students though their weekly clinical day at KGH. It is a regular part of the curriculum for the students -- but an eye-opener for the dean.

He accompanied students on patient rounds, listened in on discussions about care plans, and asked plenty of questions from everybody around.

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What is the A-HA moment?


Lee Maingot, left, Jasmain Parr, Faculty of Management Professor Luc Audebrand, and Kayla Mann with go over some of the information that will be provided to area businesses during the What Makes a Top Employer? expo.
Lee Maingot, left, Jasmain Parr, Faculty of Management Professor Luc Audebrand, and Kayla Mann with go over some of the information provided to area businesses during the What Makes a Top Employer? expo.

Business students want to make local companies even better

Local companies were given an early Christmas present this year courtesy of business-minded university students.

The results of hours of research were provided free of charge at the What Makes a Top Employer? expo on November 28.

Third-year students from the Faculty of Management were divided into 35 teams, each taking an in-depth look at a different area where employers can improve their workplace to the benefit of both the company and the employees.

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Karen ConnellyAward-winning author Karen Connelly is UBC's writer-in-residence

Students, Central Okanagan writers get opportunity to have work critiqued

Award-winning writer Karen Connelly is the fifth annual writer-in-residence at UBC's Okanagan campus. Sponsored by the Department of Creative Studies and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, this program allows 16 selected local writers to get free critiques of their work.

Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons: a love story, a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.

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Vicki Green encourages her students to search out alternative teaching sites.
Vicki Green encourages her students to search out alternative teaching sites.

You want to be a teacher? Then get out of the classroom

UBC's Okanagan campus education students go beyond their textbooks

Vicki Green wants her students to get out of the classroom, especially when they become teachers.

The associate professor with the Faculty of Education encourages the teachers of tomorrow to think beyond the classroom and search out alternative sites for learning.

Green says the most interesting teachers tend to have a passion for going beyond the textbooks to find the underlying story behind the lesson.

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United Way committee members Louise Nelson and Sharon McCoubrey present some of the tasty items that helped make this year's event the most successful yet.
United Way committee members Louise Nelson and Sharon McCoubrey present some of the tasty items that helped make this year's event the most successful yet.

United Way bake sale and auction raises over $3,200

The annual United Way Bake Sale and Silent Auction held on November 24 helped raise more than $3,200. The Okanagan campus United Way committee would like to thank everyone who supported this event.

Reminder: donations still needed for this year's campaign

These fundraiser events are important to help build awareness for the United Way, but the heart of our campaign goal is the personal generosity of UBC faculty and staff members. Consider a donation to the United Way, either through payroll deduction or a one-time gift this year.

Every dollar raised in this year's campaign stays in the Okanagan. To make a donation contact Elizabeth Kershaw.

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Healthy food demonstrations part of Be Well at Work program

This November, the University of British Columbia's Be Well at Work project held two Fall Food Tasting events on the Okanagan campus.

The Fall Food Tasting events included healthy cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings to celebrate employees' participation in Be Well at Work, a project in partnership with UBC's School of Population and Public Health and the Canadian Cancer Society British Columbia and Yukon, with funding from the Canadian Cancer Society.

The project focuses on decreasing employees' cancer risk through increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, boosting physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight.

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Campus Security advises on theft prevention during
the holidays

Campus Security reminds everyone to safeguard both UBC and personal effects this holiday season. Thefts of this type are crimes of opportunity and offices, study areas, and computer labs that are left unattended tend to be prime targets.

Campus Security has a number of tips for members of the campus community to help prevent thefts:

  • Never leave personal effects unattended for any period of time. Always secure office doors and windows when leaving the area even for a short moment.
  • Staff members are encouraged to display UBC identification at all times when working. Campus Security takes a proactive approach to off-hours use of the institution, and carrying proper identification aids both yourself and Campus Security when verifying individuals in locked buildings after regular business hours.

Report all suspicious activity to Campus Security at 250-807-9236 (local 79236). For crimes in progress, notify RCMP by dialling 9-1-1. For other crime prevention initiatives, contact the Security Coordinator's office at 250-807-9173 (local 79173).

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Project GROW holiday
sales now underway

Have someone on your holiday shopping list that is hard to buy for?  Try purchasing a goat, mosquito nets or a poultry house -- all the while building a better future for two rural villages in Ghana. This year's Project GROW Christmas Card Campaign is currently underway and runs until December 17.

Project GROW is a unique partnership between UBC and the twin villages of Nyobok-Nkenszei in rural Ghana which has provided tens of thousands of dollars worth of support for families since its inception in 2007.

Watch for the Project GROW table selling holidays cards at various locations across campus throughout December.

To find out more contact Cindy Bourne, Academic Resource Centre coordinator, at 250-807-8065.

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UBC nursing student project helps provide clean water in Ghana

Fourth-year nursing students have undertaken a project with the goal of providing clean and safe water to Chanshigu, a small village located in northern Ghana.

The students are fundraising to supply village locals with water filters manufactured in northern Ghana. These filters will clean the water of harmful parasites, bacteria and diseases. The only access to water for the village is from a communal pond, used by the villagers and livestock alike.

To support this project, members of the campus community can make donations to the Ghana Clean Water Project and mail to room FIN323 of the Fine Arts and Health Building.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20 if requested.

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Bookstore holds December food drive for Food Exchange

Donations going to help feed members of the campus community

The Bookstore is looking to balance holiday spirit and cheer with finding holiday gifts this year. Until December 22, the UBC Bookstore is offering a 10 per cent discount on all clothing and gifts with the donation of a non- perishable food item.

The bookstore has fair trade items, jewelry, seasonal chocolates, board games and a huge selection of UBC and Heat merchandise.

All donations will be given to the on-campus Food Exchange to help members of the campus community have a happy and healthy finish to the term. The Food Exchange is an emergency supply for students in need.

To find out more contact Carrie Harfman, senior course materials buyer, at 250-807-9244.

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Heat holds 'Celebrate Your Office' competition

To celebrate the winter solstice and holiday season, the Heat is organizing a 'Celebrate Your Office' competition on December 19.

Student judges will be going to registered offices on judging day. Participants do not need to be on campus that day to win -- just email Adam Goodwin to register and have your office ready for viewing on December 19.

The most celebratory office will receive a Heat prize pack, containing two t-shirts and four tickets to any Heat home game.

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Reminder: give your view on U-PASS for faculty and staff

Survey closes December 31

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. The survey, which is non-binding, closes on December 31.

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

Any questions about the survey should be directed to Gord Lovegrove, assistant professor in the School of Engineering, at 250-807-8717.

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Reminder: deadline for Teacher of the Year Award
closes Dec. 15

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate someone great for Teacher of the Year.

Members of the campus community have until December 15 to submit the notification of intent to nominate form for the Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Each year the Okanagan campus acknowledges two faculty members for their contribution 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).

  • 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 Academic and Research website.

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peopleOriginally from Mexico, Karen Robles has been studying mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus for the past four years. She will spend the next two years earning her master’s degree before entering the job market. She plans on staying in Canada after her schooling is complete.
Originally from Mexico, Karen Robles has been studying mechanical engineering for the past four years. She will spend the next two years earning her master's degree before entering the job market. She plans on staying in Canada after her schooling is complete.

International student hopes to call Canada home

Almost 600 international students studying at UBC's Okanagan campus

Karen Robles would jump at the chance to work in the Okanagan, but if she has to move elsewhere, she will -- as long as she can stay in Canada.

The Mexican native graduated from the the mechanical engineering program in June. Having completed the four-year program she immediately signed up for another two years to get her master's degree.

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Chris Rigg, left, with Capri Insurance, Heat basketball player Julian Asselstine, Tim Miller of Capri Insurance and Heat head coach Darren Semeniuk. Asselstine received the Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship.
Chris Rigg, left, with Capri Insurance, Heat basketball player Julian Asselstine, Tim Miller of Capri Insurance and Heat head coach Darren Semeniuk. Asselstine received the Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship.

Asselstine wins prestigious Capri Insurance scholarship

Heat basketball player honoured to be selected

Julian Asselstine is the recipient of the third annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship.

The first-year engineering student was recently awarded the $2,500 scholarship, renewable for four years, that is funded by an endowment established by Capri Insurance in 2009 to help top scholars, who are also top athletes, attend UBC's Okanagan campus.

Asselstine, a 6'8" 195-pound forward out of Dr. Charles Best Secondary in Coquitlam, will add some height to the Heat men's basketball team for its inaugural season in CIS play. Asselstine is the prototype of the kind of student athlete former CIS basketball player and current Heat head coach Darren Semeniuk is looking for - strong on both the court and in the classroom.

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Garry Appleton, director of Security and Parking Services, presents a $100 fuel card to Jessica Beck, booking and scheduling clerk for Enrolment Services at UBC's Okanagan campus. Beck won the through a Carpool Week prize draw.
Garry Appleton, director of Security and Parking Services, presents a $100 fuel card to Jessica Beck, booking and scheduling clerk for Enrolment Services at UBC's Okanagan campus. Beck won the prize by entering a Carpool Week draw.

UBC employee wins by carpooling

Carpooling is paying off in a new way for UBC employee Jessica Beck, who is the winner of a $100 fuel card for her participation in this year's Carpool Week, Oct. 24 to 28.

Carpool week -- which took place from October 24 to 28 this year -- looks to engage commuters increase awareness of carpooling as a viable transportation option.

UBC partners with carpool.ca to help encourage and connect members of the campus community to reduce the empty seats in their vehicles as they travel to and from the university.

Through carpool.ca, commuters are able to identify potential carpool partners and form carpools. The user-friendly system is secure and free. Over 230 carpoolers are currently registered at UBC's Okanagan campus.

To find out more about sustainable transportation options, visit the Parking Services website.

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Chris GormanGorman elected to School District 23 Board of Education

Chris Gorman, director in the Faculty of Management, has been elected to the Board of Education for the Central Okanagan's School District 23.

Gorman will serve as one of seven trustees, governing the district's implementation of provincial and local education programs, school finance and facilities, student access and achievement, and other responsibilities under B.C.'s School Act.

The inaugural meeting of the new Board of Education is Dec. 7.

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research spotlightNeil Eves will spend the next several years looking at how exercise affects chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The exercise physiologist assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus has received a long-term grant from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Neil Eves will spend the next several years looking at how exercise affects chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He has received a long-term grant from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

UBC researcher breaks new ground on COPD

Neil Eves examines influence of exercise on respiratory disease

Ground-breaking research with world-wide implications and the potential to improve the lives of millions of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will begin in the Okanagan in the New Year.

Neil Eves has been awarded a substantial grant from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to study how exercise impacts COPD. Eves will receive up to $635,000 over the next eight years to allow him to examine this important line of inquiry.

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Joe Nemeth, president and CEO of Canfor Pulp Products Inc., presents a $75,000 grant award to André Phillion, Mark Martinez, and James Olson, director of the Pulp and Paper Centre at UBC.
Joe Nemeth, president and CEO of Canfor Pulp Products Inc., presents a $75,000 grant award to André Phillion, Mark Martinez, and James Olson, director of the Pulp and Paper Centre at UBC.

Engineering team wins grant for investigating
paper architecture

UBC collaboration with Canfor to study BC pulp fibres using
X-ray technology

An industry giant in pulp and paper products has awarded two UBC engineering professors for research knowledge leveraged across both campuses.

Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership (CPLP) presented the award -- the first instalment of a $75,000 grant over three years -- to professors André Phillion and Mark Martinez.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
December 7, 2011

News

Dean rolls up sleeves to work with nursing students
What is the A-ha moment?
Business students want to make local companies even better
Award-winning author Karen Connelly is UBC's writer-in-residence
You want to be a teacher? Then get out of the classroom
United Way bake sale and auction raises over $3,200
Healthy food demonstrations part of Be Well at Work program
Campus Security advises on theft prevention during the holidays
Project GROW holiday sales now underway
UBC nursing student project helps provide clean water in Ghana
Bookstore holds December food drive for Food Exchange
Heat holds 'Celebrate Your Office' competition
Give your view on U-PASS for faculty and staff
Deadline for Teacher of the Year Award closes Dec. 15

People

International student hopes to call Canada home
Asselstine wins prestigious Capri Insurance scholarship
UBC employee wins by carpooling
Gorman elected to School District 23 Board of Education

Research Spotlight

UBC researcher breaks new ground on COPD
Engineering team wins grant for investigating paper architecture

events

OCANA seminar: the asymmetric sandwich theorem

The next Optimization, Convex Analysis and Nonsmooth Analysis (OCANA) seminar will feature Stephen Simons, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Simons will be on campus to give a talk about the asymmetric sandwich theorem and its implications for optimization researchers.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 8
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Arts and Sciences II building, room ASC301A

To find out more visit the OCANA seminar series website.

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Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday

Sponsored by the Advising and Involvement Centre, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on Friday, Dec. 9.

Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

All proceeds will be donated to the Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

Date: Friday, Dec. 9
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC 207

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Traditions of Christmas: Family Fun Day

Traditions of Christmas: Family Fun Day

Family Fun 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.

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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Exam Jam

Second Exam Jam session organized for Sunday

Exam Jam -- the Okanagan campus' end of term study-support program -- will feature the Academic Resource Centre's best mix of academic and non-academic activities. This term's second Exam Jam session is organized for December 11.

The event provides students with faculty review sessions, tutoring, open study rooms, study break activities, snacks, and refreshments. Over 50 tutors will team up with faculty, teaching assistants and supplemental learning leaders.

There are a variety of ways for faculty members to participate. Classrooms and lecture halls have been pre-booked to provide those interested with a place to hold exam review and study group sessions.

To find out more about how to participate, visit the Exam Jam website.

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Upcoming FCCS weekly research seminars

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Research Seminar Series covers 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:

  • 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.
  • January 10
    Looking, Veiling, and Fantasies of Visibility with George Grinnell, assistant professor of English.
  • January 17
    Settler Colonialism and Limits of Aboriginal Redress in Canada, with David Jefferess, associate professor of English, and Allison Hargreaves, assistant professor of North American Indigenous literatures.

All seminars take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Administration building faculty and staff lounge (room ADM115).

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Heat holds 'Celebrate Your Office' competition

To celebrate the winter solstice and holiday season, the Heat is organizing a 'Celebrate Your Office' competition on December 19.

Student judges will be going to registered offices on judging day. Participants do not need to be on campus that day to win -- just email Adam Goodwin to register and have your office ready for viewing on December 19.

The most celebratory office will receive a Heat prize pack, containing two t-shirts and four tickets to any Heat home game.

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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
UBCO.TV

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

  • Artists open up
    Art usually happens behind closed doors. To change that, a number of graduate students have brought their creativity into the open.
  • Adopt an athlete
    Adopt an athlete provides an opportunity for alumni, friends, family and the community to be part of UBC.
  • Thrive week
    Students, faculty and staff had a chance to get out and Thrive while participating in a number of healthy campus activities.

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workshops

Workshops at a glance

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

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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Exchange your information

The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of campus.

Send submissions to University Relations c/o Chris Guenard.

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