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Jessica Jackley to discuss social entrepreneurship at next Distinguished Speaker Series event

Registration opens tomorrow for first distinguished speaker event of 2012

Bright, energetic, and unapologetically optimistic about the power of business to change the world, Jessica Jackley is a founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world's first peer-to-peer microlending website. Kiva lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises.

Drawing on her eclectic background -- she studied art and philosophy before earning an MBA -- Jackley discusses a wide range of timely issues, from economic development to women's empowerment to Web 2.0. She reminds us that, at the heart of social entrepreneurship, the relationships we form with each other and the extent to which we believe in each others' potential are the most powerful forces for positive change.

There is no charge for this event, but online registration is required. Registration opens tomorrow (Jan. 5) via the Distinguished Speaker Series website.

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Lori Field, program coordinator with the Learning Exchange at UBC's Okanagan campus, left, and Laura Patterson, technical and professional communication instructor with the School of Engineering, teamed up to teach first-year engineering students about client interaction and communication skills while benefiting six local non-profit agencies.
Lori Field, program coordinator with the Learning Exchange, left, and Laura Patterson, technical and professional communication instructor with the School of Engineering, teamed up to teach first-year engineering students about client interaction and communication skills while benefiting six local non-profit agencies.

Program designed to help engineers communicate

UBC students develop fundraising plans for local charities

One would not normally associate engineering students with designing fundraising campaigns, but that is exactly the challenge posed to the first-year engineering class last term.

The students were taken out of their comfort zone and pressed to learn new skills, all to the benefit of local non-profit agencies and to further their education.

Laura Patterson, technical and professional communication Instructor with UBC's School of Engineering, said the goal of the project is to get the students engaged in the community and learn how to communicate their ideas in verbal and written form.

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Grade 5 Casorso Elementary student Anthony Kurkjian tests his flexibility in the Human Kinetics lab at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. The elementary students had the opportunity to add to their book lessons by getting some hands-on experience thanks to their teacher and the Schools of Nursing and Health and Exercise Sciences.
Grade 5 Casorso Elementary student Anthony Kurkjian tests his flexibility in the Human Kinetics lab. Elementary students had the opportunity to add to their book lessons by getting some hands-on experience thanks to their teacher and the Schools of Nursing and Health and Exercise Sciences.

Working together a healthy idea

UBC Schools of Nursing and Health and Exercise Sciences join forces

They take different approaches, but the goal is the same, so working together makes sense.

The School of Nursing and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences (HES) at UBC's Okanagan campus both aim to help people live healthier lives and the two schools have formed a new partnership, benefiting both the respective programs and the public.

The schools are working together to educate the next generation about staying healthy.

Nikki Reiter, lab coordinator in HES, says it is important to make the link between health and exercise.

"Exercise is just as important as traditional medicine," says Reiter. "Exercise is preventive medicine. I think people traditionally see nurses and doctors as the authority on health, but exercise must be brought in as well."

Corinne Crockett, a clinical assistant with the School of Nursing, says UBC students from both areas of study were on hand to teach a group of visiting Casorso Elementary School Grade 5 students about their bodies and exercise.

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UBC Southern Medical Program's inaugural class begins studies

First 32 students pioneer Faculty of Medicine's distributed MD program in Interior

The Southern Medical Program's (SMP) inaugural class of 32 students has arrived at UBC's Okanagan campus. As part of UBC Faculty of Medicine's distributed MD (medical doctor) Undergraduate Program, SMP students spend the balance of the four-year MD program studying and training in communities throughout the BC Interior (having spent their first term in classes in Vancouver).

"The arrival of our inaugural class is a momentous occasion," says Dr. Allan Jones, Regional Associate Dean, Interior. "A remarkable amount of work and collaboration has taken place to launch the SMP and expand the reach of the MD Undergraduate Program to all areas of the province. Ultimately, our program will help lay the groundwork for increasing the number of practicing physicians in communities throughout the BC Interior."

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Invisible Universe

Astronomers to talk about the invisible universe

Internationally renowned experts in radio astronomy will discuss the future of radio astronomy in a six-part series hosted at UBC's Okanagan campus over the next three months. They will explain the potential discoveries of new and planned radio telescopes as well as discuss recent results from radio astronomy.

The first Invisible Universe speaker is Erik Rosolowsky, assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. On Jan. 11, he will provide an introduction to radio astronomy. On Jan. 25, the first visiting lecturer is Doug Johnstone from the Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics in Victoria, BC. Johnstone will talk about the Atacama Large Millimetre Array telescope in South America.

Additional talks are scheduled for Feb. 1 (Tim Robishaw, Magnetism in the Galaxy), Feb. 15 (Sean Dougherty, Radio Starlight), Feb. 29 (Roland Kothes, Supernovae Explosions), and Mar. 21 (Russ Taylor, the Square Kilometre Array). All presentations are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Library room LIB 317. Admission is free and open to everyone.

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Registration now open for Amazing Race Wellness Challenge

For those still searching for a healthy New Years resolution, look no further. Registration is now open for this year's Amazing Race Wellness Challenge.
This annual five-week event challenges everyone to discover their own definition of wellness.

The challenge includes a personal wellness assessment that will identify participants' health status and help set wellness goals. It will give everyone the tools to eat nutritiously, be active and make a consistent healthy difference.

This year's race runs for five weeks (January 23 to February 26), with participants collecting points by competing in a series of health challenges.

To register for the challenge, visit the Amazing Race website.

To find out more contact Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP coordinator at 250-807-8183.

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Winter weather brings to light seasonal safety issues

The Facilities Management Dept. has been busy sweeping snow from walkways and parking lots while depositing ice-melt and sand to prevent slips and falls. Slips and falls are major cause of injury not only on the UBC campus but in all parts of the city.

Areas are prioritized according to high traffic areas, terrain (stairs, inclines, etc), and areas with past history of incidents/accidents. Facilities Management personnel will also immediately respond to reports of slippery areas.  Contact the Facilities Management office at 250-807-9272 or facilities.ok@ubc.ca to report slippery areas.

Health Safety and Environment and Facilities Management would like to highlight strategies pedestrians can use to prevent falling victim (no pun intended) to slippery conditions. Here are a few tips to help you stay upright during the winter season:

  • Adjust your gait - Shorten your stride length to keep your centre of gravity more within your base of support (feet).
  • Slow down - Take slow, deliberate steps and be on the lookout for icy spots. 
  • Balance your load - Consider donning a backpack.  Backpacks keep your load closer to your centre of gravity.
  • Wear appropriate footwear - Footwear with a thick rubber or non-slip sole is recommended. 
  • Entering/exiting your vehicle - Take care when stepping into/out of your car as you are usually off balance and on only one foot. 

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George C. Grinnell, assistant professor of English, UBC Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
George C. Grinnell

UBC professor wins award for contribution to the humanities

George C. Grinnell's book explores significance of hypochondriac culture

George C. Grinnell, an assistant professor at UBC's Okanagan campus has been honoured with a prestigious research award from the Council of Graduate Schools in a first for a Canadian academic.

Grinnell, who teaches English with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, received the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities at an awards ceremony in Scottsdale, AZ. The Arlt Award is given annually to a young scholar-teacher who has written a book deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities.

Grinnell became the 40th recipient of the award for his academic volume The Age of Hypochondria: Interpreting Romantic Health and Illness (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.)

"It is a tremendous honour to be the first from a Canadian institution to win the Arlt award," Grinnell said after the ceremony. "It is also a terrific opportunity to remind the public of the value of the humanities and interdisciplinary research.

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research spotlightUBC alumni and Okanagan Mission Secondary School senior math teachers Paul Janke, left, and Graham Johnson have implemented a flipped classroom where the students watch their lesson online at home and they discuss what they learned in class the next day.UBC alumni and Okanagan Mission Secondary School senior math teachers Paul Janke, left, and Graham Johnson have implemented a flipped classroom where the students watch their lesson online at home and they discuss what they learned in class the next day.

UBC alumni explore new teaching method

Flipped classrooms allow students more time with teachers

Graham Johnson and Paul Janke take a radically different approach to teaching than the established norm.

The two Okanagan Mission Secondary School senior math teachers have implemented a "flipped classroom" system of learning.

Flipped learning is where a lesson is recorded, put online and students watch the lesson at home and then discuss it in class the following day. The two University of British Columbia alumni are the first in the Canadian public school system to try such an approach to teaching.

"The kids go home and watch it as homework," says Janke. "They get the teaching part at home, and when they come to class it allows them more time to work on it with other students or a teacher."

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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:

January 9
Writing A Scholarly Article C/P (2)
January 9
Copyright
January 9
Submitting a Conference Proposal

January 9
Dissertation Writing Group 1

January 11
Teaching Portfolios

January 12
Copyright


January 12
HR Lunch and Learn: Enhance Team Effectiveness

January 13
Teaching Philosophy

January 16
Writing A Scholarly Article C/P (2)


January 16
Intellectual Property and Copyright

January 16
Dissertation Writing Group 1

January 18
Holistic Nutrition and Habits to Enhance Your Well-Being


January 18
Inclusive Classrooms Brown Bag Lunch

January 19
DATE Speaker: Peter Arthur

January 19
Writing a Critical Analysis


January 20
Teaching Large Classes

 

 

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
January 4, 2012

News

Jessica Jackley to discuss social entrepreneurship at next DSS event
Program designed to help engineers communicate
Working together a healthy idea
UBC Southern Medical Program's inaugural class begins studies
Astronomers to talk about the invisible universe
Registration now open for Amazing Race Wellness Challenge
Winter weather brings to light seasonal safety issues

People

UBC professor wins award for contribution to the humanities

Research Spotlight

UBC alumni explore new teaching method

events

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:

  • 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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Student Employment Hiring Fair

Student Services is holding an employment hiring fair next week that gives students a good opportunity to learn about upcoming on-campus jobs.

The fair will feature resume improvement and enhance your employability stations.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

To find out more email campus.life@ubc.ca.

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FCCS Visiting Author Series

FCCS Visiting Author Series: Darren O'Donnell

Novelist, essayist and performance artist Darren O'Donnell will give a free public reading on January 12, as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Author Series.

O'Donnell is the artistic director of theatre company Mammalian Diving Reflex, and is the author of a number of notable plays, including A Suicide-Site Guide to the CityWhite MiceWho Shot Jacques Lacan?Radio Rooster Says That's BadOver[boxhead] and 
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Date: Thursday, Jan. 12
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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Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by University Relations and the Ceremonies and Events office, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on Friday, Jan. 13.

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

Date: Friday, Jan. 13
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building third floor faculty/staff lounge

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Big White student day

Campus Recreation is inviting students to head out to the Big White for a Sunday of winter fun.

For $10, students are given transportation to Big White and back, and a 50 per cent discount on all the basic Big White services and rentals -- lift tickets, lessons, rentals, tubing and skating.

Registration for the day opens today, via the equipment desk in the gymnasium.

Date: Sunday, Jan. 15
Time: Buses will leave UBC at 8 a.m., and leave Big White around 3:45 p.m.

More information and printable forms is also available on the Campus Recreation website. To find out more contact Layne McDougall, Campus Recreation coordinator, at 250.807.9174.

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Alumni and Friends

Alumni and Friends
Curling Funspiel

Looking for a day of all-Canadian winter fun with family and friends? Show the UBC spirit at the third annual Alumni and Friends Curling Funspiel.

This day-long event includes an optional curling lesson, as well as breakfast and lunch. Book now, on your own, with a friend, or for a whole team. Teams must include at least one UBC alumnus, staff, faculty or current student.  

Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Curling Club -- 551 Recreation Ave.
Registration: Alumni and friends -- $45; students -- $15.

Contact Erica Triggs at 250-807-9360 for more information. This event is in partnership with Campus Rec and Campus Life.

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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 spotlight

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

  • Celebrating International Students
    International students are a significant part of the culture at UBC's Okanagan campus and their presence does not go unnoticed.
  • SAD Lamp
    The change of seasons in the Okanagan from summer to winter grey can trigger changes in mood.
  • Woodhaven Film Debut
    A film about the Woodhaven EcoArt Project premieres at the Minstrel Cafe.

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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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