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newsPat Kennedy, managing director of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of fame, left, interviews David Cox, a clinical psychologist and a professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, during the seventh annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast Thursday.
Pat Kennedy, managing director of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of fame, left, interviews David Cox during the seventh annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

Athletics Scholarship Breakfast raises funds for
student athletes

Community benefits from numerous volunteer activities by
UBC team members

Student athletes are not only scholars and competitors -- their participation as volunteers results in community betterment and benefits for many organizations throughout the Okanagan.

More than 300 business and community supporters attending the seventh annual Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna Thursday morning heard messages of student involvement, high-level competition and sports psychology.

The sunrise event raises funds that go directly in the Athletics Scholarship Endowment, ensuring that student athletes at UBC's Okanagan campus have the opportunity to realize both their academic and athletics goals at a top-ranked Canadian university.

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Briar Craig, associate professor of visual arts, has donated six screen prints to the institution’s public art collection. Byron Johnston also donated his work, A Decomposition, to the university. The sculpture was erected between the Arts and Science buildings in 2010 and features a variety of materials in stages of decomposition.
Briar Craig, associate professor of visual arts, has donated six screenprints to the Okanagan campus public art collection. Byron Johnston also donated his work, A Decomposition, to the university.

Art donations welcome additions to UBC collection

Associate professors give works to university for all to enjoy

Briar Craig wants his art to be more than just something people can look at. He wants his art to be a participatory experience.

The associate professor of visual arts has donated six screenprints to the campus. The Emerda Series is the first of six large screenprints featuring 'words.'

Craig says each piece of work consists of a "bunch of scrambled letters," which people are encouraged to unscramble.

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Human geography student Shayne Wright, left, and Jon Corbett, assistant professor of Community, Culture and Global Studies, check out some of the comments at a food mapping website they developed.
Human geography student Shayne Wright, left, and Jon Corbett, assistant professor of Community, Culture and Global Studies, check out some of the comments on a food mapping website they have developed.

Food mapping website a place for tasty conversations

Narrative map concept born on UBC's Okanagan campus

A stroll through just about any grocery store shows just how much our food supply has gone international.

Human geography student Shayne Wright and Jon Corbett, assistant professor of Community, Culture and Global Studies, believe people not only want to think about where their food comes from, but will want to share foodie thoughts and actively discuss their interests through a specially designed website they have created.

"We can all agree food has become globalized. Even here in the Okanagan where we produce so much," says Wright, who wanted to develop his thesis on mapping out food sources to be interactive with the public.

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UBC's reputation moves up six spots to 25th in global ranking

The University of British Columbia now ranks 25th among the world's top 100 universities, according to the 2012 Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings.

In the world's largest academic opinion survey released today in London, U.K., UBC jumps from last year's 31st to 25th rank. The 2012 Reputation Rankings are based on a survey of academic opinion, featuring 17,554 respondents from 137 countries.

"UBC's ranking reflects our strong commitment to international research collaboration and producing new knowledge that benefits Canada and the world," said UBC President Stephen Toope.

These reputational results complement the Times Higher Education's annual World University Rankings, which came out last fall and ranked UBC 22nd out of 400 institutions.

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2012 Learning Conference

Learning Conference registration now open

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Learning Conference.

Join faculty and staff from across Canada as they share the ideas that promote learning success at this year's conference, which is themed Scholarly Approaches: Evidence-Informed Teaching and Learning.

This year's conference will host over 40 presenters from nine universities, including the University of Waterloo, University of Calgary, McMaster University and Queen's University.

The opening keynote address will feature Geoff Norman, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Dimensions of Clinical Expertise at McMaster University. The second day will also feature a keynote address by Christopher Knapper, founding president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at Queen's University.

Registration is free for UBC employees. Register online at: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/conference.

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Workplace Experience Survey results

Workplace Experience Survey results now available online

In November 2011, UBC held its second Workplace Experiences Survey, an opportunity for staff and faculty to share what they think about working at UBC.

On March 6, the results of the survey were released at a Workplace Experience Town Hall. An impressive 46 per cent of employees at the Okanagan campus had filled out the survey.

If you were unable to attend the Town hall event, you can see the presentation and read the survey results via the Focus on People website.

Workplace Experience Action Committee

Human Resources is striking a Workplace Experience Action Committee on the Okanagan campus to examine the survey results and develop recommendations for action.

Anyone interested in joining the committee can contact Nicole Udzenija, Human Resources' Organizational Development and Learning Consultant.

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Student transportation engineering presentations organized
for April 13

Third annual event highlights best in undergraduate transportation engineering

Engineering students will be presenting new sustainable and safe transportation research on April 13 as part of Gordon Lovegrove's Transportation Engineering course this semester.

Three third-year students -- selected as the best from Lovegrove's ENGR335 course -- will be presenting in front of a panel of judges from UBC and the greater community. The presentation topics will be:

  • Okanagan campus Staff/Faculty U-Pass: survey results, analysis and recommendations
  • Okanagan campus traffic calming: hot-spot analyses and recommendations for improving pedestrian safety
  • Kelowna road user equity: are pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, transit riders, car poolers getting treated equitably?

The event begins at 2 p.m. on April 13 in the Engineering Management Education building (room EME4218). This event is sponsored by the Interior Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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Human Resources launches new Welcome and Relocation Services program

Human Resources has just launched a new Welcome and Relocation Services program.

Located in the Human Resources section of the Administration Building (room ADM 009F), Welcome and Relocation Services assists faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows and their families with a smooth transition into the UBC community and the Okanagan area.

HR Associate Susan Fukushima will be coordinating the program. She'll be providing information and personalized support to new employees to access community resources around housing, childcare, spousal employment and other topics. HR also has brochures available for posting and inclusion with letters of offer.

New members of any Okanagan campus faculty, unit or department are welcome to make use of the new Welcome and Relocation Services program. To find out more contact Susan Fukushima at 250-807-8612.

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peopleJames Maskalyk told a Kelowna audience they can make a difference in global events. The best-selling author was at the Kelowna Community Theatre Tuesday as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series.
James Maskalyk told a Kelowna audience they can make a difference in global events. The best-selling author was at the Kelowna Community Theatre on March 27 as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Canadian doctor encourages people to get involved in
global events

James Maskalyk has witnessed first-hand the inhumanity war brings to innocent people.

And he brought those stories to Kelowna on March 27 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Maskalyk first set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan, in 2007 with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders/MSF) as the newest medical doctor in the field. His third and most recent mission with the group led him to the Kenyan refugee centre in Dadaab, the largest refugee centre in the world, where he spent six months helping those in need.

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Engineering students Rebekah Wirch, from Kelowna, and Ben Weishaupt, from Saskatoon, take a close look at their team hovercraft The Pirate Ship Tuesday during the annual hovercraft competition.

Engineering ingenuity gets workout in design competitions

Engineering students Rebekah Wirch, from Kelowna, and Ben Weishaupt, from Saskatoon, take a close look at their team hovercraft The Pirate Ship Tuesday during the annual hovercraft competition.

First and second-year engineering students were tasked with designing and operating a hovercraft using only a set list of materials. The hovercrafts must also carry a certain payload along a short course.

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research spotlight

Dixon Sookraj, associate professor of Social Work
Dixon Sookraj

UBC professor co-authors social work document for UN

Call to action promotes social, economic, cultural and political rights

Dixon Sookraj, associate professor of social work, is among a group of experts representing social workers around the globe who contributed to an action document for the United Nations.

The document, The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Commitment to Action, was delivered to the UN last week by the International Federation of Social Workers, the International Association of Schools of Social Work and the International Council of Social Workers.

Among the commitments of the three organizations is promoting universal implementation of social, economic, cultural and political rights and ending discrimination in all forms.

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workshops

Workshops at a glance

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

April 4
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

April 4
Making an Effective Presentation

April 4
Term Wrap-up

April 5
Blackboard Drop-in Session

April 5
TA Marking Marathon

April 10
Spring and Summer Writing Groups: Academic Writing for Graduate Students (non-native English speakers)

April 10
Spring and Summer Writing Groups: Writing a Dissertation or Thesis

April 10
Spring and Summer Writing Groups: Preparing an Article for Submission to a Journal

April 10
TA Tuesdays

April 10
Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating Final Grades

April 10
TA Marking Marathon

April 11
Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades

April 11
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

April 12
Blackboard Drop-in Session

April 12
TA Marking Marathon

April 16
Getting started with your migrated course

April 17
Strategic Leadership Communication

April 17
TA Tuesdays

April 17
Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades

April 17
TA Marking Marathon

April 18
Creating and adding course content in Blackboard

April 18
HR Lunch and Learn: Writing SMART Goals

April 18
Holistic Nutrition and Habits to Enhance Your Well Being

April 18
Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades

April 18
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

   

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
April 4, 2012

News

Athletics Scholarship Breakfast raises funds for student athletes
Art donations welcome additions to UBC collection
Food mapping website a place for tasty conversations
UBC's reputation moves up six spots to 25th in global ranking
Learning Conference registration now open
Workplace Experience Survey results now available online
Student transportation engineering presentations organized for April 13
Human Resources launches new Welcome and Relocation Services program

People

Canadian doctor encourages people to get involved in global events

Research Spotlight

UBC professor co-authors social work document for UN

events

Feed the Valley walk
and run


Members of the campus community have a good opportunity to get active and help local food banks at the same time on April 4.

Participate in today's Feed the Valley Walk and Run -- a 3km walk, or a 5km run -- and 100 per cent of registration fees raised will be donated to Valley First Credit Union's Feed the Valley campaign. Non-perishable food items will also be collected at the event to support the on-campus Food Exchange

Registration for the run is $10 for students and $15 for UBC employees. It includes a t-shirt, a post-run light snack and a chance to win prizes from local sponsors.

Date: Wednesday, April 4 (today)
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre commons area

To find out more, visit camprec.ca.

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The Fest organized for later today

UBC's annual Okanagan campus end-of-the-year roundup returns today.

The celebration starts at 3 p.m. in the University Centre Commons area. This year's activities include games, snacks, prizes and a barbecue.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 4 (today)
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: University Centre Commons area

To find out more contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.

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Broken Record

FCCS students perform Broken Record tonight

Aren't we all broken records?

Creative Studies faculty members and students are teaming up with Guy Cools, this year's FCCS Artist in Residence, to give an original performance tonight at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Broken Record looks at the process of discovery made by recycling sources that inspire -- by repeating and copying the input people give each other.

Broken Record was created and will be performed by Bachelor of Fine Arts students, and was created in collaboration with Guy Cools, guest instructor Ame Henderson and Creative Studies graduate students Ozgul Akinci and Nikki Cormaci.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 4 (tonight)
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre (1375 Water St.)

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students. They can be purchased at the door or in the Fine Arts Building (room FINA162).

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Engineering One design competition

Call it the invasion of the machines.

First-year engineering students will showcase some of their innovations tomorrow in the second leg of the annual School of Engineering Design Competition.

There will be 45 teams of first-year Engineering students demonstrating different concepts in mechanics -- and different ways to crush beverage cans. Teams of five students can spend up to $150 for materials to build their crushing machines.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 5
Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building

To find out more contact the School of Engineering at 250-807-8723.

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Exam Jam to be held
April 9 and 10

Exam Jam is a two-day study-support program running April 9 and 10, featuring a mix of academic and non-academic activities.

Offering students an opportunity to review course material -- as well as attend health-minded study breaks and activity sessions -- Exam Jam helps students get ready for their upcoming exams.

Exam Jam sessions run on April 9 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and April 10 (12 noon to 6 p.m.)

A Start an Evolution coffee break has also been organized for 2:30 p.m. on April 10 outside the Arts building.

To find out more visit the Exam Jam website.

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Collaborative health research between UBC and the BC Cancer agency

UBC and the BC Cancer Agency have organized a discussion on current and future collaborative projects that look at enhancing the ability to understand and defeat cancer.

Some of the topics being discussed include:

  • Automated breast density classification methods on full-field digital mammograms
  • Quantifying the burden on families affected by breast cancer
  • Bulgarian pregnancy rates on modern graphics cards
  • Queuing systems to help allocation of surge beds in Emergency departments
  • Web-based survey software for rapid deployment and results analysis
  • Funding opportunities, future projects and research questions proposed by the BCCA

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI396
RSVPs: email Hilda Patzer to confirm a spot.

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Minds and Music logo

Minds, music and ... mmmmmm!

Highlighting the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Bruch, Chamber Music Kelowna will be holding a special Minds and Music event on April 25.

This performance will also feature wine tastings to match the music.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 25
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

Admittance is by donation and free for UBC students. To find out more visit the Minds and Music website.

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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:

  • UBCycles
    UBC has a great bicycle rental program. All you have to do is want to ride, and a little paperwork.
  • 5 Days for the Homeless
    UBC students raise funds and awareness for a great cause as part of a national campaign.
  • Grad Street
    Students get a chance to do some one-stop preparation for convocation.

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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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