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newsCanada Research Chair Barb Pesut is a leader in rural palliative-care initiatives essential to an overall provincial health strategy.
Canada Research Chair Barb Pesut is a leader in rural palliative-care initiatives essential to an overall provincial health strategy.

Social capital and the great beyond

Canada Research Chair Barb Pesut investigates palliative support in rural areas

First the good news: Palliative-care providers in rural and remote B.C. have a wholehearted champion in Barb Pesut, who's been immersed in exploratory fieldwork since 2008. Her approach to interdisciplinary end-of-life care considers comfort, dignity and individual aid for patients and families -- no matter where they live.

Now the bad news: It's a sizeable challenge. The rate of elderly Canadians is growing exponentially, and almost one-fifth of B.C.'s population lives in rural areas. Geographically, culturally, or socially isolated from comprehensive healthcare services, more than 600,000 British Columbians reside beyond a 60-minute driving span to palliative-care beds.

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Twenty Twelve includes a wide-ranging collection of artwork created and exhibited by 34 emerging artists from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Fine time for UBC's Twenty Twelve art show

Annual exhibition showcases work of graduating Visual
Arts students

Students from UBC's Okanagan campus are presenting the popular week-long Graduate Exhibition this month. The Bachelor of Fine Arts year-end show is one of the region's premier annual art events.

Twenty Twelve includes a wide-ranging collection of artwork created and exhibited by 34 emerging artists from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

The exhibition's name, Twenty Twelve, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the over-sensationalized Mayan doomsday prophecy for 2012.

"How's that for timing?" says painter Marissa Brown, a participating Visual Arts student. "We're graduating and it's the end of the world! Well, if that's the case, Twenty Twelve could be the last great art show on Earth."

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UBC remembers alumnus, forester and philanthropist Dr. Irving K. Barber, OC, OBC 1923 - 2012

UBC remembers alumnus, forester and philanthropist Dr. Irving K. Barber, OC, OBC 1923 - 2012

Prominent Canadian and British Columbian Irving K. Barber passed away peacefully at home on April 13 at the age of 89.

"Ike," as he preferred to be called, graduated from UBC's Faculty of Forestry in 1950, having previously served during World War II for five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

"Ike was a great Canadian, a great British Columbian and a great friend of UBC," said UBC President Stephen Toope. "He believed passionately in education as the way to create citizens of the world and to improve life for all in B.C. Ike was a visionary, but he also remained very involved personally with the projects he supported. His contributions to our campuses have been dramatic and permanent -- Ike's contributions will benefit people from all over for generations to come. "

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Nancy Holmes leads a group of Creative Studies students in a unique celebration of Earth Day on April 22
Nancy Holmes leads a group of Creative Studies students in a unique celebration of Earth Day on April 22

Eco artists celebrate Earth Day at Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary

UBC's Creative Studies students incubate awareness of
wildlife conservation

On Earth Day a wildlife sanctuary maintained for the education of children and their families will be wreathed in ecological art by a creative crew from UBC.

Coldstream's Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary (12408 Coldstream Creek Rd.) will be the site of multiple entertaining Eco Art projects created specifically for the park by faculty and students from Creative Studies.

This event features 20 students who will launch a series of Eco Art surprises and invite the public to participate.

The celebration runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on April 22. There is no charge for admittance.

To find out more contact Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing.

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UBC professor Bernard Bauer and his Earth and Environmental Sciences class have critiqued multiple studies on Osoyoos Lake and recommend the outflow into Washington State not be increased. From left, Shaun Prodanuk, Bori Kim, Navjot Sidhu, Bauer, Adam Farr, Erica Cahill and Karleen Meiklejohn.
Professor Bernard Bauer and his Earth and Environmental Sciences class have critiqued multiple studies on Osoyoos Lake and recommend the outflow into Washington State not be increased. From left, Shaun Prodanuk, Bori Kim, Navjot Sidhu, Bauer, Adam Farr, Erica Cahill and Karleen Meiklejohn.

UBC students study Osoyoos Lake, provide recommendations

Osoyoos Lake Board of Control drafting new agreement between Canada, U.S.

A group of students from UBC's Okanagan campus have looked at issues from every angle, and have come up with several recommendations for the future of Osoyoos Lake, the BC body of water that straddles both the U.S. and Canada.

Professor Bernard Bauer says his Earth and Environmental Sciences class has studied the hydrology and flow problems with Osoyoos Lake and they believe a happy medium can be found to satisfy multiple users and interests.

Management of the outflow of water from Zosel Dam (in the State of Washington) has been covered under an order of approval for the past 25 years, but the agreement expires in 2013 and the Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, which is part of the International Joint Commission (IJC), is developing a new agreement. The board consists of three American and three Canadian officials.

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Engineering students proudly show their rings. For the first time, the iron ring ceremony was held at the Okanagan campus under their own camp.
Engineering students proudly show their rings. For the first time, the iron ring ceremony was held at the Okanagan campus under their own camp.

Iron ring ceremony honours hard work and obligates UBC engineering students to 'The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer'

First time ceremony held in Okanagan under its own camp

It is a lot more than just ornamental jewellery.

It is an honour and a tradition that dates back decades, and for new engineers the iron ring represents the culmination of many years of work.

The rings symbolize an accomplishment and acknowledgement not many have reached and for the first time the iron ring ceremony for engineers was held at UBC's Okanagan campus under a newly formed B.C. Interior camp.

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Kanchan Sarker
Kanchan Sarker

UBC professor looking at ways to help India's poor

Current system has not succeeded, so new system is needed

Kanchan Sarker is looking into a new way of assisting the poor in India.

A lecturer in sociology at UBC's Okanagan campus, Sarkar says the economy in India has grown by six per cent a year for the past three decades -- growth that is unmatched anywhere else in the world -- yet 77 per cent of the population lives on less than 20 rupees a day, or about 40 cents Canadian.

India is also a country of contradictions, boasting four of the top 10 richest men in the world, but much of the country lives in crushing poverty.

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Centre for Advancement of Psychological Science and Law

Centre for Advancement of Psychological Science and Law opens full-day psychopathy session to the public

The Centre for Advancement of Psychological Science and Law (CAPSL) is opening up its expertise to the public in June for a full-day presentation on psychopathy.

The presentation will feature discussions by Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology, Mike Woodworth, associate professor in psychology, and Stephen Porter, psychology professor. Each specializes in different areas of psychology and law.

This will be of interest to a wide variety of professionals such as law enforcement agents, mental health professionals, others involved in the criminal justice system and individuals in the business community.

The session takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 11. It costs $125 for UBC students and $200 for UBC employees and community members. To find out more visit the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' website. To register, contact CAPSL member Natasha Korva.

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Securiguard employees Dale Wittich and Sean Livingstone
Securiguard employees Dale Wittich and Sean Livingstone

New Securiguard presence on campus

Members of the campus community might have noticed a new set of coloured jackets emerging from the Campus Security offices in recent weeks.

The Commissionaires have been replaced by Securiguard as the security contractor for the next five years at UBC's Okanagan campus. The stark yellow of the Securiguard jackets are a significant change from the soft blue of the Commissionaires, but their protective roles and duties will remain the same.

A warm campus community welcome to Securiguard's new presence on campus.

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Facilities Management customer satisfaction survey

Reminder: Facilities Management wants to hear from you

Facilities Management would like to remind all employees to complete their customer satisfaction survey found in the confirmation email received when a work order has been completed.

The survey takes less than a minute to complete and can be accessed by visiting the link in the email that all customers receive when a work order has been completed. It asks to rate the service of the work order and add any additional comments.

Everyone who completes the survey in April will be entered to win a Tim Horton's gift card.

To find out more contact Facilities Management at 250-807-9272.

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Children wanted

Campus daycare has openings for three- to five-year olds

The University Children's Learning Centre currently has spaces available in their three- to five-year old program. The Learning Centre is located behind the Similkameen and Monashee student residences on campus. Although enrolment priority is given to university students and employees, the daycare is open to the community at large.

Interested campus community members are encouraged to contact Diana Forbes, supervisor of the Learning Centre's three- to five-year program, at 250-807-8609.

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Call for Eco Artists

UBC looking for regional artists for Knox Mountain Park project

UBC's Eco Art Incubator is collaborating with internationally renowned eco-art curator Beth Carruthers and 15 regional artists to create a new ecological art work in Knox Mountain Park.

The project, titled Vivarium 1, requires the participation of local artists. Literary, visual, musical, film, performance, and new media artists are all welcome to apply for the four-day practicum: June 7-10, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, in Kelowna.

The Eco Art Incubator may commission a work from the Vivarium 1 workshop for a public eco-art work on Knox Mountain. Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $300 for participating in the project.

To participate in the project, send a one-page letter detailing your relationship to the Okanagan Valley, your interest in eco-art, and confirmation you can fully attend, along with a CV, to shauna.oddleifson@ubc.ca by May 4, 2012.

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peopleSecurity Coordinator Matt Leibel with Karey Joly, Diana Charles and Darlene Sunderland – new additions to the Security Communications Coordinators team.
Security Coordinator Matt Leibel with Karey Joly, Diana Charles and Darlene Sunderland – new additions to the Security Communications Coordinators team.

New faces in Campus Security

A warm welcome to Karey Joly, Diana Charles and Darlene Sunderland, UBC's newest Security Communications Coordinators for the Okanagan campus.

Joly, Charles and Sunderland will serve as eyes and ears for Campus Security. They are three of the six faces on the other end of the telephone for Campus Security. They join the dispatch team in operating the campus dispatch office, monitoring the closed-circuit television system, campus intrusion alarm systems while dispatching Campus Security resources as required. They also coordinate all responses to emergency calls on the Okanagan campus.

This new trio have established backgrounds in fire fighting, EMR paramedic training and event security, giving them added knowledge needed to work with our campus and community emergency responders to enhance our security team to maintain a safe and secure campus community.

Matt Leibel has taken on new responsibilities, joining Mike Gesi and Paul Hipsey as Security Coordinators for the Okanagan campus. Leibel -- originally hired as a Security Communications Coordinator -- has been promoted to Security Coordinator to help assist with operational requirements, investigations and training.

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research spotlightThe majestic Himalyas, with flags flying in the foreground at the Pyramid laboratory.
The majestic Himalyas, with flags flying in the foreground at the Pyramid laboratory.

Global research expedition to Everest set to depart Canada

Okanagan scientists lead trek to investigate
high-altitude maladies

Canada's international scientific expedition to Mount Everest is preparing to depart for Nepal on Sunday April 22. Everest 2012, a six-week, six-country research investigation into the effects of heart and brain blood flow and oxygen deprivation at high altitudes, will settle into the Pyramid Laboratory near Everest base camp for a six-week stay through the end of May.

The acclimatization process takes two weeks including the final leg of the journey, an eight-day walk to the remote lab, 5,050 metres, or five kilometres above sea level. The 25-member expedition will be weighed down by about a tonne of gear and equipment, though the burden will be eased by use of yaks, which will carry some of the load.

The researchers' progress during the Everest stay can be followed online, as team member and Okanagan College human kinetics professor Greg DuManoir blogs live from the lab. Follow the Everest expedition at: http://amountainofdata.blogspot.ca

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workshops

Smart Forms training

Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions). This course will assist those employees whose departments are interested in understanding:

  • the accurate policies and procedures used when paying for goods and services using requisition forms
  • how to complete web-based Q-Reqs, Travel Reqs and Honorariums accurately and how to edit and print completed requisitions
  • How to use selected features in FMS nQuery such as searching for Vendor IDs, SpeedCharts and PG's and viewing paid requisitions.

This session is limited to 12 participants.

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 24
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP133
To RSVP: email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca with participants' name, telephone number and department or unit name.

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Navigating FMS nQuery

This course is intended for anyone on campus that has access to FMS nQuery. It provides participants with an overview of the FMS nQuery menu items and program features. An on-screen demonstration will highlight key options available and how to use them.

The topics covered will include how to navigate this read-only system for various purposes: voucher inquiries, payments, vendor searches, purchase orders, ledger summaries and various payroll functions.

Participants are recommended to attend the Accounting 101 and Finance Overview workshop in advance of attending this session.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 26
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Administration building, room ADM013
To RSVP: email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca with participants' name, telephone number and department or unit name.

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WHMIS practical course offering

To help labs prepare for the summer research season, Health, Safety and Environment has organized a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) practical session for April 30.

Departments and units with new laboratory staff, new research directions -- or who are just a little rusty on their knowledge of chemical hazards -- have a good opportunity to finish their WHMIS  certification at this session.

To register or find out more, visit the Health, Safety and Environment website.

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

May 9 info session to review Wordpress usage and best practices

Find out more about Wordpress -- a blog tool that an increasing number of UBC websites are using to keep audiences informed and updated -- at this upcoming session.

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

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

Date: Wednesday, May. 9
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: IT, Media and Classroom Services computer lab, room ADM013

This a follow-up session to the previous Wordpress workshop held on November 9. Previous attendees are welcome to attend.

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

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Accounting 101 and Finance Overview

This course is intended for new employees and current employees who are assuming new finance responsibilities. It describes the structure of UBC Finance, offers key contact information and introduces employees to the basics of UBC accounting.

Topics covered will include the roles of Payroll, Accounts Payable, Research and Trust Accounting, basic accounting practices, UBC account structure, and fund accounting.

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP140
To RSVP: email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca with participant's name, telephone number and department or unit name.

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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 19
Streamline Your Office With Style

April 19
Blackboard Drop-in Session

April 19
TA Marking Marathon

April 23
Communicating in Blackboard

April 24
BlackBoard Learn

 

April 24
Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades

April 25
Adapting Your Paper for a Conference Presentation

April 25
Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades

April 25
Java Junction

April 26
Practicing Your Conference Presentation

April 26
Blackboard Drop-in Session

April 27
Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar

April 30
Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar

April 30
Assessments in Blackboard

April 30
Editor's Forum: Getting Published in a Peer-reviewed Journal in the Era of Research Metrics

May 1
BlackBoard Learn

May 1
Getting started with your migrated course

 

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
April 18, 2012

News

Social capital and the great beyond
Fine time for UBC's Twenty Twelve art show
UBC remembers Irving K. Barber
Eco artists celebrate Earth Day at Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary
Iron ring ceremony honours hard work and obligates UBC engineering students
UBC professor looking at ways to help India's poor
Centre for Advancement of Psychological Science and Law opens full-day psychopathy session to the public
New Securiguard presence on campus
Reminder: Facilities Management wants to hear from you
Children wanted
Call for Eco Artists
UBC's elementary teacher candidates present research findings

People

New faces in Campus Security

Research Spotlight

Global research expedition to Everest set to depart Canada

eventsWomen and faith across spiritual traditions

Women and faith across spiritual traditions

Gender and Women's Studies opens half-day conference to the public at no charge

On Saturday the Gender and Women's Studies program is co-sponsoring a half-day conference that will examine women and faith across spiritual traditions. This public event will feature local women from an array of different cultural and spiritual backgrounds sharing insights about the role of faith in their lives.

Representatives of Aboriginal, Bahai'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Yogic traditions will discuss their own journeys and exchange views on the role of women and spirituality. The afternoon will be interwoven with multi-faith practices and small-group discussions..

Date: Saturday, Apr. 21
Time: 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

There is no charge for admittance and it is open to everyone.

To find out more contact Ilya Parkins assistant professor of gender and women's studies, at 250-807-9625.

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Art that loves people

Participation, collaboration and democratic practice in community-based art

Heather Davis -- researcher, writer, community artist and PhD student at Concordia University -- will be on campus to give a talk for the Department of Critical Studies.

Drawing upon examples of community-based arts from throughout North America and Europe, Davis will address spaces of possibility and their institutional structures to explore questions of citizen engagement within advanced capitalism.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 25
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214

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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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Portraits of (un)settlement:
troubling multicultural masculinities in Canadian visual art

Ruthann Lee, instructor of gender and women's studies at Dalhousie University, will be on campus on April 26 to give a talk for the Department of Critical Studies.

Lee will be discussing the production of racialized masculinities in the contemporary visual artwork of Singaporean-born queer diasporic artist Dominique Hui and queer Cree artist Kent Monkman.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 26
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214

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UBCycles

Intro to bicycle commuting

In order to get the campus community ready for Bike to Work Week (May 28 to June 1), the UBCycles program is holding an Introduction to Bicycle Commuting clinic on April 30.

The clinic will provide tips on riding, bicycle maintenance, fixing flat tires, safe biking routes to campus and other information to get everyone riding to campus with confidence.

UBCycles also has bicycles to loan to the campus community for the month of May.

Date: Monday, Apr. 30
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC232

To RSVP, or find out more, email ubcycles.okanagan@ubc.ca or campus.life@ubc.ca.

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Learning Conference

Eighth annual Learning Conference

Scholarly Approaches: Evidence-Informed Teaching and Learning

Join educators from across Canada on Maybe 2 and 3 as they share the ideas that promote learning success.

This year's conference will host over 40 presenters from 9 different 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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Spanish Film Series

Spanish Film Series: En Construcción

The Spanish Program and the Latin American & Iberian Studies present a screening of the film En Construcción on May 8 at 7 p.m.

There is no charge for admittance and the film will be presented with subtitles in English.

Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan College Theatre, Student Services Building -- 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

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

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