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newsCarlos Teixiera, associate professor of geography, and Manuela Ungureanu, associate professor of philosophy and 20 students will be heading to Romania and Bulgaria next month for six weeks of study.
Manuela Ungureanu, associate professor of philosophy, Carlos Teixiera, associate professor of geography, and 20 students will be heading to Romania and Bulgaria next month for six weeks of study.

UBC professors, students take studies overseas

Go Global Group Study Program a pilot project for more trips

A group of UBC students will soon be heading off campus to advance their education -- way off campus.

The 20 students and two faculty members will head to Romania and Bulgaria in mid May to spend six weeks studying various issues and interacting with local residents.

Carlos Teixeira, associate professor of geography, and Manuela Ungureanu, associate professor of philosophy, will lead the contingent of 15 Okanagan campus students and five students from UBC's Vancouver campus.

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UBC teams up with Interior Savings to provide computer skills

Learning Exchange program will provide instruction to
those in need

Interior Savings Credit Union has donated $25,000 to a computer-literacy program for low-income individuals and those struggling with homelessness.

Through the work of the Learning Exchange at UBC's Okanagan campus and community partners, the need for such a program was identified and Interior Savings stepped up to provide the funding while UBC students will provide the training.

“Interior Savings has seen the value in the work we do in collaboration with community partners right from the start. Their support allows us to create innovative and outside-the-box projects and programs,” says Phil Bond, Learning Exchange manager.

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Canada's premier undergraduate mathematics conference comes to UBC

19th annual event organized for July 11-15

The 19th annual Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CUMC) will be held at UBC's Okanagan campus this year. CUMC -- the largest event of its kind in North America -- will attract well over 100 undergraduate students from across Canada to showcase undergraduate research in mathematics and related fields.

The conference will feature talks from several notable mathematicians -- including UBC's Heinz Bauschke, Canada Research Chair in in Convex Analysis and Optimization -- as well as an Ex Nihilo winery tour and a Women in Math and Science dinner.

Registration is now open for this conference. To register or find out more, visit the CUMC website.

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Graduation invitations go green this year

This year's Convocation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 7, and in an effort to promote sustainable practices print invitations are not being distributed this year.

The invitations will now be distributed to faculty members via email in early May.
To find out more about the convocation invitations, contact the Ceremonies and Events office.

Convocation volunteers still needed

Ceremonies and Events are also looking for volunteers to help make year's ceremony a memorable occasion for graduates and their families.

Both faculty and staff members will be needed in a variety of roles.

Interested volunteers should contact Erin Podmorow by Monday, May 14.

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Nominations now open for Staff Awards of Excellence and
DVC award

Is there is someone on campus who has gone above the call of duty as a UBC employee? Someone who typifies the UBC experience? Or shown exceptional leadership? Now is the time to show recognition.

Nominations are now open for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award.

The nomination deadline for these awards is June 30, 2012; the awards will be presented at the annual Staff and Faculty barbecue in September.

For nomination packages and more information, visit the Human Resources website.

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Reminder: 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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In the news...

Establishing a benchmark for sustainable design

In recognition of its sustainable performance, the Arts and Sciences II building has been awarded five Green Globes.

Green Globes acknowledges buildings that improve environmental performance with regard to management, site, energy, water, resources, emissions and indoor environment. Five Green Globes is the highest eco-ranking level available and reserved for select building designs which serve as national or world leaders in energy and environmental performance.

In 2007, the Fipke Centre was the first research building in Canada to achieve five Green Globes. These two buildings are the first in the world to each receive five Green Globes and are also the first paired buildings to attain this distinction.

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peopleBe Well at Work representatives from UBC’s Okanagan campus take part in Kelowna’s Daffodil Day celebration, hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society.
From left: Be Well at Work representatives Deb Deorksen, Barbara Halpenny and Jacquetta Benard; Melody Monro, CCS-UBC Cancer Prevention Centre; Robert Fine, Director of Economic Development for the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission; Sally Ginter, Canadian Cancer Society Regional Director; Tracey Hawthorn, Be Well at Work representative; Dick Auty, Volunteer Coordinator for the Freemasons Driver Program.

Be Well at Work representatives take part in Daffodil Day celebration

On April 27, employees from UBC's Okanagan campus took part in Daffodil Day, part of the Canadian Cancer Society's month-long campaign to raise cancer awareness.

These employees were acknowledged for their participation in the Be Well at Work project, which focuses on decreasing employees' cancer risk through increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, boosting physical activity, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Project partners include the UBC's Okanagan campus, UBC's School of Population and Public Health and the Canadian Cancer Society British Columbia and Yukon.

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research spotlightUBC Earth and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor Craig Nichol explains the soil science behind an agricultural greenhouse gas research program, which is being supported by an $1.2-million investment from Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada under its Agricultural Greenhouse Gases program. Enclosed soil chambers, like the one pictured, will be used to collect and measure greenhouse gas samples.
Craig Nichol (left), assistant professor of Earth and environmental sciences, explains the soil science behind an agricultural greenhouse gas research program, which is being supported by an $1.2-million investment from Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada. Enclosed soil chambers, like the one pictured, will be used to collect and measure greenhouse gas samples.

UBC researchers to collaborate on $1.2M research project

Government of Canada Invests in Green Agriculture Research

The Government of Canada announced an investment of over $1.2 million to the University of British Columbia on April 19 to study how water conservation practices can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

UBC will use the investment to develop beneficial management practices for irrigation that mitigates greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in orchards in the Okanagan and Fraser Valleys. Results of this research will allow producers to improve their production efficiency and minimize their impacts on the environment while continuing to produce top quality fruit.

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workshops

Foundations Certificate program for TAs being offered
next week

The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers a new Teaching Scholars Credential Program to help provide Teaching Assistants (TA) with the most effective teaching strategies.

The new program offers three certificates of completion -- Foundations, Practical Experience and Professional Readiness -- that help TAs refine their teaching practice and advance graduate students' pedagogical, academic, and professional progress.

A Foundations Certificate session, led by TA Program Coordinator John Parry next week, will review writing leaning outcomes, common instructional techniques and resources, learning evaluations and lesson plans.

Date: May 8, 9, 10
Time: 9 to 11 a.m. each day
Location: Science building, room SCI236

To register or find out more about this session, visit the Teaching Scholars Credential Program website.

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Responding with respect

Aimed at the most common mental illnesses -- depression and anxiety -- Responding with Respect provides factual information, best practices in empathetic communication, internal and external resources for UBC community members and case studies that are adapted for each workplace.

This three-hour training session is an interactive opportunity to help create a healthier campus community. It will help supervisors and employees recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression in the workplace, trains participants to respond to colleagues in an empathetic and productive way and refer affected individuals to appropriate resources.

Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB305

To register for this workshop, visit the Human Resources website. To find out more, contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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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.

Discover 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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Hyperion refresher

Finance is offering a Hyperion refresher workshop on May 22 in preparation for the upcoming first quarter deadline and 2012-2013 fiscal year forecast.

The session will begin with a Hyperion update covering any new system features and the 2012-2013 fiscal year forecasting requirements, including the upcoming first quarter deadline requirements, followed by an open lab session where participants can work on their forecasts and ask questions.

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Hyperion training for new users

Hyperion is the university-wide forecasting and budgeting tool.

Finance will be holding a hands-on Hyperion training session on May 29 that will introduce the basics of the system, how to navigate and input data, how to initiate GPO funding transfers as well as how to generate reports.

This training session will be most useful to those that have not used Hyperion in the past or for those that want to have a refresher of some of the basics.

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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:

May 4
Copyright Workshops for summer courses

May 7
Course (Re)Design Seminar

May 9
Blackboard Drop-In

May 9
Copyright Drop-In

May 9
Academic Writing for Graduate Students

May 10
Creating and adding course content in Blackboard

May 11
Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar

May 11
Blackboard Grade Centre

May 16
Blackboard Drop-In

May 16
Copyright Drop-In

 

 

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
May 2, 2012

News

UBC professors, students take studies overseas
UBC teams up with Interior Savings to provide computer skills
Premier undergraduate mathematics conference comes to UBC
Graduation invitations go green
Nominations now open for Staff Awards of Excellence and DVC award
Reminder: campus daycare has openings for three- to five-year olds
Establishing a benchmark for sustainable design

People

Be Well at Work representatives take part in CCS Daffodil Day celebration

Research Spotlight

UBC researchers to collaborate on $1.2M research project

eventsSpanish 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.


Bike to Work Week 2012

Join the 2012 Bike to Work Week team

Exercise. Fresh air. A smaller carbon footprint.  Whatever the reason, join faculty, staff and students for this year's Bike to Work Week (May 28 to June 1).

This year's campus-based events include a bikers' breakfast, a group ride and picnic, as well as a barbecue and awards ceremony at the end of the week.

Sign up for this year's team -- the UBC Tires of Fire -- by contacting Campus Life.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to take advantage of UBCycles, UBC's bicycle loan program, if they don't have their own to use.

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'Hack and Whack' golf tournament

Registration opens next week for annual faculty and staff 'Hack and Whack' golf tournament

Enjoy the start of summer with colleagues at the sixth annual faculty and staff 'Hack and Whack' golf tournament on June 5.

This year's tournament is at the Pinnacle Course of Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club in Kelowna. The fun will start with a 3 p.m. shotgun start and includes nine holes of golf, dinner and lots of prizes.

Registration for the tournament opens next week, and costs $55 per entry. A $32 dinner-only option is also available.

The tournament is open to all UBC faculty and staff members.

To register or find out more contact Student Events Coordinator Christy Mahlberg.

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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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