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newsGrads line up for Convocation ceremonies at UBC’s Okanagan campus
Grads line up for Convocation ceremonies at UBC's Okanagan campus.

More than 1,300 degrees conferred at UBC's Okanagan campus

Highest total in campus history as ceremonies held for
seven faculties

Inspired by honorary degree recipient Dr. D. Ross Fitzpatrick, a hometown entrepreneur who made a global impact, the largest graduating class ever in Okanagan campus history received UBC degrees over four Convocation ceremonies on June 7.

There were record numbers of graduates at every level: 11 doctoral degrees; 146 master's degrees and 1,149 undergraduate degrees. By comparison in 2011, there was a single doctoral degree, 91 master's degrees and 1,082 undergraduate degrees conferred.

Each ceremony began with the singing of the Okanagan Song by a member of the Okanagan/Syilx people.

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Fallon Smith, a fourth-year student at UBC’s Okanagan campus School of Nursing, comforts a young Zambian patient whose hand was bitten by a cobra.
Fallon Smith, a fourth-year nursing student, comforts a young Zambian patient whose hand was bitten by
a cobra.

Nursing students learn from African colleagues

Working with colleagues in Zambia and Ghana, nursing students from UBC's Okanagan campus often find that what they experience changes their understanding of what it means to be a nurse.

"Many of our fourth-year nurses go over to Africa expecting to change the world, but it is their view of the world that changes the most," says Fay Karp, associate professor of nursing.

"Students develop advanced levels of cultural sensitivity. They also discover what words like 'global citizen' and 'advocacy' truly mean."

Each year, a group of fourth-year nursing students travel to Ghana or Zambia for six weeks, consolidating four years of nursing theory and practice into one practicum. They work in a variety of clinical settings, including medical and surgical units, pediatrics and maternity, HIV clinics and community health outreach in remote villages.

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Julie Nutini is the 2012 winner of the Governor General’s Gold Medal
Julie Nutini is the 2012 winner of the Governor General's Gold Medal

Math graduate wins prestigious Governor General's Award

One of UBC's most accomplished student mathematicians has won the prestigious 2012 Governor General's Gold Academic Medal.

Julie Nutini began her master's degree in mathematics in September 2010. The awards and accolades began when she was awarded a Graduate Entrance Scholarship. This was followed by the UBC Okanagan Scholarship, and a University of British Columbia Okanagan Fellowship. Her research with Professor Warren Hare involved developing a derivative-free optimization algorithm for functions with smooth substructure.

"I am honoured to be the recipient of the Governor General's Gold Medal this year," says Nutini, who is from Kelowna. "It is incredible to have my achievements and hard work recognized in such a prestigious way."

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Liam Randhawa
Liam Randhawa

Inspirational student awarded $10,000 prize

He is a talented athlete, a gifted musician, an exceptional student, an inspiring mentor, and now Liam Randhawa is the winner of the Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize. Established by the Kelowna law firm in 2009, the $10,000 award is given annually to a top graduating student in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Randhawa is the first member of his family to pursue a post-secondary education, and this week his efforts will pay off as he graduates with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.

He embodies all of the criteria for the award: demonstrated leadership, community service or volunteerism, intellectual pursuits, and artistic or athletic endeavours.

At 19, Randhawa travelled to South Africa to work in an HIV/AIDS orphanage in Cape Town. He struggled with how to inspire children to be the best they could be, when most would not live past 18 years of age. Ultimately, he purchased keyboards and used music as a means to instil hope and joy and improve the quality of life for children in the orphanage.

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Gordon Binsted, Dean of UBC's Faculty of Health and Social Development
Gordon Binsted, Dean of UBC's Faculty of Health and Social Development

New Dean appointed for UBC's Faculty of Health and Social Development

Gordon Binsted has been appointed to a five-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

The faculty includes the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences -- all areas where research is being conducted with the goal of helping people live healthy lives.

An active researcher in the field of human kinetics, Binsted has served as acting dean since 2011.

He holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, Master of Science degree in human biodynamics from McMaster University, and received his Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from UBC.

Binsted's primary research focuses on the sensory and motor processes associated with fundamental activities of daily living, and how these functions change with age, disease, or environmental disruption.

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Jenna Gall, a third-year environmental science student at UBC's Okanagan campus, touches an iceberg for the first time during a trip to Antarctica.
Jenna Gall, a third-year environmental science student, touches an iceberg for the first time during a trip to Antarctica.

UBC student heads to United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit

Jenna Gall advocates for the long-term sustainability of
Polar Regions

Jenna Gall, a third-year environmental science student, is part of an international group of youth heading to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) from June 20 to 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Titled the Students On Ice (SOI) Alumni Delegation, the group will lobby for sustainability in the Arctic and Antarctica through the creation of a global agreement that fairly and effectively addresses the sustainable development challenges facing the polar regions.

"SOI Delegates are united by the rare privilege of having studied and experienced first-hand these remote areas," says Gall, who visited both the Arctic and Antarctica in 2009 on two different SOI expeditions. "Composed entirely of youth under 24 from around the world, our delegation has a unique perspective that should be communicated to decision-makers.

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Despite a slight drizzle, Team Four were all smiles at the 6th Annual UBC Hack and Whack Golf Tournament at the Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club. Team members included, left to right, Breanne Molnar, Kaliopi Kollias, Jamie Frezell and Jessica Davidson.
Despite a slight drizzle, Team Four were all smiles at the 6th Annual UBC Hack and Whack Golf Tournament at the Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club. Team members included, left to right, Breanne Molnar, Kaliopi Kollias, Jamie Frezell and Jessica Davidson.

Drizzle, drivers and dimples at annual Hack and Whack
golf tournament

Being one of the most fun events of the year, the 6th Annual Faculty and Staff Hack and Whack Golf Tournament fulfilled its perennial mandate by generating plenty of laughter, good memories and participation.

For the second year in a row, the Pinnacle Golf Course at Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club provided great scenery and the ideal venue for the popular tourney. Student Events Coordinator Christy Mahlberg fielded more responses than there were available spots in the shotgun start.

"I had a significant number of people I had to turn away. There were others who heard we were filled up and did not try to register," said Mahlberg. "It filled up about a week before the deadline."

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Thrive 2012

Call for volunteers: Thrive 2012

This year's Thrive week is being held November 5 to 9.

Thrive is a week focused on highlighting how the UBC community contributes to building positive mental health for all members. Thrive week encourages groups, clubs, departments and units across UBC's Okanagan and Vancouver campuses to highlight how they build positive mental health.

Partners and volunteers are needed for a variety of this year's Thrive activities.

To get involved, contact Tracey Hawthorn, Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program coordinator, at 250-807-8183. To find out more, visit the Thrive website.

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Sell stuff, arrange a ride: faculty and staff classified ads

Did you know that the MyUBC website for faculty and staff has a classified ad section? It's very easy to use.

Just go to my.ubc.ca and log in with your Campus Wide Login (CWL) credentials. View all current ads by selecting the "Classifieds" tab. (Tip: be sure to indicate "Okanagan" or some other note about location in your classified ad, as this is a UBC-wide service and it does not automatically identify where you are).

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Reminder: Work Study and Work Learn submissions accepted starting July 3

A new submission period for Work Study and Work Learn is coming up in July, and the campus community are reminded about some changes to the program.

First, the submission period has been extended for 2012-2013 Winter positions -- now July 3 to July 23. Second, all proposals are now evaluated by a committee that reviews each position for student learning components.

To hire a student for the 2012-2013 Winter Session, members of the campus community are invited to submit project proposals via CareerConnect beginning on July 3.  To find out more visit the Work Study and Work Learn website.

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peopleFather and son, Paul and Brian Stephenson, congratulate one another upon graduation
Father and son, Paul and Brian Stephenson, congratulate one another upon graduation.

Father and son graduate from UBC's Okanagan campus on same day

Local family of four all achieve alumni status

With a combined total of five bachelor's degrees, three master's degrees and a PhD, there's no question that education is a big deal to Kelowna couple Paul and Jennifer Stephenson, and their two children, Brian, 21, and Sarah, 25.

And although each graduation was a celebrated family milestone, today holds a special significance, as both father and son walked across the stage on the same day, during the same graduation ceremony.

"I've walked the stage before as an undergrad and grad," says Paul, who received his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. "But to be involved in the same ceremony as my son, well, I have a huge amount of pride and appreciation for the experience. It was quite emotional."

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Ben Louis, a master of education student, with Vicki Green, associate professor of education
Ben Louis, a master of education student, with Vicki Green, associate professor of education

Education professor creates endowment for future students

Ben Louis is first student to receive Vicki Green
Graduate Award

Fly fishing was a source of inspiration for Vicki Green, associate professor of education, in her decision to give a $50,000 endowment to UBC's Okanagan campus. The endowment will create an annual scholarship for a Faculty of Education graduate student conducting research in social, cultural, political, environmental, or economic sustainability.

"The endowment was inspired by my passion for the outdoors and was created to advance an integrated understanding of our place in nature," says Green. "I want it to go to students who understand what it means to get in touch with that wild place in your soul. For me, when I fly fish, I come to that place. And when you are in that place, you are your most creative self."

This year, the Vicki Green Graduate Award was presented to Ben Louis, a master of education student.

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research spotlight
Wine researchers Cédric Saucier, associate professor and head of Chemistry, and Adéline Delcambre, a post-doctoral fellow, have discovered 14 previously unknown compounds in red wine and grape seeds.
Wine researchers Cédric Saucier, associate professor and head of Chemistry, and Adéline Delcambre, a post-doctoral fellow, have discovered 14 previously unknown compounds in red wine and grape seeds.

UBC researchers discover new compounds in wine and
grape seeds

Potential benefits for global wine industry

Two UBC wine chemists have discovered 14 compounds in wine and grape seeds that have never been previously identified -- a finding with potential benefits for the global wine industry.

Cédric Saucier, associate professor and head of the Chemistry Department in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and Adéline Delcambre, a post-doctoral fellow researcher in the Saucier Enology Lab, were both involved in the discovery. The results are recently published online in the Journal of Mass Spectrometry.

The research will also be presented at the international conference Macrowine 2012 in Bordeaux, France, and to the Okanagan wine industry at the 13th annual BC Wine and Grape Council Enology and Viticulture conference in Penticton.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
June 20, 2012

News

More than 1,300 degrees conferred at UBC's Okanagan campus
Nursing students learn from African colleagues
Math graduate wins prestigious Governor General's Award
Inspirational student awarded $10,000 prize
New Dean appointed for UBC's Faculty of Health and Social Development
UBC student heads to United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit
Drizzles, drivers and dimples at annual Hack and Whack golf tournament
Call for volunteers: Thrive 2012
Sell stuff, arrange a ride: faculty and staff classified ads
Reminder: Work Study and Work Learn submissions accepted starting July 3

People

Father and son graduate from UBC's Okanagan campus on same day
Education professor creates endowment for future students

Research Spotlight

UBC researchers discover new compounds in wine and grape seeds

events

Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on Friday, June 22.

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, June 22
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

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

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events

Lunch and learn: payroll

Join Financial Services for their next Lunch and Learn session which will review the Payroll Process at UBC.

This session will cover what happens after an eForm is initiated, what happens after a paper appointment form goes to Human Resources, what documents payroll requires to hire someone and the timelines between completing a form and someone getting paid.

This session also discuss hourly vs. monthly paid appointments, HRMS payroll terms such as earnings codes and student job codes, as well as the student appointment matrix.

Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

Registration is not required. To find out more, email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca.

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Using social media

How can social media help departments and units do their work more effectively? In simple terms, social media offers powerful tools for creating online relationships.

This workshop examines:

  • The value of social media
  • What social media are and what they are not
  • When to use them, and other best practices to help you get the most from your social media experience.

Date: Friday, July 6
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP139

There is no charge for this workshop, but registration is required. To find out more visit the Essential Administrative Skills Series website.

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Charting a path to greater self awareness and career development

Working on your performance goals? Want some guidance planning a professional development path?

This workshop features Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire and gain information to identify and reflect on personal psychological preferences. It will give participants a personalized, confidential written report listing strengths, communication and problem-solving style, reactions to stress, and potential pitfalls or areas for development.

Career Advisor Robin Whittall is a certified Meyers-Briggs trainer and has a wealth of experience using this tool in her Career Advising portfolio in Student Services. She will be the workshop leader for this session.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Location: Library building, room LIB304
Cost: $50

This workshop is part of the Essential Administrative Skills Series. The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 10. To find out more visit the Human Resources website.

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Essential Administrative Skills Series

Registration for several of the Essential Administrative Skills courses is still open.  To learn more essential administrative skills check out the Essential Administrative Skills Series schedule for a listing of courses and registration information.

To find out more contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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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:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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