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newsLaura Haringsma, a third-year bachelor of science student, bangs her thunder sticks during Create activities at UBC’s Okanagan campus on Tuesday.Laura Haringsma, a third-year Bachelor of Science student, bangs her thunder sticks during Create activities at UBC's Okanagan campus yesterday.

Classes start with largest enrolment ever at UBC's
Okanagan campus

Focus is on building faculty expertise, ensuring student access to scholarships

It is a full house at UBC this fall. The evidence is apparent, as thousands of students arrived on the Okanagan campus yesterday to participate in Create, the student orientation program that kicks off the new school year.

Newcomers to UBC will learn about the people, places, activities and resources as they explore their new university home and get the program-specific information they need to get started on their academic path.

Classes started today with a record number of students registered for the 2012-13 winter session. The seven-year-old Okanagan campus has reached capacity with 8,307 full-time enrolments. That is up from 7,932 last year.

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UBC campus community welcomes new students to university

As the academic year gets underway, students new to UBC's Okanagan campus can choose from dozens of informative, entertaining and fun activities designed to introduce them to the campus community.

Yesterday featured Create -- an annual student orientation program that offers a variety of events for all new students. Featuring food, swag, campus tours, games, prizes, entertainment and dozens of information booths, the event helps students learn about the people, places, activities, and resources available to them on campus.

"The atmosphere during Create is electric. There is so much activity and energy. It really helps to set the stage for the year," says Adam Goodwin, student event coordinator with Student Development and Advising. "The University Centre's commons area is where most of the Create activities can be enjoyed, although there are a number of events taking place throughout campus."

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UBC is expanding use of broad-based undergraduate admission policies to its Okanagan campus for the academic year starting 2013-2014.
UBC is expanding use of broad-based undergraduate admission policies to its Okanagan campus for the academic year starting 2013-14.

Getting into UBC means more than making the grade

Undergraduates' life experiences now count in addition to academic achievements

UBC is expanding its undergraduate admissions policies to ensure that the best -- as well as the brightest -- students have every opportunity for a university education.

A broad-based admissions process will be in place for 2013-2014 at UBC's Okanagan campus. Applicants will be considered on the basis of such things as their life experiences, out-of-the-classroom learning and personal goals in addition to academic performance.

Faculty members believe broad-based admissions will showcase a student's characteristics and strengths, enhance classroom discussion and help differentiate talents aside from academic standings in order to make an informed decision about applicants.

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image of UBC mobile appUBC goes mobile

UBC's new mobile web apps will help turn new students into seasoned campus pros. Available September in beta format, the universal app comes loaded with essentials: wayfinding maps, transit info, news, events, videos -- even library access.

Next term, students can access course info, and budding Steve Jobs can enter a $5,000 competition to design new features. The mobile platform, which replaces UBC's first-generation offering, functions on all mobile devices and can be tailored to either the Vancouver or Okanagan campuses.

The new tool is one key part of making UBC more mobile friendly. Concurrent work is being done on the university's main web site, using "responsive-design" technology, to make it readable on any device.

Find the new UBC web apps at m.ok.ubc.ca (Okanagan campus) and m.ubc.ca (Vancouver campus).

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Leave for Change

Applications open for 2013 Leave for Change program

Every year, UBC sends six staff members abroad on the Leave for Change program, to volunteer in developing countries, sharing their knowledge and skills with others in an international setting.  Applications are now open for the 2013 Leave for Change volunteer program. The application deadline is October 5.

Together with international volunteer agency Uniterra, UBC works to provide successful applicants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Volunteer positions are diverse and range from technology training to youth leadership. Placements are offered in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal, Vietnam and more.

Visit the Leave for Change website to learn about eligibility and application process, program deadlines, and important information for applicants, as well as checking out the online diaries of past Leave for Change participants.

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Create WeekCreate Week in full swing

Nearly 2,000 new-to-UBC students were on campus for yesterday's Create: New Student Orientation.

The seventh annual orientation day included speeches from UBC President Stephen Toope, Okanagan campus DVC and Principal Deborah Buszard and Curtis Tse, Executive Chair of the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO). The day also included a barbecue for students and an outdoor concert with Vancouver-based indie rock band Said The Whale.

The first-ever Create Week collaboration between the UBCSUO and UBC is currently underway. The Okanagan orientation team encourages all staff, faculty and administrators to attend one of the 45 Create Week activities taking place all this week.

The Okanagan orientation team also thank the more than 200 student, staff and faculty volunteers for their time to help make this week a success.

For a full schedule visit the New to UBC website. To find out more, contact Student Events Coordinator Adam Goodwin at 250-807-9276.

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A conceptual drawing of the library's new single service desk.
A conceptual drawing of the UBC library's new single service desk.

Revitalizing an intellectual hot spot

Library renovation complete at UBC's Okanagan campus

The $1.4-million renovation to the library is complete and staff are eager to show off the revitalized space to both the campus community and Okanagan residents.

With more seating, additional group study rooms and added quiet reading space, the library is a nexus of rich content, state-of-the-art technology and inspiring space.

"The Library is the launch pad -- the starting place for students to explore and research,"
says Melody Burton, chief librarian. "It is the place where people begin their research, their exploration, and quench their thirst for knowledge. It is where they fall in love with research, and understand the value and link between research and knowledge."

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Enjoy good food, good company, for a good cause

Next Guess Who's Coming to Dinner event being held Sept. 22

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner provides the networking opportunities of a formal gala, in a cozy atmosphere perfect for developing friendships and building connections.

Enjoy a fabulous meal, great wine and engaging conversation on September 22, in support of the Alumni Endowment Fund. This event promises an intimate dinner hosted by a leading alumni in the Okanagan.

Tickets are $100 per person for a maximum party of eight (with hosts).

Sponsor a student

Those who wish to support the Alumni Endowment Fund further, or can't make it to dinner themselves, can sponsor a student instead. Select 'sponsor a student' for this option and enter your information as if you were attending.

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VOICE logoNext leg of VOICE study begins
this fall

Building on its previous focus of healthy campus development, the next phase of the VOICE Study begins in September.

Focusing on community engagement and data collection -- mainly, pictures, facts, figures and testimonies -- student VOICE researchers will begin a new phase of research in September by taking photos that identify health issues on campus.

The researchers will then spend October canvassing campus with a community dialogue survey that seeks to find out what UBC students, faculty and staff think about the health of the campus.

Student VOICE researchers will be found across campus from October 1 to 18 and all campus community members are encouraged to provide their input.

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Women in Science and Engineering Mentoring Program

Women in Science and Engineering seeks mentors

Is there someone in the campus community who knows how to help a student transition into the working world? The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) mentoring program is looking to recruit women working in careers related to science or engineering to join the program as a mentor.

Mentors will be matched with two to three students who are looking to build their professional skills to compete and work successfully in their future careers.

Throughout the academic year WiSE will be offering a selection of workshops and activities to meet students' needs and goals. Time commitments for volunteers are flexible other than three required evening events.

The program runs from October to April, with the option to renew the following year.

Applications are due on October 5. Information and the online application form can be found at the WiSE website.

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Campus Security issues fire safety reminder

After another hot, dry August in the Okanagan, the fire danger rating for the region remains high and Campus Security would like to remind the campus community to be extra vigilant with any flammable materials.

The Kelowna Fire Department was called to campus on August 20 after smoldering mulch was found near the Upper Residences.

With the close-knit urban-wildland interface on this campus, fires often start as small accidental ignitions. Campus Security reminds everyone that there should be no campfires anywhere on campus.

Fire can quickly spread to surrounding grasslands, forests, and even buildings. Smoking should be confined to designated areas with appropriate disposal. The landscaped mulch beds near the student residence buildings and throughout campus are also extremely vulnerable to catching fire.

If you see smoke where it shouldn't be, call 911 and also report it to Campus Security at 250-807-8111 or local 78111.

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Extended hours of support for Blackboard Connect transition

Connect is the new learning management system replacing WebCT Vista. Connect runs on the BlackBoard Learn 9 platform and is now being used at UBC's Okanagan campus.

To help faculty members with the transition from WebCT Vista to Connect, eLearning support hours will be extended during the first two weeks of September. Until September 14, emails sent to elearning.ubco@ubc.ca will be made a top priority and faculty members can expect a response within a few hours.

Extended support for faculty also includes a dedicated e-Learning support specialist who will be in the Centre for Teaching and Learning (room SCI200) for the rest of the week.

Extended drop-in support hours run today and tomorrow (September 5 and 6) from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 7 p.m., and Friday (September 7) from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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Engineering professors facilitates successful
national conference

Civil engineers Kasun Hewage, assistant professor, and Rehan Sadiq, associate professor, in the School of Engineering, recently returned from spearheading an NSERC-sponsored workshop that brought together industry experts and leading cement and concrete university researchers.

UBC researchers played a key role in planning the national event by preparing the academic agenda and managing the NSERC budget.

"The workshop focus was to identify sustainability challenges of the cement industry in Canada and identify collaborative research potentials between the cement companies and academia. It was the first such event with the cement industry in Canada," said Hewage.

"It was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the state-of-the-art research we do at UBC's Okanagan campus to the Canadian cement industry and other academic researchers. In addition, it helped us to better understand parallel research being done at other Canadian universities in similar research areas."

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Facilities Management wants to hear from you

It's short, simple and will help Facilities Management deliver better services to the campus community. A customer satisfaction survey has been added to ever work order to help find out more about what is going well and what needs improvement in their service delivery.

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.

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

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peopleUBC staff members Lea Braybrook, Hiroko Nakahara, Suzanne Nazareno and Alexander Lane were recognized for their exceptional contributions at the 2012 Staff Awards of Excellence
UBC staff members Lea Braybrook, Hiroko Nakahara, Suzanne Nazareno and Alexander Lane were recognized for their exceptional contributions at the 2012 Staff Awards of Excellence

Staff excellence recognized at UBC's Okanagan campus

Four staff members awarded for exceptional contributions

The outstanding contributions of four staff members at UBC's Okanagan campus were celebrated by the university last Thursday.

The annual Staff Awards of Excellence, which include $2,000 for the recipients, are given in the areas of customer service, leadership, sustainability, and community engagement. The awards recognize those who have gone above and beyond their job description in helping to achieve the goals and objectives of UBC's Okanagan campus.

"Not only have these dedicated and hard-working individuals helped to ensure a high-quality educational experience for students, but they also play key roles within their faculties and departments in creating an atmosphere that encourages and supports the professional and personal pursuits of their colleagues and coworkers," says Deborah Buszard, deputy vice chancellor and principal.

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Sarah Stang
Sarah Stang

Sarah Stang appointed this year's United Way Chair

Learning Services librarian Sarah Stang has been appointed Chair of this year's Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

Stang was a member of last year's campaign which was nominated for Campaign of the Year from the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen. This follows a number of successful previous campaigns that have raised over $300,000 for the United Way since 2005.

As Chair, Stang will be responsible for spearheading the campaign by coordinating a series of events, managing the on-campus committee, and meeting with campus partners to encourage donations.

The United Way helps Canadians transition out of poverty, creates strong communities and improves access to health-related services, and supports childhood development. To find out more, visit the Okanagan campus United Way campaign website.

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Adam Goodwin is focused on enhancing student experience.
Adam Goodwin is focused on enhancing student experience.

Born to create

Some people stare glumly at a computer all day. Not Adam Goodwin. His job is to enhance students' experience by helping them connect and have fun outside the classroom.

As student event coordinator with Student Development and Advising at UBC's Okanagan campus, one of Adam Goodwin's projects this year is Create -- the annual new- student orientation held in September.

Goodwin first arrived at UBC's Okanagan campus as a student in 2007, graduating in the first Bachelor of Human Kinetics cohort in 2011. He worked, volunteered and lived on campus, building connections and discovering a passion for student affairs and higher education.

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Heat men’s volleyball recruit Jim Bell, a member of the Canadian Junior National team this summer.
Heat men's volleyball recruit Jim Bell, a member of the Canadian Junior National team this summer.

Heat recruit answers the Bell for his country

He is already one of the best in the nation, but Jim Bell will be getting even more training before he sets foot on the Okanagan campus gymnasium floor.

The incoming middle blocker for the Heat is getting some world-class training with the national junior volleyball team after being selected as one of the top under-19 players in the country.

"I was really honoured to be selected to this team," says Bell. "It was an amazing feeling to be recognized as one of the top players in the country, and to be selected to represent Canada."

Bell is using his time with the national squad to soak up all of the instruction he can and he will bring that training and instruction to his freshman year with the Heat this fall.

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research spotlight

PhD student Kurt Smith conducts a procedure measuring blood flow to the brain on Gordon Binsted, dean of UBC’s Faculty of Health and Social Development. Both were members of the 2012 Everest Research Expedition. Smith won an international award, based on the research he conducted on the expedition.
PhD student Kurt Smith conducts a procedure measuring blood flow to the brain on Gordon Binsted, dean of UBC's Faculty of Health and Social Development. Both were members of the 2012 Everest Research Expedition. Smith won an international award, based on the research he conducted on the expedition.

UBC graduate student wins international accolade for research

Physiology presentation proves to be tops in North America competition

A UBC graduate student has won an international award for his work in physiology. Kurt Smith, a PhD candidate in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, won first place among more than 20 master's, PhD and post-doctoral fellows making research presentations at a national conference at the University of Lethbridge recently.

Smith's presentation focused on blood flow to the brain during exercise at high altitudes. Smith was among a team of 30 researchers on the UBC-led international Everest Research Expedition last May. Smith's work was based on the experiments conducted at the EV-K2-CNR Pyramid Laboratory in the Kumbu Valley, Nepal at an elevation of 5,500 metres.

The award is based on clarity of presentation, quality of science and capability to answer questions about the research subject.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
September 5, 2012

News

UBC classes start with largest enrolment ever at Okanagan campus
UBC campus community welcomes new students to university
Getting into UBC means more than making the grade
UBC goes mobile
Applications open for 2013 Leave for Change program
Create Week in full swing
Revitalizing an intellectual hot spot
Enjoy good food, good company, for a good cause
Next leg of VOICE study begins
Women in Science and Engineering seeks mentors
Campus Security issues fire safety reminder
Extended hours of support for Blackboard Connect transition
Engineering professors facilitates successful national conference

People

Staff excellence recognized at UBC's Okanagan campus
Sarah Stang appointed this year's United Way Chair
Born to create
Heat recruit answers the Bell for his country

Research Spotlight

UBC graduate student wins international accolade for research

events

Career Days

From campus to career

Career Days -- Sept. 13

On September 13, employers from industries across Canada will converge on the Okanagan Campus to meet and recruit UBC students.

The inaugural Career Days event -- hosted by the Faculty of Management and Career Services -- is open to all students. It gives them early opportunities to meet potential employers, ask questions about different industries and learn about current and upcoming career opportunities.

Students can find out more about potential co-op positions, internships, and openings for new graduates in a variety of sectors.

Participating companies include BC Hydro, Chartered Accountants of BC, KalTire, Royal Bank of Canada, BC Corrections and many more.

Career Days runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 13 in the Education Management Education building. To find out more visit the Career Days facebook page.

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President's Town Hall 2012

President's Town Hall September 19

Our questions define us and the Town Halls are an opportunity for the UBC community to get concrete answers to the hard-hitting questions they have.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more visit www.townhall.ubc.ca.

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The international law of colonialism: the doctrine of discovery

Robert J. Miller -- an associate professor at the Lewis and Clark Law School and chief justice of the Court of Appeals for the Grand Ronde Tribe -- will be on campus on September 19 to give the inaugural talk of the Indigenous Studies Lecture Series.

His talk will focus on the doctrine of discovery -- the legal basis that Europeans and Americans used to lay claim to the land of the indigenous peoples

Miller's new book, Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny, discusses this doctrine. He will be signing copies of this book at a reception that follows this talk.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Administration building lecture theatre, room ADM026

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Community Day 2012

Community Day 2012

Curious about what's happening at UBC's Okanagan campus? Step inside on September 29 for a fun-filled day of discovery, learning, and connections.

Check out a variety of innovative activities and displays. Chat with passionate faculty, staff, and students. Join one of the tours to enter amazing research labs and new spaces. Listen to talks on important topics, issues, and research by some of Canada's top academics. Plus, enjoy a healthy barbecue lunch by UBC's Pond.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out more visit the Community Day website.

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UBC Dialogues: Kelowna

What's the real cost of cheap food?

Where does your dinner come from?

Most people want to make sustainable and healthy dining decisions, but busy lives and tight budgets mean imported and processed food often wins out in the quest for cheap and quick meals.

Such choices can have environmental, social and economic costs that don't appear on our grocery bills. Considering carbon emissions from transportation and health issues relating to poor eating habits, some of the cheaper options start  looking like less of a good deal.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29
Time: 2:45 to 5 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To register or find out more, visit the UBC Dialogues website.

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Wade Davis

Extinction or Survival: The Global Biodiversity Crisis

Next Distinguished Speaker Series presentation to feature Massey Lecturer Wade Davis

Wade Davis is a well-published scholar and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.

Named by the society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life's diversity."

Davis' talk -- Extinction or Survival: The Global Biodiversity Crisis -- argues that we are in a race against time to preserve countless species of Earth's plants and animals.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St.

Seats are always free for Distinguished Speaker Series events, but online registration is required. To find out more visit the Distinguished Speaker Series 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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events

NSERC grant workshop

The Office of Research Services will be hosting a workshop in September on writing a successful grant application for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

The workshop will feature presentations from Gordon Binsted, dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development and NSERC reviewer. A representative from Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) will also be in attendance.

The SPARC representative will also be offering one-on-one or small group consultations.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 11
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

To RSVP or find out more, contact Andrea Osachoff with the Office of Research Services.

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Understanding your UBC Staff Pension

This session is designed for both potential and current members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan.

Session leader Jay Parker, executive director of the UBC Staff Pension Plan, will help answer questions regarding pension benefits and how they work.

For participants in that retirement planning phase of your life, this session will help you in understanding what options will be available once the decision has been made to retire. For non-members, the workshop will provide all the information needed to get started.

Date: Monday, Sept. 24
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME4218
RSVP: register for this session via the Human Resources website

Private half-hour sessions are also available with Jay Parker from 2 to 4 p.m. in ADM009F. To register for a private session contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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Financial Planning 101

This session will help you plan for your future by learning how to manage and control your finances, create a budget, increases your savings and decrease debt.

During this lunch hour session participants will learn to manage finances, reinforce good habits and build new ones, as well as learn to create a budget.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 11
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium, room ART186
RSVP: register for this session via the Human Resources website

To find out more contact Tracey Hawthorn, Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program coordinator, at 250-807-8183.

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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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