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newsProf. John Janmaat is congratulated on his appointment as Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability by BC Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick. Participants in a ceremony at UBC announcing the endowment are, from left: Cynthia Mathieson, Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences; John Janmaat; Norm Letnick; Okanagan Water Basin Board Executive Director Anna Warwick Sears; UBC Vice Provost Research and Dean of Graduate Studies Miriam Grant; UBC Provost Wesley Pue. Participants in a ceremony at UBC announcing the endowment are, from left: Cynthia Mathieson, Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences; Assoc. Prof. John Janmaat; The Hon. Norm Letnick; Okanagan Water Basin Board Executive Director Anna Warwick Sears; Vice-Provost Research and Dean of Graduate Studies Miriam Grant; Provost and Vice-Principal Wesley Pue.

UBC researcher appointed chair in water resources

Ecosystem MANAGEMENT is focus of $2.5-million endowment

UBC resource economics Prof. John Janmaat has been appointed the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Management.

The chair is supported by a $2.5-million endowment fund established through community partnership. The Leading Edge Endowment Fund contributed $1.25 million from its BC Regional Innovation Chair program. The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) contributed $500,000 on behalf of the three Okanagan regional districts and the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. provided $250,000. UBC also contributed to the endowment fund, while Columbia Basin Trust added $150,000 to support research initiatives by Janmaat.

"The research chair position is valuable to both the university and community -- it provides a bridge between researchers at our campus and people beyond the campus, which is very important," says Janmaat.

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Ali Gill will attend UBC Okanagan and play setter for the Heat in 2012.
Ali Gill will attend UBC's Okanagan campus and play setter for the Heat in 2012.

Heat add setter depth with a recruit from Calgary

The Heat Women's Volleyball team has landed a new setter in Ali Gill of Calgary. The 5'9" first-year student comes to UBC from Central Memorial High School in Calgary.

Gill is now a first-year student in the Fine Arts program at UBC's Okanagan campus, looking to specialize in interdisciplinary performance. The ability to play varsity volleyball and enroll in fine arts was a deciding factor for her in joining the Heat.

"Coming from a fine arts centered high school, I was immediately interested in the program offered at the school," comments Gill. "After getting the chance to audition on campus, and to meet with such flexible, accommodating volleyball coaches, I knew UBC could offer me everything I wanted in a post-secondary education. In looking at other schools, it seemed I would have to choose between fine arts and volleyball, but with UBC I really do get the best of both worlds."

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Jen Woods is named the athlete of the week.
Jen Woods

Jen Woods leads women's golf team to victory in first tourney

Woods named PACWEST athlete of the week for the win

The women's Heat golf team captured the team title this past weekend in Kamloops with Jen Woods finishing at the top of the leader board after the two-day affair. The men's team was unable to hold their day one two-stroke lead and finished up fourth. Cody Bell was the Heat's top golfer at four shots off the pace with a two-day 143.

Day two's windy conditions affected a few of the Heat men's team with three of the five golfing in Kamloops adding five to seven strokes from Saturday to Sunday.

Jen took the tournament by just one stroke over Kali Gordon from Vancouver Island University and Kate Weir from Douglas College with a two-day total 159. Woods needed a 78 on Sunday to come back for the tournament win after shooting an 81 on Saturday that had her trailing teammate Heat Alana Kent by three strokes after day one.

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Crank your commute!

Bike to School Week begins September 24

Want to start a cycling routine?

Bike to School Week is packed full of info and events to make the commute to campus a fun, safe, rewarding experience. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to participate.

Events include a barbecue and info session (Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), a bikers' breakfast station (Sept. 25, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.), a bicycle anatomy and physiology clinic (Sept. 26, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.), a film night (Sept. 27, 5 p.m.). An on-campus Cyclo-Cross race will finish off the week (Sept. 28, 5 to 8:30 p.m.).

For a full schedule of events, to find out more, visit the Campus Rec website or email ubcycles.okanagan@ubc.ca.

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Public community forum addresses issues of fear and stigma

UBC professor Chris Schneider gives keynote address on crime, media and fear

A free public forum addressing the fear and stigma facing multi-needs individuals and the impact it has on our community will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Multi-needs individuals are persons experiencing health and social issues, including poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and substance misuse issues, who become involved or are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system because of these underlying issues and the fact that they remain unaddressed.

The forum features a panel of experts from criminal justice, the judicial system, criminology, and media.

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Heat women's volleyball at Parkinson Superwalk

Earlier this month representatives from the Heat women's volleyball team participated in Canada's largest fundraising event for Parkinson's research -- Canada's Parkinson SuperWalk.

Held at Waterfront Park on September 8 and 9, the 17th annual Superwalk helped BC reach its goal of $255,000. Helping them reach this goal were players from the Heat women's volleyball team, who were more than happy to support a great cause.

SuperWalk organizer Laura Stewart was extremely pleased with the Heat's involvement in the Superwalk. "What a wonderful idea it was to have them here," said Stewart. "I am completely amazed with the help your team provided. Each and every single one of the girls has a can-do attitude and a smile on their face the entire time."

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Senior Student Lifeline programHelp students suffering from Senioritis

Know any graduating student suffering from Senioritis? Academic Advising has the prescription.

The new Senior Student Lifeline program helps graduating students transition to the world beyond university. By connecting students with people who can offer advice, information, encouragement, and practical skills, the Senior Student Lifeline will ease the transition out of university.

The Lifeline program offers a variety of sessions that will educate students on academics, careers, money management, graduation, and post-graduation information. The program will also provide practical advice and support in a fun atmosphere while celebrating students' accomplishments and potential.

The Senior Student Lifeline program kicks off on September 24 with Senior Week, a week-long series of information sessions that will be held in the UNC Theatre. To view the week's events visit the Academic Advising website.  

The Senior Student Lifeline will continue throughout the year, offering at least two sessions per month.

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Internal Research Grants deadline moved to October 1

The Office of Research Services would like to remind faculty and graduate students of the change to the October Internal Grants deadline for the following grants:

  • Faculty Travel
  • Graduate Student Travel
  • Individual Research
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research

The new deadline date is October 1, which has been moved from October 15.

Updated forms are available on the Office of Research Services' Internal Grants website. Please use these forms when applying.

All other deadline dates for Internal Research grants remain the same.

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Got REB? graphicGot REB?

The Okanagan Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to remind the campus community that research ethics matters. Big time.

ORS is in the midst of a campus-wide campaign -- Got REB? -- which aims to raise awareness among faculty, students and staff about the role of the Behavioural Research Ethics Boards as well as the importance of research ethics in the conduct of academic research on campus.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to direct students to the website (breb.ok.ubc.ca) to learn more about research ethics requirements.

Information sessions regarding research ethics are also available to faculty. Please visit the ORS Events and Workshops page for more information.

To find out more about research ethics and UBC-affiliated research ethics boards, visit breb.ok.ubc.ca.

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peopleThis year's international student award winners. From left: Aaron Clements, Katheryn Helmore, Matias Bofarull Oddo, Michael Mutuku Mutiso, Alejandra Garcia Rivas, Fred Mondo, Himiani Sharma, Maisha Badhon, Krishna Sindhuja Kambhampati, Mirabelle Arodi, Yuki Kamitano, Ngoc Anh (Alviss) Luu, Abdul Rahman, Saad Rahman, Siddarth Kaul, Sabrina Tikhomiroff, Mansak Tantikachornkiat, Susanna Baez and Nijiati Abulizi.
This year's international student award winners. Front row from left: Aaron Clements, Katheryn Helmore, Alejandra Garcia Rivas, Himiani Sharma, Krishna Sindhuja Kambhampati, Yuki Kamitano, Abdul Rahman, Sabrina Tikhomiroff, Susanna Baez, Nijiati Abulizi. Back row from left: Matias Bofarull Oddo, Michael Mutuku Mutiso, Fred Mondo, Maisha Badhon, Mirabelle Arodi, Ngoc Anh (Alviss) Luu, Saad Rahman, Siddarth Kaul, Mansak Tantikachornkiat.

Annual international student award dinner sees new awards, record number of awarded

Major Entrance Scholarships awarded to international students for first time in Okanagan campus history

The number of international students excelling at UBC's Okanagan campus keeps increasing, and so do the awards being presented to them. Congratulations to the students recognized at this year's International Student Awards dinner, held September 11.

At this year's dinner 22 students were recognized in four categories: the International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT), the International Student Humanitarian Award (ISHA), the International Community Achievement Award (ICAA) and International Major Entrance Scholarship (IMES).

Three of the awards -- the ILOT, ISHA and IMES -- are significant scholarships that are renewable for an additional three years for the winners. This is also the first year that Major Entrance Scholarships were awarded to international students at the Okanagan campus.

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Sita-Rani MacMillan, applicant services coordinator
Sita-Rani MacMillan, applicant services coordinator

New applicant services coordinator to support broad based admission

Sita-Rani MacMillan has joined Enrolment Services in the newly created position of applicant services coordinator for UBC's Okanagan campus. Her main focus will be on the implementation and ongoing operation of broad based admissions for undergraduate applicants.

Sita relocated from the Vancouver campus where she was the aboriginal admissions officer at the Institute for Aboriginal Health within the College of Health Disciplines.

In that role she developed recruitment materials, provided retention initiatives to students and chaired the Aboriginal Admissions Committee with UBC faculty, staff, students and community members. She has received a BA from Thompson Rivers University and both a BEd and MEd from UBC.

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In the news...

Greg Bishop helps tennis fundraiser bounce back

Parking Coordinator Greg Bishop was recognized by Steve MacNaull at the Kelowna Daily Courier this weekend for his long-standing efforts as tournament director of the Celebrity Tennis Classic fundraiser for the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

Last year was supposed to be the final year of the fundraiser, but through the encouragement of previous players and the hospital foundation, Bishop and other organizers resurrected the tournament.

"We thought we'd had a good 10-year run and it was going to end there," said tournament director Greg Bishop. "But here we are back for the 11th annual by popular demand. Players wanted it to continue, sponsors wanted it to continue and the KGH Foundation wanted it to continue."

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research spotlight

Margo Tamez to be trained in truth commission

Will examine history of Indigenous Treaties, Land Claims and Dispossession in Texas-Mexico border and relations to current human rights violations

On September 24, Margo Tamez, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies and Gender and Women's Studies in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, will join a select group of internationally recognized experts in the Fourth Intensive Course on Truth Commissions to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

Founded by the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center, this Fourth Intensive Course on Truth Commissions will focus on recognizing the experiences of vulnerable populations in the work of truth commissions.

Tamez, an Nde' ('Lipan Apache') human rights defender, educator, researcher and advocate for Indigenous peoples, emphasizes the significance of organizing a Truth Commission alongside Indigenous peoples in the Texas-Mexico region. "This process is based on a research partnership created between Nde' knowledge experts and myself over many years"

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workshops

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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Communication in family life

This session describes some fundamental aspects of communication that apply to interactions within families. Participants will review communication strategies and skills that allow for healthy and open communication to enhance the quality of their relationships.

Participants will discuss common issues related to family communication, gain an overview of some effective strategies for improving communication in the family and teach self-expression and listening skills.

Find out what constitutes healthy communication in families, how to assess common challenges in family communications and review the qualities and attributes of a good communicator.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre boardroom, room UNC334
RSVP: register for this session via the Human Resources website

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Workshops at a glance

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

September 19
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

 

September 19
Using Sources: How to Maintain Authorial Agency and Avoid Plagiarism

September 19
TA Blackboard Connect Drop-In

September 20
Centre for Teaching and Learning Orientation

September 20
CANCELLED: Finance Lunch and Learn

September 21
Faculty Writing Group Open House

September 22
One Day Boot Camp for Graduate Writers

September 24
Smartforms Training

September 24
Understanding Your UBC Staff Pension

September 24
ELearning Community of Practice

September 24
Writing a Literature Review

September 24
Java Junction: Student Use of Personal Technologies in Class

September 25
CANCELLED: Navigating FMS nQuery

September 25
ePAF Users Open Forum

September 25
Midpoint Feedback

September 25
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

September 26
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

September 26
TA Blackboard Connect Drop-In

September 27
Difficult Conversations

September 27
Hyperion Refresher Training

September 27
Writing a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal

September 28
Hyperion New User Training

September 28
Writing Group Information Session

October 2
Hyperion Open Lab

October 2
i Peer

October 2
Starting a Thesis or Dissertation: Organizing and Writing the Senior Thesis, Thesis, or Dissertation

October 2
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

October 3
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

October 3
TA Blackboard Connect Drop-In

October 4
Hyperion Refresher Training

October 4
Managing Your Digital Presence: Overview

   

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
September 19, 2012

News

UBC researcher appointed chair in water resources
Heat add setter depth with a recruit from Calgary
Jen Woods leads women's golf team to victory in first tourney
Crank your commute!
Public community forum addresses issues of fear and stigma
Heat women's volleyball at Parkinson Superwalk
Help students suffering from Senioritis
Internal Research Grants deadline moved to October 1
Got REB?

People

Annual international student award dinner sees new awards, record number of awarded
New applicant services coordinator to support broad based admission
Greg Bishop helps tennis fundraiser bounce back

Research Spotlight

Nde' Woman to be trained in truth commission

events

President's Town Hall to take place today

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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Grab a slice this Friday

Campus Life Pitstop organized for Sept. 21

Sponsored by Campus Life, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on Friday.

Orange slices, 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, Sept. 21
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Campus Life office, room UNC329

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Enjoy a fabulous meal, great wine and engaging conversation on September 22, in support of the Alumni Endowment Fund. The Guess Who's Coming to Dinner event promises an intimate dinner hosted by a leading alumni in the Okanagan.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 22
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: hosted in a private residence

Tickets are $100 per person. Maximum parties of eight (with hosts).

To find out more visit the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner website.

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Mild traumatic brain injury: from high school sports to Afghanistan

Grant Iverson -- professor of psychiatry in the UBC Faculty of Medicine -- will be on campus to give a talk for the Faculty of Health and Social Development's Research Committee Seminar Series on September 24.

Iverson is an active researcher in neuropsychological assessment, traumatic brain injury, depression and chronic pain. He is also involved in ongoing clinical research with uninjured athletes and veterans.

Date: Monday, Sept. 24
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Health Sciences Centre, room HSC257

To RSVP for this seminar, or find out more, visit concussion-ubco.eventbrite.com.

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Explore 2012

What global opportunities are available for students to do with and during their degree?

Explore is an event designed to let students discover what they can do during and with their degree. This information fair will provide a chance for students to gain access to opportunities and information in a fun event tailored to student needs and interests.

On- and off-campus groups will be present to share information on their programs for students, including international learning and volunteer opportunities, local involvement opportunities, as well as student and faculty groups.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Location: Campus courtyard

To find out more, contact Go Global Advisor Jessica Davidson.

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The Changes Toolkit

helping palliative care patients and their family caregivers deal with transitions

Wendy Duggleby, nursing Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life at the University of Alberta, will be on campus on October 2 to give a Research to Practice Presentation for the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.

Duggleby will discuss the Changes Toolkit -- an interactive toolkit designed and created to engage patients and care providers at a time when many feeling isolated and overwhelmed.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 2
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

This talk is free and open to the public. To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, please RSVP at: changestoolkit.eventbrite.ca.

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Game on! Healthy lifestyles for men

Innovative programs presented by an international panel

The ManUp project: improving men's physical activity and nutrition

  • Mitch Duncan, research fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Science Research in Central Queensland University
  • Cristina Caperchione, assistant professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences

The 'GIRTH' project: a healthy lifestyle program for men

  • Vanessa Glennon, executive manager for the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide

Active and smoke-free dads

  • John Oliffe, associate professor of nursing at UBC's Vancouver campus
  • Joan Bottorff, director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10
Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

This talk is free and open to the public. To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, please RSVP at: healthymen.eventbrite.ca.

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Social Justice Week film and discussion: Dear Mandela

In recognition of Social Justice Week, the Cultural Studies program has invited Kristen Kornienko -- PhD candidate and Fulbright Fellow South Africa-- to campus on October 3 for a film screening and discussion of the documentary Dear Mandela.

Kornienko is currently working on a PhD, which focuses on the in-situ upgrading of shack communities in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3,
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre theatre, room UNC 107.

To find out more about this event, contact David Jefferess, associate professor of cultural studies and English, or visit the Cultural Studies Facebook group.

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2012-2013 Visiting Authors Series

2012-2013 Visiting Authors Series kicks off October 4

Nancy Holmes and Anne Fleming launch new books

The first event of the 2012-2013 Visiting Authors Series will take place at 7 p.m. on October 4 at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

Okanagan authors and UBC professors Nancy Holmes and Anne Fleming will be launching their latest books.

Holmes will read from her new book of poems, The Flicker Tree. Anne Fleming will read from her third book, a collection of short fiction, titled Gay Dwarves of America.

Books will be on sale at the door.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 4
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

To find out more contact Melissa McHugh at 250-807-9648 or Sonnet L'Abbe at 250-807-8897.

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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:

  • Heat player gives back
    Heat Women's volleyball player Katelyn Dejong spent most of her summer helping out kids abroad and home.
  • Water research chair
    A UBC professor is chosen to lead a team of researchers looking for answers to the valley's water concerns.

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