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Take time to Remember

Remembrance Day ceremony to be held tomorrow

UBC's Okanagan campus Remembrance Day ceremony is tomorrow starting at 10:45 a.m. in the campus courtyard. This is the seventh annual Remembrance Day ceremony on campus and combines traditions from UBC and the Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony is organized by students, faculty and staff working with Legion Branch 26.

Remembrance Day Ceremony
Lest We Forget
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Campus courtyard

There is also an open reception following the ceremony in the Arts building foyer from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Dedication of the new Fipke Laboratory for Trace Element Research at UBC took place this week. Unveiling the plaque naming the new facility were, from left, Cynthia Mathieson, dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Buszard, principal and deputy vice chancellor, Chantal Venturi, graduate student, and Charles E. Fipke.
Unveiling the plaque for the new Fipke Laboratory for Trace Element Research were, from left, Cynthia Mathieson, Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Buszard, principal and deputy vice-chancellor, Chantal Venturi, graduate student, and Charles E. Fipke.

UBC officially opens laboratory for trace element analysis
and research

Donors key to collaborative imaging facility that benefits faculty, students and industry

UBC'S Okanagan campus has officially opened a $3.5-million science lab that allows scientists to measure minute particles, scan them at the atomic level and determine their origin.

The Fipke Laboratory for Trace Element Research (FiLTER), a state-of-the art interdisciplinary research facility, was formally opened October 25 with the naming dedicated to Kelowna geologist and UBC alumnus Charles E. Fipke, whose foundation was instrumental in equipping the lab with the world-class imaging equipment.

"We can take an element fingerprint of a sample and determine where it came from or how it formed," says John Greenough, a professor of earth and environmental sciences with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. "This lab gives us capabilities we never had before."

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Heat golf team with championship banner, from left: Alana Kent, Jessica Kozak, Jen Woods, Mike Darnbrough (coach).
Heat golf team with championship banner, from left: Alana Kent, Jessica Kozak, Jen Woods, Mike
Darnbrough (coach).

Heat women's golf team 2012 National Champions

The Heat women's golf squad earned their first national title on October 19 at the 2012 PING CCAA Golf National Championship hosted by Durham College at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club.

The Heat team of Jennifer Woods, Jessica Kozak and Alana Kent captured the women's title with a one-stroke victory over the Holland College Hurricanes, finishing at 501 for the championship.

The Heat had a sizable lead going into the final round and needed every stroke as their Friday score of 174 was their highest in the three days.

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

UBC library improvements increase access to study resources

$1.4-million renovation enhances teaching and research

UBC's Okanagan campus library has received a $1.4-million makeover to better meet the diverse needs of an expanded campus community and the general public.

Student seating has increased by 25 per cent and new amenities have enriched the student learning experience.

"A campus library needs abundant resources and the latest learning technologies for our students to achieve academic success," says Deborah Buszard, principal and deputy vice-chancellor of UBC's Okanagan campus. "The importance of the library is underlined by its access to vast electronic databases. The library is the way students connect with the rest of the world, well beyond what used to be."

The improvements to the library build upon the foundation of excellence that began with the vision and effort of chief librarian Melody Burton and the library staff, Buszard says.

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UBCO Food Rescue Club members Tim Krupa, Andrew Mortenson, Liam Fitzpatrick and Shaman McLean
UBCO Food Rescue Club members Tim Krupa, Andrew Mortenson, Liam Fitzpatrick and Shaman McLean

UBC students pick fruit for food bank

The UBCO Food Rescue Club is a small group hoping to make a meaningful impact

A dedicated group of UBC students are committing their free time this fall to salvage fresh, local produce that would otherwise be left to drop from trees and go to waste. The gathered food will be delivered to the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

This is the second year the UBCO Food Rescue Club will be gleaning from selected orchards with the goal of helping to provide nutritious, locally-grown fruit to children, families and individuals who need assistance from the food bank.

"The UBCO Food Rescue Club is an initiative driven by a few dedicated students who are looking to make a difference and who understand that even with few resources you can still have a positive impact on your community," says Liam Fitzpatrick, the club's president.

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Nursing students present rural African nurses with an examining table and health care equipment purchased with funds raised at the 2011 Global Gala.
Nursing students present rural African nurses with an examining table and health care equipment purchased with funds raised at the 2011 Global Gala.

Nursing students' annual Global Gala offers culture, food
and music

Money raised helps nursing students bring health care supplies to Africa

Bring your eclectic tastes and cultural curiosity to the 5th annual Global Gala, which helps fourth-year nursing students in their efforts to bring health care supplies to Ghana and Zambia, Africa.

The gala will be held at the Laurel Packing House on November 17 at 6 p.m. The evening will include a three-course ethnic meal, silent auction, live band, cash bar, dancing, and illustrative presentations. All members of the community are invited, especially those with an interest in global health.

"This event is going to be a fun blend of local and ethnic flavours, creating a lively and engaging night for the community," says Robyn Kosugi, Gala Chair and fourth-year nursing student. "Personally, I'm really excited for the local and interactive funk jazz band Sista B and the Boys."

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Neil Cadger, head of Creative Studies, and student Kevin Jesuino in University Theatre, UBC’s new performing arts space.
Neil Cadger, head of Creative Studies, and student Kevin Jesuino in University Theatre, UBC's new performing arts space.

University Theatre launches as performing arts venue

UBC's Okanagan campus locale to host live theatre and entertainment events

It may be that all the world's a stage, but students at UBC's Okanagan campus finally have a playhouse to call their own.

Students and staff alike are excited that there is now a permanent public performance space on campus. University Theatre, which continues to double as a lecture hall, has been upgraded, renovated and turned over to students in the performance program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

The makeover has been a long time coming and nobody anticipates it more than Neil Cadger, head of the Department of Creative Studies and associate professor of performance (theatre).

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United Way Bake Sale and Silent AuctionUnited is the way

Support the Bake Sale and Silent Auction

This year's United Way Bake Sale and Silent Auction is being held on November 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This annual event is a delicious and fun way to give to the Okanagan campus' 2012 United Way campaign.

Choose from a variety of baked goods and bid on a variety of silent auction items that make for excellent holiday gifts. Advance viewing is available at: www.unitedway.ok.ubc.ca.

Bids close at 12:45 p.m., and the winning bids are announced at 12:50 p.m.

To date the Okanagan campus' campaign has raised $21,000 towards the goal of $50,000. Anyone interested in getting involved, donating or planning their own event, is invited to contact campaign chair Sarah Stang at 250-807-9606.

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Heat place five women and two men on PACWEST
All-Star teams

The Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) has announced its 2012-2013 women's and men's all-star selections.

The Heat women's soccer team was well represented with five players chosen for the third year in a row. The men's squad placed two players on the all-star team for the second straight year.

The all-stars for the women's Heat squad are defender Hayley Carlson, forward Kirsten Dodds, fullback Jennifer Kidd, keeper Christine Tallon, and freshman midfielder Mairi Horth.

The men's soccer team placed third year midfielder Austin Jones and freshman defender David Yesaya among the PACWEST All-Stars.

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Richard Arnold, Terri Verigin, Jessica Mueller, Ashley Stapleton and Doreen Lock represent the newly integrated frontline for Student Services on campus. Absent from photo: Nancy Adams, Jill L’Abbe, Nancy Sandvoss.
Richard Arnold, Terri Verigin, Jessica Mueller, Ashley Stapleton and Doreen Lock represent the newly integrated frontline for Student Services on campus. Absent from photo: Nancy Adams, Jill L'Abbe, Nancy Sandvoss.

A new frontline to help students

Two frontline service providers -- Student Financial Assistance and Awards (SFAA) and Student Services -- have combined their spaces to better integrate how students are served at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Nancy Sandvoss and Nancy Adams from SFAA are now located with Student Services staff Richard Arnold, Terri Verigin, Ashley Stapleton, Doreen Lock and Jessica Mueller. The group has also welcomed Jill L'Abbe into the new position of Customer Service Supervisor.

Students are now able to stop at the big red counter in the University Centre building and receive the full range of frontline services. Students will also be able to process documents at one stop that used to require a separate visit to each area.

The newly integrated units are excited about these changes and encourage members of the campus community to see what's new at the big red counter.

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VOICE logoVOICE campus-wide forum organized for Nov. 22

What makes a healthy university community? A major campus-wide research project recently asked that question and on November 22, the results will be shared.

The VOICE 2012 project involved more than 100 students as co-researchers, working with faculty and staff to explore ways to create, renew and sustain health-promoting change on campus.

The November 22 forum will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fipke Centre foyer and feature:

  • A student-led photo exhibit highlighting student experiences on campus.
  • Results from the community dialogue survey.
  • A summary of health-related policies at UBC's Okanagan campus and other North American universities.
  • Mapping of the campus community.

The forum will also set the stage for the next action-oriented phase of the VOICE project. Students and non-students will partner to create change on the health interests identified by the study.

To find out more, visit the VOICE website.

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Okanagan campus Researcher of the Year Award

Each year, UBC's Okanagan campus recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to research during the time of their appointment at the University.

The award terms and nomination form for this year's Researcher of the Year Award are now available from the Office of Research Services website. Please note the following important deadlines as late applications/nominations will not be accepted.

  • November 23
    Nominator submits Nomination Letter to the Dean  
  • December 14
    Nominator submits curriculum vitae and supporting materials to the Dean
  • January 11, 2013
    Dean submits nomination packages to the Office of Research Services  

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of Research Services website.

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Teacher of the Year Award nominations now open

Know an outstanding teacher? Nominations are now open for the Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Each year the Okanagan campus acknowledges two faculty members for their contribution to teaching excellence and innovation during the time of their appointment -- a senior faculty member (ten or more years of teaching experience) and a junior faculty member (less than ten years of teaching experience).

Each award consists of a $3,000 cash prize and is presented during the Centre for Teaching and Learning's annual Learning Conference.

Nominations are due on Friday, Nov. 30, at the nominee's dean's office.

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal website.

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Student evaluation of teaching goes online this year

Students will be completing Teacher Evaluation Questionnaires online this year (in past years, this has been a paper-based process). The online evaluation website for the Okanagan campus (eval.olt.ubc.ca/okanagan) will be open for student participation from Nov. 18 through Dec. 4.

Faculty members are receiving an email this week verifying courses for evaluation. All students are encouraged to participate, as their evaluations and comments make a difference in the planning and delivery of curriculum.

Questions? Contact Lynne McPherson with the Centre for Teaching and Learning at 250-807-8845.

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Giving the UBC Brand life

The UBC community is invited to visit brand.ubc.ca, a new microsite full of tools, templates, and resources related to telling our UBC story.

This new website includes information about the UBC brand, how to incorporate it into a wide range of projects, artwork and template downloads, and examples of how UBC units have applied the brand to their projects.

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New fund available for students interested in helping
other students

Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund now available for
undergrad ideas

The Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund has been established by Ian Cull, associate vice-president students, to fund students who want to do more. More to help students succeed, to develop a sense of belonging and connection within faculties or improve the connection to the Okanagan campus for other students.

The fund is eligible to undergraduate students looking to make a local or national impact. Applications will be reviewed twice monthly until March 2013.

To find out more about eligibility and the application process, visit the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund website.

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Nursing students raise funds to create educational resource
for Africa

Nursing handbooks will improve health care initiatives in Ghana and Zambia

Fourth-year nursing students at UBC's Okanagan campus are raising funds to produce an assessment handbook for African nursing students that will serve as a resource for developing their practice, improving quality of care, and decreasing numerous preventable deaths.

Many African nursing students do not have textbooks or educational resources to guide their practice, notes Tracy Sellinger, a fourth-year nursing student involved in the project.

"I am so passionate about this project," she says. "This is going to have a huge impact in the lives of nursing students in Ghana and Zambia, and their future patients. Access to resources and education is such a critical part of health care. This nursing assessment handbook will aid them in skills that are crucial to the benefit of health initiatives in Africa."

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people

Kamilla Bahbahani
Kamilla Bahbahani

Kamilla Bahbahani appointed equity manager

Kamilla Bahbahani has been appointed equity manager for the Okanagan campus.

Bahbahani, how has a PhD in Urban Services/Education from Old Dominion University, now assumes primary responsibility for managing the Okanagan campus Equity Office and for advancing its strategies and goals.

This new position gives the Equity Office more autonomy and will enhance its on-campus presence.

Bahbahani will continue to perform the responsibilities of her former role as Equity Advisor -- working with students, staff and faculty to help resolve discrimination and harassment complaints as well as provide training and education on human rights and diversity issues.

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Kirsten Dodds (2nd year, Vernon, BC) was honoured with the Athlete of the Week in the PACWEST.
Kirsten Dodds was honoured as Athlete of the Week in the PACWEST.

The Heat's Kirsten Dodds named PACWEST Athlete of the Week for Oct. 13 to 20

The battle for placement has begun in the tightly contested PACWEST women's soccer division.

With an opportunity to stay on pace with Thompson Rivers University and Langara, the Heat needed to come up with a big performance from the team and from individuals.

Second-year Heat forward Kirsten Dodds was an absolute terror for the opposition on October 13 and 14 in two crucial Heat matches, as she led the Heat to a pair of wins and securing the team a spot in the provincial championships.

On Saturday versus the then second place Langara Falcons, the Heat sitting in third place needed a win to firmly entrench themselves in the top four spots.

The game was a battle from start to finish with the Heat unable to score for much of the game. The Heat finally scored in the 65th minute to take a 1-0 lead. It was late in the second half when Dodds' effort drew enough attention that she was able to cross the ball to her teammate, Lindsey Briggs, who scored the insurance goal the Heat needed to secure the victory. The 2-0 victory put the Heat one point ahead of Langara after Saturday's games.

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Paul Mitchell, UBC distinguished UBC alumnus and recipient of the Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award.
Paul Mitchell, UBC distinguished UBC alumnus and recipient of the Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award.

Kelowna lawyer Paul Mitchell honoured by UBC as
volunteer leader

UBC alumni awards also honour student physician studying in Okanagan

UBC's global alumni community includes thousands of accomplished people whose collective contributions are making the world a better place. The network of more than 280,000 alumni worldwide includes thousands of accomplished individuals. Every year, the UBC Alumni Association recognizes 10 top achievers.

Among them is Paul Mitchell, QC, a Kelowna lawyer and UBC alumnus (BCom'78, LLB'79), who will be honoured at a gala in Vancouver on November 14. Mitchell is being given the Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award.

Another alumni award winner is currently studying in the BC Interior to become a physician. Alia Dharamsi, a third-year medical student, received the 2012 Outstanding Future Alumnus Award from the UBC Alumni Association.

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research spotlight

Robyn Giffen and Vida Yakong with the new Nabit alphabet
Robyn Giffen and Vida Yakong with the new Nabit alphabet

UBC researchers create alphabet for endangered language in Ghana

Written language may improve access to education, health care, and government

Fourth-year UBC undergraduate student Robyn Giffen has teamed up with PhD candidate Vida Yakong to create a writing system for the language of Nabit, an oral spoken language in Northern Ghana.

By first creating an alphabet, and consequently a fully functional writing system, Giffen and Yakong hope people in the Nabdam district in Northern Ghana will have better access to essential services of education, health care, and government. All are currently delivered in a language not fully understood by most Nabit speakers, which limits their ability to influence those essential services.

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workshops

Responding with respect and suicide prevention

This session is designed to help train employees to recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression in the workplace as well as respond in an empathetic and productive way. It will also teach employees how to refer themselves, their colleagues and students to appropriate resources.

The training is an interactive opportunity to help create a healthier UBC community, particularly aimed at the most common mental health problems -- depression and anxiety -- and focuses on suicide prevention.

The training is free for all UBC departments and units.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 12:30 to 4 p.m. (lunch is included)
Location: UNC ballroom, room UNC200

To register for this session, visit the Human Resources website. Be sure to note on the registration form of any dietary concerns for the provided lunch.

To find out more, contact Tracey Hawthorn at 250-807-8183.

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Entrepreneurship@UBC information session

This session is an update for any faculty, staff or students with interest in entrepreneurship or starting a business in any sector.

Entrepreneurship@UBC is an initiative that finds resources and provides advice, mentorship, funding, office space, and investment to qualified new ventures driven by members of the UBC community.

The campus community is invited to this session to learn more about new initiatives rolling out under the entrepreneurship@UBC program and to learn about resources available to for those with entrepreneurial ambitions.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME0050

To RSVP for this session email Andrea Osachoff, administrative and special projects coordinator.

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Writing to win: business writing style

Subtleties of style, audience address and analysis, and clarity of purpose are keys to ensuring effective business communication.

This session will teach participants to take business writing to the next level by incorporating a reader-centred approach and teaching improving clarity, conciseness, tone and professionalism.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: DVC boardroom, room ADM102C
Cost: $75

To register for this session, visit the Human Resources website.

To find out more about this Essential Administrative Skills Series course or any of the others please contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-78861.

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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:

November 8
Writing in the Social Sciences

November 8
Preparing a Poster

November 9
Faculty and Student Computer Lab Drop-in

November 13
Setting Your Course: Strategic Planning

November 13
Hyperion Open Lab

November 13
Just in Time Course Design

November 13
Blackboard Connect and Social Media Tools

November 13
Using New Technology to Keep Current

November 13
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

November 14
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

November 14
Special Speaker Series: Getting Published in the Applied Sciences

November 14
TA Blackboard Connect Drop-In

November 15
Academic Tone and Grammar

November 15
Finance Lunch and Learn

November 15
How to Format Your Thesis

November 16
ePAF Initiator/Approver Training

November 16
Faculty and Student Computer Lab Drop-in

November 19
Writing an Introduction

November 19
Writing a Powerful Sentence

November 20
From Summary to Analysis

November 20
Getting Started with BlackBoard Connect

November 20
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

November 21
DATE discussions with Naomi McPherson

November 21
Blackboard Connect Drop-In

November 21
Writing the Methods Section

November 21
TA Blackboard Connect Drop-In

 

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
November 7, 2012

News

Take time to Remember
UBC officially opens laboratory for trace element analysis and research
Heat women's golf team earn 2012 National Champions
UBC library improvements increase access to study resources
UBC students pick fruit for food bank
Nursing students' annual Global Gala offers culture, food and music
University Theatre launches as performing arts venue
United is the way
Heat place five women and two men on PACWEST All-Star teams
A new frontline to help students
VOICE campus-wide forum organized
Okanagan campus Researcher of the Year Award
Teacher of the Year Award nominations now open
Student evaluation of teaching goes online this year
Giving the UBC Brand life
New fund available for students interested in helping other students
Nursing students raise funds to create educational resource for Africa

People

Kamilla Bahbahani appointed equity manager
The Heat's Kirsten Dodds named PACWEST Athlete of the Week for Oct. 13 to 20
Kelowna lawyer Paul Mitchell honoured by UBC as volunteer leader

Research Spotlight

UBC researchers create alphabet for endangered language in Ghana

events

Thrive week

Thrive @ UBC is happening at both UBC campuses this week and all events will be no charge for members of either campus community.

To find out more view the full events schedule or visit the Thrive website.

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Chillin 4 Charity

Later today, 50 UBC students will chill themselves to the bone in the name of charity.

Bachelor of Management students will slide on a sled off a ramp built of snow into a large pool filled with icy-cold water. Funds raised from the event will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Chillin 4 Charity is a required component to participate in JDC West -- Western Canada's largest business case competition, which brings together more than 600 delegates from 12 schools across the nation to test student's skills in all areas of business.

The 2013 JDC West team from UBC's Okanagan campus is made up of 50 Bachelor of Management students from all four years of the undergraduate program.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7 (today)
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location:
Campus courtyard

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History and sociology book launch organized for today

Join the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences for the launch of three new publications:

Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7 (today)
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

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When it's flu time don't get caught

Protect yourself with a free shot

Health, Safety and Environment, in partnership with the School of Nursing and Safeway Pharmacy, will be providing free flu shots to the University community tomorrow.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome. Bring your Care Card and wear short sleeves.

The vaccine is limited, so arrive early.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Administration Building foyer

For more information on campus clinics and how to prevent the flu, visit the HSE website.

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Urban Aboriginal women and non-discriminatory healthcare

Researchers from UBC and several First Nations groups share their recommendations for non-discriminatory and culturally safe healthcare delivery on November 8.

The researchers share a local community-based, indigenous-led study that explored historical, socioeconomic, and political contexts of urban Aboriginal women's healthcare experiences while navigating the borderlands of academic and indigenous worldviews.

Recommendations for non-racist, non-discriminatory, culturally safe healthcare delivery are offered.

Presenters include:

  • Donna Kurtz, associate professor of nursing,
  • Jessie C. Nyberg, RN and BSN, Stswécemc/Xgat'tem Nation
  • Diana Moar, BSW, (Saulteaux) Berens River First Nation
  • Chawow EagleFeather, (Saulteaux) Berens River First Nation

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, visit the Eventbrite website.

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Iran and Adam Jones

The International Relations Student Association (IRSA) hosts a photo presentation and talk about political science professor Adam Jones' recent month-long, 7,000-kilometre journey around the Islamic Republic of Iran.

For anyone interested in exploring global issues, this event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the IRSA and try a variety of international foods.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

To find out more, email ubco.irsa@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page.

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2012-2013 Visiting Authors Series

Playwright and director Guillermo Verdecchia will read at Visiting Author Series

Chalmers Award-winner Guillermo Verdecchia will read from one of his new plays on November 8 as part of the FCCS Visiting Author Series.

Verdecchia is one of Canada's top contemporary theatre makers, celebrated for plays and fiction that actively resist and subvert social and racial stereotypes. With incisive humour, Verdecchia foregrounds the diversity of cultures in Canada.

This event is the third of the 2012-2013 Visiting Author Series events hosted in downtown Kelowna by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
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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Effects and mechanisms of exercise on cardiovascular and oncologic outcomes in cancer patients

Lee W. Jones -- associate professor in the department of Radiation Oncology and the scientific director of cancer survivorship at the Duke Cancer Institute -- will be on campus November 13 to give a public talk for the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

Jones' research focuses on a translational approach to evaluate the cardiovascular and functional impact of cancer therapy and to clarify the effects and underlying mechanisms of defined aerobic training on tumour progression.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13
Time: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME 1121

To RSVP for this seminar, visit the Eventbrite website.

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Six stories

Six Artists. Six Visions. Six Projects. Six Stories.

From November 14 to 17, the 'six-story' open house will showcase the creative work of six graduate student artists. The variety of this group is reflected in their medley of artistic practices.

The open house runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Fine Arts gallery and features explorations in hybrid-genre, pop culture prints and paintings, new eco-poetry, cross cultural magical realism, sound visualization, and osteo-poetics.

Graduate students will not only reveal their work, but also share their creative practices and processes. Artists will be developing new work at the exhibition, and are searching for feedback.

The open house will also feature a sound visualization live performance by visual artist Rosa Park and musician Karen Shepherd on Friday, Nov. 16 from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

To find out more visit the Six Stories Twitter or Facebook pages.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Everything is connected

"We must now speak environment, economy, foreign policy, health and human rights in the same breath," says renowned citizen advocate on Arctic climate change Sheila Watt-Cloutier. "Everything is connected."

Watt-Cloutier will speak in Vernon on November 14 as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

In this truly globe-spanning talk, Watt-Cloutier provides a clear, meaningful, and comprehensive understanding of the way these issues are interconnected, and what it means for the future of our planet.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre -- 3800 - 33rd St., Vernon

There is no charge for this talk but online registration is required.

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Everest expedition 2012

High altitude impacts on human cardio-vascular health

Come, listen and learn about a pioneering research expedition exploring the human health effects of high altitude changes in blood flow and chronic oxygen deprivation that put a team of global scientists on top of the world last May.

Expedition leader and Associate Professor Philip Ainslie, Okanagan campus researcher of the year and Canada Research Chair in cerebrovascular physiology, leads the discussion. He will be joined by students and faculty members who took part in this historic venture, sharing their initial research findings from Everest for the first time.

Greg DuManoir, Okanagan College professor of human kinesiology and member of the expedition, is moderator.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ashnola Building Lecture Theatre, room PL107 -- Okanagan College, 583 Duncan Ave. West, Penticton

To register for this event, visit the Eventbrite website.

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2012 international students' day

International Programs and Services invites everyone on campus to celebrate the international student community next Friday.

Guest speakers include Wesley Pue, provost and vice-principal, and Ian Cul, associate vice-presidents students.

Refreshments will be served.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

RSVP by November 9 to Amber Mackenzie.

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Digital humanities collaboration, creation and culture

Engaging new knowledge environments

The digital humanities have given universities new tools for analyzing humanities texts, creating online objects and research environments, representing and preserving physical objects, and building scholarly community.

For anyone curious about the digital humanities, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is holding an informal research talk by Ray Siemens on November 26.

Siemens is a Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing at the University of Victoria and Implementing New Knowledge Environments' (INKE) principal investigator.

The INKE project is an interdisciplinary project that seeks to understand the future of the book from the perspective of its history.

Date: Monday, Nov. 26
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

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Completing the circle

end of life care with Aboriginal families

Carrie Bourassa, associate professor of Indigenous health studies at the First Nations University of Canada will be giving a talk on November 27 to help educate health care providers about culturally appropriate and safe end-of-life care for Aboriginal families.

Bourassa and her team interviewed Saskatchewan Elders, asking them to share their experiences and beliefs about death and dying. This talk will look at her findings.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 27
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

This event is a Research to Practice presentation organized by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.

To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, visit the Eventbrite website.

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Early Spanish guitar music

The Minds and Music concert series re-launches this season with a dedication to guitar repertoire and its masters. Enter: the year of the guitar.

The first concert features performer, teacher, and music editor Alan Rinehart as he performs Spanish guitar music of the 16th to early 19th century.

It will range from the earliest printed sources by Milan, Narvaez and Mudarra through the Baroque guitarists Santiago de Murcia and Gaspar Sanz, finishing with the classical period masters Fernando Sor and Dionisio Aguado.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC 200

There is no charge for this concert. To find out more visit the Minds and Music website.

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