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newsAssociate Professor of Nursing Carole Robinson, Head of Psychology Department Jan Cioe and Director of School of Social Work Edward Taylor in the new Interprofessional Clinic at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Associate Professor of Nursing Carole Robinson, Head of the psychology department Jan Cioe and Director of the School of Social Work Edward Taylor in the new Interprofessional Clinic.

Clinic to study mental illness opens at UBC's Okanagan campus

Research into behaviour treatment and medication use a first in Canada

A teaching and research clinic for treating mental illness, focused on individual and family mental health and wellbeing, has opened at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The Interprofessional Clinic is a collaborative venture between the Schools of Social Work and Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Development and the Psychology Department in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

The clinic will undertake an initial study into new treatments for nine- to 14-year-olds who are currently on a program of prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. The study is being funded by a $50,000 gift from the RBC Foundation through UBC's start an evolution campaign.

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Myrte Schön was named the Heat player of the game Saturday in the Heat's upset of the No. 1 Spartans. (Photo by Dale Abbey)
Myrte Schön was named the Heat player of the game Saturday in the Heat's upset of the No. 1 Spartans. (Photo by Dale Abbey)

Heat women upset No. 1 Trinity Western

The Heat did what many before them could not: beat the Trinity Western Spartans.

The first-ranked team in the nation could not solve the Heat women's volleyball team on Saturday night in Kelowna, falling in four sets 3-1 (25-19, 13-25, 26-24, 25-17), ending Trinity's nine-game winning streak.

"Our game plan was to be very patient with this team," noted Heat head coach Steve Manuel. "They're a big, strong, physical team; we knew they were going to get lots of blocks and lots of digs. We served well, and we served strategically."

Down 13-19 in the third set, it seemed as if the Spartans were on their way to another victory. However, a 7-1 run by the Heat put the back in the set and proved to be the turning point of the match, as the Heat would eventually go on to secure the upset victory.

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James Burke
James Burke

Science historian James Burke to speak in Kelowna on Jan. 22

Connections host to give final Distinguished Speaker Series talk of the season

Science historian, television host, and author James Burke fascinates audiences with his unique perspective on the process of innovation and how it causes people and institutions to change.

For over 40 years Burke has written, produced, directed, and hosted award-winning television series on the BBC, PBS, Discovery, and The Learning Channel.

He most famously created and hosted three seasons of the documentary series, Connections: An Alternative View of Change.

Speaking as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series on January 22, Burke will discuss his unique view of the future of education and society -- and why so many have it wrong.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St.

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

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Sandy Wright (middle) in the lab working on baseline testing with School of Health and Exercise Sciences students Tanis Burnett and Jessie Carmichael (left to right).
Sandy Wright (middle) in the lab working on baseline testing with School of Health and Exercise Sciences students Tanis Burnett and Jessie Carmichael (left to right).

Southern Medical Program student pursues research focused MD/PhD

Sandy Wright is the first student from the Southern Medical Program to be enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine's MD/PhD program.

The program which is jointly administered by the Faculty of Medicine and College of Graduate Studies, selects highly qualified students to combine their medical studies with intensive scientific training.

"Participating in the development and dissemination of new knowledge is an incredibly stimulating exercise in critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, developing technical skills, and effective communication," said Wright.

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UBC students share in Aboriginal scholarships

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, administered by the Victoria Foundation, has granted a total of $459,000 to 167 Aboriginal students in BC to support their studies at post-secondary colleges and universities throughout the province.

Ten of those students are enrolled in studies at UBC's Okanagan campus. They are:

  • Rhyannon Alexander, Kamloops
  • Kailee MacIsaac, Kelowna
  • Amanda Neufeld, Lumby
  • Dezire Squakin, Penticton
  • Bernadine Brown, Vernon
  • Jennifer Leason, Vernon
  • Danielle Saddleman, Vernon
  • Taryn Schroeder, Vernon
  • Reba Ladron de Guevara, Westbank
  • Jonathan McNulty, Westbank
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Master of Social Work program benefits from Senate decision

School of Social Work restructuring meets growing need for higher skills

UBC's Okanagan Senate has approved a recommendation to significantly enhance master's-level education in social work.

"The decision to discontinue admissions to the Bachelor of Social Work program in order to focus on Master of Social Work (MSW) level education allows the school to reduce the number of courses taught while simultaneously developing highly specialized clinical, practice, policy and organizational evaluation courses," says Edward Taylor, associate dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development and director of the School of Social Work.

"We are moving to an all-MSW program because both British Columbia and Canada have a growing need for highly trained, specialized graduate-level social workers."

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The 15th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest officially opens

All writers in B.C.'s Southern Interior invited to submit their works

Join the region's literary community in a competition for cash prizes during the 15th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest, now officially open and accepting submissions.

All writers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia -- east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the U.S. border, and south of William's Lake -- may enter their original, unpublished works of fiction.

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ArtmadilloSubmissions wanted for 2013 Art on the Line

The call is out to all visual artists in the Okanagan to contribute their artwork for the 11th annual Art on the Line fundraiser.

Presented by the Visual Arts department in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS), Art on the Line is a popular auction of sorts based on a vast selection of juried artwork donated by students, faculty, community members, and noted local artists.

Art on the Line submissions help fund the fourth-year BFA students' graduation art show.

Contributors are asked to drop off artwork by the submission deadline -- January 10, 2013 -- outside the 4th Year Studio at FIN226 (second floor of the Fine Arts Building). Please ensure submissions are labelled correctly; make sure paper or fragile submissions are properly protected and/or framed.

Questions about the submission process can be addressed to FCCS student Elysse Bujold.

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graphic for energy monitoring dashboardBuilding energy monitoring dashboard launched

The Building Optimization Program, a new three-year partnership between UBC's Okanagan campus and Fortis BC, is now in place and energy consumption of the academic buildings is being constantly monitored to help reduce energy use and carbon emissions across campus.

From September 2012 to March 2013, a baseline energy measurement will be established for electricity, gas and water usage in the major buildings. Monitoring software has been installed in the buildings' energy meters and will collect data, analyze and then display the results in real time via an energy monitor dashboard.

During the baseline phase the campus community is invited to visit the online energy monitor dashboard at any time to monitor a building's monthly, weekly or daily energy performance in real-time.

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Food for fines

Until December 14, Parking Services will let students and employees pay for half of their overdue parking ticket with non-perishable food donations.

Each non-perishable food item will be valued at $2. Anyone can pay half their fine in currency and then pay part or the entire second half in food donations. For example: $30 cash accompanied by 15 food items equals $60 towards a parking ticket fine. $40 cash plus 10 food items equals $60.

This program also applies only to tickets that are 14 days or more past due. All donations will go to the on-campus Food Exchange program.

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Holiday season guidelines

'Tis the season to be jolly and safe

For those considering an office Christmas tree this holiday season, Facilities Management asks the campus community to use approved artificial trees resistant to flame, with decorative lights that conform to the CSA standard.

Decorations, displays, and Christmas trees for holidays and official functions on campus involve fire risk and can endanger the lives of building occupants.

Facilities Management has provided some basic safety requirements for safe on-campus holiday celebrations.

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Reminder: Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund available for undergrad ideas

The Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund has been established 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. Typically though, it can't be used as the sole source of funding for initiatives requesting $3,500 or more in support.

Applications will be reviewed 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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people

ARAMARK Chef Mathew Morazain demonstration cooking with fresh local produce during UBC's Okanagan campus Community Day. Morazain was among the top three Canadian chefs competing at the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge in Florida Nov. 13.
ARAMARK Chef Mathew Morazain gives a cooking demonstration with fresh local produce. He was among the top three Canadian chefs competing at the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge in Florida Nov. 13.

Chef Morazain joins top chefs at ARAMARK competition

Diners on campus have known it for a long time. Chef Mathew Morazain of UBC's Okanagan dining services is one of the best.

Morazain participated in the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence (ACE) competition in Tampa, Florida, on November 13, joining fellow top Canadian chefs Daniel Poulin (McGill University) and John Horton (Carleton University).

The ACE Program recognizes and rewards outstanding chefs throughout ARAMARK higher education and provides the opportunity for the chefs to demonstrate their culinary abilities in a competitive and engaging dining environment.

More than 150 ARAMARK chefs from colleges, universities and conference centers across North America competed in the 2012 ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge, the culmination of the ACE program.

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Dean of Education Lynn Bosetti
Dean of Education Lynn Bosetti

Lynn Bosetti presented with Halvar Jonson award

Congratulations go to Dean of Education Lynn Bosetti, who was presented with the Halvar Jonson Award by the Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) in October.

The Halvar Jonson Award recognizes and thanks those who have given their time, energy, influence and expertise to enhancing the success of charter schools in Alberta. Dean Bosetti was one of four individuals presented with the award at TAAPCS' Annual General Meeting on October 19 in Calgary.

Bosetti was chosen for efforts as a distinguished scholar whose work demonstrates the value of choice (and of charter schools) in education. Her numerous publications and presentations on these topics have influenced public policy design over the past 15 years in Alberta.

Beyond her scholarly work, Bosetti was chosen because of work with a small group of individuals to charter a school for girls. Through her assistance the Calgary Girls' Charter School came into being.

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research spotlightTy Binfet and Frances
Ty Binfet and Frances

A mutt called Frances helps teach students at UBC's Okanagan campus

Education professor incorporates therapy dog into curriculum and research

A mutt named Frances from the streets of LA has found her calling as a teaching assistant. UBC education professor Ty Binfet rescued the female dog just over a year ago and put her through extensive training to become a highly skilled therapy dog.

Animal-assisted therapy promotes social and emotional well-being in individuals through animal contact. It is designed to calm clients, facilitate social interactions, build confidence and can bring individuals out of their shell.

Binfet and Frances arrived in August at UBC, where the dynamic duo provides education students with a unique classroom learning experience.

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workshops

Info session: Innovations in Teaching and Learning Research Grant

Find out more about the about the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Research Grant. Centre for Teaching and Learning staff members will also be available for questions at this session.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 11
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

To register for this workshop, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Teaching portfolios

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio.

Date: Monday, Dec. 17
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

To register for this workshop, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Intro to collective agreements

An Essential Administrative Skills Series workshop

This session is an introduction to basic Human Resources practices, terms, and collective agreement interpretation regarding various staff appointments.

This session will also involve working through some sample case studies to help staff apply these principles in practice in their day to day work.

Topics will include recruitment process such as interview requirements, selection, hiring and posting procedures, as well as the significance of seniority.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306
Presenters: Tena McKenzie and Janna Steinthorson

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

To find out more about this, or other Essential Administrative Skills courses, contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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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:

December 5
Navigating Your Graduate Program

December 6
Accounting 101 and Finance Overview

December 6
Making an Effective Presentation

December 6
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

December 10
Writing a Grant Proposal

December 11
Navigating FMS nQuery

December 11
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

December 13
Smartforms Training

December 13
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

December 14
Finance Lunch and Learn

 

December 18
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

December 20
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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December 5, 2012

News

Clinic to study mental illness opens
Heat women upset No. 1 Trinity Western
Science historian James Burke to speak in Kelowna on Jan. 22
SMP student pursues research focused MD/PhD
UBC students share in Aboriginal scholarships
Master of Social Work program benefits from Senate decision
The 15th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest officially opens
Submissions wanted for 2013 Art on the Line
Building energy monitoring dashboard launched
Food for fines
Holiday season guidelines
Reminder: Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund available for undergrad ideas

People

Chef Morazain joins top chefs at ARAMARK competition
Lynn Bosetti presented with Halvar Jonson award

Research Spotlight

A mutt called Frances helps teach students at UBC's Okanagan campus

events

Reconciliation

community and decolonization in the Okanagan valley

The Cultural Studies program's next AlterKnowledge Discussion Series event takes place tonight at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

The discussion at this event will focus on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, specifically in the context of the Okanagan region. The panel at this event includes:

  • Allison Hargreaves, assistant professor of North American Indigenous literatures
  • David Jefferess, associate professor of cultural studies and English
  • Lindsey Louis, UBC student and member of the Okanagan Indian Band
  • Greg Younging, assistant professor of Indigenous studies

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5
Time:
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

To find out more about this discussion, contact David Jefferess, associate professor of cultural studies and English.

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Ewan Silvester to give two on-campus talks this week

Unit 7 of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences has organized two talks this week by Ewan Silvester of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre at Latrobe University in Australia.

Ecological applications of synchrotron radiation

The first talk will focus on Silvester's research into infrared micro-spectroscopic readings of the decomposition of eucalypt leaves by aquatic fungi

Date: Thursday, Dec. 6
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI396

The Murray-Darling Basin: A history of water over-extraction and environmental degradation

The second talk is about the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia -- a large area in southeastern Australia, whose name is derived from its two major rivers.

It will focus on water over-extraction and environmental degradation in the region.

Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI247

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United Way logo

The United Way
thanks you

The Okanagan campus United Way Campaign committee would like to thank the campus community for the support they received for this year's campaign and have arranged a holiday treat for everyone on December 10.

Join the United Way for holiday refreshments and a holiday performance by Aberdeen Hall students.

Date: Monday, Dec. 10
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Administration building foyer

To support the United Way campaign, or find out more, visit the United Way campaign website.

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ITServices Open House

'Tis the Season Open House

IT, Media and Classroom Services are holding their annual 'Tis the Season Open House on December 13, and everyone on campus is invited to join in the festivities.

There will be food, music, games, holiday JibJab videos, and a whole lot of Ho! Ho! Ho!

Date: Thursday, Dec. 13
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM024

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Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday

Sponsored by Development and Alumni Engagement, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee next Friday.

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, Dec. 14
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts and Science II building foyer

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Spanish Film Series

Spanish Film Series: Días de fútbol

The Spanish Program and the Latin American & Iberian Studies present a screening of the film Días de fútbol on December 14.

There is no charge for admittance and the film will be presented with subtitles in English.

Date: Friday, Dec. 14
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Okanagan College Theatre, Student Services Building -- 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

To find out more contact Francisco Peña, assistant professor of Spanish, at 250-807-8044.

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Aging and wellness symposium organized for January

Optimizing residential care for older adults

This symposium will share the outcomes of research conducted in the region and discuss implications for improving care for older adults in residential care.

It will feature presentations by research teams conducting nationally funded, inter-provincial studies, as well as a discussion of practice and policy implications of the latest findings by research team members working in the region.

Healthcare providers, administrators, educators, students, and community members are all invited to this event, organized by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, the Faculty of Health and Social Development and Interior Health.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
Time: 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Clinical academic campus lecture theatre -- 2312 Pandosy St., Kelowna

To attend in person or via teleconference, RSVP via Eventbrite.

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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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