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Team members of Everest 2012: UBC’s International Research Expedition, conduct one of their human health experiments at Mount Everest’s Pyramid Lab.Team members of Everest 2012: UBC's International Research Expedition, conduct one of their human health experiments at Mount Everest's Pyramid Lab.

Everest researchers are featured guests for Athletics Breakfast

UBC's Okanagan teams to benefit from April 5 fundraiser event

Tickets are now available for the eighth annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Scholarship Breakfast, which will feature members of UBC's Everest 2012 international research expedition.

The popular fundraiser will be held at the Capri Hotel on Friday April 5. A panel of human physiology researchers will discuss their experiences.

Last spring, the Faculty of Health and Social Development led a six-country, eight-university team of 30 scientists and students to the Pyramid Lab at an altitude of 5,500 metres near base camp of Mount Everest. Their pioneering research explored human health effects of high-altitude changes in blood flow and chronic oxygen deprivation. The symptoms mimic those of people suffering from respiratory and heart health issues, as well as stroke survivors.

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One of the first new Deskside Recycling garbage bins has been installed in the office of Al King, manager of maintenance and grounds with Facilities Management. This holiday season, the smaller garbage bins will replace existing black trash bins in all offices and workstations across campus. Watch for them hanging on the blue recycling bin in a workspace near you.
One of the first new Deskside Recycling garbage bins has been installed in the office of Al King, manager of maintenance and grounds with Facilities Management. This holiday season, the smaller garbage bins will replace existing black trash bins in all offices and workstations across campus. Watch for one hanging on the blue recycling bin in a workspace near you.

New, smaller garbage bins to reduce office waste

Small changes make a big difference. Facilities Management hopes that's the case with garbage production on UBC's Okanagan campus.

Over the holiday season, garbage cans in offices and workstations across campus will be replaced by much smaller trash containers, in a move to reduce the amount of non-garbage going to the landfill.

October's campus waste audit found that only 15 per cent of waste in office garbage cans was actually garbage -- the rest was recyclable or biodegradable (compostable) materials. The new, smaller garbage bins -- part of a new My Waste, My Responsibility program -- complement the existing "deskside recycling" blue bins and yellow compost bins, to help direct all compostable and recyclable materials into the correct handling systems.

The new, smaller garbage bins attach to the side of the existing blue recycling cans in each office. Once the smaller cans are in place, the user of each workstation is responsible for disposing of blue bin recycling and the black garbage bin contents, using central collection stations located in corridors and foyers.

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Associate Professor of Nursing Barb Pesut (left) has won the grand prize offered in the 2012 Okanagan Campus United Way Campaign: use of a Lot A parking stall (stall number 1) for next term. Campaign Chair Sarah Stang presented the coveted parking pass last Wednesday afternoon.
Associate Professor of Nursing Barb Pesut (left) has won the grand prize offered in the 2012 Okanagan Campus United Way Campaign: use of a Lot A parking stall (stall number 1) for next term. Campaign Chair Sarah Stang presented the coveted parking pass last Wednesday afternoon.

United Way campus campaign total growing

As of last week, the Okanagan campus United Way campaign had raised $43,855 and contributions are still coming in.

Anyone wishing to show their support can still do so until the end of December, reminds campaign Chair Sarah Stang. The final total will be announced on January 25, during the Ceremonies and Events/University Relations Friday morning Pit Stop.

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Pictured are: Lorne Antle, project manager for UBC Properties Trust, Leanne Bilodeau, director of sustainability operations for the Okanagan campus, Warren, Shakespeare, and Shelly Thomson, Fortis energy solutions manager.
Pictured are: Lorne Antle, project manager for UBC Properties Trust, Leanne Bilodeau, director of sustainability operations for the Okanagan campus, Mark Warren, Michael Shakespeare, and Shelly Thomson, Fortis energy solutions manager.

Energy sustainability is paying off for UBC

The Okanagan campus qualified for more than $200,000 this year by taking advantage of electricity and natural gas rebates from utility supplier Fortis BC.

Mark Warren, director of customer service for Fortis BC in Kelowna was on campus to present a cheque representing the savings on December 11 to Michael Shakespeare, associate vice president administration and finance.

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Lars Bornemann
Lars Bornemann

Heat volleyball and soccer teams land several highly ranked recruits

The Heat men's volleyball team has nabbed the top high school recruit in British Columbia.

Greg Poitras, head coach of the Heat men's volleyball team has signed Lars Bornemann of Victoria's Oak Bay Secondary, who topped the annual list of The Province's Best of B.C. Senior Boys Super 15 Class of 2013, making him the 2012 Player of the Year.

Along with Bornemann, the Heat have also signed two other important recruits recently:

  • Sarah Coghlin has signed her letter of intent to come to UBC's Okanagan campus in 2013 to play for the Heat women's soccer team. Coghlin is a midfielder from Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School in Calgary.
  • Not long after signing Coghlin, Heat coach Claire Paterson also convinced Devon Frame to join her team. Frame is a from Vancouver's Moscrop Secondary school.

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Help name this guyNew mascot moniker needed

Help name the Heat's new mascot

The campus community has been informally introduced to the new Heat mascot over the past month, but this fiery addition to the campus is still without a proper name.

Plenty of ideas have been floated, but what The Heat would like is for everyone on campus to help build this new character by submitting name ideas at any Heat weekend home game between January 11 and 26. Everyone who submits a name will be entered in a prize draw.

To find out more, friend Ogi Ogopogo on Facebook at, or tweet the Heat at #nametheflame.

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Blue and Gold Fridays are back

The Heat are looking for Okanagan campus staff who would like to receive Blue and Gold Friday reminders on game weeks.

Prizes are given out to people spotted wearing Heat colours on game-day Fridays.

Email Andrew Meadwell, the Heat's events, marketing and sports development coordinator, to receive Blue and Gold reminders on game weeks.

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Library hours reduced for remainder of December

The Okanagan campus library will be reducing its hours of operations for the holiday break starting on December 20 (tomorrow).

From Thursday, Dec. 20 to Monday, Dec. 31, library hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Exceptions to this schedule include December 24 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), December 25 (closed), December 26 (closed) and January 1 (closed).

Regular library hours return on January 2.

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Security tips to prevent thefts during the holidays

Campus Security reminds everyone to safeguard both UBC and personal effects this holiday season. Thefts of this type are crimes of opportunity and offices, study areas, and computer labs that are left unattended tend to be prime targets.

Visit the Campus Security website for special tips to keep your office and belongings secure. Report all suspicious activity to Campus Security at 250-807-9236 (local 79236). For crimes in progress, notify RCMP by dialing 9-1-1.

For other crime prevention initiatives, contact the Security Coordinator's office at 250-807-9173 (local 79173).

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About snow closures at UBC's Okanagan campus

In the event that winter weather conditions require classes to be cancelled, or even to close the campus, the best reference for information is the Okanagan campus homepage (www.ubc.ca/okanagan) and local radio stations.

For more information about snow closures at UBC's Okanagan campus visit the Snow closures website.

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UBC engineering students Colin Yang, Carter Merwin, Navdeep Brar, with Ken Campbell of the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society and engineering students Ryan Baines and Luc Cowan.
From left: UBC engineering students Colin Yang, Carter Merwin, Navdeep Brar, with Ken Campbell of the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society and engineering students Ryan Baines and Luc Cowan.

First-year engineers use skills to help not-for-profit organizations

Friendly student competition determines best fundraising ideas

First-year students from the School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus spent the past semester creating fundraising ideas and project proposals for local not-for-profit organizations to support their engineering and science-related endeavours.

It is a mutually-beneficial relationship that gives students real-world experience while teaching them that engineering is about being responsible citizens who serve their communities, says Laura Patterson, instructor for the School of Engineering.

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Students from numerous faculties were presented with the Credentialing Foundations Certificate on December 11

Credentialing Foundations Certificate

On December 11, 37 students from numerous faculties were presented with the Credentialing Foundations Certificate, a new accreditation for UBC Teaching Assistants that is designed to ensure the TAs begin their teaching careers using effective strategies, as well as provide an edge in today's increasingly competitive academic job market.

A three-day seminar required participants to learn and apply instructional design in the creation of mini-lessons taught to the group. Additionally, participants were required to complete three out of four workshops in the areas of Teaching with Technology, Giving Students Feedback, Helping Students Learn, and Active Learning.

To find out more about the Credentialing Foundations Certificate visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Conditions for women working in the slums of Mumbai are in the subject of new research.
Conditions for women working in the slums of Mumbai are in the subject of new research by Kanchan Sarker.

Improving conditions for Mumbai's slum workers

In the slums of Mumbai, millions of women and girls are helping to support their families by working from home in difficult, unsanitary conditions with minimal financial gain.

Their efforts play a surprisingly large role in India's business sector. They produce a vast amount of low-cost products -- from electronics, garments and footwear to trinkets, jewellery and food -- which are often marketed in shopping malls or exported at high prices. Yet they receive none of the profits.

Kanchan Sarker, sessional lecturer of sociology, is trying to understand, and hopefully improve, civic amenities for the home-based women workers of Mumbai's slums.

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TA credentialing program: practical experience credential

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) Graduate and Teaching Assistants Program is offering new credentials as part of the Foundations Credentialing Certification Program.

This credential requires that participants have completed at least two semesters as a teaching assistant, must have a full teaching session observed, recorded and reviewed by a member of the CTL staff and received an endorsement from their supervisor. Participants must also provide evidence of either peer feedback or student evaluations.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331
Session Leader: John Parry, coordinator of the Graduate and Teaching Assistant Program

To find out more, visit the CTL website.

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TA credentialing program: professional preparedness credential

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) Graduate and Teaching Assistants Program is offering new credentials as part of the Foundations Credentialing Certification Program.

This credential requires participants to develop a statement of teaching philosophy and discuss it with CTL staff, prepare a portfolio or dossier, attend a forum on ethics and prepare a scholarly presentation.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry, coordinator of the Graduate and Teaching Assistant Program

To find out more, visit the CTL 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:

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

December 19
Navigating FMS nQuery

January 3
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

January 7
Using Sources: How to Maintain Authorial Agency and Avoid Plagiarism

January 8
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

January 8
Connect Drop-In

January 9
Connect Drop-In

January 10
Writing a Critical Analysis

January 10
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

January 11
Writing a Literature Review

January 11
Teaching with Technology: Social Media Tools in Connect

January 11
Getting Started and Staying Organized: Writing a Major Document

January 14
Writing a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal

January 15
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

January 15
Connect Drop-In

January 16
Connect Drop-In

January 16
Special Speaker Series: Getting Published in the Humanities

January 17
Writing a Grant Proposal

January 17
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

   

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
December 19, 2012

NEWS

Everest researchers are featured guests for Athletics Breakfast
New, smaller garbage bins to reduce office waste
United Way campus campaign total growing
Energy sustainability is paying off
Heat volleyball and soccer teams land several highly ranked recruits
New mascot moniker needed
Blue and Gold Fridays are back
Library hours reduced for remainder of December
Security tips to prevent thefts during the holidays
About snow closures at UBC's Okanagan campus

PEOPLE

First-year engineers use skills to help not-for-profit organizations
Credentialing Foundations Certificate

research spotlight

Improving conditions for Mumbai's slum workers

events

Minds and Music logo

Next Minds and Music concert to feature music from German composer

The Schumann Letters

A new musical concept, The Schumann Letters, entices audiences with a unique combination of storytelling, piano music and song. Drawn from thousands of historic letters, this show explores Schumann's life, love and music by delicately intertwining narration with Schumann's original compositions.

The Schumann Letters is written and narrated by Juno/Gemini award winner Colin Fox, with Michael Kim, piano and Susan Gilmour Bailey, soprano.

Date: Friday, January 11, 2013
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

This concert is free and open to everyone.

To find out more, visit the Minds and Music website.

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Rita Wong
Rita Wong

B.C. water activist and writer Rita Wong to read at Visiting Author Series

Rita Wong, water activist and winner of the 2011 CBC Canada Reads Poetry competition, will read from her work on Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

Wong teaches writing and cultural approaches to water-based ecology at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest, forage, and monkeypuzzle, and is the developer of the collaborative creative project Downstream: A Poetics of Water.

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

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

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Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention logo

How hope works

The relationship between hope and advance care planning

Concerns have been identified in the literature that advance care planning -- which involves frank discussion about end-of-life issues -- has the potential to negatively affect hope. The concern leads to clinical tension between two ideals of palliative care: supporting hope and communicating truthfully.

The presentation supports the position that the foundation of hope is not the issue; rather, how hope works is more salient to clinical practice.

Carole Robinson, associate professor of nursing, will be presenting at this Research to Practice presentation, organized by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

To attend this session in person, via webinar or teleconference, RSVP via Eventbrite.

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James Burke

Distinguished Speaker Series: James Burke

What kind of education for what kind of future?

"What if, through centuries of onwards-and-upwards, exploration and discovery, advancing the frontiers of knowledge, accelerating progress, blah blah... what if it turned out we'd been on the wrong track all along?"

James Burke explores the intriguing possibility that the future is no longer what it used to be. He argues that we may have spent history busting a gut to solve the wrong problems: starvation, pollution, poverty, corruption, crime, disease, ignorance.

At some point around 2060, Burke says, these short-term issues may disappear and leave us with a far greater challenge -- one for which society as a whole is almost entirely unprepared.

Burke will speak in Kelowna on January 22 as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series.

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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Fourth annual Active Chess Tournament organized for end of January

The fourth annual Active Chess Tournament has been organized for January 26. The campus community is invited to participate in this all-day event that will feature a number of matches and prizes from the UBC Bookstore for the winners.

The games will run in a regular Swiss format. Players will play five rounds -- games run at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The cost to enter the tournament is $20. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and is limited to 30 participants. Players are asked to bring their own sets and clocks.

To participate in the tournament, or find out more, contact tournament director Greg Bishop.

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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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