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Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences names Wisdom
Tettey a Fellow

Mark of excellence for Dean of FCCS

It's one of the highest honours for an academic from West Africa. Wisdom Tettey, Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has been elected as a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tettey joined UBC in June 2011 from the University of Calgary. He is a recognized international scholar with great accomplishments and he has a broad perspective and wealth of knowledge on many international matters, says Provost and Vice-Principal Wesley Pue. A fellowship in the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences is indeed an accomplishment to be applauded, he adds.

"UBC takes great pride in the honour bestowed upon Prof. Tettey. The Ghana Academy is that nation's counterpart to the British Royal Society or the Royal Society of Canada. Election to any of these bodies is a distinct and rare mark of excellence in scholarship."

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Carey Simpson inspects the Achilles tendon and calf muscle of an anatomical model.
Carey Simpson inspects the Achilles tendon and calf muscle of an anatomical model.

Stretching -- is it really good for you?

Human kinetics student Carey Simpson finds the answer is not the same for men and women

Carey Simpson has found that not all things are equal when it comes to stretching. The fourth-year Human Kinetics student has discovered there are significant differences in male versus female physiology when it comes to pre-exercise routines.

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UBC Creative Writing students Michelle Grahame, Logan Saunders, Natalie Rice, Daniel Vineberg, Amy Stetzl, Kelly Shepherd and Karen Meyer display some of their creations based on Kelowna’s North End neighbourhood.
Creative Writing students Michelle Grahame, Logan Saunders, Natalie Rice, Daniel Vineberg, Amy Stetzl, Kelly Shepherd and Karen Meyer display some of their creations based on Kelowna's North End neighbourhood.

'Dig your neighbourhood' event set for Saturday at
Knox Mountain

All-ages eco-gathering features visual arts, music, drumming, history, poetry

Ever wonder how your street got its name? What was on the land before your house was built? Dig Your Neighbourhood is a package of art and activities that will introduce residents to the cultural and environmental past, present, and future of their neighbourhood.

Twelve Creative Writing and Visual Arts students have created a project focused on Kelowna's North End neighbourhood. The community is invited to the official launch event April 20.

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Heat athletes hand check over to KidSport.Back row (L to R): Roz Huber, Madison Kaneda, Mitch Goodwin, Landry Ndayitwayeko, Carolyn Gillespie Middle row: Giant cheque Front row (L to R):Delaney Douglas, Max Tremblay, Evan Douglas, Spencer Mellon, Dani Mellon.
Heat athletes hand check over to KidSport. Back row from left: Roz Huber, Madison Kaneda, Mitch Goodwin, Landry Ndayitwayeko and Carolyn Gillespie. Front row from left: Delaney Douglas, Max Tremblay, Evan Douglas, Spencer Mellon and Dani Mellon.

Heat drop threes to give back

In the final home game of the regular season for the Heat men's and women's basketball teams, the Heat participated in a charity challenge to help KidSport, a nationwide not-for-profit organization, break down financial barriers to sport for children.

For every three-pointer that the Heat were able to convert in the two games $50 would be donated to KidSport from the Athletics and Recreation.

In a game that went into overtime, the Heat men were able to contribute $500 behind 10 three-pointers. The Heat women added eight three-pointers of their own to add an additional $400.

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Students trying to resuscitate SimMan 3G in the Pritchard Simulation Centre.
Students trying to resuscitate SimMan 3G in the Pritchard Simulation Centre.

Clinical skills boot camp

20 third-year UBC Faculty of Medicine students are currently completing rotations in Kelowna, Kamloops, Trail, and Vernon. In early February, all of them were brought to the Clinical Academic Campus in Kelowna for the 'Year Three Clerkship Boot Camp.'

Working in teams, students were able to connect with their peers and participate in a full day of interactive learning including medical jeopardy, mock code scenarios, practicing IV starts, and airway management.

Students also had a chance to work with the state-of-the-art 'SimMan 3G' patient simulator in the Pritchard Simulation Centre.

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Heat honour the year's top athletes

For the second time in school history two athletes were so deserving of the institution's highest athletic honour that the award will be shared.

Jen Woods and Roz Huber, both in their fifth and final years and both graduates of Rutland Secondary, will have their names share the plaque that chronicles the Heat Female Student Athlete of the Year award.

For the fifth year in a row and the eighth time in the last nine years the Heat Male Student Athlete of the Year has played for the men's volleyball team. Miraculously there has also never been a repeat winner in the history of the award as Brett Uniat (Cochrane, AB) finishes his career off at UBC's Okanagan campus earning the school's top athletic honour.

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Poet Tim Lilburn
Poet Tim Lilburn

Poet Tim Lilburn to read as season's final Visiting Author

It promises to be an evening of poetic acclaim, an emotional farewell and a strring conclusion to the academic year as UBC's Visiting Author series concludes on Friday, April 19.

Poet Tim Lilburn, award-winning author of eight books of poetry, including To the River, Kill-site and Orphic Politics will give a reading from his works.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Alternator Gallery in the Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna).

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The 2013 BFA Graduation exhibition: ContinuumThe 2013 BFA Graduation exhibition: Continuum

Opening reception being held
April 20

Graduating visual arts students at UBC's Okanagan campus are showcasing their fourth-year artwork with a free public gala on Saturday, April 20. The year-end Bachelor of Fine Arts show is one of the Okanagan's premier annual art events.

From painting to performance, a variety of media will be displayed in a vibrant atmosphere together with live music by Joshua Smith, Urbanbirds, and Devon Coyote.

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Destination UBC

Destination UBC

New program brings prospective students to the Okanagan

UBC thinks prospective students will be so impressed with the Okanagan campus that Student Recruitment and Advising (SRA) is willing to fly them to British Columbia to visit in person.

Destination UBC -- an update to the Trek Home Grant program -- gives Canadian students from outside of BC an opportunity to visit the UBC campus they've been admitted to for free.

The soon-to-be UBC students will come to campus to participate in UBC Welcomes You on May 25, a full-day introduction to life at UBC. Participants will get a chance to see the campus, meet current students and learn about their experiences, and get advice from UBC experts to help with the transition from high school to university.

To find out more about this new program, visit the Destination UBC website or contact Student Recruiter-Advisor Anthony Dodds.

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Learning Conference 2013

Learning Conference registration now open

Registration is now open for the ninth annual Learning Conference. Join faculty and staff from across Canada as they share the ideas that promote learning success at this year's conference, which is themed Enhancing Student Learning.

This year's conference -- being held on May 1 and 2 -- will host over 30 presenters from six different universities.

The keynote talk will feature Pat Rogers, vice-provost of teaching and learning at Wilfred Laurier University and past president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The title of her talk is Student Engagement, Student Success, and Other Important Connections.

Registration is free for all UBC employees. To register or find out more, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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The Power of YouFind out more about The Power of You on May 9

The Okanagan Sustainability Office is launching The Power of You program, which builds awareness of energy reduction efforts on campus and is designed to complement the Building Optimization Program.

The new program engages campus stakeholders in a comprehensive plan aimed at changing energy consumption behaviours. The first efforts will target the nine academic buildings and will run from September 2013 to September 2015.

For those interested in learning how to help the campus community reduce energy consumption, join the Okanagan Sustainability Office in the courtyard from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on May 9.

Bring a travel mug and enjoy a complimentary organic coffee, courtesy of the Green Bean Coffee House.

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Campus Security graphicCampus Security joins
social media

The latest news and updates from Campus Security are now available via Facebook and Twitter.

Providing safe study tips and details on how students and employees have a safe and secure experience, these new social media channels give members of the campus community new ways to communicate with and help Campus Security at UBC's Okanagan campus.

They're open 24-7 and available to discuss any campus-related security questions or topics.

Follow them on Twitter: @UBCOSecurity
Like them on Facebook: UBC Okanagan Campus Security

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UBC migrating to new university-wide email service

IT, Media and Classroom Services at the Okanagan campus and UBC IT department at the Vancouver campus will soon be ready to roll out the same email service for both UBC campuses.

To accommodate the large number of accounts that would need to be migrated to this integrated email service, a new email service called FASmail has been developed.

This new FASmail service will include improvements in calendaring, room resource booking, client software support, and iOS device support.

On the Okanagan campus, IT, Media and Classroom Services (ITMCS) will start migrating faculty and staff to the new FASmail service in the second and third quarters of 2013. ITMCS will start by contacting department administrators to work out a migration date in the second and third quarters of 2013.

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Travel bursaries available for Creating Connections
conference in May

UBC's Vancouver campus is hosting a conference focused on the participation of women in science, engineering, and technology fields in May. Interested members of the Okanagan campus community are eligible for travel bursaries to attend the conference.

The Creating Connections: Working Together to Transform Our World conference will bring over 250 people together on May 10 and 11 for personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration.

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Does The Exchange help enhance the UBC experience for the campus community? And does it offer timely or relevant information? Is there anything missing in its content mix?

After seven years of providing information to UBC's Okanagan campus, The Exchange is looking to change things up and help better serve its audiences.

University Relations has created a survey to get a general idea about how members of the campus community get their information, and how The Exchange can function better for them.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and is confidential. Everyone who provides their email address will be entered to win one of five $25 iTunes gift cards.

To get started, visit SurveyMonkey.

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Reminder for sessional faculty needing fall parking permits

For faculty and staff members needing fall parking permits the next round of available permits go on sale August 1.

Passes tend to sell out quickly. Those who do not purchase in time will have to submit a waitlist request and purchase day passes until new semester permits become available. Those who no longer need passes in September can return them to the Parking Office for a refund.

For more information, email okanagan.parking@ubc.ca or call 250-807-8554.

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peopleTim Krupa

Voted most likely to change the world

Tim Krupa from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences has been voted the UBC grad who's most likely to change the world upon graduation.

Krupa recieved the most votes (446) of the five students nominated in UBC Reports' Change The World online survey.

Tim will be featured on the cover of UBC Reports and receive complimentary regalia rental for spring congregation, courtesy of UBC Ceremonies & Events; and a diploma frame, courtesy of UBC Alumni.

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Nancy Holmes
Nancy Holmes

UBC's Nancy Holmes shortlisted for national poetry award

Collection of verse about Okanagan gains nomination for poet and author

Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing and poetry in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has been named a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award, a prestigious national poetry prize.

Holmes' most recent collection of poetry, The Flicker Tree: Okanagan Poems (Ronsdale Press), is being considered for the Souster honour.

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Hugo De Burgos, assistant professor of medical and visual anthropology
Hugo De Burgos

Hugo De Burgos wins Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award

The Center for a Public Anthropology has awarded Hugo De Burgos, assistant professor of medical and visual anthropology, the Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award.

Named to honour one of the world's leading medical humanitarians and anthropologists in the 21st century, this award recognizes Dr. De Burgos's exceptionally effective participation in Public Anthropology's Community Action Online Project as well his wider activities in the public sphere.

In actively addressing important ethical concerns within anthropology, De Burgos is providing students with the thinking and writing skills needed for active citizenship.

Congratulations to Dr. De Burgos and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences for this honour.

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Sarah Donnelly wins Quality Greens gift card for participating in energy survey

The Okanagan Sustainability Office would like to thank everyone who completed their energy survey that ran from March 12 to 26.

There was a great response for the survey -- 220 participants -- and Sarah Donnelly, practice placement coordinator in the School of Nursing, won the $30 Quality Greens gift card prize draw for participating.

The data from this survey will inform the development of sustainability activities on campus and help create awareness to reduce its energy footprint.

Sarah Donnelly
Sarah Donnelly, nursing practice placement coordinator.

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research spotlightResearcher Nia Lewis takes the blood pressure of a study subject in the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Researcher Nia Lewis takes the blood pressure of a study subject in the Centre for Heart, Lung and
Vascular Health.

Study examines fainting caused from using blood
pressure medication

UBC researcher finds trouble could arise when drug is used to treat other ailments

An international study led by a researcher at UBC's Okanagan campus has found that a common blood-pressure drug can cause lightheadedness and possible fainting in some patients.

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Christopher Schneider
Christopher Schneider

UBC sociologist Christopher Schneider named one of BC's best

Assistant professor honoured for using research for community outreach

Christopher Schneider, an associate professor of sociology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has been named one of BC's top university professors by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA BC).

Schneider has been recognized for his work to help the general public better understand our rapidly changing society.

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From left: students Matthew Hoffman, Elliot Stewart, Lucas Kocher, Shrayan Joshua Rodricks, and Robert Leigh show off their pedal-powered can crusher.
From left: students Matthew Hoffman, Elliot Stewart, Lucas Kocher, Shrayan Joshua Rodricks, and Robert Leigh show off their pedal-powered can crusher.

UBC Engineering students crush cans

First-year Engineering students at UBC's Okanagan campus put their can crusher machines to the test on April 4 at the annual year-end Engineering Design Competition.

Using skills learned in their first-year Fundamental Engineering class, students competed in teams of five or six to build a machine that will crush cans.

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workshops

Sleep: the key to health

Dr. Ron Cridland from the Kelowna Sleep Clinic will be on campus on April 25 to give a workshop about the importance of sleep.

Cridland graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1982, and was certified with the Canadian College of Family Physicians in 1984. After a number of years of practicing health promotion he became aware that poor sleep was often the limiting factor to obtaining optimum health. Consequently, he became interested in sleep disorders medicine.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 25
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

There is no charge for this workshop and everyone is invited to attend. To RSVP, visit ubcosleep.eventbrite.ca.

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Write to win: business writing style II

An Essential Administrative Skills Series Advanced Course

Continuing from last year's Write to Win workshop, this all-day immersion in business writing will help to solidify the core concepts of reader-centred writing. 

The Write to Win: Business Writing Style I course is not a pre-requisite for this workshop.

Date: Friday, May 31
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: DVC Boardroom, room ADM102C
Cost: $75
Instructor: Michelle Superle

To register for this course visit the Human Resources website. To find out more, contact Deb Deorksen in Human Resources.

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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:

April 17, 24
and May 1

BEN (Behaviour modification-Exercise-Nutrition)

April 18, 23, 25, 30
and May 2
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

April 18
Preparing a Poster for a Conference Presentation

April 19
Navigating FMS nQuery

April 19
Writing for the job market: the resume, curriculum vitae and cover letter

April 19
Workplace Writing

April 22
Workplace Presentations

April 22
Using Sources: How to Maintain Authorial Agency and Avoid Plagiarism

April 23
Position Management Training and Refresher

April 25
Hyperion New User Training

April 25
Writing a Critical Analysis

April 25
Finance Lunch and Learn

April 26
Smartforms Training

April 26
Getting Started and Staying Organized: Writing a Major Document

April 26
Writing a Grant Proposal

April 30
Flexible Learning Pre-conference: Using Blackboard IM

April 30,
Flexible Learning Pre-conference: Discussions, Blogs, Wikis and Journals

 

April 30
Flexible Learning Pre-conference: Adding Audio and Converting PowerPoint Slides into videos

April 30
Flexible Learning Pre-conference: Creating Video with Mediasite

May 1
Using Sources: How to avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism

May 2
Editing Diary: A method for enhancing your editing skills

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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April 17, 2013

News

Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences names Wisdom Tettey a Fellow
Stretching -- is it really good for you?
'Dig your neighbourhood' event set for Saturday at Knox Mountain
Heat drop threes to give back
Clinical skills boot camp
Heat honour the year's top athletes
Poet Tim Lilburn to read as season's final Visiting Author
BFA Graduation exhibition: Continuum
Destination UBC
Learning Conference registration now open
Find out more about The Power of You on May 9
Campus Security joins social media
UBC migrating to new university-wide email service
Travel bursaries available for Creating Connections conference
The Exchange needs your input
Reminder for sessional faculty needing fall parking permits

People

Voted most likely to change the world
Nancy Holmes shortlisted for national poetry award
Hugo De Burgos wins Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award
Sarah Donnelly wins gift card for participating in energy survey

Research Spotlight

Study examines fainting caused from using blood pressure medication
Sociologist Christopher Schneider named one of BC's best
Engineering students crush cans

eventsLake Magazine 8 cover photo

Lake Magazine 8 launches on Friday

The fondly awaited launch of LAKE: A journal of arts and the environment, the eighth and final issue of the Okanagan's premier literary magazine, is happening on April 19.

Contributors in this parting edition comprise emerging artists and writers as well as nationally renowned talents.

Date: Friday, Apr. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Alternator Gallery -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

More information can be found at:
www.lakejournal.ca

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SOME BODIES

SOME BODIES

interdisciplinary performance project opens next week

SOME BODIES is an interdisciplinary performance organized by fourth-year students Alex Eastman, Natalia Hautala and Kevin Jesuino.

This is a presentation of solo shows created by the first graduating class of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Interdisciplinary Performance program.

The project, which takes place in the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, runs on April 22 and 23. It features three different performances:

  • Switch by Alex Eastman (4 to 5 p.m.)
  • Finding Pessoa by Kevin Jesuino (7 to 8 p.m.)
  • Looking Sideways by Natalia Hautala (8 to 9 p.m.)

All performances are free and open to the public.

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Postive Space

Positive Space workshop being offered on April 23

Want to discuss issues facing LGBTQTTI individuals at UBC?

Looking for a space to connect with others who share your commitment to an inclusive campus?

Positive Space is an initiative intended to raise the visibility of welcoming and supportive places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer, questioning and intersex people and issues on campus.

This session covers language, issues and resources on the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity, with a goal of supporting those of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The workshop is informative and interactive.

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 23
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME 4218

Everyone is welcome at this session. To RSVP, contact Kamilla Bahbahani, manager of the Equity Office.

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UBC cycling safety researcher speaks in Kelowna April 23

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend an upcoming talk organized by the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition.

Prof. Kay Teschke from UBC's School of Population and Public Health, will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the Parkinson Recreation Centre's second-floor Activity Room (1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna).

The tile of this free public talk is Motivating Citizens To Bicycle - Building Confidence And Safe Routes.

In Kelowna only about two per cent of trips are made by bicycle. How do we get more cyclists to use their bikes to get to the store or commute to work? What are the factors that would encourage more people to get on their bikes? Teschke and her team provide some insight into these questions with new research from Vancouver and cities across Canada.

Read more about the Cycling in Cities Research Program at UBC.

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Stand Up for Mental Health

Take a look at the lighter side of mental illness with a group of stand-up comedians grappling with a variety of mental health issues. 

This unique comedy show tackles everything from meds and counsellors to diagnosis and surviving the system.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 24
Time:
 Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; show is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

Admittance to this event is by donation and all proceeds go to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

To RSVP or find out more, visit Eventbrite.

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Barber School Book launch organized for
April 25

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences will recognize Peter Russell and Julien Vernet from Unit 6 for their latest publications at a book launch event on April 25.

Russell recently published How Agriculture Made Canada: Farming in the Nineteenth Century (McGill Queen's University Press) and Vernet recently published Strangers on Their Native Soil: Opposition to United States' Governance in Louisiana's Orleans Territory, 1803-1809 (University Press of Mississippi).

Date: Thursday, Apr. 25
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Administration building faculty and staff lounge, room ADM115

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Staff and faculty
sports day

Join the Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program and Campus Recreation on May 3 as they host the first-ever Staff and Faculty Sports Day at UBC's Okanagan campus.

This event is a great opportunity for staff and faculty teambuilding. It will feature physical and mental challenges, a barbeque and plenty of prizes.

Team and individual registrations are available for this event. For full details, visit the Staff and Faculty day website.

Volunteers are also needed to make this event a success.

Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 1 at 5 p.m.

To find out more contact Deb Deorksen in Human Resources.

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Summer yoga classes at no charge

Beginning on May 6, summer yoga classes are being offered at no charge courtesy of the Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program and Campus Recreation.

The classes run every Monday from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in the Creative and Critical Studies building, room CCS144.

Mats will be provided for those who do not have their own.

To find out more contact Deb Deorksen in Human Resources.

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Anthony Sinclair
Anthony Sinclair

50 years in Serengeti: the story behind the science

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is one of the foremost UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Research over the past 50 years has shown why the Serengeti is unique, what produces its vast numbers and biodiversity, how it became a protected area, and how political, economic, and social events over past centuries have shaped it.

At this public presentation, Anthony Sinclair -- professor emeritus at UBC's Department of Zoology -- will unveil about the story behind the science of the Serengeti.

He'll look at what produces its vast numbers and biodiversity, how it became a protected area, and how political, economic, and social events over past centuries have shaped it.

Date: Monday, May 13
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna

This event is a public outreach event for the 2013 Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference. There is also a children's nature walk organized for Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at Mission Creek Regional Park.

To RSVP or find out more about this event, visit: sinclairtalk.eventbrite.ca

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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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