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newsFive employees at UBC’s Okanagan campus were recognized recently for their lengthy service. From left to right, Maurice Williams, 35 years, Daniel Kay, 25 years, Prof. Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and principal, Rose Cresswell, 35 years, Michael Gesi, 25 years, and Michael Berger, 35 years.
Five employees were recognized recently for their lengthy service. From left, Maurice Williams, 35 years, Daniel Kay, 25 years, Prof. Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and principal, Rose Cresswell, 35 years, Michael Gesi, 25 years, and Michael Berger, 35 years.

UBC's Okanagan campus honours long-time employees

25-year honourees

Michael Gesi -- Security Services, started at UBC’s Point Grey campus, patrolled the campus on bike, foot, and by patrol vehicle.

Daniel Kay -- associate professor with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics Unit, teaches physics, and helped develop a new upper-level biophysics course.

35-year honourees

Michael Berger -- media technician with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, credited for constantly introducing new technology to the department and coaching faculty and staff on how to use handheld devices.

Rose Cresswell -- Okanagan Campus Library Services, worked in most library departments and known to be efficient, caring, and willing to take on the more challenging tasks at hand.

Maurice Williams -- professor with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' History and Sociology Unit, teaches history with a specialty in European history.

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From left: Patrick Lane and Edward Burtynsky will recieve honorary degrees from UBC at this year's graduation ceremonies.
From left: Patrick Lane and Edward Burtynsky will recieve honorary degrees from UBC at this year's graduation ceremonies.

Top photographer and much-loved poet to receive
honorary degrees

Edward Burtynsky and Patrick Lane to be honoured at UBC's Okanagan campus

World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and internationally-acclaimed poet Patrick Lane will receive honorary doctoral degrees during Convocation ceremonies in June.

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Three prized recruits have been added to the Heat Roster for 2013

Women's Heat soccer team adds talented trio for 2013

The past few weeks have been busy for Heat head coach Claire Paterson, but her efforts paid off for the Heat women's soccer program, as she was able to secure three prized recruits to add more talent to her program in 2013.

Paterson has recruited Haylee Lakovic (Striker, Kelowna, BC), a local soccer standout from Mount Boucherie Secondary School, Katie Smillie (Fullback, Delta, BC) a fullback machine, and defensive specialist Paige Moody (Centre Defender/Fullback, Surrey, BC).

Lakovic, Moody, and Smillie will join Sarah Coghlin and Devon Frame in what has been a superb recruiting year for coach Paterson.

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Versatile outside hitter to join Heat women for 2013-2014

Michelle Jakszuk of Elphinstone Secondary in Gibsons, BC, has committed to the Heat women's volleyball team next fall.

The 6'1" outside hitter comes with a great set of skills as she joins the Heat. She is athletic with great jumping ability and, for a player still in high school, she already possesses a wide variety of shots.

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Heat's newest women's basketball recruit a true floor general

After a successful year at North Vancouver's Argyle Secondary, Claire Elliott will trade in the gold and green of her Piper uniform for the blue and gold of the Heat this fall.

The 5'7" point guard has been described as a "glue" player and does all the things on the court that aren't always reflected in the statistics, such as playing defense, on-court leadership, and always making the extra pass.

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Local blocker commits to Heat for next season

Erin Drew has committed to playing for Heat women's volleyball beginning in the 2013-2014 campaign.

Drew, a 6'1" middle blocker from Rutland Senior Secondaryin Kelowna, has been a previous member of the Junior Heat Volleyball Club and was scouted by Heat coach Steve Manuel.

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the 2013 Hack & Whack golf tournamentRegistration opens May 6 for annual faculty and staff Hack & Whack golf tournament

Enjoy the start of summer with colleagues at the seventh-annual faculty and staff Hack & Whack golf tournament on June 4.

This year's alternate-shot tournament is at the Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon Golf and Country Club in Kelowna. The fun will start with a 3:30 p.m. shotgun start and includes nine holes of golf, as well as dinner, prizes, and great memories.

Registration for the tournament opens May 6 via the Campus Recreation website. The tournament costs $55 + GST per individual entry.  Register in pairs, as an individual, or join participants with the dinner-only option ($32 + GST).

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Phishing emails being sent to UBC employees

Email messages are being sent to UBC faculty and staff members with the subject line that reads: WEBNEWS EMAIL ACCOUNT UPDATE.

If you have submitted your username and password to the web page linked in the email message, please contact the IT Helpdesk immediately and change your password on your email account, and any other accounts that use that password.

This message is a fraud -- it's a targeted phishing attempt by thieves to trick users into submitting their usernames and passwords.

This email message appears to come from helpdesk@ubc.ca. It encourages users to click on a link and provide your username and password.

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Nominations for Staff Awards of Excellence and DVC award close July 2

If there is someone on campus who has gone above the call of duty as a UBC employee, now is the time to show recognition.

A reminder to members of the campus community: Nominations for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Award close on July 2, 2013.

Nominees must be permanent staff members with a minimum of two years' continuous service and must include two letters of support.

The awards will be presented at the annual Staff and Faculty barbecue in August. For nomination packages and more information, visit the Human Resources website.

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Reminder: 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 are getting ready to roll out the same email service for both UBC campuses.

These units have developed a new email service called FASmail that will accommodate up to 20,000 mailboxes, and provide a number of improvements over the current email system.

IT, Media and Classroom Services (ITMCS) will start migrating faculty and staff on the Okanagan campus 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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peopleAnthony Isaac
Anthony Isaac

Anthony Isaac joins Aboriginal Programs & Services

The research project for Anthony Isaac's master's degree should go a long way in his new position as an Aboriginal Student Advisor at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The newest Aboriginal Programs & Services staff member explored the visions of First Nations youth during their transition to post-secondary while obtaining his Master of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. Isaac believes this work should give him a solid foundation for improving the university experience for Aboriginal students on campus.

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Marla O’Brien, executive director of the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan Similkameen, with UBC Okanagan Campaign Chair Sarah Stang, and James Paterson, United Way board member. (Photo credit: Rebecca Geleynse)
Marla O’Brien, executive director of the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan Similkameen, with Ca,mpus Campaign Chair Sarah Stang, and James Paterson, United Way board member. (Photo credit: Rebecca Geleynse)

Stang recognized as United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year

Learning Services Librarian Sarah Stang received the Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award at the recent Spirit Awards ceremony hosted by the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan-Similkameen. Stang is the United Way Campaign Chair for the Okanagan campus, and led the campaign to surpass its $50,000 target this year with more than $55,000 raised.

Spirit Awards are presented to those volunteers and organizations in the community who have put forth an exceptional effort on behalf of United Way during the annual campaign, mostly in workplaces but also honoring amazing Volunteers and Leadership Donors.

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workshops

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:

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

May 2, 9 and 16
Academic Writing for Graduate Students in the Sciences and Engineering

May 6
Course (Re)Design Seminar

May 6 and 13
eRecruit Training

May 6, 13 and 16
Scholarly Reading and Writing: Six Required Modules

May 6
Using New Technology to Keep Current

May 6 and 13
Writing a Journal Article: Seven Required Modules

May 7
Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp

May 8 and 15
BEN (Behaviour modification-Exercise-Nutrition)

May 9
Hyperion Refresher Training

May 11        
Through the Child's Eyes

May 14
Writing a Grant Proposal

May 14
Getting Started and Staying Organized: Writing a major document

May 14 and 15
Modernization of the Canadian Copyright Act

May 15
Using RefWorks and Mendeley

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
May 1, 2013

News

UBC's Okanagan campus honours long-time employees
Top photographer and much-loved poet to receive honorary degrees
Women's Heat soccer team adds talented trio for 2013
Versatile outside hitter to join Heat women for 2013-2014 campaign
Heat's newest women's basketball recruit a true floor general
Local blocker commits to Heat for next season
Registration opens May 6 for annual faculty and staff Hack & Whack golf tournament
Phishing emails being sent to UBC employees
Nominations for Staff Awards of Excellence close July 2
Reminder: UBC migrating to new university-wide email service

People

Anthony Isaac joins Aboriginal Programs & Services
Stang recognized as United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year

events

Staff and faculty
sports day

Join the fun on May 3 as UBC's Okanagan campus hosts its first-ever Staff and Faculty Sports Day.

The day features a variety of physical and mental activities, a barbecue lunch for all participants and great prizes such as a team-registration for this year's Hack & Whack golf tournament.

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

Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: University Commons behind the UNC building
Registration Deadline: today at 5 p.m.

To find out more contact Deb Deorksen in Human Resources.

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Join the energy conversation

Get involved in the power-down

Volunteers are needed to make UBC's Okanagan campus one of those most sustainable and energy efficient in Canada.

Join the Okanagan Sustainability Office for an organic coffee and sign up to help UBC's Okanagan campus power down and reduce energy consumption. Find out how to as an individual or as a team.

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

Date: Thursday, May 9
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Campus courtyard

To find out more, visit the Sustainability Office website.

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History prof. organizes Jane Jacobs community walk in recognition of Mission Creek

Every May, Jane Jacobs walks are organized across North America in the month of her birthday to celebrate her legacy and bring communities together to appreciate their neighborhoods.

This year Brigitte Le Normand, assistant professor of history, has organized a Jane Jacobs Walk in Kelowna to reflect on the importance of recreational facilities.

Presented by the Urban Studies program, this two-hour walk will showcase the most successful community-funded project in Kelowna's history -- the Mission Creek Greenway.

Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 
2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Mission Park Greenway at the pedestrian bridge next to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO)

To find out more, visit the Jane Jacobs Community Walk website.

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Summer yoga sessions delayed one week

The start of summer yoga season has been delayed by a week, but members of the campus community are still being offered free yoga classes starting in May.

Now beginning on May 13, 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 with UBC's Department of Zoology -- will unveil about the story behind the science of the Serengeti.

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

This 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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