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newsDeputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard presented Teaching Excellence Awards to John Wagner and Ilya Parkins of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Also shown are Provost Wesley Pue and Cynthia Mathieson, Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard presents Teaching Excellence Awards to John Wagner and Ilya Parkins of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Also shown are Provost Wesley Pue and Cynthia Mathieson, Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

UBC faculty members, tutors recognized for dedication to students

Teaching awards presented to those who make a difference

Great teachers inspire students to achieve remarkable things -- and three of UBC's best were honoured with awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation in a recent ceremony at the Okanagan campus.

John Wagner, associate professor of anthropology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is recognized in the senior faculty awards category.

The award for junior faculty member is shared by Ilya Parkins, assistant professor and chair of the Gender and Women's Studies Program in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, along with Jonathan Holzman, associate professor with the School of Engineering.

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Tim Krupa was recently voted most likely to change the world in a UBC Reports online contest. Don Erhardt Photograph
Tim Krupa was recently voted most likely to change the world in a UBC Reports online contest. Don Erhardt Photograph.

Seize the moment

From international study to campus leadership, Tim Krupa makes the most of university

Ask Tim Krupa how to make a difference and the conversation turns to leadership.

The graduating science student at the Okanagan campus was recently voted mostly likely to change the world in a UBC Reports online campus contest.

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Heat teams make grade to stay in Canada West loop

Teams vote to approve full membership after two years of probationary play

UBC's Okanagan Heat teams are now members of the big club -- for good.

After a process that spanned more than five years, the Heat received the votes necessary to become members of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) on May 9.

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Science building chiller being replaced

A significant portion of the Science building is currently without air conditioning, and will be for the next few weeks. Upon investigating reports of high room temperatures from occupants in the building last week, Facilities Management confirmed that the building's chiller has failed and needs to be replaced immediately.

A replacement has been located; however, the equipment has to be shipped in and installation may take four to six weeks. Every effort is being made to complete the replacement as quickly as possible.

Updates on the status of the replacement will be provided on the Facilities Management website as information is available.


Sonnet L’Abbé is crossing the country by train to hear Canadians’ stories about Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday – and will write a crowd-sourced poem about the upcoming celebration.
Sonnet L'Abbé is crossing the country by train to hear Canadians' stories about Canada's upcoming 150th birthday.

Poet Sonnet L'Abbé takes Canada's pulse leading to 150th birthday

UBC teacher calls out to Canadians to build a national 'crowdsourced poem'

Given thought to Canada's upcoming 150th birthday? Our sesquicentennial is just around the corner -- how should we celebrate? What do we love about being Canadian and how can we show it in local and nationwide events in 2017?

Sonnet L'Abbé seeks answers to those questions and more.

An award-winning poet and culture critic who teaches creative writing in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, L'Abbé has embarked on a two-month whistle-stop tour aboard ViaRail, talking with Canadians about our country at Year 150.

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#UBCGrad2013 and the new UBC graduation

#UBCGrad2013 and the new UBC graduation

Help share the graduation experience

UBC has a new look and feel for the upcoming spring graduation ceremonies. The experience has been refreshed and modernized, while maintaining a dignified nod to the rich history and tradition at UBC.

In addition to a new look, social media are being integrated into the graduation experience to help students to stay connected to UBC and join the conversation leading up to, during and after graduation.

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the new UBC Coat of Arms
The new UBC Coat of Arms.

UBC Coat of Arms refinements

The Coat of Arms has been an integral part of the university since its 1915 inception by UBC's first president Frank Wesbrook.

In collaboration with the Ceremonies and Events office, Communications & Marketing has been working to restore the Coat of Arms to its original splendor and elegance for 2013 graduation events.

While the elements and the meaning of the Coat of Arms have not changed, the design has been refined to ensure a consistent, quality rendering for a variety of formats. These refinements have focused on accurate historical relevance and appropriate period vernaculars, including the use of letterforms appropriate to the period. Readability has been enhanced, and the vine pattern on the books has been changed to the shape of leaves found in flora that are indigenous to campus.

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2012 summer Group Study at ??? with geography professor Carlos Teixeira
2012 summer Group Study in Central Square Bucharest, Romania with Geography Professor Carlos Teixeira.

Faculty applications now open for Summer 2014 Group Study Programs

Applications are now open for faculty members interested in leading their own Group Study Program for the summer of 2014

Last summer the first Group Study Program at UBC's Okanagan campus was introduced, with two faculty members leading 20 students for a six-week, six-credit session in Romania and Bulgaria.

Growing interest over the past year has resulted in four different groups heading overseas this summer. Five Okanagan faculty members will be teaching a total of 72 UBC students this summer in the United Kingdom, Japan, Portugal and Tanzania.

Any faculty member interested in taking students on an international learning expedition next summer can find out more by visiting the Go Global website or contacting Go Global Coordinator Dana Lowton.

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The Best Service Pros team will provide cleaning services for all academic and residence buildings on the Okanagan campus starting June 1.
The Best Service Pros team will provide cleaning services for all academic and residence buildings on the Okanagan campus starting June 1.

Best Service Pros contracted for cleaning

Best Service Pros has been awarded a three-year contract for cleaning services for all academic and residential buildings on campus, starting June 1.

Al King, manager of maintenance and grounds with Facilities Management, notes that the company is focused on being a "green" janitorial service provider and is keen to help the campus build on the success of reduce, reuse and recycling initiatives.

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Event Equipment for Loan program expanded

The Community Engagement Office loans a variety of event equipment to faculty, staff, and students to present public events with a consistently strong, tier-one UBC image.

The event equipment inventory includes UBC-branded banners with stands, table cloths and tents. A number of basic event items are also available, such as display boards, easel stands, table-top and floor-standing sign holders, a ballot box, brochure and business card holders as well as black table cloths.

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Heat Men's 2013 soccer try-outs

Students that have the desire to play varsity soccer and are attending UBC's Okanagan campus will have the opportunity to display their abilities for the coaching staff at the Heat WALK ON camp on August 6 and 7.

Any student-athlete who wishes to be considered for the 2013 Heat Men's Soccer team must attend the walk on portion before attending the evaluation camp and must register by emailing Heat men's soccer coatch, Dante Zanatta.

Players identified during this camp must be able to attend pre-season training that starts on August 7th and runs until school starts.

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peopleJordan Coble now works as a curatorial and heritage researcher.
Jordan Coble

Access to success

Jordan Coble is among the first Aboriginal students to graduate from innovative program

Seven years after high school graduation, Jordan Coble knew he wanted a career, not just a job. Luckily, someone suggested he check out the new Aboriginal Access Studies program.

Coble, a member of the Westbank First Nation, was one of the first students to register in 2007, and this June he expects to cross the stage at convocation with his bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies.

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Ken Beckett
Ken Beckett

Ken Beckett named charge engineer

Facilities Management would like to congratulate Ken Beckett who was recently selected as the successful candidate for the new charge engineer position in the department.

Beckett is a fourth class engineer who has been with UBC's Okanagan campus since December 2001. He came to UBC from the Glencoe Club in Calgary, where he was the operations assistant specializing in sports recreation facilities.

When Ken has a moment to rest, he enjoys hiking, photography and fishing. In a previous career Beckett also worked as a roadie for some well-known rock bands.

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Alanna Ekkert
Alanna Ekkert

Alanna Ekkert selected as the 2013 Create orientation coordinator

A warm welcome to Alanna Ekkert, third-year nursing student and this year's coordinator for the Create New Student Orientation in September.

Ekkert will be heavily involved in the planning for this year's Create and all the Week of Welcome events that occur throughout the first week of classes. This new position compliments her previous experience in the AVP Students portfolio as a peer mentor assisting students as they navigated their first year on campus.

Members of the campus community can contact Ekkert about Create event ideas and volunteer opportunities, new student concerns or any program ideas related to the first week of activities in September. To contact her, email alanna.ekkert@ubc.ca or call 250-807-8632.

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Provost Wesley Pue (left) presented the Provost Award for Teaching Assistant and Tutors to: Lindsay Balfour, Sam Labun, Zerihun Demissie, Lindsey Reinholz, Shelir Ebrahimi, and Reyad Mehfuz, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard looks on.
Provost Wesley Pue (left) presented the Provost Award for Teaching Assistant and Tutors to: Lindsay Balfour, Sam Labun, Zerihun Demissie, Lindsey Reinholz, Shelir Ebrahimi, and Reyad Mehfuz, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard looks on.

Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors

The Provost's Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors, which carries a $500 cash prize, was presented to six recipients at the Teaching Excellence and Innovation ceremony this month.

At the ceremony Zerihun Demissie, Sam Labun, Lindsey Reinholz, Shelir Ebrahimim, Reyad Mehfuz and Lindsay Balfour were all recognized for their outstanding efforts in helping other students in the past year.

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research spotlightBiologist Soheil Mahmoud
Biologist Soheil Mahmoud in the lab with lavender plants.

Okanagan discovery powers biofuel research at Berkeley

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have used a gene identified and characterized at UBC's Okanagan campus to improve how bacteria convert biomass into fuel.

In research published in the journal Planta [Demissie ZA, Sarker L, and Mahmoud SS 2011, Planta 233: 685-696], Soheil Mahmoud's team in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences identified the gene that makes the monoterpene β-phellandrene, a biochemical compound that contributes to the essential oil and scent in lavender plants.

The Berkeley researchers used the gene to demonstrate that cyanobacteria are capable of producing β-phellandrene as a potential biofuel molecule. It turns out that β-phellandrene synthase makes a big difference in how much fuel the bacteria are able to generate. The Berkeley research was published in March in the journal Bioenergy Research.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
May 15, 2013

News

UBC faculty members, tutors recognized for dedication to students
Seize the moment
Heat teams make grade to stay in Canada West loop
Science building chiller being replaced
Poet Sonnet L'Abbé takes Canada's pulse leading to 150th birthday
#UBCGrad2013 and the new UBC graduation
UBC Coat of Arms refinements
Faculty applications now open for Summer 2014 Group Study Programs
Best Service Pros contracted for cleaning
Event Equipment for Loan program expanded
Heat Men's 2013 soccer try-outs

People

Access to success
Ken Beckett named charge engineer
Alanna Ekkert selected as the 2013 Create Orientation coordinator
Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors

Research Spotlight

Okanagan discovery powers biofuel research at Berkeley

eventsJoin the energy conversation

Get involved in the power-down

energy conservation team traIning to be held May 28

The Okanagan Sustainability Office would like to thank those who attended their Join the Energy Conversation coffee event on May 9.  Turnout was excellent and 15 people registered to be part of our Energy Conservation Campus Green Team.

Anyone still interested in learning more about volunteering for this team are invited to join the Okanagan Sustainability Office for a Lunch and Learn volunteer training workshop.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Administration building Sunroom, room ADM121

A light lunch will be served.

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Bookstore department fair organized for May 29

The Bookstore is looking to help UBC departments and units find out more about the services they offer. Services include the no GST for departments price guarantee, free shipping and custom imprint promotional products.

The Bookstore department fair will also feature information about office products, demonstrations, light refreshments and door prizes.

Date: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Administration building foyer

To find out more, visit the UBC Bookstore website.

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Hack n Whack golf tournament 2013

Seventh annual Hack & Whack golf tournament

Join colleagues for nine holes of golf, dinner, and lots of prizes

This year's annual faculty and staff Hack & Whack golf tournament is being held at the Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon Golf and Country Club in Kelowna.  The fun begins with a 3:30 p.m. shotgun start.

This alternative-shot tournament is open to all UBC staff and faculty and beginners are welcome.  Register in pairs, as an individual ($55+GST per individual entry), or join participants with the dinner-only option ($32 + GST).

Date: Tuesday, June 4
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club

To register or find out more visit camprec.ca.

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Gutsy Walk on June 7

join the campus walk or donate to cure inflammatory bowel disease

A team from Assistant Professor of Biology Deanna Gibson’s laboratory in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is walking on campus in the Gutsy Walk on Friday, June 7, to raise funds for the cure to inflammatory bowel disease. 

Her team, "The Bowel Movements," is composed of her graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. They are looking for donations made through their webpage or for people to join the team and walk with them around the campus.

Date: Friday, June 7
Time: 12 to 2 p.m. 
Location: Courtyard

See the team's Facebook page


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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Okanagan campus people, achievements and events are showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

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events

Essential Administrative Skills Series summer schedule
now available

The Essential Administrative Skills Series is a package of courses, workshops and discussion sessions focused on training for staff members who primarily deal with administration and who are looking to improve their office skills or develop their career path.

The series offers sessions in financial and human resource system training, software skill development, building knowledge of process and procedures, social media training and more.

Check the Essential Administrative Skills Series Schedule for a list of courses currently being offered between May and September or visit the Human Resources website for details and registration information on upcoming courses.

To suggest a course or training session that's needed for this series, contact Deb Deorksen in Human Resources.

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Scientist knowledge translation training

A highly regarded two-day Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT) workshop is coming to UBC's Okanagan campus in June.

Participants will learn about knowledge translation and its context within the social, political, and research community as well as learning to develop knowledge translation plans.

Date: June 26 and 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
Location: Purcell residence
Cost: $300 (breakfast and lunch included both days)
Register online: www.eply.com/SKTT_UBCO

Grants are available for interested graduate students who would like to attend this workshop. Contact Agnes Sauter, research facilitator and special projects coordinator in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, to find out more.

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Workshops at a glance

Here are some professional development opportunities for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus over the next few weeks:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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