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Growing up out loud -- the class of 2017

For the class of 2017, "privacy" is a profile setting on your social media accounts.

Many incoming university students were probably born sometime in 1995 when most of us had to actually sit at a computer terminal and "dial-up" to access the Internet. The noises associated with this extremely arduous process (by today's standards!) are largely unfamiliar to this generation.

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Participants such as Jess O'Toole and Kate Helmore (foreground, left to right) are turned into human canvases during Colour Me UBC. Part of Create on Sept. 3, the event outfits students with Tuum Est ("It is up to you") T-shirts and a colour mixture made from cornstarch and tempera paint powder.
Participants such as Jess O'Toole and Kate Helmore (foreground, left to right) are turned into human canvases during Colour Me UBC. Part of Create on Sept. 3, the event outfits students with Tuum Est ("It is up to you") T-shirts and a colour mixture made from cornstarch and tempera paint powder.

Welcome mat rolls out for students new to UBC's
Okanagan campus

Create, Jump Start and Kick Start orientation events
welcome newcomers

Most people remember their first day at a post-secondary school. Sometimes it's exciting, sometimes it's daunting. Often it's both.

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Understanding reconciliationThe road to reconciliation

On campus events organized to coincide with Truth and Reconciliation Commission's last national event in Vancouver

In support of the last national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event, UBC's Okanagan campus will be hosting a series of events which will provide venues for dialogue about truth and reconciliation for all students, staff and faculty.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission will host its last national event in from September 16 to 22 in Vancouver.

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Let's start an evolution together

Let's start an evolution together

KEY AREAS WHERE INVESTMENTS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Support for students

start an evolution will reduce financial barriers and provide enriching educational experiences

Consider investing in undergraduate and graduate students:

  • Scholarships, awards, and bursaries
  • Experiential learning -- international study, field trips, community
    service learning and research
  • Graduate student support
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Okanagan high school students Ryan Price, left, and Brenden Wright try out their stethoscope skills during the nursing workshop at the Indigenous Summer Scholars Camp.
Okanagan high school students Ryan Price, left, and Brenden Wright try out their stethoscope skills during the nursing workshop at the Indigenous Summer Scholars Camp.

Indigenous Summer Scholars Camp nurtures visions for
the future

The recent UBC Indigenous Summer Scholars Camp provided an opportunity for Aboriginal youth to generate a sense of belonging on campus, strengthen their relationship with the university and cultivate post-secondary aspirations.

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Allison Hargreaves and David Jefferess have organized the AfterKnowledge Discussion Series with the intent of encouraging public discussion about a number of topical events. The series opens this Friday at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna.
Allison Hargreaves and David Jefferess have organized the AfterKnowledge Discussion Series with the intent of encouraging public discussion about a number of topical events. The series opens this Friday at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna.

UBC faculty host expert-led discussion series AlterKnowledge

Public encouraged to attend events that encourage debate and shared ideas

Keeping the spirit of intellectual conversations alive, two faculty members with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are planning a series of speaking events that encourage audience dialogue.

This year's first AlterKnowledge Discussion event takes place Friday at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in downtown Kelowna, and will be an open discussion on Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) upcoming national event in Vancouver.

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Safe WalkSafe Walk re-launched this month as a Campus Security program

Need an escort around campus? Safe Walk is now a 24-hours-per-day service for the Okanagan campus.

Campus Security is now coordinating all Safe Walk activities and the service will be offered every evening until midnight by Safe Walk student escorts. These student escorts can be identified by their new red Safe Walk jackets. During off-hours Campus Security personnel also offer the same service.

To request a Safe Walk escort at any time call 250-807-8076.

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September brings new beginnings, new prospects to UBC

Okanagan campus has 8,332 students driving cultural,
economic change

September at UBC's Okanagan campus is a time of new beginnings, fresh faces, new ideas, wish lists and to-do lists. And for the more than 1,300 faculty and staff, it is also a time of excitement as this year's 8,332 students -- including  in 2,175 first-year, 587 graduate and 821 international students -- arrive on campus.

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More than 1,700 students moved into UBC residences
this weekend

It's a well-choreographed exercise in precision, communication, and people moving.

Move-in day for first-year students at UBC's Okanagan campus took place on Sunday, and as Suzanne Nazareno says, moving more than 900 students into the university's residences in a matter of hours required military precision, timing, and communication.

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Southern Medical Program's inaugural class enter
their clinical years

Students from the Southern Medical Program's inaugural class begin the clinical phase of their medical education this month.

The first 32 medical undergraduates -- who entered the program in September 2011 -- will spend the next year learning alongside physicians and other health professionals in BC Interior hospitals.

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UBC Master of Social Work focuses on clinical
practice opportunities

All-MSW program addresses Canada's need for highly trained social workers

As Director of the School of Social Work at UBC's Okanagan campus, Ed Taylor had a tough call to make in establishing an enhanced Master of Social Work Program. The higher qualification was quickly becoming the new post-secondary standard in the social- and mental health-care communities.

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Faculty Connections Club invites new faculty members to get social in October

New to UBC or the Okanagan? Interested in meeting new colleagues?

A Faculty Connections Club is being developed for the campus academic community to bring together like-minded academics to help transition anyone new to the region and the university.

Anyone interested in participating in are invited to participate in the upcoming inaugural wine and cheese event on October 17.

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A second round of Work Study / Work Learn applications being accepted in September

Interested in a wage subsidy to hire qualified and energetic students?

A second round of applications for the 2013-2014 Work Study / Work Learn Program will be open until September 10.

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peopleRoger Sugden, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Advisor to the Principal on Innovation and Economic Development.
Roger Sugden, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Advisor to the Principal on Innovation and Economic Development.

Roger Sugden appointed advisor on innovation and
economic development

Roger Sugden, Dean of the Faculty of Management, has been appointed Advisor to the Principal on Innovation and Economic Development.

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UBC’s Okanagan campus Staff of Excellence Awards were presented by Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard (right) to, from left: Jody Ainley, Jamie Snow, Bud Mortenson, Susan Belton.
UBC's Okanagan campus Staff of Excellence Awards were presented by Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard (right) to, from left: Jody Ainley, Jamie Snow, Bud Mortenson, Susan Belton.

UBC honours staff members for contribution to
Okanagan campus

Four receive Staff Awards of Excellence for their dedication to university life

UBC's Okanagan campus has a reputation for outstanding employees. Recently, four of the best were honoured for burnishing that reputation, both as ambassadors of good will and for outstanding performance making UBC a better place.

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New coach Cass Hritzuk is ready for a new campaign of Heat golf.
New coach Cass Hritzuk is ready for a the 2013-2014 Heat golf campaign.

It's all about the journey for new golf coach and his team

For Cassidy "Cass" Hritzuk, It's all about the journey and the opportunities afforded to you along the way. This year, he seized the opportunity to join the coaching staff of the men's and women's Heat golf teams, both of which have developed some of BC's top varsity golfers in recent years..

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research spotlightPhD student Cindy Bourne, manager of the Learning Resources and Support team at UBC's Okanagan Campus, and a member of Project G.R.O.W.
PhD student Cindy Bourne, manager of the Learning Resources and Support team and a member of Project GROW.

PhD Student leads teacher candidates in Tanzania

Cindy Bourne and her team sought to invest in a Tanzanian community by creating school books in Swahili and English for a Tanzanian classroom.

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Kevin Hanna is a newly appointed associate professor of geography in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
Kevin Hanna is a newly appointed associate professor of geography in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Planning for an uncertain future

Newly appointed Associate Professor of Geography Kevin Hanna says that regardless of any debate on why climate change is happening, no one can really dispute that it is.

This means that governments, planners, engineers and academics need to work together to find ways to plan for the reality that what were once exceptional events are going to happen more often.

"Southern Alberta had two extraordinary flood events in the span of a decade," says Hanna, who grew up on a ranch in the Nicola Valley. "This year, passengers had to be evacuated off a commuter train in Toronto in rubber dinghies, and parts of the subway system flooded."

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Exploring students' perspectives of kindness in schools

As a former classroom teacher and school principal, Tyler Binfet knows first-hand the importance of positive learning environments and their impact on students.

In his first year as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, Binfet conducted a large study involving 1,753 students from School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) in which he explored students' perceptions of kindness. Using mixed-methods that included both psychological surveys and open-ended questions, Binfet sought to better understand what and how students think about kindness.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
September 4, 2013

News

Growing up out loud
Welcome mat rolls out for students new to UBC's Okanagan campus
The road to reconciliation
Let's start an evolution together
Indigenous Summer Scholars Camp nurtures visions for the future
UBC faculty host expert-led discussion series AlterKnowledge
Safe Walk re-launched this month as a Campus Security program
September brings new beginnings, new prospects to UBC
More than 1,700 students moved into UBC residences this weekend
Southern Medical Program's inaugural class enter their clinical years
UBC Master of Social Work focuses on clinical practice opportunities
Faculty Connections Club invites new faculty members to get social in October
A second round of Work Study / Work Learn applications being accepted in September

People

Roger Sugden appointed advisor on innovation and economic development
UBC honours staff members for contribution to Okanagan campus
It's all about the journey for new Golf coach and his team

Research Spotlight

PhD Student leads teacher candidates in Tanzania
Planning for an uncertain future
Exploring students' perspectives of kindness in schools

events

Book launch: Okanagan Artists in their Studios

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) is hosting a book launch and exhibition on September 5 in celebration of a new book that looks at some of its faculty members.

Okanagan Artists in their Studios features six FCCS faculty members: Briar Craig, Fern Helfand, Byron Johnston, Jim Kalnin, Gary Pearson and Bryan Ryley.

The book provides an insight into these artists' lives and personalities as part of the exploration of their ideas, philosophy, approaches and working methods.

The full exhibition will be open until September 13 in the FINA gallery.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 5
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Creative and Critical Studies building FINA gallery

To find out more about the book and its artists, visit: okanaganartists.com.

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Negotiating cultural safety in a North Okanagan context: Perspectives and experiences

At this Partnership in Research Seminar Series, a panel of experts will share research findings from a project on cultural safety in the Okanagan valley. Panelists include:

  • Rachelle Hole, associate professor of social work
  • Jessie Nyberg, elder advisor for the Stswécemc/Xgat'tem nation
  • Carmella Alexis, graduate student in the interdisciplinary studies program

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART218

To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, please RSVP at culturalsafety.eventbrite.ca.

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Reverse seminar: the future of food politics (or why food is not coal)

The Okanagan Sustainability Institute (OSI) is welcoming to campus Hugh Campbell, chair of sociology at the University of Otago, on September 12.

At this reverse seminar Campbell will discuss the future of food politics and identify whether developed nations are in such a transformative moment around the politics of food.

A reverse seminar brings potential partners to UBC to explain their vision and challenges to OSI researchers. They are intended to foster research collaboration topics to be taken up by current OSI working groups or spark the formation of new working groups.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Management boardroom, room EME4116

To find out more contact Brittany Tateyama, program assistant in the Faculty of Management.

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The 2013 President's Town Hall

President's Town Hall September 16

Our questions define us and the Town Halls are an opportunity for the UBC community to get concrete answers to the hard-hitting questions they have.

Date: Monday, Sept. 16
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more visit: www.townhall.ubc.ca

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Eighth annual Barber School Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is presenting the annual Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium on September 24.

The symposium is a showcase of the 2013 Undergraduate Research Awards recipients. It is a great opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the research being carried out by the Barber School's undergraduate students.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

To find out more visit the Barber School Undergraduate Research Awards website.

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Barber School International Education Travel Subsidy info session

The International Education Travel Subsidy (IETS) provides opportunities for Barber School undergraduate and graduate students to gain academic experience in an international setting. The program supports student participation in faculty-led courses, international field studies, co-operative work experience or volunteer opportunities.

An information session on October 2 will feature past travel subsidy participants sharing video and stories of their experiences.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART208

To find out more about the subsidy, attend the session on October 2 or visit the IETS website.

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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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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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