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The Lights Out Challenge is today

An Earth Hour practice session

Conserve energy and practice for Earth Hour by shutting off campus lights in offices and classrooms between 12 noon and 1 p.m. today.

Which building will show the greatest energy reduction during the one-hour challenge? Or have the most occupant participation?

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Jordan Coble is among the first Aboriginal students to graduate from the new Aboriginal Access Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Jordan Coble was one the first Aboriginal students to graduate from the new Aboriginal Access Studies program at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Staying true to our roots

UBC's Okanagan campus Aboriginal Centre provide has attracted attention from other Canadian universities.

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UBC ALERT

UBC ALERT text messaging launches

SIGN UP to receive emergency Notifications on your Cell

A new UBC ALERT messaging tool launches this month, making campus emergency notifications available faster via text and voice messages.

To receive emergency messages on your work or personal cell phone, sign up at emergency.ok.ubc.ca.

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Mini-Med graphic

Mini-Med series starts Oct. 29

UBC Mini-Med is a four-week series of health education lectures by UBC researchers, intended for anyone who wants to know more about the latest health research, ask questions, and make informed health decisions. Engaging and timely topics range from concussion research to genetics and disease.

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Public consultation on updating UBC’s Okanagan Master Plan runs from October 3 to 17, with opportunities to provide feedback online or in person at a Public Information Session on October 9.
Reminder: public consultation on updating the Okanagan campus Master Plan is still open online until October 17.

Updating UBC's Okanagan Master Plan

Over the next 18 months, UBC's Okanagan Campus is updating its Master Plan to address future development needs to 2030.

Learn more about the process to update the Master Plan and give us your thoughts and ideas on the next phase of campus development online until October 17 at planning.ubc.ca.

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Visiting Author David Chariandy gives literary reading on
Oct. 21

Ambitious first novel lauded by critics, nominated for literary prizes

Author David Chariandy makes two appearances in the Okanagan this month as this year's Cultural Studies Annual Speaker and as part of UBC's Visiting Author series.

Chariandy will give a reading on Monday, October 21, 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library at 1380 Ellis St. Kelowna.

Author David Chariandy
Author David Chariandy
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United Way logoUnited Way Early Bird Draw

Always wanted to park next to the Library building in A lot? Donate to the Okanagan campus United Way workplace campaign by November 15 and be entered into a draw for a four-month A lot parking pass.

To find out more visit unitedway.ok.ubc.ca or contact Sarah Stang, Okanagan campus United Way campaign chair, at 250-807-9606.

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Student Leadership Conference

Registration now open for Student Leadership Conference

Unite. Believe. Create.

This year's Student Leadership Conference will take place on November 2.

The annual conference will feature a full day of leadership and learning for students, including workshops, case studies, and the inspirational keynote speaker Crystal Flaman.

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Ayla Graham – masters student in clinical exercise physiology, avid cyclist, and spin instructor – leads a spin class in the Hangar, proving to be a popular fitness outlet with the campus community.

Group Fitness promotion going strong

From yoga to Zumba, Campus Rec can help you keep fit and have fun

Take advantage of Campus Rec's Group Fitness promotion before it's too late.

Until the end of October, the campus community can take advantage of a substantial deal on Group Fitness programs -- $20 for unlimited Group Fitness participation.

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Julianna Neudorf on left and Trisha Metro on right show that pack style running that is quickly becoming a strength of this Heat team. (Photo Heat athletics)
Julianna Neudorf on left and Trisha Metro on right show that pack-style running is quickly becoming a strength of this Heat team.

Heat cross country women warrant number one ranking

The Heat women's cross country team proved its number one ranking was no fluke as they showed remarkable depth in their win in Edmonton at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) Grand Prix #3 Race on October 5.

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Flu vaccination clinics Nov. 4 and 7

Protect yourself with a flu shot

Health, Safety and Environment, in partnership with the School of Nursing, the Southern Medical Program, and Safeway Pharmacy, will be hosting influenza information and vaccination clinics on November 4 and 7. 

The flu vaccine will be provided free of charge to faculty, staff and students during the clinics.

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Ergonomic workstation assessments now available

Health, Safety and Environment and human kinetics students team up for injury prevention

Starting today, human kinetics practicum students are available to conduct ergonomic workstation assessments for faculty and staff.

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peopleCol. Chris Hadfield plays the song, Is Somebody Singing, with students at École KLO Middle School.
Col. Chris Hadfield plays the song, Is Somebody Singing, with students at École KLO Middle School.

Exploits on the final frontier fascinating, Chris Hadfield
tells audience

Canada's most famous astronaut recounts times in space and on earth

How do you tune your guitar in space? Or sleep? Even breathe? Col. Chris Hadfield, recent commander of the International Space Station, provided answers on Oct. 7, during a special UBC Distinguished Speaker Series presentation in Kelowna.

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Jeannine Kuemmerle
Jeannine Kuemmerle

Changes for Aboriginal Programs & Services this month

Jeannine Kuemmerle appointed manager

Aboriginal Student Advisor Jeannine Kuemmerle will be assuming new responsibilities as of October 31, when Aboriginal Programs & Services (APS) Director Adrienne Vedan is scheduled to go on maternity leave.

Kuemmerle will take over as manager of APS during Vedan's absence.

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The steady play of Will Deck over the year results in him being named POY. (Photo by Heat athletics)
The steady play of Will Deck over the year results in him being named Player of the Year.

Will Deck's steady play earns him the Golf Player of the Year in the PACWEST

Fourth-year Heat golfer Will Deck was able to make up the two shots needed on October 6 to capture top spot overall to close out the PACWEST golf season.

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Leyton Schnellert
Leyton Schnellert

Education prof. co-winner of Canadian Education Association Award

Leyton Schnellert winner of 2013 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education

Leyton Schnellert, assistant professor and coordinator of professional development, was recently awarded the distinguished Canadian Education Association Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education.

The award recognizes Schnellert's work in improving literacy among adolescent learners -- particularly those with learning disabilities -- and teachers' practices to support them.

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research spotlightMaxine Crawford is examining how children connect with nature and how children develop responsible attitudes towards environmental stewardship.
Maxine Crawford is examining how children connect with nature and how children develop responsible attitudes towards environmental stewardship.

Environmental awareness and attitudes subject of
psychology study

PhD student measures ways children, adults become responsible eco-stewards

Maxine Crawford is part of a team that found a novel way to assess children's connection with nature – using a smartphone app.

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Prof. Patricia Marck, director of the School of Nursing, and Prof. of Nursing Research Kate Gerrish, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Prof. Patricia Marck, director of the School of Nursing, and Prof. of Nursing Research Kate Gerrish, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Visiting nurse researcher promotes integrated approach to patient care

Care practices in U.K. focus on collaboration among health-care disciplines

Professor of Nursing Research Kate Gerrish knows about teamwork. When it comes to developing collaborative approaches to patient care among health-care practitioners, she has influenced the development of national policy in the U.K.

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Education prof. publishes new book about writing for
post-secondary

Students have a new resource with the release of Academic Inquiry: Writing for Post-secondary Success, by the Faculty of Education's Scott Douglas.

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workshops

Central Booking Office Lunch and Learn

Bring a lunch and learn more about the Central Booking Office (CBO) and its services on October 25.

At this Lunch and Learn session the CBO will cover who is eligible to make a request with the CBO, what the timelines are, what space is chargeable and when, and much more.

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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:

October 16
Helping Students Learn

October 17, 24, 31
and November 7

BEN (Behaviour modification-Exercise-Nutrition)

October 17
Writing for the Academic Job Market

October 17
Helping Your Unit Head: Your Role as the Tenure and Promotion Process Guardian

October 17
Writing for the Academic Job (Creative and Critical Studies TAs)

October 17
Finance Lunch and Learn

October 17
Decoding the Publisher Contract

October 17
Starting a Graduate Writing Project

October 18
Hyperion Open Lab

October 18
Kaltura: Creating and Using Video Resources in Connect

October 23
Open Access Week Digital Humanities Panel

October 24
Open Access Publishing

October 24
Open Access Workshop

October 25
Hyperion Open Lab

October 25
Crafting an Effective Presentation (Creative and Critical Studies TAs)

October 25
Open Access Q&A

October 25
Effective Presentation Strategies

October 29
Understanding Copyright

October 29
Peer Review

October 30
Giving Students Feedback

October 31
Editing Diary: A Tool to Enhance your Editing Skills

November 1
Hyperion Open Lab

November 1
Web based Tools

November 4
Navigating FMS nQuery

November 5
Using Video to support instruction and assessment

November 5
The Research Article: Major Sections and Approaches

November 5
Credentialing Bootcamp

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
October 16, 2013

News

Lights Out Challenge is today
Staying true to our roots
UBC ALERT text messaging launches
Mini-Med series starts Oct. 29
Updating Okanagan Master Plan
Visiting Author David Chariandy gives literary reading on Oct. 21
United Way Early Bird Draw
Registration now open for Student Leadership Conference
Group Fitness promotion going strong
Heat cross country women warrant number one ranking
When it's flu time don't get caught
Ergonomic workstation assessments now available

People

Exploits in the final frontier
Changes for Aboriginal Programs & Services this month
Will Deck's steady play earns him the Golf Player of the Year in the PACWEST
Education prof. announced co-winner of Canadian Education Association Pat Clifford Award

Research Spotlight

Environmental awareness and attitudes subject of psychology study
Visiting nurse researcher promotes integrated approach to patient care
Education prof. publishes new book about writing for post-secondary

eventsThe Shakespeare show

The Shakespeare show

How an illiterate son of a glover became the greatest playwright in the world

Theatre26 Presents Monster Theatre's The Shakespeare Show, a fast-paced comedy investigating the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were actually written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

Dates: Friday, Oct. 18 and
Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 7 p.m. both nights
Location: University Theatre, room ADM026

To find out more, visit Theatre26 on Facebook.

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Open Access Week reception

Everyone is invited to celebrate the start of Open Access Week 2013 and the unveiling of the Okanagan campus Open Access Hall of Fame.

Take some time to view the Open Access displays around the library and learn about some of the exciting initiatives taking place on campus.

Date: Monday, Oct. 21
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Main floor, Okanagan campus library

Light refreshments will be provided. To find out more visit the Okanagan campus library website.

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Drawing insights on compensation with the non-dominant hand

Scott Frey, Miller Family Endowed Chair in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Missouri, will be giving a talk for the Faculty of Health and Social Development on October 21.

Frey's research examines the neural mechanisms underlying skilled manual actions and contributes to the development of more effective, neurally motivated, rehabilitation strategies.

Date: Monday, Oct. 21
Time: 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART114

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Provost's Forum on Open Access

Provost's forum being held Oct. 21

Open Access: the democratization of knowledge

Moderated by Acting Provost Cynthia Mathieson, this discussion will provide insight into how the open access movement is democratizing access to scholarly publications and transforming higher education.

The panel at this event will include Lawrence Berg, professor of critical human geography, Laura Thorne, learning services librarian, and John Willinsky, professor of education at Stanford University.

Date: Monday, Oct. 21
Time: 
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: 
University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To RSVP for this forum, email Lynne McPherson.

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Hispanic Film Series poster

Hispanic Film Series: Fresa y chocolate

The Spanish program and the Latin American & Iberian Studies program present a screening of the film Fresa y chocolate on October 24.

There is no charge for admittance and the film will be presented with subtitles in English.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Okanagan College Theatre, Student Services Building -- 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

To find out more contact Francisco Peña, assistant professor of Spanish, at 250-807-8044.

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Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by Aboriginal Programs & Services, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on October 25.

Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

Date: Friday, Oct. 25
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC 210

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Misrepresentations of Indigenous Peoples: a symposium

The Cultural Studies program's next AlterKnowledge Discussion Series event takes place on October 26

This month's discussion will look at how negative images of Indigenous Peoples serve to justify the subjugation of Indigenous knowledge, institutions and territories.

Facilitated by Gregory Younging, assistant professor of Indigenous studies and Kelly Mitton, English master's student, this symposium will feature film screenings, presentations, and open discussions on the misrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26
Time: 
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 
The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

To find out more about this discussion, visit the AlterKnowledge website.

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Aspire - envisioning our future

ASPIRE – envisioning our future

OCT. 29 CONSULTATIONS LAUNCH CAMPUS VISIONING PROCESS

Over the next year, UBC's Okanagan campus is engaging in a conversation about UBC's Okanagan campus -- what is its place and promise for UBC, the province, and society?

Share your thoughts at one of the October 29 consultation events in the University Centre Ballroom (room UNC 200): 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 to p.m.

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United Way logo

United Way used
book sale

The United Way Book Sale is all set for October 30.

Join United Way campaign organizers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fipke Centre foyer to pick up some great reads.

Organizers are also looking for donations of gently used fiction, cookbooks, kids books, gardening books, and other general interest non-fiction to support this event.

Contact campaign chair Sarah Stang by October 28 to arrange office donation pick-up.

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Managing fatigue at the end of life

Fatigue is a common and distressing problem at the end of life, both for individuals with cancer and for their family caregivers.

Using the most recent evidence, Kärin Olson, professor of nursing at the University of Alberta, will discuss pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches for fatigue management in ill individuals, as well as family caregiver support methods to help reduce their fatigue.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART218

To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, RSVP at: fatiguemanagement.eventbrite.ca

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The Science of
Happiness 2

Happiness and Choices

Medicine and psychology have traditionally focused on deficits and dysfunction (i.e., what is wrong and how to fix it). Recently, science has placed an increased emphasis on positive well-being (i.e., what is healthy and how to promote it).

Mark Holder is an associate professor of psychology and leads a research team investigating the science of positive psychology. With humour and knowledge, he will outline recent research findings related to how choices can contribute (and undermine) happiness.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St., Kelowna

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. To register for this event visit: sciencehappiness.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:

  • October 17
    Faculty Connections Club Wine and Cheese Event
  • October 17
    History Information Meeting
  • October 19
    Canadian Blood Services: Drive For Life
  • October 19
    Women's Soccer: Heat vs. Langara College
  • October 19
    Men's Soccer: Heat vs. Langara College
  • October 20
    Women's Soccer: Heat vs. Quest University
  • October 20
    Biology Course Union Nature Walk
  • October 20
    Men's Soccer: Heat vs. Quest University
  • October 25
    Men's Volleyball: Heat vs. Thompson Rivers University
  • October 25
    Women's Volleyball: Thompson Rivers University vs. Heat
  • October 26
    Heat Cross Country: BC Athletics XC Championships
  • October 26
    Women's Volleyball: Heat vs. Thompson Rivers University
  • October 26
    Men's Volleyball: Thompson Rivers University vs. Heat
  • November 1
    Women's Basketball: Heat vs. University of Alberta
  • November 1
    Men's Basketball: Heat vs. University of Alberta
  • November 2
    Women's Volleyball: Heat vs. Mount Royal University
  • November 2
    Men's Volleyball: Heat vs. Mount Royal University
  • November 2
    Women's Basketball: Heat vs. University of Saskatchewan
  • November 2
    Men's Basketball: Heat vs. University of Saskatchewan
  • November 3
    Women's Volleyball: Heat vs. Mount Royal University
  • November 3
    Men's Volleyball: Heat vs. Mount Royal University
  • November 4
    Art and Controversy
  • November 4
    Public lecture and panel on Art and Controversy
  • November 6
    Thrive Pitstop
  • November 7
    Women's Basketball: Mount Royal College vs. Heat
  • November 7
    Men's Basketball: Mount Royal College vs. Heat

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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