Power of You Lights Out challenge results
The Okanagan Sustainability Office thanks everyone who participated in the Power of You Lights Out Challenge on October 16. Power of You volunteers completed a visual tally of all offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, and laboratories that directly and indirectly participated in the one-hour challenge.
Based on the number of audited spaces, the campus participation rate was an impressive 48.9 per cent.
Birds of a feather photograph local species together
UBC biologists donate talents to create picturesque calendar as a fundraiser
Two like-minded biologists spent their spare time last summer working on a photographic fundraising idea to benefit their students. And now that their 2014 Birds of the UBC Okanagan Pond calendar is in stores, they hope it flies of the shelves.
Go Global encourages UBC students to learn out of the classroom
Students earn academic credit while participating in summer study tours
Travelling to foreign lands, especially to places where cultures and climates are different from those of the Okanagan, is seen by many as a great learning experience.
UBC students head to Oxford for International Model United Nations
First time UBC invited to the international event, where students represent Estonia
For the first time ever, two students from UBC's Okanagan campus will participate in the International Model United Nations conference.
Multi-Sport Court a hit at ball hockey tournament
For the most part, boards are not the most glamorous material. But they made all the difference at the annual Rezletics Food Exchange Road Hockey Tournament.
A treasure of Canadian art was recently acquired by UBC Okanagan's campus for inclusion in the Public Art Collection.
The Tree of Life by renowned Canadian artist Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) was donated as a gift to the campus from UBC alumnus Dr. Luigi Rossi of Smithers, BC and his family.
The Tree of Life was installed in the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre over three days in June 2013. A special thanks is owed to Susan Belton, curator of the Public Art Collection, for her work on the project.
New educational program for UBC clinical faculty
The Southern Medical Program's new Master Teacher Certificate Program (MTCP) was officially launched in September.
The focus of the program is to provide clinical faculty and other health professionals with tools and resources to help them excel in their roles as medical educators.
Student evaluations of teaching begin Nov. 17
Students will be completing online Teacher Evaluation Questionnaires, starting November 17. The evaluation period will continue until December 3.
Donation helps Faculty of Education at Okanagan campus launch new program
A Colorado educator and philanthropist has donated intellectual property valued at $1.2-million to the Faculty of Education.
UBC is pleased to announce a five-month pilot of lynda.com resources for all faculty and staff members. This service is available between Nov. 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, at no charge to UBC employees.
Applications now being accepted for 2014 coaching internship
Coaching@UBC is a mobilized force of 70 certified coaches offering free one-on-one coaching services to UBC faculty and staff.
Faculty and staff who are interested in pursuing certification as professional coaches are able to apply for funding to support their chosen ICF Accredited Coach Training Program.
Campus Security now has six bike lockers available for rent to bicycle commuters or anyone in need of storage space while on campus.
Four lockers are available in the Arts and Sciences Centre and two are available in the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre. The lockers are $5 per month for a three-month minimum.
Anyone is interested in renting one can visit the Security Office in LIB016, or email Campus Security.
Tyler Binfet will present an overview of BARK -- the Faculty of Education's dog therapy program.
Tyler Binfet, assistant professor of education, is sharing an overview of the BARK Program with the UBC Mental Health Awareness Club.
Standing for Building Academic Retention Through K9s, BARK is a dog therapy program that brings together students, trained therapy dogs and handlers, and faculty in an effort to reduce stress, foster interpersonal connections and institution affinity, and to promote students' social-emotional well-being.
Six Heat Soccer players honoured as Provincial All-Stars
The Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) has announced its 2013-2014 conference all-stars for both men's and women's soccer just days ahead of their championship tournament.
Four players were chosen from the Heat women's soccer team as all-stars this year. The men's squad placed two players on the all-star team for the third straight year.
Fourth straight provincial medal for Heat
For the fourth straight year, the Heat women's soccer team finishes the season with a provincial medal.
The Heat outscored the Langara Falcons 3-2 on October 27 in the medal game of the 2013 PACWEST provincial soccer championships to finish with the bronze.
Heat rugby squad wins second title in three years
The Heat men's rugby squad took on the University of Calgary Dinos in the finals of the third annual Hindson Cup, defeating the Dinos 15-3 on Saturday to win their second title in three years.
A new challenge halfway around the world
Two years ago, a passion for teaching and an opportunity for a fresh start brought Dr. Olusegun Oyedele and his family 16,000 kilometres from Johannesburg to Kelowna.
Fast forward to today, Dr. Oyedele is immersed in his teaching with the Southern Medical Program and looking towards building new research opportunities.
Sharon McCoubrey celebrated for her impact to the field of art education and her dedication to Okanagan community initiatives
In her 41st year as an educator, Sharon McCoubrey has been named one of 50 People Who Made a Difference at Okanagan College.
Accolades aside, McCoubrey's focus has been and still remains to "pass on the love of learning to children."
Love of psychology brought Edmonton graduate student to study in Okanagan
Holli-Anne Passmore left behind a secure managerial position with the federal government in Edmonton to pursue graduate studies in psychology full-time at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Study focuses on holding breath for up to 10 minutes
UBC research investigates how free divers trick their oxygen-deprived brains
Free-diving, or breath-hold diving, is a sport with historical ties to spear fishers and pearl divers. Most countries, including Canada, have national teams that compete to see who can dive the deepest and hold their breath the longest.
Croatia's national team continues to break world records and now some of their top divers are helping a team of Canadian researchers from UBC's Okanagan campus.
How to spot a liar
Forensic psychologist Stephen Porter looks for truth in nonverbal cues
Forensic psychologist Stephen Porter of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences studies deception detection, criminal behaviour, psychopathic personality and behavioural cues to deception. His expertise is much-sought by law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and national media organizations.
Student project raises First Nations health awareness
Third-year student Laura MacKinnon developed a good grasp of First Nations health growing up in the Northwest Territories. As part of her studies with the Southen Medical Program, she saw a chance to create a partnership with a local First Nations organization and raise awareness amongst her fellow classmates.
UBC researchers collaborate on project aimed at youth and young adults
UBC nursing researchers are taking a fresh approach to educate people about new evidence suggesting links between breast cancer and smoking.
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Controversial art is focus of exhibit
Art and Controversy is the title and theme for an exhibit that's on until Friday in the FINA Gallery.
The idea for the event was initiated by controversy surrounding certain artworks that have been displayed on campus from UBC's Okanagan campus Public Art Collection.
To find out more read the University Relations media advisory.
The global land grab as symptom of the triple crisis: food-energy-finance
Matias Margulis, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, will be on campus to give a talk for the Unit 6 Speaker Series.
His talk will analyze the global land grab as a manifestation of the triple-crisis of food, energy and finance.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6 (today)
Ping pong tournament
The Critical Studies Club is hosting a ping pong tournament today.
Participants will earn points for their mini-Olympics team and earn bonus points for great team names.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6 (today)
To signup for the tournament email the Critical Studies club.
Teaching the world in the Roman classroom
The Unit 6 History Speakers' Series is hosting a talk this afternoon by Felix Racine, research associate at McGill University.
This presentation examines geographical instruction given in schools throughout the empire as well as the type of geographical knowledge valued in public life.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6 (today)
To find out more, visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.
Reel Change SustainAbility screening: Salmon Confidential
An on-campus screening of Salmon Confidential will take place on Friday as part of this year's Reel Change SustainAbility Film Fest.
Salmon Confidential alleges a government cover-up of what is killing BC's wild salmon. It follows biologist Alexandra Morton's discovery that BC's wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide.
Date: Friday, Nov. 8
Sponsored in part by the Okanagan Sustainability Office, the Reel Change SustainAbility Film Fest runs in Kelowna from November 2 to 16.
Power of You Bundle Up event
Heat your body, not your space
Join the Okanagan Sustainability Office for a warm beverage and cookies while learning about energy conservation during the winter months. This session will provide energy efficiency tips for staying warm while keeping energy consumption to a minimum.
Free FortisBC branded blankets and insulated lunch bags will be provided to those in attendance.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 14
To find out more, visit the Power of You website for more information.
Hispanic Film Series: Cidade de Deus
The Spanish program and the Latin American & Iberian Studies program present a screening of the film Cidade de Deus on November 14.
There is no charge for admittance and the film will be presented with subtitles in English.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 14
Barber School undergraduate research info session
Students of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences have access to two programs for undergraduate summer research, each with its own criteria, target student population, and research focus.
Anyone interested can find out more at an information session on November 18.
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
FCCS Visiting Author Series: Stephen Collis
Canadian poet Stephen Collis will give a free public reading on November 18, as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Author Series.
Collis is the author of five books of poetry, including the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winning On the Material.
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
This event is free and open to everyone. To find out more contact the department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.
Global Gala fundraiser
On November 23, a group of fourth-year nursing students will host the annual Global Gala fundraiser.
It includes an African-inspired meal, dancing, live band, cash bar, silent auction, and short presentations by previous students.
Tickets to the Global Gala are $50 each or $375 for a table of eight and are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 250-874-0784.
To find out more visit The Exchange website.
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.
The recruiting process
An Essential Administrative Skills Series workshop
This workshop provides a general overview of the procedures or actions required to recruit a staff member at UBC. It will cover how to classify a position, when to post a position, how to select an applicant, and which union rules apply prior to the interview stage.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 26
Workshops at a glance
Here are some professional development workshops for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus over the next few weeks:
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