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newsRemembrance Day 2013

Take time to remember tomorrow

The Okanagan campus' Remembrance Day ceremony is tomorrow starting at 10:45 a.m. in the campus courtyard. This is the eighth annual Remembrance Day ceremony on campus and combines traditions from UBC and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Fourth-year history student Sarah McIntosh -- who spent the past two winters working for Veterans Affairs Canada at the memorials at Vimy Ridge and the Somme -- will speak about her experiences at these battlefields.

McIntosh  will be joined by fellow students, who will read poems, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26's colour party, local dignitaries, and UBC representatives.

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Thrive at UBC

The science of happiness and other ways to Thrive

Annual week-long series happening all this week

Check out this week's Thrive events which feature a huge selection of events, workshops and sessions to help the campus community focus on positive mental health.

This evening's science of happiness talk at the Kelowna Community Theatre will feature psychologist Mark Holder discussing recent research looking at how choices can contribute (and undermine) happiness.

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Associate Vice President Administration and Finance Michael Shakespeare keeps an eye on fourth-year nursing student Hailley Gibbs as she administers his flu shot. Gibbs and second-year medical student Julia Hassler are part of UBC’s flu crew and they will be dispensing flu shots.
Associate Vice President Administration and Finance Michael Shakespeare keeps an eye on fourth-year nursing student Hailley Gibbs as she administers his flu shot. Gibbs and second-year medical student Julia Hassler are part of UBC's flu crew and they will be dispensing flu shots.

Protect yourself with a flu shot

Forget roll up the rim, it's roll up the sleeve time. Tomorrow a free flu clinic will be held in the Administration building foyer from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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United Way Bake Sale and Silent Auction

United is the way

Support the Bake Sale and Silent Auction on Nov. 19

This year's United Way Bake Sale and Silent Auction is being held on November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual event is a delicious and fun way to give to the Okanagan campus' 2013 United Way campaign.

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UBC’s Michelle Lowton, (left), chats with students Kelsie Balehowsky and Jenna Gall. Both students have organized community events with assistance from UBC’s Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund.
UBC's Michelle Lowton, (left), chats with students Kelsie Balehowsky and Jenna Gall. Both students have organized community events with assistance from UBC's Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund.

UBC assists student projects connecting campus to
the community

Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund provides up to $3,500 for
unique ideas

As a fourth-year Earth and Environmental Sciences student, Jenna Gall has plenty of great, far-reaching ideas that spread well beyond the classroom.

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Lights Out Challenge

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.

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Assoc. Prof. Bob Lalonde (left) and Prof. Ian Walker with his daughter Emma took hundreds of photos of birds at the UBC pond. They turned those images into a 2014 calendar with hopes of raising funds for fourth-year undergraduate science students.
Assoc. Prof. Bob Lalonde (left) and Prof. Ian Walker with his daughter Emma took hundreds of photos of birds at the UBC pond. They turned those images into a 2014 calendar with hopes of raising funds for fourth-year undergraduate science students.

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.

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Amy Routledge and Brandy Hagel have now been recruited to help spread the word about the learning opportunity available through Go Global. The benefits of the Tanzania group study are far-reaching, they say, and they encourage UBC students to learn more about the opportunities Go Global provides.
Amy Routledge and Brandy Hagel have now been recruited to help spread the word about the learning opportunities available through Go Global.

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.

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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics students Sonya Mollema and Sutheeksan Sunthoram are the first UBC Okanagan students invited to the prestigious international Model UN conference.
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics students Sonya Mollema and Sutheeksan Sunthoram are the first Okanagan campus students invited to the prestigious international Model UN conference.

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.

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Aboriginal Programs & Services’ player Clayton Schroeder is stopped in his shoot-out attempt.
Aboriginal Programs & Services' player Clayton Schroeder is stopped in his shoot-out attempt.

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.

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The Tree of Life, Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998)
The Tree of Life, Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998)

Renowned Canadian artist's work donated to Okanagan campus

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.

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Dr. Steve Pinney kicks of the Master Teacher Certificate Program at the Clinical Academic Campus
Dr. Steve Pinney kicks of the Master Teacher Certificate Program at the Clinical Academic Campus

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.

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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.

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$1.2-million gift helps UBC educators promote mindfulness

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.

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UBC provides access to lynda.com for all faculty and staff

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.

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Coaching internship opportunity

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.

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Commuter lockers now available

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.

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Education prof. to present to Mental Health Awareness Club

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.

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peoplePACWEST provincial all-stars

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.

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The 2013 PACWEST Bronze Medalists in women’s soccer: UBC Okanagan Heat. Photo by Vancouver Island University athletics.
The 2013 PACWEST bronze medalists in women's soccer: UBC Okanagan Heat. Photo by Vancouver Island University athletics.

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.

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The Heat celebrate their Hindson Cup victory on Saturday at the Apple Bowl. Photo by Jesse Matthews.
The Heat celebrate their Hindson Cup victory on Saturday at the Apple Bowl. Photo by Jesse Matthews.

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.

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Dr. Olusegun Oyedele, basic science instructor.
Dr. Olusegun Oyedele, basic science instructor.

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.

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Sharon McCoubrey
Sharon McCoubrey

Education professor named one of 50 People Who Have Made a Difference

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."

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Debbie Harding named rising star

Congratulations to Debbie Harding, acting conference manager with Student Housing and Hospitality Services, who received the Rising Star Award at the annual national conference of the College and University Conference Organizers Association (CUCCOA) in Calgary on October 1.

The CUCCOA Rising Star Award is given to a member who exhibits exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association, the profession, their university or department.

Debbie Harding
Debbie Harding
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Making the right move to UBC's Okanagan campus

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.

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Jessica Beck rewarded for her carpooling efforts

Congratulations to Jessica Beck, associate academic advisor, who has won a $100 fuel card courtesy of carpool.ca. Beck won the card as a prize for her participation in this year's Carpool Month.

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research spotlightExperiment on a test subject at the University of Split, Croatia. UBC’s Anthony Bains, left, and Chris Willie, second from left, monitor readings. Prof. Philip Ainslie, (white shirt, rear) monitors another piece of equipment while Split staff assist.
Experiment on a test subject at the University of Split, Croatia. UBC's Anthony Bains, left, and Chris Willie, second from left, monitor readings. Prof. Philip Ainslie, (white shirt, rear) monitors another piece of equipment while Split staff assist.

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.

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Stephen Porter of UBC Okanagan says people may display emotional “leakage” in facial expressions when being deceptive. Photo: Hype Photography, iStock
Stephen Porter says people may display emotional "leakage" in facial expressions when being deceptive. Photo: Hype Photography, iStock

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.

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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.

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Breast cancer link to smoking sparks new awareness campaign

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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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
November 6, 2013

News

Take time to remember tomorrow
The science of happiness and other ways to Thrive
Protect yourself with a flu shot
United is the way
Student projects connecting campus to the community
Lights Out challenge results
Birds of a feather photograph local species together
Learn out of the classroom
Students head to Oxford for International Model United Nations
Multi-Sport Court a hit at ball hockey tournament
Renowned Canadian artist's work donated to Okanagan campus
New educational program for UBC clinical faculty
Student evaluations of teaching begin on Nov. 17
$1.2-million gift helps UBC educators promote mindfulness
UBC provides access to lynda.com
Coaching internship opportunity
Commuter lockers now available
Education prof. to present to Mental Health Awareness Club

People

Six Heat Soccer players honoured as Provincial All-Stars
Fourth straight provincial meda
Heat rugby squad wins second title in three years
A new challenge halfway around the world
Education prof. named one of 50 People Who Have Made a Difference
Debbie Harding named rising star
Making the right move
Jessica Beck rewarded for her carpooling efforts

Research Spotlight

Study focuses on holding breath for up to 10 minutes
How to spot a liar
Student project raises First Nations health awareness
Breast cancer link to smoking sparks new awareness campaign

eventsOne of Jonathan Hobin’s works shows child models depicting torture of inmates at the U.S. Abu Gharaib prison.
One of Jonathan Hobin's works shows child models depicting torture of inmates at the U.S. Abu Gharaib prison.

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.

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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)
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214

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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)
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: second floor of the gymnasium

To signup for the tournament email the Critical Studies club.

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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)
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART110

To find out more, visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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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
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: University theatre, room ADM 026

Sponsored in part by the Okanagan Sustainability Office, the Reel Change SustainAbility Film Fest runs in Kelowna from November 2 to 16.

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Power of You bundle up event graphic

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
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Administration building foyer

To find out more, visit the Power of You website for more information.

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Hispanic Film Series poster

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

To find out more visit the Hispanic Film Series website.

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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
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI337

To RSVP, email ubcosrs@gmail.com. To find out more visit the Barber School website.

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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
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

This event is free and open to everyone. To find out more contact the department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.

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Global Gala 2013 fundraiser poster

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 nursinggala2013@gmail.com or calling 250-874-0784.

To find out more visit The Exchange 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:

  • November 6
    Thrive at Zumba
  • November 6
    Mindfulness Drop In
  • November 6
    Documentary: The Anonymous People
  • November 7
    Free Flu-shot Clinic
  • November 7
    Women's Basketball: Mount Royal College vs. The Heat
  • November 7
    Men's Basketball: Mount Royal College vs. The Heat
  • November 8
    Thrive Health and Wellness Center Open House
  • November 8
    Healthy Cooking Demonstration
  • November 8
    BARK Drop In
  • November 8
    Women's Basketball: Mount Royal College vs. The Heat
  • November 8
    Women's Volleyball: Brandon University vs. The Heat
  • November 8
    Men's Volleyball: Brandon University vs. The Heat
  • November 8
    Men's Basketball: Mount Royal College vs. The Heat
  • November 9
    Women's Volleyball: Brandon University vs. The Heat
  • November 9
    Men's Volleyball: Brandon University vs. The Heat
  • November 10
    Heat Cross Country 13/14: CCAA National Championships
  • November 13
    FCCS Research Series
  • November 14
    TED talk Brown Bag
  • November 15
    Women's Basketball: The Heat vs. University of Victoria
  • November 15
    Women's Volleyball: University of Saskatchewan vs. The Heat
  • November 15
    Men's Basketball: The Heat vs. University of Victoria
  • November 15
    Men's Volleyball: University of Saskatchewan vs. The Heat
  • November 16
    Women's Basketball: The Heat vs. University of Victoria
  • November 16
    Women's Volleyball: University of Saskatchewan vs. The Heat
  • November 16
    Men's Volleyball: University of Saskatchewan vs. The Heat
  • November 19
    MSc Thesis Defense: Julianne Beam

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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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
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME4218
Presenters: Alana Jordan and Susan Fukushima from 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:

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