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Employee NewsEmergency Preparedness Week

Are you prepared?

Emergency Preparedness Week is a good time to take a few simple steps and prepare to minimize the impact an emergency could have on yourself and your family.

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Find your inner peace during weekend
yoga retreat

Shanti is a Sanskrit word that describes a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress.

UBC's Shanti Yoga Retreat is a two-day retreat offering a uniquely relaxing opportunity to better understand your relationship to stress and start anew.

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Big fitness for a small fee with
UBC Recreation

The spring Group Fitness schedule is fun, flexible, and affordable

For just $50 ($30 for students) faculty and staff can access an amazing seven weeks of unlimited group fitness classes.

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Sarah Maryschuk, 2014 Create Orientation coordinator
Sarah Maryschuk, 2014 Create Orientation coordinator

Sarah Maryschuk selected as the 2014 Create Orientation Coordinator

A warm campus community welcome to Sarah Maryschuk, third-year English student and this year's Create Orientation Coordinator.

Maryschuk has worked previously in the AVP Students portfolio as a Kickstart assistant, leading a group of out-of-province students around the Okanagan campus and the Kelowna area. 

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Media Relations to cover Okanagan campus by news beats

The Media Relations team is now using news "beats." In this way, the media team will be able to increase and specialize its coverage of UBC Okanagan's faculties and schools.

So, who should you call as your point of first contact?

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Planning a conference?

Getting anxious thinking about bringing a conference to campus? Planning a workshop or tradeshow on campus?

If you're wondering where to begin, Conferences and Accommodation have organized a workshop on May 13 to help.

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Support the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative

The Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative is calling for the CN Railway corridor from Kelowna to Vernon -- including the section of rail line near UBC's Okanagan campus -- to become a community pathway.

Supporters of a public pathway initiative may express their interest and learn more about this project on the Okanagan Rail Trail website.


UBC Okanagan to serve as host location for Public Health Summer School

The Public Health Association of BC's annual Public Health Summer School is being hosted across a number of major university sites this year: UBC's Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, UVic and the UNBC.

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Fraudulent email alert

Subject: Message from UBC.CA Support

Another phishing attempt is being sent around UBC.

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Library carpet installation

The library is currently having new carpet installed on the second floor. Half of the second floor seating will be unavailable until this finishes on May 9.


Current staff postings

UBC StoriesAshley Little at the podium accepting BC Book Prizes for her novels Anatomy of a Girl Gang and The New Normal.
Ashley Little at the podium accepting BC Book Prizes for her novels Anatomy of a Girl Gang and The New Normal.

UBC graduate student Ashley Little wins two BC Book Prizes

Ashley Little, a master of fine arts student in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has won two awards in the 30th Annual BC Book Prizes.

It is the first time in the history of the prestigious honours that an author has won in two separate categories with two different books.

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Third-year medical student Dianne Valenzuela
Third-year medical student Dianne Valenzuela

Everybody knows your name

How would society benefit if doctors trained in an environment where everybody knows their name?

White the learning curve for any profession may be considered steep, students in the Faculty of Medicine's MD Undergraduate Program have a particularly challenging incline.

Third-year medical student Dianne Valenzuela, however, is thriving under the pressure.

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Airport installation promotes
Okanagan campus

UBC's Okanagan campus recently launched a campaign designed to share how our stories shape us. These stories help illustrate how we are affecting our community and how we are affected by our community.

View the UBCO.tv installation video...

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Student speaker Jill Festival tells the 9th annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast that investing in student athletes makes a sound return for the community.
Student speaker Jill Festival tells the 9th annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast that investing in student athletes makes a sound return for the community.

Student athletes provide return
on investment

Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast raises $50,000 in scholarships

Jill Festival, a fifth-year graduating member of the Heat women's volleyball team, knows about success, leadership, teamwork, and failure.

She experienced them all during her varsity years and told the audience at the Ninth Annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast of her gratitude.

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From left: Branden Watt, Kaylin Westbrook, Russell Hoefsloot, Dean Roger Sugden, Argus Properties chief executive officer Ted Callahan, Kirsten Rancier, Keren Noy and Russel Jarvis.
From left: Branden Watt, Kaylin Westbrook, Russell Hoefsloot, Dean Roger Sugden, Argus Properties chief executive officer Ted Callahan, Kirsten Rancier, Keren Noy and Russel Jarvis.

Faculty of Management students deliver solutions for community

Students tackle real-world business-related challenges facing Okanagan Valley

Three healthy living initiatives will launch in the Okanagan-Similkameen region thanks in part to the highly innovative efforts of students in the Faculty of Management.

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Geography student Andrew Barton encourages people to log onto his interactive GeoLive map that follows the route of the Northern Gateway pipeline. He wants people to add their own photos and stories to the map.
Geography student Andrew Barton encourages people to log onto his interactive GeoLive map that follows the route of the Northern Gateway pipeline. He wants people to add their own photos and stories to the map.

The Northern Gateway pipeline
thought map

Andrew Barton creates an interactive map where anyone can share their thoughts on the project

The Northern Gateway Pipeline could be a social and economic game-changer for British Columbia, and it's already the subject of a lively debate.

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Okanagan Short Story Contest winner Shelley Wood (Leave-taking) centre; is flanked by second-place winner Glenna Turnbull (things you find on the side of the road) left; and Brittni Mackenzie-Dale (Dead Man’s Bluff) right.
Okanagan Short Story Contest winner Shelley Wood (Leave-taking) centre; is flanked by second-place winner Glenna Turnbull (things you find on the side of the road) left; and Brittni Mackenzie-Dale (Dead Man's Bluff) right.

Shelley Wood wins Okanagan Short
Story Contest

Glenna Turnbull and Brittni Mackenzie-Dale take runners-up honours

A story that weaves in and out of the lives of three people over many years has won Shelley Wood of Kelowna first prize in the Okanagan Short Story Contest for her original piece of writing, Leave-taking.

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The 6'4" forward with the scoring touch will join the Heat men's basketball team this fall.
The 6'4" forward with the scoring touch will join the Heat men's basketball team this fall.

Heat abuzz with next recruit

Kelowna Secondary School product Buzz Truss has committed to stay in the Okanagan Valley and play for the Heat men's basketball team next fall.

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Okanagan Sustainability Institute director Keith Culver chats with Mark Holland, vice-president of development for New Monaco. Holland, a UBC alumnus, is excited about UBC’s research partnership with the District of Peachland and New Monaco.
Okanagan Sustainability Institute director Keith Culver chats with Mark Holland, vice-president of development for New Monaco. Holland, a UBC alumnus, is excited about UBC's research partnership with the District of Peachland and New Monaco.

UBC researchers part of Peachland partnership for large development

Developer joins forces with engineering students, Okanagan Sustainability Institute

Taking the lab out of the classroom is becoming commonplace at UBC as academics strive to apply what they know to the world around us.

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As part of the MD curriculum’s Doctor, Patient, and Society (DPAS) course, students are asked to establish an initial relationship with a local Aboriginal community. Students gain a deeper understanding of Aboriginal health perspectives, the resources available within the community and hospitals, and some of the challenges faced in accessing care that reflects their cultural beliefs.
First-year Southern Medical Program students tour the Sensisyusten School as part of the Westbank First Nation visit.

Aboriginal health focus of Westbank First Nation visit

First-year Southern Medical Program students were recently welcomed by the Westbank First Nation for a presentation and tour of their health and educational facilities.

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Third-year student Robyn Buna has been recognized as one of UBC’s prestigious Wesbrook Scholars.
Third-year medical student Robyn Buna has been recognized as one of UBC's prestigious Wesbrook Scholars

Southern Medical Program news briefs

  • Trail ICC Program Expanding
  • Top Poster at Medical Undergraduate Research Forum
  • Masters in Health Professions Education
  • New Southern Medical Program librarian
  • Wesbrook Scholarship Award
  • Health Challenge Winners

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Donna Kurtz, associate professor of nursing, has won the Award for Excellence from the International Journal of Health and Wellness.
Donna Kurtz

UBC nurse researcher wins international award for research excellence

Doctoral work examines the determinants of health for Aboriginal people

Donna Kurtz, associate professor of nursing, has won the Award for Excellence from the International Journal of Health and Wellness for research about social justice and health equality for Aboriginal women.

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Katrina Plamondon
Katrina Plamondon

UBC nursing student wins three prestigious scholarship awards

Katrina Plamondon receives $105,000 in research funding

School of Nursing PhD student Katrina Plamondon has won three prestigious scholarships.

Plamondon, originally from Nelson, BC, was recognized this month for her research into knowledge translation -- the activities involved in taking research out of the university and into practice.

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Imagining Kelowna's history (and present)

Last chance to participate in UBC's AlterKnowledge discussion series

The last session of this year's UBC's AlterKnowledge discussion series takes place Friday. The topic for Friday's session is Imagining Kelowna's History (and Present).

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Harnessing telehealth technology in
clinical teaching

Telehealth is a vital resource in today's health care delivery.

When serving a large population base spread over a vast geographical area, it can help overcome significant roadblocks such as severe weather and lengthy travel time.

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Walk n' talk for your life

Participants wanted: Research study on the benefits of exercise and socialization for seniors

UBC Okanagan is leading a new collaborative, community health research study.

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Congratulations to 2014 Barber School grant winners

Congratulations to all faculty members in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences who were awarded NSERC and SSHRC grants in 2014.

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