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June 4, 2014

Events

June 4
PhD Dissertation Exam: Wolfgang Depner

June 4
PhD Exam: Mohammad Alemiardakani

June 6
Weekend Yoga Retreat

June 10
Master's Defence: Evan Popoff

June 12
MD Admissions Info Session

June 13
Biology MSc Thesis Defense: Manpreet Bahniwal

June 18
PhD Examination Annoucement: Natalie Chambers

June 18
Master's Thesis Defence Announcement: Dania Tomlinson

June 19
Faculty of Medicine: Master Teacher Certificate Program Lecture Series

Workshops

June 4
Writing Re-boot for Thesis and Research Article Writers

June 4
Minute Taking Tips and Techniques

June 10
MS Office PowerPoint 2010

June 10
Course Construction Bootcamp

June 12
MS Office PowerPoint 2010: Part 2

June 12
Navigating FMS nQuery

June 17
MS Office Publisher 2010

June 17
MS Office Word 2010: Basic skills

June 19
Intro to Human Resource Management System (HRMS)

June 19
MS Office Publisher 2010: Part 2

June 19
MS Office Word 2010: Basic skills Part 2

For more events and events workshops visit ok.ubc.ca/events

Workshops

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Employee Newsgraduation graphic

Celebrating the #UBCOgrad class of 2014 through social media

The campus community will be recognizing the class of 2014 this week.

There are some easy ways to show UBC's support and pride in our graduates via social media.

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Robert Janke, new deputy chief librarian at UBC's Okanagan Library, helps out students at the information desk.
New Deputy Chief Librarian Robert Janke helps out students at the information desk.

New Deputy Chief Librarian Robert Janke

Congratulations to Robert Janke, the new Deputy Chief Librarian at UBC's Okanagan Library.

Robert has worked at the Okanagan campus library since 2005, assuming diverse roles ranging from web and data services to assessment.

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Scott McIntyre and Harish Anand will spend the next few months studying campus energy demands.
Scott McIntyre and Harish Anand will spend the next few months studying campus energy demands.

Twelve weeks, two major projects

Engineering students join Facilities Management for a 12 week placement

Facilities Management is welcoming two undergraduate engineering students to their department for the next three months.

These students will be conducting surveys that will help the department better understand the energy and electricity demands of the Okanagan campus.

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Registration deadline approaching for 8th annual Hack & Whack golf tournament

UBC's annual Hack & Whack golf tournament is being held on June 17 at Kelowna's Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club.

This fun and social alternative-shot tournament is open to all UBC staff and faculty. Beginners are welcome.

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Camps on campus with a varsity athletics feel begin this July for the kids.

Heat summer camps running through July and August

Rugby camp added to this year's program

Athletics and Recreation are hosting another summer of fun for youths. Join the Heat's nationally recognized coaches and student athletes in a fun-filled week of skill and game tactics development tactics.

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GEERing Up! for engineering
summer camps

Registration now open

GEERing Up! UBC Engineering & Science for Kids camps are returning to the Okanagan campus this year.

These camps run from July 21 to 25 (co-ed camp) and July 28 to August 1 (girls only camp).

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Payment & Procurement Services launches Net Promoter Score weekly survey

Payment & Procurement Services is interested in improving customer service to the campus community.

Whether it's a compliment on a job well done, or a suggestion on improvements to PPS services, each opinion is valuable.

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SPSS license renewal with new toolboxes completed

IT, Media and Classroom Services has renewed the SPSS concurrent licenses for SPSS 22. Eight new toolboxes have also been added to these licenses.

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UBC offers yoga retreats, engineering and sports camps

Activities to suit all ages

Need something to do this summer? UBC summer camps this year include revitalizing yoga retreats for adults, and exciting sports camps and engineering camps for youth.

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Group Fitness schedule was made for you

Morning, lunchtime, and late afternoon group fitness classes work with your work schedule.

Wondering how to fit in fitness? UBC Recreation wants to remind you of a fantastic group fitness deal -- before it's too late.

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UBC StoriesIn time-honoured tradition, UBC School of Nursing graduates toss their mortarboards in the air at 2013 Convocation.
In time-honoured tradition, nursing graduates toss their mortarboards in the air at 2013 Convocation.

UBC confers record number degrees
this week

Six graduation ceremonies take place over two days

Campus will be buzzing with excitement and activity as Convocation ceremonies take over for two days this week.

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She who wears the iron ring

She who wears the iron ring

No one is more surprised than Heather Mallory that she has become a civil engineer.

Through a twist of fate, mettle, and hard work, not only did the 26 year old accept the Obligation of Canadian Engineers, receiving the symbolic iron ring, she will graduate this year as one of the most influential and passionate student leaders the School of Engineering has ever produced.

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Erica Massey is ready to start her master’s program after completing her undergrad degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Erica Massey is ready to start her master's program after completing her undergrad degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Studying frozen volcanoes in Iceland leads to science degree

Lifetime adventure with her children enriches Erica Massey's UBC experience

Erica Massey, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in earth and environmental sciences from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has already plotted out her master's degree research.

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Sharalin McLeod has accomplished three major goals while at UBC’s Okanagan campus: To be included, to be published, and to graduate. She crosses the stage Thursday afternoon during the convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.
Sharalin McLeod has accomplished three major goals while at UBC’s Okanagan campus: To be included, to be published, and to graduate. She crosses the stage Thursday afternoon during the convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Creative writing student published, included, and ready to graduate

Sharalin McLeod takes a different journey to Convocation

When Sharalin McLeod began her education at UBC’s Okanagan campus she had three big goals: to be included, to be a published writer, and to graduate with her peers.

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Ashley Little, a double winner at the BC Book Prizes, is working on projects ranging from movie scripts to stage plays, a short story, and a fourth novel.
Ashley Little, a double winner at the BC Book Prizes, is working on projects ranging from movie scripts to stage plays, a short story, and a fourth novel.

Writing is right for BC Books double winner Ashley Little

Screenplay, new novel, short story all in works for award-winning student author

So what's next for prolific young author Ashley Little?

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28 employees were recently thanked for their years of service.
Front row from left: Teresa Wrzesniewski, Sharon McCoubrey, Karen Whitehouse, Blythe Nilson, and Wendy Mohns. Back row from left: Barbara Rutherford, Qiduan Yang, Piotr Wrzesniewski, Murray Newman, Catherine King, Andrew Irvine, Karen Hill, Jack Boychuk and Tena McKenzie.

Record 28 UBC employees receive long-service awards

Decades of service to post-secondary sector celebrated at ceremony

UBC makes a point of celebrating the milestones of its students. The same goes for employees -- and administrators at the Okanagan campus recently honoured 28 people for their years of dedicated service.

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Michael Lee (Golf), Kailin Jones (Volleyball), Sarah Allison (Basketball) and Cam Friesen (Basketball) joined Ryan Watters on the Okanagan Sports Network Team. (Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography)
Michael Lee (Golf), Kailin Jones (Volleyball), Sarah Allison (Basketball) and Cam Friesen (Basketball) joined Ryan Watters on the Okanagan Sports Network Team. (Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography)

Heat athletes raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Even though school is out and the Heat sports seasons are complete, student athletes are still finding ways to give back.

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Equity and Inclusion Educator Jenica Frisque is seen with Equity Enhancement Fund project leads Sandra Young, Renee Leboe, and Denise Chan.
Equity and Inclusion Educator Jenica Frisque is seen with Equity Enhancement Fund project leads Sandra Young, Renee Leboe and Denise Chan.

Equity Enhancement Fund supports 13 projects

Initiatives on Okanagan campus encourage cultural, social understanding

The 2014 Equity Enhancement Fund results have been announced with 13 groups receiving a total of $83,254 for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC.

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New Heat fullback, Jennifer Yamaoka (right, in white) in action on the Nonis Sports Field - her new home for varsity soccer. (photo contributed)
New Heat fullback, Jennifer Yamaoka (right, in white) in action on the Nonis Sports Field - her new home for varsity soccer. (Photo contributed)

Yamaoka to suit up for Heat this fall

Local talent Jennifer Yamaoka will play for the Heat women's soccer team this fall, joining a strong recruitment class for the team's inaugural foray into the CIS.

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Ashok Mathur
Ashok Mathur

Intensive Summer Indigenous Program offered by UBC

Credit courses enhance understanding of artistic and theoretical practices

This summer, Aboriginal Programs and Services and Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies present two courses, both cross-listed as graduate and undergraduate offerings.

Students with wide-ranging experiences from Indigenous Studies, Creative Studies, other programs and institutions can receive credit.

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Craig Hostland
Craig Hostland

Engineering tool links health risks, poor household air quality

UBC research suggests lives, millions of dollars could be saved in health-care costs

Engineering graduate student Craig Hostland has developed an indoor environmental assessment tool that has the potential to reduce respiratory illness from household mold and dampness.

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UBC student writings add context to study of colonialism

Contribution becomes part of public history with Kelowna Museums Society

UBC students studying colonialism and decolonization have produced a collection of critical, creative writings called Settler Melankelownia: Colonialism, Memory and Heritage in the Okanagan.

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Living Wild a woman's trek into the wilderness

Daniella Roze spent a month ‘Living Wild' in the mountains with a group of women subsisting completely on wild foods with only buckskin clothing, stone tools and their own ingenuity.

Roze shares her experience in a slide show presentation on June 12.

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Promoting the health of babies

Study looks at baby poop. Preferably, your baby's poop.

The Centre of Microbiome and Inflammatory Disease Research is working on new research that looks to promote the health of babies.

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Dusk to Dawn: Experience your own human animal

An overnight workshop where participants reconnect with their human animal through primordial ways of knowing

Everyone will witness the rise and fall of the sun and moon, share a midnight meal, stories, practical lessons, a campfire and perhaps welcome creatures of the night.

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