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May 6, 2015

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Help revitalize the Old Pond Trail

This year, UBC Okanagan plans to improve a 400-foot section of the Old Pond Trail near the Engineering, Management and Education building.

The project will include: improvements to the path, creating a lookout, landscaping with stones, providing seating and a installing a tribute marker in memory of the late Al King.

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Toetoe grass, native to the New Zealand South Island's east coast, blows in the wind. In the distance is the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Photo credit: Fes de Scally
Toetoe grass, native to the New Zealand South Island's east coast, blows in the wind. In the distance is the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Photo credit: Fes de Scally

Want to give your students a truly memorable learning experience?

Applications for Global Seminars now open

Go Global is offering faculty members the opportunity to take students overseas to a location that connects with your course content.

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Phenomenal deal: five days of free fitness

It's happening once again -- an introductory free week of Group Fitness classes, May 11 to 15.

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Join the conversation on May 22

UBC is a supporting sponsor of Catalyst for Growth on May 22.

Presented by the Kelowna Women's Enterprise Centre, this day-long event combines a lively working forum, a networking lunch and world‐renowned expert on overcoming the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie Young.

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New student support program launched

When students face difficulties, their academic success is at risk.

Early Alert allows faculty, staff, and TAs to coordinate and identify their concerns about students sooner, before difficulties become overwhelming.

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Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities: International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges

From June 22 to 26, UBC Okanagan hosts the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

Conference organizers are looking for volunteers to act as airport and cultural liaisons, logistical support, hosts, and a variety of other roles.

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Registration open for Hack & Whack golf tournament

Enjoy the start of summer with colleagues at the ninth annual Hack & Whack golf tournament on June 9.

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Summer programs in full swing

Find out what’s happening on campus this summer

The newly revamped Summer Programs site outlines a variety of youth, Indigenous, international, education, and new student programs, as well as links to academic courses, orientation programs, and essential campus services.

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New EFAP provider to give presentation on May 14

Shepell, UBC's new Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider will be on campus May 14 to give a lunch-hour presentation in EME1101 about the services they provide.

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Members sought for campus food advisory committee

The results from the recent food options survey are in and Food Services are looking for the campus community's help to put the feedback into action.

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Office 365 available for students at no cost

All UBC students with an active CWL are now able to download Office 365 at no cost. The installation of this software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, which are supported across multiple devices.

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Lisa Castle vice-president UBC Human Resources, (left) and Deborah Buszard deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC Okanagan, (third from left) congratulate Jan Gattrell, Connie Neid, Edward Neeland, Paul Phillips, Michael Treschow, Alan Davidson, Melanie Jones, and Paul Gabias for their reaching the 25-year milestone in their careers.
Lisa Castle vice-president UBC Human Resources, (left) and Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC Okanagan, (third from left) congratulate Jan Gattrell, Connie Neid, Edward Neeland, Paul Phillips, Michael Treschow, Alan Davidson, Melanie Jones and Paul Gabias on reaching the 25-year milestone in their careers.

UBC Okanagan honours professors and staff for years of service

Careers in post-secondary celebrated at annual event

The year was 1980 and while 83 million television viewers wondered 'who shot J.R.?', Mount St. Helens, Terry Fox, and John Lennon's death grabbed the headlines. Employees serving since that time at Okangan College, Okanagan University College and now UBC were honoured last week.

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Alex Bond, a member of the first class of graduates from UBC’s Southern Medical Program, will be the student speaker at a special event Monday to mark the occasion of the graduation of the province’s newest doctors.
Alex Bond, a member of the first class of graduates from the Southern Medical Program, will be the student speaker at a special event Monday to mark the occasion of the graduation of the province's newest doctors.

UBC's Southern Medical Program celebrates first-ever graduating class

Thirty brand-new doctors begin residency programs across the country

UBC Okanagan is celebrating the graduation of the first medical doctors educated in the Southern Medical Program.

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Students from Nepal rallying support for earthquake relief

Students from Nepal rallying support for earthquake relief

UBC Okanagan's Nepalese Scholars' Association held a candlelight vigil at Kelowna's Stuart Park on Sunday evening. The students are raising funds to help Nepal recover from the devastating April 25 earthquake.

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Artist Crystal Przybille’s renderings of statues representing Father Pandosy and Chief Sʷknc̓u will be part of the discussion Friday, May 8 at the AlterKnowledge Discussion Series. Photo credit: Crystal Przybille.
Artist Crystal Przybille's renderings of statues representing Father Pandosy and Chief Sʷknc̓u will be part of the discussion Friday, May 8, at the AlterKnowledge Discussion Series. Photo credit: Crystal Przybille.

Public history and art: can sculptures shape public perspective?

Discussion series looks at sculptures of Father Pandosy and Chief Sʷknc'ut

Does art have a role when it comes to the public's understanding of history and place? UBC Okanagan's AlterKnowledge series participants will engage in a special discussion about the role that public art may have in shaping perspectives on Kelowna's history.

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UBC Okanagan Canada Research Chair Barb Pesut and Health Navigator Brenda Hooper look over a workbook created to help train volunteer health navigators to work with chronically ill seniors living in rural communities.
Canada Research Chair Barb Pesut and Health Navigator Brenda Hooper look over a workbook created to help train volunteer health navigators to work with chronically ill seniors living in rural communities.

UBC study finds nurse 'navigators' play vital role in senior care

Retired baby boomers may provide volunteer workforce to help in rural settings

Retired baby boomers -- professionals looking for something meaningful to do during retirement -- might be the answer to helping seniors  with chronic illness live independent lives.

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Douglas Canning, Siqi Tan, Faculty of Management Dean Roger Sugden, Aneeq Siddiqui,
Douglas Canning, Siqi Tan, Faculty of Management Dean Roger Sugden, Aneeq Siddiqui, Totalamber CEO Alan O'Neill, Regina Gonzalez Garcia, Davis Yates, Argus Properties CEO Ted Callahan, and David Kuhn pose with the Argus Cup at the Live Case Challenge.

UBC Management students win high praise from Totalamber CEO

Argus Cup Live Case Challenge impresses visiting international entrepreneur

After three days of challenging competition, six Management students have won high praise from competition partner Totalamber.

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Medical student Maksim Parfyonov, second from right, leads the weekly art class with Connect residents Amadee Hollowink, Glen O’Connor, and Matthew McKay.
Maksim Parfyonov, second from right, leads the weekly art class with CONNECT residents Amadee Hollowink, Glen O'Connor, and Matthew McKay.

Medical student creates art classes for people living with brain injuries

New idea tackles depression and social isolation while creating useable art work

Second-year medical student Maksim Parfyonov has always had a keen interest in neuroscience. And art. When he was offered the chance to work with CONNECT as part of his Southern Medical Program studies, it seemed like the perfect fit.

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Capri Insurance’s Tim Miller and Robin Durrant congratulate student athlete Buster Truss (centre) on being the sixth recipient of the annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship.
Capri Insurance's Tim Miller and Robin Durrant congratulate student athlete Buster Truss (centre) on being the sixth recipient of the annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship.

UBC student thankful for opportunity to combine sport with school

Basketball player receives Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship

First-year bachelor of science student Buster Truss is the sixth recipient of the annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship.

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The winning group included Murray Gaffney, Matt Henry, Landon Horne, Cameron McDermid, and Yufang Soong.
The Design One Showcase winning group included Murray Gaffney, Matt Henry, Landon Horne, Cameron McDermid, and Yufang Soong.

Excellent engineering skills showcased at final term events

During the last week of classes, three events occur which are the highlight of the year for Engineering students, faculty and staff.

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UBC Okanagan to host Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference

The Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference starts tomorrow and runs until May 10. The research showcase, now in its 29th year, is organized and run completely by undergraduate students.

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Creative Writing Associate Professor Nancy Holmes
Creative Writing Associate Professor Nancy Holmes

Nancy Holmes wins national teaching award

Innovative community programming has won Creative Writing Associate Professor Nancy Holmes the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs' 2015 Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award.

Holmes is recognized for Dig Your Neighbourhood, a project of the Department of Creative Studies, where students create a package of art for a Kelowna neighbourhood which is then distributed by the Welcome Wagon Ltd.

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Healthy Cities Partnership seeks input

The Okanagan Sustainability Institute has partnered with the City of Kelowna to study resident attitudes towards growth in Kelowna.

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