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May 17, 2017

Events

May 17
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Gyan Kumar Chhipi Shrestha

May 17
An Expedited Tour of Game Design

May 18
Master's thesis oral exam: Chunpu Wang

May 18
Decomposing a Matrix as the Sum of a Sparse

May 18
Policy Studies and Political Theory Seminar Series

May 19
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Vithanapalpita K. Rajeev J. Ruparathna

May 20
Creative Days Workshop: Interactive Digital Media (Art Bots)

May 24
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Mohammed Al Shakhs

May 24
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: ABM Rafiqul Haque

May 24
Master's thesis oral exam: Nasser Ayidh N AlQahtani

May 26
Pit Stop: Student Housing and Hospitality Services

May 29
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Laura Struik

May 29
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Md Muntasir Ul Alam

May 29
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Monique Emily Francois

May 29
Master's thesis oral exam: Shangwei Xie

May 29
Health coaching and eHealth technology

June 5
Master's thesis oral exam: Shannon Dunn

June 8
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Darren James Brown

Workshops

May 17
Managing Intellectual Property

May 17
Diversifying Your Research Career

May 17
Intro into the Collective Agreement

May 18
MS Office Word Core

May 18
Uniforum Respondent Working Lab (Optional Session)

May 22, 29
and June 5
Mindfulness Practice

May 23
Peer Writing Group Network Launch and Info Session

May 24
Building University-Industry Collaborative Research Projects

May 26
MS Office Excel Core

June 6
Supporting the Tenure and Promotion Process

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

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2017 Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award winners Dr. Ramon Lawrence and Dr. Christine Schreyer
2017 Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award winners Dr. Ramon Lawrence and Dr. Christine Schreyer.

UBC Okanagan honours top faculty and teaching assistants

The finest teachers at UBC's Okanagan campus were honoured at a special event on May 4.

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Security Manager Michael Gesi
Security Manager Mike Gesi.

Mike Gesi wins 2017 President's Service Awards for Excellence

Congratulations to Security Manager Mike Gesi, who is one of the recipients for the 2017 President's Service Awards for Excellence.

Gesi has made keeping UBC safe the focus of his 28 years as an employee, working as a Patrol Officer on the Vancouver campus, before joining the Okanagan campus in 2008.

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Nathan Skolski, associate director of public affairs.
Nathan Skolski, associate director of public affairs.

Nathan Skolski welcomed as assoc. director of public affairs

University Relations welcomed a new associate director of public affairs for the Okanagan campus on Monday.

Nathan Skolski joins UBC from Ottawa where, for the past six years, he served as head of media and public affairs for the British diplomatic network in Canada.

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Amplifying our #UBCOGrad moments

In order to give all soon-to-be alumni the best graduation experience possible, make sure to share your #UBCOgrad moments through your UBC Okanagan social media channels on June 8 and 9.

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Hack & Whack registration deadline approaching

UBC Okanagan's annual Hack & Whack golf tournament for faculty and staff is being held this year on May 30 at the Kelowna Springs Golf Club. Register as a part of a team, as an individual ($60 per individual entry), or enjoy a dinner-only option ($30).

Don't miss out. Registration closes on May 23.

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GEERing Up! for this year's science and engineering camps

Geering Up returns to UBC Okanagan this summer with hands-on science and engineering day camps for kids entering Grades 1 to 8. 

Camps run from July 10 to August 24.

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Spring and summer group fitness

School may be out, but spring and summer group fitness classes are now in full swing.

A faculty and staff Group Fitness pass gives you access to unlimited group fitness classes from now until August 25 for only $80.

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Management student wins top honours at Kelowna civic awards

Congratulations to Faculty of Management student and dedicated volunteer outreach worker Kelly Taverner, who won the top honour at Kelowna's 42nd annual Civic and Community Awards ceremony on May 10.

Taverner was named Woman of the Year for her efforts to help Kelowna's homeless and exploited women.

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UBC Okanagan outsteps UBC Vancouver at Staff and Faculty Sports Day

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's UBC Staff & Faculty Sports Day -- especially the Blue Bandits and 2 Fast, 2 Furious who won the best overall and most spirited team awards.

The Okanagan campus had 140 participants and volunteers, 25 teams, and earned bragging rights in the inaugural Step It Up Challenge against UBC Vancouver.

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Changes are coming to your parking permit

As of July 1, 2017, UBC Okanagan parking permits will become virtual parking permits -- meaning you will no longer need to display a permit in your vehicle.

After that date Parking Enforcement will confirm compliance with the license plate, not the hanging permit. The license plate is scanned and must be in the system linked to a permit or a daily pass. If not, a ticket is issued.

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Changes to UBC Okanagan orientation programs

Looking for Kick Start?

To provide a single pre-orientation experience for new-to-UBC students in the Okanagan this year, the Kick Start domestic student orientation has been integrated with the Jumpstart international student orientation.

This provides a unified and expanded program for all students and was based on student feedback. Create, Spark, Aboriginal student orientation and graduate orientation programs will return as usual.

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UBC Stories
“As there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, there is an urgent need for interventions to reduce the risk of developing it and to help manage the symptoms,” says study first author Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
"As there is no current cure for Alzheimer's, there is an urgent need for interventions to reduce the risk of developing it and to help manage the symptoms," says study first author Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

Exercising can protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease

The evidence is clear. Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease, says a panel of researchers and not-for-profit leaders, led by UBC's Okanagan campus.

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From left: Wilden award recipient Rho Shaw, Wilden award runner-up Jackie Deck, Wilden Marketing Manager Karin Eger-Blenk and Wilden award runner-up Pamela Turner.
From left: Wilden award recipient Rho Shaw, Wilden award runner-up Jackie Deck, Wilden Marketing Manager Karin Eger-Blenk and Wilden award runner-up Pamela Turner.

Faculty of Creative and Critical students recognized for their achievements

Graduating BFA student Awards recognize academic and artistic achievements

The gala reception for Do Not Erase -- this year's BFA graduation exhibition -- attraced over 350 people, including community members, students, faculty and staff in attendance.

At the gala reception the top students in this year's Faculty of Creative and Critical graduating class were recognized for their outstanding academic and artistic achievements.

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Assoc. Prof. Susan Holtzman
Assoc. Prof. Susan Holtzman

Talk—don't text—in times of stress, says UBC research

A UBC researcher suggests it's best to stop texting and instead make face-to-face contact when someone reaches out in need of support.

Assoc. Prof. of Psychology Susan Holtzman recently published research comparing both the social and emotional impact of support provided by text messaging versus in-person support. Holtzman believes the two separate experiments are the first randomized controlled studies about texting during stressful situations.

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ENHANCE Happiness and Well-Being study opens to new participants

Two UBC psychology professors are combining their areas of expertise to open the ENHANCE trial, now in its second year, to a new group of Okanagan residents.

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UBC event to focus on Canada 150 and alternative commemorations

All levels of government across Canada, and many social and cultural groups, are set to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The next AlterKnowledge Discussion, held May 19, will highlight a local alternative to the celebration.

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  • Our Stories: Ramon Lawrence
    Ramon Lawrence, associate professor of Computer Science, researches data virtualization, data integration and warehousing, embedded databases, and Big Data.
  • Nursing Specialty Practicum
    Speciality practicum options are available for third- and fourth-year nursing students. Fourth-year nursing student Rachel Epp completed the first-ever research practicum in 2017.

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