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April 18, 2018

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Aging well

Research collaborations are ripe for the picking in the Okanagan's emerging wine industry

The Okanagan Valley is fertile ground for research in an array of academic disciplines—from biology and the microbial makeup of the soil, to engineering more sustainable operations and managing collaborations to support growth.

UBC Okanagan is collaborating with partners near and far to strengthen the sustainability of local viticulture.

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Update your UBC Wireless connection by May 9

Important changes are coming to UBC’s wireless connections (UBC Secure, Eduroam, UBC Private). Staff, faculty, and students are required to renew their WiFi connection to stay connected.

Renew your WiFi connection by downloading and installing the AutoConnect tool on your computers and mobile devices by May 9. Get started by visiting: it.ubc.ca/autoconnect


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Volunteers needed for Convocation

On June 8 and 9 more than 1,200 students will walk across the stage to receive their degree in front of family and friends. It will be one of their proudest achievements and a day they will remember for a lifetime.

Ceremonies and alumni UBC are teaming up to help make the 2018 Convocation Ceremonies a memorable occasion for graduates and their families. Numerous volunteer roles are available for alumni, faculty and staff members.

If you are interested in volunteering for convocation, complete this form by May 16.


Tonight: Indigenous Canada speaker series featuring Paul Gareau

Indigenous Canada MOOC: Indigenous Experience of Canada in a Time of Reconciliation

Join the UBC Okanagan Library tonight at the Okanagan Regional Library to hear Paul Gareau, assistant professor of native studies at the University of Alberta and academic lead for the Indigenous Canada Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Gareau will be discussing the collaborative creation of the course and its impact as a frontline tool for disseminating indigenous-produced content.

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May 2 and 3: 14th annual Learning Conference

The spaces where teaching and learning occur play a critical role in our students’ success.

At the 2018 UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, the Centre for Teaching and Learning invites you to fill in the blank and share your experiences, practices, and research about the ________ space you create for learning.

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Reminder: Don't forget to register for Staff and Faculty Sports Day

STAFF AND FACULTY SPORTS DAY RETURNS May 4

This is a free event for all staff and faculty members, grad students and alumni. Enjoy teamwork games. Challenge your colleagues. Register by April 30.

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May 4: What if we were to talk about it?

Learn how to engage with controversial topics in the classroom

Against a background of societal divisions and growing tensions, the classroom can become a site for expressions of deep differences.

Join the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Aftab Erfan, director of dialogue and conflict engagement with the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office, for an experiential workshop that introduces participants to a tool for engaging controversial topics.

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Proactive flood protection at Robert Lake

City of Kelowna monitoring spring runoff conditions throughout the city

Under a plan approved by Emergency Management BC to minimize the impact of rising water levels at Robert Lake west of campus, the City has installed pumps to move water south into Brandt’s Creek. The pumps are expected to be there for six to 10 weeks.

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Reminder: UBC Faculty Pension Plan seminar organized for Apr. 30

Understanding Your Retirement Income Options

Faculty members looking for more information about income and investment choices available from the UBC Faculty Pension Plan have a good opportunity to find out more on April 30.

The session will discuss income options, investment considerations during retirement and the risks that retirees face.

To RSVP or find out more, visit: ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mGaMgTEDJyU1lb 


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From left: Linda Fitzpatrick, Ross Fitzpatrick, UBC Okanagan Chief Librarian Heather Berringer and UBC's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard pose for a photo outside the still under construction Teaching and Learning Centre.
From left: Linda Fitzpatrick, Ross Fitzpatrick, UBC Okanagan Chief Librarian Heather Berringer and UBC's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard pose for a photo outside the still under construction Teaching and Learning Centre.

Supporting students at the heart of a $1.25M gift

Fitzpatrick donation will name new study space, create scholarship for local students

The great hall in the new Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) building will bear the name of distinguished entrepreneur and retired Canadian senator Hon. Ross Fitzpatrick.

Thanks to a donation of $1.25M by Fitzpatrick and his wife Linda, the TLC will feature an expansive two-storey hall on the ground floor with about 6,400 square feet of flexible, multi-use space.

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Joshua Brinkerhoff is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan
Joshua Brinkerhoff is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering.

Computer modeling may provide better treatments for emphysema

Simulations help researchers understand how lungs absorb oxygen

Researchers in the School of Engineering are using advanced computer simulations to model how air flows into the deepest regions of the lungs and uncover how the early stages of emphysema can impact a patient's ability to take in oxygen.

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Pat Kennedy and Mike Shaw talk about Mike's road to recovery.
Pat Kennedy and Mike Shaw talk about Shaw's road to recovery.

Story of resilience and recovery shared at annual breakfast

Freestyle skier Mike Shaw explains how he learned to walk again

UBC Okanagan held its annual athletic scholarship breakfast on April 6 where inspiration took centre stage.

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From left, lecturer Svan Lembke, David Gao, Stehaniya Mikhaylova, Marisa Matthews, Dan Thornton, Argus Properties President Ted Callahan and Faculty of Management Director Mike Chiasson celebrate with the Argus Cup after the 2018 Live Case Challenge.
From left, lecturer Svan Lembke, David Gao, Stehaniya Mikhaylova, Marisa Matthews, Dan Thornton, Argus Properties President Ted Callahan and Faculty of Management Director Mike Chiasson celebrate with the Argus Cup after the 2018 Live Case Challenge.

Growth strategy captures Live Case Challenge

Students win award for tackling complex business problem

Aggressive expansion in a region experiencing high residential growth – achieved by purchasing and partnering with an established company to recreate high-end and tailored service delivery that meets contractors' needs.

That was the recommendation in the winning presentation at this year's Faculty of Management Live Case Challenge.

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A self-portrait by Bachelor of Fine Arts student Moozhan Ahmadzadegan is one of many pieces of art on display during the upcoming Visual Arts Graduation Exhibition.
A self-portrait by Bachelor of Fine Arts student Moozhan Ahmadzadegan is one of many pieces of art on display during the upcoming Visual Arts Graduation Exhibition.

UBC Okanagan fine arts graduates host exhibition

Grad showcase highlights the best work from top students

Visual Arts students will host their annual graduation art exhibition called 20, until April 24.

The show takes place inside the Creative and Critical Studies building, which will be transformed into an exhibition space. The multi-day event showcases a range of the best works created by 20 emerging artists.

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  • Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast
    A recap of the 13th annual scholarship breakfast, which featured former freestyle skier Mike Shaw and three members of Canada’s Winter 2018 Olympic team.
  • Kelsey Serwa
    The Heat profile 2018 Olympic Ski Cross Gold Medalist and UBC Okanagan's own Kelsey Serwa.
  • 2018 CaRMS Match Day
    Southern Medical Plan students find out where they're headed next on Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) day.

To see more videos like this, visit youtube.com/user/ubcotv

         
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