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June 20, 2018

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For all that you did

The Ceremonies and Events office would like to thank all volunteers and colleagues who helped make the 2018 convocation ceremonies such a success.

Graduation couldn't have happened without all of you.


Lesley Lutes (bottom left) who led the CPA accreditation, is joined by students and faculty from the clinical psychology doctoral program at an annual retreat.
Lesley Lutes (bottom left) who led the CPA accreditation, is joined by students and faculty from the clinical psychology doctoral program at an annual retreat.

Clinical psychology program earns CPA accreditation

Newly accredited program will open doors for graduates

The Barber School's clinical psychology doctoral program has earned a four-year accreditation from the Canadian Psychological Association of Canada—the highest psychology body in the country.

It is a significant and impressive accomplishment for such a young program, and one that will greatly benefit students.

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UBC merges Faculties of Education, creates Okanagan School of Education

UBC Okanagan announced this week the creation of a new Okanagan School of Education following the merger of the Okanagan and Vancouver Faculties of Education.

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Canadian Blood Services logoDonate blood this summer

Canadian Blood Services is seeking blood donations from the UBC Okanagan community over the summer break. Consider booking your next appointment at the Kelowna Blood Donor Clinic.

If your department or unit has a group of coworkers that would like to donate, Canadian Blood Services can arrange for the Life Bus to pick your group up and return them to campus.

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Community projects awarded funding to build a more inclusive UBC

Four student, faculty and staff projects were awarded funding at UBC Okanagan from this year's Equity Enhancement Fund.

Congratulations to FCCS Prof. Michael V. Smith, Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research Director Stephanie McKeown and everyone else who received funding. These projects will contribute to building a more welcoming and inclusive UBC.

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Engineering faculty and staff recognized for excellence

School of Engineering faculty members accounted for two of the three (faculty category) of this year's UBC Faculty of Applied Science Dean's Awards for Excellence in Service.

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June 25 and July 18: Help build positive space in your community

Is your working or learning environment welcoming to LGBT2SQIA+ students, staff and faculty? Explore how you can have an impact on the university's climate for sexual and gender diversity by attending a Positive Space Workshop.

Workshops are organized by the Equity and Inclusion Office and are scheduled for June 25 and July 18. To find out more, visit: equity.ok.ubc.ca/events/event


Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Canvas workshops and drop-in sessions

This summer, the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has organized a series of drop-in sessions to help faculty members successfully transition to Canvas.

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Reminder: Global Contexts in the Classroom Fund applications being accepted

This new seed funding opportunity provides support for UBC Okanagan faculty members to internationalize curriculum through designing course modules that incorporate international content and contexts into existing courses. The application deadline is August 1, 2018.

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Bees are keystone pollinators with an economic value of plant fertilization worldwide estimated in the hundreds of billions.

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ECO ARTISTS ARE TRANSFORMING URBAN SITES INTO VIABLE POLLINATOR PASTURES

UBC Okanagan scholars are improving our relationship with the natural world, one flowery step at a time.

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Zoology grad Ashley Kerik has ambitions of study freshwater sharks.
Zoology grad Ashley Kerik has ambitions of study freshwater sharks.

From Australia, Asia (and a few spots in-between) to academia

Biology grad takes pause in her globetrotting to study at UBC Okanagan

Ashley Kerik has always had itchy feet. Since graduating from high school, she approached the world as one big laboratory, where new discoveries were just around the bend.

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Dana Klamut graduated on June 7 with degrees in math and computer science (honours).
Dana Klamut graduated on June 7 with degrees in math and computer science (honours).

Double degrees add up to top Pushor Mitchell recognition

Winner excels at both math and honours computer science

Things have been adding up for Dana Klamut since she began her academic career at UBC Okanagan five years ago.

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Julianne Barry graduated this week with her PhD from UBC Okanagan.
Julianne Barry graduated this week with her PhD from UBC Okanagan.

Newly minted PhD graduate keeps her ties to UBC Okanagan

She's done it all—from undergrad to master's to PhD and research fellow

Julianne Barry is one of those rare breeds of university students. She has spent her entire post-secondary academic career—from those first, nervous fresh-faced days to becoming an accomplished researcher and post-doctoral fellow—at UBC Okanagan.

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UBC Okanagan confers three honorary degrees

Local First Nations Elder, business leader and astrophysicist honoUred at convocation ceremonies earlier in June

UBC Okanagan celebrated not only its students, but also business leader Anthony von Mandl, Splatsin First Nation Elder Rosalind Williams and astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi during this year's graduation ceremonies.

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Carlee Mills, student reader for the Bachelor of Arts ceremony for FCCS students.
Carlee Mills, student reader for the Bachelor of Arts ceremony for FCCS students.

FCCS celebrates student journeys

The FCCS dean's office and faculty members who were present at convocation were thrilled to witness their students walk across the stage on June 7.

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Associate Professor of psychology Lesley Lutes has been awarded $1.7 million to study a commercial weight loss program.
Associate Professor of psychology Lesley Lutes has been awarded $1.7 million to study a commercial weight loss program.

UBC researchers to weigh in on commercial weight loss option

Weight Watchers Freestyle food program going under the microscope

UBC Okanagan's Lesley Lutes is leading an evaluation Weight Watchers Freestyle, a new commercial weight management protocol.

Lutes, an associate professor of psychology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has researchers examining the program from UBC Okanagan and Vancouver.

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Evelyn Jensen studied a new generation of giant tortoises while earning her PhD at UBC Okanagan. Photo credit: Michael Russello
Evelyn Jensen studied a new generation of giant tortoises while earning her PhD at UBC Okanagan. Photo credit: Michael Russello.

DNA analysis of near-extinct tortoises leads to gold medal win

Biology student wins Governor General award for academic achievement

A UBC student's research examining the DNA of endangered Galapagos tortoises has led to the highest accomplishment a university student can earn.

Evelyn Jensen, who was conferred her PhD degree in biology from the Barber School, is this year's Governor General Gold Medal winner for UBC Okanagan.

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UBC Associate Professor Allison Hargreaves, centre, receives her Gabrielle Roy Prize, pictured here with WLU Press senior editor Siobhan McMenemy (left) and director Lisa Quinn.
Allison Hargreaves, centre, receives her Gabrielle Roy Prize, pictured here with WLU Press senior editor Siobhan McMenemy (left) and director Lisa Quinn.

UBC's Hargreaves wins prestigious Gabrielle Roy writing award

Jury calls book 'sensitively argued, memorable and deeply insightful'

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Associate Professor Allison Hargreaves is the winner of the 2017 Gabrielle Roy Prize writing award.

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Ali McManus, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
Ali McManus, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences..

UBC Okanagan researcher encourages kids to move more to boost brain health

ParticipACTION Report Card gives a D+ when it comes to overall physical activity

A UBC Okanagan professor, who is a member of the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth team, is highlighting how important the findings are.

Released Tuesday, the report card gives Canadian kids a score of D+ for overall physical activity.

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A new wave of intercultural sharing at UBC Okanagan

Through workshops and speaker events, Rule Out Racism 2018 week engaged students, faculty, staff, and community members around issues of race and racism. Check out the recap of this year's events and consider how you can get involved next year.

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