January 4, 2006

Exchange is an e-journal for faculty and staff highlighting UBC Okanagan events, achievements and news you can use. Your Public Affairs staff welcomes contributions, notes, hot tips and suggestions for future editions.

In this issue...


New Faculty Websites
Four new faculty sites have been launched within the UBC Okanagan website. The Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Health and Social Development, the Faculty of Education, and College of Graduate Studies each have a new web presence with content useful to current and prospective students, faculty and staff.

Photos and other elements make each site distinctive, however, visitors will experience a common look and feel when viewing UBC Okanagan web pages. That's thanks to UBC's IronPoint web content management system, which keeps menus, page layout and navigation consistent across all sites.

Check out the sites:
Management
Health and Social Development
Education
Graduate Studies

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Despres Begins Study of UBC Okanagan Transition
Dr. Blane Despres, Assistant Professor of Education at UBC Okanagan, is the first to commence research on the institutional transformation that began at Okanagan University College nearly two years ago.

He seeks volunteers for a short-term project that will focus on the systemic changes from March 2004 to September 2005. The study's goal is to refine, validate, and improve upon an existing interdisciplinary research model, the Systemic Factors Inventory Analysis matrix (SyFIA), which attempts to break down the organizational change into several categories such as purposes, form/design, and infrastructure.

Dr. Despres also hopes to preserve the stories, sentiments, and memories of the transition in order to promote further research into the transition. Participants will be asked to discuss their perceptions of the transition in a 20- to 30-minute interview. Question topics range from reactions to the initial announcement by the provincial government, to the creation of UBC Okanagan.

Dr. Despres notes that this research is significant in that "any event, problem or organization can be examined to determine its viability, the specific nature of problem areas, and the degree of congruity between factors." He also hopes to create a SyFIA template valuable in any field of research or market.

This will be the first exploration into the institutional transition from University College to UBC Okanagan. Interested volunteers can view the questionnaire and consent form online. Dr. Despres can be contacted by e-mail or at 807.8122.

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M.S.W. Info Session January 9
The School of Social Work has announced that, subject to Senate approval, it will offer a Master of Social Work program at UBC Okanagan beginning in September 2006. The first intake of this program will be part-time (two-year completion), followed by a full-time intake beginning in 2007.

An information session will be held Monday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in Arts 376.

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Exchange Your Information
If you have a University-related item you'd like to see included in a future edition, please send it to Chris Guenard in Public Affairs. The deadlines for upcoming editions are:

Publication Date Deadline for Submission
January 18 Jan. 13 (Friday)
February 1 Jan. 27 (Friday)
February 15 Feb. 10 (Friday)
March 1 Feb. 24 (Friday)

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UPCOMING EVENTS
9, Monday, 7 p.m.
Master of Social Work Information Session
Arts 376
Find out about the new Master of Social Work program beginning in September 2006.
13, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Marie Loughlin
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
"Oh, what an endless have I in hand": Editing The Broadview Anthology of 16th-Century Poetry and Prose
18, Wednesday
Weedless Wednesday
Start of the UBC Okanagan Great Canadian Smoke Out: Becoming or Staying Tobacco-Free Contest
More information (1-page PDF)
19, Thursday, 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Second Year and Beyond
A campus-wide opportunity for current and university transfer students to see what UBC Okanagan has to offer second-, third-, fourth-year and graduate students.
Information: Maria Graziano, Student Recruitment and Advising
Session listings and times: 807-8521
www.ubc.ca/okanagan/prospective
27, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Rob Eggleston
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Farce, Lovers, and Cuckolds: Edward Ravenscroft and the Restoration Stage
3, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Bryan Ryley
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Interference and the Icon
4, Saturday, 7 p.m.
FCCS Art on the Line Gala Fund-Raiser
Tickets: Linda Falkingham, Secretary, Department of Creative Studies, 807-9761
More information
24, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: David Jefferess
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Globalization and Human Solidarity: The Fourth World War as Tactical Media
3, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Fern Helfand, Mary Ann Murphy, Penny Cash and David Scott
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Visual Imagery and Personal Stories Play a Role in Renewal: The Meaning of Home and the Okanagan Fires 2003
10, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Mercedes Duran-Cogan
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
To be announced
27-31, Monday - Friday
International Week
Hosted by UBC Okanagan's Global Connections
More information
31, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Lorin Card and Edmond Rivère
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Amid angst and revolt: '8 Mile' en français

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