March 15, 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...


Live@UBC: UBC’s Central Source for Campus Events
Members of the UBC Okanagan community are invited to use Live@UBC, an online database that allows users to find out about events on a daily, weekly, or even on a monthly basis.  Users can also search by date or event type.

This service is easy for event coordinators to sign-up and use online. Once events are in the database, they are accessible at any time.

View next week's events

Live@UBC homepage

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ARTstor Now Available at UBC Okanagan Library
ARTstor is a digital images archive that focuses on architecture, painting, sculpture, photography and design. The archive currently contains over 300,000 images and is expected to grow to 500,000 by the end of 2006. This comprehensive research collection is now available using the UBC Okanagan Library.

Like JSTOR, ARTstor is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is a non-profit initiative for educational institutions and the arts community. Fundamental to the ARTstor initiative is the management of all legal aspects of the intellectual property rights for creators and their works. With ARTstor, faculty and students can use the digital reproductions for classroom and research purposes without restriction.

UBC recently purchased access to ARTstor through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a national consortium of university libraries dedicated to building research capacity through comprehensive electronic resources.

The archive contains a wide variety of materials including a survey collection for art history as well as specialized collections such as photographs from Harvard’s Schlesinger History of Women and an architecture and design archive from the Museum of Modern Art.

Check it out at www.artstor.org

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Okanagan Short Fiction Contest Invites Entries

Do you have a story to tell? Once again, it's time for local writers to get their stories down on the page: the 8th annual Okanagan Short Fiction Contest is calling for entries. Entries are judged by Creative Writing faculty from Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan, and an external judge who is a published, professional writer of national stature.

Writers have until April 21, 2006, to submit their short stories, ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words. All entries must be original, unpublished works of fiction, submitted on 8 1/2 by 11" plain white paper, double-spaced and typed. There is no limit on the number of entries, but a $10 entry fee is required with each.

This contest is co-sponsored by the Central Okanagan Foundation, UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College, and CBC Radio One in Kelowna.

More information

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UBC Okanagan Hockey Night in Kelowna on Mar. 18: Food bank to "Net The Prize"
All members of the UBC Okanagan community are invited to enjoy the first Annual UBC Okanagan Alumni hockey night in Kelowna. Sponsored by UBC Alumni Affairs, and MBNA Canada, local UBC Alumni are taking on the UBC Okanagan All-Stars in what promises to be some edge-of-your-seat entertainment.

This event is free for everyone; food & beverages will be provided as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the Kelowna Food Bank -- this winner of this event should be those who need it most.

Date: March 18, 2006
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland Arena (645 Dodd Rd.)

For more information please contact Shawn Swallow, Manager of Career Development and Alumni Services at UBC Okanagan. He can be reached at shawn.swallow@ubc.ca, or at 79223.

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Visiting Political Scientist to Give Research Seminar Mar. 23
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences has invited Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman from the University of Alberta's department of Political Science to give a research seminar entitled: "Paradigms in Conflict: The Contested Claims of Human Security, Critical Theory and Feminism."

This seminar is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Date: March 23, 2006
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: SCI333

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Colloquium Series Brings Expert Political Science Talk Mar. 23
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences Colloquium Series presents: Dr. Richard Johnston, Chair of the Political Science Department at UBC’s Vancouver campus, who will be presenting a talk entitled "The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South."

Dr. Johnston has won four organized-section best paper awards from the American Political Science Association, and was the co-investigator for the major collaborative research initiative, "Equality, Security, and Community," at UBC's Vancouver campus. Dr. Johnston's central research themes are in the area of public opinion, elections, and representation.

This talk is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Date: March 23, 2006
Time: 4 - 5:45 p.m.
Location: ART366

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International Week: A World of Activities on Campus
Global Connections is excited to introduce UBC Okanagan's first-annual International Week, March 27-31 (and beyond). This is a focal point for international learning led by UBC students, with opportunities for interaction, reflection and fun. The week is filled with presentations on global citizenship initiatives and international work, as well as study and volunteer opportunities. Highlights of the week include:

International Adventurer Will Gadd
Canada's top ice climber and paraglider, Will Gadd is also one of the world's top extreme athletes. Don't miss his riveting presentation.

Date: Monday, March 27, 2006
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Lower floor of the Student Services Centre (The Well/The Cage area)

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Community Forum on Women for Change
The Kelowna chapter of VIDEA (Victoria International Development Education Association) hosts Harnessing the Wave. Kelowna community representatives will speak and show videos, slides, and Zambian children's artwork.

Date: Friday, March 31, 2006
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Okanagan Room

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Amnesty International Film Festival
Few artistic media have the power to reach across cultures, languages, and even time itself to influence millions of people. The Amnesty International Film Festival was launched in 1992 with the purpose of showcasing the best in documentary and fiction filmmaking related to human rights.

Date: April 1 & 2, 2006
Location: SSC026

Complete schedule for International Week 2006

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UBC Okanagan Celebrates its Graduates Apr. 8
Grad Extravaganza, a longstanding Okanagan tradition, will be held on April 8, 2006. This event, a salute to our graduating students, will include live entertainment by Vancouver-based performance group Aché Brasil.

Grad Extravaganza gives our graduating students a celebration they will remember for years to come and provides a safe place for them to enjoy and celebrate the memories of their time at this institution.

Volunteers are also being sought for this event. Help is needed in areas such as: decorating, coat check, collection of tickets, liquor sales, Designated Drivers, serving and dinner clearing, cleanup, and more.

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2006
Time: Cocktails at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m., and Dancing from 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Location: Sun Room, SSC

Tickets are available in the Science Building (SCI200), Arts Building (ART223), Student Association Office (SSC025) and the Student Development & Services office (SSC119)

To volunteer please contact Hayley Fredericks at hayley.fredericks@ubc.ca or 79529.

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Seed Funding Information Session on Mar. 28
Joan Bottorff, Dean of Health and Social Development, and Susan Allen, Research Grants Facilitator, will be holding an information and Q&A session to assist faculty members with ideas for seed funding development and opportunities. The purpose of the information session is to help applicants prepare excellent submissions and to provide them with a better understanding of seed funding requirements.

Date: March 28, 2006
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: FIN252

Deadline for registration is Friday, March 24, 2006. To register please contact Ashleigh Young at ashleigh.young@ubc.ca or 79903.

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Seed Funding Opportunity
Through the support of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Health Research Resource Office (HeRRO) has funds available for a small number of grants (not exceeding $5,000 each) to facilitate the development of grant applications to Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The funding is targeted at Pillar III (Health Systems and Services) and Pillar IV (Population and Public Health: the social, cultural and environmental factors that affect the health of populations). Priority will be given to those applicants who have not previously had CIHR funding.

Conditions of funding include: HeRRO internal review, and a submission to CIHR made no later than the Sept 2007 competition date.

Deadline for submission is April 30, 2006.

For full details and application form, please visit the HeRRO website.

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UBC Okanagan Celebrates World Water Day on Mar. 22
The Okanagan faces unsustainable forms of development that are now leading to unprecedented levels of habitat and species extinction. March 22, 2006 is a unique opportunity to draw attention and to create momentum that compels institutions, the international community, and individuals to take action.  Please join with thousands of communities around the world to celebrate World Water Day at UBC Okanagan.

Student-Organized Information Sessions and Logo Competition

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: SSC Entrance

Opening Ceremonies: Water Drum Procession, Poetry and Speeches

  • Time: 12 noon - 1 p.m.
  • Location: Water fountain at campus centre

Panel Discussion: Water Challenges and Solutions

  • Time: 1:30 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Location: SCI333
  • PANELISTS
  • Dr. Jeff Curtis, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Neal Klassen, City of Kelowna Water Smart Program
  • Deanna Machin, ONA Fisheries Biologist
  • Gord Shandler, BC Fruit Growers Association
  • Greg Armour, Okanagan Basin Water Board

Keynote Speaker: Convening for Action: Moving Towards A Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in the Okanagan. Mr. Kim Stephens, M. Eng, P. Eng., is Program Coordinator of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia

  • Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: SCI333
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Organizational Development & Learning Presents Upcoming Workshops:

Take Control of Computer Clutter

  • Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Reclaiming the Clock

  • Date: Monday, March 27, 2006
  • Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Dealing with Change

  • Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

More Information/Registration: online or phone 78624.

View the entire slate of workshops online.

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Joint Health and Safety Committee Training
This Worksafe Course assists participants in the identification and interpretation of joint health and safety committee members functions, duties, and responsibilities in promoting workplace health and safety. The course is ideal for joint health and safety committee members, worker health and safety representatives, and health and safety professionals.

Minutes from the Joint Health & Safety Committee meetings are also available here.

Date: Friday, March 31, 2006
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fees: No charge
Instructor: Shelley Kayfish

More Information/Registration: online or phone 78624.

View the entire slate of workshops online.

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Recruitment Workshop Series in March and April
Are you hiring this spring? UBC Okanagan Human Resources has put together three dynamic and short sessions to help you with your recruitment plans so you are ready to go when your budget comes down!

Human Rights and Equity Best Practices

  • Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2006
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 12 noon

Interviewing

  • Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2006
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 12 noon

Picking the Right Candidate

  • Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2006
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 12 noon

More Information/Registration: online or phone 78624.

View the entire slate of workshops online.


BCGEU Support Staff Professional Development Fund
Update: Applications for internal workshops and internal On-Line Expert computer courses can be processed immediately upon receipt of application. There is no need to wait for the next Committee meeting date for adjudication. If you would like to take an internal workshop presented by the Human Resources Dept. please send or fax your application to Human Resources.

Application forms are available at: http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/facultystaff/hr/bcgeu.html

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UBC Okanagan Finance Offers Training Sessions

Introduction to Finance
Overview of the UBC Okanagan Finance department including: UBC Financial Structure, Paying for Goods & Services, Banking, Payroll, Viewing Account Activities and reports.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: ART203

To register for this training session, please contact Erin Podmorow at erin.podmorow@ubc.ca or 78615.

Smart Forms Training
Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that serve to replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions).

To access Smart Forms at your workstation, you must complete the Smart Forms training course and you must have access to FMS nQuery. If you would like to apply for access to FMS nQuery, please go to the FMS nQuery ID Information Website.

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: FIN142

To register for this training session, please contact Erin Podmorow at erin.podmorow@ubc.ca or 78615.

Visionary Earns Award for Geoexchange Project
Aidan Kiernan, AVP Operations for UBC Okanagan, has received a prestigious vision award from EBA Engineering recently for his work on the GeoExchange Project, which is expected to save at least $100,000 a year in energy costs for UBC Okanagan.

Vision Award for GeoExchange Groundwater System

Campus News: Mid-Sized Cities -- Sustainable Growth in the Okanagan Valley
Geography students will explore growth issues facing mid-sized cities such as those in the Okanagan on March 21. Visiting professors Mark Seasons (University of Waterloo) and Larry Bourne (University of Toronto) will visit UBC Okanagan for an academic colloquium starting at 11:30 a.m. in SCI333.

Later in the day, Seasons and Bourne will join UBC Okanagan geographers and planners from Okanagan cities for a public panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna. Dr. Bernard Bauer, Dean of the Barber School of Arts and Sciences, will chair the panel discussion.

Events are co-sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Unit #1 (Community, Culture, and Global Studies), and the City of Kelowna. To register for the public panel discussion, please contact Dr. Carlos Teixeira at 78001 or jose.teixeira@ubc.ca.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
17, Friday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Visiting Chemist to Give Expert Talk
Dr. Joseph Muchowski, the holder of 60 U.S. patents, and author of over 160 papers, to present a talk entitled "The Mechanism of the Friedländer Quinoline Synthesis"
SCI247
18, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
UBC Okanagan Alumni Hockey Night in Kelowna
Local UBC Alumni are taking on the UBC Okanagan All-Stars -- attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the Kelowna Food Bank.
Rutland Arena
20, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
FCCS Presents…Adam Lewis Schroeder
ART103
21, Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
ODL Workshop: Take Control of Computer Clutter
More Information
23, Thursday, 2 - 4 p.m.
Political Science Expert to give Research Seminar
"Paradigms in Conflict: The Contested Claims of Human Security, Critical Theory and Feminism."
SCI333
23, Thursday, 4 p.m.
"interACTION" Cancer Prevention Workshop
Do you know that at least 50% of cancers can be prevented? Do you know how you can reduce your risk of cancer? Do you want to learn how to make healthy choices, easy choices?
ART102
23, Thursday, 4 - 5:45 p.m.
Arts & Sciences Colloquium Series: Dr. Richard Johnston
"The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South."
ART366
27, Monday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ODL Workshop: Reclaiming The Clock
More Information
27, Monday, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
International Week: Will Gadd
Canada's top ice climber and paraglider, Will Gadd is also one of the world's top extreme athletes.  Don't miss his riveting presentation.
Lower Floor of the SSC (The Well/Cage Area)
Complete Schedule
28, Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Introduction to Finance
Overview of the UBC Okanagan Finance department, including: UBC Financial Structure, Paying for Goods & Services, Banking, Payroll, Viewing Account Activities and reports.
ART203
28, Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
HR Recruitment Workshop: Human Rights and Equity Best Practices
More Information
28, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
ODL Workshop: Dealing With Change
More Information
28, Tuesday, 4 - 5 p.m.
Seed Funding Information Session
An information and Q&A session to assist faculty members with ideas for seed funding development and opportunities.
ART366
29, Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Introduction to Finance
Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that serve to replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions).
FIN142
30, Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Dr. David R. Brillinger to Give Expert Talk on Hawaiian Monk Seals
This talk will focus on Hawaiian monk seals which are the most endangered species of marine mammal that lives entirely within the jurisdiction of the United States.
SCI333
30, Thursday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Presents…Book Launch for Sharon Thesen
Sharon Thesen, Creative Writing professor at UBC Okanagan, is preparing to launch her eighth book of poetry: The Good Bacteria.
FINA Gallery
31, Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
International Week: Community Forum on Women for Change
The Kelowna Chapter of VIDEA hosts Harnessing the Wave -- Kelowna community representatives will speak and show videos, slides, and Zambian children's artwork.
Okanagan Room (SSC015)
Complete Schedule
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