April 20, 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...

Dr. Doug Owram Introduced as New DVC
Exchange Your Information
Be Amazed by the Talent
Love Stories
Mozart for Minds and Music Finale April 28
B.C. Book Award Finalists Reading at UBC Okanagan
Volunteers Made Grad Extravaganza Evening a Hit!
Travel at UBC Offers WestJet Tickets as Prize
Take-and-Return Paperback Program
UBC Okanagan Health Research e-Newsletter
Learning Conference -- Free Registration Continues for Faculty
Investor Ready 101 Seminar offered on campus April 27
Faculty Members Sought to Aid French Immersion Students
Upcoming Workshops
Upcoming Events

Dr. Doug Owram Introduced as New DVC
A former Vice President (Academic) and Provost at the University of Alberta, Dr. Doug Owram has been named UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC). He will take up his new duties on July 1, 2006.

"We are very pleased to welcome Doug Owram to the UBC community," says UBC President Dr. Martha Piper, who announced the appointment at an event in the Sun Room Thursday morning. "As Deputy Vice Chancellor, he takes on a pivotal position for UBC Okanagan and our entire UBC system.

"Dr. Owram brings a wealth of experience in both academic and administrative roles, including serving as the University of Alberta's most senior academic officer. UBC Okanagan is very much in its formative days, and I believe his experience and guidance will help shape the future of this unique and energetic Okanagan campus," she says.

More information is available on the UBC Okanagan website.


 
Be Amazed by the Talent
Ab Initio, the Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating student art exhibition will be held in the Fine Arts and Health Building starting today. The show features work by 34 graduating students, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 30. Admission is free and open to everyone.
The opening night reception is Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m.



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Love Stories
Madeleine Lefebvre, author of The Romance of Libraries, will give a reading from her novel at the Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis Street) on April 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. Okanagan Regional Library, Okanagan College Library and UBC Okanagan Library co-sponsor the reading.

A collection of true accounts of emotional attachments formed in and with libraries and the library field, these personal narratives from around the world share an over-arching theme of the transformative and emotive power of libraries in our lives. Young and old share their tales of romances that developed in a library setting and romances with libraries themselves.

Ms. Lefebvre is the University Librarian of Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also currently serves as Chief Administrator of Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy.


Mozart for Minds and Music Finale April 28
The closing event of this year's Minds and Music concert series will feature works for violin, voice and piano by W. A. Mozart, with expert commentary by Pierre Simard, resident conductor of the Calgary Symphony.

The Voice of Mozart concert starts at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in the Main Foyer of the UBC Okanagan Student Services Centre. The free concert will offer approximately 80 minutes of live music, with a 15-minute intermission for refreshments.


B.C. Book Award Finalists Reading at UBC Okanagan
Four finalists for this year's B.C. Book Prizes will visit UBC Okanagan on Friday, April 28, to read from their nominated books. This free event, sponsored in part by UBC Okanagan, is open to all and gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, SSC 026.

Participating authors are:

  • Paul Yee, shortlisted for Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for Bamboo
  • Audrey Thomas, shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Tattycoram
  • Daryl Ashby, shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for John Muir: West Coast Pioneer
  • Andy Lamb, shortlisted for the B.C. Booksellers' Choice Award for Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.

This reading marks the end of this year's tour throughout B.C.

WHERE: Lecture Theatre, SSC 026, Student Services Centre
More Information

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Volunteers Made Grad Extravaganza Evening a Hit!
In honour of this year's first class of graduates, some 30 UBC Okanagan faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves to volunteer as servers, bussing crews, ticket sellers and more for a special Saturday evening gala-style dinner and dance in the Sun Room on April 9.

With professors and support staff volunteering, this annual tradition at the Kelowna campus remains an affordable, enjoyable -- and novel -- event for students. After all, it isn't every day your professor helps clear the table after dinner.

The Grad Extravaganza saw more than 230 grads and their guests on hand to celebrate their upcoming graduation. Entertainment included Vancouver-based performance group Ache Brasil.

Special thanks go to organizers Dan Durall, Hayley Fredericks and Constance Neid, to Paul Johnston and the staff at Aramark for preparing the dinner and providing the Sun Room venue, and to all the volunteers for their time and effort.

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Travel at UBC Offers WestJet Tickets as Prize
Travel at UBC is offering UBC travelers and travel arrangers a chance to win two tickets on WestJet to anywhere in Canada!

To enter, just book your next WestJet flight between April 1 and June 30, 2006, using the UBC WestJet BizLink -- that's the UBC portal for all WestJet bookings, offering advance seat selection at booking time and the ability to manage your own credits and debits.

To sign up, go to www.travel.ubc.ca and create a new account with WestJet. There is no fee for this service.

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Take-and-Return Paperback Program
Library Services is pleased to offer a take-and-return leisure-reading paperback book program for members of the UBC Okanagan community. Paperbacks are now available in the Library for your leisure reading pleasure. These books do not need to be signed out -- they're for you to take and return at your convenience.

If you have a few gently used paperbacks around the house, please bring them into the Library or send them through inter-office mail to Marjorie Mitchell in LIB318. Donations would be greatly appreciated -- no hardbacks or magazines please.

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UBC Okanagan Health Research e-Newsletter
The Faculty of Health and Social Development circulates a weekly research e-newsletter highlighting a variety of health-related information including new funding opportunities, upcoming research activities at UBC Okanagan, conference announcements and training opportunities. To be added to the newsletter mailing list, please contact Ashleigh Young.

The latest edition of the Health Research e-Newsletter can be viewed here.

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Learning Conference -- Free Registration Continues for Faculty
There's still time -- but not much -- for UBC Okanagan faculty to register for the upcoming UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, May 4 and 5. Registration is free.

The conference is an opportunity to learn more about interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The focus this year is on learning free of boundaries between disciplines, professions, learning spaces, learners, learning materials and technology.

Dr. John Willinsky's keynote address is on "A Newly Open and Public Quality to Learning." Dr. Willinsky is Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at UBC and a recent winner of the Blackwell Scholarship Award for his book The Access Principle.

Register http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/conference/
For more information contact Peter Arthur at 250-807-9207 or e-mail peter.arthur@ubc.ca

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Investor Ready 101 Seminar offered on campus April 27
Prepare your company and yourself to attract early-stage capital. This seminar provides vital information for early-stage businesses, entrepreneurs, founders and directors that require external capital to finance their rapid growth. For more information and registration, visit Angel Forum.
April 21 Registration Deadline!

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Faculty Members Sought to Aid French Immersion Students
On April 25, 2006, UBC Okanagan is hosting "French for the Future" (Le français pour l'avenir), a national francophone event that takes place in schools and universities across Canada. Edmond Rivère, Associate Professor of Critical Studies, is looking for fellow faculty members who are fluent in French to converse with about 20 French immersion students from Kelowna. Activities for this event include spending 50 minutes interacting with a French-speaking professor. Topics of discussion might include their department, research, possibilities of employment or any other related topic in French.

If you are interested in participating in this event, contact Edmond Rivère.

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Upcoming Workshops
The Organizational Development & Learning Office of the Human Resources Department is pleased to present the following upcoming workshops:
  • Recruitment Series -- Picking the Right Candidate

    Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2006
    Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
    Location: ART380
    Fees: No charge but pre-registration is required
    Facilitator: Tena McKenzie, HR Associate, UBC Okanagan
    To Register: Please call Yvonne at 807-8624 or register on line
  • Preventing Workplace Violence
    Preventing Workplace Violence is a course developed by Worksafe B.C., aimed at providing employers and workers with tools to reduce workplace violence. Successful completion of the course enables participants to:
    - Explain regulatory requirements relevant to preventing workplace violence
    - Conduct a violence risk assessment
    - Establish violence prevention measures and procedures
    - Develop a workplace violence prevention program

    The introductory 8-hour course is free to staff and faculty -- space is limited!

    Date: Friday, April 21 2006
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: No charge but pre-registration is required
    Facilitator: Shelley Kayfish, Safety and Environment Advisor, UBC Okanagan
    To Register: Please call Yvonne at 807-8624 or register on line


  • Joint Health and Safety Committee Training
    The Safety and Environment Office, Human Resources, is offering the Worksafe course "Joint Health and Safety Committee Training" to staff and faculty on April 28th. This introductory eight-hour course is free to staff and faculty, however, space is limited.

    The Worksafe Course assists participants in the identification and interpretation of joint health and safety committee member’s functions, duties, and responsibilities in promoting workplace health and safety. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
    - Navigate the Worker's Compensation Act and Regulation and identify relevant sections for their organization
    - Explain committee and worker representative requirements and entitlements
    - Build a foundation for further skill development in the areas of OH&S program elements, safety inspections, accident investigations, and cooperatively dealing with worker concerns and work refusals
    - Conduct and participate in constructive committee meetings

    Date: Friday, April 28, 2006
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: No charge but pre-registration is required
    Facilitator: Shelley Kayfish, Safety and Environment Advisor, UBC Okanagan
    To Register: Please call Yvonne at 807-8624 or register on line

  • Reclaiming the Clock
    This workshop presents an exciting new approach to getting beyond survival to excelling at managing time. Participants will learn that effective time management is not about getting busier - but smarter. This program will show you how to free up time for planning, improving systems, reconnecting, creative thinking and problem solving.

    - Understanding how we spend our time
    - The mind set of time control
    - New practices add up to time savings
    - Starting those new control habits

    Date: Monday, May 1, 2006
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: $110 -- Pre-registration is required
    Facilitator: John Singleton, Marathon Communications
    To Register: Please call Yvonne at 807-8624 or register on line

  • Responding with Respect: Mental Illness in First Aid
    This workshop is based on the premise of physical first aid -- participants learn an ABC framework for how to respond to someone experiencing mental distress. The workshop provides information on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and suicide intervention. Just as with physical illnesses, in a mental illness, early intervention leads to faster recovery. The format for the course consists of mini-lectures, case studies, small group work, large group discussions, video clips, short writing exercises, and experiential components. This workshop has been broken into four morning sessions. Seating is limited so register now.

    Date: June 6, 8, 13, 15, 2006
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA -- on campus
    Fees: $180
    Facilitator: Canadian Mental Health Facilitators
    To Register: Please call Yvonne at 807-8624 or register on line

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Exchange Your Information
The Exchange is your newsletter -- let everyone know what's going on in your corner of UBC Okanagan! Send submissions to Public Affairs c/o Ingrid Tilstra
Publication Date Deadline for Submission
May 3 April 28 (Friday)
May 17 May 12 (Friday)
June 7 June 2 (Friday)
June 21 June 16 (Friday)

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UPCOMING EVENTS
19, Wednesday, 1 - 2 p.m.
Recruitment Series -- Picking the Right Candidate
WHERE: Arts 380
20 - 30, Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ab Initio features work by graduating students. Admission is free and open to everyone.
WHERE: Fine Arts and Health Building
21, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Preventing Workplace Violence
Preventing Workplace Violence is a course developed by Worksafe B.C. The course is aimed at providing employers and workers with tools to reduce workplace violence.
TBA
22, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Ab Initio -- Opening Reception for Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
An extensive exhibition of student works including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video and installation work.
WHERE: Fine Arts and Health Building
24, Monday, 4 - 5 p.m.
Reading from The Romance of Libraries by author Madeleine Lefebvre
A collection of true accounts of emotional attachments formed in and with libraries and the library field, these personal narratives from around the world share an over-arching theme of the transformative and emotive power of libraries in our lives.
WHERE: Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street
28, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Joint Health and Safety Committee Training
The Worksafe Course assists participants in the identification and interpretation of joint health and safety committee member's functions, duties, and responsibilities in promoting workplace health and safety.
TBA

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