May 3, 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...

Bench Offers a Place to Talk, Dedicated in Memory of Sylvia Russell
New Campus Life Coordinator
Students Hired for Summer as Orientation Coordinators
Minds and Music Season Finale
Myra Canyon Research On Track to Begin This Summer
Join Us in Bidding Farewell to Don Schaefer
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science Newsletter
International Students Now Eligible to Apply for Work Permits
Valley First Signs On as Breakfast Fund-Raiser's Title Sponsor
Upcoming Workshops
Upcoming Events
Exchange Your Information


History students Heather Kenney and Warran Sentes enjoy the new bench in the Arts Building atrium.

Bench Offers a Place to Talk, Dedicated in Memory of Sylvia Russell
A park bench in the new Arts Building atrium will be a welcoming place to relax and chat with friends and colleagues. The bench was purchased by UBC Okanagan history students and dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Sylvia Russell, a history professor at OUC for many years until her retirement in 2005. Russell passed away on January 19, 2006, after a 16-year battle with breast cancer.

History Course Union students Heather Kenney and Warren Sentes were among those who gathered in the atrium Friday afternoon for the dedication ceremony.

"We want everyone to know this bench is here -- please come and enjoy it," said Kenney during the dedication.

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New Campus Life Coordinator
The academic plan for UBC Okanagan indicated that campus life for students, staff and faculty was a priority. To fulfill that obligation, Leanne Perry has been hired as the Campus Life Coordinator.

"Leanne joins us from SFU where she worked for the residence life department. Prior to that, Leanne worked in residence life at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario," says Mary DeMarinis, Manager of Student Development and Advising. "I'm delighted to welcome her on board."

Leanne brings with her experience in first-year orientation, residence planning and safe campus initiatives. Leanne can be reached at leanne.perry@ubc.ca or 79012. She is located in the Student Services Centre (SSC 119D).

Students Hired for Summer as Orientation Coordinators
Two UBC Okanagan students have joined Student Development and Advising for the summer. Ana Maria Frias and Erica Triggs have been hired as the Create 2006 student orientation coordinators.

Erica is a second-year Arts student with the intention of joining the Political Science, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) program next year. She was a participant in the Create 2005 program and as such brings with her valuable experience to assist with the planning process for this year.

Ana is a third-year student entering the Social Work program this fall. Ana brings with her experience in event planning in addition to her own experience as an OUC transition student last year.

Ana and Erica are located in the Student Services Centre (SSC009) and can be reached at triggse@interchange.ubc.ca, amfrias@interchange.ubc.ca or 79805.

"I'm delighted to welcome these students to the student development staff for the summer and look forward to our second first-year orientation," said Mary DeMarinis, Manager of Student Development and Advising.

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Minds and Music
Season Finale

Violinist Denis Letourneau and pianist Mihai Ungureanu played the opening works in a special Minds and Music concert in the Student Services Centre Friday afternoon. The Voice of Mozart also included commentary by Pierre Simard and the soprano voice of Nadya Blanchette. This was the final concert of the season, but organizer Manuela Ungureanu -- who worked tirelessly to bring all four Minds and Music concerts to campus this year -- says more concerts are planned for next fall.


Myra Canyon Research On Track to Begin This Summer
UBC Okanagan researchers are ready to roll with a project that looks both ways on the Kettle Valley Railway -- into the past and into the future of the famous Myra Canyon trestles near Kelowna.

The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, currently rebuilding trestles damaged by forest fire in 2003, has stepped forward with $10,000 to help fund a three-year research project that will include archeological and historic fieldwork, as well as tourism management planning for the national historic site.

This summer, a team of researchers including Williams, Anthropology Professor Richard Garvin and Management Professor Russell Currie will begin documenting how the Kettle Valley Railway was built back in the 1910s, and the historical and economic impact the railway had on the Okanagan and the rest of B.C.'s southern interior.

Trestle restoration work is expected to be complete by late summer 2007. By then, the UBC Okanagan team hopes to have established an on-site field school, with archeological digs for both university study and community education.

More information


Join Us in Bidding Farewell to Don Schaefer

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room -- Student Services Centre
RSVP: Carrol Pidhaichuk by May 12

Don Schaefer has accepted the position of Charge Engineer at Okanagan College and will be leaving UBC Okanagan on May 19. Please join us in wishing Don all the best in his new venture! Refreshments will be served.

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Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Newsletter
The May edition of the Research Update newsletter from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is now available. This monthly newsletter includes information on funding opportunities, congratulations to faculty members, publications, announcements and upcoming workshops. To be added to the mailing list, contact Susan Allen.

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International Students Now Eligible to Apply for Work Permits
Immigration Minister Monte Solberg announced today that international students studying in Canada can apply for off-campus work permits effective immediately. See the full press release.

Shawn Swallow, Manager, Career Development and Alumni Services, will be administering this program at UBC Okanagan.

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Number One

UBC President Dr. Martha Piper donned an Okanagan athletics jersey during the recent Athletics Scholarship Breakfast -- now known as the Valley First Financial Group UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

Valley First Signs On as Breakfast Fund-Raiser's Title Sponsor
Valley First Financial Group has committed to be the title sponsor for the next two years of the fund-raising UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. The first event on April 21 raised $25,000 -- an amount matched by UBC bringing the total to $50,000.

A similar endowment fund-raiser at UBC's Vancouver campus is held each March. The TELUS Millennium Scholarship Breakfast has raised nearly $4 million in seven years, making it the single most successful fund-raiser ever staged by a university athletics department in Canada.

"We are excited about the success of our first Okanagan fund-raising breakfast, and about bringing such a popular UBC tradition to UBC Okanagan where it will grow and benefit our scholarship endowment more each year," said Rob Johnson, UBC Okanagan Director of Athletics and Recreation.

More information

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • Open House -- UBC Okanagan Faculty Pension Plan 2005 Year in Review
    Date: Monday, May 8, 2006
    Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. -- Presentation at 3 p.m.
    followed by a question-and-answer period
    Location: Sun Room SSC 121
    Presenters: Cheryl Neighbour and Diane Fulton
    Fees: No charge, but pre-registration is required
    Register: Online

  • Faculty Instructional Workshop
    Date: Monday, May 15 - Thursday, May 18, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. / 1 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
    Location: LIB 302
    Session Leader: Peter Arthur
    Fees: No charge, but pre-registration is required

    This workshop is designed to enhance new and veteran teachers' learning environment facilitation skills. The four-day experience involves participants learning and applying instructional design in the creation of mini-lessons that will be taught to the group. Feedback will be provided and will be incorporated in further mini-lessons and peer evaluations.

    For more information or to register, contact Peter Arthur at 807-9207.

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The Organizational Development and Learning Office of the Human Resources Department is pleased to present the following upcoming workshops:

  • Conflict Resolution -- Facing the Tiger
    Date: Monday, May 8, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: ART 386
    Fees: $110 Pre-registration required
    Facilitator: Marathon Communications
    To Register: Online
  • This is a fun, interactive way to learn about an 'unattractive' subject -- conflict resolution. You will learn that conflict is normal, that you are either facing it, or being eaten by it. Learn the three stages from evaluation to observation.

    • Understanding that issues and conflict are normal
    • Judgments, issues and conflicts
    • Choices and the 'Path Least Travelled'
    • Five steps to building strong relationships

  • Simplify Your Workspace
    Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: ART 380
    Fees: $55 Pre-registration required
    Facilitator: Linda Andersson, Current Business Solutions
    To Register: Online
  • Do you find that you are wasting valuable time looking for things, regularly shuffling through papers on your desk to locate items? Are you afraid to be away for a day in case one of your colleagues needs to find something in the abyss you call your office?

    In the midst of countless deadlines and our already hectic schedules, the small details of daily work must go on. We return phone calls, handle mail, attend meetings, prepare reports, deal with both e-mail and paper inboxes... plus take care of all the expected and unexpected interruptions that are part of our daily routine. You will leave the session with a de-cluttering plan of action and the inspiration to make it happen!

    • Learn how to eliminate paper clutter in your office
    • Discuss personal organizational styles and discover the origin of these different styles
    • Valuable hints and tips to help you work with, rather than against, your natural tendencies and patterns
    • Identify ways to increase personal productivity by making simple changes in your work area
    • Set up your office or cubicle for maximum effectiveness
    • Simple secrets for handling your e-mail quickly and efficiently

  • Getting a Grip on your Personal Finances
    Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: No charge, but registration is required
    Facilitator: Jackie Podger, Director, Human Resources, UBC Okanagan
    To Register: Online
  • What do you mean I can't afford those new shoes?

    Have you ever wanted to buy something but you just didn't have the money? Or have you experienced standing at the checkout counter red with embarrassment because your credit card is maxed out? These situations are all too common but you can get back on track. A few simple guidelines and tools can loosen the money constraints and take away those financial headaches. This lunchtime session will provide you with a budgeting worksheet and tips on creating your personal budget for the full year, how to save and, most important, reduce debt.

  • Meeting Magic
    Date: Monday, May 15, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: $110 Pre-registration required
    Facilitator: Marathon Communications
    To Register: Online
  • The average manager spends 10 to 25 hours per week in meetings. Wouldn't you like that precious time to be the most effective, productive, and rewarding time possible? Image if you could reduce that time by 10 per cent, 20 per cent, or even 30 per cent every week!

    • How great meetings lead to great teams
    • The 8 steps of preparation for meetings
    • The essential first five minutes
    • 7 ways to include reluctant participants

  • Excellence Through Service
    Date: Friday, May 19, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: $110 Pre-registration required
    Facilitator: Marathon Communications
    To Register: Online
  • Exceptional customer service is the key to success in any organization, yet it is often one of the most overlooked areas of development. Excellence Through Service is an exciting interactive program that clearly explains the value of a focus on service improvement and the concise steps for getting there.

    • Create a new excitement for excelling at customer service
    • The Motivation of Pride
    • Understanding the Spirit of Service
    • Responsiveness breeds a win-win!

For further workshop information visit http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/facultystaff/hr/workshops.html

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UPCOMING EVENTS
5, Friday, 1 - 3 p.m. (Public)
Trans Cycling Odyssey Speakers at UBC Okanagan
Trans Cycling Odyssey is a cross-country awareness-raising event designed to educate people about transgender issues and create awareness of suicide within that community. Admission by donation.
WHERE: UBC Students' Union Okanagan Boardroom, Student Services Centre (SSC002)

8, Monday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Conflict Resolution -- Facing the Tiger
A fun, interactive way to learn about the three stages of conflict resolution. $110 -- Online pre-registration is required.
WHERE: Arts Buildling (ART386)

8, Monday, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Open House -- UBCO Faculty Pension Plan 2005 Year in Review
Presentation at 3 p.m. Online pre-registration is required
WHERE: Sun Room, Student Services Centre (SSC121)

9, Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Simplify Your Workspace
Discuss personal organizational styles and discover the origin of these different styles, and receive valuable hints and tips to help you work with, rather than against, your natural tendencies and patterns to simplify your workspace. $55 -- Online pre-registration is required.

WHERE: Arts Building (ART380)

11, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Getting a Grip on Your Personal Finances
This lunch time session will provide you with a budgeting worksheet and tips on creating your personal budget for the full year, how to save and, most importantly, reduce debt.
Online pre-registration is required.
WHERE: TBA

15, Monday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Magic
Learn how great meetings lead to great teams, 8 steps of preparation for meetings and how to handle those essential first five minutes, plus much more. $110 -- Online pre-registration is required.
WHERE: TBA

15, Monday to 18, Thursday
9 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. / 1 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Faculty Instructional Workshop
Mini-lessons will be created and feedback offered in this workshop designed to enhance new and veteran teachers' learning environment facilitation skills. Contact Peter Arthur at 807-9207.
WHERE: Library (LIB302)

16, Tuesday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Don Schaefer farewell
A farewell gathering to wish Don Schaefer the best in his new position as Charge Engineer at Okanagan College. RSVP Carrol Pidhaichuk by May 12.
WHERE: Okanagan Room, Student Services Centre

19, Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Excellence Through Service
Excellence Through Service is an exciting interactive program that clearly explains the value of a focus on service improvement and the concise steps for getting there. $110 -- Online pre-registration is required.
WHERE: TBA

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