May 17, 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...

Join the Team for 24-Hour Relay
Fine Arts Grads Receive Awards
Arts Atrium Now Available for Use
Grad Volunteers Needed
Upcoming Workshops
Upcoming Events
Exchange Your Information


Join the Team for 24-Hour Relay

Date: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2006
Location: Apple Bowl, Kelowna
Fees: $25 per team member

Show your UBC Okanagan spirit and have a blast this summer: join the UBC Okanagan Easter Seals 24-Hour Relay Team.

The event, held at Kelowna's Apple Bowl on June 10 and 11, will raise money to support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and the Easter Seals Camp Winfield in Lake Country, just up the road from our campus.

"This is going to be a lot of fun," says Shawn Swallow, Associate Director of Career Development and Alumni Services. He and Jaime McCormick from the Barber School of Arts and Sciences are organizing this year's inaugural UBC Okanagan 24-Hour Relay entry.

"It's fitness and fund-raising -- and it's for the kids," says McCormick. "You can run, walk, bike or crawl the relay, and you can also participate in tournaments of volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball and ultimate Frisbee. The whole family can get in on games and activities."

The registration fee is $25 per team-member. "If each member of the team raises $25 more, the team's fund-raising goal will be met," Swallow notes.

To sign up for the team please contact: Shawn Swallow or 807-9223 / Jaime McCormick or 807-8757

For more information about the 24-Hour Relay, please visit http://www.24hourrelay.com/kelowna/

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Fine Arts Grads Receive Awards

Works by 10 UBC Okanagan Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating students have been acquired by the University through a new award, the Associate Vice President of Operations Campus Enhancement Award.

Aidan Kiernan, AVP Operations, notes that the award was established by UBC Okanagan administration to both encourage student artistic endeavour and to recognize the important role art plays in creating a vibrant campus life.

The art will be exhibited in various locations around campus, as part of the campus open gallery concept -- showcasing art and interactive research displays to provoke thought, inspire new ideas and educate.

Recognized by this new award are 2006 graduates Toben McFarlane, Aleisha Hendry, Farah Canuel, Erin Burge, Dustin Lacroix, Michelle Brunelle, Susan Bizecki, Miranda Aschenbrenner, Christina Leinemann, and Rhonda Mueller.

Other Fine Arts graduates receiving awards recently include Cherie Stocken and Joanne Gervais, who have been selected for the CanWest Global Centre for Artists' Video Award. The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Purchase Awards went to Shawna Browne, Kyle Miller, Cherie Stocken and Katherine Pickering.

Pickering has also been selected for a 2006 Helen Pitt Award. Since its formation, the Helen Pitt Fund, administered by the Vancouver Foundation, has granted over $1.6 million in bursaries to high school and post-secondary visual arts students in the Vernon area and throughout British Columbia.

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Arts Atrium Now Available for Use

By now, you will be aware of the delightful new space that has been developed as the Arts Atrium. This space is now available for public use. However, it is the intent that the space be used as a quiet, reflective area for study and social interaction, and Facilities is asking that all of the campus users respect this intent.

Of course, as a premium space, there may be a desire to conduct special events and activities in the Atrium and these are to be encouraged, while recognizing the building occupants' need for privacy and quiet. Therefore, such events will need to be scheduled through the normal process by contacting Facilities Management or 807-9272.

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Grad Volunteers Needed

Date: Friday, June 9, 2006
Times:

  • Ceremony #1 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Ceremony #2 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Location: Faculty and Student processions will meet outside the Student Services Centre and will leave the courtyard 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

The Ceremonies Office is looking for volunteers to help make UBC Okanagan's first Congregation a memorable occasion for our first class of graduates and their families. Both faculty and staff members will be needed in various roles.

Interested volunteers should contact Terra Kirkham at the Ceremonies Office or phone 79258 by Friday, May 26. A volunteer information session will be held the week of June 5. Check out www.graduation.ubc.ca for information on the ceremonies, what to expect, where to go, and what to do.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

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

    Confined Space and Fall Protection Training
    Cost: $100
    Date: May 18 or May 31, 2006
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Arts 210

    This course has theory and hand-on training components. Successful participants will become familiar with the following:

    • Applicable Regulations
    • Principles of Fall Protection
    • Fall Protection Equipment
    • How to wear fall protection equipment
    • Suitable Anchor Points
    • What to do if someone does fall
    • Confined Spaces and Hazard Ratings
    • Gas Detection Equipment
    • Confined Spaces Equipment
    • "Rolglis" rescue system
    • Ventilation

    To register: Please call Yvonne Novak at 807-8624 or e-mail yvonne.novak@ubc.ca.


    Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury
    Date: Friday, May 19, 2006
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: No charge, but pre-registration is required
    To Register: Contact Yvonne Novak or 807-8624

    A musculoskeletal injury (MSI) is an injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels, or other soft tissues caused or aggravated by work (i.e. repetition, grip force, lift/lower force, awkward posture, vibration, contact stress). Those that take the course will have the opportunity to learn the following objectives:

    • Identify the key components of the Ergonomics (MSI) requirements under WCB
    • Explain the 7-step MSI prevention process
    • Explain 5 categories of risk factors associated with MSI
    • Explain 3 main types of risk control for the risk factors
    • Use a checklist to identify and assess risk factors
    • Determine ways to control identified risk factors
    • Apply early treatment and intervention principles
    • Investigate incidents of MSI to prevent recurrence


    Take Control of Computer Clutter
    Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: ART 380
    Fees: $55
    Facilitator: Linda Andersson, Current Business Solutions
    Register: Online

    How many times have you opened, reviewed, and closed the same e-mail message over and over? Do you have an effective way to process and organize your e-mail so that you can get to an empty inbox on a routine basis? Developing a new approach to processing information will help you to gain more control, improve your response time, and keep up with critical actions and due dates. This seminar covers key factors that will help you process e-mail and electronic information more effectively.


    Responding With Respect: Mental Illness in First Aid
    Date: Tuesday, June 6 / Thursday, June 8 / Tuesday, June 13 / Thursday, June 15, 2006
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: TBA
    Fees: $180
    Facilitator: Canadian Mental Health Association
    Register: Online

    The basic idea for first aid is to train the public in first response procedures in order to reduce harm and to save lives. It seems amazing that up to this point there has not been any first aid training to address psychological issues. The Canadian Mental Health Association has developed the Mental Illness First Aid (MIFA) course to give people the skills to respond to someone experiencing a mental illness. Similar to physical first aid courses, MIFA is meant to reduce harm and save lives in those individuals who are living with an untreated mental illness.

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

18, Thursday or 31, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Confined Space and Fall Protection Training
This course has theory and hands-on training components. Successful participants will become familiar with applicable regulations, procedures and equipment. Cost: $100. To register: Please call Yvonne Novak at 807-8624 or e-mail yvonne.novak@ubc.ca.
WHERE: Arts 210

19, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury
A musculoskeletal injury (MSI) is an injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels, or other soft tissues caused or aggravated by work (i.e. repetition, grip force, lift/lower force, awkward posture, vibration, contact stress). Those that take the course will learn to identify, evaluate and address risk factors. To register, contact Yvonne Novak at 807-8624
WHERE: TBA

23, Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Take Control of Computer Clutter
How many times have you opened, reviewed, and closed the same e-mail message over and over? This seminar covers key factors that will help you process e-mail and electronic information more effectively. Cost: $55 -- Register online
WHERE: ART 380

6, 8, 13 & 15 (Tuesdays and Thursdays), 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Responding with Respect: Mental Illness in First Aid
The Canadian Mental Health Association has developed the Mental Illness First Aid (MIFA) course to give people the skills to respond to someone experiencing a mental illness. Similar to physical first aid courses, MIFA is meant to reduce harm and save lives in those individuals who are living with an untreated mental illness. Fees: $180. Register: Online
WHERE: TBA

VIEW COMPLETE LISTING OF UPCOMING EVENTS

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