A bird's-eye view of the new UBC Okanagan access project, now under construction along Highway 97 at the south end of campus. The project includes construction of traffic circles for the north and south accesses, and new service roads added to the campus road network.

Flyover Construction Begins
Work began Monday (Mar. 19) on construction of the Highway 97 "flyover" access to UBC Okanagan. Arthon Construction will be working six days a week, Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the spring and summer. Initial work begins in the vicinity of the existing Ellison overpass, where ground pre-loading has been underway over the past several months. Expected completion time for the flyover project is September, 2007.

The project is a partnership between UBC, the City of Kelowna and Ministry of Transportation and Highways.


Housing Sustainability in the Okanagan: March 28
UBC Okanagan's third-annual Urban Forum, taking place in Kelowna on March 28, will look deep into issues of housing sustainability in the Okanagan.

"The average single-family dwelling is already past the $400,000 mark," notes Assoc. Prof. of Geography Dr. Carlos Teixeira, who teaches the geography of housing at UBC Okanagan. "The housing issue is a priority in this valley and should be at the centre of our preoccupation here. It determines who can stay and who can leave here."

In two events on March 28, community planners from north, central and south Okanagan communities and scholars will discuss sustainable housing strategies for mid-size cities, with specific reference to the rapid population growth and numerous housing challenges experienced in the Okanagan Valley.

The day will include a 10 a.m. academic colloquium at UBC Okanagan (LIB 305) and an afternoon panel discussion at the Rotary Centre for the Arts at 4:30 p.m.

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Grad Extravaganza -- Faculty and Staff Make It Happen
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed for the upcoming Grad Gala Dinner and Dance, on the evening of Saturday, March 31. The Grad Gala is a tribute to this year's graduating class -- a tremendously popular event that gives students a safe place to mark their time at UBC with a celebration they will remember for years to come.

To keep ticket prices affordable for students, organizers are looking for an hour of your time to decorate, sell liquor tickets, check coats, bus tables, clean up or be a designated driver. It is a definite highlight for students to be waited on by UBC executive, faculty and staff. Better yet, it’s a lot of fun!

To find out more contact Dan Durall, Associate Professor, Barber School, at 78759, or Brenda Tournier, Manager or Alumni and Community Relations at 78167.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007
Location: Sun Room, Student Services Building
Cocktails: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dancing: 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets: $20 -- Cash Bar


'Pole Cats' Stepping Out on Campus
The new UBC Okanagan Walking Club -- dubbed the Pole Cats by its members -- welcomes faculty and staff to join them on noon-hour walks.

The club formed following the Feb. 8 Health Symposium, when Linda Falkingham (Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies) and co-workers who had been pondering some sort of walking group got together to start walking the talk -- forming a club, bringing in an expert to help them get started the correct way, and getting out there.

"We have had an overwhelming response," she said. "People who work here but don't normally cross paths are meeting each other. It really is making a healthier workplace."

The walks take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. -- though many walk a bit longer than that. Some days, 15 or 20 people join in. If there's enough interest, walks may be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 1:10 to 1:40 p.m. The group meets between the Fine Arts and Arts buildings.

About those poles -- they're functional and fitness-building. Half an hour walking with poles is like a 50-minute walk without them, and a majority of club members now use them.

All are welcome to join in the social and fitness fun enjoyed by the Pole Cats. For more information about the club, contact Linda Falkingham at 79761.


Conference Facilities Available May to August
Have you considered hosting a conference on campus? Conference Services to the rescue.
If you are thinking about planning a conference, AGM, or meeting for your professional, sport or recreational association, give UBC Okanagan Conference Services a call -- they're happy to assist with all of your needs on campus.

Accommodation and Campus Facilities are available from May to August. Contact Dana Webster at 807-9804 for details or check the website for information on accommodation, meeting facilities, and food and beverage arrangements at UBC Okanagan.

GATHERING WOMEN RESEARCHERS COLLOQUIUM
This colloquium of UBC Okanagan women researchers is a response to the UBC Okanagan Academic Plan that notes our responsibility "to provide ample time for reflection and debate." The Colloquium gives researchers an opportunity to present their research and how it aligns with their teaching, providing a forum for a cross-fertilization of ideas, reflection and collaboration.

Participants will present current research projects at a variety of stages. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the exchange of ideas. Moderated by Naomi McPherson, Community, Culture and Global Studies, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Presenter: Sylvie Zebroff
    Disabilities Health Research Network Myths, Manners and Methods -- Sexual Health Education for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
    Date: Wednesday, March 28
    Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: ART 372
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES

In Conversation with Stephen Toope
Join Marion Barschel, host of CBC Radio One's Daybreak show, for a conversation with UBC President Stephen Toope.

Professor Toope, renowned advocate for human rights, and Barschel, one of the BC Interior's most respected journalists, will engage you in an evening of conversation and learning.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required. Register online at www.ubc.ca/okanagan, or by calling 250-807-8000.

This inaugural series is made possible through the generous support of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Endowment Fund.

www.ubc.ca/okanagan/speakers

We wish to thank Manteo Beach Resort for providing accommodations for our distinguished speakers.

Date: April 4, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel -- 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Registration: Register Online


MINDS AND MUSIC CONCERTS

Joint Rehearsal Workshop
The Okanagan festival Singers, Kelowna, and AURA Chamber Choir, Vernon, are presenting a joint rehearsal of Handel's Israel in Egypt. This rehearsal is a preview to the Okanagan Festival Singers' special 20-year anniversary concert.
Date: Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2007
Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer


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Community Achievement Award for McCoubrey

Dr. Sharon McCoubrey, Assoc. Prof. of Education, has been named a B.C. Community Achievement Award recipient by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chairman of the B.C. Achievement Foundation.

The March 16 Kelowna Daily Courier said Sharon McCoubrey is "a driving force behind public art in Lake Country. She spearheaded the public art advisory commission in 1995 and has been instrumental in the commission's art fairs, symposia, events and ArtWalk, one of B.C.'s largest art shows."

Professor McCoubrey has a rich history of community contribution and this award symbolizes her many important achievements and accomplishments over several years.

Congratulations, Sharon. The Faculty of Education, and UBC Okanagan, are very proud of you and your accomplishments!


International Student Snapshot
The beautiful setting and innovative programming of UBC Okanagan attracts students from around the world. In this occasional feature, we introduce some of the international students enriching UBC Okanagan campus life.

Vidushi Vohra of India is in her third year of the Bachelor of Arts program.

One of the first things that struck Vidushi Vohra about UBC Okanagan was how greatly the method of instruction in her classes differed from how her classes were taught in India. She quickly came to appreciate the focus on individual thinking, class participation and holistic learning, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that professors in Canada are considerate of the needs of their students, going out of their way to help students to the best of their ability. Vidushi has found living in residence a good way to meet people, and suggests that students make use of the Writing Centre if they have difficulty with assignments.


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re-collect, re-member, re-connect: A Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
An opportunity to join together as a community to re-collect and re-member experiences and structures of racial discrimination as well as struggles for social justice, and work towards re-connecting. This event is sponsored by the Indigenous Studies Course Union and the proposed Cultural Studies program, with the generous support of the Department of Critical Studies, FCCS.

The event will include a presentation by Eric Mitchell, host of the Okanagan Leg of the Unity Ride, a two-year ride from the Okanagan to Six Nations, Ontario, and a roundtable of speakers from the UBC Okanagan community, including faculty and students, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Date: Wednesday, March 21
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Location: ART Atrium

Refreshments will be served. For more information contact David Jefferess at 807-9359


World Water Week: Coping With Water Scarcity
World Water Day is celebrated this Thursday, Mar. 22, around the world as a day of action to promote the importance of water as a resource and a basic human right. UBC Okanagan celebrates its second annual World Water Day events all this week to raise awareness of important local and global water issues.

Discover all the events taking place at UBC Okanagan, including Thursday's opening ceremony.

Wednesday, March 21, all day
Poster Competition Display and Judging
Location: ART Foyer

Wednesday, March 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Xeriscape Presentation
Location: UBC Okanagan Arts Building ART 114
Presentation by local xeriscape expert Gwen Steele.

Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Water Awareness Information Session
Location: SSC Foyer
Student and course union organized information session and displays.

Thursday, March 22, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
Location: UBC Okanagan Water Fountain and Central Courtyard
The ceremony observing World Water Day includes a water drum procession, speeches from local dignitaries and water experts, student poetry readings and entertainment by the Raging Grannies.

Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. David Schindler
Western Canada's Freshwater Supply in the 21st Century
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

Join Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta and one of the world's leading experts on freshwater, in an exploration of Western Canada's freshwater supply in the 21st century. Read the media release.

Tickets are now sold out for this event.


Research Tea Break: Mathematics and Butterflies
The office of the AVP Academic and Research invites you to next week's Research Tea Break. Dr. Sylvie Desjardins presents Mathematics and Butterflies. Tea and goodies will be served.

Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: SCI 337

Watch for the next Research Tea Break on Wednesday, April 18, with guest speaker DVC Dr. Doug Owram.


Cultural Studies Program Presents Rinaldo Walcott



UBC Okanagan's new Cultural Studies Program presents two free public lectures next week by Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice and Cultural Studies with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Walcott's teaching and research has been largely in the area of cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on black diaspora studies.

He has published on music, film, queer theory, literature and theatre. His most recent scholarship branches out from black studies to engage with other forms of marginalized difference in the Canadian nation-making project.

The Necessary Modesty of Cultural Studies
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: SSC 026 (access is by The Well)

Representin': Thinking Identity in Art, Again
Date: Friday, March 30, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Alternator Gallery, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
Co-Sponsored by the Alternator Gallery

Note: Both events are free and open to the public.

The Cultural Studies program would like to express appreciation for the generous support of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan.

For details, e-mail Daniel.Keyes or call 250-807-9320.


Seminar Series
A series of seminars presented by Mathematics, Statistics and Physics. Everyone welcome! Coffee/tea and cookies will be served.

Attahiru S. Alfa, NSERC Industrial Research Chair, University of Manitoba.
Matrix-analytic methods for stochastic models: their applications in telecommunication systems performance analysis

Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: SCI 333

Tim Swartz, Simon Fraser University.
Statistical Excursions in Sports: From Highland Dancing to Golf

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: ART 112


2007 Biology Seminar Series
The following seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m., in SCI 396:

March 28
Kirsten Hanam, UBC Vancouver
The organic matter and microbial community composition of forest floors in the boreal mixedwood forest.

April 4
Brendan Twieg,
UBC Okanagan
Ectomycorrhizal fungal succession in mixed temperate forests.

April 11
Emily Herdman
, UBC Okanagan
Habitat use and dispersal of the Nuttall's cottontail.


Coaching Clinic
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Fees: no charge, but pre-registration is required
Registration: Yvonne Novak
at 807-8624


Smarten Up Your Students With RAP
The Research Assistance Program (RAP) is a series of seminars where students can learn smart research skills. Here are some of the upcoming sessions, which will be held in the Learning Lab (LIB 111) in the Library:

RefWorks: Bibliographies Made Easy
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

MLA Citations
Date: Monday, March 26
Time: 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

What do you mean I can't use Wikipedia?
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Students can register at the Library website.