UBC Okanagan nursing student Liana Klohn listens to chest sounds produced by Stan, the School of Nursing's new Human Patient Simulator.

MEDIA RELEASE | April 13, 2007
Patient Simulator is Newest Tool in Nursing Education
Call him Stan the man, but don't call him a mannequin. The newest tool in nursing education at UBC Okanagan is a complex, computerized human patient simulator (HPS) -- a high-tech human replica nicknamed Stan (for "Standard Man") who not only blinks, speaks and breathes, he responds like a real person to drugs and other treatment.

It's the first HPS system of its kind in the Okanagan and among the most advanced simulators in Canada. Stan can simulate a male or female patient, has a heartbeat and a pulse that can be checked just about anywhere and, depending on the instructor's settings, accurately mirrors human responses to many procedures such as intravenous medication, cardiopulmonary resuscitation -- even the insertion of a catheter or chest tube.

"This is the next big step in preparing nursing graduates who are ready for today's increasingly complex health care settings," says Dr. Joan Bottorff, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development, during an announcement at UBC Okanagan Friday morning.

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New Electronic Resources at the Library
As part of its commitment to supporting student and faculty research, the UBC Okanagan Library has acquired access to these new electronic resources:

  • ACLS Humanities eBook Project
  • Canadian Health Research Collection
  • Emerald Management Xtra 150 (business/management ejournals)

All electronic resources are available for Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, through the Library website.


Summer Bookstore Hours
Until further notice, the UBC Okanagan Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.




Research and Learning Connections Examined at UBC Okanagan Learning Conference
The third-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, May 2 to 4, will explore the connections between research and learning and consider questions such as how can research enrich and enhance the student learning experience?"

Other questions to be examined include:

  • How can the curriculum be redesigned to reflect a process of inquiry?
  • What classroom strategies can be used to help students gain insight into research and when and how are these best taught?
  • How can technology help?

The conference is free for all faculty and will open with a keynote by Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Prize winner in Physics and U.S. University Professor of the Year in 2004. Dr. Wieman joined UBC in 2007 as Director of the Science Education Initiative.

The keynote address on May 3 will be presented by Dr. Roland Case of Simon Fraser University and co-founder of The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2). His address is entitled "Debunking and Redressing Myth about Critical Thinking and University Teaching."

The program will be released April 5, 2007 online. For more information visit the website or contact Peter Arthur at 250-807-9207.

Register online -- it's free

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Garry Appleton, UBC Okanagan's new Manager of Security and Parking.

RCMP Veteran to Manage UBC Okanagan Security and Parking
A 28-year veteran of the RCMP has joined UBC Okanagan as Manager of Security and Parking. Garry Appleton worked in a variety of roles in the police force, serving in 10 different B.C. cities before retiring from the RCMP in 2002.

In 2003, Appleton became security manager for Mark Anthony Group, a wine and spirits producer best known for Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and Mike's Hard Lemonade. He started at UBC Okanagan earlier this month.

His office is in Portable G, Room 006 and he can be reached at local 78824 or by calling the Facilities office at 79272.



Terry Flannigan's 50 years of service to post-secondary education was recognized last week at the Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. On hand, from left, were UBC Okanagan DVC Doug Owram, Terry Flannigan, UBC Board of Governors Chair Brad Bennett, and UBC President Stephen Toope.

Flannigan Marks 50th Anniversary in Development
Dr. Terry Flannigan, Senior Advisor to the UBC Okanagan Development office, was recognized for his 50 years of service to post-secondary education and development during last Friday's Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

Dr. Flannigan was appointed Executive Director of Development at UBC Okanagan in November 2004, in advance of the opening of the Kelowna campus in September 2005. An accomplished educator, administrator and fund-raiser, his previous positions include Vice President, External Relations at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton and Associate Vice President, External Relations, at the University of Alberta.

During his tenure at the University of Alberta, Dr. Flannigan headed a five-year campaign that raised $145 million for student awards and capital projects.

Dr. Flannigan has provided exceptional leadership to the development program at UBC Okanagan. Building on the extraordinary $12.5 million gift to UBC Okanagan from Dr. Irving K. Barber, Dr. Flannigan launched the fledgling development program, and has been instrumental in raising many new endowments, scholarships and gifts to usher the Okanagan campus through rapid growth and expansion. He also chaired last year's UBC Okanagan United Way annual campaign.


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Research Tea Break with UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Doug Owram

Did the '60s Fail? The Contemporary Impact of an Historical Era.
The Office of the AVP Academic and Research invites you to join today's Research Tea Break. All are welcome and tea and treats will be served.

Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: ART 114

Watch for the next upcoming Research Tea Break in September.



23/7 -- BFA Graduate Exhibition April 21 to 28
This year's UBC Okanagan Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates are presenting their work in a public exhibition.

23/7 is an extensive exhibition of student works including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video and installation work.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: FINA/Health

Exhibition dates:
April 21 to April 28
Exhibition hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traveling Exhibition
A selection of works from the 23/7 show will be exhibited in the Vernon Art Gallery, 3228-31 Ave. in Vernon from May 3 to 23. The opening reception for the traveling exhibition is on Thursday, May 6.

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Students Launch Creative Writing Anthology
Creative Writing students at UBC Okanagan will launch "Paper Shell 2007," a truly unique publication on Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free to attend.

Every copy of the book is a unique work of art featuring a one-of-a-kind cover designed by artists throughout the community. The nearly 100 unique books will be displayed at the library on April 24. People wishing to purchase a book can buy a $15 ticket. Ticket numbers will be drawn randomly, so purchasers can choose a cover of their choice.

For information contact Nancy Holmes at local 79369. Tickets for a book may be purchased at the door or ahead of time by calling Linda Falkingham at 79761.

Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library




French and Spanish Immersion Weekend
Interested in practicing French or Spanish in an immersion setting? A great opportunity for faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan to refresh or refine their language skills, this exciting weekend is offered at Manteo Resort by UBC Vancouver Continuing Studies in conjunction with UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies.

Elementary, intermediate and advanced levels are offered by experienced, native-speaking instructors who understand the challenges of learning a language in an intensive setting.

Refreshments and lunch on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday night (at the Hotel Eldorado) are included in the fee, along with cultural entertainment. The cultural evening allows for practice with the target language.

For more information or to register, visit the Travel Language Immersion Programs website or contact Tia-Maria Hoeller 807-8177.

Date: Saturday and Sunday April 21 and 22
Location: Manteo Resort
Fee: $250


Information Session -- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and Records Management
This is a 2.5-hour session presented by Alan Doyle, University Records Manager, University Archives, and Christina Ulveteg, Access & Privacy Manager, Office of the University Counsel.

Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: ART 114

RSVP to Christina by April 27. Light refreshments provided.


Course Design/Re-Design Faculty Workshop
Date: May 14-18
Time:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (note: May 18 session ends at 12:30 p.m.)
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Peter Arthur & Heather Marshall
Registration Deadline
Friday, April 27
Register online

Refresh a course you currently teach or create a new one. The workshop requires a five-day commitment with large group instructional sessions followed by small group/team planning sessions, working on a different course aspect each day covering content, learning outcomes, instructional strategies and assessment processes. Individual faculty or course teams may be interested in this opportunity to design a new course or revitalize an existing one.

Participants will be expected to share their product at various times throughout the week in the form of micro-teaching (five- to 10-minute lessons on small samples of their course).

For more information about the workshop, contact Heather Marshall 807-9288


Pension Plan Workshops for Staff and Faculty:

Understanding Your Retirement Income Options -- Faculty
Instructor: Jim Loughlean
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time
: 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: SSC Okanagan Room
Registration: fpp@hr.ubc.ca

You and Your Pension Plan -- Faculty
Instructor: Jim Loughlean
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time
: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SSC Okanagan Room
Registration: fpp@hr.ubc.ca

Understanding Your Pension -- Staff (age 50 or over)
Instructor: Jay Parker
Visit the Staff Pension Plan website and review "SPP -- At a Glance" prior to the seminar and have your questions ready.
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: ART 118
Registration: Yvonne Novak
807-8624

Understanding Your Pension Plan -- Staff (under age 50)
Instructor: Jay Parker, Executive Director, Staff Pension Plan, UBC Vancouver. Visit the Staff Pension Plan website and review "SPP - At a Glance" prior to the seminar and have your questions ready.
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: ART 114
Registration: Yvonne Novak
807-8624

For more information on any of these workshops, visit the website.