Gwynne Dyer Opens Distinguished Speaker Series Sept. 12
Historian and international affairs expert Gwynne Dyer visits Kelowna Sept. 12 for a free public lecture opening this year's UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series.

His presentation, After Iraq, will examine the interplay of critical global issues that include population growth, a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the world's reliance on non-renewable energy resources, climate change, and the large-scale human conflict that may arise as a result of resource shortages.

"The world is in deep trouble," says Dyer. "It's hard to see how it ends happily, but human beings usually do the right thing once they have exhausted all the alternatives." The big question, he suggests, is whether we will do it in time.

After Iraq begins at 7 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Kelowna Community Theatre (1375 Water Street).

Tickets are free, however, online registration is required

Sponsored by UBC Okanagan's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Endowment Fund, this Fall's Distinguished Speaker Series will also feature:

Moura Quayle, B.C.'s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education, on Oct. 1 (4 p.m., UBC Okanagan Arts Building ART 366). Quayle, who led the planning team as the UBC Okanagan academic plan was being created, will discuss the transformation required to create the B.C. Campus of Learning envisioned in the Campus 2020 report. She will also comment on the challenges and opportunities in building B.C.'s post-secondary education system as a key element in a civil and sustainable society.

Paul Kennedy, host and producer of the popular CBC Radio program Ideas, on Oct. 15 (7 p.m., Rotary Centre for the Arts). Kennedy, who has hosted Ideas since 1999, has produced and presented close to 200 documentaries for Ideas over the past 26 years, covering a diverse array of topics he playfully describes as "all over the intellectual map." He will talk about how ideas are essential for the preservation of civilization -- and even life -- as we know it.

John Acorn, TV's The Nature Nut, author, and instructor of wildlife biodiversity and ecology at the University of Alberta, on Nov. 27 (7 p.m., Rotary Centre for the Arts). In his evening lecture -- Dinos and Binos: Are Bird-Watchers Really Dinosaur Watchers? -- Acorn looks at the recent discovery of feathered dinosaurs, and other connections between the first birds and early two-legged meat-eating theropods.

Several more speakers will be presented in the second half of the Distinguished Speaker Series, in early 2008.

Visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website


Taiko Drummers Launch Minds and Music Series
Yamabiko Taiko, one of the Okanagan's most exciting and powerful drumming groups, will open this year's Minds and Music series at UBC Okanagan. The drumming ensemble will perform in the campus courtyard at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12.

In the second event of the series, the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble will perform their innovative The Barber of Barkerville at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Student Services Centre Theatre SSC 026. Among the world's most popular operas, Rossini's comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville has been relocated to British Columbia's historic Barkerville during the exciting Gold Rush.

The series continues Nov. 13 with the Gryphon Trio performing in the Student Services Centre Theatre, and guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in the SSC Theatre on Jan. 23. Many more events are planned for this year's series, so be sure to check the Minds and Music website for the latest information.


Unused Wells Needed For UBC Okanagan Research Project
UBC Okanagan researchers are looking for unused wells in the North Okanagan to assist in their research on long-term water sustainability.

UBC Okanagan is a partner in the North Okanagan Groundwater Characterization and Assessment project (NOGWCA). This is a three-year study funded by the Canada-British Columbia Water Supply Expansion program made available through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

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Centre for Teaching & Learning Offers New Program for Faculty New to UBC Okanagan
The Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering a new program this fall that provides an opportunity to meet with a member of the Centre for Teaching and Learning team for a one-on-one consultation to answer questions and offer resources.

Beyond these consultations, Connections: A Program for Faculty New to UBC Okanagan also offers cohort meetings organized for faculty new to UBC Okanagan (socializing and sharing), an observation/reflection cycle of teaching (by DVD, peers, staff or participation in the Open Classroom program), a midterm evaluation of your course by students (an online program operated by the Centre), and teaching portfolio development assistance.

Dates: Sept. 7, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 1, Mar. 7, Apr. 18
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: TBA

To register for this program or for more information contact Heather Marshall at 79288, or visit the Centre for Teaching & Learning website.


Create 2007 Offers Chances to Showcase What You Can Do
Create 2007 is fast approaching. If you would like new students to see what your program, unit, or department has to offer, register to be an exhibitor at the Create 2007 Showcase.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 4
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

For more information, please visit the Create 2007 Showcase website.

Volunteers Needed
Classes have been cancelled on Tuesday, Sept. 4, so the entire UBC Okanagan community can give a warm welcome to our new students. Create 2007 has many volunteer opportunities for staff, and faculty -- we need help setting up early in the morning, serving lunch to nearly 1,500 new students, and running carnival games and snack booths at the Showcase.

If any of this sounds appealing, please e-mail the Create Office. As a bonus, each volunteer will receive a Campus Life t-shirt.

Rotary Seeks People for Exchange Trip to South Korea for April 2008
Rotary Clubs in the Central Okanagan are looking for team members to be part of a cultural and vocational exchange to South Korea -- departing Apr. 6, 2008 and returning May 3, 2008.

As a team member you will be part of a five-person team led by a Rotarian and will live with Korean families, visit Korean businesses and learn the culture of the country. Travel and living expenses are covered by Rotary, with team members responsible for some expenses (approximately $500).

Ideal team members (non-Rotarians) will be:

  • between the ages of 25 and 40
  • employed full-time in a recognized profession
  • Canadian citizens in good health
  • proficient in the major language of the host district (IMPORTANT)

Check the website for additional criteria. Applications must be received by your local Rotary Club by Aug. 31. District interviews will be held Sept. 29 and 30.

For more information, contact Kathy Butler, Rotary GSE Area Representative, at 250-862-5630.


Payroll Switching Exclusively to Online Pay Statements
As of Sept. 1, 2007, all UBC Okanagan Payroll will switch exclusively to online pay statements. Faculty and staff can use the Self-Service web application to view and update payroll and personal information online using their Campus-Wide Login (CWL) ID.

For information on the Self-Service web application and resources for getting started, visit the website


Library Open Throughout Labour Day Weekend
The UBC Okanagan Library will remain open for the Labour Day weekend this year. Head Librarian Melody Burton says, "We are traditionally closed on opening weekend, but last year we were finding many students were interested in exploring our facilities as soon as they were on campus. We're just trying to provide as much access to the library as possible."

The library schedule for the Labour Day Weekend will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1, 2 and 3.

Refreshments will be available all weekend, and Burton will be on hand to greet new students and parents.


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August 15, 2007


Spirit Possession as Therapy
Spirit possession is a subject that continues to fascinate anthropologists, their students, and the wider public. This is because it calls into question our deepest convictions about the nature of the person. Possession is typically viewed as a pathological phenomenon but, as guest speaker Professor William S. Sax suggests, it can also have therapeutic uses.

This exciting lecture depicts concepts of the person in the Central Himalayan region of Uttarakhand that illustrate how, in certain circumstances, possession can be therapeutic.

Prof. William S. Sax, PhD, is Executive Director of the South Asia Institute, Head of the Department of Anthropology and Deputy Speaker, Cooperative Research Area 619 The Dynamics of Rituals

Date: Aug. 23, 2007
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART374, Arts Building


Centre for Teaching & Learning Holds August Teaching Fair
To welcome the UBC Okanagan community back for another year, the Centre for Teaching & Learning has organized a number of workshops that will be held from mid to late August. Topics include:

- Professional PowerPoint Usage
- WebCT
- Teaching Large Classes
- Faculty Instructional Workshop
- Student Engagement
- Integrating Teaching and Research
- Strategies for a Successful Term

To register, or find out more about these workshops, visit the website.


Don't forget! Gourmet Lunch To Be Auctioned at BBQ on Aug. 30
A Silent Auction will be held during the staff BBQ on August 30 with the top bidder will receiving a gourmet lunch for 10 people, catered and served on campus by the United Way Committee on the day of the winner's choosing. All proceeds will go to the 2007 United Way Campaign.


Research Orientation Day for New Faculty
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 28
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: TBA
Registration: Register online. Registration is free and open to new faculty members only.

For more info, please contact Kristen Kane or call 78832.


New Staff and Faculty Orientation
If you have joined UBC Okanagan since Sept. 1, 2006, you are invited to attend the second-annual New Staff and Faculty Orientation event. This session presents a general overview of all services, departments and faculties on campus. If you have not yet received a personal invitation, please contact Joan Hayes or call 78833. Existing staff are welcome to drop in on any section they would like to attend.

Date: Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29 and 30
Location: ART 366

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NSERC Workshop
Featuring David Marchand, NSERC Program Officer, and Melanie Jones, Associate Dean of Research, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences.

This session will focus on:
- NSERC Updates
- Questions and Answers

Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: SSC 102 (DVC Boardroom)
Registration: Register online by Monday, Sept. 3.

If you have any questions, please contact Janice Demers or call 78150.


Student Appointment Forms Training
The Departments of Human Resources and Finance are pleased to offer a workshop on Student Appointment Forms.

In this workshop you will learn:
- How to complete and submit Student Appointment Forms
- What types of positions should be in a BCGEU bargaining unit and what types of positions should be non-union
- Types of student appointments, and the guidelines for each (for example, who is eligible, steps to take to create position, how they get paid, hours of work, benefits, etc.)
- Information on the UBC Okanagan Work Study program.

This workshop is open to anyone who is responsible for hiring and/or completing Student Appointment Forms.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 22
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART 114

If you have any questions please contact Susan Fukushima or call 78612.



Bookstore Welcomes New Manager
A warm welcome to the new manager of the UBC Okanagan Bookstore: Ryan Hirowatari. Ryan started on Monday, Aug. 13, and has a wealth of retail experience gained over the last 15 years. He has seven years experience as the Business Assistant at Bookies, the campus store at Thompson Rivers University. In this role, he trained and supervised staff, implemented new procedures and helped their computer sales grow.


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