Among those on hand for UBC Okanagan's first successful master's thesis defence on Friday were, from left, Dr. Martin Blum (University examiner), Dr. Carol Scarff (Assoc. Prof. of Education), Dr. Phil Balcaen (Assoc. Prof of Education), Lindsay Gibson (M.A. candidate), and Dr. Wendy Klassen (Assoc. Prof of Education).

Gibson Completes UBC Okanagan's First Successful Thesis Defence
The first successful thesis defence by a master's degree candidate took place at UBC Okanagan last Friday afternoon.

Master of Arts candidate Lindsay Gibson is a History 12 teacher at Kelowna Secondary School and was a member of the Faculty of Education’s first cohort of grad students, notes Phil Balcaen, Assoc. Professor of Education, who served as Gibson's senior advisor. Gibson's thesis was entitled Considering Critical Thinking and History 12: One Teacher's Story.

"This is a major milestone in the growth of graduate studies at UBC Okanagan," says Dr. Marvin Krank, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. "I am especially pleased that Lindsay, a local teacher of history, is our first to complete the thesis. The knowledge and experience Lindsay has gained will benefit Okanagan students directly. His example shows how UBC Okanagan Graduate Studies brings research and higher learning into the community."

"Lindsay is an excellent student and an award-winning teacher," said Robert Campbell, Dean of the Faculty of Education. "Lindsay, who worked full-time while completing his degree, is representative of the many exceptional students now enrolled in Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan. He deserves our congratulations."


The Need for Ideas Discussed at Oct. 15 Distinguished Speaker Series Event

Paul Kennedy, host and producer of the popular CBC Radio program Ideas, presents "The Need for Ideas" on October 15, 2007. Kennedy will talk about how ideas are essential for the preservation of civilization -- and even life -- as we know it.

Date: Monday, Oct. 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC
Tickets: Tickets are free for Kennedy's 7 p.m. Distinguished Speaker Series public lecture but they must be picked up or ordered in advance from the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna (call 250.717.5304).

Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website


Campus Community Invited to Join Eleventh Annual Okanagan Family AIDS Walk
The UBC Okanagan campus community is invited to join Brad Bennett, Chair of the UBC Board of Governors, and Doug Owram, UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor, in supporting AIDS prevention and education by participating in the Eleventh Annual Okanagan Family AIDS Walk at Waterfront Park in Kelowna on Sunday, Sept. 23.

This important event raises awareness, decreases stigma and discrimination for those affected, and promotes education about HIV and AIDS. It also raises much needed funds which stay here in the community for prevention and education programs, and to help support those families and individuals whose lives have been affected.

Each faculty, committee or department is asked to form a team and participate. Each team committing to raising $700 or more will receive 10 free team shirts with the team name of your choice. The Honourary Chair of this year's walk is Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Tewksbury.

Team registration forms are available for download here (link to Team Register pdf).

For more information about the Okanagan Family AIDS Walk, please contact Zenia Smith, AIDS Walk Coordinator, at (250) 862-2437.


Artist, Collaborator and Educator Remembered in Exhibition at UBC Okanagan
Colleagues of the late Doug Biden, former professor of printmaking at UBC Okanagan, will honour their friend and fellow artist with a special exhibition of Biden's mixed media and print works this month at UBC Okanagan's FINA Gallery.

"The premise of this exhibit is to show Doug's solo work, some of his collaborations, and also some prints made by other artists here on this campus under Doug's technical guidance," says Jim Kalnin, Assoc. Professor of Creative Studies.

Opening Reception
Date: Sept. 19
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

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Ice Age Fossils: Rebuilding a Lost World
In a series of four public lectures this fall, presented by the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives and UBC Okanagan, the public is invited to explore a cool period of prehistory with expert speakers in Ice Age environments, biology, and paleontology. All presentations will be at Okanagan College's Kalamalka Campus in Vernon.

Dr. Robert Young, Assoc. Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UBC Okanagan, opens the series on Sept. 28 with a look at Ice Age fossils, which he says are key to rebuilding a lost world.
Date: Friday, Sept. 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan College's Kalamalka Campus Lecture Theatre (7000 College Way, Vernon).
Cost: $5 at the door

On Oct. 16, Dr. Ian Walker, Assoc. Professor of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences, will offer a paleo-environmental look at B.C. climate change.

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Name Search is On for UBC Okanagan Athletics
What do you think the UBC Okanagan varsity athletics' team name should be? Suggestions from the public are welcome as the University prepares to field its own UBC Okanagan teams in the 2008-2009 season.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation. "How many times does a community get the opportunity to be involved in the creation of a campus identity?"

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Help Define Our UBC Okanagan: Survey Closes Sept. 28
An online survey to gather faculty and staff opinions about their vision for UBC Okanagan's workplace culture will end next week, on Friday, Sept. 28.

Developed by the Healthy Workplace Culture Advisory Committee, the survey has the endorsement of DVC Doug Owram, who encourages each of us to take an active role in creating the values and characteristics we would like to see at UBC Okanagan.

"Over the next year we have to solidify our values and practices," he said. "This is why we have initiated a healthy workplace culture strategy that will, over the next few months, work with our faculty and staff to turn from plan to action.”

For more information contact Leanne Bilodeau at 78938 and stay tuned to learn about opportunities to get involved in upcoming community consultations.


Book Donations Needed for United Way Campaign Book Sale
Library Services is pleased to announce its support for this year's UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign by organizing a used book sale in mid-November. At this time donations are being solicited. If you have a few "gently used" novels or books that you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please bring them to the Library at any time.  There will be a drop-off box located near the Information Desk just inside the Library doors.


Equity Enhancement Fund Guidelines
The Equity Enhancement Fund provides funding of up to $5,000 for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. The initiatives may be for the benefit of students, faculty and staff. At UBC Okanagan, the funds are allocated by the Associate Vice President, Equity in consultation with the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Committee on Human Rights and Equity.

The Guidelines have been revised to make the fund more flexible -- these revisions clarify that funds are available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the head of unit.

Proposals are reviewed twice each year, with application deadlines on Mar. 15 and Oct. 15.  If you have any questions about this fund or would like to submit a proposal, please contact Nythalah Baker.


Global Media and Politics of Culture: A New Interdisciplinary Working Group
Jessica Stites Mor, Assistant Professor of History, and John LeBlanc, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies, invite all members of the UBC Okanagan community to participate in a new working group called, Global Media and Politics of Culture. This new group's goal is to promote the study of all kinds of media from around the world -- while focusing particularly on the politics of culture concerning that media.

The focus of this working group is to develop a series of events such as exhibitions, talks, visiting students and professors, conferences, and ultimately a research centre or chair.

If you are interested in participating in this working group, please contact professors Stites Mor or Leblanc.


Sept. 12 Okanagan Senate Meeting Highlights
A new elections website has been launched to manage the election process for several University-wide elections, including Chancellor of the University, Board of Governors and the Okanagan Senate.

An adjustment to the Policies and Procedures Committee was approved -- this adjustment added the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Research plus one faculty member and one student representative as members.

A proposal from Undergraduate Admissions to further define and clarify 'degree recognition' at UBC was approved.

For more information contact Nathalie Limbos-Bomberg at 79259.


Campus Rec. Offers Individual Tailored Fitness Program
Campus Rec. announces the creation of FitPack, a healthy living program that rewards staff, faculty and students who are physically active and make positive lifestyle choices. Free to all faculty and staff, FitPack is individually tailored for those who prefer to exercise on their own. Participation in Campus Rec. intramural leagues, tournaments and special events does not count towards FitPack.

Earn points for being physically active and making healthy lifestyle choices. Report your points to the Campus Recreation Coordinator by e-mail and Campus Rec. will track your points from September to April. Redeem your points for prizes such as water bottles, toques, and bags.

For more information about registration, guidelines, and prizes visit the Campus Rec. website or contact Kevin Mobbs.

Career Services' New Co-op Coordinator
Welcome Brandy Delves to her new position as Career Services' new Co-op Education Coordinator.

Brandy began her career in human resources, primarily in the high-tech sector, after completing a diploma from BCIT. She then went back to finish a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University, where she subsequently worked for several years with the co-op education program. Brandy worked in public affairs at Vancouver Coastal Health before relocating to the Okanagan in May of this year.
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UBC Okanagan 2007-2008 United Way Team



This year's United Way Campaign team includes from left to right: Louise Nelson, Elizabeth Kershaw, Carrol Pidhaichuk, Bonnie DeBruyn, Gwen Zilm (team leader this year), Alanna Vernon, Don Thompson, George Athans, and Shawn Swallow. Team members not present: Terry Flannigan, Sharon McCoubrey, Deborah Owram, Leanne Perry, Kim Colangelo, and Brenda Tournier.


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Presentation and Panel Discussion Scientific Perspective on Pesticides
On Friday evening, a public presentation and panel discussion will look at the science of pesticides. This event is sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

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Date: Friday, Sept. 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: SCI333

For more information contact Joyce Boon at 79545

Presenters will be available for one-on-one interviews following the panel discussion.


The Inconvenient Truth About Pesticides, What Industry Isn't Saying
On Saturday afternoon, a separate public symposium will examine health risks associated with cosmetic use of pesticides. This event is organized by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Cultural Studies program and the Faculty of Health and Social Development and the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 22
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: ART366

For more information contact Dr. Daniel Keyes at 79320


Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate to Give Free Public Reading Oct. 3
The City of Kelowna will be proclaiming October 3 "Poet Laureate Day" and to mark the occasion John Steffler, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, will be giving a public reading at the Downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

The Oct. 3 reading is open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street

For more information view the online events listing or contact Nancy Holmes at 79369.


Walkthrough Breakfast to Kick-Off UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign
Breakfast-in-a-bag kicks off the 2007-2008 UBC Okanagan United Way campaign with a full-campus walkthrough event.

At any of six campus locations listed below, get coffee with a breakfast bag (juice, fruit, homemade baked good and a granola or fruit bar) for a minimum $3 donation.

Your donation also gets you a chance at one of two prizes -- one of the breakfast bags that morning will contain an iPod Nano coupon and another will contain a gift certificate for the UBC Okanagan Bookstore.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Doug Owram, will announce the 2007-2008 United Way campaign goal at 8:15 a.m. in the foyer of the Student Services Centre.

Breakfast Stations
Date: Wedensday, Oct. 3
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location:
Arts Building -- main entrance foyer
Science Building -- main entrance foyer
Student Services Centre -- lower entrance foyers
Fine Arts Building -- main entrance foyer
Library building -- main entrance and West entrance foyers


2007 Biology Seminar Series
Dan Luoma, Oregon State Universit -- Forest Health and Ectomycorrhizae: The Effects of Swiss Needle Cast Disease

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: SCI219


Health, Aging and Independence in the Interior: What are the Research Priorities?
On September 27, the B.C. Network for Aging Research is holding a forum to discuss and determine research priorities in the Interior, and provide health researchers and health care professionals with information on health, aging and independence within B.C.'s Interior.

- Learn about aging and health research currently underway in the Interior
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Exchange ideas for future aging and health research
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Discuss drivers and barriers to research production and use
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Learn more about potential seed funding opportunities emerging as a direct result of this forum

Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel -- 1171 Harvey Ave., Kelowna, B.C.
Register: visit the B.C. Network for Aging Research website.


Bottle Drive Fundraiser For Daycare
Clean out your recyclable bottles by donating them to the UBC Okanagan Daycare fundraiser. The fundraiser is being organized to help enhance the music and movement program at the daycare.

Date: Sept. 24 to 28
Time
: 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Location: Please drop off your recyclable bottles at the UBC Okanagan Daycare (next to the Mountain Weather Office).

Deliveries: the daycare has a designated drop-off spot. Volunteers will be available to help unload bottles between 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. each day.

Pick-up service: If you are unable to drop off your recyclables, a limited pick-up service is available on Saturday, Sept. 29. Contact Heather Thomson (79239) or Sherri Baran (250-491-2150) to make arrangements.


Storm the Wall
Campus Rec. announces the running of the second-annual Storm the Wall event on Oct. 3. Storm the Wall is a team relay race around campus involving sprinting, running, cycling and scaling a 12-foot wall. We encourage all faculty and staff to participate or volunteer.

A mandatory practice clinic will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. for all participants.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

For more information about this event visit the Campus Rec. website or contact Kevin Mobbs


Karate Demonstration
A demonstration of karate in the campus courtyard this Friday at 12 noon will include a few students from the School of Engineering students and Assoc. Professor of Engineering, Ray Taheri. "This is an exceptional opportunity to get familiar with one of the most ancient styles of martial art, Karate," says Taheri.

The demonstration will also feature Master Tom Mah, Chief Instructor and the founder of Tom Mah School of Karate.  Several prize draws will be held for Big White ski passes, membership at Tom Mah School of Kaarte, and T-shirts.

Date: Friday, Sept. 21
Time: 12 noon
Location: Campus courtyard


OCANA Seminar and Unit 5 Colloquium Series
Dr. Johnathan M. Borwein -- "Some Convexity Results"
Jonathan M. Borwein, FRSC, Canada Research Chair with Dalhousie University's Computer Science Faculty, is the next guest speaker in the Optimization, Convex Analysis and Nonsmooth Analysis (OCANA) Seminar Series and Barber School Unit 5 Colloquium Series. Dr. Borwein will speak about convexity results with specific examples to illustrate either the power of convexity, or of modern symbolic computation, or of both. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the talk, coffee and cookies.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: LIB312


RAP: Research Assistance Program
RAP, an annual series of free one-hour workshops, offers practical ideas on finding, handling, and presenting research information. The sessions are held every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Topics include using Refworks, Google Scholar, MS Word and PowerPoint.

To register for sessions or find out more, visit the UBC Okanagan Library website.


Mental Health Research Seminar and Information Session
All faculty and grad students are invited to attend a research seminar and information session by members of the Collaborating Research Team to Study Psychosocial Issues in Bipolar Disease (CREST.BD).

Seminar Topic: Like a Ship That's Always Righting Itself: Wellness Strategies for Bipolar Disorder.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 4
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: ART110
Presenters: Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Melinda Suto

Information Session: CREST.BD and Multidisciplinary Research on Bipolar Disease
Date: Friday, Oct. 5
Time: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Location: ART110


Smart Forms Training
UBC Okanagan Finance is pleased to offer Smart Forms training. Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions). This session is limited to 12 participants.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN 142

To Register: e-mail Gabriel Gock. Be sure to include your CWL login ID