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Paul Emerson of Vernon shares his enthusiasm on his way to receiving his Bachelor of Education (elementary) at UBC Okanagan on Friday afternoon
Paul Emerson of Vernon shares his enthusiasm on his way to receiving his Bachelor of Education (elementary) at UBC Okanagan June 5.

Graduation day full of firsts at UBC Okanagan
Convocation on June 5 was a day of firsts at UBC Okanagan as the university conferred 756 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in three ceremonies.

For the first time, the graduating class included students who completed their entire degree at UBC Okanagan, having started their university experience with UBC Okanagan's very first classes in September 2005.

"I loved it here -- I loved the small classes, getting to know my professors, trying different classes in the Arts program," said new graduate Julie Ferris, who moved to the Okanagan from Alberta to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. "This has been a great school and I feel very strongly connected to it."

June 5 was Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester's first Convocation at UBC Okanagan. The ceremonies also saw the debut of UBC Okanagan's new mace, crafted by Okanagan First Nation artists.

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UBC Okanagan's Gwen Zilm honoured with Canada's Outstanding Academic Librarian Award
Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President Learning Services at UBC Okanagan, has received the Canadian Library Association's highest honour, the Miles Blackwell Outstanding Academic Librarian Award. The award was presented to Zilm at the national library conference in Montreal last month.

The award recognizes Zilm for outstanding national and international contribution to academic librarianship and library development.

"I am honoured to have received the 2009 Miles Blackwell Award for Outstanding Academic Librarian Award," said Zilm. "I want to thank my respected colleagues for the time and effort they put into this nomination and I also want to thank UBC Okanagan for making my work possible."

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Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President Learning Services
Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President Learning Services

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Help researchers get the attention of smoking dads
In a special contest that spans the week before and after Father's Day, the FACET: Families Controlling and Eliminating Tobacco research team at UBC is inviting moms and dads to go online and vote for messages designed to get the attention of new dads who smoke.

Vote for one of two messages -- "You were there at the beginning. Be there 'til the end" or "My dad is my hero. He quit smoking for him and for me" -- or suggest a better message that would encourage fathers to reduce or quit smoking. Participants can enter their names for a chance to win a $50 Tim Horton's Coffee Card.

To enter, go to www.facet.ubc.ca or call the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC Okanagan at 250-807-8072 or FACET in Vancouver at 604-822-0328. The contest ends Friday, June 26.

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Nelson writer Brian d'Eon wins Okanagan Short Fiction Contest
Brian d'Eon of Nelson has won the 2009 Okanagan Short Fiction Contest. An elementary school teacher for over 30 years, d'Eon had to miss the prize announcement and reading with judge Gail Anderson-Dargatz and the other two winners Saturday, June 13, at the Kelowna Art Gallery -- as it was the day of his retirement party.

"I'll soon have an unlimited amount of time to write and no excuses to procrastinate," says d'Eon, who won $500.

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Inaugural Focus on People Annual Report launched
The document begins with a simple question: how are we building a better workplace? But rather than diving through statistics, and references to new and improved programs, the Focus on People Annual Report looks at stories.

"Our Report looks back at the first year of initiatives under UBC's Focus on People workplace practices, featuring collections of stories that illustrate how everyone is helping build a better workplace at UBC. We struggled with selecting one story or image that would capture all the successes (and challenges) from the first year of launching Focus on People," says Linda Ong, communications manager with UBC Human Resources. "In the end we decided that no one story was more important than another. Collectively, each story (equally) represents an important chapter in our workplace practices at UBC."

The online version of the report can be accessed on the Focus on People website. The print version of the Report is available as an insert in the current issue of UBC Reports. Additional copies will be distributed widely throughout both campuses between now and late fall.

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Campus Rec.3rd annual 'Hack & Whack' golf tournament hits the greens on July 10
This year's UBC Okanagan 'Hack & Whack' golf tournament is being held at Michaelbrook Ranch golf course in Kelowna. This tournament is open to all staff, faculty, students and guests of UBC Okanagan. As this is the tournament's third year, organizers are adding three new features to the game:
  • 4 p.m. shotgun start (everyone tees off at 4 p.m. sharp)
  • Modified Texas Scramble: all team members tee off at each hole. Each member of the team then plays from the location of the best drive. Each team must use at least two drives from each player. Full rules are available on the 'Hack & Whack' website
  • Buffet dinner: your choice of seven ounce New York steak sandwich, herbed chicken or vegetarian lasagna with roasted potatoes and salad

The $45 entry fee includes nine holes of golf, complimentary golf balls and tees, dinner and lots of prizes. A $20 dinner-only option is also available.

To register or find out more visit the 'Hack & Whack' website or contact Kevin Mobbs, Campus Rec. Coordinator, at 79174.

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PeopleAdrienne Vedan (right), Aboriginal Access Advisor, grins at Dan Odenbach, her newest colleague in Aboriginal Programs & Services
Dan Odenbach, new Aboriginal Program Administrator, has joined colleague Adrienne Vedan, Aboriginal Access Advisor, in Aboriginal Programs and Services.

UBC Okanagan welcomes new Aboriginal Program Administrator
A warm welcome from the campus community to Dan Odenbach, UBC Okanagan's newest Aboriginal Program Administrator.

Odenbach is joining the Aboriginal Access Services Program with over 18 years of journalism and communications experience, having worked with the Aboriginal Peoples Family Accord (APFA) and a number of news outlets throughout the Okanagan and Shuswap. His work with the APFA included crisis communications, video production and improving Aboriginal family services within the B.C. Interior.

"I'm looking forward to promoting the Aboriginal Access Services Program. I believe at no other time in history has it been more user-friendly for an Aboriginal person to attend UBC," he says.

Odenbach also has strong Okanagan roots, having grown up in Vernon. He currently resides in Coldstream. To get better acquainted, or find out more about the Aboriginal Access Services Program, contact Odenbach at 79376 or by email.

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Ken Carlaw, associate professor of economics
UBC Okanagan economics researcher working to keep B.C. beautiful
Where will tomorrow's green jobs be in British Columbia? Ken Carlaw, associate professor of economics at UBC Okanagan, is working on that question today.

"The way we live as a society is not sustainable in its current form, and we need to start changing that now," Carlaw says. He is leading a team of researchers in developing a strategy -- policies for employment and industry -- to guide the transition to an industrial production system in B.C. that is socially just, carbon neutral, and economically and environmentally sustainable.

"We are looking at the current B.C. economy in terms of its industrial practice and where green jobs reside. Then we're figuring out what the system has to look like in 2050 or 2100 for us to move into a situation where our production system and employment is sustainable," says Carlaw.

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June 17, 2009

EventsKelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market
Bringing a unique twist to the local farmers' market
On Saturday, June 27, UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies will be at the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market hosting a series of recipe demonstrations using produce found at the farmers' market.

The partnership is in celebration of the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market 14th birthday -- and it's an opportunity to honour healthy living, sustainability and the eclectic local growers industry.

"It will be well worth making the trip to the farmers' market on June 27th and stopping by our Continuing Studies booth," says Elaine Crebo MacLeod, program leader of Continuing Studies. "Special guest Chef Morazain from Classic Fare Catering will be demonstrating delicious and easy recipes that he's created using produce directly from the market."

Date: Saturday, June 27
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market

For more information contact Elaine Crebo MacLeod at 79981.

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Graduating elementary student teachers present GRIP projects this Saturday
The Guided Reflective Inquiry Project (GRIP) is the capstone experience to teacher education at UBC Okanagan, and all graduating secondary student teachers will be presenting their finalized GRIP projects this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Arts building.

Date: Saturday, June 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Arts building

For more information visit the Faculty of Education website.

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Event promotion at UBC Okanagan
With well over 200 events on campus in the past year, demand for event promotion at UBC Okanagan is always increasing. Alumni and University Relations' Event Promotion Form helps all administrative and academic units deliver their messages across campus simply and easily.

The event promotion form is an easy, all-in-one way to get messages on UBCO.TV's information channel, the What's Happening events webpage, the electronic sign on University Way and into The Exchange faculty and staff newsletter.

For more information, visit the online Event Promotion form.

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