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newsHonours math degree for 18-year-old
Honours math degree for 18-year-old
Eighteeen-year-old Jason Sewell received a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in mathematics at UBC Okanagan's convocation ceremony earlier this month. It's the latest achievement in a post-secondary journey that began when he was just 10.

"My family went to an open house at what used to be Okanagan University College to look around," says the long-time Kelowna resident. "At one of the booths there was a competition to solve a logic puzzle, so I entered it and won. When everyone found out that I was 10 years old, and I was the only one to solve it, I guess it created a stir."

Sewell has received the prestigious NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship and intends to take up graduate studies in mathematics, possibly at UBC Okanagan this fall.


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UBC Okanagan's first Cultural Studies majors making their mark
Mari Tanaka, left, and Lindsay Balfour are among the first graduates of UBC Okanagan's Cultural Studies major program.
UBC Okanagan's first Cultural Studies majors making their mark
From managing an English-speaking theatre company in Montreal to presenting papers at prestigious conferences half way around the world, the first graduates of the Cultural Studies program at UBC Okanagan are already making their mark.

Though the program is just two years old, several students fulfilled all requirements to graduate this month with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Cultural Studies.

Graduate Mari Tanaka is looking forward to having her first short essay published. Titled "The Inherited Legacy: As a hyphen Canadian," it will appear in Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Journey -- the second volume in a series of resource books put together by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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UBC Okanagan introduces new Latin American Studies major
UBC Okanagan is adding Latin American Studies (LAS) this fall as a new and interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts major program.

"The strength of this program is the wide range of choice offered to students in terms of departments and courses, the fascinating subject matter, and an array of superb professors who are conducting cutting edge research in a variety of fields," says Professor James Rochlin, director of the LAS program.

The program involves courses from an assortment of departments, including anthropology, history, indigenous studies, political science, Spanish and sociology, he says. Professors Jessica Stites-Mor from the History department, and Francisco Peña from the Spanish department are the chief architects of the new program.

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Canada's top dancers take to the stage at UBC Okanagan
Conferences and Accommodation at UBC Okanagan will host the Generation II Dance Society's Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive (OSDI) from June 28 to August 15.

The OSDI offers a broad spectrum of dance disciplines that includes classical ballet with pointe and pas de deux, modern, jazz and character dance and choreography for participants aged 13 to 22. Three UBC Okanagan classrooms will be transformed into dance studios to accommodate the group while they stay on campus in residence.

For more information visit the OSDI website or contact Conferences and Accommodation at 250.807.8055.

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Elite volleyball athletes to train at UBC Okanagan
Volleyball BC welcomes 200 prospective Team BC athletes to UBC Okanagan for the Baden Cup from June 30 to July 22. Top coaches and athletes from across the province will attack centre court for this progressive large-scale training experience. Participants stay on campus while using the UBC Okanagan Gym facilities for training sessions.

Athletes will focus on enhancing their basic fundamentals while being introduced to advanced skills and tactics. The top male and female athletes from the Baden Cup will be selected to the Team BC U14 and U16 volleyball programs respectively and begin preparation for the Western Elites competition held at UBC Okanagan.

For more information visit the Volleyball BC website or contact Conferences and Accommodation at 250.807.8055.

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PeopleVicki Green and Christopher Barrington-Leigh
Christopher Barrington-Leigh stops to talk with associate professor of Education, Vicki Green about his Economics of Happiness talk on June 17. Barrington was on campus as one of the keynote speakers at the eighth International Conference of the International Association for Citizenship, Social and Economics Education (IACSEE).

Barrington-Leigh is a post-graduate researcher with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's program on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-being. He is also an Economics guest lecturer at UBC's department of Economics, and former upper atmospheric and space physics researcher from M.I.T., Stanford, and Berkeley. He now concentrates on studying social and economic determinants for life satisfaction.

For more information on the IACSEE conference that was held on campus from June 16 to 19, visit the Faculty of Education events information page.

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Marisa Field
Okanagan volleyballers set to
play at national level
For the third consecutive summer, Kelowna's Marisa Field has been selected to represent Canada on the international volleyball stage.

Field is a graduating member of the UBC Thunderbirds, coming off back-to-back Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) national titles. She got her start in post-secondary volleyball as a member of the UBC Okanagan program.

Field competed for the Okanagan Lakers (predecessor of the Heat) during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA) seasons, capturing numerous awards and provincial medals in both her seasons at UBC Okanagan.

Two current UBC Okanagan Heat Volleyball student athletes are also making a large contribution on the national volleyball scene.

Women's Volleyball standout and national champion Alex Basso has been selected to the 20U Team BC squad that will play in the 2009 Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, from August 15 to 29.

Preston Tucker will be a representative of the UBC Okanagan Heat Men's Volleyball on the 21U Team BC squad as they also compete in the 2009 Canada Summer Games.

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Jim Kalnin, associate professor in visual arts
Jim Kalnin bids farewell to the campus community
Jim Kalnin, associate professor in visual arts, has his last full day of work at UBC Okanagan today. Kalnin -- a prolific artist and beloved professor in the department of Creative Studies -- is retiring after 18 years of service to Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan.

In addition to being well-known in the Okanagan arts community, Kalnin recently begun to write books, including The Spirituality of Art (2005) (with Lois Huey-Heck) and The Spirituality of Nature (2007), both published by Wood Lake Books.

His art is shown regularily in local, regional, and touring exhibitions. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends and colleagues.

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New UBCO.TV stories: The Immigrants are coming! and other Celebrate Research Week presentations
New UBCO.TV stories: The Immigrants are coming! and other Celebrate Research Week presentations
Celebrate Research Week might have been months ago, but the impressive research on display that week is still accessible to anyone and everyone on UBCO.TV.

Celebrate Research Week UBCO.TV featured talks include:

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Computer software training offered throughout July
Need a better understanding of the Microsoft Office suite? Want to boost your PowerPoint know-how? Back by popular demand, Human Resources is offering a summer slate of computer software training courses during the next month.

Each session takes place over two half-days, and will be taught by the local software training firm Powerconcepts. Given the high enrollment and completion of the previous courses offered, and demand for more advanced levels of training, this year's courses are primarily level two and three courses.

To register, or find out more, visit the Faculty and Staff events page.

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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, July 16
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fine Arts & Health building, room FINA142

To register contact Karen Davis or Gabriel Gock in accounts payable. Please include your CWL login ID, your phone number and email address.

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Accounting 101 and Finance overview
This course is intended for new employees and current employees who are assuming new finance responsibilities. It describes the structure of UBC Finance, offers key contact information, and introduces employees to the basics of UBC Accounting. Topics covered will include the roles of Payroll, Accounts Payable, Research and Trust Accounting, basic accounting practices, UBC account structure, and Fund accounting.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART374

To register contact Frank Mueller, financial analyst, at 78726

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Navigating FMS nQuery
This course is intended for anyone on campus that has access to FMS nQuery. It provides participants with an overview of the FMS nQuery menu items and program features. On-screen demonstration will highlight key options available and how to use them. Topics will include how to navigate this read-only system for various purposes, voucher inquiries, payments, vendor searches, purchase orders, ledger summaries and various payroll functions.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 25
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART215

To register contact Frank Mueller, financial analyst, at 78726

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June 30, 2009

Events

Strawberry treats exchanged for non-perishable food across campus today
Want a berry good time on a busy Tuesday afternoon? Starting at 1 p.m. today Campus Life staff members are travelling across campus, visiting all offices and departments with delicious bargains: strawberry summer favourites in exchange for non-perishable food items. All food items exchanged are being collected to support the Kelowna Food Bank's ongoing efforts to help alleviate chronic hunger and poverty in the Central Okanagan.

A delightful treat on a summer day, designed to support those most at risk in our community.

Each delicious treat will be worth a certain number of food items -- strawberry lemonade for one item, strawberries and cream for two items, strawberry shortcake or parfait for three exchanged items. Cash donations will also be gladly accepted.

Date: today
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: across campus

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Campus Rec.
'Hack & Whack'
golf tournament

It's a great deal -- and a great deal of fun. For $45, participants in the third annual Hack & Whack golf tournament get dinner, nine holes of golf, complimentary golf balls and tees, and chances to win lots of prizes. The tourney is on July 10 at Michaelbrook Ranch golf course in Kelowna, and is open to all staff, faculty, students and guests of UBC Okanagan. A $20 dinner-only option is also available.

Organizers have added new features this year, including a 4 p.m. shotgun start, new rules and a buffet dinner.

Date: Friday, July 10
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: Michaelbrook Ranch golf course -- 1085 Lexington Drive, Kelowna

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

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EventsUBCO.TV spotlight

The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

The 2009 UBC Okanagan Convocation ceremonies are now available for viewing in their entirety:

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