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More than 1,500 students -- the largest-ever first-year class for UBC Okanagan -- are expected to be welcomed to campus at next Tuesday's Create events.

UBC Okanagan to welcome 6,015 students
UBC Okanagan is preparing to welcome 6,015 students starting next week. Total enrolment is up by 690 students from this time last year, and includes 1,502 first-year students -- a 14 per cent increase over last year and the largest-ever incoming group of new students for the Okanagan campus.

Total undergraduate student enrolment for UBC Okanagan is 5,609, including 408 upper-year transfer students. Total graduate student enrolment is 406, a growth of 39 per cent.

Significant gains have been seen in student numbers from the Okanagan region -- this year, 532 new UBC Okanagan students come from Okanagan school districts, up from 465 last year. The Okanagan campus will welcome 314 students from areas of Canada outside B.C., up from 271 last year.


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First Minds and Music concert features poets Zwicky and Bringhurst
Celebrated poets Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst will read from their work and speak on polyphony as a way of thinking at UBC Okanagan on Sept. 29. The event -- the first concert of the ever-popular Minds & Music concert series' fifth season -- is entitled Polyphony: a two-voiced poetry reading and talk
. It will include a number of illustrative musical examples, as well as performances of multi-voiced poetry and prose.

The concert, from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in the Arts building (room ART103), is free and open to the campus community.

For more information visit the Minds and Music website.

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2010 honorary degree nominations now being accepted
The UBC Senates welcome the nomination of worthy individuals for honorary degrees. Nominations submitted to UBC Okanagan are considered for UBC Okanagan honorary degrees that will be awarded at the Okanagan campus during the spring 2010 graduation ceremonies. UBC honorary degrees are intended to recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national, and/or international levels, such as:
  • Leading academics in all disciplines and creative minds in arts and performance
  • Public intellectuals and opinion makers
  • Visionary leaders and exemplary public figures
  • Community builders and philanthropists

Please visit the Okanagan Senate website to submit an online nomination.

For more information contact Nathalie Limbos-Bomberg, manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 79259.

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First public artwork installed at University Centre
The first public artwork in the newly-opened University Centre was unveiled on Friday, Aug. 21.

Created by students in the UBC Okanagan Summer Institute in Education, the ceramic mural -- titled Okanagan Flora and Fauna -- depicts various plants and animals common to the Okanagan. It was built from carved clay panels, assembled to form one large mural.

The student artists worked to create the piece under the guidance of Lynda Faulks, an award-winning mural artist from Duncan, B.C., who has created more than 40 ceramic murals with students for various hospitals, museums, schools and other public spaces.

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Centre for Teaching and Learning seeks advice from faculty members
The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is opening up the floor to faculty members, asking them to advise the CTL about any professional development opportunities that aren't being offered at UBC Okanagan, or existing programs that should be offered more frequently.

How is the CTL opening up the floor? Through a quick and easy new online survey that allows faculty to provide ideas or program information about professional development needs that are needed on campus.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support for all models of teaching and learning, including campus-related online and e-learning initiatives. Faculty members are able to access a variety of academic growth opportunities such as peer mentoring programs, seminar series, training workshops, learning technology support and resources on teaching practices. The CTL also supports similar programs for graduate students and teaching assistants.

The survey is available online until Wednesday, Sept. 30. To get started visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Public forum to consider the administrative organization of Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan on Sept. 9
Prior to a special meeting of the Okanagan Senate, students and faculty members are invited to ask questions and express their views on the recommendations as set out in the joint report of the Academic Policy Committee and the Nominating Committee. This public forum takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Student Service Centre lecture theatre (room SSC026).

Non-members of Senate are welcome to remain present during Senate deliberations, but are reminded that only Senators may participate in debate and vote.

Please visit the Okanagan Senate website to download the Report on the Administrative Organization of Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan.

For more information contact Nathalie Limbos-Bomberg manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat at 79259.

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Run/Walk group ready for another year
Students, staff and faculty are invited to get ready for a new running season with the campus community's ongoing Run/Walk Group. The Run/Walk Group is a great opportunity to get or stay fit while exploring the hiking trails around campus. Beginning Sept. 15 the group meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Kalamalka Residences Wellness Centre. All levels of runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.

For more information please visit either Health & Wellness Centre on campus -- located in the University Centre (room UC337) and Kalamalka Residence (room City Home 123) -- or contact Health & Wellness Counsellors Tracey Sutton or Roger Wilson.

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UBC Okanagan staff honoured for excellence
Five staff members at UBC Okanagan were honoured on Tuesday morning with the University's second annual Staff Awards of Excellence.

This year, Leanne Bilodeau, manager of Workplace Health and Sustainability, received the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Award in recognition of the many projects and programs she has organized to promote healthy living and sustainability.

Receiving Staff Awards of Excellence for 2009 were:

  • Leadership -- Roger Bizzotto, manager of Facilities
  • Customer Service -- Wendy Mohns, faculty administrator, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Customer Service -- Barbara Lucente, faculty assistant for Unit 2, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Community Engagement -- Bud Mortenson, manager of public affairs with the Alumni and University Relations office

The awards were created to recognize the extraordinary contributions of those who have gone above and beyond their job description in helping UBC Okanagan achieve its goals, says Doug Owram, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

"UBC Okanagan is a place that celebrates and fosters an environment of excellence, equity and mutual respect," says Owram. "The Staff Awards of Excellence is one of the ways we honour the ability and ingenuity of those who enhance our university and community."

The awards have been designed to reflect the objectives of UBC's TREK 2010 plan, UBC Okanagan's Academic Plan and UBC's Focus on People plan.


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H1N1 information updates online
UBC continues to monitor the potential and actual impacts of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) situation on our community in conjunction with the UBC Infectious Diseases Information and Advisory Committee (IDIAC).

The latest H1N1 flu virus information for the UBC Okanagan community can be found on the Health, Safety and Environment website.


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Watters joins UBC Okanagan Athletics as business development officer
Popular Central Okanagan sports broadcaster Ryan Watters has joined the UBC Okanagan Athletics program as its business development officer, as the university prepares to host the 2010 Women's National Basketball Tournament next spring.

Watters brings to the position considerable experience with Kelowna's three major sports teams. Since 2004 he has served as director of broadcasting and media relations for the Kelowna Falcons Baseball Club of the West Coast League, and since last year he has also served as director of broadcasting and media relations with the Okanagan Sun Football Club.

For the past three years, Watters was part of the marketing department with the Kelowna Rockets Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League. He was responsible for in-stand prize contests as well as executing the various contests "on ice."

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Craig's work featured at international print exhibition
This year's International Juried Print Exhibition at The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) selected two of Briar Craig's recent ultra-violet screenprints -- Spricht Wie Brecht and Glasnost -- as Juried Special Selections. Craig, an associate professor of printmaking, photography and drawing, will also have this work featured in the International Print Triennial at the Wozownia Gallery in Torun, Poland later this year.

The International Juried Print Exhibition featured 169 works submitted by 65 artists from 9 countries. This year's exhibit took place at the OSA's Orleans Campus Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre from July 9 to August 30. The exhibit also featured Laura Widmer, a third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts student, who had a print from one of her 2007-2008 printmaking courses on display.

To view all of the prints that were on display at the exhibition visit the Ottawa School of Art website.

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The company you keep influences how much you eat
Thin friends who eat a lot could put your waistline in danger. That's the warning from researchers studying how other people's weight and food choices influence how much we eat.

Brent McFerran, assistant professor of marketing at UBC Okanagan, worked with researchers from Duke University and Arizona State University on the project. The team used snack foods, an obesity prosthesis, and the ruse of a study related to movies to track how students' food consumption was influenced by a companion.

In all cases, the amount of food the students took was influenced by the portion size chosen by the companion -- an undercover researcher -- regardless of her size.


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International Education Travel Subsidy recipient Brooke Bailey at the Kynsna Elephant Park in South Africa.

International Education Travel Subsidy info session
The International Education Travel Subsidy provides options for Barber School undergraduate and graduate students to gain experiences related to their studies in an international setting (outside Canada and the United States). The program supports student participation in faculty-led courses, international field studies, co-operative work experience or volunteer opportunities.

At an information session Wednesday, Sept. 16, where student participants will share video footage and stories of their summer experiences in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART118

This year's deadline for applications is Thursday, Oct. 15. Forms and information about the program are available on the Barber School website.

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Aboriginal research pilot program info session
The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has re-established the Aboriginal Research Pilot Program, which offers funding in two categories: research and development. To support applicants, an information session is organized for today.

Facilitated by Linc Kesler, Director of UBC's First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs, and Ralph Matthews, SSHRC Coordinator for the Office of the VP Research and International, this session will consist of a presentation on the funding program and an open discussion about Aboriginal research and scholarship.

Date: Wednesday Sept. 2 (today)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB307

All faculty members are invited to join the session via video conference. To attend contact Kristen Kane, research officer, at 78832.

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NSERC Discovery Grants (and more) information session
Join Pam Giberson from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Thomas Tiedje, UBC Professor and member of NSERC's Physics Evaluation Group, for an information session on the upcoming Discovery Grant competition. Rabab Ward, UBC NSERC Coordinator, will also provide an overview of NSERC's other programs and resources for applicants.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 9
Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART106

To register for this workshop click here. For more info contact the Research Services Office at 79658.

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Fostering creativity and innovation in the workplace
Creativity is a core competency for anyone working in a dynamic, growing organization. Organizations with creative thinkers have a higher success rate when it comes to innovation.

In this workshop facilitator Linda Naiman will explore the strategic dimensions of creativity and innovation from a whole-brain perspective and teach practical tools and techniques that integrate right-brain imagination, artistry and intuition with left-brain logic, analysis, and planning.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: TBA

To register for this workshop visit the UBC Okanagan Professional Development Workshops and Events website or contact Connie Neid, HR Assistant, at 78624.

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Genome BC info session
Applying to the Genome BC Strategic Opportunities Fund? All faculty members are invited to meet with John Barclay, new programs assistant for Genome BC, who will be on campus to present information on the upcoming competition.

Date: Tuesday Sept. 22
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART206

To register for this workshop click here. For more info contact the Research Services Office at 79658.

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September 2, 2009

EventsChandra Crawford
Distinguished Speaker Series opens with Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford
Olympic cross-country skiing Champion Chandra Crawford will share her inspiring story of turning negatives into positives to reach the top of the podium and make a difference in the lives of young women with her not-for-profit organization Fast and Female.

Date: Monday, Sept. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

Tickets: tickets are free but will not be available until Friday, Sept. 4. Starting Sept. 4 tickets can be ordered or picked up from the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office or by calling 250.717.5304.

This season's Distinguished Speaker Series will also feature such notable speakers as Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in October and Edward Greenspon, former Editor in Chief of The Globe and Mail. To find out more visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website.

Registrations for Distinguished Speaker Series events typically fill up quickly. Make sure to get your tickets early. If the event is sold out, there will be a standby lineup at the event and efforts will be made to accommodate everyone.

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Parents Conference set for Sept. 6
Any faculty and staff members with students who are starting their first year at UBC Okanagan are encouraged to attend this year's Parents Conference. The conference introduces parents and families of new students to the UBC community -- providing information on the systems and resources available to all students. The conference includes workshops, campus tours and concludes with a family barbecue.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 6
Time: 1:45 to 6:45 p.m.
Location: Various locations in the Fipke Centre building

Online registration is required for this conference. For more information visit the Parent Conference website or contact Chelsea Butchart, orientation coordinator, at 79820.

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Wine club restarts meetings next Wednesday
After having the summer off the UBC Okanagan wine tasters club are restarting their monthly meetings next Wednesday.

The tasting costs $10 to participate. Participants also have the option to purchase a set of six tasting glasses at a cost of $23, or are welcome to bring their own tasting glasses.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 9
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

To join the wine tasters club, or find out more, contact David Scott , associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, at 78755.

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Why are Cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad so Controversial?
On Sept. 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of cartoons of Muhammad, Islam's revered founding prophet, sparking violent protests across the Islamic world and raising many questions. For example: what was so offensive about these cartoons? Was free speech suppressed or Islamophobia encouraged?

In this talk Hussein Keshani, assistant professor of art history, will discuss how Muhammad is portrayed throughout Islamic art history and why Muhammad's image is such an explosive subject in the relations between the Islamic World and the West.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART103

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Hussein Keshani at 79770.

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Don't stay in your office
for coffee on Sept. 18

Sponsored by Human Resources, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Sept. 18, in the Arts Atrium for Pitstop.

Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person. All proceeds will be donated to this year's United Way Campaign

Date: Friday, Sept. 18
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

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Genocide in world history: public lecture Sept. 19
A public lecture on genocide from the classical era through the present will be given by Ben Kiernan, director of Genocide Studies at Yale University, on Sept. 19 at the Downtown Kelowna public library.

The talk is presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the Holocaust Education Committee from the Faculty of Arts at UBC in Vancouver.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19
Time: To be announced
Location: Downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

For information, contact Adam Jones, a
ssociate professor of political science.

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