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Branding UBC as a place of mind
UBC ranks amongst the top universities worldwide, a status achieved largely in the past 20 years. What are the factors that have propelled this growth? What is UBC's story?

Over the past two years (2007-2009) UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni have worked to discuss, debate, focus group, survey and eventually, reach consensus that this place is unlike any other. "A place of mind" is UBC's new brand idea.


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What can you do From Here?
Along with the launch of the UBC brand, UBC has a new community-powered website: www.aplaceofmind.ca

It's an open forum for members of the UBC community to tell stories and to contribute ideas, events and news. The site is built with user-generated content and relies on contributions from members of the community.

Submit an idea, it may win you an iPod Touch.

How to contribute:
  • Share your "From Here" story in the "Add Your Voice" section of the main page. Speak up on what you've managed to do at UBC and what you'd like to accomplish.
  • Comment, comment, comment. If you have a thought that expands the discussion, or an angle that you think hasn't been addressed, send it in.
  • Share with people you know. The larger the community, the better the results, so if you see a photo/video/story/comment, link your network to it. Word-of-mouth is always good too.

For more information, contact public.affairs@ubc.ca.

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Federal funds provided for sports field enhancements
Federal government funding of $213,333 has been provided to UBC Okanagan to help pay for numerous permanent fixtures to the new sports field, including new change rooms, showers and officials' facilities.

The funding, through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program, will also support the installation of field netting, team bleachers and covered team benches, as well as paving and drainage.

The announcement was made on campus last Wednesday by Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.


Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan wearing his new UBC Okanagan Heat cap, presented to him following last week's announcement of federal funds to enhance the sports field.

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UBC Okanagan to host talks by top Canadian writers
This fall, some of Canada's most outstanding poets and writers will be coming to Kelowna to read and give talks to students at UBC Okanagan.

The readings begin with Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky as part of the Minds and Music Series. The event is titled "Polyphony: a two-voiced poetry reading and talk." Bringhurst is a poet, typographer, translator, and cultural historian whose groundbreaking study of a Native American oral literature, A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and their World unleashed both controversy and praise. Zwicky is a poet and philosopher. Her poetry, which has won the Governor General's award, deals frequently with music, as well as the natural world and is often cited for its intense lyricism.


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International politics on film -- campus screenings
The campus community is invited to take in a series of 12 films being shown this fall as part of a 464F seminar course taught by associate political science professor Adam Jones.

The International Politics on Film series will be shown on campus from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room ART103 of the Arts building each week (usually Thursday nights) from now through Dec. 4. A short introduction to the film will precede each screening, and discussion will follow.

The first two screenings -- covering the topic Revolution and State Socialism -- are this Thursday, Sept. 17, with Land and Freedom directed by Ken Loach (1995, 109 minutes), followed on Sept. 24 by The Lives of Others, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, (2006, 137 minutes).

For more information, please contact Adam Jones at 79624.

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The Sunday Sociologist: an intellectual's café
Christopher Schneider, assistant professor of sociology, has started a new community dialogue about the social world that we inhabit. The Sunday Sociologist's unstructured and informal meetings take place every Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bean Scene on Bernard Ave. in downtown Kelowna.

The purpose of these gatherings is to organize intellectually like-minded people interested in engaging in scholarly discussions pertaining to social matters of any interest. Based loosely on the Philosophers' Café at Simon Fraser University, Schneider says the basic aim is to bridge the gap between the university and the public sphere in an effort to broaden the appeal of sociology. No formal training in sociology required. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Christopher Schneider or visit the Sunday Sociologist website at www.sundaysociologist.com.

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Continuing Studies continues to expand course offerings
Wine Studies, writing, professional development, photography, health and wellness, computers -- these topics, and a great deal more, are being offered by Continuing Studies this fall.

"We're offering an exciting array of new programs for the fall," says Elaine Crebo MacLeod, Continuing Studies program leader. "We've put together a range of day, evening and weekend non-credit courses that take the needs of our adult learners into consideration. Most importantly: they're lots of fun!"

To find out more about the courses being offered visit the Continuing Studies website. You can also request paper copies of the calendar by contacting Elaine Crebo at 79981.

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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 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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Bookstore fundraiser tops $1,400 for Canadian Cancer Society
A close shave helped the UBC Okanagan Bookstore raise nearly triple their original goal of $500 at the 'Shave the Three Stooges' fundraising event. The event, held on Aug. 19 in the courtyard, helped raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. The Three Stooges -- Bookstore Manager Ryan Hirowatari, Security Coordinator Mike Gesi, and Chris Kraft from Facilities -- have all had good reason to use more sunscreen since then as they respectively shaved off their hair (Hirowatari), mustache (Gesi) and everything from the neck up (Kraft).

UBC Okanagan Conferences and Accommodation raised the most money on campus, with $320 contributed. The UBC Vancouver Bookstore also contributed $212. The combined efforts from the rest of the campus community amounted to $884, bringing the grand total raised to $1,416.

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Uni-cycles program now available to campus community
In the mood for a casual ride? Looking to get off-road this weekend? Campus Life has just the solution: the new uni-cycle program. Located near the 'end-of-trip' facilities in the new University Centre building, the newly launched bicycle-loan program offers added mobility to students, staff and faculty members free of charge.

Available for an hour, a day, or even a weekend, this program features road and mountain bicycles to help members of the campus community get to where they need to go -- around campus, through any of the trails near campus, or for places that are far-off bus routes.

Bicycles will be available to any student, staff or faculty member on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information about this new program contact Chelsea Butchart, orientation coordinator, at 250.807.9820.

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Reminder: honorary degree nominations close Sept. 30
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 graduation ceremonies.

The award of an honorary degree is recognition by UBC of distinguished achievement or of outstanding service. The criteria for the award of an honorary degree are excellence, eminence, and accomplishment. Nominees must be exceptionally distinguished: scholars, creative artists, public servants, persons prominent in the community and their professions, and others who have made significant contributions locally, nationally, or globally.

Any member of the public or the campus community may submit nominations until September 30, 2009. For a full list of nomination criteria and description of the nomination process, please visit the UBC Okanagan Senate's honorary degree website.

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

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Help Human Resources build a better website
UBC Human Resources is redeveloping its website and wants to hear from faculty and staff in the following ways:
  • Complete the online survey at www.hr.ubc.ca until Monday, Oct. 19, and be entered into draws for weekly prizes.
  • Participate in an October focus group with the HR Communications team on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Contact communications@hr.ubc.ca by Wednesday, Sept. 30 if you want to participate in the 40-minute focus group. Please indicate if you'd like to RSVP for a morning or afternoon session. There will be a draw for the focus group participants at the conclusion of each session.
  • Follow and provide comments on the HR Web Redevelopment blog to find how the survey results, focus groups, and research will influence the website redesign.

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New International and Aboriginal Services intern appointed
A warm campus community welcome to Jeannine Kuemmerle, a recent graduate in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, and new Aboriginal and International Services intern for the 2009-2010 academic year. Her passion for Canadian literature, theatre and history are areas that she hopes to expand upon during her internship -- integrating them together into various activities for international and aboriginal students at UBC Okanagan. Jeannine hopes to follow her internship with a career in education administration or graduate studies in English literature or history.

This internship is a brand-new position for International and Aboriginal Services. It is a great opportunity for recently-graduated students to learn and experience both international and Aboriginal programming, while providing the university with access to bright and motivated young people with creative new insights and ideas.

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Paul Mitchell honoured by UBC alumni for community building
Okanagan lawyer and community advocate Paul Mitchell will be presented with the Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award on September 23, honouring his outstanding efforts in building bridges between UBC Okanagan and the greater community while making a difference locally, regionally and globally.

Born and raised in Kelowna, Mitchell has had a tremendous impact in the Okanagan and beyond. A managing partner of the law firm Pushor Mitchell LLP, the largest B.C. law firm outside of Vancouver, Mitchell has been a driving force behind numerous community initiatives -- from leading the efforts to bring UBC to Kelowna to chairing a bid campaign to host the Memorial Cup.


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UBC Okanagan student Brooke Bailey with a friendly young elephant while volunteering in Africa this summer.

Students get real-world learning with travel subsidy program
UBC Okanagan student Brooke Bailey recently returned from a two-month volunteer stint in South Africa, where she nursed baby elephants, tracked cheetahs and worked alongside veterinarians involved in wildlife conservation and management. The fourth-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in biology hopes her experience in the field will help her reach her dream of being accepted into veterinary school, which she describes as a highly-competitive process.

Bailey's African adventure was made possible through the International Education Travel Subsidy. Eligible students are required to raise funds for a portion of their expenses, as well as submit a proposal detailing their desired international learning experience. Students receiving the subsidy may receive up to $4,000 in support, provided by the Irving K. Barber Endowment Fund.

This year's application deadline for the International Education Travel Subsidy is October 15. Forms and information are available on the Barber School website. An information session will be held Wednesday, September 16 at 2 p.m. in UBC Okanagan's Art building, room ART118, where Bailey and fellow student travelers will present video footage of their experiences.

To see video footage of Brooke Bailey's trip to Africa, visit the UBCOPeopleFromHere youtube channel.

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Library RAP program restarts today
The Research Assistance Program (RAP) is a regular series of workshops for students and faculty that offer practical ideas on finding, handling, and presenting research information. All faculty and staff members are encouraged to promote this free series of workshops to their students. Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (today)
Mature students and the library
Saturday, Sept. 26
RAP intensive
Tues, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Media: images and film
Thursday, Oct. 1
Saturday, Oct. 3
RAP intensive

Tuesday, Oct. 6
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Finding Articles

For more information or to register for these workshops visit the RAP website.

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Centre for Teaching and Learning kicks off communities of practice this month
The Centre for Teaching and Learning facilitates many Communities of Practice throughout the academic year -- offering faculty an opportunity to share best practices and discover what new activities are taking place in UBC Okanagan classrooms. Each Community of Practice has a different focus and acts as a hub for activities on a chosen topic. All interested faculty members are welcome to attend. Here are some of the upcoming meetings for each community:

Team-Based Learning Community of Practice
Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, room SSC044 (Centre for Teaching and Learning)

Critical Thinking Community of Practice
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, room SSC044

Problem Based Learning Community of Practice
Thursday, Oct. 1
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, room SSC044

To find out more contact Heather Hurren, manager of academic development, at 250.807.9288.

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Reminder: Teaching Squares program begins next Monday
The Centre for Teaching and Learning will facilitate another round of Teaching Squares this fall, beginning next Monday (Sept. 21). The Teaching Squares program involves a three-week commitment, observing the classes of three three other faculty members, and having these faculty members observe your own classes for professional reflection and development.

To find out more contact Heather Hurren, manager of academic development, at 79288.

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Leave for Change Program information
session organized for Oct. 5

Thinking about 'voluntravelling' for next year's vacation? UBC and Uniterra -- one of Canada's largest international development organizations -- are once again accepting applications from UBC staff for the Leave for Change program.

The program offers diverse volunteer opportunities for UBC staff who wish to volunteer overseas in places such as Bolivia, Botswana, Ghana, Nepal, and more. UBC is committed to sending up to six staff volunteers per year.

Come and find out more about the program at this lunch-hour information session, presented by Human Resources. Sherry Dyck, one of the participants from last year, will also be in attendance to answer any questions.

Date: Monday, Oct. 5
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, room ARTS106

Can't make it to the information session? Visit the Leave For Change website for more details about the eligibility criteria, the application process, and some frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications this year is Friday, Oct. 30.

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Managing time and creating order from chaos
Busy, busy, busy! It's the buzzword of the decade. If everyone is constantly swimming in busy, is anyone capable of leading careers, lives or teams?

In this presentation coach, author and world speaking champion Rhonda Victoor will challenge participants to define excellence on their own terms, to shift from a focus on improving weakness to growing strength and develop a thriving perspective in a fast-paced environment of change.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: TBA
Cost: $100

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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Reminder: SISC training session organized for Sept. 23
A Student Information Service Centre (SISC) Training session will be held next Wednesday. SISC is an information system geared to faculty and staff who perform student-related administrative and advising roles on campus. This training session is specifically for administrators, faculty members, and staff who will be using the SISC system for work or advising -- participants will learn how to register students in courses, send bulk emails, add comments and notes, use search screens and many other useful functions.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP133

For more information, or to register for one of these training sessions contact Diane Dyrdal, Enrolment Services Assistant.

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Continuing Studies helps prepare the world for university writing
Looking for courses that prepare high-school graduates or current students for university-level writing? Continuing Studies has put together a twice-weekly opportunity this fall for individuals looking to sharpen their writing abilities.

Writing 098 is a comprehensive course in grammar and composition to help prepare you for university writing. Curriculum includes lectures, class discussions, examination of model essays and written assignments, including 5 essay in-class essays.

To find out more about this, or other Continuing Studies programs, visit the Continuing Studies website or contact Elaine Crebo MacLeod, Continuing Studies program leader, at 79981.

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September 16, 2009

UBC's first annual President's Town Hall Meeting
Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend the first annual Town Hall and join Prof. Stephen J. Toope for an update on the UBC Strategic Plan and other major initiatives.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UC200

The Town Hall is a forum for dialogue and a new way for our campus communities to learn about strategic initiatives at the University. The Town Halls on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, along with the President's Blue and Gold Review in December, replace the Annual General Meeting.

For more information, contact UBC Public Affairs.

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Heike Hennig offers trio of events for Okanagan residents
Acclaimed German dancer and choreographer visits UBC Okanagan this month

German dancer and choreographer Heike Hennig is visiting the Okanagan and will present three free public events this month, including two dance workshops on Sunday, Sept. 20 and a public lecture on Monday, Sept. 21.

Space is limited to 50 people for each session of the public dance workshop on Sept. 20, so people should register early for the Sunday event.

Hennig's visit is sponsored by the Reichwald Professorship, and the Department of Creative Studies, both of which are housed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Her appearance at UBC Okanagan is also made possible through the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at UBC Vancouver, and its Ziegler Visiting Speaker Series.

Dance workshop
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Time: 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. (seniors); 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. (all ages)
Location: Water Street Seniors Centre -- 1360 Water Street, Kelowna
Cost: $5 donation

Public lecture
Date: Monday, Sept. 21
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, Room ART106

To register for the Sunday dance workshop, or to find out more, email

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Minds and Music concert to feature two-voiced poetry reading
Celebrated poets Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst will read from their work and speak on polyphony as a way of thinking on September 29. The event -- entitled Polyphony: a two-voiced poetry reading -- will include a number of illustrative musical examples, as well as performances of multi-voiced poetry and prose.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29
Time: 12:30 to 1:50 p.m.
Arts building, room ART103

For more information visit the Minds and Music website.

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UBC Board of Governors meets here Sept. 24
The September meeting of the UBC Board of Governors will be held at UBC Okanagan on September 24. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the open session.

Please contact Reny Kahlon to reserve a seat and for agenda details.

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Don't stay in your office
for coffee this Friday and Oct. 2

All faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Oct. 2, 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

The Sept. 18 Pitstop is sponsored by Human Resources and the Oct. 2 Pitstop is sponsored by Supply Management.

Date: Friday, Sept. 18, and Oct. 2
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

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GPS Your Degree information session planned for Oct. 7
A scavenger hunt where finding your path is the reward -- the GPS Your Degree event on Wednesday, Oct. 7, offers students a fun and interesting way to think about the road ahead of them (with lots of fun and valuable detours along the way). All faculty and staff members are encouraged to promote this information session to any student on campus.

UBC Okanagan Academic Advising and Career Services and Co-op Education staff are heading up a group of experience-based services -- the Go Global Program, Co-op Education, the Learning Exchange community volunteering program, research programs and much more. Students are able to discuss these programs with students who are experienced in all of the above. Refreshments and prizes available for all participants.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UC200

For more information contact Robin Whittall, career advisor, at 78828.

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An evening with Phil Fontaine
Former National Chief Phil Fontaine is a dedicated and highly respected leader in Canada. He has been instrumental in facilitating change and advancement for First Nations people from the time he was first elected to public office as Chief, at the young age of 28.

He'll be in Kelowna on Oct. 26 for the second talk in this season's UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series.

Date: Monday, Oct. 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St, Kelowna

Registration: this event is free and open to everyone. Seats at this event are available only by pre-registering on the Distinguished Speaker Series website starting Friday, September 25.

For more info visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website.

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What's Happening at UBC Okanagan
The What's Happening events webpage is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus. Visit this page often for information about interesting speakers, people doing things on campus, or groups recognizing a national day of celebration or social action.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing of UBC Okanagan events visit the What's Happening page.

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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:

  • From Here
    From here. Not from who, what, when, or why. From Here. UBC is tackling the world's big problems. From Here, with you.

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Exchange your information
The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of UBC Okanagan.

Send submissions to Public Affairs c/o Chris Guenard.

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