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Para-alpine skier Josh Dueck is one of the keynote speakers at this year's Athletics Scholarship Breakfast set for April 9.

World-class athletes featured at Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast
Tickets are now available for the fifth annual Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast, which raises funds to support scholarships for student-athletes at UBC Okanagan.

This year's keynote speakers are world champion para-alpine skier Josh Dueck, who at 23 was paralyzed from the waist down after overshooting a jump, 20-year-old Kelowna native and competitive ski-cross athlete Kelsey Serwa, and Cam Egan, a world-class cross country skier. Also featured is Dustin Luck, captain of UBC Okanagan's varsity soccer team.

"Kelsey and Josh are both making an impact on the world stage and are medal hopefuls at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics," says Steve Manuel, Chair of the Athletics Scholarship Breakfast planning committee.

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Haiti benefit concert raises $2,600
The public joined with students, faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan on Jan. 31 for a Sunday afternoon benefit concert for Haiti earthquake relief.

The Hope for Haiti concert featured student performers, Hugo De Burgos and friends, the Latin Dance Club and more. The concert, along with a silent auction, bake sale and other activities, raised more than $2,600 for the Red Cross relief effort.

"From the first time I saw the news on TV, I could feel their sorrow," says Jaime Cuberos, a second-year Arts student who was among the first to rally the UBC Okanagan community behind a fund-raiser for Haiti. Born in Colombia, Cuberos completed high school in El Salvador before coming to UBC Okanagan as a recipient of the International Leader of Tomorrow scholarship.

"Having a bit of background knowledge of Haiti, I knew it has been very bad for them," he says. "We should help each other out -- we have the resources, and a moral obligation to give these people a hand. If we have the possibility of helping out, by all means we should do it."

If you could not attend the benefit but still wish to donate, contact International Student Advisor Terri Flanagan at 250-807-9276.

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3M National Teaching Fellow leads the 2010
UBC Okanagan Learning Conference

The dates are set and the keynote speakers booked for the sixth-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference May 5 to 6. The conference -- an annual exploration of teaching best practices and learning success -- opens with a keynote presentation from John Smol on the integration of research and teaching. Smol is a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and 3M National Teaching Fellow.

The theme for this fifth annual Learning Conference is Learning Through Research. All faculty members are invited to submit proposals and participate -- to share expertise and experience that connects research and learning. Each 50-minute session is expected to have an interactive component. Formats may include discussions, roundtables, or presentations.

To find out more about the conference, contact Peter Arthur, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 250-807-9207, or visit the Learning Conference website.

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Creating an Inclusive Campus Community initiative expands
UBC Okanagan's Creating an Inclusive Campus Community initiative is expanding this year, with big plans to increase the information available throughout campus. The initiative provides a call to action should someone encounter access or architectural barriers, experience or witness discrimination, or encounter offensive graffiti on campus.

A number of decals were installed around campus when the initiative launched. Posted in public building entrances, exits, bathrooms, and elevators, the decals provide contact information for resolution assistance. The number of decals, posters, brochures, and bulletin boards will all increase in the coming months.

Equity representatives on campus are also being equipped with door stickers and posters that will go up in a variety of spaces.

To find out more about the Creating an Inclusive Campus Community initiative, visit the Equity Office website.

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Call for volunteers: CCAA Women's
National Basketball Championship

The best college women's basketball teams in the country are coming, and event organizers are looking for help from the campus community.

UBC Okanagan is the proud host of the 2010 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Women's National Basketball Championship from March 17 to 21. The National tournament will host eight teams from across Canada over five days, including UBC Okanagan's own Heat.

Hosting the national championship tournament not only offers great exposure for the campus and community, it also provides many opportunities for all those who wish to become involved. There are a number of volunteer positions that need to be filled such as team hosts, VIP hospitality rooms attendees, event setup and cleanup, and spectator seating.

To find out more contact Julie Thode, Athletics and Recreation clerk, at 250-807-9322. Please respond by Friday, Feb. 12.

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Reminder: nomination deadline approaching
for new student award

The deadline for nominations is fast approaching for the new UBC Okanagan Provost's Award for Teaching Assistants & Tutors. The deadline to submit nomination packages is Friday, Feb. 12.

This new award recognizes exceptional undergraduate and graduate student teaching assistants and tutors for their contributions to academic life at UBC Okanagan. Each year up to six awards consisting of a $500 cash prize and a certificate of recognition will be awarded. For award criteria, and other details, visit the Office of the Provost website.

To find out more contact Communications, International and Awards Officer Raina Ducklow at 250-807-8150.

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Teaching and Learning newsletter now available online
The Centre for Teaching and Learning's bi-annual newsletter was distributed to faculty members at UBC Okanagan in January. The newsletter announced, amongst a number of things, the CTL's newest staff member Vania Chan. Chan is the new e-learning instructional support specialist, and she will be providing support for iClickers, Remark Optical Mark Reading, and WebCT Vista.

Read the January 2010 Centre for Teaching and Learning newsletter to find out more.

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Reminder: graduation applications being
accepted until end of February

Make sure to encourage students to apply for graduation as soon as possible if they plan on graduating this spring. Applications must be submitted regardless of whether they intend to participate in the Convocation ceremony in June.

Graduation applications are available via the online Student Service Centre (SSC) from now until Sunday, Feb. 28.

For more information visit the UBC Okanagan Graduation website.

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Barber school grad photo sessions being held on Feb. 23, 24, 25
Graduating students of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences will soon have an opportunity to have grad photos taken. Fine Photography will be set up in the Arts building foyer on Feb. 23, 24 and 25 taking photos of soon-to-be grads.

Students can sign up for a grad photo session by visiting

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Children wanted: campus daycare has openings
for three- to five-year olds

The University Children's Learning Centre currently has spaces available in its three- to five-year-old program. The daycare society is located behind the Similkameen and Monashee student residences on campus. Although enrolment priority is given to university students and employees, the daycare is open to the community at large.

Interested campus community members are encouraged to contact Christine Jeffrey, manager of the learning centre, at 250-807-8609 to find out more.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: January 27
The Okanagan Senate is regularly passing important items. Some highlights from the January 27 meeting include:
  • Approved admissions requirements
    UBC's general admission criteria was modified for the School of Nursing based on new B.C. high school mathematics curriculum.
  • Approved curriculum
    A number of courses and programs were either approved for implementation or revised. Contact Michelle Kruiswyk or visit the Okanagan Senate website for full details.
  • Approved new and revised awards
    French and Spanish Prize: A $500 prize is now being offered by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies to an outstanding student graduating with a French and Spanish major. The first award is to be available for the 2009-2010 winter session.
  • Okanagan Senate meeting schedule for 2010-2011
    Visit the Okanagan Senate website for the full schedule. Any interested individuals are welcome to attend these meetings. The Rules and Procedures of the Okanagan Senate is also on the Okanagan Senate website. The next meeting of the Okanagan Senate is Wednesday, Feb. 24.
For more information about this information contact Nathalie Hager, manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 250-807-9259.

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Edmond Rivère recently returned from an expedition to South America's Mount Aconcagua.

UBC Okanagan professor climbs mountain to
raise money for prostate cancer research
Edmond Rivère, a professor of French at UBC Okanagan, recently returned from a 13-man mountaineering expedition to the highest mountain in the Americas, Cerro Aconcagua (6,962m or 23,000 feet), to raise funds for researchers working to defeat prostate cancer and to raise public awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of the disease.

"Personally, I've done a lot of mountaineering, but this was my first high-altitude expedition," says Rivère, who is also an avid rock climber and paraglider. "I've wanted to climb Aconcagua for a while, so when I heard about my colleagues' plan to raise money for prostate cancer research and awareness, I thought, 'sure -- let's do it'."

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UBC Okanagan Management students
impress at business competition

More than 50 students from UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Management had impressive performances at the largest student-run business competition in Western Canada, held January 15 to 18 in Prince George.

The competition -- Jeux du Commerce JDC West -- saw more than 500 students from 10 of Western Canada's top universities participating in three days of academic competitions, athletic challenges, a social competition and a charity initiative.

"Our students performed beyond our expectations," says Sandy Hilton, a professor in the Faculty of Management. "This was our second year competing against well-established, world-class business schools from Western Canada. We placed first in the accounting discipline, first in entrepreneurship, third in international business, and third in debate."

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Shakespearian student wins annual essay prize
Martina Steuri
, now in the Faculty of Education's Secondary Teacher Education Program, was one of the recipients for the annual essay prize in the Canadian Undergraduate category by the North American Conference on British Studies last November. The conference is an association of North American scholars and students of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. It sponsors a scholarly journal, the Journal of British Studies, as well as several academic prizes, graduate fellowships, and undergraduate essay contests.

Steuri's essay, "Too Evil to Feel Guilty: Guilt in King Lear and Macbeth," was adapted from a paper for Sean Lawrence's Late Shakespeare course last term.

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Centre for Teaching and Learning offerings in February

Course (Re)Design Seminar applications due March 12

Faculty members are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course with the design process facilitated by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The seminar requires a four-day commitment with whole-group instructional sessions followed by small group/team planning sessions.

Visit the Course (Re)Design Seminar website to find out more.

CTL February reading break activities

For more information contact Heather Hurren, manager of academic development, at 250-807-9288.

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Continuing Studies offerings in February
From computer courses to the ever-popular Artist in You Series, February brings a range of courses through Continuing Studies. They're great opportunities for members of the campus community to acquire new skills, or find a new passion.

Faculty and staff members can use tuition waivers to cover the cost of the course fee. No prerequisites or previous experience is required and most courses are for learners of all levels.

Courses offered in February include:

To see the full program schedule visit the Continuing Studies website.

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CIHR Common CV and Research Net Workshop
Join UBC Health Research Coordinator Janice Eng for an informative and helpful session on the often-confusing Common CV, the document used for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) applications. There is also some time scheduled at the end of the work to answer questions on CIHR and Health Research in general.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3 (today)
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI396

Presented by the Research Services Office, this workshop is open to all UBC Okanagan faculty members and students. There is no charge but online pre-registration is required.

To find out more contact Kristen Kane, associate manager of the Research Services Office, at 250-807-8832.

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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, Feb. 18
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP133

To register for this workshop please contact either Antonella Lee or Audrey Kirby in accounts payable. Please include your CWL login ID, your telephone local and e-mail address.

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February 3, 2010

Outweek events organized throughout next week
Join UBC Okanagan next week in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, transexual, two-spirit and intersex (LGBTQTTI) students, faculty and staff. This is UBC Okanagan's fourth-annual Outweek, being held February 8 to 12. These events are intended to raise awareness of LGBTQTTI issues as well as celebrate the diverse population at UBC Okanagan.

The week kicks off with the annual Pride flag raising and Outweek opening ceremony, being held at 12 noon in the campus courtyard. The week's events also include:

Tuesday, Feb.9
Resource Fair
2 to 4 p.m., University Centre first-floor foyer

Film screening: Fagbug
4 to 6 p.m., University Centre movie theatre, admission by donation

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Public talk featuring Queer As Folk writer Michael Lewis MacLennan
7 p.m., Arts building, room ART218

Thursday, Feb. 11
Performance: My Funny Valentine
7 to 9 p.m., Administration building (Student Service Centre) lecture theatre, room ADM/SSC026

Tickets for this event will be sold throughout the week (Feb. 8 to 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for $10 at the Campus Activities Desk.

Friday, Feb. 12
Habitat Party: HoMotown
8 p.m., The Habitat -- 248 Leon Ave., Kelowna, tickets available at the door

For more information visit the Campus Life website or contact Chelsea Butchart, student events coordinator, at 250-807-9820.

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Celebrate Brazil with Carnival at UBC Okanagan next week
February is Carnival time, and to celebrate both Brazil and the launch of UBC Okanagan's new Latin American Studies program, the Brazilian Consulate has joined with a host of partners to sponsor a Carnival at UBC Okanagan from Feb. 10 to 13.

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Public talk: Black to Modernity -- Nations and Development in Brazil and Vietnam
Jonathan Warren from the Jackson School for International Studies, University of Washington.
3 to 4:30 p.m., Library building, room LIB304

Thursday, Feb. 11
Carnival Party at the Well with Samba Tribe
Live music, cash bar, dancing, costumes welcome.
8:30 to 11 p.m., University Centre first floor

Friday, Feb. 12
Samba Percussion Workshop
1 to 2 p.m., Fipke Centre foyer
Samba Dance Workshop
2:30 to 4 p.m., Fipke Centre foyer
Brazilian Films
5 p.m. to 12 midnight, University Centre Student Union Auditorium, room UNC106

Saturday, Feb. 13
Special film screening: HIST 453's A Rhythmic History of Brazil
4:30 p.m., University Centre Student Union Auditorium, room UNC106
Brazilian films
5 p.m. to 12 midnight, University Centre Student Union Auditorium, room UNC106

To find out more contact Jessica Stites Mor at 250-807-9655.

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Legislation, memorial and redress in the case of Helen Betty Osborne
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) continues its Culture/Power Series with a talk from Allison Hargreaves, assistant professor of North American indigenous literatures in the Department of Critical Studies.

The talk is entitled Legislation, Memorial and Redress in the Case of Helen Betty Osborne. The talk draws on Hargreaves' research on literary interventions related to issues of gendered colonial violence in Canada, examining key points of intersection and divergence between contemporary indigenous women's resistance writing and anti-violence activist discourse.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 11
Time: 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

For more information contact David Jefferess, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, at 250-807-9359.

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You are where you eat: Linking community and food using community food mapping
This brown-bag lunch presentation -- part of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention's (IHLCDP) Partnerships in Research series -- introduces an IHLCDP supported project that seeks to engage the Central Okanagan community in local food systems issues. It focuses on local food systems issues, asking questions about food sources and production methods, nutritional value and affordability of local food sources as well as what influences food choices.

Presenters for this talk include:
  • Jon Corbett, assistant professor of geography, Community, Culture, and Global Studies
  • Casey Hamilton, co-chair of the Central Okanagan Healthy Food Council and Community Nutritionist with the Interior Health Authority
  • Shayne Wright, graduate student, Community, Culture, and Global Studies
Date: Monday, Feb. 22
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ARTS106

This event is free event and open to the public. To find out more contact Caron Currie at 250-807-8072.

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Photography info session offered on Feb. 25
What photo resources and image support does Alumni and University Relations provide faculties, departments and administrative units at UBC Okanagan? How do you get a great mug shot for your website? What makes an attractive image?

Alumni and University Relations will answer these questions and more during an hour-long photography information session open to all faculty and staff.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB303

To register or find out more, please contact Jody Jacob, assistant communications coordinator. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

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Weekly Ideas into Action discussions continue tonight
A new series of weekly public discussions of contemporary ideas began Jan. 20 at UBC Okanagan. Hosted by graduate student Nelson Jatel, the discussions are sparked by videos from the popular website, followed by a roundtable exploration of ideas ranging from the social sciences to mathematics.

The first Ideas into Action featured presentations by Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce, and Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice.

Date: Every Wednesday through April
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP124

Sponsored by the Okanagan Sustainability Institute and UBC Okanagan Alumni and Community Relations, the Ideas to Action discussions will be held each Wednesday through April, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Fipke Centre (FIP 124) at UBC Okanagan. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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What's Happening at UBC Okanagan
The UBC Okanagan events calendar 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 visit the UBC Okanagan events calendar.

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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:

  • In the news: Aboriginal Centre opening
    The Aboriginal Centre at UBC Okanagan was officially opened on January 22. The centre has been designed as a special space that reflects the cultural characteristics of the Aboriginal students who use it.

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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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