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What's on your mind? Talk it over during
Celebrate Research Week

This year's Celebrate Research Week at UBC Okanagan Mar. 8 to 15, is designed to get people talking. Eight free public events will spark discussion on topics as diverse as marijuana use among B.C. teenagers, how to take action on sustainability, and issues surrounding the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and organ donation.

"We have outstanding researchers, and we want our community to know more about the exciting and important things we are working on," says Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice-Principal. "Through research, UBC Okanagan is able to have a wide-ranging and important impact on the world, affecting everything from cultural and social understanding to the prevention and treatment of disease."

Underscoring this year's theme of "What's on your mind?" all eight public events planned for the week are interactive, providing opportunities to talk to the researchers and experts.

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Tickets now on sale for CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship
UBC Okanagan will host the 2010 CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship for the first time March 18 to 20. Eight teams from across the country -- including UBC Okanagan's own Heat -- will be on campus to compete for a national gold medal.

The National tournament consists of 13 games beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, and concluding with the gold medal game on Saturday, March 20, at 8 p.m. Each day of the Championship has been divided into afternoon and evening blocks. In each block two games will be played. Passes are now on sale and are available in blocks or for the whole weekend. Weekend passes will allow those attending to see all 13 games including the semi-finals, the bronze medal and gold medal games.

To view prices for the tournament visit the CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship website. To book passes or find out more contact Ryan Watters at 250-470-9667.

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UBC Okanagan creates new Master of Management degree
A new one-year Master of Management degree will be offered starting this fall at UBC Okanagan.

Modeled on the very successful Early Career Master's (ECM) program offered by the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business at UBC in Vancouver, the new Master of Management program is tailored to the needs of graduating and recently graduated students with bachelor's degrees in non-business disciplines such as arts, sciences, and engineering.

It is the first program developed under a new alliance between UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Management and the Sauder School of Business.

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UBC Okanagan program helps Okanagan
writers reach the next level

The writer-in-residence program at UBC Okanagan can have a big impact on writers from the region. When Salmon Arm writer Karen Bissenden was accepted into the UBC Okanagan writer-in-residence program she didn't expect the experience to leave such a lasting and meaningful impression.

"I left with a new perspective on my writing style," says Bissenden, who met last year with novelist Fred Stenson, the 2009 writer in residence at UBC Okanagan. Stenson suggested foundation ideas for her writing, which "allowed me to understand some of my strengths, and taught me a technique of looking at my story from another point of view," she says.

"It was an excellent opportunity. I have written a number of stories since that session -- feedback is always inspiring," says Bissenden, who has published one book of poetry and a number of magazine articles.

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UBC Okanagan adds new post-degree
programs for B.C.'s teachers

Two new post-degree professional programs are being launched by UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Education to help B.C. teachers acquire new skills for the classroom and keep up with changes in education in British Columbia.

"The new programs expand professional development opportunities for educators and respond to the needs of schools and districts for education specialists," says Robert Campbell, Dean of Education.

The Early Learning certificate and diploma program will help teachers prepare for the new full-day Kindergarten initiative, which begins for five-year-olds starting in September 2010.

The second new program offers a Language and Literacy Education certificate and diploma. It is designed for teachers and educational leaders who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge in areas of literacy and language arts including oral and written communication, reading, children's and adolescents' literature, English education, English as a second language, new media literacy, assessment, and literacy for diverse learners.

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UBC Okanagan in the news...

Collegia at UBC Okanagan featured in MacLean's

MacLean's magazine focused on UBC Okanagan's Collegia initiative in its Feb. 15 edition. The article "Applying Knowledge" highlights UBC Okanagan's efforts to enhance students' on-campus experience.

"We wanted to make sure that our commuter students had exactly the same campus life experience as the residence students, the same level of TLC," Ian Cull, associate vice-president of students, told MacLean's writer Tom Henheffer.

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Reminder: tenure and promotion mentor on campus this Friday
Faculty members interested in tenure and promotion advice are reminded that Eunice Li-Chan will be on campus holding mentorship sessions this Friday. Li-Chan -- professor of food, nutrition and health with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems -- is one of several faculty members offering guidance for the new Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program at UBC Okanagan.

The Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program offers interested faculty members the opportunity to meet with a group of tenured faculty volunteers one-on-one who can share their experience and provide helpful advice on how to navigate the timelines and documentation required for the tenure and promotion process.

The next faculty mentors visiting campus are:
To find out more visit the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program website.

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Volunteers needed for Ten Thousand Tins Tonight foodbank drive on March 16
Campus Life is organizing Ten Thousand Tins Tonight on March 16 -- a food drive aimed at collecting 10,000 non-perishable food items for the Kelowna Community Foodbank. To help complete this significant challenge, Campus Life is looking for volunteers as soon as possible.

Campus community members are needed to help collect food and distribute flyers throughout Kelowna in the days leading up to March 16. This project is a great way to encourage students to volunteer in the community, help the foodbank and add to their Co-Curricular Certificate.

To get involved, or find out more, visit the Campus Life website or contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.

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Second keynote added to UBC Okanagan Learning Conference
A second keynote speaker has been added to the UBC Okanagan Learning Conference lineup, being held this year May 5 to 6. Gweneth Doane, professor from the University of Victoria's School of Nursing, will be presenting on Thursday, May 6. Doane's academic work fits with this year's conference theme -- Learning Through Research -- as she has largely focused on the integration of research, education and practice in the nursing profession throughout her career.

All faculty members are invited to submit proposals and participate in the conference. 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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Career Services and Co-op Education ups the ante in March
Students who are anxious about finding a summer job, or a career after graduation, can relieve their anxieties during the month of March thanks to the Career Services and Co-op Education Centre.

Students can find out more about the Co-op Education program with several info sessions being offered in March (March 16 and 30), and sessions focusing on arts graduates (March 3 and 10).

Students can RSVP for these workshops by contacting To find out more visit the Career Services and Co-op Education Centre website.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: February 24
The Okanagan Senate is regularly passing important items. Some highlights from the February 24 meeting include:
  • Representative of the Convocation
    Dr. Robert Mack, BSc'71, MD'80, has been appointed to the Senate as a representative of the Convocation
  • Approved curriculum
    A Master of Management program and a number of graduate-level Management courses were approved for implementation. A new IGS theme in Latin American and Iberian Studies, as well as a pair of associated IGS courses, were also approved. Changes to the Art History and Visual Culture major were also approved. Contact Michelle Kruiswyk or visit the Okanagan Senate website for full details regarding these and other curricular changes.
  • 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, March 24.

For more information about this information contact Nathalie Hager, manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 250-807-9259.

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Students Suud Nahdi and Uba Mohammed are organizing Africa Awareness Week at UBC Okanagan Mar. 1 to 5.

Students help UBC Okanagan Explore Africa all this week
The campus community is invited to explore Africa during African Awareness Week all this week. Events on the university campus started on Monday, and continue through to Friday, highlighting important issues and showcasing life and culture from the African continent.

Student Suud Nahdi from Tanzania organized the week with Uba Mohammed, a student from Kenya. Nahdi says he got the idea during a visit to a student leadership conference at UBC in Vancouver, and immediately knew it was something he wanted to do in the Okanagan.

"Part of my experience is people don't really know Africa that well," he says. "I thought we should do an Africa Awareness week -- but not make it only about current issues and politics, but make people aware of how people live, the social life in Africa, where the countries are, the geography.

"We want to make it fun, a party with drumming, and sharing of culture and traditions," says Nahdi. "We have faculty from the arts and science, fine arts -- perspectives from lots of faculties and schools."

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UBC Okanagan Women Claim B.C. Gold
On paper, it looked almost like a carbon copy of last year's British Columbia Colleges Athletics Association gold medal match where the UBC Okanagan Heat swept the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners in three for the title. Despite a number of new faces making up these teams, UBC Okanagan prevailed victorious once again claiming Provincial gold and leaving VIU with silver at the Provincial Championship held at Camosun College in Victoria last week.

Players of the Match included fourth-year setter Caitlin Nyhus from UBC Okanagan and second-year middle Jacqueline Doleman from VIU. Check out the post game interview with head coach Steve Manuel and Player of the Match Caitlin Nyhus on SportsCanada.TV.

UBC Okanagan hosts the Canadian Colleges Athletics Association Women's Basketball National Championships in two weeks

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Enrolment Services staff changes
Several changes are occurring in the Class Scheduling area of Enrolment Services at UBC Okanagan. Lorraine Engelsmeier -- Enrolment Services' class and examination scheduler -- will be retiring at the end of March, after more than 30 years as an employee of Okanagan College, OUC and UBC Okanagan. Engelsmeier will be remembered for her many years of exceptional service in a very challenging role.

Not easily replaced, on April 1 Engelsmeier's role will be assumed by Terra Kirkham -- currently Enrolment Services' graduation support assistant -- and the newly hired Jessica Beck. Kirkham has worked in Enrolment Services for four years, and Beck is a recent UBC Okanagan graduate.

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Social media changing the Winter Games experience
UBC Okanagan sociologist Christopher Schneider, an expert on social media and its impact on our lives, says coverage of the Games is no longer entertainment. It's infotainment. And, he says, social media technology such as Facebook and Twitter are changing the way we experience the Olympics.

"News agencies have changed the model and structure of their format to better reflect recent developments in social media," says Schneider, an assistant professor of sociology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

"Information gathering and dissemination, like never before, is now instantaneous through a multitude of outlets from a variety of people, from individual citizens to Olympic athletes," he says. "The International Olympic Committee, for example, has a Facebook page that has over one million followers and Twitter has published a list of 'verified' Tweeting athletes."

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The scholarship of teaching and learning
Hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, these Celebrate Research Week sessions will feature a discussion of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) initiatives and possibilities, as well as an afternoon session that looks at integrating research into undergraduate learning.

Date: Tuesday, March 9
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Location: Centre for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Administration building, room SSC/ADM044

Centre for Teaching and Learning workshops, March 5 to 16

Online pre-registration for all workshops is required. For more information contact Heather Hurren, manager of academic development, at 250-807-9288.

Clicker community of practice
A new community of practice is being formed for all instructors who are interested in using clickers.

Clickers can be used as a strategy to engage students during class, check their understanding, and encourage attendance. This new community of practice shares best practices and supports instructors wishing to implement ideas in the classroom.

To get started visit the Doodle Scheduler website to and choose a session.

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Student Financial Assistance and Awards workshops in March
Students have a good opportunity in March to improve their money management skills and credit usage with the following Student Financial Assistance and Awards workshops:

Students can register for these sessions, or find out more, on the Student Financial Assistance and Awards website.

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Lessons from the field: building and sustaining successful partnerships in community-based health research
The Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention offer a workshop on March 18 aimed at helping faculty members and students build successful partnerships in community-based health research.

The interactive workshop focuses on attributes of successful partnerships, understanding key issues surrounding community-partnered health research, understanding how partnerships evolve and how to build strategies to create and sustain these partnerships.

Date: Thursday, March 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

There is no charge for this workshop, but interested attendees must RSVP by Friday, March 12. To RSVP, or find out more, contact Caron Currie at 250-807-8072.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)
The Centre for Teaching and Learning's teaching excellence series continues this Friday with guest Jan Cioe, associate professor of psychology and Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award winner.

The DATE (discussions about teaching excellence) will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion begins with an opening from Cioe, who will provide insights into teaching excellence and then open the discussion to the audience.

Date: Friday, March 19
Time: 1:30 to 2:20 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To register or find out more about this discussion visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Writer workshop Mar. 20
The Writer in Residence program and Continuing Studies will host an intensive four-hour workshop at UBC Okanagan on Mar. 20 looking at the role of place in creative writing. The workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. costs $50 and is aimed at writers of poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction.

Writer-in-residence Laisha Rosnau will explore how place affects our creative lives, the choices writers make when creating a setting, and more.

To find out more about participating in the Writing Place workshop contact UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies at 250-807-9289.

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Strategic leadership communication
Sponsored by Organizational Development and Learning, this new workshop on strategic leadership communication -- part of the new Sauder School of Executive Leadership Series at UBC Okanagan -- offers participants an opportunity to learn and explore how to more effectively communicate and build consensus in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.

Led by Joanna Piros -- a senior consultant specializing in communications and media relations with Counterpoint Communications -- this workshop offers participants the tools to make their communication style inspiring, engaging, informative and consultative.  

Date: Tuesday, March 30
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: DVC Boardroom, SSC/ADM building
Cost: $200

To register for this workshop visit the Professional Development workshops website.

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March 3, 2010

Physical Conversations with Denise Clarke
Denise Clarke -- one of the founding members of the internationally acclaimed One Yellow Rabbit performing ensemble from Calgary -- will be at UBC Okanagan to give a performance of her work.

Date: Wednesday, March 3 (tonight)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Administration building lecture theatre, room SSC/ADM026

There is no charge for this event and it is open to the public. To find out more visit the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies website.

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Focus on young filmmakers: Reel Youth Film Fest Mar. 5
Great films by young filmmakers are in focus this Friday during the Reel Youth Film Festival at the Alternator Gallery.

Organized by the UBC Okanagan Cultural Studies Students' Association, the evening festival will include a screening of local and national films, snacks, and the students' own People's Choice Awards where the audience will have a chance to vote for their favorite film.

The Festival screens short films made by people under the age of 20 -- the content mix is 25 per cent local and 75 per cent from the rest of Canada.

Date: Friday, March 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Alternator Gallery -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

The film festival is open to the public and admission is by donation with proceeds going to Youth and Family Services at the Jaycee Downtown Youth Shelter.

To find out more contact Brianne Nettelfield Cultural Studies Students' Association coordinator.

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Celebrate Research Week Events

Featured Events

Lunchtime Feature Presentations

There is no charge for any of these events, and all are open to the public and campus community.

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Intriguing analogies: Diameter and curvature for polytopes
Next Wednesday, Stephen Gismondi, adjunct assistant professor of mathematics from the University of Calgary, will present his talk Diameter and curvature for polytopes: intriguing analogies, as part of the OCANA Seminar Series.

Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI337

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March Wine Club meeting
The next meeting of the wine tasters club will transport participants to the sunny South Pacific. The wine industry in New Zealand is similar to that of B.C. in many ways, and this meeting will introduce tasters to the New Zealand winelands. The meeting will include a slide show and tasting of a range of their fine wines that are available for purchase in B.C.

The wine club costs $23 to join, which includes a set of six tasting glasses that are used at every meeting. The monthly tasting cost for each meeting is $12.

Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

Those interested in attending the tasting, or joining the club, can contact David Scott at 250-807-8755 to find out more.

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Culture/Power series concludes next week with two talks from cultural studies expert Imre Szeman
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) finishes this year's Culture/Power Series with two talks from Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair of Cultural Studies from the University of Alberta. Szeman is best known for being the author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation, co-author of Popular Culture: A User's Guide, and editor of Canadian Cultural Studies: A Reader.

The first talk is on March 12 and discusses The Cultural Politics of Oil: New Narratives of Oil Crisis. It takes place in the Library building (room LIB306) at 2 p.m.

The second talk will be at the Alternator Gallery (421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna) and will co-feature Maria Whiteman, assistant professor of Intermedia from the University of Alberta. Their talk is entitled The Big Picture, or, Photography After Nature.

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

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World Community Film Festival
The 8th annual Travelling World Community Film Festival, featuring over 30 films, comes to Okanagan College's KLO campus and UBC Okanagan March 12 to 14.

Admission to all films is free, but donations are accepted for the Kelowna's Women's Resource Center and the Ki-low-na Friendship Centre. Film descriptions and the schedule are available on the World Community Film Festival website.

To find out more call 250-868-0900 or email

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UBC Okanagan launches a week of events for the International Day for the Elimination of Racism
A week-long series of events will mark UBC Okanagan's annual commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racism beginning on Monday, March 15.

The week will open in the courtyard at noon with a ceremonial launch of the week's events, and close with an afternoon of ceremonies, talks and performances on Friday, March 19.
  • March 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Student Resource and Cultural Fair
  • March 17, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Public talk on Aboriginal social justice issues
  • March 18, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
    Debrief of the week's events
  • Friday, March 19, 12 noon to 9 p.m.
    Afternoon of events including closing ceremonies, a public talk, final reception and performance of Sharon Pollock's Walsh

For a full listing of the week's events visit the Campus Life website.

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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.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the UBC Okanagan events calendar.

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