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On hand to unveil plaques officially dedicating the new University Centre and J. Peter Meekison Student Centre were, from left: UBC's Vice President, Students, Brian Sullivan; UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram; UBC Students' Union Executive Chair Bobby Chavarie; UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester; Peter Meekison; Jim Meekison; UBC Board of Governors Chair Brad Bennett; and UBC President Stephen Toope.

New centre for students officially opened at
UBC's Okanagan campus

The new hub of student services and campus life on UBC's Okanagan campus was officially opened on April 9.

University Centre, a $33-million, 7,300 sq. m. (79,000-sq.-ft.) building, was completed in time for the start of classes last fall and is home to a host of student- and university-delivered services for students. Friday's official opening ceremony included the formal dedication of the first floor as the J. Peter Meekison Student Centre.

The J. Peter Meekison Student Centre is a place for students to meet, have a meal, study, and access a wide range of services and amenities including UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) offices, the UBCSUO used bookstore, a 100-seat cinema, The Well pub, a branch of Valley First Credit Union, many clubs and The Phoenix student newspaper.

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Campus emergency exercise planned for May 4
UBC's first full-scale emergency exercise for the Okanagan campus has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 4.

The objective of the exercise is to test and improve the effectiveness of campus emergency response plans and procedures. Exercises bring together first-responder agencies, other external agencies and university departments. Participants may respond to a variety of simulated site emergencies such as hazardous material spills, fires, airplane crashes and structural collapses.

The exercises are developed, arranged and administered by Health Safety and Environment in close collaboration with various University departments and external agencies. External agencies that have accepted invitations to participate in the exercise include the Kelowna Fire Department, RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, School District 23, Terasen G
as, and the Kelowna International Airport. Observers of the exercise include representatives from UBC's Vancouver campus, WorkSafeBC, Okanagan College, and the City of Kelowna.

Please note that there will be minimal disruption to those that are not participating in the exercise.

To find out more visit the HSE website.

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Students help launch major eco art project in Kelowna
UBC Okanagan students in Creative Writing, Visual Arts and Theatre presented a series of projects in the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy on Saturday, April 17.

The Woodhaven Eco Art Project involves both graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Creative Studies, creating works in collaboration with each other and with their professors.

"This is inquiry-driven, research-based learning," says Creative Writing professor Nancy Holmes. "The students are participating in their instructors' research but making creative projects of their own."

Besides Holmes' second-year Creative Writing students, students of Aleksandra Dulic will be creating multi-media projects for the website and Virginie Magnat's performance students, both graduate and undergraduate, will be giving performances. Adjunct Professor Kenneth Newby worked with students and faculty on a musical element.

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Quintana Roo delegation visiting campus this week
A delegation of six students and one professor from Mexico's Universidad de Quintana Roo is visiting UBC's Okanagan campus all this week as the two universities move toward establishing a relationship that could lead to exchanges of students, faculty and programs.

Last month, representatives from the Okanagan campus visited Quintana Roo. The group included Mike Evans from the Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Grisel Garcia-Perez from Creative and Critical Studies, Sharon McCoubrey and Anne Maclean from the Faculty of Education, Lyle Mueller from Aboriginal and International Programs and Services, Phil Bond from the Learning Exchange, and Jeannine Kuemmerle, Aboriginal and International Services intern.

Next month, the Rector of the University of Quintana Roo is expected to visit the Okanagan to meet with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Doug Owram and other faculty members. This fall another group of faculty and staff from Quintana Roo will also visit the Okanagan campus.

To find out more visit the Universidad de Quintana Roo website.

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In the news...

Transit initiatives get rolling with new shelter
Students, faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus will be the first to benefit from $2.3 million in federal and provincial funding provided to Kelowna to support public transit.

A new bus shelter was completed earlier this month to enhance transit services to and from the university campus. The $200,000 structure will provide shelter from the sun, rain and snow for up to 40 people, and features on-demand radiant heating, low-energy solar-powered lighting and powered doors for mobility and wheelchair access clients. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia provided $165,000 toward the project.

Implementation of a U-PASS for all full-time students, along with growth in student numbers has seen increased bus ridership on campus. The campus hub also serves as an exchange point for five major routes including those that feed Highway 97, Lake Country, Vernon, Rutland and Glenmore.

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Daniel MuzkyaDaniel Muzyka appointed Dean of the Faculty of Management
Daniel Muzkya, Dean of the Sauder School of Business, has been appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Management. Muzyka is to serve in this position until June 30, 2012, and as dean will continue to facilitate the important alliance between the Faculty of Management and the Sauder School of Business.

Muzyka holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania) and a DBA from Harvard. He has been the Dean of, and a professor at, the Sauder School since 1999, and is currently a governor of the Vancouver Board of Trade as well as a member of the NSERC Council. Muzyka is known internationally for his research in entrepreneurship and corporate strategy.

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UBC nominated for Innovative Workplace Award
Nominations for the 2010 YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards were announced last week and UBC is in the running for this year's Innovative Workplace Award. A number of UBC alumni and faculty members from the Vancouver campus are also among the 67 nominees this year.

Andrea Morgan, former student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems' Global Resource Systems program is nominated for the Young Women of Distinction Award. She is nominated for her work as an advocate of the Save UBC Farm campaign.

For a complete list of nominees, visit the YWCA Vancouver website.

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Create organizers put out the call for volunteers
September is months away, but organizers for Create are putting the call out to the campus community for volunteers to help out at UBC Okanagan's annual new student orientation.

Faculty and staff members are needed to help with early morning setup, lunch service, as well as attendants for games, snack booths and the Create Showcase that runs throughout the afternoon on orientation day.

To volunteer, or find out more contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.
Create New Student Orientation

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Summer Continuing Studies are starting to sizzle
This summer's catalogue of Continuing Studies programs is all about helping Okanagan residents benefit from the region's incredible natural and social environments.

The new Art of Living Well series offers courses in yoga or tai chi, fly fishing, horticulture and creative writing. Continuing Studies is also offering the popular Okanagan Wine School which will be a natural fit for long-time residents, or anyone new to the region. Explore the new Artists' Retreat and discover alternative ways of making art.

Most employee groups can apply tuition waiver benefits to reimburse or offset the cost of this and most other Continuing Studies courses. Visit the UBC HR Benefits website for more detailed information on particular tuition benefits for your employee group (click on your employee group on the right-hand side).

To find out more about the courses being offered visit the Continuing Studies website.
Summer Continuing Studies are starting to sizzle

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Faculty and staff advised to keep their parking passes
Parking availability on campus is very limited throughout the year, and any parking passes that are cancelled are always returned to the pool of available passes.

A heads-up to all faculty and staff -- with the changes to parking regulations in the past year, passes are only available on a first-come first-serve basis. Parking Services recommends keeping current passes active for anyone who might be thinking about cancelling them. Faculty or staff members who cancel their passes for the summer months may not be able to get a new pass when classes begin again in September if there are no passes in the available pool.

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Air Canada pass program update
In June of 2009, Air Canada (AC) cancelled their Corporate Pass Program, which provided significant savings for travellers from both UBC campuses. Travel at UBC continues to look for alternative cost-cutting methods for UBC-related travel from Air Canada -- such as the purchase of the AC Small Business Pass when it makes economic sense.

These passes do not always address the needs of travellers from Kelowna or represent the lowest fare but they do put a price ceiling on fares during peak times and when the lowest fare category is sold out.

UBC is currently negotiating with Air Canada for both set pricing and higher discounts. Travellers are advised to continue to use the UBC preferred travel agencies who will search for the lowest fares, utilizing discounts or seat sale fares. The small business passes will be used when they represent the best value.

To find out more visit or contact Travel Manager Connie Fabro.

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Reminder: textbook orders due May 1
The bookstore reminds all faculty members that the due date for textbook orders is fast approaching. Orders must be received by next Saturday for classes in September.

Why does the Bookstore have such early order dates?
It takes up to three months for the textbook team to process the more-than-900 textbook adoptions requests received on campus, and four months for custom titles. Orders are placed in first-come first-serve batches.

For assistance and processing of order forms contact Julie Forgie, bookstore assistant, at 250-807-9246. To find out more about textbook purchases contact Carrie Harfman, textbook buyer, at 250-807-9244.

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Summer work study work learn
applications now being accepted

Work Study and work learn program organizers are getting ready for the busy summer months ahead. Beginning this month, faculties and departments can begin to submit project proposals for summer student positions. The work study and work learn program -- which creates hundreds of on-campus jobs during the fall and winter -- gives meaningful employment to students while helping faculty and staff benefit from qualified and energetic employees.

The summer program enables faculty and staff to hire eligible students at a subsidized wage of $9 per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week, for a total of 300 hours, during the summer months.

To find out more contact Deanna Simmons, on-campus employment program coordinator, at 250-807-9250. Faculty and staff can also visit the project proposal website to get the process underway.

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At this year's Valley First-UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast, Pat Kennedy interviewed Olympian ski-cross racer Kelsey Serwa, and Cam Egan, a world-class cross-country skier and UBC Okanagan student.

UBC President applauds the transformative power of sport
UBC President Stephen Toope told a Kelowna audience of 350 people on April 9 that sport, universities and student-athletes all have the power to transform, and he cited the positive impacts of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a prime example of this power.

"Is it just me, or does something feel a little different this year?" he asked the fifth-annual Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast at the Coast Capri Hotel. "Don't we all feel just a bit different than we did before the 2010 Winter Games?"

The galvanizing experience of successfully hosting the Olympics was transformational for B.C. and the entire country, he said. Through sport's ability to create transformation, UBC itself has even greater opportunities to serve important social needs in the community, "thanks in no small part to our student-athletes, whose accomplishments in competition tend to overshadow their contributions to community and humanitarian interests."

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Alex Basso named CCAA Female Athlete of the Year, Greg Poitras wins Coaching Excellence Across All Sports AwardAlex Basso named CCAA Female Athlete of the Year, Greg Poitras wins Coaching Excellence Across All Sports Award
The annual Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) awards were handed out on April 16, and two of the Okanagan Heat's very own were named among Canada's best.

Heat women's volleyball power hitter Alex Basso was named as the female athlete of the year across all CCAA Sports. A second-year student enrolled in the Human Kinetics program, Basso's skill and leadership were cited by the CCAA as an integral part of this year's successful season -- where the women's volleyball team captured provincial and national titles.

Greg Poitras, The Heat men's volleyball coach, has also been recognized this year with the 2009-2010 Coaching Excellence Across All Sports award. Poitras joined the campus community in 2005, and the program has benefited ever since. Viewed as one of the top Coaches within the CCAA, he was also recognized as the 2009-2010 CCAA coach of the year for volleyball and BCCAA coach of the year.

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Anthropology professors win Roosevelt
Global Citizenship Awards

Program recognized for community action
Anthropology professors Robin Dods and Hugo De Burgos in the Community, Culture and Global Studies Unit at UBC's Okanagan campus have won Public Anthropology's Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Awards. The awards recognize the professors for inspiring university students to take part in the global community and think critically, respond intelligently, and act responsibly.

"This honor is based on their exceptionally effective participation in Public Anthropology's Community Action Online Website Project as well as their wider activities in the public sphere," says Rob Borofsky, director of the Center for a Public Anthropology and professor of anthropology at Hawaii Pacific University.

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Craig, Widmer on shortlist for Open Studio
National Printmaking Awards

Six talented Canadian artists, including Visual Arts Program Coordinator Briar Craig and printmaking student Laura Widmer, will be recognized on May 12 for their achievements in printmaking during the third annual Open Studio National Printmaking Awards.

Open Studio is the largest cooperative printmaking studio in Canada. The awards ceremony will take place at Open Studio's 100 Prints, a fundraising event in support of Open Studio held at the Palais Royale in Toronto. Both Craig and Widmer -- the only two shortlisted artists from outside Ontario -- will travel to Toronto for the ceremony.

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Mapping helps preserve Indigenous identity
In a modern society increasingly dependent on technology, the oral traditions of Canada's Indigenous communities are in danger of being lost -- and with them, the wisdom and culture of entire peoples. According to Prof. John Corbett, Co-Director of the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice at UBC's Okanagan campus, modern technology -- such as digital maps of traditional areas -- can also help to maintain longstanding traditions.

"Maps demonstrate very clearly the relationship an individual, and by default the entire community, has with a particular piece of land," says Corbett, whose research has helped the Tlowitsis (tlow-EET-sis), a dispersed First Nation who historically lived on Turnour Island along the north coast of B.C., to rediscover their identity.

Read the full story in the latest edition of Frontier (Page 10)

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First-place winners Jordan Sanders (left) and Stephen Smithbower (right) are awarded their prizes by Linda Hatt, Associate Dean of curriculum and student affairs for the Barber School.

Prizes awarded at Barber School
Undergraduate Research Conference

The results are in and six students won awards for their projects at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Undergraduate Research Conference on April 9.

35 students from the Barber School participated, giving oral and poster presentations at the annual event, which took place in the Fipke Centre for Innovative Research. This year's prize winners included:

Oral Presentations

  • First place -- Stephen Smithbower
    How to create a thousand lights: efficient generation of many dynamic lights in a real-time 3D environment
  • Second place -- Andrew Hughes
    Hemispheric asymmetry and the processing of emotion
  • Third place -- Kyle Kotowick
    Game-based strategies for enhancing basic programming skills

Poster Presentations

  • First place -- Jordan Sanders
    Synthesis of novel bis(aryliminopyrrolyl)cobalt(II) complexes and their application in controlled radical polymerization
  • Second place -- Kelli-Ann Mendez
    Substance use in a clinical sample: the importance of personality and gender
  • Third place -- Emily Yallits
    Reactivity of CpCr(III) n-heterocyclic carbene diiodide
To find out more visit the Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference website.

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Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and calculating your final grades
This session is designed for instructors or Teaching Assistants who use WebCT Vista Gradebook and require assistance with calculating final grade formulas. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops and syllabuses to the workshop.

Date: Friday, April 23
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Campus Administration building, room ADM044

This workshop is also being offered on April 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, and on April 30, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Register online for this workshop or find out more on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Faculty instructional skills seminar
Designed to enhance the learning environment facilitation skills in a group-format, this three-day experience involves learning and applying instructional design in the creation of mini-lessons.

Date: May 17 to 19
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
Location: Campus Administration building, room ADM044

Register online for this seminar or find out more on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Harmonized Sales Tax Overview
Finance is hosting an information session on the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). The session will provide an overview of major points and issues raised by the July 1 implementation of the HST, as well as practical examples relevant to the university.

Date: Thursday, May 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART214

To register please contact Antonella Lee at 250-807-8797 and provide a name, department, phone local and email address.

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April 21, 2010



Research Spotlight

INTUIT: the 2010 BFA graduate exhibition
This year's Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates are presenting their work in a public exhibition that runs until April 25 in the Fine Arts and Health Building.

INTUIT is an extensive exhibition of student works including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video and installation work.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and admission is free.

To find out more contact Cory Dixon, Fine Arts Course Union president.

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Tenure and promotion mentorship session: Laura Moss
Faculty members interested in tenure and promotion advice are advised to sign up for tomorrow's mentorship session featuring Laura Moss. Moss -- an associate professor of English from the Vancouver campus' Faculty of Arts -- is one of several faculty members offering tenure and promotion guidance for the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program on campus.

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

Date: Thursday, Apr. 22
Time: all day
Location: contact Lynne McPherson for full details

To find out more visit the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program website.

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Registration open for May 5 and 6 Learning Conference
Join faculty and staff from various institutions as they share best practices that promote learning success at the UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, being held May 5 and 6 on campus. The theme for this year's conference is Learning Through Research.

This year's conference will be opened by Provost and Vice Principal Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, and features sessions from faculty members from a number of universities throughout North America. Keynotes from the conference include John Smol, a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and 3M National Teaching Fellow, and Gweneth Doane, the University of Victoria's Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and a professor in its School of Nursing.

Registration is free for UBC faculty and staff at both campuses. Register online at the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Prominent landscape ecologist to give talk on May 7
Jianguo Wu, editor-in-chief of the journal Landscape Ecology and a leading figure in the study of landscape ecology and sustainability science, will give a public lecture on May 7. Wu will speak about key topics in landscape ecology, and the human connections with ecology in landscapes, the ecology of landscapes, and the sustainability of landscapes.

He will present an overview of two important perspectives on the study of landscape ecology: the hierarchical view, and the pluralistic view. Wu will also discuss how landscape ecology studies can contribute to sustainability science, which he says focuses on the dynamic relationship between nature and society at local, regional, and global scales.

Date: Friday, May 7
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI333

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Celebrate Bike to Work Week from May 10 to 14
Bike to Work Week (BTWW) -- an annual campaign organized by the City of Kelowna to encourage people to take up commuter cycling -- is being held from May 10 to 14 this year.

Human Resources, in partnership with Campus Life, have registered a team -- the Cycologists -- and are challenging the campus community to join them in the week's activities.

BTWW is a great opportunity to get into a new cycling routine and burn calories instead of gas. Participants will be eligible for prizes and to participate in a variety of Bike to Work Week events.

To sign up for the Cycologists visit the BTWW registration page. To find out more about the Bike to Work Week events organized by the City of Kelowna visit

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What's happening on campus
The Okanagan campus 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 Okanagan campus 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:

  • University Centre officially opens
    The campus community celebrates the opening of the University Centre building. The official opening ceremony included the formal dedication of the first floor as the J. Peter Meekison Student Centre.

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