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newsUBC honours two professors with Teaching
On hand for Thursday's announcement of the Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award were, from left, Provost and Vice-Principal Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, award co-recipients Patricia Lasserre and Michael Woodworth, and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram.

UBC honours two professors with Teaching
Excellence and Innovation Award

This year's Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award at UBC's Okanagan campus goes to two professors from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes Patricia Lasserre, associate professor of computer science, for her innovative teaching, and Michael Woodworth, associate professor of psychology, for connecting his courses with leading-edge research and current events.

Lasserre teaches computer programming and project management. In addition, she has participated in the Faculty of Education's Summer Institute, teaching a robotics course. She has received two Curricular Innovation Awards from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences to develop novel ways to teach computer science through team-based learning in the classroom.

Woodworth teaches courses in Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology, in addition to specialized upper-level courses on topics related to psychology and law, such as psychopathy, deception, and the nature of evil.

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Canada West welcomes UBC Okanagan Heat

Canada West welcomes UBC Okanagan Heat
UBC's Okanagan campus has been officially accepted as a probationary member of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA). The decision came at Canada West's annual general meeting on May 6.

"We are absolutely thrilled," says Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics at UBC Okanagan. "We've been working hard on this for two or three years. It is wonderful for our entire program and everyone who worked so hard on our application -- and it's a big group of people -- to see that work come to such a positive result."

In their announcement Canada West said the UBC Okanagan Heat will begin a three-year term as probationary members, effective September 2010, and will begin interuniversity athletic competition in the sports of men's and women's basketball and volleyball in the fall of 2011.

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Engineering a first in the Okanagan
Erin Johnston is in the first class to graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering from the School of Engineering

Engineering a first in the Okanagan
When Erin Johnston steps across the stage this June to accept her degree in electrical engineering, she will be part of the first graduating cohort of the School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna.

"It's been a really amazing, somewhat unexpected journey," says Johnston. "I'm really glad I chose to come through this program. The small class sizes were a huge benefit to me, and I built some really great relationships with both classmates and professors."

A lot of changes have taken place since the School of Engineering was established in 2005, and Johnston has witnessed many of them. The Kelowna native arrived for her first year of studies with a UBC Major Entrance Scholarship of $20,000, and as a student added other awards including the Stantec Scholarship in Engineering, a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Research Award, Canadian Tire A.J. Billes Scholarship, and, most recently, Co-op Student of the Year.

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UBC's Okanagan campus a hot summer destination
The number of groups visiting UBC's Okanagan campus this summer for conferences, workshops and other events will increase from 43 last year to over 60 -- with even more bookings expected as summer arrives.

Last summer, the campus had capacity to accommodate 650 people, and with construction of more student residence buildings, this summer the campus will be able to host groups of up to 900 people, says Suzanne Nazareno, Manager of Conference Operations at the university.

"Our number of youth groups has increased, and educational workshops of all kinds -- from student-based conferences to health and wellness workshops, sport associations, and religious-based conferences -- are meeting on campus," says Nazareno. As well, family reunions are increasingly popular during the university's summer accommodations season, from mid-May to August 12.

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Reminder: nominations are open for Staff Awards of Excellence and DVC and Principal Award
Is there someone who has shown exceptional leadership, customer service or community engagement like no other? Now is the time to give recognition -- nominations are now open for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence as well as the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award.

The Staff Awards of Excellence are awarded in four areas -- customer service, leadership, sustainability and community engagement -- and any Okanagan campus staffer, faculty member or student can nominate eligible staff members.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award recognizes a staff member who has made an exceptional contribution to the Okanagan campus and the greater community. Any staff members who has provided at least three years of continuous service is eligible for nomination.

To find out more visit the Staff Awards of Excellence or the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award websites.

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Okanagan campus kicks off the summer with
faculty and staff golf tournament

Birdies and bogies -- and maybe even a few eagles -- are all par for the course on June 25 as faculty and staff hit the green for the Fourth Annual Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament, being held this year at Kelowna's Mission Creek Golf Course.

The $55 entry fee includes nine holes of golf, complimentary golf balls and tees, dinner from Duffers Restaurant and Lounge and eligibility for lots of prizes.

Teams and individual golfers of any and all skill levels are encouraged to participate, and a dinner-only option is available for faculty and staff who are interested in a more leisurely event.

To register for the tournament, of find out more, visit the Campus Rec website or contact Liz Hilliard, Campus Life Coordinator, at 250-807-9012.

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Carbon diet engages over 100 faculty, staff and students
Congratulations are in order for UBC's Okanagan campus. From last October to this March over 100 students, staff and faculty helped cut an average of 6,500 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions each by making simple, environmentally-friendly decisions such as changing conventional light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs and using alternative transportation choices.

Management student Rob Feeny's efforts earned him a brand new bike from Union Cycle for his efforts -- shedding a total of 5,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide from his daily life.

Surveys administered during the challenge also revealed an increase of sustainability awareness on campus -- revealing a 16 per cent increase in those familiar with the term sustainability, and a 28 per cent increase in those who thought that sustainability was a key responsibility of the university.

For more information about the carbon diet, or to sign up for the program in September email okanagan.sustainability@ubc.ca.

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Creative and Critical Studies: a family affair
Kelsey Wheelhouse and husband Kevin Robertson have attended UBC's Okanagan campus since it opened in 2005. Son Quinn has attended the campus daycare.

Creative and Critical Studies: a family affair
Growing up in Vernon, B.C., husband and wife Kevin Robertson and Kelsey Wheelhouse never expected to become students on UBC's Okanagan campus.

They also didn't anticipate that a campus could become a community. Robertson never imagined himself developing into an artist, and the couple certainly didn't predict emerging as two of the most involved students within the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS), while also becoming new parents.

But life is unpredictable. With their UBC degrees in hand -- Wheelhouse is on track to receive her UBC degree this June and Robertson later in the year -- they will have both accomplished a long list of things they never expected to do.

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The Gold Medal Team receiving their awards -- from left: Michel Bartkowiak and Debbie Jenings, ARAMARK; Michael Greer, St. Thomas University; John Horton, Carleton University; Mathew Morazain, University of British Columbia; Paul Glover and Michael Oschefski, ARAMARK.

Morazain wins gold twice at inspired culinary conference
Mathew Morazain, Executive Chef for ARAMARK at UBC's Okanagan campus, was one of the select few chosen to compete and showcase his creative talents during the annual Inspired Culinary Conference held this year from May 3 to 5 in Niagara Falls.

During the first day of the competition Morazain was on the gold medal team that prepared an array of pork tenderloin dishes which sent him to compete in the next round of the contest. Morazain displayed his creative and competitive edge in this round, earning him his second gold medal of the week. With this second win Morazain was granted the right to represent Canada at the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence Competition that's taking place in San Francisco in mid-July.

Congratulations from the campus community, Chef Morazain.

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Widmer and Craig win national printmaking awards
Fine Arts student Laura Widmer and Visual Arts Professor and program coordinator Briar Craig won the top spots at the annual Open Studio National Printmaking Awards, held last week in Toronto.

The awards were selected by a distinguished jury of Canadian arts professionals such as Matthew Brower, Curator of the University of Toronto's Art Centre; Nancy Jacobi, owner of The Japanese Paper Place; and David H. Kaye, Director of the David Kaye Gallery.

Congratulations to Wilmer and Craig on these prestigious achievements. To find out more visit the Open Studio news release.

Laura Widmer, One of the Daves I Know, Linocut (43" × 29"), 2009

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CAHR New Investigator Award for Tamil KendallCAHR New Investigator
Award for Tamil Kendall

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) has recognized Tamil Kendall, an Interdisciplinary Studies PhD candidate in Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus, with its CAHR New Investigator Award in the Social Science track.

The New Investigator award was presented to Kendall on Sunday at the Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Kendall is researching HIV, human rights and gender equity. Her work aims to improve prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to promote the reproductive rights of women with HIV living in Mexico.

Kendall was one of three UBC students to receive a 2009 Trudeau Scholarship, Canada's most prestigious social sciences and humanities award for doctoral students. She was also honoured with the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and is the only doctoral student in Canada to win both awards in 2009.

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Creating effective clicker questions
This three-hour session will give participants an overview of clicker questioning techniques that can be adapted and used in the classroom.

Participants are required to bring along lesson content that they would typically use clickers for. Levels of questions, types of questions, assessment philosophy and lesson objectives will be addressed.

Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Science building, room SCI331

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

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May 19, 2010



Research Spotlight

How green is your commute? Find out with
the Commuter Challenge

The Commuter Challenge is a national campaign that encourages Canadians to choose alternative methods of transportation to and from work. UBC's Okanagan Sustainability group has registered a team and is challenging the campus community to participate in the challenge, organized for the week of May 30 to June 5.

The more participants use environmentally-friendly commuting options, the more participants are entered to win great prizes. Walk, cycle, carpool, take transit or telecommute -- options are plentiful -- and in order to qualify for the challenge participants only need to take part one day out of the week.

The challenge includes an interactive online tracking system that helps calculate mileage, the amount of greenhouse gasses offset, how much money is being saved and how many calories have been burned.

To find out more visit the information page for the challenge or email challenge organizers. Interested participants can register directly on the Commuter Challenge website.

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What's Happening on campus
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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