New UBC graduate Jenna Foster has just completed a study of various historical perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

History student explores discrepancies in
residential school accounts

UBC history student Jenna Foster has completed a research project that offers a glimpse into the objectives and effects of the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS) through the eyes of the Canadian government, the Oblate, and Indigenous Peoples.

"The main purpose was to compare the government objectives with Indigenous students' perspectives," says Foster, who spent the last academic year sorting through public records and information -- such as news clippings, testimonials and archives-- for her honours thesis, The Kamloops Residential School: Indigenous Perspectives and Revising Canada's History.

"I wanted to explore the subject because I was never taught about it," she says. "Stories about the effects of residential schools are just beginning to emerge and many people don't recognize the importance of this history. Only recently have scholars and government officials begun to acknowledge detrimental effects of residential schools; public awareness is still very minimal."

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UBC develops resource to help fathers take the first step to butting out

UBC researchers, in collaboration with healthcare providers and community partners, have developed a resource booklet geared specifically towards new and expectant fathers who want to become smoke-free. The booklet, The right time....The right reasons, is available online at www.facet.ubc.ca.

Based on the real-life thoughts and experiences of dads who have -- or are currently trying to -- quit smoking, the booklet was designed to reflect the unique challenges that men face as fathers and smokers, as well as start a conversation about the motivations behind quitting.

"The content and quotes in the booklet are taken entirely from original stories told by dads who participated in our research studies on fathers who smoke," says Joan Bottorff, director for the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention. "The booklet uses pictures and quotes to reflect the way dads talked about the many challenges of being a new dad as well as a new dad who smokes."

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UBC focuses on cultural safety in local healthcare

UBC researchers have partnered with members of local healthcare organizations on a research initiative that aims to strengthen cultural safety and effect organizational change for aboriginal healthcare in the Okanagan Valley.

Principal investigators in the project, which is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, include UBC researchers Lawrence Berg, Rachelle Hole, Mike Evans and Joan Bottorff.

"When we say cultural safety, it really means having an awareness of your own cultural realities and attitudes and being open-minded and flexible in your attitude toward people from other cultures," says Rachelle Hole, assistant professor of Social Work.

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Teachers gather for Summer Institute
at UBC's Okanagan campus

On Monday the Faculty of Education at UBC's Okanagan campus will welcome dozens of teachers from around the province and beyond for this year's Summer Institute.

The institute, which runs for nine weeks from July 5 through September 3, offers 35 week-long seminars. Each provides credit toward senior-level Education courses covering contemporary educational issues, practice and leadership. The credits can be used for professional development, teacher qualifications, or even completion of an Education degree or graduate degree.

"In addition to attracting local teachers we have a number of students coming from the lower mainland, and are expecting to have teachers from the Kootenays and Alberta joining us," says Robert Campbell, Dean of Education. "Also, a cohort of teachers from Canadian schools in China will be taking courses."

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Green Labs

Get ready for Green Labs in September

The Okanagan Sustainability Office thanks everyone who participated in the Green Lab Luncheon on June 16. The luncheon debriefed attendees about the pilot phase of the Fisher-Corning Lab Plastics Recycling Program, a first of its kind in Canada project that helps recycle all lab-based plastic packaging and non-hazardous plastics.

Beginning in September, this program will be made available to all labs on campus. In preparation, the Sustainability Office is requesting that all labs register online and begin requesting lab plastics recycling bins.

The Sustainability Office also sends a special thank you to those who helped work on the pilot program: Mahsa Amirabbasi, Rosemary Garner, Alex Lane, Andis Klegeris and Susan Murch. Congratulations to Paul Shipley, winner of the Green Lab Luncheon door prize. 

To find out more about this program, visit the Sustainability Office website, or email okanagan.sustainability@ubc.ca.

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Create New Student OrientationEngagement opportunities with new-to-UBC students

The first day of classes in September is still two months away, but orientation organizers are calling out to the campus community to help participate in the day's events.

"Academic and admin units have a great opportunity to engage with new students at Create. Bodies are needed in a number of ways. This is a great chance to have fun and interact with students on their first day on the Okanagan campus," says Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart.

The afternoon Create Showcase is also an excellent opportunity to inform new students about the programs, units and departments on campus. Units can use this time to directly help new students find out about the useful and important resources available to them.

To get involved in this year's Create festivities, contact Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820. To find out more visit the Create website.

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unicyclesHelp get more UniCycles
across campus

UniCycles, the Okanagan campus' bicycle-loaner program, is canvassing members of the campus community to donate any old, unloved, ignored or broken bicycles that are taking up space and not being used.

The UniCycles program provides students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to borrow bicycles -- including all the necessary safety equipment and maps -- at no charge. UniCycles has a work room in the University Centre with day-use lockers and after-trip shower facilities. Program organizers will also be offering informative workshops for students, staff, and faculty throughout the year.

Bicycles are welcomed in various states of repair and all bicycles are serviced by UniCycles program assistants so that they are safe and comfortable to use. UniCycles organizers will even pick up donations from anyone's home.

To donate a bicycle, or find out more, contact Liz Hilliard, Campus Life Coordinator, at 250-807-9012.

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Commuter Challenge 2010 results

The results are in and for this year's Canadian Commuter Challenge the campus community diverted 565.45 kg's of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved over $700 in fuel costs and burned an outstanding 17,991 calories.

The challenge ran for a week -- from May 31 to June 5 -- with 32 staff and faculty participating this year. The popular mode of transportation for the week was public transit, with 32 per cent of participants taking the bus. Fifteen per cent of participants carpooled and 25 per cent chose to cycle or walk as part of their commute. Some participants also chose to work from home, saving further costs and car-related emissions.

To find out more about the commuter challenge visit www.commuterchallenge.ca or the Okanagan Sustainability Office website.

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Continuing Studies receives Honourable Mention at CAUCEContinuing Studies receives Honourable Mention at CAUCE

Elaine Crebo-MacLeod, Continuing Studies Program Leader, recently returned from a conference held by The Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) in Fredericton, NB, where she received an Honourable Mention for her work in community engagement and marketing.

Specifically, the recognition was earned in the category of Marketing on a Shoestring.

Crebo MacLeod's proposal, Food for Thought - a Grassroots Approach to Growing a Learning Community, was based on a successful initiative she spearheaded that created a partnership between UBC and the Kelowna Farmers' & Crafters' Market. On several occasions, Continuing Studies hosted a series of recipe demonstrations at the popular Saturday event using produce found at the farmers' market. Chef Mathew Morazain, from the Green Thread restaurant on campus, developed the recipes and did the cooking demos.

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Nichols receives Applied Science's Outstanding Future Alumnus Award
Tyseer Aboulnasr, Dean of UBC's Faculty of Applied Science, with Engineering graduate Jackie Nichols, recipient of the faculty's 2010 Outstanding Future Alumnus Award.

Nichols receives Applied Science's Outstanding Future Alumnus Award

Jackie Nichols, who received her Bachelor of Applied Science degree during the Okanagan campus Convocation on June 11, has been selected by the Faculty of Applied Science as the recipient of this year's Outstanding Future Alumnus Award.

The award recognizes a UBC student who has demonstrated ambassador-like qualities on behalf of UBC and who has excelled in one or a number of the following: leadership, academic success, community service, university service, athletic or artistic achievement, faculty recognition or other areas worthy of recognition.

The ceremony was held in the Four Seasons hotel in Vancouver. Nichols received the award in recognition of her volunteer service to the Engineering Undergraduate Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, her efforts to established the Engineering Sorority on the Okanagan campus, as well as research.

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research spotlightGordon Lovegrove

Prof launches first Sustainable Road Safety lab

Civil Engineering Professor Gordon Lovegrove is bringing Canada's first research lab on Sustainable Road Safety (SRS) to UBC's Okanagan campus.

The lab will be the first in the world to build, apply and validate expert systems that reliably predict road collisions associated with planned and existing community development patterns.

The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, 20 to 50 million people are injured or disabled each year in road crashes. By 2020, the total number of road deaths is expected to increase by 65 per cent and become the third-worst global 'disease.'

"To combat this 'disease,' reliable, science-based tools are needed to drastically improve road safety," says Lovegrove. "The root-cause of the road safety problem lies in building communities that nurture over-use of the auto. One of the ways we can address that is by controlling land use so communities are more walkable, bikeable and busable."

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Registration still open for just-in-time course design workshop

Looking for some guidance to help design a new course or redesign an existing one? Register now for the July 28 one-day seminar organized by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The session will teach constructive alignment of learning outcomes, content choices, instructional strategies and assessment that will assist in course planning for September.

Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

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

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Supporting the Caregiver

Those caring for family or friends naturally focus their energies on the health of their loved ones and frequently neglect themselves. The stress experienced by caregivers can have negative consequences on their physical and psychological well-being. This workshop will provide participants with support and resources to help them take care of their loved one and in sustaining a healthy quality of life at the same time.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 14
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

There is no charge for this workshop, but online pre-registration is required. To find out more contact Jeff Zeitz, Return to Work/Health Promotion Advisor.

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Faculty info seminar for Pension Plan members in September

Of interest to all faculty pension plan members, a series of information sessions are being offered in September that covers a wide variety of details that pertain to all faculty pension plan holders -- from information for new members, to income choices for those within a few years of retirement. Sessions include:

  • 10 to 10:30 a.m.
    Plan provisions
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
    Investment options and principles of investing
  • 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
    2009 in review
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
    Retirement income choices

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 15
Location: Science building, room SCI396

All Faculty Pension Plan members are invited to register for any of the sessions that are of interest to them. To register, or find out more, contact Lynne McPherson.

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Foundations of Effective Parenting

This practical and informative presentation helps parents develop a strong foundation of parenting that will help their children develop skills of social development and well-being. Participants will also learn about some effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 16
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

There is no charge for this workshop, but online pre-registration is required. To find out more contact Jeff Zeitz, Return to Work/Health Promotion Advisor.

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July 7, 2010


History student explores discrepancies in residential school accounts
UBC develops resource to help fathers take the first step to butting out
UBC focuses on cultural safety in local healthcare
Teachers gather for Summer Institute at UBC's Okanagan campus
Get ready for Green Labs in September
Engagement opportunities with new-to-UBC students
Help get more UniCycles across campus
Commuter Challenge 2010 results


Continuing Studies receives Honourable Mention at CAUCE
Nichols receives Applied Science's Outstanding Future Alumnus Award

Research Spotlight

Prof launches first Sustainable Road Safety lab


The next wave in wireless technology: challenges and solutions

The demand for wireless communications has seen exponential growth for decades and looks to continue this trend well into the future. On July 13, Andrea Goldsmith, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, will be on campus to give a talk on what she sees as the challenges and solutions for the future of wireless technologies.

Date: Tuesday, July 13
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI337

There is no charge for this talk and it is open to everyone. To find out more contact Julian Cheng, Assistant Professor of Engineering, at 250-807-8800.

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Mohyna Ragoonaden: a Fusion/Kathak dance performance

On July 15, Mohyna Ragoonaden, who offers a Summer Institute seminar on storytelling though dance, will perform a fusion/Kathak dance piece called Voice.

The presentation shows participants the journey of a voice that gains power through awareness and action of intercultural pedagogy. Through dance all learners, regardless of their diverse backgrounds, can be given an empowered voice.

Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: Administration building theatre, room ADM026

There is no charge for this performance and it is open to everyone.

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Altarab: a fusion and traditional Arabic music performance

Trevor Salloum, who teaches the world drumming seminar in the Okanagan campus Summer Institute in Education, will bring his Arabic music group Altarab on July 22.

Altarab incorporates traditional songs of the Middle East as well as elements of musical fusion. Band members include Elias Matar and Trevor Salloum.

Date: Thursday, July 22
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: Administration building theatre, room ADM026

There is no charge for this performance and it is open to everyone.

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Children's science camp offered on campus this summer

Science Opportunities for Kids summer camp

This summer, Science Opportunities for Kids (SOKS) and UBC's Okanagan campus have partnered to help bring fun and science together in an experiential learning experience.

The SOKS Science Camp -- being held in July and August on campus -- exposes campers to a broad range of science-related experiments and activities. Organized by recent graduates Sydney White and Matt Gillespie, and current student Casey Reynolds, the camp will also feature all-girls and French language options throughout the summer.

The camp features the following themes:

  • The human experience (medicine and human kinetics)
  • Pirates of the Okanagan (ecology and adventure)
  • Pop, fizz, kaboom! (chemistry and geology)
  • Skateboards and robots (physics and engineering)

To find out more about the camp, visit the SOKS science camp website or call 250-215-7158. To register call the City of Kelowna at 250-469-8800.

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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.

ubco.tvUBCO.TV spotlight

Spring 2010 Convocation ceremonies

All of the Spring 2010 Convocation ceremonies are now available for viewing on UBCO.TV.

  • 8:30 a.m. ceremony
    Featuring graduates from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (PhD, MSc, BSc) and the School of Engineering (MASc, BASc)
  • 11 a.m. ceremony
    Featuring graduates from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (MA, BA)
  • 1:30 p.m. ceremony
    Featuring graduates from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (MA, MFA, BA, BFA) and the Faculty of Health and Social Development (MSN, MSW, BAHS, BSN, BSW)
  • 4 p.m. ceremony
    Featuring graduates from the Faculty of Education (MEd, BEd) and the Faculty of Management (BMgt)

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