newsBrazilian artist Shed Simas etches a large-scale drawing of the endangered Western Screech Owl into the gravel of the parking lot at the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy on the summer opening day July 17. (Photo by Margo Yacheshyn)
Brazilian artist Shed Simas etches a large-scale drawing of the endangered Western Screech Owl into the gravel of the parking lot at the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy on the Eco Art summer opening day July 17. (Photo by Margo Yacheshyn)

Art in the Park in August

Something special is happening Sunday afternoons during August in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park (4711 Raymer Road -- off Gordon Drive past DeHart -- in the south Mission area of Kelowna).

Each Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Eco Art assistant and UBC graduate student Shed Simas will be available by the park entrance to talk about the Eco Art project, hand out maps of art in the park, and lend out MP3 players loaded with the audio guides and video created for the project. As well each Sunday afternoon, collect the Woodhaven Trading Cards that are available along the park trails.

Also in the park are installations by artists Lori Mairs, Byron Johnston, and Brenda Fiest, as well as other text-based works. There's no cost to view these art works. The Woodhaven Eco-Art Project is a UBC Hampton-funded series of artistic events unfolding in Woodhaven throughout 2010 with the support of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. The works of art have minimal impact on the natural environment.

For more information about the, visit the Woodhaven project website or the Facebook "Woodhaven Project" page.

Keep up to date on all Woodhaven news with Lori Mairs' blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/woodhaven/

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In the news...

Compelling Time cover draws attention

The Vancouver Sun last week turned to Christopher Schneider, assistant professor of sociology, for his perspective on the August 9 cover of Time magazine. The cover features an 18-year-old Afghan woman whose nose and ears were cut off in Taliban-ordered punishment for attempting to flee abusive family members. Schneider said the image is an obvious -- and effective -- attempt to garner attention.

"Things like sex and violence, our culture is so saturated with these kinds of images and symbols that people have become somewhat accustomed to them," Schneider said. "Something like this would probably tend to capture people's perspectives or views in a way that, say, a scantily clad woman on the cover of Time magazine might not."

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Parking passes: online booking now open

Parking Services is now accepting online bookings for parking passes for the 2010/2011 academic year.

If you are currently on payroll deduction you will automatically be assigned a numbered parking pass for your current lot. This pass will be good until November 1, 2012. Those not on payroll deduction may wish to use the early online purchase option -- just log into your new online parking account (www.ubc.ca/okanagan/operations/parking) with your Campus Wide Login (CWL) username and password.

New passes can be picked up in the University Centre (UNC) from August 23 until September 15. Please note that those on payroll deduction or early online purchasers must produce picture ID (staff ID card preferred) when picking up their new passes, as these options are only available to those on payroll (student staff positions excluded).

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Donations needed for the UniCycles program

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

The UniCycles program provides students, staff and faculty the opportunity to borrow bicycles -- including all the necessary safety equipment and maps -- at no charge.

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

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Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive
Ballerinas return to campus for summer dance intensive

For the third year in a row, the Conferences and Accommodation team is hosting the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive (OSDI). The high-profile intensive ballet program, being held on campus until Aug. 14, often draws community interest, especially from local media outlets such as CHBC.

The OSDI is a non-profit organization based in Kelowna that offers participants exposure to a broad spectrum of dance disciplines that includes classical ballet with pointe and pas de deux, modern, choreography, jazz and character dance.  Approximately 85 dancers visit campus from across Canada and the world to participate.

To find out more about the intensive, or its Gala Performance on Aug. 13 and 14 in Vernon, visit the OSDI website or contact Conferences and Accommodation at 250-807-8050.

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Q&A with poet Nancy HolmesIn the news...

National Post: Q&A with poet Nancy Holmes

The National Post's featured a Q&A session with UBC's own Nancy Holmes on July 29. Guest editor of the Post's 'Afterword' literary section for the week, Okanagan author Adam Lewis Schroeder delved into Holmes' inspirations, how she balances teaching and writing, and her encounters with the "too many books" problem.

"I had some wonderful students such as Shane Koyczan who made me think about spoken word, broadening my concepts of what writing is," says Holmes. "It can be Byron's Don Juan AND slam poetry; maybe’s there’s a lineage worth exploring here. Teaching can be a real benefit to a writer."

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research spotlightOkanagan campus: the best place for water science

In the news...

Chinese daily puts a focus on Okanagan Freshwater Science

The Freshwater Science program, with Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Jeff Curtis and graduate student Tricia Brett, were featured in the July 28 edition of Ming Pao, Vancouver's Chinese daily newspaper.

Highlighted in this Chinese-language story were the Okanagan's unique ecology and varied water environments -- regarded as ideal for water science research -- and how the Freshwater Science program combines biological, chemical, physical and Earth and environmental sciences. The feature story included a sidebar about attending UBC's Okanagan campus.

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Fall Teaching Expo opens August 18

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's annual Fall Teaching Expo is fast approaching. The Okanagan campus' annual faculty professional development series -- from Aug. 18 to Sept. 3 -- will feature a mix of teaching-focused, technological and general interest sessions. Sessions include:

The Expo will also feature a golf and dinner social event and a Centre for Teaching and Learning open house.

To find out more visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or contact Academic Development Manager Heather Hurren at 250-807-9288.

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Faculty instructional skills seminar

This workshop is designed to enhance new and veteran teachers' learning environment facilitation skills. The three-day experience will involve participants learning and applying instructional design by creating mini-lessons that will be taught to the group.

This workshop will help participants learn to write learning outcomes, use common instructional techniques and resources, evaluate learning and develop lesson plans as well as give and receive objective, constructive feedback.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 18 to Friday, Aug. 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB305

To find out more view the online session outline. To register for this workshop visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Faculty Pension Plan updates forthcoming

Faculty members who have questions, or want to find out more, about the UBC Faculty Pension Plan have an excellent opportunity in mid-September with a series of information sessions covering a wide variety of details. 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. -- Lunch
  • 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 sessions of interest to them. To register, or find out more, contact Lynne McPherson.

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"The Art of Relaxation" and other wellness learning sessions

In partnership with Human Solutions, UBC's Employee Family and Assistance Program provider, Human Resources is making available to all Okanagan campus departments and admin units a new series of no-charge wellness learning sessions.

These hour-long sessions provide participants with general knowledge about personal health and wellbeing strategies, as well as provide tools and additional resources that are available to UBC employees. Wellness sessions include:

  • The art of relaxation
  • Professionalism in the workplace
  • Enhancing communication in the workplace
  • Work-life harmony
  • How to effectively manage time

View the full list of available sessions to find out more.

Departments interested in hosting one of these no-charge sessions just need to choose a session and fill out the Healthy UBC Program Request Form. Completed forms can be emailed to Return to Work and Health Promotion Advisor Jeff Zeitz.

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August 4, 2010


Art in the Park in August
Compelling Time cover draws attention
Parking Passes: online booking now open
Donations needed for the UniCycles program
Participate in Create and Create Showcase
Ballerinas return to campus for summer dance intensive


National Post: Q&A with poet Nancy Holmes

Research Spotlight

Okanagan campus: the best place for water science


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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ubco.tvUBCO.TV spotlight
The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

  • Endowment Land purchase
    In June, the UBC Board of Governors approved the $8.78-million purchase of 103.6 ha. (256 acres) of North Glenmore farmland from the City of Kelowna.

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The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of campus.

Send submissions to Alumni and University Relations c/o Chris Guenard.

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