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UBC brings visionary Richard Florida to Okanagan Sept. 10

Richard Florida, one of the world's leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation, will speak in Kelowna on Sept. 10. His talk is one of several fifth-anniversary celebrations for UBC's Okanagan campus this fall, and is also the opening for this year's Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Taking up the themes of his two most recent books, Who's Your City? and The Great Reset, in his Kelowna presentation Florida will examine how the creative economy is making "where to live" the most important decision of your life, and how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity.

"It is exciting to open this year's Distinguished Speaker Series with a presenter with such a distinguished background as an academic researcher and public educator, and someone so many people have asked us to bring to our region, says Cynthia Mathieson, Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences."

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UBC President Stephen Toope
UBC President Stephen Toope

Date announced for 2010 President's Town Hall Meeting

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend the 2010 President's Campus Town Hall, being held Friday, Sept. 10, in the University Centre ballroom. At the meeting Prof. Stephen J. Toope will be providing an update on Place and Promise: The UBC Plan and other important initiatives. The format for the Town Hall meeting will be:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon -- informal reception, light lunch served
  • 12 noon to 12:25 p.m. -- President's update
  • 12:25 to 1 p.m. -- Q & A period

The Town Hall is a forum for dialogue and a way for the campus community to learn about strategic initiatives at the University. Submit questions in advance at www.president.ubc.ca/townhall.

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Five years of growth for Okanagan campus

Five years of growth for Okanagan campus

Since opening its doors in the summer of 2005, UBC's Okanagan campus has grown from 3,500 students to well over 6,000, including more than 500 graduate students.

UBC is tripling the original 500,000 sq. ft. of building space to 1.5 million sq. ft. through a $400-million construction program, and this summer the campus literally doubled in size with the acquisition of 103.6 ha. (256 acres) from the City of Kelowna.

The $8.78-million purchase of land adjacent to the Okanagan campus in Kelowna's North Glenmore neighbourhood increases the total area of UBC's endowment lands at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to more than 1,500 acres.

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Community Day -- volunteer for the fun of itCommunity Day -- volunteer for the fun of it

On September 18, UBC's doors swing wide open for Community Day, a day when everyone is welcomed to the Okanagan campus for fun, food and 5th birthday celebrations.

This is a place like no other, and no one can tell its story like the people who work and play here every day. Faculty, staff and students are needed to greet hundreds of guests, show them around and tell them the varied versions of the campus story. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.

To learn more and sign up as a volunteer, visit the community day volunteer registration page.

UBC's Got Talent!

On the Okanagan campus, talent is everywhere. Everybody knows somebody who does something special. Community Day offers a showcase for singers, dancers, musicians and performers. On September 18, the stage is open and the crowd is calling.

To sign-up to perform, or to find out more, visit the Community Day website or contact Andrew Mercer at 250-807-9360.

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UBC's Okanagan campus to host B.C.
water science strategy talks

Public and community groups invited to participate in province-wide B.C. Water Symposium Aug. 30 to Sept. 1

Experts from a wide range of fields will join with the public and community groups at UBC's Okanagan campus at the end of August to help create a new water science strategy for B.C.

The B.C. Water Symposium, hosted concurrently in three locations across the province (Victoria, Kelowna and Prince George) takes place Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, and is organized by the B.C. Government together with the University of Victoria, UBC's Okanagan campus, the University of Northern B.C., and MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems). Individuals from First Nations, industry, governments, NGOs, community groups and the public are invited to participate.

"A vast amount of water research is occurring in British Columbia, from hydrological modelling to governance, but few opportunities exist for experts in different fields to come together to look at water management issues from a holistic perspective," says Bernard Bauer, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Geography.

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Helping teachers prepare for full-day kindergarten

This year, the Faculty of Education at UBC's Okanagan campus introduces two new post-degree professional programs 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, former Dean of the Faculty 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.

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Hire a student, receive a subsidy

Student wage subsidy programs now available

Faculty and staff now have an opportunity to get a $9-per-hour wage subsidy to hire qualified and energetic students to help with a variety of projects or jobs. Create career-related, on-campus work positions for students through the Work Study (for domestic students) and Work Learn (for international undergraduates) program.

Proposals are now being accepted by the Career Services and Co-op Education Centre for winter student positions. Accepted applications will be subsidized for up to 12 hours per week, from September to April, for a total of 300 hours. Hiring a student through the program is simple:

For this program faculties and departments must pay the student's full wages up-front -- the Work Study and Work Learn program reimburses on a quarterly basis. To find out more, visit the Career Services website or contact Deanna Simmons at 250-807-9250.

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peopleAbu Arif

International Student Services adds new advisor to the team

Abu Arif, International Student Services' new International Student Advisor joined the campus community on Monday.

Arif (preferred name) was born in Bangladesh, raised in India and intellectually grew in Canada. He claims to be a fusion of the east and the west -- at home everywhere, out of place nowhere. Trained in intercultural communication, volunteer recruitment and retention as well as conflict resolution, Arif strongly believes "we become who we are because of other people."

Arif originally came to Canada to attend the University of Windsor as an international student, earning a BA (Hons.) in International Relations and Development Studies and a MA in Political Science in the process. Throughout his academic career Arif was a strong and vocal advocate for international students -- winning him the International Student of the Year Award in 2007 and the Diversity Leadership Award in 2009.

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Equity Advisors Kamilla Bahbahani and Jess Roebuck
Equity Advisors Kamilla Bahbahani and Jess Roebuck

Roebuck is Okanagan campus' newest Equity Advisor

The Okanagan campus is gaining a very familiar face in the Human Rights and Equity Services office this fall. Equity Advisor Kamilla Bahbahani will be on maternity leave at the end of August, with Disability Resource Centre Coordinator Jess Roebuck moving over to the Equity Advisor's role.

As Coordinator of the Disability Resource Centre, Jess facilitated academic supports and services directly to students with disabilities. Jess also has over 13 years of university experience as a student, faculty member and administrator.  Having recently completed his MEd in Post-Secondary Studies, with a specialty in disability and access issues, Jess brings a unique lens to both advocacy and equity to his role as Equity Advisor for the Okanagan campus.

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research spotlightUBC students partner with City of Kelowna to recognize heritage sites
Attending Thursday afternoon's Kelowna Community Heritage Commission meeting were, from left, Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, student researcher Ross Huyskamp, Tun Wong who lived in Kelowna's Chinatown as a child, student researcher Lindsay Amantea, North End Residents Association director Heather Rice, City of Kelowna heritage planner Maria Stanborough, and UBC history professor James Hull.

UBC students partner with City of Kelowna to recognize heritage sites

Undergraduate history students Lindsay Amantea and Ross Huyskamp are working with the City of Kelowna's Community Heritage Commission on research projects to recognize and raise the profile of two important historical sites in downtown Kelowna.

Huyskamp's research focuses on Kelowna's historic Chinatown site -- located in the block bordered by Abbott Street (west), Leon Avenue (north), Water Street (east), and Harvey Avenue/Hwy 97 (south) -- while Amantea's research looks at Kelowna's historic North End, bordered by Broadway Avenue to the north, Bay Avenue to the south, Ellis Street to the west and Richter Street to the east.

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New study finds similarities between personality types of male and female domestic violence perpetrators

A new study published in the August edition of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Abnormal Psychology, is providing a better picture of the roles played by gender, personality and mental illness in domestic violence.

"Intimate partner violence is a major public health concern," says the study's lead author Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Okanagan campus. "Examining subtypes of perpetrators is an important way of learning more about why people are violent in close relationships. Understanding why different people are violent may be crucial for developing new ways to reduce violence in relationships."

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
August 18, 2010

News

UBC brings visionary Richard Florida to Okanagan Sept. 10
Date announced for 2010 President's Town Hall Meeting
Five years of growth for Okanagan campus
Community Day -- volunteer for the fun of it
Okanagan campus to host B.C. water science strategy talks
Helping teachers prepare for full-day kindergarten
Hire a student, receive a subsidy

People

International Student Services adds new advisor to the team
Roebuck is Okanagan campus' newest Equity Advisor

Research Spotlight

UBC students partner with City of Kelowna to recognize heritage sites
New study finds similarities between personality types of male and female domestic violence perpetrators

events

DVC Town Hall, Orientation Fair and Faculty/Staff BBQ

September 1 marks the end of summer for much of the campus community. Kick off the new academic year with a day of annual activities for all faculty and staff.

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Town Hall and Presentation of the Staff Awards of Excellence
    Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Administration Building lecture theatre, ADM 026
  • Orientation Fair
    Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Location: (NEW) University Commons (behind the University Centre)
  • Faculty and Staff BBQ
    Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Location: (NEW) University Commons (behind the University Centre)

To find out more contact the Ceremonies Office.

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Fall Teaching Expo ready to go

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's annual Fall Teaching Expo is fast approaching and organizers are hard at work prepping for this season's biggest on-campus professional development series for faculty members.

The expo -- being held until September 3 -- will feature a mix of teaching with technology sessions and general interest sessions that focuses on teaching practices for post-secondary education. 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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SISC training session organized for Monday

A Student Information Service Centre (SISC) training session will be held next Monday for those who are new to the system or anyone needing a refresher.

SISC is an information system geared to faculty and staff who perform student-related administrative and advising roles on campus. This session will teach participants to use SISC to support registration and academic advising as well as provide an overview of registration screens, bulk section switching, sending emails, and searching the system.

Date: Monday, Aug. 23
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

To register for one of these training sessions, or find out more, contact Diane Dyrdal. Seating is limited so register early. Participants will need to bring Novel and CWL username and passwords.

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Registration still open for Supporting the Caregiver workshop

In September members of the campus community have a good opportunity to find out more about support and resources for those who have care-giving responsibilities for family or friends.

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 UNC 334

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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Reminder: Effective Parenting workshop

Registration is still open for those looking for a workshop that 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 UNC 334

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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Reminder: registration now open for interprofessional conference on childhood and adolescent obesity

Those working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity research have a good opportunity to share research and learn more at the annual Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in October.

Dates: October 27 to 29
Location: Hamilton Convention Centre -- Hamilton, Ontario

To find out more visit the UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education website or call 604-822-7524.

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