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UBC's Okanagan campus celebrates 5th birthday with Community Day this Saturday

UBC's Okanagan campus is holding a special Community Day this Saturday. All Okanagan residents are invited to enjoy fun and informative public events celebrating the campus's fifth anniversary.

Festivities include compelling research talks, free hot dogs and birthday cupcakes, out-of-the-box art activities for the kids, a scavenger hunt, guided tours (for those not of the scavenging kind), and a series of grand centre stage performances from talented students, faculty and staff.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are all invited to join in and bring family and friends alike to help celebrate this fifth birthday in style.

The day's events begin at 11 a.m. in a variety of locations across campus. To find out more visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/communityday.

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Dr. Richard HooperKelowna doctor Richard Hooper recognized at UBC's Alumni Gala Sept. 29

Dr. Richard Hooper, a Kelowna medical doctor and a long-time advocate for comprehensive cardiac services in the Okanagan, will receive the 2010 Community Builder Award from UBC alumni in the Okanagan later this month.

A 1968 graduate of UBC's Faculty of Medicine, Richard (Dick) Hooper was one of three general cardiologists when he arrived in Kelowna in the early 1990s. Today, he is Clinical Program Director for Regional Cardiac Services with Interior Health and will be a contributor to UBC's new Southern Medical Program as a teacher and consultant.

The Community Builder award will be presented by last year's recipient, lawyer Paul Mitchell, at UBC's Okanagan Alumni Endowment Fund Gala, Sept. 29. Each year, the Okanagan Alumni Chapter honours outstanding UBC alumni in the Okanagan who have made and continue to make a difference locally, regionally or globally.

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Stand Up for Mental Health

On Oct 19 depression is a laughing matter at UBC

On October 19 UBC's Okanagan campus welcomes a group of standup comedians with a variety of mental health issues for a comedy show that looks at the lighter side of mental illness -- from taking meds and seeing counsellors to diagnosis and surviving the mental health system.

The comedy organization Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH) teaches people to create and perform original comedy material about their mental health journeys.

"We use comedy to give consumers a powerful voice and help reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental illness," says David Granirer, a counselor and founder of SMH, and standup comic. "With a renewed sense of self-esteem and purpose, our students deliver a compelling message of hope and empowerment."

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Recycling StationMaking recycling more accessible

New recycling stations are now in place across campus, with aims to eliminate all possible recyclable materials from entering the landfill.

The new stations are part of a new program, organized by Facilities Management and the Sustainability Office, which looks to boost recycling compliance and prevent the contamination of materials which are otherwise recyclable.

Every building and hallway now has designated recycling stations with signage that clearly indicates what materials go into the new colour-coded containers. The recycling station waste streams include:

  • Blue bins (paper and plastic): empty coffee cups, paper, #1-7 plastics, uncontaminated paper plates and plastic takeout containers, newspapers and uncontaminated pizza boxes
  • Green Bins (refundables): empty juice boxes, water and pop bottles, pop cans, glass containers
  • Grey Bins (waste): non-recyclable and contaminated materials, including paper plates and cups with food and/or beverage contaminants, broken glass

To find out more contact Sustainability Advisor Sarah Henderson at 250-807-9232.

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Multimedia contest: what does equity and diversity mean for our campus?

All members of the campus community are invited to participate in a new contest that looks to find answers to a very specific question: what does equity and diversity mean for the Okanagan campus?

Any form of media is welcome: photos, videos, sculptures, songs, essays. There are prizes of $500, $250 and $100 for the top-three entries.

The goal of this contest is to help promote equity and what it means at UBC. Submissions will be judged on how best they creatively and thoughtfully meet this goal. Definitions of equity and diversity can be found on the new Okanagan campus Human Rights and Equity Resources wiki.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 8, at 3 p.m.

To make a contest submission, e-mail Equity Advisor Jess Roebuck or bring the submission to room FIP302 of the Fipke Centre. To find out more about the contest visit the Equity Matters website.

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Healthy Workplace Initiative applications being accepted

Is there something that could be done to improve workplace health on campus? Do you want money to start a healthy cooking class, create a departmental health challenge or start a lunchtime walking group?

The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program fund is available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy workplace initiatives and share examples of good practice.

This competition typically funds applications in the range of $5,000. Larger applications will be considered in exceptional circumstances. The next application deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m.

To find out more visit the Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Fund website.

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Leave for Change
Botswanian child doing math homework at Stepping Stones International. Photo by Michelle Lowton

Reminder: Leave for Change registration now open

Travel to faraway places and make a difference. That's what Leave for Change is all about.

Staff members who are thinking about some 'voluntourism' for next year's vacation have a good opportunity in September. UBC and Uniterra -- one of Canada's largest international development organizations -- are now accepting applications from staff members for the Leave for Change program.

Those interested have until September 30 to submit applications. The program offers staff members the opportunity to apply their time and skills in places that are badly needed.

Visit the Leave For Change website for more details about eligibility criteria, the application process, and some frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications this year is Thursday, Sept. 30.

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Reminder: honorary degree nominations close Sept. 30

The Okanagan Senate welcomes the nomination of worthy individuals for honorary degrees. Nominations submitted are considered for UBC honorary degrees to be awarded at the Okanagan campus spring graduation ceremonies next year.

The award of an honorary degree is recognition by UBC of distinguished achievement or of outstanding service. The criteria for the award of an honorary degree are excellence, eminence, and accomplishment.

Any member of the public or the campus community may submit nominations until September 30, 2010. For a full list of nomination criteria and description of the nomination process, please visit the Okanagan Senate's honorary degree website.

To find out more contact Kelly Ross, Manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 250-807-9259.

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Parking Services still has unclaimed parking passes

Faculty and staff are reminded that the Parking Services office still has a large number of unclaimed new parking passes. The office notes that anyone parking on campus without displaying a valid pass will be ticketed or towed. If you booked a pass online but have not yet picked it up, you can do so at the Parking Services office in Cascades A101.

To find out more visit the Parking Services website.

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Free fitness passes available to faculty and staff in September

Start the school year off right and try out one of Campus Recreation's fitness classes at no charge. Sponsored by Human Resources, any faculty or staff member can get their free pass from Jeff Zeitz, Return to Work/Health Promotion Advisor, at 250-807-8183.

To view the schedule for this semester's fitness classes, including a number of new noon-hour class offerings, visit the Campus Recreation website.

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peopleInternational Student Community Achievement Award winners
From left:
International Student Community Achievement Award winners and selection committee members Terri Flanagan, Oliver Szeleczky (award winner), Cigdem Eskicioglu, Suud Nahdi (award winner), Jeannine Kuemmerle, Abu Arif and Manuel Leckel (award winner). Missing are award winners Yolanda Moser, Sim Zijian and Adi Prabowo and committee members John Burton and Jessica Stites Mor.

International Student Community Achievement Award winners announced

Congratulations to this year's six International Student Community Achievement Award winners.

The award recognizes international students who contribute to the local community and excel academically.

"These award winners were chosen specifically because they all demonstrated ability to quickly become important parts of the campus and greater community, as well as create a foundation for others to feel at home," says Terri Flanagan, International Student Advisor. "They made significant contributions to a number of important environmental, economic and social causes, both on and off campus."

This year's International Student Community Achievement Award Recipients are:

  • Manuel Leckel
  • Yolanda Moser
  • Suud Nahdi
  • Adi Prabowo
  • Sim Zijian
  • Oliver Szeleczky

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Geoffrey Cox

New Student Services intern appointed

Geoffrey Cox, a recent UBC graduate, has been selected as the newest intern for Student Development and Advising.

Kuwaiti born, Geoffrey moved to the Okanagan at an early age and spent his K-12 years of schooling in Armstrong. From there he travelled to Waterloo and UBC's Vancouver campus to earn his BSc in integrated sciences.

Geoffrey was chosen for the internship position for his strong work with student development peer and leadership programs in the past few years. In the coming months he'll be working in the Academic Resource Centre in a variety of capacities as well as supporting high-profile events such as the Student Leadership conference in October.

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Christy Mahlberg

Career Centre welcomes new Events Coordinator

The Career Centre welcomed Christy Mahlberg on August 30 as their new Events Coordinator.

Christy is a UBC alumna -- a 2002 graduate from the Vancouver campus with a BA in medieval studies -- who was looking to try something new when she heard about the job opening in Kelowna. "It was an obvious choice to reconnect with UBC, especially in the Okanagan," she says. "Kelowna is the perfect place -- beautiful, fun and full of life.

Her new role will have her organizing a number of high-profile events for the Career Centre, such as the fall Career Fair and a series of skill-building and career education workshops. This is a perfect transition for Christy, having worked the past eight years with Early Music Vancouver as a classical music promotions and events coordinator.

A warm campus community welcome to Christy.

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research spotlight
Lyle Mueller, Director of Aboriginal Programs and Services, and Associate Professor of Mathematics Javad Tavakoli Lyle Mueller, Director of Aboriginal Programs and Services, and Associate Professor of Mathematics Javad Tavakoli.

Math from an Aboriginal perspective

Faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus have designed a new foundational mathematics course that uses an Aboriginal perspective in the application of basic math concepts.

Although specifically geared to Aboriginal students in the Access studies program, the course is open to anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of math by combining Aboriginal thought and traditional mathematical training.

"Math is math -- we're just changing the way we look at math," says Lyle Mueller, director of Aboriginal Programs and Services. "We've designed this course using a fairly common Aboriginal perspective to provide the framework of the lesson."

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workshops

Teaching Squares program begins next Monday

The Centre for Teaching and Learning will facilitate another round of Teaching Squares this fall, beginning next Monday (Sept. 20).

The Teaching Squares program involves a three-week commitment, observing the classes of three other faculty members from diverse content areas. Each Square participant will visit one class per week and will be visited once per week by a square participant. After all visits have been completed, the group reconvenes to discuss what they discovered about their own teaching.

Date: Monday, Sept. 20
Time: 9 a.m.

To find out more contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, at 250-807-9288.

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Team-based learning community of practice

The Team-based learning community of practice will provides faculty with an opportunity to share best practices and network with instructors from other faculties.

A number of faculty members across campus are already using team-based learning in their classrooms -- this community of practice is a good opportunity to learn more from, or share experiences with, colleagues from throughout the campus community.

Date: Monday, Sept. 20
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM044

To find out more contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, at 250-807-9288.

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SSHRC grant reviewer panel workshop

Find out what really happens when a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) standard research grant application is reviewed.

Faculty members who presently or formerly acted as standard research grant reviewers will be on-hand to tell you what happens once an application is submitted. This workshop will provide tips and information on what reviewers are looking for, and common submission errors.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 22
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB304

There is no charge for this session, but online pre-registration is required.

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Teaching peer review workshop

This faculty workshop will review the process of peer review, including a look at typical documentation, pre- and post-observation meetings as well as constructive feedback ideas. A short role-play exercise will also assist participants in the understanding the peer review processes required.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 23
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

To find out more contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, at 250-807-9288.

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Stephen McNeilDATE (discussions about teaching excellence)

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's new season of teaching excellence events restarts this Friday with guest Stephen McNeil, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and the 2009 co-recipient of the Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award.

The DATE (discussions about teaching excellence) will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion begins with an opening from McNeil, who will provide insights into teaching excellence and then open the discussion to the audience.

Date: Friday, Sept. 24
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: TBA

To register or find out more about this discussion visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning events calendar listing.

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RAP workshops in September and October

The Research Assistance Program (RAP) offers students practical ideas on finding, handling, and presenting research information. Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

Saturday, Sept. 25
Rap intensive
Monday, Sept. 27
Mature students and the library
Wednesday, Sept. 29
Finding articles

Thursday, Sept. 30
Collaboration and project management tools
Tuesday, Oct. 5
MS Word and PowerPoint

Everyone is encouraged to promote this free series of workshops to students on campus. For more information or to register for these workshops visit the RAP website.

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FSC training session

This workshop provides interactive and hands-on training for the Faculty Service Centre, UBC's faculty administrative system. Instructors and administrators will learn how to use the system to find class lists, submit grades online and email students.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29
Time: 2 p.m.

To register for this training session, or find out more, contact Diane Dyrdal.

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NSERC grant reviewer workshop

Do you want to know what really happens when a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) discovery grant application is reviewed?

Join NSERC reviewer and UBC Faculty member Gordon Binsted to learn what happens once an application is submitted. This workshop will provide tips and information on what reviewers are looking for, and common submission errors.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, LIB304

There is no charge for this session, but online pre-registration is required.

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Suicide awareness training session being held October 1

Registration is now open for a Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) gatekeeper training session being offered on October 1.

QPR Gatekeeper Training is a suicide prevention program that provides the knowledge needed to reach out to a friend, peer, student, family member, or colleague who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and connect them to resources that will help.

Date: Friday, Oct. 1
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There is no charge for this session. To register, or find out more, contact Tracey Sutton at 250-807-9817.

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Leaders Opportunity Fund workshop

On October 6, Michael Blades, UBC Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Coordinator, will be on campus to provide information about the CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund program. Learn about the program guidelines, eligibility, applications, internal review and selection criteria used by CFI for funding proposals.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART112

There is no charge for this session, but online pre-registration is required.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
September 15, 2010

News

5th birthday Community Day
Alumni Gala recognizes Richard Hooper
Oct 19: depression a laughing matter
Making recycling more accessible
Multimedia contest: equity & diversity
Healthy Workplace Program Fund
Reminder: Leave for Change open
Reminder: honorary degree nominations close Sept. 30
Unclaimed parking passes
Free fitness passes in September

People

International Student Community Achievement Award winners
New Student Services intern
Career Centre welcomes new Events Coordinator

Research Spotlight

Math from an Aboriginal perspective

events

Genome BC info session

Join Genome BC representatives for an informative session on Genome BC's Strategic Plan. Genome BC Presenters include: Rich Howlett, Director of Business Development, Gabe Kalmar, Executive Director of Operations and Pierre Meulien, Chief Scientific Officer.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 15 (today)
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP124

There is no charge for this session, but online pre-registration is required.

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Sexing the sociological imagination: striptease, prostitution and sexual shame unplugged

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Unit Six Speaker Series restarts this year with a presentation featuring Becki Ross, associate professor and Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies program at UBC's Vancouver campus.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 15 (today)
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART114

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Minds and Music

Minds and Music launches 2010-2011 season with two concerts in September

This year's Minds and Music concert series opens with two performances in September.

On September 17, self-taught Chilean jazz bassist Igor Saavedra will be on campus to give a Latin jazz performance.

Immediately following the performance a reception will be held for the Latin American Studies Program and all international students.

On September 30, writer, audio poet, recording artist, arts activist and producer Hilary Peach will be in Kelowna performing selections from her standing repertoire.

Igor Saavedra concert
Date:
Friday, Sept. 17
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

Hilary Peach concert
Date: Thursday, Sept. 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: the Streaming Cafè -- 596 Leon Ave., Kelowna

This concert is free and open to the public. To find out more contact Jessica Stites Mor, Assistant Professor of History, at 250-807-9655.

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Equity Matters logo

Equity Matters campaign launch

Join the Equity Office on September 21 as it celebrates the launch of the Equity Matters campaign, a series of events, workshops, and contests  that aim to put equity and diversity top of mind for the campus community in the coming months.

The campaign launch will feature tons of equity- and diversity-related activities, free swag, learning booths, performances, music and a barbecue. Many campus clubs and services will be on-hand to participate.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 21
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

To find out more about the campaign launch, contact Equity Advisor Jess Roebuck at 250-807-9291 or visit equitymatters.ubc.ca.

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Equity and diversity research: grad student spotlight

In this new series -- part of the Equity Matters campaign -- graduate students from across campus will discuss their current equity- or diversity-related research. On September 23, Tabitha Steager, PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies, will give a talk on the latest findings on her ethnographic research into food and social activism.

Her talk, titled Is Food a Human Right? Connecting Food and Social Justice looks at the economic, social, and political structures that drive the global food system.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 23
Time: 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI247

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To find out more contact Ilya Parkins, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, or Allison Hargreaves, Assistant Professor of North American Indigenous Literatures.

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Research Tea Break

Housing new Canadians in the Central Okanagan

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Research Tea Break Speaker Series is a showcase of the many types of research occurring on campus. Speakers in this series provide a half-hour presentation of their research, followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and the audience.

This year's series restarts with a talk by Carlos Teixeira, Associate Professor of Geography, giving his talk: Housing new Canadians in the Central Okanagan.

This event is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART202

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 205-807-9658.

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United Way logo

The most important meal: United Way Walk-Thru Breakfast on Sept. 30

Each year, the support for the on-campus United Way Campaign kicks off with a Walk-Thru Breakfast. The breakfast is a delicious meal-to-go, which includes homemade baking, juice, fruit, a granola or fruit bar and coffee. With a minimum contribution of just $3, faculty, staff and students can look after not just their own care and feeding, but the needs of the greater community as well.

Join the United Way campaign in the most important meal of the day and watch for in-bag prize slips.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 30
Time: 7:45 to 10 a.m.
Location: various locations across campus

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Diana Burgoyne

FCCS Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Diana Burgoyne

This year's visiting artists' lecture of the 2010-2011 season kicks off with a talk from electronic folk artist Diana Burgoyne.

Burgoyne -- the 2009 Fleck Fellowship at the Banff Centre for the Arts -- has taught creative electronics at Emily Carr University of Art and Design since 1998. She has just finished working on a work entitled Audio Quilt as artist in residence at Vancouver's Roundhouse Community Centre.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 7
Time: 12 noon
Location: Fine Arts and Health building, room FIN227

There is no charge for this event and it is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Creative Studies.

To find out more, contact the department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.

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Healthy aging and chronic disease symposium

Interested in issues surrounding healthy aging while managing chronic disease? Join the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP) for a two-part symposium on October 13.

The morning session will feature a keynote address from Anne Martin-Matthews, Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, followed by a networking opportunity and panel presentation.

Morning session
Time:
8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more contact Caron Currie at 250-807-8072.

In the afternoon session the Research Services Office and the IHLCDP invite you to attend a roundtable discussion on research opportunities with the CIHR Institute of Aging and Health.

Afternoon session
Time:
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM103E

To find out more contact Debbie Stokes at 250-807-9658.

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Kerry Mummery
Kerry Mummery, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta

Community based physical activity promotion: the Australian 10,000 steps experience

Kerry Mummery -- internationally renowned scholar and educator in the area of physical activity and Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta -- will be on campus to give a talk on October 26.

In his presentation he will describe methods used to promote health-related physical activity to communities, using examples from the award-winning Australian 10,000 Steps program.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 26
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP124

This presentation is co-hosted by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease and the Faculty of Health and Social Development's department of Human Kinetics. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public.

To find out more contact Caron Currie at 250-807-8072.

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

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Exchange your information

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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