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newsStudent researcher Chara DeVolder visited remote Papua New Guinea villages to help preserve endangered Indigenous languages.
Student researcher Chara DeVolder visited remote Papua New Guinea villages to help preserve endangered Indigenous languages.

Putting it in writing

Chara DeVolder is helping preserve an Indigenous language by putting it into written form for the first time. The fourth-year anthropology student spent two months this summer in a remote village in Papua New Guinea (PNG), researching how words are created -- the morphology -- and how sentences are formed -- the syntax -- in the Kala language.

DeVolder's research was made possible by the Undergraduate Research Award program, which is sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Endowment from the Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Her $8,000 award included a $6,500 stipend and $1,500 for travel.

Under the direction of UBC researchers and anthropologists John Wagner and Christine Schreyer, DeVolder assisted in working with elders and community leaders from six villages to create a writing system for their language which, until very recently, was entirely oral. She spent the rest of the summer preparing the first draft of a dictionary that she plans to send back to the villages this fall for review.

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Storytelling to help students make choices

Storytelling to help students make choices

Student Recruitment and Advising has launched their brand-new website, In the Know. It's both an online extension to the annual Viewbook and a portal that brings in unique stories from across both campuses.

Now more than ever students are seeking new ways to learn about and connect with post-secondary options. While the latest technologies and social media have a pervasive influence, personal interaction remains highly valued.

One way to bridge that divide is through storytelling. Storytelling is an important way to help prospective students envision themselves within the UBC experience. Stories become relevant to students when they evoke empathy, excitement, inspiration, with some plain old that's-what-I-want-to-do moments.

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Media Centre sparks bold new humanities and
digital media courses

YouTube's slogan boasts "Broadcast Yourself." The slogan at UBC's Okanagan campus could soon become "Broadcast your Learning" with the emergence of the Learning Services Media Centre and its emphasis on teaching and learning new media skills.

"It truly is a collaborative learning environment for everyone on campus," says Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services, describing the Media Centre as a place "where students can take workshops in all aspects of video production, receive assistance in the planning, the producing, the editing, the file management and the broadcasting of videos, and where faculty can collaborate with creative and technical staff in the design of media-based assignments."

With the support of both the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, professors Daniel Keyes and Jessica Stites Mor have been working with staff in the Media Centre to develop a series of workshops and teaching tools that will enable students to create projects using cutting-edge digital communication technologies.

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Handel Wright
Handel Wright

UBC's Handel Wright speaks on diversity and communities Oct. 27 and 28

Handel Kashope Wright, one of Canada's leading cultural diversity researchers, will give two free public talks next week -- one at the Alternator Gallery in Kelowna's downtown on Oct. 27, and another at UBC's Okanagan campus on Oct. 28.

Wright, who holds the UBC Canada Research Chair in Comparative Cultural Studies, is Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education and professor in the Educational Studies Department at UBC's Vancouver campus.

The first talk is from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Alternator Gallery in the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave. Wright will speak about diversity and difference, and the meaning of diversity, with an exploration of Canada's historical shifting stances -- from assimilation to multiculturalism -- and the critiques of each. He will challenge simplistic notions of diversity, and present some comparative "outernational" examples such as Hong Kong and Holland for contrast.

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Hiring university students draws businesses to Career Fair

A sold-out Nov. 2 Career Fair is a good sign for students and employers.

"We're seeing rising demand from employers seeking university students who will be looking for work next spring, or after graduating with their UBC degrees," says Shawn Swallow, Associate Director of Career Services and Co-op Programs.

"It seems the economy is warming up, with interest in hiring students not just in our Career Fair but at employer information sessions and with job postings. We're starting to see employee recruitment getting competitive again, as it was a few years ago."

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Jeff Myers and Rosemary Thompson from the Media Centre sits down to discuss the capabilities of the newly opened space with Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services
Jeff Myers and Rosemary Thompson from the Media Centre sit down to discuss the capabilities of the newly opened space with Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services

Learning Services Media Centre ready to help with your next media-rich project

Opportunities to teach and learn media skills at UBC's Okanagan campus have taken a leap forward with the opening of Learning Services' new Media Centre. Located on the ground floor of the Administration building, the Media Centre includes a state-of-the-art studio, editing and video streaming equipment as well as a 12-station innovation lab.

A program of workshops on topics including production design, use of video equipment, the use of lighting and sound, editing, file management and broadcasting are available to both students and faculty.

Creative and technical staff are available to advise and work with faculty on the design of media-based assignments and to provide training and support to students in the use of media in projects and assignments. Media Centre staff work closely with colleagues in the Library and the Centre for Teaching and Learning to support effective teaching and learning on our campus.

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New loung for faculty and staff (ADM115)
With a rescued wood floor, ceiling tiles re-used from the Library, and a complete recycling station, the faculty and staff lounge is part of the campus sustainability story -- and a great place to enjoy your lunch with friends.

New lounge for faculty and staff (ADM115)

For the past five years, the space formerly known as the Okanagan Room has been used for various functions, but it hasn't been a faculty lounge for a long time. That all changes this Friday morning, when ADM115 opens as a well-appointed new lounge for faculty and staff.

"Faculty and staff told us that they wanted a place that was informal and comfortable, to get together, have lunch and relax," says Jackie Podger, AVP Administration and Finance. "It was a high priority to provide this space and we were able to do that by using existing space and materials."

All faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the new lounge starting with the PitStop on Friday morning. It's located immediately adjacent to the cafeteria in the Administration building. Your Salto proximity access card will get you into the lounge, starting Friday. If you don't have a Salto card, just complete an online key request form. The lounge can be booked for other functions by contacting Jeannine Sali in the Facilities office.

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The Amazing Race returns on Nov. 8

After last year's success, the Amazing Race Health Challenge is returning to UBC on Nov. 8.

This year's race runs for five weeks, with participants collecting points by competing in series of health challenges such as exercising for 30 minutes, cooking something new, sorting out personal finances, completing a crossword puzzle or volunteering. A participant's individual points can also count toward a team total.

Teams may range from three to 10 participants, composed of UBC faculty and staff members.

The grand prize will be awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the challenge. There are also weekly draw prizes.

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Clean Spaces campaign reminds everyone to do the right thingClean Spaces campaign reminds everyone to do the right thing

"You're not at home anymore. Respect your campus and show it some love."

The promotions are cheeky for the new Clean Spaces campaign, but they make a good point. The new campaign looks to remind students that they have a real stake in a clean campus, even appealing to students' bottom line in the case of its vandalism messages.

The campaign targets three specific areas:

The Clean Spaces campaign is an initiative from the Office of the AVP students in collaboration with Campus Life.

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Sustainability House consultations continue

Sustainability House consultations continue

Have a sustainability idea for the home that could make a big difference? Now is the time to speak up. The Sustainability House consultations organized by the Sustainability Office remain open and available online to the campus community.

The campus' input is being sought to help provide a base of ideas about the Sustainability House's design, use and purpose that will help transform from its current state into a model of sustainability.

It is envisioned to be the hub for leading-edge sustainability demonstrations, research, teaching and knowledge mobilization and a place to "build community" on campus, locally and internationally.

To share ideas for the house, or find out more, visit the Sustainability Office website.

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Student Leadership ConferenceRegistration now open for Student Leadership Conference

All student leaders who work or volunteer on campus are invited to attend the fourth annual Student Leadership Conference, being held on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The day's events feature information sessions on a variety of topics led by students, staff and faculty members.

Interested students are encouraged to attend the conference. Attendees will meet student leaders, explore leadership development, group dynamics, team-building activities and more. There is a fee of $15, which covers information packages, a complimentary lunch, as well as refreshments and prizes.

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Deadline approaching for Healthy
Workplace Initiative Program Fund

The next application deadline for the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program fund is quickly approaching, and all faculty and staff are being encouraged to get their applications submitted as soon as possible.

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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United Way logoUnited Way campaign used book sale

A reminder to all the avid readers out there: donations of gently used books are needed for the UBC United Way campaign.

The Office of the AVP Learning Services is collecting and selling gently used books in the Library foyer throughout the fall. Book carts are available for browsing and books will change as donations are made and books are given a home.

Books prices are a steal -- $5 for hard cover, $3 for trade paperback and $1 for paperback.

Book donations may be dropped off in the Office of the AVP Learning Services, room LIB101. To find out more contact Lois Marshall, at 250-807-8545.

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peopleErica Triggs

Alumni and University Relations welcomes
new events and promotions assistant

There's a new face in place in Alumni and University Relations, but she is no stranger to UBC. A warm welcome to Erica Triggs, the campus community's newest Events and Promotions Assistant.

Erica is a recent graduate -- earning her BA in Sociology and Geography this spring -- and was hired on the strength of her big event experience, serving as Orientation Coordinator for Create from 2006 to 2008, as well as her involvement in a number of student support programs such as Go Global and Career Services.

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research spotlightAssistant Professor Graham Brown says the dynamics of an office can be complicated.
Assistant Professor Graham Brown says the dynamics of an office can be complicated.

Staking your office territory

Science knows a lot about how animals mark and defend their territory, but how humans mark and defend their territory is a field far less explored. UBC researcher Graham Brown thinks it could have many practical implications, especially when it comes to how we interact at work.

"The dynamics of an office can be complicated and people often find themselves assuming roles beyond their job description, creating a sense of psychological ownership of a task or an item," says Brown, assistant professor with the Faculty of Management. "But how do people come to assume these roles? How do they communicate them? And what happens when someone else ventures into their 'territory' or infringes on their role?"

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UBC pilot program helps new and expectant dads quit smoking

UBC is about to launch a free eight-week pilot program that brings together new and expectant fathers for a variety of activities specifically for men, aimed at fathering, exercise and tobacco reduction.

Dads in Gear (DIG), which starts in late October, is a program about communicating with men in a way they relate to -- so they feel inspired to make positive lifestyle changes for themselves and their new child, says Joan Bottorff, Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.

"We want to support men in becoming engaged, confident fathers through interactive sessions that not only encourage healthy living but help them become the kind of fathers they want to be," she says.

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workshops

Upcoming Career Centre workshops

Activity in the Career Centre is at an all time high with a wide array of workshops and info sessions in the next few weeks. All sessions are designed to help students build skills, find out more about their futures and future job prospects, network with career professionals and give back to their community.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 (today)
Putting it all together: how will volunteering help me in my career?
Thursday, Oct. 21
BC Human Resources Management Association info session
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Tune up your resume and cover letter

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Tune up your resume and cover letter
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Building your brand
Thursday, Oct. 28
United Way GenNext Committee and LIVE UNITED Youth Project Grants info session

Thursday, Oct. 28
Career café: marketing
Friday, Oct. 29
Networking at the Career Fair
 

All of these sessions take place in the Career Centre (University Centre building, room UNC207). To find out more contact Christy Mahlberg, Career Centre Events Coordinator, at 250-807-8611.

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'Major Decisions' weighed on October 25

Which major is the right fit? Who can help students figure out which classes to take? What kinds of careers will any given degree lead to? How can students squeeze in a trip to Europe before they graduate?

The Major Decisions information session, being held on October 25, has been organized to help students get answers to the academic advising and career answers questions they've been asking.

Students can meet informally with representatives from various faculties and schools to learn about the majors and programs available at UBC's Okanagan campus, and connect with staff from Academic Advising, Go Global and the Career Centre at the same time.

Date: Monday, Oct. 25
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more contact Christy Mahlberg, Career Centre Events Coordinator, at 250-807-8611.

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Continuing Studies Fall CalendarDaytime computer skills courses now available

The fall is the start of something new, and Continuing Studies has a full slate of course offerings that the campus community can take advantage of.

Notable new offerings to UBC staff include the new daytime Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint courses between now and January.

Most employee groups can apply tuition waiver benefits to reimburse or offset the cost of most Continuing Studies courses. Visit the UBC HR Benefits website for more detailed information on particular tuition benefits for your employee group.

To find out more about the available courses being offered this fall visit the Continuing Studies website.

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Promotion and tenure seminar

Faculty members have a good opportunity to find out more about promotion and tenure on November 3 at a special seminar organized by Human Resources entitled, Everything you wanted to know about promotion and tenure, but were afraid to ask.

The seminar will feature:

  • Alaa Abd-el-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal Academic and Research
  • George Athans, Manager of Human Resources and Employee Relations
  • Susan Boyd, Chair of the UBC Senior Appointments Committee
  • Tammy Brimner, Executive Director of Faculty Affairs for the Faulty of Medicine
  • Deena Rubuliak, Membership Services Officer for the UBC Faculty Association

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3
Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART112

The deadline for RSVPs to this event is Wednesday, Oct. 27. To RSVP send your full name, department and rank to humanresources.ubco@ubc.ca.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
October 20, 2010

News

Putting it in writing
Storytelling to help students make choices
Media Centre sparks bold new humanities and digital media courses
UBC's Handel Wright speaks on diversity and communities
Hiring university students draws businesses to Career Fair
Learning Services Media Centre ready to help
New lounge for faculty and staff
Amazing Race returns on Nov. 8
Clean Spaces campaign reminds everyone to do the right thing
Sustainability House consultations continue
Registration now open for Student Leadership Conference
Deadline approaching for Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Fund
United Way campaign used book sale

People

Alumni and University Relations welcomes new events and promotions assistant

Research Spotlight

Staking your office territory
UBC pilot program helps new and expectant dads quit smoking

events

New faculty and staff lounge home to A&UR's Pitstop this Friday

The new faculty and staff lounge is open in the Administration building, and this Friday is a great opportunity to check it out by attending the next Pitstop. Sponsored by Alumni and University Relations, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee this Friday in the Faculty and Staff Lounge (ADM115).

Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person. Proceeds go to the Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

Date: Friday, Oct. 22
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Faculty and Staff Lounge, room ADM115

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Adventures of a cognitive psychologist in legal contexts

Don Read, Chair of Simon Fraser University's Psychology Department, will be on campus October 22 to give a talk about cognitive psychology in a legal context.

Read's recent work in psycho-legal research spans the areas of long-term autobiographical memory for sexual abuse lay understanding of factors that influence the reliability of eyewitness testimony and observer judgements of cues to deception present in perpetrators' descriptions of mock thefts.

Date: Friday, October 22
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART376

This talk is free and open to the public. To find out more contact the Psychology department at 250-807-9528.

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The world is upside down

The world is upside down

Runaway Moon Theatre is on the move this fall touring a new all-ages show, The World is Upside Down. The tour includes an on-campus performance on October 22.

Based in Grindrod, BC, Runaway Moon Theatre has been creating magic theatrical experiences for 10 years now. Under the direction of puppeteer-performer-writer Cathy Stubington, the professional company has produced a variety of original work from one-person traveling 'suitcase' plays to an exquisite site-specific play based on a novel by Nobel prize-winner Jose Saramago.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and are available on campus in the Fine Arts and Health building, office FINA162. The performance is presented with support from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Date: Friday, Oct. 22
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts and Health Building, room FINA144

To find out more visit the Okanagan campus Events Calendar.

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

Experiencing climate change through an interactive virtual world

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.

The series continues with a talk by Aleksandra Dulic -- Assistant Professor of New Media, Video, and 2D Drawing -- giving her talk: Future Delta - Experiencing Climate Change Through an Interactive Virtual World.

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

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 27
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP124

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

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United Way logo

United Way Halloween barbecue

This year's United Way Halloween fundraiser barbecue is being held on October 28. For a $5 minimum donation, get a beef or veggie burger plus beverage, chips and a treat.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 28
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Walkway between Fipke Centre building and Library building

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Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Eric Moschopedis

Eric Moschopedis -- an award winning interdisciplinary performer, facilitator, educator and curator-- will be on campus October 28 to give a talk as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Artist Speaker Series.

Moschopedis creates community-specific, relational, and participatory works that invite audiences to become active collaborators in the creation of community.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 28
Time: 12 noon
Location: Fine Arts and Health Building, room FINA227

To find out more contact the department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9761.

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Critical Studies book launch

To celebrate the recent publishing successes of a number of Critical Studies professors, the department of Critical Studies is holding a book launch on November 5. The launch is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The publications and professors being recognized on November include:

Date: Friday, Nov. 5
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Administration building Sunroom

To find out more contact the department of Critical Studies at 250-807-9399.

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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
This month's UBCO.TV spotlight is a showcase of videos from the 2010 Alumni Endowment Fund Gala.

The videos highlight the stories behind the gala's two award winners as well as the story of this year's endowment fund bursary winner.

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

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