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Remembrance Day Ceremony to be held Nov. 9

UBC's Okanagan campus Remembrance Day ceremony will be next Tuesday, starting at 10:45 a.m. in the campus courtyard. This is the fifth annual Remembrance Day ceremony on campus and combines traditions from UBC and the Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony is organized by students, faculty and staff working with Legion Branch 26.

Remembrance Day Ceremony
Lest We Forget
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 9
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Campus courtyard

There is also an open reception following the ceremony in the Administration building foyer from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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UBC golfer Jen Woods at the Dunes at Kamloops
UBC golfer Jen Woods at the Dunes at Kamloops.

Heat women's golf team back-to-back national silver medalists

The UBC Okanagan Heat women's golf team finished second after the three-day Ping/CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletics Association) Golf National championship held at The Dunes at Kamloops Oct. 12 to 15. This is the second year in a row that the women's golf team has taken home a national silver medal.

Jen Woods and Alana Kent represented the Heat in the team competition, with Martina Osman playing as an individual. The first day saw the two-member team finish second in the overall standings. Woods was in fourth shooting an 81, and Kent shot an 89 -- good enough for 11th place.

Though disappointed with their scores on the first day, Woods and Kent were able to use the experience gained from last year's national tournament -- focusing on the fact that the tournament is three days of competition and that the extra day would enable the golfers to make up those strokes.

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Members of the African Gala organizing team are, from left, Daniela Fast, Louise VanderHoek, Hannah Viejou, and Jessica Witzaney.
Members of the African Gala organizing team are, from left, Daniela Fast, Louise VanderHoek, Hannah Viejou, and Jessica Witzaney.

Nov. 27 African Gala targets funds for Ghana and Zambia

Nursing students from UBC's Okanagan campus are heading to Africa to deliver medical supplies and work with rural health clinics in Ghana and Zambia next February. To do that, they're holding an African Gala fund-raiser on Nov. 27 and hope to raise $20,000.

"We have never managed to raise this much, but this is the first year that we are giving to two countries and we are dreaming big," says Daniela Fast, a fourth- year nursing student and Vice President of the Global Nursing Citizens.

Fast is unable to join the 33 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and two faculty members who will travel to Africa, but she's enthusiastic about helping make the trip possible. "I feel that by being part of this gala, helping to organize it, I can still directly have a part in building a better health care system in Africa," she says.

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Business community and UBC students to hear from leaders in business and finance

The Faculty of Management at UBC is bringing to Kelowna two influential speakers from the Canadian business and finance world for two special dinner events in November designed for the business community and Bachelor of Management students.

Robert Sartor, chief executive officer of the Forzani Group, will speak on Nov. 17, and Jean Boivin, deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, will speak on Nov. 18. Both dinner presentations are at the Capri Hotel.

"These are great examples of how UBC is able to bring internationally recognized speakers to Kelowna," says Ian Stuart, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Management and professor of supply chain management.

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Project GROW's fundraising efforts will provide opportunities for children to receive a formal education.
Project GROW's fundraising efforts will provide opportunities for children in Ghana to receive a formal education.

Project GROW Holiday fundraising in full swing with new Girl Child Education project

This November, a group of fourth year nursing students are working with Project GROW to organize a faculty and staff fundraiser to send young girls to school in Ghana. Project GROW: Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women is a project started in 2007 by students, staff, and faculty at UBC's Okanagan campus to remove barriers to women seeking health care and a better life in rural Ghana.

The total cost of education for a child in Ghana -- from kindergarten through to grade twelve -- $2,000 including uniforms, textbooks, and tuition. This year's fundraising efforts will provide opportunities for children, particularly girls, to receive a formal education.

Donations can be made via cheque or credit card at designated locations around campus and tax receipts are available upon request for donations of $20 or greater.

The Project GROW Girl Child Education fundraiser is running from November 1 to 30.

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Nominations now open for Researcher of the Year and Public Education through Media award

The deadline for nomination packages is fast approaching for a pair of prestigious UBC research awards. Members of the campus community still have until next week, however, to submit a letter of nomination for the Award for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Scholarly Activity and the Provost's Award for Public Education through Media.

The Excellence in Research award recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to research during their appointment. The award consists of a $5,000 cash prize and is presented annually during the Celebrate Research Week Gala.

The Provost's Award for Public Education through Media recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the university and the community by actively and creatively sharing research expertise via the news media.

Faculty members, deans, unit heads, alumni and students are all invited to submit nominations for either award.

  • Monday, Nov. 8
    Deadline for letter of nomination
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30
    Deadline for complete nomination package

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Research Services Office website.

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Woodhaven Eco Art project closes this Saturday

Help close Woodhaven Nature Conservancy for the winter with a walk through the woods filled with treats of image, sound and dance. The Woodhaven walkthrough, part of the Woodhaven Eco Art Project, is this Saturday, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The procession will wind its way through the park and end with the closing of the gates to mark the beginning of winter and the ending of the Woodhaven Eco Art project.

Meet in the parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Woodhaven Nature Conservancy is located at 4711 Raymer Rd. in Kelowna. All are welcome and admission is free, but please note no pets allowed.

The Woodhaven Eco Art Project is supported by the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and the Hampton Fund at UBC. To find out more contact Nancy Holmes at 250-807-9369.

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Teacher of the Year Award nominations now open

Know an outstanding teacher? Nominations are now open for the Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Each year the Okanagan campus acknowledges a faculty member for their contribution to teaching excellence and innovation during the time of their appointment. The award consists of a $5,000 cash prize and is presented during the annual Learning Conference.

Faculty members, deans, unit heads, alumni and students are all invited to submit nominations for the award.

  • Friday, Dec. 17
    Deadline for notification of intent to nominate form
  • Monday, Feb. 21
    Deadline for complete nomination package

To find out more about award terms and criteria, visit the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal Academic and Research website.

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SafeWalk ProgramSafety in numbers: SafeWalk program now available

Don't want to walk alone at night?  Not sure how to get somewhere on campus?

SafeWalk is a free foot patrol service that is available to all members of the campus community. SafeWalk has teams that will meet students, staff or faculty members and accompany them anywhere on campus.

The SafeWalk service is available from 6 p.m. to midnight every day. The service can be accessed by calling 250-807-8076 or by using one of the blue emergency phones on campus.

SafeWalk is a joint partnership between Campus Life and Campus Security. To find out more visit the SafeWalk program website.

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Equity Enhancement Fund applications due Nov. 15

Members of the campus community have until November 15 to apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund -- a program established to help provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC.

Examples of previous funding initiatives include:

  • hiring a consultant to design and offer diversity workshops for a unit's specific needs
  • purchasing resource material or funding invited speakers on diversity issues
  • developing a program to enhance employment opportunities for historically disadvantaged groups

The guidelines for the fund can be viewed on the Equity Enhancement Fund Guidelines website.  The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the unit or department head.

To find out more, or submit a proposal, contact Associate Vice President Equity Tom Patch.

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Mentor volunteers needed for Canspell competition

For the second year, UBC is coordinating a mentoring program to support local teachers as they prep their spelling stars for Canspell National Spelling Bee competition. Volunteers with a love of words and the time to mentor at a local school from mid-November through January are needed to run spellers' study groups and, in some cases, coordinate school spelling bees.

Alumni, faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate. Study groups take place at least once per week for one hour. Scheduling is flexible and will be worked out between volunteers and their schools. Groups run for approximately ten weeks.

This is an opportunity to lend a hand to and connect with local teachers, schools and kids. Anyone who enjoys bright minds and is looking for an entertaining and heart-warming volunteer experience should contact Erica Triggs in Alumni and University Relations to sign up or find out more.

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Official transcripts now available for pickup on campus

Student Information and Services has added a new transcript printing service for the campus community this fall. Previously only available to order via the Vancouver campus Transcript Office, printed official transcripts are now available for pickup on-campus.

The transcripts are available for $7.47, including tax, payable by cheque, debit or credit card. Photo identification is required to complete all in-person transcript requests.

To order transcripts, individuals need to:

  • visit Student Information and Services, in University Centre building (room UNC206)
  • complete the Official Transcript Order form located at the front desk
  • provide payment cheque, money order, debit card, VISA, or MasterCard
  • provide all required information

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Amazing Race Wellness Challenge hits the road

The Amazing Race Wellness Challenge gets underway next week, and race organizers are putting out one last call to the campus community to get registered as soon as possible.

The race -- a campus-wide five-week marathon of health challenges -- involves teams of at least three people collecting points by competing and collecting points for healthy lifestyle choices.

The team with the most points at the end of the competition in December will be declared champion and receive the grand prize -- a choice of a Nintendo Wii, two massage chairs or a $400 catered lunch). Participants will also be eligible for weekly draw prizes.

The challenge begins on Monday, Nov. 8. To sign up a team contact a "Challenge Rep."

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Building SustainAble CommunitiesStudent sponsorships available for SustainAble
Communities conference

The Office of the Provost and the Sustainability Office have provided $2,000 in sponsorship to enable 50 students to attend the Fresh Outlook Foundation's Building SustainAble Communities conference that's taking place in Kelowna from November 15 to 18.

To register for the conference, students only need to visit the online Building SustainAble Communities registration form and fill-in their details.

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peopleHuman kinetics researcher Phil Ainslie in the lab.

UBC Human Kinetics professor Phil Ainslie
receives national award

Phil Ainslie, Associate Professor of Human Kinetics at UBC's Okanagan campus, has received the Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).

The award is presented annually to one outstanding CSEP member who received their PhD or MD degree within the past 10 years. The individual must be acknowledged to have an excellent reputation throughout Canada and to have achieved notable international recognition.

"Ainslie's excellent publication record and novel contributions to the field of exercise physiology are features that place him among the top new investigators in Canada," says Audrey Hicks, president of CSEP. "We are very pleased that our Society is represented by such a high caliber of investigators."

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Conferences and Accommodation staff celebrate at the annual Canadian University and College Conference Organizers Association conference. From left: Peggy Walker, Suzanne Nazareno, Debbie Harding and Jen Neilands
Conferences and Accommodation staff celebrate at the annual Canadian University and College Conference Organizers Association conference. From left: Peggy Walker, Suzanne Nazareno, Debbie Harding and Jen Neilands.

Nazareno honoured at conference organizer's conference

Suzanne Nazareno, Manager of Conferences and Accommodation, was awarded the Members Choice Award from the Canadian University and College Conference Organizers Association (CUCCOA), which she received on October 6, at the annual conference held in Victoria, B.C.

The CUCCOA Members Choice Award is an open award category for members to recognize colleagues for their outstanding work. Suzanne was nominated for the contributions she's made to the growth and organization of Conferences and Accommodation, as well as for her continued vision, hard work, support and willingness to mentor colleagues.

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Leah Sanford

Student Development and Advising welcomes new English Language Centre coordinator

A warm campus community welcome to Leah Sanford, the Student Development and Advising team's new English Language Centre Coordinator.

Leah will lead the new English Language Centre (ELC), focusing on developing programming to support academic success for students at all levels -- from first-year undergraduates, to PhD students -- whose first language is not English.

ELC Support programs will include LPI prep workshops, grammar and essay instruction, one on one appointments, peer tutoring, conversation practice, as well as presentation and group work coaching.

Leah is a diversity and intercultural specialist who brings years of experience working with international education programs at Okanagan College and Langara College. Leah is also a graduate of Royal Roads University, earning her MA in international and intercultural communications.

Leah, and the English Language Centre, can be found in the University Centre building (room UNC207I).

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research spotlightFourth-year biochemistry student Mariana Galata and Associate Professor of Chemistry Cedric Saucier are in the process of making the first bottles of wine to come from UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Fourth-year biochemistry student Mariana Galata and Associate Professor of Chemistry Cedric Saucier are in the process of making the first bottles of wine to come from UBC's Okanagan campus.

UBC's Okanagan campus makes its first bottles of wine

A UBC 2010 Pinot Noir is the first wine made at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The winemaking is an experiment to better understand how nitrogen in grape fertilization influences the quality of wine.

Grapes used for the wine were harvested from a controlled field experiment in Oliver, B.C. Half of the vines were left untouched, while the other half of the vines -- known as the controlled sample -- received less fertilization (nitrogen).

"Nitrogen is important to the growing process as it not only impacts the grape-growing ability of a vine but also can affect the level of yeast metabolism in the winemaking process," says Cedric Saucier, associate professor of chemistry, adding that wine makers in the Okanagan are particularly interested in the question.

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workshops

Upcoming Centre for Teaching and Learning workshops

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's fall program is in full swing, and throughout the next while faculty members have an excellent opportunity to find out more about instructional strategies, WebCT Vista, course design and internal grant application processes.

Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

Friday, Nov. 5
Successful Instructional Strategies
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Drop-in session: WebCT Vista Wednesdays
Friday, Nov. 26
WebCT Vista Gradebook

Tuesday, Nov. 30
Internal Grant Applications
Monday, Dec. 6
Just in Time Course Design

There is no charge for any of these sessions, but online but online pre-registration is required. To find out more visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Career Centre workshops and info sessions

The Career Centre is hosting a number of career-related workshops and info sessions for students throughout November. Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 9
    Working in the federal government
  • Friday, Nov. 19
    Career Café: pharmacy
  • Thursday, Nov. 25
    Career Café: green careers

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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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's new season of teaching excellence events continues in November with guest Patricia Lasserre, co-recipient of the 2010 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 Lasserre, who will provide insights into teaching excellence and then open the discussion to the audience.

Date: Friday, Nov. 19
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART110

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

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Science with impact

Interested in doing science outreach with youth? Let's Talk Science is holding an on-campus Science with Impact Workshop on November 26.

The workshop -- facilitated by Niamh Kelly, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC's Vancouver campus -- prepares participants with the skills and strategies to do engaging hands-on activities with Canada's young people.

Date: Friday, Nov. 26
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART104

There is no charge for this workshop, but pre-registration is required. To register or find out more contact Nicole Kaiser at 1-877-474-4081.

This workshop is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Synapse - Youth Connection program.

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Managing Stress and Anxiety

This workshop will focus on signs, symptoms, and prevention strategies for the stress and anxiety that faculty members might experience leading up to and engaging in the tenure and promotion process.

In this workshop presenter and registered psychology John Dorward will provide participants with take-home tools to help manage stress and anxiety. Dorward is known as a facilitator with a pragmatic and helpful approach to psychological matters. His presentations provide practical and lively lessons.

Date: Wednesday Dec. 1
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART120

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Human Resources, there is no charge for this workshop.

To RSVP, or find out more, contact Lynne McPherson.

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goBEYOND Teach-In: climate solutions, from the classroom to the community

In this information session, participants can find out what they need to know about the goBEYOND Teach-In that is happening at university campuses around the world from January 17 to 28. The 2011 teach-in will focus on the creation and sharing of knowledge from each discipline to tackle climate challenges together.

At this session, the Centre for Teaching and Learning will present simple strategies to use in the classroom to participate in the Teach-In.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI253

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

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Introduction to Video Production

In this two-day workshop, Media Specialists Rosemary Thompson and Jeff Myers will cover the various elements of video production involved in communicating effectively -- whether for promotion, documentation or presentation purposes.

Participants will learn to plan projects, take great footage and edit video.

Date: Dec. 6 and 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Administration building Media Centre, room ADM011

This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Participants must commit to both days. There is no charge for this event, but online pre-registration is required.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
November 3, 2010

News

How will you remember?
Heat women's golf team back-to-back national silver medalists
Nov. 27 African Gala targets funds for Ghana and Zambia
Business community and UBC students to hear from leaders in business and finance
Project GROW Holiday fundraising in full swing with new Girl Child Education project
Nominations now open for Researcher of the Year and Public Education through Media award
Woodhaven Eco Art Project Closes this Saturday
Teacher of the Year Award nominations now open
Safety in numbers: SafeWalk program now available
Equity Enhancement Fund applications due Nov. 15
Mentor volunteers needed for Canspell competition
Official transcripts now available for pickup on campus
Amazing Race Wellness Challenge hits the road
Student sponsorships available for SustainAble Communities conference

People

UBC Human Kinetics professor Phil Ainslie receives national award
Nazareno honoured at conference organizer's conference
Student Development and Advising welcomes new English Language Centre coordinator

Research Spotlight

UBC's Okanagan campus makes its first bottles of wine

events

What's a professor of rural teacher education?

Linda Farr-Darling will be on campus today to engage the campus community in a teaching and scholarship seminar entitled: What's a professor of rural teacher education and what does she do?

Linda works with a community of teacher educators, graduate students and teacher candidates to integrate teaching, research and rural outreach in her role as the "rural professor."

Farr-Darling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy at UBC's Vancouver campus. In 2007 she began teaching and coordinating UBC's Satellite Teacher Education Program in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3 (today)
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: DVC Board Room, Administration building, room ADM102

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Master of Management info session

The Faculty of Management -- in alliance with the Sauder School of Business -- is now offering the Master of Management program. The Master of Management degree provides a general foundation in business and management to individuals with bachelor's degrees in non-business disciplines.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3 (today)
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC207

To attend this session those interested can RSVP with name, email address and current program of study to mm.ubco@ubc.ca or 250-807-9644.

To find out more visit: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/mm

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Ethiopian coffee celebration

Join International Programs and Services today in the Arts atrium for some Ethiopian coffee, music, food and celebrations.

Ethiopia's coffee ceremony is an integral part of the social and cultural life in the country. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect and is an excellent example of hospitality.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3 (today)
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

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Latin American research colloquium being held throughout November

The campus community has a good opportunity to find out more about Latin America in November with the Latin American and Iberian Studies Research Colloquium.

  • Thurs, Nov. 4
    Organizing Mexican and Latino Workers in the Okanagan Valley
    Presenter: Sandra Martinez, labour organizer with the Agricultural Workers Alliance and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union
  • Thursday, Nov. 18
    Documentalismo and the Transnational: Argentine Political Filmmaking, Solidarity, and Social Movements, 1989-2004

    Presenter: Jessica Stites Mor, Assistant Professor of History

Both talks take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Arts building (room ART104).

To find out more contact James Rochlin, Director of the Latin American Studies program, at 250-807-9388.

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Woodhaven Border Patrol

Culture/Power Speakers discuss border patrol at Woodhaven Nature Conservancy

Two performance artists and graduate students will present two free public talks in Kelowna this.

Nicole Cormaci and Lara Howarth, both pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees at UBC, are speaking at the university on November 4 and at the Alternator Gallery on November 5.

The artists will speak about the Woodhaven Customs and Border Patrol project, which they describe as "an examination/performance of the border between civilization and wilderness."

Exploring issues of Wilderness, Ecology, Memory and Power through Performance
Date:
Thursday, Nov. 4
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP121

Woodhaven Customs and Border Patrol: An examination/ performance of the border between civilization and wilderness
Date:
Friday, Nov. 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Alternator Gallery -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

To find out more contact David Jefferess, Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies, at 250-807-9359.

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Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium

5th annual Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is presenting the annual Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium on November 9.

The symposium -- a showcase of the 2010 Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) recipients -- is a great opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the research being carried out by the Barber School's undergraduate students.

The URA program, sponsored by the Barber School Endowment Fund, gives undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue innovative and original research as part of their learning experience at UBC.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 9
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

This event is free and open to everyone. To find out more visit the Barber School Undergraduate Research Awards website.

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Research seminar: the health and well-being of men who have sex with men in B.C.'s interior

Part of the Partnerships in Research Series, the Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention is putting on a research seminar for health researchers and the general public on November 16.

The seminar, entitled Improving the Health and Well-Being of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Interior of British Columbia, is being presented by Susan Holtzman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Daryle Roberts, Executive Director of the Living Positive Resource Centre.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre, room UNC334

This event is free and open to the public.

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November Biology Seminar Series events

The Biology Seminar Series is offering two events in November for the campus community. First up on November 17 is Max Jones, an Okanagan campus PhD student, who will be presenting the latest findings in his Chemistry thesis.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 17
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART112

The next week, the series continues with Kevin Beiler, an Okanagan campus PhD student, who will be giving the talk: Untangling the wood-wide web: spatial ecology of Rhizopogon vesiculosus and R. vinicolor fungal genets in a mixed-aged interior Douglas-fir forest.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 24
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART112

These talks are free and open to the public.

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International Student Day

Celebrate the international students on campus -- and the launch of the inaugural edition Kaleidoscope, a new newsletter from International Programs and Services -- at International Student Day on November 17.

The event will feature an international student parade throughout campus. At the parade's end, participating students will be called into the centre of the courtyard by a representative of the Okanagan Nation. The event will finish with a reception in the Arts atrium.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 17
Time: Parade at 4:30 p.m., reception at 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

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United Way bake sale and silent auction

Bargain hunters and early holiday shoppers take note: the annual United Way silent auction and bake sale is fast approaching. This year's action features a wide range of fun and useful items to bid on.

Right next door to the silent auction you'll find the bake sale, featuring an array of homemade baking for healthy snackers and sweet-tooths alike.

All proceeds from this event will go to the UBC United Way campaign.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 18
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

Donations: pre-wrapped baked goods can be dropped off in the Fipke foyer before 9 a.m. on Nov. 18. silent auction donations are also welcome. To find out more contact Lindsay Peruniak, at 250-807-8203.

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George Bowering

FCCS Visiting Author Series: George Bowering

UBC's Department of Creative Studies is proud to present an evening with one of BC's most beloved writers: George Bowering.

Bowering -- born and raised in the Okanagan Valley -- has lived here and there and everywhere, but is currently residing in Vancouver. The author of more than 90 books, Bowering has won the Governor General's award for both fiction and poetry, served as Canada's first Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2002 to 2004 and is well-known for his works Kerrisdale Elegies and Burning Water.

His most recent fiction is the short story collection The Box and the poetry collection My Darling Nellie Grey.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Streaming Café -- 596 Leon Ave., Kelowna

There is no charge for this event, and it is open to everyone. To find out more contact the Department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.

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Who will act badly in toxic situations?

Sadism in extreme and everyday situations

Don Dutton, Head of the Forensic Psychology Lab at UBC's Vancouver campus, will be on campus on November 19 to give a talk on his latest research into sadism and toxic war environments.

Examining the descriptions of behaviour of combat troops in toxic war situations has caused Dutton to re-evaluate forensic explanations for extreme violence. Japanese combat troops in China, and US troops in Viet Nam and Iraq have raped civilian women, tortured civilians and collected body parts. Is this just obedience to authority? Or do these situations reveal some darker sociobiological force at work?

Date: Friday, Nov. 19
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART376

To find out more about this talk contact the Psychology department at 250-807-9528.

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Winter Family Gathering Pow Wow

Annual Pow Wow organized for Nov. 20

All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 16th annual Winter Family Gathering Pow Wow, being held on November 20.

With activities for everyone -- including drumming, dancing, arts, and crafts -- this year's event will feature a special presentation by the Lake Country Native Association's Rainbow Hoop Dancers. The time-honoured event will begin with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m., lead by host drum Little Hawk, as well as a traditional dinner starting at 5 p.m.

This drug and alcohol free event is organized in partnership with Lake Country Native Association and UBC Aboriginal Programs and Services.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 20
Time: 1 to 8 p.m.
Location: Winfield Memorial Hall -- 10130 Bottom Wood Lake Rd., Winfield

To find out more contact Dan Odenbach, Aboriginal Program Administrator, at 250-807-9376.

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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.

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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:

  • Library policies with Petey
    Petey the Peacock walks viewers through library policies, and his story of love.
  • Community Day dance flash mob
    Those who attended Community Day were treated with a special surprise dance flash dance mob, set to the tune of Roy Orbison's Ooby Dooby. Relive the fun.
  • Library tour
    A tour of the Okanagan campus library and its services.

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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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