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newsNonis Sports Field has full-field lighting for night use. (Credit: Rob Brown)
Nonis Sports Field has full-field lighting for night use. (Credit: Rob Brown)

Nonis Sports Field officially opened

The University of British Columbia and community outdoor sports programs scored a big field goal on November 8, with the official opening of the Nonis Sports Field.

The facility includes a 153m by 75m artificial turf sports field, 300-seat bleachers, team rooms and washrooms, and full-field lighting. It was made possible by a $500,000 gift to the university from the Nonis family of Kelowna, and $213,333 from the Government of Canada's Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, a major job-creating investment from Canada’s Economic Action Plan. UBC funded the remainder of the $1.2-million initiative.

"This artificial field extends our season dramatically," said Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation, at the opening ceremony. "We are extremely grateful to the entire Nonis family, whose support has provided the facilities to run our Heat soccer and community recreational soccer further into the fall and earlier in the spring, as well as add ultimate Frisbee, an intramural rugby program, and many other field sports as the community's needs change over time."

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A new Centre for Scholarly Communications is being established at UBC's Okanagan campus with support from Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal, and Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President, Learning Services.
A new Centre for Scholarly Communications is being established with support from Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal, and Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President, Learning Services.

Okanagan campus creating Centre for Scholarly Communication

The Centre for Scholarly Communication, a new two-year pilot initiative, will provide graduate students with opportunities to learn advanced writing skills and support them in sharing their research findings in the digital world.

"Preparing for publication in an open-access or digital environment presents unique challenges," says Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President Learning Services.

"Our goal in opening the Centre for Scholarly Communication is to ensure that our graduate students at both the master's and PhD levels are adept at all forms of academic writing, be it an academic paper, a thesis or a dissertation, and that they can communicate their research findings effectively using both traditional and new digital tools and digital media."

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Fourth-year UBC Human Kinetics student Shaun Crowell takes the blood pressure of a client at COACH as part of his volunteer work term.
Fourth-year UBC Human Kinetics student Shaun Crowell takes the blood pressure of a client at COACH as part of his volunteer work term.

UBC Human Kinetics students put skills to the test

UBC Human Kinetics students are out in the community getting hands-on work experience by volunteering their skills to various organizations in the Okanagan.

A group of nearly 50 fourth-year students, who will be the first cohort to graduate from the Human Kinetics program next June, are working at gyms and sports organizations, schools, private health clinics, non-profit societies and public health organizations.

"We've had fabulous reception from people in the community," says Sally Willis-Stewart, assistant professor of Human Kinetics. "It has been a very rewarding situation for both our students and the organizations involved.

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Is CBC's Mercer Report coming to campus?

Rick Mercer and his CBC crew may visit campus next spring, if the campus community continues to support a campaign to fund mosquito nets for Africa.

On Oct. 19, Mercer announced to a national audience that UBC's Okanagan campus is the current leader in Spread the Net, a competition to raise funds for the malaria-fighting nets. One bed net costing $10 can protect a child from Malaria.

To get involved or contrbute, contact fourth-year Nursing student Maridel Constantino.

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Follow us: UBC news anywhere, any time

Looking for the latest information and news about UBC's Okanagan campus? Your options are now greatly expanded.

A news portal has recently been developed for the Okanagan campus (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/). The portal is set up to be easily viewable on most mobile devices -- giving students, faculty and staff access to the latest news anywhere, at any time.

Okanagan campus news is now available via facebook (facebook.com/ubconews) and Twitter (twitter.com/ubconews). These pages give the campus community access and the ability to share the latest UBC-related news on the world's most popular social media platforms.

Alumni and University Relations has also created a new Social Media at UBC webpage for those looking for new ways to follow the latest developments at UBC via social media.

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Save-a-cup day organized for November 18Save-a-cup day organized for tomorrow

Join the campus community tomorrow for a free cup of coffee.

Starting at 7:30 a.m., the first 150 reusable mug holders will receive a free Tim Horton's coffee or steeped tea (up to a $2 value).

This year's waste audit, held on October 5, revealed that single-use disposable cups make up 25 per cent of the campus' total landfill material. Each year 1.6 billion takeout coffee cups end up in landfills in Canada. Reusable mugs can help to greatly reduce this number.

Empty paper coffee cups can be recycled by throwing them in the blue paper and plastic recycling bins across campus. To find out more about recycling and waste management on campus visit the Sustainability Office website.

Save-a-cup day is organized by Facilities Management, Aramark, the Sustainability Office and fourth-year nursing students Kristi Kirik, Iris Boateng, Donna Moberg, and Kristina Pap.

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Amazing Race Wellness Challenge update

The second week of the Amazing Race Wellness Challenge is underway with over 15 teams participating from the Okanagan campus this year.

Of the more than 70 teams participating across both campuses this year, three from the Okanagan are already in the top 10. Congratulations go out to OK All For One, OK Readers of the Pack, and OK Party and Exercise. Keep up the good work.

This week's Challenge Detour is a viewing of the international hit documentary Fast Food Nation (tomorrow in the University Centre Movie Theatre, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Challenge participants will continue to receive the latest updates directly via email, but to find out more about the challenge contact Crystal Volk at 250-807-8833.

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Exam Jam: Academic Resource Centre launches new study support program

The Academic Resource Centre and Campus Life have come up with an ambitious idea to help students get ready for exam season: Exam Jam.

Exam Jam is an all-day program running December 6, featuring a mix of academic and non-academic activities that offer students opportunities to review course material as well as attend health-minded study breaks and activity sessions.

Classrooms and lecture halls have been pre-booked to provide faculty members, teaching assistants, tutors and supplemental learning leaders with a place to hold exam-review and study group sessions.

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SafeWalk ProgramReminder: SafeWalk Program available to campus community

Safety in numbers

Studying late? Teaching a lab that runs well into the evening? Give Safewalk a call and don't walk alone.

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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peopleDr. José Luis Pech Várguez, Rector of Universidad de Quintana Roo, and Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus, are working to build on a university partnership that fosters international student learning opportunities.
José Luis Pech Vàrguez, Rector of Universidad de Quintana Roo, and Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC's Okanagan campus, are working to build on a university partnership that fosters international student learning opportunities.

UBC Spanish Summer Field School sends students to Mexico

Faculty at UBC's Okanagan campus have created a Spanish Summer Field School that offers undergraduate students the opportunity to take a UBC class at the University of Quintana Roo in Mexico.

Spanish professor Grisel María García Pérez, who helped establish the Spanish Summer Field School, says the course places an importance on language-culture awareness, and provides students with a unique learning experience in a peer-supported, faculty-supervised network.

"The Spanish Summer Field School links second language instruction with international experience and intense intercultural contact," says García Pérez. "By providing students with intercultural encounters in a Spanish environment their intercultural awareness, their communicative competence in general, and their oral fluency in particular, will improve."

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Students Kevin Alexander and Gagan Jaswal receive their Air Canada voucher from Ian Cull, AVP, Students. Missing from the photo is voucher winner Sonja Brenner.
Students Kevin Alexander and Gagan Jaswal receive their Air Canada voucher from Ian Cull, AVP Students. Missing from the photo is voucher winner Sonja Brenner.

Survey participants win travel vouchers

Congratulations go out to this year's New to UBC survey draw prize winners.

All students registered in undergraduate degree programs were invited to complete the New to UBC survey in August. Every survey response was then entered into a draw for free Travel CUTS vouchers.

The New to UBC survey asks a variety of questions in some targeted areas, such as obstacles and supports for success, volunteer work and student life on campus. Data from the survey is being used to help student-related service providers on campus understand any transition issues that impact first-year students and will help inform the development of future services.

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research spotlightUBC professor Roger Shiner is working to prove his theory that corporations should be held to the same standards of accountability for criminal offences as a person is.
Roger Shiner is working to prove his theory that corporations should be held to the same standards of accountability for criminal offences as a person is.

UBC professor building a case for corporate criminal intent

Guilty minds and criminal intent are not just for people, says Philosophy prof. Roger Shiner. He's making a case that these legal concepts ought to apply to corporations.

Shiner is working to prove his theory that corporations should be held to the same standards of accountability for criminal offences as a person is. He received $67,466 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to develop his theory for the criminalization of corporate wrongdoing.

"Corporations can cause harm in much the same way that human beings cause harm," explains Shiner. "Our legal system is a public mechanism for holding individuals accountable for the harm that they do, especially the criminal law."

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workshops

Alex MacKay, professor with the departments of radiology and physics and astronomyTenure and promotion mentor on campus this Friday

Faculty members in science, applied science and health science disciplines interested in tenure and promotion advice are able to book mentorship sessions with Alex MacKay on Friday.

MacKay -- a joint professor with the departments of radiology and physics and astronomy in Vancouver -- is one of several faculty members offering tenure and promotion guidance for the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program on campus.

The Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program offers interested faculty members the opportunity to meet with a group of tenured faculty volunteers one-on-one who can share their experience and provide helpful advice on how to navigate the timelines and documentation required for the tenure and promotion process.

December mentoring sessions also available

Another session is offered on Friday, Dec. 10, featuring Antony Hodgson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the Vancouver campus.

To find out more visit the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program website.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)
set for this Friday

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's teaching excellence series continues in November with guest Patricia Lasserre, co-recipient of the 2010 Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award.

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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Centre for Teaching and Learning workshops in November

WebCT Vista Gradebook

In this workshop, participants will learn how to set up Vista Gradebook, create columns and calculate formulas.

Date: Friday, Nov. 26
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM013

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

Internal Grant Applications

This workshop will inform and assist faculty members about the internal grants application process that is in place at the Okanagan campus.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 30
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

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

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Reminder: registration still open for video production workshop

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.

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 17, 2010

News

Nonis Sports Field officially opened
Okanagan campus creating Centre for Scholarly Communication
UBC Human Kinetics students put skills to the test
Is CBC's Mercer Report coming to campus?
Follow us: UBC news anywhere, anytime
Save-a-cup day organized for tomorrow
Amazing Race Wellness Challenge update
Exam Jam: Academic Resource Centre launches new study support program
Reminder: SafeWalk Program available to campus community

People

UBC Spanish Summer Field School sends students to Mexico
Survey participants win travel vouchers

Research Spotlight

UBC professor building a case for corporate criminal intent

events

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.

  • Thursday, Nov. 18
    Documentalismo and the Transnational: Argentine Political Filmmaking, Solidarity, and Social Movements, 1989-2004

    Presenter: Jessica Stites Mor, Assistant Professor of History
  • Thursday, Nov. 25
    Andean Diplomatic Crisis and Security Dilemma Since March 2008: Why Juan Manuel Santos Succeeded Where Álvaro Uribe Failed
    Presenter: Julian Torres, Latin American and Iberian Studies PhD candidate

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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Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday

Sponsored by the Career Centre, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Nov. 19, for Pitstop.

Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, Nov. 19
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: The Career Centre, University Centre building, room UNC207

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Holiday celebrations tree decorating party being held next Wednesday

The students, faculty and staff of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are holding an early festive celebration for the campus community next week.

All are invited to join in the fun on November 24. The party will feature refreshments, snacks and tree decorating fun for the whole campus community.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building foyer

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

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

Understanding the social fabric of rural palliative care

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 Barb Pesut, Assistant Professor of Nursing, giving her talk: Necessary Neighbours: Understanding the Social Fabric of Rural Palliative Care.

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

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 24
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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Herschel studies of star formation

James DiFrancesco, an astronomer from Canada's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, will be presenting an on-campus talk on November 24 entitled, Herschel Studies of Star Formation.

DiFrancesco will be discussing the latest results from the Herschel Space Telescope, which give new clues about the early phases of star formation.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 24
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART110

To find out more contact Erik Rosolowsky, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, at 250-807-9623.

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Bangladesh night

Bangladeshi students are going all-out on November 24, offering a full spread of delicious Bangladeshi dishes to share with the campus community in celebration of their home country.

Bangladesh night will feature spicy food, musical performances and a Bangladeshi fashion show. The fun begins at 5 p.m. in the Arts building atrium.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 24
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

There is no charge for this event and it is open to everyone. To find out more contact Terri Flanagan, Manager of International Programs and Services, at 250-807-9276.

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It Only Hurts When
You Laugh

The Rugby Club is presenting It Only Hurts When You Laugh, a comedy night fundraiser on November 26.

This event will feature local performer and radio personality Rob Balsdon along with Kelowna-based comic Caleb Campbell.

Tickets are $5 for Rugby Club members and $10 per person, or $15 for two, for non-club members. They are available for purchase on-campus at the equipment desk in the gymnasium and the Health and Dental desk in the University centre building.

Date: Friday, Nov. 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Administration building lecture theatre, room ADM026

Refreshments and popcorn will be available for purchase at the event. To find out more contact Natalie Kloosterman at 250-864-6648.

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Understanding and responding to wandering associated with dementia

The Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and the Faculty of Health and Social Development are putting on a dementia research seminar for health researchers and the general public on November 29.

The seminar will feature Elizabeth Beattie -- Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology -- who will talk about her latest research on wandering associated with dementia.

Date: Monday, Nov. 29
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP204

This seminar is free and open to the public.

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Practising sustainability: our campus is a living laboratory

The Faculty of Management is holding an interactive poster session next Tuesday to showcase the sustainability efforts of their fourth-year students.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 30
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke centre foyer

To find out more contact Luc Audebrand, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Organization Studies, at 250-807-9675.

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German Culture Day

Wednesday, Dec. 1, is German Culture Day on campus. Students in the Beginners' German class (GERM100) are putting together small-scale exhibitions on various aspects of German culture.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., students will provide information on specific topics, food, and have various games set up. It will be followed by Little German Christmas, during which the community is invited to join with students in carol singing until about 11:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

To find out more contact Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies, at 250-807-8635.

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Reclaiming the visceral imagination

Celeste Snowber is the next speaker in the Faculty of Education's Stirring Minds Series. She will be on campus on December 8, presenting her talk: We've got footnotes down, what happened to the bodynotes? Reclaiming the visceral imagination.

Snowber is a dancer, writer and Associate Professor of Education from Simon Fraser University. Her research looks at issues of embodiment, dance education, as well as narrative, performative and poetic inquiry.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART204

This talk is free and open to the public. To find out more contact Phil Balcaen, Assistant Professor of Education, at 250-807-8530.

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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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