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newsFallon Smith in a hospital obstetrics room in Haiti last September. The nursing student at UBC's Okanagan campus will return to Haiti next month and hopes to raise $10,000 for families left homeless by last January's devastating earthquake.
Fallon Smith in an obstetrics room in Haiti last September. She will return to Haiti this month and hopes to raise $10,000 for families left homeless by last January's devastating earthquake.

UBC student raising money for three Haitian families

After spending two weeks volunteering with a medical team in earthquake-ravaged Haiti in September, third-year UBC nursing student Fallon Smith returned to the Okanagan determined to maintain her connections to Haiti and continue helping the people who live there.

Smith says that after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last January, she felt a strong desire to become involved in the disaster relief efforts and applied to volunteer with a number of organizations lending a hand.

"I was desperate to get involved," says Smith. "For months I wasn't able to find a way. Then, someone from an organization called New Reality International contacted me saying I was invited to join their September 1 medical team."

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From left, Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation at UBC's Okanagan campus, with Heat women's volleyball head coach Steve Manuel, Capri Insurance scholarship recipient Chandler Proch, and Capri Insurance partners Tim Miller and Chris Rigg.
From left, Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation, with Heat women's volleyball head coach Steve Manuel, Capri Insurance scholarship recipient Chandler Proch, and Capri Insurance partners Tim Miller and Chris Rigg.

Local athlete awarded Capri Insurance
Athletics Entrance Scholarship

Chandler Proch, a first-year human kinetics student, is the recipient of the second annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship.

The $2,500 scholarship, renewable for four years, is funded by an endowment established by Capri Insurance in 2009 to help top scholars, who are also top athletes, attend UBC's Okanagan campus.

"For nearly four decades Capri Insurance has made it a priority to support community growth, vitality and success," says Capri Insurance Partner Robin Durrant. "Young athletes are a fundamental part of a healthy community and play an important role within universities.

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Art on the Line

Art on the Line tickets now available

Who will be among the lucky 100 people to purchase tickets to this year's Art on the Line gala fundraiser?

At $175 each, one ticket admits up to two people and includes appetizers and refreshments, live entertainment and one juried work of art.

Art on the Line features works by students, noted local artists, visual arts professors and alumni and offers a variety of media and styles -- including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media -- to meet the tastes and interests of everyone. With 120 pieces to choose from, all 100 participants are assured a choice of juried art.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 29
Time: doors open at 6 p.m.; art draw begins at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

Sales are currently underway and the event sells out quickly. To purchase tickets, contact Irma Ronkkonen at 250-807-9648. Cheques should be payable to: UBCSUO or UBC Students' Union Okanagan

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Reminder: deadline for Teacher of the Year
Award closes Dec. 17

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate someone great for Teacher of the Year.

Members of the campus community have until December 17, to submit the notification of intent to nominate form 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 annually during the 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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UBC Annual Review

Annual review now online

The university community is now able to explore the 2009-2010 UBC Annual Review. The review highlights the achievements of the university and celebrates the exceptional accomplishments of UBC's students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The Annual Review is one of the ways the university communicates its activities and accomplishments over the past year. This year the review is only available via the web -- a decision that reflects UBC's commitment to sustainability, while providing a more robust platform for richer content.

To find out more visit the Annual Review website: www.annualreview.ubc.ca

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Fisher Lab Plastic Recycling ProgramRegistration now open for lab plastics recycling program

The Fisher Lab Plastic Recycling Program is now available to all laboratories at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Based on the success of a pilot project which ran from March to May, the recycling program has been expanded to all research facilities across campus. It allows recycling of all plastic packaging and non-hazardous plastics supplied by Fisher Scientific -- making the Okanagan campus the first post-secondary institution in Canada to roll-out this type of program.

To date, more than 4,000 litres of plastics have been recycled, and 22 labs are participating in the program. This initiative is funded by Corning Life Sciences and will contribute to future sustainability initiatives on campus.

To register for the program, or find out more, visit the Sustainability Office website.

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Results from second phase of VOICE study now available

VOICEThe VOICE study has just finished the second phase of its research program investigating healthy community development at UBC's Okanagan campus.

In October, a community dialogue was undertaken to increase understanding of diverse interests in sustainability on the Okanagan campus, with a particular focus on the Old Pond Trail area adjacent to the new Sustainability House project. Student VOICE researchers collected over 800 responses for this phase of the study -- including responses from students, faculty and staff from across the university.

Overall, survey respondents expressed ideas consistent with UBC's sustainability vision: recognition of the interdependence among social, environmental and economic interests and the need for individual responsibility and integrated interdisciplinary work to balance these interests.

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Amazing Race Wellness Challenge update: week four

The fourth week of the Amazing Race Wellness Challenge is underway and congratulations go out to the challenge's first two weekly winners: Chelsea Butchart and Erin Duckworth. Both received a $100 gift certificate for Summerhill Sunset Bistro, the Fresh Air Experience or Food Services on campus.

Out of the 78 teams participating across UBC, three Okanagan campus teams hit the Top Ten Rankings this week: OK Readers of the Pack (current challenge leaders), OK Party and Exercise, and OK All for One.

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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Project GROWProject GROW holiday sales

Project GROW is offering a chance to make a charitable donation on behalf of someone this holiday season -- purchase mosquito netting or a goat, make contributions for donkey and cart or to a child's education.

Watch for the Project GROW holiday sales setup at various locations across campus until December 17.

Project GROW is a unique partnership between UBC's Okanagan campus and the Nanoore Women's group in the twin villages of Nyobok-Nkenszei in rural Ghana. Born of research conducted by Vida Yakong, a PhD student with the Faculty of Health and Social Development, Project GROW has provided over $20,000 worth of support for families since its inception in 2007. There are no administrative costs for Project GROW -- all proceeds go directly to purchasing equipment and supplies.

To find out more contact Cindy Bourne, Academic Resource Centre coordinator, at 250-807-8065.

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peopleStudent rap video promotes water-conserving xeriscape gardens

Student rap video promotes water-conserving
xeriscape gardens

Student Graham Campbell has produced a rap video as a term project and as an entry in the Invent the Future Contest 2010. The video -- currently ranked #1 in its category -- promotes the sustainable gardening practices of water-saving xeriscaping.

"North Americans are the biggest water users in the world, over 300 liters per day, per person. That is unacceptable if you ask me," says Campbell. "Think of the water we could save if no one watered their yards. It is time to take measures to reduce our water usage."

Campbell is a student of Mary Stockdale, who teaches Community, Culture and Global Studies courses on Development of Environmental Thought and Community Food Security in the Okanagan.

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Gonzales invited to speak at international agriculture festival

Tirso Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, is one of three international guests who have been invited to speak at the sixth annual Corn Fair being held in Carichí, located in the Mexican State of Chihuahua.

Taking place in early December, the annual Corn Fair is a celebration of the traditional corn that nourishes the local cultures and livelihoods of the surrounding areas.

Gonzales will be speaking at the festival on indigenous local agricultures, focusing on community-based regeneration. The World Wildlife Fund - Mexico and The Christensen Fund support Gonzales' participation.

He will be accompanied at the fair by Paola de Santis, Research Assistant from Bioversity International, and Suzanne Nelson, Director of Conservation for Native Seeds/Southwestern Endangered Aridland Resource Clearing House.

Gonzales' research is featured in the UBC Annual Review.

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Okanagan campus welcomes new Work Reintegration and Accommodation Program (WRAP) Coordinator

Human Resources is pleased to welcome Tracey Hawthorn as the first Work Reintegration and Accommodation Program (WRAP) Coordinator for UBC's Okanagan campus.

Hawthorn brings 25 years of experience in disability/illness management and rehabilitation. She also holds degrees in both kinesiology and physiotherapy.

She has served on provincial committees including acting as chair for the Ministry of Labour's Work and Wellness Committee. Tracey also brings established relationships with WorkSafeBC, disability carriers and community physicians. With her focus on wellness promotion and experience in assisting individuals to return to health, Hawthorn is a great fit for the goals of the new WRAP program.

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research spotlight

Marvin Krank, Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Graduate StudiesKrank helps launch national resource for drug abuse prevention

Last week, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse released Canada's first national resource for drug abuse prevention.

Marvin Krank, Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, participated in the creation of the new Portfolio of Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention.

The Portfolio of Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention provides prevention teams with step-by-step guidance on how to plan, implement and evaluate prevention efforts in schools, communities and families.

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Expert: Physical Geography Prof. Robert Young

The Globe and Mail's column "Collected Wisdom" featured Prof. Robert Young on Nov. 26, answering a question about the absence of great lakes on the Canadian Prairies.

"We are told that the retreating glaciers carved out the Great Lakes 10,000 years ago, writes Bob McCulloch of Walkerton, Ont. Why did they not create similar lakes on the Prairies?"

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workshops

Upcoming career discussion for students highlights law careers

Students can find out more about law-focused careers tomorrow, at the next instalment of the Career Café discussion series, being held at 12 noon in the Career Centre.

Career Café provide students with informal opportunities for open discussion with professionals about what they do, how they found their career and why they fit.

Students can RSVP for this session by contacting Christy Mahlberg, Career Centre Events Coordinator, at 250-807-8611.

Career CafÉs in 2011

  • Thursday, Jan. 13
    Finance and Banking
  • Thursday, Feb. 10
    Government
  • Thursday, Feb. 24
    Environmental Sector
  • Thursday, Mar. 10
    Not-for-Profit
  • Thursday, Mar. 24
    Locally Grown, Globally Connected

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Microsoft computer skills courses being offered in December

Continuing Studies has two courses left on their fall calendar. This December, staff and faculty have an opportunity to learn how to create creative presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint, or learn how to capture text, images, video and audio with Microsoft OneNote.

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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Antony Hodgson, Professor of Mechanical EngineeringTenure and promotion mentor on campus next Friday

Faculty members interested in tenure and promotion advice are able to book mentorship sessions with Antony Hodgson next Friday.

Hodgson -- a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the Vancouver campus -- is one of several faculty members offering tenure and promotion guidance for the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program.

Date: Friday, Dec. 10
Time: All day
Location: contact Lynne McPherson for full details

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

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
December 1, 2010

News

UBC student raising money for three Haitian families
Local athlete awarded Capri Insurance scholarship
Art on the Line tickets now available
Deadline for Teacher of the Year Award closes Dec. 17
Annual review now online
Registration now open for lab plastics recycling program
Results from second phase of VOICE study now available
Amazing Race Wellness Challenge update: week four
Project GROW holiday sales

People

Student rap video promotes water-conserving xeriscape gardens
Gonzales invited to speak at international agriculture festival
Okanagan campus welcomes new WRAP Coordinator

Research Spotlight

Krank helps launch national resource for drug abuse prevention
Expert: Physical Geography Prof. Robert Young

events

Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Research Services Office, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee in the faculty and staff lounge this Friday for Pitstop.

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

Date: Friday, Dec. 3
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building faculty and staff lounge, room ADM115

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Go Global info session: Eastern Europe at a crossroads

This Eastern European Go Global program is designed for students interested in examining freedom of expression, poverty, and housing issues as a means to fostering a more just and sustainable future.

Led by UBC faculty members who will teach accredited courses, Eastern Europe at a Crossroads aims to provide a multi-layered conception of the region's historical development, housing and contemporary moral issues.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART206

To find out more visit the Go Global website or contact Dana Lowton, Go Global Advisor, at 250-807-8098.

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A new invasive species in the Okanagan Valley

The final Biology Seminar Series event of the semester will feature Susanna Acheampong from B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands' Agri-Food Protection Branch, who will be giving the talk: The spotted wing Drosophila, a new invasive species in the Okanagan Valley.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8
Time: 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART118

This talk is free and open to the public.

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Stan Chung

Stan Chung gives his insights into global citizenship this month

Stan Chung, PhD student with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, will be touring the Okanagan in December doing public readings from his new book Global Citizen: River of Love and other Essays.

In this book -- a collection of his best-loved newspaper essays -- Chung examines community, conscience and social conventions.

  • Sunday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m.
    Readings from Global Citizen at the Okanagan College Theatre (KLO campus)
  • Thursday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
    Readings from Global Citizen at the Okanagan College Theatre (Kalamalka campus)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.
    Readings from Global Citizen at Hooked on Books (225 Main St., Penticton)

There is no charge for any of these events, but online pre-registration is required. To find out more, visit www.stanchung.ca.

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Alumni and Friends Curling Funspiel

Alumni and Friends Curling Funspiel

Looking for a day of all-Canadian winter fun with family and friends? Show the UBC spirit at the second annual Alumni and Friends Curling Funspiel.

This day-long event includes an optional curling lesson, as well as breakfast and lunch. Net proceeds for this event go to student leadership awards.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 22
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Curling Club -- 551 Recreation Ave.
Registration: Alumni and friends -- $45; students -- $25.

Team and individual registrations are available. Individuals may register and will be matched to teams. Participants must be 19 years of age or older.

Teams must include at least one UBC alumnus or current student. Faculty and staff who register are asked to send the names of your team members to Erica Triggs.

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

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