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UBC students live history in Eastern Europe
Locations around Romania and Bulgaria are the setting for the Eastern Europe field school program next summer, led by professors from UBC's Okanagan campus.

UBC students live history in Eastern Europe

Next summer, UBC students will stand in the middle of a Saxon German fortress church in Transylvania. They will root through the archives of the communist secret police in Bucharest. They will dip their toes in the Black Sea, and visit the birthplace of Constantin Brâncusi, an internationally renowned Romanian sculptor.

These are just some of the real-life learning opportunities that are part of a new summer group study program. Eastern Europe at a Crossroads: Romania and Bulgaria offers students the opportunity to take UBC classes while traveling and volunteering through Eastern Europe.

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Kelowna artist donates paintings to Health and Wellness Centre

Artist Jane Everett of Kelowna has donated a collection of art to the Health and Wellness Centre at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The four oil paintings -- valued at $13,800 -- are part of the university's Public Art Collection, which consists of more than 230 paintings, drawings, video works, photos, prints, sculptures and an array of other media.

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Students at UBC's Okanagan campus have more mobile computers thanks to a $15,000 gift from Interior Savings Credit Union, which funded the purchase of 24 Dell Netbooks.
Students at UBC's Okanagan campus have more mobile computers thanks to a $15,000 gift from Interior Savings Credit Union, which funded the purchase of 24 Dell Netbooks.

Interior Savings donates 24 computers to UBC students

Interior Savings has donated $15,000 to Library Services to cover the purchase of 24 new Dell Netbook computers, which are available to students through the student Laptop Lending Program.

This is the second time Interior Savings has provided funding for the program. In 2006, the company donated $15,000 to purchase the 10 laptop computers required to launch the Laptop Lending Program. These first laptops have each circulated an average of 816 times since they were made available to students.

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Glenmore neighbourhood a living laboratory for sustainability
Jackie Podger, UBC Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance, with City of Kelowna Manager Ron Mattiussi and Leanne Bilodeau, Director of Sustainability Operations for UBC's Okanagan campus.

Glenmore neighbourhood a living laboratory for sustainability

UBC has partnered with the City of Kelowna on an innovative academic grant program that transforms Kelowna's Glenmore neighborhood into a 'living laboratory' for sustainability.

Created by the Provost and Vice Principal as a pilot project, the Sustainable Community Development Internal Grant Award Program consists of up to four $10,000 awards. The money will enable university faculty, students, staff and the community to work together on social, environmental, economic and cultural sustainable community development initiatives and programming within the Glenmore area of Kelowna.

"UBC continues to play an important role in our community through applicable, meaningful research initiatives," says Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal. "This new grant is a testament to the strong commitment our faculty, staff and students hold towards community engagement -- and building meaningful partnerships leading to sustainable solutions that enhance our collective future."

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Aboriginal Access Studies provides
bridge to UBC degree programs

UBC's Okanagan campus is paving the way for more Aboriginal people to access a degree program at the University of British Columbia.

The Okanagan Senate recently approved the Aboriginal Access Studies (AAS) admissions policy. Through the program, students are provided a variety of supports to succeed at the university level and help build their post secondary capacity.

"Ninety-six per cent of BC Aboriginal secondary school students are not university eligible," says Lyle Mueller, Director of Aboriginal and International Programs and Services. "With only four per cent of Aboriginal high school students being university eligible, Aboriginal Access Studies helps reduce that gap.

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UBC students Lacia Vogel and Nicole Dowhaniuk, co-coordinators of Art on the Line.
UBC students Lacia Vogel and Nicole Dowhaniuk, co-coordinators of Art on the Line.

Annual favourite fundraiser puts Art on the Line at UBC

Art lovers should act quickly to obtain tickets to the ninth annual Art on the Line gala fundraiser. A very popular event that allows ticket-holders to select and take home a piece of original art, this year's gala is Saturday, January 29, in the Fipke Centre foyer.

"This annual event has become a favourite for the community and campus alike," says Lacia Vogel, student coordinator and third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) student. "We welcome anyone who is interested in art and culture or who wants to come out and enjoy a really fun and social evening of music, food and community building."

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Okanagan Short Fiction Contest in lucky 13th year

The 13th annual Okanagan Short Fiction Contest is now accepting short stories from the Okanagan region. Award-winning author Annabel Lyon (The Golden Mean) will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes in Spring 2011.

The contest invites all Southern Interior writers east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the U.S. border and south of William’s Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 31, 2011.

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Spencer Robins, Services Coordinator for the Students' Union, fills his reusable water bottle at the new water kiosk in UBC's Arts and Sciences II building.
Spencer Robins, Services Coordinator for the Students' Union, fills his reusable water bottle at the new water kiosk in UBC's Arts and Sciences II building.

More water kiosks at UBC deliver better water, reduce waste

New WaterFilz kiosks are being installed in the three newest academic buildings. The kiosks provide fresh, free, filtered water to students, faculty and staff who bring their bottles to the stations located in the university's new Arts and Sciences II building, and eventually also the Engineering, Management and Education, and the Health Sciences Centre, currently under construction.

"The new water kiosks complement those already installed in University Centre and Science buildings," says Jackie Podger, Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance, noting that installation of the new units was made possible by a partnership between the Sustainability Office and UBC Students' Union Okanagan.

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Campus Security advises on theft
prevention during the holidays

Campus Security reminds everyone to safeguard both UBC and personal effects this holiday season. Thefts of this type are crimes of opportunity and offices, study areas, and computer labs that are left unattended tend to be prime targets.

Campus Security has a number of tips for members of the campus community to help prevent thefts:

  • Never leave personal effects unattended for any period of time. Always secure office doors and windows when leaving the area even for a short moment.
  • Staff members are encouraged to display UBC identification at all times when working. Campus Security takes a proactive approach to off-hours use of the institution, and carrying proper identification aids both yourself and Campus Security when verifying individuals in locked buildings after regular business hours.

Report all suspicious activity to Campus Security at 250-807-9236 (local 79236). For crimes in progress, notify RCMP by dialling 9-1-1. For other crime prevention initiatives, contact the Security Coordinator's office at 250-807-9173 (local 79173).

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It's a WRAP

Human Resources has implemented a new approach to illness, injury and reduced work capacity on campus -- the Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program (WRAP).

The program, organized by coordinator Tracey Hawthorn, will reflect a collaborative and supportive approach to returning or remaining at work following injuries or illnesses.

The WRAP program is in place to support staff and faculty, and to assist supervisors and managers. Efforts are underway to help the campus community find out more about the program. Departments and units can also expect a drop-in from Tracey in the next few weeks to make further introductions and provide information about the new program.

To find out more email wrap.coordinator@ubc.ca, or visit the new WRAP website at: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/wrap.

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Amazing Race Wellness Challenge enters its final week

Participants are heading into their final heat of competition for this year's Amazing Race Wellness Challenge.

With only one week to go, several Okanagan campus teams continue to impress in the rankings. The top teams this week -- OK Readers of the pack, OK Party & Exercise, and OK All for One -- are all ranked in the top-ten across all UBC campuses. Congratulations also go out to last week's weekly challenge winner Karen Edwarde, who will receive a $100 gift certificate for all her efforts.

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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UBC launches small business resource for B.C. communities

Small businesses across British Columbia now have a free, comprehensive resource to boost their business-planning efforts and foster an online community of information and support, thanks to the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC's Vancouver campus.

The Small Business Accelerator, which launches today at www.sba-bc.ca, is a new gateway to business information for small firms and entrepreneurs throughout the province. It’s also a valuable tool for public and college libraries, community development organizations and other agencies to support their clients.

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About snow closures at the Okanagan campus

In the event that winter weather conditions require classes to be cancelled, or even to close the campus, the best reference for information is the Okanagan campus homepage (www.ubc.ca/okanagan) and local radio stations.

For more information about snow closures at UBC's Okanagan campus visit the Snow closures website.

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Rachael L'OrsaOkanagan student Rachael L'Orsa named UBC's Outstanding Future Alumnus

An engineering and arts student leader at UBC's Okanagan campus has been chosen as this year's Outstanding Future Alumnus by UBC.

Rachael L'Orsa, who graduated last June with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts degree, received the award at UBC's Blue and Gold Review, a gala ceremony for the annual Alumni Achievement Awards at the Chan Centre at UBC's Vancouver campus.

"This award recognizes someone whose commitment to academic excellence and significant involvement in university affairs inspires others and improves the campus community," says Brenda Tournier, Senior Manager of Alumni and Community Relations.

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New UILO associate director named for Okanagan campus

Derek Gratz has just joined the Office of the Provost as the new Associate Director for the University Industry Liaison Office (UILO) at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Gratz will work under the direction of the Provost and will be available to assist faculty with licensing of discoveries and inventions as well as connecting researchers with partners regionally, nationally and internationally.

To find out more about his services, contact Gratz at 250-807-9853.

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Anthropology Professor Diana FrenchUBC professor wins Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award

Anthropology Professor Diana French, acting head of the Community, Culture and Global Studies Unit, has won Public Anthropology’s Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award.

Named to honour the 20th century's "First Lady of the World," the award recognizes French's exceptionally effective participation in Public Anthropology’s Community Action Online Project, as well as her wider activities in the public sphere. Only a select few -- less than one per cent of the faculty teaching introductory anthropology courses across North America – receive this award.

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UBC students earn awards for public anthropology essays

Anthropology Professor Diana French's Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course is producing award-winning students and earning accolades from colleagues in the field of public anthropology.

The Centre for a Public Anthropology announced Dec. 3 that 15 students from French's ANTH 100 course have been recognized with Public Anthropology Awards. Participating in a North American competition involving more than 4,000 students from 21 universities and colleges, the students were challenged to write essays on the topic "Who should be the beneficiaries of anthropological research?"

The award-winning essays, available online, were penned by students Grayson Leahy, Miranda Trops, Buhb Soo Hwang, Melissa Salomons, Samantha Batliner, Mike Kouwenhoven, Joel Pipher, Tereza Stastny, Rachel Truant, Sarah Grindlay, Liz Dumontet, Morgan LeSergent, Emily Murphy, Yongeun Lee, and Wyatt McRae.

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Call for papers: Graduate Student Conference

The third annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at UBC's Okanagan campus is next May 3 and 4. The call for papers -- which closes Jan. 31 -- welcomes proposals on the conference themes of health and culture, gender/sexuality, pop culture (or children and culture), post-colonial, and international relations.

This conference seeks to examine cultural artifacts from creative and critical perspectives. Although the focus is on studies in English, languages, culture, multimedia arts, and creative writing, submissions are encouraged from across graduate disciplines.

Proposals should be no longer than 300 words, bear no identifying information, and be accompanied by a covering letter that includes the applicant’s name and contact information. Please submit proposals to ubco.igsa@gmail.com as email attachments in .pdf, .rtf, .doc or .docx format by January 31, 2011.

For more information visit the Graduate Student Conference website.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
December 15, 2010

NEWS

UBC students live history in Eastern Europe
Kelowna artist donates paintings to UBC Health and Wellness Centre
Interior Savings donates 24 new Dell computers to UBC students
Glenmore neighbourhood a living laboratory for sustainability
UBC's Aboriginal Access Studies provides bridge to degree programs
Annual favourite fundraiser puts Art on the Line at UBC
Okanagan Short Fiction Contest in its lucky 13th year
More water kiosks at UBC deliver better water, reduce waste
Campus Security advises on theft prevention during the holidays
It's a WRAP
Amazing Race Wellness Challenge enters its final week
UBC launches small business resource for B.C. communities
About snow closures at the Okanagan campus

PEOPLE

Rachael L'Orsa named UBC's Outstanding Future Alumnus
New UILO associate director named

PEOPLE

UBC professor wins Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award
UBC students earn awards for public anthropology essays
Call for papers: Graduate Student Conference

eventsAmitava Kumar

Distinguished Speaker Series: Amitava Kumar

Drawing from his most recent book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, author and Vassar College Professor of English Amitava Kumar will be in Kelowna Jan. 13 to speak about September 11 and its aftermath, the art and literature of terror, and war and Islamophobia.

Kumar argues that the attacks of September 11, 2001, and then the global war on terror have ushered a new, more precarious present, and a part of this contemporary scene is a world divided as much by radical Islam as it is by Islamophobia.

"How are we -- living in the West, separated from, but also bound intimately with, the East -- to hope for a better future?" he asks.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 13
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

Registration: Seats are free for this event, but online pre-registration is required on the Distinguished Speaker Series website. To find out more visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/speakers

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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.

To find out more visit the Alumni Relations website.

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Sean Aiken

Discover your passion with Sean Aiken

Experience the remarkable and inspiring true story of one guy who transformed his uncertainty about the future into action.

A year and a half after he graduated from college, Sean Aiken found himself struggling to answer the question "what should I do with my life?" His father said, "it doesn't matter what you do, just make sure it's something you're passionate about."

Taking his father's advice to heart, Sean created The One Week Job Project and embarked on an epic journey to find his passion. His goal -- work 52 jobs in 52 weeks.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 26
Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m. 
Location: Laurel Packinghouse - 2-1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna 

Seats for this special event are free, but online pre-registration is required.  Reception and book signing will follow presentation.

To find out more contact Erica Triggs at 250-807-9360.


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Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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