newsMembers of this year's United Way campaign committee.
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram (third from left) congratulated the UBC United Way committee on Friday on the success of this year's campaign. Committee members are (from left): Layne McDougall, Gwen Zilm, Lindsay Peruniak, Deanna Simmons, Don Thompson, Alanna Vernon, Sarah Henderson and Lois Marshall.

Okanagan campus United Way campaign raises
over $50,000 in 2010

At the Jan. 14 Pitstop, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram revealed the total funds raised by this year's Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

This year's total -- $52,611.92 -- surpassed the $50,000 target and marks the highest amount to date raised for the Okanagan campus for the United Way.

At the event it was also announced that Alanna Vernon has been named Chair of next year's campaign.

The Okanagan campus United Way committee and this year's Chair, Sharon McCoubrey, extend a sincere thank you to everyone who supported this year's campaign.

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UBC's year in headlinesUBC's year in headlines

UBC faculty researchers and students frequently make national and international news headlines for their remarkable advances in a variety of areas. Initiatives, innovations and insights from the past year are captured in the 2010 Year In Headlines.

The Year in Headlines outlines the year's top UBC stories in international and national news. Top Okanagan campus news making stories in this year's edition include:

To order copies of this publication contact Pearlie Davison.

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goBEYOND Teach-InMomentum for annual goBEYOND Teach-In continues to grow

Participation from last year's annual goBEYOND Teach-In is way up this year and on-campus organizers would like to encourage anyone still interested in participating to sign up as soon as possible.

The goBEYOND Teach-In is an annual event that focuses on integrating sustainability education into curriculum throughout the university. The Teach-In takes place from January 17 to 28 and is organized with other university campuses around the world.

To view a full list of participants visit The Exchange website. To find out more visit the goBEYOND Teach-In website or contact Mallory Hewlko at ubco@campusclimatenetwork.org.

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Continuing Studies helps expose random acts of creativity

Continuing Studies helps expose random acts of creativity

Continuing Studies has launched a series of three new video features to pique interest in the impressive spread of this season's program options.

The series -- entitled Random Acts of Creativity -- showcases Continuing Studies instructors at work, using a variety of fun elements and ingredients to inspire life-long learners.

The videos can be found on the Continuing Studies youtube channel. To find out more about the full-range of programs being offered, visit the Continuing Studies website.

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University Townhome Living Room and Kitchen
University Townhome living room and kitchen

University Townhomes available to faculty and staff

University Townhomes are now available to rent year-round to all faculty, staff, families, alumni and friends.

Three spacious and modern townhomes are available to rent from two nights to over a month. Two of the townhomes offer two queen bedrooms and the third townhome offers one queen bedroom and den with a day bed.

All townhomes have a living room with fireplace and pull-out couch, equipped kitchen, bathroom, laundry, air conditioning, internet access, and all linens and towels.

To find out more about pricing and availability, contact Conferences and Accommodation at 250-807-8050.

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Campus Life looks to the future, sees opportunities for studentsCampus Life looks to the future, sees opportunities for students

Campus Life will be hiring a new complement of student staff for the fall 2011 and winter 2012 semesters. These positions offer interested students opportunities to gain experience and connections throughout the university.

Campus Life is looking for student employees and volunteers in a variety of areas -- from collegia assistants and safewalk patrollers, to orientation leaders and Campus Life assistants.

One deserving student will be selected as Orientation Coordinator to work fulltime for the summer to develop the Create New Student Orientation program. This position requires someone who is organized, has the ability to work with a variety of campus and community partners and can effectively manage groups of volunteers and orientation leaders.

Applications for the Orientation Coordinator and other senior positions close January 21. All other positions close on January 28.

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Public art collection seeks return of two works

Public art collection seeks return of two works

Two silkscreen prints from the Okanagan campus Public Art Collection have gone missing and the campus community is asked to provide any details as to the whereabouts of these pieces.

The works are from artist Carl Beam, the missing pieces are Flux and Traffic (both pictured above).

Anyone with information or insight as to where these pieces can be found should contact Campus Security at 250-807-9236 or Susan Belton, Public Art Collection Curator, at 250-807-8634.

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Upgrades to Central Receiving and Mail Services

As part of an alignment between both UBC campuses, Central Receiving and Mail Services systems on the Okanagan campus have been upgraded. A 66-month lease with Pitney Bowes has been signed. The program encompasses two operating systems which have been installed in November 2010.

In Central Receiving, an automated receiving tool with tracking capabilities uses barcode generation, scanning handheld data collection, and signature capture technologies. It will save in labour and processing time, while eliminating paper-based processes. It will also capture secondary signatures and minimize financial impact for lost or stolen packages.

In Mail Services, an automated mail processing machine will enable the campus to apply postage and process outgoing pieces of mail for the campus community.

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Applications for graduation now open

Students looking to apply for graduation are now in luck -- applications are still available via the online Student Service Centre.

Students are encouraged to apply for graduation as soon as possible if they plan to graduate this spring. Applications must be submitted regardless of whether students intend to participate in the June 2011 Convocation Ceremony.

Graduation applications are available from now until Monday, Feb. 28. To find out more visit the Graduation website.

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Annabel Lyon
Annabel Lyon. (Credit: Phillip Chin)

Annabel Lyon is the 2011 Writer in Residence

Novelist Annabel Lyon is the fourth annual writer in residence at UBC's Okanagan campus. Lyon will spend two weeks on campus from Mar. 6 to 20, 2011.

Lyon is the author of Oxygen (stories, 2007), The Best Thing for You (novella, 2004), All-Season Edie (juvenile novel, 2007) and The Golden Mean (novel 2009) which was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award in 2009, and won the 2009 Rogers Writers' Trust Award.

"Annabel Lyon is one of Canada's most exciting new fiction writers," says Nancy Holmes, Head of the Department of Creative Studies. "We are extremely lucky to have her on campus for two weeks. What an opportunity for new and developing local writers to get advice from a writer of this calibre!"

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research spotlightAssistant Prof. Homayoun Najjaran’s service robots could save municipalities millions of dollars.
Assistant Prof. Homayoun Najjaran's service robots could save municipalities millions of dollars.

Next big thing: municipal service robots

In the next 15 years, Canada will spend $12 billion to upgrade water main systems. A UBC professor is building a pipe inspection robot that will save money by entering subterranean waterways to find the weak spots.

Robotics professor Homayoun Najjaran is working on a robot that has the ability to travel through water mains and sewer pipes, identify defects and send back information that can be used by municipal engineers to determine how and where money should be invested in repair and renewal of piping infrastructure.

The project is a collaborative effort with fellow UBC engineering professors Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq, as well as a company called Inuktun in Nanaimo, B.C. The robot could save municipalities millions of dollars by helping them determine which infrastructure systems are in the most critical condition, and which are highest priority for costly upgrades.

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Two UBC graduate students receive national awards

Two graduate students at UBC's Okanagan campus have received $6,000 each from the Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS). The national award supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students pursuing exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada.

Tabitha Steager, pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, and Chris Willie, a PhD student in the department of Human Kinetics, will use the funds to support travel, living and other expenses during their individual research study periods abroad.

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Upcoming Career Centre workshops and info sessions

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

Kelowna General Hospital Auxiliary

Date: Thursday, Jan. 20
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Location: Career Centre, room UNC207

Vancouver campus Master's of Physical Therapy program

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 25
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP138

Career CafÉ: human kinetics

Date: Thursday, Jan. 27
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Career Centre, room UNC207

Career CafÉ: government

Date: Thursday, Feb. 10
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Career Centre, room UNC207

Career CafÉ: environmental sector

Date: Thursday, Feb. 24
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Career Centre, room UNC207


To find out more visit the Career Centre website or 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 teaching excellence discussion series continues this week with guest Maury Williams, associate professor of history.

Date: Friday, Jan. 21
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

To register or find out more about this discussion visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Teaching portfolios

This workshop provides faculty members with an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio.

Date: Friday, Jan. 28
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

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

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So you think you know it all?

Fast-paced, informal and fun. Personal IT trainer Rob Mellalieu will cover a broad range of topics in this challenging and interesting new session being offered by Continuing Studies.

Sample topics covered include: Microsoft Excel number formats, Microsoft Word styles, Microsoft Publisher linked text boxes, managing multiple calendars in Microsoft Outlook, using Google to share a calendar, and much more.

Sessions run monthly, starting next Friday (Jan. 28).

To register, or find out more about this session, visit the Continuing Studies website.

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January 19, 2011


Okanagan campus United Way campaign raises over $50,000 in 2010
UBC's year in headlines
Momentum for annual goBEYOND Teach-In continues to grow
Continuing Studies helps expose random acts of creativity
University Townhomes available to faculty and staff
Campus Life looks to the future, sees opportunities for students
Public art collection seeks return of two works
Upgrades to Central Receiving and Mail Services
Applications for graduation open


Annabel Lyon is the 2011 Writer in Residence

Research Spotlight

Next big thing: municipal service robots
Two UBC graduate students receive national awards


The Discovery of the Wreck of HMS Investigator

Later today, the Unit 6 Visiting Speaker Series presents underwater archaeologist Jonathan Moore who will be giving a talk on his archaeological work in Mercy Bay -- Canada's most famous Arctic waterway.

Moore, an archaeologist for Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service, will be giving the presentation The Discovery of the Wreck of HMS Investigator.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 19 (today)
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART114

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Okanagan campus
health fair

Human Resource invites faculty and staff to participate in a Health Fair on January 25. The focus of the Health Fair will be on health, wellness and cancer prevention.

Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 25
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building foyer

To find out more contact Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP Coordinator, at 250-807-8183.

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Steve DiPaola

Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Steve DiPaola

Artificial Intelligence as a Toolkit for Interactive Art Systems

Steve DiPaola -- compute-based cognitive scientist, artist and researcher -- will be on campus in January to give a talk as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Artist Speaker Series.

DiPaola uses Artificial Intelligence to create new types of art and expression systems for use in communication, learning, interactive games and digital media systems.

In this talk he will discuss his work in this area and look at his ongoing work with the Vancouver Aquarium to create a life-based Virtual Beluga Whale.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 27
Time: 12 noon
Location: Fine Arts and Health building, room FINA227

To find out more contact the department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.

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Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services

Farewell open house tea for Gwen Zilm

To recognize the retirement of Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services, all members of the campus community are invited to celebrate at an open house tea on January 31.

Date: Monday, Jan. 31
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Administration building faculty and staff lounge, room ADM115

To find out more contact Lois Marshall at 250-807-8545.

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FCCS Visiting Author Series

FCCS Visiting Author Series: Emma Donoghue

The Visiting Authors Series presents a public reading with Emma Donoghue on February 3, providing anyone who loves writing, literature and books an opportunity to meet one of Canada's finest authors.

Donoghue, whose 2010 novel, Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Hughes and Hughes Irish Novel of the Year and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Donoghue, who has a PhD from Cambridge University, lives in London, Ontario.

Her visit is part of UBC Outweek, a week of events to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, transsexual, two-spirit, and intersex (LGBTQTTI) issues.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library downtown -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

To find out more visit the Visiting Author Series website or contact the department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9761.

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Minds and Music

Upcoming Minds and Music concerts

The Minds and Music concert series has organized three amazing performances for the campus community and general public in February.

Love Songs

To kick things off, Shannon Mercer from the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre group will be on-campus to perform Love Songs, a collection of award-winning composer Ana Sokolovic's favourite poems set to music.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 8
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

Tickets: $10 for non-students, $5 for students. They can be purchased from Irma Ronkkonen (Fine Arts and Health building, room FINA162) or at the door.

Masterclass and recital

A few days later, faculty members and performers from the University of Manitoba's Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music will be in Kelowna to perform a masterclass and recital of their work.

Sunday, Feb. 13
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

Saturday, Feb. 12
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna

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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:

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