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newsFederal funds for strategic engineering research at UBC's Okanagan campus
Engineering professor Cigdem Eskicioglu and her team are exploring new techniques for converting biosolids into energy, while a mechanical engineering research team led by Lukas Bichler is developing novel new materials for CANDU nuclear reactors. Both projects have been selected for Strategic Project Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Funds for two strategic engineering research projects

Two major research projects have received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC) Strategic Project Grants Program.

One of the projects will help develop novel materials for the next generation of Canada's CANDU nuclear reactors, and the other is aimed at developing sustainable solutions for converting waste into energy.

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Sabrina Tikhomiroff, a second-year Bachelor of Management student from Brazil, says she loves her on-campus job as a mentor to first-year students at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Sabrina Tikhomiroff, a second-year Bachelor of Management student from Brazil, says she loves her on-campus job as a mentor to first-year students.

Okanagan campus provides hundreds of jobs for students

Almost 550 UBC students are working on campus this academic year through the Work Study and Work Learn programs, which provide a payroll subsidy of more than $780,000 in student wages.

Operated by the Career Centre, the Work Study program is designed to create employment opportunities on campus for domestic undergraduate and graduate students, while Work Learn caters to international undergraduate students.

"The programs enable students to stay on campus and avoid a commute; it really bonds them to the campus community and allows them to contribute to their faculty or department in a very meaningful way," says Deanna Simmons, On-Campus Student Employment Program Coordinator. "Plus, students can develop career-related experience and can gain an advantage in their transition from school to the work force."

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Dan Turner (left), manager of the on-campus and Glenmore branches of Valley First Credit union, and Terry Flanagan (right), member of the Board of Directors for Valley First Credit union, present a $500 donation for the Food Exchange program to Food Exchange Coordinator Michelle Yule.
Dan Turner (left), manager of the on-campus and Glenmore branches of Valley First Credit Union, and Terry Flanagan (right), a member of Valley First's Board of Directors, presented a $500 donation for the Food Exchange program to Food Exchange Coordinator Michelle Yule.

Valley First helps feed the Food Exchange

Valley First Credit Union has presented Campus Life with a $500 donation for the campus Food Exchange. This donation will enable Food Exchange organizers to purchase enough food to stock the exchange until the end of the semester and provide more and better food options for students in need.

The Food Exchange is the Okanagan campus' food assistance program. It is a resource for any member of the campus community that needs a temporary or infrequent food source. Donations for the program are always being accepted; non-perishable or monetary items can be dropped off in the third floor of the University Centre building -- room UNC329, near the Health and Wellness offices.

To find out more visit the Food Exchange website or contact Chelsea Butchart, student events coordinator at 250-807-9820.

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Engineering students' farm robot makes Prairie splash

A team of 17 engineering students headed to Saskatoon to match their skills against talented engineering students from all over Western Canada over the past week. The Okanagan contingent placed third in the Senior Team Design competition, and received an honourable mention in the Consultation competition.

The Senior Design team's farming robot project was featured on CTV Saskatoon's evening newscast.

It was the first time students from the Okanagan campus have attended the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). Now in its 26th year, the WEC ran Wednesday through Sunday (Jan. 26 to 30), bringing together the smartest and most talented engineering students from Western Canada to compete in a variety of events.

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Affordable Housing Research Roundtable comes
to Kelowna Feb. 18

A province-wide initiative to address affordable housing issues in British Columbia comes to Kelowna for a full day of public discussion Feb. 18 at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The BC Affordable Housing Research and Action Roundtable scheduled for Kelowna is the third of three sessions held around the province over the past year. Previous roundtables where held in Victoria last February and Vancouver in December.

"After meetings in Victoria and Vancouver, it was a good idea to bring this important event to the interior of BC and particularly to the Okanagan Valley," says Carlos Teixeira, associate professor of geography and one of the organizers of the event.

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National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
launched at UBC

National Survey of Student Engagement2011 marks the third year UBC is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey will be administered to all first- and fourth-year undergraduate degree students beginning February 1 and ending on March 28.

What is the NSSE and why is it important?

The NSSE is widely recognized as a pre-eminent tool for providing benchmarks for the effectiveness of undergraduate education at an institutional level. The results from the survey provide information that faculty, staff and others can use immediately to improve the undergraduate experience.

In 2008, the NSSE participation rate was 22 per cent; the goal for 2011 is to raise participation rates to over 50 per cent.

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Explore, experience, engage: Outweek 2011Celebrate Outweek 2011

Join the campus community next week in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, transexual, two-spirit and intersex (LGBTQTTI) students, faculty and staff. This is the Okanagan campus' fifth-annual Outweek, being held February 7 to 11. These events are intended to raise awareness of LGBTQTTI issues as well as celebrate the diverse population at UBC.

The week kicks off at 12:30 p.m., with a reception for the Outweek art exhibition in the FINA gallery, followed by the annual Pride flag-raising and Outweek opening ceremony in the campus courtyard. The week's events also include:

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Film screening and discussion:
Two Spirits

11:30 a.m., Aboriginal Centre, room UNC210

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Outweek allies and supporters
photo shoot

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Centre first-floor foyer


Thursday, Feb. 10

Positive space and ally workshop
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., room UNC334

Trans workshop 101
2 to 3 p.m., room ART204

Film screening: Dangerous Living
5 to 7 p.m., UNC theatre

Friday, Feb. 11

Closing of Fine Arts Gallery exhibit
featuring Vancouver-West End MLA
Spencer Chandra Herbert
12 noon, FINA gallery

Mas-queer-ade
Tickets available at the door
8 p.m. to 12 midnight, The Habitat -- 248 Leon Ave., Kelowna

To find out more contact Chelsea Butchart, student events coordinator, at 250-807-9820.

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Volunteers sought for Okanagan campus LipDub

UBC will be holding a LipDub filming session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 26, and organizers are looking for students, faculty and staff members to participate in a variety of roles.

The project is entitled A day in the life of UBC's Okanagan campus... and will be a fun and dynamic way to showcase the Okanagan campus and everything it has to offer.

What is a LipDub?

A LipDub is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or groups lip synching to a song audio then dubbing over it in post-editing with the original audio of the song.

To get involved, or find out more, join the Facebook UBCO LipDub group or contact student organizer Key-J.

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New leave database implemented via online Helpdesk

As part of the Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program, a new Leave Database has been implemented.

The database tracks all faculty and staff leave and will replace the current way departmental administrators track leave, making it much more efficient and consistent for the campus community. The calendar can be accessed through the IT, Media & Classroom Services Helpdesk.

Vacation leave is not currently tracked by the new system, but this will be implemented later in the spring. Employees will also be able to view their own information.

To find out more contact Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP coordinator, or Crystal Volk, Human Resources Reporting and Budget Administrator.

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Follow us: UBC news anywhere, any time

Okanagan campus news available anywhere, anytime

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

The Okanagan News website (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/) is set up to be easily viewable on most mobile devices -- giving everyone access to the latest news anywhere, at any time.

The Okanagan campus has also setup three audience-specific news websites that provide the latest news for students (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/students/), The Heat (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/athrec/) and faculty and staff (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/exchange/).

Okanagan campus news is also 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.

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Where to find it: lost and found in Used Bookstore

The official Lost and Found on campus is located in the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) Used Bookstore, in the University Centre building (room UNC103).

When found items are turned in to your office or building, simply use inter-office mail to send them to UNC103, or call Security to have them picked up. Items of value will be marked and recorded for Security bookkeeping. All items are held for one month, and if not claimed they will be donated to local charities.

To reach the Security Office, call 250-807-9236. The Used Bookstore number is 250-807-9280.

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Reminder: graduation applications now being accepted

Please encourage students 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 via the online Student Service Centre from now until Monday Feb. 28. To find out more visit the Graduation website.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: January 26

The Okanagan Senate is regularly passing important items. To better inform the campus community, highlights of these items will be posted on the Senate website following each scheduled meeting. Highlights from the January 26 meeting include:

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President's Service Award for Excellence nominations open until Feb. 28

Do you know staff members with 10 years of service who have made outstanding contributions to UBC and personal achievements? Nominate them for the President's Service Award for Excellence, the top award for UBC staff members.

UBC staff, faculty and students are invited to submit nominations. This year's nomination deadline is February 28. Okanagan University College service is counted in nominees' years of UBC service.

To access nomination forms or find out more, visit the Focus on People website.

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peopleGreg Younging

UBC professor joins Truth and Reconciliation
Commission of Canada

Greg Younging, Professor of Indigenous Studies, has been appointed Assistant Director of Research to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.

As part of the TRC research committee, Younging will contribute to the documentation of a history of the residential school system and reports making recommendations to the Government of Canada about the history, legacy and inter-generational impacts of the residential school system on Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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Varsity teams give back in annual Dreamlift day
Left to right: Heat men's basketball players Kyle Gabelhei, Alex Roth and Connor McCormack (photo contributed by Lori-Anne McCormack).

Varsity teams give back in annual Dreamlift day

Heat Varsity Athletics were out in full force to help with Wendy's Dreamlift Day on January 26.

Organized by the Sunshine Foundation, this annual event helps raise funds to fly children with severe physical disability or life-threatening illnesses to Disneyland to enjoy a magical day of fun.

"Our hope for this year was that we could supply about 12 Heat athletes and coaches per store over the course of the day," said Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation.

More than 50 Heat student-athletes and coaches volunteered at Wendy's Restaurant locations in Kelowna and West Kelowna.

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The Woodsmen celebrate their Winter Classic championship following a 14-4 victory over Where Mama Keeps the Peanut Butter.
The Woodsmen celebrate their Winter Classic championship following a 14-4 victory over Where Mama Keeps the Peanut Butter.

First-ever campus Winter Classic ball-hockey tournament sees 15 teams participate

The inaugural Winter Classic ball-hockey tournament, held on January 22, attracted 15 co-ed student teams from diverse backgrounds and hockey skill levels.

"Since this was the first annual event, there was a lot more work than we had initially planned, but everything came together and all the players had a good time. I was impressed by the attitude of all the participants and we're hearing a lot of positive feedback about the Winter Classic. We hope to be bringing it back in 2012," said student organizer Jon Baron of the Management Student Association.

The tournament was organized by the Management Student Association (MSA) and sponsored by UBC Aboriginal Programs & Services (APS).

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research spotlight

Genocide scholar Adam Jones by the Volga River in Kazan, Russia.
Genocide scholar Adam Jones by the Volga River in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Griselda Ramirez)

Evoking Genocide: UBC professor's book cited as Outstanding Academic Title

A book of essays edited by Adam Jones, associate professor of political science, has received high praise from Choice magazine, which reviews books for thousands of academic libraries.

Evoking Genocide: Scholars and Activists Describe the Works That Shaped Their Lives was published in 2009 and earned a place on the influential magazine's January 2011 list of Outstanding Academic Titles.

Jones' book was recommended to libraries as "an excellent starting place for those interested in developing classes on the art and literature of genocide."

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Evelyn Cornelissen awarded CIHR MPD grant

PhD Candidate Evelyn Cornelissen has been awarded a Meeting, Planning, and Dissemination (MPD) grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the amount of $24,997.

Cornelissen is a leading member of the Knowledge Translation Trainee Collaborative (KTTC), a national collaborative that aims to facilitate collaborative learning and work, networking and professional development among the next generation of knowledge translation trainees, researchers and practitioners. The grant allows the KTTC to hold a second in-person meeting to help expand membership, strengthen the collaborative and work on additional projects.

Cornelissen's doctoral research looks at implementing and using a health economic framework to facilitate evidence-informed decision making, and using action research as a mechanism for knowledge translation.

To learn more about the KTTC, including how to become a member, visit: www.ktclearinghouse.ca/kttc/

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workshops

Raising the bar: patents and biotechnology

Given the challenges of intellectual property protection in biotechnology, tools that protect innovation and ideas have never been more needed.

At this workshop Alaka Chatterjee -- partner and patent agent for Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP -- will provide an overview of the patent process and discuss the steps that scientists, patent agents and intellectual property lawyers should take to protect innovations.

Date: Friday Feb. 11
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

To find out more visit the Student Biotechnology Network website.

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Reminder: challenging new computer skills sessions being offered by Continuing Studies

"So you think you know it all," is a fast-paced, informal and challenging new software skills booster available to the campus community. Personal IT trainer Rob Mellalieu will cover a broad range of topics in this challenging and interesting session.

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 on select Fridays -- Feb. 18, March 18, Apr. 15, May 13 and June 24 -- from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

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

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
February 2, 2011

News

Funds for strategic engineering research
Okanagan campus provides hundreds of jobs for students
Valley First helps feed the Food Exchange
Students' farming robot makes Prairie splash
Affordable Housing Research Roundtable comes to Kelowna
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) launched
Celebrate Outweek 2011
Volunteers sought for Okanagan campus LipDub
New leave database implemented
Okanagan campus news available anywhere, anytime
Where to find it: lost and found in Used Bookstore
Reminder: graduation applications now being accepted
Okanagan Senate meeting highlights
President's Service Award for Excellence nominations open

People

UBC professor joins Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Varsity teams give back in annual Dreamlift day
First-ever campus Winter Classic ball-hockey tournament sees 15 teams participate

Research Spotlight

Evoking Genocide: UBC professor's book cited as Outstanding Academic Title
Evelyn Cornelissen awarded CIHR MPD grant

events

The limits of evolutionary aesthetics

Evolutionary aestheticians hope to shed light on questions such as: why do we have the aesthetic preferences that we have?

Justine Kingsbury -- Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waikato -- argues that while evolutionary theory can shed some light on psychological questions in aesthetics, in practice it rarely does.

Date: Wednesday Feb. 2nd (today)
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART376

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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. Donoghue's 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.

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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The limits of ethical advocacy

Are lawyers entitled to refuse to help their clients obtain all of the advantages available to them through law?

Tim Dare, Associate Professor of Philosophy from the University of Auckland, will be on campus Friday to present a talk on the limits of ethical advocacy for lawyers.

Dare is the author of The Counsel of Rogues? A Defence of the Standard Conception of the Lawyer's Role, and specializes in philosophy of law and applied ethics.

Date: Friday Feb. 4
Time:
4 p.m.
Location:
Arts building, room ART376

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New directions in forging foreign policy

Nicholas Gammer, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thompson Rivers University, will be on campus on Monday to look at the Afghanistan task force and the centralization of Canadian foreign policy.

Gammer will argue that since 2008 a small secretariat of the Privy Council Office of Canada became the leading institutional force that shaped and managed Canada's foreign policy on Afghanistan.

He will also discuss challenges and opportunities for the foreign policy makers in Canada in regards to formulating adequate responses to new kinds of communal warfare.

Date: Monday, Feb. 7
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART114

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Career week events: work your BA

This is a week-long series of events aimed at helping Bachelor of Arts students learn more about their career options.

Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of art-focused workshops and sessions next week. From discovering personal brands, to buliding job-winning résumés, the Career Centre is helping students build on their post-graduation goals. Career Week events include:

Brand you: building your personal brand

Date : Monday, Feb. 7
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Location: Career Centre, room UNC207

Get the interview: how to build a job-winning rÉsumÉ

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 8
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Location: Career Centre, room UNC207

Work your BA: panel discussion

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 9
Time: 6 to 7 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

To RSVP for any of these sessions contact Christy Mahlberg, Career Centre Events Coordinator, at 250-807-8611.

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Photo by Emily Geen
Photo credit: Emily Geen

Visual arts students explore Behind the Lens

Third- and fourth-year BFA visual arts students are exhibiting their photography work this month at the Gallery Vertigo in Vernon.

The show, entitled Behind the Lens, showcases multi-faceted approaches to using photography -- from traditional darkroom-printed black and white photographs, to montages created in the Adobe Photoshop digital darkroom.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and runs from February 9 until March 5.

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McGill University chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz

Eating: is there a solution to the confusion?

TV's "Dr. Joe" Schwarcz gives special public lecture Feb. 10

The Chemistry Department and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences will present a very special guest speaker on Feb. 10, when McGill University professor Joe Schwarcz, visits the Okanagan campus.

Known as "Dr. Joe" to television audiences across the country, Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. His topic is "Eating: is there a solution to the confusion?"

Date: Thursday, Feb. 10
Time:
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location:
Arts and Sciences II building (room ASC140)

This is a 2011 International Year of Chemistry celebration. It is free and open to everyone.

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Sheila Fraser

A conversation with Sheila Fraser

Canada's Auditor General Sheila Fraser will speak at a special dinner event for the business community and UBC Bachelor of Management students in Kelowna on Feb. 17.

This is an outstanding opportunity to gain insights into Ms. Fraser's 10-year term as Auditor General of Canada in an informal setting.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 17
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel -- 1171 Harvey Ave., Kelowna

Seats are $50, online registration now open.

To find out more contact Carol Zuckerman at 250-807-9501.

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Barber School Grad photo sessions organized for February

A series of upcoming photo sessions have been organized for graduating students from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Fine Photography will be set up in the Arts building foyer on Feb. 22 to 24, from 9 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

Students are encouraged to sign up early, as drop-ins sessions are allowed only if time permits. Online registration opens today at www.kelownafinephotography.ca.

To find out more contact Fine Photography at 250-769-1414.

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The Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

When life gets in the way of exercise

The Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention is putting on a research seminar for health researchers and the general public on February 22.

The brownbag lunch seminar is entitled, When Life Gets in the Way of Exercise: Concurrent Management of Exercise and Other Valued Life Goals. It is being presented by Mary Jung, Assistant Professor of Human Kinetics.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 22
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

Sustainability of water supply: a risk-based approach

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 in February with a talk by Rehan Sadiq, Associate Professor of Engineering, giving his talk: Sustainability of Water Supply: A Risk-Based Approach.

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

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

To find out more contact the Research Services Office at 205-807-9658.

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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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