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newsResearcher of the Year, microbiologist Melanie Jones. Researcher of the Year, microbiologist Melanie Jones.

Microbiologist named Researcher of the Year at UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC microbiologist Melanie Jones has been named Researcher of the Year at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Jones has been a professor in biology since 1990, first at Okanagan University College and more recently with UBC. Her research focuses on the effect of various forestry practices on the diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi in BC forests. These fungi live among the roots of woody plants and play a vital role in nutrient and carbon cycling in forest ecosystems. Jones' most recent interest is in the physiological diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi found in clearcuts and older forests.

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A"water puppet" made from papier-mache using recycled materials makes an appearance on UBC’s Okanagan campus during last year's World Water Day.
A"water puppet" made from papier-mache using recycled materials makes an appearance on campus during World Water Day last year.

"Thinking like a watershed" talk to begin UBC's World Water Week

The first event in this year's World Water Week is intended to get more people "thinking like a watershed." That's the title of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series presentation Mar. 21 featuring Oliver Brandes, associate director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria.

"Water will be the resource that defines prosperity in the 21st Century," says Brandes, whose work focuses on the ecological governance of water sustainability, sound resource management and ecological-based legal and institutional reform in BC and beyond.

"The current regime of water law and governance is a vestige of an unsustainable past," he says. "British Columbia must face the challenges of increasing water demand, calls for shared decision-making and collaboration, changing roles for government and a climate in flux. Conflict, drought and water scarcity loom, even for a relatively water wealthy place like BC."

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Second-year human kinetics student Judah Campbell and third-year nursing student Natalie Kloosterman are excited by the addition of rugby to the Heat varsity athletics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Second-year human kinetics student Judah Campbell and third-year nursing student Natalie Kloosterman are excited by the addition of rugby to the Heat varsity athletics program at UBC's Okanagan campus.

New UBC Okanagan Heat rugby team goes to nationals

Men's and women's rugby is the newest addition to varsity athletics at UBC's Okanagan campus. The men's rugby team performed admirably in their first shot at the
National University Sevens Championship Mar. 11 and 12 at UBC in Vancouver.

"Despite finishing sixth, the Heat proved that they could compete at the national level against teams with established well-funded programs," noted coach Rob O'Brien. "The fact that the Heat was the youngest team, with the majority of players being under 20 years old, suggests a bright future ahead for the program," he said.

Videos and other stories from the tournamant can be found on the Rugby
Canada website
. Three of the Heat's games are also available for viewing online:

Heat vs. Western | Heat vs. Mt. Royal | Heat vs. Calgary

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Heat men's volleyball bring home national silver

The Heat Men's Volleyball team completed their final year of competition in Canadian Collegiate Athletics by bringing home a silver medal from the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship in Sherbooke, QC, last week.

Their play at Nationals offered further experience to a team clearly ready for their transition to Canada Interuniversity Sport, having been accepted into the Canada West division starting this fall. The Heat will not lose any of this season's roster due to graduation in June. Many, if not all, members of the team will make the return next season.

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Heat women fourth at volleyball nationals

The Heat Women's Volleyball team was a favourite going into the CCAA Volleyball National Championships in Saint John, NB, last week, but the defending national champs finished just out of the medals this year.

After a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Island University Mariners, the Heat swept Humber College, qualifying for the bronze medal match against the FX Garrneau Élans. The Elans kept the Heat away from the podium, winning 3 sets to 1.

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UBC launches iPhone app

UBC launches iPhone app

UBC's first iPhone app is now available for download. Students, faculty, staff and prospective students will be able to access up-to-date event information and news from around campus.

The app can also help users find their way around using a list of locations and maps. Prospective students can download the app to learn more about UBC, find program information and watch faculty and student testimonial videos. It also allows prospective students to connect with UBC and receive information about creating an account on the e-z Recruit system.

UBC's mobile app will be an ongoing project and additional features will be added to future versions. UBC is working to make the app available in iPad, Blackberry, and Android formats in the very near future.

To download the new app, or find out more, visit: http://tinyurl.com/4ts7l7k

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Campus community invited to hear Justin Trudeau, Mar. 25

Justin Trudeau, Liberal MP for Papineau, QC, and an advocate for greater political participation by Canada's youth, will speak at UBC's Okanagan campus on Friday, Mar. 25 (barring a federal election call prior to that date). All students, faculty and staff are invited.

Entitled Canada's Democratic Deficit, the talk is at 1 p.m. in the University Centre Ballroom (UNC 200). Political Science Professor Barrie McCullough will make introductory remarks. The talk is sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Unit 6, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology.

Following the public talk, Trudeau will join students in the campus courtyard at 1:45 p.m.

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Grad Gala 2011Volunteers needed for Grad Gala

Grad Gala 2011 is a celebration of the UBC community: students, staff, faculty and alumni. It embraces the intimate and special nature of the Okanagan campus and honours graduating students from every faculty with a night they will always remember.

Each year, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer their time at Grad Gala, enabling us to offer students ticket prices at an affordable $25. Decorators, liquor tickets sellers, coats checkers, table bussers and volunteers for clean up are needed.

This year's event is being held on Saturday, Apr. 9.

Please encourage all graduating students to register early online. The band Treelines has been selected by students to headline the event. Non-graduating students and non-students-guests may also attend.

To help send this year's grads off in style, or find out more, contact Erica Triggs, Assistant Events and Promotions Coordinator, 250-807-9360.

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Crime StoppersCampus Security now partnering with Crime Stoppers

A new crime-response program is being implemented on campus, with a number of new ways for members of the campus community to provide tips while remaining anonymous.

UBC Campus Security is partnering with Crime Stoppers to help empowers everyone on campus to fight back against crime using a variety of 21st century tools -- online, texting (274637 with keyword "BCtip") and facebook -- as well as via the traditional Crime Stoppers method (1-800-222-TIPS).

Anyone who witnesses a crime on campus can use any of these methods to help keep UBC safe and more secure.

To find out more about this program contact Security Coordinator Mike Gesi at 250-807-9173.

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Create New Student OrientationHelp Create something great for new students in September

The start of the next school year is months away, but organizers are already putting the call out for volunteers to help at the Okanagan campus' annual new student orientation in September.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities for interested members of the campus community. Help is needed for early morning setup, lunch service, as well as attendants for games, snack booths and the Create Showcase that runs throughout the afternoon on orientation day.

There are also two new volunteer positions this year: Welcome Team Leader and Faculty Team Leader.

To volunteer, or find out more, visit the Campus Life website or contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.

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Exam JamExam Jam: two days of extra study-support sessions for those needing it

Exam Jam is a two-day study-support program running April 10 and 11, featuring a mix of academic and non-academic activities.

Offering students an opportunity to review course material -- as well as attend health-minded study breaks and activity sessions -- Exam Jam is an ambitious idea to help students get ready for their upcoming exams.

There are a variety of ways to participate in the Exam Jam in April. 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.

To find out more visit the Exam Jam website, or contact Geoffrey Cox in the Academic Resource Centre.

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Dial-in teleconferencing now available

IT, Media & Classroom Services has created a campus-wide teleconferencing service that is now available to all researchers, faculty, and staff.

Dial-in teleconferencing provides campus community members requiring access to dial in from a variety of locations. The service also allows teleconference organizers to set a date and time for participants to join by having them call the conference system and enter an access code. There are also multiple ways to dial in to the conference system including a direct campus number, a local Kelowna and area phone number, or a North America toll-free number.

Currently, IT, Media & Classroom Services has licensed 26 ports which will allow 26 concurrent incoming phone calls to the teleconferencing server. Please note that wireless conference phones are also available.

To request a teleconference simply submit a "Request Teleconference" work order via the online helpdesk and your request will be processed within two business days.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: March 2

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 March 2 meeting include:

For more information about these Senate highlights contact Nathalie Hager, acting manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 250-807-9619.

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Registration now open for Green Research Challenge

Ready...Set...Go Green

In May and June, laboratory-based faculty, researchers and staff on campus are competing for points in a variety of eco-friendly challenges in the first-ever Green Research Challenge.

Anyone who works in a lab and has a valid UBC CWL is invited to participate in the challenge. Challenge activities vary -- from reviewing climate change documentaries, to assessing energy use in a lab. All activities present an opportunity to learn more about on-campus laboratory solid and hazardous waste programs, water and energy reduction and green purchasing options.

Prizes are given out each week for participating. A grand prize will also be awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the challenge.

To register, or find out more, visit the Health, Safety and Environment website.

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peopleThe LibDub team is planning a day-long video project that will capture a day in the life of UBC’s Okanagan campus on Mar. 26. The LibDub team is planning a day-long video project that will capture a day in the life of UBC's Okanagan campus on Mar. 26.

Video "LipDub" captures a day in the life of UBC's
Okanagan campus

Students at UBC's Okanagan campus are taking school pride to a whole new level -- they're about to produce a "LipDub" video that captures the spirit of the campus for an online audience worldwide.

"A LipDub is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video," says student Lauren Gaudet, one of more than a dozen students organizing a full day of video production on Mar. 26. "Universities across the world have done it. Now it's our turn."

The video's theme is a day in the life of UBC's Okanagan campus.

"It will be a fun and dynamic way to showcase the Okanagan campus and everything it has to offer," says Gaudet.

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10-year-old Ocean Taylor from Bankhead Elementary School builds a Lego Mindstorm Robot with UBC student Monica Marton, who is in the first year of the Elementary Teacher Education Program.
10-year-old Ocean Taylor from Bankhead Elementary School builds a Lego Mindstorm Robot with UBC student Monica Marton, who is in the first year of the Elementary Teacher Education Program.

UBC students build robots with SD23 students

Interior Savings has teamed up with the Learning Exchange at UBC's Okanagan campus and School District 23 to provide elementary, middle, and high school students with the opportunity to visit the university and construct Lego Mindstorm Robots with university student volunteers.

In half-day workshops, UBC students from a range of disciplines -- including engineering, computer sciences, arts and sciences, and education -- work with students in Grades 4 to 10 to build and program the educational toys. The ongoing initiative is made possible through a $15,000 donation from Interior Savings.

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research spotlightThe Future Delta simulation software being developed at UBC will offer an interactive way to see how communities are affected by climate change.
The Future Delta simulation software being developed at UBC will offer an interactive way to see how communities are affected by climate change.

Future Delta: virtual world reveals climate change consequences

A team of UBC researchers, students, designers and artists are creating an interactive 3D game simulation that enables players to walk through their digitally recreated community and see how the day-to-day choices they make could impact their actual environment.

With detailed neighborhood visualization and animation, it predicts alternative climate scenarios that are focused on the flooding risks of Delta, BC.

Led by Aleksandra Dulic, Professor of Interactive Art and Dynamic Media at UBC's Okanagan campus, the "Future Delta" project uses 3D modeling to build a realistic, interactive virtual environment that encompasses state-of-the-art solutions to carbon footprint reduction and flood management.

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UBC funding supports health partnerships in BC Interior

The Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP) at UBC has provided $30,000 in funding divided equally among three initiatives that support research collaborations between UBC faculty and community-based researchers.

The projects are aimed at improving the health and well-being of Okanagan residents. They will address community issues such as improving cardiac care for rural populations, identifying barriers to accessing medical cannabis among individuals with chronic illness, and developing best-practice options for mental health and substance use services integration with Aboriginal services.

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workshops

Upcoming discussion highlights locally grown, globally connected careers

Students can find out more about professionals working with Okanagan-based organizations that have global connections at this year's final instalment of the Career Café discussion series.

Speakers will include:

  • Tammy Burnette, Supply Chain Systems Analyst for Mike's Hard Lemonade Co.
  • Brock Elliott, President of Campion Marine Inc.
  • Robert Fine, Director of Economic Development for the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission
  • Jack Van der Star, Founder of WAVETEQ Communications Inc.

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

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

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Finance lunch and learn sessions

Finance will be holding a series of brown bag lunch and learn sessions in the coming months that will highlight current financial issues and provide a forum for discussion.

The first lunch and learn session will focus on year-end processes, including timelines and procedures, over/under reports and financial statement certification. This session is aimed at administrators, financial officers, unit heads and managers with direct involvement in financial year-end processes.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 29
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: DVC Boardroom, Administration building, room ADM102C

This is an open session and registration is not required. To find out more email finance.ubco@ubc.ca.

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Promotion and tenure workshop

Faculty members have a good opportunity to find out more about promotion and tenure on April 5 at a special seminar entitled: Everything you wanted to know about promotion and tenure, but were afraid to ask.

The seminar will feature:

  • Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal Academic and Research
  • George Athans, Manager of Human Resources and Employee Relations
  • Susan Boyd, Chair of the UBC Senior Appointments Committee
  • Pauline Brandes, Director of Human Resources
  • Deena Rubuliak, Membership Services Officer for the UBC Faculty Association

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 5
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB312

The deadline for RSVPs to this event is Mar. 31. To RSVP send your full name, department and rank to Lynne McPherson.

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Neoliberalism and post-welfare Nordic states

The campus community and the public are invited to participate in a day of discussion at UBC's Okanagan campus about neoliberalism and post-welfare Nordic states. Experts from universities in Iceland, Sweden and Denmark are visiting on April 11 for a workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Arts building ART 218.

Funding for this workshop is provided by: the Cultural Studies program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies; Unit 6 (Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology) and the Office of the Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences; Community Culture and Global Studies; Office of the Provost; and the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice.

Date: Monday, April 11
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, ART218

To find out more, visit the online events calendar.


The Art of Breathing

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout March and early April, internationally acclaimed breathing and yoga instructor Deborah Small will be on campus to provide a series of instructional drop-in sessions focused on breathing.

Learn to breathe and find peace and relaxation during your hectic work day. Increase energy, be more alert and focused, improve blood circulation and reduce stress.

Open to all UBC employees, these drop-in sessions are organized by the School of Social Work and made possible by a Healthy Workplace Initiative grant.

Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays until April 12
Time: 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Locations: room LIB304 (Tuesdays) and room ART208 (Wednesdays)

To find out more contact the School of Social Work at 250-807-8738.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
March 16, 2011

News

Microbiologist named Researcher of the Year
"Thinking like a watershed" talk to begin UBC's World Water Week
New UBC Okanagan Heat rugby team goes to nationals
Heat men's volleyball bring home national silver
Heat women fourth at volleyball nationals
UBC launches iPhone app
Campus community invited to hear Justin Trudeau, Mar. 25
Volunteers needed for Grad Gala
Campus Security now partnering with Crime Stoppers
Help Create something great for new students in September
Exam Jam: two days of extra study-support sessions for those needing it
Dial-in teleconferencing now available
Okanagan Senate meeting highlights
Registration now open for Green Research Challenge

People

Video "LipDub" captures a day in the life of UBC's Okanagan campus
UBC students build robots with SD23 students

Research Spotlight

Future Delta: virtual world reveals climate change consequences
UBC funding supports health partnerships in BC Interior

events

Rule Out Racism week

Rule Out Racism week events continue

March 14 to 18 is Rule Out Racism week at UBC.

Already this week, Rule Out Racism organizers have put on a series of events that deal with the topic of racial discrimination, including yesterday's screening and discussion of One Big Hapa Family with writer and director Jeff Chiba Stearns.

The rest of the week's Rule Out Racism events will include:

  • March 16 (today), 2 to 3 p.m., campus courtyard
    "Eat your words" cookie decorating
  • March 16 (today), 4 p.m., UNC 336
    Film screening: Invictus
  • March 17, 4 p.m., UNC 336
    Film screening: Remember the Titans
  • March 18, 4 p.m., UNC 336
    Film screening: Crash

To find out more visit the Rule Out Racism Week website.

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Grad Street

Grad Street

Think of this as the transition event. At Grad Street, graduating students get everything they need to navigate their way from student to alumnus.

Hang out with recent grads in the clubhouse; learn how to order a grad gown and book a spot on graduation day; and get some advice on next steps for life beyond an undergrad degree, whether in a career or grad studies.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 17
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC 200

This is a free event, with snacks provided.

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Ability and access

Ability and access through the arts

Join the Disability Resource Centre in March and April for a number of fun and interactive activities.

Song writing workshop featuring Ryan Donn

Date: Friday, Mar. 18
Time:
3 to 5 p.m.
Location: University Centre, room UNC334
Registration for this event is required

Music performance: Fields of Green

Date: Friday, Mar. 18
Time: 9:45 p.m.
Location: The Well student pub

Come together to create: making theatre that matters

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 29
Time: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200
Registration for this event is required

Theatre workshop performance

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 29
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

Ability and access art show opening

Date: Friday, Apr. 1
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: French Cultural Centre -- 702 Bernard Ave., Kelowna

Ability and access art exhibition

Date: Saturday, Apr. 2
Time: 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Location: French Cultural Centre -- 702 Bernard Ave., Kelowna

Dates: Apr. 4 to 8
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: French Cultural Centre -- 702 Bernard Ave., Kelowna

All events are free and open to the public. For full event details visit the Disability Resource Centre website.

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Where is Social Work heading across the globe?

Where is Social Work heading across the globe? It is important that voices of social work practitioners, educators and policy and development workers from all parts of the world are taken into account.

This important topic is what Associate Professor Dixon Sookraj is addressing at a Global Agenda for Social Work discussion this Friday.

Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART114

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Students put a focus on Japan with 1,000 cranes

Japanese students will help the campus community fold 1,000 origami cranes on Mar. 23 as the first part of an important project they hope will raise awareness of Japanese culture and help raise funds for disaster relief.

On Mar. 23, for $1, you can buy a sheet of recycled paper and (perhaps with a little help) fold a paper crane. All the origami cranes will later be arranged to form a much larger crane sculpture. Watch for tables set up in various locations around campus.

On April 1, the students will hold an on-campus Festival of a Thousand Cranes, with Japanese movies, food and cultural presentations. Here's a chance to learn more about Japan's people and their country, and to contribute to the disaster relief effort.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 23 (origami cranes), and Friday, April 1 (Japanese festival)
Location: University Centre and other buildings

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Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by Student Housing and Hospitality Services, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Mar. 25, for Pitstop.

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

Date: Friday, Mar. 25
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Nicola Residence, Student Housing and Hospitality Services Office

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

The biochemistry of vitamin B12

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 March with a talk by Kirsten Wolthers, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, giving her talk: The Biochemistry of Vitamin B12.

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

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 30
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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CCGS' Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies students conference

Graduate Students Pushing Boundaries

Connect with graduate students, learn about scholarly innovation and be inspired at Community, Culture and Global Studies' Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Students Conference on March 31.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 31
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more email eva@kowalke.ca.

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Emma Donoghue

FCCS Visiting Author: Novelist Emma Donoghue

Novelist Emma Donoghue will give a free public reading at on March 31, as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Author Series.

Weather conditions prevented Donoghue from travelling to the Okanagan for an originally planned reading in early February.

Donoghue's latest novel Room is one of the most talked about novels of the year. Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the 2010 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Her other books include Slammerkin and The Sealed Letter.

Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Administration building theatre, room ADM 026

This reading is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Bookstore, and the Canada Council for the Arts. To find out more contact the department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.

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German Film Society screening: Status Yo!

The latest German Film Society screening will take place on April 5 and features Status Yo! (2004) from director Till Hastreiter.

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 5
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB305

Films are in German with English subtitles. At each German Film Society screening there will be popcorn, pizza and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

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

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

  • Research from the vine
    For the first time, wine science course are offered to UBC students.
    Open Access Week
    A week for everyone to discover how they can contribute to an open exchange of information and knowledge.
  • Global Fest
    Global Fest offers an opportunity for international students to highlight their homeland to the rest of the campus community.

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