Olympic cyclist Axel Merckx at Valley First UBC Athletics Scholarship Breakfast April 8
World-renowned Belgian bicycle racing champion Axel Merckx is the keynote speaker for this year’s Valley First UBC Athletics Scholarship Breakfast, set for this Friday, April 8, at Kelowna’s Coast Capri Hotel.
Merckx enjoyed a remarkable racing career, including winning an Olympic medal in 2004. He began his professional cycling career in 1993 as a member of Team Motorola, won the 2000 Belgian National Championship, and participated in eight Tours de France, finishing as the highest-placed Belgian rider six times.
Student keynote speaker this year is Steve Morrison, captain of the Heat men’s basketball team.
History professor James Hull, new editor-in-chief of the journal Scientia Canadensis.
UBC professor James Hull new editor-in-chief of Scientia Canadensis
James Hull, associate professor of history, has been named the new editor-in-chief of Scientia Canadensis, the academic journal of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA).
CSTHA President Bertrum MacDonald says the executive committee unanimously selected Hull because they knew he would bring considerable experience and energy to the position.
"Hull is an active scholar, primarily of the history of technology in Canada, and has already developed a publishing agenda for the journal that will continue to advance understanding and appreciation of Canada's important scientific and technical heritage," says MacDonald.
UBC Creative Writing students want your stories
New website to share Okanagan "literacy narratives"
A group of eight Creative Writing students are working on a series of promotional and creative activities for Project Literacy Kelowna Society, and are seeking stories from the community about the importance of literacy in our lives.
They’re collaborating with Computer Science professor Patricia Lasserre’s students to create content for a new website. In addition to a short history of Project Literacy Kelowna, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, they are setting up a travelling road show to collect "literacy narratives."
"Literacy narratives are stories about what you remember about learning to read, or how you helped someone else learn to read, or what literacy means to you," says Nancy Holmes, the Creative Writing professor whose students are taking on this challenge.
Trio of UBC projects funded to explore sustainable
Three new UBC research projects will examine ways to reduce water use in public parks, explore new public transportation options, and bring together neighbourhoods through performance events.
The trio of projects have met criteria for pilot sustainable community development internal grants. The grant program was created through a partnership between UBC’s Okanagan campus and the City of Kelowna to help foster sustainable community development in Kelowna’s Glenmore neighbourhood. The program is administered by the University's Office of Research Services and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Okanagan Sustainability Office.
"All three projects provide the opportunity for the University, City and community to work together on environmental and social sustainability initiatives," says Jackie Podger, Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance at the Okanagan campus.
UBC hosts experts on Nordic post-welfare states for April 11 public workshop
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. Seven experts from four 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.
"These are some of the top geography researchers from the Nordic countries, and this should be of wide interest among social science faculty members," says the workshop’s organizer, Associate Professor of Geography Lawrence Berg.
Prevalent Material: the 2011 BFA graduate exhibition
The 2011 Visual Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition at will feature works by 21 emerging visual artists from April 15 to 21.
Presented by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the exhibition is titled Prevalent Material, and showcases new and vibrant talent practicing in a range of media including painting, installation and photography.
All of the artwork for purchase is reasonably priced and will be on sale throughout the exhibition from April 15 to 21.
To kick off the annual exhibit, an opening reception will be held Saturday, April 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Fine Arts and Health building. The reception is free and open to the public, and includes awards, musical entertainment by the Jazz Guys and Gypsy Fist, as well as refreshments.
To find out more, contact Linda Falkingham in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at 250-807-9761.
Engineering student Trevor Condon with his team's hovercraft during last year's Engineering Two hovercraft design challenge at UBC's Okanagan campus.
UBC engineering students unveil novel design projects
This is a busy time for engineering students, as first-, second- and fourth-year students present major projects in three public showcases.
Second-year Engineering students will race hovercraft they've designed and built on Thursday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Fourth-year students will present their capstone design course projects on Friday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arts and Science II building, rooms ASC 140 and 130.
First-year students will demonstrate their innovative can-crushing machines in their annual Engineering Design Competition, with demonstrations underway from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 11, in the Fipke Centre for Innovative Research.
Journal BC Studies focuses on Okanagan
The Okanagan is in the spotlight for the latest edition of BC Studies, the British Columbian Quarterly, published by UBC. The Winter 2010/2011 issue, titled "Okanagan Futures," features five articles authored by faculty from UBC's Okanagan campus:
- Photo Essay: From Forested Hills to Paved Plateaus (pg: 9-20) by Fern Helfand
- Parrying Water Conflicts in the Okanagan: The Potential of a Water Market (pg: 21-44) by John Janmaat
- Housing New Canadians in the Central Okanagan, British Columbia (pg: 45-63) by Carlos Teixeira
- Repertoires of Racism: Reactions to Jamaicans in the Okanagan Valley (pg: 65-79) by Dixon Sookraj, Ann McKinnon, Luis Aguiar
- Commentary: After the Harvest: Towards a Sustainable Okanagan? (pg: 81-94) by Melody Hessing
The Okanagan Futures edition was timed to coincide with the BC Studies Conference, which will be held on the Okanagan campus May 5 to 7.
Create organizers put out the call for volunteers
September is months away, but organizers for Create are putting the call out to the campus community for volunteers to help out at the annual new student orientation for UBC's Okanagan campus.
Assistance is needed with 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 find out more, visit the Campus Life website or contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.
Summer work study work learn applications
Faculties and departments are now eligible to begin submitting project proposals for student summer staff via the work study work learn program.
Work study work learn creates hundreds of on-campus jobs during the fall and winter, and gives meaningful employment to students while helping faculty and staff benefit from qualified and energetic employees.
The summer program enables faculty and staff to hire eligible students at a subsidized wage of $9 per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week, for a total of 300 hours, during the summer months.
To find out more, visit the Work Study and Work Learn website.
Alive! registration extended to April 12
Registration for Alive! -- the campus community's new workplace wellness program -- has been extended to next Tuesday. Interested participants have until then to enrol at: www.Okanagan.bewellatwork.ubc.ca.
Designed to help you improve diet and physical activity by making gradual changes, Alive! is being offered at no charge to employees as part of the Be Well at Work research project.
First Be Well At Work prizes awarded
The first two Be Well at Work prizes have been awarded to:
- Kate Budd -- a $120 gift certificate for a Naturopathic Clinic visit
- Diane MacBride -- a Meals in Minutes cookbook
Summer Food Service hours in effect starting May 2
Summer hours now available online
With the end of the academic year approaching, eating options on campus will soon be adapting to the change in demand.
As of May 2, ARAMARK Food Services at UBC's Okanagan campus will be adjusting to the summer schedule. This means Tim Hortons and the Sunshine Cafeteria will be open, with a shift of focus to daytime serving hours.
Tim Hortons will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Monday to Friday. The Sunshine Cafeteria will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. All of the other food service facilities on campus will be closed during the summer.
The full summer schedule is available via the Okanagan campus ARAMARK website.
Asia Pacific Memo: get the latest perspectives by email
Want to keep up to date on current issues in Asia and across the Pacific? UBC's Institute of Asian Research publishes a free twice-weekly e-publication -- the Asia Pacific Memo -- that may be of interest to faculty, students and staff on the Okanagan campus.
The Asia Pacific Memo features 350 word essays or video interviews that address compelling issues framed by accessible academic research.
To get the Memo via email, see the "subscribe" page.
Faculty and staff: Aberdeen Hall Grade 6 to 10 scholarships available
Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, located adjacent to UBC's Okanagan campus, is offering scholarships that may be of interest to university faculty and staff considering enrolling their children at the independent school.
Aberdeen Hall is accepting applications for scholarships of up to 100 per cent of tuition for students starting Grades 6 through 10 next fall.
To find out more contact Susanne Raye, Director of Admissions, at 250-491-1270 ex 103.
Engineering co-op Faculty of the Year award recipient professor Mina Hoorfar in the research lab.
Awards recognize Okanagan engineering co-op student, faculty member, and employer
The School of Engineering celebrated the success of this year's engineering co-op graduates -- students who have combined classroom learning with practical work experience -- as part of National Cooperative Educational Week, held this year from March 21 to 25. At the school’s recent Co-op Graduation Reception, awards were given to the top co-op faculty member, student and employer of the year.
UBC mechanical engineering professor Mina Hoorfar received the Co-op Faculty of the Year award for her ongoing commitment to the co-op program and her record of assisting students in their research aspirations through regular mentoring and coaching.
Steve Buzinski among Canada's Next 36
UBC student earns a top spot with Canadian entrepreneurial program
Steve Buzinski, a fourth-year Bachelor of Management student, is one of a select number of undergrads from across Canada participating in The Next 36: Canada's Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative. This is an elite business program which aims to launch the careers of the country's most promising and innovative students.
Buzinski competed with more than 1,300 undergrads from across Canada in a rigorous national selection process to earn one of the 36 coveted spots. The program runs from December 2010 to August 2011 and gives student hands-on experience launching new product ventures.
"It's such a cool and exciting opportunity," says Buzinski. "This May, I move into residence at the University of Toronto to live with 35 other bright, creative minds from across Canada. All of these people are incredibly interesting and talented. I'm excited and very humbled to work with all of them."
Chris Willie is pursuing a PhD in Human Kinetics. His research is about to be published in one of the world's top clinical journals, Hypertension.
Top clinical journal publishes study by UBC Human Kinetics student
Human Kinetics PhD student Chris Willie is the principal author of a new study in one of the world's top clinical journals, Hypertension.
The study, titled Neuromechanical features of the cardiac baroreflex following exercise (abstract), provides new insights into the mechanisms that control blood pressure before and following exercise in healthy people.
"The purpose of my study was to understand why, after exercise, blood pressure is decreased -- it's a relatively unexplored area," says Willie, whose research focuses on better understanding the integrated mechanisms regulating human cerebral blood flow in health and disease.
Celebrate Research Week video features now online
This year's Celebrate Research Week took the community across the world and back, all in a week.
The annual week-long series of events featured seven free public events that focused on electronic waste in the developing world, genomics and medicine, women's efforts to promote men's health, and community-level climate change simulation.
UBC's research excellence was in full display at the annual Celebrate Research Gala, held on March 17. The evening featured video vignettes of select researchers from the Okanagan campus, as well as award presentations for the Researcher of the Year and the Award for Public Education Through Media.
Finance Lunch and Learn session
Finance is holding a series of Lunch and Learn sessions this spring that will highlight current financial issues and provide a forum for discussion and information exchange.
This month’s session will provide a Hyperion system update -- covering the topics of funding transfers, reports, forecasting and training -- as well as an overview of interfund transfers versus funding transfers.
This session is aimed at administrators, financial officers, unit heads and managers.
Date: Thursday, Apr. 21
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334
This is an open session and registration is not required. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-guided online tutorials help employees become online experts
UBC has recently upgraded their online learning access portal to include new extensive courses, including the latest Microsoft Office 2010 applications.
This gives UBC employees the opportunity to upgrade their computer skills on their own time -- at work, home or anywhere computer and internet access are available.
The registration fee for courses is $60. Once enrolled, participants have unlimited access to their chosen tutorials until February 28, 2012.
A limited number of licenses are available to UBC employees for the online tutorials.
To view the comprehensive course list visit the online catalogue. To sign up for a tutorial, contact Crystal Volk with the following details: chosen tutorials, full name, department or unit name, and employee ID.
April 6, 2011
• Olympic cyclist Axel Merckx at Valley First UBC Athletics Scholarship Breakfast April 8
• UBC professor James Hull new editor-in-chief of Scientia Canadensis
• UBC Creative Writing students want your stories
• Trio of UBC projects funded to explore sustainable community development
• UBC hosts experts on Nordic post-welfare states for April 11 public workshop
• Prevalent Material: the 2011 BFA graduate exhibition
• UBC engineering students unveil novel design projects
• Journal BC Studies focuses on Okanagan
• Create organizers put out the call for volunteers
• Summer work study work learn applications now being accepted
• Alive! registration extended
•Summer Food Service hours in effect starting May 2
• Asia Pacific Memo: get the latest perspectives by email
• Faculty and staff: Aberdeen Hall Grade 6 to 10 scholarships available
• Awards recognize Okanagan engineering co-op student, faculty member, and employer
• Buzinski among Canada's Next 36
• Top clinical journal publishes study by UBC Human Kinetics student
• Celebrate Research Week Video Features now online
Feed the Valley walk
Members of the campus community have a good opportunity to get active and help the Kelowna Community Food Bank at the same time.
Participate in today's Feed the Valley Walk and Run -- a 3km walk, or a 5km run -- and 100 per cent of registration fees raised will be donated to the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Non-perishable food items will also be collected at the event to support the on-campus Food Exchange.
Registration for the run is $20 and includes a t-shirt, a post-run light snack and a chance to win prizes from local sponsors.
Date: Wednesday, April 6 (today)
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre commons area
To find out more, visit camprec.ca.
Black and Blue Sari author to give on-campus talk tonight
Tonight, the UBC Students' Union Okanagan is featuring an evening with Black and Blue Sari author Kamal Dhillion.
Black and Blue Sari is a harrowing autobiography of the abuse and torment that Kamal Dhillon suffered at the hands of her arranged-marriage husband.
Her story and message is one that will affect, disturb, enrage and enlighten everyone to the reality and severity of domestic abuse.
Date: Wednesday, Apr. 6 (tonight)
Time: 7 to 11 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200
Tickets can be purchased at the used bookstore, the Kelowna Women's Resource Centre or via organizer Neetu Garcha. They cost $10 for students and $20 for faculty, staff and community members.
All proceeds go to the Kelowna Women's Resource Centre.
Sixth annual Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference
This year's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' (IKBSAS) Undergraduate Research Conference will be held tomorrow in the Fipke Centre and Arts and Sciences II buildings.
The conference is an annual showcase of the diverse research projects underway by undergraduate honours and directed studies students in the IKBSAS.
- Poster Presentations
Fipke Centre atrium, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Oral Presentations
Arts and Sciences II building, rooms ASC165, ASC271 and ASC273, 1 to 4 p.m.
To find out more visit the Undergraduate Research Conference website.
Festival at the U organized for Thursday
UBC's annual Okanagan campus end-of-the-year roundup returns this Thursday. This year's event features a Greek theme, along with all the customary games, food and prizes that traditionally go on at Festival at the U.
The celebration starts at 11:30 a.m. in the University Centre Commons area and runs until to 2 p.m. This year's activities include a gladiator obstacle course, games, prizes and a barbecue free to all students.
Date: Thursday, Apr. 7
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre Commons area
To find out more contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.
The Interdisciplinary Performance program presents Dream Migrations, a high-spirited balancing act between our need for community and our desire for freedom, our search for identity and our capacity for transformation, our predilection for certainty and our attraction to the unknown.
Date: Friday, Apr. 8
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery -- 1315 Water St.
Dates: Saturday, Apr. 9, and Sunday, Apr. 10
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200
Free entry to the cast party with purchase of closing night ticket. Tickets will be sold at the door for a $5 minimum donation. All proceeds will be donated to the UBCO Save Japan campaign.
To find out more contact Virginie Magnat, Assistant Professor of Performance, at 250-807-8441.
Creative Studies celebrates Oyama Pink Shale and Progress this Saturday
The Department of Creative Studies invites the campus community to a book launch for new publications by Creative Writing professors Sharon Thesen and Michael V. Smith.
Hear the authors read from their new books, sample refreshments and celebrate with local writers.
Oyama Pink Shale (House of Anansi Press) is the latest poetry collection by Governor General's Literary Award finalist Sharon Thesen.
Progress is Michael V. Smith's latest novel, published by Cormorant Books. His debut novel, Cumberland, was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2002.
Date: Saturday, Apr. 9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Alternator Gallery -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
To find out more contact Irma Ronkkonen at 250-807-9648.
Education students present GRIP findings on April 15
Graduating teacher candidates from the Elementary Teacher Education (ETEP) program will present their Guided Research Inquiry Projects (GRIP) findings on April 15, via poster sessions, round table discussions, and performances.
This day provides an intense professional learning experience for ETEP teacher candidates and gives the Faculty of Education an opportunity to honour future teachers on the successful completion of their education degrees.
Date: Friday, Apr. 15
Time: presentations -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; celebration social -- 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200
To find out more contact Carol Scarff, Associate Professor of Education, at 250-807-9177.
Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday
Sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Apr. 15, for Pitstop.
Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.
Date: Friday, Apr. 15
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts and Sciences II building lobby
On the go: exploring mobility and aging issues in BC rural communities
This Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP) brown-bag lunch seminar will look at the concept of mobility with well seniors in rural British Columbia -- as well as those with compromised health issues, and the community providers who support them.
In this session Kathy Rush, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Elisabeth Antifeau, Community Integrated Health Services at the Interior Health Authority, will share preliminary findings from their pilot work and discuss implications for a model of rural mobility.
Date: Tuesday, Apr. 19
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334
There is no charge for this seminar and it is open to everyone.
To find out more visit the IHLCDP website, or contact Deborah Power at 250‐807‐8072.
Third Annual Holocaust and Genocide Education Forum
The annual Holocaust and Genocide Education Forum brings together Grade 11 and 12 students, community members, scholars and victims of genocide or the Holocaust in a discussion of the causes and consequences of genocide.
The keynote speaker for this year's forum is Rene Goldman, child survivor of the Shoah (Holocaust) and UBC Professor Emeritus, who currently resides in Summerland. Goldman will speak about his experiences in France, French complicity and Jewish resistance efforts.
Date: Thursday, Apr. 28
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200
This event is free and open to everyone, but online pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is April 6 (today).
To find out more contact Jess Roebuck, Equity Advisor, at 250-807-9291.
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