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Japan relief fundraiser tops $7,100

Japanese students joined with faculty, staff, UBC Students' Union Okanagan and the wider community in March to raise funds to assist the Japan earthquake relief effort.

Through bake sales, a Festival of a Thousand Cranes, and other events on campus, the students have raised $7,170. The money will be given to the Japanese Consulate-General for use in Japan.

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Robyn Bourgeois teaches a course on Women and Popular Culture at UBC’s Okanagan campus and is researching violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.
Robyn Bourgeois teaches a course on Women and Popular Culture and is researching violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.

Investigating violence against Aboriginal women

In quiet moments, Robyn Bourgeois sometimes finds herself wondering what might have become of serial killer Robert Pickton's victims had they escaped the culture of drugs and violence that plagues women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

These questions have helped motivate Bourgeois in her pursuit of both a higher education and activism in the area of violence against women and girls, with a specific focus on Aboriginal women and girls.

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UBC cultural safety researchers include, from left, professors Rachelle Hole, Lawrence Berg, Joan Bottorff and Mike Evans.
UBC cultural safety researchers include, from left, professors Rachelle Hole, Lawrence Berg, Joan Bottorff and Mike Evans.

UBC partners with Okanagan Nation Alliance to promote cultural safety in health care

The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) and UBC's Okanagan campus have entered into a Community Research Agreement (CRA) that aims to strengthen cultural safety and improve Aboriginal health care in the Okanagan Valley.

The project is titled Establishing Cultural Safety and Effecting Organizational Change for Aboriginal Health Care in Urban Centres of the Okanagan Valley. One of the community partners to actively participate in the initiative is the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, located in the Okanagan Nation territory.

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From left, students Drew Ingram, Bryan Lennox and Ryan Trenholm worked with the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society on a website analysis and redesign as part of the Learning Exchange at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
From left, students Drew Ingram, Bryan Lennox and Ryan Trenholm worked with the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society on a website analysis and redesign as part of the Learning Exchange.

UBC students revamp websites of seven non-profit organizations

UBC students taking a third-year Human Computer Interaction course have been working with seven non-profit organizations in the Okanagan to revamp their websites.

In teams of three, students have spent the last few months gathering information on their assigned community organization and conducting a detailed analysis of the website, its users, and its functionality. The goal is to leave the non-profits with a more user-friendly and effective website from both technical and user viewpoints.

"Our objective was to deliver a website that was clean, attractive and met the needs of both the clients and service providers," says UBC student Ryan Trenholm, whose group worked with the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society. "It was a great experience -- a lot of work, but in the end we learned a lot, especially about the user perspective of web design and the consultation process."

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Strong growth in applications for UBC's Okanagan campus

Applications expected to top 5,000. Interest from Lower Mainland up 45 per cent

Applications for admission to undergraduate programs at UBC's Okanagan campus are expected to top 5,000 this spring, roughly 2.5 times the volume the university saw in 2005, the first year of operation for the Okanagan campus.

"Demand is particularly strong for Nursing, Engineering, and Human Kinetics," says Ian Cull, Associate Vice President, Students. "All three programs are expected to fill in 2011. The Bachelor of Arts program has seen an impressive 24 per cent increase in new applications and will likely be the single greatest contributor to growth at our Okanagan campus this fall."

Cull says direct-entry applications from Okanagan Valley secondary schools are up considerably -- by 13 per cent -- but the real explosion has been from the Lower Mainland, where 684 students have indicated UBC's Okanagan campus as their first choice of campus -- a 45 per cent increase over the previous year.

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Gr. 11 and 12 students join conversation about Holocaust and genocide at UBC

On April 28, UBC's Okanagan campus will host the third annual Holocaust and Genocide Education Forum, bringing together community members, UBC scholars, students from Grades 11 and 12, and victims of genocide or the Holocaust in a discussion of the causes and consequences of genocide.

The forum aims to use education and self-awareness to prevent future occurrences of genocide.

"This is an important initiative because both here at home and internationally civil unrest can turn into a genocidal policy, as history shows," says Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies. "Teaching the leaders of tomorrow about past genocide and introducing them to survivors of genocide and their narratives is essential to creating awareness about the injustices that have been perpetrated in the past.

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Students launch A day in the life of UBCO LipDub video

Students launch A day in the life of UBCO LipDub video

A student-created LipDub video project, "a day in the life" on the Okanagan campus, was launched on April 11 and can now be viewed online at ubcolipdub.com.

An entertaining and iconic display of UBC pride in the Okanagan, the video (8m 24s long) is also on YouTube: http://youtu.be/ooj33ffM6ps

A LipDub is a video featuring students lip-synching to a recorded soundtrack.

"A day in the life" already has more than 20,000 views, and two days after launch (April 13) it was the third-most 'favourited' and the fourth-most discussed video on YouTube in Canada.

Vancouver students also launched their own LipDub video on April 8. It can be seen here: www.ubclipdub.com

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Information for UBC employees about the May 2
Federal election

The University has an obligation to staff and faculty who will be working or have teaching commitments while voting is underway for the next Federal election.

Voting is scheduled on Monday, May 2, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

UBC staff and faculty who are registered voters and who are scheduled to work or have teaching commitments that day are entitled, under the Canada Elections Act, to three consecutive hours in which to vote. For some, scheduled working hours may overlap with voting hours.

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Campus Security steps up end-of-term patrols

Campus Security would like to remind the campus community to make sure personal items are monitored at all times as the current academic year comes to a close. Personal and portable electronic devices are always attractive to thieves, and are likely targets if left momentarily unattended anywhere on campus.

Campus Security is increasing patrols in the library building during exam period and are removing any valuable items -- such as laptops, mobile and smartphones, iPods and other items of value -- that are left alone in the library. The devices are being held at the security office in the Administration Building (room ADM104) and notices are placed when such devices are removed.

Library staff members have also posted notices throughout the library warning people to be extra-vigilant with their personal property.

Anyone with information about thefts or any crime on campus can contact Campus Security or Crime Stoppers online, via text (274637 with keyword "BCtip"), via facebook , and phone (1-800-222-TIPS).

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: March 30

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 30 meeting include:

  • 2011 Student Senate Elections results were announced.
  • Two new awards for students totaling $3,000 were approved: the Sentes Auto Group Athletics Varsity Award and the Sentes Auto Group Athletics Varsity Award in Engineering and Management.
  • Changes were approved to the transfer admission requirements to a doctoral degree.
  • New courses were approved in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

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

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Heat varsity golf fundraiser puts you on the greens for cheap

UBC students, faculty and staff members have a great opportunity to help the raise funds for the Heat varsity golf teams, while enjoying some outdoor fun this spring.

The Heat golf teams are currently selling books of four passes to The Dunes golf course in Kamloops. The passes cost $200 and are good for the 2011 golf season.

The Dunes is a links-style golf course, with four sets of tees.  It is suited for golfers of all skill-levels, and has hosted many well-known tournaments such as the Canadian tour qualifying school and the BC Men's Amateur and Western Canada Games.

To purchase passes or find out more, contact the Athletics department at 250 807-9168.

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Reminder: check the lost and found before academic
year's end

A reminder to anyone in the campus community who has lost items to check the official lost and found before the academic year comes to a close.

A number of personal items such as wallets and sets of keys are still unclaimed in the lost and found. All items are held for one month and if not claimed, will be donated to local charities.

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

To reach the Security Office, call 250-807-9236. The Used Bookstore can be reached at 250-807-9280.

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peopleStudent Events Coordinators Christy Mahlberg and Chelsea Butchart
Student Events Coordinators Christy Mahlberg and Chelsea Butchart

A new slice for Campus Life

Campus Life has added a new slice to their group this spring and is looking to help further engage students beyond the classroom.

What's the new slice? Along with an expanded focus, Christy Mahlberg has been added as Campus Life's second Student Events Coordinator. She will be working with AVP Students portfolio units to enhance events and programs beyond the traditional Campus Life activities such as the Student Leadership Conference, Festival at the U, and Create.

Chelsea Butchart, existing Student Events Coordinator, will continue working on social justice focused and student-led events, as well as organizing a variety of orientations and exam preparation programs.

This added capacity will help units across the AVP Students portfolio build and refine their non-academic and non-traditional learning opportunities.

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Engineering student Audrey Siebert-Timmer.
Engineering student Audrey Siebert-Timmer.

UBC student recognized as exceptional woman in engineering

Third-year engineering student Audrey Siebert-Timmer is one of five women across Canada who will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF).

Siebert-Timmer will travel to Halifax in May to receive her award. She will also serve as an ambassador of CEMF and present to youth at Okanagan high schools with the intent of promoting engineering as a viable career for both boys and girls.

Closely tied to the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, the CEMF seeks to recognize and promote exceptional women in engineering. Winners are chosen for their leadership activities, community and volunteer work, and a proven track record of mentorship and serving as a role model to others.

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research spotlightMicrobiologist Deanna Gibson
Microbiologist Deanna Gibson

UBC study: Microbiota fend off intestinal infections

The microbes living in your gastrointestinal tract may be very tiny, but they have a big impact on health.

Until now, it has been widely believed that genetics were the major factor that determined how well your body could resist intestinal infections. That assumption is now changing, thanks to a new study led by Deanna Gibson, asst. prof. of biology at UBC's Okanagan campus, published in the April edition of the American Journal of Physiology -- Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (ajpgi.physiology.org).

Studying mice for their susceptibility to the colitis-causing bacteria Citrobacter rodentium, Gibson and her research team have found that colonic microbiota -- the community of bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract -- play a critical role in protecting against intestinal infection. They do that, in part, by inducing responses in the body that help fend off the pathogens that cause the symptoms of disease.

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Sociology professor Luis L. M. Aguiar is studying how climate change is impacting labour processes in the corporate agricultural food industry.
Sociology professor Luis L. M. Aguiar is studying how climate change is impacting labour processes in the corporate agricultural food industry.

Agrifood and climate change study looks at Fraser Valley
and Okanagan

UBC professor joins Work in a Warming World project

Luis L. M. Aguiar, associate professor of sociology, will study the agricultural food (agrifood) industry with a focus on the Okanagan and Fraser Valleys as part of the Work in a Warming World project.

Led by York University, Work in a Warming World is investigating how workplaces of every size and type produce greenhouse gas emissions and how they can help to contain global warming. The project is developing ongoing dialogue between climate scientists, workplaces, academic researchers, community and non-governmental organizations, to investigate how well Canadian workplaces are assessing and responding to the impact of climate change, and propose solutions to limiting their contribution to greenhouse gases.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
April 20, 2011

News

Japan relief fundraiser tops $7,100
Investigating violence against Aboriginal women
UBC partners with Okanagan Nation Alliance to promote cultural safety in health care
UBC students revamp websites of seven non-profit organizations
Strong growth in applications for UBC's Okanagan campus
Gr. 11 and 12 students join conversation about Holocaust and genocide
Students launch A day in the life of UBCO LipDub video
Information for UBC employees about the May 2 Federal election
Campus Security steps up end-of-term patrols
Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: March 30
Heat varsity golf fundraiser puts you on the greens for cheap
Reminder: check the lost and found before academic year's end

People

A new slice for Campus Life
UBC student recognized as exceptional woman in engineering

Research Spotlight

UBC study: Microbiota fend off intestinal infections
Agrifood and climate change study looks at Fraser Valley and Okanagan

events

Mental Health Symposium organized for May 4

In recognition of this year's Mental Health Week -- May 1 to 7 -- Human Resources and the BC Government Employees' Union are hosting an on-campus Mental Health Symposium.

The symposium will provide insight into mental health issues and strategies, as well as supports and resources available to UBC employees.

The keynote speaker is 3M National Teaching Fellow Billy Strean and there will also be presentations by the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Date: Wednesday May 4
Time: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

Seats are limited for the symposium. Interested participants are encouraged to register online as soon as possible.

To find out more visit the symposium website, or Tracey Hawthorn, Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program Coordinator at 250-807-8183.

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Seventh annual Learning Conference

Seventh annual Learning Conference being held May 5 and 6

Innovations in Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Interested in finding out how to better integrate mobile learning tools? Want to find out more about problem-based learning in large classrooms? These topics -- and a variety of other teaching and learning discussions -- will be up for discussion at the seventh annual Learning Conference, May 5 and 6.

The conference opens with a keynote presentation from Richard Gale, founding director of Mount Royal University's Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The conference will also feature a second keynote address by Julia Christensen Hughes, the University of Guelph's Dean of the College of Management and Economics.

The Office of the Provost's Centre for Teaching and Learning are organizers for the conference, which is an ongoing exploration of teaching best practices and learning successes at UBC's Okanagan campus.

To register or find out more visit the Learning Conference website or contact Peter Arthur, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 250-807-9207.

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Mike Harcourt: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Former premier of British Columbia, mayor of Vancouver and city councillor, Mike Harcourt helped BC earn its reputation as one of the most liveable, accessible and inclusive places in the world. He is the keynote speaker at this year's BC Studies Conference. 

This presentation is open to everyone, but seating is very limited.

Date: Thursday, May 5
Time:
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Location:
 Fipke Centre lecture theatre, room FIP204

To find out more, visit the BC Studies Conference website.

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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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events

Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and calculating final grades

The Centre for Teaching and Learning has organized a series of drop-in sessions for instructors or Teaching Assistants who need help calculating final grade formulas in WebCT Vista Gradebook.

WebCT Vista Gradebook allows faculty members to export grades in an Excel-based format that can be uploaded to the Faculty Service Centre (FSC). Exporting and importing grades does require proficiency with spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel.

Drop-in session dates and times include:

  • Wednesday, Apr. 20 (today), from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Apr. 26, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Apr. 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

These drop-in sessions all take place in room SCI200 of the science building. To register, or find out more, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Upcoming daytime computer skills courses

Members of the campus community who would like to enhance their software skills should take note of the upcoming daytime computer courses offered in the next few months by Continuing Studies.

To find out more about these courses visit the Continuing Studies website.

Summer classes with Continuing Studies

Looking for a unique experience this summer? Have a great idea for a workshop or course that would be useful to participate in on-campus in the next few months?

To find out more, contact Continuing Studies Program Manager Elaine Crebo with any and all ideas.

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Spaces still available in Course (Re)Design seminar

Spaces are still available for Course (Re)Design seminar, being held May 9 to 12.

The seminar, organized by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, helps faculty members create a new course or refresh a course they currently teach. It requires a four-day commitment, and features whole-group instructional sessions followed by additional group planning sessions.

To register, or find out more, visit the Course (Re)Design website or contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, at 250-807-9288.

 


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