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newsFourth-year Human Kinetics student Shaun Crowell is expected to graduate at the top of the first graduating class.
Fourth-year Human Kinetics student Shaun Crowell is expected to graduate at the top of the program's first graduating class.

Human Kinetics at UBC's Okanagan campus graduates first cohort

The Human Kinetics program at UBC's Okanagan campus has undergone rapid growth and change since its inception in 2007. The first graduating class of 50 students will receive undergraduate degrees in human kinetics at next week's graduation ceremonies.

Mary Courtney, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development, says she is confident the 2011 Human Kinetics graduating class is armed with the skills and tools needed to make an immediate impact in the health sciences profession.

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Canada Post labour disruption updateCanada Post labour disruption update

Canada Post received notice that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) intends to begin strike activities, beginning June 3.

Talks are continuing in an effort to reach a negotiated settlement to this round of labour negotiations, but in the event that a work disruption does occur Canada Post will not operate. Mail and parcels will not be delivered.

Canada Post has contingency plans in place to ensure the security of their facilities and safety of any items that remain in the mail stream during a work disruption.

In the event that there is a Canada Post labour disruption, campus mailing services will continue to operate delivering campus mail and internal communications.

Supply Management will continue to work with the UBC community and assist wherever possible with ways of transporting important documentation off-campus through alternative carriers.

For the latest news on this disruption visit www.supplymanagement.ubc.ca.

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Human Kinetics student Paul Sharp, BC Parks and Recreation Association scholarship recipient.
Human Kinetics student Paul Sharp, BC Parks and Recreation Association scholarship recipient.

BC Recreation and Parks scholarship winner pursues graduate degree

UBC student Paul Sharp is the 2011 recipient of the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) scholarship. A graduate of Okanagan Mission Secondary in Kelowna, Sharp will receive his Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK) degree during convocation at UBC's Okanagan campus on June 10, and he'll be returning to pursue a master's degree in September.

Sharp was nominated for the scholarship by Human Kinetics professor Sally Stewart, who will be his faculty supervisor for his master's degree studies. She notes that Sharp has maintained high marks and is among the top students in the Human Kinetics program while also being very involved on and off the UBC campus.

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Curator Susan Belton views an untitled 2007 steel sculpture symbolizing global citizenship by Vernon artist Cory Fuhr, part of the "Male Perspective" art exhibit at UBC's Fina gallery.
Curator Susan Belton views an untitled 2007 steel sculpture symbolizing global citizenship by Vernon artist Cory Fuhr, part of the Male Perspective art exhibit at the Fina gallery.

Male perspective subject of UBC summer art exhibit

Fine arts grads featured in new and current works

Outstanding and rarely viewed works from the past and present are represented in the Fina gallery's summer exhibition, Male Perspective: Images of Men by Men. Currently on display in the Fine Arts and Health building Fina gallery until Aug. 12, the art from UBC's Public Art Collection is organized by Curator Susan Belton.

"There are a number of works in our collection that are good pieces, but they rarely get seen because of either challenging imagery or other restrictive factors," says Belton.

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Nursing student helps save life at golf course

Quick action by staff at Black Mountain Golf Course is credited with saving the life of a man having a heart attack last Friday.

Kelowna's Castanet newsroom reports that, with emergency responders on the way, golf course manager Eric Thorsteinson ran to call in third-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Michelle Leydier, who works as a server in the food and beverage area. The news report noted that Leydier was able to resuscitate and stabilize the man.

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Social Potluck serves community with interactive theatre experience

Graduate student Gabriel Newman is creating a community-specific show in Kelowna that mixes traditional storytelling and conceptual theatre with a smattering of interactive, home-cooked dinners.

As part of his Creative Studies master's degree thesis, Newman plays host, chef and actor in his multi-faceted storytelling project called Social Potluck. Newman is inviting an all-ages cross section of Glenmore residents to participate in five "intimate and casual" evening dinner conversations. He will glean material from the June dinners for an original work he will write, direct and perform for Social Potluck participants on July 15 and a public audience on July 16.

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Engineered vision becoming reality at UBC's Okanagan campus

A key facility for knowledge creation in the Okanagan has gone from blueprint to a bricks-and-mortar reality, as the new $68-million Engineering, Management and Education Complex nears completion.

On May 19, more than a dozen members of the Innovation Okanagan Network (ION) toured the four-storey, 14,500 sq. m. building, which will be ready for occupancy later this summer. The facility will house offices for the School of Engineering, Faculty of Management, and Faculty of Education, and a variety of classrooms, laboratories, social spaces and student services.

An idea-exchange group representing a cross-section of business, government and academic communities, ION pressed for the creation of an engineering program at UBC's Okanagan campus. When UBC opened its campus in Kelowna in 2005, it featured a new School of Engineering and Faculty of Management -- but neither of the faculties had permanent homes. That will change when the new complex opens this summer.

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Project GROW delivers for women in Africa

University community funds new opportunities for villages in rural Ghana

A grassroots initiative at UBC's Okanagan campus has funded a delivery of goats, donkeys, malaria-prevention mosquito netting and other important items to women in a rural northern Ghana community.

Project GROW -- Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women -- was started four years ago by students and staff, and was inspired by the volunteer work being done in her home region of Ghana by nursing graduate student Vida Yakong, who is currently completing a PhD.

Cindy Bourne, coordinator of the Academic Resource Centre, and Jan Gattrell, Learning Services Librarian, are in Ghana now to meet the women participating in Project GROW. They are delivering livestock and supplies purchased with almost $15,000 raised over the past year through the sale of holiday greeting cards and donations from people on campus and in the wider community.

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UBC summer camps offer new twist with theme weeks

Popular sports camps also returning for children and youth

Looking for a cool experience for your kids over the long hot summer? Do they want to discover what university is all about, explore their creativity, or have an outdoor adventure? For the first time, the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus is offering themed activity camps that cater to a variety of interests for children and youth aged 7 to 17.

This summer, UBC has a lot to offer kids and teens to fill their summer. In addition to the returning Heat Athletics' sports camps, the new U Camp offers week-long day camps. The feature camp is The Power of Being a Girl, an empowering week of leadership, team building and lifestyle skills for girls aged 11 to 14. Fun, fitness and friendship are also emphasized.

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Occupational Health Program set to launch in June

Can the workplace impact employees' health? Can employees' health impact the workplace?

Health, Safety and Environment is launching a new Occupational Health Program (OHP) in June.

The program -- a series of proactive strategies to eliminate or minimize health risks associated with exposure to blood and body fluids, airborne contaminants, chemicals or biological agents -- will begin with respiratory protection and immunizations for high-risk groups on campus. As the program develops other groups will be added and services will be further expanded.

Services provided in the new program include:

  • Immunization
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Health assessment and monitoring
  • Human blood, body fluid and infectious agent exposure follow up
  • Respiratory protection health assessment and testing

All services in the Occupational Health Program are provided to employees at no charge. To enroll in the program, or find out more, visit the HSE website.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: May 19

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 May 19 meeting include:

  • Degrees and diplomas were conferred to over 1,000 candidates
  • Established the School of Health and Exercise Sciences within the Faculty of Health and Social Development, pending approval of the Board of Governors.
  • New student awards, totaling $9,000, were approved. Awards include a series of awards offered by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
  • Changes were approved for the Bachelor of Social Work and the Master of Social Work to comply with new regulations requiring a criminal record check through the Solicitor General of B.C.
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Nominations still open for Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award

Nominations for two high-profile Okanagan campus awards are still open, but members of the campus community only have until Thursday, June 30, to nominate someone great.

The Staff Awards of Excellence are awarded in four areas -- enhancing the UBC experience, leadership, sustainability and global citizenship -- and any Okanagan campus staff members, faculty member or student can make a nomination.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award recognizes a staff member who has made an exceptional contribution to the Okanagan campus and the greater community.

To find out more visit the Staff Awards of Excellence or the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award websites.

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peopleStudents from Mexico's University of Quintana Roo joined their counterparts from UBC's Okanagan campus at a welcome get-together on campus Thursday afternoon. Six UBC students will visit the University of Quintana Roo in July.
Students from Mexico's University of Quintana Roo joined their counterparts from UBC's Okanagan campus at a welcome get-together on campus in mid-May. Six UBC students will visit the University of Quintana Roo in July.

Students from Mexico visit UBC's Okanagan campus

A group of 16 students from the University of Quintana Roo (UQROO) in Mexico are visiting UBC's Okanagan campus as part of an intercultural program started last year by the two universities. This is the second visit to the Okanagan by students from UQROO. Next month, six students enrolled in UBC's Spanish Summer Field School will head south to visit the university in Chetumal, Mexico.

The Escuela de Verano UBC/UQROO Spanish Summer Field School is intended to help UBC students improve their Spanish fluency, expand their intercultural fluency and delve into community service learning abroad by supporting Mayan community development projects.

The program consists of an anthropology course (May 9 to 27) and Spanish course (May 30 to June 21) delivered at UBC's Okanagan campus, and a Spanish course delivered at UQROO from July 2 to 22.

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The clippers come out on June 7, as several members of staff will be shorn to raise money for cancer research. From left, Tena McKenzie (campaign co-chair), Chris Kraft, Victoria Zalamea, Dave Cavezza, Brian Heichert, and Ryan Hirowatari (campaign co-chair).  Missing from the photo are Jill MacKenzie and Chase Tompkins.
The clippers come out on June 7, as several members of staff will be shorn to raise money for cancer research. From left, Tena McKenzie (campaign co-chair), Chris Kraft, Victoria Zalamea, Dave Cavezza, Brian Heichert, and Ryan Hirowatari (campaign co-chair).  Missing from the photo are Jill MacKenzie and Chase Tompkins.

Hair surrendered for cancer fundraiser June 7

The buzz on campus is that six staff members will give up their hair on June 7 to raise funds for cancer research.

The project has been organized by HR Advisor Tena McKenzie and Bookstore Manager Ryan Hirowatari, who say they hope to raise $2,000.

Melissa Gamblin from Marvel College has volunteered her time to assist with the event, which gets underway at 12 noon, June 7, in the campus Courtyard in front of the Security office.

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Aramark's Chef Morazain wins gold at annual
culinary conference

Mathew Morazain, executive chef for UBC's Okanagan campus, has won the gold medal for the individuals' competition and silver medal for group competition at the annual Chef Inspired Culinary Conference, which was heldin May at Carleton University.

Morazain was one of a select few top Aramark chefs in Canada chosen to compete at the conference and made his presence immediately known with a creative array of dishes, only missing the gold medal in the team competition by a fraction of a point.

With the gold-medal win, Morazain will be representing Team Canada in the North American Competition later this year in Tampa Bay, Florida. This will be the second year in a row that Morazain will compete in the North American Competition.

A hearty congratulations from the campus community to Chef Morazain.

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research spotlightMax Jones' research took him to Samoa, Hawaii and Florida.
Max Jones' research took him to Samoa, Hawaii and Florida.

Max Jones makes PhD history at UBC

Max Jones is on track to make UBC history this month as the first student to complete an entire PhD at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Although students have completed PhDs in past years at the Okanagan campus after transferring from other universities, this will be the first time a doctoral degree will be presented to a student who began and ended their studies at the Okanagan campus.

"I was pretty excited when I found this out," says Jones, who grew up in Elora, Ontario and will receive his PhD in biology. "I am honoured to be the first graduate and hope to represent UBC's Okanagan campus well in my future professional endeavours."

Jones' main area of research focused on evaluating the immense diversity found among different types of breadfruit -- a high-yielding staple food crop that grows in the wet tropics.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
June 1, 2011

News

Human Kinetics at UBC's Okanagan campus graduates first cohort
Canada Post labour disruption update
BC Recreation and Parks scholarship winner pursues graduate degree
Male perspective subject of UBC summer art exhibit
Nursing student helps save life at golf course
Social Potluck serves community with interactive theatre experience
Engineered vision becoming reality at UBC's Okanagan campus
Project GROW delivers
UBC summer camps offer new twist with theme weeks
Occupational Health Program set to launch in June
Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: May 19
Nominations still open for Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award

People

Students from Mexico visit UBC's Okanagan campus
Hair surrendered for cancer fundraiser June 7
Aramark's Chef Morazain wins gold at annual culinary conference

Research Spotlight

Max Jones makes PhD history at UBC

events

Fifth annual 'Hack & Whack' golf tournament

Enjoy the start of summer with colleagues at the fifth-annual faculty and staff 'Hack & Whack' golf tournament, being held on June 14.

The year's tournament is at the Pinnacle Course of Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club in Kelowna. The fun will start with a 3 p.m. shotgun start and includes nine holes of golf, dinner and lots of prizes. A $32 dinner-only option is also available.

Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club -- 4390 Gallagher's Dr., Kelowna

The tournament is open to all UBC staff and faculty. To register or find out more visit the 'Hack & Whack' website or contact Christy Mahlberg, Student Events Coordinator.

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Education students present GRIP findings on June 17

Graduating teacher candidates from the Secondary Teacher Education (STEP) program will present their Guided Research Inquiry Projects (GRIP) research findings on June 17, via poster sessions, round table discussions, and performance.

This day provides an intense professional learning experience for STEP teacher candidates and the Faculty of Education an opportunity to honour future teachers on the successful completion of their education degrees.

Date: Friday, June 17
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.

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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

Lunch and Learn session: sun protection

Organized in partnership with Human Resources, the Canadian Cancer Society will be on campus on June 13 for an information session about sun protection, ultraviolet radiation and indoor tanning.

Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART106

There is no charge for this session. To register, or find out more, visit the Faculty and Staff website.

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Understanding the UBC Staff Pension Plan

This workshop will help answer any questions that current members may have regarding pension benefits and how they work.

For those in the retirement planning phase of your life, this workshop will help participants understand what options are available. This session will also provide all the information needed for those interested in registering in the pension plan.

Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Science building, room SCI236

The deadline for registration is June 1 (today). To register for this workshop, visit the Faculty and Staff website.

A series of private sessions has also been organized to help answer questions regarding upcoming retirement or any aspect of the pension plan. To set up an appointment, contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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Lunch and Learn session: understanding substance abuse and its impact on the workplace

Recognizing addiction is not easy, particularly if it is in a colleague, family member or one's own person. Join Human Solutions, UBC's Employee and Family Assistance Provider, for an information session about recognizing and understanding substance abuse and its impact on employees and the workplace.

Date: Tuesday, June 28
Time:
12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location:
Arts building, room ART104

There is no charge for this session and refreshments will be provided. To register, or find out more, visit the Faculty and Staff website.

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Health Promotions updates for the start of summer

24 Hour Relay set for June 11 and 12

The Easter Seals' 24 Hour Relay is set for June 11 and 12 at the Kelowna Apple Bowl. This annual event is a community based fundraiser that challenges groups of people to run or walk relay-style for 24 hours.

Those interested in joining the relay team should contact Vanessa Lomas at 250-807-9004. To find out more visit the UBC 24 Hour Relay website.

Thursday Yoga classes

Campus Rec is offering a series of yoga classes in June for campus community members who wish to find out more about this ancient practice. Classes run each Thursday until June 30, from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in the Fine Arts and Health building. The cost is $30 for the sessions, or a drop-in fee of $5 for faculty and staff.

To find out more visit the Campus Rec website.

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