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newsCIS president Leo MacPherson congratulates Rob Johnson, director of athletics at UBC’s Okanagan Campus CIS president Leo MacPherson congratulates Rob Johnson, director of athletics at UBC’s Okanagan Campus

UBC's Okanagan teams to compete at Canada's highest level

Heat basketball and volleyball will go head to head with UBC Thunderbirds

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus will now compete at the highest level of interuniversity sport in Canada. An application for membership in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) for the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams earned unanimous approval at the recent CIS annual general meeting in Victoria.

The Heat teams were accepted into the Canada West Universities Athletics Association in May, pending this approval by the national body.

UBC’s Okanagan campus has been officially welcomed as the 52nd CIS member institution effective September 2011. CIS is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie annually for 21 national championships in 12 different sports.

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Wisdom TetteyTettey new Dean of UBC's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

University of Calgary professor is an accomplished global education consultant

Wisdom Tettey has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Tettey holds a bachelor’s degree (honours) in political science and Russian and a graduate diploma in communication studies from the University of Ghana; a master’s degree in political science from UBC; and a PhD in political science from Queen's University.

Upon completion of his doctorate, Tettey joined the University of Calgary as an assistant professor. He currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at U of C and has held various positions including two years as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Culture. Prior to accepting his appointment at UBC, Tettey was Associate Dean-designate for Interdisciplinarity in the Faculty of Arts at the U of C.

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Keith CulverKeith Culver named new director of Okanagan Sustainability Institute

International expert in sustainable development returns to his BC roots

Keith Culver has been named director of the Okanagan Sustainability Institute (OSI), effective July 1, concurrent with an appointment to the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.

Culver comes to UBC from the UniverSud Paris consortium of universities in France, where he held the Econoving International Chair in Generating Eco-Innovation. He developed master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral programs at UniverSud in sustainable development, leading a multi-university, interdisciplinary research program focused on environmentally high-performance cities and rural areas of the future.

"UBC's Okanagan campus is a leader in sustainability initiatives and innovation,"said Doug Owram, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal. "Keith’s knowledge and expertise will help us to build on an already strong foundation."

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Ron Mattiussi, City Manager; Leanne Bilodeau, Director, Sustainability Operations; Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd and Jackie Podger, Associate Vice President Administration and Finance, are pictured in Shift at Valley Glen Wetland promoting UBC’s collaborative partnership with the City to foster sustainable community development.
Ron Mattiussi, City Manager; Leanne Bilodeau, Director, Sustainability Operations; Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd and Jackie Podger, Associate Vice President Administration and Finance, at Valley Glen Wetland promoting UBC’s collaborative partnership with the City.

Shift magazine highlights sustainability initiatives

UBC's Okanagan campus has diversity of partnership projects

The Okanagan Sustainability Office has published the latest edition of Shift magazine, a periodical highlighting strategies and actions of sustainability initiatives on the Okanagan campus.

Such stories as Moving from Research to Community Solutions, Sustainable from the Start, Blending Sustainability, More than Just a Walk in the Park, Flowing with Sustainability in Mind, Behind the Scenes and The Future at Your Fingertips detail some of the many new and continuing initiatives that make UBC’s Okanagan campus a leader in sustainability.

UBC also has the distinction of being recognized for its efforts by one of its sustainability partners, the City of Kelowna.

A full copy of Shift can be downloaded and viewed online at the Okanagan Sustainability Office website.

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Online Central Booking Office now available to campus community

Online Central Booking Office now available
to campus community

Requests for room bookings, special function space, outdoor spaces and certain boardrooms can now be made online. The new online Centralized Booking Office (CBO) has been launched for non-academic ad hoc meetings and events.

Space is limited on campus. Academic scheduling is a priority, and once the schedule is set, requests for ad hoc events can be organized. The CBO was created to help internal and external groups book space for events in the most efficient way possible.

The CBO website also contains all the information and resources required to host an on-campus event -- get detailed information, download event forms, and learn more about who can book space, as well as what the booking priorities and space options are on campus. The CBO also highlights a number of informal learning spaces that do not require booking -- all great resources for students.

To get started, visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/roombookings and follow the 'BOOK NOW' links. The Central Booking Office can also be contacted via email at cbo.okanagan@ubc.ca.

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Spencer Hunt, 2011 Orientation Coordinator
Spencer Hunt, 2011 Orientation Coordinator

Showcase provides opportunity for business services

September event coincides with student introduction to campus activities

Businesses and community organizations will have a chance to highlight their products and services during Showcase on Sept. 6.

Showcase takes place the same day as Create, which introduces new students to UBC while helping them make the transition to one of the world's Top 40 universities.

Spencer Hunt, Orientation Coordinator, said Showcase gives a diverse array of organizations a chance to connect with students. With more than 2,000 new students attending this fall, many from out of town, the event offers an excellent opportunity for participating groups and businesses to promote their products and services.

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Step-up for Community Day 2011

Following the success of last year's event, UBC's Okanagan campus looks to continue the tradition of educational fun with a Community Day on September 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a day for friends, family, neighbours, and everyone in the Okanagan to see all that UBC has to offer.

Organizers are looking to faculty, staff, and students for support in two ways: through volunteer support and by event participation.

There is so much at UBC to be proud of and to share. Contributions in whatever capacity will help make this a memorable experience for everyone. The day's fun will feature guided tours, interactive activities, demonstrations, and research presentations. Food and live entertainment will also be available throughout the day.

To find out more about Community Day contact Rhys Mahannah, Community Engagement Assistant, or Suann Brown, Marketing and Communication Strategist.

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New Health Promotions showcase launched for
Okanagan campus

The first edition of the Healthy UBC Okanagan campus newsletter has been launched and all employees are invited to find out more about how health and wellness is being championed at the Okanagan campus.

The new publication promotes and celebrates health and wellness in all its forms.

UBC employees will find articles on a variety of healthful activities, registration for healthy events, nutrition tips and recipes, as well as spotlights on faculty and staff members leading the way in healthy initiatives on campus.

The next issue is scheduled for September, along with a new Health Promotions blog that will be part of future editions. This edition was primarily supported by fourth-year Human Kinetics student Chelsey Nevue.

Any questions or suggestions regarding the newsletter should be directed to Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP Coordinator at 250-807-8183.

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peopleUBC students Joanne Gabias, centre with sunglasses, and Aaron Wylie pose with Quintana Roo students at the Kettle Valley Rail beds during their visit to the Okanagan. Gabias is looking forward to her time in Mexico in July and plans to immerse herself in the everyday life of the host country.
UBC students Joanne Gabias, centre with sunglasses, and Aaron Wylie pose with Quintana Roo students at the Kettle Valley Rail beds during their visit to the Okanagan. Gabias is looking forward to her time in Mexico this month and plans to immerse herself in the everyday life of the host country.

Students seek the real Mexico on exchange trip

Learning Spanish only part of the adventure

When Joanne Gabias lands in Mexico this week, she has little desire to hit the tourist hot spots.

In fact, the linguistic anthropology major turned down a chance to visit Cancun beaches in favour of spending time intermingling in the everyday lives of her hosts. There will be some visits to tourist destinations but for Gabias, the real adventure will be mixing with the locals.

Gabias is among several local UBC students traveling to the Quintana Roo University July 2 to 24 where she will learn Spanish and help teach English, but she is most interested in what she will learn living among average Mexicans for almost three weeks.

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Chef Mathew Morazain sizzles at the Kelowna Farmers' Market

One of the finest chefs in the land traded his kitchen for the surroundings of the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market on June 25.

Award-winning chef Mathew Morazain cooked up tasty treats as part of the Continuing Studies Culinary Showcase. Morazain conducted his cooking demonstrations throughout the morning at the UBC Continuing Studies booth.

Morazain is a strong proponent of buying local, and everything he uses in his recipes and demonstrations was found either at the market itself, or purchased locally.

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research spotlight

Fit seniors better able to care for themselves, UBC
research shows

Frailty and inability to complete daily chores a risk for those who are inactive

Active, physically fit seniors are less frail, better able to care for themselves and live independently longer than those with a sedentary lifestyle, according to new research at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL) Group at UBC’s Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention has released a paper demonstrating a link between frailty and loss of functional independence in seniors.

Upwards of 90 per cent of older Canadians live with chronic disease conditions, more than 40 per cent report a level of disability and more than 50 per cent of older adults exhibit preliminary signs of frailty, according to Health Canada.

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UBC students head to U21 research conference in China

Global experience helps prepare tomorrow's research leaders

Three undergraduate student researchers from UBC will head to Fudan University in Shanghai, China, to represent the University of British Columbia at the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference.

Microbiology student Jessica Baker and math student Meghan Dutot are from UBC's Okanagan campus, and sociology student April Dutheil is from the Vancouver campus. UBC's Go Global program worked in partnership with UBC's Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) and the Undergraduate Research Award (URA) program in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences to select students to receive a financial award to cover participation costs, including flight, accommodation and program fees.

"We place great emphasis on research as part of the undergraduate student experience -- it's how we prepare tomorrow's research leaders," says Cynthia Mathieson, Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. "These students have proven themselves as outstanding researchers and they are great choices to represent UBC at a gathering of promising young researchers from around the world."

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
July 6, 2011

News

UBC's Okanagan teams to compete at Canada's highest level
Tettey new Dean of Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Keith Culver named new director of Okanagan Sustainability Institute
Shift magazine highlights sustainability initiatives
Online Central Booking Office now available to campus community
Showcase provides opportunity for business services
Step-up for Community Day 2011
New Health Promotions showcase launched for Okanagan campus

People

Students seek the real Mexico on exchange trip
Chef Mathew Morazain sizzles at the Kelowna Farmers' Market

Research Spotlight

Fit seniors better able to care for themselves, UBC research shows
UBC students head to U21 research conference in China

events

Investigating antibiotic resistance in isolated cave strains

Kirandeep Bhullar will be on campus Friday to present the latest findings of her research on microbe populations in the isolated Lechuguilla cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.

Bhullar is a master's student in biology at McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.

Her talk, entitled Investigating Antibiotic Resistance in Isolated Cave Strains, will take place on July 8.

Date: Friday, July 8
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Fipke centre building, room FIP124

This talk is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.

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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

Finance Lunch and Learn session: Supply Management

This is the fifth in a series of brown bag lunch sessions held regularly by Finance for discussion and information exchange.

This session focuses on Supply Management and provides an overview of their function and processes as a unit.

This month's session will cover Purchase Requisitions and Purchase Order processes, roles and responsibilities, key contacts, and the organizational structure of Supply Management.  Representatives from Supply Management at the Vancouver campus will also be available during the session via teleconference.

This session is aimed at administrators, financial officers, unit heads and managers.

Date: Thursday, July 14
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: DVC Boardroom, Administration building, room ADM102

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

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