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newsUBC political science and geography student Steve Schiffbauer, left, geography student Kathleen Taylor and psychology student Adam Kubel show off some of the produce grown at the Okanagan campus organic garden.
UBC political science and geography student Steve Schiffbauer, left, geography student Kathleen Taylor and psychology student Adam Kubel show off some of the produce grown at the Okanagan campus organic garden.

Harvest research has benefits for students and community

UBC organic garden produce given to food bank and
gospel mission

A plot of land near UBC's Okanagan campus is doing more than just growing plants.

The acre of donated land is the site of the UBC Preservation Farm and Research Initiative (PFRI), but growing 100 per cent pesticide-free produce (based on organic principles) is only one of the benefits the soil brings to the campus and the community.

Claude Desmarais, founder of the project and Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies with the Department of Critical Studies, says the idea is to tie research and teaching to the garden. That connection is being made with three different program areas taking part in the green project so far.

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7th annual Faculty and Staff barbecue
Deputy Vice Chancellor's Town Hall meeting


Miriam Grant, Vice Provost of Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies
Miriam Grant, Vice Provost of Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

New Vice Provost and Dean of College of Graduate Studies appointed

Miriam Grant, leading academic on HIV/AIDS and urban food security in Southern and Eastern Africa, joins UBC

Miriam Grant will join the UBC's Okanagan campus in the senior administrative position of Vice Provost, Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for a five-year term starting Sept. 1.

Grant has been a member of faculty at the University of Calgary since 1991 and is a specialist in the human geography of Africa.

"Dr. Grant brings a tremendous record of accomplishment in scholarly research, academic leadership, and research administration related to graduate studies and research," says Wesley Pue, Provost and Vice Principal.

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Cyclists to have safer access to campus

Plans underway for new multi-use pathway and bridge

Cyclists commuting to campus will have a safer route, via a new multi-use pathway and bridge, jointly funded by the Province of B.C., the City of Kelowna and UBC.

The partners have agreed to cost-share a preliminary design study for the construction of a new bridge that will allow cyclists to bypass the Ellison overhead on Highway 97.

The Province will contribute up to $1.55 million toward the design and construction of the pathway and bridge with the balance of funding coming from the City of Kelowna. UBC will maintain the completed work.

To find out more, read the City of Kelowna news release.

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Hire a student, receive a subsidy

Winter session student wage subsidy program now open

Faculty and staff have an opportunity to get a $9-per-hour wage subsidy to hire qualified and energetic students to help with a variety of projects or jobs. Create career-related, on-campus work positions for students through the Work Study (for domestic students) and Work Learn (for international undergraduates) program.

Proposals are now being accepted for winter student positions. Project proposals will be accepted for the Winter Session until funding runs out. Accepted applications will be subsidized for up to 12 hours per week, from September to April, for a total of 300 hours.

To find out more, visit the Career Centre and Co-op Education website or contact Deanna Simmons at 250-807-9250.

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What's after WebCT Vista?

By January 2013, support for WebCT Vista will be discontinued. Under consultations from the campus community, UBC has chosen Blackboard Learn 9.1 to be the university's next learning management system.

In January 2012, a pilot project consisting of a limited number of courses will take place. The following May, Blackboard Learn will begin to be phased in for all courses. By the summer of 2014, the usage of WebCT Vista will be phased out completely.

The overall implementation follows a general process outlined on the Learning Technology Advisory Council website. To find out more visit the Learning Management System Selection website.

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peopleAmber MacKenzie, Continuing Studies assistant

New Continuing Studies assistant looks to connect with
the community

Amber MacKenzie is a recent addition to Continuing Studies, but the long-time Okanagan resident has kept a connection to the campus community for quite some time. Mackenzie recently joined Continuing Studies from Student Housing and Hospitality Services where she served as a Front Desk Clerk after finishing her BA in 2008.

Impressed by the impact that UBC has had on the community since 2005, she wanted to find a new way to support these efforts and engage with the community. She sees her new role in Continuing Studies as a perfect fit in that regard.

On top of helping coordinate programs and connect with lifelong learners, Mackenzie will also be engaging audiences via social media. See her efforts, and find out the latest Continuing Studies news, on Twitter and Facebook.

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research spotlight

Christine Schreyer, assistant professor of Anthropology
Christine Schreyer, assistant professor of Anthropology

Language of Avatar under study

UBC prof examines those who speak tongue exclusively invented for Hollywood

Na'vi, the invented language spoken by alien characters in the top-grossing Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, is getting scholarly scrutiny by a University of British Columbia anthropology professor.

Christine Schreyer, an assistant professor of Anthropology in Community, Culture and Global Studies at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is surveying the popularity of the Na'vi language around the globe.

The survey, which began June 14 and wrapped up at the end of July, is intended to discover the ages, genders and nationalities of the global community using the created language made popular by the 2009 movie.

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workshops

Fall Teaching Expo opens August 17

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's annual Fall Teaching Expo is fast approaching.

The expo is the Okanagan campus' annual faculty professional development series and is being held from Aug. 17 to Sept. 2. It will feature a mix of teaching-focused, technological and general interest sessions. Upcoming sessions include:

Aug. 17
Faculty instructional skills seminar

Aug. 18
WebCT Vista assessments

Aug. 22
WebCT Vista orientation


Aug. 22
WebCT Vista communication

Aug. 23
WebCT Vista gradebook

Aug. 23
Graduate student mentoring


Aug. 23
Supporting graduate students with their writing

Aug. 24
Clicker nuts and bolts

Aug. 24
Clicker best practices

To find out more about the Fall Teaching Expo, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning's event website or contact Academic Development Manager Heather Hurren at 250-807-9288.

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Bridges of trust: creating an inspired workplace

Members of UBC's Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) are invited to this special leadership skills workshop on August 17.

In this session, David Irvine offers a new and powerful view of leadership and personal effectiveness. Gain new perspective on about leadership, and strengthen capacity to build a great work culture.

Participants will leave with practical insights and strategies for building a culture that creates, attracts, and retains greatness through the power of trust.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 17
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART106

There is no charge for this event and it is open to all AAPS members. To register or find out more, visit the online AAPS Professional Development Registration System.

To find out more contact Maxine Dubuc, AAPS Member Services Officer, at 604-822-1935.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's teaching excellence discussion series restarts for a new academic year on August 31 with guest Joyce Boon, associate professor of biology and co-recipient of this year's Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 31
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Fipke centre building, room FIP 121

To register or find out more about this discussion visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
August 3, 2011

News

Harvest research has benefits for students and community
Annual DVC townhall and faculty and staff barbecue set for Sept. 1
New Vice Provost and Dean of College of Graduate Studies appointed
Cyclists to have safer access to campus
Hire a student, receive a subsidy
What's after WebCT Vista?

People

New Continuing Studies assistant looks to connect with the community

Research Spotlight

Language of Avatar under study

events

Preservation Farm and Research Initiative launch party and silent auction next Monday

A new research initiative is underway that hopes to engage the greater community as much as it educates it.

The Preservation Farm and Research Initiative -- a collection of student and faculty researchers committed to researching, growing, and sharing the benefits of naturally grown, pesticide free produce -- is holding a launch party and silent auction fundraiser on August 9.

The event will feature live music by The Malarkeys and Dillon Jamieson, food, refreshments, information about this new imitative and a variety of auction items from local businesses.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 9
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan campus courtyard

Advanced tickets are $8 for students or $10 for faculty and staff. Tickets are also available at the event for $12. To buy tickets, or find out more, email preservationfarm@gmail.com or call 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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