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newsUniversity of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus Staff Award recipients, from left, Russell LaMountain, Sustainability award; Craig Eden, Enhancing the UBC Experience; Teija Wakeman, Leadership; and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal award winner Shelley Kayfish. Missing from the photo is Garry Appleton, winner of the Staff Award for Global Citizenship.
Staff Award recipients, from left, Russell LaMountain, Sustainability award; Craig Eden, Enhancing the UBC Experience; Teija Wakeman, Leadership; and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal award winner Shelley Kayfish. Missing from the photo is Garry Appleton, winner of the Staff Award for Global Citizenship.

UBC's Okanagan campus honours its own

Awards recognize contribution and dedication of staff

Five individuals at UBC's Okanagan campus were recognized with special awards for their contributions to the university at a ceremony Thursday.

The Staff Awards of Excellence are presented in the categories of Enhancing the UBC Experience, Leadership, Sustainability and Global Citizenship. In addition, the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award goes to an individual in recognition of their exceptional contribution to both the campus and community at large.

"We take great pride in celebrating the achievements of our staff," says Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal.

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Record enrolment fuels UBC's Okanagan campus growth

New faculty, buildings and program expansions highlight return to classes

Phenomenal growth will see a record number of students in classes this week, according to figures released by the office of the registrar.

UBC's Okanagan campus currently has 7,901 registered students, including 710 graduate students. To date, 2,049 first-year students are enrolled to start class in the 2011 winter session, up 12 per cent over the same time in 2010. Updated figures for all enrolments will be released later in the fall.

The campus is also attracting students from across Canada and internationally, with one in three new students coming from outside the province. There are 597 international students this year, representing 78 countries, up from 22 in 2005.

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Highlights of what's new at UBC's Okanagan campus this September:

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be there at the start


Dr. Allan Jones, regional associate dean, Interior, with some of the medical students who will be attending the program at the Okanagan campus in January. They are, from left: Ashley Shaw, Chase; Robyn Buna, Kelowna; Ellen Cai, Penticton; Christabelle Bitgood, Kelowna; Brennan Arduini, Kamloops; and Daniel Manders, Summerland. The students begin their training next week at UBC’s Vancouver campus before returning to the Interior in the New Year.
Dr. Allan Jones, Faculty of Medicine regional associate dean, Interior, with some of the medical students who will be attending the program at the Okanagan campus in January. They are, from left: Ashley Shaw, Chase; Robyn Buna, Kelowna; Ellen Cai, Penticton; Christabelle Bitgood, Kelowna; Brennan Arduini, Kamloops; and Daniel Manders, Summerland.

Southern Medical Program students tour UBC campus

Getting their education in the Interior is important to
future physicians

The Southern Medical Program (SMP) has arrived and students are eager to start their education in the medical doctor undergraduate program. Six of the "MD Class of 2015" toured the campus this week, met with Dr. Allan Jones, regional associate dean, and were introduced to local media.

The intake of 32 students in the first year of the SMP join their colleagues from three other sites of UBC's MD Undergraduate Program and begin their first semester in Vancouver, before returning to the BC Interior for the remainder of their four years of medical education and training. Distribution and expansion of the MD program in the Interior is made possible by partnerships between the BC provincial government, the Faculty of Medicine and Interior Health.

"We consider UBC's MD Program to be a provincial program now," says Jones. "Instead of being limited to a single site, it's four sites across the province."

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Jennifer Gustar, head of Critical Studies: “All of us have felt attracted to monsters at some level, both as a way of understanding the darker elements of our psyches, but also as a way of creating ‘us’ and ‘them’ dichotomies.”
Jennifer Gustar, head of Critical Studies: "All of us have felt attracted to monsters at some level, both as a way of understanding the darker elements of our psyches, but also as a way of creating 'us' and 'them' dichotomies."

UBC unleashes Monsters in free public seminar series

University experts give new life to ghosts, vampires,
serpents and fiends

UBC's department of Critical Studies is training a critical eye on the nature of beasts in a newly created free seminar series titled "Monsters & Significant Others."

Professors from English, French, Spanish, Art History, and Cultural Studies will give public lectures and lead discussions that examine the universal, cross-cultural presence of monsters and others in both historical and contemporary contexts. Participants will focus on the theme of "otherness" as it has been developed through literature, art, film, and cultural discourse.

"We're showcasing what we do in the classroom and in our research," says Lisa Grekul, a professor in the department of Critical Studies, and one of the seminar's speakers. "This is a perfect opportunity for members of the community who are intellectually curious, or maybe a little bored with their book club. It's a chance to experience 'Critical Inquiry' and engage in lively, scholarly debates."

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Indigenous Studies hosts virtual forum this month

Indigenous Studies Prof. Tirso Gonzales from UBC's Okanagan campus and Prof. Miquel Gonzalez from York University have organized a virtual forum for international consultation and dialogue, taking place each Monday from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5.

The forum involves leaders of indigenous organizations, academics, non-governmental partners, and officials of sub-national government entities who are leading processes in the design and negotiation of Indigenous autonomy in Latin America and Canada.

The forum and related activities are in preparation for the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which will be held here at UBC's Okanagan campus May 18 to 20, 2012.

The Indigenous Peoples, Self-determination and Autonomy in Latin America and Canada forum is a project of the Bolivian Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, the International Secretary for Human Development at York University, and the Indigenous Studies Program at UBC's Okanagan campus.

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Centre for Scholarly Communication looks to make
new connections

Workshops, consultations and communities of practice offered throughout the academic year

The Centre for Scholarly Communication offers UBC graduate students, upper-level undergraduates and interested faculty support in disseminating the results of their research to their academic peers and the community at large.

The Centre, located just inside the library building, is offering a robust lineup of workshops, individual consultations, and communities of practice -- all designed to help students communicate their research more effectively.

To find out more visit the Centre for Scholarly Communication website.

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Run/Walk group restarts this month

Students, staff and faculty are invited to get ready for a new running season with the campus community's ongoing Run/Walk Group. The Run/Walk Group is a great opportunity to get or stay fit while exploring the hiking trails around campus.

The first group activity is on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and the group meets at 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday after that in the Kalamalka Residences Wellness Centre. All levels of runners and walkers are welcome to join the group.

For more information please visit either Health and Wellness Centre on campus -- located in the University Centre (room UNC337) and Kalamalka Residence (room City Home 123) -- or contact Health and Wellness Counsellors Tracey Sutton or Roger Wilson.

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Leave for Change 2012 applications now open

Every year, UBC sends six staff members abroad on the Leave for Change program to volunteer in developing countries, sharing their knowledge and skills with others in an international setting. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Leave for Change volunteer program. The deadline for applications is Oct. 7, 2011.

Together with international volunteer agency Uniterra, UBC works to provide successful applicants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Volunteer positions are diverse and range from technology training to youth leadership. Placements are offered in Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Nepal, Vietnam and more.

Visit the Leave for Change website to learn about eligibility and application process, program deadlines, and important information for applicants, as well as checking out the online diaries of past participants.

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Toastmasters is coming to campus

Toastmasters -- the world-renowned leadership organization -- has helped thousands of people overcome the fear of public speaking and gain personal and professional confidence, and this fall Alumni Relations, in collaboration with students from the Faculty of Management, are launching a club on campus with the support of local alumni and existing community-based Toastmasters groups.

Several leadership positions will be available and all members of the campus community are invited to participate. To find out more contact Erica Triggs, events and promotions assistant, at 250-807-9360.

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peopleWhen Adi Prabowo came to the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus three years ago, things were challenging for the native of Indonesia, but International Programs and Services helped him through.
When Adi Prabowo came to the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus three years ago, things were challenging for the native of Indonesia, but International Programs and Services helped him through.

Helping foreign students feel at home in new surroundings

UBC's Centre for International Programs and Services eases culture shock

Adi Prabowo can't say enough about the helping hand he got from UBC's International Programs and Services (IPS).

When the then 18-year-old came to the Okanagan campus three years ago from his native Indonesia, life was intimidating, but thanks largely to IPS, Prabowo quickly began feeling at home in his new student life.

"The language was a big thing and the culture was a big jump for me," says Prabowo who is now in his third year at UBC majoring in psychology and political science. Coming from a predominantly Muslim country, the lifestyle of his new home was an eye opener.

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Patrick Murphy, far right, makes sure to digitally chronicle his friend Cory Cheyne grinding corn into paste for empanadas. Students worked for about 45 minutes preparing their breakfast.
Patrick Murphy, far right, makes sure to digitally chronicle his friend Cory Cheyne grinding corn into paste for empanadas. Students worked for about 45 minutes preparing their breakfast.

Students get taste of Mayan life

UBC visitors gain greater appreciation for Canada and Mexico

It was far from the easiest day in their lives, but for a half dozen students from UBC's Okanagan campus, a community service learning adventure in the Mayan jungle is one they won't soon forget.

Despite a 3:30 a.m. wakeup call, a 1.5-hour commute each way, hard work and an uncomfortable cocktail of bug repellent and sweat, the university students who were taking part in the Spanish Summer Field School received insight into how Mayans in the rural community of X-Hazil, Mexico, embrace their lives and make the most of everything they have.

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New librarian for Southern Medical Program

Diana Bang joins the Okanagan Library as Learning Services Librarian (Southern Medical Program) on Sept. 12. She is currently a reference librarian with the Saskatoon Health Region, and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in psychology and biology from York University and a MLIS from the University of Western Ontario.

In her spare time, Bang is a student in UBC's Master of Educational Technology online program. She is active in associations and keen to merge pedagogy with practical applications in libraries.

The Southern Medical Program Librarian is a new position funded by the Faculty of Medicine. UBC's Okanagan campus is the newest node of the Distributed Undergraduate Medical Program. Other sites include the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia and UBC's Vancouver campus. Diana will work with a network of health librarians across the province to deliver library services to UBC medical students.

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research spotlightUBC Professor Steven Porter will be conducting a workshop on how to tell if someone is lying on Sept. 17. This is the first time Porter has offered the workshop to the general public.
UBC Professor Steven Porter will be conducting a workshop on how to tell if someone is lying on Sept. 17. This is the first time Porter has offered the workshop to the general public.

Let the truth be told

Workshop will identify when people are lying

Truth-challenged people had best not try to put one past Stephen Porter.

The psychology professor at UBC's Okanagan campus has been studying how people show signs of lying in their body language, voice and facial expressions for more than 15 years and he will be leading a workshop to show others how to spot a fibber.

Porter will be conducting the Truth About Lies: Using Psychology to Detect Lies in the Workplace and Everyday Life workshop Sept. 17 where he will show people what to look for to determine if someone is not being honest.

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In the news...

Russello to research painted turtles

Michael Russello, assistant professor of biology, will be conducting genetic research on the Western Painted Turtle in Okanagan Regional Parks such as Stephens Coyote Regional Park, Mission Creek Regional Park, and Rose Valley Regional Park.

Local Western Painted turtles are considered a Species of Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and this research will assist in setting priorities for recovery efforts and determine the natural range of each population, origin and potential genetic connections across populations.

The research project will be conducted seasonally over the next two years with data being collected in the spring and summer months before the turtles go into winter hibernation.

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workshops

ePAF training sessions organized for September

As part of the electronic personnel action form (ePAF) roll-out for the Okanagan campus, Finance is holding a number of ePAF training sessions for initiators and approvers in September. Training sessions will take the form of group demonstrations. Participants are not required to have ePAF access to attend these sessions.

Initiator training session

This training is mandatory for individuals that will be set up as initiators within units or departments.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 13
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

Approver training session

Training for approvers is optional but is highly recommended. To obtain a rounded knowledge of ePAF, participants are encouraged to first attend the initiator training session.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 13
Time: 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

To register, participants can email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca with employee name, and details about which session they would like to attend.

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New Workshops in the Library series begins this month

The Workshops in the Library series is a regular series of workshops that focuses on practical skills for finding, handling, and presenting research information. Workshops are taught by UBC librarians and staff from the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Academic Resource Centre and the Centre for Scholarly Communication.

Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

Sept. 20
Library 101
Sept. 22
RefWorks
Sept. 23
Develop your study skills
Sept. 26
Library research for graduate students

Sept. 27
Learn Microsoft Word
Sept. 28
Library 101
Sept. 29
Finding multimedia sources
Oct. 1
Library 101 and RefWorks

Oct. 3
Develop Your Study Skills
Oct. 4
Learn Microsoft PowerPoint
Oct. 5
Refworks
Oct. 6
Develop your presentations skills

All workshops are being held in the library (room LIB111) and registration is appreciated but not required. To find out more visit the Workshops in the Library website.

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Hyperion new user training

Hyperion is the university-wide forecasting and budgeting tool. Finance will be holding training sessions on Fridays in September that will introduce the basics of Hyperion as well as how to navigate and input budget data. This is a hands-on lab session that will highlight some of the functionalities of Hyperion and provide an overview of the tools within the system.

Participants will require access to Hyperion as well as UBC's PeopleSoft Financial Management Systems (FMS). Please submit the completed form to Financial Analyst Frank Mueller one week prior to the session date.

Dates: September 16, 23, or 30
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM013

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

To register, participants can email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca with employee name, and details about which session they would like to attend. To find out more email finance.ubco@ubc.ca.

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Hyperion reporting and funding transfers training

Finance will be holding training sessions on Fridays in September that will focus on Hyperion reports and GPO funding transfers.

This training will cover the technical aspects of report generation as well as how to initiate GPO transfers to other units in Hyperion. This training will also be very valuable for individuals on campus that are familiar with Hyperion, need to go GPO funding transfers and want more information on the type of reporting available in Hyperion.

Dates: September 16, 23, or 30
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM013

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

To register, participants can email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca with employee name, and details about which session they would like to attend. To find out more email finance.ubco@ubc.ca.

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Finance Lunch and Learn session: budget cycle

The next session in the brown bag Finance Lunch and Learn series will focus on the upcoming campus budget cycle and provides an overview of the current year's budget guidelines as well as PowerPoint templates that will be required to be completed in advance of the budget review meetings in late November.

There will also be a portion of the session devoted to questions and group discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring their own copy of the budget guidelines, as copies will not be provided at the session.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

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

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

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Hyperion open lab sessions

Finance will be holding a series of open lab sessions in October and November in preparation for the upcoming budget cycle and preparation of 2012-2013 fiscal plans. At the beginning of each lab session there will be a brief discussion of current forecasts, followed by an open lab to allow participants to ask questions.

Dates: every Tuesday from October 4 to November 15
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP129

This session is aimed at Hyperion users that are directly involved in the updating of the forecast and inputting next year's plan.

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

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
September 7, 2011

News

UBC's Okanagan campus honours staff members
Record enrolment fuels UBC's Okanagan campus growth
Highlights of what's new at UBC's Okanagan campus this September
Be there at the start: September 22
Southern Medical Program students tour UBC campus
UBC unleashes Monsters in free public seminar series
Indigenous Studies hosts virtual forum this month
Centre for Scholarly Communication looks to make new connections
Run/Walk group restarts this month
Leave for Change 2012 applications now open
Toastmasters is coming to campus

People

Helping foreign students feel at home in new surroundings
Students get taste of Mayan life
New librarian for Southern Medical Program

Research Spotlight

Let the truth be told
Russello to research painted turtles

events2011 President's Town Hall meeting

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Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for Scotiabank

Chief Economist of Scotiabank to discuss Canada's economic forecast on Sept. 14

Warren Jestin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Scotiabank, will be on campus in September to discuss Canada's economic outlook. Jestin is a popular public speaker and media commentator, with extensive expertise in Canadian and global economic issues.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 14
Time:
11 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC 200

This talk has been organized by the Faculty of Management.

There is no charge to attend this event, but online pre-registration is required. To register visit: warrenjestin.eventbrite.com

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Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by Athletics and Recreation, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Sept. 16, for Pitstop.

Bring a colleague and find out about the Heat's transition to Canada West Universities Athletic Association and the success the Heat have had in the British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association.

Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, Sept. 16
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: upper-level lobby of the gymnasium

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning social organized for Sept. 22

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is hosting a social in September to help get the campus community more acquainted with the centre, its specialists and the services they offer.

Enjoy some light refreshments while networking with a variety of faculty members interested in research about the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI200

To RSVP for this event visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/events

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Community Day 2011

Continuing in the tradition of knowledge-sharing and educational fun, the second consecutive Community Day is Sept. 24 at UBC's Okanagan campus. Alumni, friends, family, neighbours, and partners are invited to explore campus and engage with outstanding faculty, staff, and students.

Join UBC for food and refreshments; hands-on activities, displays, demonstrations and compelling research presentations. Discover something you never knew before.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: UBC's Okanagan campus

To find out more, visit the Community Day website.

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UBC Dialogues: Kelowna

UBC Dialogues: Kelowna

Can the Okanagan Achieve Social Sustainability?

The acclaimed international series UBC Dialogues debuts in Kelowna at Community Day 2011. Join experts from UBC and the community for a discussion about the expected challenges, opportunities, and benefits of fostering a region rich in its demographic mix.

The Okanagan has one of the oldest populations in North America, raising questions about its future as a socially and economically sustainable community. How will the region retain its youth and attract ongoing investment and newcomers? What social, cultural, and economic mixes are desirable?

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC 200

Admission is free, but online pre-registration is required. To find out more visit the Dialogues website.

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West Coast Optimization Meeting scheduled for Oct. 1

On Saturday, Oct. 1, UBC's Okanagan campus will play host to this year's West Coast Optimization Meeting (WCOM). WCOM is an international workshop of researchers with interests in mathematical optimization.

Presentations will be given by outstanding international optimization researchers from across Canada and the US, including:

  • Terry Rockafellar,
    University of Washington
  • Tamás Terlaky,
    Lehigh University
  • Jonathan Eckstein,
    Rutgers State University
  • Henry Wolkowicz,
    University of Waterloo

This meeting is open to all faculty members and students, but registration is required. To register or find out more, contact Warren Hare, assistant professor of mathematics, at 250-807-9378.

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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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