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newsKonyerem Tobechukwu Achimole-Ibe and Samantha Batliner are enjoying their second year as foreign students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Konyerem Tobechukwu Achimole-Ibe and Samantha Batliner are enjoying their second year as international students at UBC's Okanagan campus.

World, meet the Okanagan

More students from around the world are experiencing Canadian living at UBC's Okanagan campus

Last year, 74 countries were represented by international students, on the Okanagan campus, up from 22 in 2005.

Konyerem Tobechukwu Achimole-Ibe experienced culture shock in more ways than one when he arrived at UBC's Okanagan campus from Nigeria last October.

The 18-year-old pre-pharmacy student says technology is one of the major educational differences between Canada and home. Here, students mostly work on their own classroom lab equipment, while in Nigeria 15 students might share a piece of equipment. Sometimes there was no equipment for hands-on experience at all and students simply relied on textbook illustrations. Doing everything via computer and the Internet is also a new experience.

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be there at the start


Public invited to be part of the Valley's university

Community Day features numerous events, lectures, activities for campus and okanagan community

UBC's Okanagan campus is home to some of the brightest minds and most intriguing research in the nation, and this weekend the public is invited to stop by and see some of the things going on.

Community Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

The second-annual event gives the campus community a different view of the university and the chance to engage with other faculty, staff and students while discovering what makes this campus an outstanding learning, teaching and research environment.

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The Heat will be stepping up the level of competition this year in men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball after officially becoming members of the CIS.
The Heat will be stepping up the level of competition this year in men's and women's basketball and volleyball after officially becoming members of the CIS.

Heat ready to take on the best in the West

Men'S and women's teams compete in CIS for first time

The Heat are ready to meet some of the best intercollegiate teams in the land, and the action begins this fall.

This marks the first year the men's and women's volleyball and basketball teams will compete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) after the teams were accepted into the Canada West Universities Athletics Association in May.

Sought-after Terry Fox Secondary School graduate Bret Macdonald says the university joining the CIS provides the level of competition he is after.

"It's a major reason why I'm coming here," says Macdonald who had several universities scouting his basketball skills. "I wanted to play CIS since Grade 9."

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New buildings ready for students

Classes, offices and living quarters incorporate
sustainability features

With new labs, classrooms, more learning and living space, students at UBC's Okanagan campus will get their education in some of the newest, state-of-the-art classrooms on any post-secondary campus.

The Engineering, Management and Education building and the Purcell residence building both opened with return to classes, while the Health Sciences Centre will be ready for the first intake of 32 students in the Southern Medical Program early in the New Year.

The educational buildings incorporate the latest in high-tech teaching tools -- from lectures being delivered on huge screens from anywhere in the world to the newest energy-saving technologies.

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Rudy Sager and Al King from Facilities Management hoist one of the new yellow compost bins now located in the foyers of each building on campus.
Rudy Sager and Al King from Facilities Management hoist one of the new yellow compost bins now located in the foyers of each building on campus.

Yellow is the next green thing

Compost program expands across campus

The flowers you see today might be the product of yesterday's lunch. The campus composting program has recently been expanded so it's easier than ever to get involved in turning unwanted organic material into a valuable soil amendment for campus plantings.

Bright yellow compost bins are now located in the main-floor foyers of each building on campus, ready to receive discarded food waste and other organic material -- everything from banana peels to coffee grounds. Smaller bins will also be placed in collegia and lunchrooms across campus.

Three times a week, Facilities Management will collect the organic material and add it to the campus composter -- a giant (4,000 lb. capacity) "Earth Tub." The decomposition process will produce a product to enhance soil quality in campus gardens and flower beds, keeping these organics out of the landfill.

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Michelle Lowton wants the space for the Get Involved program in the University Centre to be open to all students who want to volunteer or work together on a beneficial project.
Michelle Lowton wants the space for the Get Involved program in the University Centre to be open to all students who want to volunteer or work together on a beneficial project.

Students encouraged to Get Involved

Volunteer program will benefit students, campus and community

There's a lot more to university than books and studying and the Get Involved program wants to help introduce students to the world around them.

Michelle Lowton heads up the program and she has a dream of getting students involved not only with volunteering on campus, but in the community at large.

"What 'Get Involved' means will really be determined by the students," says Lowton. "They want to do something that is cool, but that can be different for different people."

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UBC's newest student recruiters: Jamie Young, Amanda Victoor and Steve Taylor
UBC's newest student recruiters: Jamie Young, Amanda Victoor and Steve Taylor

UBC undergraduate recruitment: new spaces, new faces

NEW SPACES

Just before heading out on the road this fall, the domestic and international recruitment teams have combined offices to share the space in the University Centre building (room UNC222). This move will increase collaboration between Student Recruitment and Advising and the International Student Initiative as they work to bring the best and brightest to UBC.

NEW FACES

The new office welcomes three new team members:

  • Amanda Victoor will be joining the International Student Initiative (ISI) team as a new international associate recruiter/advisor.
  • Jamie Young joins Student Recruitment and Advising as part of the East Team in support of UBC's enrollment goals to increase undergraduate students from Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.
  • Steve Taylor, a marketing communications specialist, joins the Prospective Student Marketing Communications and Social Media (PSMCSM) team, which spans both UBC campuses.
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Gokce Ozel, (middle background) leads a fun leadership activity during a training session for the Jump Start program which helps international students adjust to life in their new surroundings. Close to 600 international students are expected to attend the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus this year.
Gokce Ozel, (middle background) leads a fun leadership activity during a training session for the Jump Start program which helps international students adjust to life in their new surroundings.

How to spell stress relief

Enhanced orientation experience gives UBC students a leg up

Arriving on campus for the first time can be a daunting experience for new students -- especially those coming from beyond B.C.'s border and from outside Canada. Dislocation, unfamiliarity, cultural differences and the fact that many students are living away from home for the first time can mean increased stress.

At UBC's Okanagan campus, special orientation programs for international, out-of-province and returning students aim to not only make them feel welcome, but help them immerse into their campus setting and the Kelowna community. As well as rolling out the red carpet, it is a way of enhancing the student experience so newcomers to campus can quickly get past the deer-in-the-headlights sensation and call campus home.

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Continuing Studies Fall 2011 CalendarContinuing Studies Fall Calendar now available

Continuing Studies wants to help let out the artist in all UBC faculty and staff members.

Just released, the Continuing Studies Fall Calendar has a focus on programming for arts, wine, writing and computer skills in the coming months.

Looking to learn more about story-writing techniques or find out more about food and wine pairings? Or looking for some daytime computer courses to help build Microsoft Office skills? Continuing Studies can help.

To find out more about the available courses being offered this fall visit the Continuing Studies website.

Tuition waiver

Most employee groups can apply tuition waiver benefits to reimburse or offset the cost of most Continuing Studies courses. Visit the UBC HR Benefits website for more detailed information on particular tuition benefits for all employee groups.

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peopleCurrent and past international student award winners
Current and past international student award winners. Click for a full listing of names.

International students celebrated with unique awards

Congratulations to the winners of three unique student awards at UBC's Okanagan campus: the International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT), the International Student Humanitarian Award (ISHA), and the International Community Achievement Awards (ICAA).

The award recipients were recognized at the annual International Student Awards Dinner in early September and represent the significant achievements of Okanagan campus students.

Nominated by their secondary schools, ILOT and ISHA award winners demonstrated superior academic success, leadership and extracurricular involvement in the arts, sports, or academic pursuits. ICAA winners have demonstrated strong leadership in a variety of areas, including serving the community, promoting diversity and leadership in international engagement and service.

International Leader of Tomorrow Award / International Student Humanitarian Award

  • Virginie Fostroy
  • Stephen Kimanzi
  • Nagi Matsuoka
  • Mandira Rajashekar
  • Nishat Tasnim

International Community Achievement Awards

  • Abdulrahman Alnaar
  • Susana Baez
  • Odd Gleditsch
  • Athena He
  • Yuki Kamitano
  • Manuel Leckel
  • Abulizi Nijiati
  • Egor Tesler
  • Danni Yang
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Members of the Asian Student Association (left) have donated $150 to the UNICEF Club on campus. The gift represented half of their $300 prize earned from a valiant second-place effort in the tug-o-war match during Clubs and Course Union Day Sept. 14. The UNICEF Club won the match, earning the top prize of $500.

Students helping students help others

Members of the Asian Student Association (left) have donated $150 to the UNICEF Club on campus. The gift represented half of their $300 prize earned from a valiant second-place effort in the tug-o-war match during Clubs and Course Union Day Sept. 14. The UNICEF Club won the match, earning the top prize of $500.

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research spotlightGareth Jones, left, Jonathan Little, Mary Jung and Deanna Gibson will be speaking on obesity during a free symposium Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clinical Academic Campus Lecture Theatre, first floor, 2312 Pandosy St.
Gareth Jones, left, Jonathan Little, Mary Jung and Deanna Gibson will be speaking on obesity during a free symposium Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clinical Academic Campus Lecture Theatre, located at Kelowna General Hospital, first floor, 2312 Pandosy St.

Experts discuss growing problem of obesity

Numerous medical concerns for overweight people

It's a growing problem with serious health implications, and a panel of experts will be giving advice on how to tackle obesity.

Weighing In: Current Scientific Evidence and Community Perspectives on Obesity, will be a half-day symposium led by multiple experts from a variety of fields. It will showcase research initiatives to reduce adult obesity, highlight community experiences in addressing obesity and explore advances and challenges related to improving healthy living with obesity. It will also provide an opportunity to build community-based research partnerships on obesity.

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Rebecca Haines-Saah
Rebecca Haines-Saah

Social media being used to help young people stop smoking

University research associate taking unique approach
to kicking the habit

Rebecca Haines-Saah wants smokers to picture themselves kicking butt.

The research associate with iTAG (Investigating Tobacco and Gender) specializes in gender and youth smoking research and has received a $125,000 grant from the Canadian Cancer Society for a campaign to help people stop smoking.

The project combines participant-driven photography (PDP) with social media to form an innovative smoking cessation support and online community for young adult women and men. PDP methods put cameras in the hands of participants and ask them to represent their experiences by taking pictures. Using popular photo-sharing social media platforms such as facebook.com and flickr.com, participants will upload, caption and share pictures about their experiences with quitting guided by the theme What does smoke free life look like to me?

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workshops

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning social

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

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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Centre for Teaching and Learning orientation

Find out how the Centre for Teaching and Learning can support teaching and learning ventures and how to get more involved.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

To find out more, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Teaching portfolios

Organized by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, this workshop provides faculty members with an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of teaching portfolios.

Date: Friday, Sept. 30
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

To find out more, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
September 21, 2011

News

World, meet the Okanagan
Be there at the start: September 22
Public invited to be part of the Valley's university
Heat ready to take on the best in the West
New buildings ready for students
Yellow is the next green thing
Students encouraged to Get Involved
UBC undergraduate recruitment: new spaces, new faces
How to spell stress relief
Continuing Studies Fall Calendar now available

People

International students celebrated with unique awards
Students helping students help others

Research Spotlight

Experts discuss growing problem of obesity
Social media being used to help young people stop smoking

events2011 President's Town Hall meeting


Okanagan campus Free Thoughts group hosts the Amazing James Randi this Friday

The Okanagan campus Free Thoughts group is co-hosting an evening this Friday with the Centre for Inquiry Okanagan that features paranormal and pseudoscientific claims investigator James Randi.
Randi will be discussing the psychology of magical thinking in relation to his career as a world-renowned magician and prominent skeptic.

Date: Friday, Sept. 23
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Arts and Sciences II building, room ASC140

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online at randiokanagan.eventbrite.com. To find out more contact Blythe Nilson, associate professor of biology, at 250-807-9555.

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UBC Dialogues: Kelowna

UBC Dialogues: Kelowna

How will age, diversity of Valley impact future generations?

For years the Okanagan has been among the most popular places in Canada to retire, but what kind of a future will that create for the region?

With one of the oldest populations in North America, will the Okanagan be a socially and economically sustainable community? How will the region retain youth and attract continuing investment and newcomers? What social, cultural and economic mixes are desirable?

A panel will discuss these varied and diverse issues in the Dialogues forum on Saturday.

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 or read the UBC media release.

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The dangers of anabolic steroids, appearance and performance enhancing drugs

The Taylor Hooton Foundation was founded in 2004 in memory of Taylor Hooton, a 17-year old athlete from Texas. Taylor committed suicide as a result of his anabolic steroid abuse. In this discussion, members of the foundation will provide a research-based analysis on the dangers of these substances.

Date: Monday, Sept. 26
Time: 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP204

This discussion is open to all faculty, students and staff. To find out more contact Christy Mahlberg, student events coordinator, at 250-807-9841.

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

Escapists and Realists: Language Lessons from Na'vi speakers

The Research Tea Break Speaker Series is a showcase of the many types of research occurring on campus. Speakers in this series provide a half-hour presentation of their research, followed by an interactive discussion.

This year's series restarts with a talk by Christine Schreyer, assistant professor of anthropology, giving her talk Escapists and Realists: Language Lessons from Na'vi speakers.

There is no charge for this talk and it is open to everyone.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 205-807-9658.

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Faculty and staff invited to join UBC's Run for the Cure team

UBC employees are encouraged to join thousands of Canadians who participate annually in the race for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Run for the Cure.

The event is the largest one-day volunteer-driven fundraiser in Canada. It aims to raise funds for research programs on breast cancer education programs, and initiatives to promote breast health.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 2
Time: registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
Location:
City Park, Kelowna

To get involved or find out more, visit UBC's Run for the Cure team website or contact team captain Chelsea Butchart.

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Coast to Coast
Seminar Series

Thomas Hillen, from the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta, will give a talk by video conference on October 4 on the topic Modelling of cell movement in tissue and application to glioma growth.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 4
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP337

This talk is part of the Coast to Coast Canadian Seminar Series.  It is free and open to the public. To RSVP contact Collaboration and Visualization Specialist Todd Zimmerman.

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Curling open houses for novices to begin in October

Curious about curling? Want to try a new sport? Looking for a fun night out with friends?

Date: Oct. 4 and Nov. 8
Time: appetizers at 7:30 p.m., curling lessons begin at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Curling Club -- 551 Recreation Ave., Kelowna

The open houses are free for UBC students and $5 for faculty and staff members.

To reserve a spot, or find out more, email: camprec.intramurals@ubc.ca

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Global Fest

Discover UBC's global community at this annual festival.

Meet international students from over 75 countries, enjoy aromatic and flavourful dishes from around the world, learn about Go Global exchanges from student participants, and experience the rhythmic sound and beauty of traditional dance and music.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 6
Time: 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more contact Christy Mahlberg, student events coordinator, at 250-807-9841.

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Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Concurrent disorders: Adapting mental health service delivery for Aboriginal communities

At this Partnership in Research series event, health researchers and subject matter experts from across the Okanagan will be discussing adapting mental health service delivery for Aboriginal communities.

The presentation will look at the effectiveness of models of service delivery for concurrent mental disorders experienced by Aboriginal adults, as well as discuss recommendations for service integration.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 13
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC210

There is no charge for this event and it is open to everyone.

To find out more, visit the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention website or contact Kate Woods.

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Terry O’Reilly

Age of Persuasion host to speak at Kelowna and Vernon Chamber of Commerce events

Terry O'Reilly -- best known now for his award-winning CBC Radio show The Age of Persuasion -- will be in the Okanagan in October for two public events.

O'Reilly will be discussing The Power of Storytelling in The Age of Persuasion at the Vernon Chamber of Commerce Breakfast and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on October 14.

The events are co-sponsored by the Faculty of Management.

Vernon Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Time: 7:15 to 9 a.m.
Location: Prestige Hotel -- 4411 32nd Street, Vernon

To find out more visit the Vernon Chamber of Commerce website.

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel -- 1171 Harvey Ave., Kelowna

To find out more visit the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce website.


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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