UBC alumnus and Kelowna lawyer Ross Langford officially launched a $100-million fundraising campaign at the Okanagan campus Thursday. Langford is the chairman of the start an evolution campaign that has already raised $52 million.
UBC's Okanagan campus launches $100-million
fundraising and alumni engagement campaign
Start an evolution combines philanthropy, alumni, community engagement goals
The University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus has kicked off an ambitious campaign with goals of raising $100 million, and doubling the number of alumni engaged in the life of the university by 2015. The campaign, start an evolution, is among the biggest ever to be staged in the B.C. Interior.
By combining philanthropic gifts and alumni talents, UBC will enhance student learning, expand research capacity and extend its community engagement initiatives.
"Our campaign is like no other that has ever been seen in Canada, in that our goal is not simply to raise funds for the University, but also to raise energy in the form of alumni engagement and personal involvement in our broader community," says Ross Langford, campaign chair.
Langford, a UBC alumnus and partner in the law firm Farris, Vaughan, Wills and Murphy LLP in Kelowna, will lead a campaign cabinet representing the Okanagan as well as Calgary.
Dangers of performance-enhancing drugs brought to
Athletes get first-hand advice on damage drugs can do
Clint Faught knows what he is talking about when he says the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs are not worth the risk.
He witnessed first-hand the destruction drugs such as anabolic steroids can cause and he recently brought that message to the Okanagan campus.
Heat student athletes were educated on the dangers of anabolic steroids as well as appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs when the Taylor Hooton Foundation recently presented their 'Hoot's Chalk Talk' educational program on campus.
German heritage is focus of UBC research
University study will look at intercultural interactions
Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies (Critical Studies, FCCS) is looking for people of German, Swiss and Austrian ancestry to share their stories.
The research project investigates how German-speaking Canadians view their cultural heritage and their culture within the Okanagan community.
Desmarais is looking for people 18 years or older with ties to German culture to participate in the project that involves surveys, questionnaires and videotaped interviews to be done on campus.
Support the Heat: Blue and
With the Heat varsity athletics move up to the Canada West league, Athletics and Recreation are trying to reach new heights of Heat spirit on campus.
On an ongoing basis, Athletics and Recreation are asking the campus community to turn Fridays into Blue and Gold days. Wear UBC colours -- blue and gold clothing -- or merchandise representing UBC or The Heat.
Athletics and Recreation has seen overflowing crowds at each soccer game this season. Help continue building support for the Heat by wearing blue/gold/UBC/Heat on Fridays.
UBC Thrive week looks to get campus community
Volunteers needed for UBC Thrive week
UBC Thrive is a new initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for everyone at the university. This weeklong series of events encourages everyone to invest in healthier living.
Thrive organizers are looking for volunteers to help build a healthier campus community.
To volunteer, or find out more, contact Debbie Deorksen.
Blog to Thrive Challenge
Thrive organizers are encouraging campus community members to share their experiences that will help others to thrive at UBC. Share a story on a blog and Thrive organizers will promote it.
To find out more visit the Blog to Thrive Challenge.
Blog submissions will accepted until Thursday, October 13, 2011.
November dates announced for on-campus influenza
For the upcoming flu season, Health, Safety and Environment are working closely with Health and Wellness and the School of Nursing to coordinate flu vaccinations for the campus community.
All members of the campus community are eligible to receive the vaccine at clinics on Nov. 2 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinics will be located in the Administration building foyer.
The flu shot is available to all students, faculty and staff members for $5 plus a donation to the on-campus Food Exchange. All participants are asked to bring their Health Card.
For those individuals who are eligible for the publicly funded vaccine, visit www.interiorhealth.ca for local dates and times.
To find out more, visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/hse or contact Toni Harfield, occupational health nurse, at 250-807-8867.
Equity Enhancement Fund applications due Oct. 31
Members of the campus community have until October 31 to apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund -- a program established to help provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity on campus.
In 2010 and 2011 the fund provided a total of $14,400 to the following Okanagan campus initiatives:
- Disability Resource Centre: Access and Ability Through the Arts program
- School of Social Work: Diversity, Intercultural Communication and Cultural Safety module for practicum field placement
- School of Engineering: Women in Engineering program
The guidelines for the fund can be viewed on the Equity Enhancement Fund Guidelines website. The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the unit or department head.
To find out more, or to submit a proposal, contact Associate Vice President Equity Tom Patch.
Follow us: UBC news anywhere, any time
Looking for the latest information and news about UBC's Okanagan campus? It's available online.
A online newsroom for the Okanagan campus has been launched for the campus and greater community (https://news.ok.ubc.ca). The portal is set up to be easily viewable on most mobile devices -- giving students, faculty and staff access to the latest news anywhere, at any time. The Exchange is also available for faculty and staff online at any time (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/exchange).
Okanagan campus news is also available via facebook (facebook.com/ubconews) and Twitter (twitter.com/ubconews). These pages give the campus community the ability to share the latest UBC-related news on the world's most popular social media platforms.
Social media guidelines and best practices
University Relations has also created a new Social Media guidelines page and best practices page for those looking for new ways to create and engage audiences at UBC via social media.
Find the artist in you this fall
The fall is the start of something new, and Continuing Studies has a full slate of course offerings that the campus community can take advantage of. Learn some in-depth Microsoft Office skills, find out about the best food and wine pairings, or just brush up on story-writing techniques.
To find out more about the available courses being offered this fall visit the Continuing Studies website.
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.
UBC email signatures ready for use
Every day, UBC faculty and staff send thousands of email messages to colleagues, students and external organizations. How UBC is represented in these digital communications is important and for that reason email signature templates have been created for faculty and staff use.
The UBC Brand Email Signature is designed to reinforce the university's identity and to deliver consistency across university faculties, departments and offices to our internal and external audiences.
To access the UBC Brand Email Signature templates, visit the UBC Public Affairs website. The site offers details, instructions and general guidelines.
Help strengthen recognition of the university's identity by using the UBC Brand Email Signature on all outgoing messages and by sharing this information with colleagues.
Reminder: Run/Walk group runs every Tuesday
Students, staff and faculty are reminded that a new running season has started with the Run/Walk Group. The Run/Walk Group is a great opportunity to get or stay fit while exploring the hiking trails around campus.
The group meets every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka Residences Wellness Centre. All levels of runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.
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.
Survey participants win travel vouchers
Three lucky winners have been drawn from among the students who filled out the New to UBC survey in August. Each received several hundred dollars worth of travel vouchers.
All students registered in undergraduate degree programs were invited to complete the New to UBC survey. Every survey response was then entered into a draw for the vouchers.
This year's winners are, from left: Kaitlin Carson, from Lloydminster Sask.; Wesley McLean, from Camrose, Alberta; and Sarah Smith from Okotoks, Alberta.
Undergrad works chosen for international printmaking
exhibit this month
Two visual arts undergraduate students have had their work accepted for an international juried printmaking exhibition, taking place in Croatia this month.
Works by Laura Widmer and Angela Duclos were chosen from approximately 600 works submitted by professional artists and printmakers to be shown in the 2011 Splitgraphic: International Graphic Art Biennial exhibition, which runs from October 6 to 30. Only 49 international artists are represented in the final exhibition.
This continues a succession of very successful exhibition submissions from the undergraduate printmakers in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Widmer's work has been accepted by more than 15 international exhibitions in the last three years -- winning a number of awards along the way -- and Duclos has had her recent work accepted by four international exhibitions.
Barb Pesut, nursing professor and Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity
UBC researcher a cornerstone of BC's palliative care initiative
Canada Research Chair Barb Pesut participates in study with academic and practicing nurses
Nursing research at UBC's Okanagan campus will be an integral part of a four-year province-wide initiative aimed at improving palliative care services in BC. The overall project is funded through an $800,000 grant from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
According to a recent study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, almost three quarters of British Columbians who die are not identified as people who could benefit from services associated with palliative care. A province-wide network called the Initiative for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Evidence and Leadership (iPANEL) will examine ways of offering palliative services in areas such as long-term care, acute medical wards and at home.
New book: Roots and Research in Urban School Gardens
Veronica Gaylie, associate professor of education, has just published a book that looks at urban school gardens and how they act as a bridge between action and thought.
In the book, Gaylie discusses how these gardens act as an effective, small-scale response to global issues around access to food and land -- offering practical knowledge of farming and help renewing cultural ideals of shared space and mutual support for the environment. The book brings together both environmental philosophy and a practical model to live and learn by.
The ideas behind this book brought Gaylie across North America, where she looked at the history of school and community garden practice in Eastern industrial cities as well as in four Pacific Rim regions. Throughout, the book looks at urban gardens as a central symbol for environmental learning.
To find out more about this book visit the Peter Lang website.
Workshops in the Library series continues in October
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 in October:
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.
WestGrid Seminar Series
The WestGrid and Compute Canada Seminar Series is a videoconference series shared across Western Canadian universities and participating institutions. The series explores how WestGrid and Compute Canada resources are being used to advance research investigations in the sciences, engineering, medicine and humanities.
Introduction to WestGrid
At the October 12 seminar, Patrick O'Leary, director of operations for WestGrid, will provide an introduction to WestGrid and its general operations.
Using WestGrid resources
Edmund Sumbar, programmer and systems analyst at the University of Alberta, will be giving a talk by videoconference on October 19. Find out more about WestGrid infrastructure and resources available to UBC researchers at this seminar.
These talks are open to everyone and take place at 12 noon in the Fipke Centre (room FIP337). To RSVP contact Collaboration and Visualization Specialist Todd Zimmerman.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops at a glance
Here are some upcoming professional development workshops for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus in the next few weeks:
For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.
October 5, 2011
• UBC's Okanagan campus launches $100 million fundraising campaign
• Dangers of performance-enhancing drugs brought to the Heat
• German heritage is focus of UBC research
• Support the Heat: Blue and Gold days
• UBC Thrive week looks to get campus community more engaged
• November dates announced for on-campus influenza vaccine clinics
• Equity Enhancement Fund applications due Oct. 31
• Follow us: UBC news anywhere, any time
• Find the artist in you this fall
• Reminder: Run/Walk group runs every Tuesday
• Survey participants win travel vouchers
• Undergrad works chosen for international printmaking exhibit this month
• UBC researcher a cornerstone of BC's palliative care initiative
• New book: Roots and Research in Urban School Gardens
Social Justice Week features film screenings and nonviolent activism workshops
All this week, the Cultural Studies program and Cultural Studies Students Association are celebrating Social Justice Week -- a series of events that celebrate global nonviolent action.
Film screenings are being held in the University Centre theatre every day. Today's feature is Pray the Devil back to Hell (5 p.m.) and tomorrow's is The Witness (6 p.m.).
On Friday, Oct. 7, the FINA Gallery in the Fine Arts and Health building will host a series of nonviolent activism workshops. Workshop topics range from nonviolent ethics, politics and practice, to animal rights, anti-racist feminism, and applied theatre.
To see the full workshop schedule visit the UBC events calendar.
To find out more contact Social Justice week organizers Naoko Hoshi and David Jefferess, or visit the Cultural Studies facebook group.
Only in Canada: why we spell Aspirin with a capital, eh
Aspirin was invented more than 100 years ago as a treatment for rheumatic fever and pain, and is still one of the most widely used drugs in the world, with literally billions of tablets consumed every year.
The tale of Aspirin in Canada is a convoluted story of political and commercial intrigue, shaped by the law, geography, history, and by the growing efforts of physicians, pharmacists, and drug manufacturers. Despite Aspirin's acknowledged benefits, its use has been controversial due in large part to the activities of its original manufacturer, the Farbenfabriken Bayer Company.
In this colloquium, Jan McTavish, adjunct professor of history, will discuss some of the highlights of this story.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 5
Time: 2 to 3:20 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART185
To find out more about this talk contact the history department at 250-807-9335.
Master of Management Info Session
The Faculty of Management, in alliance with the Sauder School of Business, is offering the Master of Management, a program that provides a general foundation in business and management to individuals with bachelor's degrees in non-business disciplines.
Find out more about the program at an info session planned for next Wednesday.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME4116
To attend this session those interested can RSVP by October 11 with name, email address and current program of study to email@example.com or by calling 250-807-9644.
To find out more visit: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/mm
FCCS Visiting Author Series: playwright Shawn Macdonald
Playwright Shawn Macdonald will give a free public reading at on October 13, as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Author Series.
Macdonald's plays World's Greatest Guy and Prodigal Son both won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. Prodigal Son is his most recent publication.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna
This event is free and open to everyone. To find out more contact the Department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.
UBC Thrive week
Thrive runs from Oct. 17 to 21 at both UBC campuses and all events will be of no charge for members of either campus community.
For full details about the week's events visit the Thrive website or contact Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP coordinator, at 250-807-8183.
Info session: Barber School International Education Travel Subsidy
At this info session participants in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' 2011 International Education Travel Subsidy program will present on their experiences abroad.
Barber School students interested in applying for this year's travel subsidy will be given opportunities to ask questions of the participants and program organizers.
The deadline for applications for next year's program is November 1, 2011.
Date: Monday, Oct. 17
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART110
More information on the travel subsidy is available on the Barber School website. To find out more about this session, contact Couleen Maryschuk at 250-807-9338.
Coast to Coast
On October 18, Warren Hare, assistant professor of mathematics, will give a talk on the topic of Exploiting sub-structure in non-smooth optimization problems.
This talk is part of the Coast to Coast Canadian Seminar Series and is free and open to the public.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP337
To RSVP contact Collaboration and Visualization Specialist Todd Zimmerman.
October Equity and Diversity Research Graduate Student Spotlight focuses on food fights in Israel
The Equity and Diversity Research series restarts this year with a presentation on how the Bedouin of Israel use food as a means of resistance, use food to maintain crucial social networks and to raise their status within their own communities.
Presenter Tammy Davies, a PhD student at UBC's Okanagan campus, has studied food and cultural change with Mawasi Bedouin women in northern Israel. Her research is committed to advancing the status of women in this area.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18
Time: 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART202
This spotlight is sponsored by the Equity Matters campaign. The event is open to everyone and refreshments will be provided.
To find out more contact Ilya Parkins, assistant professor of gender and women's studies, or Allison Hargreaves, assistant professor of North American Indigenous literatures.
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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