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Employee NewsSummer Scholars 2013

Summer Scholars program wraps up a second successful year

On July 14, 18 students from nine countries arrived at UBC's Okanagan campus for two weeks of personal access to top UBC professors as part of this year's Summer Scholars program.

The program -- offered by the International Student Initiative in partnership with faculty members from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences -- combined morning lectures with daily field trips that looked at water, forest management and urban planning.


Faculty and Staff BBQ

UBC PhD candidate Nilufar Islam, pictured at Kelowna’s McKinley Reservoir, is studying the c
UBC PhD candidate Nilufar Islam.

UBC graduate student earns $70,000 grant to study water quality

Engineer is on a mission to ensure distribution networks deliver clean water

Nilufar Islam was a high-school student in Bangladesh when Walkerton, Ontario made international news for E. coli-infected water that killed seven people in May 2000.


Anthropology student Robyn Giffen won a top oral presentation prize at the U21 Conference in Amsterdam.
Anthropology student Robyn Giffen won a top oral presentation prize at the U21 Conference in Amsterdam.

Top prize from Universitas 21 comes home to UBC -- again

Irving K. Barber School student dominates at research event for 3rd time in 4 years

The tradition of excellence continues.

Robyn Giffen, an anthropology student at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has earned a top prize for her oral presentation at the recent international Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference in Amsterdam. Giffen is the third student from UBC’s Okanagan campus to win in the past four years.


Glenn Benoit
Dr. Glenn Benoit

Glenn Benoit recognized for teaching excellence

Dr. Glenn Benoit was recently granted the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The annual award honours outstanding women’s health educators.

Dr. Benoit is an obstetrician and gynecologist based in Kelowna and Clinical Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine.


History of the Okanagan comes alive

UBC Library project makes publications accessible to everyone

A new digitization project initiated by UBC’s Okanagan Library is making this region’s history accessible to the world.


Exceptional Learning Environments

Let's start an evolution together

start an evolution will provide distinctive spaces to work, collaborate, and socialize, ensuring students gain a high-quality education and enriching life experiences.

Consider investing in groundbreaking and inspiring facilities:

  • Library, innovation and learning commons
  • Recreation and gymnasium facilities
  • Performing arts and cultural spaces
  • Informal learning spaces


Apply or nominate someone for the Moldovan Memorial Award

Nominations are now open for the Moldovan Memorial Award. The award gives $1,000 each to two individuals who have made innovative contributions that address specific concerns associated with the teaching and research ecological footprint at UBC.

The award was created in memory of Judit Moldovan, who introduced green labs and a number of positive ecological research changes to UBC's Okanagan campus.


Win Air Canada or WestJet lounge passes

Attend a UBCTravelSmart session to learn about this one-stop online program for UBC-related travel and be entered to win one of several airport lounge pass packages.

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Charting your path: career development

This workshop explores some of the facets of working styles and identifies next steps to take to fulfill career ambitions.

The session uses the Strong Interest Inventory -- the most respected and widely used career planning instrument in the world -- to guide participants to reflect how to add select tasks at work and projects in their personal lives that fit individuals' styles.

This inventory links your interests and preferences to various jobs, work settings and careers.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 20
Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP124
Cost: $50

To register for this workshop, visit the Human Resources website.

To find out more, contact Lisa Levell, organizational development and learning specialist at 250-807-9021.

Win Air Canada or WestJet lounge passes

Attend a UBCTravelSmart session to learn about this one-stop online program for UBC-related travel. UBCTravelSmart offers support when and where it's needed and benefits from UBC’s purchasing power savings while using travel sustainability practices.

Learn when, why, and how to use UBCTravelSmart at one of the following sessions and be entered to win one of several airport lounge pass packages:


Date: Wednesday, Aug. 28
Time: 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214
Date: Friday, Aug. 30
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214


Date: Thursday, Aug. 29
Time: 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

To RSVP for any of these sessions, contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

Workshops at a glance

Here are some professional development workshops for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus over the next few weeks:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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