October 5, 2005

Exchange is a monthly e-journal for faculty and staff highlighting UBC Okanagan events, achievements and news you can use. Your Public Affairs staff welcomes contributions, notes, hot tips and suggestions for future editions.

Editions are published by e-mail on the first Wednesday of the month. Watch for the next Exchange on November 2.

In this issue...

1. Teixeira to Receive Portugal's Highest Civilian Honour
2. Artist Trading Cards Exhibited in FINA Gallery
3. Fleming's Novel Anomaly Launches Tuesday
4. Training on Harassment and Discrimination
5. Organizational Development & Learning Events
6. Parking Permits a Must
7. From UBC Reports: Okanagan Welcome
8. In the News: A Roundup of UBC Okanagan Announcements

Teixeira to Receive Portugal's Highest Civilian Honour
Medal Presented During Special On-Campus Celebration October 15

Saturday, October 15, will be a day of celebration at UBC Okanagan as Dr. Jose Carlos Teixeira, Associate Professor of Geography, receives Portugal's highest civilian award -- the Ordem do Infante D. Henrique -- from the Portuguese government.

Events begin at 1 p.m. in the Student Services Centre and will feature a conference on the role and impact of the Portuguese in the Okanagan Valley since 1955, with UBC Okanagan faculty and members of the Portuguese communities of Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos.

The medal of the order will be presented to Dr. Teixeira at 5 p.m. by Joao Laranjeira De Abreu, Portuguese Consul in Vancouver. Also present will be Gonçalo Nuno, Portugal's member of parliament elected by Portuguese living outside Europe.

See the October edition of UBC Reports for a profile on Dr. Teixeira.

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Artist Trading Cards Exhibited in FINA Gallery

The Fine Arts Gallery at UBC Okanagan is hosting an artist trading card (ATC) exhibit guest-curated by Kelowna artist Margo Yacheshyn. (She is also the graphic designer with UBC Okanagan's Public Affairs team).

Yacheshyn has been making and trading ATCs for eight years and has built a collection of over 4,500 cards from all over the world. Encompassing a wide variety of styles and media, the exhibit is a comprehensive look at the ATC phenomena, showcasing artists from across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

  • The show runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all this week, ending Friday, October 7
  • A Trading Session will take place on Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • All are invited to drop by for the trading session

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Fleming's Novel Anomaly Launches Tuesday

Anomaly, a new novel by Anne Fleming, UBC Okanagan Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, will be launched next Tuesday with a reading and book signing on campus, hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Fleming's first book, Pool-Hopping, was shortlisted for the 1999 Governor-General's Fiction Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

The reading and book signing starts at 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, in the FINA Gallery (Fine Arts and Health Building). All are invited, and refreshments will be provided.

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Training for Harassment and Discrimination

Workshops will be held on October 24 and 25 to provide all UBC Okanagan administrative heads with training on UBC employment equity, harassment and discrimination policies and responsibilities.

In support of this ongoing and important initiative, the Human Rights and Equity Services (HES) section of the UBC Okanagan website has been launched. Currently, the pages provide an overview of the HES mission, and links to information such as UBC's harassment and discrimination policies, and employment equity policy.

UBC Okanagan Equity Advisor Marie Molloy invites faculty and staff to provide links that showcase their research and publications falling under the categories of human rights, equity and global citizenship. As well, links are sought that connect to community or global service opportunities in human rights.

See the new pages at http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/hes/welcome.html

For more info, or to contribute your links to relevant online materials, contact:
Marie Molloy
Ext. 79291 (250-807-9291)

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Organizational Development and Learning Events

Organizational Development and Learning (ODL) is up and running in the Human Resources department at UBC Okanagan. Upcoming training and information sessions include an introduction to personal coaching, a workshop on taking meeting minutes, computer training courses, and PeopleSoft training.

If you have skills you are willing to share, or any other suggestions to promote organizational development and learning, please contact Laura Thurnheer at 807-8623 (78623). If you would like to be added to the "upcoming workshops and events" notification e-mail list please send your e-mail address to laura.thurnheer@ubc.ca

Check out the ODL website at www.hr.ubc.ca/odl

Upcoming Informational and Training Events

One-on-One Coaching Program Information Session
ODL is setting up a coaching service for any interested UBC Okanagan staff members. Have you ever considered the benefits of using a personal coach? Want to know more? Attend this informal information session to help you decide if coaching is right for you.


Thursday, October 20, 2005, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Arts 370
Fees: No charge for Information Session or Coaching Program
Guest: Erna Hagge, Certified Coach
ODL, Human Resources UBC Vancouver
To Register: Please call Yvonne Novak at 807-8624 (78624) or just drop in!

Professional Minute-Taking Workshop
Meeting minutes provide an important record of discussion and decisions. Participants in this two-hour workshop will receive information about recording secretary etiquette, minute formats and content, and will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the group discussion. Whether meeting minutes are a regular or occasional responsibility, you will leave this workshop with increased confidence in your skills.


Thursday, October 27, 2005, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Arts 370
Fees: No charge
Instructor: Ingrid Tilstra, Administrative Assistant
President's Office UBC Okanagan
To Register: Please call Yvonne Novak at 807-8624 (78624)

E-Learning for Computer Courses
On-lineExpert® training will soon be offered at nominal fees for most computer courses. This is an easy way to take a computer course on your own time, at work, or at home. Watch for more details.

Human Resource Data Management PeopleSoft Training
Please advise ODL if you, or any member of your department, need training in the HRMS PeopleSoft data base. Another training session is being considered.

Other Training Needs?
Please advise of any training needs you or your staff may have.

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Parking Permits a Must

Parking lots across campus fill quickly in the mornings now that classes are in full swing. The best and safest way to park your vehicle is to get a parking permit. It's easy: just go to the online form to register and apply for a parking permit. Permits for staff and faculty are free.

    Security patrols the parking areas throughout the day. Those not obeying the parking regulations may receive parking fines or have tires clamped/booted.

    If you have any queries whatsoever, visit Jeanine Sali at the Student Service Centre 101 (Facilities Office). Happy parking!

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    UBC ReportsFrom the September Edition of UBC Reports

    Welcome UBC Okanagan
    Okanagan Nation Alliance chiefs and elders welcomed UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College to their traditional territory in ceremonies at UBC Okanagan on September 1.
    Read the full story

    New Faculty
    Meet two of UBC Okanagan's new faculty members, Troy Visser and Liane Gabora.
    Read the full story

    View the entire September 2005 edition of UBC Reports
    on the Web or as a PDF file.

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    In the News...

    Here's a recap of announcements issued by UBC Okanagan over the past month.

    For 50th Year, Rotary Provides Okanagan Experience for UBC International Students

    New Head Librarian for UBC Okanagan Library

    Students and Faculty Make History at Opening of UBC Okanagan in Kelowna

    International University Presidents Help Mark
    Official Opening of UBC Okanagan in Kelowna

    Valley First Establishes New UBC Okanagan Scholarship

    Catch the Opening Ceremony Online
    Did you miss UBC Okanagan's September 8 official opening ceremony?
    An online webcast of the hour-long event is available at www.ubc.ca/webcast.

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