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.

In this issue...

1. Gift Announced to Establish Meekison Student Centre
2. Annual General Meeting Webcast
Halloween Barbecue Boosts United Way Total
4. Flu Season is Here... Vaccination Time
5. Invitation to Join Global Citizenship Council
6. Dean Bottorff Elected to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship
7. Globalization Unplugged Launches November 14
8. FCCS Presents
9. Gonzales to Chair Latin American Study
10. Basketball Rankings Have Lakers Women in Top 10
11. Check Your Online Directory Listings
12. Teixeira Receives Portuguese National Honour
13. Help Create a Great Campus Life

14. Human Resources On Campus
15. In the News...

Gift Announced to Establish Meekison Student Centre

UBC President Dr. Martha Piper has announced a $2 million commitment from an anonymous donor to establish the Meekison Student Centre at UBC Okanagan. Dr. Piper made the announcement at Thursday's UBC Annual General Meeting in the UBC Okanagan lecture theatre.
More information

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Annual General Meeting Webcast
The November 3 archived webcast for the Annual General Meeting will be available shortly. The webcast includes Dr. Piper's announcement about the Meekison Student Centre at UBC Okanagan.

View UBC's Webcast Page

The 2005 UBC Annual Report is now available online

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Halloween Barbecue Boosts United Way Total

A Halloween lunchtime barbecue and 50/50 draw in the campus courtyard raised $1,126 on October 31. That pushes the UBC Okanagan United Way campaign to 89 per cent of its $25,000 target.

With dozens of costumed competitors, judges had a tough time choosing winners for the Halloween costume contest. Trevor Alstad's seemingly 10-foot-tall Star Wars-inspired Chewbacca Wookie costume won the student category prize, a $30 gift certificate from the UBC Okanagan Bookstore. Lynn Pendleton from the UBC Okanagan Bookstore dressed up as "medicine woman" and won the faculty-staff category prize, a bottle of UBC Okanagan labeled wine.

The 50/50 draw for $74 was won by Connie Neid from the Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

The campaign committee gratefully acknowledges the support of Bonanza Meat Packers, Cooper's in Lake Country, and Willow Park IGA.

Contributions to the campaign can still be made by setting up a payroll deduction. Contributors submitting pledge forms to University House by November 16 are eligible for a prize drawing for either:

  • a gift certificate for Sunday brunch for two at the Grand
  • or a $20 gift certificate to Montana's Cookhouse

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Flu Season is Here... Vaccination Time

UBC Okanagan Human Resources and Campus Health and Wellness are offering a convenient, on-site flu vaccination clinic for staff, faculty and students. Come early, as supply will be limited.  

Date: November 15th, 2005
Location: Student Services Building (front foyer)
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: $15.00 per person (cash payment only please). A bank machine is available in the front foyer.

Participation is voluntary. More information on influenza and whether vaccination might be right for you is available at

You may also contact Melissa Feddersen, Campus Health and Wellness, at 807-9271, or Shelley Kayfish, Health, Safety and Environment, at 807-8621 for more information.

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Invitation to Join Global Citizenship Council

A Message from the Deputy Vice Chancellor

In response to the vision set out in TREK 2010 and the UBC Okanagan Academic Plan, I am setting up a Global Citizenship Council.

The Council will play a leadership role in helping define the meaning of global citizenship in the context of UBC Okanagan and our responsibilities as educators, learners and researchers. It will help define the programs and initiatives that will create opportunities for all students, faculty and staff to engage social, environmental, economic and cultural issues at the local, national and international level. The Council will be a place where individuals and groups can bring forward ideas for discussion and plans for implementation.

If you would like to join me in this exciting initiative please e-mail

This invitation is open to all UBC Okanagan faculty, staff and students. I look forward to hearing from you.

Barry C. McBride
Deputy Vice Chancellor

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Dean Bottorff Elected to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship

Dr. Joan Bottorff, Dean of Health and Social Development at UBC Okanagan, has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

The Academy, which represents all Canadian medical and allied health sciences -- from fundamental science to social science and population health -- was established to provide advice on and assessments of key issues relevant to the health of Canadians.

Election to fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well-being of the health sciences.

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Globalization Unplugged Launches November 14

A new book by Dr. Peter Urmetzer, Associate Professor of Sociology, will be launched at UBC Okanagan later this month. Globalization Unplugged explores issues of Canadian sovereignty and the global economy. Unit 6 of the Barber School of Arts and Sciences is hosting the launch at 2:30 p.m. November 14, in the UBC Okanagan Bookstore. Refreshments will be provided.

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FCCS Presents

Ryley Exhibit in Calgary

The Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, is currently showing a series by Bryan Ryley, Associate Professor with the Department of Creative Studies. In this exhibit, entitled "Four Corners", the cross is shown as a primary form. The "four corners" refers to the artist's practice of building up the corners of the canvas, creating a cross-like form in the negative space. Four Corners opened October 15 and continues till November 5.

Visit the Paul Kuhn Gallery

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Gonzales to Lead Latin American Study

Dr. Tirso Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, will be in Costa Rica in early December for the first Latin America/Caribbean Authors' Meeting of the Bureau of International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). Dr. Gonzales will serve as Coordinating Lead Author for the IAASTD’s Latin America/Caribbean Assessment Report’s Chapter 5 -- "Looking Forward: Options for Action." The meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, is the first of four IASSTD meetings being held over the next 20 months.

Next March, Dr. Gonzales will present at the Latin American Scholars Association Congress in Puerto Rico. He is the chair of a session studying Natural Resources and Environmental Degradation: Indigenous Movements, Participation and the Question of Democracy in Latin America.

Helping Amazonian Indigenous Students Attend University

Manuel Burga, Chancellor of San Marcos University in Lima, Peru, recently acknowledged with gratitude Dr. Gonzales’ work to help Amazonian Indigenous students attend San Marcos University. He applauded Dr. Gonzales' "decisive participation" as a consultant, coordinator, fundraiser and workshop facilitator, noting that, "This project will benefit at least 116 students from the Amazonian Indian communities."

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Basketball Rankings Have Lakers Women in Top 10

The Okanagan Lakers women's basketball team was among Canada's top 10 on Tuesday when the latest national rankings were released by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA). The Lakers were in 10th position. Four B.C. squads made the list of Canada’s top 15 teams. The CCAA is the national governing body for men's and women's college sport in Canada.

View the CCAA Rankings

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Check Your Online Directory Listings

Now's the time to check your contact information in the online UBC Faculty and Administrative Directory. This information will be published in the print version of the directory in early 2006. To review your listing, go to the online directory. If you have changes, contact the directory administrator for your unit or department.

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Teixeira Receives Portuguese National Honour

Jose Carlos Teixeira, Assistant Professor of Geography, received Portugal's highest civilian award -- the Ordem do Infante D. Henrique -- from the Portuguese government at a public ceremony held in the UBC Okanagan Sun Room October 15.

The medal of the order was presented by Joao Laranjeira De Abreu, Portuguese Consul in Vancouver and Goncalo Nuno, Portugal's member of parliament elected by Portuguese living outside Europe.

Gente da Nossa, ( a very popular Portuguese television program shown in the Toronto area, has produced a special segment on Dr. Teixiera. As well, RTP International -- a television channel with 4.5 million viewers around the world -- will broadcast a special program about Dr. Teixeira on November 15.

Read about Dr. Teixeira in the October edition of UBC Reports.

(Photo by Martin Dee)

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Help Create a Great Campus Life

The vision for UBC Okanagan is to be a community of excellence at all times and in all things. Now, everyone can get involved in creating a campus life that achieves that vision by participating on the Campus Life Council.

The Council is an open forum for your ideas about life on the UBC Okanagan campus. It is open to students, faculty and staff interested in helping to create a rich campus life through the celebration of creativity and knowledge.

It's easy to get involved! Contact Ian Cull, Associate Vice President, Students, at

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Human Resources On Campus

The Department of Human Resources is now accessible on campus. The following services are available in Arts 180B. (Call ahead to book an appointment or drop in between the hours shown below.)

George Athans, Local 78622
Human Resources/Employee Relations Advisor
Assist faculty and staff in the interpretation of the collective agreements, grievance solution and strategic human resources planning.
Monday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tena McKenzie, Local 78619
Human Resources Associate
Provides support with the job posting process, policies, procedures, practices and general interpretation and advice on the collective agreements, staff and student appointments, extensions and transfers.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lynn Phillips, Local 78612
Human Resources Advisor
Provides support to interpret and understand collective agreements. Assists in the areas of: grievance resolution, job evaluation and reclassification, recruitment and selection, attendance and performance management, and consults on Human Resources best practices.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Jackie Podger, Local 78618
Human Resources Director
Provides overall responsibility for Human Resources services, identifies and facilitates the strategic path for Human Resources and provides leadership as 'lead negotiator' for BCGEU bargaining.
Thursday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Laura Thurnheer, Local 78623
Organizational Development and Learning Consultant
Provides on-going consultation and learning for groups and individuals; coordinates professional staff development workshops and responds to training needs of the community; coordinates the BCGEU staff professional development fund and works with departments to develop, promote and manage initiatives for organizational change.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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In the News...

Here's a recap of other recent news announcements from UBC Okanagan.

Okanagan Fire Response: Study Reveals Untold Story

UBC Okanagan Hosts "Canada Career Week" Open House

World-Renowned WSET Wine Courses in Kelowna

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