November 17, 2005

Exchange is an 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...

United Way Campaign: Goal in Sight
The UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign, which has now reached 95 per cent of its fund-raising target, will make a charge for the summit next week -- hoping to break through the goal of $25,000.

On Thursday, November 24, the campaign committee is holding a Coffee Break and Bake Sale from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the courtyard. Aramark has generously offered to provide the coffee, and many kinds of home-baked goods will be available for sale. A silent auction will also be held. Come out and support this worthy cause.

A prize drawing was held earlier this week to reward those who have contributed to the campaign so far through the easy payroll deduction program. Alanna Vernon from Ceremonies won brunch for two at the Grand Okanagan Hotel, and Vicki Green from the Faculty of Education won a $20 certificate from Montana's Cookhouse.

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FCCS Presents...

This Afternoon: A Taste of FCCS
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) has a special treat for the entire UBC Okanagan campus as they host A Taste of FCCS this afternoon. It's billed as a casual event and an easy, accessible way for the UBC Okanagan campus community to glimpse what they have to offer.

From 4 to 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 17), FCCS is serving up tasty refreshments and an array of performances, tours, and visual treats in the Fine Arts building. Watch for theatre moments, creative writing tidbits, research displays, studio tours and more.

Novelist Karen Connelly Reading Wednesday
Karen Connelly, one of Canada's best-known young writers and the youngest-ever Governor General's Award recipient (1993), will be speaking and reading from her new novel at UBC Okanagan next Wednesday.

Hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Connelly will read from The Lizard Cage (Random House 2005), and talk about her work. Creative writing students will be among those attending the event, which is free and open to the public. The reading is on Wednesday, November 23, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in Arts 103. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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Murch Named Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry

Dr. Susan Murch, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UBC Okanagan, is among eight UBC researchers named as Canada Research Chairs last week.

Murch returned to Canada this year from the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawaii to join UBC Okanagan. She is now Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry. An expert in plant chemicals that affect brain function, Murch studies both medicinal plants and neurotoxins. Her work will contribute to new therapies for illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Read the full CRC announcement from UBC

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UBC Okanagan Senate Elected
Thirty-two students, alumni and faculty from UBC Okanagan have been elected to serve on the first-ever UBC Okanagan Senate. Three more positions will be filled from the Faculty of Management Representatives (two Faculty and one Student) at a later date. The Senate's responsibilities include admissions, course and program curriculum, granting of degrees, academic policy, examinations, and appeals of standing and student discipline.

Read the full Senate announcement

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New Associate Vice Presidents for International and Equity
Craig Evan Klafter has joined UBC as Associate Vice President, International, and Tom Patch is the new Associate Vice President, Equity.

Klafter comes to UBC having held faculty positions at the University of Manchester, the University of Southampton, and Boston University, as Assistant to the President of Boston University for international initiatives. Most recently, he founded Ingenia, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in helping universities with strategic planning, internationalization, and development.

Patch's advocacy for human rights, equity and diversity began at UBC, where, as a graduate student he became aware of barriers faced by people with disabilities and the absence of laws to address the barriers. This led him to accept a position as an investigator with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

After completing his law degree at UBC, Patch was appointed a member of the B.C. Council of Human Rights, and subsequently appointed to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Since his departure from the Tribunal, he has continued to pursue his interests in human rights and equity as an adjunct professor and  graduate student in the Faculty of Law at UBC.

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Bookstore News: Fall 2005 Books Back to Publishers
The UBC Okanagan Bookstore has announced that all September intake books not being used in the January semester will be sent back to the publishers by next Thursday, November 24. Please remind your students to visit the Bookstore to buy their books as soon as possible.

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Okanagan Lakers Hosting Douglas and Capilano
The Douglas College Royals are in town to face the Okanagan Lakers on the volleyball court this Saturday night (Nov. 19). The women take to the court at 6 p.m. The men play at 7:30 p.m. The Lakers host the Capilano College Blues on back-to-back nights, November 25 and 26. Games both nights start at 6 p.m. for the women's teams, and 8 p.m. for the men.

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Third World Fair Trade Story Told on Campus
Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit organization working around the world since 1946, will be on campus next week with an educational presentation on fair trade in Haiti, Vietnam, Bolivia, Peru, Pakistan, India, and other nations.

By marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America, Ten Thousand Villages helps unemployed or underemployed artisans earn a fair income to pay for food, education, health care and housing.

A presentation on fair trade will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday (November 21 and 22) in the foyer of the Student Services building. On both days, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., fair trade products from Third World artisans will also be displayed and sold. In March, an even more comprehensive one- to two-hour presentation will be made by the organization, says Dana Reiter, International Advisor with Student Development and Services.

Learn more about Ten Thousand Villages

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UBC Reports: Okanagan Campus on Geothermal "Goldmine"
Groundwater will be used to heat and cool $400 million worth of new buildings planned for the UBC Okanagan campus, with the promise of major benefits for the local environment.

Read the full story in UBC Reports

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