December 21, 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...

Campus United Way Campaign Surpasses Target

UBC Okanagan's United Way Campaign has exceeded its 2005 goal of raising $25,000. The fund-raising total is now well over $26,000.

"We have been very fortunate to have such strong and generous support from UBC Okanagan staff, faculty and students," said UBC Okanagan Campaign Chair Dr. Louise Nelson.

The goal was achieved through payroll-deduction and direct contributions from many in the UBC Okanagan community, and several fund-raising events -- ranging from a bake sale and silent auction to a barbecue lunch and Halloween costume contest in October.

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Invitation to Join Human Rights and Equity Committee

A message from the Deputy Vice Chancellor

UBC Okanagan will play a leadership role along with UBC Vancouver in developing leading equity and human rights practices.

The Human Rights & Equity Committee will assist the Deputy Vice Chancellor and the Associate Vice President, Equity to create and implement educational programs designed to facilitate and promote:

  • human rights
  • employment and educational equity
  • local and global community service opportunities in human rights

The Committee will also review and evaluate University policies, procedures and practices related to equity and human rights services and initiatives at UBC Okanagan.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this Committee, please e-mail

The Committee's Terms of Reference are online at

This invitation is open to all UBC Okanagan faculty, staff and students. Members will be selected in accordance with the Committee's Terms of Reference and appointed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Barry C. McBride
Deputy Vice Chancellor

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BCNET Going Live at UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan will soon be connected to BCNET's high-speed Optical Regional Advanced Network (ORAN).

Ten thousand times faster than the commercial Internet, when ORAN is connected early next year, it will provide UBC Okanagan researchers with high-volume data transfer and the ability to collaborate with other institutions.

The technology will connect UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College, Kelowna General Hospital, Interior Health Authority and the BCIT Aerospace facility at the Kelowna International Airport to the world-wide research and education network.

More information

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Jan. 13 Deadline to Nominate for Improving Student Learning Award
Time's running out to nominate a colleague for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Alan Blizzard Award for Collaborative Projects that Improve Student Learning.

The award includes a citation, a presentation at the STLHE annual conference next June, and publication of a paper describing the winning project.

"The chief criterion is that the project be designed to increase the effectiveness of learning," the nomination instructions say. Deadling for nominations is January 13, 2006. Forms are available from the STLHE website.

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3M Teaching Fellowships Open for Nominations
A three-day retreat at Quebec's Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello next winter is part of the award package for up to 10 winners of 3M Teaching Fellowships. The STLHE invites nominations for the 2006 fellowships until March 3, 2006.

Awards will be presented at the STLHE Conference in June, recognizing exemplary contributions to education and teaching excellence in Canadian universities. If you are teaching at a Canadian university, you can be nominated -- forms are available from the 3M Fellowships website.

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FCCS Presents...

Art on the Line Gala Feb. 4
On February 4, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies celebrates the fourth year of the 'Art on the Line Gala Fundraiser' for Bachelor of Fine Arts students enrolled in visual arts at UBC Okanagan.

This gala event, held at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, will indulge participants in appetizers, entertainment and a wonderful display of artwork.

Funds raised will benefit both the year-end BFA Graduate Exhibition and the field trip to San Francisco this year. Ten per cent of the proceeds will be given to a charity (yet to be determined).

Only 100 tickets are available. Each $150 ticket admits two people to the event, and includes one piece of juried artwork. For tickets or further information, contact Linda Falkingham, Secretary, Department of Creative Studies, 807-9761 (

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FCCS Colloquium Series Continues in New Year
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) continues its engaging and informative "In Search of Research" Colloquium Series in the New Year. Upcoming presentations include:

  • January 13, Marie Loughlin presents "Oh, what an endless have I in hand": Editing The Broadview Anthology of 16th-Century Poetry and Prose
  • January 27, Rob Eggleston will speak on Farce, Lovers, and Cuckolds: Edward Ravenscroft and the Restoration Stage.
  • The February 3 presenter is Bryan Ryley, speaking on Interference and the Icon.

The series continues though April 7. Presentations are open to everyone, and begin at 4 p.m. in the Okanagan Room (formerly the Faculty Club Room) in the Student Services Building.

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807-8000: UBC Okanagan Operator Assistance
UBC Okanagan has established a new on-campus switchboard service for anyone calling our new main telephone number, 250-807-8000. Switchboard operator Richard Arnold works in the Public Affairs office, providing live directory assistance to the calling public.

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Exchange Now Twice a Month
With so much happening on our busy campus, the UBC Okanagan Exchange newsletter for faculty and staff is now being published on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

If you have a University-related item you'd like to see included in a future edition, please send it to Chris Guenard in Public Affairs. The deadlines for upcoming editions are:

Publication Date Deadline for Submission
November 16, 2005 View online edition
December 7 View online edition
December 21 View online edition
January 4, 2006 Jan. 3 (Tuesday) -- Post-holiday special deadline
January 18 Jan. 13 (Friday)
February 1 Jan. 27 (Friday)
February 15 Feb. 10 (Friday)
March 1 Feb. 24 (Friday)

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13, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Marie Loughlin
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
"Oh, what an endless have I in hand": Editing The Broadview Anthology of 16th-Century Poetry and Prose
18, Wednesday
Weedless Wednesday
Start of the UBC Okanagan Great Canadian Smoke Out: Becoming or Staying Tobacco-Free Contest
More information (1-page PDF)
19, Thursday, 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Second Year and Beyond
A campus-wide opportunity for current and university transfer students to see what UBC Okanagan has to offer second-, third-, fourth-year and graduate students.
Information: Maria Graziano, Student Recruitment and Advising

27, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Rob Eggleston
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Farce, Lovers, and Cuckolds: Edward Ravenscroft and the Restoration Stage
3, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Bryan Ryley
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Interference and the Icon
4, Saturday
FCCS Art on the Line Gala Fund-Raiser
Tickets: Linda Falkingham, Secretary, Department of Creative Studies, 807-9761
More information
24, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: David Jefferess
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Globalization and Human Solidarity: The Fourth World War as Tactical Media
3, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Fern Helfand, Mary Ann Murphy, Penny Cash and David Scott
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Visual Imagery and Personal Stories Play a Role in Renewal: The Meaning of Home and the Okanagan Fires 2003
10, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Mercedes Duran-Cogan
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
To be announced
27-31, Monday - Friday
International Week
Hosted by UBC Okanagan's Global Connections
More information
31, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Lorin Card and Edmond Rivère
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Amid angst and revolt: '8 Mile' en français

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