January 18, 2006

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...

UBC Okanagan Hosts "Minds and Music" Free Concert Series
UBC Okanagan is hosting a series of free lunch-hour musical concerts that will see a variety of performers on campus over the next two months. The Minds and Music series has a powerful debut concert with La Pieta -- an all-female string ensemble featuring some of Canada's finest female musicians -- performing on stage in the Student Services building's main foyer at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 27.

La Pieta is playing to sold-out concerts in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton -- this is an opportunity to hear them. Concert organizer Maneula Ungureanu, Associate Professor of Philosophy, says La Pieta's music is well suited to UBC Okanagan's interdisciplinary approach to education and research.

"It has something for our Spanish students, for students taking French courses, women's studies, history, philosophy and music. There are all sorts of connections across our university community," she says.

Oil and Gas Expert to Speak at UBC Okanagan
Earth and Environmental Sciences continues its series of guest speakers with a pair of presentations open to the public. Next Monday, James Wild, senior construction superintendent for Alliance Oilfield Construction Management, will present two talks.

The first presentation, "A model for Late Wisconsin deglaciation in Northwest Montana," begins at 12:30 p.m., January 23, in ART218. The second presentation, "Practical applications for geomorphology in the oil and gas industry," begins at 3 p.m., January 23, in SCI247. All are welcome to attend these presentations.

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Patagonian Glaciers and Global Climate Change
On Friday, January 27, Dr. Stephan Harrison will present a public talk on the advance and decline of glaciers in South America's Patagonia region and global climate change. Dr. Harrison is senior lecturer in physical geography at the University of Exeter and senior research associate at Oxford University Centre for the Environment in the United Kingdom.
"Patagonia is a critical area for investigating global climate change," says Dr. Harrison. "The location and dynamics of the Patagonian Icefields are controlled by variations in the Southern Westerlies and associated ocean currents and the glaciers have expanded and contracted in response to shifts in these systems." As a result, he says, the behaviour of the glaciers provides crucial information on the nature, timing and effects of contemporary and past climate change.

Date: Friday, January 27, 2006
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: SCI337 (Science building)

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Learning Services Seeks Input from the UBC Okanagan Community
Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Learning Services Council and share ideas on how the Library, IT Services (Computing), the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Community and Continuing Studies can enhance teaching and learning at UBC Okanagan. This Council will be a place where ideas can be shared, discussed and shaped into plans for implementation. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services.

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Enrolment Services -- Degree Audit System Available January 23
The Enrolment Services Degree Audit System will be made available to UBC Okanagan students during the week of January 23 to 27.

The Degree Audit System allows students to assess how they are progressing toward graduation, which program requirements have been satisfied, which are outstanding, and how their academic record compares to the requirements of other programs, or other majors. The rules for UBC Okanagan programs have been built over the last few months, and have been tested by faculty advisors at UBC Okanagan. Students will access Degree Navigator through the Student Service Centre on the web.

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Human Resources Holds Workshops and Information Sessions

Workshop for Faculty: Two New Pension Equity Funds
The Faculty Pension Plan is now offering two new investment options: the Canadian Equity Fund and the Foreign Equity Fund. The newsletter article discussing the two new funds is available on our website at: www.pensions.ubc.ca/faculty/publications/newsletters/2005-3rdQuarter.pdf.

Date: February 8,
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: ART110
If you have any comments or questions regarding the two new funds, please do not hesitate to contact the Pension Administration Office at 604-822-8100.

Information Session: One-on-One Coaching Program
Date: February 16, 2006
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBA (Bring your lunch).
Guests: Erna Hagge, CEC, Lead of Coaching Services UBC and Evonne Dolphin, CEC, Associate Coach UBC

Both workshop and Information Session offered at no charge. Registration required. Contact Yvonne Novak or phone 807-8624

More HR workshops and information sessions for UBC Okanagan

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Library Awarded Selective Status for Government Publications
The UBC Okanagan Library has been awarded Selective Depository Status for federal government publications. This status permits librarians to select from a weekly checklist of federal documents made available to designated libraries across Canada. Within the UBC Library system, there are multiple libraries with government documents collections. The major government documents library is located in Koerner Library and has full depository status for Canadian federal publications as well as significant holdings for provincial, United States and United Nations documents. The David Lam (Business) Library and the Law Library also have selective depository status with the federal government.

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UBC Ranks 22nd Among North American University Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released its rankings of 113 university libraries across North America for 2003-2004. While Harvard and Yale top the list again this year, the University of Toronto has moved up from 4th to 3rd. UBC ranks 22nd on the list, up from 24th spot in 2002-2003.

For more information on the UBC Okanagan Library please contact Melody Burton, head librarian.

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New in 2006
Travel at UBC is pleased to announce some exciting new changes to the travel program in 2006.
  • Reduced client service fees for both of the UBC On-Line Booking systems, RESX and Cliqbook
  • Enhanced User Interface for Cliqbook
  • Reduced client service fees for domestic bookings with BTI Canada
  • A direct link to WestJet from the Travel Website -- offering advance seat selection
  • 50% reduction at Park 'N Fly for all travellers booking their travel at North South during reading week.
More information on What's New in Travel at UBC

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community Launches Here
All faculty members are invited to the official launch of the UBC Okanagan Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Community on January 26. This community is designed to foster cross-disciplinary inquiry, focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Peter Arthur at: 807-9207 or peter.arthur@ubc.ca.
Register for this event at http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/summer/registration.html.

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The Centre for Teaching and Learning Hosts Workshops
The UBC Okanagan Centre for Teaching and Learning is hosting a series of workshops designed to help students and faculty at all levels. The workshops start January 17 and cover a wide range of topics, including managing WebCT courses, teaching dossiers, instructional skills workshops and much more. For more information and an up-to-date list of Centre for Teaching and Learning events consult http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/, as well as The Exchange calendar of Upcoming Events.

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Writing Centre Presents Workshops
Starting January 23, the UBC Okanagan Writing Centre presents a series of workshops from faculty members, covering various aspects of the academic writing process. Most workshops will take place in the Learning Centre, located in ART283, and the dates and times can be found in The Exchange calendar of Upcoming Events.

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Lakers Women's Volleyball 3rd in CCAA Rankings
The UBC Okanagan Lakers women's volleyball team was ranked 3rd nationally for the month of December. This is the first season the Lakers have earned placement this high in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association's rankings -- the men are currently ranked 7th. The Okanagan Lakers women's basketball team is ranked 6th nationally, as of December 6, 2005 -- up one spot from the previous reporting.

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Turning the Corner for Disability Rights in Canada: Human Rights and Equity Services "Lunch and Learn" Roundtable Discussion.
UBC Okanagan Human Rights and Equity Services are holding a "LUNCH and LEARN" roundtable discussion on the impact of the struggle to incorporate disability in Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the disability rights movement in Canada.

Date: February 22, 2006
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: UBC Okanagan, Student Services Building (SSC 102)
Keynote speaker: Tom W. Patch, LLM -- UBC Associate Vice President, Equity.
Refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a lunch. Seating is limited.
RSVP by e-mail to Marie Molloy by Monday, February 20, 2006. Please identify any access requirements.

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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 right
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 Valerie Whitten. The Committee's Terms of Reference are online at: http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/hes/links.html. 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
January 31, 2006 is the deadline for expressions of interest.

Exchange Your Information
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
February 1 Jan. 27 (Friday)
February 15 Feb. 10 (Friday)
March 1 Feb. 24 (Friday)

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19, Thursday, 1:30 p.m. - 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
Session listings and times: 807-8521
20, Friday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Men's & Women's Lakers Volleyball vs. Malaspina
UBC Okanagan Gym
21, Saturday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Men's & Women's Lakers Volleyball vs. Malaspina
UBC Okanagan Gym
23, Monday, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Writing Centre Workshop: How to Analyze a Text
Host: Dr. Lorin Card, Modern Languages
26, Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community Launch
SSC Okanagan Room
All faculty members are invited to the official launch of the UBC Okanagan SoTL Community. This community is designed to foster cross-disciplinary inquiry, focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
27, Friday, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Centre for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Creating PowerPoint Presentations
More information
27, Friday, 2:40 - 3:40 p.m.
Centre for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Beyond the Basics of PowerPoint Presentations
More information
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
27, Friday, 6 - 10 p.m.
Men's & Women's Lakers Basketball vs. Kwantlen
UBC Okanagan Gym
28, Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Men's & Women's Lakers Basketball vs. Kwantlen
UBC Okanagan Gym
30, Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Writing Centre Workshop: To Be Announced
Host: Dr. Michael Treschow, English

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