March 1, 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 Doubles Student Financial Support
As of December 15, 2005, UBC Okanagan students received almost $2.5 million in non-repayable financial support, more than twice the estimated $1.0 million in annual support given by Okanagan University College in 2003/04. This financial support included both merit-based and need-based funding.

Over $390,000 in funds were also awarded as merit scholarships. Some of these scholarships, such as the Community Builder, President's Entrance and Major Entrance Scholarships, were valued at up to $40,000 over four years. All of these programs will be maintained or enlarged in 2006/07, including the return of the popular Community Builder Scholarship -- a scholarship that enables each Central Okanagan high school to send a top student to UBC Okanagan.

The expansion of the President's Entrance Scholarships also means that any student entering from high school with 80% or college with a 3.5 GPA is guaranteed at least a $1,000 scholarship. UBC Okanagan is also introducing an automatic $500 travel subsidy for all entering students coming from outside the Central Okanagan region.

The UBC Okanagan Bursary program provided over $1.5 million in bursaries to over 450 students in 2005/06. The program operated with an unprecedented $0 unmet need deductible in 2005/06, which means that every eligible student was funded for all assessed financial need that wasn't provided for by student loans.

For complete details on funding programs at UBC Okanagan, visit the Financing your education website.

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FCCS Presents... Upcoming Writers, Artists and Performers at UBC Okanagan
As part of its Writers, Artists and Performers speaker series, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies presents the following events at UBC Okanagan. All events are free and open to the public.

"The Hockey Sweater" Author to Visit UBC Okanagan Mar. 7
Famous in Canada for his children's story The Hockey Sweater, Roch Carrier is a novelist, playwright and former head of the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Librarian of Canada.

Date: March 7, 2006
Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: SSC026

Angela Grossman
In 1985 Grossmann emerged on the Canadian art scene as one of the Vancouver Art Gallery's "Young Romantic" painters and continues to be a significant force in the Canadian art world.

Date: March 8, 2006
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: FINA144

Adam Lewis Schroeder
Fiction writer Schroeder is an alumnus of the Creative Writing program at UBC's Vancouver campus. He has also traveled widely and published short stories in several literary magazines.

Date: March 20, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: ART103

Sharon Thesen's Good Bacteria to Launch Mar. 30
Sharon Thesen, Creative Writing professor at UBC Okanagan, is preparing to launch her eighth book of poetry: The Good Bacteria. Thesen's most recent book of poetry, A Pair of Scissors, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Thesen has also been shortlisted twice for the Governor-General's Award, was a jury member of the prestigious Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry in 2002.

Date: March 30, 2006
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: FINA Gallery

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Student Art Exhibition at Vernon's Gallery Vertigo
Art by students in Bryan Ryley's third-year painting class is on display at Gallery Vertigo until March 11. Themes and imagery in this exhibition, entitled Exploring Voice, reveal the personal and aesthetic experiences of each artist as they worked on the three parts of the term this year: Finding Voice, Forming Voice, and Exploring Voice.

Gallery Vertigo is in downtown Vernon, upstairs in the Winnipeg Union Bank building at Suite #1 - 3001, 31st Street, Vernon. Access through the side entrance by Krause Jewellers. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Last Friday night's exhibition opening included a special performance by UBC Okanagan students Kyle Miller and Cherie Stocken, who presented Interface, an experiment in video feeback and electroluminescent wire.

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Workshop on Teaching Metaphors Mar. 10
Why do we say "Teaching Load" and not "Teaching Opportunity"? Have you, as a teacher, ever asked for a Leave or Release, just as though you were in prison? As teachers, are our metaphors playful and witty? Do we express delight, do we feel or remember delight when we talk about ourselves as teachers? Or are we grim, stern, and militaristic?

This workshop is facilitated by Ron Marken, 3M National Teaching Fellow and Former Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.

Register for this event. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: March 10, 2006
Time: 12 noon - 12:50 p.m.
Location: LIB305

For more information contact Peter Arthur at 79207 or

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World Issues -- Local Impact: Global Citizenship Seminar Series Mar. 13
David Suzuki will be holding a talk entitled "The Biotech Context" on Monday, March 13, from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. at the UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. This event will be available by video conference at UBC Okanagan in ART386. Tickets are not required - everyone is welcome.

An internationally respected geneticist, David Suzuki was a full professor at the University of British Columbia from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. Currently, he is a professor emeritus with UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute, and through his role as chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology.

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Honouring Diversity - Promoting Awareness and Social Change Mar. 16
UBC Okanagan's Indigenous Studies and Women's Studies are commemorating the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People, International Women's Day and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This event, entitled "Honouring Diversity: Promoting Awareness and Social Changes" is free, and all members of the UBC Okanagan community are welcome to attend.

Date: March 16, 2006
Time: 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Location: SCI333

Event schedule (pdf)

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Visiting Chemist to Give Expert Talk Mar. 17
The UBC Okanagan Chemistry department has invited Dr. Joseph Muchowski to present a talk entitled "The Mechanism of the Friedländer Quinoline Synthesis."

Dr. Joseph Muchowski is the holder of 60 U.S. patents and has published over 160 papers in his career. His research interests are in the areas of reaction mechanisms, synthetic methodology of heterocycles, hydrogen bonding, hindered bases and the total synthesis of natural products.

Date: March 17, 2006
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: SCI247

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"interACTION" Cancer Prevention Workshop Mar. 23
In conjunction with The Canadian Cancer Society, UBC Okanagan Health and Wellness is excited to introduce its new "interACTION" workshop to Kelowna. This workshop is an interactive, participatory and informative session for workplaces, schools, community groups and conferences.

This workshop also engages participants to look at the four key areas, identify barriers, and create actions to make healthy choices easy choices. The concepts learned in this workshop can also be applied to other chronic disease prevention initiatives.

Date: March 23, 2006
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: ART102

There is no cost to attend, and refreshments will be provided. To sign up e-mail Melissa Feddersen, or drop by the Health and Wellness office (SSC006).

More information (pdf)

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Visiting Statistician to Give Talk on Hawaiian Monk Seals Mar. 30
The UBC Okanagan unit of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics are hosting the Talk of Dr. David R. Brillinger entitled, "Three Months Journeying of a Hawaiian Monk Seal".

This talk will focus on Hawaiian monk seals which are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, and are the most endangered species of marine mammal that lives entirely within the jurisdiction of the United States.

Date: March 30, 2006
Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: SCI333

More information, or contact Sylvia Esterby

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Learning Free of Boundaries: UBC Okanagan's 2nd-Annual Learning Conference May 4 - 5
The second-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference will focus on learning free of boundaries -- boundaries between disciplines, boundaries between professions, boundaries between learning spaces, boundaries between learners and learning materials and boundaries between learning and technology.

All interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 40-minute sessions. Each session is expected to have an interactive component. Formats may include discussions, roundtables and presentations on one or more of the following topic areas:

  • Interdisciplinary learning -- how do we establish connections across disciplinary boundaries?
  • Collaboration across professional boundaries -- how do faculty members work together with librarians to support learners in becoming information literate?
  • Learning spaces -- how do we create congenial space for learning both on campus and in a virtual environment? What can we learn from students about learning space?
  • Sharing knowledge -- are there innovative ways of sharing and celebrating knowledge?
  • Convergence and technology -- how can we use new media and converging technology to better serve the learning needs of the Net generation?

    Register and submit proposals. Deadline for submission of proposals is March 17, 2006

    For more information contact Peter Arthur at 79207 or at

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    Organizational Development and Learning Offer Professional Development Opportunities

    Simplify Your Workspace
    Are you regularly wasting valuable time shuffling through papers on your desk to locate items?

    • Learn how to eliminate paper clutter in your office
    • Discuss personal organizational styles
    • Get valuable hints to help you work with your natural tendencies
    • Identify ways to increase personal productivity
    • Set up your office for maximum effectiveness
    • Get simple secrets for handling your e-mail quickly and efficiently

    Date: March 7, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
    Location: Library 303
    Fees: $55 (pre-registration required)
    Facilitator: Linda Andersson, Professional Organizer

    Register online or call 78624

    How to Become a Master Communicator
    Successful people attribute 85% of their success to strong and powerful interpersonal skills. In this seminar, you will have an opportunity to practice developing yours. Come and enjoy yourself in a fun, supportive and highly interactive atmosphere.
    • Discover the 7 Critical Factors that determine personal success
    • Discover the 4 basic behavioural styles and how to bridge gaps
    • Reduce the number of conflicts you have
    • Gain insight into your own personality and character
    • Build team spirit at work and gain greater satisfaction
    • Determine your own personal listening style
    • Learn how to read hidden verbal and non-verbal signals
    • Discover how your body language can help maintain an optimistic outlook
    • Find out how to give and receive criticism
    • Discover a time-proven formula to help you realize your true power
    • Watch cooperation and communication improve dramatically

    Date: March 8, 2006
    Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Library 303
    Fees: $110 (pre-registration required)
    Facilitator: Maggie Reigh, Light Reigh Communications

    Register online or call 78624

    Dealing with Change
    Join an informal discussion on dealing with change. We are all experiencing the emotions and trials and tribulations of things being different. Whether good or bad, it helps to understand the stages of change, what stage you are at and gain some insights on how to better deal with change in your world.

    Date: March 9, 2006
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Location: FIN263
    Fees: No charge (pre-registration is required)
    Facilitator: Laura Thurnheer, Organizational Development and Learning Consultant
    Register online or call 78624

    Upcoming Workshops
    See the entire slate of workshops offered by Organizational Development and Learning

    Update: BCGEU Support Staff Professional Development Fund
    Applications for internal workshops and internal On-Line Expert computer courses can be processed immediately upon receipt of application. There is no need to wait for the next Committee meeting date for adjudication. If you would like to take an internal workshop presented by Human Resources please send or fax your application to Human Resources.

    The BCGEU Support Staff Professional Development Fund is now available. Download the Professional Development Funding Application form. Completed applications are due five business days before the adjudication meetings held monthly.

    Staff members with a regular full-time, part-time or sessional appointment with one year of accumulated service are eligible for $1,000 of Professional Development support for workshops and conferences for the period of April 1, 2005, to March 31, 2006, on a first-come first-serve basis, as approved by Support Staff Professional Development Committee using approved Terms of Reference.

    Due dates for applications are March 8, April 12, May 10, and June 14, 2006. Please submit completed application forms to the Human Resources Dept. or fax to 250.762.8625.

    Other Training Needs/Suggestions
    Please advise us of any training needs that you may have. If you would like to be added to our 'upcoming workshops and events' notification e-mail list please send your e-mail address to

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    Toastmasters Club Initiated at UBC Okanagan
    What's the largest audience you've ever spoken to? Have you ever been put on the spot by your boss, or by a colleague at a party to give an impromptu speech? When was the last time a meeting you attended ran on time and smoothly? These are three of the most important social skills that successful students, staff, and faculty need, not only on campus but also in our personal lives.

    A group of faculty and staff are interested in starting a Toastmasters Club at UBC Okanagan. Meetings run the first and third Tuesday of each month at 12 noon -- curious individuals are always welcome. For more information contact Gordon Lovegrove, or call 78717.

    Date: The first and third Tuesday of each month
    Time: 12 noon
    Location: LIB304

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    Investor Ready 101 Seminar Apr. 27
    Do you have a great idea, or a company looking for a way to introduce yourself to new potential investors or funding partners? Your company needs funds to grow, but are you, and it, really prepared for these investments? Investor Ready 101 is a one day course vital to preparing businesses, entrepreneurs, founders and directors for the challenges of raising venture capital and meeting investors' ongoing expectations. Last held in the Okanagan two years ago, this seminar has helped over 750 young companies better position themselves to attract funding. It is presented by UBC University-Industry Liaison Office and the Okanagan Science & Technology Council.

    Until March 10, 2006, fees for this event are $125 for all UBC community members. After this date fees will increase - register early and save!

    This program is sponsored by UBC University-Industry Liaison Office and Okanagan Science & Technology Council (OSTEC). Visit the website to register for this event.

    Date: April 27, 2006
    Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Location: ART386

    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
    March 1 February 24 (Friday)
    March 15 March 10 (Friday)
    April 5 March 31 (Friday)
    April 19 April 14 (Friday)
    May 3 April 28 (Friday)
    May 17 May 12 (Friday)
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    1, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
    FCCS Presents... Chris Cran
    An internationally recognized painter who lives and works in Calgary, Cran has ventured into a variety of creative roles.
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    3, Friday, 4 p.m.
    FCCS Colloquium Series: Fern Helfand, Mary Ann Murphy, Penny Cash and David Scott: Visual Imagery and Personal Stories Play a Role in Renewal: The Meaning of Home and the Okanagan Fires 2003
    Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
    6, Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
    Writing Centre Workshop: Punctuation
    Host: Ramine Adl, Modern Languages
    7, Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
    Simplify Your Workspace
    Gain some insights on how to better organize your space.
    7, Tuesday, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    FCCS Presents... "The Hockey Sweater" Author
    A Canadian icon, poet, novelist, children's writer, playwright, and storyteller, French Canadian author Roch Carrier will be giving a guest lecture entitled "A Life in Writing."
    8, Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    How to Become a Master Communicator
    Practice and develop strong interpersonal skills.
    8, Wednesday, 10 a.m.
    Angela Grossman
    In 1985 Grossmann emerged on the Canadian art scene as one of the Vancouver Art Gallery's "Young Romantic" painters and continues to be a significant force in the Canadian art world.
    8, Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Eliminate Violence Against Women
    Find out what you or your students can do to eliminate violence against and enhance womens' rights world-wide.
    SSC Foyer
    9, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Dealing with Change
    Gain some insights on how to better deal with change.
    More Information
    9, Thursday, 1 - 2:40 p.m.
    Creating a Teaching Dossier
    Learn to collect relevant materials, to present them in an organized fashion, and to reflect upon your teaching values and philosophy.
    Register for this workshop
    10, Friday, 12 noon - 12:50 p.m.
    Teaching Metaphors
    Why do we say "Teaching Load" and not "Teaching Opportunity"? As teachers, are our metaphors playful and witty?
    Register for this workshop
    10, Friday, 1 - 3 p.m.
    Creating an e-Portfolio Using iWebfolio
    iWebfolio provides you with a space to store the documents and reflections that may be part of your teaching dossier.
    Register for this workshop
    13, Monday, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Global Citizenship Seminar Series: David Suzuki
    An internationally respected geneticist, David Suzuki was a full professor at the University of British Columbia from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He will be holding a talk entitled "The Biotech Context."

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