Photo: Tim Swanky
UBC Okanagan Graduates First Class
A class of 490 students will receive their UBC degrees on June 9, 2006, during Congregation ceremonies at UBC Okanagan's campus in Kelowna.

This first class of graduates will join more than 5,000 UBC alumni living and working in the Okanagan region -- and become part of a worldwide community of more than 220,000 UBC alumni.

MEDIA RELEASE | May 31, 2006
UBC Okanagan Health Studies Researcher Receives Scholar Award
In a first for UBC Okanagan, Health Studies professor and researcher Dr. Craig Mitton has received a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).

Dr. Mitton's research examines priority setting and resource allocation in health authorities, including the Interior Health Authority, Vancouver Island Health Authority, and Calgary Health Region. He has also conducted research in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE | May 19, 2006
Okanagan Short Fiction Contest Shortlist Revealed
The Okanagan Short Fiction Contest has once again revealed a wealth of creative talent from the Okanagan region. Sponsored by UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College and the Central Okanagan Foundation, the annual contest received 95 entries this year and the field has now been narrowed down to 10 authors. Their work has been sent on to a final judge who will pick three winners to be announced June 12. Read more...

BC Hydro Creates New Engineering Scholarship
Josh Schlinker, middle, a Rutland Secondary School grad completed his first year of engineering at UBC Okanagan, Jim Dixon, left, BC Hydro Area Manager of Distribution for the Southern Interior, and Dr. Michael Isaacson, Dean of UBC's Faculty of Applied Science.

BC Hydro is investing in students at UBC Okanagan's new School of Engineering, creating a $20,000 scholarship endowment to help future engineers achieve their goals. Read more...

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Online Access to Personal and Payroll Information Now Available
Faculty and staff can now view and update personal and payroll information online, in real time, all through one secure, centralized portal, from any wired campus network location. A Campus-Wide Login ID (CWL ID) is required to use this service. To create your CWL ID. For More information about CWL.

Learn more about access to personal and payroll information.

Information sessions will also be available for faculty and staff who prefer in-person assistance.

For further information, visit:

Summer Conference Season
Conferences and Accommodation at UBC Okanagan has an exciting array of groups lined up for this summer's conference season. Accommodation in residences, classrooms and meals are available for groups and individuals from May through August each year. For as little as $30/night (single occupancy) and $65/night (double occupancy), guests can stay in comfortable residences that feature four different room types. Seventy-five different groups have booked to stay at our UBC O campus this year. The revenue generated helps to pay the mortgage and keeps the cost of housing affordable for our students.

The Conference office has also been running a successful student program called A Taste of University for the past eight years. The program is designed for middle-school students, helping to make post-secondary education more familiar by providing information about UBC O programs and encouraging students to focus on career goals. Students stay overnight in residence and participate in a campus tour, receive information about career options and UBC O programs, and examine insects and algae in the Science lab. Over 800 students are scheduled to come in May and June to take part in this fun and educational class trip.

For more information or to make bookings for any future conferences on campus, contact Dana Webster at 807-8904.

"You Made the Right Choice": Create 2006 First-Year Orientation set for September 5
Plans are well underway for Create 2006, UBC Okanagan's First-Year Student Orientation, to take place on September 5. A committee of dedicated volunteers has been working for several months to plan a program that is fun and informative.

Create 2006 is one of our first opportunities to show students they've made the right choice in coming to UBC Okanagan and you're welcome to be part of it! The afternoon's Showcase is open to all students, staff, and faculty -- we invite the campus community to come together and celebrate the new academic year.

For more information regarding Create 2006 activities or volunteer opportunities, contact Ana or Erica at

UBC Okanagan 2006/2007 Calendar Available Online
Enrolment Services and Communications Services are happy to announce that the official UBC Okanagan 2006/2007 Calendar is now available online. Hard copies of the Calendar will be available at the bookstore.

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June 7, 2006

Date: June 9, Friday
Time: 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

UBC Okanagan Human Resources Department is pleased to present the following workshops:
Redressing Stress
The impact of stress in our work-life is not always obvious -- yet it is always real. Deadlines, hostile conversations, repetitive duties, and worry can all create stress-related symptoms. Unmanaged, stress negatively impacts our health, our happiness, and our effectiveness.

Date: June 9, Friday
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $110.00

Location: TBA
Register: Online

Preventing Workplace Violence
A course developed by Worksafe B.C., aimed at providing employers and workers with tools to reduce workplace violence. Read more...

Date: June 16, Friday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Register: Yvonne at 807-8624 by June 9

Joint Health and Safety Committee Training
The Worksafe Course assists participants in the identification and interpretation of joint health and safety committee members' functions, duties, and responsibilities in promoting workplace health and safety. The course is ideal for joint health and safety committee members, worker health and safety representatives, and health and safety professionals. Read more...

Date: June 23, Friday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Register: Yvonne at 807-8624 by June 16

Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury
A musculoskeletal injury (MSI) is an injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels, or other soft tissues caused or aggravated by work (i.e. repetition, grip force, lift/lower force, awkward posture, vibration, contact stress). Read more...

Date: July 7, Friday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Register: Yvonne at 807-8624 by June 16

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Class of 2028?
Congratulations to Andrea Rimland, Conference Operations Manager at UBC Okanagan, who welcomed a healthy, 7 lb. baby boy on May 31 -- Andrew Owen Rimland.

Appointments in Student Development and Services

Several new appointments have been announced in Student Development and Services:
  • Mary DeMarinis, former Coordinator for Disabilities Resources, is the new Manager of Student Development and Advising.
  • Leanne Perry is the new Campus Life Coordinator in the Campus Life Office, coming to UBC Okanagan from Simon Fraser University's residence life department.
  • Jess Roebuck has joined the Disabilities office. He is the former coordinator of disability services at the University of Winnipeg.
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