The UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign made quite a splash during Create 2006.
Drenched in the Royal Flush booth, Irving K. Barber School Dean Bernie "The Shower" Bauer was among the volunteers braving the wet seat on Tuesday afternoon. The $2-per-throw challenge was an early fund-raiser for the United Way Campaign.

Campus campaign chair Terry Flannigan notes that this year's campaign officially gets started October 18 with a brown-bag breakfast event on campus. Photo: Margo Yacheshyn

MEDIA RELEASE | August 28, 2006
UBC Okanagan Doubles New Students
A substantial increase in applications means the number of new students at UBC Okanagan will double this year.

UBC's Kelowna campus, entering its second year of operations, will welcome 1,172 new first-year students and 407 transfer students this fall, a 123 per cent increase in total new enrollment over last year. This will bring the total enrollment to 3,987 undergraduate and graduate students (projected, Sept. 2006). Read more...

UBC Okanagan students Ali Randa, 18, from Langley, Melissa Kober, 18, from Vernon, and Melissa Irish, 18, from Victoria were among the hundreds of students on campus Saturday as more than 700 students moved in to residence. All three are trying out for the Lakers women's basketball team this year. The various varsity teams were out in force, jerseys donned, to assist their fellow students on the big moving day. Photo: Bud Mortenson

Moving In
Boxes and bags were piled high, and the air was filled with hellos to new friends and good-byes to parents on Saturday at UBC Okanagan. It was move-in day for about 700 students on campus, and 100 others moving into off-campus accommodations.

Two new residence buildings have been completed for this year, increasing the student bed count by 350 to 817. Each of the new buildings -- named "Valhalla" and "Kalamalka" -- have 175 beds, plus a pair of 900-square-foot townhouse-style units for use by visiting faculty. One of these units will be home to the Campus Health and Wellness office.

View Your Employee Profile Online
Faculty, staff, and student employees can now view and update their personal, payroll, and benefits information online. At this secure and centralized web portal, you'll be able to:

  • View your paycheque online
  • Update your home address and/or phone number
  • Add up to three emergency contacts
  • Review your extended health and dental benefits
  • Check your dependent(s) and beneficiary information

Visit Faculty and Staff Self-Service for more details. Click and Win! Log on any time between September 1 and December 31, 2006 and you'll be automatically entered into a draw for an iPod!

Global Citizenship and Go Global
Student Mobility Programs provide students with study, work, and volunteer opportunities to build global citizenship skills and knowledge, to live their discipline, and to take advantage of academic excellence at our partner institutions.

UBC Okanagan's Go Global Student Mobility Programs are Senate-approved programs designed to create opportunities for outstanding students to fulfill UBC degree requirements as they immerse themselves in the academic and social lives of different regions. Mobility opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students, both internationally and in Canada.

Here at UBC Okanagan we currently have 50 students in various stages of exchange, some recently returned, others currently abroad and some preparing to leave soon. Do you have any of these students in your class? Invite them to share their global perspectives as they relate their personal experiences acquired while studying in Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Chile, Belgium, Slovenia, Denmark and more.

Consider Amanda Hoffman, a current UBC Okanagan student who will be going on a UBC Okanagan Go Global exchange in January 2007. She will study at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago and has been awarded a $10,000.00 Choquette Family Foundation Student Mobility Award.

The Choquette Family Foundation offers awards totalling $100,000 annually for undergraduate and graduate UBC students participating in recognized student exchange programs. The awards are valued at $10,000 each. The competition is based on the students' goals for this exchange experience, how they will represent UBC, how this opportunity will increase their global perspective, and the impact of the award on their ability to participate. Through donor funding, UBC awards just under half a million dollars annually to students at both campuses embarking on Go Global experiences.

Dana Reiter, UBC Okanagan International Advisor (807.9276), will be hosting 15 Go Global information sessions on campus from September through to December 2006 -- contact her if you'd like to schedule a presentation in your classroom.

For more information visit the website for: staff and faculty or students.

Okanagan Research Ethics Board to Merge With UBC Behavioural REB
In November. UBC Okanagan's Research Ethics Board (REB) will merge with the UBC's Behavioural REB. Meeting twice per month (except for August and December), the Board will provide ethical review and oversight for research projects involving human subjects as per UBC Policy #89. Composed of Board Members from all UBC campuses, the Board will be chaired by Dr. Peter Suedfeld.

UBC Okanagan faculty members are welcome to volunteer as Board members and can indicate their interest at The majority of meetings will take place at the Point Grey campus with full video conferencing facilities available for non-Point Grey participants.

The merging of the Boards coincides with the implementation of RISe Human for the BREB (see article below). Until RISe goes 'live' for the BREB, it is business as usual -- UBC Okanagan researchers should make application for REB review as described online.

Researcher Information Services (RISe) Support for BREB Targeted for November
The UBC Behavioural REB will implement the all-electronic, secure, web-based document management system Researcher Information Services (RISe) in November. RISe is currently in use by the UBC Animal Care Committee, BC Cancer Agency REB (Province-wide), UBC-Providence REB and UBC Clinical REB. UBC Okanagan researchers already use RISe Animal to manage their Animal Care reviews and certificates.

When operational, UBC Okanagan researchers will be able to submit their applications to the BREB via the secure online system. With RISe, users can track their ethics applications through the approval process, as well as manage amendments and renewals. All active UBC Okanagan REB Projects will be converted to RISe. In the future, RISe will also handle the UBC approval of grants applications and BioSafety review.

If you want to see how RISe works and what it will do, without using real data or submitting the application to real people, use our Sandbox. Access to this and the 'live' RISe applications requires that you have an active Campus Wide Login. For more information on RISe see the website.

Remember until RISe goes 'live' it is business as usual -- UBC Okanagan researchers should make application for REB review as described online. Dates of RISe demonstration and drop-in sessions will also be posted at that site.

Interim Emeritus Status Policy
The Okanagan Senate approved an interim emeritus status policy for UBC Okanagan on May 12, 2006. The policy will be posted to the Okanagan Senate website this fall. For more information about this policy, please contact the Manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat at 807-9259.

First-year students got to know each other on Tuesday with lots of team-building and other fun exercises during Create 2006 -- the first-year student orientation day. More than 1,100 new students marked their first official day of learning at UBC Okanagan with warm welcomes from UBC President Stephen Toope, DVC Doug Owram, and other officials of the university and student union. Photo: Bud Mortenson

Exchange Your Information
The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of UBC Okanagan! Send submissions to Public Affairs c/o Ingrid Tilstra

Publication Date Submission Deadline
September 20 September 15 (Friday)
October 4 September 29 (Friday)
October 18 October 13 (Friday)
September 6, 2006

Terry Fox Run
UBC Okanagan will be hosting a Terry Fox Run this September. After meeting on the upper level of the gymnasium, participants will run for 4 km. All staff, faculty and students are welcome! For more information, contact the Campus Recreation Coordinator or 807-9174.

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium, upper level
Registration: By donation, pre-registration not required.

TD Canada Trust Great Canadian Stream Clean Up
UBC Okanagan will take part in the TD Canada Trust Great Canadian Stream Clean-Up at Mission Creek Regional Park on Saturday, September 16 from 1 - 4 p.m. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Campus Life Coordinator Leanne Perry or 807-9012.

First-Annual UBC Okanagan Cycling Expo
Sponsored by Kelowna Valley Insurance Services

Thursday, September 21
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Expo with booths, talks and cycling videos
Location: Student Services Building (SSC Foyer)

Friday September 22
Bike shop displays, entertaining talks, contests and a "kill the car" pinata. A group bicycle tour from UBC Okanagan to downtown Kelowna leaves campus at 3 p.m.
Location: Student Services Building (SSC Foyer)

Saturday, September 23
Biking Traffic Safety Workshop-- learn how to safely ride in traffic.

Space is limited. Online registration information will be available shortly.

UBC Okanagan and CIBC Run for the Cure
UBC Okanagan has entered a team in this year's CIBC Run for the Cure. This annual event raises money to support the fight against breast cancer. Everyone is welcome to join us as we walk/run either 1km or 5km! If interested please email Kevin Mobbs. In order to be eligible for a CIBC Run for the Cure T-shirt, all team members must have either paid a registration fee of $35 or raised $150 by Friday, September 15th, 2006.

Date: Sunday, October 1
Time: Opening Ceremonies:
9:15 a.m.; Run: 10 a.m.
Location: Tug Boat Bay, Kelowna

Campus Life Calendar
Your event can be advertised on the Campus Life Calendar -- just submit it, at least one week in advance, to Campus Life Coordinator Leanne Perry. Please include the event's date, time, title, location and a contact name and number. A brief description of the event is also welcome, as are submissions from students, staff, faculty, committees, course unions and clubs. The Campus Life Calendar will be updated frequently -- visit often!
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Learn More About Teaching -- New Workshops
The Centre for Teaching and Learning would like to invite faculty, teaching assistants, and students to participate in a number of workshops designed to support teaching and learning.

Teaching assistants are encouraged to attend the Teaching Assistant Orientation Workshop
Date: September 15
Time:12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Faculty workshops this fall include Teaching Portfolios,
Date: October 18
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m. or
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Be sure to check out the complete range of workshops offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Topics include managing WebCT courses, teaching dossiers, instructional skills workshops and much more. For more information, contact Peter Arthur or 807-9207.

Preventing Violence in the Workplace
Preventing Violence in the Workplace is a course developed by Worksafe B.C. to provide employers and workers with tools to reduce workplace violence. Successful completion of the course enables participants to:
  • Explain regulatory requirements relevant to preventing workplace violence
  • Conduct a violence risk assessment
  • Establish violence prevention measures and procedures
  • Develop a workplace violence prevention program

Date: October 13, 2006
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Fees: Free to staff and faculty -- space is limited.
Register: Yvonne Novak or 807-8621 by October 5, 2006

Cross-Cultural Awareness Workshop
Violence exists in the immigrant and visible minority communities of the Central Okanagan. Continuing anecdotal reports of domestic violence, sexual exploitation of immigrant youth, and senior abuse provide evidence of these largely unreported crimes. Immigrant women and visible minority women are not always aware of prevention and intervention resources available to them. Members of the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan are offering this workshop, designed to increase the ability of participants to assist immigrant women (students or staff) with sensitivity and awareness of cultural context.

Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: SSC 102 (enter through main hallway)
Fees: no charge
Register: Online

Celebrating Differences, Embracing Diversity
Presenters and educators are invited to join UBC Okanagan's Celebrating Differences, Embracing Diversity Seminar Team, presenting information about sexual and gender diversity, cross-cultural awareness and anti-racism response.

Diversity Seminars at UBC Okanagan are offered free of charge to campus community members and can be designed to meet learning goals and objectives.

The following is an example of Cluster One -- this one-hour seminar includes:

Aboriginal Culture Awareness
Bernie Marchand Brown
Aboriginal Programs & Services, UBC Okanagan

Anti-Hate Response
Marie Molloy
Human Rights & Equity Services, UBC Okanagan

Disability Awareness
Jess Roebuck
Disability Resource Centre, UBC Okanagan

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