Nelson Jatel, left, Executive Director of the Okanagan Partnership, observes lab technician David Arkinstall insert a sample into one of the Okanagan Regional Chemical Analysis Centre's instruments.

New Funds for Agri-Food and Chemical Analysis Research
UBC Okanagan research into the Okanagan's value-added agriculture industry has received a substantial boost with investments totalling $355,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada.

The funds have helped UBC Okanagan acquire leading-edge research equipment and establish a new Okanagan Regional Chemical Analysis Centre, which was officially opened September 12.

UBC Okanagan will purchase new analytical and measurement equipment to conduct research to improve the quality of specific products within the Okanagan agricultural industry including grapes, apples and lavender.

UBC Okanagan Welcomes New Academic and Research Leader
Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, a leading Canadian chemistry scholar and former Vice President of Research, International and External Affairs as well as Acting Vice President (Academic) at the University of Winnipeg, has joined UBC Okanagan as the institution's first Associate Vice President, Academic and Research.

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Abd-El-Aziz to UBC Okanagan," said UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Doug Owram. "As a university dedicated to the integration of teaching and research, UBC Okanagan will benefit greatly from his wealth of experience as a scholar, researcher and administrator. This is a key position for our institution as we move forward with significant expansion of both our research capacity and the scope of academic inquiry."


Mid-Term Break Date Set
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 will be a mid-term break. Classes are cancelled but the campus is open. This mid-term break will reoccur annually, with the date determined on a year-by-year basis.

The Okanagan Senate approved this date in the spring -- see the official 2006/2007 online calendar.

New Operations Website
Do you need information on parking? Need floor plans to help navigate through one of the campus buildings?

Operations has launched a new website loaded with information about Campus Planning, Ceremonies & Events, Finance and Facilities, Security & Parking Services. Also accessible online is information about UBC Okanagan's Campus Master Plan, Campus Mail, Work Requests and Forms and Floor Plans for the major campus buildings.

2006 Orientation Handbook Now Online
Special thanks to all those who participated in the 2006 Staff and Faculty New Hire Orientation. Sixty new hires attended over the two days.

The 2006 Orientation Handbook is now online for all staff.

Book Donations Needed for United Way Campaign
Library Services has announced that used books will be sold on November 22 in support of this year's United Way Campaign. If you have some 'gently used' novels or books around the house that you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please bring them to the Library.

Look for the drop-off box located near the Information Desk just inside the Library doors.

Volunteers Needed for International Women's Day Event
The UBC Okanagan  community is invited to help organize a campus event for International Women's Day. For more information or to express your interest, please contact, Marie Molloy, Human Rights and Equity Advisor and chair of the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Committee on Human Rights and Equity.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2007
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Contact: Marie Molloy (807-9291)

TA Supervisor Presentation Now Online
The Student Appointment Presentation delivered by Human Resource staff at the September 7 and 8 workshop is now available online.

DVC Doug Owram joined a big turnout of faculty and staff at the September 12 Back to School barbecue.

New Staff Member at Career Services
Nythalah Baker has recently joined the Career Services office. Nythalah holds a M.S.W. from UBC Vancouver. Over the last 10 years she has worked in counseling services, adult education, and community development.

Nythalah's experience with curriculum development, workshop facilitation, and event planning will be a useful addition to Student Services at UBC Okanagan. In her new role as Career Advisor, Nythalah will be well-suited to assist students in their career exploration as well as job search strategies and preparation. Contact her at or 807.9206.

Digital montages were taken in approximately the same place -- the entrance to Panorama Peaks -- in August 2002, October 2004 and April 2006.

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Creative Research
Project Exhibited
in Lithuania

Fern Helfand, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, was invited to exhibit her creative research project From Forested Hills to Paved Plateaus at the Kaunas Photo Days 06 in Kanaus, Lithuania.

The exhibition runs from September through October 2006. It is the only annual festival of photography in the Baltic States.

The project, still in progress, tracks the birth of a new suburb in Westbank. From the 2002 appearance of a development sign in a clearing in the woods, to the paved and side-walked streets of a new community, Helfand has been photographing the location and tracking its progress.

The images address issues of sustainability on both the environmental and social levels.

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
October 4 September 29 (Friday)
October 18 October 13 (Friday)
November 1 October 27 (Friday)
September 20, 2006

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Varsity Outdoor Club Okanagan's First Meeting This Afternoon
If you enjoy the outdoors, then The Varsity Outdoor Club Okanagan is for you! Membership is open to students, staff and faculty of UBC Okanagan, as well as club alumni.

If you want to be on the first executive, make sure you come along. Organizer Craig Nichol notes that the club needs a president, vice president, and other officers. Several people have expressed interest in these positions, and so there might be a quick election. Be prepared to say a few words about who you are and what you could bring to the club.

Date: Wednesday, September 20
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Library 305
Information: VOC Okanagan webpage

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 and online registration is required.

For more information, visit the Cycling Expo website.

Australian University Creative Arts Exhibit at UBC Okanagan
An exhibition by the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia, will take place at the Fina Gallery, in the Visual Arts Building.

The exhibition, called The Hourglass Interchange, is part of an exchange co-organized by UBC Okanagan Associate Professor Gary Pearson, and University of Wollongong Associate Professor Jelle van den Berg. Faculty in the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan will be showing their work at the University of Wollongong from September 28 to October 7.

Reception Date: Monday, September 25
Time: 12 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: September 18 to 29
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday to Friday
Location: FINA Gallery, Visual Arts Building
Information: Contact Gary Pearson or 807-9775

PLEASE NOTE: Gary Pearson would like to know of any faculty members specializing in Australian Studies. If you have specific knowledge on some aspect of Australia, such as political science, geography, culture, literature, or other topics, and would be interested in contributing a short commentary at the noon reception on September 25, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Gary if you are interested.

FCCS Pressents...
Book Launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new book written by Creative Studies professor Jim Kalnin and artist Lois Huey-Heck.

The authors will read selections from their book. Refreshments will be served, all are welcome.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 28
Time: 4 p.m.
FINA Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Premier Campbell and DVC Owram to Address Okanagan Economic Summit
Premier Gordon Campbell and UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Doug Owram are the keynote speakers at the Okanagan Partnership's 2006 Okanagan Economic Summit on Friday, October 6.

Last year's event was attended by over 600 business and community leaders from across the region. UBC Okanagan supports the Okanagan Partnership and has key individuals playing an integral role on various initiatives such as the Skills Pipeline, the Regional Planning Flagship and the Regional Broadband Flagship, and as members of the Board of Directors.

This year's agenda includes major emerging issues such as transportation, the skills shortage, water and air quality, and a regional plan.

Dates: Friday, October 6
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort and Conference Centre
Cost: $50, including lunch
Registration: Ticket Master (860-1470)

Controlling Involvement: Decision Making in Palliative Care from the Patient's Perspective
Date: Wednesday, September 20

Okanagan TOC, Beginning Teacher and Student Teacher Regional Conference
Date: Saturday, September 23

Teaching Assistant Orientation Workshop
Date: September 15
Time:12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Preventing Violence
in the Workplace
Date: October 13, 2006

Awareness Workshop
Date: Thursday, October 5

Wine Certification Courses

Celebrating Differences, Embracing Diversity

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