MEDIA RELEASE | September 29, 2006
Installation of Professor Stephen J. Toope -- President's Office
Professor Stephen J. Toope was installed as the 12th President and Vice Chancellor of The University of British Columbia on September 29.

The installation follows a long tradition that has evolved in universities around the world. Like graduation, the ceremony represents the history and continuity of the institution and its place within the larger academic community. The installation of a new president provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the university's mandate and mission, as well as to welcome our new leader, demonstrate our support and join in a celebration of renewal.


Banner Day for UBC Okanagan

From start to finish, last Wednesday, September 27, was a big day for UBC Okanagan. The day began with a morning announcement that Charles Fipke -- a UBC alumnus, geologist and the discoverer of diamonds in Canada's Far North -- has donated $6 million, through his foundation, to UBC Okanagan for the new Charles Fipke Centre for Innovative Research.

During the announcement, Charles Fipke helped unveil a new commemorative banner to be displayed at the construction site for the next 18 months. Read more...

The same day, the UBC Okanagan Senate approved the list of candidates holding degrees from Okanagan University College who are eligible to apply to accept a UBC degree. Read more...

Following the extraordinary donor announcement, UBC President Stephen Toope spoke at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Grand Hotel. Later in the day, the UBC Board of Governors toured the UBC Okanagan campus, then hosted a reception in the courtyard to thank the community for the warm welcome UBC Okanagan has received in this region.

Walkthrough Breakfast to Start UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign
Breakfast in a bag kicks off the 2006-2007 UBC Okanagan United Way campaign on Wednesday, October 18, with a full-campus "walkthrough" event.

Six locations around campus will have stations serving coffee with a breakfast bag (juice, fruit, homemade baked good, and a granola or fruit bar) for a minimum $3 donation.

Your donation also gets you a chance at one of two prizes -- one of the breakfast bags that morning will contain an iPod coupon, and another will contain a gift certificate for the UBC Okanagan Bookstore.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram will announce this year's campaign goal at 8:15 a.m. in front of the Student Services Centre foyer.

Location: Breakfast stations will be located in:

  • Arts main entrance foyer
  • Science main entrance foyer
  • Student Services Centre outside main entrance
  • Fine Arts main entrance foyer
  • Library main entrance foyer
  • Library west entrance foyer

Yoga at UBC Okanagan
Yoga classes have started again at UBC Okanagan. Advance registration is not required. Yoga mats will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.

Days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium, upstairs
Cost: $24 for a five-visit punch card or $6 per drop-in visit
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UBC Okanagan Research at Economic Summit
More than a dozen areas of research from the Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering will be featured at the Okanagan Partnership Economic Summit, taking place this Friday at Kelowna's Grand Hotel.

David Jones, Associate Director of the University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO), will be on hand to discuss UBC Okanagan research initiatives and the new Okanagan Sustainability Institute.

UBC Okanagan DVC Doug Owram and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell will both address the summit, which last year drew more than 600 people.

Sessions during the day will cover important issues such as regional planning, transportation, water and air quality, and the growing skills shortage faced by many Okanagan businesses.

Interested in attending? Tickets are available online.

Symphony Tickets Reduced for UBC Okanagan Community
The Okanagan Symphony has established special ticket pricing for UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff.

All tickets should be ordered from the Ticketmaster website.

  • Tickets for students are now being offered on a two-for-one basis.
  • Tickets for faculty and staff are available at a 20 per cent discount.

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 to be held next March. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Marie Molloy (807-9291), Human Rights and Equity Advisor and chair of the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Committee on Human Rights and Equity.

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UBC Okanagan -- A Community that Cares
From fund-raising to working with community organizations on a variety of causes, UBC Okanagan is a community that cares. Here are just a few of the many charitable activities in which faculty, staff and students are engaged.
  • Run for the Cure Supported by Team UBC Okanagan
    Team UBC Okanagan participated in the Run for the Cure fund-raiser for breast cancer research on Sunday, Oct. 1. The team consisted of 20 UBC Okanagan students, staff, faculty, friends and family -- all running or walking to raise money to fight breast cancer. The team raised $800 this year -- thanks to all who participated and donated.

    Another member of the UBC Okanagan community, Kim de Scally (Learning Services) raised $1,500 in pledges for the cause. Overall the Kelowna CIBC Run for the Cure raised $340,000.

  • Nursing Professor Plans Marathon Run for Team Diabetes
    Associate Professor of Nursing Donna Kurtz is a member of Team Diabetes Canada, raising money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. She is training to run a full 42.4-kilometre marathon in December, and hopes to raise more than $6,300 for diabetes research. Contact her at

    Representing UBC Okanagan at the recent KGH Celebrity Tennis Classic were, from left, Facilities Management Engineer Marty Gibb, Parking Manager Greg Bishop, Psychology Professor Mark Holder, and student/tennis champ David Van Trump.

    KGH Celebrity Tennis Classic Welcomes UBC Okanagan
    Kelowna General Hospital was the big winner in this year's fifth-annual KGH Tennis Classic Tournament -- and UBC Okanagan was well-represented on the courts.

    Tournament host Walley Lightbody, whose Abbott Street home is converted to a tennis stadium for the annual fundraiser, welcomed UBC Okanagan.

    The exhibition matches on September 22 featured plenty of UBC Okanagan talent -- student and Lakeview Heights tennis champ David Van Trump played with Psychology Professor Mark Holder, and Facilities Management Engineer Marty Gibb played with Parking Manager Greg Bishop. A tennis pro for 10 years in Ontario, Greg capably filled in for AVP Students Ian Cull, out with an injury. Greg and Marty won the exhibition match 6-3. Greg and partner Rob Algren won the pro division of the tournament, knocking off top pros from the Coast.

    The tournament raised over $30,000 for the KGH Foundation, through players' entry fees, spectator admission and donations.

  • World Record Attempt at Human Chain Oct. 15
    UBC Okanagan fourth-year nursing students Terra Belliveau and Veronique Lemire -- core committee members of the Kelowna chapter of Global Citizens for Change -- are arranging both a rally event and concert in Kelowna next week, with proceeds going to the Kelowna Food Bank.

    At the 'STAND-UP' Against Poverty rally -- 2 p.m. on October 15 -- Global Citizens for Change aims to form a human chain around the Kelowna Public Library. People across Canada and the world will also 'STAND-UP' within a certain time frame -- to raise awareness of poverty but also to break the Guinness World Record.

    After the rally, activity will move to the Kelowna Community Theatre for a 'Rock Against Poverty' concert. Tickets by donation at the door -- suggested donation $5. All proceeds to the Kelowna Food Bank. Organizers urge everyone come out to support these events and show the world we care.

International Student Snapshot
The beautiful setting and innovative programming of UBC Okanagan attracts students from around the world. In this occasional feature, we'll introduce some of the international students enriching UBC Okanagan campus life.

Lyudmila Rodina of Bulgaria is in her third year of a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations program.

Before she moved to Canada, Lucy (as her friends call her) didn't know what to expect. After joining several campus clubs -- including UBC Okanagan's CIRO student radio club, of which she is now the president and programming director -- she met a lot of interesting and open-minded people.

Lucy enjoys snowboarding in her free time and can often be found studying in the student-run coffee shop on campus.

Her advice to new students is to keep in mind that Canadians are very friendly and accepting. She emphasizes being persistent and not being afraid of speaking to your professor or other students about your homework or concerns about the cultural transition you may be going through.

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 18 October 13 (Friday)
November 1 October 27 (Friday)
November 15 November 10 (Friday)
October 4, 2006

Halfe Featured in FCCS' "The Lake" Reading Series Finale
Louise 'Sky Dancer' Halfe, First Nations writer and Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate, is the featured author at UBC Okanagan on October 26. Halfe's appearance is the final literary event in the three-part "The Lake" reading series developed by Nancy Holmes and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. The FCCS is pleased to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. More about Louise Halfe...

A pre-reading talk will be followed by a reading by the author. Learn more about "The Lake" -- A Reading Series online or contact Nancy Holmes at 807-9369.

Date: October 26
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Arts 103
Cost: Free, everyone welcome

UBC Okanagan Seminar Series
The Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology Unit of The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences presents this year's first guest lecturer, Dr. Ian Hesketh of UBC Vancouver's Department of History. His topic is "Making History Dry-as-Dust". Dr. Hesketh will present on his analysis of the professionalisation of history in Victorian Britain. Everyone welcome!

Date: Thursday, October 12
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Arts 374

Disability Health Research Network
UBC Okanagan Launch and Open House
Faculty members, staff and interested community partners are invited to drop by, enjoy some refreshments and find out what the Disability Health Research Network (DHRN) is all about.

DHRN Co-Leader Dr. Lawrence Berg, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Diversity and Identity, Community, Culture and Global Studies Unit, and Dr. Bonnie Sawatzky, Assistant Professor with the Department of Orthopaedics, UBC Vancouver Campus and an ICORD Faculty member, Human Discovery Science, will be on hand along with the other members of the DHRN team.

Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 2 to 5 p.m. -- a brief welcome statement is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Location: Allied Social Research Centre, Arts 368

Minds and Music Features Symphony Workshop October 26
The popular Minds and Music concert series at UBC Okanagan featured the Okanagan Symphony last season, and will do so again on October 26. "The All Mozart Workshop" is a free, live rehearsal workshop held in the Student Services Centre, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Visit the Minds and Music website for details about this year's concert series.

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre Foyer

Chemistry of Wine -- Presentation by UBC Okanagan Researcher
Sierra Rayne, a research fellow in the Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences unit, will visit the Penticton campus of Okanagan College to give a public talk on wine chemistry research at UBC Okanagan. His lecture will cover ongoing projects looking into compounds produced by troublesome yeasts in wineries, levels of smoke-related compounds in 2003 vintages from the Okanagan Mountain Park fire, and methods of adding low oxygen levels to wines during aging for improving colour and softening bitter overtones.

Date: Tuesday, November 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan College, Penticton
Information: 250-492-4305

Embrace Diversity Event Series
The Embrace Diversity event series aims to raise awareness about how we each experience power and privilege, and to educate, inspire, and activate our UBC Okanagan community to create a campus environment free from prejudice, discrimination, and harassment.

October 1 to 7 is Mental Health Week, and a UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Student Association Powwow is planned for November 4. Visit the Embrace Diversity website for detailed information about upcoming events.

Midterm Break
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 will be a midterm break; classes are cancelled but the campus is open. This midterm break will reoccur annually; the date will be determined on a year-by-year basis.

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

Book Sale for United Way Campaign
Library Services is holding a used books sale on November 15 in support of this year's UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign.

Date: November 15
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre Foyer

Donate your books. If you have 'gently used' books that you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please bring them to the Library drop-off box located near the Information Desk.

Poetry Buses Roll Through Kelowna
Dr. Veronica Gaylie, Faculty of Education, is co-ordinating Poetry at Work -- placing poetry inside Kelowna public transit buses. A contest invited workers from across the Okanagan to write poems about their jobs. Supported by BC Transit, the Hamber Foundation, UBC Okanagan and Off Centre magazine, the campaign promotes work, transit, ecologically sustainable commuting, education and local community through poetry. Over 100 entries were received from doctors, electricians, air traffic controllers, mothers, maintenance workers, clerks, teachers, pilots... even a phlebotomist. In total, 45 poems were selected. Judges from UBC Okanagan included Jan Gattrell (UBC Okanagan library) and Martin Blum (FCCS). Poems will start appearing this week.

Invitation to join the DVC's Human Rights & Equity Committee
The DVC's Committee on Human Rights & Equity (DVCHE) currently seeks volunteer candidates for Support Staff, Unit Head and Undergraduate Students. The DVCHE assists the DVC and Associate Vice President, Equity, to create and implement educational programs promoting human rights, employment and education equity, and local and global community services opportunities in human rights. The committee also reviews and evaluates university policies, procedures and practices related to equity and human rights services and initiatives at UBC Okanagan. Members will be appointed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor. Interested candidates should forward an expression of interest to Marie Molloy or by inter-campus mail addressed to SSC 119F.
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Cross-Cultural Awareness Workshop (Tomorrow)
Date: Thursday, October 5

Preventing Violence in the Workplace
Date: October 13

Smart Forms Training
Date: Tuesday, October 17

WSET Intermediate Wine
Intermediate Wednesdays, October 11 to December 6
- Foundation - one day intensive October 30

Reappointments, Tenure and Promotion
Faculty Date: Wednesday, October 25
Deans/Heads Date: Thursday, October 26

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