United Way Campaign Begins With Breaky
Breakfast is a great way to start the day and a United Way campaign. Volunteers produced 300 brown-bag breakfasts for Wednesday morning's "Walkthrough Breakfast" fundraiser on campus. In total, six stations across campus raised nearly $1,400. The 2006 campaign goal is $30,000.

United Way campaign volunteer and UBC Okanagan Residence Coordinator Kim Colangelo was stationed at the Arts foyer breakfast table Wednesday morning. Labels on the breakfast bags say it well: "Thank you."

UBC Among B.C.'s Top 30 Employers
The University of British Columbia, the province's third-largest employer with more than 19,000 faculty and staff, has been named one of B.C.'s Top 30 Employers by Mediacorp, the publisher of an annual national listing of top employers in Canada. The designation was announced Oct. 14 in the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province and Victoria Times Colonist.


UBC President Announces $8 million in Research, Teaching Funds at Installation
A $5 million research fund to honour his predecessor, a $3 million project to help researchers enhance undergraduate teaching, and the appointment of a special advisor on aboriginal affairs were today announced by Stephen Toope during his installation as the University of British Columbia's 12th President and Vice-Chancellor.

The Martha Piper Research Fund will honour the remarkable contributions of UBC's former president, said Toope, who is appointed for a five-year term. The fund will provide support for collaborative research projects, with a focus on interdisciplinary and international research teams.


The History Course Union Stormtroopers, (L-R: Tyrone Reeder, Derek Mahoney, Luke Turri, Rick Clapton and Adam Wylie), made course history last Wednesday afternoon, winning the men's division of the first-ever Storm the Wall race at UBC Okanagan.

Storm the Wall Race Makes History
The first teams over the top of a 12-foot-tall wall established course records last Wednesday in the inaugural running of UBC Okanagan's Storm the Wall relay race. Four teams of students and faculty challenged a cross-campus running and cycling course, finishing up with the wall in the courtyard.

The History Course Union Stormtroopers took top honours in the men's division, setting the course record of 15:22. The Faculty Cheeseheads made it over the wall with a time of 16:29.

The Varsity Outdoor Club Okanagan Warriors -- Mary Kelly, Graham McDonald, Jaclyn Keene, Valencia Cosacchi, Brandon Farr -- led the way in the co-ed division with a time of 18:05, followed mere seconds later by the Chemisty Course Union at 18:39.

Storm the Wall is a very popular tradition at UBC's Vancouver campus -- growing to become the largest intramural event in North America.

OUC Alumni Now Eligible for UBC Degrees
The UBC Okanagan Senate has voted to approve the list of candidates with OUC degrees eligible to apply to accept a UBC degree.

Approximately 2,400 OUC alumni will be invited to accept their UBC degrees and become members of the UBC convocation. Once an OUC graduate accepts the UBC degree, they become part of UBC's extensive alumni network.

UBC graduates now number over 226,000 and more than 5,000 of these reside in the Okanagan area. A new Okanagan chapter has been created to meet the needs of local alumni. Read more...

Public Affairs: Taking It to the Web
Ever wonder how to promote events using the campus entrance signboard? Looking for information on the Minds & Music concert series? Would you like to know how Public Affairs can help promote your event or how to have your event featured in The Exchange newsletter?

Lots of information about the resources and design services Public Affairs provides to the UBC Okanagan community is now available online.

Check out the new Public Affairs website.

New Security Phone Numbers
807.8111 - Emergency and First Aid ONLY
807.8105 - Security Non-Emergency (information, unlocking of doors, etc.)
807.9236 - Security Office

Share Your Thoughts, Win an iPod
When you complete an online survey about your campus dining experiences, you'll be automatically entered into a draw for an Apple iPod nano or iTunes Gift Card. The survey will take 10 to 12 minutes and your responses are confidential. Begin the survey!

Poet Sharon Thesen Nominated for Governor General's Literary Award

Sharon Thesen, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan, has been nominated for a 2006 Governor General's Literary Award for her latest book of poetry, The Good Bacteria, published by House of Anansi Press.

In a citation issued with Monday's announcement of this year's shortlist, the poetry awards jury noted, "Sharon Thesen's The Good Bacteria is wonderfully witty and droll. Here, elegiac elements are brought down to earth with shining realism."

Thesen has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award two times before. Her previous book of poetry, A Pair of Scissors (Anansi), won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. In 2002, she was a member of the jury for the prestigious Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry.


Cycling Expo Prizes Awarded
Organizers of the first-ever UBC Okanagan Cycling Expo report the September 21 to 23 event was a great success. Presented by Kelowna Valley Insurance Services, the Expo's aim was to bring awareness to the campus and the UBC Okanagan community that cycling is an economic, environmentally friendly, and enjoyable form of transportation.

Winners in the Free Bike Draw are Leah Bailey, Leanne Perry and Chad Pennington. Other draw prize winners are Ciar Zybutz, Lorri Anne Topf, Kelly Riccardi, Chelsea Holmes, Ashley Silcock, Teddy Chan, Ben Stringer, Carly Drought, Myriah Michaux, Lindsay Keller, Brandon Farr, Bronwyn Mayo, Robert Pletscher and Kiera Turcotte. They won prizes from Cyclepath, Gerick Cycle and Sports, Outbound Cycle and Larry's Cycle and Sports. Contact Kevin Mobbs at 807.9174 to retrieve your prize.

Expo organizers are grateful to all the many volunteers and the following generous sponsors who made the event possible:

  • Kelowna Valley Insurance Services
  • UBC Sustainability
  • UBC Trek Program Centre
  • Cyclepath
  • Gerick Cycle and Sports
  • Outbound Cycle
  • Larry's Cycle and Sports
  • Frank Lucarelli at Powerbar
  • Michael Barker at Isagenix

Complete report on the Cycling Expo's three days of events
If you would like to see this event again, organizers urge you to please get involved. Contact the committee at ubcocyclingexpo@hotmail.com. Be sure to check the Cycling Expo website for updates about the next Expo.

New Staff at the Faculty of Management
The Faculty of Management is happy to announce the newest members of our team:

Jennifer Hewitt is the new Faculty Administrator. Jennifer comes to us from SFU, where she worked for several years, most recently as a Student Advisor and Administrative Assistant with the Faculty of Arts. Jennifer will be assisting with student support, administration and operation of the Faculty and can be reached at 807.9703 or jennifer.hewitt@ubc.ca. Any budget and program inquiries should be directed to Jennifer.

Roxie Snow is the new Assistant to the Dean. Roxie has recently returned to B.C. from Alberta, where she worked for fifteen years in the college system, specializing in Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits. Roxie can be reached at roxie.snow@ubc.ca or 807.9501. Correspondence related to the Acting Dean's calendar and scheduling should be directed to Roxie.


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.

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.

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
November 1 October 27 (Friday)
November 15 November 10 (Friday)
December 6 December 1 (Friday)
October 18, 2006

Disabilities Health Research Network Launches on Friday
UBC Okanagan's Allied Social Research Centres will launch the Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN) in Kelowna this Friday.

DHRN co-leaders Dr. Lawrence Berg, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Diversity and Identity at UBC Okanagan, and Dr. Bonnie Sawatzky, Assistant Professor in both the Division of Orthopaedic Engineering and Paediatric Orthopaedics at UBC Vancouver, will be on hand from 2 to 5 p.m. to explain the DHRN's goal of increasing research into disability issues in B.C.

Date: Friday, Oct. 20
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts 368 (third floor, Arts Building)

Minds and Music Concert Series
Symphony Holds Rehearsal Workshop at UBC Okanagan
A rare public workshop with the Okanagan Symphony rehearsing performances of Magnificent Mozart will be held at UBC Okanagan on October 26. This is the second in this year's series of Minds and Music free matinee concerts at the university.

The rehearsal offers a sneak peek of what's to come from the Okanagan Symphony when they open their 2007 season in Kelowna the following night with Rosemary Thomson as conductor.

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

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 reading by the author will follow a pre-reading talk. Learn more about "The Lake" -- A Reading Series online or contact Nancy Holmes at 807.9369.

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

First-Annual Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences is pleased to present the First-Annual Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) Symposium. The Symposium will showcase the 2006 recipients of the URA program. Everyone is welcome!

The URA program, sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Endowment Fund, gives UBC Okanagan undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue innovative and original research. The winners of last year's competition received $6,000 each for summer research projects in disciplines ranging from Psychology to Mathematics through Biochemistry, Anthropology, and Earth & Environmental Sciences.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: LIB 312

Doctors Without Borders Info Session
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders is an international emergency medical relief organization active in over 70 countries worldwide. Join us for a short presentation about the work of MSF from the perspective of a returned Canadian field volunteer. Learn about the kinds of projects MSF is engaged in and the types of volunteers needed. Read more about MSF...

Date: Thursday, Nov. 2
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 366
Cost: Free, everyone welcome

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

Date: November 22
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre Foyer

Donate your books. If you have '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.

Does Your Kelowna Include Culture?
The City of Kelowna invites members of the UBC Okanagan community to participate in a series of dialogues about cultural development in Kelowna. The City of Kelowna's Cultural Services Division has organized these dialogues as part of a planning process leading to a new Cultural Strategic Plan. All sessions are free and open to all.

Dates: Oct. 26, and Nov. 9, 14, 15, 27 and 29
Location: Various locations in Kelowna and Westbank.
Register: before October 20 and be eligible for prizes! Call 250.469.8938 culture@kelowna.ca
Pre-registration is requested. Call for Kelowna Cultural Services specific times and locations.

Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in ART 114 or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in ART 118
Registration: online

Reappointments, Tenure and Promotion
Tenure-stream Faculty
Date: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to be followed by a wine and cheese reception
Location: TBA

RSVP: Yvonne Novak or 807-8624

Deans, Heads, Directors and Administrators involved in the tenure and promotion process are invited to attend:
Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: TBA

RSVP: Yvonne Novak or 807-8624

French and Spanish Immersion
UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies (Languages, Cultures and Travel) is offering a French and Spanish immersion experience for adult language learners. The program includes lively classes taught by experienced instructors, opportunities to converse with native speakers, and two lunches and a dinner with socio-cultural activities.

Date: November 11 & 12
Location: Manteo Resort, Kelowna
Information: 1.866.528.7485 or online

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