Nobel laureate and UBC Professor Carl Wieman is the featured guest speaker at today's UBC Annual General Meeting.

UBC Annual General Meeting Today
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend today's UBC Annual General Meeting by live webcast in the Arts Building Atrium from noon to 1 p.m. Featured guest speaker is Carl Wieman, an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist who this year joined UBC from the University of Colorado.

Wieman, recognized as 2004 U.S. Professor of the Year, will head a $12-million, five-year initiative to help reform the teaching of science at UBC, a program he hopes will become a model for both university and high school education worldwide. More information

Athletics and Recreation Open House Today
The Athletics & Recreation Department is holding its second Open House today (Nov. 1) to seek input from both the campus community and the larger community on the proposed Business Plan for future programming, facilities and partnerships.

Please stop in and provide your thoughts on the proposed plan for your Athletics & Recreation Department.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1
Time: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium upper foyer

First Campus Remembrance Day Ceremony Nov. 8
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the First United Nations Peacekeeping Force. Every year is an important year to honour veterans and their service and this year, 2006, marks a special milestone in the international pursuit of peace.

Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony in the campus main courtyard, by the flagpoles. The ceremony will commence at 10:45 a.m. and will last for approximately 30 minutes. Light refreshments will be served in the Okanagan Room after the ceremony and all are welcome to stay.

The jack-o'-lantern People's Choice Award was won by Operations -- the
carving by Margo Yacheshyn earned $50 in the silent auction for United Way.

Halloween Burger Bash Tops $1,000 for United Way
The UBC Okanagan United Way campaign's Halloween Barbecue fund-raiser netted over $1,000 for the cause on Tuesday afternoon.

Winners of the costume draw were student Ashley "Where's Waldo?" Kowbel ($30 gift certificate from the UBC Okanagan Bookstore), and Adjunct Professor Raya Fransila from the Faculty of Education, who dressed up as Ali Baba's Princess and earned two bottles of UBC Okanagan Sumac Ridge wine.

See more pictures from Tuesday's event.

Dr. Bonnie Sawatzky and Dr. Lawrence Berg, co-leaders of the new Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN), and Sawatzky's service dog Phoenix, were on hand for the recent launch of the DHRN at UBC Okanagan.

Network at UBC Okanagan Bringing Together Disabilities Health Researchers
The new Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN) at UBC Okanagan is already doing what its creators hoped it would: it's bringing researchers together.

The DHRN's co-leaders, Dr. Bonnie Sawatzky and Dr. Lawrence Berg, represent very different areas of disability research. Sawatzky is a wheelchair propulsion researcher at UBC's Vancouver campus. Berg, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Diversity and Identity at UBC Okanagan, researches citizenship aspects of disability and disability rights.

"Who would have thought we'd be working together?" said Sawatzky at the DHRN's official launch on October 20. "I'd never have met Lawrence if it hadn't been for this network." Read the full story

Kelly Hewson of Fortis B.C. presents a cheque to Aidan Kiernan, UBC Okanagan Associate Vice President, Operations.

Fortis Rebate for UBC Okanagan
It pays to save energy. UBC Okanagan is using energy-saving lighting, external building elements with high R-values (resistance to heat flow), and ventilation systems with efficient duty-cycling -- measures that have earned a $13,000 rebate from the power company, Fortis BC.

"We are installing a variety of energy-saving initiatives, particularly in the expansion to the library," said Aidan Kiernan, UBC Okanagan Associate Vice President, Operations.

The Fortis incentive program recognizes that when you save energy, you are being environmentally sensitive, he said. "While it might seen unusual for an electric utility to encourage lower electrical consumption, we think that reflects a responsible electricity provider," he said.

Poetry Creates a Buzz on Buses

The Poetry Bus project is using poetry to promote work, transit, higher education, sustainable commuting, and local community in the Okanagan. Supported by UBC Okanagan, B.C. Transit, the Hamber Foundation and Off Centre Magazine, the project involved a contest where workers from across the Okanagan were invited to write poems about their jobs. More than 100 entries were received from doctors, electricians, air traffic controllers, mothers, maintenance workers, clerks, teachers, pilots -- even a phlebotomist.

The project was an interdisciplinary, cross-campus collaboration. Judges, including Jan Gattrell (UBC Okanagan Library) and Martin Blum (Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies), selected a first-prize winner and three second-prize winners. Briar Craig (FCCS) was involved in printmaking T-shirts for the winning poems. Veronica Gaylie (Faculty of Education) coordinated the project.

In total, 45 poems were selected to appear on B.C. Transit buses in the Okanagan. On Oct. 4, bus poets rode the buses while reading their poems aloud on CBC Radio.

Read excerpts from the five winning entries

Veronica Gaylie, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, has also posted the excerpts on the door of her office in the Library Building, LIB257.

Poem of the Week Project Launched
Watch for poems appearing on campus. As part of the Creative Writing 481 class, fourth-year student Stephanie Appleby will be working on a project called "UBC O Poem of the Week." Each week, Appleby will choose a poem written by a UBC Okanagan student and post it around the campus.

The first poem, posted Oct. 23, was "Cognac" by Heidi Garnett, a creative writing student and the author of Phosphorous, a book of poetry launched this month.

Appleby hopes to encourage Creative Writing students to take a more active role in the Creative Writing program; the "Poem of the Week" is a simple, easy way to take part and may lead to participation in other events. She hopes to inspire younger Creative Writing students, as well as all UBC Okanagan students, to create and strive to perfect their creative endeavors.

Students who would like their poem considered for publication, students who would like to nominate fellow writers' work, and faculty members who would like to showcase student work can contact Stephanie Appleby.

2006 Staff Pension Plan Board Elections
The UBC Staff Pension Plan will hold an election for two directors this fall. A call for nominations was sent to members on Wednesday, Sep. 27. Close of nominations was Monday, Oct. 16.

The voting process will be online again this year. If you do not have access to a computer, you will be able to vote by faxing or mailing your ballot. Election packages will be sent to members on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and the deadline for casting ballots will be Monday, Nov. 27.

Election results will be posted online by Monday, Dec. 4. Four candidates are running in this election. Please review your election packages to read the candidate statements and instructions on how to vote in the election. More information

myPension@ubc Now online
Human Resources announces a new online self-service application called myPension is now available. Included in myPension are calculators that can assist you in projecting your retirement income. More information

UBC Okanagan fine arts students Pudy Tong, Dave Markin and Scott Bertram recently returned from studying at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

UBC Okanagan Art Students Go Global
UBC Okanagan fine arts students Pudy Tong, Scott Bertram and Dave Markin finished their third-year studies at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences earlier this year. Their work from -- and since -- that time overseas was featured in a recent Go Global art exhibition at UBC Okanagan.

The Go Global experience was fascinating, said Tong. "Going on an exchange like this helps place you. You come back with a real sense of where you want to go in your fourth year" Read more...

UBC Okanagan Students Volunteer in Patagonia
UBC Okanagan students Lindsay Wojtula and Jenica Frisque are back from a semester of studying in Argentina. While they were there, they volunteered at a Patagonian high school -- an enriching experience that also presented a different side of Argentine life. Read more...

Office of Research Services Moved
Janice Demers, UBC Okanagan Office of Research Services, has moved. Visit Janice in her new office in ARTS 180 B.

New Staff Member at International Student Recruitment
International Student Recruitment is happy to introduce Dayna Li, the new International Student Recruiter/Advisor at UBC Okanagan.

An Okanagan University College and UBC alumna who recently returned to the Okanagan from China, Dayna will be recruiting international students and providing them with pre-admissions advising. She can be reached at 807.9239 (temporarily) or

College of Graduate Studies Staffing Update
Effective Oct. 16, Arluene King has joined the Office of Enrollment Services on temporary assignment. Arluene will be replacing Colin Good as a Student Records Assistant until Feb. 6, providing registration and records services including student record accuracy, student systems support, and Faculty Service Centre support.

Jill Mitchell has joined the College of Graduate Studies as Assistant to the Dean. Please direct all queries regarding graduate studies to Jill or Erika Schulz.

Ceremonies and Events Staffing Update
Alanna Vernon, Manager of Ceremonies and Events at UBC Okanagan announced that Erin Podmorow, formerly of the Finance office, has joined Ceremonies and Events as the new clerk, as of last Thursday (Oct. 26). Erin can be reached at 807.9258 or

Exchange Your Information
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Publication Date Submission Deadline
November 15 November 10 (Friday)
December 6 December 1 (Friday)
December 15 December 12 (Tuesday)
November 1, 2006

Earth Sciences Lecture Series Opener
The Earth Sciences Lecture Series kicks off this week with Dr. Robert Young, Associate Professor of Geology. His lecture will address the question, "is the present the key to the past, or the past the key to the future?"

The talk will attempt to reconstruct conditions that allowed formation of an enormous ecological region called the "Mammoth Steppe," and how ideas of mean annual temperature, as they relate to climate change, didn't allow for the close proximity of many biological members of that community.

Based on that, it might be correct to question whether global climate models based on mean annual conditions might be ineffective at predicting specific consequences of climate change in the future.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 2
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science Building, Room SCI 333

Wade Davis Speaks in Next Global Citizenship Seminar
Wade Davis, anthropologist, botanical explorer, and best-selling author who received his PhD in ethnobotany from Harvard University, will speak at UBC Vancouver's Chan Centre and by webcast at UBC Okanagan next Wednesday.

Davis spent more than three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among 15 indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6,000 botanical collections.

No tickets required. Free admission.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8
Time: 12 noon
Location: Foyer of the Student Services Centre

Career Fair 2006
Come out on Wednesday and Thursday to meet some of the Okanagan's biggest employers and welcome them to our campus.

This two-day event provides UBC Okanagan staff and faculty the opportunity to welcome 15 of the Okanagan's biggest employers to campus and encourage students to think about future employment plans. This is also an excellent event for UBC Okanagan students to connect with businesses and organizations that prefer to hire UBC Okanagan students and grads. Potential employment includes part-time, summer, co-op, and graduate work positions. There will also be a Career Fair Quiz and the opportunity to win prizes.

Platinum sponsor Valley First will run information sessions on November 2 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. addressing topics such as recruitment and employment opportunities. Check their booth in the SSC foyer for session locations and more details.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: SSC and Arts Foyers

Book Launch
Dr. Sahadeo Basdeo, History Program, Barber School of Arts and Sciences, will present his book Caribbean Integration and Co-operation in the Americas: Some Contemporary Issues. Explore the issues of Caribbean integration and cooperation from a number of perspectives and discover what this has meant to individual nations and countries within the region.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 9
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts Building Atrium

Remote Sensing and Forest Management Lecture
The Earth and Environmental Sciences Lecture Series continues with speaker Chris Bone, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. He will speak about innovative methods and technologies for understanding how our forests operate. The talk should appeal to those interested in remote sensing applications, and to those with interests in forestry and pine beetles.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 9
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science Building, Room SCI 333

Music Bridge Features Italian Music Students
The third concert of the Minds and Music series, set for Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m., will feature the UBC School of Music and the Conservatorio "G.F. Ghedini" di Cuneo from Italy. They have created Music Bridge -- Un Ponte Musicale -- as an educational and cultural exchange project between the two schools.

Last February, two UBC students were selected to travel to Italy to form a quintet with students from the Cuneo Conservatory. Masterclasses, rehearsals and chamber music performances took place in the Cuneo, Piedmont and Turin areas during the Olympic Games.

In part two of the exchange, UBC welcomes students Ferdinando Viette (cello) and Olga Tarasevich (piano) to work with three UBC students to rehearse and perform in several areas of B.C., including Kelowna and Penticton.

More information

Flu Shots on Campus
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: GYM 027
Cost: $15 per person

Get Involved in the First UBC Okanagan Health Symposium
UBC Okanagan Human Resources is planning the inaugural Health Symposium for Feb. 8, 2007. Entitled "Moving Forward -- creating a community of wellness and excellence," the symposium is free to faculty and staff, and will focus on contributing to the development of a healthy community that respects heritage while moving forward to embrace our new formation as UBC Okanagan. It will provide staff and faculty with resources to enhance their own health and well-being, while promoting healthy workplace practices, and creating a healthy workplace at UBC Okanagan.

The intention is to create a culture of wellness, excellence, social sustainability, and mutual respect -- this symposium reinforces our commitment to a healthy workplace culture, employee health, and an intimate learning community.

Volunteers and health enthusiasts are encouraged to be part of this exciting initiative. Please contact Leanne Bilodeau, Project Lead, for more information about how you can get involved.

Upcoming United Way Fund-Raiser Events
Bake Sale and Silent Auction
Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m

Student Services Centre Foyer

Used Book Sale
Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Student Services Centre Foyer

Spaghetti Dinner
Nov. 23, 4 - 6 p.m.
Sun Room

Thank-You Event
Dec. 1, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Student Services Centre Foyer

Powwow: An Embrace Diversity Event
Come out to the UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Student Association Powwow. Bring your favourite dish for the potluck dinner. Volunteers are invited to support the powwow. Hosted by Aboriginal Programs and Services.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 2
Time: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Sun Room

UBC Okanagan Seminar Series
Murray Ramsden, CEO of the Interior Health Authority, is this year's fourth guest speaker in the UBC Okanagan Seminar Series, presented by the Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology Unit of the Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Ramsden will speak about the evolution of B.C.'s health care system. Following a 30-minute presentation, there will be an open discussion period for the remaining half hour. Everyone welcome.

Date: Monday, Nov. 6
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: ARTS 376

Biology and Physical Geography Seminar Series
You are invited to attend the next two installments of the Biology and Physical Geography Seminar Series:

The Irritable Insect
Presenter: Dr. Bernard D. Roitberg, Behavioural Ecology Research Group, Dept. Biosciences, Simon Fraser University

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science 219

Self/Other Organization: Why early life did not evolve through natural selection
Presenter: Dr. Liane Gabora, Unit of Psychology and Computer Science, UBC Okanagan

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science 219

Graduate School Information Session
This information session is for upper-year students interested in graduate school. Learn about the benefits and pitfalls of graduate school, and how to find a supervisor.

Presenters are: Kelly Chaves (currently doing a PhD in Canada, with a master's degree from Australia), Rick Clapton (PhD, Australia), Julien Vernet (PhD, U.S.), and Ruth Frost, (PhD, Britain).

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 110

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