Kelowna veteran Art Brown listened to Remembrance Day speakers with students Aubri Reid, Jody Rud, and Karen Ryan, all of whom worked on establishing the first-ever Remembrance Day ceremony at UBC Okanagan last Wednesday. Brown is a Kelowna veteran who served with the Canadian Army for 35 years, and is president of the Kelowna-Veendam Sister City Association and chair of the Kelowna Cenotaph Upgrade Project.

Students Key to UBC Okanagan Remembrance Service
The first-ever Remembrance Day service held at UBC Okanagan last Wednesday was a collaboration between students, faculty, staff and the community.

Four students -- Jody Rud, Karen Ryan, Aubri Reid and Krystal Smith -- were involved in the project from the earliest moments, as they had been developing a Remembrance Day community service learning experience in their Sociology of Aging class, taught by Professor Mary Ann Murphy.

Working on the project with the Ceremonies and Events staff and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 Kelowna, the students help raised awareness on campus about the event with posters and a display in the UBC Okanagan library, and setting up a poppy table with baked goods as a fund-raiser in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Legion. Read more...

Photo gallery from Nov. 8 ceremony

ARAMARK's Community Partnership Featured on CHBC
CHBC broadcaster Mike Roberts was on campus earlier this month to create a four-minute segment on the relationship between ARAMARK Canada Ltd. and the Kelowna District Society for Community Living (KDSCL) here at UBC Okanagan.

KDSCL works with special needs adults in the community with a goal to getting them both life and work experience. Paul Johnson notes that ARAMARK's relationship with the group began three years ago with a call to KDSCL, the same folks who look after recycling on campus, to determine if there was an opportunity for ARAMARK to form a partnership with them.

It has been a great success story. What started as two employees working a combined 16 hours a week has evolved to five employees working 84 hours a week. The segment expects to air on Okanagan Now on CHBC Sunday later this month.

UBC Okanagan Part of Largest-Ever North American Theatre Collaboration

The UBC Okanagan performance (theatre) program has just been selected to participate in North America's largest-ever theatre collaboration -- the 365 DAYS/ 365 PLAYS project, a world-premiere play cycle written by Pulitzer prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.

UBC Okanagan students enrolled in the theatre studio classes taught by professors Virginie Magnat and Neil Cadger next spring will workshop seven short plays written specifically for the festival by the African-American playwright. They will then perform these new plays publicly during the first week of April -- on campus and at the Rotary Center for the Arts in downtown Kelowna. Read more...

UBC Okanagan Men Speak Out Against Violence
On Nov. 28, the White Ribbon Campaign will launch at UBC Okanagan with a series of events highlighting men ending violence toward women. This year's events give students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to participate together in the campaign. Two events to mark on your calendar are the UBC Okanagan White Ribbon Aerial Photo and the Montreal Massacre Memorial Service.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, wear white and join the UBC Okanagan community in the Courtyard at 12 noon. Participants will form into the shape of a white ribbon and a picture will be taken. The White Ribbon Campaign website can be found at

The White Ribbon Campaign concludes Dec. 6 when the university will mark the anniversary of the Montreal massacre. Everyone is invited to attend this memorial service, taking place in the Courtyard from 12 to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to get involved with either event, please contact the Campus Life Office.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 30
Time: 12 noon
Event: White Ribbon photo
Location: Courtyard

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6
Time: 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Event: Memorial Service
Location: Courtyard

Students from UBC's School of Music and the Italian Cuneo Conservatory performed Schumann and Brahms in the Student Services Centre last Friday afternoon. The Music Bridge was the third in this year's Minds and Music series of free matinee concerts. In January, Canadian tenor Ben Heppner will hold a masterclass with Okanagan voice students.

Students' Union Launches Holiday Hamper Project (COUSIN)
At this time of the year there are always people who are less fortunate and in need. Every year the Students' Union runs the Holiday Hampers Program, also known as COUSIN: Caring for Okanagan University Students in Need. The hampers are created specifically for students (and their families) in need. Application forms for hampers are available at the Used Bookstore, located in Room SSC025 on the lower floor of the Student Services Centre by the Deli. They also need volunteers to help compose and organize the hampers. Volunteer sign up sheets are also at the Used Bookstore.

Contributions, time and effort will certainly make a difference for students in need this holiday season. Donations should be non-perishable food items as well as clothing. Cash donations will also be gratefully accepted and will be used to purchase food vouchers at Cooper's Foods. Vouchers can be redeemed to purchase perishable food items.

All donations need to be dropped off at the Used Bookstore by Tuesday, December 12, 2006.

If possible, each hamper should meet the needs of a two- or three-person family for a period of three days. Items in the hamper should supply the main components for three breakfasts, lunches and dinners. This list is a guideline only. Please feel free to substitute or include additional items.

For any inquiries about the project please contact Bobby Chavarie, UBC Students' Union Okanagan Services Coordinator at 807-9285 or

International students Saddy Njie and Jane Lee enjoyed a weekend with a Vernon family this fall. Their homestay through the Vernon Rotary Clubs included a visit to Davison Orchards, a traditional Okanagan family farm.

Homestay Offers Students Family Experience in Vernon

International students a long way from home had a chance to spend some quality time with families in the Vernon area earlier this fall as part of the first-ever UBC Okanagan Rotary homestay program. The UBC Okanagan program is modeled on a similar collaboration now in its 51st year between UBC's Vancouver campus and Penticton Rotary Clubs.

Rotarians Joanne and Dave Weatherill hosted Bachelor of Arts students Jane Lee from South Korea and Saddy Njie from The Gambia for a weekend. The Vernon visit was packed with activities, including an evening hockey game, a family breakfast the following morning, a sailing excursion, a trip to a North Okanagan farm, and a barbecue. Read more...

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
December 6 December 1 (Friday)
December 15 December 12 (Tuesday)
January 10 January 5 (Friday)
November 15, 2006

Fitness Frenzy 2006
WAVES Peer Educators from Campus Health and Wellness invite students, staff, and faculty to attend Fitness Frenzy 2006. UBC Okanagan and community partners will be on hand to highlight fitness opportunities at UBC Okanagan and beyond. Exhibitors include Campus Recreation, Kelowna Family YMCA, and lululemon.

Watch for information, giveaways and prize draws, as well as free demonstration classes throughout the day. For information contact Laura Thompson.

Date: Friday, Nov. 17
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Demonstration Classes: Yoga at 11 a.m.; Karate at 1:30 p.m.; Pilates/Yoga at 1:30 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

UBC Okanagan United Way Spaghetti Dinner

Date: Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Sun Room (Student Services Centre)
Menu: Spaghetti & Meatballs (Vegetarian option available), Caesar Salad, Garlic Toast, Tossed Green Salad, Dessert and Refreshments
Cost: Adults $6 / Students $5 / Children under 12 years $3 / Table of 8 Adults $45 / Table of 8 Students $35
Payment Options: Cash or cheque made out to: United Way

Door Prizes and Entertainment. Tickets available from the Ceremonies Office. Call Erin at 807-9258.

Visit the United Way Campaign web page

Recreation Facility Free Drop-In Day
Have you seen the new cardio fitness centre in the gymnasium? How about the full-circuit indoor walking track now completed around the gym? There's a great chance to explore it all next Thursday, Nov. 23. That day, use of the fitness centre is free, and the Athletics and Recreation Department will hold an official ribbon-cutting in the gym.

Date: Thursday, November 23, 2006
Time: Free Drop-In Day 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and ribbon-cutting at 11a.m. (juice & cookie reception to follow)
Location: Upper floor, UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

International Day of Disabled Persons Film Presentation
UBC Okanagan's Disability Resource Centre and Plan Okanagan present The Ties that Bind, the story of Chris Jordan, a spirited 28-year-old man living with multiple disabilities and fuelled by dreams of independence. His parents set out to create a personal network of caring friends and relatives to support their son in living on his own so that he can survive and flourish long after they have gone. Their preparations are based on the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network model, a delicate and extraordinary process as seen in the film.

Date: Monday, Nov. 27
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: SSC 115

Mark your Calendar -- Flu Shots on Campus Nov. 28
The flu clinic is offered in partnership by UBC Okanagan Human Resources and Campus Health and Wellness. In the interest of protecting employee health and minimizing the potential impact of absenteeism during the flu season, departments can opt to support the cost of flu vaccinations for their staff. See the Human Resources website for more information on how to sponsor staff within your department.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: GYM 027
Cost: $15/person

Symphony Quartet in Next Minds and Music Concert
The UBC Okanagan Minds and Music series of free matinee concerts continues with a feature performance by four members of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 1. The quartet musicians are:
Karen Krout - violin
Sarah Anderson - violin
Ashley Kroecher - viola
Olivia Walsh - cello

Date: Friday, Dec. 1, 2006
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Foyer of the Student Services Centre

International Day of Disabled Persons
Celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons with UBC Okanagan's Disability Resource Centre (DRC). Test your Power Soccer skills, view the film short Always Welcome: The Adventures of Mr. Different, and try voice recognition software. Nominated faculty and staff will be presented with the DRC's 'I'm Accessible' award and the new 'I Am an Ally to Persons with Disabilities' campaign will be revealed. All this plus prizes, giveaways and much more.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

UBC Okanagan Men Speak Out Against Violence
Date: Thursday, Nov. 30
Event: White Ribbon photo
Time: 12 noon
Location: Courtyard
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6

Event: Memorial Service
Time: 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Courtyard

Symposium Speakers Examine Workplace Health
Faculty and staff will hear two compelling keynote speakers during UBC Okanagan's inaugural Health Symposium Feb. 8.

Dr. Graham Lowe's international reputation as an expert on work and organizations is based on his successful 25-year academic career conducting extensive research on a wide range of workplace and labour market issues.

Hugh Culver is an athlete, adventurer, businessman, visionary, and the kind of person who certainly understands the incredible power of being passionate and inspired about your work. Read more...

Pow Wow: An Embrace Diversity Event
UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Student Association invites everyone to join them in celebrating the second annual UBC Okanagan Pow Wow. Experience traditional drumming, singing and dancing -- bring your favourite dish for the potluck feast. There will be arts, crafts, 50/50 raffles and door prizes.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 2
Time: 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Location: Sun Room

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 fifth guest speaker, Michael M'Gonigle, EcoResearch Professor in Environmental Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. Dr. M'Gonigle will speak on the topic: Can (should) the University be an (active) agent of social transformation? Everyone welcome.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 23
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: ARTS 374

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