Terry Flannigan, chair of this year's UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign, was very pleased to see the official thermometer of success soar beyond the campaign's $30,000 goal this week. Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President, Learning Services, was on hand to help mark the occasion -- she organized Friday afternoon's thank-you celebration.

On-Campus United Way Campaign Surpasses Goal
UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign Chair Terry Flannigan announced Friday that this year's $30,000 fund-raising goal been surpassed, with the total currently at $36,500.

Flannigan broke the good news during the campaign committee's volunteer and donor thank-you event Friday afternoon in the foyer of the Student Services Building. Coffee and cookies were served and students from Kelowna Community School's Youth Choir provided entertainment. One of the final official fund-raisers this year was the very popular Nov. 23 spaghetti dinner.

Learn more about the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign

Learn more about the Central and South Okanagan-Similkameen United Way Campaign

Author Ronald Wright Speaks Tonight: You're Invited
Ronald Wright, a novelist, essayist and historian whose bestselling works include Stolen Continents and A Short History of Progress, is the first speaker to be featured in UBC Okanagan's new Distinguished Speaker Series of public lectures.

Wright's presentation in Kelowna tonight (7 p.m., Dec. 6) is entitled "The Traps of Progress". He will explore human patterns of triumph and disaster in the past and what lessons they hold for the present and future.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, in the Rotary Centre for the Arts' Mary Irwin Theatre, 421 Cawston Avenue in downtown Kelowna. Read more...

U-Pass Wins Student Approval
A U-Pass program for UBC Okanagan was approved by a 53 per cent majority of voting students during a Students' Union referendum last week. The program will be implemented in September 2007, and will provide students with bus passes at a reduced rate of $50 per term. As part of its sustainability mandate, UBC Okanagan is also providing a 50 per cent subsidy off the cost of U-Pass in its first semester of implementation, a 25 per cent subsidy in its second semester of implementation, and a 10 per cent subsidy thereafter for the duration of the program, which brings the total ongoing cost of U-Pass down to $45 per student per semester, or $11.25 per month.

The U-Pass program is intended to reduce traffic to and from campus, while increasing access to public transportation. This will reduce the need for more parking as enrolment grows.

For the latest about UBC Okanagan transportation choices visit the Trek website.

Flyover Construction Begins
Preloading of the overpass site on both sides of Highway 97 has begun. Work will be carried out from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. The work is not expected to inconvenience UBC Okanagan campus users in the foreseeable future.

The visionary trio responsible for establishing the Gymnasium's new Cardio Fitness Theatre participated in the official ribbon cutting on Nov. 23. From left: Ian Cull, AVP Students, Aidan Kiernan, AVP Operations, and Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation.

Cardio Fitness Theatre Officially Opened
Getting a great indoor workout on campus has never been this convenient or entertaining. A new Cardio Fitness Theatre on the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium's upper mezzanine offers a variety of fitness equipment, from treadmills to rowing machines -- and thanks to Student Services, the facility offers two flat-screen televisions that can be controlled from the exercise equipment.

The facility was officially opened on Nov. 23 with a ribbon cutting attended by faculty, students and staff, with DVC Doug Owram, AVP Students Ian Cull, AVP Operations Aidan Kiernan, and Athletics and Recreation Director Rob Johnson representing the departments that contributed to the creation of the Cardio Fitness Theatre.

"Providing recreation capacity on our campus is one of the highest priorities for us," said Ian Cull, who recognized Aidan Kiernan for his vision and commitment to students in making the facility a reality.

Nursing Students Examine HIV Infection
Fourth-year nursing students Sabrina Lefebvre, Robyn Sikorski, Giselle Reyes and Annette Alliksaar recently completed a project looking at HIV testing, learning along the way that approximately 27 per cent of the 58,000 Canadians living with HIV infection are unaware of their status. Their examination of the issue was very timely, with last Friday, Dec. 1, designated World AIDS Day.

In the Interior Health region, infection rates are estimated to be 3.1 per 100,000 people. In 2003, heterosexual women ages 15 to 29 represented 41 percent of all AIDS diagnoses in Canada -- an increase from 9.8 per cent in 1994 (LPRC, 2006).

In September, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that HIV testing be included as a routine part of medical care. HIV/STD testing is available to UBC Okanagan students on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in SSC 006. It takes only about 10 minutes to get tested but the results can affect a lifetime.

IT Services Reminder: Computer Upgrades
If you haven't done so already, visit the IT Services lease website to find out if your computer is eligible for an upgrade in this year's replacement cycle. In the future, all lease replacements will be done via this website.

UBC Travel Management Program
Effective Nov. 30, 2006, HRG (formerly BTI Travel) no longer has a contract to handle travel services for UBC. Two travel agents have been selected to provide travel services: North South Travel and Tours & Vision 2000 Travel Group. Anyone with questions regarding the selection of agencies is invited to contact Connie Fabro, Travel Manager, at 822-5878 or connie.fabro@ubc.ca.

Complete information on both companies is available at www.travel.ubc.ca. Should you wish to book your travel with either Vision 2000 or North South, you can contact them directly or fill out a profile on their respective websites.

Bookstore Buy-Back Hours
The UBC Okanagan Bookstore will buy back textbooks December 11-15 and January 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday Hamper Project Donations Needed by Dec. 12
Donations of food, clothing and cash are needed within the next week for the Students' Union Holiday Hampers Program -- known as COUSIN: Caring for Okanagan University Students in Need. The hampers are created specifically for students (and their families) in need. 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.

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, Room SSC025, by next Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006.

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

Major B.C.'s CCAA Athlete of the Month

UBC Okanagan fourth-year student Chris Major has been selected as the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association's (CCAA) B.C. athlete of the month. Major has been instrumental in the success of the Lakers men's volleyball team. A proven leader and apt volleyball player, he reads the game efficiently, plays very well positionally and has exceptional ball handling and passing skills.

A former All Canadian, Major quickly established himself as a premier college setter and one of the most feared servers in the BCCAA, serving 14 aces in only five matches (15 games) and his opponents have only passed a total of 1.5 (average) against his serve. His passion and dedication to the game make Chris a valuable asset to his team at this level.

Read more from the CCAA Announcement

AVP Academic & Research Update
Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, AVP Academic and Research, has established an Academic Council, comprised of himself, Dr. Doug Owram (DVC), UBC Okanagan deans, associate deans, and directors.

An Academic Liaison Officer, Dr. Marianne Legault, has been appointed to liaise between the Academic Council, students, staff and faculty members. For more information, visit the AVP Academic & Research Update.

The Office of the AVP Academic & Research welcomes Gail Donhauser as the newest member of the administrative team. Gail can be reached at 807-8139 or avp-ar.receptionist@ubc.ca.

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.

Originally from Korea, Soo Hee Han is a third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts student. Getting out and enjoying the multitude of experiences that Kelowna has to offer is Soo Hee's favourite part of attending UBC Okanagan. She emphasizes that studying is extremely important, but so is having fun. She advises new students to go out and try something different like horseback riding or snowshoeing while taking in the beautiful scenery. While she did encounter some trouble adjusting to life in Kelowna initially, she believes that this kind of experience helped to sculpt her as a better person. And whenever she's needed help with improving her English, there have always been friends and professors to help her out.

Exchange Your Information
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December 6, 2006

Men against violence against women wore white ribbons and helped spread the word on campus during national White Ribbon Day last Thursday.

Montreal Massacre Memorial
The UBC Okanagan White Ribbon Campaign concludes today, December 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 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please contact the Campus Life Office.

Date: Today (Wed., Dec. 6)
Event: Memorial Service
Time: 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Courtyard

Deputy Vice Chancellor's Holiday Reception
Celebrate the holidays in style with wonderful food, live music and holiday cheer. RSVP your attendance by Friday, Dec. 8, to Erin Podmorrow.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 13
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Sun Room, Student Services Centre

The Kelowna Community Music School Faculty Quartet performed in the Student Services Centre last Friday afternoon, playing pieces by Handel, Vivaldi and Bach. The concert was a listening and singing experience with those in attendance adding their voices to favourites of the season that included The First Noel and Joy to the World. -- Photo by Regan Truscott

Symphony Returns Jan. 11 for Rehearsal Workshop
For the second time this season the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) offers an opportunity to experience a symphony rehearsal as part of the Minds and Music series at UBC Okanagan.

Preparing for its January concerts in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton, the OSO and conductor Pierre Simard will rehearse a variety of pieces including Bach's Concerto #3 with harpsichord continuo.

Bring your lunch and enjoy the experience. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Foyer of the Student Services Building

Health Symposium at UBC Okanagan Feb. 8
Faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver campus took in their fourth-annual UBC Health Symposium last Wednesday -- a day full of activities at the Point Grey campus Life Sciences Institute. The UBC Okanagan Health Symposium, set for Thursday, Feb. 8, will take place right here on the Kelowna campus, coordinated by Leanne Bilodeau, Health Symposium Project Lead, Human Resources.

Entitled "Moving Forward -- creating a community of wellness and excellence," the UBC Okanagan 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.

To join the growing team of volunteers, please contact Shawn Swallow, Symposium Advisory Committee Member and Volunteer Lead at 807.9223 or shawn.swallow@ubc.ca.

More information is available on the UBC Okanagan Health Symposium.

Research Seminars
These research seminars are open to students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Amedeo D'Anguilli of the Centre for Early Education and Development Studies at Thompson Rivers University is a candidate for UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Education. The title of his seminar is "Is school gonna be cool? What could the Learning Sciences offer (that would really work) in the B.C. Interior?"

Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Library 306

Rina Bonanno of the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education at UBC Vancouver is a candidate for UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Education. The title of her seminar is "Bullying in Schools: Prevalence, Processes and Outcomes".

Date: Monday, Dec. 11
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Library 312

Understanding Human Rights in B.C.
Marie Molloy, Human Rights & Equity Advisor, will provide a workshop on the topic Understanding Human Rights in British Columbia. Seating is limited -- please register before December 8.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 12
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: SSC 102 (please enter through the main hallway)
Registration: 807-9291 or marie.molloy@ubc.ca

Celebrating Differences, Embracing Diversity Seminar
The first cluster in the Diversity Seminars is offered free of charge to staff and faculty and includes Aboriginal Cultural Awareness (Bernie Marchand-Brown, Aboriginal Programs & Services), Anti-Hate Response (Marie Molloy, Human Rights & Equity Services) and Disability/Ability Awareness (Jess Roebuck, Disability Resource Centre). Seating is limited -- please register before December 8.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 14
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: SSC 102 (please enter through the main hallway)
Registration: 807-9291 or marie.molloy@ubc.ca

Centre for Teaching and Learning -- Workshops
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Teaching Squares: Program Registration Closes Dec. 15
The Teaching Squares initiative at UBC Okanagan celebrates teaching excellence, builds communities of practice, and aims to enhance teaching and learning through a structured process of classroom observation, reflection, discussion and plan for renewal.

Registration for this program closes Dec. 15, and the first meeting of the group will be on Jan. 11.

Find out more from Peter Arthur or Heather Marshall at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Peer Mentoring Lunch
Grading Practices will be the focus of this session. Mentors and their partners will have an opportunity to share best practice.

Date: Jan. 11, 2007
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: TBA
Registration: Register for this workshop

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community of Practice
This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss local SoTL research projects and possible cross-disciplinary collaborations. Provide input on new ways to support teaching and learning innovation. Some institutions have created teaching innovation funds, while others have created teaching chairs or SoTL Institutes. What would work best for UBC Okanagan?

Date: Jan. 19, 2007
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room

Clicker Presentation
Clickers: What are they and who's using them?

Date: Jan. 15, 2007
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: TBA

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