The A.W. Hunt, QC, Student Emergency Assistance Endowment Fund, established by Anna Hunt-Binkley and Manse Binkley (above), was announced on Thursday morning at UBC Okanagan. Photo: Bud Mortenson

MEDIA RELEASE | December 14, 2006
Binkley Family Gives $100,000 for UBC Okanagan Student Emergency Fund
Students at UBC Okanagan who find themselves facing unanticipated financial adversity will soon have additional resources to turn to. The Binkley family and the employees of their Kelowna business, Harmony Honda, have donated $100,000 to establish the A.W. Hunt QC Student Emergency Assistance Endowment Fund at UBC Okanagan.

The gift was announced Thursday at a ceremony held on the UBC Okanagan campus. Read more...

Vanessa Lavalley, left, a second-year Bachelor of Management student from Calgary who lives on-campus at UBC Okanagan, receives her final exam care package from Residence Coordinator Kim Colangelo. Photo: Bud Mortenson

Gifts from Home as Students Prep for Finals
Students living in residence at UBC Okanagan received an extra bit of encouragement from home as they prepared for final exams this week.

The university is home away from home for about 825 students living in student residence buildings on campus. At the beginning of November, staff at the residence office contacted all the families, offering a $30 exam care package to be delivered just in time for exam week, with $10 per package going to the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign. Read more...

Wright Lecture Opened Distinguished Speaker Series
Nearly 250 people attended a presentation by Ronald Wright on Dec. 6 -- the first-ever Distinguished Speaker Series public lecture hosted by UBC Okanagan at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Wright, a distinguished novelist, essayist and historian, spoke for nearly an hour on what he refers to as "the traps of progress" --human patterns of triumph and disaster in the past and what lessons they hold for the present and future.

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz (AVP Academic and Research) served as master of ceremonies, introducing Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd. She opened the evening with a brief talk about her vision of community sustainability, followed by Wright's lecture and a question-and-answer period. The evening concluded with refreshments and a book-signing by author Wright. The door prize -- an iPod Nano -- was won by Sandra Kochan.

Jurassic Relic Offers Clues to Climate Change Survival
A long-lost tree species will soon begin to tell its 200-million-year-old story at UBC Okanagan, where Prof. Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, is nurturing a grove of baby Wollemi pines (Wollemi nobilis) in her office. Read more in UBC Reports
Susan Murch is nurturing 50 small Wollemi pines in her UBC Okanagan office. Photo: Bud Mortenson

New Tools Help Preserve Old Ways
A video camera and a map. In the right hands, they're tools for nation-building. Over the past eight years UBC Okanagan Geography Professor Jon Corbett has trained people in many remote indigenous communities -- from Indonesia, the Philippines, the Australian outback, and more recently on Vancouver Island -- to use digital multimedia and mapping tools. The effect in some cases has been profound. Read more in UBC Reports

Video recording and digital mapping tools are being used by many indigenous communities document and communicate their culture, language, history and traditional ecological knowledge. Photo: Jon Corbett

Phase 2 Residence Construction Begins
Work has begun on the second phase of residence construction on campus. A strategy to minimize inconvenience to campus users and campus residents is being prepared for initiation early in January. Contact Carrol Pidhaichuk with any questions or concerns at or 807-8560.

Visit the UBC Okanagan Health Symposium Website
The UBC Okanagan Health Symposium website has been launched. It's full of information about the Feb. 8 event. You'll find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), plenty of information about the symposium's two keynote speakers, Hugh Culver and Graham Lowe, and a list of partners who have helping to make the symposium possible.

Online registration for the Health Symposium will be available soon.

Visit the symposium website

Volunteers and health enthusiasts who want to be part of this exciting initiative are encouraged to contact Shawn Swallow at 807-9223 for information on how to join the volunteer team.

New UBC / BCGEU Collective Agreement Available
Hot off the press! The new Collective Agreement, covering the period July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2010 is printed, bound and now available to the membership. BCGEU members are asked to come pick up a copy of the agreement at Human Resources trailer PBN. One copy per member, please.

UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update on Web
James and Shirley-Anne Eccott of Kelowna donated $250,000 this year to
establish a Learning Exchange at UBC Okanagan. Inspired by their gift,
Kelowna law firm Petraroia Langford Rush LLP donated $5,000. The UBC
Okanagan Learning Exchange will be developed to respond to the needs,
interests, and opportunities in the Okanagan context. Check the UBC Learning
Exchange's annual update for lots more information about the UBC Learning Exchange and the next phases of this extraordinary program in Vancouver and soon right here at UBC Okanagan.

Read the annual update PDF newsletter...

Ethics Letters Earn High Marks for Our Anthropology Students
An anthropology student from UBC Okanagan wrote the highest-ranked letter in a recent international letter-writing competition designed to promote an awareness of the importance of ethics.

A total of 565 letters -- asking anthropology department chairs to give ethics a higher profile in their programs, as well as offer more ethics courses -- were evaluated for content, presentation, professionalism, and strength of argument. Anthropology students from UBC Okanagan, the University of Hawaii Pacific, Florida State, and other universities from the U.S. and Canada took part, with their letters posted on the Yanomami Community Action site.

Other UBC Okanagan students also placed third, seventh, and eighth in the top eight letters.

UBC Okanagan anthropology students placed first in a similar letter-writing exercise last spring and will again be throwing down the gauntlet in the upcoming Winter term, when 160 first-year students will be competing for top honours with 14 universities from across the United States.

"I Am Accessible" Faculty Awards Presented
The Disability Resource Centre's first-annual awards were presented to faculty on Nov. 29 -- Celebrating the International Day of Disabled Persons. Professors John Wagner and Naomi McPherson received the inaugural "I Am Accessible" Faculty Awards.

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December 15, 2006

Deputy Vice Chancellor Town Hall Meeting

Meeting the Challenge
Fulfilling the Vision

Dr. Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor, will share his thoughts and plans for turning the vision of UBC Okanagan into a reality and will outline the priorities for the 2006/2007 year with UBC Okanagan faculty and staff.

Date: January 5, 2007
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Place: SSC 026 Lecture Theatre, UBC Okanagan
Question period to follow.

Gathering Women Researchers
This colloquium of UBC Okanagan women researchers is a response to the UBC Okanagan Academic Plan that notes our responsibility "to provide ample time for reflection and debate." The Colloquium gives us an opportunity to present our research and how it "aligns" with our teaching, providing a forum for a cross-fertilization of ideas, reflection and collaboration.

Participants will present current research projects at a variety of stages. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the exchange of ideas. Moderated by Naomi McPherson, Community, Culture and Global Studies, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Presenter: Jennifer Gustar, Creative & Critical Studies: History's Transition: An IGS Symposium
: Wednesday, Jan. 10
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 372

Presenter: Sandra Peacock, Anthropology: From Complex to Simple: Balsamroot and the Chemistry of Traditional Plateau Pit-Cooking Technology
: Wednesday, Jan. 24
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 372

Presenter: Manuela Ungureanu, Philosophy: Literacy and the Social Nature of Language
: Wednesday, Feb. 14
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 372

Presenter: Carolyn MacHardy, Art History: Copper and Silver: Documenting 'Old Paris' ca 1900
: Wednesday, Feb. 28
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 372

Presenter: Robin Dods, Anthropology: Ancient Pyrotechnology and the Shaping of Cultural Landscapes
: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 372

Presenter: Sylvie Zebroff, Disabilities Health Research Network: Myths, Manners and Methods -- Sexual Health Education for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 372

Free Matinee Event: Okanagan Symphony Rehearsal Workshop
For the second time this season the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra offers an opportunity to see a symphony rehearsal. Preparing for its January concert series with conductor Pierre Simard in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton, the symphony's rehearsal at UBC Okanagan will include J.S. Bach's Concerto #3 with harpsichord continuo.

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

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Foyer of the Student Services Building

Minds and Music Special Event: Ben Heppner Master Class
Dramatic tenor Ben Heppner -- one of the world's masters -- leads a master class with the Okanagan's up-and-coming vocal talents in an unique, interactive presentation at Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Tickets must be purchased through TicketMaster, and will be available for purchase soon.

- $15 for passive participants (reserved seats up front)
- $10 for theatre seating
- Students with UBC Okanagan Student ID can order tickets at no charge, but you must have a ticket to attend.

Date: Monday, January 15, 2007
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Mary Irwin Theatre -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna, B.C.

Research Seminar
Intervention Effectiveness Research using Practitioner-Researcher Collaboration
Dr. Michèle Preyde of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph is a candidate for UBC Okanagan's Faculty Health and Social Development.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 21
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: ARTS 114

Creating a Developmental Performance Support Process
Organizational Development and Learning is pleased to provide a workshop on Performance Management for managers. If you are currently working on developing your team and know that introducing a supportive Performance Management process focused on staff performance through people development is the way to go, this is the workshop for you. For more information, contact Laura Thurnheer, UBC Okanagan Organization Development & Learning Consultant, local 78623.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 16
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Instructors: Julie Stockton and Erna Haage (ODL)
Location: TBA
Registration: Yvonne Novak, local 78624

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Teaching Squares
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

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

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

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

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