From left, Jackie Podger (Assoc. Director, Human Resources), Gord Gibbs, Russell Currie (Acting Dean, Management), Bonnie Bates Gibbs (Assoc. Director, Public Affairs), Mike Podger, Gwen Zilm (AVP Learning Resources), Alaa Abd-El-Aziz (AVP Academic & Research), 2007 Chamber President Laura Thurnheer (Organizational Development and Learning Consultant, Human Resources) , Paul Lagrange (Director, Development), Marla O'Brien (Major Gifts Officer, Development), and Valerie Abd-El-Aziz.

New Kelowna Chamber President from UBC Okanagan
For the next year, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will be led by Laura Thurnheer, an Organizational Development and Learning Consultant with UBC Okanagan's Human Resources Department.

Friends and co-workers were on hand to congratulate Laura at her installation as Chamber president during the Presidents' Dinner at the Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort & Conference Centre on November 30.

Health Symposium: Plenty to Try on Feb. 8
Be sure to register early for the Feb. 8 Health Symposium for UBC Okanagan faculty and staff. Online registration is easy and quick -- just visit:

The day will present plenty of opportunities to learn more about healthy living and healthy workplace practices. Here's a glance at the breakout sessions:

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
1a) Graham Lowe Interactive Session
1b) Reclaiming the Clock
1c) Top 20 Power Foods
1d) Creating Wellness through Coaching

12:45 - 2 p.m.
2a) Graham Lowe Interactive Session
2b) Facing the Tiger
2c) Meditation in Motion - An Introduction to Kripalu Yoga
2d) Awareness of Workplace Mental Health


MEDIA RELEASE | January 9, 2007
Short Fiction Contest Open to All Southern Interior Writers

The 9th-annual Okanagan Short Fiction Contest is expanding its boundaries. Formerly, only writers from the Okanagan Valley were eligible to submit entries, but the 2007 contest is now open to anyone living in B.C.'s Southern Interior, within the listening area of CBC Radio One from Kelowna. This includes all residents west of the Alberta border, south of William's Lake, east of Hope and north of the U.S. border.

Writers have until March 16, 2007, to submit short stories for the Okanagan Short Fiction Contest, sponsored by Okanagan College, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the Central Okanagan Foundation.

More information...

MEDIA RELEASE | January 8, 2007
Original Artwork for 110 Lucky 'Art On the Line' Supporters
Who will be among the lucky 110 people to purchase tickets to this year's Art On the Line gala fund-raiser for UBC Okanagan's visual arts programs?

Each $150 ticket to the Feb. 3 gala evening admits up to two people and entitles the ticket holder to take home one original, juried art piece, and enjoy appetizers and live entertainment. For those who would like to attend the event without a ticket, there will be a $5 charge at the door (starting at 6 p.m.).


Open Letter from UBC President Stephen Toope
The following letter was published in the Kelowna Daily Courier on Dec. 20, 2006.

A recent referendum decision by the student union on the UBC Okanagan campus resulted in the denial of club status for an advocacy group whose opinions are at odds with the majority of students. That decision has raised fundamental issues, on the one side, of the university's commitment to free speech and on the other of the long tradition of student government autonomy.

I want to emphasize that the decision taken involved club status only, and does not in any way imply that such views are banned from UBC's campuses. UBC remains committed to the free expression of ideas and encourages members of the community to engage in full and open discussion of ideas, popular or not.

Prof. Stephen Toope
President, The University of British Columbia

Faculty Sought to Judge CanSpell Spelling Bee Feb. 24
The 2007 CanSpell Spelling Bee will be held in Kelowna for the first time on February 24, 2007. The event is one of 21 regional competitions across Canada, and has participation from 43 schools (Grades 4 to 8) from throughout the Okanagan and Kootenays. Winners of this regional competition go on to the national spelling bee.

CanSpell seeks four UBC Okanagan faculty members willing to volunteer as the official pronouncer (presenting the words for each student) and as judges. The time commitment would include a brief meeting in the weeks prior to the CanSpell event, and attending the afternoon event (it starts at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Rotary Centre for the Arts).

If you are interested in being part of this exciting experience, please contact Bud Mortenson at 79255.

For much more information -- including a video that shows a CanSpell event in action -- visit

Research Assistance Program Offer to Students
Starting Jan. 17, the UBC Okanagan Library and the Centre for Teaching and Learning will be offering RAP: Research Assistance Program, a weekly series of workshops designed to assist students in improving their research and presentation skills.

Sessions being offered include Internet Tools for Collaborating on Assignments, Researching in your Pajamas, PowerPoint for Beginners, Bibliographies Made Easy with RefWorks, and 'What Do you Mean I Can't Use Wikipedia?'.

There will also be workshops on presentation skills, the PubMed database, MS Word, and APA and MLA citation styles. Faculty are requested to promote this series on smart research skills to their students.

For more information and to register, go to the Library website.

Blood Donor Clinic Coming to UBC Okanagan
When: Thursday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

Did you know that UBC Okanagan is a member of the Partners for Life program? During 2006, staff and faculty provided a total of 135 donations, and since each donation can save or improve the lives of up to three people, that's 405 hospital patients whose lives were either directly saved, or improved because of you!

As of January 2007, the UBC Okanagan Partners for Life donations, along with the rest of the community's organizations, will be set back to zero. With a clinic being open at the gym of the university, this is a convenient and great way for staff and faculty to start off their new year's numbers. Come in as a group, or with the students and show the community that you care.

Quick Tips:
To donate you have to be at least 110 lbs, in good general health and feeling well. You should have had something to eat, and be well hydrated.

Go Global Student Enjoying Japan Exchange

Emily Laninga, a 25-year-old UBC Okanagan anthropology student, is in her first term at one of UBC's closest academic partners, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

"You are in such a busy city yet you can go for a short train ride or go to a nearby temple or shrine and be lost in your own little world where you can be away from the city and still be in it at the same time," Emily reports.

Emily has posted a blog about her Go Global experiences so far (with lots of photos and reports from other students also on exchange at Ritsumeikan).


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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.

Funds from ticket sales for this special Minds and Music event will go toward the purchase of a baby grand piano.

The 1988 winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions, Heppner began his musical studies at the UBC School of Music. He has won a Grammy Award and several Juno Awards, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Bring your own lunch to this exciting matinee musical experience.

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

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased through the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 421 Cawston Ave. -- Phone 250.717.5304.

Photo by Marty Umans

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 researchers an opportunity to present their research and how it "aligns" with their 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 & Sciences.

Presenter: Jennifer Gustar, Creative & Critical Studies: History's Transition: An IGS Symposium
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Time: 2 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
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ARTS 372

Full list of presentations...

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

Gender Identity Art Exhibited at Fina Gallery
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan presents an art exhibition by UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts degree candidate Susan Brandoli.

The exhibition is open to the public, and will take place at the Fina Gallery in the Fine Arts and Health Building this week through Jan. 17. The gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

In this multidisciplinary exhibition, symbolic references to the body are shown in relation to various aspects of gender identity.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Gary Pearson at 79775, or Susan Brandoli at 250.308.1906

Research Seminars
Dr. Barbara Pesut, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Faculty of Nursing, Trinity Western University, is a candidate for UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Health and Social Development. The title of her seminar is "From Personal to Professional: Conceptualizations and Cautions in the Call to Spiritual Care".

Date: Thursday, Jan. 11
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: ARTS 103

Dr. Stefania Maggi, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and Associate Director, Centre for Early Education and Development Studies, Thompson Rivers University, is a candidate for UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Health and Social Development. The title of her seminar is "Early determinants of health vulnerability throughout the lifespan."

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: ARTS 370

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 and Learning Consultant, local 78623.

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

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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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