Building UBC Okanagan

Facilities Management extends an invitation to the UBC Okanagan community to attend a presentation providing information on the Campus build-out to 2010.

Date: Monday, Feb. 5
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: SSC 026

New Smoking Policy Adopted
The University of British Columbia Okanagan has adopted a progressive interim Smoking Policy and Procedure. This student-driven initiative is another example of UBC Okanagan's commitment to healthier campus environments for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Objectives of the new policy include:

  • reduction of exposure to second-hand smoke while respecting the security needs of those who smoke
  • decrease in the visibility of smoking so that fewer students are recruited into a smoking lifestyle
  • reduction of smoking litter

Effective immediately, smoking on campus is restricted to the gazebos. Please visit for full policy details.

Research Assistance Program Offered 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, Microsoft Word, and American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (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.

Two Faculty Sought to Judge CanSpell Spelling Bee Feb. 24
The 2007 CanSpell Spelling Bee will be held in Kelowna for the first time on Feb. 24, 2007. Two faculty members have volunteered as pronouncer and judge, and two more judges are needed. 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.

The time commitment for the volunteer judges 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 807-9255. For much more information -- including a video that shows a CanSpell event in action -- visit

Great Canadian Smoke Out -- A Challenge for the Entire UBC Okanagan Community
We challenge you to reduce your tobacco use or commit to staying tobacco free! It is as easy as that and everyone on campus can enter! Start day was Jan. 24 (Weedless Wednesday). All competitors will receive ongoing support and supplies from Health and Wellness.

Enter by visiting the Health and Wellness Centre (SSC006) or stop by one of the Great Canadian Smoke Out booths (Student Services Centre foyer) for an entry form. You'll also need an accountability partner to be a witness to your "tobacco free-ness." It should be someone close to you or someone who lives with you. Visit the website for more information.

A Message to UBC Okanagan Faculty and Staff
from the AVP, Human Resources

UBC Okanagan is hosting its inaugural Health Symposium:
Moving forward -- creating a community of wellness and excellence

The Health Symposium, a complimentary day for all UBC Okanagan faculty and staff, is a time set aside for the community to come together to learn about strategies to support personal and workplace health, and to discover how healthy cultures are created and sustained.

Leading experts will provide opportunities for you to explore topics such as how to create the foundations of a healthy culture, how to reclaim your time, how to achieve wellness thorough coaching and many more. Whether you choose to participate in a session concerning mental health issues in the workplace, browse the health fair exhibitor tradeshow or experience an introductory Kripalu Yoga session, we are certain you will enjoy your experience and leave with valuable information and tools.

The Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various venues on campus.

Recently named one of B.C.'s Top 30 Employers (visit the website), UBC is committed to continuing to develop a healthy workplace environment. The UBC Okanagan Health Symposium is an expression of that commitment. We encourage everyone to participate by attending the activities where operations allow, creating flexibility to facilitate the attendance of as many people as possible.

For more information about our Health Symposium and to register, visit the site or contact Leanne Bilodeau, or call 78938. Seats in many sessions are limited, so register early.

Lisa Castle
AVP, Human Resources

Register online



Leading Dinosaur Expert is UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Feb. 13
One of the world's leading paleontologists will speak in Kelowna on February 13 as featured guest in UBC Okanagan's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Dr. Phil Currie is a professor at the University of Alberta and former director of dinosaur research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. His presentation will cover the latest dinosaur discoveries and explore controversies in dinosaur studies.

Best known for his work with specimens collected in the fossil beds of Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park and China's Gobi Desert, Dr. Currie has conducted field research on several continents and was co-leader of the largest dinosaur expedition ever undertaken -- the Canada-China Dinosaur Project.

His public presentation is at the Rotary Centre for the Arts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Tickets are free -- information about ticket availability will be provided shortly.

Event: UBC Okanagan's Distinguished Speaker Series
Dr. Phil Currie -- Controversies in Dinosaur Studies

Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Mary Irwin Theatre
421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna


  • Capilano College Singers in Concert
    Lars Kaario directs the Capilano College Singers in a matinee performance at UBC Okanagan. Bring your lunch and enjoy this very popular choral group.

    The Capilano College Singers have been invited to sing throughout the province of British Columbia, giving concerts and workshops. They performed at the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors' 1996 National Symposium in Quebec City and toured Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in the summer of 2005.

    Date: Friday, Feb. 9, 2007
    Time: 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Foyer of the Student Services Centre
  • Jazz Improvisations from Bach to Goldberg
    Stu Goldberg -- solo piano recital and lecture

    Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007
    Time: 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Foyer of the Student Services Centre
    More information on Stu Goldberg visit his website.

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

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

Full list of presentations...


  • The Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology Unit of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences presents guest speaker Dr. Daiva Stasiulus, a sociologist from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Carleton University. Dr. Stasiulus will speak on the topic "Recasting the Social in the Migration-Citizen Nexus." Everyone welcome!

    Date: Thursday, Jan 25
    Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: ARTS 312

  • Dr. G. (Joe) Mazza, Principal Food and Bioscience Research Scientist at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Summerland will be giving a research seminar entitled "Bioactivity, Absorption and Metabolism of Flavonoids." Dr. Mazza is a world-renowned food scientist who holds several patents, has authored over 160 peer-reviewed research articles, a number of critical reviews, over 25 book chapters and four books. This presentation will address recent advances in research; results from recent human trials on absorption and metabolism of anthocyanins will also be presented and discussed.

    Date: Thursday, Feb. 1
    Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
    Location: LIB 312

  • Ms. Eunjung Lee, Therapist, Surrey Memorial Hospital Outpatient Psychotherapy Program and Shared Care Program, is a candidate for UBC Okanagan's Faculty Health and Social Development -- School of Social Work. The title of her seminar is "Cultural Competence In Psychotherapy Process: Impacts of Cross-Cultural Dialogues In Therapy on Alliance."

    Date: Friday, Feb. 1
    Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
    Location: ARTS 103

  • Dr. Gregory Anderson, Chair, Kinesiology and Physical Education, University College of the Fraser Valley, is a candidate for UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Health and Social Development -- Human Kinetics. The title of his seminar is "The Use of Unstable Surfaces for Training and Rehabilitation."

    Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6
    Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
    Location: ARTS 103

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New Staff Member
Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Associate Vice President, Academic and Research, is pleased to welcome Jaime McCormick to the staff of the Associate Vice President, Academic and Research Office. Jaime joined the AVP A&R office on January 15, 2007, in the role of Executive Assistant -- Academic and is responsible for all academic interactions within the AVP, Academic and Research Office.

Jaime moved to the Okanagan from Regina, Saskatchewan, joining the staff of UBC Okanagan as a Unit Assistant in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences in 2005. She brings with her eight years' experience with the Government of Saskatchewan.

International Student Snapshot
The beautiful setting and innovative programming of UBC Okanagan attracts students from around the world. In this occasional feature, we introduce some of the international students enriching UBC Okanagan campus life.

Pooja Kamboj of India is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Before she arrived in Kelowna, Pooja Kamboj thought UBC Okanagan would be a very isolated place, but after visiting campus for the first time, she was glad to see that there were a lot of friendly people. She loves the small class sizes, which make it easy to get individual attention from professors and meet new people. Pooja encourages students to volunteer on campus, since volunteering for campus health taught her a lot about different cultures and promoting a safer and healthier university environment. Her experiences at UBC Okanagan have taught her how to balance her life in every sphere, develop good time management skills and, above all, gain a strong sense of responsibility.

Volunteers Needed for International Women's Day Celebration
Campus community members are invited to contact Marie Molloy to sign up as volunteers for the International Women's Day Celebration at UBC Okanagan, to take place on Thursday, March 8, 2007. Volunteers will be contacted in February to determine how they may contribute.

Interested individuals may contact Marie by email at or by phone 807-9291.

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

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Check out the continuing series listings:

Expert Speaker: Glacial Lake Agassiz and the Colossal Paleoflood
The Late Pleistocene's Lake Agassiz, centred over Manitoba, was the largest glacial lake in North America. About 11,200 years ago, an arm of the lake extended into northwestern Saskatchewan, setting the stage for a colossal flood that was about to impact northeast Alberta, and the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans.

Renowned expert on the topic, Dr. Derald Smith, a professor with the University of Calgary's Department of Geography, is visiting UBC Okanagan on Jan. 26 to present a talk on the Northern outburst of glacial Lake Agassiz.

Students and the public are welcome.

Date: Friday, Jan. 26
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Science Building Room SCI 333

Have a Say in Your Library
From Jan. 29 to Feb. 18, members of the UBC Okanagan community will have the opportunity to provide their feedback regarding the services and resources provided by the UBC Okanagan Library. All faculty and students are encouraged to participate in the confidential online survey (LibQUAL+TM) and will receive an e-mail inviting them to do so on Jan. 29. For more information, visit the website or phone 807-9109. So, go ahead, take LibQUAL+.

Climate Change Action Week
Find out what you can do to help curb climate change during this week of action and awareness activities. All events are free of charge.

Information Booth -- Find out what you can do to help save our environment!
: Monday, Jan. 29 to Thursday, Feb. 1
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

Event: Film Screening -- An Inconvenient Truth
: Tuesday, Jan. 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: ART 366

Event: Film Screening -- An Inconvenient Truth
: Wednesday, Jan. 31
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: SSC 026

Event: Lecture -- Climate Change in British Columbia
Presenter: Dr. Ian Walker offers a palaeoenvironmental perspective
: Wednesday, Jan. 31
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Well -- Come find out what's happening in your own backyard!

Event: Polar Bear Swim -- The Arctic shelf ice is dwindling and polar bears are paying the price with their lives. Show your support for our cold weather friends with a wintry dip in Wood Lake! Transportation, hot showers and towel service will be provided to all participants.
: Friday, Feb. 2
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Gymnasium

Travel Presentation
Are you a traveller or travel arranger (incoming or outgoing)? An administrator overseeing travel budgets? Do you book off-site meetings? Then you should attend this fun and informative presentation designed to bring you up to date on all the new and enhanced contracts and services available to UBC travellers, including information on the significant savings associated with the new Air Canada Corporate Pass.

North South Travel and Vision 2000 Travel Group will present an entertaining and interactive session on "The Real Reasons You Should Utilize UBC Contracted Travel Agencies." You'll also have a chance to win a three-day rental with Budget Rent-A-Car and one night's accommodation plus breakfast at the beautiful Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver. Refreshments and goodies will be available at the info session.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 1
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: LIB 305

Building Health Research Capacity in BC: Utilization, Integration and Access to Health Data
On Feb. 1 and 2, the B.C. Network on Aging Research is hosting an event to discuss administrative health databases and how they are being used to conduct research in British Columbia. This is an opportunity to hear some of the leading experts critically discuss innovative models, design issues, and the various challenges of data systems in British Columbia. The goal of the forum is to enhance health research capacity in B.C. All participants will be provided with the opportunity to put forward recommendations that will assist in the future development of health data initiatives in B.C.

Take part by watching this event in real time, either at one of the two locations below or at your own computer by webcast. (QuickTime is needed for viewing -- free download).

For more information and the full list of sessions, visit the BCNAR website to download the Conference Brochure PDF.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 1
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Webcast viewing at SSC Videoconference Centre

Date: Friday, Feb. 2
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Webcast viewing at LIB 305

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UBC Okanagan will host its first OutWeek from Feb. 12 to 16. Support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) community on campus, learn about LGTBQ resources in the Okanagan, and discover what allies can do to make UBC Okanagan a welcoming environment. All events are free of charge.

Information Booths
Dates: Monday, Feb. 12 to Friday, Feb. 16
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

Event: Presentation by Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Mark Tewksbury, covering important themes about working for social change, leaving one's mark, and creating a legacy.
: Tuesday, Feb. 13
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium

Event: OutWeek Reading, featuring Billeh Nickerson, Anne Fleming and others
: Thursday, Feb. 15
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

Event: Creating Healthy Queer Relationships: After the Honeymoon -- Healthy Communication and Problem Solving
Date: Thursday, Feb. 15
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Kalamalka Residence Building, City Home 123

Peer Mentoring -- Triad Coaching
Organizational Development and Learning is pleased to provide an information session on Triad Coaching. If you are interested in learning more about forming a peer mentoring coaching triangle with two of your peers, come on out to hear 'how to make it work' from Erna Haage, Head of UBC Coaching Services. For more information, contact Laura Thurnheer, UBC Okanagan Organizational Development & Learning Consultant, at 807-8623.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: LIB 302
Registration: Yvonne Novak or 807-8624

UBC Okanagan Finance is pleased to offer SMART FORMS training. Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that serve to replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions). Each session will be limited to 12 participants, so register early.

Registration: Contact Gabriel Gock and indicate which session you would like to attend. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.

Date: Monday, Feb. 19 (Ses. 1)
Time: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: FIN 142

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20 (Ses. 2)
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: FIN 142

To access Smart Forms at your workstation, you must complete the Smart Forms training course and you must have access to FMS nQuery. If you would like to apply for access to FMS nQuery, visit the website.

Coaching Clinic
Would you like to find an effective way to leverage the strengths of the people you work with in order to help them contribute their best in the workplace? Would you like to engage people in ways that tap into their creativity and problem-solving skills? Would you like to move away from a traditional way of managing to one that inspires challenges and helps people learn? If your answers are yes, then consider attending Coaching Clinic. This two-day workshop is proven to be effective in helping people become more effective in their day-to-day interactions at work. Facilitated by Julie Stockton and Maura Da Cruz, Organizational Development and Learning, UBC Vancouver.

Date: Thursday, March 1 and Thursday March 22
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Fees: no charge, but pre-registration is required
Registration: Yvonne Novak at 807-8624

WSET Wine Certification Courses
UBC Continuing Studies and Fine Vintage Ltd. are offering three levels of certification courses from the internationally recognized Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Courses are offered year round. For information: 604-922-4915.

Advanced (15 weeks) Feb. 28 to June 13, 2007 (no class June 6)
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

For more course dates visit the website:

Register online or email

Centre for Teaching and Learning -- Workshops

Register for a workshop

Teaching Portfolio
Date: Feb. 2
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Session Leader: TBA
Location: Heather Marshall
Location: LIB 303

Date: Feb. 5
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Session Leader: Janine Hirtz
Location: LIB 111

SOTL Community of Practice
Date: Feb. 9
Time: 1 - 2:30p.m.
Session Leader: TBA
Location: Okanagan Room

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