Chris Ellom, with the organization Smile Africa, and Bhavana Kapal, a third-year social work student at UBC Okanagan, point to their hometowns -- Accra, Ghana, and New Delhi, India -- on a metal sculpture presented to UBC Okanagan by Vernon artist Cory Fuhr.

Global Citizenship Celebrated in Fuhr Sculpture
Cory Fuhr is an artist with a vision for the world -- literally. One of the Vernon artist's latest works, symbolizing the concept of global citizenship, is a meticulously fashioned metal sculpture of the Earth supported by a massive metal arm of fused machine parts. At the Earth's core is a small cluster of metal gears with special symbolism.

"Working on it, I felt the Earth is a living object, so I put a heart in it," Fuhr said when he presented the sculpture to UBC Okanagan's permanent collection during a Global Citizen Week reception in the Sun Room on Feb. 12.

UBC Okanagan's International Week, first celebrated in 2006, was part of an expanded Global Citizen Week in Kelowna this year. Several local organizations have joined together to raise awareness of the world's social, political, economic and environmental issues, building on the success of Global Citizen Week first developed by local volunteers in 2004.

"We're living in a time with huge impacts and challenges in the very near future," said Fuhr. "For me, global citizenship is about responsibility and looking after each other. Hopefully, we can all work together to overcome the challenges that we face."

Honoured Feb. 9 for 25 years of service were, from left, Barbara Brown-McKenzie, Arluene King, and Nancy Netting. Maureen Lisle was not able to attend the celebration luncheon.

25 Years of Service Recognized
Recognizing service spanning two and a half decades -- from Okanagan College to Okanagan University College and now UBC Okanagan -- four members of faculty and staff were honoured on Feb. 9 for their 25 years of service.

A celebration luncheon hosted by Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram was held at the Coast Capri Hotel in honour of Barbara Brown-McKenzie (Assoc. Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development), Arluene King (Dean's Office, College of Graduate Studies), Nancy Netting (Assoc. Professor of Sociology, Barber School of Arts and Sciences), and Maureen Lisle (Technician, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies). Each received a UBC Okanagan pin or pendant, and commemorative certificate.

Honouring those who have served for 25 years is a long-standing tradition for UBC. In Vancouver, separate dinners are held to commemorate this milestone for faculty and staff. In the Okanagan, with its smaller numbers, faculty and staff celebrate together at an annual lunch.

UBC Okanagan engineering students Rachael L'Orsa, Bram Hobuti, Jackie Nichols and Konrad Duerr placed third in the Canadian Wood Council's 2007 Engineering Competition in Vancouver last weekend.

Catapult Team Earns Third-Place Finish
A team of UBC Okanagan's second-year engineering students returned from last Saturday's Canadian Wood Council 2007 Engineering Competition in Vancouver with a third-place title in hand.

Konrad Duerr, Bram Hobuti, Jackie Nichols, and Captain Rachael L'Orsa designed, built, and competed with a trebuchet-style catapult. The field of nine teams included competitors from the University of Alberta, six UBC Vancouver teams, and Okanagan College. The Okanagan College team earned first place. UBC Okanagan's team also received a score of 24.5 out of 25 on their written report.

UBC Okanagan Hosts B.C. Volleyball Championships This Week
After very strong volleyball seasons for both the women's team (13 wins - 3 losses) and the men's team (13-3), UBC Okanagan's student athletes are preparing to host the Provincial Championships on campus this Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 22 to 24.

The Laker women, who finished third in league play, face sixth-place finisher Camosun College in the first match set for Thursday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Gym.

The Laker men, who finished second in league play and get a bye in the first round, will face the winner of #3 Camosun vs. #6 University College of the Fraser Valley. The men’s first match is set for Friday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.

The eventual provincial champions will earn the right to represent BC at the CCAA National Championships March 6 to 10.

For complete details on the event visit or call 807-9168

Come out and support the Lakers' quest for gold.

Call for Proposals for Learning Conference: Making Connections: Learning and Research
The third-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference (May 2 to 4) will explore the connections between research and learning and consider questions such as how can research enrich and enhance the student learning experience; how can the curriculum be redesigned to reflect a process of inquiry; what classroom strategies can be used to help students gain insight into research and when and how are these best taught? How can technology help?

All interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 50-minute sessions. Each session is expected to have an interactive component. Formats may include discussions, roundtables, and presentations on one or more of the topic areas. Visit the website for topics.

Deadline for submission of proposals: March 16, 2007

Submit proposals online.

For more information contact Peter Arthur at 250-807-9207 or visit the website

Collaborative Learning for Health Care Students Receives $200,000 Grant
UBC Okanagan's School of Nursing and the Interior Health Authority have received a $200,000 grant from the B.C. Academic Health Council's Practice Education Innovation Fund to establish Collaborative and Interprofessional Learning Units for nursing and other health care students completing their practicum experience at hospitals and community agencies in the region. The provincial government is providing an additional $30,000 for this initiative.


Celebrate Research Week March 3 to 10
Get ready to celebrate research at UBC Okanagan from March 3 to 10, 2007. Celebrate Research Week -- taking place concurrently at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses -- will be packed with opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the entire Okanagan community to hear from investigators in more than 40 areas of research. Highlight events include:

  • TALK OF THE TOWN: What is Responsible Journalism? Journalistic Ethics in the Wired World
    This event explores the issues of responsible journalism in today's media. Participating in this public discussion are Stephen Ward, internationally recognized expert in journalism ethics, and moderator Hal Wake, former host of CBC Radio's The Early Edition.

    Date: Monday, March 5
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Kelowna Art Gallery

  • Crime, Technology, and the Media: Oh What a Tangled Web They Weave
    An expert panel will discuss the impact of technology on crime, crime reporting and public opinion. Panelists include:

    Dr. Michael Woodworth, UBC Okanagan Asst. Prof.
    Topic: How Technology Aids and Impedes Justice

    Dr. Mary Lynn Young, UBC Vancouver Asst. Prof.
    Topic: The Public & the Pickton Trial: What is Relevant Detail?

    Gary Symons, CBC News Correspondent
    Topic: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

    Date: Thursday, March 8
    (Please note this date was incorrectly listed as March 7 in some notices)
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Kelowna Art Gallery

To register for any of the featured events, and for a complete listing of Celebrate Research Week presentations, discussions and activities visit the website.

Professors, please let your students know about special presentations throughout the week.


  • UBC Wind Ensemble
    The Symphonic Wind Ensemble recently returned from an exciting 10-day tour of Taiwan and Hong Kong -- the first time a UBC ensemble has toured Asia. Now, Okanagan residents can experience this world-class student ensemble in a special concert at UBC Okanagan.
    Director: Martin Berinbaum
    Date: Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2007
    Time: 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Foyer of the Student Services Centre
  • Joint Rehearsal Workshop
    The Okanagan Festival Singers, Kelowna, and AURA Chamber Choir, Vernon, are presenting a joint rehearsal of Handel's Israel in Egypt. This rehearsal is a preview to the Okanagan Festival Singers' special 20-year anniversary concert.
    Date: Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2007
    Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
    (Note: special time)
    Location: Foyer of the Student Services Centre

    Visit the Minds and Music website for more about the series


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

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

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Aboriginal Student Orientation Day Tuition Prize Presented
Second-year science student Sarah Squinas, left, won the draw prize at the Aboriginal Student Orientation Day last fall. The prize was recently presented to Squinas by UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Academic Advisor Bernie Marchand-Brown. Squinas, who is from Langley, said the student orientation day is a valuable experience for all the participating students, particularly those making the transition from high school to university life.

Taking a moment together after the Feb. 8 morning keynote session were, from left, workplace culture expert speaker Graham Lowe, Human Resources Symposium Project Lead Leanne Bilodeau, Director of Human Resources Jackie Podger, DVC Doug Owram, and Associate Vice President of Human Resources Lisa Castle.

Building a Healthier Workplace Every Day
The message coming out of the Feb. 8 UBC Okanagan Health Symposium is about workplace culture and how we can build it together.

"This isn't just about a one day event," said Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram in opening the day of presentations and workshops for faculty and staff. "A healthy workplace is an ongoing process and set of values that will become integral to the culture of UBC Okanagan."

Dr. Owram emphasized several points: UBC Okanagan is new and our culture is coming into being; creating a sense of community is a central goal of UBC Okanagan; and, a healthy workplace benefits the organization.

For presentations and handouts of the day's events in PDF format, see the Presentation Information section of the 2007 Health Symposium website.

OutWeek Thank You
UBC Okanagan celebrated its first OutWeek from February 12 to 16. Keynote speaker Mark Tewksbury made a big splash with his presentation The Traits of Great Achievers. Students, staff and faculty were given the opportunity to meet Mark, and his Olympic medals were passed around the crowd. The OutWeek committee is grateful to everyone who attended OutWeek events and gave special thanks to the volunteers who made the events possible.

Special Olympics Winter Games
Thank you to all the UBC Okanagan students and staff who volunteered at the 2007 Special Olympics Winter Games held from February 15 to 19 in Kelowna. It was a very uplifting and rewarding event.

Thank you to the AVP Operations and to the Dean of the Barber School of Arts & Sciences for their donation of hats and lanyards to the UBC Okanagan volunteers. As a result of their donations, UBC Okanagan volunteers really stood out among the many volunteers participating in this powerful community event.

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Check out the continuing series listings:

Faculty Workshop on Student Engagement
You are invited to join a morning of inquiry into ways of enhancing student engagement. Student engagement promotes successful student learning, retention, and satisfaction for faculty and students. Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram will open the workshop.

A panel of students will discuss their experiences and expectations of the current generation of university students concerning student engagement. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Associate Vice President, Academic and Research, will moderate a round table session providing an opportunity for participants to share and discuss practical approaches to increasing student engagement in and out of the classroom. The conversation will continue over a provided lunch.

Please register online or call 807-9293.

Date: February 23, 2007
Time: 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: UBC Okanagan Sun Room

For more information contact Peter Arthur (807-9207).

This event is sponsored by UBC Okanagan Learning Services.

Food Exchange Food Drive Begins
Student Services and the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) have teamed up on an exciting new initiative called the Food Exchange. Open to everyone at UBC Okanagan, the Food Exchange accepts donations of non-perishable foods and makes them available to those who need them -- for free. The Food Exchange is located in the Student Services Centre, on an open shelf outside the Students' Union Office. Anyone in need of food is welcome to stop by and take what they need.

Be part of the food drive from February 19 to March 2. During the food drive, you can drop off non-perishable donations in specially marked boxes at the following campus locations:

  • Library
  • Residence Office
  • Student Services Office
  • UBC Students' Union Office

The healthier the better -- consider donating wholesome items that create a complete meal, such as whole-wheat pasta with tomato sauce. Note: If you want to donate food after March 2, simply drop off your donations at the Food Exchange shelf.

The Food Exchange will be launched with a grand opening at 12-noon on March 1. Everyone is welcome to enjoy refreshments and mingle with others. If you haven't yet had a chance, you can even make a donation.

Event: Open House (refreshments will be served)
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre, Room 20 (near the Students' Union Office)

If you have questions or comments, please contact Leanne Perry, Campus Life Coordinator, at 807-9012 or visit the website.

A Taste of FCCS
All students are welcome to this event, hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Enjoy a drama performance, a Fine Arts studio and gallery tour, poetry readings, research displays and a language film viewing. Meet graduate students and FCCS faculty members. Refreshments will be served.

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

Briar Craig Leads Printmaking Discussion at Gallery Vertigo
Briar Craig, Head of the Department of Creative Studies, is the featured presenter at Vernon's Gallery Vertigo on the evening of March 6. Entitled State Proof: the State of Contemporary Printmaking, the discussion will introduce the current state of a variety of printmaking media and how they have adapted to the development of digital media and a 21st-century media based culture. Register by March 1 -- cost is $10 and seating is limited so early registration is encouraged.

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Gallery Vertigo, #1 (upstairs) 3001-31st Street in Vernon
Visit the website

International Women's Day Celebration
Thursday, March 8 is International Women's Day. A number of events will take place at UBC Okanagan including a morning social for campus community members, offering an informal and relaxed opportunity to honour the day with colleagues, students, coworkers and friends. Please attend and enjoy some java, cake and Celtic harp music.

Schedule of Events:

Event: Morning Social for Students, Faculty and Staff
Date: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; cake cutting at 10 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

Event: Panel Discussion: Having it all: Aspirations & Realities of Today's Women
Date: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: ART 103

Event: Guest Speaker Sarah Knipe: Women in Sports
Date: 1:15 to 3 p.m.
Location: ART 103

Event: Guest Speaker Lindsey Davis: Great Expectations -- The Well-being of Youth in a Globalized Society
Date: 3:15 to 4 p.m.
Location: ART 103

Event: Wendell Phillips Exhibition: Women in the Global Community
Date: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: SSC 026

Members of the public are welcome to attend all events except the morning social.

Three Days, 32 Films at UBC Okanagan
The UBC Okanagan Community Development Club is hosting the Traveling World Film Festival at UBC Okanagan from March 16 to 18.

The festival presents a selection of 32 documentary films covering issues from over 25 countries and will educate, entertain, and inspire. The World Community Film Festival is known for the incredible breadth of topics covered as well as the first class quality of the productions screened.

Film topics include environmental, social justice and human rights issues. This UBC Okanagan Community Development Club event is non-profit and is a fund-raiser in support of the Kelowna Food Bank. Films will be presented in Student Services Centre's Lecture Theatre SSC 026 and the Arts Building Room ART 103.

Visit the website

2007 Biology Seminar Series
The following seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m., in Science Building SCI 396:

March 7
Ian Cole, UBC Okanagan
Neurotransmitters and Flavanoids in Scutellaria species: Evidence of conservation of phytochemistry in an important medicinal plant genus.

March 14
Danielle Hirkala, UBC Okanagan
Molecular and biological approaches for improved prediction and control of post-harvest decay in pome fruit.

March 28
Kirsten Hanam, UBC Vancouver
The organic matter and microbial community composition of forest floors in the boreal mixedwood forest.

Smarten Up Your Students With RAP
The Research Assistance Program (RAP) is a series of seminars where students can learn smart research skills. Here are some of the upcoming sessions, which will be held in the Learning Lab (LIB 111) in the Library:

Session: Researching in Your Pajamas
This session will feature the ins and outs of doing research at home, using resources such as e-journals, e-books and e-librarians.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27
Time: 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Session: PubMed: Rx for Health Information
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28
Time: 2 to 2:50 p.m. OR
Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Session: RefWorks: Bibliographies Made Easy
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 2 to 2:50 p.m.

Session: Social Software Tools
Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 3 to 3:50 p.m.

Students can register at the Library 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

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

Faculty Workshop on Student Engagement
This event focuses on enhancing student engagement to promote successful student learning, retention, and satisfaction for faculty and students. Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram will open the workshop and AVP Academic and Research, Alaa Abd-El-Aziz will moderate a round table session providing an opportunity for participants to share and discuss practical approaches to increasing student engagement in and out of the classroom. A panel of students will discuss their experiences and expectations of the current generation of university students concerning student engagement. The conversation will continue over a soup-and-sandwich lunch (provided).

Date: Friday, Feb. 23
Time: 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre Sun Room

Register online or call 807-9293. For more information contact Peter Arthur or 807-9207.

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