Artist rendering of the proposed Applied Science and Management Building

Five UBC Okanagan Projects in Canada's Top 100
UBC Okanagan is home to five of Canada's 100 biggest infrastructure projects, according to a new report in the journal ReNew Canada. Ranked according to project value, the projects are:

Applied Science and Management Building (Number 69)
This 17,000 sq. m. building will house both the Faculty of Applied Science's School of Engineering and the Faculty of Management. Construction will begin shortly, just east of the existing Student Services Centre. Estimated value: $50 million. (Shown above)

Arts and Sciences Building (Number 74)
This 9,300 sq. m. building is still in the design stages with construction expected to start later this year. Estimated value: $42.26 million.

Charles Fipke Centre for Innovative Research (Number 84)
This 6,500 sq. m. facility currently under construction immediately north of the Sciences building will include a leading-edge computer lab, 300-seat lecture theatre, classrooms of varying sizes, and both wet and dry labs. Value: $26 million.

University Centre (Number 90)
This 7,000 sq. m. building will include the J. Peter Meekison Student Centre on campus with a cafeteria, multi-purpose room, theatre, pub and offices. Completion is scheduled for early 2009. Estimated value: $22 million.

Student Residences -- Phase 2 (Number 97)
With site preparation now well underway, the new townhouse-style student residence project is scheduled for completion in fall 2007. Estimated value: $17 million.

MEDIA RELEASE | March 30, 2007
Happiness Research Added to UBC Okanagan Minds and Music Events
Does music make you happy? Researchers at UBC Okanagan hope to better understand the connection between music and happiness over the next year, with the help of audiences attending the University's Minds and Music series of music presentations.

Principal investigator Dr. Mark Holder, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology, and graduate student Judi Wallace will be asking the audience to complete brief questionnaires before and after the performances, rating their own level of happiness and satisfaction.

"Though previous research has shown that music can influence emotions, including happiness, these studies usually involve short pieces of music -- less than 1 minute -- in a laboratory," Holder says. "We want to assess the effect of music on the audience and performers in a more naturalistic setting."

The research project began Tuesday evening with the final Minds and Music event of the current season at UBC Okanagan, and will continue through the 2007-2008 season, which begins in September.


MEDIA RELEASE | March 29, 2007
UBC President in Conversation With CBC Daybreak Host
The final UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series event of the season brings together a skilled Okanagan interviewer and a passionate advocate for civil society in Canada and around the world.

Tonight (Wed., April 4) UBC President Stephen Toope will be interviewed by Marion Barschel, CBC Radio One's Daybreak host, in an engaging conversational format, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Sauvignon Room at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna.

"The format is a departure from the formal lectures of previous Distinguished Speaker Series events," says UBC Okanagan Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. "People can expect a great finale to the series as we examine some very important areas of this year's theme -- civil society and sustainability."


Machines Unveiled by UBC Okanagan Engineering Students
Hovercraft will be buzzing around in the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium next Wednesday (April 11), as the UBC Okanagan School of Engineering holds its second-annual student challenge -- the Engineering Design Awards.

Second-year Engineering Two students will be displaying -- and racing -- hovercraft they have developed over the past term. Straight-track races will be held from 9:10 to 9:35 a.m., with obstacle-course racing from 9:40 to 10:30 a.m. Structural testing and team presentations to judges take place from 9:50 to 11:45 a.m.

Then it's over to the Engineering One class -- this year, students have been challenged in their Applied Science APSC 170 course to develop machines using pulleys. Presentations by student teams start at 1 p.m., with the Pulley Competition running from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the competitions through the day.

Date: Wednesday, April 11
Time: All day
Location: UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

UBC Okanagan Congregation Ceremonies -- Friday, June 8
Attention Faculty
Invitations will be mailed out in early May to request faculty participation in the Academic Processions for June 8 Congregation Ceremonies. If you do not own regalia, UBC Ph.D. regalia can be rented from our UBC Okanagan Bookstore starting April 16.

Check the website for the latest news on the ceremonies and for specific information for students, guests and faculty.

9:30 a.m.
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

2:30 p.m.
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Health and Social Development

All ceremonies take place in the gymnasium.

Michael Smith Fellowship for Health Researcher Peter Hutchinson
Dr. Peter Hutchinson, a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, has just been awarded a Michael Smith Health Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The title of his project is A preliminary study to assess and develop a M├ętis community readiness model and indicators of success.

His postdoctoral training will be jointly supervised by Dr. Mike Evans, Canada Research Chair in World's Indigenous Peoples, and Dr. Joan Bottorff, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

Academic and Research: Latest Newsletter Now Available
The second issue of Our Vision, Our Campus is now available online. The newsletter from the Office of the AVP Academic and Research reports quarterly on various faculty announcements at UBC Okanagan and on the achievements of the Academic Council. In this edition, look for information on International Exchange programs, the creation of a Research Office, teaching innovations, and much more.

Read Our Vision, Our Campus in PDF format

Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman Keynote for UBC Okanagan Learning Conference
The third-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference -- Making Connections: Learning and Research -- from May 2 to 4 will open with a keynote address by Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Prize winner in Physics and U.S. University Professor of the Year in 2004. Dr. Wieman joined UBC in 2007 as Director of the Science Education Initiative.

This free, three-day conference will explore the connections between research and learning and consider how research can enrich and enhance the student learning experience. It will also examine how curriculum can be redesigned to reflect a process of inquiry, what classroom strategies can be used to help students gain insight into research, when and how these are best taught, and how technology can help.

The keynote address on May 3 will be presented by Dr. Roland Case of Simon Fraser University and co-founder of TC2 (The Critical Thinking Consortium). His address is entitled "Debunking and Redressing Myths about Critical Thinking and University Teaching."

This year, sessions will be led by faculty from Mount Allison University, University of Regina, University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, University College of the Fraser Valley, Simon Fraser University, and Okanagan College.

Register online -- it's free

Programs will be released online April 5, 2007. Watch the conference website for updates.

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

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UBC Okanagan Student Jana Tondu Receives YouLead Fellowship
Jana Tondu, a third-year Freshwater Sciences student at UBC Okanagan, has been recognized for her hard work and determination with a 2007 YouLead International Development Fellowship.

YouLead, an international service learning program at UBC, connects students with people in global communities through volunteering, project planning, and cultural exchange. Recognizing the high financial costs for students giving their time to help others through a YouLead international service learning experience, YouLead offered three fellowship awards this year.

Tondu received this year's first prize of $1,500. Her studies have helped her understand ecosystems scientifically as well as how human actions impact ecosystems. She hopes through her experience working with the national parks in Costa Rica this coming May, she will be able to learn from hands on experience practical solutions to some of the problems that affect ecosystems.

She believes very strongly in the importance of clean water supply for the preservation of the world's biological diversity and healthy ecosystems for both animals and humans. Jana will be volunteering in three diverse projects and ecosystems in her time in Costa Rica, and is particularly excited about the project focusing on sea turtle conservation. Here she will learn about the local Costa Rican practices in water ecosystem work and be able to apply her learnings from her studies at UBC.

The second prize of $750 was awarded to two students studying at UBC Vancouver. Allison Stockdale is currently completing her Bachelor of Music with a major in Secondary Music Education, and Kristin DeGirolamo is a second-year Pharmacy student.

Think Ahead, Go Further!
Career Services would like to thank faculty and staff for their support of the 2007 Summer Job Fair. This event was a great success, connecting students with 22 employers that were eager to hire UBC Okanagan students and alumni, and offering summer, graduate and co-op positions. As well, guest speaker Eric Glanville shared valuable information on job searching and networking with students.

Congratulations to Rory Taber, a third-year student in the Barber K. School of Arts and Sciences, winner of $300 tuition, donated by Career Services, and Tara Abraham, winner of a UBC hoody donated by the UBC Okanagan Bookstore. Several students also won chips donated by Frito Lay Canada, as well as passes for the campus gym.

Career Services is open year-round to provide students with free assistance with resumes, interview skills, job search strategies, and career advising. Visit them today in SSC 106 or online.

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April 4, 2007

UBC Okanagan Hosts Mennonite Authors
Writers included in Half in the Sun, an anthology of Mennonite writing in B.C., will be reading for The Lake: A Reading Series, a series sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at UBC Okanagan.

On Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m., writers Darcie Hossack, Robert Martens, Elsie Neufeld and Barbara Nickel will read from Half in the Sun at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. The readings are open to all and admission is free.

FCCS is pleased to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets and Okanagan Regional Library.

Contact Nancy Holmes at 807-9369 for more information.

Date: Wednesday, April 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St.

Diversity Photo Exhibit
Participate in this unique project by using one of the specially marked disposable cameras around campus to snap some photos of your experiences or views of diversity on the UBC Okanagan campus. Submit the camera to SSC 119 (the front counter) and your photos may be part of the Diversity Photo Exhibit. Watch for the display at Festival @ the U on April 12.

Festival @ the U!
Everyone is welcome to attend our annual end-of-year bash. Enjoy mocktails, free food, games, prizes, DJ, rock climbing wall, human bowling and more!

Volunteers are needed -- if you'd like to enjoy an afternoon in the sun, volunteer to help out. You could be serving mocktails, running a carnival game or doing many other fun things. Contact Leanne Perry at or 807-9012 if you'd like to help.

Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Courtyard

UBC Okanagan Speakers at National Park Forum April 16 to 17
Environmental experts from across the country and throughout the Okanagan will present a broad-ranging environmental forum in Naramata on April 16 and 17. Among other issues, the inaugural South Okanagan Similkameen Environmental Issues, Research and Education Forum will examine the role research and education might play in a national park in the South Okanagan Similkameen region.

The forum is intended for the interested public, environmental practitioners, and students. The line-up features several members of UBC Okanagan's faculty as speakers or presenting research posters:

"SARAHS: An interdisciplinary approach to studying threatened populations and their habitats," by Dr. Dan Durall, Assoc. Prof. of Biology and Physical Geography and Director of the Centre for Species at Risk and Habitat Studies (SARAHS).

"Land cover and environmental change in the Southern Okanagan: Protecting natural landscapes and biodiversity," by Dr. Mike Pidwirny, Assoc. Prof. of Physical Geography.

"Integrated community based tourism in parks and protected areas: assessing possibilities in the South Okanagan Lower Similkameen," by Dr. Donna Senese, Assoc. Prof. of Geography.

Dr. Fes de Scally, Assoc. Prof. of Geography and Interim Director of the newly created Okanagan Sustainability Institute at UBC Okanagan, will present a research poster, "Understanding the Impacts of Transportation Corridors on the Ecological Functioning of High-Mountain Fans: Lessons from National Parks in Canada and New Zealand."

Laura Hooker, Assoc. Prof. of Biology, presents a poster about "Preliminary Investigations into the Microbial Geochemistry of Saline Lakes in the Okanagan Valley."

Dr. Rosalind Warner, Sessional Instructor in Political Science, presents a research poster on "Natural Destinations: The Culture of Nature Tourism and Protected Areas Governance in Canada."

Students in Donna Senese's Geography 434 (Geography of Tourism Development) course will present a research poster detailing the findings of their project, "Making Tourism Work in the South Okanagan Lower Similkameen."

The forum takes place at the Naramata Centre for Continuing Education, in Naramata.

Ticket and registration information is available on the website.

French and Spanish Immersion Weekend
Interested in practicing French or Spanish in an immersion setting? A great opportunity for faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan to refresh or refine their language skills, this exciting weekend is offered by UBC Vancouver Continuing Studies in conjunction with UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies at the spectacular Manteo Resort on the shores of Lake Okanagan. Elementary, intermediate and advanced levels are offered by experienced, native-speaking instructors who understand the challenges of learning a language in an intensive setting.

Refreshments and lunch on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday night (at the Hotel Eldorado) are included in the fee, along with cultural entertainment. The cultural evening allows you to practice the target language in a natural setting.

For more information or to register, visit the Travel Language Immersion Programs website or contact Tia-Maria Hoeller 807-8177

Date: Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
Location: Manteo Resort
Fee: $250

Information Session -- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and Records Management
This is a 2.5-hour session presented by Alan Doyle, University Records Manager, University Archives, and Christina Ulveteg, Access & Privacy Manager, Office of the University Counsel.

Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: ART 114

RSVP to Christina by April 27, 2007. Light refreshments provided.

23/7 -- BFA Graduate Exhibition April 21 to 28
This year's UBC Okanagan Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates are presenting their work in a public exhibition.

23/7 is an extensive exhibition of student works including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video and installation work.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: FINA/Health

Exhibition dates:
April 21 to April 28, 2007
Exhibition hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traveling Exhibition
A selection of works from the 23/7 show will be exhibited in the Vernon Art Gallery, 3228-31 Ave. in Vernon from May 3 to 23. The opening reception for the traveling exhibition is on Thursday, May 6.


Organizational Development & Learning is pleased to present Pension Plan Workshops for both Staff and Faculty:

Understanding Your Retirement Income Options -- Faculty
Instructor: Jim Loughlean, Member Service Specialist, Pension Administration Office, UBC Vancouver.
Date: Thursday, April 26
: 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Okanagan Room, SSC

You and Your Pension Plan -- Faculty
Instructor: Jim Loughlean, Member Service Specialist, Pension Administration Office, UBC Vancouver.
Date: Thursday, April 26
: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room, SSC

Understanding Your Pension -- Staff (age 50 or over)
Instructor: Jay Parker, Executive Director, Staff Pension Plan, UBC Vancouver. Visit the Staff Pension Plan website and review "SPP -- At a Glance" prior to the seminar and have your questions ready.
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: ARTS 118
Registration: Yvonne Novak 807-8624

Understanding Your Pension Plan -- Staff (under age 50)
Instructor: Jay Parker, Executive Director, Staff Pension Plan, UBC Vancouver. Visit the Staff Pension Plan website and review "SPP - At a Glance" prior to the seminar and have your questions ready.
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: ARTS 114
Registration: Yvonne Novak 807-8624

For more information on any of these workshops, visit the website.

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

April 4
Brendan Twieg,
UBC Okanagan
Ectomycorrhizal fungal succession in mixed temperate forests.

April 11
Emily Herdman
, UBC Okanagan
Habitat use and dispersal of the Nuttall's cottontail.

Genomics Forum 2007 -- Biomarkers, New Sequencing Technologies and their Applications
Based on the tremendous success of our past four Genomics Forums, Genome BC is pleased to invite B.C.'s research community to attend our fifth-annual Genomics Forum.

This is your opportunity to learn more about the scope, scale and progress of genomics, proteomics, societal and ethics research in B.C.

Free Admission
Date: Friday, April 13
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC Vancouver
Information & Registration: Online