On hand for the official opening of the Learning Garden last Thursday were, from left, education students Jennifer Sanders, Ryan Scorgie, Learning Garden Coordinator Veronica Gaylie, Mike Burdeniuk and Farah Canuel.

Learning Garden Springs from UBC Okanagan Landscape
Water-saving xeriscape raised planting boxes are ready. Seeds and bedding plants are in. Now it's up to the sun, the soil, and green-thumbed volunteers to bring forth blooms and bounty to The Learning Garden at UBC Okanagan.

Officially opened last Thursday, The Learning Garden has itself sprung like a bloom from the Okanagan grasslands, right beside a picturesque natural pond on the UBC Okanagan campus. The facility was originally designed and built last summer by the first group of Environmental Education students in the Faculty of Education’s graduate program. A committee of middle school student teachers have continued that work over the past several weeks.

Visit the website for photos, videos and volunteer weblogs can be found.


Continuing Studies Information Now Available Online
Information about Community and Continuing Studies is now available to the UBC Okanagan community. The site is still in its infancy, but already several options are available to faculty and staff looking to improve their language skills, explore their wine tasting interests, or try some cultural immersion travel programs.

"We have a variety of fun, creative, and innovative options for life-long learners, and are planning to continue increasing our program options well into the future," says program leader Tia-Maria Hoeller.

Visit the website, or contact Tia-Maria Hoeller for more information.

District of Lake Country pairs with UBC Okanagan for 10x10 Work Fair
The District of Lake Country has accepted the B.C. Government's 10x10 Challenge to show a 10% increase in the number of people with disabilities working in the community by 2010. James Baker, Mayor of Lake Country and UBC Associate Professor Emeritus, has called on community partners to help them get there and UBC Okanagan quickly responded, assisting in the planning of the upcoming 10 x 10 Work Fair & Symposium.

Tom Patch LL.M., UBC's Associate Vice President, Equity will be the keynote speaker at the event, relating his own personal story and discussing the issues surrounding workplace equity. The Symposium promises a compelling mix of nuts and bolts information, tools for hiring and for working as a disabled person, and real-life stories from employees and employers who are making it work.

Date: June 23
Location: George Elliot Secondary SchooL

10 to 10:30 a.m.
Networking and trade show
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Keynote address and briefings from field experts
11:30 to 12 noon
Expert panel Q&A
12 noon to 1 p.m.
Lunch, networking and trade show
1 to 2 p.m.
Voice of Experience panel: disabled employees and their employers
2 to 2:30 p.m.
Next steps & wind-up

For more information, please contact Brenda Tournier, Manager of Alumni & Community Relations, at 78167 or contact Alissa Stewart, District of Lake Country at (250) 766-5660.

Student Services Launches Intern Program
A new program for student interns, providing paid work experience for up to 52 weeks, has been established by Student Services.

"The purpose of the internship is to give a new graduate an opportunity for learning and practical experience within Student Services -- to prepare them for work or graduate studies," says Ian Cull, AVP Students.

Interning students will work in a variety of units, and will be supervised by the AVP Students and Student Services unit managers.

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Former Laker Marisa Field Named to Team Canada
Marisa Field, who played with the Okanagan Lakers Women's Volleyball team in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, has been named to Canada's senior women's volleyball team. Team selections were made May 27, after an intensive four-day Selection Camp at the Team Canada Volleyball Centre in Winnipeg.

A graduate of Kelowna Secondary School, Field was a standout player with the Lakers during her time at UBC Okanagan, earning B.C. Colleges' Athletic Association All Star selection in both years, and a BCCAA Provincial Championship All Star selection in 2005.

"Marisa was a key part of the Lakers' success during her seasons with us," said Steve Manuel, Okanagan Lakers Head Coach. "Her blocking is a major weapon on the court. Her 6'2" stature and her jumping ability allow her to play at a much higher level above the net than most athletes."

Moving to UBC's Vancouver campus for her third year of studies last fall, Field joined the UBC Thunderbirds and was ranked among the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Canada West's top 25 players.


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June 6, 2007

Members of last year's Team UBC Okanagan at the Apple Bowl following their succesful 24-hour relay.

24 Hour Relay for Kids to be held June 9 and 10
The annual Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for Kids will begin at 10 a.m. at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna, on Saturday, June 9, and follow until the same time on Sunday, June 10. UBC Okanagan will have its own team, co-captained by Kevin Mobbs and Lynn Pendleton, and is searching for willing participants to help this great cause.

Last year, UBC Okanagan helped raise over $1,500. This year's goal is $2,200 -- the cost of sending one child to the Winfield Easter Seal Camp for a week.

Sponsorship for this event, in the form of t-shirts, is being provided by Sherri Williams of Lake Country and Westside ACE Building Centres.

This event is a weekend of family fun which includes local bands, local vendors and a kid's entertainment zone.

Please support the UBC Okanagan team through pledges, or by joining in the fun and cheering on the team.

Two New Books to Launch June 15
Two professors from the Department of Critical Studies will introduce their new books Friday, June 15, with a joint book launch for students, faculty, and staff from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Okanagan Room of the Student Services Centre.

Dr. Marianne Legault will launch Amour-passion-volupté-tragédie (Paris: Séguier, 2007) and Dr. Michael Treschow will launch Divine Creation in Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2007).


Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room, Student Services Centre

Faculty Recruitment Workshop
What is employment equity? What are the designated groups? What are the grounds for filing a discrimination complaint with respect to employment under the British Columbia Human Rights Code?

Mindful of upcoming faculty recruitment activities, this workshop is offered to faculty members to become familiar with important information related to faculty hiring at UBC Okanagan. UBC is committed to hiring on the basis of individual merit and also to employment equity. That commitment requires the university to attract and retain qualified members of designated equity groups -- women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people who have disabilities -- and to ensure that hiring decisions are free of bias or discrimination.

This workshop will provide critical information for faculty involved in faculty recruitment and selection activities at UBC Okanagan.

Date: Thursday, June 14 or Monday, June 18
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: ART372
Registration: e-mail Marie Molloy or call 79291. RSVP by Tuesday, June 12.

Faculty Recruitment Guide website

UBC Employment Equity Policy website

UBC Policy on Discrimination and Harassment website