Morning Procession of students on route to the Gymnasium to receive their degrees. Photo: Margo Yacheshyn. See more photos from Congregation: Morning Ceremony, Afternoon Ceremony.

More than 500 Receive Degrees at UBC Okanagan Congregation
A total of 504 graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees from University of British Columbia Chancellor Allan McEachern at the June 8 Spring Congregation ceremonies at UBC Okanagan.

In the morning ceremony, 253 graduates from the Barber School of Arts and Sciences received their degrees. Graduates from Creative and Critical Studies (64 grads), Education (77 grads), and Health and Social Development (110 grads) received their degrees in an afternoon ceremony.


Dr. Terry Flannigan
Dr. Terry Flannigan, senior advisor to the UBC Okanagan Development Office, was honoured earlier this month with the 2007 Manulife Financial Outstanding Achievement Award at the Canadian Council for Advancement in Education national conference in Prince Edward Island.

Post-Secondary Fundraising Icon Honoured with National Lifetime Achievement Award
Terry Flannigan, senior advisor to the UBC Okanagan Development Office, was honoured earlier this month with the 2007 Manulife Financial Outstanding Achievement Award.

Flannigan, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary in post-secondary education, was bestowed the award at the Canadian Council for Advancement in Education national conference in Prince Edward Island on June 4.


Million-Dollar Gift Creates Germanic Studies Professorship
Germanic studies -- the study of German language and culture -- will soon be offered by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS), thanks to a $1-million gift from Klaus and Lydia Reichwald of Kelowna.

"This is an important area of cultural scholarship, and one that will certainly flourish in the Okanagan," UBC President Stephen Toope said in announcing the creation of the Reichwald Professorship in Germanic Studies.


Call for Participation -- 2008 Health Symposium Advisory Committee
Health Promotion will be welcoming back former Advisory Committee members as well as any others interested in helping plan the second-annual Health Symposium. If you would like to be involved please e-mail Leanne Bilodeau or call 78938.

UBC Okanagan Surpasses Goal in 24-Hour Relay for Kids
Team UBC Okanagan did a great job this year at the 24-Hour Relay for Kids, held June 9 and 10 at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna. The team -- co-captained by Kevin Mobbs and Lynn Pendleton -- consisted of staff, faculty and friends. Together their work amounted to 260 laps, or 152 km. With a stated goal of $2,200, they raised over $3,000.

In total, the Easter Seals 24-Hour Relay raised over $80,000 for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Lions' Easter Seals Camp Winfield.

Thanks to all who participated, and to those who contributed through donations and pledges.

Board of Governor Calls for Comments on Draft Policy #15 (Tobacco and Smoking Product Promotion and Use)
The UBC Board of Governors seeks advice and comments from the university community in regards to a complete revision of Draft Policy #15 (Tobacco and Smoking Product Promotion and Use). This policy is intended to diminish the exposure to smoke and promote health and safety by reducing or eliminating on campus sale and promotion of tobacco and smoking products, and reducing exposure of others to second-hand and side-stream smoke.

The full text of the proposed policy can be found here -- feedback should be submitted to the Office of the University Counsel by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13.

It is expected that, subject to feedback from this public consultation process, the proposed new policy will be submitted to the Board of Governors with a request for final approval at its regularly scheduled meeting in September 2007.


A bird's-eye view of the new UBC Okanagan access project, now under construction along Highway 97 at the south end of campus. The project includes construction of traffic circles for the north and south accesses, and new service roads added to the campus road network.

Construction Update
UBC Okanagan will continue to experience slow traffic movement due to excavation of University Way and installation of geo-thermal piping up to the new Phase 2 housing currently under construction. Construction of the traffic circle near Highway 97 and the removal of the parking stalls east of the Library and SSC buildings will also cause delays for several more weeks.

Starting in early July, construction will begin on the bridge span that will cross Highway 97, eventually linking the fly-over with the rest of campus. There will be possible closures, or re-routing of Highway 97 -- however, the majority of these disruptions will be in the late evening or night hours. Most campus activity will not be affected.

If you have any questions or concerns related to this please contact Colin Lacey, Special Projects Advisor to the AVP Operations.

Okanagan Senate and Committee Meeting Schedule now Online
The new 2007-2008 schedule for the Senate Standing Committees is now on the UBC Okanagan Senate website

Okanagan Senate Meeting Highlights: May 23, 2007

  • Over 650 candidates were approved for degrees and diplomas, including 170 co-conferred degrees with Okanagan College
  • Student Senate Representatives were appointed to the Council of Senates and its Committees
  • Fall elections for Faculty and Convocation Senators were recommended for terms beginning September 1, 2008 (subject to Council of Senates approval of Senate term extension to August 31, 2008)
  • Education Post-baccalaureate Certificates and Diplomas were approved. These are intended to evolve into a series of programs designed to respond to the need for education specialists who will work with children and adolescents with diverse needs using inclusive education practices
  • A third- and fourth-year engineering co-operative placement program was approved for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree

Important items are regularly being passed by the Okanagan Senate. To better inform the campus community, highlights of these items will be posted on the UBC Okanagan Senate website following each scheduled meeting.

For more information e-mail Nathalie Limbos-Bomberg or call 79259.

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June 20, 2007

Farewell Reception Planned for King
After 26 years of service to UBC Okanagan, Okanagan University College and Okanagan College, Arluene King has announced her intention to expand her studies and explore a new career in business.

In celebration of her years of dedicated service -- and to wish her the best -- Graduate Studies will be hosting a reception in her honour. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Date: Wednesday, June 20
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

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

To Register: e-mail Gabriel Gock. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.
Date: Wednesday, July 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN 142

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Offered
Health Promotion -- in partnership with Campus Health and Wellness, Campus Life, and Housing and Conferences -- is offering QPR training for faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan.

QPR Training (question, persuade and refer) fits within our Healthy Workplace Culture Strategy in terms of providing a program which builds the capacity of our faculty and staff to identify, intervene and refer staff or students at risk of suicide to appropriate resources on campus.

QPR is not a form of counselling or treatment, but rather, a community-based approach which offers hope through positive and proactive action.

Session for AVPs, Deans, Directors, Unit Heads
Date: Tuesday, June 26
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

General Session
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please e-mail all RSVPs to Doris Taylor or call 78624. Please note: workshop size is limited, please register early.

If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact Leanne Bilodeau, Health Promotions, or call 78938.

Hosting a Conference at UBC Okanagan?
Have you ever wanted to host your colleagues at a conference at UBC Okanagan? Tourism Kelowna's Host at Home program can help faculty and staff host meetings and conventions. They have registration and marketing tools, and can help with industry connections, delegate packages, itinerary planning, site inspections, and much more.

To set up a personalized meeting with Tourism Kelowna, contact Jennifer Horsnell at 250-861-1515, ext 26.

Be sure to talk to Conference Services if you're considering hosting a conference or meeting for your professional or recreation association. They're happy to assist with all your needs on campus.

"We know that with the expansion and high profile of UBC Okanagan there will be an increased interest in meeting on campus," says Dana Webster, manager of Conference Sales and Marketing. Accommodation and campus facilities are available from May through August.

Contact Dana at 79804 for details or check the website for information on accommodation, meeting facilities, and food and beverage arrangements at UBC Okanagan.

Thurnheer Earns MBA from Sauder School
Human Resources congratulates Laura Thurnheer, Organizational Development & Learning Consultant, on the completion of her graduate studies at the Sauder School of Business. Laura graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree at the May 30 congregation ceremony at UBC's Vancouver campus -- she completed her MBA over two and half years, specializing in Strategic Management. Laura holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC (1984) and a Provincial Instructor Diploma (2000).

Join HR in congratulating Laura on her achievement.

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