Bus Rapid Transit Announced for UBC Okanagan
A new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will get into gear this September, carrying passengers from Kelowna's downtown Queensway terminal to UBC Okanagan in about 27 minutes flat -- including stops at the Orchard Park terminal and Rutland. The new BRT was announced at UBC Okanagan last Thursday.

"The BRT will result in faster travel times and shorter trips for passengers between the Queensway terminal and UBC Okanagan," said Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd. "Customers will see more frequent peak-hour service and 15-minute service at other times."

The federal government has transferred $11 million from gas tax revenues to the Regional District of Central Okanagan to fund the first two phases of the BRT -- phase 2, next year, will extend the BRT service to Westbank.

"Reliable and efficient public transit is key to ensuring sustainable and vibrant communities, and contributing to the health of the environment right here in the Okanagan Valley," said the Hon. Stockwell Day, MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla, in making the announcement on campus last Thursday morning.

"Increased transportation options mean less traffic congestion, improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, making a difference in our day-to-day lives and supporting vibrant, integrated communities," said Tom Christensen, Minister of Children and Family Development and MLA for Okanagan-Vernon.

UBC Okanagan math tutors Genadiy Selivanov and Angela Hollier are using digital tablets -- which allow them to draw math symbols and equations -- to help students through math challenges online.
Math Tutoring Goes Digital at UBC Okanagan
Without leaving his home in Penticton, math tutor Genadiy Selivanov can now help other university students work on their calculus skills. Forget the weather, and never mind the distance, math tutoring is going digital in a big way at UBC Okanagan.

"I live in Penticton, another student lives in Vernon. With online access, students can be anywhere and we can help them," says Selivanov, who graduated in June with a Bachelor of Science degree and continues this summer as one of the UBC Okanagan Learning Centre's 26 math and science tutors.

Working on campus or from home, tutors use small digital drawing tablets connected to their computers, typing instructions and encouragement while literally drawing math symbols and equations, walking through math problems step by step. Students connect with tutors using common Microsoft MSN Messenger software -- a tool many students already have for instant messaging among friends and family.


Work Study Program Now Available to All Domestic Students for 2007/2008
Work Study is now open to all domestic undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 9 credits per term or graduate students paying full-time tuition fees.

The program enables you to hire an eligible UBC Okanagan student at a subsidized wage of $9 per hour for a maximum of 12 hours per week. Your student can continue working until they reach their authorized earnings of $3,000 or until April 30, 2008, whichever comes first.

For more information about the Work Study Program and to download the Project Proposal, form visit the Work Study website.

If you have any questions, contact Shawn.Swallow@ubc.ca or call 79223.

Construction Update Notice: Traffic Pattern Changes and Detours on Highway 97
Starting July 27, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation will be installing bridge girders over Highway 97 for the Flyover project. This operation will be occurring on the highway during night hours -- detours, lane closures and traffic pattern changes will be implemented in both southbound and northbound directions.

Expect delays on Highway 97 and please follow and obey all signage and traffic control personnel.

Detailed closure information is as follows:
Date: July 27 to August 3 and August 6 to August 15
Time: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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

Student Services intern Brianne Berchowitz hopes to make a career of improving the lives of post-secondary students.

New Grad Explores Career in Student Services
Brianne Berchowitz is a UBC Okanagan pioneer. As the first person selected for Student Services' new internship program, she's blazing a trail that may be followed by many new grads looking for hands-on experience delivering services for students.

Berchowitz, who graduated from UBC Okanagan with a sociology degree in June, started her post-secondary studies in her home town of Penticton, moving to Kelowna in her second year. "I was going to go to the University of Calgary, but considered staying when I heard UBC was coming," she recalls.

Last year, Berchowitz served as the Internal Coordinator for the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) executive. "I enjoyed it and wanted to explore student services," she says. "I wanted to remain involved in making for a better student experience, and liked the idea of working for the university administration to do so".

Her internship began June 1, and already Berchowitz has been involved with numerous projects to benefit students on campus, including international student orientation, the U-Turn program, working with the Academic Resource Centre, helping plan a conference for parents of students new to UBC Okanagan and a student leadership conference in October to engage students on campus beyond the Student Life Council.

"The goal is to get a grasp of everything in Student Services," she says, observing that this on-the-job learning will be invaluable as she makes a career of building better student experiences.

"I definitely want to do something with students," says Berchowitz. "I really like the student services field -- there are so many ways you can get involved. It would be nice to make it a career."

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July 18, 2007

Get Involved with Create 2007 -- UBC Okanagan's New Student Orientation
Drop by and join the Create 2007 team on July 25 team for an information open house. This is a good opportunity to meet the orientation team, hear about what is new this year, and find out how you and your department can get involved in welcoming our newest students to our campus. Coffee and goodies will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

For more information about Create 2007 visit the website, send us an email or all 78093.

From powerful Taiko drumming to comic opera, the third season of Minds and Music will be packed with entertaining solo and group performances, special concerts, master classes, and more.

Taiko Drummers
September 12, 2007
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Courtyard

Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble's The Barber of Barkerville
October 16, 2007
Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre Theatre, SSC 026

One of the world's most popular operas, Rossini's comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville has been relocated to British Columbia's historic Barkerville during the exciting Gold Rush.

More information about the 2007-2008 season is on the Minds and Music website.

Tell us about your event!
We welcome your information about upcoming events to include in The Exchange's Events section, or in UBC Okanagan's online What's Happening event listing. Send information, including a contact person in case we need to follow up, to Chris Guenard in Public Affairs.

Administration Forms Training
Human Resources and Finance are pleased to offer two workshops on UBC Faculty and Staff Administration Forms. These workshops will cover how to complete and submit Faculty Appointment Forms, Staff Appointment Forms, Leave of Absence Forms and Transfer & Severance Notices.

If you are an Administrator who is responsible for completing Faculty and/or Staff Appointment Forms, you should attend these sessions.

Space is limited -- please register early.

UBC Administration Forms -- Faculty
Date: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART118

UBC Administration Forms -- Staff
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART118

To register: e-mail Gabriel Gock with the following:

name, position, e-mail address, telephone number, department, and the workshop date you plan on attending.

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 Chris Guenard

Publication Date Submission Deadline
August 1 July 27 (Friday)
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