More than 1,200 new students received a high-energy welcome to UBC Okanagan on Tuesday morning. Create 2007 included an early morning meet-and-greet exercise called "the mother of all ice-breakers," followed by a rousing invocation ceremony in the gym. President Stephen Toope and DVC Doug Owram addressed the students, and in a fun inter-faculty competition, the deans received thunderous applause from their students when introduced. A whopping stack of 500 pizzas helped feed the hungry students, who then enjoyed a showcase of services in the courtyard in the early afternoon.

Turning the soil on Thursday afternoon on the new University Centre construction site were, from left, DVC Doug Owram, UBCSUO Services Coordinator Bobby Chavarie, UBCSUO Executive Chair and Financial Coordinator Krystal Smith, UBC Student Services rep. Brianne Berchowitz, UBCSUO Internal Coordinator Alexandra Caldwell, UBCSUO External Coordinator Dave Lubbers, and Brad Bennett, Chair of the UBC Board of Governors.

University Centre Construction Begins
An informal sod-turning ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, marked the beginning of construction on the new 35,000-square-foot University Centre at UBC Okanagan. The $33-million project is a partnership between UBC, UBC Students' Union Okanagan, and friends of Peter J. Meekison (for whom the Meekison Student Centre will be named). The facility has been designed to provide space for student services, social interaction, and peer support.

Brad Bennett, Chair of UBC's Board of Governors, and Doug Owram, UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor, joined UBCSUO representatives in turning the symbolic first shovelful of sand. Arriving at the start of construction is an important milestone, reflecting the tremendous hard work that students have put into the project, said Owram. "Thank you all for the time and effort you have put in," he told the students. "By next year at this time, we'll be having an opening ceremony."

University Centre will be home to the UBC Students' Union Okanagan, and a wide range of student services to enhance and support a vibrant campus life for students.

UBC Okanagan Bucks B.C. Trends, Enrolment Grows by 17 per cent
Despite a decrease in the number of B.C. Grade 12 students last year, enrolment has grown by 17 per cent at UBC Okanagan and remains strong at UBC's Vancouver campus for Fall 2007.

This month, UBC Okanagan welcomes 1,266 new first-year students -- an increase of 7.7 per cent -- with total enrolment growing by 17 per cent or nearly 700 students to 4,864, the largest jump in enrolment since its inception in 2005.


World-Renowned Artists to Lead Minds and Music Master Classes
Two world-renowned artists will offer master classes with Okanagan students as part of UBC Okanagan's Minds and Music series this year. Dame Emma Kirkby, a British soprano singer and one of the world's most respected early music specialists, will lead a voice master class on Nov. 19, 2007, while Angele Dubeau, with the all-female string ensemble La Pieta, will work with violin students in a master class on Mar. 2, 2008.


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Luncheons Serve Up Career Experience and Advice for Students
New program will connect UBC Okanagan students with successful UBC alumni mentors
An exciting new program that lets students explore their career options with hands-on help from alumni and other community leaders opens Sept. 21.

Mentors with real-world experience in a wide range of career fields will soon be helping UBC Okanagan students choose and prepare for bright futures, thanks to the new Interior Savings Mentoring Luncheon Series. This series features monthly working lunches and a connection to students and recent UBC Okanagan graduates with UBC alumni who have built successful careers in law, education, management and other fields.

Make sure students know about this important and innovative resource. For background on the UBC Okanagan Interior Savings Mentoring Luncheon Series visit the website.

Reminder: Healthy Workplace Culture Survery
The Healthy Workplace Culture Advisory Group needs input from the UBC Okanagan community. Please take a few minutes to complete the confidential web-based survey -- this survey is an important way to provide input that will identify and link the elements of a healthy workplace culture at UBC Okanagan. The input deadline for this survey is Sept. 28.

Community consultations are also planned for this fall -- stay tuned for details.

For more information contact Leanne Bilodeau at 78938.

Welcome to U -- A New First Year Student Initiative
This year faculty and staff are invited to join in what is being called the Welcome to U initiative. A new idea for UBC Okanagan, this initiative involves finding volunteer faculty or staff to mentor ten first year students.

The intention of the program is to offer a personal touch to all first-year students and let them know that there are individuals on campus who are interested in seeing them succeed.

If you are interested in becoming a first-year mentor, please contact Leanne Perry at 79212 or Mary Demarinis at 78210.

Community and Continuing Studies Offers Certificate Program in Intercultural Studies
Community and Continuing Studies is pleased to offer the Certificate in Intercultural Studies (CIS) in partnership with the UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Intercultural Communication.

Course Format: 70 hours -- three days in a face-to-face workshop, and seven weeks online. This course is an intensive combined offering of CIS 501 Foundations of Intercultural Studies and CIS 502 Skills in Intercultural Communication.

For detailed information on the CIS program and application process, please visit the Community and Continuing Studies website. To register for CIS 501/502 contact Tia-Maria Hoeller, or call 78177.

Discover and Rediscover UBC
Fall is a busy time of the year for new faculty as they start the academic year. To help ease the transition into a new workplace, UBC Human Resources has developed a virtual Welcome and Resource Centre.

Key features of the web portal include the Quick Start Orientation -- a new online self-service tool that delivers customized information to help new hires.

Seeking Internal Coaches: Coaching Internship Program
UBC Coaching Services is launching a new funding program to support the development of internal coaches. In order to continue to build the capacity of the Coaching program, Organizational Development & Learning has made a commitment to support faculty and staff interested in pursuing certification as a coach.

Faculty and staff interested in applying for funding support are encouraged to review the selection criteria and application form online. The deadline for completed applications is Monday, Oct. 1.

Research Services Update
The Research Services office has re-invented its web presence and is inviting UBC Okanagan faculty and staff to see what is available.

This site offers information about funding opportunities, research grant information, research ethics, and faculty research information.

The new site can be viewed here.

Official Moving/Relocation Vendor Selected
UBC Human Resources has announced that Armstrong International Movers has been selected as the designated moving and relocation vendor for UBC, effective immediately. Armstrong must be used for relocations in order to qualify for central funding reimbursement under Policy #82 -- Relocation of Faculty Members and Senior Management Staff. Having a single relocation provider allows the University to achieve very competitive reduced rates.

For details, view the pdf:

Additional information on relocation is available on the Human Resources website

New Human Rights & Equity Advisor
Effective Sept. 1, Human Rights & Equity Advisor Marie Molloy will be on a one-year leave to pursue a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC Okanagan.

Nythalah Baker, Career Advisor for Career Service & Co-Op Education, is being seconded to fill the position during Marie's leave of absence. Nythalah is a UBC graduate with a Master's degree in Social Work. She has worked with a wide range of clients requesting counselling and has experience in developing and teaching workshops on employee rights, and appropriate workplace conduct. She also facilitated training on issues of awareness and education as well as on the social and cultural contexts of marginalization.

Please welcome Nythalah to her new appointment. She can be contacted at 79291 or via e-mail.

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September 5, 2007

UBC Okanagan Research Tea Breaks
The Office of the AVP Academic & Research invites all faculty and staff participate in this annual series of informal discussions and lectures. The 2007 schedule is as follows:

Dr. Cynthia Mathieson -- Psychology
Sept. 18, Telling Stories: Why and How We Study Narrative

Dr. Susan Murch -- Chemistry
Oct. 16, You are what you eat

Dr. Ruth Frost -- History
Nov. 20, What made "good immigrants"? Immigration from Europe to Canada in the late 1800s

Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: SCI247

For a full listing or for more information, visit the Research Services website.

Dialogue on Diversity Forum
The Dialogue on Diversity Forum will provide an opportunity for the campus community to talk about how we each experience power and privilege, and to educate, inspire, and activate the UBC Okanagan community to create a campus environment free from prejudice, discrimination and harassment.

All campus community welcome -- a social with refreshments will follow.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Next Distinguished Speaker Series Talk to be Held at UBC Okanagan Campus
Moura Quayle, B.C.'s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education will be featured in a special campus-based Distinguished Speaker Series talk next month.

Dr. Quayle, who led the planning team as the UBC Okanagan academic plan was being created, will discuss the transformation required to create the B.C. Campus of Learning envisioned in the Campus 2020 report.

Tickets are free, however, online registration is required. A reception will follow in the Arts Atrium.

Date: Monday, Oct. 1
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: ART366 Arts Building

Visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website

Team Based Learning Community of Practice
A number of UBC Okanagan faculty are using Team Based Learning in their classrooms and are building interest in others to find out more. The community of practice workshop will provide faculty with an opportunity to share best practices, experiences, and network with instructors from other faculties.

Date: Friday, Sept. 14
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: TBA
Session Leader: Heather Marshall

Register for this workshop

Teaching Squares
Open to all faculty, the Teaching Squares Initiative celebrates teaching excellence, builds communities of practice, and aims to enhance teaching and learning through a structured process of classroom observation, reflection, discussion and plan for renewal.

Each participant will be placed into a "Square" with three other instructors from diverse content areas. An initial meeting is held where participants meet to schedule classroom visits and discuss their goals for participating in the program. Each Square participant is then required to visit one class per week and will be visited once a week by another Teaching Squares participant. After all such visits have been completed (3 weeks), the entire Square will reconvene to discuss what they discovered about their own teaching.

Date: Sessions are held Sept. 17 to Oct. 12, Oct. 1 to Oct. 26, or Oct 15 to Nov. 2
Location: TBA
Session Leaders: Heather Marshall & Peter Arthur

To register for this program or for more information contact Heather Marshall at 79288, or visit the Centre for Teaching & Learning website.

Teaching Assistant Workshop Buffet to be Held Saturday, Sept. 15 and 22
Workshop Buffet defined: Workshops prepared and laid-out before you so that you can serve yourself.

In preparation for the new term, the Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering a plethora of workshops that T.A.s can pick and choose from.

Morning Session:
9 - 9:40 Session 1
Preparing for the First Class
9:50 - 10:30 Session 2
Group Process & Active Learning
10:40 - 11:15 Session 3
Lesson Basics Part One
11:20 - 12-noon Session 4
Grading Practices

12-noon Pizza Lunch

Afternoon Session:
1 to 1:45 Session 5
WebCT Introduction & Orientation
2 - 2:45 Session 6
WebCT Assignment Drop box
3 - 3:45 Session 7
WebCT Gradebook

Date: Saturday, Sept. 15 or 22
Location: TBA

Register for this workshop

Please note: Registration is required for each individual session that you plan to attend so that proper materials may be prepared.

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