An official opening ceremony for the new Highway 97 flyover was held Monday morning, attended by B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon, Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, and UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram. A B.C. Transit hybrid-fuel bus broke through the ribbon as the first public vehicle across the new span.

UBC Okanagan Flyover Is Open
The new flyover from northbound Highway 97 to the UBC Okanagan campus opened to traffic on Monday afternoon. 

The left-turn lane from Highway 97 to University Way has now been closed and the campus is no longer accessible from that intersection. 

The Ministry of Transportation has placed an electronic message board south of the Ellison overpass alerting northbound traffic that the new flyover to UBC Okanagan is now open.

Auditions Open for UBC Okanagan
Master Class with Dame Emma Kirkby
World-renowned soprano Dame Emma Kirkby will perform and teach during a visit to Kelowna on Nov. 19.

Invited to the Okanagan by the Minds and Music series with help from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Endowment Fund at UBC Okanagan, Kirkby will perform in the afternoon, then lead a master class with four voice students selected from the Okanagan region by an audition process that will open immediately.

"We hope this special event builds on the tremendous success of our first master class earlier this year," says Minds and Music Series founder and organizer Manuela Ungureanu. "We're in a great position to accomplish just that with Dame Kirkby coming to lead a master class and also performing for an Okanagan audience -- we're sure people in our region will be very excited about the opportunity to hear this distinguished Early Music specialist sing and coach young artists."


First-Annual Student Leadership Conference
UBC Okanagan will host its first annual student leadership conference on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Student Services intern Brianne Berchowitz is looking for faculty and staff who are interested in participating as a volunteer or presenter. All students who work on campus as employees or volunteers are invited to attend.

Sessions being offered are group development, leadership skills, group dynamics, team building activities and more. For a $25 fee, students can register to participate in this daylong conference which will also include a hot lunch.

If you are interested in helping with the conference or being a session presenter, please contact Brianne Berchowitz at 79619. All faculty and staff are encouraged to inform students about this new conference.

For details and registration information, please visit the campus life website.


Don't Tread on Me: Campus Drivers Asked to be Aware of Campus Pedestrians
Garry Appleton, Manager, Security and Parking Services at UBC Okanagan, is calling for all members of the campus community to be more attentive to the pedestrians on campus.

"We have over 4,000 students on campus this year, and many of them are experiencing this campus for the first time," says Appleton. "We have new roads, new bus routes, new buildings, and new parking lots on campus -- everyone is getting adjusted to the new setup and we've had a few close-calls already. Please, let's all be aware and road safe."

Signs are in place indicating the new route to Kelowna on Penticton Road departing campus to the south. Drivers passing in front of the bus stop must be doubly aware of pedestrians approaching or leaving the bus stop or crossing the road to Parking Lot E. 

Call for Abstracts, Presentations and Volunteers to Join in the Second-Annual Health Symposium
Planning for the second annual UBC Okanagan Health Symposium is well underway and faculty members are being called to give a 60- to 90-minute presentation at the symposium on Feb. 19. Consider becoming a presenter if you are working or researching in any of the following related areas: 

  • Healthy cultures, communities, or social-capital

  • Capacity building

  • Social sustainability

  • Mental health issues and implications for the workplace

  • Diversity issues in the workplace

  • Leadership

  • Individual health and wellness (i.e. aging well, nutrition, financial health)

  • Changing demographics and implications for workplaces and beyond

Submission content: Authors' names; submitted by; contact information; and title of abstract (should be a maximum of 10 words and indicate contents precisely). Abstract should be a maximum of 150 words. Please also include a short biography, maximum 150 words, on a separate page. Please send completed abstract to Leanne Bilodeau, Health Promotions Coordinator.

Deadline for submission: Friday Oct. 19, 2007

Call for Volunteers The Health Symposium also needs volunteering students, staff and faculty who want to be a part of creating this great day. Please contact Barb James or call 78155 to get started.


Learning Exchange Donors Meet Active Student Volunteer
Education student Paul Emerson met UBC Board of Governors member Jim Eccott and his wife Shirley-Anne at an on-campus evening reception hosted by the Board last Wednesday. Emerson, who was the student speaker at the reception, is a volunteer with the UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange. "The buildings are great. The stuff is important. But it's programs like the Learning Exchange that make the university experience so powerful," Emerson told the gathering.

Last year, the Eccotts gave $250,000 for consultation and planning to establish the Learning Exchange, which is now operating at UBC Okanagan under the guidance of manager Phil Bond.

Learn more about UBC Okanagan's Learning Exchange

Staffing Update -- Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor
For those looking to contact the Deputy Vice Chancellor, or anyone in the DVC office, please note the following update:

  • Diane Rentiers is now the DVC Receptionist she can be reached at 79226

  • Valerie Whitten is now Director of the DVC Office. Her assistant is now Lynn Pendleton

  • Wendy Peppar remains Assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor. Her assistant is now Caron Currie.

  • Lea-Ann Arnold remains Budget & Planning Officer. Her assistant is now Melanie Franson.

Human Rights & Equity Services (HES) Office Has Moved
HES has changed locations on campus and is now located in LIB236. Nythalah Baker, Acting Human Rights and Equity Advisor, welcomes people to stop by the new office location and say hello.

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
October 17 October 12 (Friday)
November 7 November 2 (Friday)
November 21 November 16 (Friday)

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October 3, 2007

UBC Okanagan Holds International Pot Luck Harvest Festival
Celebratory Harvest Festivals are held around the world, and international students at UBC Okanagan are holding their own international Thanksgiving celebration on Oct. 4.

Each participant is asked to bring their favorite traditional Thanksgiving dish or a favourite international dish. Ray Taheri has also volunteered to design a pictorial world map created from submitted photos from staff, faculty, and students. E-mail him your favourite photo of your home country and he will post it up on a map.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 4
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Location: Portable PBT
RSVP Pany Hamzehi

Deans' Lecture Series
Community and Continuing Studies presents the inaugural UBC Okanagan Deans' Lecture Series. This engaging Friday afternoon brown bag lunch lecture series illustrates the latest developments in research and teaching currently taking place at UBC Okanagan.

Friday, Oct. 12
Dr. Joan Bottorff, Dean of Health and Social Development
In Mixed Company: Women and Prostate Cancer Support Groups

Friday, Oct. 19
Dr. Ian Stuart
, Dean of Management
Can Canadian Manufacturing Survive the Soaring Loonie?

Time: 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna
Registration: No cost, but registration is required. E-mail or call 78177 to reserve a seat.

For a full listing of the lectures, visit the website.

Web of Deceit: When, Where and Why People Lie Online
How does communication technology change the way we deceive others? Why and how do people lie in online dating? Can people detect if they are being lied to in an e-mail? Can computer programs identify word patterns that reveal whether someone is lying or not? This talk will examine these questions and describe some recent research that may shed some light on the answers.

Jeff Hancock is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and in the Faculty of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University. His work is concerned with how information technologies affect the way we talk to and understand one another.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.

Biology Seminar Series
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Jack Teng
, UBC Vancouver
Land use practices and the infection risk to tick-borne diseases in the South Okanagan.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Jen Walker
, UBC Okanagan
High arctic soil microbial communities are structured by site characteristics, depth and warming.

For a full listing of the lectures, visit the website.

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: SCI219

Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble's Performs The Barber of Barkerville
Adapted from one of the world's most popular operas, Rossini's comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville has been relocated to B.C.'s historic Barkerville during the exciting Gold Rush in the next Minds and Music performance on Oct. 16. This must-see production is filled with laughter, charm, historical detail and some of opera's most memorabl e music.

Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble: Consisting of four rising young Canadian opera singers, a pianist and a stage manager, this group travels throughout British Columbia performing on stage and in schools.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: SSC026 Theatre

Climate Change in B.C. -- A Paleoenvironmental Perspective 
A public lecture with Dr. Ian Walker, Professor of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences, UBC Okanagan.

A comprehensive review of paleoenvironmental data provides the basis for evaluating natural climate variability in south British Columbia. In this talk, Dr. Ian Walker will discuss key indicators of past changes, which include paleolimnological, paleobotanical, glaciological and dendroclimatological evidence.

This public lecture is part of a series presented by the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. Admission is $5 at door.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007
7 p.m.
Okanagan College's Kalamalka Campus Lecture Theatre (7000 College Way, Vernon).

More info...

Understanding Financial Risks and Internal Controls
This workshop provides tools necessary to manage financial risks of the unit and also support the 2007-2008 Financial Statement Certification Program. The training is designed in a case study format and is very interactive.

Date: Monday, Oct. 15
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: LIB308
To register:
e-mail Gabriel Gock.

Team Based Learning Community of Practice
A number of faculty members are using Team Based Learning in their classrooms and others wish to learn more. The community of practice will provide faculty with an opportunity to share best practices and network with instructors from other faculties. Jim Sibley, Manager of the Centre for Instructional Support at UBC's Vancouver campus, will be joining this session via videoconference.

If you are interested in learning more about this strategy and/or are using it now, please join us for the first meeting of this exciting new Community of Practice.

Friday, Oct. 19
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: SCI331

Register for this workshop