On hand for this week's signing of the Trades and Technology Teacher Education agreement were (back row, from left) Robert Campbell, Dean of UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Education; Phil Beckmann, Dean of Science, Technology and Health at Okanagan College; John Haller, Dean of Trades at Okanagan College. (Front row) Gwen Zilm, Assoc. Vice President, Learning Services, at UBC Okanagan, and Andrew Hay, Okanagan College’s Vice President of Education.

Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan Sign Education Partnership
There's big demand for trades and technology teachers in B.C.'s secondary schools. Responding to the need, Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan are working together to help more students become qualified secondary school teachers with this specialization.
The two institutions signed a letter of understanding on Monday that will see students from the two-year Trades and Technology Teacher Education (TTTE) diploma program at Okanagan College seamlessly move into the Trades and Technology Specialty in UBC Okanagan’s Secondary Teacher Education Program.
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This Neck of the Woods Offers Unique Performance at UBC Okanagan
The first performance to be staged in UBC Okanagan's recently remodeled theatre promises to be very different from the kind of performances based on written drama many theatre fans are used to.

This Neck of the Woods, created by Neil Cadger, Associate Professor of Creative Studies, in collaboration with students and alumni, will take to the stage from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. 

"It's not a play. It's a performance and we're still in the process of creating it," Cadger points out. "We're using a combination of media elements, plenty of projected imagery, live and recorded sound, speech, song, dance -- a broad palette of live-art ingredients."


UBC Okanagan Offers French and Spanish Immersion in Lakeside Setting
An Okanagan lakeside resort in Kelowna is the location for the next Immersion Weekend for French and Spanish, offered through UBC Okanagan's Community and Continuing Studies. Intended for people interested in practicing French or Spanish in an immersion setting, the program will be held on the weekend of November 2 and 3, 2007.

"What makes this program unique is that students learn in a beautiful setting," says Tia-Maria Hoeller. "They can take in the views of Okanagan Lake from Manteo Resort where the classes take place, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Sunset Bistro where the Saturday evening dinner and cultural entertainment will be held."

The emphasis of this program is on a true immersion experience where conversational language skills are honed.


Voices Taking Action for a Healthier Campus Community at UBC Okanagan
Last Tuesday, Oct. 9, marked the launch of a community consultation phase in Voices, a 17-month action research project to discover the community's vision of a healthy campus. A second phase will see the creation of change through partnerships across all campus sectors. The research team believes a unique opportunity for "getting it right" exists at UBC Okanagan as the campus is experiencing rapid growth.
Through the study, UBC Okanagan students, administrators, faculty, staff and business persons have an opportunity to voice their health interests and questions, form partnerships, make plans and take action to create sustainable health-promoting change on campus.


Note: Many students are working on the study as researchers and project workers, some for course credit and others as volunteers. Faculty interested in having students involved as part of their course work during the next three terms are welcome to contact principal investigator Claire Budgen at 79204, or contact the Wellness Centre at 79270.

Student Leadership Conference Calls for
Volunteers and Presenters

UBC Okanagan is hosting the first-annual Student Leadership Conference for all students who work on campus as employees or volunteers. This conference, to be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is offering students sessions on group development, leadership skills, group dynamics, team-building activities and more.

If you are interested in helping with the conference as a volunteer, or being a session presenter, please contact Brianne Berchowitz at 79619. Oct. 19 is the deadline for proposals and participant registrations. Space is limited so register early.

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

Seeking Workplace Practices Input -- the People Plan Framework
At the beginning of the 2007 academic year, Human Resources revised the People Plan discussion paper into a planning document: Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC. The renaming of the people plan framework is part of the transition to move from the discussion paper to a course of action for the university.

This important framework for people practices is currently in its final draft and faculty and staff are encouraged to provide their thoughts and feedback by October 31, 2007. The framework will be brought to the Board of Governors for approval in Nov. 2007, with implementation beginning as early as Jan. 2008.

Read the Focus on People framework online.

Then, use the online Feedback Form to provide your comments and suggestions.

Dining Services Survey Available Online
Aramark is conducting a survey to better understand campus lifestyles and preferences -- share your thoughts and help Aramark gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus dining experience. There is an opportunity to win a Video iPod or iTunes gift card for every individual who completes the survey.

The online survey will take 8 to 10 minutes and all responses are confidential.

Start the survey.

Why Use UBC Okanagan's Contracted Travel Vendor?
Only UBC's contracted travel vendor provides the widest range of options, giving you the control to make informed choices.

North South Travel will save your department time and money -- here is how:

  • UBC's Corporate flight pass program for North America on AC services, all fees and taxes included.
  • UBC's negotiated discounts for air, car and hotel.
  • No additional service fees for cancellations, changes, refunds etc, unlike other travel providers.
  • UBC's own online travel portal Cliqbook - great for planning purposes - allows review of UBC negotiated rates or air, car, hotel.
  • All UBC Okanagan staff and faculty receive a 5% discount on select holiday packages.

For complete information about UBC's travel program visit the website.

Lisa Grekul's Leaving Shadows on 2007 Kobzar Shortlist
For the second time in three years, a book by Lisa Grekul, Assistant Professor with the Department of Critical Studies, is on the shortlist for the Kobzar Literary Award. Her book Leaving Shadows: Literature in English by Canada's Ukrainians was published in 2005 by University of Alberta Press, and is now the 2007 shortlist for the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation's  prestigious $25,000 award.
Leaving Shadows is one part literary history, one part cultural study of ethnicity within the shifting discourses of Canadian nationhood. The book traces the unfolding tradition of English-language Ukrainian writing through substantive analysis of works by Maara Haas, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Myrna Kostash, Vera Lysenko, George Ryga, and Andrew Suknaski.
Grekul's first book, the novel Kalyna's Song, was shortlisted for the award two years ago.
The Kobzar Literary Award is intended to foster cultural development in Canada through the Literary Arts and create opportunities for all Canadian writers to explore Ukrainian Canadian themes that are relevant to Canadians. The awards ceremony will be held March 6, 2008, in Toronto.
Read more about Lisa Grekul's latest research project in the September edition of UBC Reports,

HR Welcomes New Organizational Development Consultant
A native of B.C. who recently re-located from Chicago, Nicole Udzenija joined the HR department Oct. 9, replacing Laura Thurnheer.

Nicole has a background in communications, change management and organizational development -- taking senior roles in a variety of industries ranging from transportation to health care to higher education. Most recently with the University of Illinois, she was a communications director and lead for a $200-million change initiative.

Nicole will be focusing on organizational development and effectiveness initiatives including training, recognition, orientation and coaching. Feel free to contact her at 78623 to find out more about her services, and how she can help with individual, team and organizational development.

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October 17, 2007

At last year's United Way Halloween BBQ and Pumpkin Silent Auction, Margo Yacheshyn's Haida pumpkin went for $50.

United Way Halloween BBQ, Pumpkin Carving Contest and Silent Auction
Department pride is on the line again in this year's United Way Halloween BBQ and Pumpkin Carving Contest. Design and carve a pumpkin, come out to the Oct. 31 BBQ to vote for your favourite design, and make a bid in the Silent Auction to give one a home -- the winner, or winning group, gets bragging rights and their photo in the Nov. 7 edition of The Exchange. All pumpkins entered will be put up in the Silent Auction with proceeds going to the United Way campaign.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 31 -- bring the pumpkin to the BBQ by 11 a.m.
Time: 11:15 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Campus Courtyard
Price: $4 gets you a hamburger or veggie burger, drink, bag of chips and a Halloween treat.

For more information contact Erin Podmorow or call 79258.

Reminder: Book Donations Needed for United Way Campaign
A reminder to the UBC Okanagan community: the Library is accepting used book donations for the United Way Book Sale in November. If you have a few "gently used" novels or books that you would like to donate, please bring them to the Library. There will be a drop-off box located near the Information Desk just inside the Library doors.

Kelowna Poetry Reading with Rachel Rose
Poet Rachel Rose will give a public reading of her work at the downtown Kelowna Library tonight.

Her first book, Giving My Body to Science, (McGill/Queen's University Press) was a finalist for The Gerald Lampert Award, The Pat Lowther Award, and the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal, and won the Quebec Writers' Federation A.M. Klein Award. Her second book, Notes on Arrival and Departure, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2005. In 2008, she will be the poetry mentor at Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St.

For more information contact Nancy Holmes, Department of Creative Studies, at 79369.

UBC Okanagan Seminar Series
Major Tom Bradley,
Chief of Staff of Operations for the Joint Task Force Afghanistan
Canada's Mission in Afghanistan

Date: October 18
3 to 5 p.m.

West Coast Optimization Meeting Held in Kelowna Oct. 27
The West Coast Optimization Meeting is a one-day informal meeting that brings together Optimization researchers from across the Pacific Northwest, and is being held in Kelowna for the first time. 

Guest speakers
Dr. Boris Mordukhovich (Wayne State University) and
Dr. Terry Rockafellar (University of Washington)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
Time: All day
Location: SCI333
For more information, visit the website.

Second Annual Career Fair to be Held Nov. 6
The second annual UBC Okanagan Career Fair will be held on Tuesday Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Over 40 employers from a variety of industries across British Columbia -- financial services, engineering, hospitality and health care -- will be vying for students' attention and over a thousand students are expected to attend the event. 

For a complete list of participating employers visit the website.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium

For more information contact Shawn Swallow

Introduction to Student Information Service Centre (SISC)
This workshop will provide hands-on training on using the UBC student administrative system. Participants will learn how to navigate the system and learn how to use the SISC to support registration, academic advising and other student-related activities. With this system you can avoid manual calculation of averages and searching through paper files for student information.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: FIN142
To register: e-mail Diane Dyrdal.   Seating is limited, so register early. Bring your Novell and CWL passwords with you.

Faculty Service Centre (FSC) Training
This workshop will provide hands-on training on using the UBC faculty administrative system.  Attendees will learn how to look up class lists, submit grades online, and how to use the system to e-mail students.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: FIN142
To register: e-mail Diane Dyrdal.   Seating is limited, so register early. Bring your Novell and CWL passwords with you.

WebCT Wednesdays
You are invited to drop by the Centre for Teaching and Learning Wednesday afternoons for help with WebCT. These are unstructured session times when help will be available to you regarding any concerns, issues or questions you have about using WebCT.

Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: SSC044

Critical Thinking Community of Practice
Join this new Community of Practice. Discuss strategies for implementing Critical Thinking into the classroom and review current literature pertaining to Critical Thinking. Contact Janine Hirtz or Heather Marshall for further information.

Date: Monday, Nov. 5
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: LIB304

Register for this workshop

Assessment & Evaluation: Sharing Best Practices
This workshop will provide faculty with the opportunity to discuss their assessment and evaluation practices and will offer faculty access to a variety of ideas and strategies concerning grading practices at UBC Okanagan.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: TBA
Session Leader: Heather Marshall

Register for this workshop

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.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN142

To Register: e-mail Gabriel Gock, UBC Okanagan Finance. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.