Piper Samuel Doyle played as the colour party marched in for last year's first Remembrance Day ceremony on the UBC Okanagan campus. This year's ceremony is tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8, starting at 10:45 a.m. in the courtyard.

Remembrance Day Ceremony at UBC Okanagan Thursday
Veteran's Week will be observed at UBC Okanagan with a special Remembrance Day ceremony tomorrow (10:45 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8) in the campus courtyard. This is the second-annual Remembrance Day ceremony at UBC Okanagan and combines traditions from UBC and the Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony has been organized by students, faculty and staff working with Legion Branch 26.

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Remembrance Day Ceremony -- Lest We Forget

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Ceremony: 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the courtyard
Reception: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Services Centre foyer

For more information visit the website.

Deepak Binning Foundation Creates $250,000 Scholarship Endowment at UBC Okanagan
An endowment of $250,000 from the Deepak Binning Foundation means more students than ever will soon be eligible for Community Builder Scholarships to UBC Okanagan. Their success will honour the memory of a determined and enthusiastic young man, Inderjeet Deepak Binning, who died of cancer soon after graduating from Richmond's J.H. Cambie Secondary School in 1999.

In 2000, family and friends created the Deepak Binning Foundation to honour Deepak's memory and spirit. Through fundraising efforts in Vancouver, Kelowna and Edmonton, the foundation has now created the Deepak Binning Foundation Community Builder Scholarship Fund which will impact generations of new students entering UBC Okanagan from throughout the B.C.'s Southern Interior.


isaacsonCareer Achievement Award for School of Engineering's Dean Michael Isaacson
Dr. Michael Isaacson, a founder of UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering and Dean of UBC's Faculty of Applied Science, has received the BC Innovation Council 2007 Chairman's Award for Career Achievement.

Isaacson is recognized around the world as a leader in the field of offshore and coastal hydrodynamics research. The BC Innovation Council honoured Isaacson with the achievement award "for his continued contributions to the advancement of British Columbia's scientific and engineering communities."


gryhpnGryphon Trio's UBC Okanagan Visit to Include Old Photographs Workshop
When the Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio visits UBC Okanagan on Nov. 13 for a Minds and Music series free public performance, they will also present a short workshop guiding a young trio from Vernon's Community Music School in the performance of Old Photographs

Composed by Christos Hatzis, Old Photographs was recorded by the Gryphon Trio in 2000 and is one of the group's signature performances. Vernon high school students Ali Wasiliew (violin), Morgan Gauthier (cello), and Lauren Dvorak (piano) have studied music together for the past four years. As the Copernicus Trio, they've been working on Old Photographs for the past year under the tutelage of Vernon Community Music School chamber music instructor Bev Martens.


Vote Now: Polls Close Nov. 26
Vote now for Okanagan faculty and staff representatives for the Board of Governors and for joint faculties representatives for the Okanagan Senate (for its second three-year term). Polls for these elections close on November 26, 2007, at 12 a.m.

All persons assigned to the Okanagan campus of the University with the ranks of Professor (any grade), Instructor (any grade), or Lecturer are eligible to vote for Okanagan Faculty Representatives for the Board of Governors and for Joint Faculties Representatives for the Okanagan Senate in this election. Please note that emeritus, clinical, adjunct, and honorary professors are not eligible.

All employees of the University who are assigned to the Okanagan Campus who are not eligible for the Faculty Representative to the Board positions are eligible to vote for Staff Representatives for the Board of Governors in this election.

Vote now

Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award: Who Will You Nominate?
Do you know a UBC Okanagan professor or instructor on continuing appointment who should be nominated for the 2008 UBC Okanagan Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation?

Nominations close Dec. 31. The award will be presented at the UBC Okanagan Learning Conference in May 2008.

For more information visit the website.

United Way United Way Campaign Activities Update

Used Book Sale
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: LIB Foyer

Bake Sale and Silent Auction
Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 21
Time:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location:  SSC Foyer
Coffee and treat combos are available for $2 each.

United Way Poinsettia Sale
Get a beautiful potted poinsettia and support the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign.
Cost: $15 per poinsettia
Order by:
Nov. 18
Delivered on: Nov. 23

Contact Sharon McCoubrey, Associate Professor of Education, at 78109 to place orders, or download the order form (PDF) and send your completed form via campus mail to LIB245.

winnerWalk-through Breakfast Prize Winners
First-year Science student Nick Coward won the UBC Okanagan Book Store $50 gift certificate, donated by the Library in support of the United Way Walk-through Breakfast in October. UBC Okanagan United Way campaign chair Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services, presented the prize. Fine Arts student Chelsea Brisco won an iPod Nano.

Early Pledge Nets Wine Prize
Dr. Trudy Kavanagh, Assistant Professor with Barber School of Arts and Sciences Unit 2, sent in her United Way pledge form early and is the winner of two bottles of UBC Okanagan labeled wine. Congratulations Trudy. Show your support for the United Way by sending in your pledge forms or joining one of the United Way committee's many fun (and fund-raising) events.

Food Exchange Superheroes Needed to Combat Student Hunger
It is the end of the semester and many students are finding their food budgets running low -- The Food Exchange is calling out for super heroes on campus to help keep students happy, fed, and studying. Student Services and the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) teamed up last year to start the student food exchange program: an open shelf where people can leave food as they are able or take food as they need it.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to donate any non-perishable, healthy donations at the Food Exchange shelf or at Food Exchange events running in the SSC foyer and campus courtyard on Nov. 14 and 15. The Food Exchange shelf is located downstairs in the SSC building, outside of the UBCSUO office.

UBC Okanagan Employment Equity Plan Now Available Online
Approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Executive Committee on Sept. 26, 2007, the UBC Okanagan Employment Equity Plan outlines four main objectives that will ensure UBC Okanagan is making significant gains in employment equity practices and will fairly mirror the overall UBC Equity Plan, yet remain relevant to the Okanagan campus.

Read the online version of this plan
Read the full plan with Executive Summary (PDF)

Health Symposium Volunteers Needed
Health Symposium organizers are calling for volunteers and health enthusiasts alike who would like to be part of the second-annual UBC Okanagan Health Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

To make this another successful event, help is needed areas such as:

  • Session Hosts
  • Session Host Buddies
  • Refreshment Buddies
  • Registration attendants
  • Package preparation

Please contact Barb James or call 78155 to get started.

UBC Okanagan Votes on New Team Name
The list of team names has whittled down from 112 submissions to six choices. UBC Okanagan Athletics and Recreation seeks input from the campus community to make the final choice.  Find out which names still remain as possibilities. Go online and cast your vote -- poll closes Saturday, Nov. 17.


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Engineering Puts Pumpkins into Freefall
A fun afternoon following midterms produced pumpkin puree and plenty of excitement Oct. 29 as the School of Engineering held its first Pumpkin Plummet Challenge. Students entered 20 teams in the competition to see who could devise the most protective package for a pumpkin dropped 15 feet onto concrete. Points were awarded for accuracy (aiming for the target drop zone), level of pumpkin protection achieved, and creativity.

The winning team earned top points with a perfectly preserved pumpkin. Receiving the first-place prize -- described by emcee Laura Patterson as a "vat 'o candy" -- were, from left, Trevor Doege, Jesse Neitsch, Vincent Quash, Niayan Yeremi and Hardeep Gill. Presenting the vat 'o candy was guest judge Matt Cameron, managing partner at CTQ Consulting Ltd. in Kelowna.


Benefit Nov. 24 to Raise Funds for Nursing in Ghana
UBC Okanagan nursing students (from left) Kelley Morrissey, Carolan Henry and Leah Duncan are working with fellow nursing student Donna Thomas and Assoc. Professor of Nursing Fay Karp to organize a fundraising banquet on Nov. 24. The team is currently collecting items for a silent auction that evening. Proceeds go toward medications, health care supplies, education materials and other supplies they'll take to Ghana, Africa, in February 2008.

Tickets are available in advance for $30. Contact Carolan Henry at 869-2601 or Kelley Morrissey at 869-7423.


Project GROW to Support Women's Economic Opportunities in Ghana
The UBC Okanagan community is rallying behind student Vida Yakong's plan to help economically disadvantaged women in two small villages in northern Ghana, Africa, help themselves.
A UBC Okanagan Master of Science in Nursing student from Ghana, Yakong is working with about 120 women in the twin villages of Nyobok and Nkenzesi. Visiting the villages this summer, Yakong asked the women what they could do to help themselves. They identified income-generating activities that include shea nut processing, locally trading in groundnuts, beans, rice and other commodities, and rearing animals such as goats, sheep, chickens and guinea fowl.
Yakong hopes to raise $40,000 to pay for six donkeys and carts, a small herd of 20 goats and sheep, seed money for opening bank accounts, a pair of grinding mills and small milling sheds for each village, Red Cross registration to enable no-charge shipping of donated items to the villages, and small loans for 100 women.
Yakong's efforts have prompted students and staff at UBC Okanagan to establish Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women).
"Vida's passion and commitment have inspired Project GROW to work with her to achieve the long-term goal of raising the $40,000," said Phil Bond, Manager of UBC Okanagan's Learning Exchange and one of Project GROW's founders.

Read more about how you can help Project GROW

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November 7, 2007


Poetry Reading with Ryan Knighton

Ryan Knighton, author of three books, will give a public reading in Kelowna this evening (Wednesday, Nov. 7). His most recent work, Cockeyed: A Memoir (Penguin, 2006), was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and for the Evergreen Award. He has published widely as a journalist and essayist in The New York Times, Salon.com, The Sunday Telegraph (UK), The Globe and Mail, and The Utne Reader. Most recently, he completed the screenplay for Cockeyed and is now at work on a screenplay about Joybubbles, the infamous pioneer of "phone freaking" and his next book, a comic memoir about fatherhood, will be published in 2009 by Knopf.

Knighton will also be talking to third-year Creative Non-Fiction students at UBC Okanagan.

This event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information contact Nancy Holmes, Department of Creative Studies, at 79369.

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

Philosopher's Cafe: Death of Documentary
A Study in the Issues and Ethics of New Documentary Practice
UBC Okanagan's World Indigenous Peoples Canada Research Chair and Research Director of the Metis Nation of B.C., Mike Evans, along with media artist and Creative Studies professor, Stephen Foster, will speak on Thursday evening about their collaboration on a unique hybrid participatory video project exploring the histories of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The presentation is part of the Alternator Gallery's Philosopher's Cafe series.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

Second-Annual Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present the annual Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) Symposium. The symposium will showcase the 2007 recipients of the URA program -- everyone on campus is invited, and faculty are encouraged to invite their classes to attend. This is a great opportunity for students to find out more about the program.

The URA program, sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Endowment Fund, gives undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue innovative and original research. The winners of last year's competition received $6,000 each to engage in summer research projects.

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Tomorrow's Borderless Europe

What will Europe look like without borders? Dr. David Scheffel, Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops deliver a free public lecture looking ahead as lines of demarcation between European nations begin to fade.

"By the end of this year, the European Union will have achieved the elimination of borders between most of its 25 member states," says Scheffel. "This significant step towards European integration invites a closer look at the state of borders and boundaries in post-enlargement Europe."

Scheffel's talk, Towards a Borderless Europe? Global vs. Local in the Construction of a Multicultural Europe, is sponsored by Sociology Unit 6, and the Community, Culture and Global Studies unit of UBC Okanagan's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The presentation includes illustrations of the deconstruction and reconstruction of lines of separation in Slovakia and the Netherlands.
Refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART366

Avoid the Flu This Season... Get a Flu Shot
Offered in partnership by UBC Okanagan Human Resources and Campus Health and Wellness, UBC Okanagan's third-annual flu immunization clinic will be held on Nov. 15, 2007.

Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: GYM027
Cost: $17 per person (cash only)

flu shot

In the interest of protecting employee health and minimizing the potential impact of absenteeism during the flu season, departments can opt to support the cost of flu vaccinations for their staff. See the Health Promotion website for more information on how to sponsor staff within your department.

For more information on the flu clinic visit the website.

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Are Bird-Watchers Really Dinosaur Watchers?
Naturalist, author and broadcaster John Acorn, host of Acorn, the Nature Nut, explores the recent discovery of feathered dinosaurs. The notion that birds "are" dinosaurs has gained widespread scientific acceptance. But what does this mean, really?john acorn

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna

Tickets: Tickets are free but must be picked up or ordered in advance from the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office (call 250-717-5304).

Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Faculty Invited to Strategic Research Plan Forum on Nov. 21
The Strategic Research Planning Committee led by Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, AVP Academic and Research, will be presenting the work done to date on the UBC Okanagan Strategic Research Plan. This is an important opportunity for all faculty members to ask questions and provide feedback to the committee.

Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 21
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: LIB305

Registration: Register online.

For more info, please contact Heather Drake or call 78150.

What is Problem Based Learning?
How do you encourage students to ask good questions and take more responsibility for their learning? Problem Based Learning (PBL) is one method of teaching that can encourage students to think more critically, and develop skills that closely relate to research in your discipline.

Erika Kustra is an educational consultant with the Centre for Leadership in Learning, McMaster University.


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: LIB305
Session Leader: Erika Kustra, Centre for Leadership in Learning, McMaster University.

Registration: Register online