foresightB.C.'s First University.
A Century of Foresight.

Enjoy a live webcast of UBC's Annual General Meeting on Monday, Nov. 26, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. -- or watch it in the foyer of the Student Services Centre or attend the event in person at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.

This event will mark the release of the 2006-2007 UBC Annual Report, which celebrates the past year's accomplishments and, with the theme of Foresight, anticipates our celebration of the centenary of the Act that created the university 100 years ago.

To view the webcast or read the annual report online (and submit feedback for a chance to win a 16GB iPod Touch), visit:


Five Green Globes for UBC Okanagan's Fipke Centre

A wind tower for air exchange, a groundwater energy system for winter heating and summer cooling, and other innovations have earned an unprecedented five Green Globes for UBC Okanagan's newest building, the Fipke Centre for Innovative Research.

"The Fipke Centre is an outstanding example of the highly sustainable and innovative designs we have pursued for new buildings at UBC Okanagan," says UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram. "We are becoming a model for anyone in the world looking for best practices in these types of projects. Five Green Globes is a remarkable achievement, and we're very proud of this building and the people involved in its design and construction."

The 6,500 sq. m. (68,000 sq. ft.) building was designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., and is being built by UBC Properties Trust on University Way at UBC Okanagan. Construction on the $30.5-million facility began in October 2006 and completion is expected in May 2008.



It’s E-normous
Overnight Monday, "someone" placed a 13,500 lb. giant-sized "E" near the Highway 97 Flyover traffic circle on the UBC Okanagan campus. The stylized E design is taken from the E cairn outside UBC Vancouver's Fred Kaiser Building -- the hub of engineering at UBC Vancouver.
Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos, Director of the School of Engineering, plans to issue a note to engineering students congratulating them on their ingenuity, recognizing their participation in the long and spirited tradition of UBC engineers. He will also suggest that it be moved and he will work with the students to find a more suitable location.

See the Vancouver E Cairn

New UBC Okanagan Management Internships Give Top Students Career Head-Start
A new Management Internship Program launched this month will give top students valuable experience -- and a career head-start -- in the business world.

"The program, designed to allow third-year Management students the opportunity to get hands-on experience while they are still in school, is an excellent new addition to our Co-op Education Program," says Brandy Delves, Co-op Coordinator. "This program allows our students the opportunity to get real-world experience before they graduate, giving them a head-start on their future career."

Students in their third year of Management studies will compete for the ability to work with organizations in the Okanagan Valley, Lower Mainland, and Alberta.


john acornNature Nut John Acorn to Talk Dinosaurs and Birds
Naturalist, author and broadcaster John Acorn, affectionately known to fans as The Nature Nut, will speak in Kelowna on Nov. 27 about two of his favourite topics: birds and dinosaurs.

More precisely, he'll look at how dinosaurs and birds are connected. As the next presenter in UBC Okanagan's Distinguished Speaker Series, Acorn will explore the recent discovery of feathered dinosaurs, and other connections between the first birds and early two-legged meat-eating theropods ("beast-footed") dinosaurs.

"The notion that birds are dinosaurs has gained widespread scientific acceptance," he says. "But what does this mean, really?"

An instructor of wildlife biodiversity and ecology at the University of Alberta, Acorn is also host of the Discovery Channel's popular program Acorn, the Nature Nut. He is a research associate at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and the E. H. Strickland Entomology Museum, and has served as president of the Entomological Society of Alberta.


Okanagan Senate Update
Important items are regularly being passed by the Okanagan Senate. To better inform the campus community, highlights of these items will be posted online following each scheduled meeting. The 2007-2008 Okanagan Senate and Committee Meeting Schedule is now available here.

Okanagan Senate Meeting Highlights: Nov. 7, 2007

Approved over 70 candidates for degrees and diplomas

  • The Consolidated Financial Statements for 2006/2007 were received from the Board of Governors

  • A new major in Computer Science in the Barber School of Arts and Sciences was approved

  • Fourth-year degree requirements for the Bachelor of Management were approved

  • A new Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) was approved -- the Middle School Specialty in Humanities with a teaching major or concentration in one of History, Geography, or Social Studies with a Social Science focus.

  • Five new student awards totaling $11,500 were approved

For more information contact Kelly Ross, Manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 79259.


Jack-O'-Lantern Contest Winner
This year's jack-o'-lantern People's Choice Award at the United Way Halloween Barbecue was won by Alumni and Community Relations (formerly Public Affairs). The carvings by designer Margo Yacheshyn earned $25 in the silent auction, which raised a total of $135 for the United Way campaign.


Critical Thinking Community of Practice
Join faculty members as they discuss and share best practices for using critical thinking in the classroom.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: LIB302

Register for this workshop

Team-Based Learning Community of Practice
It is not too late to join the group of faculty that are interested in trying team-based learning in their classrooms.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: LIB304

Register for this workshop

Proposed Changes to Staff Pension Plan Presentation
You are invited to hear Jay Parker, Executive Director of the UBC Staff Pension Plan, talk about proposed changes to the staff pension plan.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 11
Time:  1 to 3 p.m.
Location: ART376
RSVP: Laural Friesen or call 78833.

For more information regarding the changes, please see the November edition of the Staff Pension Plan newsletter.

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November 21, 2007

Deans' Lecture Series
Dr. Robert Belton, Dean of Creative and Critical Studies, presents New Research Directions in Creative Culture

Date: Friday, Nov. 23, 2007
Time: 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Downtown Kelowna Library -- 1380 Ellis Street

To reserve a free seat, contact Community and Continuing Studies at UBC Okanagan by e-mail or by phone at 78177.


Gala Fundraising Dinner for Ghana Nursing Journey, Medical Supplies
To raise funds for their transcultural nursing journey to Northern Ghana in February, fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and faculty are holding a benefit banquet this Saturday, Nov. 24. 

The evening includes an Italian dinner, live Latin jazz entertainment by Trevor Salloum and Major Mambo, a silent auction, door prizes, and a presentation by the Ghana Sisters -- nurses who visited Ghana last spring.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 24
St. Pius X Hall -- 1077 Fuller Ave. in Kelowna
Tickets: $30. Contact Carolan Henry at 869-2601
or Kelley Morrissey at 869-7423


UBC Okanagan Seminar Series
Prof. Christopher Mackay, Department of History, University of Alberta
The "Emperor" Augustus: Just when did the Roman Empire start?

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Second-Annual UBC Okanagan Pow Wow
Aboriginal Student Council is organizing this time-honoured tradition on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1
Time: 1 to 10 p.m.
Location: Sun Room
Drum Call: 12:45 p.m.
Grand Entry: 1 p.m.
Opening Ceremony: 1:20 p.m.
Feast and Hand drumming competition: 5 p.m.

This is an alcohol- and drug-free event, and is open to the UBC Okanagan community and Aboriginal Communities.

For more information please contact: Bernie Marchand-Brown or call 78012.

wind quintet

Okanagan Wind Quintet Plays Fund-Raiser for Winter Homeless Shelter
Kelowna's Inn from the Cold winter shelter for the homeless will benefit from a special fund-raising concert by the Okanagan Wind Quintet on Dec. 2.
The Okanagan Wind Quintet is an artist-in-residence group of professional musicians sponsored by UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS).
The concert is co-sponsored by FCCS and the Anglican Parish of St. Andrew's.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 2
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew's Anglican Church -- 4619 Lakeshore Road
Admission: By donation.

For more information, contact Siobhan Smith.

cultural safety

UBC Okanagan Co-Sponsors Cultural Safety Symposium

In partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Interior Health Authority, UBC Okanagan is helping to expand the notion of health and safety with a symposium focusing on a relatively new concept: Cultural Safety. 

In the last decade, researchers have come to recognize that cultural safety is an important component in improving health care with, and for, indigenous people. With local and international indigenous experts, this event provides an important introduction to the concept and will explore the potential to develop research and evidence-based cultural safety programs in the Okanagan Valley.

What is Cultural Safety?
The National Aboriginal Health Organization's (NAHO) definition can be read online.

Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Sensisyusten Community Center, Westbank First Nation -- 1920 Quail Lane, Westbank, B.C.
Registration: contact Michelle Smith, Symposium Coordinator, or call 78054.

Everyone is invited to attend this free event. For more information please visit the Cultural Safety Symposium website.

Neck of the Woods

Unique Performance Goes Downtown
If you didn't get a chance to attend the first production of this very
unique performance -- staged on campus earlier this month -- now's your chance to see This Neck of the Woods at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

This Neck of the Woods was created by Neil Cadger, Associate Professor of Creative Studies, in collaboration with students and alumni.

"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."

Evening Performance:
Date: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9
Time: 8 p.m.
Matinee Performance:
Date: Monday, Dec. 10
Time: 12 noon
Location: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave.
Tickets: $10, available through
Ticketmaster or at the door.