Watch for It: UBC Okanagan's Launches New Television and Information Station Dec. 10
Beginning Dec. 10 a new communications system will be previewed across campus. It's UBCO.TV and it offers UBC Okanagan information and events, delivered in a fun and innovative way. UBCO.TV operates in all of the major buildings on campus, and will be available online after the official launch in January, featuring short videos highlighting research, athletics, campus life events, and more.

UBCO.TV offers something for everyone. Starting in 2008, students will be invited to become trained as camera hosts and reporters. Academic and administrative units can also use this new system to promote their events. 

UBCO.TV -- start watching, get involved, be part of something new.

Scholarships Awarded to UBC Okanagan Students from South Okanagan Communities
Two UBC Okanagan students from the South Okanagan have been selected for scholarships of $2,500 each from the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends "Our Students, Our Future" Entrance Scholarship.

Jonathan Palmer, a graduate of Summerland Secondary School, is enrolled in the first year engineering program at UBC Okanagan. David Carlton graduated from Penticton's Princess Margaret Secondary and is enrolled in the first-year Bachelor of Arts program at UBC Okanagan.

"Receiving a scholarship like this really encourages you," says Palmer, who plans to study electrical engineering. "It reminds me that I have the ability to excel, and a responsibility to pursue excellence in my studies."

"This scholarship has really helped me -- it has allowed me to attend university and broaden my horizons," says Carlton, who hopes to teach literary studies and classics at a university one day.


CTQ Consultants Ltd. Creates New UBC Okanagan Engineering Scholarships
Engineering students at UBC Okanagan will benefit directly from a new scholarship initiative created this week by CTQ Consultants Ltd., an engineering, planning and design firm with headquarters in Kelowna.

CTQ Consultants is helping students pursue engineering education at UBC Okanagan with two $5,000 scholarships a year for the next three years. One scholarship will be awarded to a student entering the first year of the engineering program. The other scholarship will go to a student entering third-year civil engineering.

"CTQ Consulting and our industry in general need engineers desperately," says Matt Cameron, a professional engineer and managing partner at CTQ Consultants. "Our company is growing rapidly within the industry, and success has created a need for engineers now and into the future to meet our clients' expectations and our corporate goals."


Project GROW Seeds On-Campus Support for African Rural Villages this Holiday Season
Looking for a unique gift for that special someone? Nothing says "I love you" like a goat.

Support Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women) this festive season, a UBC Okanagan campus-based initiative, and know that your donation will make a positive impact in two rural communities in Ghana -- providing agricultural supplies, animals, and support for women and children who need it desperately. For more information on these villages visit the UBC Okanagan News page here.

Until Friday, Dec. 14, students and staff will be "selling" goats, chickens, mosquito nets, donkeys, and carts in the SSC Foyer. When you donate to Project GROW, you receive a card telling your loved one that a donation has been made in their name. All money collected goes directly to support the project in Ghana with no administration fee. Buy something on your own or collect money in your area to support a larger purchase. Tax receipts are issued upon request.

Donations are being accepted for the following items:
Mosquito net: $10
Chicken: $15
Goat: $80 -- price includes vet care
Donkey: $300
Cart: $300

Watch for the Project GROW table in the SSC Foyer. For more information on Project GROW contact Cindy Bourne or Leanne Perry.

Equity Enhancement Fund Enables Two New Projects
A pair of important UBC Okanagan projects have been selected for support through the Equity Enhancement Fund's October call for proposals.
Equity and Diversity Workshop:
A March 28 to 30 workshop is being developed by the interdisciplinary Global Media and Politics of Culture working group, which includes Patricia Tomic and Jessica Stites Mor of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and John LeBlanc of the FCCS Department of Critical Studies.
The workshop will examine equity and diversity under the forces of globalization and neo-liberalism, and is funded by the Equity Enhancement Fund, with additional funding from the Irving K. Barber School, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, and the Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN).
Organizers hope the workshop will raise campus-wide awareness of equity and diversity issues and serve as a scholarly forum for interaction between the disciplines and between faculty and students.
Disability Issues Speaker and Film Series:
Jess Roebuck
, Coordinator of the Disability Resource Centre (DRC), has received funding for a Disability Issues Speaker and Film Series. Currently, the top four disability types in the DRC's registry are: learning, psychiatric, medical, and deafness or hearing disabilities.
The series is intended to help undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines, faculty and staff to develop general disability awareness activities for these and other disability types on the UBC Okanagan campus.

New UBC Smoking Policy Approved
Staff, faculty and students can breathe a little easier thanks to the approval of a revised smoking policy by the UBC Board of Governors on Nov. 28. 

Changes to UBC's Policy #15 "Smoking and Smoking Product Promotion" include:

  • No smoking in UBC buildings -- including UBC vehicles.
  • No sales / promotion of tobacco and smoking products (including lighters).
  • Designated smoking areas can only be created by Campus and Community Planning (in consultation with local safety committees and Plant Operations).
  • Outdoor smoking must take place at least six meters away from doors, open windows and bus shelters.
  • Supervisors play a critical role in ensuring compliance with the policy.


United Way Campaign Surpasses Goal, and Continues Reaching

Gwen Zilm, chair of the 2007 UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign and AVP Learning Services, adds an indicator to the United Way campaign thermometer, as the 2007 campaign surpasses its goal of $35,000. The current campaign total is $42,207 as of Friday, Nov. 30, with donations still being accepted. Visit the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign website for more information.

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Canadian Winter Party Serves up Cake, Student Voices, and Celebration of the Future

1,500 servings of cake were handed out on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the 2007 Canadian Winter Party to Celebrate our campus now and future, present Phase One results and action projects arising from the Student Voice Study and usher in a new era of partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and administrators. In the photo (from left to right): Aidan Kiernan, AVP Operations; Tera O'Neill, student; Erin Wright, student; Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, AVP Academic & Research; April Christensen, student; and Ian Cull, AVP Students.

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December 5, 2007

International Cultural Safety Educators Give Free Talk on Campus Dec. 6

The Faculty of Health & Social Development will host a free public lecture on Dec. 6 that features in-depth discussions about the concept of Cultural Safety -- an important component in improving health care with, and for, indigenous people -- and how Cultural Safety specifically relates to university curriculum.

The two presenters for this talk are:

  • Dr.  Jennifer Baker, College of Indigenous Education and Research at the University of South Australia
  • Dr. Dianne Wepa, senior lecturer within the Faculty of Health & Sport Science, Eastern Institute of Technology Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 6
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: ART106

Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Gayl Sarbit.

Baker and Wepa will also be presenting on a different topic at the Cultural Safety Symposium on Dec. 7.

Neck of the Woods

Don't Miss Out on This Neck of the Woods
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.

power advisory

Update: Cafeteria Open During Power Outage on Dec. 8 and 9
To minimize the impact and inconvenience during exam time, food services on campus will now be open at reduced capacity for the campus power outage on Dec. 8 and 9. This outage is necessary due to the urgency of supplying power to the Multipurpose Building under construction and safety concerns for Fortis employees.

Saturday, Dec. 8: power to the Library building will be off for a period of four hours -- from 7 to 11 a.m. -- to allow for new service connections to this building.
Sunday, Dec. 9: final scheduled outage to the campus will take place from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- all Student Residences on campus will be without power from 3 to 4 p.m.

The following buildings will not be affected by the Sunday campus-wide shutdown:

  • Library Building
  • Mountain Weather Office
  • The Cafeteria

Campus-based food service will also be available in the following capacities:

  • Tim Horton's will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Similkameen Cafe will be open 12 noon to 6 p.m.
  • The Cafeteria will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beverages and a barbecue will open for dinner one hour after power is restored.

For more information related to this event, please contact Colin Lacey, Special Projects Advisor to the AVP Operations.

Deadline for Intercultural Communications Course Approaches
Participants wishing to take the Certificate in Intercultural Studies (CIS) need to apply no later than Monday, Dec 17. Registration and payment deadline is Jan 3, 2008.

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.

Date: Apply by Monday, Dec. 17
Register by Thursday, Jan. 3
Face-to-face workshop: Thursday to Saturday, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2
Online seminar: Feb. 3 to Mar. 27
Fee: $1,540 for registrations received by Jan. 3 -- $1,590 for registrations received thereafter.

There are no upcoming workshops to report.

Publication Date Submission Deadline
December 19 December 14 (Friday)
January 9 January 4 (Friday)
January 23 January 18 (Friday)

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