DSS logoUrban Tidal Wave Fast Approaching Feb. 19
Tickets are going fast for the next lecture in the UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series. On Feb. 19, the Hon. Mike Harcourt, former Premier of B.C., will explore the urban tidal wave as people are leaving rural areas and moving to our country's urban centres to live. Hear his thoughts on where we need to focus, and why.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., 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. 

Mike HarcourtAbout Mike Harcourt
Mike Harcourt is a former Premier of British Columbia, Vancouver Mayor and spinal cord injury survivor. He is the author of Plan B, the story of his miraculous recovery from a near-fatal fall, an experience which only strengthened his commitment to disability issues. As someone who has played a key role in the recent political and social development of B.C. and Canada, he was awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institute public service award. In November 2007, Harcourt received an honorary degree from UBC.


Graduating Exhibition and Mexico Art Trip Supported by Art on the Line
Art on the Line, the sixth-annual UBC Okanagan visual arts fund-raising gala on Jan. 26, has proven very popular. Tickets sold quickly -- good news for visual arts students, who will apply the proceeds to their year-end Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduating Exhibition and a trip to Mexico in February, where students will experience that country's abundance of arts and culture.

Each $150 ticket admits up to two people and entitles the ticket holder to take home one original, juried art piece, and enjoy appetizers and live entertainment -- this year, acoustic singer and songwriter Ari Nufeld will perform throughout the evening. For those who would like to attend the event without a ticket, there will be a $5 charge at the door (starting at 6 p.m.).


Angele Dubeau -- La PietàAngèle Dubeau and La Pieta Perform Mar. 2
Auditions are now open for violin students from the Okanagan region who would like to participate in a master class led by internationally acclaimed violinist Angèle Dubeau.

Dubeau and the all-female string ensemble La Pietà will perform at Kelowna's First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road, in UBC Okanagan's Minds and Music series on March 2. In a two-part program, Dubeau will conduct a master class with four violin students, then lead La Pietà in concert performing mainly 20th-century music, including music by Canadian composers.


Call for Research Week Presenters
Celebrate Research Week, March 8 to 15, 2008
It's Yours: Building On Our Legacy of Research Excellence

2008 marks UBC Okanagan's third Celebrate Research Week and an opportunity for the Okanagan campus to build on significant gains in showcasing our research excellence.

As a world-class institution producing world-class research, we have the potential for tremendous regional, national and global influence. Celebrate Research Week offers a forum by which to communicate the social, economic and educational significance of the outstanding research at UBC Okanagan.

UBC Okanagan faculty and graduate students are invited to present their research in ways that stimulate and satisfy the curiosity of a wide range of audiences. Celebrate Research Week (CRW) is all about sharing ideas, creating discussion and expanding thought. 

Celebrate Research Week events fall into three categories:
  • On-campus presentations -- Lectures or demonstrations, typically about 15 minutes in length.
  • Poster displays, in central locations, which may tie in to lectures and which may include hosted sessions so as to invite questions and discussion.
  • The ever-popular Coffee & Controversy café-style presentations and group discussions.

For more information contact Chris Guenard, Alumni and University Relations.

Call for Proposals: Teaching and Learning in a Changing World
The Centre for Teaching and Learning is holding the fourth-annual Learning Conference on May 7 and 8.  This year's theme -- Teaching and Learning in a Changing World -- invites educators to share their research and participate in sessions that will explore the role of student research, learner engagement, critical thinking across disciplines, and the use of new technology in teaching and learning.

Dr. Joy Mighty, President of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, will open the conference with the keynote Preparing Global Citizens: Educational Reform in the 21st Century. The second day will begin with the keynote address Where is the Community in Web 2.0? by Dr. Richard Schwier, 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2005.

Call for Proposals
All interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 50-minute sessions. Formats may include discussions, roundtables, or presentations on one or more of the following topic areas:

  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Innovations in Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Technology
  • Engaging Learners
  • Integrating Research into the Undergraduate Experience
  • Curriculum Design

The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, Feb. 29. For more information visit the Learning Conference website.

First Annual Rideshare Week begins Feb. 4 -- Go Green and Win
Feb. 4 to 10 is Rideshare Week and UBC Okanagan is helping lead the support for this initiative across the campus and Kelowna. Thanks to sponsorship from ICBC and Carpool.ca, everyone who pledges to carpool at least once during the week has a chance to win $1,000 in prizes, including a $500 certificate with WestJet.

The City of Kelowna is also making it easy for people to be green and save some green by hosting a Transportation Fair on campus during Rideshare Week -- providing the campus community with information on carpooling and how to find a rideshare match on Carpool.ca.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

To 'Pledge to Pool' visit Carpool.ca. For more information about sustainable transportation choices on campus visit the UBC Okanagan Trek website.

Facilities, Security and Parking Services Feedback Survey Now Online
Facilities Management and Security and Parking Services have developed a client survey which can be accessed on the Operations website.

Everyone in the campus community is encouraged to participate in this short survey so that service to the campus can continue to improve, assuring a welcoming and healthy campus for everyone. The results of this survey will be gathered and published by mid-February.

Begin the survey.


Publishing Tradition Growing at UBC Okanagan
A tradition of academic journal publishing is growing at UBC Okanagan. The inaugural edition of LAKE, a new arts and literary journal housed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, was launched on Jan. 18. It's the newest -- but not the first -- journal to call UBC Okanagan home.
ACME, a highly respected international journal for critical geographies, has been published at UBC Okanagan since 2005, and before that at Okanagan University College since 2002.  
Considered the leading open-access journal in geography, ACME's status was recently recognized with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The journal also receives support from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the University of Guelph's Department of Geography.
ACME is co-edited by Dr. Lawrence Berg, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Diversity and Identity and Associate Professor of Geography at UBC Okanagan.
Find out more about ACME

Chris BruckmannFood Services Welcomes New Director

A warm welcome to the new Director of Food Services at UBC Okanagan: Kris Bruckmann. Bruckmann started Jan. 8, arriving from the University of Alberta where he was most recently Assistant General Manager of Aramark. Previous to this, he graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with honours in 2002, earning diplomas in Business and Nutrition and Food Service Management. His passions for food service focus on community involvement, catering development, customer service, health and safety, food trends, "slow food," and sustainability planning and implementation.

Excited in his new role, he says, "I've been given the opportunity to learn and progress in the food service industry and provide a great service for people within a diverse environment, whenever and wherever they come together. I look forward to the exciting road ahead." 

Publication Date Submission Deadline
February 6 February 1 (Friday)
February 20 February 15 (Friday)
March 5 February 29 (Friday)

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January 23, 2008

Free-Period Wednesdays
Did you know that on Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. a majority of the campus activity slows down and there's a concerted effort not to hold any scheduled lectures? Of course, some labs are being held during this break due to limited lab space, but scheduled class activities are held to an absolute minimum.

This time is set aside to protect a block of time each week during which all faculty and students can engage in academic and community activities including special campus-wide events, recreational time, or meetings meant for broad participation.

Asian New Year Celebrated on Campus Feb. 7
The Year of the Rat is being ushered in this year by the Asian Students Association, International Student Services, and UBC Students' Union Okanagan. Experience the sights and sounds of other countries and get a taste of their national treats. The Asian New Year event offers the campus community Chinese dumplings, spring rolls, and a Korean fan dance.

On the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 6, there is also an off-campus dinner celebration at Ken's Dim Sum Restaurant (371 Bernard Ave.). For tickets and information about this event, please contact the Asian Students Association.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

For more information visit the International Student Services website or contact Teresa Flanagan, International Student Services, at 79276.

Third-Annual Athletics Scholarship Breakfast Held Mar. 28
Tickets are already on sale for the Third Annual Valley First-UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. This year's keynote speaker is Bob Ackles of the B.C. Lions Football Club. Ackles has been an integral part of the B.C. Lions for over 50 years -- from his earliest days as the team's water boy to his present position as president and CEO.

Luke England, a student in the Faculty of Management and captain of the men's volleyball team, will also speak about his experiences as a student athlete.

Being a student athlete requires a substantial commitment of time and effort throughout the entire academic year. Funds raised through this event go directly into the Athletics Scholarship Endowment which provides the financial assistance needed to support our outstanding student athletes. Building athletics endowments ensures that student athletes will have the opportunity to realize their athletic and academic goals in the Okanagan for decades to come.

Date: Friday, Mar. 28
Time: Doors open at 6:45 a.m. Program runs from 7:15 to 9 a.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel Ballroom -- 1171 Harvey Ave., Kelowna
Cost: $1,000 per table, $100 per ticket (a tax receipt for 70 per cent will be issued)

Tickets typically sell out quickly for this event -- to purchase tickets, or for more information about this event, please contact Ana Frias or call 78600.

For more info visit the Athletics Scholarship Breakfast website.

Trauma Series Workshops: Stages 1 & 2
Sponsored by the B.C. Association of Social Workers, Okanagan Branch, and the UBC Okanagan School of Social Work
Susan Armstrong, M.Ed. R.C.C., offers the strength of 17 years' experience in front line counselling and training of helping service professionals. A specialist in the provision of trauma services and has provided training, clinical supervision, community consultation and trauma therapy for the duration of her career, Armstrong is currently the program manager of B.C. Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs.

Working with Survivors of Violence. Stage One Trauma Work: Stabilization and Strength
(Registration at 8:30 a.m.)
This workshop will outline the three stage trauma recovery model that most practitioners utilize when working with survivors of violence.  Participants will gain an understanding of the therapeutic tasks in each stage of work, and the role of the counsellor in these stages. 

Working With Survivors of Violence. Stage Two Trauma Work: Courage and Resolution
(Registration at 12:30 p.m.)
Building on the morning's workshop, participants will explore the therapeutic tasks of stage two trauma work and the role of the counsellor in this stage. Ways of working with dissociation, safe and effective techniques for working with memories of abuse, and examining the impact of violence on cognition and beliefs will be explored and demonstrated. 

Please note: participants who are only registering for the afternoon workshop are expected to have a thorough knowledge of the three stage trauma recovery model and have demonstrated competence in stage one work.

Date: Saturday Feb. 9
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: ART366

To register: download the registration form and mail with payment to Myrna Tracy -- 837 Stonybrook Rd, Kelowna, B.C., V1W 4P3.

Teaching Portfolios
This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples of portfolio design and contents to assist in the development of their own teaching portfolio. 

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 30
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: LIB302
Session Leader: Heather Marshall

For more information contact Heather Marshall or call 79207.