2008 Disability Issues Speaker Series
Breaking the Sound Barrier

Stephen O'Keefe has had more experiences and misadventures than most people have in a lifetime. He also overcame something doctors promised he would never be able to -- being born profoundly deaf.  

O'Keefe, who is speaking at UBC Okanagan this afternoon (2 p.m., SCI396) as part of the 2008 Disability Issues Speaker Series, was one of the first deaf lawyers in North America. He's an Ironman triathlete, has won several public speaking and stand-up comedy competitions, and led a community development project in Guyana.

His is a unique story, told by a personable and humorous speaker. By drawing from his life experiences, O'Keefe will inspire, and show how to overcome self-imposed barriers.

Jess Roebuck, UBC Okanagan's Disability Advisor, says the presentation will likely be standing room only, but he encourages people to attend.

Date: TODAY, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: SCI396


UBC Okanagan was among the winners on Friday afternoon when the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development announced the 2008 WorkLife BC Awards in Vancouver.

UBC Okanagan Earns WorkLife BC Award of Merit
Creating a flexible workplace that supports employees to balance work and life commitments has earned UBC Okanagan a WorkLife BC Award from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

WorkLifeBCThe award was presented at a ceremony in Vancouver on Friday, accepted on behalf of UBC Okanagan by Leanne Bilodeau, who leads UBC Okanagan's Healthy Workplace Culture Strategy. UBC Okanagan received an Award of Merit for the B.C. Interior, in the category of Large Workplace with more than 250 employees.


UBC Okanagan's Team Name Unveiled Mar. 28 at Athletics Scholarship Breakfast
Some big names in sports will have the spotlight in Kelowna on March 28. After more than six months of public consultation, UBC Okanagan will unveil the university's new varsity team name and logo at that morning's Valley First-UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. 
Sponsored by Valley First for the third consecutive year, the fund-raiser breakfast will feature keynote speakers Bob Ackles, President and CEO of the B.C. Lions Football Club, and Luke England, a student in UBC Okanagan's Bachelor of Management program and captain of the men's volleyball team. 


Project GROW Valentine's Day Cards to Fund Mosquito Nets for African Villages
Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women), a volunteer group at UBC Okanagan, is selling special Valentine's Day cards that do more than warm hearts. They could help save lives in Africa.

Building on the success of a popular fund-raising campaign during the Christmas season in which people purchased goats ($85 each) for two small villages in Ghana, the volunteers are now selling Valentine's Day cards, with proceeds used to buy, among other items, mosquito nets -- one of the best defences against malaria, a mosquito-borne disease and Ghana's leading cause of death.

How you can help: Project GROW will be in the SSC Foyer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 11 to 13. Visit them in the Arts Building Foyer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

For more information or to buy $5 Project GROW Valentine's Day cards, contact Phil Bond, Manager of the UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange, at 78095, or Cindy Bourne, UBC Okanagan Learning Centre Coordinator, at 78065.


FCCS Book CoverInternational Award for UBC Okanagan Creative and Critical Studies Book
A series of unconventional portraits of faculty members from UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies has earned international recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Published last summer by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) in a book promoting its graduate studies programs, the images have earned the Bronze Award in the CASE Juried Awards Competition, vying with photography and illustrations produced by universities and colleges from throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Most of the award-winning photos were taken by Kelowna-based freelance photographer Tim Swanky, who has worked on a wide variety of projects for the university. Margo Yacheshyn, UBC Okanagan's in-house designer, served as art director on the project.


10th-Annual Short Fiction Contest Open to Southern Interior Writers
The 10th-annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is once again open to entries. Anyone living in B.C.'s Southern Interior, within the listening area of CBC Radio One from Kelowna, is eligible. This includes all residents west of the Alberta border, south of Williams Lake, east of Hope and north of the U.S. border.

Writers have until March 10, 2008, to submit short stories for the Okanagan Short Fiction Contest, sponsored by Okanagan College, the University of British Columbia Okanagan, CBC Radio One and the Central Okanagan Foundation.


Reminder: Register by Feb. 11 for Health Symposium
Spaces are quickly filling for the second-annual Health Symposium on Feb 19. The event promises interesting and interactive sessions that inform the community on a range of topics -- from achieving work-life balance or financial health, to managing technology, time and exercise in a busy schedule.    

Health Symposium"We have an exciting day planned featuring sought after experts in personal and workplace health plus a focus on community and health-related activities and research," says organizer Leanne Bilodeau. "Community guests include CHBC News' Mike Roberts as emcee, Mayor Sharon Shepherd, the Interior Health Authority and others.  It will be a great forum for collaboration and community building."

To register for this event, visit the Health Symposium website. Deadline for registration is Monday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. Space permitting, registration may also be accepted onsite during the event. If you are unable to register online, or you require assistance completing this form, please contact Jessie Ravnsborg or call 78041.

January Okanagan Senate Highlights
Important items are regularly being passed by the Okanagan Senate. To better inform the campus community, highlights of these items will be posted on the Okanagan Senate website following each scheduled meeting.

Okanagan Senate Meeting Highlights: January 16

  • Freshwater Science Honours Program approved
  • Four, second-year Human Kinetics courses approved
  • Three, fourth-year Management courses approved
  • Bursaries approved totalling $5,000 to undergraduate students in the Biology and Physical Geography or Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Sciences units in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, or graduate students in the Biology or Environmental Sciences Program at UBC Okanagan (first award available for the 2008-2009 winter session)
  • Newly elected: 14 Joint Faculties representatives and two Convocation Senators
  • Position of Provost, UBC Okanagan, added to the Okanagan Senate in place of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Research

For more information contact Kelly Ross, Associate Academic Governance Officer, at 79259.


Participants in December's conservation genetics workshop in the Galapagos included lab instruction and hands-on fieldwork such as taking tortoise measurements.

Expertise Shared in Galapagos Conservation Genetics Workshop
During the winter break, Michael Russello, Assistant Professor of Biology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, co-organized and was an instructor in a conservation genetics workshop held at the Genetics, Epidemiology and Pathology Laboratory (GGEPL) on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz. 

Russello, who has investigated the population genetics of the Galapagos tortoise for several years, recently established the Ecological and Conservation Genomics Lab at UBC Okanagan with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.Tortoise

He notes that conservation strategies around the world are most effective when developed within the context of rigorous scientific research, salient policy solutions, and capacity-building efforts that promote autonomous implementation by in-country personnel. 

"The Galapagos tortoise research program has involved each of these components to varying degrees, leading to a string of success stories that may be used as a model for demonstrating a variety of conservation strategies," says Russello.

Participants in the 10-day Galapagos workshop included Ecuadorian students, environmental managers and conservation practitioners. They received hands-on lab experience and instruction in the theory and practice of DNA-based technologies in conservation biology. Specific examples from the Galapagos tortoise research program illustrated the utility of such information and how it may be translated into conservation action. 

Ecological and Conservation Genomics Lab at UBC Okanagan

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February 6, 2008


OutWeek Events Planned for Feb. 11 to 15

UBC Okanagan is proud to host its second annual OutWeek from Monday, Feb. 11, to Friday, Feb. 15. The Pride Centre on campus has been working hard to plan events for students, staff and faculty. Join in the celebration. Every day during OutWeek a different themed movie will be shown in The Well, starting at 11:30 a.m. The film themes are:

  • Monday -- Religion/Short Story
  • Tuesday -- Documentary
  • Wednesday -- Comedy
  • Thursday -- Romance
  • Friday -- Culture

Highlights from OutWeek will also include:

Flag-Raising Ceremony
Watch as the Pride flag is raised on campus. An information booth will be available, with free pizza to be served.
Date: Monday, Feb. 11
Time: 12 noon
Location: Campus Courtyard

Diversity Forum
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: LIB305

Valentine Kisses
Representatives from the Pride Centre wearing designated rainbow sashes will be giving away goodie bags with Hershey's Kisses, condoms, and Pride Centre information cards.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Across Campus

For more information about these events, or to learn more, contact the campus Pride Centre.

Spring 2008 Biology Seminar Series
Paul Askey, B.C. Ministry of Environment
Managing moving targets: Fish and fisher dynamics in B.C. recreational fisheries

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: SCI337

For more information contact Michael Russello, or call 78762.

Peter Sholberg, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC)
Identification of control of postharvest apple and pear diseases

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: SCI337

For more information contact Daylin Mantyka, or call 78784.


Celebrate Research Week -- Highlight Events

Two of the many events being planned for UBC Okanagan's Celebrate Research Week March 10 to 15 will feature the study of aging and the brain, and the writing life.

MARCH 10 -- Managing Forgetfulness & Aging Successfully
Hear three of Canada's top brain researchers discuss disorders of the aging brain, strategies to help improve memory, and how to age successfully.

  • Dr. Max Cynader -- Director, UBC Brain Research Centre
  • Dr. Howard Feldman -- Director, UBC Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders
  • Dr. Jonathan Schooler -- Canada Research Chair in Social Cognitive Science

At this free public forum, researchers will share the latest in brain-related discoveries, as well as tips and strategies that can be used to manage forgetfulness, improve memory, and age successfully. This event is funded in part by the generous support of Dr. Irving K. Barber.

Date: Monday, March 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1435 Water Street, Kelowna, BC
Tickets: Free and available through Select Your Tickets -- call (250) 762-5050 for more information.

MARCH 13 -- In Conversation with Writer-in-Residence Lynn Coady
Enjoy an evening of coffee and creativity, in the Laurel Packinghouse. Short story writer Lynn Coady will discuss the life of a writer, and the business of writing with Marion Barschel, CBC Radio One's Daybreak host.

Date: Thursday, March 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Laurel Packinghouse -- 1304 Ellis Street
Registration: register for this event

More about Celebrate Research Week 2008

Second-Annual Faculty Workshop on Student Engagement
Topics of student engagement are being revisited and reexamined this year at the second annual faculty workshop, sponsored by Learning Services.

"Last year in a workshop we began a conversation at UBC Okanagan on student engagement. Learning Services is extending an invitation to you to join us in a continuing conversation," says Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President, Learning Services. "Please join us Monday, Feb. 18, in the Sun Room where Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram will open the session, and Associate Vice President Students, Ian Cull will share with us information on Net Generation students and will provide a profile of students at UBC Okanagan."

A student panel will share their views on student engagement and you will have an opportunity to share their ideas and experiences in engaging students in learning throughout the campus. The conversation will continue over a soup and sandwich lunch provided by Learning Services.

Date: Monday, Feb. 18
Time: 9:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Sun Room (SSC121)

Register for this event online at the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or call 79293.  For more information contact Peter Arthur, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 79207. This event is sponsored by UBC Okanagan Learning Services.

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, Feb. 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN142
To register: contact Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.

First Aid: WCB OFA Level 1
This course is open to students, staff and faculty interested in becoming certified in Level 1 First Aid. This basic course is designed to provide skills that include minor wound care, CPR and obstructed airway management, hemorrhage control, recognition of spinal injuries, and stabilization of the injured person. This course also provides information relating to WCB regulatory requirements and appropriate documentation.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: ART382
Cost: $75
Registration: contact Dave Cavezza, HSE Associate, or call 78821.

Understanding Financial Risks and Internal Controls
This workshop will be of interest to all unit heads and financial officers as it provides the tools necessary to manage financial risks of the unit and also support the 2007-2008 Financial Statement Certification Program. The training is designed in a case study format and is very interactive.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 5
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: ART120
To register: contact Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable.