Join the Fun -- UBCO.TV Launches Feb. 28
The campus community is invited to a special on-campus "going live" launch of UBCO.TV on Feb. 28. Join in the fun with refreshments, on-site demonstrations, and viewings of some of the video stories already produced. 

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 are already using this new system to promote and commemorate their events.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 28
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

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Aboriginal Programs and Services Honoured with Justice Institute Award
The Justice Institute of B.C. (JIBC) has recognized UBC Okanagan's Aboriginal Programs and Services with the prestigious 2007 Friend/Associate of the JIBC award.
"The services you and your organization provide to the Justice Institute are very highly regarded, and have a lasting, positive impact on the success of our programs," said Jack McGee, President of the Justice Institute, in a letter of congratulation sent to Lyle Mueller, Director of Aboriginal Programs and Services at UBC Okanagan.
Mueller has served as chair of the Justice Institute's Aboriginal Education Advisory Council for the past eight years. That council is currently providing guidance on the "indigenization" of the JIBC.
"Our council has worked very hard to provide good advice to the President and the Justice Institute in general, so it can best serve the needs of aboriginal students and communities," said Mueller.
"We also want to ensure that graduates of the Justice Institute are knowledgeable about aboriginal communities, so they can be more effective in providing services to these communities."
The award will be presented at a ceremony in New Westminster on Thursday.

Kelowna's Sex Trade Topic of International Women's Day Panel Talk
An expert panel discussion about the sex trade in Kelowna and the rest of British Columbia is among the highlights during a week of public events March 3 to 7 leading up to International Women's Day March 8.
Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies program in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Okanagan College, and Community Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY), the sex trade discussion panel will feature representatives of Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Resources Society, Elizabeth Fry Society, Benita Bunjun of Vancouver Status of Women, and author Maggie de Vries. 

Women and the Sex Trade in Kelowna and British Columbia will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 5, in the atrium of the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave. in downtown Kelowna. Admission is free.


Sutherland Foundation funds child simulator for UBC Okanagan nurses

Child Simulator
Nursing student Lia Bartolillo checks the chest sounds of the School of Nursing's new pediatric human patient simulator, nicknamed Dylan.

There's always something wrong with Dylan. On any given day, this six-year-old boy can come down with just about anything -- from the flu to heart failure -- and he is a real challenge for the nurses who look after him.

Fortunately, Dylan is not a real boy. He's UBC Okanagan's new pediatric patient simulator (PediaSIM), capable of recreating the physical presence and medical responses of an actual six-year-old child. Purchased with a $125,000 donation from the Sutherland Foundation, this latest addition to the School of Nursing's training labs was introduced at UBC Okanagan on Feb. 13.

Measuring 48 inches tall (122 cm) and weighing 38 pounds, (17.2 kg), Dylan the PediaSIM features a realistic airway, heart, breath, bowel sounds and bilateral pulses.


Responsible Travel
Effective Friday, Feb. 1, WestJet Airlines is providing a discount on all reservations and a two-per-cent rebate to UBC. This rebate will be donated to Offsetters Climate Neutral Society to offset the carbon emissions from air travel. Funds will be invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that would not have taken place without their involvement. Offsetters is a Canadian not-for-profit society established in 2005 by two professors from UBC. It is Canada's pre-eminent provider of high quality carbon offsets. For more information on this organization, please visit their website.

How do I take advantage of this benefit?

  • Book travel on WestJet through either of UBC's contracted Travel Agencies -- Vision 2000 Travel Group, or North South Travel.
  • Book online through the UBC/WestJet BizLink site located on the Travel at UBC website. Please insert the promotional code UBC05 on the front page to access the discounted fares.

Why is UBC involved in carbon offsets?
UBC travellers have been asking for evidence of sustainable airline travel. Information on the contracted travel agencies and the UBC/WestJet site can be found on the Travel at UBC website or by contacting the Travel Manager Connie Fabro at 25878.   

February 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: February 13

  • Research Centres Policy approved by newly appointed Acting Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Cynthia Mathieson.
  • UBC Okanagan Graduation Ceremony name changed to Convocation
  • Term 1 Midterm Break scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10, 2008
  • A Minor in Creative Writing and a Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies were approved in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.
  • A third-year Art History course, a fourth-year Art History course, two fourth-year Cultural Studies courses, and a fourth-year Japanese directed studies course were approved in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.
  • A fourth-year Anthropology course and two Women's Studies courses (second-and-third year) were approved in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
  • A course revision to Nursing 124 was approved.
  • UBC Students' Union Okanagan Bursary was approved, totaling $4,800 (first award available for the 2007/08 winter session).

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

GreenoughUBC Okanagan Professor Appointed Editor of Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan is the new home of the prestigious Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. Dr. John Greenough, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been appointed editor of the monthly academic journal, published by the National Research Council Canada.

Since 1963 this prestigious peer-reviewed journal has reported on a diverse range of current research in geophysics, paleontology, geology, tectonics, and many other aspects of Earth sciences. Greenough served as an associate editor for the past eight years. With his appointment as editor, the journal's home moves from the University of Alberta to UBC Okanagan.


Equity Enhancement Fund Now Available
The Equity Enhancement Fund provides funding of up to $5,000 for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. The initiatives may be for the benefit of students, faculty and/or staff. At UBC Okanagan, the funds are allocated by the Associate Vice President Equity in consultation with the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Committee on Human Rights and Equity.

The guidelines, available on the Human Rights and Equity Services website, have been revised to make the fund more flexible. In particular, the revisions clarify that the funds are available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the head of unit.

Proposals are reviewed twice each year, with application deadlines of Mar. 15 and Oct. 15. If you have any questions about this fund or would like to submit a proposal, please contact Nythalah Baker, Acting Human Rights and Equity Advisor.


In the field, a Knowledge Network crew films Sandra Peacock and David Pokotylo.

Exploring B.C.'s Black Holes
Sandra Peacock, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Ethnobotany, will be featured in late February and early March on the Knowledge Network's short documentary series The Leading Edge: Innovation in B.C.

This documentary, a feature stemming from Sandra Peacock's September 2006 UBC Reports article, was filmed in August 2007 and includes collaborators Dr. Brian Kooyman, Department Head of Archaeology at the University of Calgary, and Dr. David Pokotylo, Department Head of Anthropology at UBC's Vancouver campus.

The documentary will be aired:

  • Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 29, 12:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 2, 11 p.m.

Once the documentary has aired, it will also be available on the Knowledge Network website.


Salmon Arm Embraces Project GROWProject Grow
Vida Yakong, a Master of Science in Nursing student from northern Ghana, Africa, continues to do presentations around the Okanagan to raise awareness of Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women). This month, residents of Salmon Arm have stepped up in a big way to help.

Salmon Arm's Carlin Elementary and Middle School has contributed $1,613 to Project GROW, and some of the school's teachers have also donated specifically to pay for girls' education in Yakong's home community in Ghana. The First United Church of Salmon Arm has also committed more than $7,000 from the church's Christmas fund-raising, also to support the education of girls in rural northern Ghana.

Panning for Gold
Rather than attend school, many young girls in northern Ghana spend their days at labour, including panning for gold in dirty water using pots and pans.

Project GROW involves staff and student volunteers from UBC Okanagan, raising funds to provide a variety of resources -- from livestock to micro-financing -- to help women in the twin villages of Nyobok-Nkenzesi achieve economic sustainability. A Valentine's Day card sale raised money for mosquito nets for the villages, and a Christmas card sale raised enough money for 21 goats, 28 chickens, and a pair of donkeys and carts.

Celebrating International Women's Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5, students involved in Project GROW will be in the Student Service Centre foyer with a presentation about the economic empowerment of women in this West African nation. Photos and video will be shown of the first shipment of goods delivered to the women of Nyobok-Nkenzesi by UBC Okanagan nursing students visiting Ghana this month.

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February 20, 2008

Threads of My Life

Threads of My Life: The Story of Hilaria Supa Huaman, a Rural Quechua Woman

Quechua author Hilaria Supa Huaman will speak about her recent book, and the experiences that gave rise to it, at UBC Okanagan on Feb. 26. This book was recently translated into English, and re-published by Theytus Books of Penticton. It is a rich description of Andean culture and the personal story of a special woman who was born in abject poverty and became a powerful spokesperson and leader for indigenous women of the Province of Anta, Cusco, Peru. Huaman led the famous "Anta 12" (12 Quechua-speaking women) down into Lima to denounce the family planning program under the Fujimori government from 1996 to 2000, which left more than 200,000 poor and indigenous men and women sterilized -- in the majority of cases, without their consent.

Huaman will tell the story of the government cover-up, her participation in a national investigative committee that proved the lack of care, deaths and community crises that resulted from the program.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 26
Time: 9:30 to 10:50 a.m.
Location: SCI333

This event is sponsored by Community, Culture, and Global Studies, the En'owkin Centre, and Theytus Press.


Martin Cronin
British Consul General to Western Canada
The International Jihadist Agenda

This is a presentation of the Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology Unit of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 28
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: LIB304

Spring 2008 Biology Seminar Series - Pat Bowen
Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre
The role of photosynthesis in grapevine response to water and temperature in the Okanagan Valley

Date: Thursday, March 6
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: SCI236

For more information, contact Dan Durall, or call 78759.

Taste of FCCS

A Taste of FCCS

Join the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies on Feb. 27 for A Taste of FCCS. This event will give those interested an opportunity to learn more about the programs offered by FCCS. This will be of particular interest to students who are choosing their major.  

Students and faculty members from FCCS will be on hand to answer your questions and to demonstrate the type of work done in the Faculty. You can look at displays, talk to people and enjoy something to eat at the same time.  

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

For more information about this event, please contact Barbra MacDonald or call 79864.

Reminder: Tickets Selling Fast for Athletics Breakfast
Don't forget to buy tickets for the Third Annual Valley First-UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast on March 28.  This year's event will feature a keynote address by Bob Ackles, President and CEO of the BC Lions Football Club. As well, the breakfast will feature the much anticipated unveiling of UBC Okanagan's new team name and logo.

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)

To purchase tickets contact
Ana Frias or call 78600.  For more info visit the Athletics Scholarship Breakfast website.

French and Spanish Immersion Weekend
Interested in practicing French or Spanish in an immersion setting? This exciting weekend is offered at the Manteo Resort by UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies, and is a great opportunity for faculty and staff to refresh or refine their language skills.

Elementary, intermediate and advanced levels are offered by experienced, native-speaking instructors who understand the challenges of learning a language in an intensive setting.

Lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Saturday evening (at Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Sunset Bistro) are included in the fee, along with cultural entertainment. The cultural evening allows for practice with the target language.

Date: Saturday and Sunday,
Apr. 19 and 20
Location: Manteo Resort
-- 3762 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
Cost: $350

For more information or to register, visit the Community and Continuing Studies website 
or contact Program Leader
Tia-Maria Hoeller
at 78177.

Quitting For Good: A Smoking Cessation Seminar
Whatever the stage -- whether individuals are ready to quit now or just want information for the future -- participants will find this smoking cessation session informative and interesting. 

This seminar equips individuals with the "best chance method" to quit smoking for good. Participants will engage in a survey to help determine what program will work best for them, view the latest research on effective cessation supports, and receive a gift certificate to cover the first several months of smoking cessation pharmaceutical aids.

This session was featured in the Feb. 19 Health Symposium. If you were unable to attend the symposium, visit Health and Wellness in SSC006 for a free consultation and certificate for nicotine replacement therapy. This funding will only be available until Saturday, Mar. 15.

Course (Re)Design Seminar
All faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course with the design process that this session will facilitate/provide. The seminar requires a four-day commitment with whole group instructional sessions followed by small group/team planning sessions, learning outcomes, instructional strategies and assessment processes.

The seminar is modeled on a research-based course design process that focuses on learning-centered instruction and constructive alignment.

Date: May 1, 2, 5, and 6
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitated by: Peter Arthur, Janine Hirtz and Heather Marshall
Application Deadline: Friday, March 28

Register for this workshop

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