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DVC Doug Owram donned a Heat jersey and joined UBC Okanagan student-athletes on stage last Friday morning as the new varsity athletics team name was launched.

UBC Okanagan Heat Unveiled at Scholarship Fund-raiser
The Okanagan is known for its heat. Now, so is UBC Okanagan.

After a year of public consultation in search of a name for its sports teams, UBC Okanagan unveiled its new varsity athletics team name -- the UBC Okanagan Heat -- at Friday morning's third-annual Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

"We are launching a new brand of post-secondary sport in the Okanagan," said Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics, in announcing the new name to a crowd of 350 people at Kelowna's Coast Capri Hotel. "We asked the community for input and some 150 people responded with 106 unique ideas. Our committee, consisting of members of the community, the alumni, the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the media and the institution itself, narrowed the list down to three, and from that short list, UBC Okanagan has chosen its name."


Graduate Art Exhibition at UBC Okanagan is Anchor Tenant
This year's Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates at UBC Okanagan came up with a novel way to choose a name for their BFA Graduate Exhibition in April. A copy of the Canadian Webster's Dictionary provided the title. The students provided the numbers.

anchortenant"There are 33 graduating students", says BFA graduate Joanna Staniszewski, "so we took out the dictionary and looked at the 33rd word on the 33rd page. It was 'anchor tenant,' and that's the name we went with."

"An anchor tenant is defined as 'the main attraction,' and for the week from April 18 to 26, our class is looking forward to the exhibition being the main attraction at UBC Okanagan."

This year's exhibition is charged with works straddling all mediums, from photography and video to sculpture and installation, painting, drawing and printmaking, notes professor Bryan Ryley.


UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence
Is there a staff member who exemplifies customer service? Or one who goes the extra mile in terms of community engagement? How about someone who has made a difference to the campus community in terms of sustainability or leadership? If a staff member on campus fits any of these descriptions, try nominating this person for the new UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence. Nominations are due by Monday, May 19.

There are four categories that staff may be nominated for:

  • Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Community Engagement

Download the nomination package or visit the FAQs website for more detailed descriptions of award categories.

For more information about these awards, contact Nicole Udzenija, Organizational Development and Learning Consultant.

Volunteers Sought for Festival @ the U
Festival @ the U, the annual end-of-term celebration, is once again quickly approaching. Organized by the Campus Life office, the day of fun in the campus courtyard features games, prizes, snacks, and the popular mocktail station.
Campus Life is looking for volunteers to help with the event. Anyone interested in volunteering, should contact Campus Life Coordinator Leanne Perry (79012) and provide info about availability, and preference of volunteer activity.

Date: Friday, Apr. 11
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer
Also, if anyone has a cooler that can be borrowed that day, please drop it off with Campus Rec. Coordinator Kevin Mobbs in the Gym from April 7 to 11 so it can be labelled, ensuring it gets back to you. Note: the cooler needs to be clean, germ-free, and large enough to hold ice that will go into drinks.

Join the Easter Seals 24-Hour Relayeaster seals
Team UBC Okanagan will once again be participating in the Easter Seals 24-Hour Relay for Kids on June 7 and 8 at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna.

The relay raises money for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and for Easter Seals Camp Winfield. Last year UBC Okanagan helped raise over $3,000. Team UBC Okanagan is looking for people to join the relay or donate to the cause.

To join Team UBC Okanagan at the Easter Seals 24-Hour Relay, please contact team captains Kevin Mobbs or Lynn Pendleton.  For more information on the Relay visit www.24hourrelay.com.

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April 2, 2008

Minds and Music Concert Featuring the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Rosemary Thomson
Performances will include:
- Elgar: Three Bavarian Dances
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Violin Soloist: Susan Schaffer)
- Smetana:Vltava (Moldau)

Date: Friday, Apr. 4
12:30 p.m. 
SSC Foyer

For more information, visit the Minds and Music website.

Spring 2008 Biology Seminar Series
Paul Wiersma, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC)
Gene Expression During Maturation and Ripening of Apple and Cherry Fruit

Date: Friday, Apr. 4
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: LIB306

For more information contact Dan Durall, or call 78759. 

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

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 9
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: SCI337

For more information contact Daylin Mantyka, or call 78784.

Second Annual Hack and Whack Golf Tournament
The second-annual Hack and Whack UBC Okanagan staff and faculty golf tournament will be held at Michaelbrook Ranch Golf Course on Friday, May 23. The first tee-off time is 3 p.m. A $40 entry fee includes nine holes of golf, food, golf balls, tees and a plethora of prizes.

Register as a team of four or as an individual. Corporate rates are also available from the Golf Centre if lessons are needed. For more information or to download a registration form visit the Campus Rec. Hack & Whack webpage or contact Kevin Mobbs at 79174.

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