Lori and Brad Field.

Kelowna Family Funds Field Reading Room at UBC Okanagan
A gift of $104,000 from Kelowna residents Brad and Lori Field has allowed UBC Okanagan to renovate study space in the UBC Okanagan Library to establish the Field Reading Room for students.

"The Field Reading Room provides students with a warm, inviting place to reflect, write, study and collaborate," said Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor at UBC Okanagan, as he joined the Field family in officially opening the facility on April 2.

A large acrylic-on-canvas painting entitled Interference IV (Book), created by and donated by Bryan Ryley, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, is now part of UBC Okanagan's permanent collection and is featured in the new Field Reading Room.


Teaching and Learning in a Changing World: The Fourth Annual Okanagan Learning ConferenceTeaching and Learning
The theme for the fourth-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, being held on campus May 7 and 8, is Teaching and Learning in a Changing World. Faculty and educators alike are invited to share research and participate in sessions exploring the role of student research, learner engagement, critical thinking across disciplines, and the use of new technology in teaching and learning.

Keynote speakers this year are:

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

This year, sessions are led by faculty from both UBC campuses, Queen's University, University of Saskatchewan, St. Thomas University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Technology Sydney, McEwan College, and Okanagan College.

To register for the conference, or to get more information, visit the Learning Conference website.

Keep Updated with Summer Session 2008 Website

The registration deadline has passed, but information about course offerings, enrolment, and class schedules is still being updated on a regular basis on the Summer Session 2008 website.

"Most classes begin May 12 for the first term, but cancellations, course updates, and additional information continue to be added to the Calendar's Summer Supplement," says Community and Continuing Studies program leader Tia-Maria Hoeller. "There are several unique courses only available during the summer months that are in high demand -- faculty and staff who are involved in this year's Summer Session courses will find it very useful to check the website often."

For the most up-to-date information visit the Summer Session 2008 website.


Managing Forgetfulness forum now on UBCO.TV

UBC Okanagan's sold-out Mar. 10 public forum, Managing Forgetfulness and Aging Successfully, is now available to view online at the new UBCO.TV website.
The forum at the Kelowna Community Theatre featured a trio of top experts in brain research from UBC and the University of California. The experts presented the latest in brain-related discoveries, as well as tips and strategies that can be used to manage forgetfulness, improve memory, and age successfully. 
The forum was funded by Dr. Irving K. Barber, and officially launched UBC Okanagan's 2008 Celebrate Research Week in March.

The forum can be viewed in its entirety by visiting UBCO.TV and choosing Channel 8, Events and Seminars.
Visit the website to view the video.

Students Discuss Interprofessional Issues in Nursing, Social Work and Education
More than three dozen of UBC Okanagan's third- to fifth-year pre-service nursing, social work and education students met April 2 to discuss interprofessional practice addressing child welfare.

Organized by Judy Gillespie and Laurie MacDonald (School of Social Work), Wilda Watts (School of Nursing), Robert Whiteley (Faculty of Education), and Gayl Sarbit (Faculty of Health and Social Development) along with Darren Jones and Lina Dattolo from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), the workshop offered students a look at the intersections that occur between these three professions to address the well-being of children.

Front-line practitioners from the Interior Health Authority, the North Okanagan School District, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development shared their expertise and commitment to interdisciplinary practice through presentation of several case studies. The practitioners then worked with small multidisciplinary student groups to facilitate more in-depth discussion of the challenges and skills for interdisciplinary practice.

Lunch was provided thanks to a generous grant from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Over lunch the keynote speaker, Howard Kirkham, MCFD regional supervisor, presented the concept of global community and challenged students to go beyond local connections and to examine how, as global citizens, they could make a difference in the lives of children and families surviving in Third-World countries.

Both students and the practitioners who presented identified this type of interdisciplinary learning as extremely important and planning has already begun for next year's workshop.

Professor Schulz-Cruz Publishes New Book About Gay Images in Mexican Cinema
A new book published by Bernard Schulz-Cruz, Associate Professor of Spanish and coordinator of the FCCS Spanish Program, looks at how Mexico's cinematographic representation of the gay body has been developing step by step over three decades, from 1970 to 1999.

Imagenes GayThe book, Imágenes gay en el cine mexicano. Tres décadas de joterío 1970-1999, or Gay Images in Mexican Cinema. Three Decades of Queerness 1970-1999 (Fontamara, 2008), examines feature films or movies that try to construct male homosexuality, articulate it and have it make sense on screen.

"Even though gay artistic expressions have catapulted acceptance and recognition of subversive homosexuality to a certain extent in the general population, the long history of repression in Spanish America has made it a painfully slow process of gaining a truly legitimate place in mainstream culture," said Schulz-Cruz.

"The hypothesis I am trying to explore is that for Mexico, in times of democracy and of a neo-liberalism disguised as panacea, democratized artistic expressions ought to promote in cinema the acceptance and acknowledgement of the diversity of homosexuality."

Okanagan Short Fiction Contest Shortlists 10 Finalists

The 10th-annual Okanagan Short Story Contest has announced the shortlist for this year's competition. Of 159 entries, the following 10 writers have made it to the final stage of the judging process:

  • Susan Buis of Kamloops
  • Jan Crerar of Salmon Arm
  • Brian d'Eon of Nelson
  • Karen Hofmann of Kamloops
  • Ashley Little of Kelowna
  • Dawn Kennedy of Vernon
  • Patrick Roscoe of Keremeos
  • Sharon Taylor of Williams Lake
  • Lorna Tureski of Armstrong
  • Shelley Wood of Kelowna

The Okanagan Short Fiction contest closed on March 10. First-prize winner will receive $500, second $200 and third $100. Winners and finalists will also receive chapbooks of the winning stories.


New Programs Offered in English, Theatre, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies
UBC Okanagan will offer students several new programs in September -- a Master of Arts in English, an undergraduate minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies in conjunction with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and several courses related to the proposed Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Interdisciplinary Performance.
The new MA in English program is a 12-month course-based degree with an option for interdisciplinary work focused on approaches to examining historical periods and movements, genres, authors, as well as national and international topics.
The new undergraduate minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws courses from across the humanities into a unified minor including English, History, Latin, French, Spanish and Philosophy.
Subject to Senate and Board approval, the proposed BFA in Interdisciplinary Performance program will be among the first of its kind at a Canadian university. It will offer studio training in three disciplines with an ongoing focus on live performance, as well as courses in critical and cultural theory. Theatre courses are already being offered at UBC Okanagan.

April 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: April 9
Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
New courses approved -- GEOG 431: Resource Management Policy and Practice; GEOG 435: Wine Geographies; PSYO 442: Interpersonal Behaviour and Psychopathology

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
New courses approved -- CULT 315: Television Studies; FREN 299: French Literatures in Translation; FREN 453: Advanced Syntax and Stylistics; ENGL 409 -- CULT 471: Cross-list

New Awards
Three new international student awards approved totaling $9,000 (first award available for the 2008-2009 winter session)

Admissions Proposals
Provincial Examinations Calendar text, Academic Leave Policy and Mature Student Admissions Policy approved.

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

Coin Off

Project GROW coin drive volunteers included, from left, Michael Esau, Kaitlin Clement, Sarah Squinas, and Philip Choi.

Thanks to All Involved in Festival @ the U and Project GROW Coin Drive
Thanks go out from Campus Life Coordinator Leanne Perry to all the volunteers who helped to make the third-annual Festival @ the U a great success on Friday, April 11. The UBC Okanagan Bookstore generously donated a $25 gift card won by student Marc Kirillo. Congratulations also to Brandon St. Germain and Winnie Chow who won Bookstore gift cards as well.

Also announced at Festival @ the U was the winner of the Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women) coin drive. A Science team of students, staff and faculty won the competition and were awarded a plaque during the festival. Perry thanked everyone who supported the coin drive, especially the students who led the coin drive efforts: Philip Choi and Sarah Squinas. More than $1,040 was raised for this very good cause -- creating micro-loans for women's cooperatives in rural Ghana. Campus Life also recognized Home Hardware for their generous donation of the buckets used to collect the money.

April 16, 2008

Photo: Martin Dee

Bike to Work Week

The campus community is encouraged to participate in Bike to Work Week this year, from May 4 to 10. This year's activities include:

  • Monday: Bike to Work Week launch and information session
  • Tuesday: Bike maintenance workshop
  • Wednesday: an organized ride from the Tim Hortons on Kane Road to the UBC Okanagan campus.
  • Thursday: Bike Bath -- a free bicycle wash area will be set up in the courtyard at lunch.
  • Friday: Wrap-up Barbecue at Parkinson Rec. Centre

Come on out and try some alternative transportation. It's good for the environment and great for health.

To join the Bike to Work Week team or get more information contact Campus Rec. Coordinator Kevin Mobbs or Campus Life Coordinator Leanne Perry.

Next Pitstop Being Held May 9
Sponsored by Learning Services, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, May 9, in the Arts Atrium for Pitstop.

Date: Friday, May 9
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium


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, May 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN142
To register: contact Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.

Understanding the Faculty Pension Plan Session and Open House
Session activities include:

  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. -- Plan provisions: info for new members and those who have not attended an explanatory seminar
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon -- Investment options and principles of investing
  • 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. -- Lunch
  • 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. -- 2007 in review
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m. -- Retirement income choices: info for members who plan on retiring within five years

Date:  Wednesday, May 7
Location:  SCI396

Registration:  Contact Shirley Lim, Pension Administration Receptionist, or call 28100 prior to Friday, May 2.


Fruit and Vegetables Shredded in Engineering One Design Awards
Engineering One students spent Monday afternoon competing in a fruit and vegetable processing competition in the SSC Sunroom.

Each of the 28 teams invented and built a hand-operated machine to process Okanagan fruits or vegetables, separating the usable from unusable parts and presenting the usable parts in an advantageous size or configuration, says Dr. Andrew Labun, Associate Professor of Engineering, whose Applied Science 170 course culminates with the year-end design competition.

The winning design was created by the "Appletizer" team of Kavish Bujun, Ian Roth, Derek Breckon and Philipp Harbeck. The Best Presentation Award went to the "Radish Slicer 2000" team of Geoffrey Brockelsby, Chris Cooke and Karen Rables.

Engineering Hovercraft
Hovercraft Design competition winners are (from left) James Seabrook, Johnny Phung, Jeffrey Van den Eereenbeemt, Karan Jagitkumar, and Albert Bedell, and School of Engineering Director Spiro Yannacopoulos.

School of Engineering Hovercraft Challenge
Fourteen teams of second-year Engineering students competed in the second-annual Hovercraft Design Challenge last Thursday.

First-place winners were James Seabrook, Johnny Phung, Jeffrey Van den Eereenbeemt, Karan Jagitkumar, and Albert Bedell. Second-place winners were Andrew Gosling, Ryan MacKintosh, Luke Robson, Raminder Sahota, Ben Woodward. In third place was the team of Brooks Friess, Matthias Gibbs, Jason Wagner, Douglas Walker, Allison Wignall.

The students designed and constructed a hovercraft that could carry 500 pennies (about 1 kg worth) while performing tasks such as racing across the Gymnasium floor at top speed. Each hovercraft recorded the amount of energy used, because energy efficiency was as important as speed in the scoring.

"The competition is intended to showcase each team's expertise in structural, fluid mechanics, computer programming, and instrumentation," says Dr. Vladan Prodanovic, one of the instructors for this term's Applied Science 258 Hovercraft Project course.


Hoorfar wins Pioneer's Award for Excellence in Teaching
School of Engineering students awarded this year's Pioneer's Award for Excellence in Teaching to Assistant Professor Mina Hoorfar.

Second-year Engineering students initiated the teaching award in 2007 to recognize a professor who demonstrated excellence in teaching. Students that had completed two years at UBC Okanagan were eligible to vote and select the award winner.

"Dr. Hoorfar did not have the easiest course material to get through, but somehow managed to fit it all in. She was not only a lecturer, but was also a tutorial instructor for multiple classes, including her own. During class time complex equations managed to become understandable and a deliberate effort was made to ensure each individual understood the concept at hand," said student Holly Rourke to an audience of students, staff and faculty at this year's awards ceremony on Thursday, Apr. 10.

Lawler to Focus on Faculty Initiatives
Kathy Arney, interim Director of Development, has announced that Tim Lawler has been added to the Development team as Director of Faculty Initiatives effective April 28.

Lawler has extensive experience in the financial sector, working with HSBC for the past 24 years. He has lived in the Okanagan for six years and has excellent connections in the corporate community.

He is taking early retirement as Vice President of the Interior Region to join UBC Okanagan where he will be working closely with the Faculty of Management. Lawler has a son enrolled in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC Vancouver and a younger son who will join UBC Okanagan as a first-year student in September.

"Tim is excited about building new relationships and fundraising opportunities for our growing campus," says Arney. "Please join us in welcoming Tim."

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