Shahida Jaffrey, Vice Chancellor from Pakistan's Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, snaps photos of the Arts building's lush atrium. Jaffrey was among a delegation of Pakistan's senior university officials visiting UBC Okanagan last week.

UBC Okanagan hosts leaders from Pakistan universities
A group of Pakistan's senior university administrators toured UBC Okanagan last Wednesday. The delegation included more than a dozen vice chancellors and a member of Pakistan's Higher Education Commission.

The campus tour was part of a day-long visit to UBC Okanagan arranged by the Commonwealth of Learning at the request of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.


Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram, middle, and Okanagan Provost Alaa Abd-El-Aziz (fourth from right) welcomed Pakistan university officials to UBC Okanagan for a day-long visit on Wednesday.

Honoured last week for 25 years' service were, from left, Gwen Zilm, Al King, and Wendy Peppar.

Recognizing 25 and 30 years of service
Recognizing service spanning over three decades — from Okanagan College to Okanagan University College and now UBC Okanagan — three faculty members and three staff were honoured May 12 for their years of service.

A celebration luncheon hosted by Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram was held at the Coast Capri Hotel in honour of Gwen Zilm (Associate Vice President, Learning Services), Allan King (Service Worker, Facilities Management), Wendy Peppar (Assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor), Clifford Ames (Associate Professor of English, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies), Joan Bassett-Smith (Associate Dean of Professional Practice Programs, Faculty of Health and Social Development; Director and Associate Professor, School of Nursing; Head, Human Kinetics Program) and Carol McFadyen (Associate Director, School of Nursing). Emcee Nicole Udzenija, Organizational Development and Learning Consultant, presented each recipient in attendance with a UBC Okanagan pin and commemorative certificate.

Kelowna writer Ashley Little wins Okanagan Short Story Contest
A short story entitled Dr. Lung has earned Kelowna writer Ashley Little first place in the 10th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest.

"Dr. Lung is a fine, funny-sad piece of work, fueled by the weird energy of grief, guided along the twisted path of healing," said contest judge John Gould. "What grips us here is the intimate voice of this young narrator, its perfectly calibrated mixture of insight and innocence."

The top three stories were announced May 10 at a public reading and awards presentation at the Laurel Building in Kelowna. Little received the $500 first prize. Second prize of $200 went to Susan Buis of Kamloops for her story, The Half Hour Pose, and the $100 third prize went to Dawn Kennedy of Vernon for Owl's Pawn.

Gould described Buis' The Half Hour Pose as "beautiful prose, as intricately dense as a human body," and said Kennedy's Owl's Pawn presented "flair for characterization, and for fine details drawn from the worlds of nature and culture."


May 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. Here are the highlights from the May 15 Okanagan Senate Meeting:

New Curriculum—Faculty of Applied Science

  • Seven new undergraduate courses approved
  • 12 new graduate courses approved
  • School of Engineering Program Overview approved

New Curriculum—Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • New undergraduate courses approved: ANTH 327(3)—Materials Analysis; COSC 132(3)—Surviving Security Threats in Our Information Society; seven new History courses; MATH 435(3)—Mathematical Biology; four Political Science courses; PSYO 443(3)—Psychometrics and Test Evaluation; PSYO 444(3)— Psychological Tests and Administration
  • New program approved: requirements of an annotation of a second or subsequent Major or Honours Designation on a Baccalaureate Degree (BA or BSc) previously conferred at UBC Okanagan
  • Program name change approved: from Women's Studies (WMST) to Gender and Women's Studies (GWST)

New Curriculum—Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

  • New undergraduate courses approved: ENGL 330 (3/9) d—Regionalism in Canadian Literature; ENGL 471 (3/6) d—Major Canadian Authors; VISA 102 (3) —Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices I; VISA 103 (3)—Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices II; VISA 104 (3)—Three-Dimensional and New Media Art Practices I; VISA 105 (3)—Three-Dimensional and New Media Art Practices II; VISA 200 (3)—Studio Theory I; VISA 201 (3)—Studio Theory II
  • New program approved: BFA Major in Interdisciplinary Performance (to be offered alongside the existing BFA Visual Arts Major)

New Awards

  • Five new undergraduate and graduate student awards approved totaling more than $13,000 (first award available for the 2008/09 winter session)


Student Kayla Wickenheiser accepts her prize -- an iPod nano -- for participating in the 2008 College Health Assessment Survey.

Students help determine priority Health & Wellness issues on campus
Results are still being analyzed, but first-year nursing student Kayla Wickenheiser and third-year engineering student Thomas Dueckman are already seeing benefits from their participation in the online 2008 National College Health Assessment Survey.

More than 700 randomly selected UBC Okanagan students participated this year in what has become a biannual surveying process -- a research program that enables health providers and researchers to determine trends in student health behaviours and campus health issues.

The survey asked questions about sleep patterns and exercise, sexual and relationship health, substance use, and a variety of other questions tailored specifically to student health. 

"The survey took about 30 minutes to complete, and asked in-depth personal questions," said Claire Budgen, Director of the Health & Wellness Centres on campus. "The participation rate from UBC Okanagan students increased this year which allows us to be more confident in the representativeness of the results."

When the results from this year's survey are published in September, Budgen and her team will be able to compare results with the other education institutions in North America. The results also will directly guide how Health & Wellness Centres set specific program priorities on campus, as well as contribute to the picture of student health trends in North America.


Fabienne Dauvergne, right, receives her Level II College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Certification from Cindy Bourne, Academic Resource Centre Coordinator. 

Exchange student gains certification and desire to continue teaching internationally
Fabienne Dauvergne was a unique member of this year's Academic Resource Centre tutoring team. As one of two exchange students from France, she brought a special perspective to the tutoring services that enriched the centre's offerings from both an academic and cultural perspective.

While at UBC Okanagan, Dauvergne worked in the Writing and Language centre  and was able to earn her Level I and II tutoring certification from the College Reading and Learning Association Tutoring Program — an internationally recognized program that sets a standard of skills and training for tutors. 

The tutoring experience, along with her work for the French department, confirmed Dauvergne's desire to continue teaching French internationally. Tentatively, the next stop on her international journey is New Zealand.

The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutor certification program offers a wide variety of professional development sessions that cover everything from content and subject-specific tutoring, to personality preferences, diversity training and many other areas of student development.

The training program is a collaborative and campus-wide initiative and many of the training modules are facilitated by UBC Okanagan staff. All tutors in the Academic Resource Centre are expected to obtain their Level I certification, although many achieve further certification. 

For more information about the Academic Resource Centre tutor certification program at UBC Okanagan, contact Cindy Bourne, Academic Resource Centre Coordinator, at 78065.

May 21, 2008


UBCO.TV Spotlight
The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV.  Check out what's new this month:

Ask the DVC Doug Owram, UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor, responds to students' questions about tuition payments, campus growth, and the state of his wardrobe.

Mentoring Luncheons Great For Students The Interior Savings-UBC Okanagan Mentoring Luncheon Series brings UBC Alumni together with students to help them understand the working world.


Bottorff to lead new Research Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC Okanagan
UBC Okanagan is creating a new research centre focused on combating major preventable chronic diseases — and finding ways to promote healthy lifestyles to prevent diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Joan Bottorff, who served as the first Dean of UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Health and Social Development, will direct the new Research Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention. She has also been named UBC Okanagan's first Chair in Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion.

"I am looking forward to focusing my attention on building this new research centre," says Bottorff, pointing out that the Centre's research and education activities will focus on:

  • Promoting health by addressing the social, cultural, and environmental determinants of physical inactivity, unhealthy weights, unhealthy eating, and substance use (for example, smoking and alcohol consumption)

  • Preventing chronic disease through focused and integrated action to address risk factors

  • Supporting early detection and management of chronic disease


Conferences and Accommodation is open for business
This May through August, UBC Okanagan will be the largest accommodation provider in the Okanagan with almost 800 beds available in varying sizes and styles. Each year when the students leave, residence rooms are converted into hotel-like accommodation for groups and individuals. People can book online on the Conferences and Accommodation website or call 1.877.589.6073 for reservations. Sport teams, youth groups, and all sorts of conferences are booked into the campus this summer as the busy conference season begins.

Taste of University program
Over the next two months, 986 students are scheduled to visit to the campus to get a taste of university life. Currently, 13 schools are participating in the program, running in May and June at UBC Okanagan. This program hosts students in Grades 7 to 10 from around the province.

Student-guests are provided a welcome barbecue and stay overnight in one of the residences. The following morning, Conferences and Accommodation provides a special presentation on UBC Okanagan programs, followed by a tour of the campus—featuring interactive experiments in one of the Science building labs.

For more information about Conferences and Accommodation at UBC Okanagan, or the Taste of University program, contact Dana Webster, Manager of Conference Sales and Marketing, at 79804.


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, June 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN142
To register: contact Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.

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