UBC Okanagan Centenary Concert Celebration
Join in celebrating UBC's Centenary at a special free concert in the courtyard on June 19 featuring UBC's renowned musicians-in-residence, The Borealis String Quartet.

The Borealis String Quartet has established itself as an ensemble praised for its dynamic performances, passionate style, and refined musical interpretation. Admission to evening concert is free but pre-registration online is required. Cake and refreshments will be served. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

For news and more information related to UBC's Centenary please visit the UBC Okanagan Centenary website.

Date: Thursday, June 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard
Free Online Registration: register for this event

From left, Doyle Sam, Vice President, Engineering and Operations for FortisBC, Josh Schlenker, Engineering student, Jackie Nichols, Engineering student and president of the Engineering Undergraduate Society, and Engineering Professor Dr. Andrew Labun were on hand as Schlenker received the first FortisBC Scholarship in Engineering on May 22.

FortisBC powers new electrical engineering scholarship at UBC Okanagan
Josh Schlenker, a third-year Electrical Engineering student, is the first recipient of the FortisBC Scholarship in Engineering at UBC Okanagan.
The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a student entering their third or fourth year in the Electrical Engineering program at UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering.
Last fall, FortisBC also pledged $30,000 over the next three years to help create a new Power Engineering Option in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC Vancouver.
"Our industry is currently experiencing unprecedented electrical demand growth and many utilities are faced with the need to build more infrastructure," said Doyle Sam, Vice President, Engineering and Operations for FortisBC. "We are committed to being active partners with our communities to ensure a sustainable future for the region, and the province."

UBC's largest-ever conference opened with UBC Okanagan event
UBC Okanagan was an important part of the action as the largest conference in UBC's history began last week. A panel dialogue at UBC Okanagan last Thursday, May 29, was the first event of the 2008 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, a national celebration of intellectual life in Canada.

Organized annually by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which represents 50,000 researchers, Congress 2008 at UBC is expected to attract 10,000 delegates through the more than 70 participating scholarly associations, with events continuing through June 8.

"Congress 2008 is not only the largest conference ever for UBC, it's also the major academic event of UBC's Centennial year," notes Richard Cavell, Academic Convenor for Congress 2008 and Professor of English at UBC.


UBC Okanagan and University of Zambia begin health research collaboration
Seven key clusters of health research and training -- including maternity and neonatal care, and prevention of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria -- will benefit from a new agreement for collaboration between UBC Okanagan and the University of Zambia (UNZA).

"Millions of people in Sub-Saharan African countries face a bleak future. They live in extreme poverty, cope with staggering burdens of illness, and suffer tremendous loss in their health workforce," says Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost at UBC Okanagan. "While these challenges are complex both within the countries and due to global factors, universities have a mandate and the potential to address major issues facing humanity. 

"We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that opens up exciting new opportunities for our students and faculty to work with partners in Zambia on crucial health research," says Abd-El-Aziz

"The projects -- some of which are already about to begin -- have the potential to dramatically improve health care delivery and health promotion in Zambia's Western province," says Dr. Joan Bottorff, Director of UBC Okanagan's new Research Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.


Calling all campus alumni on graduation day
The campus community's faculty and staff ranks are brimming with UBC alumni. On June 6, graduation day, alumni across campus are invited to introduce themselves, not only to fellow alumni but to former students who now embark on their own journey as new UBC graduates. Visit the alumni tent for courtyard celebrations and extend supportive well wishes to the Class of 2008.
The alumni tent features music, cake, refreshments and two very large cards where congratulatory notes can be recorded for posterity. You are encouraged to participate in this rich university tradition.
Date: Friday, June 6
Time: alumni are invited to support two graduation ceremonies followed by two courtyard receptions: 

  • Morning: 9:30 a.m. ceremony with 11 a.m. (approximate) courtyard reception
  • Afternoon: 2:30 p.m. ceremony with 4 p.m. (approximate) courtyard reception

Location: Courtyard, UBC Okanagan.  No RSVP is required. For more information, contact Brenda Tournier, Alumni Relations Manager, at 78167.


ShawnOperations welcomes new Project Technologist
Shawn Snider is the new Project Technologist at UBC Okanagan. Snider started May 12, arriving from Okanagan College where she recently earned her diploma in Civil Engineering Technology.

During her co-op work term with Okanagan College, Snider gained experience as a junior draftsperson with one of Kelowna's geotechnical engineering firms.

"I am thrilled to join the AVP Operations team and look forward to working with everyone on campus," says Snider. "I consider myself fortunate to have this opportunity so early in my career and am eager to get started."

Her UBC Okanagan duties will include minor renovations and she will be working with Special Project Advisor Colin Lacey to ensure all of the campus' renovation needs are met. Snider's office is located in the Mountain Weather Office and she can be reached at local 78557.


Career Services welcomes new Co-op Coordinator

Career Services and Co-op Education recently welcomed David Woodward as the new Co-op Coordinator. Woodward has extensive experience in co-op education having served as the Sciences and Technologies Co-op Coordinator at University College of the Frasier Valley, University of Northern British Columbia, and Camosun College prior to his arrival at UBC Okanagan.

Woodward also worked as a staffing and onsite coordinator for private industry, and taught English in Japan for two years after graduating from the University of Victoria. Woodward says he's committed to the value of experiential learning and has a particular interest in developing areas of overlap between academic and professional communities.

Faculty members interested in establishing or exploring links to the business community are invited to e-mail Woodward or call 79206.


Melanie Ihmels, left, received a cheque for $1,000 from the Okanagan Historical Society for winning the Society's 2008 Student Essay Contest. Photo by: Maurice Williams, Associate Professor of History.

Okanagan suffrage essay earns Historical Society prize
An essay entitled, The New Chewing Gum: Okanagan Suffrage Movement 1890-1917, earned UBC Okanagan student Melanie Ihmels a $1,000 prize in the Okanagan Historical Society's 2008 Student Essay Contest. Ihmels' paper is based on research done last summer as a recipient of an Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award, under the supervision of Ruth Frost, Associate Professor of History.  A history major who will graduate with a BA at this Friday's Spring Convocation ceremony, Ihmels will begin graduate work in Canadian women's history at the University of Victoria in September.

The award was presented April 27 at the annual general meeting of the Okanagan Historical Society, held aboard the S.S. Sicamous in Penticton. At the meeting, Maurice Williams, Associate Professor of History, and Richard Garvin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, gave a presentation on their Myra Canyon research project.

June 4, 2008


Next Pitstop Being Held June 13
Sponsored by Facilities Management, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, June 13, in the Arts Atrium for Pitstop. Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Friday, June 13
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

Myra's Men

Myra's Men: new book launches with Myra Canyon reopening
A new book about the men who built the majestic Myra Canyon trestles on B.C.'s Kettle Valley Railway will be launched at UBC Okanagan on Tuesday, June 17.

Myra's Men, written by Maury Williams, Associate Professor of History, chronicles the building of the Kettle Valley Railway from Myra Canyon near Kelowna to Penticton.

Williams has focused his historian's eye not only on the visionary engineers who oversaw the work, but also on the everyday lives of the immigrant labourers—the "navvies"—who blasted the tunnels, laid the tracks and built the soaring trestles that are considered among Canada's most scenic historic treasures.

The book is published in hardcover and paperback by the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, which has guided the rebuilding of the historic trestles after they were destroyed by the Okanagan Mountain Park forest fire in the summer of 2003. The restored trestles will be officially opened to the public on Sunday, June 22, with a grand reopening celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details of the opening are on the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society website.

On-campus book launch
Date: Tuesday, June 17
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre's Okanagan Room

Myra's Men will be introduced by Duane Thomson, UBC Okanagan Associate Professor Emeritus of History.

Okanagan Heritage Museum book launch
Date: Wednesday, June 18
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Kelowna's Okanagan Heritage Museum — 470 Queensway Avenue (corner of Ellis and Queensway), Kelowna

Penticton's Kettle Valley Railway Day
Saturday, June 21
Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Location: Old KVR Station (Kinsman Building) — Hastings Street, Penticton


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

WILU 37 Keynote Speaker
John Willinsky, Professor of Education from UBC and Stanford University, takes an entertaining and insightful look at information literacy and the right to information.

Composting on Campus
Student research helps UBC Okanagan deal effectively with organic waste.


Make your mark with the Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies' Summer Institute 2008
This summer explore the artist in you and take part in non-credit Creative and Critical Studies course offerings.

Randonnée Poétique en Okanagan (Okanagan Poetry Diary)
July 5, Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Introduction to Japanese Writing and Calligraphy
July 7 to 10, Monday to Thursday
9 a.m. to 12 noon

July 7 to 11, Monday to Friday
1 to 5:30 p.m.

Digital Photography
July 14 to 18, Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 12 noon

Performance: Mask Workshop
July 14 to 18, Monday to Friday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

These courses are offered by UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies in partnership with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Participants can look forward to social events such as barbeques and group exhibits.

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


Distinguished Speakers: who would you invite?
The UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series invites suggestions from students, faculty and staff for future guest speakers.

Perhaps you know or have studied with notable experts at other institutions. The speaker selection committee hopes to draw on the extensive academic and social networks of the campus community to fill this year's speaker series.

While there's no set criteria defining a "distinguished" speaker, series chair Rob Young, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, advises that speakers should have a compelling and timely messages, be either notable experts in their field at a national or international level, and have made significant contributions to social or environmental sustainability or other major issues confronting today's world.

To suggest a distinguished speaker, send your ideas—and any contact information you might have, to Rob Young.

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