UBC Okanagan Spring Convocation sees 668 students graduate
UBC degrees were conferred upon 668 graduates during the Spring Convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 6.

"I hope that already, only a few days or weeks after the end of your degree, you are beginning to sense the freedom that a university education provides," UBC President Stephen Toope told graduates. "When I talk to our UBC alumni, which I do all the time and all around the world, so many tell me that they realize that university changed the world for them."

In a morning ceremony, 309 graduates from the Barber School of Arts and Sciences received their degrees. Graduates from the faculties of Creative and Critical Studies (96 grads), Education (115 grads), and Health and Social Development (148 grads) received their degrees in an afternoon ceremony.


Strong demand for engineering co-op students
"Co-op programs can significantly boost employment opportunities after graduation," says Erika Annala, Engineering Co-op Program Coordinator. "The UBC Engineering Co-op Program started in 2006 with 31 students in the first year of the program. Since then, we've increased enrolment and four-month co-op placement by over 150 per cent. Targeted growth for September 2008 is for an additional 75 students; increasing total enrolment at UBC Okanagan by 400 per cent since the commencement of the program here." 

Annala adds that there is strong demand for the UBC Engineering Co-op Program at the Okanagan campus and engineering co-op students have already been extremely successful securing technically relevant, paid industry experience.

For more information about the Engineering Co-op Education Program at UBC Okanagan, contact Erika Annala at 79279. 


Overseeing the first application of new warm-mix asphalt at UBC Okanagan on June 9 were, from left, Roy Bertram, General Manager of West Lake Paving, Bob Forflow, Consulting Engineer, Aidan Kiernan, AVP Operations at UBC Okanagan, Dan Nonis of Danric Construction, and Matt Cameron, Funding Partner with CTQ Consulting

Warm-mix: a better way to pave at UBC Okanagan
UBC Okanagan recently became the second place in the province after the City of Vancouver to try a new method of installing asphalt pavement. "Warm-mix" asphalt is produced at lower temperatures so there is less smoke and heat during application, and preparation requires significantly less energy, so it's substantially more environmentally friendly than conventional hot-mix asphalts.

"It also has the added attraction of providing a healthier working environment for the paving specialists upon which we depend to provide economical pedestrian, cycling and vehicular transportation throughout the campus," says Aidan Kiernan, Associate Vice President of Operations.

The first warm-mix paving on campus was completed June 9, on the new access road to the townhouse-style student residences. The project was completed within the same amount of time as traditional methods, costs about the same and has a substantial reduction in carbon footprint.

10-digit local dialing is coming soon
With the growing popularity of new communications services, the demand for new telephone numbers will soon exceed the supply. The solution: 10-digit dialing -- the area code followed by the telephone number — for all local British Columbia and Alberta business and residential communications.

How does this affect the campus? After Friday, September 12, all telephones will no longer be able to make 7-digit local calls — all phones will have to dial the area code in front of the 7-digit phone number for all local calls.

To help customers prepare, Telus and other phone service providers are phasing in a 'permissive dialing period' starting Wednesday, June 23. During that period, when you dial seven digits for a local call you will hear a network announcement reminding you to use 10-digit dialing.

For more information, visit the Telus 10-digit-dialing website.

Latest Calendar release now online
Senate and Curriculum Services has launched the latest version of the official 2008-2009 Okanagan Calendar. This new version contains approved updates from Senate meetings up to and including Thursday, May 15.

Please note: the next online Calendar release is tentatively scheduled for mid-September 2008 and will include approved materials from Senate meetings up to and including the September Senate cycle.

For more information visit the online UBC Okanagan Calendar or contact Nathalie Limbos-Bomberg at 79619.


On hand for the Class of 2008 gift presentation were, from left, Brenda Tournier, Manager of Alumni and Community Relations, Stephen Toope, UBC President, Katie Potapoff, Class of 2008 rep., Bryan Kolb, UBC honorary degree recipient, and Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Gifts presented by Class of 2008
The Class of 2008 has donated a magnolia tree and a bench from which to
enjoy the new planting in commemoration of their convocation on June 6. The
tree is planted between the Science and Library buildings, and the
wall-mounted bench is installed near the southwest corner of the Library

Eggers bids farewell to campus community
Nigel Eggers, Associate Professor of Chemistry and UBC alumnus, is set to retire at the end of June after 21 years as a researcher and teacher at UBC Okanagan and its former institutions. He started his academic career at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he earned his BSc (1967) and MSc (1968).  From there Eggers alternated between UBC — earning his PhD in 1973 — and working as a research scientist in the Chemistry Division of the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in wine chemistry.

Eggers is a leader in interdisciplinary wine chemistry research, studying climatic, hydrologic and geochemical factors governing vine growth and production of natural products in and on the grape, through to the wine-making processes that help determine the overall chemical signatures in finished wines. 

Eggers is most proud of his work as Dean of Science helping to manage the transition of Okanagan College into Okanagan University College in the early 1990s. After retirement from the chemistry field, Eggers plans to start a second career travelling, skiing and cycling across much of the United States and Canada.

Good luck and best wishes on all future plans, Nigel.


Anthropology students are leaders in action
Ashlee Williams
, Amy Grey and Tallina Wielders, students from Associate
Professor Robin Dods' Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 100) class, were
among the top 15 winners in this year's Public Anthropology Community Action Website competition during the month of March.

In the project, 990 students from UBC Okanagan, Hawaii Pacific University,
University of Montana, University of Notre Dame, University of Saskatchewan,
University of Victoria, University of Wisconsin, and York University wrote
persuasive letters addressing issues such as native repatriation of objects
stored in museums and laboratories, what anthropologists might (or should)
give back to the communities that support their research, and whether
anthropology departments should established departmental codes of ethics to
guide their faculty in the field.

"Ashlee Williams placed among the top five and her letter was supported by
378 other students — the second highest ever recorded," said Rob Borofsky,
Director of the Center for a Public Anthropology at Hawaii Pacific

To learn more about the project, visit the Public Anthropology website.

June 18, 2008

Osoyoos lakebed study to examine impact of human settlement
There's a lot of environmental history at the bottom of Osoyoos Lake. On June 16, researchers from UBC Okanagan and the B.C. Ministry of Environment began reconstructing that history by sampling and analyzing sediments from the deepest parts of the lake.

They're looking for chemical and biological clues about how human settlement in that part of the South Okanagan has impacted the environment during the past century and a half.

"Lakes are continually accumulating layers of sediment, and preserved in those sediments we have a variety of chemical substances," says paleo-ecologist Ian Walker, Professor of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences. "Sediment analysis will indicate the level of nutrient enrichment of the lake before European settlement of the area, and early in that settlement period."


Co-op education program booming
UBC Okanagan is getting a serious boost in profile thanks to a growing number of co-op students working in the community this summer.

"Employers are quick to sign up when they find out how many high-achieving, skilled students the co-op program has available — taking advantage of cost-saving opportunities to train and test potential employees," says David Woodward, Co-op Education Coordinator for Career Services.  "Students gain relevant work experience, exposure to different employment environments, and contacts to help them make informed employment choices prior to graduation.

"Co-op placements in the Arts, Management and Sciences programs at UBC Okanagan are still in their infancy, but we already have 21 students placed for the 2008 summer term," adds Woodward. "This is only the beginning upon which we plan to build a robust experiential learning program available to all undergraduate students here on campus."

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

Bike to Work

Bike to Work Week 2008

This year's UBC Okanagan's Bike to Work Week team of more than 30 people cycled a total of 1,428 km from May 4 to 10.

Bike to Work Week is an annual event organized by the City of Kelowna and coordinated at UBC Okanagan by Campus Rec. and Campus Life.

For more information about Bike to Work Week, visit and watch for information about Bike to Work Week 2009.

hack n whack

Hack 'n Whack tournament success a fore-gone conclusion thanks to volunteers

Campus Rec. and Campus Life would like to thank all who participated in the 2nd annual Hack 'n Whack Golf Tournament on Friday, May 23. Over 40 golfers took to the course this year, and organizers would like to extend a special thanks to Emily Webb, new Residence Life Manager, for helping with the event.

The following campus partners donated prizes, volunteered their time and were necessary in helping make the tournament a great success: UBC Bookstore Okanagan; Career Services & Co-Op Education; Kris Bruckmann, Director of Food Services at UBC Okanagan; Development & Advancement; Campus Rec.; and AVP Students Ian Cull.


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:

Take a tour of UBC Okanagan
Let student ambassadors take you on a personal tour of the UBC Okanagan campus.

Celebrate Research Week Profile: Carole Robinson
Assoc. Prof. Carole Robinson's research is aimed at helping families deal with life-threatening illness.

Celebrate Research Week Profile: Carlos Teixeira
Assoc. Prof. Carlos Teixeira's research on immigrant groups in Canada has earned him recognition both locally and internationally.


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, July 9
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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