Mike Russello

UBC Okanagan's Paul Davies and colleagues at Stanford University are looking at how intergroup harmony in the U.S. changed as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Foreign threats to U.S. can raise tolerance for diversity, study finds
Foreign threats to the United States can encourage tolerance for diversity domestically and a corresponding intolerance for diversity internationally, according to a study by UBC Okanagan psychology professor Paul Davies and colleagues at Stanford University, published this week in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The world changed dramatically on September 11, 2001, says Davies, who was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University in California at the time, studying the psychology of intergroup relations. "Foreigner became synonymous with enemy. There was all this animosity directed towards any foreigner, and at the same time there was an extraordinary outpouring of brotherly love within America. We had this paradox that 9/11 led to intergroup harmony inside the United States while leading to intergroup conflict outside the United States."

A series of experiments, including one conducted on the six-month anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, examined the relationship between foreign threats, national identity and citizens' endorsement of models for both foreign and domestic intergroup relations. "To the best of our knowledge, this line of research is the first to document these relationships," says Davies. "During this period of national challenge, Americans endorsed multiculturalism more as a domestic policy and assimilation more as a foreign policy."



Leave for Change program offers international volunteer experience for staff
Staff looking to volunteer overseas now have an opportunity to do so with a new partnership between UBC and Uniterra. Leave for Change, an international cooperation program, is offered by Uniterra, one of Canada's largest international development organizations. The program offers volunteer positions to UBC staff during their annual vacation time.  

Volunteer positions are diverse and range from computer and technology training to business management and youth leadership. Placements are currently being offered in Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi, Nepal, and more.  

UBC is committed to sending up to six volunteers each year. Applications are now open for the 2008/09 year and available on their website. Deadline for applications is Sept. 12, 2008. HR will announce who the volunteers will be during the first week of October during Celebrate Learning Week.

Visit the website for eligibility criteria, program details, and application instructions.

Volunteers needed for Create 2008 Showcase
Create 2008, UBC Okanagan's New Student Orientation program, is fast approaching. Classes have been cancelled on Tuesday, Sept. 2 to allow the campus community to give a warm welcome to all of this year's new students.Create 08

Create 2008 has many volunteer opportunities for interested faculty and staff — help is needed for early morning setup, lunch service, as well as carnival game and snack booths attendants. All volunteers will receive a Campus Life t-shirt for participating.

If you would like an opportunity to inform new students about your program, unit, or department be sure to register to be an exhibitor at the Create 2008 Showcase.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 2
Time: 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard
To volunteer: e-mail Create 2008 Coordinator Erica Triggs or call 79376. 

For more information, please visit the Create 2008 Showcase website.

Event promotion at UBC Okanagan now online
With well over 200 events on campus in the past year, demand for event promotion at UBC Okanagan is increasing. Alumni and University Relations has developed a new online form to help all administrative and academic units deliver their messages across campus.

The new online form is an easy, all-in-one way to get messages on UBCO.TV's information channel, the What's Happening events webpage, the electronic sign on University Way and into The Exchange faculty and staff newsletter

This new tool also provides the option to promote your event information to alumni in the region through the Alumni Calendar of Events distributed monthly by Alumni and University Relations.

For more information, visit the new online Event Promotion form.

Parking rate increase
As a result of increased maintenance costs and security upgrades related to parking at UBC Okanagan, the monthly rate will be increased by $3.58 effective on Friday, September 1. 

Staff on yearly payroll deduction will be receiving their new 2008-2009 passes via campus mail in the first two weeks of August.

To review the new rates and for more information visit the Parking Services website.

Volunteer opportunity for faculty and staff at 2010 Games
On Thursday, June 26, UBC Human Resources released a Volunteer Statement which provides guidelines for faculty and staff who wish to participate in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games as volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Games should apply online via the VANOC website. 

For more information on volunteer opportunities at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games please visit the links below:

new staff

Security and Parking Services welcomes new employees

A warm welcome to Mike Gesi and Tina Dolan, UBC Okanagan's two newest Security and Parking Services employees. 

Gesi started his position on June 9, and is the first member of the Parking Services Bike Patrol at UBC Okanagan, having spent the 20 years prior working at UBC Vancouver as a Campus Security employee. His duties for Parking Services include enforcement of parking regulations, office administration and parking lot bookings. During his spare time Gesi serves the Lake Country community as a paid-on-all firefighter.

Dolan assumed the role of office assistant for Security and Parking Services on June 16. She is new to the Okanagan, having spent the previous 20 years working at the former Malaspina University College in Nanaimo. Her interests include art, music and horses.


August 6, 2008


Sauder School Part-time MBA info session Aug. 7
Access to graduate business education in the Okanagan has been expanded with the launch of the UBC MBA Part-time program at UBC Okanagan. Designed with working professionals in mind, the UBC MBA Part-time Program offers students access to an award-winning MBA degree in a Friday evening and weekend format over a 28-month period.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Waterfront Room, Manteo Resort — 3762 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
RSVP: online or call 28422.

For more information visit the Sauder School of Business MBA website

Research Orientation Day (ROD) for new faculty
ROD is a workshop held for incoming faculty members to assist them in starting their research and scholarly activities at UBC Okanagan.

Date: Monday, Aug. 25
Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: LIB312
For more information, e-mail Kristen Kane or call 78832.

Register online.


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, Aug. 13
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN142

To register: contact Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.

Student Appointment Forms workshop
Do you have questions about the student hiring process? Human Resources and Finance are pleased to offer an interactive hands-on workshop on the UBC Student Appointment Form process.

In this workshop you will learn how to complete and submit Student Appointment Forms.  Learn about who should be in a BCGEU bargaining unit and who should be non-union, the types of student appointments, the guidelines for each (e.g. who is eligible, what steps should be taken to create a position, how are they paid), and get more information on the Work Study program.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 14
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: FIN142

To register: contact Susan Fukushima, HR Associate, to confirm your attendance.

Proposal workshop for faculty
This workshop covers research grant proposal writing basics, including structure, content, style and mechanics.
Date: Thursday, Aug. 14
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: SCI396

For more information, e-mail Kristen Kane or call 78832.

Register online.

Staff Appointment Forms workshop
Are you confused about the Staff Appointment Forms process?  Human Resources and Finance are pleased to offer an interactive hands-on workshop on the UBC Staff Appointment Form process. In this workshop you will learn how to complete and submit the Staff Appointment Form for both BCGEU and M&P positions, and follow guidelines associated with each group.

Please bring any feedback on issues relating to the completion of Staff Appointment Forms — any questions, ideas, concerns, or solutions. Snacks will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 20
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: FIN142

To register: contact Susan Fukushima, HR Associate, to confirm your attendance.

Travel workshop
Travel at UBC will be holding a travel workshop for faculty and staff on the following:

How to save money and avoid the fuel surcharge
Overview of the UBC/Air Canada Corporate Pass Program -- how to book and how to pay.

Responsible Travel Partners: UBC and WestJet  
How to offset carbon emissions and save money when travelling by air.

American Express
Why have one? What is it used for?  How is it paid for?

Hotels and Car Rentals  
Where Do I Find the Best Deal?

Join this informative session and bring questions.  Refreshments will be available.

Attendees will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate for the Keg Restaurants.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 26
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: ART326

To register: RSVP to Connie Fabro, Travel at UBC, by Wednesday, Aug. 20.

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