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Town Hall meeting, barbecue and orientation fair Aug. 28
Put a big red circle on the calendar for August 28 — it's going to be a jam-packed day with three big events for faculty and staff:

Deputy Vice Chancellor's Town Hall meeting

It's a New Day: Emerging from the transition, shaping the future
At this meeting, presentations will be made to the first recipients of the UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence.
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: SSC026


Fourth Annual UBC Okanagan Faculty & Staff BBQ
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard
RSVP to this event by Friday, August 22 (Please let us know if you are vegetarian)

Orientation for New Faculty & Staff
Date: Thursday, Aug. 28
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

Writing CoursesWriting is in the air: Community and Continuing Studies launches Fall 2008 courses
Find the poet lurking within, play around with writing for children or delve into family secrets and create a memoir with the new writing courses being offered by UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies this fall. Take a 10-week writing course or indulge in an exploratory one-day workshop — all courses feature a stimulating and encouraging atmosphere. No prerequisites required. 

Here is a sample of courses being offered this fall:

  • Writing a Memoir — Catching the Story
    Want to share stories about life, but don't know where to start? Begin writing those stories, discover tips on getting organized and learn what to do with all the photos and treasures stored away in the basement.
  • The Hidden Poet — A Joyous Sound
    Frolic with imagery, paint with words and dance with sounds. Find a groove and get expressive with an exciting adventure into the eclectic world of poetry.
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults
    Regale little ones with delightful tales, experience a world of imagination, look at trends in children's literature and explore the craft of writing for a younger audience.

For information about these courses and more visit the Community and Continuing Studies Writing Courses website.


Communicating cancer: survey reaches out to young women

Young women aren't receiving important messages about the dangers of tobacco and its relation to premenopausal breast cancer, says Joan L. Bottorff, director of the Research Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC Okanagan.

In an attempt to better understand this problem and explore possible solutions, the Centre is asking women between the ages of 15 and 24 to participate in an online survey that examines women's knowledge of the link between tobacco exposure and premenopausal breast cancer, and explores the most effective ways to communicate messages that will help spread awareness about this significant relationship.

The research initiative is one of the first projects for the new Research Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC Okanagan, which focuses on combating major preventable chronic diseases and finding ways to promote healthy lifestyles. The survey is part of a larger, collaborative study among numerous universities and healthcare-related organizations on effective messaging strategies for young women in regards to tobacco use and breast cancer.

The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and can be found at

Be part of Creating an Inclusive Campus Community
A new initiative is being launched at UBC Okanagan to help build a more welcoming campus for visitors and campus community members alike. Decals have been installed around campus to encourage people to be part of creating an inclusive campus community. Posted in public campus building entrances, exits, bathrooms, and elevators, the decals provide contact information for resolution assistance.

The initiative seeks to provide assistance should someone encounter access or architectural barriers, experience or witness discrimination, or encounter offensive graffiti. "Several offices across campus have partnered on this initiative and are working closely with Campus Security to help create a campus free from discrimination and harassment. These decals are one way we can provide immediate and obvious contact information for people who may want or need assistance," says Nythalah Baker, Acting Human Rights and Equity Advisor. 

For more information on this initiative, and to view the decal, visit the Creating an Inclusive Campus Community Initiative website.

Unassailable Crosswalk is a 74 x 74-inch painting by BFA graduate Alistair Rance, which last week earned him the prestigious BMO 1st Art award for B.C.

Fine Arts grad earns B.C. award for art
Alistair Rance, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in June, has been chosen as the British Columbia winner of the BMO 1st Art! Award. Rance, who lives in Vernon, received $2,500 for his winning artwork, an acrylic on canvas piece entitled Unassailable Crosswalk.

Representing the best of Canada's newest generation of artists, all of the BMO 1st Art! winners' works will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto from October 7 to 26, 2008. The winning pieces can also be viewed on the BMO Financial Group's website.



Alumni & University Relations welcomes two new employees
A warm welcome to Candace Bruckshaw and Jody Jacob, UBC Okanagan's two newest Alumni & University employees.

Bruckshaw started her position as Administrative Assistant on Tuesday, May 20 and is a former supervisor at BCBedline, the Ministry of Health's provincial bed management system for available acute care beds. Bruckshaw is new to the area, and spends most of her time outside of work overseeing the construction of her new home in Lake Country.



Jacob, is a 2004 graduate of the Journalism program at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Originally from Cranbrook, she has been in the Okanagan for a year, and in that time served as a Nutrition Improvement Program Coordinator Assistant at the Kelowna Community Food Bank Society and part-time freelance writer for various local publications. She started her position on Monday, July 14, and her duties include writing and event support for Alumni & University relations. On top of being a rabid hockey and Ultimate Fighting fan, Jody is an avid writer and photographer.

Spricht Wie BrechtBriar Craig wins Special Prize at Print Biennial - Istanbul
Artwork by Briar Craig, Associate Professor of Printmaking, Photography and Drawing, earned a Special Prize at the 1st International Print Biennial — Istanbul 2008 this summer. The exhibition is organized by Isik University and the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts (IMOGA) in Turkey. Two of his pieces, including the 2007 screenprint Spricht Wie Brecht (right) are now in the collection of the IMOGA.



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Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, August 22, in the Campus Courtyard for Pitstop. Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, Aug. 22
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard (If weather is being un-cooperative the alternate location will be the Arts Atrium).

Create 08

Create 2008 welcomes all new students on Sept. 2
Create, UBC Okanagan's annual New Student Orientation Program takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 2, this year — the day's entertainment, food, and prizes are ready to go, 1800 students have been invited, 150 students are volunteering as Orientation Leaders, and classes have been cancelled that day.

Create is a day-long series of events designed specifically for the newest members of our close-knit campus community. The afternoon portion of the day is the Create Showcase which highlights services that UBC Okanagan and the Okanagan region have to offer, and provides a fun, carnival-style atmosphere to everyone involved.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 2
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: various locations across campus

To find out more about Create please contact Erica Triggs, Create Coordinator, at 79376 or Leanne Perry, Campus Life Coordinator, at 79012.

Fipke Centre Geoexchange info sessions to be held Sept. 3 and 4
The new Fipke Centre for Innovative Research is the first new building on campus to use the campus geoexchange groundwater energy system for heating and cooling. This new building will be operational in time for September classes and there are various unique aspects of the heating and cooling systems that will be of interest to faculty and staff who will be occupying the Fipke Centre.

Two 45 minute open house briefing sessions will happen on the first week of classes to help explain how the system works and what building users and occupants might expect as far as environmental controls.

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 121, Fipke Centre (FIP121)

Date: Thursday, Sept. 4
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Room 121, Fipke Centre (FIP121)

UBC Okanagan hosts West Coast Optimization Meeting on Sept. 6
On Saturday, Sept. 6, UBC Okanagan will host a special edition of the West Coast Optimization Meeting, in celebration and honour of Stephen Simon — Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara.

The West Coast Optimization Meeting is an international workshop of researchers — mainly from the Pacific Northwest — with interests in mathematical optimization. It usually has two editions per year, one in Seattle and one in Canada. This is the second time in the meeting's history that it has been held at UBC Okanagan. This meeting is free and open to the public. 

Presentations will be given by outstanding international optimization researchers from the U.S.A., Brazil, France, and Romania.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: SCI333

For more information visit the West Coast Optimization Meeting website.


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Centre for Teaching and Learning's annual Teaching and Technology Fair
From now until Thursday, Aug. 28, the new WebCT Vista system is being showcased at the annual Teaching and Technology Fair and UBC Okanagan faculty have the opportunity to learn how to leverage the new system with their courses. The fair, one of many faculty professional development programs offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, supports and promotes teaching and learning excellence through a variety of free topical workshops relevant to the teaching process at universities. 

The new WebCT Vista system aims to make course management easier and more streamlined for faculty — using simple, point-and-click approach to course preparations, quickly uploading multiple files in one easy step, instant, and one-click access to an interactive view of student work.  There are several workshops at the fair that go in-depth into this new system — from creating quizzes and learning modules in WebCT Vista to creating groups and assignments that can be submitted and published online.

Other workshop highlights include: First Class Success (for your first day of class), Student Engagement in Large Classes, Working with Teaching Assistants, and Supervising Graduate Students.

Dates: Ongoing to Thursday, Aug. 28
Times and Locations: see schedule for full details

For a full listing of workshops being offered at this year's Teaching and Technology Fair visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.