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Days in the sun for clubs and course unions

The UBC Okanagan courtyard was buzzing with activity Tuesday as the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) held its annual Club Day. Today, the UBCSUO hosts Course Union Day in the courtyard. The UBCSUO website provides contact information for all 20 student clubs and 12 course unions.


Okanagan science, tech and education sectors team up to fuel the economy of the future
Will enough of today's children grow up to be engineers and scientists to keep Canada's economy booming when the nation's Baby Boomers — now approaching their senior years — have retired from their math- and science-intensive careers?

Schools, industry and government from throughout the Okanagan region are taking on the challenge of a looming skills shortage in science and engineering by holding the first-ever Fuelling the Economy of the Future symposium, October 24 and 25 in Penticton. Organizers want to heighten awareness of engineering, science and technology education, and build stronger connections between the kindergarten-to-PhD education system and industry.

Organizing the symposium are UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering, Okanagan College, Central Okanagan School District 23, the Okanagan Science and Technology Council, the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre, and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission.


writing coursesExplore the writer within — no experience necessary
UBC Okanagan's Community and Continuing Studies department is introducing new writing courses this fall aimed at recreational writers who want to explore their creativity and expand their horizons.

With no prerequisites required, the courses are designed to be fun and flexible, enabling writers of all abilities to delve into a variety of topics and writing styles — from poems to news releases — chosen based on feedback from Okanagan residents.

"We asked our friends, neighbours, acquaintances and even strangers to tell us what type of writing courses they would be interested in taking," says Elaine Crebo, Program Leader, Community and Continuing Studies. "Based on their feedback we developed eight exciting courses —four one-day workshops and four 10-week courses — that can be enjoyed by a wide spectrum of people of all skill levels."


Health and Wellness Council to host meeting on campus Oct. 3
The Conference Board of Canada's Council on Health and Wellness will be holding its third council meeting this year at UBC Okanagan on Oct. 3.  In attendance will be members and representatives from organizations across Canada, including the National Quality Institute, The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks Hospital, Weyerhaeuser, Telus, Pfizer and other leaders in workplace health.  The theme, developed in collaboration with the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability, is: the safe, the healthy and the engaged:  an integrated approach to healthy workplaces.

Two presentations will be made by UBC Okanagan representatives at this meeting. Mark Holder, Associate Professor of Psychology, will present his research on  Happiness: an added value to organizational health. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost — Okanagan, Jackie Podger, Executive Director of Administration and Finance, and Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of Workplace Health and Sustainability, will present findings and initial actions on the UBC Okanagan Healthy Workplace Culture Strategy and its relation to the UBC Focus on People framework.

September 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.

Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: Sep. 10

Approved curriculum from the Faculty of Applied Sciences
New courses approved — APSC 572: Environmental Engineering Laboratory; APSC 573: Bridge Engineering; APSC 576: FRP for Construction and Repair of Structures; APSC 577: Pre-Stressed Concrete; APSC 578: Earthquake Engineering; APSC 579: Strengthening and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures.

Approved admissions proposals
British Columbia Provincial Examinations are no longer required as admissions requirements for Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses, effective September 2009.

School of Social Work admission requirements
The Senate approved the following change to the admission requirements for the School of Social Work: 60 credits of general university transfer credits must be completed prior to admission into the School of Social Work.

English 12 First Peoples
The Senate approved the inclusion of English 12 First Peoples as an equivalent to English 12. The Calendar will be updated to reflect the areas affected by the approval.  

For more information about these Senate highlights contact Kelly Ross, Associate Academic Governance Officer, at 79259.

CCSCommunity and Continuing Studies launches fall 2008 course calendar
UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies has a full slate of course offerings this fall, and to get the word out the Community and Continuing Studies team has produced a fall course calendar for the first time. 

"Everything at Community and Continuing Studies is about expansion this year. We have expanded our course offerings, our instructors and our team. Everything's growing," says Community and Continuing Studies Program Leader Tia-Maria Hoeller.

The new calendar is available online, but members of the campus community are also able to request paper copies of the calendar from Tia-Maria — for more information call 78177. 

To view the PDF version of the calendar visit the Community and Continuing Studies website. The campus community can also visit the fall 2008 online course schedule for a full listing of available courses being offered by Community and Continuing Studies.

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

DVC Town Hall and Staff Awards of Excellence
The DVC Town Hall meeting and Staff Awards of Excellence held on Aug. 28 highlighted the vision for UBC Okanagan's future, and took time to recognize the outstanding contributions of four individuals that have been instrumental in helping the campus community achieve its goals.

WorkLife BC Award of Merit
Creating a flexible workplace that supports employees to balance work and life commitments earned UBC Okanagan a WorkLife BC Award from the Ministry of Children and Family Development on Feb. 1, 2008. View the UBCO.TV recap for more information about what UBC Okanagan is doing to enhance work-life balance on campus.


Jacki Zehner on "Breaking the Glass Ceiling"
The Faculty of Management's Corporate Leaders Speakers Series begins next week with a presentation by Jacki Zehner, a founding partner of Circle Financial Group, a private wealth management operation in New York City. Zehner was a partner, managing director, and advisory director with Goldman Sachs & Co., New York. At the time of her appointment as partner in 1996, she was the youngest woman — and only female trader — of the firm. Jacki Zehner
Zehner, a UBC alumna (BComm, '88), currently serves on UBC's Board of Governors and is an active angel investor in Golden Seeds, a group based in New York City and Connecticut. She will speak on the topic of women's leadership in the corporate arena, the economic empowerment of women, and successful career planning.

Space is limited for all Corporate Leaders Speakers Series events, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date: Friday, Sep. 26
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: LIB312

The series continues in October with two more presentations:
Oct. 8 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Dave Krsyko, co-founder of Club Penguin — FIP204

Oct. 22 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Doug Hill, Edward Jones Investment — ART103

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Apple Demos at
Bookstore Saturday

Visit the UBC Okanagan Bookstore on Saturday, Sep. 20 when they open the doors to all students, staff and faculty for informal learning sessions on how Apple computers can simplify and improve your technology experience.  On-campus Apple Computers representative Davin Carter will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions. 

While at the bookstore, take time to look at the different products available at the bookstore, including clothing, unique giftware, a large selection of general interest books and a special section devoted to published work from UBC Okanagan's own faculty.

Date: Saturday, Sep. 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: UBC Okanagan Bookstore

For more information contact Ryan Hirowatari, Bookstore Manager, at 79245

Fast for a Day with UBC Okanagan's Muslim Students' Association
Would you be willing to go without food for a day, if it meant someone else might not have to? That's the question being asked by UBC Okanagan's Muslim students as they prepare a food bank fundraiser called Fast for a Day on Sep. 26.

Students and faculty, and members of the public, are invited to fast for a day by abstaining from food or drink from sunrise until sunset on Sep. 26. At 6:30 p.m. join the Muslim Students' Association in the UBC Okanagan cafeteria for a dinner — the break of fast — and a short introduction to the event. All participants are encouraged to donate money and non-perishable food items, which will go to the Kelowna Food Bank.

Students will be taking pledges at tables set up around the UBC Okanagan campus from now through Wednesday, Sep. 24.

Date: Friday, Sep. 26
Time: Sunrise to sunset, 6:30 p.m. meal in the UBC Okanagan cafeteria


Faculty of Management Corporate Leaders Speakers Series —
"Breaking the Glass Ceiling"

Date: Friday, Sep. 26
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: LIB312


TA Tuesdays
New for fall 2008, all Teaching Assistants are invited to drop in to the Centre for Teaching and Learning every Tuesday where centre staff will assist you in the following areas:

  • WebCT Vista support
  • Optical Mark Reader instruction
  • Instructional or assessment support

Date: every Tuesday
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: SSC044

For more information visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or call Heather Marshall at 79288.

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The most important meal: United Way Walk-Thru Breakfast on Oct. 1
Each year, the campus support for the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign kicks off with a Walk-Thru Breakfast. Distribution stations are hard to miss:

  • Arts building: main entrance foyer
  • Science building: main entrance foyer
  • Student Service Centre:  lower level, near the bus drop-off
  • Fine Arts & Health building:  back entrance
  • Library:  Main entrance foyer and west entrance.

A delicious meal-to-go includes homemade baking, juice, fruit, a granola or fruit bar and coffee. With a minimum contribution of just $3, faculty, staff and students can look after not just their own care and feeding, but the needs of the greater community as well.

Join the United Way campaign in the most important meal of the day and watch for in-bag prize slips for the following: an iPod Nano, a bookstore certificate, a staff gym pass, or a student gym pass.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: see station list above

A reminder that the United Way Used-Book Sale will launch on Wednesday, Nov. 12. There could be no better reason to clean out a crowded bookshelf. Gently-used books may be dropped off at the Library from now through Monday, Nov. 10.


Nancy Holmes featured in the next The Lake: A Reading Series
Join UBC Okanagan poet Nancy Holmes for a night of Random Acts of Poetry at the Downtown Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own poems, join in the readings and support literacy programs in the community. This event is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Victoria READ Society and Project Literacy Kelowna Society.

All participants are eligible to win book prizes for reading a poem about literacy, reading or the writing process.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library — 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

This reading is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Creative Studies website or call Associate Professor Nancy Holmes at 79369.


To register for these workshops, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or call Heather Marshall at 79288.

Problem-based learning community of practice

All previous participants in this community of practice were able to experience a problem-based learning activity and were debriefed to discuss how it may be adapted for classroom use. This discussion and planning continues through the fall. Faculty will be able to share their experiences as they experiment with and implement problem-based learning in their classrooms.

Date: Wednesday, Sep. 24
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: SSC044
Session Leader: Heather Marshall

Team-based learning community of practice
A number of faculty members are using team-based learning in their classrooms and others wish to learn more. This community of practice will provide faculty with an opportunity to share best practices and network with instructors from other faculties.

Date: Thursday, Sep. 25
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: SSC044

Connections E (for everyone)
All faculty members are invited to join this monthly interdisciplinary discussion on teaching and learning issues and best practices information.

Date: Friday, Sep. 26
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: SSC044
Session Leaders: Peter Arthur and Heather Marshall

Critical thinking community of practice
Discuss strategies for implementing critical thinking in the classroom, and review current literature in this new community of practice.

Date: Tuesday, Sep. 30
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: SSC044