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Premier Gordon Campbell visited UBC Okanagan last week to launch three new building projects.

Three major construction projects announced for UBC Okanagan campus
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell visited UBC Okanagan last week afternoon to kick off construction of the Health Sciences Centre, as well as UBC Okanagan's new Arts and Sciences 2 Building, and the Engineering/Management Building.

For more information read the Province of British Columbia news release.

Bike Path

$2M announced for bike path from Sexsmith Rd. to UBC Okanagan
The B.C. Government and the City of Kelowna have announced a $2-million project to complete design work and build a cycle path along the CN railway line from Sexsmith Road to UBC Okanagan.
Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon visited UBC Okanagan Sep. 22 to make the announcement along with Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd. Shepherd said the project, part of Kelowna's Rails with Trails program, will allow students and faculty to cycle to campus without sharing Highway 97 with fast-moving vehicles.
The $2-million for this project is drawn from the Ministry of Transportation's new Bike BC initiative, a $31-million cycling infrastructure fund to encourage people to use cycling as a greener, healthier way of getting around, and to leave their cars at home.



DSS logoNext Distinguished Speaker Series event to feature Dr. James Orbinski
Dr. James Orbinski, a veteran of many of the world's most disturbing and complex humanitarian emergencies, will speak in Vernon next month in the second of this year's Distinguished Speaker Series events, presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

In 1999, Orbinski accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). With unstinting candor, Orbinski explores the nature of humanitarian action in the twenty-first century, and asserts the fundamental imperative of seeing as human those whose political systems have most brutally failed.

Date: Friday, Nov. 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre 3800 - 33rd Street, Vernon
Free tickets: available online registration starting Oct. 6

For more information visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website.

UBC Okanagan offers free library cards to public
This fall, UBC is extending a special offer to B.C. residents as part of UBC's Centenary celebrations. From now to December 15, any person living in B.C. can obtain a free UBC Library community card and access books in person from any UBC Library location.


United Way

The UBC Okanagan United Way team, on left, with campus campaign Chair Gwen Zilm, have a $40,000 goal this year.

UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign launched on Sept. 23

UBC Okanagan launched its fourth annual United Way fundraising campaign on Sep. 23, setting a $40,000 goal.

"UBC Okanagan has had tremendous success in the past and I am looking forward to this year's campaign," said Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Honorary Chair of the 2008-2009 UBC Okanagan United Way campaign. "It is an ambitious goal and I believe we'll get there."

Other United Way events that will be taking place over the next couple months include:

  • Halloween Barbeque: Oct. 31
  • Used-book Sale: Nov. 12 (Gently-used books may be dropped off at the Library from now through Monday, Nov. 10)
  • Silent Auction and Bake Sale: Nov. 19
  • Poinsettia Sale: Nov. 27

Pledge forms will be mailed to all faculty and staff in early October. The United Way campaign will conclude with a wind-up event on Dec. 5.

"We are looking forward to having some fun as well as helping support family and individuals in need in our community," says Campaign Chair Gwen Zilm.

Participants sought for Weight Watchers program
A new cohort is being organized for the Weight Watchers at Work Program at UBC Okanagan, and any member of the campus community is invited to join. "We are looking for 12 people to organize another group," says cohort organizer Lori McAleese. "We are a few shy and can't start until we get enough interested participants. Please help us out and join a great group of people with the same goal."

The group will meet every Tuesday for 10 weeks in LIB303 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. once 12 members have joined the group.

For more information contact Lori McAleese, Animal Care Technician, at 79593.


The UBC Okanagan Heat Golf Team with their coaches Garry Appleton, left, and Adrienne Vedan, second to left, pose for a quick team picture with Adrien Wright, right.

New golf team a natural fit for UBC Okanagan
Post-secondary students who want to pursue competitive golf now have the opportunity to do so at UBC Okanagan with the newly established UBC Okanagan Heat Golf Team.

"The Okanagan is renowned for its golf courses, and there is a very strong junior golf program in the region — a university golf team is a natural fit," says Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation.



'Extinct' giant tortoise may live again
UBC Okanagan conservation geneticist Michael Russello and international team make genetic discovery that could see long-lost species restored through captive breeding.

A species of giant tortoise thought to be extinct since the mid-1800s did not totally disappear after all. New genetic research has found living tortoises from the Pacific's Galápagos archipelago that have remnants of an extinct genetic line — a discovery that could lead to restoring the lost species Geochelone elephantopus through captive breeding.


Anthropology students engage in campus-wide transportation survey
Anthropology students at UBC Okanagan are currently conducting a campus-wide survey to gather information about campus transportation patterns. Student researchers will be approaching students, faculty and staff with a request to complete a five-minute survey. Participants will be asked questions about their mode of travel to and from campus, as well as the types of improvements they would like to see to campus-related transportation systems, such as improved bus services and better bicycling routes.

The survey data will be made available to UBC Okanagan transportation planners and others involved in working towards a reduction of the campus community's carbon footprint.

For more information about this survey please contact John Wagner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, at 79318.


Centre for Teaching and Learning: Connections 1 workshop
Open to all new faculty members, the Connections 1 workshop on Oct. 3 will set up and complete an observation and reflection cycle of teaching. This is the second meeting of this group.

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

To register for this workshop visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or call Heather Marshall at 79288.

Media Boot Camp offered this Saturday
For those involved in dealing with the media or who anticipate a greater public role, Community and Continuing Studies is offering a non-credit course this Saturday, presented by award-winning television journalist Mohini Singh. The recipient of numerous professional awards, and member of the Order of British Columbia, Singh is well known as a reporter for CHBC television and CBC Radio. She also has extensive experience in the areas of media production, writing, and the instruction of media and communication courses. 

Date: Saturday, Oct. 4
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register, or for more information about the boot camp, visit the Community and Continuing Studies website, or contact Elaine Crebo at 79981.

Social Justice Workshops celebrate International Day of Non-Violence
In celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's birthdate, the United Nations has declared Oct. 2 the International Day of Non-Violence. This year David Jefferess, Assistant Professor of English and Culture Studies, has put together a full day of Social Justice workshops on Saturday, Oct. 4, to ensure that Gandhi's message of non-violence and social justice can reach both the on- and off-campus community. 

"We're hosting a full-day series of workshops at UBC Okanagan this Saturday that feature films, guest speakers and a shared lunch in spirit of cooperation, activism, and social justice," says Jefferess. "This event is for anyone who is interested in keeping Gandhi's spirit alive."

Date: Saturday, Oct. 4
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Locations: ART108 and ART109

For a full listing of the Social Justice workshops, visit the UBC Okanagan What's Happening page.

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October 1, 2008


Cyborg Anime and Tale of Genji topics for Oct. 6 talk
Two internationally recognized speakers from UBC Vancouver's Department of Asian Studies will speak at UBC Okanagan on Monday, Oct. 6.

Associate Professor Sharalyn Orbaugh will present Monstrous Utility: Ethics and Affect in Cyborg Anime, a discussion of involuntary cyborgization in science fiction and anime using the texts Frankenstein, Gunslinger Girls, and The Ship Who Sang. Professor Joshua Mostow will then present 'The Tale of Genji'— A Woman's Text? The Tale of Genji is considered the world's first novel, and was written in 1008 by Lady Murasaki Shikibu, and this talk commemorates the 1,000-year anniversary of its completion.

This talk is sponsored by the Department of Critical Studies and is endorsed by the Embassy of Japan as part of its celebration of 80 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan.

Date: Monday, Oct. 6
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: ART106

For more information contact Alwyn Spies, Assistant Professor of Japanese, at 78126.

Stan Chung on Leadership
Stan Chung, Okanagan College's Associate Dean of Arts and Foundational Programs, will speak to the Middle School Teacher Education cohort on Teaching and Leadership at UBC Okanagan on Oct. 7. Chung recently attended the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference in Ottawa, where he met with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and other Canadian leaders.
Chung's talk is part of an ongoing research project on creativity and leadership with Veronica Gaylie, Assistant Professor of Education.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 7
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: ART114

This talk is open to the public and sponsored by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Standard Research Grants program. For more information contact Veronica Gaylie, Assistant Professor of Education, at 78115.


Beyond The Blues" screening day to raise awareness about mental illness
On Oct. 8, UBC Okanagan is partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to present "Beyond The Blues," a province-wide annual day for the awareness of mental illness. "UBC Okanagan's objective in partnering with CMHA is to provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn more about mental health issues and the supports they can access confidentially," says Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of Workplace Health and Sustainability at UBC Okanagan.

Join UBC Okanagan's Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability, Health and Wellness, Human Solutions, the Research Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and the CMHA on Oct. 8 to learn more. Gain knowledge and information about how to support those with mental illness, participate in a confidential health screening, and learn about the latest depression research. 

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

A mental health lunch and learn will be provided by Human Solutions from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the DVC Boardroom (SSC building).

The event is open to all students, staff and faculty members. For more information please contact Leanne Bilodeau at 78938.

Club Penguin

Club Penguin Co-founder to give public talk on Oct. 8

The Faculty of Management's Corporate Leaders Speakers Series continues next week with a presentation by Dave Krysko, co-founder of Club Penguin, the online virtual world for kids.

In 2007, the Walt Disney Company purchased Club Penguin and Krysko continues to work there as a Senior Vice-President, helping to guide the philanthropy side of the business. Krysko took a large portion of the proceeds for the sale to establish the Krysko Family Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to helping those who fall through the gaps in our social system in Canada, and help alleviate poverty in the third world.

Krysko will speak to issues of corporate success and corporate social responsibility.  Space is limited for all Corporate Leaders Speakers Series events, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 8
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: FIP204

International Open Access Day
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, UBC Okanagan is joining the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Public Library of Science, and Students for Free Culture to celebrate International Open Access Day on Oct. 14.

Join Head Librarian Melody Burton, and Peter Arthur, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, in a conversation about Open Access — a growing international movement that aims to use the internet to broaden access to all forms of knowledge.
This event will also feature a webcast with Sir Richard Roberts, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, discussing the benefits of, and opportunities for Open Access.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 14
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: LIB305

For more information please contact Peter Arthur at 79207. 

Global Fest '08
Go Global and International Student Advising will team up next week to offer the campus community several opportunities for a globally-connected experience in the Okanagan. Events include:

Go Global Fair
Date: Thursday, Oct. 9
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

Project GROW awareness session
Date: Thursday, Oct. 9
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

Parade of Nations
Date: Thursday, Oct. 9
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: SSC Sun Room

International Harvest Potluck Festival featuring Nankama World Beats
Date: Friday, Oct. 10
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: FIP251, International Collegia

For more information contact Teresa Flanagan, International Student Advisor, at 79276 or Dana Lowton, Go Global advisor, at 78098.

Poverty and homelessness awareness clothing and food drive to be held Oct. 15
On Oct. 15, Assistant Professor Shelly Pacholok, Sociologist, and students from her social inequality class will be holding a food and clothing drive to help raise campus awareness on poverty and homelessness in the Okanagan. This event will also feature a guest panel discussion from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. with Shelley Cook, Executive Director of the John Howard Society of the Central and South Okanagan, and Carlos Teixeira, Associate Professor of Geography at UBC Okanagan. 

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. 

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 15
Time: 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. — guest panel to begin at 2:15 p.m.
Location: Campus courtyard

For more information, contact Shelley Pacholok, Assistant Professor of Sociology at 78707.


Inaugural Alumni Endowment Fund Gala to be held Oct. 28

Dedicated to raising bursary money for later-year students, the UBC Okanagan Alumni Endowment Fund Gala is the most ambitious alumni-driven event the Okanagan has ever seen. It is also a chance to connect with fellow alumni and friends, and to applaud community support for UBC Okanagan.
Special guest speakers at the gala include:

  • UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester
  • Mark Holder, Associate Professor of Psychology, on What Makes Us Happy
  • Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Bill Nelems

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 28
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel — 1171 Harvey Ave.
Tickets: Tickets are available online for $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight with sponsor recognition. For additional sponsorship options, visit the website.

For more information about the alumni endowment fund gala contact Brenda Tournier, Alumni and Community Relations manager, at 78167.


UBCO.TV Spotlight
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Speak Up!
Students are asked what their expectations are for the school year.