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Athletics directors from four Canada West schools visit UBC Okanagan this week to see how well the Heat would fit into Canada's top varsity athletics division. Everyone is urged to show their support by attending the Heat women's (6 p.m.) and men's (8 p.m.) games this Friday.

Canada West site visit: show your support at Friday evening exhibition Heat games
It's a big week for UBC Okanagan's varsity athletics as a four-member Canada West Membership Committee visits campus to assess varsity programs here. The site visit on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 16 and 17) is the next step in the application process for UBC Okanagan to gain membership in the Canada West conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
"This is essentially an evaluation to determine if our institution, our athletics facilities, and our athletics program have the potential to be a contributing and competitive member of the CWUAA," says Rob Johnson, UBC Okanagan's Director of Athletics and Recreation.
The entire UBC Okanagan community is encouraged to show support by attending Friday evening exhibition basketball games. The women's basketball team hosts rivals from the north, the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack, at 6 p.m. and the men's basketball team hosts the Lethbridge College (AB) Kodiaks at 8 p.m.

Distinguished alumnus Dr. Bill Nelems to receive Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award on Oct. 28
A Kelowna-based thoracic surgeon who has improved healthcare not only in the Okanagan and B.C. but also in some of the most remote areas of Zambia, Africa, will soon be formally recognized for his work in building bridges between UBC Okanagan, the community and the world.

Bill Nelems]On Oct. 28, UBC alumnus Dr. Bill Nelems will receive the inaugural Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award, presented at the first-ever Alumni Endowment Fund Gala. The event is a UBC alumni-driven fundraiser to assist later-year UBC Okanagan students in need of financial help.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 28
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel — 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.
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 Alumni Relations website.

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

UBC Okanagan and En'owkin Centre create Aboriginal Access Studies
En'owkin Centre and UBC Okanagan are offering a new opportunity for Aboriginal students to gain access to university study. Enabled by an agreement between UBC Okanagan and the En'owkin Centre signed Sep. 30 at a ceremony in Penticton, the program allows Aboriginal students to register in university-level courses without registering in a degree program or undergoing the University's standard admission process. This program allows students to get accustomed to the more difficult courses required at college and university in a supportive, cultural setting.
For more information about the program, contact Lyle Mueller, Director of Aboriginalization and Internationalization, at 79195, or Adrienne Vedan, Aboriginal Access Advisor, at 78639.

UBC Okanagan deans featured in lunchtime lecture series
This October and November, four of UBC Okanagan's deans will participate in a special series of public lectures at the Okanagan Regional Library — Kelowna downtown location.

DLSThe Deans' Lecture Series is a brown-bag lunch event that offers the public a chance to learn about the latest developments in research and teaching at UBC Okanagan, as well as participate in engaging conversation with the deans themselves, and network with community and business members, says Tia-Maria Hoeller, Program Leader, Community and Continuing Studies.

For more information about the Deans' Lecture Series see the media release or contact Tia-Maria Hoeller at 78177.

Stimulate the artist in you: new series this fall
Community and Continuing Studies offers the Artist in You Series this fall, offering the campus community the opportunity to explore non-credit visual art courses.

These non-credit art courses offered are designed for the novice who wishes to engage on a creative level for the first time and the practicing artist, illustrator, or animator who desires to work outside set boundaries. Each course in the series is designed to stimulate the Artist in You with an emphasis on creative experimentation, excitement and developing individual visual languages in a supportive environment.

For more information about the Artist in You series visit the Community and Continuing Studies website or contact Tia-Maria Hoeller at 78177.

Artificial turf field under construction at UBC Okanagan
UBC Okanagan is replacing its natural grass sports field with artificial turf, which will result in a much longer playing season for UBC Okanagan students and community athletes, while conserving water.

Construction of the artificial field began September 22 and is expected to be completed mid to late November. The artificial turf consists of a permeated plastic carpet with plastic grass blades covered with layers of silica sand and crumb rubber to hold the blades erect.


Second annual Student Leadership Conference on Nov. 1
All student leaders who work or volunteer on campus are invited to attend the second annual UBC Okanagan Student Leadership Conference on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Interested students are encouraged to attend the conference — attendees will have the opportunity to meet student leaders, explore leadership development, group dynamics and team building activities. It is $25 for students to attend the conference which covers information packages, a complimentary lunch, refreshments and prizes.  Conference coordinators are also looking for volunteers and presenters.

Anyone who is interested in participating should contact Brianne Berchowitz, Students Events Coordinator, at 79820 or Luisa Vasquez, Student Development & Advising Intern, at 78632.

Roam free with campus-wide outdoor wireless
UBC Okanagan now offers outdoor wireless internet to help students, faculty and staff stay connected across campus. Check e-mail, surf the web and access the network at high speeds. It's easy to use and free for the entire campus community.

To log in to the wireless network, a laptop or PDA with a Wi-Fi compatible card and your CWL account is required. 

For more information, visit the ITServices website.

Undergraduate minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies now available
The Department of Critical Studies has made available to students a new undergraduate minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. This program draws on courses from across the humanities, including English, History, Latin, French, Spanish, and Philosophy.

The Medieval and Renaissance periods of European history witnessed the beginnings of print culture, European expansion, the founding of the modern state, the modern notions of currency, and important advances in technology and communications. Its study intersects with and informs economic, political and social history, along with the histories of ideas and technology. It is also the founding period for several major world languages and lays the groundwork for their literatures.

For more information visit the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies website or contact Sean Lawrence, Assistant Professor of English, at 79415.

October 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: Oct. 8

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • New courses have been approved: CHEM 213 (3) Organic Chemistry for Biological Sciences I; and CHEM 214 (3) Organic Chemistry for Biological Sciences II.
  • Program requirements were changed for the Bachelor of Arts minor in Gender and Women's Studies. 
  • Repeating Courses Policy is now included in each faculty member's overview.

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Health and Social Development
New course: HINT 504 (3) Qualitative Methods -- Interdisciplinary Health.

Approved Curriculum from the College of Graduate Studies
Program change: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies degrees may now be completed in one of two ways -- individualized or themed. The following themes have been identified as part of the IGS program: Indigenous Studies, Health, Optimization, and studies in Cultures and Texts. For more information contact the College of Graduate Studies.

New Awards
Awards totaling $5,900 were approved. These include the Lena Benson Aboriginal Scholarship, Doug Biden Memorial Scholarship in Visual Arts, the Interior Savings Lifelong Learner Bursary, and a UBC Okanagan Bursary. These awards will be made available for the 2008-2009 winter session.

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

UBC Okanagan's Fall 2008 Update newsletter: showcasing sustainability from the ground up

Update Each quarter, the Alumni and University Relations department produces a newsletter to help keep our region's community leaders informed about UBC Okanagan's ongoing development. The latest edition showcases many of the sustainability initiatives underway at UBC Okanagan — from the Fipke Centre's design and groundwater energy system to the plates and composting system used by Aramark Food Services.

View the online edition of the Fall 2008 Update newsletter



Rick Garvin Left, Richard Garvin and field-school students have been unearthing artifacts from a 100-year-old labour camp near the Kettle Valley line at Myra Canyon. Below, Maury Williams overlooks an area of Myra Canyon that was devastated by forest fire in 2003.

Maury Williams

People Dig the Way These Guys Teach
Community Learns About Long-Lost Labour Camps

Welcome to the UBC Okanagan summer field school in the rugged hills overlooking Kelowna. Set up by Richard Garvin, associate professor of archaeology, and Maury Williams, associate professor of history, the field school is part of a four-year archaeological research project that explores the long-lost camps of the labourers who built the legendary Kettle Valley Railway.

"As UBC professors, we feel it's part of our job to educate and engage the community and involve our students," says Garvin. "We wanted to see UBC Okanagan actively involved with history and anthropology work in the Okanagan Valley."

Read more in UBC Reports...


New co-op coordinator has strong Okanagan roots

A warm welcome from the campus community to Jamie Basran, Career Services and Co-op Education's new co-op coordinator.

Jamie was born and raised in Kelowna, attended Okanagan University College and Okanagan College's Business Administration program, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2006.  Before accepting her position at UBC Okanagan, Jamie worked for five years at The Grand Okanagan Resort in various roles — most notably as guest services supervisor and conference coordinator.  She then spent the past two years with Okanagan College as a programs and event coordinator and educational advisor for the Okanagan School of Business.

Okanagan staff member selected for Leave for Change program
Sherry Dyck will have the opportunity to experience global citizenship during her annual vacation as part of UBC's Leave for Change program.  Dyck, who is an Administrative Assistant for the Community, Culture and Global Studies unit, will be volunteering as an HIV/AIDS Trauma Advisor in Africa next year. She is among six UBC staff members who were selected as a result of a call for proposals during the summer. President Toope announced the selected candidates at the Celebrate Learning Week Open House in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 2. 

The Leave for Change program provides staff with opportunities to volunteer overseas. To find out who the other candidates were, visit the UBC Human Resources website and for more information about the program, visit the Leave for Change website.

UBC Okanagan workplace health leader to present at national conference Oct. 15 to 18
UBC Okanagan's Healthy Workplace Strategy — which recently won UBC Okanagan the WorkLife BC Award of Merit — will be featured at the Health Work and Wellness annual conference in Calgary next week.
Leanne Bilodeau, manager of Workplace Health and Sustainability, will be speaking at the Oct. 15 to 18 conference. Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor, and Jackie Podger, Executive Director of Administration and Finance, are co-presenters and senior leadership representatives. This is the first year that UBC Okanagan has presented at this conference.
"It is a prestigious honor to be presenting at this conference on behalf of UBC Okanagan," says Bilodeau. "It's an important event that brings together many of North America's leaders in organizational health and sustainability to share their experience and knowledge and we are thrilled to be a part of this."

The conference has been source of information on healthy, high-performing organizations since 1997. This year's theme is Moving Forward, Giving Back — examining organizational sustainability or the "footprint" of organizations on the community, the environment and employee wellbeing.
Launched in May 2007, UBC Okanagan's innovative institutional strategy is aimed at building a healthy and sustainable working and learning culture. It complements the recently introduced UBC Focus on People Framework, providing the tools and resources needed to create a healthy and sustainable workplace for faculty and staff.

For more information about UBC Okanagan's Healthy Workplace Strategy visit the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website.


Title: Mem Pool 2 (2007), Medium: oil on canvas, Size: 72" x 72"

Painted pools: a lens into subjectivity
Destanne Norris, Conferences and Accommodation Front Desk Coordinator, recently submitted her MFA Thesis to the University of Tasmania in Australia. Norris moved to Tasmania to undertake her post-graduate studies, and returned to Canada to live in Vernon and complete her MFA.

With support from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Destanne is exhibiting three selected paintings and projected images from her thesis entitled painted pools: a lens into subjectivity, in the FINA Gallery this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Gary Pearson, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, will give introductory remarks at a reception planned on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the FINA Gallery. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to view the exhibition and meet the artist during this time.


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, Nov. 12
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIP129
To register: contact Andrea Burke or Gabriel Gock in Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.

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 members with an opportunity to share best practices and network with instructors from other faculties.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 23
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: SSC044

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, Oct. 21
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: SSC044

Teaching Portfolios
This workshop provides an opportunity for faculty members to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples of portfolio design and contents to assist in the development of their own teaching portfolio.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 23
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART203

For more information, or to register for any of these workshops visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or call Heather Marshall at 79288.

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Sherene Razack to give on-campus talk on Oct. 22

Sherene Razack, one of the most influential and respected Canadian thinkers on race and gender issues in the law, will be appearing at UBC Okanagan to present her talk Violence Against First Nations: An Ongoing Colonialism.

A well-known author and social activist, Razack is Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the University of Toronto. Her courses include: Race, Space and Citizenship; Race and Knowledge Production; and Racial Violence and the Law. Her most recent book is entitled Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 22
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: SSC026 lecture theatre

For more information visit the Public Affairs media release

Poets and novelists headline The Lake: A Reading Series events in October and November
Poet Russell Thornton and Novelist Jen Sookfong Lee are the next two guests in the Creative Studies department's The Lake: A Reading Series.


Russell Thornton is a North Vancouver poet who has won several awards. His books are The Fifth Window, A Tunisian Notebook, House Built of Rain and The Human Shore

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 22
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library — 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna


Jen Sookfong Lee's first novel, The End of East, delves into the underside of Chinese Canadian history through the eyes of the Chan family. She edits two online magazines, Wet Ink and Schema, and lives in Vancouver.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 5
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library — 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

These readings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Creative Studies website or contact Associate Professor Nancy Holmes at 79369.

Former Edward Jones managing partner to give public talk on Oct. 8
The Faculty of Management's Corporate Leaders Speakers Series continues next week with a presentation by Doug Hill, former managing partner for Edward Jones, a leading financial-services investment firm. He will speak on Edward Jones' role in the securities industry. 

Hill began working in Edward Jones' trading department in 1968. In 2004, he became managing partner, only the fourth person to hold this position in the firm's history. Hill is very active in the community and has served on the board of directors of the Securities Industry Association, the boards of Webster University, Central Institute for the Deaf, the St. Louis Zoo, and the business school advisory board at Kansas State.

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

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 22
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: LIB317

English honours program info session
Students interested in improving their graduate school prospects and future employment opportunities are advised to visit the English Honours Program information session on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Student Service Centre foyer. Janet MacArthur, Associate Professor of English, is coordinating the session and will be providing more information to students interested in entering the program.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: SSC foyer

For more information contact Janet MacArthur, Associate Professor, at 79355.

Global Citizenship Education the topic of visiting speaker on Oct. 27
Vanessa Andreotti, Brazilian educator with extensive experience in the area of global citizenship and development education, is giving a Global Citizenship talk next Monday at UBC Okanagan.

VanessaAndreotti is a faculty member in the School of Maori at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and coordinates the international initiatives Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry and Through Other Eyes. Her efforts help promote approaches to global citizenship education that emphasizes critical literacy, independent thinking, and an ethical relationship to difference. This talk is free and open to all faculty, staff and students at UBC Okanagan. It is sponsored by the Faculty of Education.

Date: Monday, Oct. 27
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART366

For more information please contact Vicki Green, Associate Professor of Education, at 78107.

Critical Studies book launch, Oct. 29
A book launch and reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, to acknowledge the publication of three new books by Critical Studies faculty members:

Mercedes Duran-Cogan, Assistant Professor of Spanish, recently published: Dictators and Novels in Latin America: Identity in Fiction, Thought, and Image.   

Jelena Jovicic, Assistant Professor of French, recently published: French La Modernité et la métropole: Pour une lecture de l'espace urbain au XIXe siécle.

Marianne Legault, Assistant Professor of French, recently published: French Narrations déviantes: l'intimité entre femmes dans l'imaginaire français du dix-septième siècle which examines constructions of female intimacy in 17th century French literature.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 29
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

For more information contact Gail Hourigan, Critical Studies Head Secretary, at 79399.

Don't stay in your office for coffee on Oct. 31
Sponsored by the Faculty of Education, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Oct. 31, in the Arts Atrium for Pitstop. Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, Oct. 31
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium


United Way Halloween BBQ, Pumpkin Carving Contest and Silent Auction
Get your pumpkin carving skills warmed up to enter this year's United Way Halloween barbecue, pumpkin carving contest and silent auction. Visit the courtyard on Friday Oct. 31 to vote for your favourite pumpkin design and enter a bid in the silent auction to take one home. Winner gets bragging rights and their photo in the Nov. 5 Exchange newsletter — don't let it be Margo Yacheshyn, Alumni and University Relations Designer, who has taken home first-place honours two years running. All pumpkins entered will be up for Silent Auction with proceeds going to the UBC Okanagan United Way campaign.

Ceremonies and Events will provide one pumpkin per department to those who contact Erin Podmorow on or before Monday, Oct. 20. Departments are also eligible to enter the contest if they purchase or pick their own pumpkins.

Date: Friday, Oct. 31
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard
Deadline: Bring all pumpkins to the BBQ by 11 a.m. on Friday Oct. 31

For more information contact Erin Podmorow at 79258.

United Way Walk-Thru Breakfast winners:

  • $50 gift certificates to the UBC Okanagan Bookstore: Kim de Scally, Office of the AVP Learning Services, and Linda Hatt, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Gym Pass: Cathy King, Office of AVP Operations
  • Student Gym Pass: Evelyn Travis
  • iPod Nano: Robert Campbell, Faculty of Education

Abuse, substance use and mental health seminar offered on Nov. 4
Jill Cory, Senior Program Leader for the Provincial Women's Health Team, will present the seminar Building Bridges: Making the Links between Woman Abuse, Substance Use and Mental Ill Health at UBC Okanagan on Nov. 4.

Emerging research shows a complex relationship between woman abuse, substance use and mental ill health and affirms that this complexity increases women's vulnerability and risk. At the same time, these women are less likely to receive adequate, integrated services. These inter-connected issues are challenging women's organizations and health services to respond in meaningful ways to women impacted by abuse.  

The Woman Abuse Response Program at BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre started the Building Bridges initiative to support and advance the work of those in the anti-violence, addictions and mental health sectors, so they can begin to develop an integrated provincial approach to improve services to this population of vulnerable women.

The event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

Date:  Tuesday, Nov. 4
Time:  3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: ART185

For more information contact Joan Bottorff, Director of the Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, at 78627.


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