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Canada Remembers
UBC Okanagan Remembrance Day Ceremony to be held Nov. 7

Veteran's Week will be observed at UBC Okanagan with a special Remembrance Day ceremony Friday, starting at 10:45 a.m. in the campus courtyard. This is the third annual Remembrance Day ceremony at UBC Okanagan and combines traditions from UBC and the Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony is organized by students, faculty and staff working with Legion Branch 26.

During the ceremony a wreath will be laid by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Doug Owram on behalf of UBC Okanagan.  This event is free and open to the public.

Remembrance Day Ceremony -- Lest We Forget
Date: Friday, Nov. 7
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

There is also an open reception following the ceremony in the SSC Foyer from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information contact Erin Podmorow, Ceremonies and Events, at 79258.

Online virtual tour brings campus to students
In a perfect world, when deciding which university to attend, every student would have the chance to visit every campus they are considering for their future studies. But life is not perfect and travel to multiple campuses is not so easy -- that's where UBC Okanagan's new online virtual campus tour, launched on Oct. 1, becomes invaluable.

"Our research tells us that when students take a tour of campus, it is easy for them to make a decision about whether the university is right for them," says Deborah Robinson, UBC's associate registrar. "When a student can't come to our campuses, we need to take our campuses to them." UBC is doing just that with the launch of two new online tours for UBC's Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

The virtual tours offer users a colourful and dynamic window into the facilities, campus life and activities at UBC Okanagan.

Take the tour...

First-year student Sara Embury fills her water bottle between classes at the recently installed water kiosk in the Science Building at UBC Okanagan.

New device puts better water on tap at UBC Okanagan
Students partner with university on low-energy water purifying system
A new water dispensing system that converts ordinary tap water into cleaner, cold, mineral-rich water at the pull of a lever has been installed at UBC Okanagan.

The innovative water kiosk -- the first of its type to be installed anywhere -- has been acquired through a partnership between the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) and UBC Okanagan Facilities, who split the $10,000 cost.

"The machine is cutting-edge," says Rob Nagai, general manager of the UBCSUO. "It's not reverse-osmosis water, which means it doesn't strip the nutrients from the water in the purification process."


Healthy Workplace Initiatives funding awarded to two UBC Okanagan groups
As part of UBC's Focus on People framework, a Healthy Workplace Initiatives program fund was created in 2008 to support healthy workplace initiatives and practices. The Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability invited all departments and units on the Okanagan campus to submit funding proposals. Total funding allocation is $100,000, awarded in two $50,000 funding cycles.

Winners for the first funding cycle were announced at the Vancouver campus' annual Health Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 15.  Funding recipients on the Okanagan campus were the Faculty of Education and Supply Management.  The second application deadline is Saturday, Feb. 28.

For more information visit the Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Fund website or contact Leanne Bilodeau, at 78746.

UBC Okanagan workplace health strategy presented at national conference
UBC Okanagan's Healthy Workplace Strategy -- which recently won UBC Okanagan the WorkLife BC Award of Merit -- was featured at the Health Work and Wellness annual conference in Calgary in October.

Leanne Bilodeau, manager of Workplace Health and Sustainability, Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor, and Jackie Podger, executive director of Administration and Finance attended as co-presenters. This is the first year that UBC Okanagan has presented at this conference.

More information about UBC Okanagan's Healthy Workplace Strategy can be found on the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website.

Winter/Spring Continuing Studies courses now available
UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies has an extensive grouping of courses to offer this coming winter and spring -- from community issues, health, language and art programs, to managing money, appreciating film, and finding the artist in you.

"We're offering courses from outstanding instructors who share their expertise and enthusiasm for their fields and have specialized experience teaching adult learners," says Elaine Crebo, Community and Continuing Studies program leader. "These courses are fun, useful, and as intensive as you want them to be."

To find out more about courses offered by Community and Continuing Studies visit the Community and Continuing Studies website. Paper copies of the calendar can also be requested by contacting Crebo at 79981. 

Children wanted: Campus Daycare Society has openings for three- to five-year olds

The Kelowna Campus Daycare Society currently has spaces available in their three- to five-year old program. The daycare society is located behind the Similkameen and Monashee student residences on campus. The facility offers daycare and preschool programs for children aged six months to five years. Although enrolment priority is given to university students and employees, the daycare is open to the community at large. 

Interested campus community members are encouraged to contact Sherri Baran, Kelowna Campus Daycare Society manager, at 78609 to find out more about these available spaces.


There were some fuzzy, furry creatures roaming the campus on Friday, Oct. 31, including a very hairy, scary bear which, upon questioning, turned out to be Elaine Crebo, program leader for Community and Continuing Studies.

Briar Craig's work featured in International Print Centre
Congratulations from the campus community to Briar Craig, associate professor of visual arts. Briar Craig's print Guttersnipe Halo has been accepted into the New Prints Program at the International Print Centre in New York for the 2008 autumn exhibition.

The New Prints Program was created to bring artists' prints of the highest quality from the widest possible range of sources to the attention of the viewing public. This unique and ongoing forum exhibits prints by artists at all stages of their careers.  Artists whose works have appeared in recent New Prints exhibitions include: John Baldessari, Vija Clemins, Chuck Close, Peter Doig, Ann Hamilton, Mona Hatoum.


UBCO.TV Spotlight

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

  • United Way Kickoff
    UBC Okanagan kicks off its 2008 United Way campaign with the highest goal yet.
  • Focus On People
    UBC Okanagan has already been recognized for its work-life balance initiatives and continues to expand and develop on good workplace practices
  • Alumni Endowment Fund
    Alumni understand the need for extra financial support during the later years of education.  To help ease the struggle a new endowment fund is being created.

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: Fipke Centre FIP129
To register: contact Andrea Burke or Gabriel Gock in Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.

Exchange your information
The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of UBC Okanagan. Send submissions to Chris Guenard.

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November 05, 2008

Event promotion made easy
Nov. 13 coffee, talk and tips from the event promotion team

Promoting your faculty or department's events has never been easier! Get to know all the great tools that can help you get noticed -- from the UBC Okanagan website and the powerful new UBCEvents calendar, to the pages of the local newspapers.

Learn how you can get the most attention for your event during this one-hour coffee and conversation session (10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13). It's the first in an ongoing series, "The Inside Story," organized by Alumni and University Relations to enhance internal communications on campus.

Everyone is welcome, though seating is limited.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Library building, LIB 302
RSVP to: Bud Mortenson,
by Monday, Nov. 10 if you plan to attend.

Career Fair 2008: helping students meet their future employers on Nov. 6
Career Fair 2008 is day-long event on Nov. 6 that connects students with potential employers from across Canada. The atmosphere is welcoming -- students are able to approach people working in the company or sector that interests them. The event also gives students the chance to gather information about career options, hear about job leads, talk and ask questions, practice employability skills, as well as make connections to develop and network.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 6
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium

For more information contact Shawn Swallow, associate director of Career Services, at 79223.

Next Minds and Music concert to feature classical vocalist Tracy Fehr
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Student Service Centre theatre (SSC026), Tracy Fehr will perform at UBC Okanagan with piano accompanist Elizabeth Wocks. This performance will take a look at passionate women of song, women who create song, and women who wrote poetry -- a tapestry of beloved songs and poems connected through the centuries.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre theatre, SSC026

For more information visit the Minds & Music website.

Differing views of the global economic crisis
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Kurt Huebner, professor and director of the Institute for European Studies at UBC Vancouver, and Peter Wylie, associate professor of economics, will be engaging in an informal roundtable discussion on the recent global economic crisis.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Place: Arts building, ART376

For more information contact Claude Desmarais, Reichwald professor of Germanic studies, at 78635

3rd annual Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium to be held Nov. 13
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present the annual Undergraduate Research Awards Symposium on Nov. 13. This symposium, a showcase of the 2008 Undergraduate Research Awards recipients, is a great opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the research being carried out by the Barber School's undergraduate students.

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

Date: Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 1 to 9 p.m.
Location: Library building, LIB312

For more information contact Sylvie Desjardins, associate professor of mathematics, at 78767.

Punc Rocks author to give workshop on Nov. 19
Do you have conflicts with colons? Do your commas splice uncontrollably? Are you mystified by apostrophes?

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Susan Carter, author of Punc Rocks: Foundation Stones of Precise Punctuation, will reveal the mysterious ways of commas, semi-colons, periods and other fine marks of punctuation in a two hour workshop that will provide the principles of punctuation through a mixture of lecture, exercise and hands-on engagement. This workshop is recommended for all undergraduate and graduate students who may encounter writing assignments.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre Lecture Theatre, SSC026

Next The Lake: A Reading Series event to feature playwright Colleen Murphy
Colleen Murphy is the next guest in the department of Creative Studies' The Lake: A Reading Series.

Colleen Murphy's play The December Man won the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. She is currently Playwright in Residence for Tapestry New Opera Works in Toronto, and is also an award winning filmmaker whose films have been featured in festivals around the world.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre theatre, SSC026

This reading is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Creative Studies website or call Associate Professor Nancy Holmes at 250-807-9369.

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 Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Student Service Centre foyer.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 20
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Student Service Centre foyer

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

First annual Enrolment Services Fair to be held Nov. 26
Expect equal parts information and motivation at a variety of seminars at the first annual Enrolment Services Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Information sessions will be presented by several UBC Okanagan units including Student Recruitment and Advising, Undergraduate Admissions, and Student Financial Assistance and Awards.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: various locations in the Fine Arts and Health building and Arts building

For more information or to register for this event visit the Enrolment Services Fair website.

No Time to Write? Try the Short Stuff
Join this public meeting of the Okanagan Branch, Canadian Authors Association (CAA). Speakers are UBC Okanagan professor Nancy Holmes and Dona Sturmanis, both published writers of poetry and fiction.

The fee for students is $10, for non-students $25, and CAA members are free. That fee is refundable if the person joins the CAA within a month of the meeting.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 29
1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts boardroom (second floor) -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

For more information contact the Canadian Authors Association at 250-763-4986.

November United Way Events
Used Book Sale

Donations of gently-used books are still needed for the upcoming United Way Used Book Sale. 

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12
Time: 11 a.m. start, continuing until all books are sold
Location: Library building foyer
Donations: Books will be gratefully accepted until Tuesday, Nov. 11, and may be dropped off at the Library

Bake Sale and Silent Auction
Healthy snackers and sweet-tooths alike will delight in the array of homemade baking at this year's United Way Bake Sale. 

Right next door to the bake sale you'll find the silent auction -- featuring a wide range of personal and office items to bid on. 

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre foyer
Donations: pre-wrapped baked goods can be dropped off in the SSC Foyer before 9 a.m. on Nov. 19. Silent Auction donations are also welcome, please contact Alanna Vernon or Erin Podmorow in the Ceremonies and Events office.

All proceeds from these events will go to the UBC Okanagan United Way campaign.