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First-annual Enrolment Services Fair to feature info on the changing post-secondary landscape
UBC Okanagan hosts its first-ever Enrolment Services Fair for faculty and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 26. UBC Okanagan Student Recruitment and Advising, Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Assistance and Awards, Health and Wellness, and the Associate Registrar's office will all be providing information sessions on the ever-changing landscape of post-secondary education in Canada and how it is affecting enrolment and student service providers.

Andrew Arida, UBC's associate director of enrolment, will open the fair with the keynote address: Where Are the Students? An Environmental Scan for Factors Affecting UBC Okanagan Enrolment.

To register or find out more, visit the Enrolment Services Fair website.

Putting the pieces together: Women in Science workshop
Registration is now open for female students interested in attending this year's Women in Science workshop. Scheduled for Jan. 17, 2009, the day-long workshop is entitled Putting the pieces together: planning your career as a woman in science.

Organizers Trudy Kavanagh and Rebecca Tyson say the workshop is a great opportunity for female students who are considering science careers to meet local women scientists, to discuss science career issues in general, and their careers in particular. Lunch, snacks and door prizes are included -- female students are encouraged to reserve their places early by registering in office SCI200 of the Science Building. Tickets for the workshop are just $10.

For more information visit the Women in Science information page.

Editors invite public to help launch new Lake Nov. 21
The second issue of Lake: A Journal of Arts and Environment is hot off the press and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan is celebrating with a splash.

On Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., the editors of Lake invite the community to Habitat (248 Leon Ave) to celebrate the arrival of Issue 2. Tickets are $20 (students get in for $12). Each ticket gets you a special blue Lake martini and snacks, and you'll enjoy live music from Ari Neufeld.

"This issue of Lake is truly special," says editor Sharon Thesen. "It is not only beautifully produced but also full of outstanding nationally and internationally renowned writers and artists. The magazine is putting Kelowna on the cultural map."


New German cultural events webpage launched by UBC Okanagan's Germanic Studies
UBC Okanagan Germanic Studies, in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has launched a German Events webpage to promote campus-driven German events and celebrations to students, staff and the greater Okanagan community.

"There is a large German community in the Okanagan and part of my job is to bring German culture to the forefront at UBC Okanagan and create opportunities for both the campus community and the larger community to explore the rich history and tradition of Germanic culture," says Claude Desmarais, UBC Okanagan's Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies.


New employment equity census coming to an inbox near you
The Equity Office is conducting a new online census in late November. All faculty and staff will receive information by email about how to participate in the census.

UBC's first employment equity census was conducted in 1990 and helped determine the representation of the four groups designated under the Employment Equity Act -- women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, and persons with disabilities -- at UBC. UBC Okanagan followed up with a similar census in July 2005.

The Equity Office is conducting a new census to learn more about the representation of those four designated groups on both campuses and to find out more about historically disadvantaged groups, particularly members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender (LGBQT) communities, who have not been included in UBC's current employment equity planning.

Employees who complete the census during the first two weeks will be entered for a draw to win one of 12 iPod shuffles.

For more information please visit the UBC Employment Equity website.

Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation, and Ian Cull, AVP Students, check out some of the new weight training gear at the Gym at a Nov. 4 open house.

Weight room open house showcases new equipment
There's now a wider selection of fitness and weight training equipment at the Gymnasium. More than 15 pieces of brand-new equipment have been added, significantly enhancing gymnasium services for the campus community.

"We are committed to creating a healthy university community -- healthy in mind, body and spirit," says Ian Cull, AVP Students. "One of the important components of this is providing good facilities and the programs to enhance them. Athletics and Recreation, with support from Aidan Kiernan and the AVP Operations office, has made great strides to improve the facilities for students, faculty and staff."

"From a student athlete perspective, this equipment is especially important as they have strenuous, sport-specific training regimens that they follow as they strive to reach their competitive potential," says Rob Johnson, director of athletics and recreation.

At an open house Nov. 4, both Johnson and Cull expressed their thanks to the UBC Students' Union Okanagan, who have shown their commitment to enhancing campus life by whole-heartedly supporting improvements to recreation facilities and programs.

Nominations open for International Student Community Achievement Award
The International Student Community Achievement Award recognizes international students who contribute to our community and excel academically.

To be eligible, each candidate must be an international undergraduate who is academically strong, will be returning to UBC Okanagan in September, and has a demonstrated ability in one or more of the following areas: artistic endeavours, community service, athletic pursuits, original intellectual work, cross-cultural relations, promotion of diversity or other campus activities. Three awards of $3,000 each are available.

Nominations in the form of a one-page letter can be sent in confidence to Terri Flanagan, international student advisor. This award is open until Friday, March 13, 2009.

For more information contact Terri Flanagan at 79276.

November 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: Nov. 5

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

  • New course approved: COSC 447 (3) Directed Studies in Software Maintenance
  • Program revision approved: BA and BSc Psychology Major and Honours programs. The approved change affects the process of declaring a Psychology Major as well as modifies graduation requirements of the BA and BSc Psychology Honours programs.
  • To be included in the list of science courses for the BA program: COSC 132 (3) Surviving Security Threats in Our Information Society

For more information about these Senate highlights contact Kelly Ross, associate academic governance officer, at 79259.

Food Exchange canvases campus community for support on Nov. 28
The Food Exchange is a resource for students on campus that need a temporary food source. Organizers of the Food Exchange are looking to the campus community this November for help in stocking the shelves.

On Friday, Nov. 28, students will be stopping by all offices across campus between 10 a.m. and 12 noon to collect any non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the Food Exchange. Anyone who is away from their office but wishes to donate can leave food items or donations outside their office or with a colleague.

For more information on the Food Exchange please visit the Campus Life website or contact Campus Life Assistant Food Exchange Coordinator Natasha Millan, or call 250.868.1145.

'Tis the Season for United Way
Nothing says Noel like the colour and warmth of a potted poinsettia. The UBC Okanagan United Way campaign invites everyone on campus to festoon their offices, departments and homes with these striking seasonal favourites. Poinsettias also make wonderful, living gifts.

Plants come in six-inch pots and must be ordered by Monday, Nov. 24. Poinsettias will be delivered to campus on Thursday, Nov. 27. Cost is $15 per pot, with proceeds going to the UBC Okanagan United Way campaign. Download the order form here.

For more information, contact Sharon McCoubrey, associate professor of education, at 78109.

Congratulations to Marjorie Mitchell, UBC Okanagan librarian and winner of this year's United Way early bird draw. Many thanks to Marjorie, and to so many others on the Okanagan campus, whose donations are the backbone of UBC Okanagan's United Way campaign.

Anyone who is still considering making a donation is reminded that the campaign wraps up on Friday, Nov. 28. Faculty and staff have received contribution forms via campus mail.

McCoubrey honoured at Alumni Achievement Awards
Congratulations to Sharon McCoubrey on receiving the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Community Service Award at the UBC Alumni Achievement Awards in Vancouver Nov. 13.

McCoubrey, associate professor of education, earned her PhD from UBC in 2000. She is an award-winning art educator and fierce advocate of improvements in Aboriginal teacher training. She serves on the UBC Okanagan Senate and Council of Senates, and plays prominent roles in a number of UBC Okanagan academic and community-based initiatives.

McCoubrey is also a highly dedicated member of the Okanagan arts community. She is on the boards of the Kelowna and District Arts Council and the Central Okanagan Foundation. She is president of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, and chair of the Lake Country Public Art Commission and Lake Country's ArtWalk.

"I believe community service is part of a university's responsibility to the community," says McCoubrey.


UBC Okanagan composting champions from left: Allan King, Leanne Bilodeau, Roger Bizzotto, Sarah Ehman and Trudy Kavanagh

From waste to want: new composter adds to green legacy at UBC Okanagan
Based on the efforts of a student project by geography major Sarah Ehman, organic waste from the UBC Okanagan cafeteria will now be used to produce high-grade compost for flower beds and gardens situated throughout campus, including the UBC Okanagan Learning Garden.

Ehman, with support from her supervisor on the project, Assistant Professor Trudy Kavanagh, helped organize and implement a new composting collection program in the cafeteria last year that will significantly reduce the amount of waste the cafeteria produces.

From there Aidan Kiernan, AVP Operations, helped Ehman take her project to the next level by providing funding for two Earth Tub compact composting systems that turns the collected organic waste into valuable compost that will be used in the next growing season. Kiernan also encouraged the Facilities Management staff and the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability to provide resources for this project and work closely together to support this and future sustainability efforts at UBC Okanagan.

To read more about other sustainability efforts at UBC Okanagan view the online edition of the Fall 2008 Update newsletter.


Bob Lalonde and Rebecca Tyson of the Centre for Species at Risk and Habitat Studies at UBC Okanagan are trapping mountain pine beetles to better understand how they move through urban areas.

Pine beetles: out of the forest, into the city
Mountain pine beetles are sweeping through British Columbia's vast forests with highly destructive results, but their mass attacks don't stop at the edge of town.

Working in one of B.C.’s latest beetle battlegrounds -- the city of Kelowna -- biologist Bob Lalonde and mathematician Rebecca Tyson of the Centre for Species at Risk and Habitat Studies at UBC Okanagan are combining their expertise to track how the mountain pine beetle spreads through an urban landscape during a mass infestation. Although extensive research has been done on the mountain pine beetle in a forest setting, there is very little information on how they work their way through a city, says Lalonde, Associate Professor of Biology and Physical Geography.

"Essentially, we have an empty playing field to conduct our research," says Lalonde. "This summer, a mammoth infestation of mountain pine beetles arrived in the City of Kelowna, creating an interesting opportunity to pursue the beetle's movements in an urban landscape from the beginning of an infestation. As you can imagine, many people, organizations and municipalities are interested in the project."



Calculating your final grades using WebCT Vista gradebook
The Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering a plethora of workshop sessions throughout November and December for those who require help with WebCT Vista Gradebook.

The workshop sessions are designed for instructors or Teaching Assistants who use WebCT Vista Gradebook and require assistance with creating gradebook columns and calculating final grade formulas.

Dates: multiple sessions throughout November and December
Session Leader: Janine Hirtz
Location: Student Service Centre, SSC044

To register online and for a full listing of workshop sessions visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website. Register early as there is a six-person limit to each available session.

November 19, 2008


UBC Okanagan's annual powwow Nov. 29
All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the annual UBC Okanagan Powwow on Saturday, Nov. 29. The theme to this year's event is Celebrating Education and Our Future, and this time-honoured event is being organized by the Aboriginal Student Council with support from UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Programs and Services.

The event will begin with a drum call at 12:45 p.m., with Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and a pot luck feast starting at 5 p.m. This drug- and alcohol-free event is open to UBC Okanagan and all Aboriginal communities.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 29
Time: 1 to 10 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, Sunroom

For more information contact Bernie Marchand-Brown, Aboriginal academic advisor, at 78012.

Don't stay in your office for coffee on Nov. 28
Sponsored by the School of Engineering, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Nov. 28, in the Arts Atrium for Pitstop. Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, Nov. 28
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

Ghana Gala turns on Jazz for Africa
A few tickets remain for a major fund-raiser on Nov. 30 for Okanagan-funded community development projects in Ghana, Africa. The Ghana Gala, an evening of dining, dance and entertainment, is organized by UBC Okanagan's fourth-year nursing students and the School of Nursing faculty. The evening's entertainment includes Ellen Churchill's five-piece jazz band, a silent auction, and door prizes.

Money raised from ticket sales and a silent auction will be used to promote health and economic independence in Northern Ghana's rural communities.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 30
Time: 5 to 11 p.m.
Location: Apple Room, Parkinson Recreation Centre -- 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna

For more information visit the Ghana Gala events page.

Happiness talk at Penticton's Leir House Dec. 2
What makes you happy? You might be surprised by the findings of Mark Holder, associate professor of psychology. In a presentation blending humour and science, Holder will give a free public talk in Penticton on Dec. 2 as part of Issues of Our Time, the UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor's lecture series. Holder's "happy lab" studies what makes people happy -- including looking at the effects that spirituality has on children's happiness.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor's Lecture Series: Issues of Our Time features topics of regional and global relevance, reflected through cutting-edge UBC Okanagan research.

Pre-registration is required. The event is free and space is limited. Refreshments and snacks will be served. To register online visit the Issues of Our Time website.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 2
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre -- 220 Manor Park Ave., Penticton, B.C.

For more information, please contact Brenda Tournier, Alumni and Community Relations manager, at 78167.

What's Happening at UBC Okanagan
The What's Happening events webpage is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus. Visit this page often for information about interesting speakers, people doing things on campus, or groups recognizing a national day of celebration or social action.

Events at a Glance: Nov. 19 to Dec. 3

Wednesday, Nov. 19
The Lake: A Reading Series featuring Colleen Murphy, Playwright

Friday, Nov. 21
An Unsustainable Landscape: the Levees and Islands of Central California

Monday, Nov. 24
Conversations on Contemporary Art -- Art Before It's Too Late

Tuesday, Nov. 25
The Interior Savings-UBC Okanagan Mentoring Luncheon Series

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Filmmaker Gary Burns Presents and Discusses Radiant City

Thursday, Nov. 27
Winter Carnival and Food Exchange Pyramid Competition

Saturday, Nov. 29
No Time to Write? Try the Short Stuff

Monday, Dec. 1
Conversations on Contemporary Art -- Live Art: Performance in a Mediated Landscape

Wednesday, Dec. 3
An Evening of Literary Readings featuring UBC Okanagan Creative Writing Professors

For a full listing of UBC Okanagan events visit the What's Happening page.


UBCO.TV Spotlight
The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV.

The Great Pumpkin Massacre
Students from the School of Engineering compete by creating devices to protect pumpkins from being destroyed by a drop from the gymnasium balcony onto pavement.

Council on Health & Wellness
UBC Okanagan hosted the Conference Board of Canada's council on Health and Wellness this fall. This council is a network of health and wellness professionals who share insight into workplace health best practices from across Canada.

Students help host Remembrance Day service
Social Work students project bring war veterans to UBC Okanagan to salute those who fight for our country.

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