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Lloyd Axworthy to speak on Canada-U.S. relations
Former foreign affairs minister leads UBC Okanagan distinguished speaker spring lineup
Just two days after Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, Lloyd Axworthy will be in the Okanagan sharing his insights on a new era for Canada-U.S. relations.

Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current president of the University of Winnipeg, is the next lecturer in UBC Okanagan's popular Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Axworthy will speak at the Kelowna Community Theatre at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22.

Irving K. Barber, UBC alumnus and founding chairman of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., will also be on hand to address the audience and kick off the 2009 Distinguished Speaker Series. Which is funded by the Irving K. Barber endowment.

Jan. 27: Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on access to justice
Canada's Chief Justice, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin is featured in the Distinguished Speaker Series on January 27. Chief Justice Madam McLachlin will speak at the Rotary Centre for the Arts about barriers that impede access to justice, which include cost, complex court procedures, and delays.

Tickets for Chief Justice McLachlin's lecture are free and can be picked up from the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office or ordered by calling 250-717-5304.


UBC Okanagan to welcome Dame Emma Kirkby for February voice master class
Dame Emma Kirkby, one of the world's most prominent Early Music singers, is coming to Kelowna for a master class and performance in February as part of UBC Okanagan's popular Minds and Music series.

Kirkby's visit on Feb. 15, 2009 will include a master class coaching two to three audition-selected Okanagan voice students, as well as a performance of core Early Music repertoire including pieces by Purcell, Dowland and Handel. The event starts at 2:30 p.m.


Fred Stenson named UBC Okanagan's Writer-in-Residence
Novelist and non-fiction writer Fred Stenson is UBC Okanagan's second annual writer-in-residence. Sponsored by the Department of Creative Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, this program allows 16 selected local writers to get free critiques on their work.

Stenson is the author of 15 books -- eight of fiction and seven of non-fiction. His most recent work is The Great Karoo, a historical novel about Canadian involvement in the Boer War, which received a Governor General's Award nomination for Fiction in 2008. This completes a trio of historical novels that includes The Trade (2000), which was nominated for the Giller prize, and Lightning (2003).



From left, Bernard Bauer, Associate Provost (Okanagan), presented graduate student Elinor McGrath with the first EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. Graduate Scholarship in Hydrogeology, along with Scott Schillereff, Principal Consultant of EBA and Tim Murphy, Principal Engineer.

Grad student receives $3,750 scholarship from EBA
UBC Okanagan graduate student Elinor McGrath recently received a $3,750 scholarship -- half of a two-year renewable award -- from EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., which has committed $22,500 over three years to establish the award.

The EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. Graduate Scholarship in Hydrogeology aims to support students in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences studying hydrogeology, with a focus on geoexchange or geothermal energy, water quality or quantity, environmental remediation or mining. The award is payable over two years, at $3,750 per year. Renewal of the scholarship in the second year is subject to continued registration in the school and achievement of satisfactory academic standing.


Many new options for ongoing learning at UBC Okanagan
UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies has expanded programming this term from 13 to more than 50 non-credit adult courses covering a variety of interests and topics.

Designed with busy lifestyles in mind, the Community and Continuing Studies courses take into account the needs of adult learners, providing evening, weekend, and range-of-day courses that span from a few hours to a full term.


Tri-lingual options at UBC Okanagan
For the first time, UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies is offering non-credit adult term and evening courses in three languages: French, Spanish and Mandarin.

"From introductory Mandarin and intermediate French to advanced Spanish, individuals will find our language courses offer a supportive, enjoyable atmosphere," says Tia-Maria Hoeller, Program Leader, Community and Continuing Studies. "The instructors take a communicative, interactive approach to teaching, creating a very positive learning environment for students."


Annual health and sustainability symposium coming soon
UBC Okanagan's annual health symposium is heading in a new direction this year -- bringing together health and sustainability information in a day-long interactive symposium for the campus community later in the spring. 

The Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability, one of the many contributing groups for this event, is looking for input and involvement from the campus community for the symposium. Anyone who is interested in being involved should contact Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of Workplace Health and Sustainability, at 78938.

Dancercise classes now available to campus community
Learn to dance and get fit with new dancercise classes offered to the campus community this semester. Sponsored in part through funding from the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Fund for an application by the Faculty of Education, and organized by the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability, this new class runs every Tuesday until April 26 in room FINA144 of the Fine Arts and Health building. Participation is limited to 15 people per class. The cost is $10 per month.

For more information visit the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website. To register for this class contact Connie Neid, HR Assistant, at 78624. 

How Exactly Do You Write a Novel?
Are you curious about how novels are written? Feeling unsure about your English grammar? Wondering how to get started pulling those family memoirs together? Or how to write compelling travel stories?

Unleash the writer in you with UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies' creative writing courses and workshops this Winter/Spring.

For more information visit the Community and Continuing Studies website.



Heather Thomson setting off for
new adventure
Academic Advisor Heather Thomson has decided to make a change in her life and spend more time with her young family. Thomson has been at UBC Okanagan and previously at Okanagan University College for nearly 16 years - her leaving is a great loss, but a bonus for others as she packs up and heads off to focus on raising her family and contributing to the broader community.

Those that have had the pleasure of working with Thomson know that she is and has been committed to the values of post-secondary education since she arrived in 1994. Best wishes from the campus community on this new adventure. 

Thomson's last day is Thursday, Jan. 15, and all faculty and staff are invited to help say farewell at a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 15 in the Student Service Centre Okanagan Room.

Exchange your information
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January 7, 2009

BC Proteomics Network Symposium
The campus community is invited to attend an overview of the BC Proteomics Network and research talks on Monday, Jan. 19.  The symposium will feature speakers Gregg Morin, head of Proteomics at the Genome Sciences Centre, Christoph Borchers, Director of the University of Victoria's Genome BC Proteomics Centre, and Thibault Mayor, Assistant Professor in UBC's department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Date: Monday, Jan. 19
Time: Presentations from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  There is also an opportunity to meet with speakers from 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, FIP239 (morning session) and Science building, SCI253 (afternoon meetings)

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 79658.

Complimentary health screening day
A complimentary health screening day is being provided to all staff and faculty on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Choose from a number of free screenings such as bone density, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, and skin/sun - all are provided by qualified registered nurses assisted by students from the School of Nursing. 

This event is offered by the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability in partnership with the School of Nursing and Bayshore Home Health, as well as the BCGEU, who are the primary sponsors of this event.

Beyond the screening results, information about healthy lifestyle choices will also be provided to help prevent disease and promote the development of healthy lifestyle choices. All information, including results and consultations, will remain confidential. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 27
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre, Okanagan Room

To register for this event contact Connie Neid, HR Assistant, at 78624.  

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:

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

Proposal Writing Workshop

Join Research Officer Kristen Kane for tips and advice on how to construct a successful research proposal. This workshop is open to all UBC Okanagan faculty and staff.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: TBD
To register: online registration is required.

For more information contact Kristen Kane at 78832. 

Graduate Student Grant Writing Workshop
The workshop will outline the tenets of grant writing, and is open to all graduate students at UBC Okanagan. Faculty members are encouraged to advise their graduate students of this opportunity.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Library building, LIB312
To register: online registration is required.

For more information contact Research Officer Jennifer Carkner at 79412. 

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: Thursday, Jan. 22
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre, FIP133
To register: contact Andrea Burke or Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID, phone number and e-mail address.

Developing Personal Resilience
This spring the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability is pleased to offer an ongoing Health and Wellness Lunch and Learn Series in partnership with Human Solutions, UBC's new Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider. The first session in this series is about developing personal resilience.

Resilience is defined as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Lives of working people have become busier over time and the capacity to cope with and adapt to the pressure has become more important. This workshop provides guidance to help participants develop and maintain resilience.

This workshop is free and open to all faculty and staff.  Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Jan. 21

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, DVC Boardroom
To register: online registration is required

Centre for Teaching and Learning Workshops in January

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