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UBC Okanagan nursing students Tara Miller, Cherie Bedford, Nicole Arnt and their Global Nursing Citizens group are hosting a black-tie soiree on Feb. 6 to raise money for a variety of community development projects in African countries.

Students plan World of Hearts Valentine's
fundraiser for
African projects
A black-tie Valentine's soiree is being planned for February 6 to support UBC Okanagan nursing students working to bring sustainable community development projects to impoverished African communities.

Hosted by UBC Okanagan's Global Nursing Citizens (GNC), and featuring Andy and TJ of Silk-FM, A World of Hearts takes place at Summerhill Winery, and proceeds go directly to GNC missions in developing countries.

Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. For more information contact students Nicole Arnt, 250-212-7506, Cherie Bedford, 250-768-3656, or Tara Miller, 250-215-8017.


UBC Okanagan features exhibit commemorating
fall of Berlin Wall

A touring photo exhibit commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be on display in the FINA Gallery, Fine Arts and Health Building, until this Friday, Jan. 23.

The exhibit, Icons of A Border Installation: Photographic Search for Traces in Today's Berlin, was given life in 2006 by students of the University of Paderborn in Germany to capture the evolving spirit of the memory of the Berlin Wall and its present-day remnants, recognizing that for many the Berlin Wall is regarded as an icon of the Cold War, the separation of Germany, and as a symbol of personal destinies and suffering.

"The fall of the Berlin Wall marks, in a certain sense, the end of the Cold War, which impacted all of us," says Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies. "It was a sudden event that eventually brought German unification and returned Germany to its position as a central European nation. This exhibit bridges history and art and gives everyone a chance -- even if they have no knowledge of the event or the history of the Berlin Wall -- to enjoy the art and leave the exhibit with an experience of the Berlin Wall, past and present."


Artists Cardiff and Miller present illustrated lecture
at UBC Okanagan Jan. 22

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, two of Canada's most widely acclaimed artists on the international stage, will speak at UBC Okanagan on Jan. 22.

Cardiff and Miller's multi-media and interdisciplinary conceptual art practice includes productions combining video, sculpture, audio, installation, and performance art.

Since representing Canada at the 49th Biennale, in Venice, Italy, in 2001, with their captivating piece called The Paradise Institute, Cardiff and Miller have continued to occupy the top tier of contemporary art's most exhibited and influential artists. Other solo exhibitions include: the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.


Call for nominations: 2009 President's Service
Award for Excellence

Nominations are now open for the 2009 President's Service Award for Excellence. These awards, open to all UBC staff employees, are the top award presented to staff in recognition of excellence in personal achievements and contributions to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University.

Nominations received last year are eligible for consideration again this year and nominators are invited to update files if there is additional information pertinent to the nomination. The deadline for nominations this year is Saturday, Feb. 28.

For more information visit the President's Service Award for Excellence website.

Renowned Polish Holocaust author Bozena Shallcross
speaks at UBC Okanagan

Bozena Shallcross, a renowned author and expert on 20th century Polish literature and visual arts, will present a talk on Holocaust Objects on January 27 at UBC Okanagan.
In her talk, Shallcross explores the profound significance behind the millions of objects that bear witness to the Holocaust, and how these objects provide not only symbols and documents of the steps leading to the murder of the people that owned them, but, equally as important, a glimpse into their lives. Shallcross also discusses the role these objects play in our representations, and memory, of the Holocaust.

Sponsored by the Reichwald Professorship, the Department of Critical Studies, and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Shallcross’s lecture will be held on January 27, 4 p.m., in FIP 204 (Fipke Building). Her lecture at UBC Okanagan also takes place thanks to the cooperation of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at UBC Vancouver, and its Ziegler Visiting Speaker Series


Consider tuition fee waivers for upcoming Community and Continuing Studies courses
Evening courses in French, Spanish and Mandarin are just some of the upcoming courses from Community and Continuing Studies that may qualify for employee tuition fee waivers. The language courses start next week, along with evening classes in Drawing, Figure Drawing and Painting, and there's still time to register.

Most employee groups can apply tuition waiver benefits to reimburse or offset the cost of most UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies courses. Visit the UBC HR Benefits website for more detailed information on particular tuition benefits for your employee group (click on your employee group on the right-hand side).
Check out all the Winter-Spring 2009 courses on the Community and Continuing Studies website

Barber school grad photo sessions being held on Feb. 10, 11, 12
Graduating students of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences will soon have an opportunity to get grad photos taken. Fine Photography will be set up in the Arts building foyer on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 taking photos of soon-to-be grads. 

Sign-up sheets will be available starting Monday, Jan. 26, in front of room ART223 in the Arts building -- sign up early for grad photo sessions, as drop-ins are allowed but preference will be given to those who have signed up beforehand. Drop-ins will be photographed only if time permits.

For more information contact Fine Photography at 250-769-1414 and ask for Lori.


January 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: Jan. 14

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Applied Science

  • New curriculum: Fourth-Year Program for Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering
  • New common Engineering courses: 2*
  • New Civil Engineering courses: 17*
  • New Electrical Engineering courses: 15*
  • New Mechanical Engineering courses: 14*

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • Program Revision: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • New program and course: History Honours Program/HIST 499 (3) Undergraduate Honours Thesis.

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

  • New courses: 9*
  • Program revision: Interdisciplinary Performance Program

New Awards

  • One new student Entrance Scholarship was approved totaling $10,000 in support for UBC Okanagan students.

*For a full list of these courses visit the Okanagan Senate website.

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

ALMA's location in the Atacama Desert is one of the highest, driest places on Earth -- Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI and Computer Graphics by ESO

Observing the formation of new planets
Canadian astronomers will soon use an amazing new telescope to unravel the mysteries of our origins -- from planets to the largest structures in the universe.

by Erik Rosolowsky, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Physics
From UBC Reports, January 2009

Astronomy has long grappled with telling the story of our origins and our relationship to the Universe as a whole. Over the past few decades, we developed the scientific narrative of our origins from the Big Bang up through the present day. However, many links in that story are inferences: they must have occurred since we are here, but we have been unable to actually observe the systems representing these connections -- astronomy's own "missing link" problem, if you will.

In the Atacama desert of Chile, 5,000 metres above sea level, astronomers from across the world are now building a revolutionary new telescope that may help see that missing link. The desolate landscape, where annual rainfall is less than 100 millimetres, is precisely what attracts astronomers such as myself because the dry atmosphere is nearly devoid of water vapor.

Read more..

DVC Owram on the Obama effect
Will new U.S. President Barack Obama be good for Canada’s economy? It’s a question Canadian Business magazine asked this week, drawing on expertise from Doug Owram, UBC Okanagan’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, noted Canadian historian and author of History of the Canadian Economy.
In Canada: the Obama effect, writer Bryan Borzykowsky sought DVC Owram’s observations on a variety of topics, including the ideological differences between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Obama, and whether or not Obama will seek a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Read the entire Jan. 20 article from Canadian Business


Ghana Gala raised $18,000
A group of fourth-year nursing students are heading to Ghana, Africa, this spring for a transcultural nursing experience. They'll take with them medical supplies and $18,000 raised by their Nov. 30 Ghana Gala, organized by the students and School of Nursing faculty.

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

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January 21, 2009

International and
Second-Language Open House

Join International Student Services and the Academic Resource Centre on Thursday, Jan. 22, to provide input and review the current state of academic and social support for international and second-language learners at UBC Okanagan. This is one informal event in a series of consultations with the campus community that aims to explore ways in which UBC Okanagan can augment efforts to make our campus more welcoming to students from diverse backgrounds.

This event will showcase existing services and provide an opportunity for attendees to provide confidential feedback and suggestions as to how UBC Okanagan can make the learning and social experiences for international and second language students more welcoming. For those unable to attend, feedback will be solicited electronically in early February. Results from the consultations will be reviewed and shared with the UBC Okanagan community in late March of this year.

This event is funded by the Human Rights and Equity Services' Equity Enhancement Fund and forms part of a consultation program currently in process at UBC Okanagan.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 22
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre, Okanagan Room

For more information contact Cindy Bourne, Academic Resource Centre coordinator, at 78065.

Lunar New Year Celebrations
The Asian Students Association (ASA) is holding its second-annual Lunar New Year celebration at UBC Okanagan. In celebration of the Year of the Ox, the ASA is hosting two celebrations: a dinner at the Dragon King Restaurant on Jan. 25, followed by an on-campus celebration on Jan. 29 that features free dumplings, lucky money and fan dancers.

Dragon King restaurant dinner
Date: Sunday, Jan. 25
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: 280 Bernard Ave., Kelowna
To attend: contact the ASA at ubcasa@hotmail.com

On-campus celebrations
Date: Thursday, Jan. 29
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre foyer

The on-campus celebrations are free and open to the public. The ASA is also currently looking for interested performers for this event. Please contact the ASA at ubcasa@hotmail.com for more information.

Food Exchange program gives thanks to campus community on Jan. 28
On behalf of the UBC Okanagan Food Exchange, Campus Life thanks all who generously donated to the program in 2008. Strong support on and off campus for the Food Exchange initiative has meant that supplies have never been more plentiful and needful students are able to make use of this important service.

To honour these contributions, Campus Life is hosting a small reception on Wednesday, Jan. 28. 

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre, Okanagan Room
To attend: RSVP by Monday, Jan. 26, to Brianne Berchowitz, Students Events Coordinator, at 79820.

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: Jan. 21 to Feb. 4

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

Research Assistance from the Library
The Research Assistance Program (RAP) is a regular series of workshops for students and faculty that offer practical ideas on finding, handling, and presenting research information. This series is presented by the Library in partnership with the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Faculty members are encouraged to promote this series of workshops to their students. Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

For more information or to register for these workshops visit the RAP website.

Understanding Financial Risks and Internal Controls
This workshop will be of interest to all unit heads and financial officers as it provides the tools necessary to manage financial risks of the unit and also support the 2008-2009 Financial Statement Certification Program. The training is designed in a case study format and is very interactive.

Date: Monday, Feb.16
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, ART106
To register: contact Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable.

UBCO.TV Spotlight

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

  • Fipke Centre Officially Opens
    UBC Okanagan's first new building on campus officially opened on Nov. 24, 2008.
  • DVC Town Hall
    Doug Owram, UBC Okanagan's Deputy Vice Chancellor, discusses UBC Okanagan's future with faculty and staff at his semi-annual Town Hall address on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
  • Sing for Africa
    UBC Okanagan Nursing Students invited the public to join in song in support of needy families in Ghana.