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A UBC Okanagan Heat jersey was presented to Capri Insurance on Jan. 23, commemorating the creation of a new scholarship endowment for student-athletes at the university. Dr. Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor (left) and Rob Johnson, UBC Okanagan's director of athletics and recreation (right), presented the jersey to Christopher Rigg, Tim Miller and Robin Durrant of Capri Insurance..

UBC Okanagan athletics scholarship created by Capri Insurance
Capri Insurance has created a new scholarship tailored to attract top student-athletes to UBC Okanagan.

The university announced on Friday, Jan. 23, that Capri Insurance has established an endowment that will provide a $2,500 scholarship each year, renewable for four years, to help top scholars who are also top athletes attend UBC Okanagan.


Canadian novelists and poets featured in UBC Okanagan's Spring Reading Series
A diverse and exciting line-up of Canadian writers will be reading at The Lake: A Reading Series, presented by the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan from February to early April.

Most of the readings will take place on the UBC Okanagan campus, with one at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.


Black history celebrated at UBC Okanagan Feb. 25
Three writers and poets are featured in Writing/Talking/Dubbing - a Celebration of Black History at UBC Okanagan on Feb. 25, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in LIB 305. It is free and open to the public and will include readings and discussion. Presenters are celebrated writers and poets Olive Senior, Kevan Cameron and David Odhiambo.

This celebration of Black history is produced by the Kelowna Immigrant Society in cooperation with the UBC Okanagan’s School of Social Work with support from the Department of Critical Studies, and the Human Rights and Equity Services Office.

For more information visit the online event listing or contact Shirley Chau, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, at 78739.

UBC Okanagan in final phase of Canada West membership bid
This last step was a biggie. On Monday, UBC Okanagan's bid for membership in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association (CWUAA) was presented to the full Canada West board at the association's regular winter meeting in Calgary.
The pitch to the Canada West board was an overview of them 167-page application package, outlining why the UBC Okanagan Heat men's and women's volleyball and basketball teams should be elevated to compete in Canada's highest level of varsity sports.


UBC Okanagan hits the 100 mark for donor-funded student awards
Since 2005, UBC Okanagan has been working to create financial awards for students. The number of student awards has jumped from just a handful to over 100 in just four years. These awards are primarily donor-funded, and the Development Office works with donors locally and beyond to create these donor-supported awards.

Student awards are available as athletics awards, bursaries, prizes, service awards, scholarships, entrance awards, and fellowships. An example of a donor-funded award is the Capri Insurance Athletics Scholarship. Within four years, this award will provide $10,000 worth of renewable scholarships to four student-athletes each year.

UBC Okanagan remains committed to ensuring that no qualified student is turned away from a post-secondary opportunity due to financial constraint. The Development Office continues to work with the community and supporters of students and education to develop more awards so that all students who aspire to go to university may have that opportunity. 

For more information on supporting student awards, please contact Sharon De Vries, Major Gifts Officer, at 78433.

Depression: new study asks why guys "tough it out"
Researchers seek volunteers from Okanagan region to better understand depression in men

Masculinity is standing in the way of some men's mental health, and a new study by researchers at UBC's Okanagan and Vancouver campuses hopes to find out why.

"Significantly fewer men are diagnosed with depression than women, yet there is a much higher rate of suicide for men than their female counterparts," says John Oliffe, associate professor at UBC's School of Nursing in Vancouver. "New research suggests that this discrepancy may be due, in part, to men's reluctance to acknowledge and report symptoms of depression."

To find out what it is preventing some men from recognizing depression and seeking help, Oliffe has teamed up with Joan Bottorff, director for the Research Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC Okanagan, for a research project that explores how men themselves view depression, the root causes of depression in men, and what social factors can influence their decisions to pursue -- or not pursue -- diagnosis and treatment.


Spirituality, not religion, makes kids happy
To make children happier, we may need to encourage them to develop a strong sense of personal worth, according to UBC Okanagan Assoc. Prof. of Psychology Mark Holder and colleagues Ben Coleman and Judi Wallace.
Their research, published in January in the online edition of the Journal of Happiness Studies, shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships -- both measures of spirituality -- are happier.  It would appear, however, that their religious practices have little effect on their happiness.
This study has received widespread media attention since it was published last month, including online coverage by U.S. News and World Report, MSNBC, The Washington Times, Fox News and dozens of other news outlets. Women's World magazine will publish an interview with Holder in an upcoming edition.
Read the coverage from U.S. News and World Report

A trio of UBC alumni enjoyed a brief chat at the Rotary Centre for the Arts following a public talk on Jan. 27 by the Rt. Hon Beverley McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada. From left, Madam Chief Justice McLachlin, Walley Lightbody, QC, and Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.

Okanagan legal community funds scholarship for UBC Okanagan students pursuing law
UBC Okanagan students with their sights on a law degree may benefit from a new scholarship fund supported by several members of the Okanagan Bar Association. The Okanagan Bar Association Endowed Entrance Award will be available annually to a UBC Okanagan undergraduate student who has been accepted into the UBC Vancouver Faculty of Law.

UBC law alumnus Walley Lightbody, a semi-retired lawyer and mediator, was instrumental in starting the endowment and securing more than $50,000 in donations from other UBC law alumni and Okanagan law firms. The contributions were matched by the B.C. Law Foundation bringing the total donations to date to $104,000.


Tickets still available for Art on the Line
UBC Okanagan's annual 'Art on the Line' Gala Fundraiser is not yet sold out, but tickets are going fast. Funds raised will support the UBC Okanagan fourth-year Student Graduate Exhibition and the annual field trip during spring break in February. The trip allows students to see many famous and much-studied works of art, visit a variety of galleries and educational institutions, and experience an exciting cultural setting. Ten per cent of the proceeds will also go to support the local charity 'Cool Arts.'

'Art on the Line' will contain works by students, as well as works by noted local artists, visual arts professors, and alumni. The works will represent a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and mixed media to meet the tastes and interests of everyone.

To buy tickets to this event contact Barbra MacDonald at 79864. For more information, visit the Art on the Line website.

Job Fair 2009 brings in the valley's best on March 10
UBC Okanagan Career Services is giving students and employers an opportunity to help themselves at this year's Job Fair, being held on March 10 in the Gymnasium. 

"This annual event connects UBC Okanagan students with over 30 employers," says Shawn Swallow, Associate Director of Career Services. "That's exposure to over 5,300 potential employees that interested employers can make connections with, and search out possible short- and long-term opportunities."

Job Fair 2009 is free and open to all UBC Okanagan students. For more information visit the Job Fair 2009 website or contact Career Services at 79250.

Be a leader in sustainability
Have an idea about a sustainability project you'd like to see happen or be involved in at UBC Okanagan?  

The Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability is launching the Social, Ecological, and Economic Development Studies Program on campus in early 2009 and is looking to bring together students, faculty and staff in sustainability-related projects that continue to build on UBC Okanagan's green legacy.

To learn more contact Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of the Office Workplace Health and Sustainability, at 78938.

Call for proposals: looking for success in learning
Fifth-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference being held May 6 and 7

The Centre for Teaching and Learning invites all educators to share their research and explore how educators impact learning success at the fifth-annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference.  The theme for this year's conference is Looking for Success in Learning.  The conference is free for all faculty members and will open with a keynote address by Doug Owram, UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor.

All interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 50 minute sessions. Each session is expected to have an interactive component -- formats may include discussions, roundtables, and presentations. The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, March 16.  To submit proposals visit the Learning Conference website.

To submit proposals or find out more visit the Learning Conference website or contact Peter Arthur, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 79207.

Wine tasters unite
Wine enthusiasts on campus have a new place to socialize and learn more about their favourite libation. 

David Scott, associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, is gathering a group of interested colleagues who want to learn more.  The Wine Tasters club, a new group on campus, is putting the call out to all interested campus community members to join in on the fun.  The club's aim is to taste and discuss wine in a structured but relaxed and social atmosphere.

Meetings run the first Wednesday each month at 5 p.m. in the Student Service Centre's Okanagan room. Any members of the campus community who are of legal age and are interested in joining the Wine Tasters club should contact David Scott at 78755.

Dame Emma Kirkby master class cancelled, Okanagan lyric soprano to perform in March
A health issue has forced the cancellation of Dame Emma Kirkby's Western Canadian visit, including a UBC Okanagan Minds and Music concert and voice master class in Kelowna later this month.
"We're very disappointed that she is not able to travel at this time," says Manuela Ungureanu, founder of the Minds and Music series.
One of the world's most prominent Early Music singers, Kirkby had been scheduled to perform and lead a master class in Kelowna on Feb. 15. Ungureanu says plans are underway for a new concert in March, in which the Minds and Music series will present a one-hour recital by Jenavieve Moore, a lyric soprano from the South Okanagan currently studying in Toronto, who auditioned for the Kirkby master class.  Anyone who purchased tickets for the Kirkby performance through TicketWeb will receive a refund.
"We invited voice students from the Okanagan to audition for the Kirkby master class," says Ungureanu. "Each of the candidates was remarkable, but one of the students who auditioned was selected unanimously by the judges, and we are very excited about showcasing Jenna's wonderful voice talent for the Okanagan."

For more information when it is available about the special recital by Moore in March, visit the Minds and Music website.

United Way gets big help from UBC Okanagan community
On Thursday, Jan. 29, members of the UBC Okanagan United Way committee presented a cheque for $47,292 to the United Way. Congratulations to the United Way campaign organizing team and everyone who supported the campus campaign this year.

How would you create a healthy workplace at UBC Okanagan? 
Is there something that could be done to improve workplace health on campus? As part of UBC's Focus on People framework, a Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund is in place to support healthy workplace initiatives and practices at all UBC campuses.

UBC Okanagan's Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability invites all departments and units to submit proposals for projects. Everyone has a role in creating a healthy workplace -- this is one very tangible way that any member of the campus community can make a difference. More information about funding criteria and application process is available on the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website.

This competition typically funds applications in the range of $5,000. Larger applications will be considered in exceptional circumstances.  The next application deadline for the program fund is Saturday, Feb. 28.

For more information about this fund please contact Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of Workplace Health and Sustainability, at 78938.

Audible expression: ring tones and identity management
When Maclean's Magazine wanted to know how our telephone-enabled society is affected by the phenomenon of ring tones, they reached out and touched someone at UBC Okanagan.  

Chris Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Barber School of Arts and Sciences, investigates the connections between mass media, culture, and technology, and how these contribute to changes in social interaction and social control. Recently, news media appear to be increasingly interested in expert observations about this intriguing topic.

In Help! My office is ring tone hell (Maclean's, Jan. 26, 2009), writer Cathy Gulli explores what makes ring tones both useful and despised.

"The ring tone's original purpose -- to alert us that someone is calling -- is secondary now," writes Gulli.

"In fact, "it's irrelevant," says Christopher Schneider, a sociology professor at UBC Okanagan. He calls ring tones "identity management devices," meaning that they are used primarily to express individuality. Ring tones, says Schneider, can be good for society: "It gives individuals a choice and restores individual agency."

Read the complete article on the Maclean's website.

Schneider was a guest on AM1150's Early Edition program with Phil Johnson on Jan. 19, following up on the Maclean's ring tone article. Later that same week, he was in the CBC Radio's Daybreak studio talking about Blackberry and laptop computer use after Kelowna city council had debated banning electronic devices during council meetings. (Council decided to keep them, by the way).

Watch for Christopher Schneider's presentation during UBC Okanagan's Celebrate Research Week, March 7 to 14.

Watch CBC's doc The truth about liars (9 p.m. Thursday)
The work of Steve Porter, professor of psychology, and UBC Okanagan graduate students Leanne ten Brinke and Tara Carpenter will be featured on CBC Television this Thursday night as CBC's DocZone premieres The Truth About Liars, an up-close look at the science of deception.

Porter, a forensic psychologist, was director of Dalhousie University's forensic psychology program prior to joining UBC Okanagan in January. With colleagues Mike Woodworth and Jan Cioe in psychology, he will be helping to initiate an undergraduate forensic psychology program, a Clinical Psychology PhD, and a multi-disciplinary forensic science graduate program and centre at UBC Okanagan in the coming years.

The Truth About Liars will air on CBC-TV tomorrow evening (Thursday Feb. 5) at 9 p.m. Pacific time, and on CBC Newsworld on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 10 p.m.

Read more about the CBC documentary on the DocZone website.

For more information on Porter's work at UBC Okanagan, visit the Porter Forensic Psychology Lab website.

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'A World of Hearts' Black-Tie Fundraiser
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.

Date: Friday, Feb. 6
6 to 11 p.m.
Location: Summerhill Winery -- 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna

For more information visit the UBC Okanagan events listing.

Cree-Metis artist Jude Norris visits UBC Okanagan
Multi-disciplinary Cree-Metis artist Jude Norris will visit UBC Okanagan on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to present a talk about her work.
Norris employs idiosyncratic combinations of Native material, language, traditional creative practice, and iconography with elements of western technology, art practice, theory, and language. Grounded by a strong aesthetic sensibility, and often a subtle humour, her work is an exploration and expression of the oddness and challenges of contemporary colonized reality. Norris is a recent recipient of a Chalmer's Arts Fellowship, and has received awards from the Canada Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 4
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre lecture theatre, room SSC026

This event is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and UBC Okanagan's Department of Creative Studies. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Renay Egami at 250.807.9764. 

Valentine's Day comes early for faculty and staff on Feb. 13
Get Valentine's Day started early on Feb. 13 with coffee and goodies at this month's pitstop coffee break. Sponsored by Alumni and University Relations, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Feb. 13, in the Arts Atrium. Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person

Date: Friday, Feb. 13
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

If you would like to host a Pitstop, please contact Connie Neid, HR Assistant, at 78624.

Research Tea Break Speaker Series
Adventures in Chemistry, Catalysis, and Creation

Sponsored by the UBC Okanagan Office of the Provost, the Research Tea Break Speaker Series is a showcase of the many types of research occurring on campus. Designed to attract diverse audiences -- from both the on and off campus community -- speakers in this series provide a half-hour presentation of their research, followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and the audience.

The next tea break in this series will be on Feb. 26 and features Stephen McNeil, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, giving his talk: Adventures in Chemistry, Catalysis, and Creation.

This event is free and open to everyone and refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 26
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB 312

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. 

Upcoming events at a glance:

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

RAP Workshops in February and March
The Research Assistance Program (RAP) offers students 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. Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

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

Lunch and Learn: Parenting
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 second session in this series is about parenting.

This practical and informative presentation is aimed to help parents develop a strong foundation of parenting that will help their children develop skills of social development and well-being. Participants will also learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behavior, prevent misbehavior and to deal effectively with inappropriate behavior.

This workshop is free and open to all faculty and staff.  Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Feb. 18

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25
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

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, Feb.19
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fine Arts and Health building, FIN142
To register: contact Andrea Burke or Gabriel Gock, Accounts Payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID, phone number and e-mail address.

UBCO.TV Spotlight

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

  • A Conversation with Brad Bennett
    The Chair of the UBC Board of Governors discusses the transition from OUC to UBC Okanagan, as well as how the University works as a two campus system.
  • Trash Audit Challenge
    UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College face-off in an overall waste reduction challenge.

International Student Community Achievement Award Snapshot
Daniel Gonzalez is one of three winners in 2008 of the International Student Community Achievement Award.  He is a third-year Computer Science student, who came to Kelowna in 2006 from Torreon, in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila.  He knew of UBC from his high school physics teacher, a Canadian who perked his interest in international travelling and learning.  "I wanted to go to a university that felt welcoming, and not overwhelming.  I had heard of UBC and Vancouver, but thought that I would be more comfortable in a place like the Okanagan and I made the right choice" explains Daniel. "I've been able to get lots of help from Student Services, but I've also been give the opportunity to help other international students like myself."

"The award recognizes international students who contribute to our local community and maintain a strong academic average," says International Student Advisor Terri Flanagan.  "Daniel has earned this award, serving as a Senior Peer and an essential member of our programs last year. His determination to help create an international presence on our campus was also a factor.  This year he's serving as a staff member at the Fipke Centre's new International Student Collegium, and he really makes the most out of every opportunity to learn and contribute on campus."

Nominations for this year's International Student Community Achievement Award are open until Friday, Mar. 13, 2009. Any faculty members interested in nominating an international student for this award can contact Terri Flanagan at 79276. 

Supporting student leadership in sustainability
Through the leadership of Associate Provost Bernard Bauer, the Office of the Provost is providing sponsorship to 20 UBC Okanagan students to attend one day of the Fresh Outlook Foundation's Building Sustainable Communities conference in Kelowna from February 23 to 26.

Registration is still open for this conference -- faculty members are encouraged to advise interested students to register online at: www.regonline.ca/bsc2009

For more information contact Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of the Office Workplace Health and Sustainability, at 78938.