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research showcase

Celebrate Research Week set for March 7 to 14
Managing lifestyle for better health: Choices that impact our physical and mental well-being, a free public panel discussion at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 7 p.m. next Monday, March 9, features top experts in physical fitness, stress, mental health and diet sharing their research and ideas for leading a long, healthy life.

It's one of many public events showcasing UBC Okanagan research excellence and presenting cutting-edge findings on topics ranging from myths about immigrants in Canada, to the things that give us away when we tell lies.


Other Research Week events

Heat Hosting Canada in 2010
UBC Okanagan to host the 2010 Canadian Colleges Athletics Association (CCAA) Women's Basketball National Championships March 17 to 20, 2010
The UBC Okanagan Athletics Department is excited to announce its successful bid to host the 2010 CCAA Women's Basketball Championship.

The tournament is the premier event in Canada for women's collegiate basketball, bringing together the champions from each of the CCAA's five conferences in addition to the host school and two wildcard teams. It's the first event of its kind to come to Kelowna since Okanagan University College hosted the CCAA Men's Volleyball Championships in 2001 and 2002.

The national event provides a great opportunity for UBC Okanagan and the surrounding community to interact with top female student-athletes from across the country. The event not only offers great exposure for the campus and community, but also provides many opportunities for all those who wish to become involved.

"Hosting an event of this magnitude is a big undertaking," said Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation. "We are hoping to get students and staff from all across campus involved. We will be establishing committees to provide leadership to all aspects of the tournament including accommodations, transportation, hospitality, media services, promotions and publicity, marketing, ceremonies and awards, translation, team services, competition and technical, and finance."

There are numerous volunteer opportunities for students, staff, and faculty - including possibilities for course projects and research.

Anyone interested in involvement with the national tournament is asked to contact Rob Johnson by March 15, 2009 as planning work will commence immediately.

Student seeks input for campus survey on water features
All members of the campus community, including visitors, are invited to fill out a new online survey about the UBC Okanagan outdoor environment.  Outdoor space is undergoing significant change as new buildings are constructed and this survey will be used to inform future planning choices. The survey includes questions about a variety of outdoor spaces but is focused most specifically on the aesthetic and environmental values associated with two water features on campus: the water fountain and pool located in the campus courtyard, and the retention pond naturalized wetland located at the southeast corner of the campus.

The survey is being conducted by undergraduate student Angele Clarke as part of a directed studies course and a SEEDS project (Social, Ecological, and Economic Development Studies) under the supervision of John Wagner, assistant professor of Anthropology, and Roger Bizzotto, Facilities Manager. Results of this research will be announced during the opening ceremonies of World Water Week on March 24 and will be made available online the following week.

The survey will be available online from March 2 to March 27. To begin the survey click here.

For more information about this survey contact John Wagner at 79318 or Angele Clarke at 78445.

UBC Okanagan Job Fair March 10
The UBC Okanagan Job Fair, set for March 10 in the Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is organized by the Career Services office each year to provide a venue for students to meet potential employers. This June, hundreds of UBC Okanagan students will graduate -- they're among the more than 5,300 UBC Okanagan students pursuing UBC degrees in disciplines ranging from engineering to elementary education.

"The spring Job Fair is a tremendous opportunity for employers to connect with these students," says Shawn Swallow, associate director of career services and co-op education. "Participation is strong - it's a good signal that employers see real benefits in maintaining their ties with the university student community."


Week of events at UBC Okanagan reminds us that "Racism Matters"

Students and faculty at UBC Okanagan are throwing open the shutters on racism with a week of events on the university campus to expose racism and privilege on campus and in the Kelowna community.
With the theme "Racism Matters," activities will take place on campus and in the community from March 15 to 20, in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21.


View the summary of Racism Matters events

Happiness, wellbeing and aging examined in new Health and Aging Series at UBC Okanagan
Ever wonder about the secret to happiness? How about the key to longevity? For centuries people have been searching for the secrets to living long, happy lives, and the investigation continues this spring with UBC Okanagan's first Health and Aging Series, offered through the Community and Continuing Studies program.

"Participants will share in dialogue on aging and discuss current trends and thoughts on the reinvention of aging," says Tia-Maria Hoeller, program leader. "In addition, UBC Okanagan researchers -- whose work has made headlines nationally and globally -- will take a personal, interactive approach to sharing their breadth of knowledge and research in the field of health and aging."


International Women's Day celebrated March 9 to 13
This year UBC Okanagan has a week of events celebrating International Women's Day - they begin Monday, March 8, and include nightly film screenings, a photography competition, a global music festival the second annual Project Grow Coin Drive Competition and a panel discussion

International Women's Day events at UBC Okanagan are sponsored by Campus Life, Human Rights and Equity Services and the Women's Resource Centre.

Volunteers are needed -- anyone interested should contact Brianne Berchowitz, students events coordinator, at 79820.

UBC Okanagan hosts scientists of the future March 12 and 13
 Central Okanagan students from Grades 1 to 12 will display their innovative science experiments in the Fipke Centre foyer as faculty members and graduate students from across campus serve as judges for the School District 23 Science Fair on Thursday, March 12.

The campus community is encouraged to meet the Okanagan's next generation of brilliant scientists during the public viewing of the projects, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13.

For more information contact Leanne Isaak, Information and Communication Specialist, at 78162.

Four days, 30 films: World Travelling Community Film Festival
UBC Okanagan's Arts Building, Room ART 386, is one of three locations for this year's World Travelling Community Film Festival. The festival will see 30 documentaries screened at Okanagan College (1000 KLO Road) over three days March 13 to 15, with preview screenings of selected films on the evening of Thursday, March 12, at UBC Okanagan and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre (442 Leon Ave.). The Canadian and international documentaries cover topics such as the environment, war, human rights, education, and economics. A schedule is available online at www.ocworldfilmfest.net. The festival is free, however donations will be accepted for the Kelowna Women's Resource Centre.

Coming Soon:  UBC Launches Workplace Experiences Survey
The voice and culture of UBC is shaped by the priorities and concerns of our faculty and staff.  It is these voices and feedback that determined the five key strategies of the Focus on People workplace practices.  With the launch of UBC's first Workplace Experiences Survey, UBC continues its goal to be receptive and responsive to faculty and staff needs.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the Workplace Experiences Survey. The online survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and as much feedback as possible is needed to reflect the diverse priorities that will go toward building a better workplace.  The survey opened on Monday, Feb. 23, and closes on Wednesday, March 18. Survey results will be released to the UBC community in the summer. The survey is an initiative of UBC's Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC framework.

For more information about the survey, please visit the Focus on People website. For questions regarding the survey, please contact Peter Godman, Organizational Development & Learning Consultant, at 28115 or e-mail employee.survey@mercer.com

Grad Gala calls for volunteers
This year UBC Okanagan will graduate its First Class -- the students who walked through our doors four years ago when this institution was formed.  In keeping with a tradition that started long before that, Grad Gala 2009 will celebrate our graduates with a night they will always remember.

Each year, faculty and staff volunteer their time at Grad Gala, enabling us to keep ticket prices to an affordable $20 for students.  The Grad Gala committee is looking for interested volunteers to decorate, sell liquor tickets, check coats, bus tables, help clean up or be a designated driver. 


April 4, 2009


Cocktails -- 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner -- 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dancing -- 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.


Student Services Centre building, Sun room

Note: Event volunteers are asked to purchase tickets online at the Grad Gala website and are invited to share in the meal and festivities. For more information contact Brenda Tournier, Alumni & Community Relations, at 78167.

2009-2010 Calendar launched
Senate and Curriculum Services is pleased to announce the launch of the 2009-2010 Academic Calendar.  The new single-format Calendar was launched on Monday, Feb. 23 -- much earlier than in previous years -- and features a fresh look and improved navigability. 

Visit the 2009-2010 academic calendar website to see the new Calendar and all of its features, and watch for more improvements in the near future.

Note: the first release of the 2009-2010 Calendar contains approved updates from Senate meetings up to and including the Feb. 11, 2009, meeting. The next Calendar release is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, and will include approved materials from Senate meetings up to and including the March Senate cycle.

UBC Okanagan offers Degree in a Day this March
Degree in a Day is designed to allow students in grades 10, 11, and 12 to experience aspects of obtaining a UBC degree all in one day -- offering a full day of activities that introduces potential students and parents to the full-range of amenities, services, and resources available at UBC Okanagan.  Choose from seven dates -- every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March 16 to 27 -- each offering a variety of sessions and opportunities to meet current UBC Okanagan students and faculty members. 

Interested attendees are encouraged to register online at the you@UBC website.  Sessions include a mock lecture, parent information sessions, conversational cafe with current students, and a campus tour -- take all of these into account and Degree in a Day delivers a great introduction to the UBC Okanagan experience.

For more information contact Jason Larsh, Student Recruitment and Advising, at 78523.

Literary Arts Award for Sharon Thesen
The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan announced the winners of the 2009 Okanagan Arts Awards on February 14 and UBC Okanagan's own Sharon Thesen was the winner in the Literary Arts category.

Thesen, an associate professor of creative writing, is a poet, editor and and author of eight books of poetry. Her most recent book, The Good Bacteria (Anansi), was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the ReLit Award. As an editor, Thesen has published two editions of The New Long Poem Anthology, a Governor-General's Award-winning edition of Phyllis Webb's poetry (The Vision Tree), and from 2001 to 2005 she edited the literary and visual arts magazine The Capilano Review.

Winners of the Okanagan Arts Awards are expected to have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and to have made significant contributions to the community, and excellence in the arts.  "I think there can be no doubt Sharon exhibits these qualities," noted Nancy Holmes, head of the Department of Creative Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. "Please join me in congratulating Sharon on this recognition by the community."

International Student Community Achievement Award Snapshot
Kavish Bujun is one of three winners in 2008 of the International Student Community Achievement Award.  Kavish, a 2nd-year engineering student, grew up in Mauritius and had a multitude of options to pursue when he began looking at the post-secondary opportunities available internationally.  Having considered attending schools throughout Europe and the United States, he settled on UBC Okanagan -- intrigued by landscape, the easy-going vibe and a solid recommendation from his sister, a student at McGill University in Montreal.

"There's a theme with all three International Student Community Achievement Award winners this year -- they come to our campus for an excellent education, but also for a place that's easy-going, accessible, and provides an opportunity to make a difference," says International Student Advisor Terri Flanagan.  "Kavish consistently lends a hand to fellow engineering and international students, either in class or while working at the Academic Resource Centre. He's keen to welcome new students at JumpStart and other orientation programs, and does all of this in a spirit of friendship and service."

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. 

Kavish can also be seen on one of UBCO.TV's latest stories showcasing the International Student Community Achievement award.

Podger appointed Acting AVP Administration and Finance
Jackie Podger
has moved into a new role and is taking on a much broader set of responsibilities in the wake of Aidan Kiernan's retirement at the end of February.  Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram has announced that Podger is now Acting Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance, assuming responsibility for a wide variety of administrative services and functions for UBC Okanagan -- Human Resources, Financial Services, Campus Planning, Facilities Management, Ceremonies and Events, Mail, Couriers and Customs, Parking Services and Security -- and is working to further integrate all these services.

"Please join me in welcoming Jackie to her new role at UBC Okanagan," said DVC Owram.

Premier Gordon Campbell presented the Premier's Sport Award to Tammy Thomas in February, recognizing her outstanding athletic achievements with the UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team.

Premier's Award for UBC Okanagan's Tammy Thomas
Tammy Thomas, former captain of the UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team, continues to garner awards. In February, she received the Premier's Sport Award for College Female Athlete of the Year, presented by Premier Gordon Campbell.
Thomas is a graduate of Penticton Secondary and will be graduating this year from UBC Okanagan's Bachelor of Arts degree program with a major in psychology. Thomas enjoyed a banner year in 2007-2008, winning almost every individual award possible including UBC Okanagan Female Student Athlete of the Year. In addition, she led the Heat to a provincial silver medal and a national bronze medal.  
An avid beach volleyball player, last summer Thomas represented Canada on the NORCECA tour (North America, Central America and Caribbean Confederation). She continues to seek out competitive opportunities, spending as much time as possible training with some of the best players and coaches from around the world in places like California, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Lunch and learn: coping with change in the workplace
Change can be a major source of stress for both individuals and organizations. Each passing day, new careers, opportunities, and achievements are created by people who don't just survive change, they embrace it. This workshop, open to all faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan, explores the change process and strategies for coping effectively with change.

Date: Wednesday, March 11
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

26 simple truths about getting a life
Through humorous stories and honest questions facilitator Linda Edgecomb works with attendees to develop strategies and goals for living a more happy and satisfied life.  This session is sponsored by the B.C. Government and Employees' Union.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 15
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m. or 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre lecture theatre, room SSC026
To register: online registration is required

New course: Meditation and Writing
Savour the unique experience -- nourish your inner self and explore your creativity in this inspirational retreat. Surrounded by a lake, mountains, and orchards, participants will practice the art of meditation as a means to balancing the physical, emotional, and spiritual state. Through meditation practice, movement, and creative writing exercises, participants learn how to remove themselves from daily distractions and explore their inner voices.

Date: Saturday March 14
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: The Cove Lakeside Resort -- 4205 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna
Cost: $149 + GST

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning presentations
On Wednesday, March 11, the Centre for Teaching and Learning is putting on a series of presentations aimed at those interested in learning more on the scholarship of teaching and learning underway at UBC Okanagan.

The topics being presented include:

  • A team-based approach to studying the effectiveness of team-based learning
    Patricia Lasserre, associate professor of Computer Science and Carolyn Szostak, associate professor of Psychology
  • Reading tools: the enhancement of an online scholarly research environment
    Peter Arthur, director, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Instructor-assigned and student-selected groups: a view from inside
    Sandy Hilton, assistant professor of Management
  • Advancing type-II design: developing learning objects as "tools for thought"
    Phil Balcaen, assistant professor of Education

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, room SSC044

For more information please contact Heather Marshall, Learning Instructional Support Specialist, at 79288.

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March 4, 2009


Film screening: She's a Boy I Knew
Enjoy a screening and panel discussion of the internationally acclaimed documentary She's a Boy I Knew. Writer and director Gwen Haworth joins experts from UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies for an inside look at the documentary that explores the filmmaker's transition from biological male to female.

Expert panelists include:

  • John Leblanc, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies
  • Denise Kenney, Assistant Professor of Performance/Theatre
  • Michael Smith, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
  • Joani Mortenson, PhD student in Queer Theory and Assistant Field Education Coordinator in the School of Social Work  

Date: Tuesday, March 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre lecture theatre, room FIP204
Registration: register online for this event

This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required.

Don't miss these
Research Week
Lunchtime Speakers

"The Immigrants are coming!"
Breaking the myths about immigrants
Shirley Chau
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Monday, March 9
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building, Arts Atrium

Secrets and lies:
The facial expressions and body language that accompany emotional and high-stakes lies

Stephen Porter
Professor of Psychology, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences

Date: Tuesday, March 10
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

The cycle of star formation
Erik Rosolowsky
Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

Men's health:
minds, bodies and
masculine ideals

Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

Joan Bottorff
Professor and Chair in Health Promotion and Cancer Prevention and Director, Centre for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Paul Galdas
Assistant Professor, UBC School of Nursing

John Oliffe
Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing

Jennifer Matthews
Project Director, Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth (SARAVYC), UBC School of Nursing

Media, culture and technology:
contemporary manifestations of
crime, deviance and social control
Christopher Schneider
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences

Date: Friday, March 13
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

The Girl Effect
The Girl Effect is the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' celebration of International Women's Day. This event is a celebration of art and education in the Okanagan, as well as a fundraiser for 60milliongirls.org -- a public foundation established in February 2006 to support major education projects in developing countries and help young girls gain equal opportunity.

The Girl Effect will feature local books, music, poetry, and art. Requested donation for admission is $15, or $5 for UBC Okanagan students, and free for children. All proceeds go directly to 60milliongirls.org.

This event will feature appetizers and drinks. Doors open at 6 p.m. and this event will run until 12 midnight.

Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The Habitat -- 248 Leon Ave., Kelowna

For more information about this event, or to participate, contact Nancy Holmes at 79369 or event organizer Rivkah Sherman at 250-681-7160.

Research Tea Break Speaker Series
Pursuing Happiness:
The Science of Well-being

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 Thursday, March 19, and features Mark Holder, associate professor of Psychology, giving his talk: Pursuing Happiness: The Science of Well-being. This event is free and open to everyone and refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB312

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 79658.

Biology & Physical Geography Seminar Series
Modeling the effects of 20th and 21st century global warming on selected ski resorts in Western Canada
Michael Pidwirny and Trudy Kavanagh, faculty members in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI396

Climate, Plant-Pollinator Interactions, and Mating System Evolution in Fragmented Landscapes
Elizabeth Elle, Associate Professor of Plant Evolutionary Ecology at Simon Fraser University

Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI396

These talks are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

Racism Matters Events,
March 16 & 20

All week, March 16 to 20
Open the Shutters in the
UBC Okanagan Courtyard
Sunday, March 15
Creative Writing Marathon
Fipke Centre, room FIP252 UBC Okanagan
12 noon to 6 p.m.

Monday, March 16
"Documenting Diversity: Okanagan Voices"
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna
7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday March 18
"Aboriginal Myth Busters"
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the
Student Services Centre foyer,
UBC Okanagan
Wednesday March 18
Visiting Artist Speaker Series:
Jamelie Hassan
Student Services Centre lecture theatre

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 18
Public Reading: Warren Cariou
7:30 to 9 p.m.,
Student Services Centre lecture theatre
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Friday, March 20
"Drum & Summon the Salmon"
1 to 3 p.m., UBC Okanagan Courtyard

For more information on any of these events, email Jannik Eikenaar
or David Jefferess (250-807-9359).


Reconciliation: History and Future in Our Midst

Friday, March 20
A day of events at UBC Okanagan and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre focused on amending the tarnished relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada.

Panel discussion
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. UBC Okanagan Student Services Centre lecture theatre SSC026, snacks and refreshments

Student and faculty panel discussion
2:30 to 4:30 p.m., UBC Okanagan Arts Building, ART214

The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society Panel Discussion
Doors open 5:45 p.m., food and refreshments 6 p.m., presentations 6:15 to 9 p.m.
Kelowna Friendship Centre, 442 Leon Ave.

For information contact:
Greg Younging 250-807-9622,
David Jefferess
250-807-9359, or
Christy Taylor


Save the World
From March 23 to 27, in the Fipke Centre foyer Campus Life is putting on Save the World -- a showcase of global issues with an extensive list of information and proposed solutions. Each problem presented at Save the World is accompanied with how, why, where and what we can do as individuals to build a solutions. Not everyone has money to donate but many individuals have skills and time to contribute -- at Save the World the campus community will have the opportunity to view the A-to-Z gallery of world issues, choose some to act upon and leave with concrete ways they can help.

Date: Monday, March 23 to Friday, March 27
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

For more information visit the Campus Life website.

What's Happening at UBC Okanagan
The What's Happening events website 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 website.

UBCO.TV Spotlight

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

  • Ask The DVC, Part IV
    Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram responds to what students and faculty members have on their mind
  • Teaching Excellence & Innovation Award
    Jan Cioe, associate professor of Psychology, is awarded with the Teaching Excellence & Innovation Award and explains the ins-and-outs of what makes an excellent teacher and innovator
  • Alumni Endowment Fund Gala
    Alumni Relations hosts a gala to help raise financial support for later-year students
  • Recycling at UBC Okanagan
    Facilities Management employee Allan King demonstrates one small part of how UBC Okanagan strives to be the greenest and most sustainable campus in Canada