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Heat women's volleyball takes CCAA gold
The UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team secured their place in UBC Okanagan history on Saturday (March 14) by winning the university's first national title.

The women traveled to the CCAA National Women's Volleyball Championships at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, to add an outstanding finish to a great season. In an exciting gold-medal match that went down to the wire, the Heat battled the Grant MacEwan Griffins, defeating them in the fifth and final set 15-11.

Congratulations to the players, coaches and everyone involved with the varsity volleyball program!

The UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team travels to Prince George later this week for the CCAA National Men's Basketball Championships at the University of Northern British Columbia, March 20 to 22. Here's wishing the guys great success on the court!

For more information visit the UBC Okanagan Varsity Athletics website and the CCAA Men's Basketball Championship website.

April 3 Athletic Scholarship Breakfast tickets available
The UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast is fast approaching. A few tickets to this annual fundraiser on Friday, April 3, are available -- they're $100 each (or $1,000 per table of 10), with proceeds invested in the Athletic Scholarship Endowment.

Speakers this year include 2008 Canadian Olympic rowing medalists Scott Frandsen, Ben Rutledge and Jake Wetzel.

Providing financial assistance to outstanding student-athletes helps keep the UBC Okanagan Heat varsity sports program highly competitive, and gives inspiring, dedicated student-athletes the opportunity to truly excel in academic and athletic endeavours.

For ticket information contact Claire Paterson at 78600, or email athletics.scholarships@ubc.ca.

Read more about the scholarship breakfast...

Mathematician Heinz Bauschke is Researcher of the Year
Heinz Bauschke, one of Canada's top researchers in the field of optimization -- the mathematics of finding the optimal solution to a given problem -- was named UBC Okanagan's Researcher of the Year at Thursday night's Celebrate Research Week awards ceremony at Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Upon receiving the award, Bauschke announced that he and his family have decided to use the Researcher of the Year $5,000 prize to create an endowment for an annual award recognizing the most outstanding undergraduate student in analysis.

Two researchers were honoured for their outstanding service to the university and the community by actively and creatively sharing their research expertise via the news media. Kenneth Carlaw, Associate Professor of Economics, and Mary Ann Murphy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work, both received the inaugural Provost's Award for Public Education Through Media.


Focus on water with World Water Day events March 24-27
UBC Okanagan commemorates World Water Day with four days of events from March 24 to 27. Started by the United Nations in 1992, World Water Day is recognized and celebrated internationally on March 22 as a day of action to promote the importance of water as a resource and a basic human right.

"Nothing is more important to our community or to life in general than water," says John Wagner, UBC Okanagan associate professor and World Water Week organizer. "Coming together as a community to celebrate water is one of the ways to support the work being done towards improved stewardship of water -- which requires greater awareness of the many problems we are now facing, such as water quality issues, water scarcity issues, and issues of water equity, especially in relation to indigenous water rights."


Day of reconciliation discussion during Racism Matters week
A major public symposium in Kelowna on Friday, March 20, will focus on mending the tarnished relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. Reconciliation: History and Future in Our Midst is a day of events closing out Racism Matters week, which recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

"Indigenous peoples have inherited the residential school history by just being who they are: part of the continuum of the legacy of their ancestors right through to the few preceding generations," says Gregory Younging, assistant professor with UBC Okanagan's Community, Culture and Global Studies unit. "Indigenous peoples also view themselves as the transition between the past and future generations, carrying the responsibility of safeguarding the rights and well-being of future generations."


Even when it's freezing outside Stefan Bigsby, a member of the UBC Okanagan Heat varsity golf team, can keep training indoors using a golf simulator at iQuest in Kelowna.

UBC Okanagan in pursuit of the best golf program in Canada
With the support of local business, UBC Okanagan is putting together one of the best student athletic golf programs in the country, says Rob Johnson, director of Athletics and Recreation.

"One of our goals was to develop our golfers on a year-round basis," says Johnson. "In support of that vision, iQuest Healthcare and Fitness Centre in Kelowna offered to provide our student golf athletes with a very generous sponsorship program worth nearly $12,000. In addition, we have partnered with one of the most well-known golf facilities in the Okanagan - The Okanagan Golf Club, which also gives us access to their golf professionals. So from coaching, training and development perspectives we have all the components to become one of the best university golf programs in the country."


Soprano Jenavieve Moore recital at UBC Okanagan March 25
Okanagan soprano Jenavieve Moore will present a recital at UBC Okanagan on Wednesday, March 25. Moore will be accompanied by renowned pianist Roslyn Frantz in this UBC Okanagan Minds and Music Series free public presentation.

Moore grew up in Oliver, B.C., and has studied piano, flute and voice, excelling in all of them. By age 12, she was winning local and provincial music competitions for flute and piano. In 2000 and 2001 she won both the Junior and Intermediate Voice categories in the B.C. Music Festival. Moore has received four medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, for obtaining the highest exam marks in B.C.

At age 19, Moore was invited to be the guest soloist for the Messiah with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2008, she won the Open Voice Class for the Ontario Provincial Festival, and continued on to win First Runner-Up at the Canadian National Music Festival. Last fall, Moore performed three concerts with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.


In the upcoming UBC Okanagan production Just Looking, Scott Mendonca, left, plays a mall-going man and Daniel Oledski a boy lost in the mall.

Many twists and turns in UBC Okanagan spring production
Next week the Department of Creative Studies presents Just Looking, a one-of-a-kind performance that plays with ideas of commodification, material culture and the origins of urban myth.

Created by Neil Cadger, associate professor with UBC Okanagan's Performance program, in collaboration with 23 of his students, Just Looking was developed entirely from the ground up, based on research done in several Okanagan malls. "It's a physical theatre performance exploring the individual and the group, as well as public and private space," says Cadger. "Simply, it's a story about a boy who disappears in the mall -- we allow the audience to imagine all the possible places people go when they disappear. It's dark, but also really fun."

Just Looking takes place March 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan Student Services Centre theatre (SSC 026). Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students and can be purchased at the door. There will be an opening night reception. Just Looking contains some mature content but is without nudity or explicit violence.


UBC Okanagan study: Aboriginal people feel excluded from mainstream health and social services in Okanagan
A new study by UBC Okanagan researchers, partnering with local Aboriginal Friendship Centres, has investigated the relationship between the urban Aboriginal population in the Okanagan Valley and the region's mainstream social service and healthcare delivery systems.

Results of the project indicate that Aboriginal People feel excluded from mainstream services.

"Previous research from other communities suggests that urban Aboriginal people often fall through the cracks in both health and social service delivery," said principal investigator Michael Evans, Head of Community, Culture and Global Studies, and co-director of the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice (CSSEJ) at UBC Okanagan. "The results of this project confirmed those earlier findings."


Writing Germany: the first annual Germanic Studies creative writing contest
A new creative writing contest has emerged at UBC Okanagan this spring -- one with a Germanic flair.  Submissions are being taken now for the Writing Germany: first annual Germanic Studies creative writing contest.

The contest, open to all UBC Okanagan students, is broken into four categories: English, German Beginners (students currently taking, but not yet having completed first-year German courses), German Intermediate (students who have completed first-year German), and German Advanced (for those who have completed second-year German or have competencies equal to, or above this level).

The prize for each category is $100 and an invitation to dinner with the other winner -- the grand prize for best story will also receive an additional $100 prize.

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, March 21, at 5 p.m. Contestants should send their work (2-5 pages, double-spaced) as a Rich-Text Format document to Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies, with the subject heading, "Writing Germany." For more information call 78635.

Campus survey on water features
An online survey is being administered right now to collect information about attitudes towards the design of the UBC Okanagan outdoor environment.  The survey, open to the campus community and all visitors to campus, asks 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 27. To begin the survey click here.

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

Save the date: UBC Okanagan Health and Sustainability Symposium being held May 5
A series of forums on healthy sustainable practices -- personally, organizationally and throughout our communities -- is being put together as part of the annual UBC Okanagan Health and Sustainability Symposium being held Tuesday, May 5.

The main forum at this year's symposium is: Spread too Thin: Personal Sustainability Strategies for the Sandwich Generation.  The symposium also features plenary speakers Dr. Art Hister, talking about the Common Sense Guide to Living a Long and Healthy Life, and Maggie Reigh who will be speaking on Keeping Pace and Finding Peace.

Call for Volunteers: Volunteers of all capacities are needed for the symposium.  To volunteer or find out more about the symposium, contact Jennifer Leason, workplace health and sustainability advisor, at 78183, by Wednesday, Apr. 15.

Reminder: Employment Equity Census available online
The Employment Equity Census, launched last November, is still available to all employees at UBC, and Equity Advisor Nythalah Baker is reaching out to ensure that all members of the campus community have responded. 

"This census is an essential part of UBC's employment equity program.  Data from the census is being used to learn more about the historically disadvantaged groups at the university who were not been included in UBC's original employment equity planning," says Baker. "Response to this census has been slow thus far, but information from this survey is crucial to identify and remove barriers that may exist in recruitment, hiring, training, retention, and promotion practices."  

The questionnaire requires only a few minutes of time. To get started on the census questionnaire, visit the UBC Equity website, or request a paper version by emailing equity@equity.ubc.ca.  

Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: March 11
The Okanagan Senate is regularly passing items important to the campus community. To better inform everyone, highlights of these items will be posted on the Okanagan Senate website following each scheduled meeting. Highlights from the March 11 meeting include:

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • New courses: ANTH 473 (3) Endangered Languages; CHEM 525 (3) Advanced Inorganic Synthesis; POLI 318 (3) Politics of Mexico and Central America; POLI 319 (3) Issues in South American Politics.

Approved Curriculum from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

  • New courses: ARTH 101 (3) Art and Visual Cultures of the World I; ARTH 102 (3) Art and Visual Cultures of the World II; ARTH 202 (3) The Critical Viewer;  ARTH 301 (3) Critical Viewing - Advanced Studies; ARTH 302 (3) Global Contemporary Art History; ARTH 380 (3) African Art and Visual Culture; ARTH 390 (3) Indigenous Art and Visual Culture; ARTH 450 (3) Performance in Africa; CULT 270/ENGL 232 (3) Reading Popular Culture; First-Year English Prerequisites; Minor in Interdisciplinary Performance; Minor in Visual Arts; MUSC 115 (3) Popular Music; MUSC 324 (3) Sound Art and Experimental Music; SPAN 150 (3) Cultural Images of Latin America.


  • Approved revisions to the calendar entry on PSI Calculus Assessment 12: the BC/Yukon Secondary School Curricula will no longer be used as an approved examinable Grade 12 course for the purpose of admission to UBC.
  • Approved change: the minimum internet-based TOEFL standard has been raised,  and computer-based TOEFL are no longer being accepted for admission to UBC.

New Awards

  • Eight new awards were approved totalling $4,500 for undergraduate students.

For more information about these Senate highlights contact Kelly Ross, Manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 79259.

Campus generosity brings United Way success
For yet another year, UBC Okanagan has surpassed its United Way fundraising goal, finishing this year's campaign at an impressive $47,400. 

The campus community's generosity and commitment to the cause did not go unnoticed.  The Deputy Vice Chancellor's office now proudly displays a plaque naming UBC Okanagan the 2008 Leadership Campaign Team of the Year.  The award, presented to UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign Chair Gwen Zilm, honours the Okanagan-Similkameen-based organization deemed to have run an exceptional leadership campaign, contributing the most leadership-level ($1,000 or more) donations.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to all those who supported the 2008 campaign.  The 2009 campaign will get underway in the fall under the leadership of Sharon McCoubrey, UBC Okanagan's 2009-2010 United Way Committee Chair.


Direct Energy representatives (back row, from left) Randy Topp, David Simmons, Kirk Wootton, and (front row left) Barry Kwan with Aidan Kiernan on the announcement of the Direct Energy Aidan Kiernan Scholarship at UBC Okanagan.

Direct Energy scholarship at UBC Okanagan honours sustainability leader Aidan Kiernan
A new $25,000 endowment has been created at UBC Okanagan by Direct Energy Business Services to provide financial assistance to students studying sustainability and environmental sciences.

The endowment will support the Aidan Kiernan Direct Energy Scholarship in Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, and recognizes the work of professional engineer Aidan Kiernan who retired at the end of February after serving as UBC Okanagan's Associate Vice-President of Operations.

"As they embark on their own careers, we hope the next generation of science and engineering graduates from UBC Okanagan will show the kind of enthusiasm that Aidan Kiernan has shown for building sustainability into every project he has been involved with," says Michael Baetz, Vice President and General Manager of Direct Energy. "We're very pleased to honour Aidan by providing, in his name, financial support for students pursuing education in sustainability and environmental sciences."


Left to right: Patricia Tomic, Stephanie Tissot, Saddy Nije, Vida Yakong and Athena Wong.

UBC Okanagan community unites for International Women's Day
On March 11 a presentation was held in the Arts Building Atrium to celebrate International Women's Day, recognized across the world on March 8 as a global day of celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

The campus presentation, Cross-Cultural Experiences: Discussion Panel by Women's Resource Centre, brought five women of different backgrounds together to share their own cultural experiences about being female in their countries of origin, as well as communicate some of the challenges and rewards they face in Canada.

The panel included UBC associate professor of Sociology Patricia Tomic, who is originally from Chile; third-year international relations student Stephanie Tissot of Bogota, Colombia; Saddy Nije from Gambia; PhD nursing student Vida Yakong from Ghana, and third-year international relations student Athena Wong of Hong Kong.

This event is one in a series organized at UBC Okanagan in March to help showcase and promote global issues that the campus community can have a direct impact on.  Save the World -- an extensive survey of global problems with direct and local solutions -- is another event being planned for the week of March 23 to 27 in the Fipke Centre foyer.  For more information about Save the World visit the Campus Life website.

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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Next The Lake: A Reading Series public event tonight
A diverse and exciting line-up of Canadian writers will be reading in the next few weeks at the latest The Lake: A Reading Series talks, presented by the Department of Creative Studies.

Warren Cariou's memoir, Lake of the Prairies: A Story of Belonging, won the Drainie-Taylor biography prize, was named a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year in 2002 and was nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. His novel, The Exalted Company of Roadside Martyrs, was published by Coteau Books in 1999. A new novel, Exhaust, is forthcoming.

Date: Tonight -- Wednesday, March 18
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre lecture theatre, room SSC026

For more information contact Nancy Holmes, associate professor of Creative Writing, at 79369.

Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday
Sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, March 20, in the Arts Atrium for Pitstop. Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, March 20
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.

Justice Frank Iacobucci visits UBC Okanagan to speak on Canada's response to terrorism
The Honourable Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci will give an evening talk about Canada's response to terrorism during a visit to UBC Okanagan on Wednesday, March 25.

Justice Iacobucci was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991 and retired in 2004. During the day, he will also speak to students in the political science program, which is building courses in a new contemporary Canadian law concentration.

Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: UBC Okanagan Library, room LIB317

This talk is free and open to the public.

Biology and Physical Geography Seminar Series
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

This talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

Cree artist Floyd Favel visiting UBC Okanagan March 31 and April 1
Cree artist Floyd Favel -- a nationally renowned theatre and dance director, writer, playwright, essayist, journalist and performer -- will be teaching and performing at UBC Okanagan on March 31 and April 1st.

On Tuesday, March 31, Favel will teach a performance workshop grounded in his research on Native Performance culture -- from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts and Health building, room FIN144.  Following this workshop he will perform, Snow Before the Sun, a devised movement-based solo piece, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Student Service Lecture Theatre, room SSC026.

Favel follows these performances on Wednesday, April 1, with a talk on Aboriginal performance principles derived from ritual and social structures, as well as his ongoing research on Native Performance Culture.  This talk will run from 2 to 4 p.m., in Arts Building room ART103.

The workshop, performance, and talk are free and open to all members of the campus community.

For more information contact Virginie Magnat, assistant professor of performance, at 78441.

Jazz Collective plays free public concert at UBC Okanagan March 31
Music lovers can take a guided tour through the history of jazz when the UBC Okanagan Jazz Collective debuts with a free public performance at UBC Okanagan on Tuesday, March 31.

In The History of Jazz: Louis, Miles, and More, the UBC Okanagan Jazz Collective -- a group of student performers -- will take the audience on a journey through all the major historical periods in North American Jazz throughout the 20th century.

Performers are Patrick MacGibbon (tenor and soprano saxophones), Neville Bowman (piano), Bernie Addington (bass), and Chris Collier (drums).

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building foyer

For more information visit the Minds and Music website.

Degree in a Day
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 introduce potential students and parents to the full-range of amenities, services, and resources available at UBC Okanagan. 

Dates: March 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 and 30
Time: all day
Location: various locations across campus

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

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.

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 V
    Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram responds to what students are thinking about in terms of sustainability, integration with the Vancouver campus, water quality, and options for on-campus activities.

Video: Liane Gabora's take on Kauffman's "Reinventing The Sacred"
Liane Gabora
, assistant professor of psychology at UBC Okanagan, was recently interviewed for a new film about University of Calgary biologist and complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman's latest book, Reinventing the Sacred.
On leave from UBC Okanagan this year, Gabora is currently serving as associate director of the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies and Expertise (PACE) Center at Tufts University. She is working on a book titled Dawn of the Creative Mind: The Origin and Evolution of Human Culture. Parts of her theory are influenced by Kauffman's work.
View the online video...

Jones on the road, in The Globe
The Globe and Mail's Travel section featured UBC Okanagan political science professor Adam Jones on March 11. In an interview by Diana Pereira, Jones shared insights about his travels around the world, and the routines he follows while on the road doing research.

Asked about the best or most memorable thing he has discovered about new cities or cultures, Jones responded, "The biggest discovery has been about human nature. My studies are in genocide and crimes against humanity. I'm overwhelmingly greeted with hospitality. I return from these places with a sense of commonality of people."

Read the full story on the Globe and Mail website.

For more information about Adam Jones' genocide studies visit the November 2007 feature of his research on the UBC Reports website.

Lunch and Learn -- Manager Focus: Managing Change 
The goal of this session is to clarify how some personal and environmental factors influence how individuals adapt to change. Participants completing this session will have a better grasp of the manager's roles and responsibilities (leading, supporting, listening) when it becomes time to help their employees adapt to the changes facing them.

Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, DVC Boardroom
To register: online registration is required

This workshop is free and open to all faculty and staff.  For more information visit the Lunch and Learn website.

Applications now available for Course (Re)design Seminar, May 11 to 14
Interested in refreshing current
courses or looking to design a new
course? Applications are being taken
from now until March 30 for the Course (Re)design Seminar being held
May 11 to 14 on campus.

All faculty members at UBC Okanagan
are invited to participate in this
seminar, with a design process
facilitated by members of
UBC Okanagan's Centre for Teaching
and Learning. The seminar requires a
four-day commitment and features
group instructional sessions followed by small group/team planning sessions,
as well as covering content, learning outcomes, instructional strategies assessment processes and analysis of different course aspect each day.

For more information visit the Course (Re)design Seminar website or contact Heather Marshall, learning instructional support specialist, at 79288. To submit
an application to this seminar visit
the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.