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National health experts to keynote annual Health and Sustainability Symposium on May 5
Dr. Art Hister, Canada's media doctor, and renowned author Maggie Reigh, are the keynote speakers at this year's Health and Sustainability Symposium, being held at UBC Okanagan on May 5. 

The theme for the symposium, organized by the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability in partnership with Bayshore Home Health, is Spread Too Thin: Personal Sustainability Strategies for the Sandwich Generation and is the first in a series of forums designed to build ideas and awareness that contribute to the sustainability of individuals, our organizations and our communities.  The symposium will also feature Associate Professor of Psychology Mark Holder giving his talk Pursuing Happiness: The Science of Well-Being

The symposium is free for all UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff.  For the first time ever the symposium is also being opened to the general public for $75 plus applicable taxes.

Registration for the symposium begins Monday, Apr. 6.  To register or find out more, please visit the Health and Sustainability Symposium website.

New survey: sustainability efforts on campus
Does the campus community know everything being done at UBC Okanagan in terms of sustainability? From water and energy conservation, to better waste management and composting programs, the campus community puts in a considerable effort to keep UBC Okanagan one of the greenest campuses in Canada.

The Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability has launched a new survey to get a baseline measurement of all sustainability efforts happening on campus.

The survey has 12 questions, and 50 randomly drawn respondents will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the UBC Okanagan bookstore. 

To get started click here, choose the appropriate employment group and enter the following username and password:

For more information contact Leanne Bilodeau, manager of workplace health and sustainability, at 78938.

11th-annual Short Fiction Contest open to Southern Interior writers
The 11th-annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is once again open to entries. Anyone living in B.C.'s Southern Interior, within the listening area of CBC Radio One from Kelowna, is eligible. This includes all residents west of the Alberta border, south of William's Lake, east of Hope and north of the U.S. border.

Writers have until May 15, 2009, to submit short stories for the Okanagan Short Fiction Contest, sponsored by Okanagan College, UBC Okanagan, CBC Radio One and the Central Okanagan Foundation.


Ballet Kelowna takes to the stage at UBC Okanagan Apr. 3
Ballet Kelowna presents The Promise of Angels & Other Works at UBC Okanagan on Friday, Apr. 3, as part of an extensive 20-community spring tour that has received much acclaim. The Promise of Angels & Other Works is a mixed repertoire program that features six different works and spans more than 100 years of dance.

The performance, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan Theatre (Student Service Centre SSC 026), is presented at UBC Okanagan thanks, in part, to the efforts of Neil Cadger, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, who was so inspired by the works that he helped arrange a performance on campus.


Barber School Undergrad Research Conference being held this Friday
Arts and Sciences students at UBC Okanagan have been hard at work this year researching exciting topics for the fourth-annual Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference being held Friday, Apr. 3.  For the first time ever the conference -- a dynamic showcase of undergraduate research potential -- will also feature undergraduates from Thompson Rivers University and University of the Fraser Valley.  Presentation information is as follows:

Oral Presentations
Fipke Centre building, rooms FIP138, FIP139, and FIP140, 1 to 3 p.m.

Poster Presentations
Fipke Centre building foyer, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

For more information visit the Undergraduate Research Conference website.

Food Exchange available to all students who need it
The Food Exchange, UBC Okanagan's campus-based food assistance program, has seen outstanding generosity this year -- from the support of Event! Magazine in November, to the generous contributions from the campus community.

Leanne Perry, Campus Life coordinator, reminds the campus community that this valuable service is available at any time -- "if you interact with a student in need, please refer them to the Food Exchange shelf in the Students' Union office. Stella Malczynski, Used Bookstore coordinator with the student union, is more than willing to help any student in need."

The Food Exchange also offers cash cards for students who need items that aren't on-hand, such as diapers, baby formula or perishable items. Anyone in the campus community interested in donating to the Food Exchange can bring non-perishable food items to the Students' Union office. Cash, grocery gift cards, and cheques payable to UBC Students' Union Okanagan are also gratefully accepted.

For more information visit the Food Exchange website.

A campus community garden at UBC Okanagan?
In response to concerns about food and its impact on our health, our environment, and our limited budgets, universities and colleges across Canada are establishing campus community gardens. Such gardens at UBC Okanagan would provide students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to eat fresh, organic produce, learn new gardening skills, and be part of the rising trend to grow your own food in a fun, communal setting.

Undergraduate student Matt Stevens is currently conducting a survey on the level of support that the campus community has for a community garden, and suggestions for how it should be set up and managed. This survey is part of a directed studies course and a SEEDS project (Social, Ecological and Economic Development Studies) under the supervision of Mary Stockdale, adjunct professor of geography, and Roger Bizzotto, facilities manager.

For more information about this please contact Mary Stockdale or Matt Stevens.

Learn about UBC Okanagan's Learning Garden

Volunteers needed for Festival at the U
UBC Okanagan's annual end-of-the-year celebration returns on Wednesday, Apr. 8. A celebration of food, games and all-around good times, this year's Festival at the U will take place in the campus courtyard starting at 11:30 a.m.

This year's festival includes Dance Dance Revolution, Wii and Guitar Hero competitions -- as well as a giant twister game, mocktails, popcorn, a frozen t-shirt contest (1:30 p.m.), a climbing wall and a sumo wrestling contest.

Members of the campus community interested in assisting with this year's festivities are welcome to join any Campus Life Council meeting, held every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Arts building, room ART104.  For more information please contact Leanne Perry, Campus Life coordinator, at 79012.

This event is free and open to the campus community.

Students from last year's Sociology 362 course collect food and clothing for Poverty and Homelessness Action Week -- a Community Service Learning project facilitated by the UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange.

Learn more about the Learning Exchange
The UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange, an important community engagement initiative, found a physical and electronic home on campus in February.  The new location -- in Portable E near the Gymnasium -- and website serve as an important home for information about community service learning projects and volunteer opportunities on campus. 

Learning Exchange Manager Phil Bond, excited by the new on-campus and online spaces, remarked, "these community-based activities and opportunities provide students with hands-on life experience to enhance their education while making positive contributions to organizations in our community.  Any and all students are encouraged to find out more about the Learning Exchange and how they can get started."

For more information about the Learning Exchange and how to become involved contact Phil Bond, Manager, at 78095 or visit the Learning Exchange website.

Wine tasting club now offering collectibles
The next meeting of the wine tasting club (today at 5 p.m. in the Student Service Centre's Okanagan room) will feature Walter Garrison presenting a selection of Shiraz from around the globe.
Organized by David Scott, associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, today's meeting will give members the option to purchase a set of six tasting glasses at a cost of $23. The international wine tasting glasses are important for bringing out the full aroma and flavour of each wine. The tasting itself will cost $12.
Wine tasting club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. Any members of the campus community who are of legal age and are interested in joining should contact David Scott at 78755.

Deadline extended: campus survey on water features
Do you have an opinion about water resources and the outdoor environment on campus? There are plenty of chances to provide input. The deadline for the campus survey on water features -- being conducted by undergraduate student Angele Clarke and John Wagner, assistant professor of anthropology -- has been extended to provide additional opportunities for members of the campus community to have their say.

The survey is part of a directed studies course and a SEEDS project (Social, Ecological, and Economic Development Studies). To begin the survey click here. For more information contact John Wagner at 79318 or Angele Clarke.

Okanagan Portuguese orchardist experiences featured in new book

Carlos Teixeira
, associate professor of geography in UBC Okanagan's Community, Culture and Global Studies unit, and Victor M.P. Da Rosa, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa, were recently in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa to launch their latest book, The Portuguese in Canada: Diasporic Challenges and Adjustment (University of Toronto Press).
Co-editors Teixeira and Da Rosa have followed their first collaboration, The Portuguese in Canada: From the Sea to the City (2000), by bringing together a new collection of essays by contributors from a variety of disciplines -- anthropology, geography, history, literature, linguistics, sociology, and urban planning.
In addition to a chapter of essays detailing the experience of Portuguese orchardists in the Okanagan Valley, essayists from Portugal, Canada and the United States examine the history of the Portuguese presence in Newfoundland and its fisheries, language and identity, urban experiences (especially in Montreal and Toronto), and history and literature.

Lilly receives CIHR Article of the Year Award
Meredith Lilly
, a research associate working with Marvin Krank, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, on collaborative research development with the Interior Health Authority, is the inaugural winner of the CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year Award.

She received the award for her paper entitled "Labor Market Work and Home Care's Unpaid Caregivers: A Systematic Review of Labor Force Participation Rates, Predictors of Labor Market Withdrawal, and Hours of Work," co-authored with Audrey Laporte and Peter Coyte and published in the Milbank Quarterly in December 2007. It focuses on the labour force participation of caregivers on an international scale, and the findings have been used by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in developing their "Caring-About-Caregivers" Strategy.
In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, Lilly will receive recognition of her accomplishment at the upcoming Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Calgary in May 2009.  


Barber School faculty enhance learning environment
Four Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences faculty members have received Curricular Innovation Awards for their efforts to foster an exceptional undergraduate learning experience. 

  • Andis Klegeris' problem-based learning exercises will enable biochemistry students to study real-life situations and learn how to identify problems, research available information and discover possible solutions.
  • Carl Hodge's lecture-seminar course Contemporary Issues in Law introduces students to the practice of law through interaction with working legal professionals such as two notable guests from the Supreme Court of Canada:  Chief Justice Beverley McLachlan and former Puisne Justice Frank Iacobucci. 
  • Patricia Lasserre will systematically test whether student use of an embedded device can reduce the limitations of group communication during team-based learning exercises.
  • Javad Tavakoli's foundational mathematics course promotes cross-cultural communication between Aboriginal thought and traditional European mathematical training.

The Curricular Innovation Awards provide up to $10,000 in support of faculty members in the Barber School to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning. For program and application information about these awards visit the Curricular Innovation Awards website.


A "water puppet" made from papier-mache using recycled materials was on display in the campus courtyard on, March 24, during the World Water Week opening ceremonies.  The puppet was designed by MFA student Cathy Stubington in collaboration with undergraduate students from the Performance program.

2009 honorary degree recipients will be, from left, Lisa Steele, Peter Meekison, and Kim Tomczak.

Three visionaries to receive honorary UBC degrees June 5
Dr. Peter Meekison, who served as the public administrator during Okanagan University College's transformation into UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College four years ago, is one of three people receiving honorary UBC degrees at this year's UBC Okanagan convocation ceremonies on June 5.

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, two of Canada's foremost video artists, will also receive honorary degrees, considered to be UBC's highest honour.

Meekison will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and Steele and Tomszak will receive honorary Doctor of Literature degrees.


Louise Nelson's biology lab hosts special guests
An extraordinary learning experience is underway this week for two Grade 12 students visiting UBC Okanagan under the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (AFMNet) Aboriginal Youth in Science initiative.
Michelle Moose from Split Lake, Manitoba, and Danielle Iron from Edmonton, Alberta, were selected in a national competition to spend a week with Louise Nelson, associate dean, research and strategic planning, and her lab at UBC Okanagan. Nelson notes that members of her lab will be serving as mentors for the visiting students.
It's all part of a first-of-its-kind program called "Be a Food Researcher for a Week" that provides selected First Nations, Inuit and Metis students with one-week, all-expenses-paid internships during this year's spring break to gain hands-on experience in food science research.
While at UBC Okanagan, the students are being introduced to the research and fruit production in the Okanagan, with visits to the Laurel Packing House Museum, Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, and the Summerland Research Centre

Egan earns University All Canadian title in Nordic skiing
Cameron Egan, a student at UBC Okanagan, returned from the 2009 Canadian College and University Nordic Championships (CCUNC) with top honours as University All Canadian champion.

The CCUNC Championships were held in conjunction with the National Nordic Skiing Championships in Duntroon, ON, in mid-March.

Egan competed with members of the UBC Vancouver Nordic ski team, and they were the top male university team at the games - the first time a B.C. school has claimed that title.

Egan was the top University All Canadian - earned by winning the sprint race, placing second in the 15 km Classic, and finishing 4th in the 10 km skate. Egan was also third in the team sprint with Vernon teammate Skeets Morel, and he was second in the open men's sprint, finishing ahead of Olympians and members of the World Championship and Canadian national teams.

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Hovercraft Challenge
on April 6
Second-year engineering students are working on air-cushioned racing machines for the annual Engineering Two Hovercraft Competition next Monday, April 6.

A total of 20 teams are building hovercraft to participate in a challenge that requires hovercraft to be designed and built for both speed and maneuverability.

Date: Monday, Apr. 6, 2009
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Gymnasium

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Engineering machines
set to delight
First-year engineering students will be trying to engage and delight spectators next week as they participate in the Engineering One Design Competition. Students on 35 teams have developed machines that, using only stored mechanical energy, operate for exactly two minutes then emit a signal -- all while being of visual interest to someone watching the device operate.

Machines will be presented to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in the first-floor foyer of the Fipke Centre for Innovative Research at UBC Okanagan. Students will give three-minute presentations during which their machines will run for two minutes.

At 4:30 p.m. a panel of judges will award prizes for Best Machine and Best Presentation.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 9, 2009
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: First-floor foyer, Fipke Centre

Research Tea Break
Speaker Series

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. The next tea break in this series will be on Thursday, Apr. 9, and features
Annamma Joy, Professor in the Faculty of Management, giving her talk: Diamonds by the yard: Luxury fever in the Peoples Republic of China.

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

Date: Thursday, Apr. 9
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB312

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 79658.

Fourth-annual Aboriginal Graduation and Student Celebration
The Aboriginal Student Resource Centre and Aboriginal Programs and Services are pleased to announce the fourth-annual UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Student Graduation and Continuing Student Celebration, being held Wednesday, Apr. 8, in the Student Service Centre building's Sunroom.

Each year, UBC Okanagan Aboriginal graduates and continuing students are honoured at this annual celebration. It is the time of year when faculty, staff and community members can congratulate Aboriginal students. This year's theme is Honouring and Recognizing Aboriginal Student Achievements.

Tickets are available in the UBC Students' Union Okanagan office through Stella Malczynski.  The price is $7.50 for adults and $3.75 for children 12 and under (children under three are admitted for free).

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 8
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, Sunroom.

This event is open to all Aboriginal students that are graduating or continuing in their studies in September. For more information contact Bernie Marchand-Brown, Aboriginal Program Administrator, at 78012.

Public reading set for Apr. 8 with Bartlett, Hawley
and Mamo

The Okanagan Regional Library's downtown Kelowna branch, 1380 Ellis St., will host a special public reading with Brian Bartlett, Alix Hawley and Cathy Mamo on Wednesday, Apr. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library's downtown Kelowna branch -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

For more information contact Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing, at 79369.

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

People, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV.  Check out what's new:

Lunch and learn: work and life accord
Finding true work-life balance means building some harmony among competing demands and priorities. This workshop -- open to all faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan -- provides information on how to clarify values, identify and resolve stress-producing imbalances, effectively apply available time and energy and develop a personal action plan.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 8
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306
To register: online registration is required

Shift or get off the pot: 26 simple truths about getting a life
Through humourous stories and honest questions, facilitator Linda Edgecomb works with attendees to develop strategies and goals for living a more happy and satisfied life. Participants will come away with tools to disconnect, to re-engage,to get comfortable in their own skin, increase energy, and find their own funny faster.

This session is sponsored by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union.

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

New course: stuck in traffic
What was City Hall thinking when they designed the Kelowna street system?

This workshop will take participants inside the mind of transportation planners and engineers to examine the theory behind the chaos. It will provide insights into why things get designed and built the way they do and how they fit together in theory and practice. Using actual transportation engineering theory and Kelowna data, Gordon Lovegrove, assistant professor of engineering, will facilitate the process from problem definition through analysis to application in Kelowna.

Date: Saturday, Apr. 18; Tuesday, Apr. 14 and 21
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART202
Cost: $149 + GST

For more information contact Tia-Maria Hoeller, program leader, at 78177.

French and Spanish immersion weekend being held May 2 and 3
Interested in practicing French or Spanish in an immersion setting? This exciting weekend offered by UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies offers native-speaking instructors who understand the challenges of learning a language in an intensive setting. Ten hours of class instruction plus six hours of socio-cultural activities will have students communicating quickly and effectively.

This immersion weekend offers programs for French and Spanish speakers at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as special training section for school teachers looking to review the fundamental principles of French grammar and teaching methodologies.

Date: Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3
Time: All day
Location:  The Cove Lakeside Resort -- 4205 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna
Cost:  registration fee of $350 covers tuition, meals and refreshments.  Cost for participants in the Advanced French Level for Teachers is $395. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. 

For more information visit the Community and Continuing Studies website.