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UBC welcomes $68M investment in "green" infrastructure
Research infrastructure and sustainability at UBC have just received a $68-million boost from the federal and provincial governments.

The geoexchange system at UBC Okanagan, which uses groundwater from under the campus to heat and cool buildings, will receive $2.9 million to make the campus virtually emissions-free by 2010.

The investment was announced in Victoria last Wednesday by Tony Clement, federal Minister of Industry, and Murray Coell, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.


UBC Okanagan Heat's Steve Manuel earns
Canada's top coaching award from CCAA

Steve Manuel, coach of the UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team for the past eight seasons, has been honoured by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) as Canada's top coach across all sports.
As recipient of the 2008-2009 Coaching Excellence Across All Sports Award, Coach Manuel was recognized for his contribution to the sport, as well as his positive leadership and commitment to educational goals.

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Former CHBC Sports Director Pat Kennedy interviewed Canadian Olympic rowing medalists Scott Frandsen, Ben Rutledge and Jake Wetzel at the April 3 Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast fundraiser.

New milestone reached for athletics scholarship fund
The athletic scholarship endowment at UBC Okanagan reached an important milestone on April 3, as the Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletic Scholarship Breakfast fundraiser pushed the endowment's total above $250,000.

"We sold every single ticket for the fourth consecutive year and every dollar raised at this event is used to provide financial assistance to our student athletes, helping them to reach their goals," said Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation. "With UBC Okanagan matching funds, this morning's event pushes our four-year total over the quarter-million dollar mark."


UBC website redesign: help shape the new look and feel
Having a hard time deciding which UBC website is which? Looking for some more clarity on how to get around online? Excited by change? Now is the time to give feedback.

UBC's Okanagan and Vancouver campuses are undergoing a web redesign process to correspond with and support the university's branding initiative that is currently underway. Part of the redesign process consists of a series of consultation and research phases aimed to help guide decisions regarding the overall look and feel of the web at UBC. To kick-off the main internal consultative process, an online survey has launched.

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and all entries will be automatically entered to win at 32GB iPod Touch. To get started click here.

Introducing summer work study
The work study program at UBC Okanagan is setting its sights on the summer months this year. The program, which currently creates hundreds of on-campus jobs in the fall and winter terms, is expanding -- inviting faculty and staff to benefit from qualified and energetic employees, and encouraging more students to gain career-related skills during the summer break.

"The work study summer program enables faculty and staff to hire an eligible UBC Okanagan student at a subsidized wage of $9 per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the summer months," notes Shawn Swallow, associate director of Career Services and Co-op Education.

For more information contact Deanna Simmons, Career Services and Co-op Education administration manager, at 79250. Faculty and staff can also visit the online Project Proposal form to get the work study process underway.

Reminder: sustainability survey online until April 29
Does the campus community know everything that's being done at UBC Okanagan in terms of sustainability?

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

The survey is 10 to 12 questions total and is available until Wednesday, April 29. To get started click here and choose the appropriate audience group.

For more information -- including a username and password to participate in the survey -- contact Leanne Bilodeau, manager of workplace health and sustainability, at 78938.

Campus Rec. online survey to help decide next year's programs
Have something in mind for intramural programming next year? Want to see a new recreation program introduced? Now is the time to provide input. 

Campus Recreation has developed an online survey to help the campus community propose future programming and activities for the 2009-2010 academic year. Everyone participating in the survey is also entered to win a number of great prizes -- from free Gym memberships and intramural team registrations, to gift certificates from SportChek and the UBC Okanagan Bookstore.

To get started click here.  The deadline for input is Friday, April 24.

For more information contact Kevin Mobbs, Campus Recreation coordinator, at 79174.

New course: Berlin Literature and Culture
A new 300-level Germanic Studies course is being offered to UBC Okanagan students this September. Berlin: Literature and Culture will focus on cultural issues and concepts related to the last 200 years of Berlin's history. These range from Berlin and Prussia under Frederick the Great, to National-Socialism and Cold War Berlin.

The course also follows important themes such as German national identity, architecture, the effects and after-effects of the Berlin Wall and Berlin's role as the capital of a unified Germany.

For more information on this course contact Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor in Germanic Studies, at 78635.

Biologist Soheil Mahmoud is studying the genetic content of lavender cells to better understand how the plant produces its valuable scented oils.

Genome BC funds UBC Okanagan study of 10,000 lavender genes
Innovative genetic detective work is underway at UBC Okanagan, where biologist Soheil Mahmoud and his team have received $78,000 from Genome British Columbia to explore some long-standing mysteries about how plants like English lavender produce their highly prized scented oils.

The project could one day have a big impact on B.C.'s lavender production by leading to the development of new varieties of lavender that produce essential oils in greater quantity or higher quality, says Mahmoud.


Dods highlighted by Oxford University Press
Robin Dods, associate professor of anthropology and archaeology in UBC Okanagan's Community, Culture and Global Studies unit, was recently featured in the Author Highlight section of the Oxford University Press website, applauding her for the launch of her latest publication, Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition.

The book -- an adaptation of one of the most successful U.S. textbooks for students taking an introductory course in cultural anthropology -- is the first edition for Canadian audiences. It introduces issues and examples that are accessible and interesting for Canadian students, while demonstrating the breadth and depth of anthropological research being carried out in Canada.

For Dods' author highlight visit the Oxford University Press website.

Eight prizes awarded at Irving K. Barber
School Undergraduate Research Conference

The fourth annual Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference awarded a total of eight cash prizes, thanks to the generous support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Botanical Association.

Students from UBC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and University of the Fraser Valley competed for six awards in an open category and two awards for botany-related projects. There were 33 enthusiastic poster presenters and 15 oral presentations on April 3 in the Fipke Centre for Innovative Research. 

Carly Drought (botany related, UBC Okanagan) and Megan Enos (any category, TRU) received first prize for their oral presentations and Naomi Brady (any category, UBC Okanagan) and Michele Richard (botany related, TRU) were top poster winners. 

More about the annual conference and award recipients

Families in the new millennium: study examines parenting and family
Does it seem there are fewer hours in a day than there used to be? Is it more difficult to juggle finances to cover family-related expenses? Is it difficult to balance parenting, paid work and housework?

A new survey is being conducted by graduate student Tabitha Steager and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Shelley Pacholok, who are interested in the challenges faced today by parents in Canada and the U.S. The survey -- a short series of questions online, with the option to follow-up with an in-depth interview and a questionnaire -- will gather information about parenting strategies, challenges and rewards.

To get started visit the survey website.  For more information contact Tabitha Steager or Shelley Pacholok.


Top panelists at March's Frucht Memorial Lecture Series and Student Conference at the University of Alberta were, from left, UBC Okanagan students Angele Clarke, Kelly Hall, Heather Blain, Alexis Beckett, and Les Miller (missing from photo: Rubinder Jhand).

UBC Okanagan anthropology students top panel at conference

Anthropology lecturer Christine Schreyer and 11 anthropology students from UBC Okanagan attended the Frucht Memorial Lecture Series and Student Conference at the University of Alberta in March. Six of the undergraduates presented papers as part of a 90-minute panel entitled UBCO Anthropology -- A drop of what we do, winning first prize in the panel competition.

Among the research presentations were Alexis Beckett's paper, "On Old Tin Cans," and Les Miller's paper, "All Bottled Up." Both papers covered research by the students at the UBC Okanagan Archeology Field School at Myra Canyon.

Congratulations to the entire team, and panelists Angele Clarke, Kelly Hall, Heather Blain, Alexis Beckett, Les Miller and Rubinder Jhand.

Two of UBC Okanagan's math competition participants, from left, were Jason Luff and Lu Zhao, with Associate Professor of Mathematics Wayne Broughton.

UBC Okanagan team competes
in Putnam math challenge

The results are now in from the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Four UBC Okanagan students participated in the all-day competition back in December -- Sheena Haines, Jason Luff, Alyosha Pushak, and Lu Zhao were among more than 3,600 undergraduate contestants from hundreds of universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.
Pushak was UBC Okanagan's top competitor, ranking in the top 25 per cent of all contestants.  
Congratulations to Pushak and the UBC Okanagan team, who spent an entire Saturday at the beginning of final exams to tackle 12 very difficult mathematics problems. How difficult? The maximum possible score is 120, but almost half of all participants got a score of 0 or 1.
The next contest is December 5 this year, and practice sessions will start in September.

Two new planners for Conferences and Accommodations
UBC Okanagan Conferences and Accommodations has welcomed two new conference planners -- Jen Neilands and Peggy Walker. Both have extensive conference and event planning backgrounds, with a rich mix of post-secondary and industry-based experience.

Neilands joins UBC Okanagan from the University of Saskatchewan's Hospitality Services department where she served as the special events coordinator. Among a great many other achievements while there, she also graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Walker recently moved to the Okanagan from Vancouver. She has more than 10 years experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as an event planner at the Vancouver Aquarium. Walker was also manager of operations and hospitality at Minter Gardens, and served as event planner and group tour coordinator for Harbor Cruises in Vancouver. 

To get starting with any conference planning, contact Neilands or Walker at 78055.

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Registration closes April 29 for annual Health and Sustainability Symposium
The date is set, speakers are ready and time is running short to register for this year's annual Health and Sustainability Symposium being held Tuesday, May 5.  The campus community is urged to double-check that they're registered for this year's event.

Organized by the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability in partnership with Bayshore Home Health, the symposium's theme is Spread Too Thin: Personal Sustainability Strategies for the Sandwich Generation.

"For this first time ever we've opened this symposium to UBC Okanagan students and the general public," says Jackie Podger, Acting Associate Vice President Administration and Finance. "This is the single biggest annual symposium we hold at UBC Okanagan, and it deals with topics that effect many people at a very personal level.  We thought it was important to open up the event to a bigger audience this year."

Registration closes on Monday, April 29. To register visit the Health and Sustainability Symposium website.  For more information, please contact Leanne Bilodeau, manager of the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability.


Fourth-year visual arts students host their final exhibition at UBC Okanagan

An eclectic array of art will be on display and available for purchase from April 18 to 26 at UBC Okanagan as part of the fourth-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduating exhibition, Content.

Free and open to the public, Content takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the Fine Arts and Health Building. The show features a wide variety of art work -- all created by the 2009 graduating class -- ranging from photography, painting and video to drawing, installation work, sculpture and more.

"It's not often one gets to see such a variety of art work in one building," says fourth-year BFA student Kathryn Swanson.


Graduating elementary student teachers present GRIP projects this Saturday
The Guided Reflective Inquiry Project (GRIP) is the capstone experience to teacher education at UBC Okanagan, and all graduating elementary student teachers will be presenting their finalized GRIP projects this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Arts building.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Arts Building

For more information visit the Faculty of Education website.

Pitstops: Don't stay in your office for coffee on April 24 and May 1
All faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, April 24, and Friday, May 1 for Pitstop.  On both days the Arts Atrium will feature coffee or tea and a variety of pastries, served for only $2 per person.  The April 24 Pitstop is sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and the May 1 Pitstop is sponsored by the Development Office.

Date: Friday, April 24 and Friday, May 1
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.

Doug Owram keynote speaker for UBC Okanagan
Learning Conference

Join faculty and staff from various institutions as they share best practices that promote learning success at the UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, taking place on campus May 6 and 7. The theme for this fifth-annual Learning Conference is Looking for Success in Learning. Educators are invited to share their research and practice in sessions that will explore how educators impact learning success.  

UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram will open the conference with his keynote address Teaching and the University: Can We Really Change? The second day will begin with a keynote address by Connie Varnhagan, professor from the University of Alberta, drawing on her experience supporting the integration of teaching and research.

The conference will wrap up with an invited panel of faculty who will engage all participants in further exploration into practical ways we all can foster successful learning. For information about the conference, contact Peter Arthur, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 79207.

To register or find out more, visit the Learning Conference website.

UBC Okanagan hosts
105th annual
Geological Society
meeting May 7 to 9

The Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) will hold its 2009 annual meeting at UBC Okanagan this May. 

The meeting will feature a number of prominent geologists from across North America, a mentoring program for geology students, and a number of excursions that highlight the unique geology and environment of the Okanagan.

The GSA is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 22,000 individuals in 97 countries. This is the first time any section of the GSA, established in 1888, has held one of its meetings in Kelowna.

To get involved or find out more contact Robert Young, meeting chair and associate professor of geology, at 79523.

UBC Okanagan home to GeoExchange Conference May 13 to 15

The 3rd Biennial International GeoExchange Conference and Trade Show will be hosted at UBC Okanagan from May 13 to 15. Organized by the clean energy industry association GeoExchange BC, in partnership with the Thermal Environmental Comfort Association (TECA), the conference showcases the latest news, knowledge and innovation in GeoExchange from the Earth energy source to the point of use.
UBC Okanagan, which has a state of the art geoexchange heating and cooling system, will host the trade show, technical sessions and delegate accommodation.
Among the many activities is a public open house for residential homeowners on Tuesday, May 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Service Centre lecture theatre, room SSC026. If you've ever wondered what geoexchange is about and how it can help you reduce your heating and cooling bills along with minimizing your environmental footprint, this session will answer all your questions.
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UBC Okanagan hosts diversity and sustainability conference June 16 to 19
The International Association for Citizenship, Social and Economics Education is calling UBC Okanagan home for its eighth International Conference, being held on campus from June 16 to 19.  This year's conference is themed Diversity and Sustainability through Citizenship: Issues for Social and Economics Educators. Keynote speakers will include:

  • Christopher Barrington-Leigh, current Economics guest lecturer at UBC's department of Economics, and former upper atmospheric and space physics researcher from M.I.T., Stanford, and Berkeley.
  • Charles Ungerleider, one of Canada's best-known and most highly respected researchers in the field of learning and education.
  • Gary Rabbior, President of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education since 1981 and one of the leaders in economic and financial capability in Canada.

This conference is $450, or $150 per day, and is open to the campus community and general public. For full details download the registration form. The last day to register for this conference is Sunday, May 31. To get involved or find out more contact visit the Faculty of Education Podcast website or contact Vicki Green, associate professor of Education, at 78107.

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:

"The Immigrants are coming!"
Breaking the myths about immigrants

Through an examination of the latest research evidence, Shirley Chau, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, gives the first 2009 Celebrate Research Week Lunchtime Feature Presentation on myths surrounding immigrants in Canada. 

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, April 23
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN142
To register: contact Karen Davis or Gabriel Gock, accounts payable. Be sure to include your CWL login ID, phone number and e-mail address.