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History and chemistry profs named teachers of the year at UBC Okanagan
Dynamic. Innovative. Inspiring. They're just three terms used to describe this year's top teachers at UBC Okanagan.

At a reception May 7, UBC Okanagan Provost Alaa Abd-El-Aziz recognized Stephen McNeil, assistant professor of chemistry, and Maurice Williams, associate professor of history, as the teachers of the year.

"Each year UBC Okanagan recognizes an outstanding professor as the recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation -- essentially our Teacher of the Year," said Abd-El-Aziz. "This year I am proud to see two of our faculty members co-receiving the award. I feel this is a testament of the strength of our faculty and their teaching."


Project participants included, from left, first-year nursing student Brittany Sears, third-year nursing student Justin Mitchell, and Master of Science in Nursing student Diane Betman.

Interactive game helps educate RNs and nursing students
An interactive game that educates student nurses about standards of practice was launched at various health institutions in the Okanagan during National Nursing Week, May 11 to 17.

Modeled after the hit TV game show Jeopardy, the game is used to help communicate to the nursing community in a fun and engaging way the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Standards of Practice as well as CRNBC's role in regulating registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

The initiative is a collaborative effort between the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and nursing students at UBC Okanagan and UBC's Vancouver campus.



Ian Cull, AVP Students, is the first to receive his brand new UBC Okanagan Heat golf bag and golf ball set. With him are (left) Adrienne Vedan, the golf team's co-coach, and (right) Rob Johnson, director of Athletics and Recreation.

Own your own Heat golf bag and golf balls
Interested in owning your own UBC Okanagan Heat golf bag and set of golf balls? To raise funds for the 2009-2010 season, the Heat golf team is selling a limited number of Ping Vantage golf bags and Titleist pro-v1 or pro-v1x golf balls with the Heat logo imprinted on each. The golf bags are on sale for $200 and a dozen golf balls can be purchased for $50. 

Golf bags are available in limited quantity, so be sure to purchase as soon as possible.

To find out more, contact the golf team's coaches -- Adrienne Vedan at 78639 or Garry Appleton at 78824.

UBC Okanagan serving up wine school this summer
Five-day course an educational immersion in the Okanagan wine scene

New this summer to the UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies course calendar is the UBC Okanagan Wine School -- a week-long program that combines wine tours and tastings with classroom education and practical application.

Taking place the week of August 10 to 14, the UBC Okanagan Wine School includes tours of selected vineyards and wineries, and incorporates the foundation level of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course, which is an internationally-recognized qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine.


Reminder: nominate someone great
Nominations for this year's UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence are open, but time is running out to nominate a campus community member who has shown exceptional leadership, customer service or has engaged the campus community like no other.

The campus community has until Monday, June 1, to submit nominations for awards in the four categories: leadership, sustainability, community engagement and customer service. Any permanent on-going UBC Okanagan staff member with a minimum of one year of continuous service is eligible for nomination.

For nomination packages, or to find out more, visit the Staff Awards of Excellence website.

Residence Life helps reduce waste and contribute to the local community
As the residence communities at UBC Okanagan have grown in the past four years, so too has the waste created when a majority of the students move out in April.

To reduce the amount of waste produced this year, Residence Life Management developed a plan: placing convenient donation bins in each residence foyer for clothing, food, housewares and electronics, providing opportunities for students to donate unwanted or unused items, rather than contributing to the landfill or finding their own means of recycling.

Students were more than willing to contribute -- the response for donations was overwhelming. More than 40 bags of clothing and housewares were donated to the Renew Crew, a free pickup service organized by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Okanagan. Facilities Management will oversee the proper recycling of a number of unwanted computer monitors, laptops, cell phones and other electronic devices. A significant amount of food was also collected and handed over to the Food Exchange on campus. 

For more information about the waste reduction program contact Emily Webb, Residence Life Manager at 78610.

What makes Canada unique: citizenship, diversity and sustainability
The fundamental problem faced by every social unit -- from the smallest dyad to the largest society -- is sustaining social cohesion in the face of diversity. Is there a limit on how much diversity is too much?

On June 16 Charles Ungerleider, one of Canada's best known and most highly respected researchers in the field of learning and education, will be looking at these questions in his keynote address at the eighth International Conference of the International Association for Citizenship, Social and Economics Education (IACSEE), being held June 16 to 19 on campus. Ungerleider is best known as the director of research and knowledge mobilization at the Canadian Council of Learning, but he also served as B.C.'s Deputy Minister of Education from 1998 to 2001, and held numerous roles in the Faculty of Education at UBC's Vancouver campus. 

To find out more download the registration form or the full conference schedule. The last day to register for this conference is Sunday, May 31.

Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: May 6
The Okanagan Senate is regularly passing important items. To better inform the campus community, highlights of these items will be posted on the Okanagan Senate website following each scheduled meeting. Highlights from the May 6 meeting include:


  • Over 800 candidates for degrees and diplomas were approved, including 142 co-conferred candidates (Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan) for the Bachelor of Business Administration.

Approved curriculum

  • A new program in Latin American studies was approved and new courses in anthropology, economics, geography, and mathematics were also approved. ECON 345 was revised and the agroecology program was discontinued.
  • First-year English prerequisites: an amendment to the implementation date of the proposal.
  • New courses in art history, Hebrew, and interdisciplinary graduate studies were approved, as was ENGL 376 which will be cross-listed with CULT 315.
  • A new graduate certificate program was approved for the Faculty of Education.  Two new courses in language and literacy education were also approved.
  • Several new human kinetics courses that will constitute the third-year curriculum of the program were approved, as was a graduate-level course in health-interprofessional.
  • A new interdisciplinary graduate studies theme in sustainability was approved.

For more information on these curriculum changes, please contact Michelle Kruiswyk, Senate and Curriculum Services at 79619.

Approved admissions requirements

  • The current policy for admission of Canadian Aboriginal applicants to UBC Okanagan first-year degree programs has been changed.
  • The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Visual Arts and Major in Interdisciplinary Performance) have been changed to improve clarity.

For more information about these Senate highlights contact Nathalie Limbos-Bomberg, manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 79259.

Craig invited to present exhibition in Poland this September
The invitation requested him to "present functions of colour," so that's exactly what Briar Craig will do when he exhibits a number of his print-based works at the Sixth International Print Triennial at the Wozownia Gallery in Torun, Poland.

The exhibition, first held in 1981, is a presentation of works of the greatest graphic artists from around the world. Craig and the other artists selected for the International Print Triennial were chosen because colour has fundamental meaning to their work. Participation in the exhibition is by invitation only.

For more information contact Briar Craig, associate professor of visual arts, at 79765.





Studying the past to build a better future
Aaron Derickson's heritage has influenced his passion for historical knowledge, particularly regarding Canadian and Aboriginal history.

A member of the Okanagan First Nation, Derickson is set to graduate from UBC Okanagan next month with a BA in History and minor in French, and says his goal is to use this knowledge to create a better future for himself, his community and his culture.

"My family has certainly played a big part in motivating me," says Derickson. "My grandfather was a chief, a councilor, a farmer, a father and a soldier. He was a lot of things to many people, and he started out with nothing.


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Artificial intelligence, robot vision and graphics focus of research conference at UBC Okanagan
A computer program that has solved the game of checkers -- and was awarded the title 'world checker champion' -- is just one of many technological inventions being discussed at this year's Intelligent Systems Collaborative conference, held for the first time at UBC Okanagan from May 25 to 27.

Expected to attract more than 200 Canadian and international researchers of students and industry professionals, the annual conference is a forum for the exchange ideas and results in the computer science areas of artificial intelligence, graphics interface and computer and robot vision.

Date: Monday, May 25 to Wednesday, May 27
Time: all-day
Location: Arts building

For more information read the UBC Okanagan media release or visit the conference website.

Opera 101 featured at third annual UBC Alumni Social
Campus alumni and friends are invited to join in the festivities with food, refreshments and entertainment served up by UBC Okanagan Alumni Relations on June 6.

The third annual Okanagan Alumni Social also features Opera 101: an inside look at the world of opera. Featuring performances by up-and-coming vocal stars, Opera 101 is hosted by Nancy Hermiston, head of the Voice and Opera division at UBC's School of Music.

Date: Saturday, June 6
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Social); 3:30 to 5 p.m. (Opera 101)
Location: Campus Courtyard (Social) and Fipke Centre foyer (Opera 101)

There is no charge for the event but online registration is required.  Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, June 2, to secure your place.

UBCO.TV Spotlight

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

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, May 21
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.