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Town Hall Meeting, barbecue and orientation fair September 1
Mark your calendar for September 1 -- it's going to be a busy fun-filled day with three big events for faculty and staff:

Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Town Hall meeting
"From Here" Making the strategic plans meaningful -- Really!
At this meeting, presentations will be made to the recipients of the UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence.
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: SSC026

Annual UBC Okanagan Faculty & Staff BBQ
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard
RSVP with code UBCOBBQ to www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/rsvp by Tuesday, August 25

Orientation for New Faculty & Staff
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

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UBC Okanagan a strong voice in new Canadian anthropology textbook
Anthropology students at UBC Okanagan this year will be studying with a new and distinctly Canadian textbook authored by one of their own UBC Okanagan professors.

In a project spanning two years of editing and writing, Roberta Robin Dods, associate professor of anthropology at UBC Okanagan, has adapted one of the most successful U.S. textbooks in cultural anthropology to create an edition with a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Published by Oxford University Press Canada, the book was designed for cultural anthropology courses at the first- and second-year levels, and explores the diverse factors that interact to shape human cultural practices.


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Call for Proposals: Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund
The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund (HWIP) has been renewed for another year. Thanks to the Focus on People Framework, $200,000 is available for UBC units interested in supporting healthy workplace practices in 2009-2010. This competition typically funds applications totaling less than $5,000. Applications in excess of this amount will be considered if they closely adhere to the criteria.

All UBC Okanagan and Vancouver departments/units (or UBC-recognized operational committees) are invited to submit funding proposals. The application deadline is November 9, 2009.

For more information on the funding criteria and application contact Workplace Health and Safety Manager Leanne Bilodeau at 78938 or visit the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website.

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Annual parent conference being held Sept. 6
UBC Okanagan's annual parent conference will take place on Sunday, Sept. 6 this year. Faculty or staff members with children who are attending UBC Okanagan for the first time are encouraged to register for this event as soon as possible.

The conference introduces parents and families of new UBC Okanagan students to the UBC community -- providing information on the systems and resources available to all UBC Okanagan students. The conference includes workshops, campus tours and concludes with a family barbecue.

Online registration is required for this conference. For more information visit the Parent Conference website or contact Chelsea Butchart, orientation coordinator, at 79820.

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UBC's Workplace Experience Survey results available online
In February 2009, UBC launched its first Workplace Experiences Survey. More than 20 per cent of the UBC workforce responded, sharing their concerns, suggestions, and comments. The survey results were presented at two Town Halls in June and are now available online for viewing and sharing.

"The results are a litmus test for us," says Lisa Castle, AVP of Human Resources. "We'll use the survey results to identify and understand how the work experiences of our faculty and staff map to the five strategies outlined in Focus on People and where we should prioritize areas of concern."

To read a summary of the results visit the Focus on People website. In the fall, more detailed analysis of the results will be shared with UBC executives in determining the next priorities for the university's Focus on People workplace practices.

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Nursing students Scrubbin' in Scrubs Aug. 22
Global Nursing Citizens, a group of nursing students from UBC Okanagan, will be wearing their scrubs and scrubbing cars on August 22 to raise money for a transcultural nursing trip to Ghana, Africa, in 2010.

Each year, students in the fourth year of Nursing take an educational journey to Ghana, taking along medical supplies and other resources to help improve health care delivery in Ghana's northern rural communities. This is the second annual Scrubbin' in Scrubs car wash.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Global Nursing Citizens will be washing cars, promoting sun safety and checking tire pressure and blood pressure at the PetroCanada Leathead Superstop Express station at the corner of Highway 97 and Leathead Road in Kelowna. Car wash is by donation -- tire and blood pressure checks are complimentary.

For more information, contact Tara Feist at 250.215.8017 or e-mail the students at global.nursing.citizens@gmail.com.

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PeopleUBC Okanagan graduate Daniel McMann has received the first Farris Award, created by the firm Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, to assist promising students in attending law school.
UBC Okanagan graduate Daniel McMann has received the first Farris Award, created by the firm Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, to assist promising students in attending law school.

First Farris Award at UBC Okanagan goes to McMann
Daniel McMann received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC Okanagan in June, and is now the first recipient of the new Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP Graduate Award that will help the 22-year-old attend law school.

Created by Farris' Kelowna managing partner Dominic Petraroia and partner Ross Langford -- both of whom have law degrees from UBC -- the award provides an annual $1,000 award to a student graduating from UBC Okanagan's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences who has taken courses focused in law and shows great promise in the field of law.

"We wanted to recognize the hard work of students who study law at the undergraduate level, and encourage them to pursue a law degree," says Petraroia. "One of the ways we can provide that encouragement is to ease the financial burden of students as they move on to law school."


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The forensic psychology group at UBC Okanagan includes, from left, psychology professors Michael Woodworth, Zach Walsh, Stephen Porter and Jan Cioe
The forensic psychology group at UBC Okanagan includes, from left, psychology professors Michael Woodworth, Zach Walsh, Stephen Porter and Jan Cioe.

Unique forensic psych program planned for UBC Okanagan
Undergrads to get hands-on scientific experience in law and crime
It's unique in Canada, and the start of even bigger things to come. A brand-new honours certificate program at UBC Okanagan will soon give top psychology undergraduate students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in forensic psychology.

"The science and application of psychology to the legal system, or psychology and law, is a rapidly developing area of psychological science, and one with the potential to greatly benefit society," says forensic psychologist Stephen Porter, a new UBC Okanagan psychology professor who will direct the program in the first year.

"This is the only program of its type in Canada," says Porter. "Undergrad students will have an incredible opportunity to learn about psychology and law through their research projects, as well as by working with forensic psychologists and other staff directly with the populations of interest -- offenders and victims of crime."


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UBC Okanagan in the news...

Award Magazine focuses on University Centre
The June 2009 edition of Award Magazine featured UBC Okanagan's new University Centre.

"The heart and soul of any university is its students -- and UBC Okanagan has taken that ethos to heart, with construction of its new University Centre," the story notes.

Read the article online...

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Breadfruit research: major media taking note
The Aug. 17 edition of Newsweek featured a story on research being done by Diane Ragone and team at the Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii. The team includes Susan Murch from UBC Okanagan, who is developing in vitro (tissue culture) propagation methods for conservation and distribution of breadfruit varieties.

The team's work was also featured in the Aug. 18 edition of the New York Times, and is the cover story for the August-September 2009 edition of Hawaiian Airlines' magazine Hana Hou.

For more info read the Dec. 2008 UBC Reports article about Susan Murch's breadfruit research.

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Centre for Teaching and Learning hosts Teaching & Technology Fair, Aug. 18 to Sept. 3
In preparation for the return of students and classes in September, the Centre for Teaching and Learning is hosting the Teaching and Technology fair -- a series of workshops and seminars on topics such as WebCT Vista, Instructional Skills, Problem Based Learning, Social Software and Assessment Tools.

There are more than 30 workshops to choose from during the Fair. All workshops are free, but pre-registration is required.

For information and registration procedures, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or contact Patricia Wohlgemuth at 79293.

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Appointment Form workshops
Finance and Human Resources will be holding informal workshops on "Action/Reason" for Appointment Forms. The discussions will focus on frequently asked questions and the use of appropriate Action/Reason codes.

Faculty Appointment Forms
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 26
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART115

Staff Appointment Forms
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 26
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART115

Student Appointment Forms
Date: Thursday, Aug. 27
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART115

These workshops are open to anyone on campus who is involved with any of the appointment forms listed above.

To register: contact Gabriel Gock, accounts payable, with your name, department, phone number, email address, position, and the name of the workshops you wish to attend.

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Student Information Service Centre training sessions organized for September
Two Student Information Service Centre (SISC) Training sessions will be held in September. SISC is an information system geared to faculty and staff who perform student-related administrative and advising roles on campus.

The sessions are being held on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.

For more information, or to register for one of these training sessions contact Diane Dyrdal, Enrolment Services Assistant.

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Centre for Teaching and Learning open house
Centre staff would like to welcome all returning and new faculty members to the new school year with refreshments and conversation about teaching and learning enhancement at UBC Okanagan.

Drop by for information about opportunities provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Learn more about fall programming, Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student support initiatives and other ways the centre is supporting the campus community.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Student Service Centre building, room SSC044

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August 19, 2009


Ol' Fashioned Corn Roast
Summertime in the Okanagan just isn't complete without an 'ol' fashioned corn roast.' Today at noon UBC Okanagan Campus Life is hosting the first ever on-campus corn roast -- trading freshly roasted corn on the cob for non-perishable food items. All donated items are being collected in an ongoing effort to support the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

Date: today
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

For more information contact Chelsea Butchart, Orientation Coordinator, at 250.807.9820.

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Bookstore fundraiser today: Shave the Three Stooges
Three UBC Okanagan staff members will need a bit more sunscreen starting today. They're preparing for an extremely close shave at 1 p.m. in the Courtyard during the Corn Roast, in return for donations toward a Canadian Cancer Society fundraising project. Shave the Three Stooges will see the trimmers come out for Bookstore Manager Ryan Hirowatari, Security Coordinator Mike Gesi, and Chris Kraft from Facilities.

"We are attempting to raise $500 or more," says Hirowatari. "If we do, I will shave my head, Mike will shave his mustache -- which he has never had off in 17 years -- and Chris will shave everything off."

UBC Okanagan Bookstore is challenging all departments to join in the fundraising action. Donations over $25 get an official tax receipt. The team from Conferences and Accommodation has already raised over $320.

For more information, contact Bookstore Manager Ryan Hirowatari at 79245.

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Building a Greener Future: TED talks shown Aug. 26 in Kerry Park downtown
The Office of the Provost and the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability at UBC Okanagan have sponsored an Aug. 26 public evening of multimedia presentations in downtown Kelowna, entitled Building a greener future.

The evening, organized by the Okanagan Environmental Industry Alliance, will feature four video talks from world-renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences. Presentations include:
  • Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's update from around the globe, making a case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted.
  • Artist Chris Jordan's view of Western culture, with images depicting shocking statistics (such as the astonishing number of paper cups we use every day).
  • Inventor Janine Benyus' perspective on designing by mimicking nature -- from which inspired designers are borrowing ideas with spectacular results.
  • Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asking what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time.

Twilight TEDucation: Building a greener future is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Kerry Park, downtown Kelowna

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Don't stay in your office
for coffee on Aug. 28

Sponsored by Financial Services, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Aug. 28, in the Arts Atrium for Pitstop.

Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person. All proceeds will be donated to this year's United Way Campaign

Date: Friday, Aug. 28
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

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Research Orientation Day for new faculty
Research Orientation Day, UBC Okanagan's annual orientation for new faculty members, is being organized for early September this year. Targeted at both recent PhDs and experienced senior faculty joining UBC Okanagan from elsewhere, this year's workshop will introduce participants to research opportunities, policies and procedures at UBC Okanagan.

The event is free and open to all new faculty members who have joined or will be joining UBC Okanagan between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2009. Refreshments, lunch, coffee breaks and a post-orientation reception are included with registration.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 2
Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB312

To register, and find out more about the day's events, visit the Research Services website or contact Kristen Kane, research officer, at 78832.

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Open house Sept. 3 at Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
Dr. Joan Bottorff, director of the new Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, invites all faculty and staff to an open house on September 3. Drop by for a coffee, grab a muffin, have a chat and learn more about the Institute.

The mission of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention is to create and use new knowledge to enhance healthy living and chronic disease prevention through the development of interdisciplinary and community-based collaborations.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 3
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP246

For more information visit the Institute's website.

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Sept. 9 public forum and Senate meeting to consider organization of Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan
Under Section 17 (b) of the Rules and Procedures of the Okanagan Senate the President has called a special meeting of the Okanagan Senate to consider the administrative organization of graduate studies at UBC Okanagan.

The public forum segment of this meeting is set aside for non-members of Senate to express their views on Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan and the recommendations as set out in the joint report of the Academic Policy Committee and the Nominating Committee. Non-members of Senate are welcome to remain present during Senate deliberations, but are reminded that only Senators may participate in debate and vote.

Please visit the Okanagan Senate website to download the Report on the Administrative Organization of Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 9
4 to 6 p.m.
Student Service Centre lecture theatre, room SSC026

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

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

  • Conferences and Accommodation
    UBC Okanagan's Conferences and Accommodation team are hosting some of the largest summer conferences and gatherings ever to take place on the rapidly growing university campus.

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