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The Heat Women's Volleyball team celebrate their 2008-2009 National Championship win. Pictured behind them is the championship banner that was raised in the gymnasium on Nov. 6.

Heat raise national championship banner
The UBC Okanagan varsity athletics program celebrated an historic achievement this month as the Heat Women's Volleyball team raised the first National Championship banner in the evolution of the Okanagan College, Okanagan University College and UBC Okanagan Volleyball programs.

The banner-raising took place immediately following the Nov. 6 home opener against Selkirk College. Both the BCCAA Provincial Championship and CCAA National Championship banners won last season were hoisted to the rafters.

"Since the late 1960s, post-secondary teams representing the Okanagan have been vying for a national championship in a wide variety of sports from rugby to curling, from field hockey to volleyball," said Rob Johnson, director of Athletics and Recreation. "Forty years is a long time to pursue a goal and many very talented and dedicated student athletes and coaches have helped build the solid foundation upon which Heat Athletics is now fortunate to stand."

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YouTube: Rockets and Nurses help Adaptive Adventures
Check out how UBC Okanagan nursing students and the Kelowna Rockets teamed up to help raise awareness of the importance of inclusion and outdoor recreation for people with disabilities in our community.

On Oct. 31, the students and Rockets, along with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society, used adaptive equipment people with disabilities on a hike along the Mission Creek Greenway.

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African Gala raises funds for African health promotion
A long list of health promotion projects in northern African communities will benefit from this year's African Gala, the annual fund-raising evening organized by UBC Okanagan's Nursing students and faculty who will travel to Africa in the New Year.

The gala evening is planned for Friday, Nov. 27, at the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club (4087 Casorso Rd). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a sit down dinner, catered by Rob Dew and Mark Hodgson, at 7 p.m. Dinner will be followed by a dessert and coffee buffet, as well as live music by Tantalys, a four-piece classic rock band. Throughout the night guests will have the opportunity to bid on an assortment of silent auction items.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by contacting the organizers by email at ghanagala2009@live.com, or by phone: Cherie 250.863.6844 or Erin 250.308.5354.

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Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd and students from School District 23 (Central Okanagan) take a break from a day packed with activities at the Mayor's Youth Forum on Sustainability.

Mayor's Youth Forum on Sustainability
explores UBC Okanagan successes

On Nov. 5, the campus community welcomed Mayor Sharon Shepherd and over 70 youths from Central Okanagan secondary schools for the City of Kelowna's first Mayor's Youth Forum on Sustainability. The day was kicked off with opening remarks from co-hosts Mayor Sharon Shepherd and UBC Okanagan Workplace Health and Sustainability Manager Leanne Bilodeau.

The forum exposed participants to a number of sustainability-related discussions, action groups and presentations. UBC Okanagan volunteers then toured participants through various stations that highlighted on-campus sustainability initiatives such as the learning garden and the geo-exchange heating system, along with UBC Okanagan's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard buildings -- the Fipke Centre and University Centre.

To find out more about sustainability-related events and initiatives underway at UBC Okanagan visit the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website.

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'Tis the season for United Way
Nothing says Noel like the colour and warmth of a potted poinsettia. The UBC Okanagan United Way campaign invites everyone on campus to festoon their offices, departments and homes with these striking seasonal favourites.

Poinsettias must be ordered by next Monday (Nov. 23), and will be delivered to campus on Friday, Nov. 27. Cost is $15 per pot, with proceeds going to the UBC Okanagan United Way campaign. Download the order form here.

Congratulations to Chris Guenard, winner of this year's United Way early bird draw. Anyone who is still considering making a donation is reminded that the campaign wraps up on Friday, Nov. 27. Anyone who is still considering making a donation can contact Elizabeth Kershaw.

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Wine Club gets seasonal in December
The Wine Tasters Club is holding a special 'seasonally appropriate' meeting on December 3, and the campus community is invited to join the festivities.

The wine club costs $23 to join, which includes a set of six tasting glasses that are used at every meeting. The monthly tasting cost for each meeting is $12. Meetings are held at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the University Centre in room UNC334.

If you'd like to join the wine tasters please contact David Scott, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, at 78755.

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Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan open
meetings being held next week

Planning for a new Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan at UBC is currently underway and the latest version of the draft strategic plan is now available online at the Diversity @ UBC blog.

The draft plan, developed by the Equity and Diversity Working Group, has evolved under broad consultation from both campuses and outlines how UBC plans to move forward on its goals to foster an environment to which all students, faculty and staff can contribute and in which all can thrive.

The working group is organizing another set of consultation sessions for both campuses. Those interested in providing input on the draft plan can do so anytime by commenting at Diversity @ UBC blog or attending either of the open consultations meetings planned for next week at UBC Okanagan.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: DVC boardroom, Student Service Centre building (room entry through room SSC102)

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI253

To attend either of these sessions please RSVP to Equity Advisor Kamilla Bahbahani.

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McCoubrey appointed Associate Dean of Education
Sharon McCoubrey has been appointed as the new Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education. McCoubrey brings to the position an abundance of previous administrative experience and a record of invaluable service to the campus and community.

McCoubrey has published books and journal articles in the area of art education, served as editor of the British Columbia Art Teachers Association Journal, and serves as president of the Canadian Society for Education Through Art. She has been recognized for her contributions to that discipline by twice receiving the award for the Canadian Art Educator of the Year.

In 2007, McCoubrey was given a B.C. Government Achievement Award for her contributions to the profession and the community, and in 2008, she was selected by the UBC Alumni Association as the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Community Service Award. She is continuing her community service this year by serving as Chair of the UBC Okanagan United Way campaign.

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The Amazing Race is well underway
Competition has been stiff during the first leg of the Amazing Race Health Challenge, with more than 70 teams participating from both UBC campuses. Alumni and University Relations' "Weathering Heights" team cracked the top-10 this week. More impressively, Harriette Ghosh from the Barber School's "Snazzy Gals" team has tallied a total of 12,260 points and is currently ranked 10 out of the challenge's 452 individual participants.

For the latest updates on the Amazing Race Health Challenge visit the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website.

Walking the Talk: The Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention's team celebrates as they complete their first detour in the Amazing Race Health Challenge.

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Save the seeds, save ourselves
Native cultures and their plant seeds could be keys to addressing crises of food, medicine and energy, coping with climate change, and easing unprecedented rates of species extinction, according to Tirso Gonzales, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies.

"The dominant Westernized worldview tells us that nature has endless resources, and so we have unsustainable ways of living and doing agriculture in an era of oil addiction," says Gonzales. "That worldview is in crisis, and that's why we are looking for sustainability. There is great potential for Indigenous peoples to make important contributions to the world today."

A former Fulbright scholar with a PhD in sociology, Gonzales recently served as the Latin America and Caribbean lead author on the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), a four-year, $11-million project funded by the World Bank and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Funding announced for community
partnerships in health research

Two community health research initiatives have each received grants of $10,000 from UBC Okanagan's Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP). The funding is part of the Institute's new Research Interest Group (RIG) Grant Initiative.

"The main mandate of the Institute is to partner with the community on research that would enable healthy living and prevent chronic disease," says Joan Bottorff, director of the IHLCDP. "We are taking our research into the community, as opposed to keeping it here on campus, so we can work with people on the front lines to figure out what research questions are the most important to our region, and how our research findings can be applied to enhance people's lives."

Working with Tanis Coletti of Interior Health, UBC Okanagan researchers Carole Robinson, associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development, and Meredith Lilly, research associate in psychology, will use the $10,000 for their RIG project aimed at supporting the health and well-being of rural and urban caregivers. The other research interest group, co-led by Casey Hamilton of Interior Health and UBC Okanagan researcher and geographer Jon Corbett, will use the grant for a project that builds on and refines an existing map of food-related resources in the region.

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Paul Stephenson receives Best Paper prize at Swiss conference
UBC Okanagan interdisciplinary graduate student Paul Stephenson received the prestigious Barker and Robbins Prize at a major international conference in Lucerne, Switzerland Nov. 5 and 6. The prize is awarded to the PhD student delivering the best paper at the annual meeting of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility. Stephenson's paper was about rail innovation in Canada.

The prize -- $300 and a framed certificate -- was first awarded in 2007, and in the past two years has been won by graduate students from the University of Illinois, University of Reading (UK), and the University of Paris.

Stephenson is currently on a six-week study term at the University of York in the UK as a recipient of the UBC Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award.

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Register for UBC brand workshop next Wednesday
The Arts building (room ART112) has been confirmed as the location for those interested in next Wednesday's branding workshop being organized by UBC Okanagan Alumni and University Relations.

Arlene Cotter, design manager with UBC Public Affairs in Vancouver, will walk participants through the new UBC Brand Guidelines Preview. She will discuss how to implement the UBC Brand elements and how to access the available resources.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART112

To RSVP for this session please contact Candace Bruckshaw at 79216.

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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. More information can be found on the Finance website.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP133

To register for this workshop please contact either Antonella Lee or Audrey Kirby in accounts payable. Please include your CWL login ID, your local and e-mail address.

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November 18, 2009

The health benefits of a cup of coffee
What is the difference between a cup of coffee from Tim Horton's and one from Starbucks? Coffee is the second largest commodity in world trade and is a daily part of the lives of billions of people, but the drink itself is made up of more than just flavouring and a caffeinated response.

In studies of the chemistry of coffee, Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in natural products chemistry, identified thousands of unique, previously unidentified compounds. Her data suggests the potential for new discovery of plant-based medicines.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 19
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

This event is free and open to the campus community but online pre-registration is required. Coffee will be provided to all attendees.

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Don't stay in your office
for coffee this Friday

Sponsored by the office of the AVP Students, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Nov. 20, in the University Center ballroom 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, Nov. 20
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

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He said, she said: why do people see different things in creative acts?
The next talk in the Deans' Lecture Series will be He Said, She Said: Why Do People See Different Things in Creative Acts? presented by Robert Belton, Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Date: Friday, Nov. 20
Time: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

At the conclusion of every Deans' Lecture Series event, the PowerPoint presentation along with an audio podcast will be made available on the Deans' Lecture Series website.

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

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Your brain now. Your brain as you age. Your brain on Mount Everest.
The next tea talk in the Research Tea Break series will feature Phil Ainslie, assistant professor of human kinetics, giving his talk: Your brain now. Your brain as you age. Your brain on Mount Everest.

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

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 79658.

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Biology and Physical Geography Seminar Series
2031: A Seed Odyssey. Reforestation strategies to address climate change.
Greg O'Neil, forest geneticist for the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2
Time: 8:15 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP140

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

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What's Happening at UBC Okanagan
The UBC Okanagan events calendar 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 visit the UBC Okanagan events calendar.

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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:

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