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UBC Students' Union Okanagan presented a cheque for $3 million to UBC Okanagan on Feb. 5. From left, UBCSUO General Manager Rob Nagai, UBCSUO executive members Bobby Chavarie, Carolyn Cody, Spencer Robins, Grayson Lepp, and Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan.

Students' Union gives $3 million for student
centre at UBC Okanagan

Students at UBC Okanagan are investing in the future of their university with a $3-million gift.

The contribution was committed by the UBC Students' Union Okanagan several years ago, enabling the university to proceed with construction of a new $33-million University Centre. Friday's cheque presentation marked the fulfillment of that financial commitment.

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Celebrate Research Week asks what's on your mind?
This year's Celebrate Research Week theme is "What's on your mind?" A compelling lineup of presentations and events is planned for Mar. 8 to 15 -- it's a chance for the campus community and the public to discuss with researchers the fascinating work they're doing in engineering, human kinetics, psychology and many other disciplines.

Featured Events

Lunchtime Feature Presentations

There is no charge for any of these events, and all are open to the public and campus community.

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From left, UBC Okanagan student Adi Prabowo, who helped organize the Haiti benefit concert at UBC Okanagan, John Richey, regional manager of the Southern Interior Canadian Red Cross, Teresa Flanagan, international student advisor, and Professor Hugo De Burgos, one of the musicians who performed at the event.

Hope for Haiti: UBC Okanagan campus benefit raises $3,100
A special concert, silent auction and bake sale at UBC Okanagan on Jan. 31 raised $3,117 for the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

Federal government dollar-matching means the fund-raiser represents more than $6,200 for the Canadian Red Cross, says Teresa Flanagan, International Student Advisor and one of the event organizers.

The concert included performances by a variety of groups including Hugo De Burgos and Friends, the Latin Dance Club, recording artist Chris Thompson, setar musician and singer Mahdi Modirzadeh, poet Heidi Garnett, and many more students who shared their talents and time.

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UBC Okanagan names presenting partners for National Championships
Strong support from region with sponsors Dino Gini and Investors Group

Tip-off is just a month away at UBC Okanagan, host of the 2010 Canadian Colleges Athletics Association (CCAA) Women's Basketball National Championships Mar. 18 to 20. As the campus prepares to roll out the red carpet for the nation's top teams, Athletics Director Rob Johnson has announced the tournament's two presenting partners: the Dino Gini Personal Real Estate Corporation, and Investors Group Okanagan Region.

"We are very fortunate to have these two organizations take a lead role in sponsoring this event," says Johnson. "Without them and all our other sponsors, putting on a national championship would be next to impossible.

"Basketball fans in the Okanagan region are in for a real treat," he says. "This event brings together the top eight teams from across the country to compete for national bragging rights. The level of play is exceptional."

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Aboriginal student Ann Windels chats with international student Gustavo Aguilar prior to hitting the slopes on their first-ever day of skiing during the Escape to Silver Star Mountain Resort tour.

Silver Star makes an impression on students
The North Okanagan was showcased for more than 40 international and Aboriginal students during a recent Escape to Silver Star Mountain Resort tour.

The off-campus winter excursion was the second of the school year -- last September more than 30 participated in a cultural tour to the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre near Osoysoos and took part in the Okanagan Nation Alliance's annual Salmon Feast celebration.

"Many students new to the area are tied to the transit schedule and don't get to see how diverse the Okanagan is," says Adrienne Vedan with Aboriginal Programs & Services. "The tour down south visited Canada's only desert while Silver Star's family atmosphere was perfect for entry-level skiing, boarding, tubing and skating."

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Students Michelle Brugger, Niki Larsen and Ashley Venera meditate in the University Centre's new Spiritual/Multi-Faith Space

Spiritual/Multi-Faith Space now open at UBC Okanagan
The new Spiritual/Multi-Faith Space in the University Centre building is now open and ready for use by the campus community. Created to welcome the diverse spiritual and multi-faith practices of the UBC Okanagan campus community -- with its natural light, warm wood features, and absence of any particular religious iconography or symbols -- the space is the result of a student-driven model for spiritual wellness at UBC Okanagan.

This is one of the places on campus where students, faculty and staff can meet to express their spirituality and faith in a relaxed and private setting.

Located in the University Centre building (room UNC328), the space can be booked for use weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the Health and Wellness office. To find out more call 250-807-9270.

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New program offers faculty members tenure and promotion mentorship advice
A new program has been created at UBC Okanagan that seeks to assist and prepare faculty members who are approaching tenure or promotion in the next few years. The Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program offers interested faculty members the opportunity to meet with a group of tenured UBC Vancouver faculty volunteers one-on-one who can share their experience and provide helpful advice on how to navigate the timelines and documentation required for the tenure and promotion process.

Faculty members can also ask mentors for more specific help, such as reviewing a specific tenure and promotion file, referee considerations, as well as preparing teaching dossiers or other documentation.

The next faculty mentors visiting UBC Okanagan are:
To find out more visit the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program website.

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Reminder: Learning Conference submission deadline closes March 8
Faculty members are reminded to have their proposals submitted by Monday, Mar. 8, to participate in this year's UBC Okanagan Learning Conference. The theme for this fifth annual Learning Conference is Learning Through Research.

Conference participants are allotted a 50-minute session, and are expected to have an interactive component for each session. Formats may include discussions, roundtables, or presentations.

To find out more about the conference, contact Peter Arthur, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 79207, or visit the Learning Conference website.

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Equity Enhancement Fund applications due March 15
The Equity Enhancement Fund was established to provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. The initiatives may be for the benefit of students, faculty or staff. There is a separate fund for UBC Okanagan initiatives and the funds are allocated by the Associate Vice President, Equity, in consultation with the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Committee on Human Rights and Equity.

The guidelines for the fund can be viewed at the Equity Enhancement Fund Guidelines website. The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the unit head. Proposals are reviewed twice each year, with application deadlines of Mar. 15 and Oct. 15.

To find out more, or submit a proposal, contact Associate Vice President Equity Tom Patch.

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Student Recruitment and Advising moves to Campus Administration building
The UBC Okanagan Student Recruitment and Advising team has recently relocated -- moving from their familiar yellow welcome centre located just outside the former Student Service Centre building, to their new home in the Campus Administration building across from the UBC Okanagan bookstore.

Student Recruitment and Advising can still be reached at 250-807-8521 or The team also encourages any members of the campus community to visit the new space in person.

The Student Recruitment and Advising office provides admission support for students transferring from another institution or beginning their post-secondary experience. They also assist current students who wish to change programs on the Okanagan campus or to transfer to UBC's Vancouver campus. Students interested in UBC Okanagan are invited to drop by the new office location or call 250-807-8521 or toll-free at 1-877-807-8521.

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Faculty and Staff Pension Plan updates
There are important changes in the works for both the UBC Staff Pension Plan and the UBC Faculty Pension Plan. These changes as well as helpful articles for members can be read in the February 2010 Staff Pension Plan Update and the Faculty Pension Plan's 2009 Fourth Quarter Pension News.

To find out more visit the Pensions website.

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Daniel Sadler was on hand for the OutWeek flag-raising ceremony at UBC Okanagan on February 8

UBC Okanagan student works to
create more inclusive community

Daniel Sadler is not only pursuing a higher education, but a higher purpose. The second-year history student at UBC Okanagan is actively involved with numerous campus and community initiatives aimed at creating a more inclusive, safer, happier and healthier community for everyone, no matter their race, gender or sexuality.

From coordinating campaigns that promote responsible drinking on campus to working as a volunteer coordinator with the Okanagan Rainbow Coalition, Sadler devotes countless hours to support his peers.

"I'm running a youth group right now in the community called Out With Friends for questioning, queer, and bisexual youth," says Sadler. "It's part of the Okanagan Rainbow Coalition, which I'm a member of. Out With Friends gives people the opportunity to gather, hang out and be exactly who they are.

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Critical Studies recognizes top student with award
Max Dickeson, a Bachelor of Arts student majoring in English (honours), has received the $2,500 HMA Architects Award in Critical Studies, given for outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

"I was surprised to be chosen for the award, but very pleased," says Dickeson. "I hope it means that I am doing very good, relevant work in the area of critical studies."

Dickeson, who is in his last year of studies, is writing his honours essay under the supervision of English professor Margaret Reeves. Dickeson's essay explores melancholy in modern fantasy novels, investigating and interpreting the novels as adult texts.
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New sustainability advisor arrives on campus
A warm campus community welcome to Sarah Henderson, the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability's (OWHS) new Sustainability Advisor. Henderson -- a UBC Okanagan Bachelor of Management graduate -- joined the OWHS team to assist with a number of sustainability-related projects on campus.

Her passion for sustainability is reflected in her LEED Accredited Professional designation and she looks forward to channeling her experience and enthusiasm to advance sustainability efforts at UBC Okanagan. To find out more about these sustainability efforts visit the OWHS website.

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Members of the Forensic Psychology Scholar Group at UBC Okanagan include Tara Carpenter, Erin Hutton, Julia Shaw, Andrea Bennett and Leanne ten Brinke.

UBC Okanagan's forensic psych group
tackles tough community issues

Graduate students and faculty at UBC Okanagan have joined forces to form a Forensic Psychology Scholar Group that aims to deliver high-quality, practical education and research to the community.

The Forensic Psychology Scholar Group deals with issues at the intersection of psychology and the law, delving into topics such as psychopathy, deception detection, sex offending, juvenile offending, eyewitness memory, jury decision-making, factors leading to recidivism (offenders who reoffend), offender treatment, and the psychological effects of crime on victims.

"The group provides a network for research collaboration and aims to distribute knowledge to the community that helps the public form evidence-based opinions about crime and the justice system," says Julia Shaw, a PhD student working with faculty on forensic psychology research.

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Members of the Taku Kwaan Dancers performing at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival in 2009. -- Christine Schreyer photo.

Dancers showcase endangered
Indigenous language at 2010 Games

UBC Okanagan professor working with Tlingit First Nation to study the language of Indigenous dance
A UBC Okanagan professor is headed to the Olympics as part of an ongoing research initiative that studies how Indigenous communities are trying to revive their endangered languages.

Christine Schreyer, assistant professor of anthropology, has been working with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation from Atlin, B.C. on language issues for more than five years. Next week, she will accompany the community's Taku Kwaan Dance group to Vancouver, where they will be performing at the Aboriginal Pavilion at 11 a.m. on February 19.

"My research looks at what communities are doing to preserve their languages that are in danger of becoming extinct, and the Tlingit language is one of those languages," says Schreyer.

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Student project aims to remember murdered Okanagan women
A Gender and Women's Studies class at UBC Okanagan is gathering information about women who have been murdered in the Okanagan Valley. Students will create visual biographies of the victims, to be given to the Kelowna Women's Resource Centre.

Beginning this month, students are collecting information from public sources -- such as newspapers, archives and websites -- to build the framed pieces.

"The project fits in beautifully with the course I am teaching," says Ilya Parkins, assistant professor and program coordinator of gender and women's Studies. "It's so important for students to connect this large-scale issue to their community and their lives.

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Financial literacy session for students:
not all credits cards are equal

Students have a good opportunity to learn some new money management skills with the Financial Literacy session offered by Student Financial Assistance & Awards on February 24.

This session looks at the do's and don'ts of using credit cards responsibly.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24
Time: 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI393

Students can register for these sessions, or find out more, on the Student Financial Assistance & Awards website.

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Continuing Studies offers Wine Studies
Wine exploration and food and wine pairings are two topics being offered by Continuing Studies in the coming weeks. The Wine Exploration - Gems of the Okanagan course will run for five consecutive Thursdays beginning on February 25, and the Food and Wine Pairing course runs the afternoon of March 6.

Faculty and staff members can use tuition waivers to cover the cost of the course fee. No prerequisites or previous experience is required and most courses are for learners of all levels.

To see the full program schedule visit the Continuing Studies website.

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Photo info session: from the camera to print and the web
Need advice on how to take better photos, and get them from the camera to the web? Looking for advice on how to take the classic mug shot? Looking to find out more about what photo and image resources are available on campus?

Alumni and University Relations will answer these questions and more during an hour-long photography information session open to all faculty and staff.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB303

To register or find out more please contact Chris Guenard, assistant communications coordinator. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)
continues next Friday

A new teaching excellence series being offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning continues next Friday. The new series -- called DATEs (discussions about teaching excellence) -- will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion begins with speaker Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal Academic and Research, who will provide insights into teaching excellence followed by an open discussion.

Date: Friday, Feb. 26
Time: 1:30 to 2:20 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To register or find out more about this discussion visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Suicide awareness instructor training offered March 11
There are still some available spaces at the Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) instructor training session being offered on March 11 by the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability (OWHS). QPR is a suicide awareness program UBC has adopted for suicide prevention training. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Date: Monday, March 11
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334
Cost: $425 per person

Those interested in attending the training session can contact Jeff Zeitz, Workplace Health and Sustainability advisor at 250-807-8183, or visit the OWHS website to find out more.

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February 17, 2010

Scruffmouth performs on campus Feb. 22
In celebration of Black History Month 'Scruffmouth' a.k.a. Kevan Cameron will give a special on-campus performance of his work and discuss it with the audience on February 22.

Cameron is Grand Champion of the 2008 Vancouver Poetry Slam. He is also a filmmaker, hip-hop and dub poet, and founder and creative director of the Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective -- a group committed to the education, creation and celebration of the Black experience at home and abroad. His experimental language is cutting edge, and his passion for words knows no bounds.

Date: Monday, Feb. 22
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART104

There is no charge for this event and everyone is welcome.

This performance is organized by the Kelowna Immigrant Society, in association with the Cultural Studies Program at UBC Okanagan. To find out more contact David Jefferess, assistant professor of English, at 250-807-9359, or visit the Kelowna Immigrant Society website.

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Engendering Violence in a Papua New Guinea Village
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. Speakers in this series provide a half-hour presentation of their research, followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and the audience.

The next tea break in this series will feature Naomi McPherson, associate professor of anthropology, giving her talk: Engendering Violence in a Papua New Guinea Village.

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

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 205-807-9658.

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The Meaning of Life comes to campus Feb. 24
UBC Okanagan welcomes Hugh Brody to campus on Feb. 24 for a public screening of his new film The Meaning of Life, an 80-minute documentary that explores a community-based model for rehabilitating prisoners.

Brody -- a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley and professor of anthropology -- will be on hand to introduce the film as well as answer questions immediately following the screening.

Filmed at Kwikw xwelhp (Elbow Lake Correction Facility), the documentary examines a different way to look at concepts underlying punishment and rehabilitation and the idea that the current prison system can be significantly changed by including community in the process.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART376

There is no charge for this screening and everyone is welcome to attend. To find out more contact Naomi McPherson, associate professor of anthropology, at 250-807-9325.

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Sustainability in the Wine Industry focus on campus February 25
Building on UBC Okanagan's strong relationship with the local wine industry, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram is pleased to announce that the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability (OWHS) will host a Feb. 25 "Faculty Focus Series" session on the Sustainability of the Okanagan Wine Industry.

This evening of education and wine tasting will feature Assoc. Prof. of Geography Donna Senese, and local certified organic wineries Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Rollingdale Winery.

"I see the growth of UBC Okanagan's partnerships with local industry as key to advancing technologies and science to help support the region's wine industry as a leader in sustainability," says Owram.

There is no charge for this event and it is open to everyone but online pre-registration is required.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre atrium

To find out more visit the OWHS website.

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Don't stay in your office
for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by Student Housing and Hospitality Services, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, Feb. 26, in the Student Housing and Hospitality Services Office for Pitstop.

Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, Feb. 26
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Nicola residences Hospitality Services Office, room Nicola109

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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