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The 2010 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Women's Basketball Championship begins this week at UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan hosts CCAA national women's basketball championships this week
The 2010 CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship is the premier event in Canada for women's collegiate basketball, bringing together the champions from each of the CCAA's five conferences in addition to the host school and two wildcard teams.

Canada's top teams will compete at UBC Okanagan this week for the national women's collegiate basketball championship.

The tournament will run from today to Saturday. It's the first national event of its kind to come to Kelowna since the former Okanagan University College hosted the CCAA Men's Volleyball Championships in 2001 and 2002.

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Left: UBC Okanagan professors Susan Murch and Michael Evans are co-recipients of the 2009-2010 Researcher of the Year award. Right: Sociologist Christopher Schneider, recipient of the Provost's Award for Public Education Through Media.

UBC Okanagan researcher of the year honours
shared by Evans and Murch

Social science researcher Michael Evans and biochemistry researcher Susan Murch have been honoured as co-recipients of the 2009-2010 UBC Okanagan Researcher of the Year award.

"I am proud to say that we could not pick only one recipient for the award -- the committee chose two very deserving co-recipients to share the award," noted UBC Okanagan Provost and Vice-Principal Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, at the university's Celebrate Research Week gala Monday night.

Evans, head of the Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBC Okanagan's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, was recognized for promoting and leading valuable interdisciplinary collaborations among academic and community researchers.

Murch is a Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, and was cited as an exemplary researcher both nationally and internationally.

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UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball golden again
The UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team, led by Championship MVP Alex Basso, is the 2010 CCAA National Champion after winning the final against the Collège François-Xavier Garneau Élans in three sets Sunday evening in Gateneau, Quebec.

The Quebec City team put up a good fight, but the attacks came from everywhere from the Okanagan squad. The Heat were impressive and put on a show that will not be forgotten for quite some time, said head coach Steve Manuel. This is the second consecutive national title for the Heat.

Setter Caitlin Nyhus (Penticton, BC) delivered the goods and her hitters responded, peppering the FX Garneau defense with powerful attacks. Championship MVP Alex Basso (Kelowna, BC) was good for 12 kills, and Leigh Dreher (Prince George, BC) added 11 kills. Sara Zaytsoff (Langley, BC) added12 points of her own with 4 blocks and 8 kills, including a kill to score the championship point.

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Raja Wariach
Student website reduces food waste and helps people in need
UBC Okanagan student Raja Wariach has created a website that directly connects people in need of food with farmers and orchardists who have excess to give.

The website,, was originally intended to be Okanagan specific. However, Wariach is currently in the process of expanding the website to include the entire country. He decided to do so after learning the concept was unique to Canada, and that the website was fairly easy to manage.

"This is a free service that allows food producers, such as a commercial orchardist or even a backyard gardener, to post online ads about their excess food and directly give it to people in need," says Wariach.

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Summerhill Winery funds sustainable agriculture research
Donation of $30,000 will assist in the development of drought-resistant rootstock and other strategies to reduce water use in vineyards

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is supporting research at UBC Okanagan that will address a critically important issue in vineyards -- water use. A $30,000 donation from Summerhill will fund a project led by biochemist Susan Murch to develop drought-tolerant rootstock genotypes. As part of the project, molecular biologist Steven Lund at the Wine Research Centre at UBC's Vancouver campus will also create a portable kit for early detection of water stress at the molecular level.

As Canada's largest organic winery, Summerhill has been committed to sustainable agriculture for almost 20 years and hopes to advance the science of sustainability through this new research partnership. Led by Proprietor Stephen Cipes, Summerhill was recognized as the Sustainability Leader of 2009 by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Okanagan.

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationEvents aimed at eliminating racism happening all this week
The campus community at UBC Okanagan will mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) with five days of events from March 15 to 19.

This year, activities will focus on eliminating racial discrimination, not just recognizing that it's here, says Greg Younging, assistant professor of Indigenous studies. He notes that this week of events is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to work together on these issues.

"Our intention is to help everyone to do more to eliminate racial discrimination -- taking action at the individual level through to the global community levels," he says.

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Previous International Student Community Achievement award winners Stephanie Tissot and Daniel González
Previous International Student Community Achievement award winners Stephanie Tissot and Daniel González

Nominate someone great: the 2010 International Student Community Achievement Award
Now is the time to act if you are a member of the campus community who knows of a deserving international undergraduate student. Nominations for the annual International Student Community Achievement Award are open from now until Friday, April 2.

The International Student Community Achievement Award is given out annually to international students who contribute to the local community and excel academically. To be eligible the student nominated must be an international undergraduate who will be returning to UBC Okanagan in September. This year up to four awards will be distributed.

Recommendations in the form of a one-page letter can be submitted in person or sent in confidence to Teresa Flanagan, international student advisor, no later than Friday, April 2.

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Left to right: Andrew Herrington, Tania Vig, Nikki Karn, Dan Draht and Laurens Breugem are taking part in 5 Days for the Homeless, a nationwide charitable campaign that aims to raise awareness about homelessness while raising funds for a local charity.

Management students homeless this week
Five UBC Okanagan students and one faculty member are spending the week on campus, relying entirely on the kindness of others to meet their basic needs.

The initiative, 5 Days for the Homeless, is a nationwide charitable campaign that started Monday and ends at 5 p.m. this Friday, March 19. The goal is to raise awareness about homelessness while raising funds for a local charity.

"The Management Students Association (MSA) at UBC Okanagan is collecting money for the United Way," says Laurens Breugem, a third-year management student who will be taking part in the week-long event. "Homelessness is a huge issue, yet it's one that could be solved if enough people devoted their energy to finding a solution.

Anyone who would like to donate can make a cash donation in the courtyard to one of the participants at the "camp-out" location, buy a wristband, or visit and choose "Kelowna".

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North Okanagan writer wins 2010 Short Fiction Contest
Chris McMahen of the Spallumcheen Valley has won the 2010 Okanagan Short Fiction Contest.

McMahen, a teacher-librarian in an elementary school in Armstrong, is well-acquainted with the contest, as he has placed in the short list for the contest more than once in past years. McMahen won $500 for his story The Post.

Gord Grisenthwaite of Kelowna took home the $200 second prize (his second time as a finalist in the contest), and third prize of $100 went to Tobey Burbidge of Kelowna.

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Barber school grad photo sessions being held March 23 and 24
Graduating students of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences are getting another opportunity next week to have their grad photos taken. Fine Photography will be set up in the Arts building foyer on March 23 and 24 taking photos of soon-to-be grads.

Students can sign up for a grad photo session by visiting

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PeopleBanner year for UBC Okanagan athletics
Para-alpine skier Josh Dueck is one of the keynote speakers at this year's Athletics Scholarship Breakfast set for April 9.

Banner year for UBC Okanagan athletics
The April 9 Athletics Scholarship Breakfast fundraiser is an important key to building on a year of remarkable achievement for the UBC Okanagan Heat.

"We know the success of our teams is a function of the incredible commitment and hard work of our student athletes and coaches," says Rob Johnson, director of athletics. "But it cannot be overstated that our ability to attract and retain such high-level student athletes is a direct result of the many ways we're able to support students, including scholarships made possible through the Athletic Scholarship Endowment."

The Valley First-UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast this year features world champion para-alpine skier Josh Dueck, who won a silver medal last weekend at the Paralympic Winter Games, and ski-cross sensation Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna. Serwa finished just out of the medals in 5th place at the Olympics and last week won a World Cup event in Switzerland, beating Olympic champion Ashleigh McIvor.

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Garrett Hamilton-Smith works with first-year engineering student Nicole Israel
Garrett Hamilton-Smith, community outreach rep for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, works with first-year engineering student Nicole Israel on an edible car.

Student engineers fuelled by car consumption
In celebration of National Engineering and Geosciences Month, the first Okanagan edible car competition was held Wednesday, March 3, in the Fipke Centre Atrium at UBC Okanagan.

Students were challenged to design and build moving edible cars using only materials provided on site. The cars were judged on how fast they made it down a ramp and how fast they could be eaten afterwards. Ten bonus points were given for estimating distance or time within 10 per cent of actual result.

The team with the longest distance off the ramp was "Car Ramrod" at 348 cm with an eating time of 66.8 seconds. The team that devoured their car the fastest was "Imbattable" at 65.3 seconds; their car travelled 129 cm.

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Dr. Samantha Nutt, MDSamantha Nutt to receive honorary degree at UBC Okanagan convocation
Dr. Samantha Nutt, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC, LLD, founder of the humanitarian organization War Child Canada, will receive an honorary doctorate from UBC during the UBC Okanagan convocation ceremonies on June 11, 2010.

Over the course of her professional career and as the founder and executive director of War Child Canada, Nutt has spearheaded efforts to provide direct humanitarian support and long-term programming to war-affected children and their families, and to promote greater awareness in Canada concerning the rights of children everywhere.

New HR director announced
A warm campus community welcome to Pauline Brandes, who will be assuming the role of Human Resources director beginning in April.

Brandes is joining the university from the B.C. Public Service Agency where she served as the executive director of strategic human resources. Prior to that, she served as associate vice president of human resources and leadership development at Red Deer College in Alberta. Brandes started her career as a speech pathologist and pursued challenging positions in organizational development and health care performance in Ontario before moving to Alberta.

Brandes can be reached at 250-807-8618 as of April 1.

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Assist. Prof. Cigdem Eskicioglu is finding ways to extract energy from waste and recycle it.

UBC Okanagan researcher wants to turn
waste into renewable energy

A professor of engineering at UBC Okanagan is working with municipalities, farms, factories and mills to identify effective ways to turn their organic waste into renewable energy -- methane -- and organic fertilizer.

Cigdem Eskicioglu's research is examining ways to improve energy production from agricultural and industrial waste, while also diverting waste from landfills and reducing pathogens, odour and greenhouse gas emissions.

"In Canada, our waste is not utilized as a resource," says Eskicioglu. "If we can make use of the waste in innovative ways to extract energy and recycle it within our communities, this will take Canada a step closer to achieving its Kyoto targets for greenhouse gas reduction."

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Smokin' dads wrestle with fatherhood and manly expectations
A new UBC study suggests that stereotypes of masculinity can influence the habits of new fathers who continue to smoke, despite knowing the risks associated with first- and second-hand smoke.

"The findings revealed the uncomfortable dilemma new dads experience in relation to smoking and their role as providers and protectors for their families, and highlight the importance of understanding the contexts in which men continue to smoke," says John Oliffe, associate professor in the School of Nursing at UBC's Vancouver campus.

The study, "Fathers: Locating Smoking and Masculinity in the Postpartum," examined the relationship between being a new dad who smokes and the places fathers continue to light up.

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UBC Okanagan PhD student Kaitlyn Roland
UBC Okanagan PhD student Kaitlyn Roland works with 91-year-old Elaine Newsham on a research initiative that aims to develop more objective ways to diagnose and treat frailty.

Student presents "frailty" research at government conference
Kaitlyn Roland, a PhD student at UBC Okanagan studying the development of "frailty" in older adults, has been invited by the provincial government to present her research to key government officials at a student-led research symposium in Victoria on Mar. 8.

The symposium brings together top students who have produced impressive and policy-relevant research in the field of social policy. Roland's work explores community therapists' experiences of "frailty" with the goal of developing a subsequent theory of "frailty" from their perspectives.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)
The Centre for Teaching and Learning's teaching excellence series continues this Friday with guest Jan Cioe, associate professor of psychology and Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award winner.

The DATE (discussions about teaching excellence) will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion begins with an opening from Cioe, who will provide insights into teaching excellence and then open the discussion to the audience.

Date: Friday, March 19
Time: 1:30 to 2:20 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB305

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

Centre for Teaching and Learning workshops in March

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What can I do with a science degree?
Students who are anxious about finding a summer job, or a career after graduation, can relieve their anxieties during the month of March thanks to a variety of workshops organized by the Career Services and Co-op Education Centre.
Students can RSVP for these workshops by contacting To find out more visit the Career Services and Co-op Education Centre website.

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Clicker community of practice
A new community of practice is being formed for all instructors who are interested in using clickers. The first meeting will be on April 8 and allow participants to debrief on shared experiences after moving to the i>clicker system in the past year. The session will also focus on brainstorming and what initiatives would be helpful for the coming year.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 8
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Administration building, room ADM/SSC044

To find out more visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Elearning Community of Practice
Interested in strategies that use technology to promote student engagement? Or helping students to change from passive to active learners? All faculty members are invited to join these discussions in the new UBC Okanagan Community of Practice for Elearning.

To join this group, or find out more, contact Janine Hirtz, eLearning instructional support specialist at 250-807-9133.

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March 17, 2010

What is copyright and how does it affect, protect and benefit the work of visual artists?
Artists in the Okanagan are invited to attend a free workshop today at UBC Okanagan on Copyright for Visual and Media Artists.

Facilitated by lawyer Martha Rains, the workshop will address "What is copyright and how does it affect, protect and benefit the work of visual artists?"

Rains is the founder and current legal director of the Artists Legal Outreach, a volunteer-run community clinic providing access to legal information and advice for artists and arts organizations. Rains is also the Vancouver Project Leader for Creative Commons.

Date: Wednesday, March 17 (today)
Time: 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Location: FINA Gallery, Fine Arts and Health building

To find out more contact Associate Professor Fern Helfand at 250-807-9766.

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Political Ideologies by Barrie McCullough
Book Launch: Political Ideologies by Barrie McCullough
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is celebrating Barrie McCullough's latest book publication on March 18.

McCullough -- an associate professor of political science with degrees from the University of Alberta, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the London School of Economics -- has just published Political Ideologies (Oxford University Press), a comprehensive core text for political ideology and political theory courses found at the second- and third-year university level.

Date: Thursday, March 18
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium

To find out more contact Barbara Wilke at 250-807-9335.

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University and community join to celebrate World Water Day
UBC Okanagan is commemorating World Water Day, recognized each year on March 22, with a number of events aimed at promoting the importance of water as a valuable resource and basic human right. This year's World Water Week events include:

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Don't stay in your office
for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee on Friday, March 26, in the University Centre ballroom for Pitstop.

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

Date: Friday, March 26
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

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Nature Poetry and Eco-Art in the Okanagan
Nature poetry and eco-art in the Okanagan
The next event in the Research Tea Break Speaker Series will feature Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing, giving her talk: Nature Poetry and Eco-Art in the Okanagan.

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

Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

To find out more contact the Research Services Office at 250-807-9658.

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Growing with Project GROW
The public and campus community are invited to join with the Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women) team in a celebration of Project GROW's achievements raising funds for development projects for women in Ghana.

The afternoon includes brief presentations about the impact Project GROW has had in the villages of Nyobok and Nkenzesi, and on UBC Okanagan students and the community. Also enjoy displays and photos of the donations at work. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom UNC200

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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.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the UBC Okanagan events calendar.

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