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Okanagan campus to double in size
The University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus will soon double its land area, as the UBC Board of Governors approved the $8.78-million purchase of 103.6 ha. (256 acres) of North Glenmore farmland from the City of Kelowna on June 9.

"This is an unprecedented and extremely important event in the history of UBC," said Brad Bennett, on his final day serving as Chair of UBC's Board of Governors. "We're grateful to the City of Kelowna for being such outstanding partners and for the opportunity to acquire this land. This ensures that UBC's Okanagan campus can respond to the future needs of our region, our province and the country. The possibilities are limited only by vision and imagination.

"Endowment assets are a legacy held in perpetuity for the benefit of the university, to support the core mandate of UBC. Because of this, the Okanagan campus will be a direct beneficiary of the land, and of the future teaching, learning, research and recreational opportunities it will support."

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UBC Board re-appoints Toope to second term as
President and Vice Chancellor

The Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia has reappointed Prof. Stephen J. Toope to a second term of five years as President and Vice Chancellor.

Toope was originally appointed to a five-year term that began on July 1, 2006.

"Stephen Toope has been a remarkable leader in UBC's progress toward becoming one of the world's great research-intensive universities," said former Board Chair Brad Bennett. "His leadership has contributed to a particularly positive atmosphere throughout the university that is conducive to learning, research and civil discourse. He has also succeeded in creating a sense of pride in British Columbians that their oldest, largest, and most internationally-recognized university is truly a significant global presence."

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Bill Levine, newly elected Chair of the Board of Governors, has been a Board member since 2007.

New UBC Board of Governors Chair announced
With outgoing chair Brad Bennett's second term of the UBC Board of Governors completed, the board elected Bill Levine as new chair at a meeting on campus last week.

Levine was a founding shareholder and is currently Chair of Western Corporate Enterprises Inc., a private business and real estate investment firm.

From 1970 to 1986 Levine was a senior officer and director of BCE Development Corporation, formerly known as Daon Development Corporation. Levine has been a director of several public corporations and is presently on the board of A&W Food Services Inc.

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UBC degrees for 936 in historic four-ceremony day
The University of British Columbia's fast-growing Okanagan campus celebrated the achievements of its Class of 2010 on Friday in four ceremonies held on campus. That's one more ceremony than in previous years, recognizing 866 undergraduate and 70 graduate students receiving their degrees.

This year's class included the first graduates from the School of Engineering, as 56 students received their Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

"It is a momentous day," UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester told graduates during her address. "It's a day that acknowledges the substantial effort that goes into obtaining a degree with close to 20 -- or perhaps even more -- cumulative years of learning. Congratulations."

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Two new Deans appointed
UBC's Board of Governors has approved the appointment of new Deans for the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

Cynthia Mathieson, current Acting Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed as Dean for a three-year term, starting July 1.

The Board has also approved the appointment of Mary Courtney as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development for five years, starting August 1.

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Dr. Allan Jones, Associate Regional Dean, Southern Medical Program, accepts a cheque for $30,000 from Dr. Sue Randhawa and Dr. Brian Brodie, President, B.C. Medical Association, to create the Southern Medical Program's first scholarship endowment.

First scholarship created for UBC Southern Medical Program
The B.C. Medical Association and the B.C. Medical Foundation have created the first endowed student award for the Southern Medical Program (SMP) at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The Dr. Gary Randhawa Memorial Scholarship in Medicine is established in honour of Dr. Gurmeet Singh "Gary" Randhawa, who was a past member of the BCMA Board of Directors and president of the Kelowna Medical Society. Dr. Randhawa, who died of cancer in January 2008, was a pathologist in Kelowna and recognized by colleagues as a leader in the medical community, always advocating for patient care.

"UBC's Southern Medical Program will emerge as a major player in both the education of health professionals and also in the pursuit of health research in the province," says Dr. Allan Jones, Regional Associate Dean, Southern Medical Program. "The establishment of this first scholarship will contribute to our goals of ensuring highly qualified candidates will continue to have access to medical education, and consequently contribute to the advancement of quality care within our communities -- local and global."

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School of Engineering receives full accreditation
"I have some wonderful news," said Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus, in his address to the graduates. "The School of Engineering has received full accreditation for all programs. Congratulations. My thanks to the faculty, staff and students who made it possible. The timing is brilliant, because today we are graduating our first Engineering class."

The School of Engineering offers three engineering programs: Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical, all of which have been designed to be capable of achieving accreditation. The accreditation review of all three programs took place in January 2010.

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UBC Faculty of Management and Sauder School
of Business now in alliance

The Faculty of Management at UBC's Okanagan campus and the Sauder School of Business at UBC's Vancouver campus have established an alliance that will further open doors for research innovation, resource efficiencies, career service expansion and student opportunities.

The alliance capitalizes on each faculty's unique strengths -- the heritage of business education at the Vancouver campus and the culture of innovation at the Okanagan campus.

"We are building upon the synergies between two established faculties, and there is tremendous potential for cross-pollination between two vibrant campus cultures," says Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UBC's Okanagan campus. "This means enhanced opportunities for students on both campuses, and a platform for new relationships with the BC business community."

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INTUIT: the 2010 BFA graduate exhibition
Virtual Tour of BFA Visual Arts graduating exhibition now online
INTUIT, this year's Okanagan campus Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating exhibition, remains accessible to the world in a video virtual tour recently published by Media Technician Mike Berger.

The video is an overview of the exhibition and features a wide variety of art work -- all created by the 2010 graduating class -- ranging from photography, painting and video to drawing, installation work, sculpture and more.

To view the virtual tour, or find out more, visit the Creative Studies website.

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Youth Poetry Slam Camp features
spoken-word poet Kevan Cameron

This summer's Poetry Slam Camp at UBC's Okanagan campus will feature a slam performance and workshop with the renowned spoken-word poet Kevan Cameron, also known as "Scruffmouth."

This event will take place July 23 to 25 and is sponsored by the Creative Studies Department of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, and CanWest's Raise-a-Reader program.

Scruffmouth is a spoken-word artist and a veteran of the Vancouver Poetry Slam. He has been slamming and performing dub poetry since 2004, and made his first Van Slam team in 2007, and again in 2008 as Grand Slam Champion. He is a published poet and has extensive experience at slams, performing in the film and television industry as well as writing for the page.

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Children's science camp offered on campus this summerChildren's science camp offered on campus this summer
Need a child care solution for the summer? Science Opportunities for Kids (SOKS) and UBC's Okanagan campus have partnered to help bring an experiential learning experience to children of the Okanagan this summer and organizers are encouraging all members of the campus community with children to find out more.

The SOKS Science Camp is being held in July and August on campus and exposes campers to a broad range of science-related experiments and activities.

Organized by recent graduates Sydney White and Matt Gillespie and current student Casey Reynolds, the camp will feature a variety of science-related themes, as well as all-girls and French-language sessions throughout the summer. The camp is supported by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering

To find out more about the camp visit the SOKS science camp website or call 250-215-7158. To register, call the City of Kelowna at 250-469-8800.

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Pushor Mitchell LLP partners Ron Solmer, Steve Wilson, Lisa Wyatt and Sue Connaghan, along with Cynthia Mathieson (far right), Acting Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, present graduating student Lauren Bytelaar with the first $10,000 prize created by Pushor Mitchell LLP, awarded each year to a top graduating student in the arts and sciences.

UBC student wants to use $10,000 prize to help women in need
UBC student Lauren Bytelaar, who graduated today with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography, is the first recipient of a $10,000 prize created by Pushor Mitchell LLP, awarded each year to a top graduating student in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Bytelaar says she plans to use the money to pursue her dream of establishing a career in urban development that focuses on the creation of affordable homes for women living on the streets.

"Pushor Mitchell is honoured to recognize excellence in a student graduating from UBC Okanagan in the area of community leadership," says Theresa Arsenault, partner at Pushor Mitchell LLP. "Our lawyers and staff are great supporters of community involvement, and look forward to encouraging and rewarding UBC students who share our passion for helping others. Congratulations to the first recipient of the Pushor Mitchell Gold Medal Prize from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences."

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Graduate student Koch
wins gold medal

The Governor General's Academic Gold Medal has been awarded to mathematics graduate student Valentin Koch.

The medal is awarded each year to the student at UBC's Okanagan campus who achieves the highest academic standing at the graduate level. Since it was first awarded in 1873, this medal has become one of the most prestigious awards a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive.

Originally from Switzerland, Koch was a senior software engineer before starting his studies at UBC, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2008.

As an undergraduate he received the Okanagan Science and Technology Council Prize in Science, and an Undergraduate Research Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Valentin Koch received his Master of Science degree in mathematics on Friday, along with the Governor General's Academic Gold Medal awarded to the top graduate student at UBC's Okanagan campus.

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With the new stone tablet bearing the names of last year's graduates before them, members of the Student Experience and Social Council, from left, Sebastian Pfnuer, Matt Koovisk, Lisa Kouzmina, and Sydney White. All four students received UBC degrees on Friday morning.

UBC graduates' names
written in stone

With a legacy gift symbolic of lifelong ties, the Class of 2010 at UBC's Okanagan campus has placed a first commemorative stone tablet in the main courtyard walkway.

The names of last year's Class of 2009 grads are engraved on the tablet, and at Convocation time each June new tablets will be placed citing names of the previous year's graduates, as a lasting tribute to each and every proud alumnus who learned, worked and played at the UBC Okanagan campus.
UBC graduates' names written in stone

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UBC staff members (left to right) Sandy Robinson, Andrea Hinzel, Doreen Lock, Lorna Rashke, Johanna Wenger and Mary Wooldridge gather after the inaugural counter-intelligence project meeting.

Front-line staff launch new "counter-intelligence" project
Staff from a variety of student-related front-line service providers on campus have helped pilot a new "counter intelligence" project that aims to provide information and details that every front-line staff member needs in order to serve the student community.

The new project resulted from staff motivated to learn more about service units across campus so they can better meet the needs of our students, and from students who are occasionally met with incomplete or inaccurate information provided by front-line staff.

The group's second meeting will be held in July. Participants will conduct short presentations -- teaching participants about their services, important dates and main functions of their area.

To find out more contact the following counter-intelligence project members:

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Researchers Debbie Roberts (left) and Mina Hoorfar have developed a device to detect pathogens in water in real time.

Is this water safe to drink?
UBC researchers hope to patent a device to detect water-borne pathogens in real time - a technology that currently doesn't exist, and one that could potentially help prevent human illness caused from dangerous organisms that can infiltrate treated water systems.

"Currently, plant operators can't actually detect a pathogen in water on location at treatment facilities," says Debbie Roberts, principal co-investigator and Associate Director of the School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus. "They send samples away to labs for testing, and quite often that doesn't happen until after people have started to get sick.

"The fact is, if I wanted to find out what is in my water to determine at that very moment if it is safe to drink, I couldn't do it. So I want to develop the technology that can."

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June 16,2010



Research Spotlight

EventsLab plastics recycling luncheon at noon today
Lab plastics recycling luncheon at noon today
Members of the campus community working in lab facilities are invited to a free luncheon today to learn about and provide feedback for a new Lab Plastics Recycling Program that will be launching in September. This program is being launched by the Sustainability Office in partnership with Health, Safety and Environment, Supply Management and Facilities Management.

In the past three months representatives from four labs on campus helped pilot the first lab plastics recycling program of its kind in Canada. During this period, these labs were able to divert almost 600 litres of plastics from the landfill.

Campus community members interesting in learning about this program are invited to lunch in the University Centre ballroom today. Lunch will be provided and participants will be eligible for "Green Lab" door prizes.

Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more visit the Okanagan Sustainability website.

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What's Happening on campus
The Okanagan campus 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 Okanagan campus events calendar.

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Just-in-time course design
Faculty members who didn't have the time to commit to the four-day Course (Re)Design Seminar held earlier this year have the option to register for a one-day seminar in July that teaches constructive alignment of learning outcomes, content choices, instructional strategies and assessment. This will assist in course planning for September.

Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

Register online for this workshop or find out more on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Fall Teaching Expo organized for August and September
A plethora of workshops and seminars geared for the re-start of the school year will be offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the annual Fall Teaching Expo, organized for August 16 to September 3.

There will be a mix of teaching with technology sessions and general interest sessions that focus on teaching practices for post-secondary education. The expo will also feature a golf and dinner social event and a Centre for Teaching and Learning open house.

To find out more visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website or contact Academic Development Manager Heather Hurren at 250-807-9288.

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