Archive for October, 2009

Youth leaders explore sustainability at UBC Okanagan Nov. 5

October 30, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases

Student leaders from seven Central Okanagan secondary schools will join Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd at UBC Okanagan next Thursday, Nov. 5, for a day-long Mayor's Youth Forum focused on sustainability - the first of its kind in Kelowna. "The day's events will provide fun, interactive learning opportunities for the students," says Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of [...]

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UBC Okanagan remembers 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

October 30, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases

On Nov. 9 -- the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall -- UBC Okanagan will host a roundtable discussion with UBC faculty experts followed by a public reception to commemorate the historic event and reflect on its significance. The Berlin Wall, a symbolic boundary between democracy and communism during the Cold War, [...]

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UBC Okanagan workshop bridges gap between education, nursing and social work

October 29, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases

Although people in the professions of nursing, social work and education often work together on cases concerning children and families living in at-risk situations, traditionally there is not much interprofessional training available to prepare students for these common scenarios. But that's changing at UBC Okanagan. On Nov. 3, UBC Okanagan hosts its third Interprofessional Issues [...]

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International students receive awards to study at UBC Okanagan

October 28, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases

Two international students have received $10,000 each to study with ecological and conservation geneticist Michael Russello at UBC Okanagan through the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), administered by the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Carolina Miño, who is from Argentina, arrived this month for a six-month study term. Miño is working with Russello [...]

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UBC Okanagan golf team enjoys impressive second season

October 26, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases

The UBC Okanagan Heat women's and men's golf teams put in a strong showing at all four league invitationals this season, placing first and third, respectively, in the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA). Add to that a solid performance at this year's national Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association Golf Open Championships in Windsor, Ontario, held [...]

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New trails system at UBC Okanagan encourages healthy living

October 21, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases

A new Campus Trails System was officially opened today at UBC Okanagan. The trails greatly expand campus green space, and were created for students, faculty and staff as a way to engage the campus community, protect the natural environment, and promote healthy and sustainable campus life, says Doug Owram, UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor. "The [...]

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Friday forum looks at housing barriers for new immigrants in Kelowna

October 20, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases

A forum at UBC Okanagan this Friday will bring together panelists from government, community organizations and the university to discuss the housing barriers facing new immigrants in Kelowna. "The successful integration of immigrants into a new society is based on their attainment of several basic needs, including access to adequate, suitable and affordable housing," says [...]

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Social work students at UBC Okanagan receive top award for health research

October 19, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases | Tags:

Two Master of Social Work students have received IMPART (Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training) fellowships for their research work in health care. IMPART is a research training program funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). The award is given to highly qualified individuals pursuing a career in addictions research [...]

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UBC Okanagan community challenged to lower carbon footprint

October 16, 2009 | Filed under: Media Releases | Tags:

Starting next Wednesday, UBC Okanagan students, staff and faculty will be challenged to take action to lower their carbon footprint. The UBCO go beyond Carbon Diet is designed to raise awareness of climate change and to encourage everyone in the campus community to make a difference through behaviors and actions. "Sustainability is about engaging people [...]

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Early Italian immigrants left their mark on the Okanagan

October 16, 2009 | Filed under: News Features

Student researcher Erik Christiansen

Despite their relatively small population, Italian pioneers had a large and lasting influence in certain B.C. communities, suggests a new study by UBC Okanagan International Relations student Erik Christiansen. "I've found the influence is really big in some places - like Trail, Revelstoke and even Kelowna," says Christiansen, who is focusing his research on Italian [...]

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