Archive for February, 2010

Explore Africa at UBC Okanagan Mar. 1 to 5

February 26, 2010 | Filed under: News Features

Students Suud Nahdi and Uba Mohammed are organizing Africa Awareness Week at UBC Okanagan Mar. 1 to 5.

The public is invited to explore Africa during African Awareness Week at UBC Okanagan. Events on the university campus from March 1 to 5 will highlight important issues and showcase life and culture from the African continent. Student Suud Nahdi from Tanzania organized the week with Uba Mohammed, a student from Kenya. Nahdi says he [...]

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UBC Okanagan program helps Okanagan writers reach the next level

February 24, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases | Tags:

UBC Okanagan's third annual writer-in-residence, novelist and poet Laisha Rosnau

The writer-in-residence program at UBC Okanagan can have a big impact on writers from the region. When Salmon Arm writer Karen Bissenden was accepted into the UBC Okanagan writer-in-residence program she didn't expect the experience to leave such a lasting and meaningful impression. "I left with a new perspective on my writing style," says Bissenden, [...]

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What's on your mind? Talk it over during Celebrate Research Week

February 23, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

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This year's Celebrate Research Week at UBC Okanagan Mar. 8 to 15, is designed to get people talking. Eight free public events will spark discussion on topics as diverse as marijuana use among B.C. teenagers, how to take action on sustainability, and issues surrounding the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and organ donation. "We have [...]

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UBC Okanagan adds new post-degree programs for B.C.'s teachers

February 18, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

Two new post-degree professional programs are being launched by UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Education to help B.C. teachers acquire new skills for the classroom and keep up with changes in education in British Columbia. "The new programs expand professional development opportunities for educators and respond to the needs of schools and districts for education specialists," [...]

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Social media changing the Winter Games experience

February 18, 2010 | Filed under: News Features

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Are the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games the first "social media" Olympics? UBC Okanagan sociologist Christopher Schneider, an expert on social media and their impact on our lives, says coverage of the Games is no longer entertainment. It's infotainment. And, he says, social media technology such as Facebook and Twitter are changing the way we experience [...]

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Silver Star makes an impression on students

February 12, 2010 | Filed under: News Features

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.

The North Okanagan was showcased for more than 40 UBC Okanagan international and Aboriginal students during an Escape to Silver Star Mountain Resort tour last weekend. "It was a great opportunity to meet other people and to socialize," said Gustavo Aguilar from Costa Rica. "I come from a tropical country and I ended up doing [...]

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Student project aims to remember murdered Okanagan women

February 11, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

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 (KWRC). Beginning this month, students are collecting information from public sources -- such as newspapers, archives [...]

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Dancers showcase endangered Indigenous language at 2010 Games

February 11, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

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

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 [...]

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Critical Studies recognizes top student with award

February 9, 2010 | Filed under: News Features

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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 [...]

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UBC Okanagan student works to create more inclusive community

February 8, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

University student Daniel Sadler was on hand for Monday afternoon's OutWeek flag-raising ceremony at UBC Okanagan.

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 [...]

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