All News

Interim academic governing body

In October, UBC Okanagan will have its own Senate to determine academic governance matters at the university's Kelowna campus. Until that time, an Interim Academic Governing Body has been formed to make these decisions.

The inaugural meeting of the Interim Academic Governing Body (IAGB) for UBC Okanagan was held on Tuesday, March 22nd in Kelowna. In her remarks, President Martha C. Piper described the meeting as an historic event with great significance for university governance and postsecondary education in the Province of British Columbia. In February 2005, the UBC Senate passed a motion to delegate much of its authority on issues relating to UBC Okanagan to the IAGB, thereby empowering the IAGB to make decisions with respect to academic governance until such time as the Okanagan Senate can be officially constituted. The Okanagan Senate is expected to be constituted in October 2005, following the promulgation of the University Amendment Act.

IAGB members include representatives from the UBC Senate, current OUC deans, and elected prospective UBC Okanagan faculty and student representatives. Guest speakers at the inaugural meeting included Dr. J. Peter Meekison, the Public Administrator for Okanagan University College and Mr. Dennis Pavlich, UBC Vice President, External and Legal Affairs.

As its first orders of business, the IAGB approved Rules and Procedures for its own operation and established four committees. The committees will now begin considering proposals for eventual approval by the IAGB, including the establishment of faculties, schools, and departments and the structure of new and revised academic programs. One of the newly established committees has as its mandate to consider and make recommendations on issues relating to the establishment and operation of the new Council of Senates.

To mark the occasion, the IAGB passed the following motion:

That the Interim Academic Governing Body express its appreciation to the University of British Columbia Senate for establishing the Interim Academic Governing Body and for delegating the necessary powers to manage the academic governance of UBC Okanagan until such time as the Okanagan Senate is constituted.

The next IAGB meeting is scheduled to be held on May 10, 2005 in Kelowna.

UBC Okanagan students host first-ever Orchard City Cup Hockey Tournament

Students from UBC Okanagan will compete for the first-ever Orchard City Cup in Kelowna next month, in a tournament they have organized for intramural hockey teams from colleges and universities across B.C. and Alberta.

The Orchard City Cup tournament will offer a trophy and $500 cash prize in its inaugural year – money the winning team must then give to a charity in their home community.

“This tournament is about playing hockey and having fun – but it’s also a way to demonstrate volunteerism and good citizenship by having teams come here to be part of a charitable event that can make a difference back home,” says host committee chair Jordan Edwards, a second-year science student at UBC Okanagan. “You get to take the prize back home and share it with your community.”

All funds raised through game ticket sales will be donated to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

Edwards is a member of the Whiskeyjacks, one of two teams that compete twice a week in UBC Okanagan’s student-run intramural league. They will face off against visiting teams from UBC’s Vancouver campus and other communities as registrations grow.

To date, three teams have signed on to take part in the tournament, says co-chair Laura Harriman, a fourth-year sociology student. “In the future, we’d like to see the prizes and number of teams increase,” says Harriman. “We are working hard on this because we want it to be something we can really be proud of.”

Most universities and colleges in Canada have intramural leagues, notes Edwards. “But the only other tournament like this is in Ottawa -- two universities competing for the Capital Cup.”

Right now, organizers are hoping to garner as much community involvement and sponsorship as possible to keep down costs for the visiting student teams.

“As students, we were challenged to be active in creating the kind of UBC Okanagan campus life and activities we want,” says Edwards. “We started a hockey league, and this tournament is the next step. This is the first year for UBC Okanagan, so we’re having teams come here and we’re going to showcase our university.”

The tournament games will be played at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna from February 22 to 24, 2006. It’s a non-contact style of hockey with teams of male and female players with no professional, major-junior, or varsity experience. The tournament website is www.orchardcitycup.ca.

-- 30 --

Request for expressions of interest: UBC Okanagan Campus Master Plan

The University of British Columbia Okanagan invites letters of expression of interest from interested planning, landscape architectural and architectural consultants for the challenging work of designing the campus for the new presence of UBC in the Okanagan.

In September 2005, UBC Okanagan will assume responsibility for the University programs offered by Okanagan University College (OUC) at the former OUC North Campus site in Kelowna. UBC will integrate the UBC Okanagan Campus with the entire operations of UBC to offer the comprehensive post-secondary education fostered by UBC. The University's commitment to British Columbians is one university -- two great campuses.

UBC Okanagan's vision is to establish a world-class teaching and research-intensive university that is distinctive in its academic programs, is responsive to the special needs of the Okanagan, attracts outstanding faculty and students and is an economic driver in the region. This is an exciting opportunity for the University to prepare a Master Plan for the former OUC North Campus to meet the accelerated student enrolment demands in the region and give form and shape to support the innovative Academic Plan that is being developed this Fall.

The University is interested in receiving an Expression of Interest from firms, or consortia of firms, willing to provide consulting services to the University to achieve the plan that will guide the future physical development of UBC Okanagan.

Interested proponents can obtain additional information from the detailed EOI document, posted on the University's planning Web site www.okanagan.ubc.ca. Expressions of Interest submissions, including full credentials of the firm(s) must be received prior to 2:00 p.m. December 16, 2004 at the offices of UBC Okanagan, AVP Operations, 3333 College Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Room LIB 236.

Submissions will be evaluated at the discretion of the University based upon the information contained in the submissions and a shortlist of design teams, who will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal for the full planning / architectural services for this project.

Questions about the services required to undertake the preparation of the Master Plan for the UBC Okanagan campus should be directed to Aidan Kiernan, AVP Operations, UBC Okanagan, telephone 250.862.5612, e-mail akiernan@ouc.bc.ca. Any submission may not necessarily be accepted.