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Teixeira to receive Portugal's highest civilian honour

Dr. Jose Carlos Teixeira, Assistant Professor of Geography at UBC Okanagan, will receive Portugal's highest civilian award during a ceremony at the university campus in Kelowna on Saturday, October 15. A social geographer passionate about studying the migration of ethnic groups and how they shape their communities, Teixeira will be vested in the Ordem do […]

Random acts of poetry in Kelowna's streets, buses, gas stations...

Nancy Holmes, associate professor of creative writing at UBC Okanagan, is taking her class of second-year poetry students into the field next week. They could show up anywhere reading their poems. "We will be committing random acts of poetry throughout Kelowna -- randomly reading poetry in classrooms, fire halls, police stations, doughnut shops, gas stations, […]

For 50th year, Rotary provides Okanagan experience for UBC international students

Every September since 1955, the Rotary Clubs of Vancouver South and Penticton have partnered with UBC’s International House to sponsor a trip to Penticton for 25 international students attending UBC. This month, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the annual Rotary Penticton trip, the clubs are doubling the number of UBC international students to experience […]

New head librarian for UBC Okanagan library

Melody Burton has been appointed head of the UBC Okanagan library, effective September 19. She comes to UBC Okanagan from Queen’s University where she served as head of access services for the Stauffer Library and as acting associate university librarian. “A great library is essential in developing the kind of research-intensive learning community we are […]

Valley First establishes new UBC Okanagan scholarship

Valley First Credit Union has launched a new scholarship program to assist top Okanagan high school students planning to attend UBC Okanagan. "We were looking for a way to partner with UBC Okanagan. One way was to set up a perpetual $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to one of the top students from the Okanagan […]

Opera singer Judith Forst to perform at UBC Okanagan's celebration concert

Music lovers in the Okanagan are in for a treat with a free public concert marking the official opening of UBC Okanagan. The Celebration Concert on September 8 will feature internationally acclaimed opera singer Judith Forst, a 2004 winner of Opera Canada's prestigious Ruby Award for outstanding achievement in opera. In addition to Forst, the […]

UBC grows by more than 3,500 students

The University of British Columbia will grow by more than 3,500 students, when its new Okanagan campus opens in Kelowna next week. They will join 43,000 students at UBC's Vancouver campus, when the upcoming school year kicks off September 6. "This growth is an indication of our commitment to increase university access significantly for Okanagan […]

New book by UBC Okanagan sociologist examines Canada’s place in global economy

Is Canada a victim or victor in the emerging global economy? Viewing the issues from a Canadian perspective, author and researcher Peter Urmetzer, an Associate Professor of Sociology at UBC Okanagan, hopes to throw a little cold water over both sides in this growing, often heated debate. Western governments trumpet the virtues of globalization, Urmetzer […]