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International students Saddy Njie from the  Gambia and Jane Lee from South Korea enjoyed a weekend  with a Vernon family this fall. Their homestay through  the Vernon Rotary Clubs included a visit to Davison Orchards, a traditional Okanagan family farm.

Homestay Offers Students Family Experience in Vernon

International students a long way from home had a chance to spend some quality time with families in the Vernon area earlier this fall as part of the first-ever UBC Okanagan Rotary homestay program. The UBC Okanagan program is modeled on a similar collaboration now in its 51st year between UBC's Vancouver campus and Penticton […]

Kelowna veteran Art Brown listened to Remembrance Day speakers  with students Aubri Reid, Jody Rud, and Karen Ryan, all of whom  worked on establishing the first-ever Remembrance Day ceremony  at UBC Okanagan last Wednesday. Brown is a Kelowna veteran  who served with the Canadian Army for 35 years, and is president  of the Kelowna-Veendam Sister City Association and chair of  the Kelowna Cenotaph Upgrade Project.

Students Key to UBC Okanagan Remembrance Service

The first-ever Remembrance Day service held at UBC Okanagan last Wednesday was a collaboration between students, faculty, staff and the community. Four students -- Jody Rud, Karen Ryan, Aubri Reid and Krystal Smith -- were involved in the project from the earliest moments, as they had been developing a Remembrance Day community service learning experience […]

UBC Okanagan Students Volunteer in Patagonia

Experience enriched their lives as students and as global citizens Before heading off to study in Argentina, UBC Okanagan students Lindsay Wojtula and Jenica Frisque attended a presentation about the Cruzada Patagonica Foundation, hosted by Dana Reiter, UBC Okanagan International Advisor. Dana connected the students with the organization and this is their story: When someone […]

Artist Pudy Tong applied many washes of colour to form an always-incomplete image of a boy in his "Moonsburg" paintings. The images are Tong’s attempt to put a face to the voice of a boy heard over the public address system one morning at the Mundsburg, Germany, train station. Tong is a fourth-year fine arts student at UBC.

Art Students Go Global

Art student Pudy Tong stood on the train station platform in Mundsburg, Germany – in the same place he stood each morning on his way to the university – and realized something had changed. The familiar female voice of the station announcer was gone. In its place, a young boy’s voice heralded the next arriving […]

Poetry Creates a Buzz on Buses

Poetry Creates a Buzz on Buses

The Poetry Bus project is using poetry to promote work, transit, higher education, sustainable commuting, and local community in the Okanagan. Supported by UBC Okanagan, B.C. Transit, the Hamber Foundation and Off Centre Magazine, the project involved a contest where workers from across the Okanagan were invited to write poems about their jobs. More than […]

Dr. Bonnie Sawatzky and Dr. Lawrence Berg, co-leaders  of the new Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN),  and Sawatzky’s service dog Phoenix, were on hand for  Friday's official launch of the DHRN at UBC Okanagan.

Network at UBC Okanagan Bringing Together Disabilities Health Researchers

The new Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN) at UBC Okanagan is already doing what its creators hoped it would: it’s bringing researchers together. The DHRN’s co-leaders, Dr. Bonnie Sawatzky and Dr. Lawrence Berg, represent very different areas of disability research. Sawatzky is a wheelchair propulsion researcher and Assistant Professor at UBC’s Division of Orthopaedic Engineering […]

Earlier this month, glacial environment students  from UBC Okanagan studied Palouse Falls in  Washington State. Spectacular as they are today,  the falls are only half as high as the torrent that  flowed through this area during an Ice Age megaflood.

Students Visit Catastrophic Landscape

Learning in the field for UBC Okanagan Earth and Environmental Sciences class A group of UBC Okanagan students delved into the Earth’s long-held geological secrets earlier this month, traveling to a spectacular landscape known to scientists as the Scablands, near the small town of Washtucna, Washington. There, the Palouse River cascades over stark rock cliffs […]