UBC Reports
October 3, 1996


UBC's total enrolment for the 1996/97 academic year increased by more than 1,000 students over the previous academic year.

An enrolment summary released last month by the Registrar's Office reports 31,812 students enrolled in UBC this year, compared to 30,695 a year earlier.

The number of graduate students registering dropped by 144 to 6,106, while undergraduates rose by 1,354 to 22,332. The number of international students decreased by two to 2,204.

Five outstanding performances are scheduled for this year's Distinguished Artists series sponsored by UBC's School of Music.

The season begins Oct. 17 with a performance by guest artist Steven Dann who has been described as "the Pavarotti of the viola." Dann will be joined by UBC School of Music faculty, cellist Eric Wilson and pianist Robert Silverman. The program will include works by Schumann, Clarke, Britten and Brahms.

The music of Mozart, Butilleux, Hetu, Copland and Borne will be featured by guest flutist Timothy Hutchins and pianist Janet Creaser Hutchins on Nov. 21.

The series continues on Jan. 23, 1997, with a recital by violinist Andrew Dawes and pianist Rena Sharon, faculty members at the School of Music, performing works by Stravinsky, Franck, Adaskin and Kreisler.

Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti performs on Feb. 6. Kuerti will precede his concert with master classes, which are open to the public, on Feb. 4 and 5.

These concerts and the two master classes take place in the UBC Recital Hall.

Lauded by jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Charlie Barnet, trumpeter Clark Terry appears at the new Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Mar. 22, with bassist Marcus McLaurine, Dave Glasser, alto sax, Sylvia Cuenca on drums and Don Friedman, piano.

Concerts begin at 8 p.m.; master classes start at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call 822-5574.

Following up on its 50th anniversary celebrations this summer, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences will confer 30 honorary degrees and 80 Dean's Certificates of Merit at a special Congregation ceremony Oct. 15.

Held in the Great Hall of the First Nations Longhouse, the occasion will be presided over by incoming Chancellor Bill Sauder. Sauder will be installed as UBC's 15th chancellor on Nov. 28 during the Fall Congregation ceremony.

Former deans Bernard Riedel and John McNeill will join current Dean Frank Abbott in presenting the certificates of merit. The certificates honour members of the community who have contributed to the faculty since its founding.

Honorary degrees will be conferred by Chancellor Sauder to members of the pharmacy profession who qualified to practise in B.C. prior to the faculty's establishment.

Promise in the Land: Sustaining Our Agriculture, a video produced by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and UBC Access Guided Independent Study, has garnered two national awards for its excellence in raising awareness and understanding about issues concerning sustainable agriculture.

The project received two Program of Excellence Awards, one each from The Canadian Association of University Continuing Education and the Association for Media and Technology in Canada.

Themes explored in the one-hour video include urban pressures, free trade, wildlife conflicts, competition for scarce natural resources and ecologically sound practices.

More than 750 copies of the video, adapted into three, 20-minute segments, and supporting materials, including a teacher handbook, have been distributed to learning resource centres and teachers throughout the province to be used as a module for integration in Grade 11 social studies and Grade 12 geography curricula.

Additional funding for the project was provided by the Canada-British Columbia Green Plan for Agriculture, VanCity Savings Credit Union and UBC Telecentre.

Repeat broadcasts of the one-hour tape are scheduled to appear on the Knowledge Network over the next two years, with an estimated audience of 100,000 British Columbians.

A total of 817 calls were handled by the British Columbia Seniors Medication Information Line (BC SMILE) in its first year of operation.

Elaine Kam, SMILE coordinator, said pharmacists monitoring the line dealt with roughly 1,400 enquiries relating to prescription drugs, adverse drug reactions and various drug interactions.

Housed in UBC's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the free telephone hotline was established in April 1995 to assist seniors, their families and care-givers with information about medication.

The initiative is a joint effort of the university, Ministry of Health, the B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre, the pharmaceutical industry and the Science Council of B.C.

Kam said over the next year SMILE pharmacists will start providing medication-related workshops to seniors' groups. Plans are also underway to have drug information incorporated into the curriculum of health care disciplines such as medicine, nursing and rehabilitation sciences.

SMILE operates weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In Greater Vancouver the number to call is 822-1330. The provincial toll-free number is 1-800-668-6233.