A free program aimed at preventing acquaintance sexual assault on campus will be presented at Place Vanier Residence on Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. and at Totem Park Residence on Jan. 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Speaker Katie Koestner is a date rape survivor and well-known acquaintance sexual assault awareness and prevention advocate. She has presented her program "No/Yes" at more than 500 campuses in North America. Topics include sexual communication and the role of alcohol and drugs in sexual assault.

Koestner co-authored the guidebook Total Sexual Assault Risk Management Strategies for Colleges.

For more information contact Deborah Johnson at UBC Housing and Conferences, 822-9141.

UBC Continuing Studies is offering its second on-line, international course starting Jan. 12. The course, Selecting and Using Technologies for Distributed Learning (EDST 561), is the second in a series of on-line courses in a post-graduate certificate program.

The first course, Developing, Designing and Delivering Technology-based Learning, was offered last September with 42 students registered from 17 different countries. In addition to registration through UBC, the Virtual University (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico, registered another 65 students.

Aimed at academics and instructors in post-secondary education, the course uses the Internet and a CD-ROM to enable participants to analyze and apply criteria for selecting and using educational technologies at both an institutional and a course level. The course is the second of five graduate-level independent courses developed in collaboration with ITESM.

The first of three campus forums on transportation issues hosted by Gord Lovegrove, director of Transportation Planning, is being held today in the SUB Conversation Pit at 12:30 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to voice their concerns and discuss ideas such as a subsidized transit pass or Trek Card. Future sessions are scheduled for Feb. 5 and Mar.12.

Lovegrove is also launching the first campus-wide electronic survey, planned for the week of Jan. 22. The survey asks for details about commuter routes and methods. Respondents are also asked to describe incentives that would encourage them to use alternative transportation. Surveys will be sent to everyone with a campus e-mail address; paper copies are available on request. Survey respondents will be eligible for prizes such as bicycles and transit passes.

More information on transportation issues, including a discussion paper can be found on the new Trek Web site at

Copies of the discussion paper are also available from Lovegrove's office by calling 822-1304. An executive summary will be published in a future issue of UBC Reports.