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First-year students' success UBC goal

UBC is focusing more attention this year on the needs of its more than 4,200 first-year students to help them make the transition from high school to university.

"I believe UBC can offer one of the finest academic and social first-year experiences," says Janet Cox, UBC's recently appointed first-year co-ordinator. "It's my job to find ways to help first-year students feel part of UBC as quickly as possible."

Professor creates student endowment

Joseph Tonzetich, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Dentistry, is putting his money where his mouth is.

Tonzetich has donated more than $300,000 to establish an endowment that provides two annual fellowships to qualified students in the PhD program in Oral Biology.

Campus leads way for community charity

Members of UBC's community are among the strongest supporters of the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

"It's not really surprising that a community the size of UBC was able to raise $292,000 for the United Way last year," says 1998 UBC United Way Campaign Chair Eilis Courtney. "What is remarkable is that more than $100,000 of that came from 148 people."

Career doors open for English co-op students

Reiko Tagami, one of the first students in the English department's co-operative education pilot project, says her work experience has reinforced her intention to take a master's degree in Archival Studies. It has also put her in touch with her Japanese-Canadian roots.

Health-care rationing subject of expert's talk

Are health-care resources being rationed ethically?

Prof. Donald Light of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania examines the issue in one of several public events taking place during Health Sciences Week, Oct. 5-9.

Archibald to stay at House of Learning helm

Jo-ann Archibald has been re-appointed as director of the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) for a three-year term.

"Working together with faculties and other academic units to enrol 1,000 First Nations students by the year 2000 is one of our key goals," says Archibald who has been FNHL director since 1993.

Alumni Association grows to include more students

UBC's extended family is growing a little larger thanks to a change in criteria for membership in the Alumni Association.

The definition of alumni has been expanded to include students who have completed a minimum of 15 credits, or the equivalent, in a certificate or diploma program or a program that results in accreditation such as medical residency.

Volunteers turn old bikes into working campus wheels

What's purple and yellow and sped all over? Recycled bicycles from the new Alma Mater Society (AMS) Bike Co-op.

By refurbishing bikes that are abandoned on campus each year, the AMS Bike Co-op aims to provide a fleet of 100 bikes by September to reduce the reliance on cars at the university. The first bikes in the fleet hit the streets this summer.

New faculty meet mentors in program

First-year students aren't the only people who can be overwhelmed when they arrive at UBC. New faculty members can also find it disorienting.

With a population of more than 30,000, arriving at UBC is like arriving in a small city for the first time. That's where the Faculty Mentoring Program comes in.