Last month's Clean Air Day saw a striking 44 per cent reduction in single occupancy vehicle rates. Forty-two different areas and departments across campus joined in, with double the participation rate of last year.
The Faculty of Dentistry won prizes for the greatest decrease in single occupant car travel, while the AMS Bicycle Co-op and Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration won for the greatest increase in bike travel to the campus. Other participating departments received gift certificates, hats and bus coupons for their efforts at setting a green example.
Clean Air Day is sponsored by the UBC TREK Program Centre. Headed by Gordon Lovegrove, a UBC alumnus with more than 15 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering, the mandate of the TREK centre is to reduce single occupant vehicle trips and increase transit ridership to the campus by 20 per cent.
UBC's Alumni Association has been awarded the 1999 Prix D'Excellence silver award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). The award was given in the category Best New Idea: Creativity on a Shoestring for the 1998 volunteer recognition event, Volunteers are Blooming.
A commemorative garden was established at Cecil Green Park to recognize the more than 100,000 hours that volunteers give to UBC every year. A budget of less than $500 provided the garden, a recognition tea for volunteers and a small plant for each volunteer.
The project was so successful it has become an annual event for the Alumni Association, a non-profit society governed by volunteers.
CASE is an international organization providing education professionals in alumni relations, communications and fund raising with essential tools to advance their institution.
UBC's Public Affairs Office has received a silver award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) for UBC Annual Report 97/98. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating UBC's accountability to its community and constituencies.
The publication was UBC's first-ever annual report, highlighting both the achievements of UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni and goals for the future.
The report also received a Blue Wave Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators of British Columbia and a bronze medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
The Conway Summer Travel Scholarship was recently established. Made possible by History Prof. Emeritus John Conway, the scholarship allows a student in History and International Relations to spend time in Germany.
Recipients are encouraged to visit historical sites, talk to German historians, learn the language and familiarize themselves with the culture while they are overseas.
Master's student Charlote Schallie is the first to receive the scholarship.