UBC This Week | Jan. 31, 2008
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Upcoming Event Highlights
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VANOC offers information session at UBC
VANOC and UBC invite faculty and staff to an information session on Feb. 1 about the volunteer opportunities available during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The official Call for Volunteers will take place on Feb. 12. Up to 25,000 volunteers are needed in 2010.
The information session will take place from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.hr.ubc.ca.
YouTube video contest premier and awards at Robson Square
UBC Robson Square will host the Jessie’s Hope Society’s YouTube Premier and Awards Ceremony on Feb. 5 from 6:15 - 9 p.m. Three finalists will receive awards. All participants in the Jessie’s Hope youth video contest and the public are invited to attend. Tickets are $10/$5 and must be reserved in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessie’s Hope Society invited B.C. youth aged 12 - 22 to participate in the “What makes you strong” YouTube contest. Participants were asked to make a short video demonstrating how they, their family or their friends expand their self-esteem, body image and inner strength to live with a healthy mind, body and soul despite social pressure from media, fashion, sports, diet industries and friends.
For more information, visit www.jessieshope.org/98.html and www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btl5gDREyQU.
Funding opportunity for international volunteer travel support
The C.A.R.E-UBC program supports the development of UBC students as global citizens by providing travel assistance for humanitarian and volunteer work around the world. Up to 100 awards are available for 2008. The deadline for May-August travel is Feb. 8.
The C.A.R.E. Housing Society is a Vancouver-based, non-profist organization dedicated to bringing seniors out of isolation. C.A.R.E. has extended its services to include global programs which reunite family members and send volunteers to do international humanitarian work.
For details and application forms, visit www.students.ubc.ca/global/outgoing/downloads.cfm.
UBC United Way Campaign surpasses targets, strengthens community
The UBC community raised nearly $465,000 for the United Way in 2007, surpassing fundraising campaign targets at both the university’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
“Thank you and congratulations to all United Way supporters and volunteers in the UBC community for your tremendous contributions to the success of the 2007 campaign,” said John Metras, Director of Plant Operations and 2007 United Way Campaign Chair, UBC Vancouver.
UBC Vancouver raised nearly $418,000, exceeding its target of $415,000 and surpassing last year’s tally of $391,000. UBC Okanagan raised nearly $41,000, besting its goal of $35,000.
“Your generosity has a direct impact on the lives of thousands of people and really does make a tremendous difference in helping to build a stronger, more sustainable community for everyone,” said Metras, who notes that more than 200 staff, students and faculty volunteered this year.
The university’s workplace campaign, a more than 30-year tradition at UBC, contributed to a total United Way result of $31.2 million in 2007. In recognition, UBC was named to the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s annual ‘Walk of Fame.’
For more information on how UBC research is enriching United Way initiatives, visit
www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports/2007/07oct04/contribution.html. For more information on the campaign, visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca.
Daniel Pauly to receive honorary degree
Prof. Daniel Pauly, Director of UBC’s Fisheries Centre, will receive an honorary doctorate on Feb. 5 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven), Belgium. Pauly will give a symposium on this occasion entitled, A future for fisheries? Towards effective strategies for sustainability.
K.U. Leuven annually confers honorary doctorates upon persons of academic, social or cultural merit. For 2008, the Academic Board chose the theme Environment, Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development.
For more information, visit www.kuleuven.be/patronsfeast/2008/doctorates.html.
Call for nominations for alumni awards
UBC’s Alumni Association has opened nominations for the 2008 UBC Alumni Achievement Awards. Nominations must be received by March 15. For further information, award categories and criteria, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/awards.
Unruly Salon series continues with troubling ‘normalcy’
UBC’s Faculty of Education offers the third salon in its Unruly Salon speaker series on Feb. 2 with excerpts from an autobiographical play and talks on disability studies, followed by a discussion and reception.
The series, made up of seven performances by scholars and/or artists with disabilities from the visual, performing and musical art sectors, aims to increase awareness about disability arts and the significant cultural contribution of disabled Canadians.
The series is free, open to the public and will take place at UBC’s Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road All salons will be intimate and require pre-registration. For more information and to pre-register, visit www.unrulysalon.com.
UBC Centenary screening series begins
On Feb. 5, the UBC Film Production Alumni Association will present a screening of Beowulf & Grendel, directed by Sturla Bunnarsson, an alumnus of the first class to graduate from the UBC Film Production Program. The film will be preceded by the animated short film Patricia Grey, created by alumna Anne Koizumi, BA 2004. Gunnarsson and Koizumi will be present for a Q&A following the screening.
The evening, the first of a four-part 2008 UBC Centenary Screening Series, will take place at Cinema 19, 319 Main St., on Feb. 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10/$8 and free for members.
For more information, visit www.ubcfilmalumni.org.
UBC films nominated for Genie awards
The Tracey Fragments, scripted by Creative Writing Program Assist. Prof. Maureen Medved and based on her first novel, The Tracey Fragments, has received nominations for six Genie Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Achievement in Overall Sound and Achievement in Sound Editing.
For more information on the film, visit www.thetraceyfragments.com
Regarding Sarah, directed by UBC Film alumna Michelle Porter, has been nominated for Best Live Action Short at the Genie Awards. UBC Film alumni producer Amy Belling, cinematographer Shannon Kohli and editor Lauren Mainland also collaborated on the film.
For more information on the film, visit http://compactfilms.com/regardingSarah.
For more information on the Genie Awards, visit www.genieawards.ca.
UBC Press book wins Chinese history award
Assoc. Prof. Xiaoping Cong, Department of History at the University of Texas, has been awarded the Academic Excellence Award by the Association of Chinese Historians in the US for her book, Teachers’ Schools and the Making of the Modern Chinese Nation-State: 1897-1937. The book, published in 2007 by UBC Press, is part of the UBC Press Contemporary Chinese Studies Series.
Centres host lectures on material culture and Japanese tourism
UBC’s Centre for Korean Research will host a lecture by Prof. Jiwon Shin, University of California-Berkeley, on Collecting Su Shi: Material culture and literati self-fashioning in early Nineteenth Century Korea. The lecture will take place on Feb. 7 from 4-5:30 p.m.
The Centre for Japanese Research will host a lecture by Prof. David Edgington, Department of Geography, on Japanese tourism in Canada on Feb. 8 from 5-6:30 p.m.
Both lectures will take place in Room 120 of the C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall. For more information, visit www.iar.ubc.ca/bulletin/seminarsFEB2008.htm.