UBC This Week | Feb. 12, 2009

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A blast from UBC students’ past

UBC alumni and other enthusiasts can now tap into the univeristy’s student past, thanks to the digitization of a long-gone yearbooks.

About 11,500 pages of UBC’s student yearbooks dated 1916 to 1966 have been digitized by UBC Archives, in partnership with Alumni Affairs and the Alma Mater Society.

The yearbook was first published as the Annual (1915-1928) and then as the Totem (1929-1966).
Due to the rise of student population and production costs, the yearbook ceased publication after 1966.

For a look at the project, visit http://cowichan.library.ubc.ca/archives/?db=yearbooks.

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Nominations invited for UBC Student Development Awards

The Office of the Vice President Students recognizes exceptional contributions or significant improvements to the student experience and learning environment at UBC.

Nominations are being accepted from UBC Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni for the 2008/09 UBC Vancouver Student Development Awards.

Categories of awards and winners for the last two years:

Helen McCrae Award: For a service for students provided by AMS, GSS or UBC
2006/07: SCI Team, UBC Farm and Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Let’s Talk Science
2007/08: Graduate Student Society Advocacy Office, UBC SEEDS

Margaret Fulton Award: For an individual
2006/07: Tim Louman-Gardiner, Winnie Cheung, Johanna Waggott
2007/08: Kim Kiloh, Dr. David Shackleton, Siu-Kae Yeong

Alfred Scow Award: For an undergraduate program or department
2006/07: Mech 2 Program, Global Resource System Program
2007/08: First Nations Studies Program – Faculty of Arts

Peter Larkin Award: For a graduate program or department
2006/07: Not awarded
2007/08: Graduate Program – Faculty of Forestry
Optional Residency MFA in Creative Writing – Faculty of Arts

The following criteria will guide evaluation:

• Direct impact on student access, success, learning, or development.
• Awareness of and support for the needs, quality of life and opportunities for students.
• Degree of involvement by students in need assessment, planning, implementation, or program evaluation where appropriate
• Openness, flexibility and responsiveness to students.

Nominations should include a written statement from the nominator and two supporting letters outlining the exceptional contributions or improvements. Letters from students are particularly helpful.

Deadline for nominations is Feb. 16.

Nominations should be directed to the Office of the Vice President, Students, Room 123, Old Administration Building, 6328 Memorial Rd.

Award winners will be announced on March 23 and will be honored at a special ceremony.

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NRC-IFCI Director General Maja Veljkovic presents Rose with the awardUBC engineering and Sauder team wins national prize

UBC students from the undergraduate class of New Venture Design were winners at the Enterprize National Finals.

EasyPlug — the team of UBC Engineering’s Jay Jagpal, Shane Miller-Tait and Sauder’s Ryan Fetterly, Crystal Hung and Max Miller — placed second overall, winning a $10,000 prize.

The team’s win also guarantees an audition with the venture capitalists from CBC TV’s Dragon’s Den.

For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news/2009/feb9.html.

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UBC debate teams place first and second

UBC Engineering’s two student debate teams placed first and second in the Western Engineering Competition, qualifying them for the nationals in New Brunswick in March.

First-place was won by William McClary and Fraser Macdonald of Integrated Engineering and second-place by Sean Heisler of Integrated Engineering and Jose Luis Lopez of Engineering Physics.

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2009 Alumni Achievement Awards

Do you know somebody in the UBC community —alumni, students or faculty — who deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments? Help celebrate their achievements by nominating them today.

Nominations for the 2009 Alumni Achievement Awards are now open until March 15. Award recipients will be honoured at the 2009 Alumni Achievement Awards in November.

To submit nominations, visit http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/awards/index.php or contact Marisa at marisa.iuvancigh@ubc.ca or 604-822-8917.

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UBC Library launches print-on-demand

UBC Library patrons can now buy hard-copy versions of the 11,000 e-books the library subscribes to with Springer, one of the world’s biggest publishers of science, technology and medicine material.

UBC Library is one of 21 organizations to take part in Springer’s MyCopy pilot project, a service that allows users to order a print-on-demand, soft-cover copy of an e-book and have it delivered.

For more information, visit http://toby.library.ubc.ca/resources/infopage.cfm?id=567 or contact Joy Kirchner at 604-827-3644 or joy.kirchner@ubc.ca.