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VOLUME     47     |      NUMBER     8     |     APRIL     I 9 ,     2001
3  Penny pinchers
Department aims to make
every research cent count
8 Special staff
In 1976 these three were
among the new faces
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here today, gone tomorrow   Parking lots that were full to bursting during classes and the transit strike have all but emptied as another winter session
draws to a close. Exams for the more than 28,000 undegraduates enrolled at the university end nextThursday. The cycle begins again with summer session
M ay 7. Janet Ansell photos
Winners improve student life
From ensuring a safe walk at night to Christmas trees,
the common theme is making a difference
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
by day and night Roger Miller is
one of 6,500 hard-working graduate students who play major roles
in every department at ubc.
While conducting research on
superconductors at the Tri-Uni-
versity Meson Facility (triumf)
he has also served for three years
as president of the Graduate Student Society (gss).
The PhD student in Physics and
Astronomy is among those who
will be honoured April 26 by the
Campus Advisory Board on Student Development (cabsd).
cabsd awards recognize exceptional contributions or significant
improvements to student experience and learning.
Established in 1998, the awards
are named for former members of
the university community who
made major contributions to student life.
Miller shares this year's Margaret Fulton Award with Education
graduate Rick Joe ofthe Native Indian Teacher Education Program
(nitep) and Forestry Assoc. Prof.
John Worrall. The Fulton award is
given to individuals.
"I was in a photocopy room
when I was told I was needed at a
meeting," Miller says, recalling his
first gss experience.
"I liked what I heard about supporting grad students and got involved as a representative. Then,
after my first term as president,
when the steep learning curve was
behind me, there were still issues
and problems facing the gss."
Miller considers himself part of a
group of some 300 people, mostly
volunteers, who have revitalized
ubc graduate student life.
They have turned around a
nearly bankrupt graduate student
society, established a health and
dental plan and run a successful
commercial operation including a
pub and room bookings.
They've also provided services
ranging from cheap lunches to the
social and networking activities
that are so important to graduate
students, 20 per cent of whom are
from outside Canada.
"The most important gss function is to represent graduate students, particularly to ubc's administration," says Miller.
"We have different lifestyles and
expectations than undergraduates.
We have closer relationships with
supervisors, more individual responsibility."
For more than three decades
John Worrall's contributions to
student life have included painting
murals, providing an enormous
Christmas tree and plants for the
Forest Sciences building and numerous other initiatives.
Rick Joe, who is graduating with a
Bachelor of Education, was instrumental in First Nations Education
Awareness Day and other projects.
The Alma Mater Society (ams)
Safewalk program and International House esl programs earns the
Helen McCrae Award for an ams,
gss, or ubc service to students.
Safewalk is a free service dedicated to making the campus a safe
place for everyone at night. International House's flagship esl program helps 250 students annually
to polish their social and academic language skills.
The Faculty of Education's Centre for the Study of Curriculum
and Instruction will receive the
Peter Larkin Award for a graduate
program or department.
It supports Education graduate
students through a wide range of
see Winners page 2
Award-winner Roger Miller
Site zooms
in to meet
data needs
Latest update allows
students to search for
courses by keyword
A MAJOR redesign of the UBC
Student Services' Web site is designed to enhance the site's usefulness for students looking to register for classes, check schedules
and link to on-line resources.
"We've redesigned the graphics,
look and feel of it," says Angela
Runnals, director of Communications Services for Student Services,
who helped guide the redesign.
Since the site debuted in June
1998, it has undergone numerous
changes and updates, but those responsible are especially pleased
with the latest changes since they
have been made only after extensive consultations with students.
"Students have told us through
surveys and focus groups that they
want only information that is relevant to them," says Runnals, who
says they may have overwhelmed
students in the past with the volume of print information provided.
"We've provided quick links to
the highest use services and information for students such as the
academic calendar and registration information," says Runnals.
"Students can search for courses by specifying keywords," adds
Audrey Lindsay, director of Student Systems. "It is something that
see Web site page 2
Staff recognized
for 25-year service
ubc president Martha Piper will
welcome 35 new members to ubc's
25 Year Club on May 9 at a dinner
to be held in their honour.
The club recognizes staff members who have served a quarter-
century at the university.
The year was 1976 when they
first picked up a ubc pay stub.
It was the same year Apple
Computer was incorporated—its
home office the garage of one of its
Howard Hughes died and Patty
Hearst was on trial.
Rene Levesque and the Parti
Quebecois came to power in
Students wore plaid pants.
ubc's rowing team came a close
second to the British team in the
famous Henley Royal Regatta.
The landmark Museum of Anthropology officially opened along
with the Curtis Building, home to
the Faculty of Law.
see Twenty-five page 2
Staff profiles, seepage 8 2     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      APRIL     I 9  ,     2001
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Continued from page 1
Members of ubc's 25 Year Club for
2001 include: Agricultural Sciences,
Ronald W. Shann; Arts: Elizabeth
L. Howarth; Athletics and Recreation: Joseph Puthen; Biochemistry:
Laureen L Molday: Bookstore: I. Richard Bakerjennifer Pike; Chemistry: Angelo R. Ariganello: Dentistry:
Kung Shun (Andre) Wong; Financial Services: Charles W. Erickson;
Food Services: David Lau; Housing
and Conferences: Linda Cheng, Jack
A. Kwantes; Human Kinetics: Ro-
chelle de la Giroday: Human Resources: Christina Duke; Land and
Building Services: Mary Blair, Harry
R. Easton, Norman J. Gautschi,
Edwin H. L. Haworth, Michael
Khan, Matilda Lotscher, Scott L.
Pickett, Alma Poropat, Raminder-
jit S. Sandhu; Library: Leeta R.
Sokalski, Regina Tsanas; Metals
and Materials Engineering: Carole
Duerden; Museum of Anthropology:
William B. McLennan; Nursing:
Elizabeth Bragg; Obstetrics and
Gynecology: Lydia Ng Sy; Office of
the Vice-President, Academic: Elmer
Morishita; Pharmaceutical Sciences: Daniel Y.L. Chan; Physics and
Astronomy: Stan Knotek, Ivan
Tomecek; Student Health Services:
Kathy Brand; Student Services: Angela Runnals.
Continued from page 1
programs including a unique master's program for inner city full-
time teachers, brown bag gatherings, research cafes, study groups
and community outreach.
Nominations for the awards
were made by students, faculty
and staff. Winners were selected
by the cabsd which includes representatives from across campus.
For information on cabsd awards,
call Linda Yuen at (604) 822-3955.
Web site
Continued from page 1
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Lindsay explains that the new
course search feature — unveiled
this month — allows students to
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search on-line for all courses that
deal with a specific subject matter,
for example, "linear algebra."
They can find specific instructors and class times and then register for the class online. Faculty
can also tap into this feature. Users
can be assured that the information is the most current and up-to-
date available.
Students' use of Web registration has steadily risen in the past
few years, Lindsay says.
From June to December, 86 per
cent of ubc students used the Web
to register for classes compared to
60 per cent in 1999-2000. This January, 93 per cent of course changes
were completed via the Internet.
Plan trips to reduce vehicle use.
Combine errands instead of using the
car several times a day.
Lindsay says that ubc will eliminate Telereg, the university's telephone registration system, June 1.
Telephone support service will still
be available for those who cannot
use the Internet.
Runnals says the university has
been able to eliminate much of the
materials that they formerly had to
mail to students in the past by making services and resources available
"We now send students a very
brief registration guide — it's 24
pages compared to 240 — and direct them to the Web site for more
details," she says.
The site can be found at
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sign of spring    Second-year Human Kinetics student and T-Birds second-baseman Ben Herman struts his stuff at a
recent game in which ubc defeated Northwest Nazarene University. The 'Birds have only a few weeks to go in regular
season play. The next home game is tomorrow at Nat Bailey stadium against Eastern Oregon State with first pitch at 7
p.m. General admission tickets are $3 at the gate. For the latest standings visit www.athletics.ubc.ca or call (604)
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Supply set to meet demand
Goal is to get ubc researchers more bang for every buck
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
ubc researchers have successfully competed for hundreds of
millions of dollars in the form of
government grants. A university
department wants to help them
make the most of every one.
"Supply Management, under
the leadership of Dave Rankin, has
the responsibility to work with researchers to extract the greatest
value from every cent," says Terry
Sumner, vice-president. Administration and Finance.
"The challenge is to convince researchers that it can add value by
reducing the cost of purchases, improving quality and effectively and
efficiently freeing dollars for additional research," he adds.
Four months ago, Rankin seized
what he calls a "huge opportunity
and challenge" and left the private
sector to develop people and technology at ubc, the essential links
in managing a supply chain along
which $200 million dollars in acquisitions moves every year.
"We envision a new leadership
role and customer service framework, not only for goods and services procurement but also travel,
freight, commodity tax and surplus
equipment management," says
Rankin. He has changed the name
and scope of the department from
Purchasing to Supply Management.
University researchers and suppliers such as Fisher Scientific,
Ikon Office Solutions, Telus and
Scotia Bank will pack ubc's Memorial Gym, April 26, for a supply
management trade show, Acquisition Solutions 2001.
"The event provides an opportunity for researchers, faculty, staff and
ancillary service groups to engage in
a productive dialogue with suppliers
in one location," he says. "We sold
out exhibit space in two weeks"
"Supply Management is getting
the university on board Web-based
technology which has not been
utilized as effectively in the past.
We want to make international resources available to ubc researchers to optimize their funding."
Rankin is focused on maintaining leverage for the best deals with
all university suppliers, including
air carriers and hotels.
"We want to add value to the
front end but also keep our eye on
surplus disposal," he says. "As rapid advances in technology shorten
the life cycle of products we're
challenged to reduce waste by recycling and selling or donating
computers and other equipment."
"My main job is to coach Supply
New director Dave Rankin
Management staff and make certain they are enjoying the challenge and opportunity."
Pointing to a picture frame in
his modest office he reads aloud a
quote written by former colleagues
— "Have Fun With This!"
He's rushing off to have his head
shaved to help raise funds for b.c.'s
Children's Hospital.
Genome research
garners $35 million
Studies supported range
from worms to poplar trees
will benefit from $35 million granted to the province's genome scientists as part of a 22-project national investment of $136 million, according to a recent announcement
by federal funding agency Genome
"Congratulations to Genome B.C.
and all the scientists who will be involved in this critically important research," says ubc President Martha
Piper. "We are especially gratified
that ubc researchers and our teaching hospital associates have been
recognized so prominently."
Genome B.C. — a regional partner of the federal agency — will
administer five large-scale projects
in the areas of health, forestry, fisheries and the environment.
The value of these projects and
associated infrastructure totals
$67.8 million and represents one of
b.c.'s largest and most diverse public biological research initiatives.
"In b.c, we're targeting genomic research that will be important
to the economic and social fabric
of our province," says Genome bc
President Roger Foxall. "We see
not just the potential for major
economic activity in b.c. but also
the scope for significant advancements against disease, especially
Victor Ling, ubc assistant dean,
Research, and vice-president, Research, at b.c. Cancer Agency
(bcca) will track how normal cells
change into malignancies in the
early stages of cancer. Researchers
will conduct genomic analyses on
cells to identify the mutated genes
that distinguish early stage cancers from normal tissues.
Marco Marra. director of the
Genome Sequence Centre at bcca.
heads up the expansion ofthe centre's technological infrastructure
for genomic processes such as sequencing and mapping to accommodate large-scale projects.
The centre is a component ofthe
Centre for Integrated Genomics, a
joint venture of ubc and bcca.
Microbiology and Immunology
Prof. Emeritus Julian Davies will
lead a project called microbial en-
virogenics that aims to improve researchers' understanding about
the diversity of micro-organisms
and the way they interact with
their environment. The team will
study a bacterium that is central to
the carbon cycle.
A transparent worm called a C.
elegans nematode and its relationship to humans is the focus of research for Zoology Assoc. Prof.
Don Moerman.
Nematodes and humans have
7.000 common genes so they can
be used as a source to create and
better understand genetic mutations. This information can then
be applied to human health issues.
Trees have built-in defense
mechanisms against pests and environmental stress.
Joerg Bohlmann, an assistant
professor of Biotechnology; Carl
Douglas, head of the Botany
Dept.; Agricultural Sciences Prof.
Brian Ellis and Forest Sciences
Prof. Kermit Ritland will study
the genes of wood tissues, particularly the poplar tree, to better
understand these mechanisms
and will identify genetic markers
in a variety of trees to inform tree
breeding programs.
Researchers at sfu and the University of Victoria will use genomic research on Atlantic salmon to
learn more about the structure
and function of the salmon immune system. The research will
further understanding of fish
growth and reproduction.
Genome Canada is a not-for-
profit corporation dedicated to
developing and implementing a
national strategy in genomics research with Genome Centres
across the country.
Genome b.c established in July
2000. co-ordinates genomics research in b.c. and brings together
universities, research hospitals,
other research centres and industry as well as government and private agencies.
Tranquility of a
transit strike
The Vancouver Sun, April 5, B5
Out at the University of b.c, Gordon
Lovegrove is surprised. Lovegrove,
the director of transportation planning, predicted Tuesday would be
the busiest day for traffic out to the
Point Grey campus, one of the top
three commuter destinations.
It didn't happen.
"It has caught me off-guard," he
said. "I'm amazed at how well people are handling this."
He cited an e-mail survey of
35,000 students, staff and faculty
that showed 45 per cent of respondents felt they lived close
enough to walk or bike to campus.
"A lot more people are walking
and getting on their bike than we
anticipated," he said.
Women embrace law
The Province, April 8, A24
Reports that women are crossing
the 50 per cent enrolment mark in
American law schools have Canadian administrators wondering what
took them so long to catch up.
"That   bench-mark   was   sur
passed here a decade ago." says ubc
law professor Elizabeth Edinger.
"We've been like this for at least
10 years. We're at 56 per cent women this year."
"Our incoming class of 2001 has
67 women and 38 men. That's a
pretty impressive statistic." says
Yvonne Lawson. the law faculty's
career development officer.
Going green
CAUT Bulletin, April, Feature
The ubc campus has saved more
than 900 trees in the year 2000 by
using recycled paper.
Environmental considerations
have even influenced the design
and construction of buildings.
Freda Pagani, ubc's sustainabli-
ty director, is proud ofthe progress.
Though she still sees room for improvement, she says it's important
for universities to take a stand.
"If a university can't start acting
sustainably, how can we expect
other institutions to?"
Asked what she would say to a
university that is reluctant to set
up a sustainability program, she
answers. "Why would you not? You
can save money, you can have fun.
you can build community and you
can help save the environment. It's
a bit of a no-brainer to me." 4     |      UBC     REPORTS      I      APRIL     19,     2001
Chan Centre Concert
Music At The Chan. Christopher
Parkening, guitarist. Jubilant Sykes,
baritone. Chan Centre at 8pm. $28-
$48 adults: $2i-$4i students/seniors.
Call Ticketmaster (604) 28(1-3511 or
(604) 822-2697.
Law And Society Midday Lecture
Legal Education Discussion. Bon
Friesen, director. Education, Continuing Legal Education Society of bc
Green College at 12:30pm. Call (604)
Cultural And Media Studies
A Talk. Jeff Wall, artist. Green College
at 5:30pm. Call (604) 822-1878.
Health Promotion
In Motion Seminar
Poverty's Negative Health Effects:
What Can We Do? Deanna Williamson, Human Ecology, u of Alberta.
Green College at 7:30pm. Call (604)
Trade Show
Acquisitions Solutions 2001. War Memorial Gym from ioam-5pm. To register, visit www.supplymanagement.
ubc.ca/tradeshow. F.-mail linda.hilts
("ubc.ca. Call (604) 822-2638.
Statistics Seminar
A Simple Model For A Complex System: Predicting Travel Times On Freeways. Prof. John Rice, u of California.
West Mall Annex 216 at 4pm. Refreshments (bring your own mug). Call
(604) 822-0570.
Concerto Competition. Music Recital
Hall at 2pm. Call (604) 822-5574.
Law Graduate Conference
Law At The Crossroads: Strategies For
Change. Green College. Continues to
May 5. Call (604) 822-1878.
Opening Reception
Early Chinese Ceramics From 'the
Victor Shaw Gift, moa Gallery from
7-gpm. Exhibition continues to Oct.
30. Call (604) 822-5087.
International Conference
The Nature And Culture Of Forests.
Ola Ullsten. former prime minister of
Sweden, keynote speaker. Music Recital Hall at. 4:30pm. To register, visit
Call (604) 822-1452.
Pathology Day Celebration Lecture
Pediatric Origins Of Adult Obstructive Lung Diseases. Dr. James Hogg.
bc Institute for Children's and Women's Health Aud. (950 W. 28th Ave)
from 8:30-9:3oam. Parking is limited.
E-mail mgugni@pathology.ubc.ca.
Call (604) 822-7102.
APRIL    22    THROUGH     MAY     12
Music Concert
Works By Richard Wagner, ubc Trombone Choir. Gordon Cherry, director.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. Call (604)
Scholastic Book Fair
Bookfair For Children Birth To Grade
Three. Pacific Spirit Daycare, 5590
Osoyoos Crescent from gam-ipm and
2:30-5:3opm. Call (604) 822-5420.
Dinner Speaker Series
Life's Like That. Nancy Lord, fashion
designer. University Women's Club,
1489 McRae Ave. at 5:30pm. $35. Call
Classical, Near Eastern
And Religious Studies
Graduate Conference
Greek Sexual Violence And Etruscan
Tombs. Martin Kilmer, keynote speaker. Green College Great Hall at 7pm.
Continues May 5. Call (604) 734-2762.
Chan Centre Concert
Jon Kimura Parker, piano. Chan Centre at 3pm. $i2-$42. Call (604)
Next calendar deadline:
NOON, may 1
Bread Garden       iff 7:45am -
Barn Coffee Shop ™" 7:45am -
Edibles Snack Bar Jul 3 - Aug 10 8:00am -
IRC /SUBWAY 4Hli;imaa 8:00am -
MOA Cafe inside MOA Lobby 10:00am
Trek Express Jul 3 - Aug io 7:30am -
99 Chairs Apr30-Jui2 7:30am-
Pond Cafe at the Ponderosa 9:00am -
Pacific Spirit Place Daily 7:00am -
Espresso On the Go       m - f
Steam ies at the Bookstore M - F
SAGE at the University Centre
*■**• m-f     11:00am
SageTapas       (begins May 15)    3:30pm -
Phone: UBC - FOOD (822-3663)
- 4:00pm
8:30am - 7:00pm
11:00am - 6:00pm
7:00am - 3:00pm
9:30am - 3:00pm
- 2:30pm
CLOSED      Agora, Arts200 & Yum Yum's
Plant Sale
Horticulture Greenhouse from 9am-
6pm. Call (604) 822-3283.
Pathology Day Celebration
Bone, T-Cells And Mammalian Evolution. Dr. Josef Penninger, u of Toronto.
bc Institute for Children's and Women's Health Aud. (950 W. 28th Ave.)
from 3:30-4:30pm, Parking is limited.
E-mail mgugni@pathology.ubc.ca.
Call (604) 822-7102.
Participants Needed
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call to participate (604) 822-4919.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Leaders Wanted
A new program sponsored by the
Vancouver/Richmond Health Board.
"Living A Healthy Life with Chronic
Conditions", needs you. Volunteer
leaders preferably with, but. not limited to, chronic conditions, are needed
to give a self-management program
out in the community. Free training
includes information about the program, leader skills and helping people
to cope with serious health conditions. To inquire or register about
leader training or the programs,
e-mail mdavies@interchange.ubc.ca
or please call Mark Davies (604)
Eyeglasses Needed
Recycled eyeglasses/sunglasses are
desperately needed in the Third
World countries. Donors may drop off
any eyeglasses at the sub or ubc
Hosp. Call (604) 692-5616.
UBC Gardens
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden and the Shop in the
Garden will be open until Oct. 8 from
ioam-6pm daily including weekends.
For information call (604) 822-9666
or the shop (604) 822-4529.
Research Study
Researchers at the Dept. of Psychology are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women. The
aim of this study is to help women
who experience sexual difficulties.
Your confidentiality will be assured.
All participants will receive a detailed
sexual psychophysiological profile for
their participation. Ifyou are a
healthy, heterosexual, premenopausal
woman who is currently in a relationship, please call (604) 822-2952.
Habitat For Humanity UBC
Is looking for volunteers. Come help
out on the construction site and build
homes for low-income families — no
skills required. For more information
and to register for an orientation,
e-mail habitat@vancouver.net or call
Family Career Development Project
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and
adolescents talk about the youth's
future. If your family faces challenges
such as unemployment or illness, call
(604) 822-4919 to participate.
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? We are looking for
children (one to five years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in language studies in the Psychology Dept.
at ubc. You and your child, and a
trained researcher will play a word
game using puppets and toys or pictures. As you might imagine, children
find these word games a lot of fun.
During your visit, you will remain
with your child at all times. Ifyou (or
someone you know) might be interested in bringing your child for a 30-
minute visit to our research
playroom, please contact Dr. Hall's
Language Development Centre at
(604) 822-9294.
Born Between 1930 And 1976?
The Adult Development And Psycho-
metrics Lab at ubc is looking for men
and women born between 1930 and
1976 to participate in a series of focus
groups looking at what it means to be
your age today. Call (604) 822-5250.
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with type two diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program and Diabetes Centre are recruiting participants, who do not smoke or
use insulin, for a research project on
the effect of exercise on diabetes for
women. Call Darcve Cuff (604)
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Stephen Andrews: Likeness. Continues to May 13. Tuesday to Friday from
ioam-5pm, Saturday i2noon-5pm,
Sunday i2noon-5pm. (Closed Mondays and statutory holidays). Call
(604) 822-2759.
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole above the Rose Garden
on Thursdays at 12:45pm. Look for a
small group of people who are carrying binoculars and bird books, (and
bring vour own. ifyou have them).
Call (604) 822-9149.
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration and admirers ofthe University of
British Columbia we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Sage
is open Monday through Friday from
nam-2pm. Our luncheon menu
changes weekly and features a wide
selection of wines by the glass. For
reservations please call (604)
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBc/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study of
estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms and lung function. Must be 18-
50 years of age and not taking birth
control pills. Honorarium and free
peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call (604) 875-2886.
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at understanding how Parkinson's may affect complex activities such as managing
multiple tasks. Participation involves
performing fairly simple tasks, some
of which involves responding verbally
to computer screen displays. Ifyou
are a healthy person of the age 50
years or older, we are also in need of
several people to participate as part
of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. Call (604) 822-3227.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have experienced unwanted sexual activity, to
participate in a research project. If
you have ever had sex with someone
when you didn't want to, because the
other person continued the event
when you said no, forced or threatened to force you, or because you
were given alcohol or drugs, and you
would be interested in helping us
with our research, please call (604)
822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
Early Chinese Ceramics From The
Victor Shaw Gift. Continues to Oct.
30. Echoes 2001. Continues to May 13.
Continuing Traditions. Continues to
April 30. Attributed To Edenshaw:
Identifying The Hand OfThe Artist:
Two Case Studies: Northwest Coast
Art. Continues to Aug. 31. Conversations: The Tecson Philippine Collection. Continues to Sept. 3.
Anthropology 432 Student Projects:
What is Missing? Continues to Dec.
31. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday
nam-spm, Tuesday to 9pm (s-gpm
free). Call (604) 822-5087.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and offcampus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: use-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the May 10 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period May 13 tojune 16—is noon, May 1. UBC     REPORTS      I      APRIL     19.     2001
Globetrotting takes on a whole new meaning in the form of well-placed architectural
details at Green College. The college, which was founded eight years ago as an
experiment in graduate student learning, is home to wo residents, including graduate
students, post doctoral fellows and visiting scholars. Janet Anseii photo
Day, evening and Saturday morning
conversational courses start May 5
French, Spanish, Italian and German Immersion
Weekend at Sun Peaks Resort, April 28-29
Intensive and Immersion programs at UBC
in June and July
Immersion Programs in Bordeaux,
Nice, Sicily and Mexico
f Language Programs
and Services
UBC Continuing Studies
to people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). ptsd is
caused by events such as physical or
sexual assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call (604) 822-8040.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993, the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. Call (604)
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses for social activities and lectures. Its' main purpose
is to raise funds for student scholarships. There are 19 different interest
groups within the club, ranging from
art appreciation and bridge to hiking.
Do come and join us. Call Elizabeth
Towers, president (604) 224-5877 or
Gwyneth Westwick, membership
(604) 263-6612.
Twin Research
Are you or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the relationship types of fraternal and identical female twins. Ifyou can help by
completing some questionnaires and
being interviewed about relationships, please e-mail tmacbethC"
cortex.psych.ubc.ca or call (604)
Parents With Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out. We are
looking for parents with babies between four to 21 months of age, including babies raised in a bilingual
home, to participate in language development studies. Ifyou are interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, (604) 822-6408.
Statistical Consulting
And Research Lab (SCARL)
scarl offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to researchers. Resources include expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of statistical software. Web www.stat.ubc.ca/
scarl, e-mail scarl(« stat.ubc.ca or call
(604) 822-4037.
UBC Fencing Club
ubc Fencing Club meets every Monday and Thursday from 7-gpm iii the
Osborne Gym. Learn decision-making, poise and control. Newcomers
welcome. Drop-in fee. Leave message
at (604) 878-7060.
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours ofthe Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts are held every Thursday. Participants are asked to meet in
the Chan Centre main lobby at 1pm.
Special group tours can be booked
through www.chancentre.com or at
(604) 822-1815.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) Research
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a
study about managing symptoms.
Call (604) 875-5555 ext. 62366.
• Michael Smith Award for Excellence, www.cihr.ca:
• Synergy Award, www.nserc.ca/programs/synerg/:
For assistance with applications, call the Office ofthe
Vice-President, Research, at (604) 822-0234.
Writing Centre
Offering a variety of non-credit courses and services
to the university community and the general public
Academic or General Interest Courses
• Preparation for University Writing and the LPI
• Advanced Composition
• Getting Ahead with Grammar
• Writing for Graduate Students
• University Skills and Techniques
Professional Development Courses
• Report and Business Writing
• Writing for Film and Television
• Scientific Writing
• Freelance Article Writing
Personal Interest Courses
• Journal Writing
• Women's Writes: A Week of Workshops
Part-time courses in May and July
Information: 822-9564
H  www.cstudies.ubc.ca/wc
UBC   Supply   Management's
and Major
• Door Prizes
• Free Admission
• Refreshments
You're invited...Think About It.
Thursday, April 26
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. War Memorial Gym
To register visit www.supplymanagement.ubc.ca/tradeshow
At The Edge
Sustainable Development
in the 21st Century
Ann Dale
Throughout the world,
human growth and activity
patterns are slowly destroying
the earth. Hut it is not too late
to take action.
As Ann Dale argues, hope lies
in sustainable development -
the fundamental human
imperative of the 21st
century. She views
sustainable development as
the process of reconciling
three imperatives: the
ecological, the social, and the
Available through the UBC. bookstore, or Ku
Tel:   l-8(l()-5()l-8.S8:-i  /  la.\: 1-800-565-3770
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Donner blitz
Three books published by ubc
Press have been shortlisted for the
prestigious 2000/2001 Donner
Prize. The award recognizes the
best book on Canadian public policy. Seven finalists were chosen
from a field of 59 submissions.
ubc Press finalists include Citizens Plus: Aboriginal Peoples and
the Canadian State by Political Science Prof. Emeritus Alan Cairns;
Cycling into Saigon: The Conservative Transition in Ontario by David
Cameron and Graham White; and
Heavy Traffic: Deregulation, Trade
and Transformation in North
American Trucking by Daniel Ma-
The winner, to be announced
May 8, will receive $25,000. Two
runners-up will be awarded
$10,000 each.
'5 marvelous, Synergy
Nominations are sought for the
Synergy Awards.
Given by the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council
and the Conference Board of Canada, the national award recognizes
collaboration between universities
and industries in Canada in research and development.
Past UBC-industry collaborations  which   have  received  the
award include qlt Phototherapeu-
tics Inc. and paprican.
The deadline for nominations is
June 1.
For more information visit
It's telemental, really
The Mental Health Evaluation and
Community Consultation Unit
(mheccu) has received $400,000
in funding from Health Canada to
develop telemental health services
to rural and remote communities
in B.C.
Part ofthe Community Mental
Health Division in ubc's Dept. of
Psychiatry, the unit will be able to
increase access, efficiency and
quality of mental health services
offered through videoconferencing. Video education and training
on a range of mental health issues
for practitioners and families will
also be supported with the funding.
mheccu is one of five funded
projects valued at a total of $7 million through the Canada Health
Infostructure Partnerships and announced on campus recently by
Federal Health Minister Allan
Headed by Psychiatry Assoc.
Prof. Elliot Goldner, mheccu is a
non-profit organization that focuses on mental health service delivery, research and evaluation to
support improvements in mental
health services in B.C.
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HOUSE A perfect spot to reserve accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university members who visit throughout the
year. Close to ubc and other Vancouver attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of
ubc. 4103 W. io'h Ave., Vancouver,
bc, V6R2H2. Call or fax
(604) 222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to ubc. On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes TV, tea
and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates avail.
Call (604) 222-3461. Fax
(604) 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $60
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call (604) 822-8660 for more information and availability.
affordable fully-equipped suite
right on campus. Spacious one br
suites with kitchen, balcony, tv
and telephone. Ideal for visiting
lecturers, colleagues and families.
2001 rates from $ii9/night.  ubc
discounts available. Visit
www.westcoastsuites.com. Call
(604) 822-1000.
GUEST ROOMS Private rooms
on campus forvisitors to ubc on
academic business. Private bath,
double bed, telephone, tv, fridge,
in-room coffee. Dinner five days
per week. Breakfast seven days
per week. Competitive rates. Call
for information and availability
(604) 822-8788.
University Centre. Residence
offering superior hotel or kitchenette style rooms and suites. All
rooms have private bath, queen
bed, voice mail, cable TV and
Internet-linked PC. Beautiful view
of sea and mountains. For rates
and reservations visit www.pwias.
ubc.ca. Call (604) 822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near
the Chan Centre and moa. 17
modestly furnished rooms with
hall bath are avail. Daily rates
starting at $36. Meals or meal
plans are avail, in the school cafeteria. For more information call
(604) 822-9031 or (604) 822-9490.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call (604) 737-2687.
townhouse. Great view of water/city,
close to seawall, restaurant, stores,
sleeps four, sunny roof deck. Avail,
for rent in July four to six weeks.
$42o/wk. incl. util. Call
(604) 732-7444.
Westwind bright rancher. 1500 sq. ft.
Three BR, two bath, immaculate garden, quiet cul-de-sac, n/p. $1500/
mo. plus util. One year lease. Avail.
June orjuly 2001. E-mail ron.sue@
telus.net. Call (604) 876-4629 (eve.).
Aug. 15-Dec. 31. Balcony overlooking
garden, near beach, park, shopping
and buses. Two BR/bath, d/w, w/d,
furnished. $1500/1110. E-mail kemple
©interchange.ubc.ca. Call Tom
(604) 602-0891.
with homey, comfortable environment forvisitors to ubc and hospital.
Located near hospital. Rates $44.50-
$69.5o/night and weekly rates. Call
(604) 222-1062.
restored character three br. Fully
furnished. Yard, sundeck. Great for
family. Close to ubc and transit. July
and August (partjune possible).
$2,45o/mo. all inclusive (incl. housekeeper). E-mail artmm@netcom.ca.
Call (604) 738-4000.
three br home ideal for family, with
fenced yard and garden. All appliances, garage/workshop. Central
location near City Hall, Vancouver
General Hosp., shopping centre, close
to downtown, and on major bus
route. Avail. May 1. $1950/1110. Long-
term tenants preferred. Lease is avail.
Call (604) 261-5233 and if answering
machine is on, leave a message.
SUITE for rent. Bright, modern
basement suite with ten foot granite
counter in gourmet kitchen, two br,
two bath, shared laundry, alarm system, gas f/p in quiet, safe, wooded
neighbourhood (near33rd/Dunbar).
$1200 plus util. Avail, immed. Call
(604) 263-5851.
APARTMENTS now renting ubc
area. Presentation centre open daily.
Seven appliances, granite counters,
flexible interiors and more. Visit
www.universitymarketplace.net. Call
(604) 221-5900.
Deadline: for the May 10 issue: 12 noon, May 1.
Enquiries: ubc-info (822-4636) ■ Rate: $16.50 for 35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes GST.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to use Reports) or journal voucher.
HOUSE Deluxe furnished one br
apartment, top floor, inner courtyard avail, for light traveling n/s person or couple May 15-Sept. 30.
$i,400/mo inc. util. tv, stereo, linen,
china. Call (604) 228-0900.
Bed And Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.
com/locarnobeach. Call
FAMILY OF FIVE Three students
attending ubc, father retired contractor/businessman seeking house
sitting for the school year in September. Father very experienced in any
type of maintenance, repairs and
renovations. Call (604) 820-0401.
Fax (604) 820-0418.
5 day/40 hr. tesol teacher certification course (or by correspondence).
1,000s ofjobs avail, now. free information package, toll free
(888) 270-2941 or (780) 438-5704.
RETIRING in the next three years?
As a specialist who has assisted
many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and provide you with free retirement projections. Call for a complimentary
meeting at my place or yours! Don
Proteau, bcomm, cfp, rfp. E-mail:
dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca or call
(604) 687-7526.
Retirement income and financial
planning. Edwin Jackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Limited. Investments, life
insurance, annuities, know-how.
Call (604) 224-3540.
Will pick up, copy, and transcribe
data according to your needs. Reasonable rates, efficient, confidential,
accurate, and flexible. Excellent ref.
Greater Vancouver area. E-mail
donna_bucsis@telus.net. Call
(604) 826-5477 or 604-302-3128.
Located in the University Village,
#207 - 5728 University Blvd. Dr. Chris
Hodgson (physician), for appointment call (604) 222-2273 (222-CARE).
Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
call (604) 838-6684 (83-TOOTH).
WRITER will help you get your
book completed, published, etc.
Reasonable rates. E-mail
johnwatkyn@aol.com. Call
(604) 222-2175. UBC     REPORTS
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Rail giant funds
transport chair
Endowment will foster
interdisciplinary work in
faculties of Graduate
Studies and Commerce
Canadian national has pledged
Si.25 million to ubc to create the
cn Chair in Transportation and International Logistics.
ubc will match cn's gift to establish the S2.5-million cn Chair.
The interdisciplinary chair will
focus on research and teaching in
the fields of transportation, operations, logistics, supply chain management, land-use planning and
community decision-making to
lead to improved overall efficiency
in the world's transportation sector.
"ubc has a strong commitment
to foster a truly international university and our partnership with
the North American rail industry
leader means that we will be able
to attract more top international
scholars and students in this field,"
says ubc President Martha Piper.
"cn is proud to be a partner with
ubc," says cn president and chief
executive officer Paul M. Tellier.
"This chair will help develop new
expertise and lead research in
transportation and logistics. Canada's economic competitiveness
and prosperity depends very much
on the continued strength of its
freight railroads. For that reason,
this field of study builds for the future."
The endowment will bring together transportation expertise
from the Faculty of Graduate Studies' School of Community and Regional Planning and the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration.
"It is our goal to acquire the
human and physical resources to
develop a globally significant capability in the area of transportation
and logistics," says Faculty of Graduate Studies Dean Frieda Granot.
"The new chair will create an
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strength in teaching and research in
the transportation sector."
Building on the university's strong
research and teaching in transportation, logistics and public policy, the
chair will conduct research that contributes to national and international dialogue in the transportation sector, ubc and cn will share expertise
and new learning through workshops, conferences and executive
training in the partnership.
Home of Canada's oldest academic and professional graduate planning program, the School of Community and Regional Planning
maintains a strong focus on urban
land use and transportation planning with expertise in integrated
policy and planning research, professional education and community
Commerce's Centre for Transportation Studies fosters research and
outreach on economic and public
policy issues in transportation and
logistics while the Operations and
Logistics division offers a specialization in transportation and logistics at the undergraduate and master's level.
Honour Roll
Prof. James Dimmick has been
appointed head ofthe Pathology
Dept. in the Faculty of Medicine.
A ubc alumnus. Dimmick obtained his medical degree here in
1968 and joined the Faculty of
Medicine as a professor of Pathology in 1990. He most recently served as director of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine at b.c.'s
Children's Hospital since 1992.
He succeeds former head Prof.
Bruce McManus who now directs the new Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health,
part ofthe new Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Dr. Bruce Crawford has been appointed acting head ofthe Dept.
of Anatomy in the Faculty of
A faculty member since 1977.
Crawford is a ubc medical school
alumnus and also holds a doctorate in Zoology.
A researcher of morphogenesis, or how the body and organs
are formed, Crawford has also
worked with the Canadian Space
Agency investigating the effect of
microgravity on development.
Crawford replaces Dr. William
Ovalle who has led the department for the past five years.
for the
campus community
on the
Korea University —
UBC House student residence
Sunday, April 22,2001, 4 - 6 p.m.
Vanier Commons Block, 1935 Lower Mall
To present and review the schematic design for the Korea University
UBC House proposed to be constructed on the north-west corner of the
Place Vanier site adjacent to Northwest Marine Drive. The proposed 4,400
square-metre building is a six-storey 200-unit single student residence.
Subject to Board of Governors approval, construction is anticipated to
begin in August 2001 with occupancy in September 2002.
_ For information regarding access for persons with disabilities
j^— in the Vanier Commons Block, please call Gisela Haarbrucker
^_/V       at 822-9560. free parking will be available in the Fraser River
Parkade. Please pick up a parking pass after the meeting in
order to exit the parkade without charge.
Questions or for further information:
Contactjim Carruthers, Campus Planning & Development at 822-0469
Pathology Prof. James Dimmick
Classics Prof. Anthony Barrett.
English Prof.John Wilson Foster,
Math Prof. Dale Rolfsen, and Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education
Prof. Linda Siegel are the Peter
Wall Distinguished Scholars in
Residence for 2001.
Each year, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies selects
up to four faculty members as
Scholars are selected primarily on their outstanding research
record, particularly as it fits with
the institute's mandate to support basic, interdisciplinary research.
Each scholar receives an office
at the institute, an infrastructure
budget of $10,000 for any research-related expenses and up to
$5,000 for their research project.
The application deadline for
next year's competition is June 30.
For more information about
the program, visit www.pwias.
Kim Gordon, associate director.
Intercollegiate and High Performance in Athletics, has been
selected as Canada's chef de mission for t he 2001 Work) University (James.
A former member of the na
tional lowing team. Cordon will
lead Canada's contingent of some
225 athletes, coaches and stall' to
the bi-annual games to lake place
Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 in Beijing.
The games is t he second largest
international multi-sport event
next to the Olympics. .Approximately 5,000 athletes from more
than 150 countries take part.
Gordon served as assistant
chef. Operations, for Canada at
the 1999 World University games
in Palma de Mallorca. Spain, in
which 153 Canadians competed,
including eight from cbc.
Chef de mission Kim Gordon
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Beauty is in the eye of long-serving staff
They came for the spirit ofthe place and add their own
Kathy Brand has seen a lot of students in her 25 years in Student Health Services, ubc students make more than 35,000
visits a year to the unit seeking care of illness and injury, preventive medicine and counselling. Bruce Mason photo
She's the 'heart and soul'
Students away from home get an education in health
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
"kathy brand is the heart and
soul of this place," says Dr. Patricia
Mirwaldt, director of Student
Health Services, to which ubc students make 35,000 visits each year.
Brand, an administrative clerk,
is flattered by the compliment
from the sixth director under
whom she has served.
"I love my job, mainly because of
the team I work with."
"There is a good feeling here,"
she adds. "We 're providing a service which people really need and
appreciate and most directors,
doctors, nurses and support staff
leave only because they're retiring."
Much has changed since Brand
was hired Aug. 12,1976.
"I was a Clerk 1, the monthly salary was $760 and we were in the
Wesbrook building," she recalls.
The department now consists of
full- and part-time staff: 11 physicians, nine psychiatrists, four
nurses and seven support staff".
Brand, who has worked in every
clerical position in Student Health
Services, says the clinic has been
virtually paperless since 1985.
That made a big difference in
storage of records and statistics.
Two years ago a highly confidential
computer system was developed to
include such functions as scheduling scanning and lab reports.
"The biggest change is our basic
approach," she says. "We used to
take care of the injured and ill and
still do. But we are much more involved in education and prevention. For example, we have a wellness co-ordinator and we're adding
an expert on eating disorders."
She points out that many of the
clinic's clients are away from home
and their family doctor and want to
consult with someone about their
health. Students are preparing for
the outside world and a visit to the
clinic is a highly teachable moment.
"Students are wonderful and
very interesting, but high school
doesn't educate them to take responsibility for their health," says
Brand. "That's the best part of my
job, but don't get me wrong, I really do enjoy my holidays as well."
Flying like a bird
Weekdays he's grounded,
weekends he's airborne
by Andy Poon staffwriter
over the past 25 years, Ivan
Tomecek has been quietly tending
to the electronic needs ofthe Dept.
of Physics and Astronomy in his
role as an engineering technician.
But when the weekend arrives, the
58-year-old climbs up the mountains to jump off them.
Tomecek is an avid practitioner
of what he calls para-hiking — hiking one to two hours up a mountainside and then launching off
strapped to a para-glider.
"I use to climb in Germany and
my dream was to fly like a bird off
the mountain and not have to
climb down after I reached the
top," he says.
Tomecek says he was attracted
in part to Vancouver in 1974 because ofthe local mountaintops.
"I consider my home the mountains," he says. When he was considering immigrating to Canada in
pursuit of a better future for his
family,  the  clincher  came  when
Ivan Tomecek
some Canadian friends showed
him pictures of Whistler mountain.
Although he didn't immediately
join ubc when he arrived in Canada, Tomecek says that he had always aimed to work here someday.
He had learned about the university in Germany and been impressed by its reputation.
Tomecek's work day can take
him from making repairs on x-ray
machines to building electronic
circuit boards for researchers and
students to experiment upon.
"It is ideal work," he says. "I like
the wide variety of activities,
knowledge and skills I use — it's
never boring."
Ambassador' for department and ubc
A 'little knowledge of cleaning goes a long way
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
on Fiji might seem like a fantasy
job for many, but for Michael Khan
the opportunities waiting in Canada proved more attractive.
Khan arrived here in 1974, and
after spending two years as a bartender in Vancouver's Hyatt Hotel,
he happened to visit the Museum
of Anthropology.
"I took a look around and became very keen — this was a beautiful place," says Khan who soon got
a job as a janitor with 'little knowledge of cleaning' as he puts it.
He is now ubc's head service
worker and for 18 years has been a
supervisor of 45 custodial staff.
He is responsible for custodial
services at about 40 per cent of all
buildings on the west side of campus,
including Cecil Green Park, Norman
MacKenzie House and the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues.
He also sets up major ceremonies on campus that can include
visits by world leaders.
"A highlight was meeting Boris
Yeltsin and Bill Clinton," says Khan
who helped with the arrangements
when the then presidents' 1993 Vancouver Summit took place at ubc.
The ability to handle a myriad of
details is daily fare for a man who
must provide everything from gigantic tents to umbrella stands.
One of his biggest yearly challenges is the set-up for Congregation ceremonies, which he has seen
grow from a three-day event at War
Memorial Gym to 22 ceremonies
spanning a week at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Thousands of parents, students,
faculty and dignitaries move
through the building and it has to
be spotless with only limited time
for cleaning between ceremonies.
"Mike is a wonderful ambassador for his department and for ubc
during Congregation," says Ceremonies manager Eilis Courtney.
"He's invaluable to us."
Maintaining modern buildings
is a simple job he says compared to
cleaning the former Second World
War army huts that served as
classrooms when he first arrived at
In addition to his supervisory
duties, Khan makes time for his involvement with ubc's United Way
Michael Khan
ubc is also where Khan met his
wife, Fernanda, who works at ubc
Bookstore and to whom he has
been married five years.
"This is the greatest job — I
meet so many people. I have no
complaints at all."


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