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a place of mind
September 2011
World, meet
the Okanagan
Grey's Anatomy:
UBC edition
The President's Town Hall 2011
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Students encounter a new level of diversity on campus.
How do they learn from it?
By Heather Amos
Acting Director
randy schmidt randy.schmidt@ubc.ca
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basil waugh basil.waugh@ubc.ca
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at the Vancouver campus
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activities to enhance their spirituality
Aboriginal students
(at both campuses)
represent more than
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31% Speak Cantonese or Mandarin as their first language
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57% of first-year students commute to and from the
Vancouver campus; 23% of students spend 6-10 hrs/week
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registered with the
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Only 1% spoke French as their first language
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Public Affairs
Alden Habacon is UBC's Director of
Intercultural Understanding Strategy
You'd expect to experience culture
shock while traveling the world, but
going to university?
"Culture shock can catch some
UBC students by surprise," says
Alden Habacon, UBC's Director of
Intercultural Understanding Strategy
Development. Given the noticeably
large numbers of international and
Canadian-born visible minority
students, arriving on campus can be
especially shocking for students who
come from rural, more homogenous
"Other universities are still trying to
bring diversity to their schools," says
Habacon. "UBC's Vancouver campus
is already a multicultural place, but
merely having contact with diversity
isn't enough."
Habacon's job is to make UBC's
diversity more meaningful for students,
faculty, staff and alumni.
"One-third of UBC students are of
Chinese descent," says Habacon.
"Does that mean that the other
two-thirds of our students leave UBC
with a better understanding of what it
means to be of Chinese descent in the
Habacon was appointed last October,
one month before the publication
of a controversial Maclean's article,
originally titled "Too Asian?" The
article sparked debates across the
country about the ability of universities
to create communities where students
from different backgrounds can work
together and "hang out" in inclusive
circles of friends.
The Maclean's article framed the
issue around groups of students from
different ethnic backgrounds but
Habacon's definition of culture goes
beyond ethnic boundaries.
"The factors that influence a person's
cultural identity the most are often
where they have lived, who their
partner is, their education and their
work," says Habacon. "The biggest
cultural differences among many UBC
students aren't ethnic, but whether they
are from a rural or urban community
and whether they live on campus or
Habacon has been gathering
information from meetings and focus
groups with students, faculty and staff.
He's found that people commonly
complain about two things on campus:
that UBC is a difficult place to make
friends, and that we are "bad at
high-risk conversations" on issues like
racism, abortion and religion—or don't
have them all.
Habacon believes the university
needs designated "neutral spaces" where high-risk conversations can take place and where such dialogues are supported
by trained facilitators. He envisions a UBC where people with
a diversity of opinions can take part in a discussion and come
away, not in agreement, but with a greater understanding of
varying perspectives of complex issues.
Ultimately, Habacon says students themselves will drive
change in campus dynamics. He believes students want to go
to a university for an intercultural experience—not just the
classes—and want to experience the maximum benefit of a
diverse campus.
"For me, a good measure of success would be to hear that
students at UBC are building circles of friends from all over
the world," says Habacon. •
"The factors that influence
a person's cultural identity
the most are often where they
have lived, who their partner is,
their education and their work/'
says Habacon.
To get involved, contribute or share ideas or concerns, please
email alden.habacon aubc.ca. Students can also connect with
their AMS reprentatives and Students Services.
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   September 2011 World, meet the Okanagan
jMore students from around the world are experiencing
:Canadian living at UBC's Okanagan campus.
By Paul Marck
More than 100 international and
out-of-province students got a crash
course in living and learning in the
stunning beauty of the Okanagan region
through the Jump Start and Kick Start
orientation programs at UBC's Okanagan
Now in its fourth year at this campus,
Jump Start is an intense, six-day
orientation program. It includes on-
campus accommodation and plenty of
one-on-one mentoring with returning
international student volunteers like
Samantha Batliner from Guatemala.
From university English writing
sessions, to setting up bank accounts and
getting a cell phone, the program staff
and volunteers provide academic and
relocation support, social and cultural
workshops and hands-on experiences-
including off-campus day trips to
Okanagan Lake and the Interior Provincial
Exhibition and Stampede. This year, 72
international students and a dozen
volunteers participated in Jump Start.
"Jump Start has proven itself as an
orientation tool for international students
to find their feet early," says Teresa
Flanagan, manager of International
Programs and Services, which organizes
Jump Start. "It sets the stage to create
academic success at a higher level."
Designed for out-of-province students,
the Kick Start program debuted this year
with 30 students from across Canada—
from the North West Territories to New
"Kick Start was developed because we
know that students are more successful
in university when they feel a sense of
belonging to their new campus and
surrounding community," says Michelle
Lowton, Associate Director of Student
Development and Advising.
-Konyerem Tobechukwu Achimole-lbe and Samantha Batliner are enjoying their second year as international students at UBC's Okanagan campus.
-Last year, 74 countries were
represented by international students,
on the Okanagan campus, up from 22
;in 2005.
Konyerem Tobechukwu
'Achimole-lbe experienced culture
-shock in more ways than one when he
-arrived at UBC's Okanagan campus
-from Nigeria last October.
The 18-year-old pre-pharmacy
^student says technology is one ofthe
^major educational differences between
^Canada and home. Here, students
mostly work on their own classroom lab
equipment, while in Nigeria 15 students
-might share a piece of equipment.
-Sometimes there was no equipment for
hands-on experience at all and students
^simply relied on textbook illustrations.
^Doing everything via computer and the
^Internet is also a new experience.
"In Nigeria you write everything out
in long hand and pay someone to type it
for you," says Achimole-lbe.
He also notes that many foreign students
are initially reluctant to speak up in class.
"Some people don't answer questions in
Canada because of their accent," he says.
"They're afraid they won't be understood."
However, he notes foreign students
quickly become comfortable and are
gratified and gain confidence from the
support they get from teachers and
Samantha Batliner arrived at UBC's
Okanagan campus from Panjachel,
Guatemala, with an English-language
high-school academy background and
found herself quickly immersed in
university life thanks to the Jump Start
orientation program (see sidebar on next
She found one key difference: there are
no second chances in paper-writing.
"If we turned in a paper at the academy
back home, the teachers would give it
back to us if they thought we could do
better," says Batliner. "At university,
you don't have that opportunity.
Your first effort has to be your best."
The 18-year-old says it was also a
transition going from being a mentor
in a K-12 school to being among the
youngest on campus at UBC. Now as
a volunteer with Jump Start, Batliner
has had the opportunity to guide
newcomers and serve as a role model.
Her new cultural quest: finding her
favourite ethnic food in the Okanagan. •
For news from the Okanagan campus,
follow aubconews on Twitter and
facebook www.facebook.com/ubconews.
"In Nigeria you
write everything
out long hand and
pay someone to
type it for you."
Sustainable residence living
in the Okanagan
Two new Okanagan campus residences will immerse
students in a living environment that is both social and more
The Cassiar and Purcell student residences—completed
in September 2010 and this month, respectively—provide
new housing spaces for nearly 350 students, meaning fewer
students have to travel to and from campus each day.
With a combined price tag of $22 million, the residences
feature a number of best green practices.
High efficiency furnaces and water and lighting fixtures
reduce energy consumption. If a student forgets to turn off
their lights when they head to class, sensors turn down their
heat and lights automatically.
Thanks to a geo-exchange heating and cooling system,
Purcell will use only half the energy of similar buildings that
use standard systems, while generating additional energy
from solar panels. Basil Waugh
The Cassiar residence boasts sustainability features including a
retention "creek" that reduces stormwater runoff.
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The President's Town Hall 2011
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Two awards in the amount of $5,000 each will be
presented at the Fall 2011 convocation. One is awarded in
the senior category (12+ years of university appointment)
and the other in the mid-career category (up to 11 years).
Awards for
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and extent of mentoring of graduate students.
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within 24 months prior to commencing the fellowship.
Submit applications directly to UBC departments.
Each department sets its own submission deadline.
A maximum of one nominee from each department is
submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than
4:00 PM on Friday, November 25, 2011
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October 29-November 6,2011
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opportunities available to our students, faculty, staff
and community at UBC Vancouver.
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development opportunities through open lectures,
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New tool
measures sustainability
of sports events
UBC is pioneering a concept of the university as a living laboratory for
sustainability, where academic and operational sectors collaborate to
address pressing global sustainability challenges.
By Basil Waugh
Diehard hockey fans may be able to
recite scores for the entire Stanley
cup playoffs, but ask about the games'
carbon footprint and they'd be stumped.
To date, no professional sports
organization or league has made a
concerted effort to measure how their
operations impact the environment
aside from mega-events such as
Olympic Games.
But sports executives may soon have
a new tool for measuring their climate
change impacts, thanks to a pioneering
UBC research project.
The university recently published
North America's first carbon footprint
calculation of a sports event that
measures the entire life cycle of
game-related greenhouse gasses.
Focusing on a recent varsity men's
basketball game between the UBC
Thunderbirds and Thomson Rivers
University's Wolf Pack, researchers
found the event generated five tonnes
of carbon emissions—the equivalent of
360 cars commuting to the university
for a day.
A whopping 73 per cent ofthe event's
carbon emissions resulted from travel
to and from the game. Travel by the
event's 560 spectators, largely by car,
produced half of the total emissions,
while the visiting team's 400-kilometre
bus trip from B.C.'s interior to
Vancouver produced 15 per cent of total
emissions— and the largest per capita
impact, by far.
The other major sources of
event carbon emissions were: food
and beverage (12 per cent), team
accommodations (11 per cent), venue
operation and infrastructure (three per
cent) and event materials and waste
(one per cent).
The findings were shared last month
in Portland, Oregon at the Green Sports
Alliance Summit 2011, founded by
sports organizations from the Pacific
Northwest, including the Vancouver
Canucks, Portland Trailblazers and
Seattle Mariners. The research is also
scheduled to be presented at the World
Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland
later this month.
Matt Dolf, lead author ofthe
study, from UBC's Centre for Sport
and Sustainability (CSS), calls the
research an important first step toward
understanding the environmental
impact of everyday sporting events.
"The carbon footprint of a single
UBC basketball game may seem
relatively modest compared to the tar
sands, but over a 200-game varsity
season, it quickly adds up," says Dolf,
a PhD candidate in UBC's School of
Kinesiology and L'Ecole Polytechnique
Federale de Lausanne's School of Civil
and Environmental Engineering, in
"And ifyou take a step back from
UBC and consider the impacts of other
teams and leagues—the NFL, the NBA,
the NHL, Premier League Soccer—you begin to see sports
organizations' significant environmental impacts, which few
scientists or sports organizations are currently working to
assess in any rigorous way," he says.
The study was commissioned to support UBC's target of
zero carbon emissions by 2050, the most aggressive carbon
reduction target among the world's top 40 universities,
according to Kavie Toor of UBC Athletics and Recreation,
which encompasses 27 varsity sports teams, 10 sports facilities
and more than 100 recreation programs.
"This study has helped us better understand our impacts and
where we need to focus our efforts to reduce the footprint of
our operations," says Toor, Associate Director of Facilities and
Business Development. "We think we can make improvements
in all categories, but knowing travel is our largest contributor,
A recent varsity men's basketball
game generated five tonnes
of carbon emissions.
we can now think creatively about how
best to address the issue."
While cutting out team travel
completely is impossible, the
researchers offer a number of general
recommendations to help sports
organizations reduce it. These include
increased back-to-back games in a
single city, the use of hotels near to
stadiums and regional competition.
Teams can play a role in promoting
sustainable modes of transportation
to their fans and game tickets should
double as transit passes—a strategy
widely used in Europe and partially
adopted during the 2010 Vancouver
Winter Games, the researchers say.
While many recommendations
require cooperation with partners—
the Canadian Interuniversity Sports
league, Translink and other teams, for
example—Toor says UBC is moving
forward in several ways, including a
major clean energy retrofit program for
venues and a revamped composting
and waste management program.
They also plan to prioritize local
suppliers and increase their digital
marketing and promotions in an effort
to reduce paper usage.
CSS and UBC Athletics and
Recreation are now summarizing
their findings and process into a
user-friendly tool the department and
other sports organizations can use to
track the impacts of all their individual
events. •
For more information on the
Centre for Sport and Sustainability,
a legacy of the 2010 Winter Games,
and Athletics and Recreation, visit:
www.css.ubc.ca and
Life cycle assessment
of carbon footprint
The UBC basketball study is North
America's first use of life cycle
assessment (LCA) to examine the
environmental impact of a sports event.
Unlike other carbon footprint methods,
which typically only track items an
organization has budgetary control over,
the LCA approach measures all relevant
impact sources, regardless of their
institutional ownership, including
resource extraction, processing,
distribution, use and disposal.
Study author Matt Dolf says 97 per
cent of the event emissions his team
captured using LCA's comprehensive
"cradle-to-grave" approach would have
been considered "indirect" under BC
Carbon Tax guidelines and other
internationalstandards—and therefore
would not require reporting.
For example, emissions due to
spectator travel are often excluded
from reported impacts of events
because these emissions are not directly
influenced by the event operator.
"LCA is gaining broad acceptance as
a transparent, robust method for
understanding of the total impacts of
an event," says Dolf, a member the LCA
Alliance, an interdisciplinary group of
UBC graduate students promoting and
applying environmental life cycle
"If your goal is to know the complete
carbon footprint of an event—not just
what you are fiscally or legally
responsible for—then it is important that
more organizations adopt life cycle
assessment," he says.
Matt Dolf, Centre for Sport and Sustainability (left), and Andrew Hass,
UBC Athletics, are working to reduce the environmental impacts of
sporting events.
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Engineering students "travel"
the world to embrace ambiguity
By Lorraine Chan
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APSC 263 students have also proposed small-scale solutions
to process indigo leaves into a natural dye that can be sold by
impoverished farmers in western India. The indigo plant has the
added benefit of fixing nitrogen in the soil, making it a useful
rotation crop.
One team came up a bike-powered method to speed the
aeration of indigo, which helps to solidify the dye into small
briquettes. Currently, indigo producers use paddles to manually
oxidize the indigo in each vat.
Schematic of bike-powered aerator by Ritwik Chowdhury, Diego
Ribas-Cadle, Yuan Sunarto and Adrian Tong
A woman stands in a field of indigo plants (top). A vat of indigo dye ready for aeration (below).
If you think a trek from the Bus Loop to class is arduous, try
traveling halfway around the world. That's what students in
the Applied Science 263: Technology and Development course
do every week—metaphorically speaking, that is.
Dubbed "The Global Engineer," the course invites students
to propose solutions to complex real-life problems identified
by artisans in India.
For example, the Khatri brothers, a family of natural dyers in
the Kutch desert in western India, require large quantities of
water for the dyeing process. However, the only source of water
is from a borewell, so it is full of impurities. Minerals like salt
interfere with how the dye's colour adheres to cloth, while iron
"saddens" or darkens the dye's colour. Students devised an
ingenious and workable solution of using tiers of buckets filled
with sand and charcoal to filter and purify the water.
These challenges sparked Calvin Lee's interest. During the
course last term, Lee and his teammates delved into ways for
harnessing solar energy to power industrial sewing machines
for a small company in Bagru, Rajasthan—where electricity
is very expensive and intermittent. Lee credits the course for
honing his professional and life skills.
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"I used to think that engineering was
just about technicalities, accuracy and
calculations," says Lee, who graduated
from UBC this spring and is currently
working as an electrical engineer. "But
this course radically changed my views
on that. I understand now just how
significantly the social, economic and
cultural aspects of an engineering
problem can affect the outcomes, not to
mention the importance of respecting
the community's desires."
"We're not giving them neat text-book
problems with pre-determined
solutions," says Carla Paterson
who teaches the course with fellow
instructor Annette Berndt.
Berndt and Paterson, along with
UBC learning and teaching researcher
Joanne Nakonechny, focused on shaping
a course that would deepen students'
"We're asking students to develop a
tolerance for ambiguity/1 says Berndt.
social and cultural understanding, while
also enhancing their critical thinking
and problem-solving skills.
"We're asking students to develop a
tolerance for ambiguity," says Berndt.
To identify real-world problems, the
instructors work with Charllotte Kwon,
a social entrepreneur and founder ofthe
Vancouver-based Maiwa Foundation
and Maiwa Handprints Ltd, who also
helps paint a picture ofthe societal and
environmental "big picture" for the
students and presents the solutions to
the artisans in her travels back to India.
"I'm always very excited to see the
students' presentations," says Kwon.
"Despite working with budget or time
constraints, their optimism allows
them to come up with very creative and
technically sound solutions." •
Follow Charllotte Kwon's blog at
The deliciousness
By Lorraine Chan
Fourth-year students in the Food, Nutrition and Health program
get to explore the science of delicious and healthy food as part
of their capstone course FNH 425 at the Faculty of Land and
Food Systems (LFS).
To gain hands-on experience as a food science major, students
conduct research on problems identified by industry sponsors
over both terms, from September through April. One of the
program's industry partners is Wild Sweets® By Dominique &
Cindy Duby, the Richmond, B.C.-based artisan chocolatiers
famed for exotic chocolates made right from beans into
Through industry projects, LFS students gain valuable work
experience that encompasses quality assurance, regulatory and
nutrition labeling considerations, analysis of chemical, physical,
nutritional or sensory properties, and microbiological
Their homework: chocolates
filled with honey caramel
peanuts and galangal pecan
praline. Learning doesn't get
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Nathan Dick, a critical nurse (left) and Bob Penhale, a paramedic (right) are part of a team of health providers helping
train medical resident Dr. Simon Moore (centre) at Nanaimo Reginal General Hospital.
It's a normal day on the wards for residents and MD
students at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH),
until paramedics rush a patient with chest pains into the
emergency room. A team of health professionals rapidly
assemble. Two residents take the lead—organizing the
team, making quick decisions in the face of uncertainty.
A respiratory technician hooks the patient to oxygen,
while a nurse attaches electrodes to monitor vital signs.
An MD student helps paramedics transfer the patient to the
emergency room stretcher. Then, suddenly, the patient moans,
closes his eyes, and stops breathing.
The team's response in the following minutes will determine
whether the patient lives or dies.
Such a high-risk encounter might have proven too stressful
for young physicians and health professional trainees, if not for
the fact that the patient, though highly animated— he speaks,
breathes, bleeds and vomits—is a high-tech mannequin and
the centrepiece of simulation training exercises carried out
in NRGH's newly built academic space for UBC's Faculty of
The Faculty now has more than 900,000 square-feet of
academic space province-wide for training young doctors
in simulated and real-life situations. New hospital-based
academic spaces in Surrey, Campbell River, Comox, Duncan,
Prince George, Kelowna and Kamloops, complete with video
conference technology, seminar and clinical skills rooms,
offices, and lounges —will soon transform learning for MD
students and residents by placing them at the center of care in
community hospitals throughout British Columbia.
Part ofthe Faculty's ongoing efforts to train doctors in rural
communities across B.C., such spaces keep students connected
to their supervisors, their colleagues, and to the curriculum
while undergoing training in a hospital by providing a
safe place to discuss patients and learning objectives.
Video-conferencing allows learners and physicians to
participate in seminars and lectures taking place elsewhere in
the province. Access to books, clinical materials and a medical
library enables students to learn more about what they are
seeing on the hospital wards. In these real-world settings,
students receive hands-on learning and supervision from
physicians and inter-professional members ofthe healthcare
team; however, learning often goes far beyond clinical skills.
"Collaboration is one ofthe newer things we encounter on
the wards," says Shelly Mark, a third-year MD student in
the Island Medical Program. "Going
through medical school you learn
about diagnosis, therapy, interviewing
patients and medical history-taking,
but on the wards you get to meet
with patients and their family, and
with other healthcare professionals.
It's nice to see all ofthe services and
work a healthcare team puts in for a
patient, and to see the outcome is quite
For Mark, who is from Ucluelet,
and hopes to stay on the Island for
residency training and one day practise
medicine near her hometown, moving
beyond the campus classroom and large
urban centres to community hospitals
has better prepared her for the future.
"It is a fantastic way to learn and
practise medicine. We have more
clinical exposure earlier on," says Mark.
"We're having a lot of fun, but we are
learning a lot at the same time. We are
meeting a lot of patients and doctors and
getting career counselling along the way."
As for the mannequin, he survived to
help the next team practise response to
acute stroke. •
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If you are a student in Vancouver, check
your class schedule. You may be among
the first students to study in North
America's greenest building this fall.
The 450-seat lecture theatre in the
Centre for Interactive Research on
Sustainability (CIRS) on UBC's Vancouver
campus features a dramatic ceiling made
of pine beetle-damaged wood, built-in
skylight complete with dimmer shades,
and adjustable air vents on the floor to
provide natural ventilation.
Carpets in the theatre and throughout
the building are non-toxic, fully recyclable
and were produced using renewable
energy, and toilets draw water from the
rainwater harvest system built into the
Don't be surprised if you hear the calls
of nature during class. The lecture
theatre's green roof provides a meadow
environment for birds, insects and native
plants and reduces urban heat island
Make sure you bring your own coffee
mug. The Loop Cafe offers fresh,
distinctive and organic food—but no
disposable packaging.
Glasses to be housed in the CIRS lecture
theatre this fall include:
APSC 150
PSYCH 100, 101, 102, 376
EOSC 114
For more information on CIRS,
visit www.cirs.ubc.ca.
Want more sustainability in your course
load? Meet Kshmata Hunter
on page 13.
Scan to check in at CIRS
The new lecture theatre of CIRS features
a dramatic ceiling and skylight.
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Congratulations to our
Killam Postdoctoral Fellows
UBC's Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships attract the brightest scholars from around the
world. Established by Mrs. Dorothy Killam in memory of her husband, candidates are nominated
by UBC departments. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is proud to honour this year's Killam
Postdoctoral Fellows and their supervisors.
Craig Chapman, Psychology, with Drs. James Enns and Todd Handy
Kerry Knox, Chemistry, with Dr. Ruth Signorell
Bonnie Leung, Chemistry, with Dr. Keng Chang Chou
Tatiana Nomokonova, Anthropology, with Dr. Andrew Martindale
David Smith, Botany, with Dr. Patrick Keeling
Lea Tiduciea
A&E Research Design
and Analysis
Research Design
• Test development
•  Data Analysis
•  Program Evaluation
•  Professional Licensure
Dr. Elizabeth Tench
Learning out of the box
Classes, homework
and exams don't
have to be the
only part of
your university
UBC students
in Vancouver or
Kelowna can also
earn through work,
while volunteering,
on a different
continent or by
getting involved in
a community project,
Trek Reading Week
Through the TREK and Reading Week
programs, the UBC-Community Learning
Initiative offers students opportunities
to volunteer at schools and not-for-
profits to explore real-world issues.
Volunteering has been part of Tlell
Brown-Bentley's life since attending
high school in Surrey, B.C. After finding
a TREK program brochure in residence,
the first-year Integrated Sciences
student signed up for the Math
Mentorship program. For two hours a
week, Brown-Bentley traveled to an
East Vancouver school to help Grade 8
students with their math course. She
spent most of her time working with
students who were uninterested and
unengaged, many of them taking the
same class for the second time. Brown-
Bentley's perseverance paid off when
the students started to open up: "I felt
that at some point each of these
students had a mini-epiphany and
understood the math concepts better,"
she says.
"It was great to get into the community.
I felt like I was really contributing to
their education."
Heather Amos
Office: 604-209-5074
Email: etench(Q>shaw.ca
Students in the Arts Co-op program in
Vancouver alternate between academic
terms and challenging, practical, and
paid work experiences that provide
transformative workplace learning.
For the first three years of his
degree, Aaron Cheng found his classes
stimulating and enjoyable. But the
geography major also felt lost. He
knew he was interested in
environmental issues but didn't feel
like he was moving towards anything
specific. This summer, Cheng landed
an Arts Co-op position with the
Capital Regional District in Victoria,
compiling cycling data for the region
and working on the city's first bike
maps. "Co-op gave me a sense of how
much I can use my education in the
real world," says Cheng, who has since
decided to pursue urban planning, a
career that will allow him to make a
difference in the community and the
environment. "Co-op gives you the
field experience and it helps you
decide what kind of jobs you might be
interested in."
Heather Amos
Service Learning
Go Global's ISL program gives students
the opportunity to go abroad and work
on community-led projects that
address regional needs.
From an early age, Donovan Duncan
wanted to do international aid work,
specifically for children. He got his
chance at the beginning of his third
year at UBC, when he spent three
months in Vuvulane, a village in
northeastern Swaziland, a country
with the world's most severe HIV/
AIDS epidemic. Working with the
relief organization SOS Children's
Villages, the Kelowna, B.C. native
assisted nurses with non-medical tasks
in the local clinic, and spent his "off
hours" engaging in casual
conversations with male teens about
HIV and AIDS, promoting the use of
condoms and the ease and benefits of
circumcision, which has been shown
to lower the risk of contracting the
virus. "The highlight was being able to
build personal relationships with the
community members," says Duncan,
who begins working toward his
medical degree at UBC this month.
"As a result of this experience, I am
more culturally aware, more culturally
sensitive and more culturally
open-minded than I was before."
Brian Kladko
Through CSL courses, the
UBC-Community Learning Initiative
offers students the opportunity to
earn credits while they work with
community partners to resolve complex
issues in the community.
Fourth-year Arts student Maya Reisz
wanted more from her university
experience than lectures, readings and
writing papers. "I wanted to do more
with people and I wanted to know
what people do outside of a university,"
says the Boston, MA native. A sociology
and psychology double-major, Reisz
has done three CSL courses, exploring
the lives of Vancouver's immigrants, on
consumers and consumption, and the
psychology of a community. "You need
to be active," she says. "The more you
put into it, the more you get out of it."
Heather Amos
Okanagan Campus
Patrick Murphy from the Okanagan
campus learned first-hand how Mayans
put food on the table last spring when
he participated in the Spanish Summer
Field School.
The Trinidad-born Murphy wasn't
thrilled about a 3:30am wake-up call or
the cocktail of bug repellent and sweat,
but learned to turn fresh corn into
empanadas using a hand-cranked
grinder and to embrace the simple
things in life. "Their life is so much
harder than ours," says Murphy. "But
they appreciate their lives so much
more than the average Canadian
appreciates ours."
Part of the community service
learning initiative, the field school took
Murphy and [five] other students to
three different communities in Mexico,
where they volunteered in jungle
villages and helped clean up a
university research station ravaged by
Hurricane Dean in 2007.
Dan Odenbach
Have sustainability on your mind?
Remember this face
Her name is Kshamta Hunter and she is
a student advisor with a sustainability
twist on the Vancouver campus.
Kshamta keeps track of UBC's diverse
offerings of sustainability-oriented
courses, programs, and co-curricular
learning opportunities and works one-
on-one with students to help them
understand how to incorporate
sustainability in their studies, regardless
of their chosen field. She is also available
to assist faculty and staff on
sustainability learning-related questions.
E-mail Kshamta at kshamta.hunter@
ubc.ca or find her at the Sustainability
Education Resource Centre, located on
the main floor of the Centre for
Interactive Research on Sustainability
And while you're there, check out
features that make CIRS the greenest
building in North America.
Did you know?
UBC currently offers more than 350
sustainability related courses and 25
sustainability related degree programs.
for more information.
Check Out
The CIRS Lecture Hall featured on
page 11 of this issue.
Change for the greener
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is challenging UBC students to leverage their $2.25
"Lighter Footprint Fee" into big change. The new levy goes to the Sustainability Projects
Fund, which was approved last spring through a student fee referendum.
The fund—currently at $90,000—makes available from $2,000 to $8,000 and beyond
for student-led projects to boost sustainability, including business plans, social
enterprise ventures, research, and community building projects.
Submissions will be reviewed monthly by the AMS Sustainability Projects Committee,
consisting of student and AMS council members, members of the University
Sustainability Initiative and the AMS VP Finance.
To learn more or submit your proposal, visit amssustainability.ca or contact Justin
Ritchie, AMS Sustainability Coordinator, at sustainability aams.ubc.ca or on twitter
at @jritch.
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Whether you are an old hand at blogging or
a newbie to Twittersphere, these members
of UBC's social media community are sure
to enrich your life online.
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UBC Blog Squad Real UBC experience by real UBC students
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Vancouver's goal to become the world's Greenest City by 2020
Marketing: Fun and useful, try now! UBC Marketing Prof. Paul Cubbon helps
you become a great marketer
Asia Pacific Memo Accessible scholarly writing about contemporary Asia
UBC Insiders Independent, student-run news source covering issues
that matter at UBC http://ubcinsiders.ca/
A model campus garden on UBC's Okanagan campus, the Learning Garden
http://learninggarden.blogspot.com/wns originally designed and built by the
Environmental Education graduate class and their instructor Dr. Veronica
Gaylie in 2006.
Thoughts on Science and Math Education by UBC curriculum and pedagogy
professor Marina Milner-Bolotin
Reportr.net Dynamic blog on media, society and technology run by award
winning journalist and UBC journalism professor Alfred Hermida
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The Green Room A UBC economist's reflections on environmental policy
Project GROW which stands for Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women—is
a project based at the Okanagan campus aimed at improving the health and
economic situation of women in northern Ghana.
Project Seahorse Advancing marine conservation
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Boost your academic endeavors with tools, spaces,
workshops or sit on the Student Library Advisory
Council at the Okanagan's Learning Commons
Call on the Library Robot (aka the Automated
Storage and Retrieval System) to fetch a book, a
journal, a map or a vinyl record on the Vancouver
Find research and teaching materials, including
28,000 retrospective UBC theses and dissertations
on cIRcle, UBC's information repository—or
contribute your own
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Peruse letters by Charles Darwin and Florence
Nightingale in the ever-growing digital collections
Tour the sacred sites of Burma or peer into the
psychology of gambling guided by Webcast lectures
Hear Canadian writers Timothy Taylor, Matthew J.
Trafford and Linda Besner read from their works
this month in the Robson Reading Series
Visit the historic Chung Collection and put yourself
in the shoes of an early immigrant to B.C. from
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Read what more than 20 UBC librarians are saying
in the blogsphere
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