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Posted on 30 August, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island announced today that Mark English has accepted the position of head coach of the UPEI Women’s Basketball program, effective immediately.

English, who holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from Memorial University, has an extensive basketball background. He was most recently the assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at Lakehead University and was their chief recruiting officer. While English was at Lakehead, the team had four consecutive appearances in the CIS nationals. He is also the director of Blaze Basketball, the local club program in Thunder Bay.

Previously, English was the coordinator and lead instructor of Memorial University’s basketball camps and assistant coach with the men’s basketball team. He has been both a head coach and an assistant coach with numerous Newfoundland...

Posted on 28 August, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island would like to congratulate former student athlete Tyler Shaw who was asked to write the official song for the U-20 FIFA Women's Soccer World Cup 2014 championships recently held in Moncton, New Brunswick. The video for the song, which appears on YouTube, features Shaw sporting a UPEI Panthers jersey.

“It was an honour and a privilege to have had the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup official song for 2014. I’ve been a soccer player, and big fan, all my life, so if I can't play in a World Cup game, why not write a song for a World Cup,” said Shaw. “Big shout out to the UPEI Panthers who are hosting Nationals this year. I may just be making an appearance to show my support.”

Shaw, originally from British Columbia attended UPEI and studied arts for one year, and was also a member of the UPEI...

Posted on 25 August, 2014

Last summer, UPEI Panther Swim team captain Suzanne Nicholson set a goal to swim the Northumberland Strait. Nicholson accomplished her goal and raised over $10,000 for the Panther swim team.

After graduating this spring from UPEI, Nicholson passed on the swim challenge to her teammates to “Conquer the Strait” in support of their personal and team goals for the upcoming season. The UPEI swim team has accepted the challenge and their swim is scheduled for Saturday, August 30 from the New Brunswick side, finishing on Island soil in Borden, PEI. Eight members will either compete in a relay or tackle the entire swim solo.

“We are really excited to continue the ‎event that started last season with Suzanne. Our athletes continue to impress me with what they are capable of achieving,” said UPEI swim team Head Coach Bill Calhoun.


Posted on 22 August, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendations of the search committee for the Dean of Arts and the Dean of Education positions. Interim Deans Dr. Neb Kujundzic and Dr. Ron MacDonald were successfully appointed as the Dean of Arts and Dean of Education respectively.

“I look forward to working with Neb and Ron on a number of initiatives that will continue to enhance the overall student experience in both the Faculties of Arts and Education,” said Vice-President Academic Dr. Christian Lacroix. “Our University community as a whole will benefit from their experience and strong leadership abilities.”

In 1995, Kujundzic received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo. Kujundzic came to UPEI in 1997 as an assistant professor of philosophy, before becoming an associate professor in...

Posted on 20 August, 2014

A special dedication ceremony was held recently at the University of Prince Edward Island to recognize St. Dunstan’s University (SDU) and its Board and alumni’s commitment to the University. Main Building will now be officially known as “SDU Main Building.”

“UPEI prides itself on the heritage passed down from St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College, and welcomes opportunities like today to increase our understanding of that history,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz during the ceremony. “And part of that history is that UPEI has benefited so much from the generosity of SDU alumni and the SDU Board of Governors.”

In 1969, when UPEI opened its doors for the first time, it inherited the traditions of two long-established institutions, St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of...

Posted on 19 August, 2014

Charlottetown, PEI (August 19, 2014)—The Journal of Biomedical Optics recently published a paper by researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island which confirms exciting developments in our ability to detect and learn about certain types of cancer. In optoacoustic imaging, short pulses of light are sent into tissue. Because the pulses are so short, the light is converted into sound by the tissue, rather than heat. Dr. Michelle Patterson and Dr. William Whelan’s research confirms that cancerous tissue emits sound at a different frequency than non-cancerous tissue.

“This research borrows from a 30-year-old technique, but the results are brand new and give us a whole new way to detect and learn about cancer,” said Dr. Michelle Patterson, whose work on this project was part of her PhD studies in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. “...

Posted on 18 August, 2014

Kent Stetson, distinguished native Islander, Governor General’s Award laureate, member of the Order of Canada, and recent recipient of the UPEI Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, will offer a two-tiered, sixteen-hour workshop at UPEI for writers of drama and prose fiction at various stages of their practice.

The workshop, entitled “The Character Driven Story in Drama and Prose Fiction,” will take place August 22–24, in Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 242. The class structure will include 10–12 participating writers and up to 15 auditing writers. The workshop is co-sponsored by the UPEI Alumni Association, the Dean of Arts, the Department of English, and the PEI Writers’ Guild.

Participating writers may be working on a specific text, starting a new project, or wishing to refresh their practice. They will benefit...

Posted on 8 August, 2014

UPEI Soccer is excited to announce the 2014 Mulligan Cup schedule, and introduce the inaugural Mulligan Cup Soccer Festival. UPEI Athletics and Recreation invites the PEI community to come out, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful game of soccer.

The UPEI men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams open training camps on Friday, August 22 in preparation for the Mulligan Cup held August 30–31. This is the third annual Mulligan Cup Invitational, providing an excellent opportunity for coaches to make final roster decisions. The league opener will take place on September 5 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with the men’s team taking on Acadia.

In honour of Vince Mulligan, ageless varsity UPEI soccer and hockey coach throughout the 80s and 90s, this tournament has proved to be a great way to kick off the season and showcase the teams to their supporters. “I...

Posted on 8 August, 2014

UPEI welcomes all new students and their families to campus for the third annual Welcome Day on Saturday, August 30, 9:00 am–2:00 pm in Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall. Welcome Day is a chance for new students to tour campus, pick up their UPEI student ID card, shop at the Bookstore, pay for tuition and other services, meet staff, faculty, Student Union executives, and new friends, and kick-off O-Week—all before classes start up in September!

This year’s Welcome Day will also include parent sessions for parents of residence and non-residence students, a photo booth featuring Panther mascot, Pride, and a barbeque for all from 12:00–1:30 pm. Representatives from Residence Services, Accounting, the Registrar’s Office, Student Affairs, and Webster Academic Services will be available to provide academic and administrative...

Posted on 7 August, 2014

UPEI’s Climate Research Lab needs your help to boost one of its projects to the next round in an MIT-sponsored competition about communicating climate risks and coastal vulnerabilities. CLIVE, the coastal erosion visualization tool created by the Climate Research Lab and the Spatial Interface Lab at Simon Fraser University, has reached the semi-finals in MIT’s CoLab Communication Coastal Risk and Resilience contest.

A description of CLIVE, from the team’s submission to the contest:

“Using 3D game engine technology adapted to serious scientific communication, CLIVE enables citizens to interactively fly around and view the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) at all scales, while manipulating historical data and projected models through time. By allowing citizens to view scientific data and explore climate change projections at any scale in their...

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