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Posted on 5 May, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island Women’s Rugby coach Shannon Atkins is excited to announce that Anneke Dykerman has agreed to join the Panthers in September 2015.

Dykerman currently attends Colonel Gray High School and has been a member of the Colonel Rugby team for three years. During her grade 10 year, Dykerman was selected as a league All-Star/MVP and, in grade 11, a league All-Star. Dykerman has played with the U18 provincial rugby team for two years.

A multi-sport athlete, Dykerman was also a member of the Colonel Gray field hockey team and is the recipient of three league All-Star awards. Dykerman has played organized hockey for 12 years, participating in major tournaments such as the Atlantic Provinces and national championships. Academically, Dykerman maintains an honours average and always make time for her studies.

Dykerman says, “I...

Posted on 30 April, 2015

The UPEI Island Studies Student Association (ISSA) and the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) present an "Island to Island Benefit" for Vanuatu at Hot Shots Lounge on Longworth Avenue Saturday, May 2, starting at 8 p.m.

The island nation of Vanuatu was recently hit by Cyclone Pam, destroying much of its infrastructure and housing. UPEI faculty member Dr. Jean Mitchell (Anthropology) has spent time researching on those islands, working with youth and locals. ISSA and the IIS want to connect Islanders here with Islanders there, to show our support and solidarity. Funds raised will support a youth project on the island of Tanna.

Says ISSA Acting President Katharine MacDonald, "After this winter, we know as Islanders how harsh weather can be. This season has been rough for Vanuatu as well. The students, faculty and staff in Island Studies want to show...

Posted on 30 April, 2015

Charlottetown, PEI (April 30, 2015)—University of Prince Edward Island graduates, their families, and friends are invited to a gathering to celebrate, in prayer and song, the accomplishments of the Class of 2015.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm (note new time)
Steel Recital Hall, UPEI

Family invitations will not be sent out this year so please help spread the word.

For further information, contact Sister Susan Kidd, CND, Campus Minister at or 902-894-2876.

Posted on 30 April, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has been awarded $500,000 from the new federal Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program for a project that aims to improve the nutrition, food security, and livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers in central Kenya.

One of 37 universities to be awarded funding under this first round, UPEI is partnering with PEI-based Farmers helping Farmers (FHF) and Kenyatta University, the University of Nairobi and Naari Dairy Cooperative Society in Kenya.

The four-year program was developed primarily by Dr. John VanLeeuwen and Dr. Jeffrey Wichtel of UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), and Teresa and Ken Mellish of FHF, with input from Dr. Jennifer Taylor and Charlene VanLeeuwen, UPEI Department of Applied Human Sciences, and Dr. Ron Macdonald, dean of the Faculty of Education.


Posted on 27 April, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island announced today that four Islanders will receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at Convocation 2015. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon retired business leader and Senator, and former PEI premier, The Honourable Catherine Callbeck; multiple award-winning singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant; retired educator, and former MLA, Leader of the Official Opposition, and Provincial Treasurer Patricia Mella; and beloved pastor, member of the Queens County Fiddlers, retired UPEI professor, and former UPEI chaplain Father Charlie Cheverie.

“Each honorary degree recipient exemplifies success in their chosen field, whether it be politics, business, education, religious life, or arts and culture,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “We are so excited to honour these distinguished individuals who have contributed so...

Posted on 23 April, 2015

UPEI student-athletes are showing that “Panthers care” at SUBWAY® locations across the province today as part of SUBWAY® Cares for Kids Day.

The event is an initiative of SUBWAY® Canada in partnership with Children's Miracle Network. On Thursday, April 23, SUBWAY® Restaurants on PEI will be accepting donations in support of the Maritime’s local Children’s Miracle Network member hospital, the IWK Health Centre.

Approximately 30 members of UPEI Panther teams will be in SUBWAY® Restaurants from Summerside to Montague, handing out free cookie coupons to thank patrons who have donated to the campaign.

Posted on 22 April, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island is proud to be a member of Universities Canada, formerly known as AUCC or the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Today, at its national meeting of university presidents in Halifax, NS, the organization unveiled its new brand.

The considerations that led to the evolution from AUCC to Universities Canada / Universités Canada included the need for clarity about the organization's mandate and role. Universities Canada's mission is to foster and promote the interests of higher education and university research. It participates in the development of public policy to find solutions to the economic and social challenges facing Canada. Universities Canada works closely with governments, private sector and the public to raise the profile of higher education.

The ability to...

Posted on 22 April, 2015

UPEI’s Executive MBA Program, in partnership with Island Advance and the PEI BioAlliance, is hosting a public talk by Jacques Dénommée, a founding partner of AXIAStrategists, a collaborative platform of strategic advisors with more than 30 years of experience in team management. The talk is entitled “Innovation: at the Core of Value Creation” and takes place at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, April 29 in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, room 242 of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall. The event will also include a Q & A session.

What drives value within the entrepreneurial journey? The development of a good product and a superior ability to deliver its benefits to clients is central to good business practices. However, that formula may be the demise of a business if it is not constantly challenged by the possibilities emerging from the business...

Posted on 22 April, 2015

 The Atlantic Veterinary College’s (AVC) Regional Diagnostic Virology Services (RDVS) Laboratory and the Toxicology and Analytical Services (TAS) Laboratory have achieved ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

“ISO-17025 accreditation demonstrates to the world that we are operating under globally recognized standards,” says Elizabeth Dobbin, director of AVC Diagnostic Services. Both of the newly accredited labs fall under AVC Diagnostic Services, which offers tests and services across eight laboratory sections, encompassing domestic, aquatic, exotic, and wildlife species.

SCC accreditation is not easy to attain. In the case of the RDVS and TAS labs, the process took over three years, culminating in a three-day visit by SCC representatives who inspected every inch of the labs—from documentation and...

Posted on 17 April, 2015

T3 Trius Transit has added a one-time bus service on Sunday, April 19 to assist students writing exams at the University of Prince Edward Island. University Avenue Express route (#1), that travels between the Confederation Centre of the Arts and the Charlottetown Mall, will operate from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm, following the Saturday schedule.

Buses will leave the Confederation Centre every half hour at the top and bottom of the hour, and leave the Charlottetown Mall every 30 minutes, at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, with stops at UPEI both ways.

Earlier this year, UPEI extended the number of teaching days in the semester due to the number of storm closures, which resulted in a compressed exam period and some exams being scheduled on Sunday, not a normal practice.

Mike Cassidy, President of T3 Trius Transit said, “When the UPEI administration and Student...

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