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Posted on 30 July, 2014

John R. Gillis, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, returns to Prince Edward Island to deliver a free public lecture on “Islands as Wetlands” on Friday, August 1 at 7:00 pm in UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 243.

Gillis’ lecture has been organized as part of two environmental history workshops being hosted later this week at the University—“the Dominion of Nature,” which looks at Canada's environment during the age of Confederation; and the third annual forum of the Northeast and Atlantic Canada Environmental History Network. Both are sponsored by NiCHE, the Network in Canadian History and Environment.

More about Professor Gillis: A distinguished environmental historian, Professor Gillis is the author of “The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History,” a provocative re-interpretation of...

Posted on 29 July, 2014

(L to R): UPEI Student Diversity Office Co-Coordinators Emily King and Nabila Acra; Tyler Murnaghan, Co-Chair of ARCPEI; UPEI Rainbow Alliance co-chair Zak Court; and Treena Smith, Manager of Student Affairs raise the pride flag in recognition and support of the LGBTQQ2T community. Approximately 40 guests attended a special ceremony held at UPEI on Monday, July 28 to kick off PEI’s Pride Week, July 28–August 2.

Posted on 25 July, 2014

The UPEI community honoured three graduates yesterday with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award and the Inspiring Young Alumni Awards. Since 1990, the UPEI Alumni Association has been awarding the Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize graduates who have made an outstanding contribution to knowledge, the arts, the community, the University, or have made a special contribution to an area of service to humanity. In 2011, the Association gave out the first Inspiring Young Alumni Award, which was a way to recognize the contributions of our more recent graduates, and use their success as a catalyst to inspire current UPEI students. 

“I would like to congratulate our award recipients, Mr. Stetson, Dr. Singh, and Mr. Cousins,” said Alicia Bremner, president of the UPEI Alumni Association. “Thank you for all that you have done and for what I’m sure you...

Posted on 22 July, 2014

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

Stetson’s workshop, entitled “The Character Driven Story in Drama and Prose Fiction,” will begin on August 22, and continue on August 23 and 24. The two-tiered 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. The workshop will be held in the Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 242.

For more information, and to register, email...

Posted on 22 July, 2014

UPEI Men’s Hockey Head Coach Forbes MacPherson is pleased to welcome Mark Carragher to the Panther coaching staff.

Carragher was most recently the head coach of the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild major midget team in 2013–14 (of the NB-PEI Major Midget League), and also coached its predecessor, the Cornwall Thunder, in 2012–13. Both teams won the provincial major midget championship during the years he coached, with the Thunder also winning the silver medal at the Atlantic Major Midget Championship. Carragher is also an assistant coach with PEI’s 2015 Canada Games men’s hockey team and is in the process of completing the Hockey Canada Advanced Level 1 Coaching Program.

Carragher played university hockey at the University of Southern Maine from 2003–07 and finished as the career-scoring leader. After university, Carragher played...

Posted on 22 July, 2014

UPEI, SDU, and PWC alumni will reunite this weekend through a variety of events during Summer Reunion Weekend 2014, July 24–27.

Summer reunion events include an Alumni, Faculty, and Staff All Years’ Mixer on Friday, July 25, 3:00-5:00 pm in the Alumni Tent, UPEI Quadrangle; the 30th Annual SDU Mass, 7:30 pm in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall; the SDU All Years’ Reception, 8:30 pm in McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre; the Annual PWC Luncheon on Sunday, July 27 at 1:00 pm in Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall, and more! Guests are asked to RSVP to the PWC Luncheon by calling (902) 566-0687.

For more information, please contact Sarah MacInnis, Alumni Engagement Coordinator at (902) 566-0687 or

For a full schedule of events, please visit

Posted on 22 July, 2014

The Concussion Injury Research and Evaluation Clinic at UPEI is looking for participants between the ages of 9 and 25 who are physically active and/or involved in organized sport to participate in research that investigates concussion and return-to-play. Study participants must be available for two (2) hour-long testing appointments spaced at least two weeks apart.

Visit for more information. Email for inquiries or to schedule an appointment.

Posted on 22 July, 2014

How will coastal erosion affect your community? UPEI’s Climate Research Lab is touring Prince Edward Island Communities this month to demonstrate its Coastal Impacts Visualization Environment tool, better known as CLIVE. Dr. Adam Fenech will lead discussions about coastal erosion and sea-level rise, and the risk to homes, cottages, roads, and communities.

CLIVE allows users to manipulate a 3-D map of Prince Edward Island with a video game controller. It simulates erosion and sea-level rise over the next 90 years, and shows their impact on Prince Edward Island infrastructure.

Attendees will be encouraged to share ideas about how we might best adapt to these conditions, and through CLIVE, view local areas that may be affected.

The schedule includes:

• North Rustico—Lion’s Club, Tuesday, July 22
• Charlottetown—...

Posted on 21 July, 2014

The Old Belle River Church and UPEI will present an encore performance of A Solitary Clarinettist on Friday, July 25 at 8:00 pm. Performed by UPEI clarinet professor Karem J. Simon, this performance is unique in that it will feature a diverse selection of music performed by one clarinettist only; no other collaborative musicians will be involved. This recital is an extraordinary experience as it blends the Old Belle River Church’s remarkable acoustics with the comfort, ambiance, and intimacy so desired in the presentation of chamber music. In addition, the hospitality of owner Wendy Jones, a substantial visual artist herself, makes for a unique evening of entertainment.

Dr. Simon’s recitals often feature music that uses the clarinet in unique ways. It stems from his philosophy that “if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space....

Posted on 18 July, 2014

UPEI’s Office of International Relations, in conjunction with Assistant Professor Melissa MacEachern, is seeking feedback from international students who have either applied, registered, or are currently enrolled at UPEI.

The survey only takes minutes to complete and will establish and confirm the contributing factors as to why students from around the world select UPEI as their post-secondary education destination. Students who fill out the survey are eligible for a $100 cash prize.

If you are an international student, click here to compete the survey.

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