Media Releases

Posted on 4 March, 2015

2015 is sure to be a year of important elections for both PEI and Canada. In preparation, UPEI’s Vagabond Productions plans to throw its audience a hardball. After going old-school with a Greek classic last year, Vagabond now tackles a controversial Canadian political play called Captives of the Faceless Drummer by George Ryga, best known for The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. When asked about his choice, Dr. Greg Doran, Coordinator of Theatre Studies at UPEI, said, “I chose Captives because it is a bit of a forgotten Canadian classic. Also, when rereading it, I was struck by how contemporary it feels, despite being written in 1971.”

The play opens in a near-future dystopian Canada. Harry, a respected diplomat, is hostage to a violent revolutionary cell led by the enigmatic Commander. The action bounces between past and present and offers glimpses into Harry and the...

Posted on 4 March, 2015

One of Atlantic Canada’s finest poets and creative writing teachers, Dr. Brian Bartlett, will be UPEI’s writer in residence during March 11–14. Dr. Bartlett has also distinguished himself as an expert on nature writing, especially poetry with an environmental focus, sometimes called eco­poetry.

Dr. Bartlett will read from his new book Ringing Here and There: A Nature Calendar on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 pm in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. His reading is hosted by the UPEI English Department and Dean of Arts with support from The Canada Council for the Arts and the Art Gallery.

A professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Saint Mary’s University, Dr. Bartlett will also give two workshops—nature writing and poetry—on Saturday, March 14 at UPEI. For further information about the workshops and to register,...

Posted on 4 March, 2015

One of PEI’s most popular literary events, the annual reading by participants in UPEI’s Creative Writing Master Class, will take place on Monday, March 24, at 7:00 pm in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Some of the Island’s most talented new writers will read excerpts from their fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

This year’s featured writers are Chris Bailey, Michelle Barton, Charity Becker, Keith Burgoyne, Sarah Glassford, Ben Hartley, Santana Hourihan, Jessi McKellar, Debbie MacLellan, Bobby Madigan, Ruby Madigan, Olivia Robinson, Rhonda Schofield, and Allyson Trainor.

The public is invited and admission is free. Contact: Dr. Richard Lemm at (902) 566-0389,

Posted on 2 March, 2015

The UPEI Recital Series continues on Sunday, March 8th at 2:30 pm with “Prelude to Spring for Organ and Brass” at Trinity United Church, Prince Street, Charlottetown.

Organist Ruth Ann Read-Clay’s solo work for this afternoon concert will include the Fantasie in G by J.S. Bach, Prelude by Pierne and works by Canadian composers Healey Willan and Mark Sirrett. The works for organ and brass, arranged by Dan St. Amand and Laura MacLeod, will include works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Charpentier, Albinoni and Jeremiah Clarke.

Ruth Ann Read-Clay studied organ with Dr. Alan Reesor and with Dr. John McIntosh (UWO) and is a graduate of the UPEI Music Department. She pursued further studies in piano accompanying and chamber music at Acadia University and the University of Brandon. Ruth Ann has held positions as Music Director of...

Posted on 27 February, 2015

Case competition teams from UPEI’s School of Business continue to make their mark on the 2015 event circuit regionally, nationally, and now internationally.

The UPEI team of Shanice Sproule, Jeremy MacAulay, Luke Gaudet, and Kaitlyn Lord won the silver medal on Friday, Feburary 20 at the prestigious 20th annual NIBS Worldwide Case Competition, hosted by Carleton University in Ottawa.

President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz said, “On behalf of the entire UPEI community, I congratulate Shanice, Jeremy, Luke, Kaitlyn, and coach Mary Whitrow, on this tremendous achievement. These students truly exemplify UPEI’s vision of providing pathways for our students through experiential learning opportunities. I am so proud of their accomplishments at this international competition.”

“Congratulations to Shanice, Jeremy, Luke, Kaitlyn,...

Posted on 27 February, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island women’s basketball coach Mark English is pleased to announce that Grimsby, Ontario, native Haille Nickerson has committed to join the Panthers for the 2015–16 season.

At 5’7”, Nickerson is a standout guard who played with the Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School team for the past four years and was selected for the Niagara High School All Star game this year. She is currently a top player for the No Limit Performance team in the Canadian Youth Basketball League where her team has a record of 7-1, asserting herself as an offensive threat and leader.

Nickerson says, “I'm very excited to be attending UPEI this fall and becoming part of the Panther family. Coach English is building a flourishing basketball program and I can't wait to be a part of it. The tight-knit community of UPEI will make it...

Posted on 27 February, 2015

Beginning this year, both new and returning UPEI students will be able to register earlier for 2015–16 courses than in previous years.

Incoming, first-year UPEI students can register for first-semester classes as early as March 2 through group sessions or individually by appointment with a first-year advisor. Students can also register for courses during “Open Class Day” on March 6.

Open Class Day is an on-campus daylong event that provides incoming UPEI students with an overview of the Arts, Business, and Science programs through a variety of sample lectures along with on-site admissions and first-year advising. Students can sign up to attend at

Registration for returning UPEI students opens in June as follows:

June 2 – fourth-year students

Posted on 26 February, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island women’s basketball coach Mark English is pleased to announce that Charlottetown native Victoria Barbour has committed to join the team for the 2015–16 season.

Barbour, a talented 5’7” guard who is currently enjoying a great season with the successful Colonel Gray Colonels, has been decorated throughout her high school career:

• 2012–2013 MVP, Colonel Gray Colonels
• 2012–2013 All Star, Moncton Ladies Basketball Classic
• 2012–2013 All Star, Capital City Classic Basketball Tournament in Fredericton
• 2012–2014 All Star, PEISAA Provincial High School Basketball (2012–13, 2013–14)
• 2012–2013 member of PEI Canada Games Team
• 2010–2011 Player of the Year, Basketball PEI (U14)
• 2010...

Posted on 26 February, 2015

Research on Tap returns for its sixth season of public discussion, debate, and ideas presented by researchers from the University of Prince Edward Island. Join our next conversation on Monday, March 2 at 7 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. Dr. Neb Kujundzic, associate professor of philosophy and dean of the Faculty of Arts, will lead a discussion entitled: What good is a university degree?

The 2014/2015 season of Research on Tap is presented in cooperation with the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Atlantic Chapter. The RSC is Canada’s national academy and is the senior national body of distinguished scholars, artists, and scientists.

Research on Tap meets the first Monday of every month from October to April.  

Posted on 25 February, 2015

The UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week for the week of February 9–15 are Danielle MacDonald, Women’s Basketball, and Tyler Scott, Men’s Basketball. UPEI Athletics and Recreation showcases these talented athletes to recognize their hard work and dedication to their respective sports. UPEI Athletes of the Week are also nominated to Atlantic University Sport and Canadian Interuniversity Sport for possible recognition in the region and/or country.

Who: Danielle MacDonald, Women’s Basketball, and Tyler Scott, Men’s Basketball

What: UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week

When: Week of February 16–22

Where: University of Prince Edward Island

Why: MacDonald, a fifth-year Bachelor of Science student from Sydney Mines, NS, had a career game in...

Syndicate content