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Posted on 27 September, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) celebrated its extensive history and looked forward to a bright future at its eleventh annual Founders’ Day ceremony on Friday, September 24. A special component of the ceremony was when PEI’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, who also serves as Visitor to the University, presented and unveiled UPEI’s new Coat of Arms, which has been officially granted by the Canadian Heraldic Authority. 

On Founders’ Day, UPEI honours its rich heritage and traditions, acknowledges people who have contributed to it in an exceptional way, and shares a sense of heritage and community with incoming and returning students.  

“Founders’ Day is an opportunity to welcome new colleagues and students, at the same time as we honour those who have made contributions over the years,...

Posted on 24 September, 2010

The first ‘Sport Legacy Celebration’ took place Thursday at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) to honour Panther Sport – past, present, and future.

The evening combined some traditional events with new components, all to celebrate the legacies that Panther Sport creates and inspire current student-athletes.  

RBC Olympian Rowan Barrett was the keynote speaker. The basketball star played internationally for 17 years (12 years at the professional level) and won a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth championships with Team Canada. Barrett led the Canadian national basketball team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He now is a team leader and branch manager with RBC in Toronto.

Barrett challenged the audience to identify what inspires them as well as finding what holds them back. He said, “The only thing that stops us from...

Posted on 23 September, 2010

The Centre for Life-Long Learning at UPEI has partnered with Inverlie Consulting to bring international stress management and trauma expert, Dr. David Berceli to Charlottetown. Dr. Berceli will present a public workshop on Tension Release Exercise at Murphy’s Community Centre, Tuesday, October 5 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.

The workshop is ideally suited for health professionals including counselors, psychologists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, yoga teachers, emergency and military personnel, fitness and lifestyle coaches, trainers and sports enthusiasts, individuals who work in high stress environments or with clients in high stress environments and members of the general public who want to learn a self-help technique for reducing stress.

Tension Release Exercise (TRE) is a body-centered process that releases deep chronic tension created during...

Posted on 23 September, 2010

Defenceman Mathew Maione, the newest recruit for the UPEI Men’s Hockey team, will provide some offensive upside from the blue line.

“Matt is an extremely focused, determined, and disciplined individual. He competes very hard, and will add some offensive punch to our attack,” says UPEI head coach Forbie MacPherson. “He came to us late in the recruiting season. Through discussions with Matt's agent, we identified that he had interest in starting his college career as a 20-year-old.”

The 5’10”, 198-lb defenceman played his minor hockey in Markham, Ontario. He was eventually drafted by the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Mississauga Ice Dogs, playing with the team for two seasons after they moved to Niagara, where he played with current Panther Mike MacIsaac. He played last year with the Guelph Storm, also in the OHL. Maione is...

Posted on 22 September, 2010

(September 21, 2010) -- UPEI and the Government of Prince Edward Island announced the construction of a new building on campus that will house the School of Nursing, Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences and classroom and laboratory space. 

Students, staff and faculty and nursing alumni gathered next to the building’s future site with Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Health and Wellness; Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning; UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan; and Dean of Nursing Kim Critchley to celebrate the official kick-off to construction. Site preparation began in late August.

“The construction of a new facility for UPEI's School of Nursing and Family and Nutritional Science programs is a significant milestone for UPEI and the broader Island community,” said UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan. “This will be an...

Posted on 20 September, 2010

The International Development Office will be hosting an information session open to all students who are interested in participating in student exchange. UPEI has partnered with a wide variety of schools to serve the needs of our students and to facilitate the best possible international learning experience.

Date: Friday, September 24th

Time: 3-4pm

Place: KCI Rm 104


For more information, click here.

Posted on 16 September, 2010

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) recently announced the winners of their 2010 regional awards for excellence in teaching and instructional leadership. Only three award-winners are chosen each year from the 18 universities represented by AAU, and UPEI’s Dr. Jane Magrath, is one of them.

UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan said, “We all join in extending congratulations to Jane, and through her example to the whole network of colleagues who practice and promote high standards in teaching and learning at the University of Prince Edward Island.”

The 18 member institutions of the AAU proposed nominees for the Teaching Awards program and the winners were selected by the AAU's Coordinating Committee on Faculty Development. The other two winners this year were Dr. Diana Austin from UNB and Dr....

Posted on 16 September, 2010

UPEI’s Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research (CHBMR) will host seven high-profile and internationally-renowned venture capitalists during National Biotechnology Week. 

“This event is made possible with the support of Innovation PEI, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the PEI BioAlliance,” said Dr. Juergen Krause, Director of the CHBMR. “It is an important forum for researchers and Island Businesses to meet speakers who have been involved in the commercialization of high profile research, and who led a significant number of companies to success.”

The forum will be held on the UPEI campus on Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24 and includes an opening address from Premier Robert Ghiz; a keynote speech by Janice Bourque, managing director of...

Posted on 14 September, 2010

UPEI Panther Sport is excited to unveil the details for a new event during Homecoming 2010. The ‘Sport Legacy Celebration’ will take place in McMillan Hall at the W.A. Murphy Student Centre on September 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm.

The evening has been designed to combine some traditional events with new components, all to celebrate the legacies that Panther Sport creates.  

First, RBC Olympian Rowan Barrett will speak. The basketball star played internationally for 17 years (12 years at the professional level) and won a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth championships with Team Canada. Barrett led the Canadian national basketball team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Barrett’s keynote address will be followed by an acknowledgement of the 2009-10 Academic All Canadians. Again this year, UPEI has over 50 Academic All-Canadians from six...

Posted on 13 September, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) signed an agreement September 9 to license medical research technologies to CNS CRO, a subsidiary of biotechnology company Neurodyn Inc. The agreement includes innovative technologies to be used in drug development and drug-testing for stroke, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.

“This is the product of research we’ve been conducting over the past ten years,” says Dr. Andrew Tasker, Professor of Neuropharmacology, and Director of the Atlantic Centre for Comparative Biomedical Research at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). “The lead researchers involved in developing these technologies come from three separate departments in three separate faculties across UPEI. I think it speaks to the strength and potential of neuroscience at UPEI, the value of interdisciplinary approaches to science, and the...

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