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Posted on 30 July, 2010

The Confederation Centre Public Library is hosting a public reading featuring Erika Ritter, Christy Ann Conlin, Beth Powning, and Bonnie Stewart on Thursday, August 5, at 7 pm in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Seawords, the Art Gallery and our Friends of the Confederation Centre Public Library to present these four women writers and look forward to an entertaining evening," said Trina O'Brien Leggott, Chief Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library.

The four literary figures are presenters and moderators at the SeaWords Creative Writing Institute, a one-week workshop, August 2 –6 , staged and sponsored by the University of Prince Edward Island and the L.M. Montgomery Institute.

The annual event aims to educate creative writers about the technical and business aspects of...

Posted on 28 July, 2010

UPEI’s first-ever graduating class of 1970 will be celebrated at this year’s Reunion Weekend, July 29 to August 1. The charter class will be joined by alumni from St. Dunstan's University (SDU), Prince of Wales College (PWC), and the Atlantic Veterinary College for a fun-filled weekend.

“Reunion Weekend is a great opportunity for alumni from UPEI and its founding institutions, SDU and PWC, to reconnect with each other, take a trip down memory lane and see the wonderful changes that have taken place on campus,” says Betty Johnston, president of the UPEI Alumni Association.

In addition to the UPEI class of ’70, several SDU and PWC classes will renew friendships and trade memories at special class events during the weekend. The AVC class of 2000 will also mark its ten-year anniversary.

The always-popular UPEI Alumni Classic golf...

Posted on 28 July, 2010

UPEI has added two familiar names to its roster for the upcoming season, says UPEI men’s hockey coach Forbes (Forbie) MacPherson.

“Randy Cameron and Matt Boyle, who are well known in hockey circles on the Island, have committed to the UPEI men’s hockey program. When our coaching staff began to compile a list of possible recruits for the upcoming season, Matt and Randy were immediately placed at the top of our list. These two players were a priority for us and we are very excited that they have decided to commit to UPEI,” MacPherson said.

Cameron, son of Dave and Miriam Cameron of Clyde River finished last season with the Moncton Wildcats on a high. The 5’11”, 190 lb centreman had a career-best 68 points (24-44) and added another 21 points (13-8) in the playoffs helping lead Moncton to the league title over the Saint John Sea...

Posted on 27 July, 2010

As a result of the recruiting efforts of current players, the UPEI women’s field hockey team has at least ten new faces for the upcoming season. Eight PEI high school graduates and two first-year university students from off-Island are making UPEI their field hockey home this fall.

Head coach, Sheila Bell said, “For the past four years, UPEI field hockey players have made an excellent effort to recruit PEI high school players. They have taught the National School Program, coached at a number of junior and senior high schools, and umpired a large number of PEISAA games—activities which have all influenced our recruits.” Due to this involvement and ‘playing it forward’, UPEI has collected a group that includes PEISAA League All Stars, Tournament All Stars, MVPs and provincial champions.  

The eight first-year players from PEI are...

Posted on 26 July, 2010

The Centre for Life-Long Learning at the University of Prince Edward Island is launching two new programs for the small- and medium-sized business community this September – Human Resource Essentials and Supervisory Essentials. The programs include courses such as Strategic Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Team Building and Communication Techniques, among others.

“Because the success of today’s organizations resides in the abilities of its employees and the innovative capacity and ingenuity which they produce, how companies manage their greatest resource, their people, has become paramount,” says Jeanette MacAulay, director of the Centre for Life-Long Learning.

The programs have been developed specifically for the small- and medium-sized business community through consultations with...

Posted on 26 July, 2010

An advisory committee coordinated by the PEI Centre on Health and Aging at UPEI released details today about an Island-wide project called, “Abuse of Older Adults Awareness – A PEI Network Response.”

The $100,000 project, funded by Human Resources and Skill Development Canada’s ‘New Horizons for Seniors’ program, aims to raise awareness about elder abuse, and promote a network where Island seniors can seek help, and professional service providers can connect.

Project coordinator and long time seniors’ advocate, Olive Bryanton, said, “We are hopeful this two-year program will achieve several goals, but one of our priority objectives is to create an atmosphere where professionals who practice in the area of elder abuse prevention and...

Posted on 21 July, 2010

The Institute of Island Studies (IIS) at UPEI and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI are hosting a youth forum July 23–25 called ‘Youth on the Coast’  that will educate and engage 40 young people who are interested in the ecology, culture, history and economy of coastal habitats and communities.

‘Youth on the Coast’ will bring together young people from the Maritimes, Ontario, BC, and the USA, as well as students from other countries around the world. Young people from Hillsborough Helping Hands, Stratford Youth Can Do and the Native Council of PEI acted as advisors to forum coordinators and developed a lively and engaging weekend program.

The north shore of PEI will provide the backdrop—participants will spend time at the beach and village of South Rustico with the purpose of creating video messages about the opinions, needs...

Posted on 20 July, 2010

UPEI’s Tourism Research Centre (TRC) recently released research results suggesting that 91 per cent of visitors to PEI tend to visit a historic site, museum, or art gallery when travelling. Overall, respondents felt that PEI attractions were interesting, informative, and a worthwhile venture on their holiday. 

The survey was completed by 3,201 people, 2,807 of whom had previously visited PEI. Two thirds of these visitors had visited one or more of PEI’s historic sites, museums, or galleries during at least one of their trips to PEI during the past five years.

“This report contains a wide variety of valuable information about visitor attitudes towards PEI’s historic sites, museums, and galleries,” said Harry Holman, Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries for the Province of PEI. “The timing of this research is excellent as...

Posted on 20 July, 2010

UPEI’s website saw a 50% increase in hits on Tuesday, July 13 after receiving about a minute and a half of dedicated airtime from Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa during a live broadcast of the Live! with Regis and Kelly show from the Charlottetown waterfront.

The internationally-syndicated talk show is typically broadcast from the Disney-ABC studios in New York, but was on location on PEI for four episodes. 

During the start of Tuesday’s show, during what is called the “host chat”, Kelly Ripa hoisted her UPEI coffee mug and said the province had a great university, while Philbin jokingly commented on how the “UPEI Panther” stuffed toy he received kept him “up all night”. The duo added that, this week, the Atlantic Veterinary College was hosting their award-winning summer vet camp, and that Ripa was thinking about...

Posted on 15 July, 2010

UPEI has announced the winners of its recent online contest, ‘Win with UPEI’, that handed out $10,000—originally slated to purchase advertising—in bursaries, as well as other prizes. 

The Faculty of Education received 2,519 votes out of 10,495 total votes, and received the largest proportion of bursary dollars—$2,402. Veterinary Medicine was a close second, receiving $2,382. The remainder of the $10,000 was divvied amongst the Faculties of Science, Nursing, Arts, and Business as well as University 100 and the Department of Athletics.

The ‘Win with UPEI’ contest website asked visitors to vote on their favourite student project, with faculties receiving a percentage of bursary dollars based on the percentage of votes cast. A second component allowed anyone with a connection to the university to enter a story, photo or video...

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