The newly renovated study area in the Robertson Library was the location for a special UPEI book celebration recently. Three professors from the Faculty of Arts presented excerpts from their latest books and led a public discussion about ideas that ranged from the evolutionary dynamics of interpersonal relations, to female migration, to the link between mental health and architecture.
Malcolm Murray, Lisa Chilton and James Moran were the guest presenters for the launch of the library’s first Celebrating the Book event, which was organized by Suzanne Jones, Robertson Library’s Outreach and Communications Librarian.
“With this inaugural event, the library acknowledged the continuing importance and relevance of books in this increasingly high-tech world,” says Jones. “It also showcased the fresh new design of our current periodicals and study area.” The renovated...
When the University of Prince Edward Island’s new 48,000 square foot School of Business Administration opens later this year, one of the facility’s main features will bear the name of one of the Island’s most prominent business families.
The business school’s dramatic, two-level entrance will be called the Schurman Market Square in recognition of the contribution made by the Island’s well-known Schurman family to UPEI. With its architectural interplay of wood, stone and glass, this multi-functional space is designed to reflect the optimism, excitement and forward-thinking of a 21st-century business environment. A permanent display will highlight the Prince Edward Island Business Hall of Fame and its laureats.
Island businessman Michael Schurman, who is chair of UPEI’s $50-million Building a Legacy capital campaign, which is in its...
The University of Prince Edward Island officially welcomed Island native and UPEI graduate Dr. William Whelan as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Biomedical Optics at a reception in the Duffy Science Centre recently.
“We are delighted that Dr. Bill Whelan has joined UPEI as a Canada Research Chair, and that this honour is going to a UPEI graduate,” said UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan. “In addition to being recognized as a potential international leader in research, Dr. Whelan will be an inspirational colleague and teacher.”
As Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Optics, Whelan is developing more reliable ways to treat prostate cancer, a disease that will affect one of nine Canadian men. Prostate cancer is undetectable in its early stages, making it the number three killer among all cancers for men.
He is working on a...
The public is invited to attend a presentation called “Access of students with learning disabilities to higher education: Issues and Solutions” by Dr. Carla DiGiorgio on March 7, at 4:30 p.m., in the Main Building, Room 040, at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI).
The Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network, Subnode 2: Inclusion and Empowerment, based at the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI, is hosting the presentation.
DiGiorgio is working with research colleagues from UPEI and Holland College, as well as the Learning Disabilities Association of PEI, to find out about barriers and challenges facing adults with learning challenges as they attempt to access postsecondary or basic education in P.E.I. The researchers are collecting data from instructors in these institutions and from various programs to discover where the challenges...
UPEI and Holland College will celebrate the achievement of women in sport across Canada at their first Women in Sport dinner, featuring Canadian women’s hockey star Cassie Campbell as guest speaker, at the Culinary Institute of Canada, on March 13, at 7 p.m.
The dinner, which will be emceed by Matt Rainnie, of CBC Radio’s Mainstreet program, will be hosted by both post-secondary institutions, and their athletes who represent their school colors with great pride.
Mike Redmond, Coach of the UPEI’s women’s soccer team, and Albert Roche, Manager of Student Services and Athletics with Holland College, are the driving force behind this event.
"This event will not only be a celebration of Women in Sport, but also will also be a tremendous vehicle to promote varsity...
Lawrence Hill, writer-in-residence at UPEI, will give a public reading on Friday, February 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. Hill is a novelist, journalist, memoir author and documentary film writer.
He will also give a writing workshop on fiction and non-fiction on Saturday, March 8, 1:30-4:45 p.m., in the UPEI Faculty Lounge.
Hill’s white mother was a civil rights activist in Washington, D.C., who married an African American in 1953. They left for Canada the day after their marriage. The story of his parents’ marriage, emigration to Canada, and experience of raising a family in a white suburb of Toronto is contained in Hill’s best-selling memoir, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. In 2005, a documentary film written by Hill, Seeking Salvation: A History of the Black Church in Canada...
A four-member undergraduate engineering team from the University of Prince Edward Island finished second in the consulting engineering category of the Atlantic Engineering Competition held in Moncton earlier this month.
This success earned them a spot in the Canadian Engineering Competition, which will be held at the University of Waterloo from March 6 to 8.
At the Atlantic Engineering Competition, the students, all in their third year of UPEI’s engineering program, competed against fourth- and fifth-year students from other Atlantic universities. The four students come from across P.E.I.: Mary Beth MacInnis, from Souris; Anne Somers, Charlottetown; Matt Duffy, Kinkora; and Gustavo Zanatta, Summerside.
During the regional competition, the consulting engineering teams had to develop a solution to a real-world problem, using the theme of sustainable...
Nova Scotian writer Leo McKay Jr., who reads at UPEI on February 25, was teaching English with his wife Kathy in Japan, when he woke up one morning to the word “Stellarton,” his home town, on the radio. The Westray Mining Disaster had just occurred. That event, fictionalized as the Eastyard disaster at Albion Mines, along with McKay’s lineage as the descendent of miners and his childhood in Pictou County, is at the heart of his novel Twenty-Six.
McKay, and Alberta poet and UNB graduate Erin Knight will read at 7:30 p.m., February 25, in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. A reception and book signing will follow.
McKay’s fiction debut, Like This, was an impressive collection of gritty and potent short stories, with characters and a narrative voice that grabbed readers by the heart and gut. It was a finalist for the Giller Prize. A graduate of UBC...
The UPEI Men's basketball team this past weekend wore red shoelaces in memory of the members of the Bathurst High School boys' basketball team, who died in a tragic accident earlier this year.
Members from both the men's and women's UPEI basketball teams went through the stands and collected over $525 for two scholarships set up to honor the memory of the seven boys and teacher Elizabeth Lord, who also died in the accident. This amount will double before it is donated, thanks to the generosity of UPEI.
“It is wonderful to see members of the men's and women's UPEI basketball teams raise over $525 for the Boys in Red. The University is pleased to support our basketball teams' initiative for this very worthy cause and congratulates the team players for their leadership and compassion,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, Vice-President of Academic Development.