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Posted on 21 October, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island has launched a private company to service and complement technology developed by the Robertson Library. DiscoveryGarden Inc. will provide service for Islandora—open-source software for the long-term management and archiving of digital information.

“Over the past two years the Islandora software has evolved into a leading open-source digital asset management system,” says Mark Leggott, University Librarian, and CEO of DiscoveryGarden Inc. “We are pleased to be able to leverage this university-led innovation in the creation of a new spin-off company which will provide a wide range of services for the Islandora software ecosystem. We are also pleased to recognize the critical assistance of both ACOA and Innovation PEI in facilitating this promising IT start-up.”

Leggott says if DiscoveryGarden...

Posted on 21 October, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island will host the best female student-soccer athletes in the country when the 2010 CIS Women’s Soccer Championship takes place November 11–14 in Charlottetown.

Ron Annear, Athletics director at UPEI, says, “We are thrilled to be welcoming the top soccer players in the country to our world-class facilities at UPEI for what will be a very competitive tournament. We appreciate the opportunity the CIS has given us to show the entire country UPEI’s capacity to stage a top-notch event and, at the same time, exhibit our Maritime hospitality to our guests.”

Two teams from each Canadian Interuniversity Sport conference will compete in a single elimination four-day tournament, with the finals on Sunday, November 14, at 1:00 pm.

Weekend ticket passes are now on sale for $30 by contacting Lynn Boudreau,...

Posted on 20 October, 2010

Via Canada NewsWire

Duncan Shaw earns top spot as Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year

Ernst & Young recognizes innovative Canadian entrepreneurial leaders

HALIFAX, October 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Duncan Shaw of Cogsdale has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 for the Atlantic region.

"The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Atlantic Canada, as our entrepreneurs continue to thrive and act as a driving force behind the economic recovery," said Joyce Hoeven, Director of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Atlantic region. "With the unique ability to address the forever changing landscape of the software industry, Duncan continues to prevail within the complex information and technology market."

Founded in 1997, Cogsdale...

Posted on 20 October, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island was named number one today in two major categories in Re$earch Infosource’s annual report on research activity at Canadian Universities. The report, which included a special look back on the past decade of research, named UPEI the top university in Research Income Growth from 1999 to 2009 and for Research Intensity Growth over the same period. Both awards are in the primarily undergraduate university category, but UPEI’s increase for each measure is higher than those for any other university in the country.

“This is exciting news, and something that I think is apparent to anyone who spends time with us at UPEI,” says Dr. Katherine Schultz, UPEI’s Vice President of Research and Development. “The last ten years have seen tremendous growth in research activity. You can find students,...

Posted on 19 October, 2010

In light of the recent deaths of gay youth in the United States due to bullying, the UPEI Diversity Office, the UPEI Rainbow Alliance, the PEI Abegweit Rainbow Collective, and AIDS-PEI are hosting an open Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm in front of Main Building (the UPEI Quad).

This event is part of the "Day of Purple", inspired by the recent suicide of Tyler Clementi and four other young males, and to remember those who have been directly or indirectly impacted by homophobia and bullying of all types. Everyone is welcome to attend—to remember those lives that have been lost, and to stand up against homophobia and bullying in our schools, workplaces, and Island communities. Candles will be provided.


Posted on 18 October, 2010

The portraits of UPEI’s first four presidents were unveiled in chronological order of the presidents’ service and leadership at a well-attended ceremony on Thursday, October 14 in the Robertson Library:

Dr. Ronald J. Baker, 1969–1978

Dr. Peter P.M. Meincke, 1978–1985

Dr. C. W. J. Eliot, 1985–1995

Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly, 1995–1998

Painted by Saint John, New Brunswick artist Herzyl Kashetsky, the portraits were commissioned by the University Art Committee. Kashetsky is widely recognized for his portraits of leading citizens, cityscapes and landscapes, and images of historic events—his highly-acclaimed work is represented in private and public collections throughout Canada. 

An original salute to each president, composed by retired music professor Bert Tersteeg, was performed after each...

Posted on 15 October, 2010

Canadian journalist and author Gwynne Dyer will speak at UPEI on Tuesday, October 19 as part of his cross-Canada university and college tour.  The event will take place in the Learning Commons at the Atlantic Veterinary College starting at 7 pm.

Sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Arts, Dyer’s lecture will focus on his new book, out this fall, “Crawling from the Wreckage” which traces the world’s halting emergence from the dark tunnel of the past decade, a time marked by exaggerated fears of terrorism, futile, and unnecessary wars in the Middle East, neglect of climate change, and financial near-collapse.

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as a historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian,...

Posted on 15 October, 2010

Charlottetown, PEI (October 14, 2010)— UPEI Men’s Hockey coach Forbie MacPherson will have a chance to see how his team responds when the Panthers host their season opener October 15 against the UNB Varsity Reds—the number one-ranked university team in Canada by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Game time is 7:00 pm at MacLauchlan Arena.

“UNB is the best CIS team in Canada right now and this will be a great measuring stick for us. We couldn’t ask for a better opponent on opening night to see where we stand,” MacPherson said. “With the exception of a hiccup last year when they lost to St. FX in the playoffs, UNB hasn’t lost more than a handful of games in two years.”

UPEI was 2-3 in pre-season games, beating Guelph (6-5) and Saint Mary’s (5-2), and losing to Saint Mary’s (6-4), Moncton (6-2) and...

Posted on 15 October, 2010

Charlottetown, PEI (October 14, 2010) – Enrolment has hit an all-time high at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), following a number of years of steady increases.

The latest report from the Registrar’s Office indicates that there are 4,600 full-time and part-time students at the Island’s only university, compared to 4,435 last year and representing a 3.7 per cent increase in overall enrolment.

UPEI’s record enrolment can be attributed to a number of factors. There are more graduate students attending the university as well as additional transfer students choosing UPEI in their second and third years. UPEI Registrar, Kathleen Kielly, says, “With the addition of new academic programs in the last few years, and an increase in the number of pathways to complete a degree, we are attracting more students in their upper years.”...

Posted on 14 October, 2010

Panther Basketball is pleased to bring back the Mickey Place Memorial Basketball Tournament and with it, an added women’s division.

After a two-year hiatus, the event has been given new life through the support of the UPEI Panther Basketball program. Being held at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre October 15 to 17, the tournament features twelve games over the three days and includes nine teams from Ontario and the Maritimes.

The tournament is named after John Thomas “Mickey” Place, a long-time friend of Panther Sport, a former UPEI student union employee, and an honorary degree recipient. He supported all teams and every player with a notion of competition that was quaint if not downright Victorian—he was a believer in “fair play” and that through respect for one’s opponent, an athlete could gain the ultimate respect for self....

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