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Posted on 7 August, 2009

It’s hot, it’s exciting, it’s a jungle out there — that’s the New Student Orientation theme this year at UPEI — and the sense of anticipation is getting stronger every day. NSO registration is already open, and 70 student volunteers are working feverishly to make sure this year’s program is an unforgettable experience for everyone attending UPEI for the first time.


Posted on 7 August, 2009

A new focus within the Master of Education (MEd) program at the University of Prince Edward Island is making it easier for experienced adult educators and leaders to pursue advanced study that relates specifically to the modern community college environment.

UPEI is delivering an executive-style Master of Education through a combination of online courses and face-to-face summer institutes, making it practical for students from across the Atlantic region, and elsewhere, to combine work and study. Most of the participants in the inaugural class come from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and PEI. The class also includes students from communities in Ontario and Manitoba.

The first of three intensive summer institutes for the new MEd cohort was launched at UPEI in early August. It is...

Posted on 5 August, 2009

UPEI’s Tourism Research Centre has released a new report profiling differences and similarities between first-time and repeat visitors to PEI. This report is one of many based on Exit Survey results collected between July 2007 and June 2008.

“This report is important as most travel parties to PEI are comprised of visitors who have visited PEI previously,” states Dr. Paul Lewis, Research Director at the TRC. “In fact, only 21 per cent of our guests are on their first visit.”

Where visitors come from has a strong bearing on the likelihood that they will be repeat visitors. Visitors from New Brunswick or Nova Scotia are extremely unlikely to be visiting for the first time, whereas those from international countries outside the US are almost certainly on their first visit to PEI.

Reasons for visiting the Island vary. Most first-time...

Posted on 4 August, 2009

Julie Bull, a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island, was named the Canadian recipient of the Hart Hansen Award at a ceremony at the International Union for Circumpolar Health’s 14th international congress held recently in Yellowknife, NT.

Bull received the award from the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, one of five charter members of the International Union for Circumpolar Health. The Union and its members are dedicated to promoting research, exchanging knowledge, and fostering greater awareness and responsiveness to health issues affecting circumpolar people.

The goal of the Hart Hansen Award is to increase cooperation in circumpolar health research and education by mentoring and encouraging emerging researchers and health-care workers.

Bull received her bachelor of arts (honours) and master of applied health services research degrees...

Posted on 30 July, 2009
The University of Prince Edward Island raised its own flag for the first time on July 30, celebrating its proud heritage and officially marking the beginning of Alumni Reunion Weekend 2009. The flag is flying in front of Kelley Memorial Building, at the heart of the UPEI campus, alongside the provincial flag.
“There are significant occasions, such as our Alumni Reunion, Convocation, and other major University events, when this beautiful flag will enhance the celebration,” says UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan. “By flying our flag prominently on campus, we will be embracing our heritage and institutional esteem on an everyday basis.”
The new flag uses the official UPEI colours which are rust, olive, and gold. It features the crest that will appear in UPEI’s official coat of arms, to be granted...
Posted on 30 July, 2009

 Jackie MacPhail and Wensley Power, two Facilities Management staff members, display the Communities in Bloom Stone awarded to UPEI by the City of Charlottetown at its recent Make Charlottetown Bloom Awards ceremony.

UPEI received a special recognition award for its commitment to the beautification of University Avenue, improving the safety of the area and enhancing the campus, including the construction of a wrought iron fence along the property fronting University Avenue, the re-establishment of flower beds, and aesthetic improvements to the Main Quadrangle.

Posted on 30 July, 2009
Over the past several months UPEI has developed an infectious disease policy and a draft pandemic plan to guide the university in dealing with situations like the recent outbreak of mumps and the current challenge related to the H1N1 virus. As outlined in the draft pandemic plan, UPEI has a working group that will meet regularly over the coming months to ensure the university is well-prepared to deal with potential outbreaks that may occur on campus or in the broader community.  In the event of a significant outbreak of H1N1, the University would work closely with Public Health to implement the recommended procedures for controlling the spread of the disease and protecting students, faculty and staff....
Posted on 29 July, 2009

The Canada Games PEI Women's Soccer Team and the UPEI Women's Soccer Team will hold a charity co-ed tournament on Saturday, August 1, on the UPEI soccer field to raise funds to help buy myoelectric hands for Mohamed Mara, a refugee from Sierra Leone now living on P.E.I.


During the civil war in Sierra Leone, rebel forces massacred Mara’s mother, father and siblings. Mohamed escaped but was caught later by rebels who cut off his hands.


Posted on 24 July, 2009

Alumni from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), St. Dunstan's University (SDU) and Prince of Wales College (PWC) will gather at UPEI from July 30 to August 2 for their annual fun-filled Reunion 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.

During the weekend, the classes of ’45,’49, ’55, ’59 and ’69 will renew friendships and trade memories at class events during the weekend. Special anniversaries include 60 years for the Class of ’49 and ’50 for the Class of ’59.

UPEI will honour alumni by raising its new flag for the first time on Thursday...

Posted on 23 July, 2009

Everyone is invited to a free public reading by Bill Richardson at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Thursday, July 30, 7:00 p.m., an event co-hosted by the P.E.I. Writers' Guild, the Friends of the Confederation Centre Public Library, the UPEI Department of English, and the Indian River Festival.

Bill Richardson is a writer and broadcaster. He has contributed to CBC Radio since 1984, and has been the host of a number of programmes, both on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2. His books include Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock medal for humour, Waiting for Gertrude, and After Hamelin, a novel for children and winner of the Silver Birch award. He has also been the recipient of a Vancouver Arts Award, and a gold medal for fiction in the National Magazine Awards.

Bill Richardson hosts CBC Radio Two's flagship classical performance...

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