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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....

Posted on 14 October, 2010

UPEI is pleased to be the academic partner for CBC’s upcoming 2010 Massey Lecture, on October 19, by celebrated Canadian author and artist, Douglas Coupland. It takes place in the Confederation Centre of the Arts, beginning at 8:00 pm. President Wade MacLauchlan will introduce Douglas Coupland.
A cultural commentator with international impact, Coupland presents this year's lectures in the form of a novel, Player One. What is to Become of Us. The novel and lecture together present a story set over five hours in an airport lounge which asks; at what point do humans stop being humans and become something else? Where, if anywhere, do modernity and classical theology overlap? What is time? What is the human essence? And how does storytelling fit into all of this?
Tickets are on sale through the Confederation Centre Box Office at 566-1267. They...

Posted on 13 October, 2010

Fred Hyndman, Chair of UPEI's Board of Governors and UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan invite everyone to attend the unveiling of
a series of portraits of our past-presidents to acknowledge our University’s rich history of leadership:
Dr. Ronald J. Baker
Dr. Peter P.M. Meincke
Dr. C.W.J. Eliot
Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly
The event will take placeThursday, October 14 at 4:00 pm in the Robertson Library. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Linda Callaghan, 902.566.0415 or

Posted on 12 October, 2010

Dr. Ronald Baker, President Emeritus UPEI, invites the UPEI community and the general public to an event celebrating the life of his late wife, Dr. Frances M. Frazer Baker, on Saturday, October 16 at 3:00 pm in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on the UPEI campus.

Dr. Frances Frazer Baker was an original faculty member of UPEI and retired in 1992. Fran served as the Chair of the Department of English and as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts. She passed away last January.

A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Frances M. Frazer Baker will feature music by Fran Gray and Isaac Albénizas as well as tributes from family, colleagues, and friends. A reception will follow in the Faculty Lounge, Main Building.

Please RSVP to Sarah MacInnis, Alumni Outreach Coordinator by telephone (902)566-0687 or by email to smmacinnis@...

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