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Posted on 21 January, 2011

The University of Prince Edward Island builds on its strong record of publication with the launch of eight new books from the Faculty of Arts. The launch is Friday, January 28 from 4-6 pm in the Faculty Lounge of UPEI’s Main Building.

The titles launched at this event include books, journals, and CDs with Arts Faculty members as authors, performers, or primary editors. They are:

  • “Island Enclaves” (McGQUP, 2010) by Godfrey Baldacchino,
  • “Homecare: One Woman’s Journey” (VDM Verlag, 2009) by Lorraine Begley,
  • Volume 20 of the Journal “Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain” (2010), edited by Annabel Cohen. The volume is a special double issue entitled “A history of music psychology in autobiography.” It includes a DVD (with the technical assistance of Robert Drew of the...
Posted on 14 January, 2011

UPEI celebrates its third annual Diversity Week from January 17 to 21, and everyone is invited to take part in the events. All events are open to the public and are free of charge. 

“Diversity Week is a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics—both visible and invisible—that make individuals unique, in an atmosphere that promotes inclusion and celebrates individual and collective achievement,” says Ruth Freeman, equity outreach coordinator at UPEI.

The week kicks off with the ‘International Pavilion’ on Monday, January 17, in the concourse of the W. A. Murphy Student Centre from 10 am–3 pm. Organized by UPEI’s international students, the Pavilion will feature cultural exhibits, and at noon, a popular and tasty event makes its return, ‘Taste Dips from Around the World’....

Posted on 7 January, 2011

After a successful offering in O’Leary, UPEI is offering its new University Preparation Certificate for Adult Learners in Charlottetown and Montague this February. The program is designed to help adult learners explore their interest in university studies and provide them with skills and strategies for a successful transition to post-secondary learning.

“The Centre for Life-Long Learning is pleased to be partnering with the Webster Centre for Teaching and Learning on offering this new program. Feedback from the participants in O’Leary was very positive and the program helped remove some of the fears associated with coming back to school and entering university. Most found they already have the skills to be successful in university study but the program gave them the confidence to take the first step,” says Jeanette MacAulay, Director of the Centre for...

Posted on 6 January, 2011

Jim Randall, Vice-President, Academic is pleased to announce that Laura Lee Noonan has been appointed interim director of Student Services, effective January 4. Laura Lee comes to us from the provincial Department of Education and Early Childhood Development where her most recent position was as Youth/Student Services Coordinator.

Laura Lee brings with her considerable experience in the areas of student counselling and career development, and has established strong relationships within the Island school system. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UPEI and a Master of Arts from Dalhousie in Sociology and Social Anthropology. Noonan worked at UPEI in the late 1990s, both as a sessional instructor in Sociology and as the Coordinator of the Adult Connections in Education (ACE) program.

Posted on 6 January, 2011

Research on Tap returns Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Mavor’s Bar in the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Dr. Carla Di Giorgio, associate professor of Education at UPEI, will lead the discussion, “Do gifted students need special attention? Addressing the high end of the educational spectrum in PEI's school system.”

“There’s a common attitude that gifted children don’t need extra help in school,” says Dr. Di Giorgio. “But gifted students get bored easily if their intelligence isn’t being stimulated. They often drop out if their needs aren’t met by school, and as a result, don’t go on to university.”

Di Giorgio will also discuss the International Baccalaureate program at UPEI, which will graduate its first Island class at the end of this school year.

Research on Tap is a series of...

Posted on 4 January, 2011

Wade MacLauchlan, UPEI President; Fred Hyndman, UPEI Board of Governors Chair; Perlene Morrison, UPEI Alumni Association President; and President-designate Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz welcomed over 500 alumni and friends in Don and Marion McDougall Hall at the UPEI New Year's Levee held Saturday, January 1, 2011.

This year's event marked the second time for the levee to be held on the UPEI campus-- prior to McDougall Hall being built, it was held downtown....

Posted on 24 December, 2010

UPEI student Landon Holmes is overwhelmed by the traffic driving by his house to see his Christmas light display.

The 18-year old from Stratford said, “It’s a cool feeling to know so many people are coming by to see the lights and donate to the cause.” Close to $1500 has already been raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Holmes estimates about 300 vehicles have been driving by each night since the light show was launched on December 11.

Holmes and two friends decorated his family home and yard over the course of 300 hours. The impressive display is a computer-programmed light show set to music that runs in a loop between 5 and 11 pm nightly and features over 10,000 lights.

Inspired by a house decorated near the Charlottetown airport and several YouTube videos, Holmes said that the presentation and the idea to raise money for the Heart...

Posted on 20 December, 2010

At the President’s Annual Christmas Social held December 16, three UPEI staff members were recognized with Academic Support Group Staff Achievement Awards.

Jay McPhail, long-time employee of Audio Visual Services, received an award in the Career Achievement category. Having worked for UPEI for 23 years, Jay was nominated by 14 colleagues across campus, and was cited for his dedication to always doing a job well, and for always ensuring a professional production with quality audio and visuals.

Treena Smith, Transition Coordinator at the Webster Centre, and Karen Dempsey, Coordinator, Adult Learner Services at the Centre for Life-Long Learning, were co-winners of the first Creative Initiative Award. The award is given to a person(s) who recommends a creative solution to improve efficiency and service delivery in their department or campus-wide. ...

Posted on 17 December, 2010

Dr. Vera Dewar and the late Eileen (McMillan) Fulford have donated over $700,000, combined, towards the construction of a new building on campus that will house teaching and research facilities, and office space for the School of Nursing and the Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences, including the new kinesiology program.  

Ms. Fulford’s gift amounts to more than $400,000 and is part of a planned gift of over $1...

Posted on 15 December, 2010

Many students at the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI belong to Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB), a Canadian charitable organization with a mission to work for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain them. Other members come from private veterinary practice, academia, government agencies and non-government agencies.

One of the organization’s campaigns is “One World Gifts”, an e-gifting campaign and website where you can donate online to help improve the health and wellbeing of people and animals in need.

UPEI’s VWB junior representative, student Kelleigh Waters, says, “This year’s One World Gifts collection features six wonderful e-gifts - each supporting a different VWB program. These e-gifts can be emailed and/or printed and the donation amount is completely up...

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