Marcus Trenton, UPEI double-major in Mathematics and Computer Science, will travel to Namibia for the month of May and into June to research how different cultures approach and learn from websites.
"I'm astounded that I'm going to Africa. I always pictured Computer Science would let me explore the world from my living room. Now, I'm going to Namibia to connect with students there. I'll be experiencing their culture first-hand. When I first started university I would've never imagined this opportunity," says Trenton.
Trenton designed and built two versions of an AIDS awareness websiteand#151;one geared to Canadians and one to Namibiansand#8213;based on research on their cultural preferences. He has already presented the website to Canadian students at UPEI and will now do the same with students at the University of Namibia.
"Usually when a website is revamped for...
The UPEI Senate Committee on the Enhancement of Teaching, through the Faculty Development Office, is pleased to announce that Dr. Etienne Coo of the Department of Companion Animals, Atlantic Veterinary College, has been chosen as the 2007 recipient of the Janet Pottie Murray Award for Educational Leadership.
The purpose of this award, created by English professor Dr. Shannon Murray to honour her mother, Janet Pottie Murray, is to encourage excellence in teaching and to recognize outstanding leadership in education on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. Says Dr. Coo, "Receiving the Janet Pottie Murray Award is a tremendous honour, especially considering who it is named after and what it represents."
In awarding the honour, the selection committee noted that Dr. Cotand#233; has "modeled good teaching and inspired his colleagues to think about their...
Fifty-five of the country's most outstanding young musicians will congregate at the University of Prince Edward Island this weekend to begin four days of intensive rehearsals for their Maritime tour as members of the 2007 National Youth Band of Canada. Their first concert takes place at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Tuesday, May 1, beginning at 7:30pm.
The National Youth Band of Canada provides an opportunity for young musicians between 16 and 21 to engage in intensive and#145;musicing' with a professional conductor and soloist, and to share and demonstrate their musical achievement and creativity. Each year this auditioned ensemble meets in a different location to rehearse before a performance tour of the region.
The band will feature guest soloist D'Arcy Philip Gray on percussion and UPEI's Dr. Karem J. Simon as Music Director. Dr. Simon is well known...
UPEI Students Big Winners in Provincial Budget: Tuition to Fall by 10 per cent.
Tuition will fall by 10 per cent at the University of Prince Edward Island as a result of the April 10, 2007 provincial budget.
"Yesterday's budget means that UPEI undergraduate students and their families will benefit from tuition costs that are $1,200 below the average for Maritime universities," says UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan. "These commitments mean that UPEI will be an even more attractive value proposition for students, and that higher education is a clear winner in this budget."
In addition to providing funding to enable a reduction in undergraduate tuition, the budget:
---provides increased funding for UPEI's main campus operating budget of $1.4 million,
---indicates a commitment to provide future funding to limit tuition increases to two per cent annually...
The Faculty of Science Graduate Studies and Research Day takes place on Thursday, March 22. Graduate students in Biology and Chemistry will present their research on a range of topics including the effects of cranberry extracts on inflammatory enzymes, corn borer larval infestation in potatoes, a possible animal model of schizophrenia, and the ecology of the sharp-tailed grouse in Prince Edward Island.
"Our graduate students conduct high-calibre research that enhances our research programs in Biology and Chemistry," says Dr. Christian Lacroix, Dean of the Faculty of Science. "This is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize our graduate students and the important role they have in our research programs."
The day will begin with opening remarks from Dr. Lacroix and President Wade MacLauchlan. This will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon, UPEI...
UPEI will celebrate Co-operative Education Week March 19and#150;23 as part of a national celebration for all post-secondary institutions in Canada. The goal is to let high school and university students know that they can travel the province, the country, and the world through co-op programs. Since 1996, UPEI students have completed more than 1,000 work placements locally, nationally, and internationally and earned more than $5 million in salaries. Currently, Business Administration, Computer Science, and Physics students are working as far away as the United States, Scotland, Ireland, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.
Fourth-year Business Co-op student Megan Killorn is someone who knows the program first-hand. The 21-year-old native of Cornwall has just spent seven months in Dublin, Ireland, doing back-to-back co-op placements at the Allied Irish Bank and the Bank of New...
The University of Prince Edward Island is in search of future leaders, and it's prepared to give generously to find them. The university has announced the "Leaders of Tomorrow" scholarships, $2,000 entrance scholarships for students who have proven through their work in school and community that they have leadership skills and potential.
It's a new approach to scholarships for the university, and one that seeks to award students for more than their academic achievement. "We realize that there are all kinds of factors that go into making a leader," says UPEI Registrar Alan Buchanan, "and they can't always be measured by school marks alone."
There are 13 Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships available, and they will go to first-year entering students who have shown their leadership skills through their work in school organizations like student council, SADD and peer education...
Today, March 8, is International Women's Day and no day could be more fitting to pay tribute to Doris Anderson, the powerful, inspirational, and warm-hearted woman who served as the Chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island from 1992 to 1996. Members of the UPEI community were deeply saddened to learn that Ms Anderson had passed away on March 2 in Toronto at the age of 85.
"I have worked with many women, on local and on national committees, but I have never met anyone with Doris's special wisdom and compassion," says Dr. Elizabeth Epperly, former President of UPEI. "Doris was fearless and resourceful; never did she walk away from a situation where her presence could have helped to further the causes of equality and justice."
Although Doris Anderson's term as Chancellor ended in 1996, she remained closely connected to the Island and the University over the...
The University of Prince Edward Island has signed a new agreement with a university in Egypt for faculty and student exchanges. This is the first such agreement between UPEI and a university in the Middle East.
The new exchange is with Misr International University (MIU) in Cairo. MIU is a leading university in the Egyptian private university system. Its areas of specialization include Business Administration, Engineering, Communications, and Computer Sciences, among others.
The agreement provides UPEI faculty members with teaching opportunities at MIU. Support for faculty includes air fare, an honorarium, accommodation arrangements, orientation programs and organized social activities.
"Misr International University has exchange agreements with universities in Germany, Lichtenstein, the United Kingdom, Austria, and the United States. Because it is an...