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Posted on 3 August, 2011

Dr. Adam Fenech, who was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, comes to UPEI next week to train professionals in the latest techniques to plan for and adapt to climate change.

Dr. Fenech is one of three teachers of a unique course, designed to give professionals and students access to the latest tools to adjust to climate change. The Applied Climate Change Program runs August 8–12 at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Fenech and his colleague, Dr. Neil Comer, have presented this program many times over the past three years, in places such as China and Panama.

“We need to empower planners and people who need this information,” said Dr. Fenech. “They need to understand our climate past, and have a clear indication of what challenges lie ahead because of climate change, whether they...

Posted on 27 July, 2011

Royal Dutch Shell advisor to speak at Palmer Conference

Public- and private-sector leaders and influential commentators from across Canada will gather for the Palmer Conference on Public Leadership at the University of Prince Edward Island, August 18 to 19, to follow up on the latest calls for a national energy strategy.

The Palmer Conference, named in honour of noted lawyer and public-policy proponent, James S. Palmer, addresses issues of high priority to the public sector and to Canada. The theme this year, “Developing a Canadian Energy Strategy,” is currently at the top of the Canadian political and policy agenda. Conference discussions will add value to the meetings of Canadian energy ministers that took place in Kananaskis in mid-July, resulting in a communiqué calling for government and stakeholders to work...

Posted on 26 July, 2011

The St. Dunstan’s University (SDU) class of 1961 will celebrate its 50th anniversary at this year’s UPEI Summer Reunion Weekend, July 28 to 31. Alumni who have reached this special milestone will be joined by SDU class of 1951, UPEI classes of 1971 and 1981, and Prince of Wales College (PWC) alumni, for a fun-filled 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 Perlene Morrison, president of the UPEI Alumni Association.

The always-popular UPEI Alumni HRA Panther Classic golf tournament takes place on Friday, July 29, at the Green Gables Golf Course in Cavendish. Tee-off time for the participating golfers is 8:30 am.
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Posted on 25 July, 2011

The University of Prince Edward Island will have a new face behind the bench to coach the men’s basketball Panthers, the Island university announced today. Tim Kendrick, from New Minas, Nova Scotia and long-time coach of the Horton High School division 1 men’s basketball team, will begin his new post immediately.

Ron Annear, director of athletics and recreation at UPEI, said, “We are definitely excited to have Tim join us at UPEI. His coaching record speaks for itself, but after seeing him in action at the 2009 Canada Games, meeting with him during the selection process, and now getting to know him better in the last few weeks, I know he will be the right leader and motivator to take the Panthers to new heights in both the AUS and CIS, and in our community.”

Kendrick coached the Nova Scotia men’s team to a dramatic silver medal finish at...

Posted on 22 July, 2011

The first group of students in a special cohort for college educators in the Master of Education in Leadership and Learning program offered by UPEI, in collaboration with Holland College, wrapped up their final assignments recently during a research forum held in Holland College's Centre for Applied Science and Technology on the Prince of Wales Campus.

The program is designed to provide experienced adult educators with the knowledge and skills required to become effective educational leaders. The overall aim of the program is to promote and support educational scholarship, research, and practice.

The 15 students in the group are staff members or former staff members of the College of the North Atlantic, Holland College, and Nova Scotia Community College. Their final projects encompassed many topics that are of concern to community colleges, including an investigation...

Posted on 20 July, 2011

This weekend, July 22 to 24, UPEI will play host to 45 senior women’s, boys’, and girls’ soccer teams from around the Maritimes, that will compete in 12 different divisions for the First Annual Godfrey Soccer Cup.

The Godfrey Cup is named after the late Alan Godfrey who was a builder of the Sherwood Soccer Club back in the early 1980’s—holding positions of president, director of fields and equipment, coach, technical director, and various others at the club level.

As the sport grew, so did Godfrey’s involvement. He became a member of the Charlottetown and District Youth Soccer Association and worked continually with this group until the Island Club System was put into play in 1988-89. Godfrey continued in many roles, always bringing his enthusiasm and professionalism, until his untimely passing in December 2002.

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Posted on 8 July, 2011

Twelve University of Prince Edward Island students, along with UPEI associate professor and chair of Modern Languages, Dr. Doreley Coll, arrived in Salamanca, Spain, June 30, as part of ‘Spanish 203,’ a four week immersion language and culture course.

Offered at the University of Salamanca, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe, the course seeks to broaden language skills acquired in first year Spanish (Spanish 101 and 102). During the four week program, students study at the university that was founded in 1227, but will also experience Spain’s civilization and culture through field trips to Madrid, Toledo, Avila and El Escorial. Students are billeted with Spanish families.

The course is designed to consolidate grammar, common idiomatic expressions, and to increase active vocabulary, and features classroom study, daily oral-...

Posted on 8 July, 2011

The UPEI Women’s Hockey program confirms that Hockey PEI’s ‘Player of the Year,’ Laura Bradley, will be lacing up her skates with the Panthers this September. Bradley recently graduated from Morell Regional High School and will study in the health field.

The daughter of Adrian and Rinnie Bradley of St. Teresa, Bradley started playing hockey at the age of six and, over the years, has played on both male and female teams.

Under the coaching of Craig Jenkins and Jill MacPhee this past season, Bradley further developed her offensive skills, enabling her to finish second in scoring in her final year of Midget hockey. Laura was chosen captain of the Kings County Kings and credits her teammates for having the determination and work ethic required to win the Island Midget AA League title, and go undefeated at the Atlantic Midget AA...

Posted on 8 July, 2011

The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) has awarded three silver medals to the University of Prince Edward Island through its annual Prix d’Excellence awards program. The awards were presented to UPEI at the recent CCAE national conference in Quebec City, where former UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan spoke to delegates on the ‘Value of Brand for Universities,’ and participated in an executive leadership panel discussion.

UPEI was awarded second place for ‘Best New Idea: Creativity on a Shoestring’ for its ‘Win with UPEI’ contest; ‘Best Annual Fund Initiative’ for the UPEI Annual Fund Campaign; and ‘Best Community Outreach’ for the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Community Workshop Series.

Glenda Clements, director of UPEI Integrated Communications, said, “UPEI staff, across...

Posted on 7 July, 2011

Gary Bradshaw, vice-president, finance and facilities at the University of Prince Edward Island, has been named associate vice-president at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, announced UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz.

“Gary is returning to Memorial after completing nine successful years at UPEI. The Grenfell position offers him a great opportunity to apply his proven skill set at a respected post-secondary institution in his home province,” Abd-El-Aziz said. “UPEI is grateful for Gary’s significant contributions to our campus, and we know that he will continue to be a valued colleague and ambassador for the University of Prince Edward Island.”

During his tenure at UPEI, Bradshaw oversaw tremendous growth in the physical infrastructure of the campus, managing the planning and development of approximately $120 million...

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