Media Releases

Posted on 14 February, 2011

Released by provincial department of Innovation and Advanced Learning.

A new educational partnership will preserve UPEI’s status as Prince Edward Island’s only university while allowing the Province of Prince Edward Island to host the Homburg Group Global Education Project’s continuing plans for real estate focused university education to the province, says Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning.

“The memorandum of understanding signed today commits government to working with Homburg and the University of Prince Edward Island in order to bring world-class, university accredited real estate education to the Island,” said the minister.

Homburg will establish a real estate university, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with academic partners around the world. The Homburg Institute, an institute for...

Posted on 8 February, 2011

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has appointed Dr. Ann Howatt to the Sectoral Commission on Culture, Communication and Information. 

Dr. Howatt is a research fellow of the Institute of Island Studies and a lecturer in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island. Both an educator and conservator of cultural property, she has taught and lectured at several universities in Canada and internationally in cultural conservation, and in the fields of visual media, environmental representation, and technology.

Over the past year, Dr. Howatt has been participating as a member of an inter-university specialist advisory panel, commissioned by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The panel is tasked to identify and test a methodology for mapping socio-cultural...

Posted on 7 February, 2011

Webster Centre staff invites the campus community to receive free hugs on Tuesday, February 8 when they revive a campaign started two years ago.

The 'FREE HUGS Campaign' is a social movement that began in Australia and involves individuals giving hugs to strangers in public places. The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness to make others feel better. The Webster Centre joined the campaign in 2009 when they offered free hugs to students, staff, and faculty as shown in this Youtube video.

This year's event will take placeTuesday, February 8, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, outdoors at the centre of campus, and near the W. A. Murphy Student Centre, Kelley Memorial Building, and Main Building.

Posted on 7 February, 2011

The University of Prince Edward Island has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) today with three Kenyan universities: the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

The MOUs are the first step in establishing formal exchange programs and collaborative research/study opportunities between UPEI and the three African institutions.

“UPEI has had a long-standing relationship with Kenya, with many students and faculty being engaged in that country," said Dr. Tim Goddard, Dean of Education and Lead Dean—International. “With these MOUs, we are now able to extend our relationship to include scholarly exchanges, joint research projects, and other initiatives which will partner both students and faculty from UPEI and these three important Kenyan universities.”

His Excellency...

Posted on 7 February, 2011

Today, the University of Prince Edward Island submitted an unfair labour practice complaint against the UPEI Faculty Association (FA) to the Labour Relations Board of the PEI Department of Community Services, Seniors, and Labour. It states that the Association is subverting the negotiation process by not bargaining in good faith. The University is concerned that FA negotiators have deliberately taken positions that could lead to a breakdown in negotiations, by creating an artificial impasse, failing to bargain, and failing to bring a mandate to negotiate to the table. The University is also concerned that UPEI’s position is being misrepresented by the FA to its membership.

The University has held regular meetings with the FA...

Posted on 4 February, 2011

The UPEI Department of Music presents its Super Bowl weekend 'Faculty Recital Spectacular' on Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 pm at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall. This annual recital will feature most of UPEI’s performance faculty performing as soloists and chamber musicians.
Professor Frances Gray is featured prominently throughout as she will perform Ginastera’s Argentinian Dances and will collaborate with tubaist Gregory Irvine performing Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words and soprano Sung-Ha Shin Bouey performing from the classical repertoire. 

Classical guitar player Jim Dickson, who thrilled last year’s audience, may do so again with his interpretation of Vals Venesolano No. 3 by the Spanish composer Antonio Lauro. Dale Sorensen, trombone and Jacqueline Sorensen-Young, piano, will perform Pergolesi’s Sinfonia.  UPEI...

Posted on 4 February, 2011

When long-time Newfoundland resident John Steffler, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet during 2006-2008, gives a reading, it’s certain that people in the audience will ask him to read “That Night We Were Ravenous.”

This frolicking, sensuous poem begins with a near-disastrous encounter with a moose on a highway in Newfoundland, and ends with the couple back home devouring a feast and ravishing each other. In between, Canada’s landscape, history, and culture burst across the windshield and readers’ eyes in luscious, comical, menacing, and magical glory.                

Steffler, one of Canada’s most admired poets and prose writers, will read from his work on Tuesday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. From his powerful historical...

Posted on 3 February, 2011

Students in UPEI’s executive-style Master of Business Administration program will explore the topic ‘hyper-localism’ at the third annual Local Marketing Challenge, Saturday, February 5 from 9 am–1 pm at Don and Marion McDougall Hall in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium.

The Local Marketing Challenge is the final project of the Marketing Management course in the MBA Program.

“Hyper-localism” refers to the emerging consumer trend known as the local market. During the event, student groups will present marketing plans for a local market opportunity that they have identified. In past years, the challenge focused on local food, but this year the topic range has been broadened to include any product or service that is targeted at the local PEI market.

Tim Carroll, associate professor at the UPEI School of Business, says, “In...

Posted on 3 February, 2011

UPEI recognized the long-standing support and leadership of Lou MacEachern at a reception today, naming a busy indoor thoroughfare at Don and Marion McDougall Hall in his honour.

Louis W. MacEachern Market Street is located along the full length of the building and connects students to lecture theatres, classrooms and study / breakout rooms in the modern complex that hosts School of Business programming along with a multitude of University events.

MacEachern was born in Hazel Grove, PEI and studied at both St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College, UPEI predecessor institutions. He is also a graduate of Dalhousie University. Part of the reason for giving back so much to UPEI is because he realized the necessity of an education early in life and attributes much of his success as an entrepreneur to his investment in his own schooling.


Posted on 1 February, 2011

UPEI was disappointed to learn that the Faculty Association requested the province appoint a conciliation officer yesterday when there has been considerable progress made by both sides at the bargaining table.

Regular meetings with the Association’s negotiating committee have occurred since the Fall, as often as two to three times a week, and the University’s bargaining team remains committed to, and optimistic about reaching a negotiated settlement.

VP Finance and Facilities, Gary Bradshaw, says, “While we were disappointed at the premature application for conciliation, we also recognize that it’s an approach often used in negotiations. By no means does the University feel that we have reached an impasse. In fact, it is quite the opposite in that we’ve continued to make good progress on a number of items that are important to both sides....

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