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Posted on 24 January, 2012

The UPEI men’s hockey team will play their final season game at Credit Union Place in Summerside, as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The Panthers will face the St. Thomas Tommies on February 11 at 2 pm. 

UPEI Director of Athletics and Recreation Ron Annear arranged for a venue change after approaching Atlantic University Sport, and his counterpart at St. Thomas University.“The local organizing committee approached us to be a part of the programming for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada events, and it was too great an opportunity to pass up. It allows us to bring Panther hockey to Summerside, engage our alumni in Prince County, as well as be a part of a national celebration of Canada’s favourite past-time.”

This marks the first time in the 12-year history of the CBC event that it will be held in PEI. Hosting of the event is a local...

Posted on 24 January, 2012

The UPEI Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Karem J. Simon, will feature an encore performance of “The Lord of the Rings” on Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm in the Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. As UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall was filled to capacity for the December 1 concert, this additional performance will hopefully satisfy the demand of those unable to take in the initial recital. Moreover, the opportunity to hear the Wind Symphony in the Homburg Theatre, an excellent concert hall, will make for an enhanced experience for audience members.

Dutch composer Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” is based on the trilogy of that name by J.R.R. Tolkien. This book has fascinated many millions of readers since its publication in 1955. The symphony consists of five separate movements, each...

Posted on 23 January, 2012

Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, UPEI’s Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, has been awarded funding by the Canadian Water Network (CWN) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to construct a long-term monitoring program in the watersheds in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, including the Northumberland Strait.

Dr. van den Heuvel will lead a team of researchers across five universities and government departments to develop a program that measures how land-use affects the overall health of the species and estuaries within the Southern Gulf.

“We’ll focus on two key sources of stress related to land-use: nutrients and sediments” said Dr. van den Heuvel. “And we’ll determine how to best monitor how these things affect the fish, invertebrates and vegetation in the waters of the southern gulf.”

Dr. van...

Posted on 19 January, 2012

The UPEI men’s soccer team is pleased to present its second annual dinner and roast on Friday, March 2. Bruce Norton will be the featured guest/‘roastee.’

The event is hosted by the UPEI Friends of Men’s Soccer, a group representing alumni, members of the soccer community, and PEI soccer supporters.

Bruce Norton has been involved in sport at UPEI, the Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association (PEISAA), and many community and club teams. Norton’s time at UPEI was spent as both an athlete and a coach. He played football with the Panthers from 1973-1976, and soccer from 1975-1976. He was also a member of the curling team for a couple of seasons. In 1990 and again from 1994-99, Norton was head coach of the men’s soccer team and, in 1996, was named AUS Coach of the Year. In 1998, Norton led the men’s team to an AUS...
Posted on 19 January, 2012

UPEI will be celebrating its fourth annual Diversity Week, January 23–27, with all events open to the public. The 2012 theme will be “Celebrate, Educate, Motivate” with an aim to celebrate the rich diversity at UPEI, further educate and motivate the public about diversity, and personal promotion of inclusion. 

Ruth Freeman, Diversity Office Coordinator, is looking forward to the annual event. “This is the fourth year that we have held UPEI Diversity Week, and it has become a popular campus tradition,” she said. “All of the events are open to the public, so it’s a great opportunity for the broader community to share and contribute.”
Some of this year’s Diversity Week events include a diversity film fest; an international pavilion and marketplace which will feature cultural displays, craft...
Posted on 18 January, 2012

The Canada-Wide Science Fair is coming to Prince Edward Island this year for the first time ever! UPEI will host CWSF 2012 from May 13 to 18. 

The Host Committee is planning a Community Launch for the fair with an opportunity to sign up as a volunteer. Information about the CWSF and volunteer roles will be presented, as well as fun activities. This will take place from 4-6 pm on Thursday, January 19, at the Atlantic Veterinary College McCain Foundation Learning Commons.  

The first national CWSF competition with 45 student winners representing 12 regions was held in 1962. Since then, this national competition has grown to more than 100 regional science fairs across Canada. Needless to say, the 2012 CWSF is a tremendous opportunity for the winning students who represent these regions and who will be competing...
Posted on 18 January, 2012

Five business students recently took part in the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.) hosted at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario. UPEI brought an ethics team and a business policy team to compete in Canada’s premier undergraduate business case competition.

The ethics team, consisting of Duncan Sturz and Kathleen Van Ekris, were awarded second place, while the business policy team, consisting of Alana McKie, Becky Arnold, and Janell MacDonald, were finalists. The competition’s preliminary round brought together 165 submissions from 38 universities across Canada and around the world in eight divisions including: accounting, business policy, debate, ethics, finance, HR, marketing, and management information systems.

Sturz enjoyed preparing for and...

Posted on 16 January, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island announced the creation of a new position today: Vice-President Student Affairs. This role enhances relationships between the departments and areas that serve and support students, ensuring that a dedicated voice supporting positive student experience operates directly within the senior management team.

Dr. Wendy Carroll, currently Associate Professor in the School of Business and Faculty Director of the MBA program, has agreed to accept the position of Vice-President Student Affairs on an interim basis, commencing immediately, while a formal search process gets underway.

Students see the new role as a positive move and in keeping with the structure of most other Canadian universities. UPEI Student Union President Rob Livingstone said, “It is very encouraging to see UPEI create this position—it clearly shows that senior...

Posted on 11 January, 2012

Six students from UPEI’s bachelor of applied science in radiography (BScR) program were awarded the top and second- place prizes in a recent Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) video and photo contest. 

Marla MacAusland, Krista Betts (MacDonald), Sue Donahoe, Lisa Norton, Holly Manning and Rob DeWolfe entered CAMRT’s ‘Very Image of Care’ contest, submitting both a video and photo. Their entry, “We NOD because we care,” demonstrated the daily tasks of an MRT and the importance of their role within the healthcare team.

Their video portion, the grand prize winner, promoted the main goals of MRTs including radiation safety, the NOD approach, and patient care. Their photo, which earned second place, illustrated MRT equipment which they incorporated into the CAMRT logo. All contest entries were judged by a...

Posted on 10 January, 2012

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, recently announced a new Canada Research Chair at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire joins UPEI as the Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture. 

Dr. St-Hilaire moves her research to the AVC from Idaho State University. Her research has taken her across the world, having studied aquaculture in Chile, Europe, and both coasts of North America.

“As an epidemiologist, I work on many different problems,” said Dr. St-Hilaire. “The breadth of my research projects enables me to collaborate with many different types of researchers, from microbiologists to agricultural engineers. The ultimate goal of my research is to improve aquaculture systems and make them...

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