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Posted on 8 December, 2011

The University of Prince Edward Island community was saddened by the passing of Professor Emeritus Edward Leslie Edmonds, PhD KStJ, on December 4 at the age of 95.

Born in England, Dr. “Eddie” Edmonds studied under C.S Lewis while at Oxford University, earning his BA and master’s of arts.  He also earned a master’s of education from Sheffield University and his PhD from Leeds University along with a number of university diplomae in literature, teaching, public administration, and educational administration before moving to Canada. 

After teaching and serving as a department head at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Edmonds came to the newly constituted University of Prince Edward Island, becoming the first dean of education. Dr. Edmonds is widely published, with many books to his credit (including two of poetry) and was recognized in...

Posted on 7 December, 2011

Each year, UPEI’s Business 391: Strategic Management course provides its students with the opportunity to analyze a real company and to develop a strategic plan for the company’s future. 

This year, Dr. Juergen Krause, associate professor and director of UPEI’s Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research, approached the Gahan House Brewery, a local brewery with big plans to internationalize. 

“The fortunate scenario that our students can once again work for a business sponsor from PEI, like the Gahan House Brewery, provides them with the opportunity to apply their learned knowledge in a practical setting,” said Krause. “It also aims to support local businesses, thereby demonstrating the connectedness of the UPEI school of business with our community.” 

Three teams were selected from the class to...

Posted on 7 December, 2011

Three UPEI students, who spent the summer helping the underprivileged in central Kenya through a Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) initiative, continue to lend a helping hand. Hannah Hughes, Amy Rawlinson, and Harrison Blizzard were a part of a group of exchange students who spent 90 days in the village of Kiirua, and were so moved by their experience that they are fundraising back at home for the Kenyan villagers.   

UPEI works in collaboration with FHF on their initiatives related to education, research, and service. This summer’s trip, which sent six students to Kenya, focused on securing the future of children and youth, increasing food security, and creating sustainable economic growth. In addition to Hughes, a biology student, and Rawlinson and Blizzard, both nutrition students, three nursing students, Danielle MacConnell, Gloria Smith, and Danaiet Teame...
Posted on 5 December, 2011

The Office of the President invites you to enjoy a festive study break on Thursday, December 8 from 1 to 2 pm, in the lobby of the W.A. Murphy Student Centre and Main Building. There will be free hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies along with the sounds of UPEI music students -- all to help ease the stress of studying and exams, and to celebrate the holiday season. All students are welcome!

For more information, email

Posted on 1 December, 2011

UPEI computer science student, Ben Docksteader, was one of the 72 finalists selected this week to join The Next 36, Canada’s entrepreneurial leadership initiative. The second group of 36 promising undergraduates was selected from over 1,000 of the country’s leading students who applied from 62 schools. This initiative, one that gives candidates the academic foundation, practical skills, role models, and networks needed to succeed as a top Canadian entrepreneur finished up its selection weekend on November 27. 

The finalists headed to Toronto for the National Selection Weekend, where they participated in a series of workshops, interviews and speeches. The judges factored in previous experience, academic excellence, developmental skills, entrepreneurial endeavours, and references to name a few.  
Docksteader’s efforts...
Posted on 29 November, 2011

UPEI invites members of the media to the following events important to the University, its students, staff, faculty and alumni (World Aids Day 2011—Getting to Zero events):

Who:  UPEI students have created several events to support World Aids Day 2011—Getting to Zero
What:  An AIDS information booth, Red Ribbon photo shoot and free documentary film screening will take place on World AIDS Day 
Where:  W.A. Murphy Student Centre, UPEI campus, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE 
When:  Thursday, December 1, 2011
(12:30-2 pm- Information Booth at the W.A. Murphy Student Centre
1:30 pm- Wear RED & be a...
Posted on 28 November, 2011

A Student Forum on the Modern University in the Age of Technology

December 1 at 6:00 pm, McDougall Hall 242
Come hear presentations of the winning submissions for the Global Issues 151 Excellence in Writing Competition. Join in a lively public forum on topics related to the influence of technology on the modern university curriculum.
For more information:
Lisa Driscoll
(902) 894-2850 or
Posted on 25 November, 2011

As distributed by ACOA PEI & Tourism and the Government of Prince Edward Island: 

The 2012 Canada-Wide Science Fair will be held in Prince Edward Island for the first time in its history, thanks in part to funding provided by the federal and provincial governments.
“Our Government understands the importance of supporting today’s youth in their pursuits in bioscience, information technology, alternative energy and environmental advancements,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “This is why we continue to support the Canada-Wide Science Fair, so that today’s experiment can be tomorrow’s breakthrough.”
Posted on 24 November, 2011

The UPEI Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Karem J. Simon, will be performing a full recital of contemporary wind band music on Thursday, December 1, at UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall. The centrepiece of the program is Dutch composer Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1, “The Lord of the Rings.” It is based on the trilogy of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. This epic tale has fascinated millions of readers since its publication in 1955. 

The symphony consists of five separate movements, each illustrating a personage or an important episode from the book. The movements include: (The Wizard), (The Elvenwood), (Sméagol). The symphony was written in the period between March 1984 and December 1987, and has garnered many awards.

Among other works on this program is Conzensus, a stately fanfare by Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost, which...

Posted on 21 November, 2011

The partners in the Optical Regional Advanced Network (ORAN) gathered today in Fredericton to unveil a new high-speed network and the latest iteration of the technology partnership, and to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the NB/PEI Educational Computer Network (ECN).

The ORAN is a joint initiative among CANARIE Inc., The Province of New Brunswick (PNB), the New Brunswick universities, the Maritime College of Forest Technology (MCFT), the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and newest partners New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB). It is designed to provide a high-speed network that maximizes capacity while reducing capital and operating costs for all partners, to facilitate cutting-edge research and collaboration regionally and globally....
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