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Posted on 13 February, 2012

UPEI’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) and the School of Business are teaming up with Timeless Technologies, a local software and web development company, to present to its students “The Big Pitch”—Venture Capital Funding.

CSIT and Business students will work together in teams of four to develop a concept and a business plan for the “next killer mobile app.” Students will have the opportunity to be mentored by Timeless Technologies and UPEI faculty members as they develop their ideas over the next month in preparation for “The Big Pitch” event in March. A panel of judges, with representatives from Timeless, UPEI, and the Innovation and Technology Association of Prince Edward Island, will select the winners. 

Alan Duncan, Dean of UPEI’s School of Business, is thrilled that...

Posted on 10 February, 2012

After recently hearing about the efforts of Volunteer Eco Students Abroad (VESA), two UPEI students, Kirsten Van Der Velden and Kyle Murphy have signed up to volunteer in Fiji in April. 

The students will board with a Fijian family during their two-week volunteer journey. While in Fiji, they will aid an important sustainable community development project, where they will partake in daily tasks in conjunction with the villagers and the village chief. Some of the major issues the village faces include a lack of fresh running water, rundown schools and poor infrastructure, little to no education on conservation, sustainability, health and hygiene, and English proficiency. 

Van Der Velden, an arts student at UPEI, can’t wait to begin the volunteer initiative, “I’m excited to experience another culture firsthand,” she said. “I’m...

Posted on 10 February, 2012

Dr. Peter Meincke, former UPEI president from 1978-1985, was recently among the first 60 recipients recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal during the inaugural presentation ceremony on February 6, at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa.   

Recipients of this prestigious award are said to have made Canada a better place, and have called on others to also act out of goodwill. The commemorative medal will be presented to 60,000 deserving Canadians throughout the year, to celebrate their significant contributions and success, as well as to recognize them for their dedication and service to our country. 

Meincke was recognized specifically for his “commitment and expertise in promoting the technological innovations necessary for sustainable development worldwide.”

During Meincke’s time at UPEI, he took it upon himself to...

Posted on 9 February, 2012

Dr. Fiona Walton, Professor of Education at UPEI, has been awarded a 2012 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Each year, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada join together to reward exceptional teaching and learning at Canadian universities. Walton was among the 10 teaching fellows chosen for this year. 

She is known as a visionary, a determined and courageous educator who makes a difference, and creates a lasting legacy in aboriginal education. Dr. Shannon Murray, Professor of English at UPEI and also a 2001 3M National Teaching Fellow, agrees.

Murray was the one who nominated Walton for the prestigious award. “Her work has expanded the notion of what, and where, a university can be in the Canadian context,” said Murray. “This was exemplified on Canada Day 2009, when 21 Inuit women students in Iqaluit graduated...

Posted on 8 February, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island celebrated today the launch of a new contract research company based partly on UPEI technology. Bio-valuation Outsourcing Solution (BioVOS) provides services to the pharmaceutical industry to test new drugs and treatments for neuro-inflammatory, metabolic, and cardiovascular disorders, including stroke and heart disease.

“Pharmaceutical companies face real challenges when bringing a new drug to market,” says Dr. Tarek Saleh, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College and CEO of BioVOS. “Drug development takes up to 15 years with a success rate of just one in five thousand at an average cost of more than a billion dollars. Contract research organizations, such as BioVOS, can help streamline that process and make it more affordable.”

BioVOS has exclusive agreements in place to...

Posted on 7 February, 2012

Lorenzo Parker, of the Horton High School Griffins, has committed to attend the University of Prince Edward Island in the fall of 2012. The 6'3” guard has been an all-star or MVP in every tournament that his team has entered this season, and he has scored 40 or more points in several games this year. Parker will be rejoining Coach Tim Kendrick with the Panthers, after having had him as a high school coach for two years in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 

Parker is excited to join the UPEI Panthers next year, “I’m looking forward to being reunited with Coach Kendrick at UPEI, and competing for the chance to win some AUS and CIS championships.” 

“We are thrilled to have Lorenzo joining us. He is a very good player with tremendous potential. We certainly had him rated as one of the top high school players in the Maritimes...if not the top,...

Posted on 2 February, 2012

UPEI’s Family and Nutritional Sciences (FANS) Society is committed to building a strong community, and this year was no different. The student group, which includes foods & nutrition, family science, child studies, and kinesiology students, was recently involved in a number of fundraising and awareness initiatives, which raised over $3,800. 

Their monthly fundraising began in September, with a FANS team taking part in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure. The students had a coffee and muffin sale to raise funds and they also sought out sponsors. Despite poor weather conditions, the team was awarded the “Post-Secondary Individual Challenge Award 2011” for being the top post-secondary fundraising team in PEI.

Samantha Smith, co-president of FANS, thanks the society for enhancing her overall experience at UPEI, “FANS has succeeded in making...

Posted on 31 January, 2012

UPEI will be celebrating its eleventh annual International Development Week (IDW), February 6-12, with all events open to the public. The 2012 theme will be “Building Democracies: Instilling Civil Societies and Developing Democratic Processes.” IDW is a national event held each year to increase awareness of Canada’s role in international development. The events also serve to educate the general public on life in developing countries. 

Some of this year’s IDW Week events include a community luncheon, global jam, student symposium, film screenings, and special guest presentations including Nadia Kostiuk, Vice-President of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  Kostiuk will speak on current challenges to development cooperation. 

The full schedule of events is posted on For...

Posted on 25 January, 2012

With funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI is sending two interns to Chiloe Island, Chile, in February.  Olivia Levi of Miramichi, NB, and Samantha Lewis of Lennox Island First Nation, PEI will spend the next four months working with aboriginal communities in Chile. 

Chiloe Island is part of a large archipelago located off the coast of southern Chile. Many of their native youth migrated to urban areas in recent decades, seeking work in industrial aquaculture. Now they are returning home, after the collapse of the industrial aquaculture industry in which they were employed. However, these young men and women return without knowing the traditional ways of their native Williche community and without the skills necessary to make a living at the traditional livelihoods...

Posted on 25 January, 2012

The UPEI Business Society are hosting “UPEI Panthers Mean Business,” a pre-game reception for all business students, staff and faculty before the UPEI men’s hockey game on January 27, at 5:30 pm at The Wave. 

The reception will provide an opportunity to mingle and network before heading over to the MacLauchlan Arena to cheer on the Panthers. Prizes will also be up for grabs, including Empire Theatre movie passes, Adidas hoodies, UPEI apparel, and a 42” Toshiba 120hz LED HD TV. 

The UPEI Panthers are playing the Dalhousie Tigers at 7:00 pm. The game will start off with a ceremonial puck drop between the respective Panther and Tiger mascots. A seating section in the rink has been reserved for students to take in the action!

The reception and Panther game are free student events; everyone is invited to come out and show some Panther...

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