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Posted on 18 April, 2011

A recent CD recording of O Canada by the UPEI Wind Symphony is now being played in public schools across Prince Edward Island and is receiving rave reviews.

O Canada became part of this academic year's UPEI Wind Symphony programming when they were invited to be part of the inaugural concert at the new Montague Regional High School in October. There, the UPEI group collaborated with the high school band (Kirk White, director) and the Montague Intermediate School Band (Jonathan MacInnis, director), resulting in a massed band of 150 performers.

The rendition was electric, sending shivers up the spine of many in the audience, and convinced UPEI Wind Symphony Director Karem Simon that he should propose recording the national anthem as part of the symphony’s 13th annual CD project, to extend its reach beyond just live performances.


Posted on 18 April, 2011

The Honourable Robert Vessey, minister of Tourism and Culture, UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan, and University Librarian Mark Leggott cut the “virtual” ribbon today for, the website home of the digitization process and resulting collections maintained by the Robertson Library at UPEI.

The website encompasses a number of collections related to Prince Edward Island and is a rich, evolving resource that stewards and protects PEI’s print and digital heritage. Each initiative that falls under the umbrella site involves content or financial contributions from the Island community, including individuals, community groups, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, and the Public Archives and Records Office of PEI.  

“ will prove to be an invaluable tool for researchers, authors...

Posted on 14 April, 2011

On Friday, April 15, UPEI engineering students will display their designs and network with community and engineering industry members at the 2011 Engineering Design Expo.

As part of their engineering design class in the three-year engineering diploma program at UPEI, students formed into groups and were partnered with various mentor organizations. Ranging from government departments to private companies to NGOs, these organizations had real-life engineering challenges for which the students designed creative and innovative solutions. These solutions will be on display from 11 am through to the evening when the Engineers PEI Design Team Awards and individual Department of Engineering awards, including the Noel MacAleer award, will also be presented.

All are welcome to attend the Expo, which takes place...

Posted on 13 April, 2011

Jeff Price, from TuneCore, and one of the global leading experts on the digital music era, will deliver the keynote address at East Coast Music Week 2011 as part of UPEI’s Chief Justice Thane Campbell Lectureship in Law series.

Price will address the audience on Friday, April 15 at 4:30 pm in the Elfin-Pekeha Room at the Delta Prince Edward.

Richard Kurial, dean of Arts at UPEI, expressed considerable enthusiasm at the prospect of Price's presentation. “The ECMAs are about music, for sure, but they are also about the business of music, about making a living and a life in the profession. Jeff Price is a critical figure in helping to make such outcomes come to pass. On behalf of UPEI and the Law Society of PEI, we are most happy to bring Jeff Price forward to deliver a Thane Campbell lecture as a keynote speaker for this year's ECMAs.”


Posted on 12 April, 2011

The Atlantic Canada Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society recently awarded scholarships to University of Prince Edward Island students, Graham McNabb and Travis Bertram. Based on academic performance, the scholarships are awarded to those who plan to write the CFA Level I exam in the current calendar year. 

McNabb and Bertram are both enrolled in the Business Administration program at UPEI. While McNabb will graduate in May, Bertram graduated in 2008 but returned this year to take a full load of accounting courses. There are only a total of ten of these prestigious recognitions given out in the Atlantic region.

“We are thrilled for Travis and Graham,” said Dr. Roberta MacDonald, dean of the UPEI School of Business. “Both students have a strong work ethic and will no doubt succeed in the CFA program after their UPEI graduation. It is also...

Posted on 12 April, 2011

Four University of Prince Edward Island mathematics students finished in the top 25 per cent in the 71st annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition to earn UPEI its first-ever ranking.

Sam Arnold, Stephen Chandler, Jiaxin Cui, and Spencer Matheson participated in the December 4th contest, the most prestigious mathematics competition for undergraduate students in North America.   This year, a total of 4,296 students from 546 institutions took part. The contest is written in two, three-hour sessions, each consisting of six very challenging math problems.

UPEI has participated in the yearly competition for the last 15 years. Dr. David Horrocks, associate professor of Mathematics at UPEI, said, “I’m delighted to report that this year's results are our best ever.    Jiaxin and Spencer had identical scores which placed them in...

Posted on 6 April, 2011

UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan says today’s provincial budget, that includes a 3 per cent increase to UPEI’s operating grant, will help to address cost pressures, plus growth in enrolments and research.

“UPEI appreciates the increase in support from government,” MacLauchlan said. “Today’s provincial budget affirms the University’s role and mandate, and we look forward to delivering on those expectations.”

He added, “Today’s announcement now permits us to move forward with developing the University’s budget which will be presented to the Board in early May. It still involves continuing belt-tightening for the University, which we accept in challenging fiscal times.”

To view the 2011/12 provincial budget on the Government of PEI website, ...

Posted on 6 April, 2011

The UPEI Board of Governors recently approved the human resources committee’s recommendations for dean of Arts, dean of Business, and the dean of Nursing.

Dr. Don Desserud is the next dean of the Faculty of Arts. Desserud is currently a full professor in Political Science at UNB Saint John, the director of the Urban and Community Studies Institute, and also served as associate dean of Graduate Studies. He will join UPEI on July 1, 2011.

UPEI Vice-President Academic, Dr. Jim Randall said, “Dr. Desserud brings to UPEI considerable experience in academic administration as well as a passion for the Arts. Given Don's many public roles in the community, he also presents a strong voice for the role of the Arts in our broader society.”

Alan Duncan will begin his appointment as dean of the School of Business also on July 1, 2011. Duncan is currently an...

Posted on 5 April, 2011

Valerie Compton, born and raised on PEI, has recently published her first book, Tide Road, a historical novel set on the Island. She will give a public reading on Monday, April 11, at 7:30 pm, in the Faculty Lounge, Main Building at UPEI. A book signing and reception will follow. Her reading is sponsored by the UPEI English Department.

Sonia, the main character of Tide Road, is a widowed farm wife and former lighthouse keeper. When her daughter Stella disappears, leaving her toddler and husband behind, Sonia faces the possibility that her daughter may not have slipped through the ice. She may have been pushed. Sonia's past, a flotsam of lost dreams, bruised hopes, and buried love, wells up to meet her. Confronted with her own history of choices and failures, Sonia is compelled to revise her perception of her daughter's life and dramatically change the...

Posted on 1 April, 2011

Sharon MacLeod, brand-building director for Unilever Canada and the creative expert behind the Dove Canada brand will be the guest speaker at the fourth instalment of the ‘Spotlight on Student Engagement Series.’ The event will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2:30 pm in AVC Lecture Theatre A.

In her presentation entitled, The Way a Woman Leads, MacLeod will share how Dove challenged conventions with the ‘Campaign for Real Beauty’ and helps girls reach their full potential through the Dove self-esteem fund. She will share her experience as a marketer, leader, and businesswoman.

MacLeod is best known for her expertise in consumer behaviour and her creativity. A true visionary in her field, MacLeod challenges traditional marketing and business practices, believing that professionals like her can extend the power of brands to positively...

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