Media Releases

Posted on 22 March, 2011

The UPEI Alumni Association will present its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Sunday, March 27 to the Honourable Marion Reid, Paul Jelley (posthumously), and Carrie-Ann Matheson, recipient of the inaugural ‘Inspiring Young Alumna Award.’

The public event begins at 7:00 pm in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium in Don and Marion McDougall Hall on the UPEI campus and features a keynote address by Matheson, as part of the UPEI Student Union’s Inspiring Alumni Speaker Series.

Both Reid and Jelley have contributed to their community and to the public service in a variety of ways. Reid is an educator and former lieutenant-governor and speaker of the PEI Legislative Assembly, while Jelley was a long-serving deputy minister in the government of Prince Edward Island. He passed away in 2009.

Matheson has reached great heights in the realm of classical...

Posted on 18 March, 2011

Annabel Lyon, author of the best-selling novel The Golden Mean, will give a public reading on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building.

Annabel Lyon burst on the literary scene in 2000 with a superb short story collection, Oxygen, and followed in 2004 with three novellas in The Best Thing for You. She then delved into classical Greece, researching the lives of the brilliant philosopher Aristotle and his most famous student, who would become Alexander the Great, and the result is her extraordinary first novel. The Golden Mean won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

A review in The New Yorker praises her “vivid imagining of the encounter between Aristotle and the young Alexander....Lyon’s...

Posted on 18 March, 2011

The criteria for the Harry W. MacLauchlan Scholarships in Entrepreneurial Leadership have changed for 2011. Previously only awarded to business students, they are now open to all full-time undergraduate UPEI students entering their third year of study who demonstrate entrepreneurial initiative, involvement and leadership in the province. Each scholarship is valued at $5,000, awarded annually to up to three students. The application deadline is March 31.

Two UPEI business students, Alex Davidson (Charlottetown) and Josh Hayden (Vernon River), were 2010 recipients. According to Davidson, “Being a recipient of the prestigious Harry W. MacLauchlan Scholarship is an honor. It has allowed me to find motivation from within myself to put that extra effort into school and to start a business with a friend. This scholarship has allowed me to reach for and to meet my goals....

Posted on 18 March, 2011

In support of the Japanese people who have been so severely affected by the recent earthquake in their country, the campus community has designated Thursday, March 24 as UPEI’s day to show solidarity and provide assistance. The UPEI Diversity Office and the Student Union are leading the initiative, supported by an organizing committee that includes students and staff from across the campus.

Baked goods, ‘UPEI Cares’ pins, and 50/50 tickets will be on sale throughout the day, and sushi from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, at the W.A. Murphy Centre. There will also be demonstrations:  making cranes with messages of hope for Japan (all day) and making sushi (11:00 am to 1:30 pm).

Other activities include a meditation centre in Credit Union Day Lounge; an information table with updates and photos; karaoke followed by open mic with...

Posted on 11 March, 2011

UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan received the 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration at a recent ceremony in Charlottetown.

Awarded by the Prince Edward Island chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), the distinction recognizes the exceptional achievement of a person who has shown leadership in public administration in the province or who has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration.

The Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island made to the presentation to MacLauchlan, who was commended for his leadership skills, innovation and creativity, accomplishment and impact, and community work. “As president of the University of Prince Edward Island,” said the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, “Wade is inspirational, passionate, and tireless in his efforts to...

Posted on 10 March, 2011

National Aboriginal role model, Chibon T. Everstz, a 24-year-old Mohawk entrepreneur from Kahnawake, Quebec will participate in UPEI’s 4th Annual Connecting Aboriginal Cultures Workshop on March 15 and 16.

Currently working towards his Bachelor of Business Administration, Everstz has developed his own company, First Fusion, which promotes cultural learning initiatives for Indigenous youth around the world. He has represented Canada as a First Nations Ambassador in Africa and Norway, has performed for royalty and during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Ceremonies.

Everstz encourages his community to carry on the traditional ways of the Onkwehonwe people, “Always challenge yourself and push beyond expectations. Keep an open mind, a welcoming heart and never forget your true roots. Only then will you walk a step...

Posted on 7 March, 2011

Journalism students and professionals present forum at UPEI

Is this the end for traditional media? This is the question that UPEI journalism students will be asking professional journalists on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm at the Atlantic Veterinary College, Lecture Theatre C. With a strong line up of journalists representing the media from different perspectives, including Paul McNeill from the Eastern Graphic, Wayne Thibodeau and Jocelyne Lloyd from the Guardian, Marcia Enman from La Voix Acadienne, and Andy Walker from the Canadian Association of Journalists, the forum is shaping up to be an event that Islanders will not want to miss.

UPEI journalism students Samantha MacKinnon and Ross Mair will frame the discussion, raising important questions about how the media has evolved over the last two decades, and what media will look like in...

Posted on 3 March, 2011

The University of Prince Edward Island will recognize the leadership, and public and community service of four exceptional people by conferring honorary degrees on them during convocation on Saturday, May 7.

The honorary graduands are: Danny Williams, QC, former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador; Louis W. MacEachern, entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist; Teresa Mellish, the driving force behind the PEI-based, non-governmental organization, Farmers Helping Farmers; and Monique Collette, senior advisor to the Privy Council Office and former president of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

The convocation ceremonies will take place in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at 10 am and 2:30 pm. Williams will address the morning convocation where graduates will receive BEd, BBA, BBA (co-op), BBTH, BScN, DVM, MVSc, MEd, MBA, and PhD degrees; Mellish will...

Posted on 1 March, 2011

UPEI's sessional instructor in saxophone, Kevin MacLean, will present a saxophone recital on March 4 at 7:30 pm at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall as part of the UPEI Recital Series. The recital will feature a variety of works for the saxophone, and involves the collaboration of over 30 musicians - professional players, university students and music faculty from UPEI.

The first half of the recital will feature MacLean with Frances McBurnie (piano) performing Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre”, a hauntingly beautiful work which is based on the prayer which begins the service of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Dan St. Amand (trumpet), Frances McBurnie and MacLean will perform Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City”, a trio originally written for English horn, trumpet and piano. The first half will conclude with an exciting new trio for saxophone,...

Posted on 1 March, 2011

Robert Dawson, a 2009 cohort in the executive-style MBA program at UPEI, recently was named 2011 Student Entrepreneur Prince Edward Island Champion in a national competition operated by charitable organization, Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE).        

As a provincial champion, Dawson will now move on to represent Prince Edward Island in the regional round of competition taking place at the 2011 ACE Regional Exposition in Halifax on March 11, 2011.

Since 2008, Dawson has owned and operated Top Search Result, an online marketing company specializing in assisting other companies with search engine marketing (promoting websites on Google) and managing various social media presences (facebook, twitter, LinkedIn). 

“I am...

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