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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...

Posted on 1 April, 2011

This Monday, April 4th, the Faculty of Science will hold its annual Graduate Studies Day at the K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre, room 104.

Beginning at 10:00 am, opening remarks by UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan, AVP Graduate Studies Dr. Brian Wagner and Dean of Science Dr. Christian Lacroix will set the stage for a day-long event that showcases the best of graduate student research in the Faculty of Science.

Dr. Sunny Hartwig, assistant professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College, will deliver the keynote address “Understanding kidney stem cells and disease” followed by five student oral presentations and a poster presentation session on topics ranging from insect ecology to applied optics.

For a list of titles and abstracts, click here. To see the promotional flyer,...

Posted on 31 March, 2011
Seniors and aging may soon take the spotlight at UPEI. A program in Gerontology, the study of aging, could be added to UPEI’s offerings—if there is enough interest. With an increasing number of people expecting to enter old age in the near future, opportunities to study Gerontology have grown across the country. In addition to academic interest in Gerontology, are the opportunities that such certification contributes to improving employment and career prospects.

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to express their interest in a program in Gerontology at UPEI by completing a five-minute online survey. 

Click here to complete survey. 

Posted on 31 March, 2011

High school students are raring to study at the University of Prince Edward Island according to current application statistics—confirming the importance students place on a post-secondary education offered by the Island’s only university.

As of March 29, UPEI had received 4.3 percent more applications from Canadian high school students, and 7 per cent more applications from PEI high school students, compared with the same date last year. In total, of 15 public and private schools on PEI, 735 Island high school students—versus 687 last year—have already applied to UPEI.

UPEI’s Vice-President Academic Jim Randall says, “We have been following recent reports that indicate university enrolment in Canada has reached record levels and are encouraged that students are continuing to look to UPEI to meet their post-secondary education goals....

Posted on 30 March, 2011

The UPEI Wind Symphony will perform its final recital of the academic year – Freebirds – on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 pm at UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall to a sellout crowd. This has been a particularly successful year for the Wind Symphony with highly acclaimed performances of Angels in the Architecture, the release of its O Canada CD for Island public schools in February, and the receipt of the 2011 Music PEI Award for Best Classical Recording in January.

Two of Canada’s finest clarinetists – Jana Starling, assistant professor at Arizona State University, and Wesley Ferriera, lecturer at Mount Allison University – will be featured in this recital performing Freebirds, a double concerto, by the American composer Scott McAllister. This happens to be one of several clarinet works of McAllister’s...

Posted on 29 March, 2011

Creating a portfolio can be a life changing experience and UPEI’s Bachelor of Integrated Studies 193 (BIS 193) can be the first step. For Islanders embarking in a new direction or starting a new profession, organizing one’s achievements into a portfolio can lead to professional success.

There might be a lifetime of stories to tell and a portfolio allows those stories to be passed on to one’s children and grandchildren. Students already attending university might want to take a course in the summer and not want to travel to Charlottetown. And then there are still others who are interested in going to university but want the learning that they gained in the workplace to count for academic credit. In fact, there are all sorts of reasons why Islanders might want to take UPEI’s BIS 193.

Bachelor of Integrated Studies 193, offered in O’Leary in...

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