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Posted on 29 March, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island recognized three well known alumni—Lennie Gallant, Dr. Theresa Bernardo, and Dico Reijers—at the UPEI Distinguished Alumni and Inspiring Young Alumni Awards on March 28. 

Host of CBC’s Mainstreet, Karen Mair, delivered the citation for the first 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Lennie Gallant. Mair made note of Lennie’s supportive family, and the pride that Islanders share of Gallant’s success as an accomplished Island born singer and songwriter. 

“With his national and international success and longevity in creating and performing music since his graduation from UPEI, it might be easy to forget that Gallant has been able to stay in the Atlantic Region and make a living doing what he loves, and he continues to craft some of the best known and loved songs of the region,”...

Posted on 29 March, 2012

UPEI’s executive MBA program and the PEI Business Women’s Association are partnering on an event which focuses on women in leadership roles. The event will be on Wednesday, April 4, from 5:00–7:00 pm in Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

Karen MacDonald, a UPEI EMBA candidate and senior manager with the PEI provincial government, will share her research findings on the implications and barriers for women breaking through the glass ceiling, and reflect on why women continue to be under-represented in leadership positions in Canada. MacDonald specifically focused on a new concept relating to a phenomenon coined the “glass cliff.” At the root of this concept is the notion that while a small number of women are now achieving more high- profile leadership positions, they are more likely than men to find themselves in positions that...

Posted on 29 March, 2012

Two Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) teams collected second place finishes for both the Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy categories at the Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) Regional Exposition held on March 9-10 in Halifax. 

ACE is a national, charitable organization dedicated to teaching and igniting young Canadians to create a brighter future for themselves and their communities. Students involved make a meaningful contribution to their communities and discover their true potential to achieve an even greater impact as an entrepreneurial leader of tomorrow. The Regional Exposition creates a “best-practice” sharing environment, fosters innovation, encourages results, and rewards excellence in entrepreneurial and community leadership.

Alan Duncan, Dean of UPEI’s School or Business explained that SIFE students have worked incredibly...

Posted on 28 March, 2012

With this week marking International Adult Learners’ Week (IALW) in Canada, UPEI acknowledges its Centre for Life-Long Learning for providing mature students with flexible course schedules and support services.

Recognizing the unique needs of adult learners and their busy schedules and lifestyles, the Centre for Life-Long Learning offers an increasing number of courses after 4:00 pm, as well as online. Pat MacAulay, the Centre’s director, invites mature students to UPEI. “Over the past number of years, the University of Prince Edward Island has seen an increase in the number of adults continuing their education. The decision to return to school is not an easy one, but the Centre for Life-Long Learning is pleased to be able to help adult learners navigate their path and make that return easier.”

Rose Arsenault, a student in the final stages of the...

Posted on 27 March, 2012

The fifth annual Connecting Aboriginal Cultures Workshop will celebrate the Aboriginal and Mi’kmaq culture through singing, traditional drumming and dancing, and learning will take place on Thursday, March 29, 10:00 am–4:00 pm and Thursday, April 5, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

The event is organized by UPEI’s Mawi’omi Aboriginal Student Resource Centre, and a planning committee. Guest speakers include Tammy MacDonald, Jesse Francis, Julie Pelletier-Lush, Allan Gillis, and Lori St. Onge
Thursday’s events will take place in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre and April 5 events will take place in the Faculty Lounge, Main Building.
The event is free of charge and open to the public!
For more information on the Mawi’omi Centre, visit...
Posted on 26 March, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island officially marked the opening of its new Health Sciences Building today at a special event attended by donors, government partners, board of governors, students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

The 39,000-square-foot building is home to the School of Nursing and the Department of Applied Human Sciences (formerly Family and Nutritional Sciences) and features a mix of classrooms, offices, and laboratories—increasing the capacity for research.

The formal part of the celebration, emceed by Dean of Nursing Kim Critchley and Dean of Science Christian Lacroix, also featured students Trevor Cudmore (Nursing) and Sarah Nabuurs (Foods and Nutrition) who both commented on how the modern facility will help students develop into the best health and wellness professionals they can be.  

Board of Governors Chair Fred Hyndman...

Posted on 23 March, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island would like to welcome the Island community, donors, and friends to the new Health Sciences building, for its official opening on Monday, March 26 at 10:00 am. The building is home to the School of Nursing and the Department of Applied Human Sciences (formerly the Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences). Speeches, tours, and donor recognition will take place during the official opening. Refreshments will be provided. 

The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. Free parking in the MacLauchlan arena lot is available to event attendees. 
More information on the Health Sciences building:
The building is approximately 39,000 square feet over three levels...
Posted on 23 March, 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island is teaming up with The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, HMCS Queen Charlotte, and the PEI Regiment to host the third annual Atlantic Military Affairs Symposium in Charlottetown. The two-day event will take place on March 30-31 at the PEI Queen Charlotte Armoury, highlighting the Island’s role in the defence of Canada, and features a keynote address by Colonel David Patterson.

Hoping to attract academics, Island reservists, students, and the general public interested in how PEI connects to Canada’s Military past and present, the event includes presentations by local and national scholars, and Canadian Forces members on a variety of subjects ranging from the Island’s contribution in two world wars, the role of the PEI army and navy reservists, security challenges Canada...

Posted on 22 March, 2012

UPEI Co-operative Education programs in Business Administration and Computer Science recently received formal accreditation by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) in time for National Co-op Week. The rigorous, six-month process involved an in-depth review of UPEI Co-operative Education policies and procedures by an external review team. The team consists of practitioners from the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, the University of Waterloo, the University of New Brunswick, and North Island College.

“This national accreditation endorses the high quality of our co-operative education programs and highlights the tremendous learning opportunities our students acquire while integrating academic theory and real-world work experiences,” said UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “This is an endorsement of UPEI’s...
Posted on 21 March, 2012

Dr. Michael Corbett of Acadia University, recognized leader in the field of rural education will be on campus on March 27 to present at the 2012 Triple Tuesday Seminar Series. Corbett will present his book ‘Learning to Leave: The Irony of Schooling in a Coastal Community’ on small schools in a big world—globalization and the rural school. 

This seminar will look at both the pros and cons of small, rural schools and will suggest ideas that may help to resolve the tension between the small school and the big world. UPEI's Faculty of Education, in conjunction with the Centre for Education Research, welcomes everyone to attend this seminar, free of charge. 

The event will take place in Main Building, Room 420, on March 27 from 2:30-4:00 pm.

For more information, please contact Tom Hilton, Centre for Education Research at 566-...
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