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Posted on 26 January, 2011

The UPEI Music Department Recital Series is proud to present the ‘2011 Music Performance Competition Finals Concert’ on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 pm in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall.

The concert will feature seven finalists who were chosen by a panel of seven Music Department faculty members during the preliminary round of the competition. This year’s competition category was open.Justin Fitzsimmons, Bachelor of Music major.Justin Fitzsimmons, Bachelor of Music major.

The seven finalists are Dominque Blais, soprano, a fourth-year Bachelor of Education...

Posted on 24 January, 2011

On Thursday, January 20, 2011, the UPEI Wind Symphony was presented with Music PEI’s award for “Best Classical Recording of the Year” for its CD, Cathedrals

The CD, recorded throughout the 2009 – 2010 academic year, includes the title track, “Cathedrals” by Katheryn Salfelder, “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Moussorgsky, “Bugs” by Roger Cichy, and “Scootin’ on Hardrock” by David Holsinger, among other works. 

Cathedrals is the Wind Symphony’s twelfth CD, the result of the annual recording project, initiated in 1998 as a means of archiving most of each year’s performance repertoire. The Wind Symphony is under the direction of UPEI music professor Karem J. Simon.

Posted on 21 January, 2011

The UPEI Student Union (UPEI SU) launched a new website recently for societies and campus events.

The website allows student union-ratified societies to have a common place to post content and communicate with members. Developed in partnership with Integrated Communications, the project was a collaborative effort between representatives from various societies, and UPEI SU Vice-President Communications, Kate VanGerven.

“It was truly a group effort, and we can’t thank  Dave Cormier and his team at Integrated Communications enough for guiding us through this project,” says VanGerven. “Not only will the website be an excellent resource for student societies, but we’ve also learned skills in how to manage a web project.”

Cormier, Manager, Web Communications and Innovations added, “After receiving a number of requests from...

Posted on 21 January, 2011

The University of Prince Edward Island builds on its strong record of publication with the launch of eight new books from the Faculty of Arts. The launch is Friday, January 28 from 4-6 pm in the Faculty Lounge of UPEI’s Main Building.

The titles launched at this event include books, journals, and CDs with Arts Faculty members as authors, performers, or primary editors. They are:

  • “Island Enclaves” (McGQUP, 2010) by Godfrey Baldacchino,
  • “Homecare: One Woman’s Journey” (VDM Verlag, 2009) by Lorraine Begley,
  • Volume 20 of the Journal “Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain” (2010), edited by Annabel Cohen. The volume is a special double issue entitled “A history of music psychology in autobiography.” It includes a DVD (with the technical assistance of Robert Drew of the...
Posted on 14 January, 2011

UPEI celebrates its third annual Diversity Week from January 17 to 21, and everyone is invited to take part in the events. All events are open to the public and are free of charge. 

“Diversity Week is a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics—both visible and invisible—that make individuals unique, in an atmosphere that promotes inclusion and celebrates individual and collective achievement,” says Ruth Freeman, equity outreach coordinator at UPEI.

The week kicks off with the ‘International Pavilion’ on Monday, January 17, in the concourse of the W. A. Murphy Student Centre from 10 am–3 pm. Organized by UPEI’s international students, the Pavilion will feature cultural exhibits, and at noon, a popular and tasty event makes its return, ‘Taste Dips from Around the World’....

Posted on 7 January, 2011

After a successful offering in O’Leary, UPEI is offering its new University Preparation Certificate for Adult Learners in Charlottetown and Montague this February. The program is designed to help adult learners explore their interest in university studies and provide them with skills and strategies for a successful transition to post-secondary learning.

“The Centre for Life-Long Learning is pleased to be partnering with the Webster Centre for Teaching and Learning on offering this new program. Feedback from the participants in O’Leary was very positive and the program helped remove some of the fears associated with coming back to school and entering university. Most found they already have the skills to be successful in university study but the program gave them the confidence to take the first step,” says Jeanette MacAulay, Director of the Centre for...

Posted on 6 January, 2011

Jim Randall, Vice-President, Academic is pleased to announce that Laura Lee Noonan has been appointed interim director of Student Services, effective January 4. Laura Lee comes to us from the provincial Department of Education and Early Childhood Development where her most recent position was as Youth/Student Services Coordinator.

Laura Lee brings with her considerable experience in the areas of student counselling and career development, and has established strong relationships within the Island school system. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UPEI and a Master of Arts from Dalhousie in Sociology and Social Anthropology. Noonan worked at UPEI in the late 1990s, both as a sessional instructor in Sociology and as the Coordinator of the Adult Connections in Education (ACE) program.

Posted on 6 January, 2011

Research on Tap returns Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Mavor’s Bar in the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Dr. Carla Di Giorgio, associate professor of Education at UPEI, will lead the discussion, “Do gifted students need special attention? Addressing the high end of the educational spectrum in PEI's school system.”

“There’s a common attitude that gifted children don’t need extra help in school,” says Dr. Di Giorgio. “But gifted students get bored easily if their intelligence isn’t being stimulated. They often drop out if their needs aren’t met by school, and as a result, don’t go on to university.”

Di Giorgio will also discuss the International Baccalaureate program at UPEI, which will graduate its first Island class at the end of this school year.

Research on Tap is a series of...

Posted on 4 January, 2011

Wade MacLauchlan, UPEI President; Fred Hyndman, UPEI Board of Governors Chair; Perlene Morrison, UPEI Alumni Association President; and President-designate Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz welcomed over 500 alumni and friends in Don and Marion McDougall Hall at the UPEI New Year's Levee held Saturday, January 1, 2011.

This year's event marked the second time for the levee to be held on the UPEI campus-- prior to McDougall Hall being built, it was held downtown....

Posted on 24 December, 2010

UPEI student Landon Holmes is overwhelmed by the traffic driving by his house to see his Christmas light display.

The 18-year old from Stratford said, “It’s a cool feeling to know so many people are coming by to see the lights and donate to the cause.” Close to $1500 has already been raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Holmes estimates about 300 vehicles have been driving by each night since the light show was launched on December 11.

Holmes and two friends decorated his family home and yard over the course of 300 hours. The impressive display is a computer-programmed light show set to music that runs in a loop between 5 and 11 pm nightly and features over 10,000 lights.

Inspired by a house decorated near the Charlottetown airport and several YouTube videos, Holmes said that the presentation and the idea to raise money for the Heart...

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