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Posted on 10 December, 2010
UPEI is pleased to welcome the PEI High School Science Fair to campus. This dedicated high school fair is a pilot year where the high school
projects have been separated from the regular fair in an attempt to boost participation at the high school level. The regular fair will still be held at the end of March 2011.
 
The PEI High School Science Fair will be held in the McCain Foundation Learning Commons at the AVC on Monday, December 13. Nine projects will be on display from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm and from 2:30-3:00 pm.

All staff, faculty, and students are invited to drop by see the projects and chat with the students.

Posted on 7 December, 2010

All are welcome to enjoy free hot chocolate and seasonal singing by UPEI Music Department students on Wednesday, December 8 from 2:00 – 2:30 pm at Meincke Plaza (in front of the W.A. Murphy Student Centre).

Posted on 7 December, 2010

REMINDER! S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) invites the campus community to “Remembering the Past for a Better Future,” Tuesday, December 7, 2010,  at 7:00 pm, in the W.A. Murphy Student Center. Dedicated to both remembering and acting against violence in our lives, the event features the public unveiling of a large purple ribbon and poster to commemorate people who have suffered and died because of violence, a number of speakers (including Dr. Philip Smith and Dr. Ann Braithwaite from UPEI faculty), musical performances by Richard Wood and FACES, a song and slideshow by S.A.V.E. members and UPEI students, and a memorial candle lighting. Everyone welcome! For more information, contact Ann Braithwaite, abraithwaite@upei.ca.

Posted on 30 November, 2010

As part of Computer Science Education Week, the Department of Computer Science & Information Technology at UPEI is running a video game development competition.  

Aimed at PEI junior high and high school students who have gone the through the ‘GameForce program’, the contest asks participants to create a game using Game Maker software. On Wednesday, December 1, a game concept will be unveiled and students will have until midnight December 8, 2010 to develop and submit their working video game entry.

The competition is open to junior high school or high school students in the PEI school system (including homeschoolers). Prizes will include a paid summer internship with a Charlottetown-based video game company, bursaries to UPEI and Holland College, gaming consoles and computer equipment. A full prize list will...

Posted on 30 November, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island congratulates Dr. Michael van den Heuvel on the renewal of his Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity.

"The Canada Research Chairs program is about research excellence and leadership,” said Dr. Christian Lacroix, UPEI’s Dean of Science. “Dr. van den Heuvel has excelled in both; I congratulate him on a well-deserved renewal."

UPEI first recruited Dr. van den Heuvel for this prestigious chair five years ago from New Zealand.

“It’s an honour to be renewed, just as it was an honour to be named a chair in the first place,” said Dr. van den Heuvel. “In my first five years, I think we contributed science towards generating some real environmental targets for the reduction of nitrate in our streams and estuaries. That information is informing policymakers...

Posted on 25 November, 2010

Today, Premier Robert Ghiz announced that government will not be proceeding with changes to the University Act and new degree granting arrangements on PEI. The University of Prince Edward Island appreciates this decision and Premier Ghiz’s leadership in finding a path forward, together with the underlying affirmation of UPEI’s role and mandate as our provincial university.

UPEI commits, as it has done for 42 years, to provide excellence in educational programs, research, and service to PEI and the world, and to work with potential partners to pursue new opportunities consistent with the University’s mandate and resources, as we endeavour to advance our home province and put UPEI and Prince Edward Island on the map, nationally and internationally. 

UPEI sincerely appreciates the groundswell of support from the community, as demonstrated by...

Posted on 25 November, 2010

The UPEI Alumni Association recently elected several new members to its Board of Directors, including President Perlene Morrison (BA '94), partner at law firm Stewart McKelvey. She replaces Betty Johnston (BA '87) who provided leadership to the Association over the past two years. 

The UPEI Alumni Association is comprised of graduates of UPEI, and seeks to facilitate and constantly improve relations amongst alumni of all ages and between alumni and the University. 

The Association is gearing up for a very productive 2011, starting with its annual New Year's Levee on January 1, 2011 at Don and Marion McDougall Hall on the UPEI campus, through to Reunion Weekend in July, and Homecoming in September. The Board of Directors will focus its efforts on building partnerships with businesses that can serve alumni, building a 3-year strategic plan, and...

Posted on 25 November, 2010

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) and the UPEI Men’s and Women’s Basketball Panthers have teamed up to host 'UPEI Culture Sharing Day' on Sunday, November 28.  The UPEI Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will take on St. FX, and PEI newcomers will be there to cheer them on! Join the festivities when newcomers and Islanders come together to share their cultures and show their Panther Pride!

This event will feature two basketball games (the women at 2:00 pm and the men at 4:00 pm). Newcomers will extend greetings to the crowd in their native languages; the Korean Drum Band Ra On Je Na will provide half-time music,...

Posted on 24 November, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island Wind Symphony will perform its final recital of the Fall semester on Thursday, November 25 at 7:30 pm at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Dr. Karem J. Simon, the UPEI Wind Symphony has been acclaimed for its performance standard and programming. Recent performances in Montague, PEI, New Glasgow and Truro, NS were very favorably received.

The 52 members of this year’s ensemble consists of 24 music majors, other UPEI students, high school students, and community musicians.   It is within its mission to give its audiences meaningful and personal experiences with quality wind music, in the widest possible range of musical style and expression. 

Each year the Wind Symphony tours selected areas of the region to provide its membership with additional performance experiences and share its music...

Posted on 24 November, 2010

Frederick E. Hyndman, Chair of the UPEI Board of Governors, announced today that Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz has been selected as President-designate of the University of Prince Edward Island.

“The presidential search committee unanimously recommended Dr. Abd-El-Aziz to the Board of Governors and I am delighted that the board has supported that recommendation,” said Hyndman. “Dr. Abd-El-Aziz is a talented academic and a successful university administrator. His considerable accomplishments and qualifications, his infectious enthusiasm, and his collaborative experience in developing scholarship are all qualities that are essential for UPEI’s continued positive development.”

Dr. Abd-El-Aziz is the Provost of the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, which he joined in 2006. As Provost, he provides leadership and direction in...

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