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Posted on 19 May, 2011

The 36th annual APICS-CIC Chemistry Conference (ChemCon 2011) begins Friday, May 20 at UPEI. It brings with it the best and brightest undergraduate chemistry students from across the Atlantic provinces.

This is the first time the conference has been held at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1999. ChemCon 2011 is the result of a year of hard work by two UPEI chemistry students, Nicole MacPhee, who graduated this spring, and Mitch Perry, a master of science student.

“The conference really is a great opportunity for undergraduates to present their research to a large, specialized audience,” said MacPhee. “If students want to continue to graduate school, it really is a skill that needs to be practiced and mastered.”

The conference also has three keynote addresses by respected chemists from across the country. Dr. Laurel Schafer is a...

Posted on 18 May, 2011

Kim Brown and Danae Iatrou commit to the women’s soccer program

The University of Prince Edward Island women’s soccer Panthers have added talented centre midfielder Kim Brown, from Vancouver, BC, and winger Danae Iatrou, from Halifax, NS, to an already gifted lineup for the 2011-12 season.

“We are very excited about adding players of this exceptional talent to the roster. Danae has had success at every level she’s played at, and Kim has been pursued by NCAA division 1 as well as top CIS schools. Their impact will be immediate and we are thrilled to add both of these strong student athletes to our program,” explained head coach Michael Redmond.

Brown grew up on Vancouver Island, in a small town called Lantzville, where she began playing competitive soccer at age 10. From there, she continued playing on various Metro and Super Y...

Posted on 13 May, 2011

Eighteen students from eight Prince Edward Island high schools had a chance to hone their skills and learn new concepts at a unique camp hosted by the UPEI Department of Mathematics and Statistics, May 13-15.

The UPEI—Canadian Mathematical Society Math Camp 2011 treated students with a penchant for math to a variety of special lectures by faculty as well as problem-solving competitions. Many activities during the three-day camp were based on light-hearted or recreational aspects of math, such as the ‘Math Relays’ and ‘Mathematical Card Tricks,’ but also introduced students to more serious topics including the ‘History of Mathematics’ and ‘Mathematical Finance.’

“Math Camp gives us the opportunity to reach out to some of our high school students who have an interest in math,” said event organizer, Dr. Ken...

Posted on 13 May, 2011

Both government and opposition members celebrated University of Prince Edward Island President Wade MacLauchlan during the sitting of the Legislative Assembly, Thursday, May 12, some calling it ‘Wade MacLauchlan Day at the House.’

Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning Allan Campbell read a statement at approximately 3:00 pm and Leader of the Opposition Olive Crane tabled a resolution shortly after, both thanking President MacLauchlan for 12 years of service to UPEI and to the Province.

House Statement by Hon. Allan Campbell:  "Wade MacLauchlan"
Motion No. 61:  "Prince Edward Island thanks Wade MacLauchlan"

Many members of the Legislative Assembly spoke to...

Posted on 12 May, 2011

On May 13, UPEI will wrap up a two-week strategic planning partnership workshop with representatives from Ethiopia, which was designed to demonstrate the University’s commitment to enhance and strengthen its contribution to the development of the education sector in the Global South.

Dr. Tirussew Teferra, vice-president academic and Dr. Jeilu Oumer, faculty of Education, from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia arrived on May 2 and have been participating in a number of meetings with UPEI deans, staff, and faculty as well as stakeholders in PEI’s research and development and post-secondary education sectors.

Sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency, UPEI’s International Office and Lead Dean International and Dean of Education Tim Goddard developed the workshop with partners, the Association of African Universities and Association of...

Posted on 11 May, 2011

With the first cohort of the UPEI School of Business’ executive-style Master of Business Administration program having graduated on May 7, the Government of PEI is congratulating the successful graduates and pledging its support for ongoing higher education efforts by public sector employees.
 “We are very pleased that there is a master’s level business program now offered in PEI and that the number of graduate programs in a range of fields at UPEI has increased. This is very much in line with our strategy to encourage life-long learning among our civil service and throughout the Island community,” said Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning.
“I would encourage all employers to look at the benefits to be realized through investing in advanced...

Posted on 9 May, 2011

The hockey world is abuzz about the performance of Nashville Predators star forward Joel Ward. Ward’s stellar performance in the playoffs has sports pundits tracing his path to greatness, and finding it leads straight to UPEI.

Ward played four years on the UPEI Panthers from 2001-2005 before moving on to the Houston Aeros in the AHL. It’s not a typical route to the NHL, but the hard-working Ward attracted the attention of the Minnesota Wild in a rare open tryout in 2006, eventually moving two years later to the Predators.

The NHL has featured the former Panther in one of its History Will Be Made spots for TV and YouTube. 

May 5, Ward was the subject of an Inside Hockey profile on ...

Posted on 7 May, 2011

A record number of 902 graduates received degrees, diplomas, and certificates today during convocation at the University of Prince Edward Island including the first graduates from the Master of Business Administration and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. UPEI’s Class of 2011 gathered in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre for two ceremonies, the first beginning at 10:00 am and the second at 2:30 pm.   

View Convocation Photo Gallery.

During the morning ceremony, Louis W. MacEachern, entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist, and Danny Williams, QC, former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, received honorary degrees. 

In his convocation address, Mr. Williams recounted his many...

Posted on 6 May, 2011

Several members of UPEI’s faculty were honoured at the ‘Faculty Recognition Night’ which was held recently in Stanhope. The annual reception and banquet, co-sponsored by the UPEI Faculty Association and the Office of the President, recognizes teaching and research excellence. It is also an opportunity to honour the service of retiring academic staff as well as to recognize those who have served UPEI for 25 years or more.

This year, three faculty members were recognized for their outstanding achievements as researchers. Sanda Badescu, Modern Languages, Faculty of Arts; and co-winners from the Faculty of Science, Rabin Bissessur, Chemistry, and  Lori Weeks, Family & Nutritional Sciences each received a UPEI Faculty Association Merit Award for Scholarly...

Posted on 6 May, 2011

As the largest graduating class in the history of UPEI prepared for convocation day, the university’s Board of Governors was pleased to approve a balanced operating budget for 2011-12 at its May 5 meeting. Through careful financial management during challenging fiscal times, UPEI has been able to sustain its existing programs and services and support important new initiatives while keeping tuition rates among the lowest in the Maritimes.

 “UPEI’s budget for 2011-12 is all about doing our best while living within our means,” says President Wade MacLauchlan. “It is a struggle to do everything we want to do to improve and to strive for excellence. Elsewhere, difficult choices are being made by universities to cope with budgetary reductions. At UPEI, we feel fortunate and proud to be able to present a balanced budget at this difficult time,...

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