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Posted on 29 September, 2010

The Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, presented UPEI’s new coat of arms to a well-represented University community at the Founders’ Day ceremony, September 24.

“It is with pride that I unveil, on behalf of Her Majesty and the Canadian Heraldic Authority, the coat of arms for the University of Prince Edward Island,” said Her Honour. “I have seen how UPEI has grown over the decades as the successor institution to St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College.”

Based on an original concept by David Webber and modified by the Canadian Heraldic Authority in consultation with the University, the images of the coat of arms symbolize UPEI’s role as a centre of advanced learning and depict the heritage...

Posted on 28 September, 2010

UPEI Nursing students (Kenyan Internship) were recently presented the 2010 Farmers Helping Farmers Youth Award at the organization’s annual meeting.

The annual award recognizes individuals and youth groups who have made outstanding contributions to public awareness about Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) and its work in Kenya. The nursing students included: Ashley Caulier, Marley Bruce, Rianne Carragher, Cheryl Edmunds, James Sullivan, Katie Arsenault, Kaela MacKinnon, Lisa MacQuillan, and UPEI Dean of Nursing, Dr. Kim Critchley.

“We are extremely fortunate to have groups working in partnership and raising funds to assist with the challenges faced by many East African farm women and their families,” said Awards Committee chair Sandra MacKinnon.

The first time that student nurses from UPEI traveled to Kenya was in the summer of 2009 as FHF members...

Posted on 28 September, 2010

All twelve of Innovation PEI’s 2010 Graduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program winners come from the University of Prince Edward Island and its Atlantic Veterinary College – including ten active students, and two applications to attract graduate and post-doctoral students. Now in its second year, the program is providing multi-year funding to 23 UPEI students in total.

“In training people into researchers, we create new generations of innovators – people who look at the world and know they can make a contribution to our understanding of the world by creating new knowledge; people who know how to use their creativity and intelligence to discover, to advance, to innovate,” said Dr. Katherine Schultz, UPEI Vice President of Research & Development. “This program is a real investment in what I believe is the driver of innovation –...

Posted on 27 September, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) celebrated its extensive history and looked forward to a bright future at its eleventh annual Founders’ Day ceremony on Friday, September 24. A special component of the ceremony was when PEI’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, who also serves as Visitor to the University, presented and unveiled UPEI’s new Coat of Arms, which has been officially granted by the Canadian Heraldic Authority. 

On Founders’ Day, UPEI honours its rich heritage and traditions, acknowledges people who have contributed to it in an exceptional way, and shares a sense of heritage and community with incoming and returning students.  

“Founders’ Day is an opportunity to welcome new colleagues and students, at the same time as we honour those who have made contributions over the years,...

Posted on 24 September, 2010

The first ‘Sport Legacy Celebration’ took place Thursday at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) to honour Panther Sport – past, present, and future.

The evening combined some traditional events with new components, all to celebrate the legacies that Panther Sport creates and inspire current student-athletes.  

RBC Olympian Rowan Barrett was the keynote speaker. The basketball star played internationally for 17 years (12 years at the professional level) and won a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth championships with Team Canada. Barrett led the Canadian national basketball team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He now is a team leader and branch manager with RBC in Toronto.

Barrett challenged the audience to identify what inspires them as well as finding what holds them back. He said, “The only thing that stops us from...

Posted on 23 September, 2010

The Centre for Life-Long Learning at UPEI has partnered with Inverlie Consulting to bring international stress management and trauma expert, Dr. David Berceli to Charlottetown. Dr. Berceli will present a public workshop on Tension Release Exercise at Murphy’s Community Centre, Tuesday, October 5 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.

The workshop is ideally suited for health professionals including counselors, psychologists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, yoga teachers, emergency and military personnel, fitness and lifestyle coaches, trainers and sports enthusiasts, individuals who work in high stress environments or with clients in high stress environments and members of the general public who want to learn a self-help technique for reducing stress.

Tension Release Exercise (TRE) is a body-centered process that releases deep chronic tension created during...

Posted on 23 September, 2010

Defenceman Mathew Maione, the newest recruit for the UPEI Men’s Hockey team, will provide some offensive upside from the blue line.

“Matt is an extremely focused, determined, and disciplined individual. He competes very hard, and will add some offensive punch to our attack,” says UPEI head coach Forbie MacPherson. “He came to us late in the recruiting season. Through discussions with Matt's agent, we identified that he had interest in starting his college career as a 20-year-old.”

The 5’10”, 198-lb defenceman played his minor hockey in Markham, Ontario. He was eventually drafted by the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Mississauga Ice Dogs, playing with the team for two seasons after they moved to Niagara, where he played with current Panther Mike MacIsaac. He played last year with the Guelph Storm, also in the OHL. Maione is...

Posted on 22 September, 2010

(September 21, 2010) -- UPEI and the Government of Prince Edward Island announced the construction of a new building on campus that will house the School of Nursing, Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences and classroom and laboratory space. 

Students, staff and faculty and nursing alumni gathered next to the building’s future site with Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Health and Wellness; Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning; UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan; and Dean of Nursing Kim Critchley to celebrate the official kick-off to construction. Site preparation began in late August.

“The construction of a new facility for UPEI's School of Nursing and Family and Nutritional Science programs is a significant milestone for UPEI and the broader Island community,” said UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan. “This will be an...

Posted on 20 September, 2010

The International Development Office will be hosting an information session open to all students who are interested in participating in student exchange. UPEI has partnered with a wide variety of schools to serve the needs of our students and to facilitate the best possible international learning experience.

Date: Friday, September 24th

Time: 3-4pm

Place: KCI Rm 104


For more information, click here.

Posted on 16 September, 2010

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) recently announced the winners of their 2010 regional awards for excellence in teaching and instructional leadership. Only three award-winners are chosen each year from the 18 universities represented by AAU, and UPEI’s Dr. Jane Magrath, is one of them.

UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan said, “We all join in extending congratulations to Jane, and through her example to the whole network of colleagues who practice and promote high standards in teaching and learning at the University of Prince Edward Island.”

The 18 member institutions of the AAU proposed nominees for the Teaching Awards program and the winners were selected by the AAU's Coordinating Committee on Faculty Development. The other two winners this year were Dr. Diana Austin from UNB and Dr....

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