Media Releases

Posted on 21 July, 2014

The Old Belle River Church and UPEI will present an encore performance of A Solitary Clarinettist on Friday, July 25 at 8:00 pm. Performed by UPEI clarinet professor Karem J. Simon, this performance is unique in that it will feature a diverse selection of music performed by one clarinettist only; no other collaborative musicians will be involved. This recital is an extraordinary experience as it blends the Old Belle River Church’s remarkable acoustics with the comfort, ambiance, and intimacy so desired in the presentation of chamber music. In addition, the hospitality of owner Wendy Jones, a substantial visual artist herself, makes for a unique evening of entertainment.

Dr. Simon’s recitals often feature music that uses the clarinet in unique ways. It stems from his philosophy that “if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space....

Posted on 18 July, 2014

UPEI’s Office of International Relations, in conjunction with Assistant Professor Melissa MacEachern, is seeking feedback from international students who have either applied, registered, or are currently enrolled at UPEI.

The survey only takes minutes to complete and will establish and confirm the contributing factors as to why students from around the world select UPEI as their post-secondary education destination. Students who fill out the survey are eligible for a $100 cash prize.

If you are an international student, click here to compete the survey.

Posted on 18 July, 2014

UPEI Men’s Hockey Head Coach Forbes MacPherson is pleased to announce the addition of the Peterborough Petes’ Nelson Armstrong, one of the top-scoring defensemen from the Ontario Hockey League, to the Panthers.

Born in Peterborough, Armstrong put together his best season in 2013–14 with 9 goals and 36 assists for 45 points. Armstrong added four assists in the playoffs for the Petes. Along with his strong offensive game, Armstrong is known for being very strong in his own end and prides himself on being a well-rounded player every night.

“I just try to compete every shift and do whatever I can to help the team win,” said Armstrong who is 6’1, 205 lbs. “I take great pride in the offensive part of my game for sure but you have to be responsible in your own end first. I just want to be a solid, all-around player.”


Posted on 18 July, 2014

UPEI Women’s Rugby Coach Shannon Atkins is very pleased to announce that Lauren Sheidow is joining the Panthers for 2014–15.

“Lauren is a powerful player that will add strength to the scrum,” commented Coach Atkins. “It is really important for UPEI to have the top Island players, like Lauren, playing for us to maintain the competition level necessary for success.”

The seventeen-year-old daughter of Jeff and Marcia is from Summerside and recently graduated from Three Oaks Senior High School where she was awarded “The Heather Moyse Award for Outstanding Achievement in Athletics and Community Involvement,” sponsored by the City of Summerside.

“I am thrilled to be attending UPEI this fall,” commented Sheidow. “Along with rugby, I made my choice to attend UPEI based on the school’s great...

Posted on 11 July, 2014

With the adoption of the UPEI Strategic Plan 2013-2018 earlier this year, the University is poised to become a leader in offering experiential learning opportunities. UPEI has looked at a variety of ways to best support students in seizing these opportunities and has decided to group several existing functions under a centralized office.

Vice-President Academic Christian Lacroix is excited to announce that the Centre for Life-Long Learning is expanding to take on these additional functions, and effective immediately, will be known as the Office of Skills Development and Learning.

In addition to maintaining offerings for adult learners, professional development programs, the Explore program, and e-learning services, the new Office of Skills Development and Learning will incorporate Career Services, previously housed at Student Affairs, and centralize the administration...

Posted on 3 July, 2014

UPEI Women’s Rugby Head Coach Shannon Atkins is pleased to welcome Island native Alysha Corrigan to the Panther rugby program for the 2014–15 season.

“Alysha was the top scorer in the PEI high school league this spring, and I am very excited to add her speed and agility to the Panthers,” said Atkins. “It will be nice for her to play with her sister Sidney again, too.”

The Charlottetown Rural graduate who played fullback for the Raiders in the PEISAA is looking forward to joining the Panthers. “I chose UPEI for a few reasons—to be close to home, because I enjoy rugby, and also because I look forward to rejoining my sister on the same team,” said Corrigan. “I’m also on the Team PEI ringette team, and this allows me to be a dual athlete and better prepare and train for the upcoming Canada Games this winter....

Posted on 2 July, 2014

UPEI Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Kendrick is pleased to announce local Charlottetown Rural High School hoops star Noah Giddings will be joining the Panther roster in September.

Giddings is a six-foot-four forward, starter, and key contributor to the Raiders in the last two consecutive PEISAA championships. He has also represented PEI at Nationals with the U-15 and U-17 programs, including the 2013 Canada Games team.

Coach Kendrick is pleased to add Giddings to the roster. “Noah is a big, strong young man, and has a tremendous upside. He is another great character piece, and we know he will work hard to improve his game,” he said. “I am really excited about the fact that he is another player coming to us with high level playing experience, and is a proven winner. I am sure that this young man will give us his best attitude and effort in the...

Posted on 27 June, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island announced a partnership today with Andrews Hockey Growth Programs Inc. The Memorandum of Understanding gives youth who are attending the internationally-known, Charlottetown-based hockey school the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking research study that investigates the several areas of concussion assessment and return to play after a concussion injury.

Once accepted as a common and even expected event within sport, concussion has emerged as a prominent sports-related injury at all levels of physical activity, especially where the risk of head trauma is prevalent. Concussion has gained attention especially in hockey because it is linked not only to acute and current trauma, but because the concussion condition has also been linked to post-injury depression and long-term dementia.

Currently, there is no single...

Posted on 27 June, 2014

UPEI Women’s Soccer coaches Graeme McDonald and Glenn Smiley are looking forward to officially kicking off the 2014 AUS season on September 5 against Acadia in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

“We are excited to introduce a new attacking philosophy, incorporating a system with patterns of play to be more creative and score more goals,” said McDonald.

Since taking over the women’s program in April, McDonald and Smiley have met with the team, are overseeing off-season development programs, and looking after sport operations. McDonald is reaching out to the corporate community to create partnerships, providing businesses with exposure opportunities at the UPEI Turf Facility and at Panther Soccer home games.

McDonald and Smiley are also busy running their Soccer 1 Academy programs, and recently led their U18 Boys soccer team to an Atlantic Championship...

Posted on 25 June, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendation of the Search Committee for the Vice-President Academic and has appointed Dr. Christian Lacroix for a term through to June 30, 2016.

Dr. Lacroix has been serving in this capacity since July 1, 2012 and prior to that served as Dean of Science since 2006 and a full-time faculty member in the Department of Biology since 1990. He was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and became full professor in 2003. His field of specialty is developmental plant morphology and he currently teaches plant-science-related and first-year Enquiry Studies program courses.

UPEI President and Vice Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz said, “I have enjoyed working with Dr. Lacroix for the past three years as part of the senior leadership team. I look forward to continuing our work...

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