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Posted on 21 May, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island men’s soccer coach Lewis Page is pleased to announce that Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia native Brett Strba has committed to join the Panthers for the 2015-16 season.

Strba was captain of the Lockview High School team for the past two seasons, and captain of the Suburban FC team for the past three. A key contributor to the two-time Nova Scotia provincial champion Suburban FC, Strba was also selected MVP and Heart Award winner with Lockview. A member of the Nova Scotia provincial team from U12 to U16, Strba also participated in the National Training Centre program. Brett is involved with youth development and has trained young players with the Suburban, Scotia, and Bedford Titans football clubs and during Soccer Nova Scotia camps.

Strba says, “I was fortunate to have had interest from many universities but ultimately chose...

Posted on 20 May, 2015

Climate change, arguably the most pressing issue of our time, is most often discussed and examined from a scientific perspective. A conference hosted this month by UPEI will examine it through the focus of a humanities lens, and will seek to broaden our understanding of the ways in which climate and culture intersect. Climate Change in Culture runs May 28-31 at the Delta Charlottetown, and is generously supported by a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the PEI Department of the Environment, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the Institute of Island Studies.

Dr. Stephanie LeMenager is one of three conference plenaries. She is the Moore Endowed Professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, co-founder of the Environmental Humanities journal, Resilience, and co-founder of the "Humanities...

Posted on 13 May, 2015

Everyone is invited to a public talk by Summerside’s Dr. Tiber F. M. Falzett on Scottish Gaelic language and culture as passed down through generations on Prince Edward Island. Hosted by the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI, the presentation is Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 7:30 pm in the UPEI Faculty Lounge of SDU Main Building.

Through oral traditions, music, songs, poetry, newspaper articles, and census returns, attendees will be taken on a journey in the life of Scottish Gaels on Prince Edward Island from their arrival on these shores to the decline and eventual disappearance of the language from everyday Island life by the close of the last century.

Excerpts of field recordings made by Dr. John Shaw for the Institute of Island Studies in 1987, as well as earlier recordings made by others, will serve as primary vehicles in our explorations. Tiber will play these...

Posted on 9 May, 2015

A complete list of morning graduates and afternoon graduates are available online. Eastlink TV will rebroadcast the morning ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at 10 am. The afternoon ceremony will be rebroadcast at 2:30 pm.

The University of Prince Edward Island conferred degrees, diplomas, and certificates to more than 940 graduates today, as part of Convocation 2015. Among them were the first graduating students from UPEI’s Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) program, and the first two PhDs from the Faculty of Education.

The families and friends of the Class of 2015 gathered for two ceremonies today in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, the...

Posted on 6 May, 2015

Years of hard work, study, and creativity culminate at the 2015 convocation ceremonies being held Saturday, May 9 at the University of Prince Edward Island. More than 900 students will be awarded degrees and diplomas at two separate ceremonies: the first beginning at 10:00 am and the second at 2:30 pm at the UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.

The University will also confer honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to four recipients: The Honourable Catherine Callbeck, senator and former premier; Lennie Gallant, a multiple award-winning singer-songwriter; Patricia Mella, a former MLA, leader of the Official Opposition, and Provincial Treasurer; and Father Charlie Cheverie, beloved pastor, member of the Queens County Fiddlers, retired professor, and former UPEI chaplain.

Seating is limited due to safety regulations at both the morning and afternoon ceremonies; ...

Posted on 5 May, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island Women’s Rugby coach Shannon Atkins is excited to announce that Anneke Dykerman has agreed to join the Panthers in September 2015.

Dykerman currently attends Colonel Gray High School and has been a member of the Colonel Rugby team for three years. During her grade 10 year, Dykerman was selected as a league All-Star/MVP and, in grade 11, a league All-Star. Dykerman has played with the U18 provincial rugby team for two years.

A multi-sport athlete, Dykerman was also a member of the Colonel Gray field hockey team and is the recipient of three league All-Star awards. Dykerman has played organized hockey for 12 years, participating in major tournaments such as the Atlantic Provinces and national championships. Academically, Dykerman maintains an honours average and always make time for her studies.

Dykerman says, “I...

Posted on 30 April, 2015

The UPEI Island Studies Student Association (ISSA) and the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) present an "Island to Island Benefit" for Vanuatu at Hot Shots Lounge on Longworth Avenue Saturday, May 2, starting at 8 p.m.

The island nation of Vanuatu was recently hit by Cyclone Pam, destroying much of its infrastructure and housing. UPEI faculty member Dr. Jean Mitchell (Anthropology) has spent time researching on those islands, working with youth and locals. ISSA and the IIS want to connect Islanders here with Islanders there, to show our support and solidarity. Funds raised will support a youth project on the island of Tanna.

Says ISSA Acting President Katharine MacDonald, "After this winter, we know as Islanders how harsh weather can be. This season has been rough for Vanuatu as well. The students, faculty and staff in Island Studies want to show...

Posted on 30 April, 2015

Charlottetown, PEI (April 30, 2015)—University of Prince Edward Island graduates, their families, and friends are invited to a gathering to celebrate, in prayer and song, the accomplishments of the Class of 2015.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm (note new time)
Steel Recital Hall, UPEI

Family invitations will not be sent out this year so please help spread the word.

For further information, contact Sister Susan Kidd, CND, Campus Minister at or 902-894-2876.

Posted on 30 April, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has been awarded $500,000 from the new federal Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program for a project that aims to improve the nutrition, food security, and livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers in central Kenya.

One of 37 universities to be awarded funding under this first round, UPEI is partnering with PEI-based Farmers helping Farmers (FHF) and Kenyatta University, the University of Nairobi and Naari Dairy Cooperative Society in Kenya.

The four-year program was developed primarily by Dr. John VanLeeuwen and Dr. Jeffrey Wichtel of UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), and Teresa and Ken Mellish of FHF, with input from Dr. Jennifer Taylor and Charlene VanLeeuwen, UPEI Department of Applied Human Sciences, and Dr. Ron Macdonald, dean of the Faculty of Education.


Posted on 27 April, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island announced today that four Islanders will receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at Convocation 2015. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon retired business leader and Senator, and former PEI premier, The Honourable Catherine Callbeck; multiple award-winning singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant; retired educator, and former MLA, Leader of the Official Opposition, and Provincial Treasurer Patricia Mella; and beloved pastor, member of the Queens County Fiddlers, retired UPEI professor, and former UPEI chaplain Father Charlie Cheverie.

“Each honorary degree recipient exemplifies success in their chosen field, whether it be politics, business, education, religious life, or arts and culture,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “We are so excited to honour these distinguished individuals who have contributed so...

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