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Posted on 30 July, 2015

“What actions will we take now that our descendants will celebrate or regret in 150 years?”

This question is at the heart of the fourth J.S. Palmer Conference being held at the University of Prince Edward Island September 3-4.

“Looking toward 2017 and celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday, we have partnered with the Watermark Theatre and their Canada 300 project to address issues of importance to Canadians now, that will have an impact for generations to come,” said UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz.

“This partnership has led to a diverse and inspiring line-up of panelists attending the 2015 Palmer Conference,” noted President Abd-El-Aziz.

The J.S. Palmer Conference was created in 2010 to bring together some of the finest minds across the country to discuss public policy issues of high priority to the public...

Posted on 29 July, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island Men’s Soccer coach Lewis Page is pleased to announce that Okanagan Valley, BC native Lucas Ross has committed to join the Panthers for the 2015–16 season.

Midfielder Ross just finished his fifth year in the Vancouver Whitecaps school academy and completed his third year in the British Columbia Soccer Premier League.

Commented Ross, “I can't wait to come out east and offer what I've learned here. I know I will improve my game at the University of Prince Edward Island.”

Coach Page comments, “I am happy to add Lucas Ross to our roster for next season. His experience from the Whitecaps Academy in the Okanagon will make him a strong candidate for a midfield role in our team.”

Ross will be entering the Bachelor of Science program at UPEI.

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Posted on 27 July, 2015

The Department of Student Affairs, in partnership with the Student Diversity Office and the UPEI Rainbow Alliance, raised the pride flag on Monday, July 27, 2015 at noon time at the flag plaza near Kelley Memorial Building.

A number of senior administrators, including President Abd-El-Aziz and Vice-Presidents Robert Gilmour and Jackie Podger, along with students, staff, and faculty attended the short ceremony. Zak Court, with the Student Diversity Office, greeted everyone on behalf of students while Treena Smith, Manager of Student Affairs, offered a few closing remarks on behalf of the Department of Student Affairs.

"It is great to see support for students and for our campus community through the raising of the Pride flag at UPEI," said Smith. "Today's event also serves as a reminder that there are still countries that persecute those who are a different...

Posted on 22 July, 2015

Plenty of NHL hockey stories, and some from the old rinks of PEI, will be shared by three Islanders now coaching in the NHL during the UPEI Men’s Hockey Hot Stove Night on August 5 at Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club in Stratford, PEI.

Dave Cameron, head coach of the Ottawa Senators, Gerard ‘Turk’ Gallant, head coach of the Florida Panthers and Mike Kelly assistant coach of the Florida Panthers will be on the stage during the event.

“We were looking for a new fundraiser for the hockey team and we approached Dave, Turk, and Mike about the idea and we are thrilled they agreed,” said Booster club president and former Panther Lennie Kelly.

The evening event, organized by the UPEI Men’s Hockey Booster Club, celebrates not only the success of Islanders in the coaching ranks of the NHL, but offers a chance to meet with the...

Posted on 17 July, 2015

The UPEI Women’s Basketball team announced today that Jennifer Newman, a 5’10” forward from Riverview, New Brunswick, will be joining the Panthers for the 2015–16 season. She joins the team following a four-year career at Riverview High School where she was the team’s MVP this past season, as well as being selected to the NBIAA All-star Team. Jennifer was also a key member of Basketball New Brunswick’s Under 15 and Under 17 teams.

Coach Greg Gould feels Jennifer is the consummate student athlete.

“Jennifer will be a solid addition to our team school and community. On the court she is tough, hardworking, has good skills, and can play a variety of positions. She is unselfish and a great competitor who wants to win.”

Jennifer is an honours student who will be studying Kinesiology. “I am excited...

Posted on 16 July, 2015

UPEI’s Climate Research Lab is hosting a series of public talks by globally respected oceanographer and expert on sea-level rise, John Englander. Englander will present information he believes businesses on Prince Edward Island need to know about the rising sea level.

Businesses should have the latest information about how sea level rise is going to impact their assets and supply chains in coastal zones and low-lying inland areas. Englander will share the surprising facts and will expose the myths about rising seas to provide a clear warning for businesses across PEI.

Englander will be making three presentations while on the Island:
• Thursday, July 30, 12–2 pm at The Haviland Club in Charlottetown (lunch will be provided)
• Thursday, July 30, 5–7 pm in room 242, Don and Marion McDougall Hall, UPEI
• Saturday,...

Posted on 15 July, 2015

The inaugural University of Prince Edward Island Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference (UMGRC) is a pan-Canadian, refereed, academic conference designed to showcase the work of graduate students at UPEI and beyond.

The theme of the conference is Emerging Scholars: Illuminating Graduate Research. The conference will offer graduate students across Canada the opportunity to present their graduate research with either a poster or a paper presentation, acquire skills and knowledge through workshops, and participate in dialogue and discussion between and within disciplines.

The conference and workshops are open to anyone. More information and registrations details are available at the conference website. The conference runs from August 6-8.


Posted on 10 July, 2015

Chris Rauckman loves to score goals. The 6’0, 190-lb left winger put up 80 goals over the past two seasons in junior hockey and he is hoping for continued success as he joins the UPEI Panthers Men’s Hockey program in September.

“Right now I am just training hard to be in the best shape of my life because I know the college hockey on the east coast is as good as it gets,” said Rauckman, a native of Red Deer, Alberta. “I’ve always prided myself on scoring goals and I am hoping to put my ability to good use to help our team succeed.”

Rauckman played three seasons of Tier 2 junior hockey in western Canada. He had 39 goals and 64 points in 56 games last season with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He had planned on continuing his hockey career in the US college ranks and had seriously explored those...

Posted on 8 July, 2015

UPEI’s Physical Activity Research Centre is seeking children aged 8-12 to participate in the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL) study. The CAPL is a national study coordinated by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute designed to assess physical literacy (the skills and abilities necessary for engagement in lifelong physical activity).

The study tests children in a number of different areas, such as fitness level, sedentary behaviour, motor skills, body composition, and knowledge and understanding of physical activity. The data collected will be used by researchers across the country, and will be included the ParticipACTION Report Card.

Testing can take anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the number of participants in the group. Children will complete activities in a number of stations.

Data collected in...

Posted on 26 June, 2015

Dr. Ian Dohoo, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at UPEI, was honoured recently with an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine by the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Dohoo was one of ten people honoured by the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine during a three-day celebration that included, among other events, a sword-whetting ceremony, the degree conferment ceremony, a formal ball, and a salute to the rising sun at 4:01 a.m. Helsinki time. Five people from Finland, including Sauli Niinistö, president of the country, and five from other countries were awarded honorary degrees during the event. During the conferment ceremony, Dohoo was presented with the University of Helinski’s insignia of academic rank—a doctoral top hat and a sword.

Dohoo received his honorary...

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