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Posted on 24 October, 2014

UPEI Women's Hockey Head Coach Bruce Donaldson and fifth-year player Keirstin Visser were named to the Canadian women's hockey roster for the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. The 27th biennial Games will be held February 4–14.

Donaldson was named an assistant coach alongside Jim Hunter from the University of Windsor, with Jon Rempel from the University of Manitoba leading the team as head coach.

Visser was added to the 20-player roster which features female hockey standouts from across the four CIS conferences, including seven from the OUA, five from Canada West, and four each from the AUS and RSEQ.

“This year's team represents a great mix of skill, speed, character and hockey IQ,” said Rempel in a CIS release issued on October 24. “We are looking forward to representing the CIS and our country at this prestigious event.”...

Posted on 24 October, 2014

At the Atlantic University Field Hockey Championships last weekend, four UPEI players were named league all-stars, while UPEI Head Coach Charla Currie was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Katherine Koughan, a third-year business student from Stratford, who was named the Atlantic University Field Hockey Rookie of the Year in 2012, and league MVP in 2013, was once again named a league all-star. Koughan is a dominant player in many aspects of the game. She controls the back end with outstanding stick skills and has one of the hardest hits in the league. Koughan plays a major role on both offensive and defensive penalty corners.

Sydney Stavert, a second-year kinesiology student from Charlottetown was named an all-star for her outstanding play as a midfielder. Stavert plays with poise and control, sees the field, and makes great decisions, which resulted in...

Posted on 24 October, 2014

Throughout October, the Gairdner Foundation hosts a dynamic and interactive speaker series that welcomes the Canada Gairdner Award laureates and past awardees to schools across Canada. The Gairdner Foundation celebrates biomedical science research from coast to coast and prides itself on giving Canadians access to scientists from around the world.

Dr. King Holmes, the 2013 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award Laureate, will be on the UPEI campus Monday, October 27 to deliver the 2014 Gairdner Lecture. The lecture begins at 6:00 pm in room 246 of Don and Marion McDougall Hall and is free to the public.

The 2014 Gairdner Lecture is entitled “STI Research: Major progress, current challenges and future opportunities.”

Dr. King Holmes is a Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington where he is the Director...

Posted on 24 October, 2014

The Chief Justice Thane A. Campbell Lectureship in Law will take place on Friday, October 31 in Don and Marion McDougall Hall, room 242 at 1:30 pm.

This year’s speaker is Mary Anne Waldron, QC, Professor of Law at the University of Victoria and Associate Vice-President Faculty Relations and Academic Administration, who will present her lecture entitled “Equality and Conscience: Can the Law Protect Both?” Waldron's current research relates to questions of freedom of conscience and religion. Her most recent book Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada was awarded the Canadian Law and Society Association 2014 prize for best book on issues of law and society.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Prince Edward Island and the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island. The lecture series was named to honour Thane A....

Posted on 23 October, 2014

Prince Edward Island history comes to life in this first ever PEI weather trivia calendar of 365 stories about PEI weather and its impact on Islanders’ everyday lives. Meet the authors, Don Jardine and Adam Fenech, as they visit eleven libraries (and one pub!) across the Island during the month of November.

• Monday, November 3: Murray Harbour
• Tuesday, November 4: Launch Party at The Pourhouse (above the Old Triangle in Charlottetown)
• Wednesday, November 5: Cornwall
• Thursday, November 6: Tyne Valley
• Wednesday, November 12: Stratford
• Thursday, November 13: Breadalbane
• Tuesday, November 18: Summerside
• Wednesday, November 19: Montague
• Thursday, November 20: Borden
• Tuesday, November 25: Souris
• Wednesday, November 26: Hunter...

Posted on 22 October, 2014

Over 115 Prince Edward Island women served as nurses in the First World War. They were full-blooded, complex women living in a tumultuous time in our history, doing their duty on distant battlefields. Their courage, and the courage of all Canadian nurses, is saluted in a powerful new book about wartime nursing called Those Splendid Girls, published by Island Studies Press at UPEI. The book will be launched on Thursday, October 23 at the Carriage House of Beaconsfield at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Author and nursing educator Katherine Dewar, was granted rare access to personal scrapbooks, letters home, private diaries, and wartime photo albums of Island nurses; by combining their voices and experiences with their military records, she delivers this riveting story of mud, blood, and courage that tells the story of Canadian nursing in the First World War.

At war...

Posted on 22 October, 2014

Join UPEI Chemistry 483 students on Saturday, October 25 as they celebrate Chemistry Week by hosting a chemistry fair. There will be a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities for all to enjoy, including rainbow flames, elephant’s toothpaste, making slime, and testing the pH levels of household materials.

The event will be held from 1:00-3:00 pm in the K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre, room 225. All are welcome to attend; children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on the event, please contact Dr. Angela Kuchison, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at (902) 566-0375 or

Posted on 22 October, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island has announced Chris Huggan as its new Director of Athletics and Recreation after a community-based search process.

Huggan will direct the Department of Athletics and Recreation, which includes nine varsity teams, numerous club teams, and intramural and fitness programming, along with the management of state-of-the-art facilities such as UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place, Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, and Artificial Turf Field. UPEI has almost 200 student-athletes competing in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) system.

“Chris is passionate about UPEI’s mission to provide our students with outstanding competitive and recreational sport opportunities while supporting them in their pursuit of academic excellence,” said Jackie Podger, Vice-President Administration and Finance and chair of the search committee....

Posted on 21 October, 2014

The UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week for the week of October 13–19 are Katherine Koughan, Field Hockey; and Jared Murphy, Men’s Soccer. UPEI Athletics and Recreation showcases these talented athletes in order to recognize their hard work and dedication to their respective sports. UPEI Athletes of the Week are also nominated to Atlantic University Sport and Canadian Interuniversity Sport for possible recognition in the region and/or country.

Who: Katherine Koughan, Field Hockey; and Jared Murphy, Men’s Soccer

What: UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week

When: Week of October 13–19

Why: Koughan, a third-year business student from Stratford, PEI, was instrumental in helping UPEI reach the Atlantic University Field Hockey Championship this past...

Posted on 20 October, 2014

Ivan Coyote, award-winning author of eight collections of short stories, one novel, three CDs, and four short films will be on campus on Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 pm to present a public lecture. Coyote, also a renowned columnist and sought-after performer will provide a free public talk, Q&A session, and book signing, in UPEI’s K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre, room 104.

Coyote’s presentation will focus on issues of gender failure. This event is made possible thanks to the UPEI Student Diversity Office, UPEI Student Affairs, Diversity and Social Justice Studies, and the Action Committee on Sexuality and Gender Diversity.

All are welcome to attend!

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