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Posted on 17 December, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island announced it will host the first annual “UPEI Panther ‘Ho Ho Give and Go’ High School Basketball Showcase” this Friday, December 19, at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, game time 5:30 pm.

The Panthers are teaming up with the PEISAA to showcase a matchup of two of the top teams in the men’s high school basketball league this year. The Charlottetown Rural Raiders, two-time defending provincial champions and winners of last weekend’s Three Oaks Christmas Classic will take on their crosstown rivals the Colonel Gray Colonels, two-time provincial runners-up and silver medal winners at last weekend’s Irving Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Both teams have a strong group of senior players. The Raiders seniors include sharp shooting guards Jack MacAuley and Mark Lloyd, a versatile playmaker and scorer...

Posted on 15 December, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island Men’s Hockey Panthers are adding size and talent to its lineup for the second half of the season, with the addition of centre-man Mitchell Theoret.

Theoret played the first half of the season in the German Professional League with the EHC Bayreuth, scoring five goals and nine points in 12 games. Last year, Theoret had 17 goals and 51 points with the Barrie Colts of the OHL. In 2012–13, he had 25 goals and exploded in the post-season with 14 goals in 20 playoff games. He was a 7th round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2011.

The Montreal native said he is keen to get rolling with the Panthers. “The (UPEI) team finished the first half of the season strongly, and is well-positioned to make a run. I can’t wait to get into the lineup, and hopefully make a contribution to our season’s second-half...

Posted on 11 December, 2014

Mr. Henry Tam, proud UPEI alumnus (BBA ’73), scholarship donor, and chair of UPEI’s Alumni and Friends Toronto Chapter, will be on campus next week to deliver a presentation about his life altering experience as a student at UPEI.

In 1969, Mr. Tam travelled from Hong Kong to study at St. Dunstan’s University and UPEI. While here, Mr. Tam adjusted to a new culture and language, and excelled as a student. He was the first graduate of UPEI’s Bachelor of Business Administration program to win the prestigious Governor General’s silver medal, and has gone on to a successful career as a respected accountant, financial advisor, and tax consultant. He is founder and senior partner of H. Tam and Partner LLP, Chartered Accountants, in Toronto.

Mr. Tam will deliver his presentation on Monday, December 15 in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242,...

Posted on 10 December, 2014

A research team at the University of Prince Edward Island is looking for Islanders to participate in an online health survey. The team is looking for men and women aged 40-65. The survey is confidential and takes approximately half an hour to complete.

The research team is measuring the relationship between self-reported concussion injuries and current states of general health, physical activity, and general cognition. Research looking at different levels of physical activity has demonstrated a link to the measure of cognitive decline in certain age groups. Understanding this decline and the relationship it has with general health and lifestyle will help us understand the protective and risk factors related to cognitive decline in older adults.

For more information about the study and to learn about how you can participate, visit the...

Posted on 9 December, 2014

The call for nominations for appointment to the rank of Professor Emeritus is now open. Please note that only UPEI faculty are permitted to nominate faculty to professor emeritus. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, February 2, 2015. Nominations should be forwarded to Dr. Bill Whelan, Chair of the Professor Emeritus Evaluation Committee, Department of Physics, UPEI, 550 University Ave., Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3.

The Professor Emeritus Evaluation Committee will consider all nominees and forward its recommendations to Senate. Senate is the final approval body and will notify nominees of its decision. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Whelan at

Posted on 9 December, 2014

Third-year UPEI business co-op student Amber James is positive there’s a better way to connect students and recent graduates with Islander employers. Enter, James’ new business that aims to connect young talent with Island companies and reduce Island youth unemployment rates.

For her first co-operative education work term, James co-founded, an innovative venture that began in April, after seeing first-hand the challenges her fellow students were facing when it came to landing their first jobs in their fields of study.

“We wanted to create an interactive marketplace for students and employers to connect,” said James. “LinkedIn is a similar tool, and is particularly great for individuals with plenty of experience, but can fall short when it comes to servicing upcoming talent.”

Beginning in May of 2015,...

Posted on 8 December, 2014

UPEI congratulates business graduate Janell MacDonald who recently received the regional Gold Medal from the Chartered Accountants of Canada for the highest standing in Eastern Canada. MacDonald, a 2012 UPEI business administration graduate, earned Eastern Canada’s highest mark on the Uniform Final Evaluation (UFE).

In addition, MacDonald received the Gerry Gillis Memorial Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of PEI for the highest standing in Prince Edward Island. MacDonald will also be placed on the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy’s David Hope Honour Roll and the UFE Honour Roll for her accomplishment.

MacDonald is currently employed at BDO Canada LLP in Charlottetown as a junior staff accountant. “The partners and staff at BDO are proud of Janell’s well deserved accolades. Her dedication and hard work in receiving...

Posted on 4 December, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island held an official groundbreaking ceremony today for its new School of Sustainable Design Engineering. Construction begins this week for the leading-edge, 75,000 square-foot building.

The Honourable Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island; the Honourable Allen Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning; Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President and Vice-Chancellor, UPEI; Mr. Tom Cullen, Chair of the UPEI Board of Governors; Mr. Lucas MacArthur, President of the UPEI Student Union; UPEI faculty, staff, students; and industry stakeholders were in attendance.

“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony was an opportunity to officially acknowledge the beginning of construction on this unique new building,” said President Abd-El-Aziz. “This is truly an investment in the future of our students, our province, and the region...

Posted on 3 December, 2014

UPEI students and researchers wanting to learn more about the development of Island farming, forestry, fisheries, and aquaculture in the late 1900s and into the 21st century, will soon find a great new resource available to them at the University’s Robertson Library.

Thanks to a generous donor, Island writer Kathy Birt has donated her sizeable collection of periodical publications and photographs, reflecting her 25-year freelance journalism career, to the Library’s PEI collection. In addition to several hundred articles, and more than 1,000 photographs documenting the Island’s farms, forests, and fisheries—which appeared in a range of regional, North American, and UK periodicals—the collection also contains clippings from Birt’s journalism in the 1970s and 1980s, when, writing as Kathy Jorgensen, she served as Fashion and Lifestyles Editor...

Posted on 3 December, 2014

The UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week for the week of November 24–30 are Samantha Sweet, Women’s Hockey; and Mavric Parks, Men’s Hockey. UPEI Athletics and Recreation showcases these talented athletes 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: Samantha Sweet, Women’s Hockey; and Mavric Parks, Men’s Hockey

What: UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week

When: Week of November 24–30

Where: University of Prince Edward Island

Why: Sweet, a fourth-year science student from O’Leary, PEI, scored the Women’s Hockey team’s first hat...

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