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Posted on 25 November, 2014

PEI fans of Michael Crummey, Newfoundland novelist and poet, will welcome the news that his new novel, “Sweetland,” is a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Crummey will read from “Sweetland” and sign books on Thursday, November 27, at 7:30 pm in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

After his first two, historical novels, “River Thieves” and “The Wreckage,” Crummey further enhanced his reputation and popularity with the mythic, multi-generational novel “Galore,” crafted from Newfoundland’s history and folklore. In “Sweetland,” he brings us to the present day and a small Newfoundland fishing community devastated by the ongoing cod moratorium. “Sweetland” is the name of both a small island and the main character, Moses Sweetland, former lighthouse keeper and...

Posted on 25 November, 2014

For the second consecutive year, UPEI School of Business undergraduate students placed first in the Ethics in Action Case Competition hosted by Dalhousie University, November 14-15, 2014.

Founded in 2003, the Dalhousie Business Ethics Case Competition (DBECC) has evolved into the Ethics in Action Case Competition with a goal to equip tomorrow’s business leaders with the tools necessary to make strategic business decisions, while adhering to ethical principles. Student teams are challenged with complex and realistic ethical dilemmas where they work together to analyze and then present their proposed solutions to a panel of industry experts.

UPEI’s winning team consisted of fourth-year business students Trevor White, Malary Schurman, and Cait Wright, and third-year business student Erin Devine. White, Wright, and Devine are all specializing in accounting,...

Posted on 23 November, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island continues to see a steady incline in the percentage of international students, stated a recently-released 2014 report from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

CBIE, Canada’s national voice for promoting Canadian international education indicated that while all regions saw growth in international students attending post-secondary education institutions between 2011 and 2013, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and Ontario saw the strongest growth. During that timeframe, UPEI’s international student population was at 13 per cent; this year’s statistics were not reflected in the 2014 report.

For the 2014–15 academic year, 16 per cent of UPEI’s total population is made up of international students, which is a 17.5 per cent increase from last year. Director of International Relations Barbara...

Posted on 20 November, 2014

The past and present state of Island land use policy will be the subject of an upcoming public symposium held at UPEI. The event begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 27 in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, room 242 of Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

Islanders who are concerned about issues surrounding the use and abuse of Island land are urged to attend. The symposium will begin with presentations by two veteran observers of Island public life over the past 30 years: Jean-Paul Arsenault and Ian Petrie. The event is co-sponsored by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies and UPEI Research Services.

Petrie spent three decades with the CBC, in three provinces, covering resource issues, mainly agriculture. He’s lived for 34 years in Iona, eastern Queen’s County. Arsenault served as Executive Secretary to the Round Table on Resource Land Use and Stewardship...

Posted on 20 November, 2014

UPEI’s Robertson Library is pleased to announce that President emeritus Wade MacLauchlan’s new book, “Alex B. Campbell: The Prince Edward Island Premier Who Rocked The Cradle” is now available in both eBook and Audio Book formats. The audio version will be available for MP3 players, as well as CD, and USB versions.

eBook Download: $14.95
Audio Book Download: $19.95
Audio Book with MP3 Player: $29.95
eBook & MP3 Audio Book on USB Drive: $34.95
Audio Book CD package: $39.95
Printed book and Audio/eBook package: $49.95
Autographed printed book and Audio/eBook package + gift card/packaging option: $59.95

To purchase, please visit or visit your local bookstore! For more information, please contact UPEI Librarian Mark Leggott at...

Posted on 19 November, 2014

UPEI men's basketball player, Tyler Scott, is this week's CIS male athlete of the week for the week ending November 16, 2014. Scott, a second-year business administration student from Halifax, averaged a remarkable 33 points per game to lead the UPEI Panthers (3-1) to a pair of home wins over the Cape Breton Capers (2-2), ranked sixth in the country going into the doubleheader.

The 6-foot-2 guard was unstoppable in Friday’s 93-85 victory with a game-high 38 points, as well as eight rebounds and three assists, and was once again the top scorer in Saturday’s 107-106 win with 28 points, including the game-winning free throw. The talented sophomore currently leads the CIS with an average of 28.8 points per contest.

Scott was also named the UPEI male athlete of the week for the week of November 10-16. 

Congratulations, Tyler! Go...

Posted on 19 November, 2014

UPEI invites the nomination of candidates for honorary degrees to be conferred at Convocation in May 2015. Honorary degrees are conferred honoris causa, “for the sake of honour,” and are intended to recognize outstanding provincial, national, and international contributions in any field(s) of endeavour. Contributions should reflect extraordinary intellectual or artistic achievements or significant service to society at a standard of excellence that merits the University’s highest honour.

Nominations can be made online or a form can be downloaded to mail at For more information call (902) 566-6780 or email Deadline for nominations is January 2, 2015.

Posted on 17 November, 2014

The UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week for the week of November 10–16 are Amy Gough, Women’s Basketball; and Tyler Scott, Men’s Basketball. 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: Amy Gough, Women’s Basketball; and Tyler Scott, Men’s Basketball

What: UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week

When: Week of November 10–16

Where: University of Prince Edward Island

Why: Gough, a fifth-year nursing student from St. John’s, Newfoundland, averaged 12 points and nine rebounds...

Posted on 14 November, 2014

UPEI celebrated its third annual MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing event today in recognition of the importance of effective writing as a foundational skill for academic success and lifelong learning. The award—presented to 51 students and two faculty members this year—was established in 2011 by the MacLauchlan family to honour H. Wade MacLauchlan’s contributions to the University and his 12 years of service as UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor from 1999-2011.

UPEI’s Vice-President Academic, Christian Lacroix, acted as the event’s master of ceremonies. “It’s an honour for me to host the MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing again this year,” said Lacroix. “By celebrating writing excellence, these awards send a powerful message on the collective importance of writing across all disciplines. Congratulations to this...

Posted on 13 November, 2014

A UPEI PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education is seeking non-francophone parents of children in French schools to complete a short survey as part of a research project. The involvement of parents is known to be important for children’s education and social success. For this reason, this project seeks to explore the experience and involvement of non-francophone parents with children in French schools.

To participate, complete the 10-15 minute survey here

For more information, or to request to participate in the survey by phone or by a paper copy, contact Mary MacPhee at or (902) 892-4658.

For information:
Dave Atkinson, Research Communications Officer, UPEI
(902) 620-5117,

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