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Posted on 30 January, 2015

The UPEI Music Department's "Dr. Frances Gray Music Performance Competition Finals" were recently held at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall. The six music students chosen from the preliminary round to perform in the finals were: Rebecca Apps, soprano; Jillian Clow, mezzo soprano; Leah Inman, piano; Lucas MacPhail, alto saxophone; Kailey Norris, clarinet;  and Hannah Rollwage, mezzo soprano.

After an exciting evening of performances, the judges' decision was announced by Dr. Karem Simon, coordinator of the 2015 competition and Dr. Andrew Zinck, Department Chair. Soprano Rebecca Apps was named the winner, while pianist Leah Inman came in second place and saxophonist Lucas MacPhail in third.

Originally from St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Rebecca Apps is currently in her final year of the Bachelor of Music program at UPEI, majoring in voice under the tutelage of...

Posted on 30 January, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island Women’s Hockey Panthers have received commitments from two recruits for the 2015 season.

Coach Bruce Donaldson announced today that he has signed Ashtyn Bartlett and Andie Boeckman.

Bartlett is an honours student at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The Durham Bridge, New Brunswick native started her hockey career at age five with the Stanley Bulldogs organization and has lived for the game ever since. Team Captain of the Bobcats, Bartlett is having a very strong start to her season, scoring nine goals and earning nine assists to date. Her team is currently in first place in the Lakes Region Prep school division. Bartlett earned a coveted spot on the All Tournament Team at the New England prep school Cushing Tournament in Ashburnham, Mass in December.

Bartlett comments, “I’m thrilled to be...

Posted on 30 January, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendation of the search committee for the Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. Greg Keefe was successfully appointed.

“On behalf of the University, I congratulate Greg on his appointment as Dean,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “UPEI will certainly benefit from his leadership ability and his longtime service to AVC and to the broader community. I thank the Vice-President Academic and other members for their serving on the Search Committee.”

“I look forward to working with Greg as the AVC embarks on a period of increased funding stability with the recent signing of a 10-year interprovincial funding agreement,” adds Vice-President Academic Christian Lacroix. “There are a number of initiatives that, under Greg...

Posted on 30 January, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendation of the search committee for the Dean of Science. Interim Dean Dr. Debbie MacLellan was successfully appointed.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Debbie on a number of initiatives that will enhance the overall student experience in the Faculty of Science,” said Vice-President Academic Christian Lacroix. “Our University community as a whole will benefit from her experience as a faculty member, decorated professional, and researcher.”

In 2005, Dr. MacLellan received her PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. She holds a MSc (Nutrition) from University of Alberta and her BSc (Home Economics) from UPEI. She came back to UPEI in 1990 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences before...

Posted on 30 January, 2015

Research on Tap returns for its sixth season of public discussion, debate, and ideas presented by researchers from the University of Prince Edward Island. Join our next conversation on Monday, February 2 at 7:00 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. Dr. John McIntyre, an associate professor in the department of English, will lead a discussion entitled: Beyond Flanders Fields: Representing the Great War in Literature and Culture

The 2014-2015 season of Research on Tap is presented in cooperation with the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Atlantic Chapter. The RSC is Canada’s national academy and is the senior national body of distinguished scholars, artists, and scientists.

Research on Tap meets the first Monday of every month from October to April. The full schedule of speakers can be found at

Posted on 30 January, 2015

Not that long ago, novelist Craig Davidson, author of Cataract City, completed UNB’s graduate program in creative writing and published his first book of stories, Rust and Bone (2005). Since then, this high-energy writer has been short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for fiction and seen the film version of a Rust and Bone story premier at the Cannes Film Festival. With imaginative drive similar to that of his admirer Stephen King, Davidson has published three literary novels and five novels in the horror genre under the pseudonyms Nick Cutter and Patrick Lestewka.

Davidson will read from his fiction on Thursday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Confederation Centre Art Gallery. His reading is sponsored by the UPEI English Department with support from The Canada Council for the Arts. A book signing will follow.

While he rapidly became a...

Posted on 29 January, 2015

UPEI’s Executive MBA program is pleased to announce that it will be offering a one-time special focus on public sector management targeted at provincial, federal and municipal public sector employees. This special focus offering will only be available for the upcoming program intake in September 2015. 

Students who opt for the new public sector focus will take eight core courses in fundamental management topics and four specialization courses, including courses in Innovative Management in the Public Sector, Innovative Culture and Leadership, Public Policy, and Business and Government. In addition, each student will complete a signature project and be encouraged to pursue a topic in an area of public sector management.

The UPEI Executive MBA Program Office has been working with its counterparts in the provincial, federal, and municipal governments and has...

Posted on 27 January, 2015

The UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week for the week of January 19-25 are Darcy Zinck, Women’s Basketball, and Mason Wilgosh, Men’s Hockey. UPEI Athletics and Recreation showcases talented athletes on a weekly basis 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: Darcy Zinck, Women’s Basketball; and Mason Wilgosh, Men’s Hockey

What: UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week

When: Week of January 19-25

Where: University of Prince Edward Island

Why: Zinck, a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, had a dominant game on Friday night in the...

Posted on 26 January, 2015

Economic impact assessment highlights University’s role in PEI’s knowledge economy

UPEI’s direct expenditures of $137.5 million boosted Prince Edward Island’s gross domestic product by $150.1 million in 2013, representing nearly three per cent of the province’s total GDP, according to a report released today.

“Most are already aware that UPEI is a major contributor to the Island’s economy,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “But this report demonstrates how significant and far reaching its contributions are, and provides clear evidence that the University is a catalyst for PEI’s knowledge economy. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our community and government partners in order to pursue more opportunities to further expand this positive impact....

Posted on 23 January, 2015

The UPEI Men’s Soccer team will be awarded "SCORE! Team of the Year," Sport PEI announced this week. The provincial sport federation also announced that UPEI Men’s Soccer player Jared Murphy is a finalist for "Intercollegiate Male Athlete of the Year". He will find out if he wins the award at the annual Sport PEI Amateur Sport Awards presentation on Wednesday, February 4 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. 

The UPEI Men's Soccer team earned the nod based on its CIS bronze medal performance at last November’s CIS Men’s Soccer National Championship. The team made history as the first Panther soccer squad to win a national CIS competition medal, defeating the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Citadins 2-1.

Murphy, a fifth-year business student from Charlottetown, PEI was one of two Panthers...

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