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Posted on 22 August, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors recently accepted the recommendations of the search committee for the Dean of Arts and the Dean of Education positions. Interim Deans Dr. Neb Kujundzic and Dr. Ron MacDonald were successfully appointed as the Dean of Arts and Dean of Education respectively.

“I look forward to working with Neb and Ron on a number of initiatives that will continue to enhance the overall student experience in both the Faculties of Arts and Education,” said Vice-President Academic Dr. Christian Lacroix. “Our University community as a whole will benefit from their experience and strong leadership abilities.”

In 1995, Kujundzic received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo. Kujundzic came to UPEI in 1997 as an assistant professor of philosophy, before becoming an associate professor in...

Posted on 20 August, 2014

A special dedication ceremony was held recently at the University of Prince Edward Island to recognize St. Dunstan’s University (SDU) and its Board and alumni’s commitment to the University. Main Building will now be officially known as “SDU Main Building.”

“UPEI prides itself on the heritage passed down from St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College, and welcomes opportunities like today to increase our understanding of that history,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz during the ceremony. “And part of that history is that UPEI has benefited so much from the generosity of SDU alumni and the SDU Board of Governors.”

In 1969, when UPEI opened its doors for the first time, it inherited the traditions of two long-established institutions, St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of...

Posted on 19 August, 2014

Charlottetown, PEI (August 19, 2014)—The Journal of Biomedical Optics recently published a paper by researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island which confirms exciting developments in our ability to detect and learn about certain types of cancer. In optoacoustic imaging, short pulses of light are sent into tissue. Because the pulses are so short, the light is converted into sound by the tissue, rather than heat. Dr. Michelle Patterson and Dr. William Whelan’s research confirms that cancerous tissue emits sound at a different frequency than non-cancerous tissue.

“This research borrows from a 30-year-old technique, but the results are brand new and give us a whole new way to detect and learn about cancer,” said Dr. Michelle Patterson, whose work on this project was part of her PhD studies in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. “...

Posted on 18 August, 2014

Kent Stetson, distinguished native Islander, Governor General’s Award laureate, member of the Order of Canada, and recent recipient of the UPEI Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, will offer a two-tiered, sixteen-hour workshop at UPEI for writers of drama and prose fiction at various stages of their practice.

The workshop, entitled “The Character Driven Story in Drama and Prose Fiction,” will take place August 22–24, in Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 242. The class structure will include 10–12 participating writers and up to 15 auditing writers. The workshop is co-sponsored by the UPEI Alumni Association, the Dean of Arts, the Department of English, and the PEI Writers’ Guild.

Participating writers may be working on a specific text, starting a new project, or wishing to refresh their practice. They will benefit...

Posted on 8 August, 2014

UPEI Soccer is excited to announce the 2014 Mulligan Cup schedule, and introduce the inaugural Mulligan Cup Soccer Festival. UPEI Athletics and Recreation invites the PEI community to come out, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful game of soccer.

The UPEI men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams open training camps on Friday, August 22 in preparation for the Mulligan Cup held August 30–31. This is the third annual Mulligan Cup Invitational, providing an excellent opportunity for coaches to make final roster decisions. The league opener will take place on September 5 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with the men’s team taking on Acadia.

In honour of Vince Mulligan, ageless varsity UPEI soccer and hockey coach throughout the 80s and 90s, this tournament has proved to be a great way to kick off the season and showcase the teams to their supporters. “I...

Posted on 8 August, 2014

UPEI welcomes all new students and their families to campus for the third annual Welcome Day on Saturday, August 30, 9:00 am–2:00 pm in Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall. Welcome Day is a chance for new students to tour campus, pick up their UPEI student ID card, shop at the Bookstore, pay for tuition and other services, meet staff, faculty, Student Union executives, and new friends, and kick-off O-Week—all before classes start up in September!

This year’s Welcome Day will also include parent sessions for parents of residence and non-residence students, a photo booth featuring Panther mascot, Pride, and a barbeque for all from 12:00–1:30 pm. Representatives from Residence Services, Accounting, the Registrar’s Office, Student Affairs, and Webster Academic Services will be available to provide academic and administrative...

Posted on 7 August, 2014

UPEI’s Climate Research Lab needs your help to boost one of its projects to the next round in an MIT-sponsored competition about communicating climate risks and coastal vulnerabilities. CLIVE, the coastal erosion visualization tool created by the Climate Research Lab and the Spatial Interface Lab at Simon Fraser University, has reached the semi-finals in MIT’s CoLab Communication Coastal Risk and Resilience contest.

A description of CLIVE, from the team’s submission to the contest:

“Using 3D game engine technology adapted to serious scientific communication, CLIVE enables citizens to interactively fly around and view the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) at all scales, while manipulating historical data and projected models through time. By allowing citizens to view scientific data and explore climate change projections at any scale in their...

Posted on 4 August, 2014

UPEI Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Kendrick is pleased to announce the addition of California Junior College (JUCO) basketball standout Michael Karimu.

In his sophomore year at College of the Desert, Karimu finished in ninth place (15.2 points per game) in overall league scoring and sixth place (6.1 rebounds per game) in league rebounding. He received all-star awards at the Frank Garcia Classic and the Grossmont College Invitational, and also received an honourable mention in the 2013 JUCO Summer Showcase. Karimu was named as one of the top 100 JUCO players in the state of California. Karimu, team captain at the College of the Desert, possesses a 38” vertical jump, and is a versatile six-foot-two guard that shot 46.3 per cent from the floor last season. The Panthers are thrilled that Karimu will be suiting up for the green and white this season.

Karimu is...

Posted on 1 August, 2014

Over the past number of years, the University has been exploring the implementation of a new administrative enterprise resource planning system (ERP).

UPEI is calling this endeavour “transformational” as it will bring the University’s human resources, student information, and financial systems to an advanced level that will improve the student experience and set the stage for long-term sustainability.

The University has been using a mix of disparate information systems to meet departmental needs. However, the fragmented approach often gets in the way of making services and resources easily accessible to students. The intent of the ERP is to provide students, staff, and faculty with modern tools, user-friendly interfaces, and a seamless environment to access the resources they need to succeed.

UPEI has appointed Dana Sanderson as Chief...

Posted on 31 July, 2014

UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz has released and fully endorsed the recommendations from the independent fact-finding review about the Department of Athletics and Recreation, prepared by Dave MacNeill.

“I have always said my priority would be to spend time with faculty, staff, students, and members of the PEI community to realize key issues of importance from their perspectives. And very clearly, a successful Athletics program at UPEI matters greatly to the community we serve,” commented President Abd-El-Aziz.

The President noted that through this review process and the events that led to it, senior administration at UPEI now, not only fully understands the issues the Department has faced, but also more fully appreciates the important role Athletics can contribute to a positive university-community connection.

The University...

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