The University of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce that the Senate and Board of Governors have recently endorsed "UPEI Strategic Plan 2013-18," a document that will guide the University's endeavours over the next five years.
UPEI's commitment to its students and to the University's long-term sustainability is clearly outlined in the plan which is the culmination of widespread consultation among campus community members during the Future Directions visioning process and Dare to Dream initiative.
The Guardians of Confederation—Leaders of Tomorrow project, a UPEI-led initiative, offers a unique opportunity to link PEI high school students with their peers from across Canada in the context of Confederation.
The project’s organizing committee is launching a contest in March to select student participants from across the country. “We’re holding the contest to select the students, and asking them, ‘How would Canada look if you were creating it today?’” said Guardians project coordinator Lee Ellen Pottie. “These students are the people who will become the politicians, business people, activists, and strategists of tomorrow.”
The contest will twin contest-winning students from each of the twelve provinces and territories across Canada with students from the Island’s thirteen high schools. UPEI students...
Hometown fans were out in droves to support the sixth-seeded UPEI Panthers as they took on third-seeded Cape Breton Capers on Friday, March 7 in Subway AUS Women's Basketball Championship action.
Early in the contest, the Panthers took over the lead and never looked back. Leading 15-11 after one quarter, thanks in part to Danielle MacDonald's ability to attack the basket, UPEI continued to roll into the second frame. Fourth-year guards Amy Gough and Danielle MacDonald converted on back-to-back and ones, extending the lead to double digits early in the second quarter. The Capers' tough-nosed defence allowed them to chip away and cut the lead to seven, going into halftime with UPEI ahead 34-27.
UPEI continued to feed off the energy of their hometown fans, controlling the majority of the third...
UPEI women’s basketball player Jenna Jones was named the 2013–14 Atlantic University Sport recipient of the Tracy MacLeod Award at tonight’s Subway AUS Women’s Basketball Championship awards banquet at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Championship play gets underway on Friday, March 6 at UPEI’s Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre. Championship Website
A fourth-year kinesiology student, Jones received the award for demonstrating determination, perseverance and unwavering spirit to continue playing the game of basketball. The five-foot-eight guard from Riverview, NB, played in an impressive 16 regular season games this year, despite facing multiple injuries, averaging 15.1 minutes per game.
Jones has battled patella tendon tears in both knees throughout her four-year career with the...
The University of Prince Edward Island is inviting high school students to attend UPEI classes on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 during their March Break.
UPEI Vice-President Academic Christian Lacroix sent invitations to students earlier this month via high school principals, and said, “This is a great opportunity to experience UPEI in the company of friends and classmates. We look forward to welcoming PEI high school students to campus.”
The University is providing lunch, offering information sessions, and giving campus tours. There are still a limited number of spaces available in each class so interested students should pre-register by emailing VPA@upei.ca.
Learn about the new Celebrating Student Achievement guaranteed undergraduate scholarship program at upei.ca/csa
The 2013-14 AUS men's and women's major awards and all-stars were announced yesterday following regular season play. On the men's side, fourth-year defence Reggie Traccitto was honoured as a first team all-star, while UPEI goaltender Wayne Savage and forward Chris Desousa were named as second team all-stars. Traccitto, Savage, and Desousa are studying arts at UPEI.
On the women's side, UPEI arts student and fourth-year forward Ferran Brown earned the Marion Hillard award for student-athlete community service, a first for UPEI since the award's inception in 2002-03. Brown's community involvement has been tremendous, leading and taking part in many volunteer initiatives including food drives, and the 'Pink the Rink' event to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Brown will represent the AUS as its nominee for the CIS Marion Hillard award at the 2014...
UPEI business student Alex Davidson has been named PEI’s 2014 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion and will represent the Island at Enactus Canada’s Regional Exposition, March 6–7 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The exposition brings together student, academic, and industry leaders to celebrate the achievements of Canada’s future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Davidson’s determination and passion for his business Odd Jobbers PEI, a student-based business that encourages entrepreneurship among university students, paired with his academic excellence, warranted him the provincial title for the second year in a row.
“Being named provincial champion is an honour, and I am excited to represent Prince Edward Island once again in Halifax,” said Davidson who will compete against three other entrepreneurs from Atlantic Canada.
A short conference entitled “My Island, My Heart” will take place March 14, 1:00-3:00 pm, at UPEI’s Chaplaincy Centre. The conference, led by UPEI arts student Faith Robinson, focuses on three themes—island fragility, island sustainability, and island community.
Special guest speakers include: Deirdre Kessler, writer and UPEI professor; Laurie Brinklow, accomplished poet and UPEI professor; and Millefiore Clarkes, filmmaker to name a few. A short docu-film Island Green, about organic farming on PEI, will also be featured as part of the conference.
Today, it is more important than ever to realize the limitations and magnificence of our environment, so keenly felt by Islanders worldwide. It is crucial that we not forget the roots from which we ourselves grow, to envision a better future.
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Last December, Douglas Gibson, Alice Munro’s editor and publisher, was in Norway observing the presentation of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Alice Munro, the first Canadian to receive the award.
On Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 pm in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Gibson will tell stories about the experience of editing Alice Munro and numerous other famous Canadian authors, including Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, Mavis Gallant, Hugh MacLennan, Barry Broadfoot, W.O. Mitchell, and Robertson Davies. He will also showcase and sign copies of his book about these experiences, Stories About Storytellers.
Gibson calls his talk a “road show,” complete with slides and music. One reviewer wrote, “it’s an event worthy of Stephen Leacock. Charles Dickens, even.” Another wrote, “Gibson is a living link to the foundation of our...
UPEI is once again inviting first- and fourth-year students to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). NSSE helps universities understand what students experience in and out of the classroom through a confidential, voluntary survey. UPEI uses the survey information to guide future decisions that will benefit students.
Approximately 1700 students have been invited by personal email to participate in the survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete. As a ‘thank you’ for completing it, UPEI is offering students chances to win one of nine early bird prizes (valued at $100 each) and a grand prize (valued at $500) of either Amazon.ca gift cards or UPEI Campus Card credits. The first draw date of three early bird prizes is March 10, the second draw date is March 17, and the third is March 24. The $500 grand prize...