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Posted on 8 February, 2014

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.

View the UPEI Strategic Plan 2013-18

Posted on 23 April, 2014

Four honorary degrees will be conferred at the University of Prince Edward Island’s two convocation ceremonies on Saturday, May 10. Honorary graduands include well-known Canadian industrialist Robert K. Irving; retired Major-General Matthew Macdonald; music educator and former Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman; and community visionary and retired educator James C. MacAulay.

“This is an important year for PEI, the birthplace of Confederation, as the province celebrates 150 years since hosting the Charlottetown Conference,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, “It is so fitting that each of our honorary degree recipients, in addition to excelling in their careers, have contributed to building community and nationhood.”

The University’s Senate approved the honorary...

Posted on 23 April, 2014

UPEI is recruiting volunteers for a nutrition research study who meet the following criteria: overweight, non-smokers, not diabetic, between the ages of 21–65.

If you meet all of the above criteria, you may be eligible to participate in the study whose purpose is to evaluate the health effects of blueberry consumption on indicators of diabetes and heart disease. Study investigators are Dr. Katherine Gottschall-Pass, Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon, and Dr. Kim Stote.

If you are interested in participating, please attend one of the following 30-minute information sessions in Room 301 (dining room), Health Sciences Building, on the UPEI campus:

Wednesday, April 23—12:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Thursday, April 24—12:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Friday, April 25—12:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Monday, April 28—12:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Tuesday, April 29...

Posted on 22 April, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island has officially named a new terrace located adjacent to Don and Marion McDougall Hall, the Colleen Keefe Malone Terrace, in memory of UPEI alumna, the late Colleen Keefe Malone. The naming took place on Monday, April 21 at an event where a memorial and stonework were also unveiled.

Colleen Keefe Malone was the first female to graduate with a Bachelor of Business from UPEI in 1971. She then went on to a noteworthy career in human resources, serving as a Director for the PEI Civil Service Commission for many years. She and her eight siblings all attended UPEI, each becoming impactful community leaders in their professions. In 2011, the Keefe and Malone families were deeply saddened to lose Colleen to illness at the age of 61. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend.

The University is proud to...

Posted on 22 April, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island extends its condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and devoted readers of UPEI honorary degree recipient Alistair MacLeod. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University in 2002. MacLeod passed away on Sunday, April 20 at the age of 77 in Windsor, Ontario.

MacLeod is a well-known, award-winning Canadian author and considered one of the country’s best short story writers. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he then moved to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia at the age of 10. Most recently, MacLeod taught literature and creative writing at the University of Windsor. He would return to Inverness County, Nova Scotia during the summertime, where he would write in his cabin facing west, overlooking Prince Edward Island. In 2008, MacLeod was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his commitment to,...

Posted on 22 April, 2014

In the fall of 2013, UPEI created a committee to advise on the future operations of the University’s longstanding and widely respected institute for research and public policy: the Institute of Island Studies. The Institute of Island Studies Futures Committee, in cooperation with UPEI’s Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies, and Interim Vice-President Academic has released its final report, entitled: “One Step Back, and Two Steps Forward,” which is available for download and review.

Using as its starting point, an external consultants’ report commissioned in 2013, the report endorses the current mandate of the Institute as a centre for the comparative study of Prince Edward Island and other islands, and outlines a number of options for its future structure and operations. Two of the key recommendations entail adding a national and...

Posted on 16 April, 2014

UPEI Women’s Hockey Head Coach Bruce Donaldson is very pleased to announce that Madison Clarke is joining the Panthers for the 2014–15 season. Clarke, originally from Hilden, Nova Scotia, played defence for the past three years with the East Hants Pro Cresting Penguins of the Nova Scotia Midget AAA hockey league. The team won the 2014 Provincial Championship and competed at the Atlantic Championships earlier this month, losing in the championship game against New Brunswick. In the 28-game season, Clarke recorded two goals and three assists along with 28 penalty minutes.

“Madison is a great young player who brings a strong work ethic to her game,” said Donaldson. “She is very dependable – great mobility and enjoys the defensive side of the game. We see her as someone who will fit nicely within our defensive zone system and will develop to be...

Posted on 15 April, 2014

UPEI Women’s Rugby Head Coach Shannon Atkins is pleased to announce that Emma Baker is joining the Panthers for 2014–15.

Baker is currently attending Lockview High School in Fall River, Nova Scotia. Captain of the rugby team, Baker has played rugby at Lockview since grade 9, was MVP of the Capital Region championship match, and a provincial silver medalist and winner of two Rothesay Netherwood School rugby championships. Baker is a multisport athlete who played tier one volleyball at the club level, and attended four national and eastern championships winning four provincial medals. Baker is the only athlete at Lockview High School to win a provincial medal in two sports.

Baker also brings provincial experience—Team Nova Scotia U18 in 2013 and 2014, member of Team Nova Scotia U18 team that attended the National Tier 1 Championship in...

Posted on 14 April, 2014

With final exams underway, the UPEI Mathematics and Statistics department introduced a fun way for students to prepare for their exams through its inaugural UPEI Integration Tournament that took place on April 2.

The top sixteen first-year advanced calculus students were selected to take part in an integration competition where the students went head-to-head in a single knockout battle to solve integral problems and determine the best integrator. Spectators were also welcomed and had the opportunity to complete the problems for practice, and take part in lighter math pop culture trivia.

Dr. Gordon MacDonald, professor of UPEI Mathematics and Statistics organized the event after learning of it being used as a fun teaching tool at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“I thought it was a great idea that may be of...

Posted on 14 April, 2014

Congratulations to UPEI Panthers Cole MacMillan and Barb Carmichael who received Sport PEI awards at the 40th annual awards ceremony this past weekend. 

MacMillan, a dual-sport athlete involved in soccer and hockey at UPEI, took home the Intercollegiate Male Athlete of the Year award, while Barb Carmichael, UPEI Field Hockey General Manager received the Sport PEI President's Award for her longtime dedication and volunteerism to the sport. 

UPEI Men's Hockey Head Coach Forbes MacPherson was also a finalist for Sport PEI's Coach of the Year award. 

UPEI congratulates all UPEI Panthers who received awards/were nominated as award finalists.

Go Panthers Go!

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