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Posted on 30 October, 2014

After receiving the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Student-Athlete Community Service Award last week, fourth-year science student and UPEI rugby player Shanda Mosher-Gallant attended the All-Canadian Rugby Gala in Guelph, Ontario this week where she was further recognized with the CIS national award. She is the first player from UPEI to be honoured with the Student-Athlete Community Service Award since its inception in 2009. Mosher-Gallant is in her third year of eligibility with the UPEI Women’s Rugby Panthers and plays on the wing.

This past summer in western Prince Edward Island, Mosher-Gallant spearheaded the creation of a Rookie Rugby program, Rugby Canada’s non-contact introduction to the game that is implemented in schools and communities across Canada for youth of all ages.

Mosher-Gallant, small but mighty, standing at five-feet tall, is originally...

Posted on 30 October, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island has announced that Susan Connolly has been appointed Associate Vice-President Human Resources after an extensive search process.

Susan is a native of Prince Edward Island and holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology (from Mount Allison) and a Bachelor of Laws degree (from Dalhousie). Called to the PEI bar in 2005, she has practised law with Stewart McKelvey since 2007.

Vice-President Administration and Finance Jackie Podger led the search process. “A key factor in the University successfully fulfilling its academic mission is to attract and retain quality employees. We have a great team at UPEI, and need to ensure we have the right person leading the efforts to support the team in their work. Susan will be a tremendous asset to UPEI.”

Susan is a demonstrated leader who has significant experience in providing advice on...

Posted on 29 October, 2014

The UPEI Music Department is pleased to present soprano Sarah Jo Kirsch, winner the Eckhardt-Gramatté (EGré) National Music Competition, on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 pm.

The EGré is the most important annually held contemporary music competition for exceptional emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice, and strings. Since 1976, the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition discovers, develops, and promotes exceptional young Canadian performing musicians who show artistic proficiency, knowledge, and keen interest in Canadian and international repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Sarah Jo Kirsch is a soprano/vocalist currently based in Winnipeg, Canada. She continues to make waves as a soloist with local ensembles – large and small – and maintains a continuing presence at the WSO New Music Festival,...

Posted on 29 October, 2014

Veteran broadcast meteorologist Peter Coade will join authors Don Jardine and Adam Fenech for the launch of “Some weather we’re having!” The 2015 PEI Weather Trivia Calendar. The event takes place Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm at The Pourhouse, above The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse in Charlottetown. Proceeds from calendar sales go to UPEI’s Climate Research Lab.

Prince Edward Island history comes to life in this first ever PEI weather trivia calendar of 365 stories about PEI weather and its impact on Islanders’ everyday lives. Meet the authors, Don Jardine and Adam Fenech, as they visit eleven libraries (and one pub!) across the Island during the month of November.

Come for the launch with Peter Coade, stay for music from singer/songwriter Patrick Bunston.

The 2015 PEI Weather Trivia Calendar brings stories from North Cape to East...

Posted on 29 October, 2014

A recent forum in Charlottetown brought together students, teachers, and community partners participating in unique research, which examines school-based health promotion projects in Prince Edward Island schools. Dr. Donna Murnaghan and Dr. Jo-Ann MacDonald, researchers from the University of Prince Edward Island’s School of Nursing, received funding from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI), for the (S)chools (A)gainst (C)ancer: Using a (K)nowledge to Action Process (SACK) project. SACK is aimed at translating local evidence into school-based health initiatives.

The SACK project used data from the School Health Action, Planning, and Evaluation System—Prince Edward Island (SHAPES-PEI), which monitors key health indicators of PEI students from grades 5 through 12, and has done so since 2008. SHAPES-PEI provides health profiles to individual schools...

Posted on 28 October, 2014

The UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week for the week of October 20–26 are Alysha Corrigan, Women’s Rugby; and Jared Murphy, Men’s Soccer. 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: Alysha Corrigan, Women’s Rugby; and Jared Murphy, Men’s Soccer

What: UPEI Panther Athletes of the Week

When: Week of October 20-26

Where: UPEI Turf Field

Why: Corrigan, a first-year business student from Charlottetown, PEI, had a strong performance for the Panthers during...

Posted on 28 October, 2014

Richard Wagamese, award-winning Ojibwa novelist, journalist, and memoir writer will give a public reading on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 pm in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

His new novel, Medicine Walk, which follows his best-selling novel Indian Horse with its focus on Aboriginal hockey and residential schools, testifies to the redeeming power of love and compassion.

Among his honours are the 2013 Molson Prize for the Arts and 2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communications.

Wagamese’s reading is sponsored by the UPEI Department of English, with the collaboration of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

For information:
Dr. Richard Lemm
Winter’s Tales Author Reading Series
(902) 566-0592,

Posted on 28 October, 2014

On Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31, 7:00-11:30 pm, UPEI music students will be turning the Dr. Steel Recital Hall into a spooky three-story haunted house!

Admission includes a free cup of hot chocolate and is $5.00 per person, and $4.00 for UPEI and Holland College students—please bring a valid student ID. Proceeds for the event go towards music scholarships and awards, and to help support the UPEI Music Department’s large performance ensembles.

All are welcome!

Posted on 28 October, 2014

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, November 3 at 7 pm at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. Dr. Ron Srigley, professor of Religious Studies, will lead a discussion entitled: What does a university professor do all day?

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 27 October, 2014

UPEI students are going door to door in Charlottetown to collect non-perishable food items on Friday, October 31 from 5:00–7:00 pm in support of UPEI’s food bank. The students will be visiting Queen Elizabeth Drive, Charlotte Drive, Prince Charles Drive, and Goodwill Avenue.

“Trick or Eat” is a national youth-led Halloween food drive event organized by Meal Exchange, a registered charity that empowers student leaders to address hunger in their communities. Since 1993, the charity has raised over $3 million worth of food and engaged over 87,000 youth across North America.

Suggested items include: pasta products/pasta sauce, rice, canned meats and fish, peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, dry and canned soups, fruit juices, canned/powdered milk, baby food, diapers, beans, and legumes.

Items can also be donated to the group organizers....

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