Media Releases

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 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 15 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 310 (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 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!

Posted on 11 April, 2014

Congratulations to Jonathan Dingwell, fourth-year business student who took home the $500 grand prize in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The draw took place on Thursday, April 10. 

A big thank you to all first - and fourth-year students who participated. UPEI received a response rate of 56%! For those students who have not yet had the chance to complete the survey, it will remain open until early June, so responses are still welcome. Check your UPEI email account today to complete the survey.

Once again, congratulations to the following students who received $100 early bird prizes: Jacquelyn Black, fourth-year arts; Aaron Rainnie, first-year nursing; Jimmie Mayaleh, fourth-year business; Hannah Povey, fourth-year arts; Marilyn McFadden, first-year arts; Wallace Nnane, first-year arts; Abbie Ronalds, first-year science; and Danielle Perry...

Posted on 11 April, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, UPEI’s annual Engineering Expo participants educated attendees, including approximately 200 junior high and high school students on their innovative designs, and on the exciting field of engineering. The event was open to the public, with students from the PEI Science Fair also attending for special tours of the event, and to learn more about engineering at UPEI.

First-year engineering students had the opportunity to work with the Farm Centre Association (FCA) on its new initiative; a community-based, research and demonstration garden/farm housed at the Charlottetown Experimental Farm. The students developed sustainable designs from windmills to pump water, to composters, to a hybrid bicycle/shopping cart for transportation that could be used on the farm. The project took seven months of researching, analyzing, building, and testing solutions, and...

Posted on 3 April, 2014

UPEI Athletics and Recreation celebrated its 45th year by recognizing outstanding student athletes at the annual UPEI Athletics Awards ceremony held at the PEI Brewing Company in Charlottetown. The UPEI Alumni Association’s Outstanding Athletes of the Year awards went to women’s soccer star Sarah Stanley and men’s hockey standout Reggie Traccitto.

In her fourth year, Stanley, a native of Charlottetown, has developed into one of the top midfielders. She is a leader who sets a great example with her work ethic and positive attitude. This past season when the pressure was on, she came out charging, scoring all three goals in a crucial weekend series against Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s, resulting in her being named both an AUS and CIS Athlete of the Week. More awards followed, as she was named an AUS 2nd Team All-star at the end of the season. Head Coach...

Posted on 2 April, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, more than 200 young scientists from 30 schools across the Island will come together in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre on the UPEI campus to participate in the 2014 PEI Science Fair. The theme of this year’s fair is “Science Matters.” For some students, this will be their first science fair experience, but for many, it will be a return engagement. Students from grades 4–12 will showcase their science interests and abilities, and connect with other young scientists from around the province.

Once again, UPEI faculty, staff, and students have organized a ‘Science Expo’ full of interesting exhibits, out-of-this-world engineering demonstrations, and other hands-on activities for the participants. ‘Let’s Talk Science’ will also be joining the Expo with some cool science demonstrations.


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