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Posted on 26 February, 2010

Darryl McDaniel, president and owner of U&Me Marketing Inc., will be the guest speaker at the UPEI Business Society’s 33rd annual luncheon on Friday, March 5.

The luncheon will take place at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, starting with a reception at 11 a.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Tables of eight or ten can also be purchased.

McDaniel will talk about understanding consumers, where they shop, and delivering what they want.

McDaniel has been on the cutting edge of category development throughout his career. Starting in an entrepreneurial family with a Pepsi franchise, he was one of the first marketers to working on launching the bottled water category in Canada. Working for Danone, he soon realized that consumers want to be connected with a brand.

His latest venture is U&Me Marketing, a system designed to extend...

Posted on 26 February, 2010

Tonight's presentation at UPEI by Monique Collette, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), has been postponed.  Further details will be announced at a later date.

In the spring of 2009, at the request of the Clerk of the Privy Council, Ms. Collette conducted a one-person task force to explore ideas and practical approaches that were having a positive impact on the workplace environment and the effectiveness of the public service of Canada. She met with public servants from various departments and agencies in all regions of the country. It gave her an opportunity to hear employees speak with passion and commitment about the kind of public service in which they want to work and what they are doing to create that workplace.

In her presentation, Ms. Collette shares stories drawn from those consultations, and outlines...

Posted on 25 February, 2010

At the request of the provincial government, UPEI has committed to developing a BEd program to meet the needs of kindergarten teachers as they transition from early childhood centres to the PEI school system. This is a temporary program that will accept just two intakes of students altogether, in 2010 and 2011. The program is currently going through the UPEI review process, prior to being submitted to MPHEC in early March.

“UPEI has a long tradition of innovative programming to meet the real needs of people on PEI. Through our recognition of prior learning and experience, “2 + 2” articulated programs, and other innovations, we have combined with other post-secondary institutions to provide the best possible educational experience,” says Dean of Education Dr. Tim Goddard. “We therefore made the commitment to adapt our BEd (...

Posted on 24 February, 2010

A Magnificent Gift Declined, published by the Institute of Island Studies last fall, has won the prestigious Publication of the Year Award for 2009 from the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation.

The award was shared with the book’s author, Leonard Cusack, and presented at the annual Heritage Awards evening held recently in Summerside. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the preservation of the heritage of Prince Edward Island.

A Magnificent Gift Declined is the story of PEI’s first hospital for treating tuberculosis, built in 1913 by Charles Dalton with his own money, and on his own land in Emyvale. He donated the state-of-the-art Dalton Sanatorium to the province of PEI to run but it was later expanded by the federal government to accommodate 75 beds for soldiers returning from WWI.

In 1923, only ten years after it was begun, the...

Posted on 24 February, 2010

Members of the public are invited to attend presentations in March by candidates for the position of Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Carolyn Peach-Brown of the University of Guelph will give a presentation called “Community-University: Partners for Sustainability” on Monday, March 1, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., in the Atlantic Veterinary College, Lecture Theatre A.

The world today is faced with socio-ecological challenges related to climate change, deforestation, dependence on fossil fuels, over fishing, soil nutrient depletion and increasing disparity between the rich and the poor. Addressing the challenges requires an integrated approach that draws on a broad range of knowledge from government, differing sectors, non-governmental organizations and members of local communities. Drawing on her 20 years of work...

Posted on 24 February, 2010

Two of Canada’s most popular, gutsy and gripping poets, Jeanette Lynes and Douglas Burnet Smith, will read on Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. Both teach literature and creative writing at St. Francis Xavier University.

Lynes’ highly accessible, entertaining, and street-savvy poetry, and her vibrant performances, have earned her a nation-wide following. From The Aging Cheerleader’s Alphabet (2003), to It’s Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems (2008) and The New Blue Distance (2009), her poetry animates and grapples with issues familiar to us all, and in a language, voice and perspective that’s delightfully feisty and sassy.

Her first novel, The Factory Voice (2009), long-listed for the Giller Prize, is set in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), during the Second World War. The main...

Posted on 22 February, 2010

There will be a free public screening of the film Awra Amba, followed by a discussion, on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI.

This screening is the Canadian premiere of the film, which is currently being distributed to film festivals world-wide. Cindy Hanson, of the UPEI Faculty of Education, has worked in Awra Amba and will facilitate the discussion after the showing.

Awra Amba is an unusual and remarkable place situated in a rural, food insecure region of Ethiopia. The community has developed around goals of equality, hard work and non-violence. It demonstrates these goals by using local, indigenous knowledge in unique ways which include a culture of weaving, use of local building materials, and promotion of equality between men and women, and education for all.

Despite a history of persecution and personal strife, the...

Posted on 22 February, 2010

UPEI student Nicholas MacLeod has been named the 2010 Student Entrepreneur Prince Edward Island Champion by national charitable organization, Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and program supporter, CIBC.

Since 2003, Nicholas has owned and operated Future Web Design, providing full service information technology services with a strong emphasis on customer service. Future Web Design provides clients with web development, hosting, domain registration, graphic design, photography and IT Technical Support. The company focuses mainly on small business by offering web development and IT services that are of high quality and add value to the company.

Nicholas’s largest business accomplishments to date include being fully supported financially by the business, having a client base across the US and Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and...

Posted on 16 February, 2010

As they set off to showcase PEI to the world at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, members of the Confederation Centre Young Company proudly donned Panther T-shirts to celebrate their many connections as students, alumni, staff, and friends of the University of Prince Edward Island.

Other PEI artists being featured at Atlantic Canada House in Vancouver include Meaghan Blanchard, Lennie Gallant, Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold, Two Hours Traffic, Paper Lions, Catherine MacLellan, Chuck & Albert, Vishten, In-Flight Safety, John Connolly, Rose Cousins, Richard Wood, Gordon Belsher, The Grass Mountain Hobos and Brad Fremlin. Many are UPEI students and alumni, or they have close ties with the University through family and friends.

To read the Vancouver Sun’s February 16 article about UPEI arts student Meaghan Blanchard, click...

Posted on 12 February, 2010

The Town of Souris is partnering with ProfitLearn PEI to provide a computer skills workshop for local business people.

The workshop, “Basic Computer Skills for Everyday Use in Your Business,” will take place on Tuesday, February 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Holland College Centre on Main Street, Souris. Participants will gain fundamental computer skills needed to succeed in today's workplace.

Under the direction of trainer Patrick Ledwell, participants will explore topics such as researching business information on the internet, using desktop publishing for cards, correspondence and posters, and investigating software programs that are accessible at little or no cost. They will work directly on computers to build knowledge and understanding of basic computer programs.

The cost is $50 (plus GST) per participant. To register, contact Chrissy Conohan,...

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