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Posted on 20 August, 2009

The Tourism Research Centre (TRC) in the School of Business at UPEI has released a new report profiling visitors to PEI by entry and exit points. This report is based on the results of an exit survey conducted from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008.

The report examines the profile of visitors according to how they arrived in and departed PEI. In all, five groups were examined: those who arrived and departed solely by air, bridge or ferry, and those who used a combination of bridge and ferry or a combination of air and bridge or ferry.

The Confederation Bridge was the most popular means of entering and departing PEI. Seventy (70) per cent of visitors to PEI both arrived and departed using the Confederation Bridge. The majority of these visitors were from New Brunswick (40 per cent) and Nova Scotia (32 per cent), which may also help to explain the high rate of repeat...

Posted on 12 August, 2009

The year was 1969; the place, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; the event, the first Canada Summer Games.


The young Canadian runners tore down the track in the 100-metre race, but it was Bill McKinnon, an arts major at the University of Prince Edward Island, who broke the tape to take the gold medal for his home province of P.E.I.


Posted on 12 August, 2009

 The second annual International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry will be held in Charlottetown from October 15 to 18.

The registration deadline is September 1. The three-day symposium includes academic sessions, presentations, poetry readings, informal discussions and social gatherings. It is open to anyone interested in poetry and poetic inquiry.

Regional and international poets and scholars will be showcased, creating a culturally rich, international event. The symposium is being co-hosted by the UPEI Centre for Education Research and the Centre for Arts-informed Research, OISE at the University of Toronto, in cooperation with the UPEI Faculties of Arts and Education, the Confederation Centre of the...

Posted on 7 August, 2009

UPEI’s 2009 Fulbright Visiting Chair in Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Steven Casper, delivered his lecture today, The P.E.I. Bioscience Cluster:  on the Road to Sustainability?, to key players in bioscience development from both the public and private sectors.  Dr. Casper is an internationally renowned expert in comparison of emerging technology clusters, and Director of the Master of Bioscience Program at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California.

“It’s a refreshingly diverse group of companies,” says Dr. Casper.  “You have a group deriving anti-inflammatory agents from sea coral, and another developing a simple test kit to help dairy farmers rely less on antibiotics.  What you don’t have are diverse sources of revenue.”

Dr. Casper points out most companies and research are funded by...

Posted on 7 August, 2009

Visitors from the U.S. usually travel to PEI to enjoy the Island’s golden beaches and pastoral landscapes. Lisa McClellan was drawn to Prince Edward Island by a different type of beauty. She elected to spend her summer here as a participant in a unique research project at UPEI that focuses on two areas that she loves—music and psychology.


Lisa is a senior psychology student at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she is working on a thesis about children’s singing ability and interest. Bates College awarded her a Hoffman research support grant to allow her to travel to PEI to...

Posted on 7 August, 2009

It’s hot, it’s exciting, it’s a jungle out there — that’s the New Student Orientation theme this year at UPEI — and the sense of anticipation is getting stronger every day. NSO registration is already open, and 70 student volunteers are working feverishly to make sure this year’s program is an unforgettable experience for everyone attending UPEI for the first time.


Posted on 7 August, 2009

A new focus within the Master of Education (MEd) program at the University of Prince Edward Island is making it easier for experienced adult educators and leaders to pursue advanced study that relates specifically to the modern community college environment.

UPEI is delivering an executive-style Master of Education through a combination of online courses and face-to-face summer institutes, making it practical for students from across the Atlantic region, and elsewhere, to combine work and study. Most of the participants in the inaugural class come from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and PEI. The class also includes students from communities in Ontario and Manitoba.

The first of three intensive summer institutes for the new MEd cohort was launched at UPEI in early August. It is...

Posted on 5 August, 2009

UPEI’s Tourism Research Centre has released a new report profiling differences and similarities between first-time and repeat visitors to PEI. This report is one of many based on Exit Survey results collected between July 2007 and June 2008.

“This report is important as most travel parties to PEI are comprised of visitors who have visited PEI previously,” states Dr. Paul Lewis, Research Director at the TRC. “In fact, only 21 per cent of our guests are on their first visit.”

Where visitors come from has a strong bearing on the likelihood that they will be repeat visitors. Visitors from New Brunswick or Nova Scotia are extremely unlikely to be visiting for the first time, whereas those from international countries outside the US are almost certainly on their first visit to PEI.

Reasons for visiting the Island vary. Most first-time...

Posted on 4 August, 2009

Julie Bull, a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island, was named the Canadian recipient of the Hart Hansen Award at a ceremony at the International Union for Circumpolar Health’s 14th international congress held recently in Yellowknife, NT.

Bull received the award from the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, one of five charter members of the International Union for Circumpolar Health. The Union and its members are dedicated to promoting research, exchanging knowledge, and fostering greater awareness and responsiveness to health issues affecting circumpolar people.

The goal of the Hart Hansen Award is to increase cooperation in circumpolar health research and education by mentoring and encouraging emerging researchers and health-care workers.

Bull received her bachelor of arts (honours) and master of applied health services research degrees...

Posted on 30 July, 2009
The University of Prince Edward Island raised its own flag for the first time on July 30, celebrating its proud heritage and officially marking the beginning of Alumni Reunion Weekend 2009. The flag is flying in front of Kelley Memorial Building, at the heart of the UPEI campus, alongside the provincial flag.
“There are significant occasions, such as our Alumni Reunion, Convocation, and other major University events, when this beautiful flag will enhance the celebration,” says UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan. “By flying our flag prominently on campus, we will be embracing our heritage and institutional esteem on an everyday basis.”
The new flag uses the official UPEI colours which are rust, olive, and gold. It features the crest that will appear in UPEI’s official coat of arms, to be granted...
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