Media Releases

Posted on 16 December, 2008

The Tourism Research Centre (TRC) at the School of Business at the University of PEI is pleased to announce the release of a new report discussing the results of a 2007 travel experience survey.

This survey was distributed to a panel comprised of people who had requested information from Tourism PEI about visiting PEI.

“This survey is interesting because at one point all of these panel members had requested information pertaining to PEI,” explained Dr. Sean Hennessey, faculty director of the TRC. “Although further research is warranted, this survey gives us an idea of where visitors who were interested in PEI chose to visit instead of here. We learn that regular visitors to other destinations frequently return to the same destinations, and a majority of these respondents had already been to the same destination earlier in the year. This may...

Posted on 5 December, 2008
Health Minister Doug Currie, and Charlene Stevenson and Brian Doucette, of the Canadian Paraplegic Association-PEI Division (CPA-PEI), recently presented Paul Cudmore, UPEI Accessibility Committee, with a cheque for renovations to Main Building.

With financial assistance from the CPA-PEI, UPEI will make the Main Building, the oldest building on campus, more accessible for people who have disabilities. The funding will allow the university to make the second-floor bathrooms more accessible by widening the doors and lowering the mirrors, sinks and urinals.

These upgrades to the Main Building fall under UPEI’s seven-year plan launched in December 2007 to make the campus more accessible to people with disabilities. Other improvements that will be made to the building include upgrading the elevator, widening doorways and renovating the first-floor bathrooms....
Posted on 3 December, 2008
The Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network invites the public to attend a wine and cheese reception on December 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Schurman Market Square in Don and Marion McDougall Hall at the University of Prince Edward Island.

This event will showcase poster presentations on work that is done through community-university research partnerships here on P.E.I. and across Atlantic Canada on the theme of inclusion and empowerment.

With today’s economic uncertainty, it is an important time to focus on community-based organizations working to build sustainable communities and a vibrant social economy. The Institute of Island Studies coordinates a group of community and university researchers who focus on building capacity in, and awareness of, the social economy, and creating a solid information base to improve the lives of marginalized people on...
Posted on 2 December, 2008
In May 2008, teams from the University of British Columbia and Atlantic Veterinary College excavated the 20-year-old remains of a blue whale near Tignish.  Join us as AVC Wildlife Pathologist, Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust, speaks about his experience, using the excavation to illustrate some remarkable adaptations of these magnificent animals to their environment.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation, and some biological specimens will be available for viewing.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, December 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Lecture Theatre A at the Atlantic Veterinary College.  Everyone is welcome. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Donations to the Friends of AVC will be gratefully accepted.

For information, call (902) 566-0589 or visit...
Posted on 2 December, 2008
Wireless internet access is now available in all academic buildings on the University of Prince Edward Island’s campus.

To extend wireless access across UPEI, Computer Services increased the number of wireless access points on campus from 25 to 100. Prior to this expansion, which was completed in early November, wireless access was available only in select areas on campus, such as the Robertson Library, W.A. Murphy Student Centre and the Kelley Building Student Lounge.

“This gives students, faculty and staff greater flexibility in their ability to use the technology available at UPEI to conduct research, teach and do their work,” says Blair Vessey, Operations Manager at UPEI Computer Services. “They are no longer restricted to having to work in particular places on campus.”

As well, UPEI now has multiple wireless network services available through...
Posted on 1 December, 2008
Dr. Vianne Timmons, who served as vice-president Academic Development at UPEI from 2001 to 2008, has named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2008.

Timmons joined UPEI in 1996 as dean of the Faculty of Education and was named vice-president Academic Development in 2001. She became president and vice-chancellor of the University of Regina in July of 2008. She will chair the Canadian Bureau for International Education starting in November 2009.

Her research is focused in the area of education with emphasis on literacy and learning and their roles in establishing healthy vibrant communities. She was lead investigator of a three-year collaborative research project looking at six rural communities’ need to address the issues their children are facing. This research has been published in academic journals and presented at conferences, as well as in...
Posted on 28 November, 2008
Students in the University of Prince Edward Island’s cooperative education program were recognized recently for their excellent work during an awards ceremony held in the Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the annual co-op student of the year awards.

Johanna Egan, who graduated with her business degree in May of 2008, won the 2007 Business Student of the Year award. She worked as a co-op student on Tourism Atlantic’s Competitiveness through Best Practices program in the summers of 2006 and 2007. She was responsible for researching and organizing tourism best practices missions throughout North America for Atlantic Canadian tourism operators. Egan is currently a tourism officer in the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Tourism Atlantic section.

The Computer Science Co-op Student of the...
Posted on 28 November, 2008