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Posted on 8 December, 2009
In the spirit of giving, business students at the University of Prince Edward Island recently donated over 600 non-perishable food items and $150 to the Upper Room Food Bank. 
In mid-November the UPEI Business Society issued a challenge to the undergraduate students in each year, the Master of Business Administration students and the faculty at the School of Business to a competition to collect non-perishable food for the food bank.

From November 16-30, six large boxes—one for each of the four classes, one for MBA students and one for the faculty—were set up in Bill and Marion McDougall Hall, to collect donations. The MBA students won the challenge, collecting about 230 items for the food bank. They also asked the business society to donate $150—the dollar value of their prize—to the food bank....

Posted on 1 December, 2009
The Tourism Research Centre at UPEI has released a report that categorizes pleasure visitors based on the primary reasons for their trip to P.E.I.
Based on results from the 2007/2008 exit survey, the report profiles visitors by six reasons for travel, including holidays/vacations; short getaways; visiting friends and/or relatives; visiting second home, cottage, condo; attending events, festivals and attractions; and for other pleasure. 
The largest percentage of travel parties (38 per cent) visited P.E.I. for a holiday or vacation. This group had the highest prevalence of families and first-time visitors, and tended to visit less frequently than other travel parties. Visitors in this group were most likely to have included P.E.I. as a stop on a larger trip, perhaps one that encompassed the Maritime provinces. They were...
Posted on 1 December, 2009
The public is invited to attend the launch of a documentary video and the opening of a photography exhibition about UPEI’s Master of Education in Leadership in Learning program in Nunavut.
The event takes place on Friday, December 4, at 4 p.m., in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium and Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall.
During a special Convocation in Iqaluit on July 1, 2009, 21 Inuit educational leaders from across Nunavut graduated with Master of Education Leadership in Learning degrees from UPEI—the first graduate degree program to be offered in Nunavut. Most of the graduates were mature students already working as leaders in their communities. Participants studied part-time over three years through face-to-face courses in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet combined with online learning. 
Posted on 27 November, 2009
The cold wind blows. The long winter night creeps in. What better way to chase away the winter doldrums than an evening of ideas, discussion, and good cheer?
When: Tuesday, December 1, 7 p.m.
Where: Mavor’s, Confederation Centre of the Arts
Who: Dr. Joe Velaidum, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Director of the Centre for Christianity in Culture
Discussion: “The same old arguments of the new atheism movement”
Velaidum says the problem with the proponents of this new brand of atheism, made popular by best-selling authors such as Richard Dawkins("The God Delusion"), is that they “don’t understand religion. They don’t understand faith, or Christianity. They even misunderstand science...
Posted on 27 November, 2009
The University of Prince Edward Island, through its community and institutional partnerships across PEI, throughout Atlantic Canada, and around the world, is building a strong foundation for a 21st-century success story. 
UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan delivered that message during his annual update, on November 26, to the campus community and members of the public. Through an illustrated presentation that featured a map of PEI and a map of the world, he highlighted the powerful impact that UPEI, with its many collaborators, makes at home and abroad through education, research, and service. 
“UPEI’s advantage of scale and sense of mission translate into big things for our province, our region, and our world,” said President MacLauchlan. “If you ask experts around the world about aquatic...
Posted on 25 November, 2009
The University of Prince Edward Island expanded its expertise in the areas of education and epidemiology with the addition of two Canada Research Chairs (CRC).
Dr. Crawford Revie, CRC in Population Health: Epi-informatics, uses tools of informatics — hardware, software, databases, and other methods of storing large and complex sets of data — to help answer questions about how diseases spread through populations. He’s currently tackling a problem that affects salmon farms in Atlantic Canada: drug resistance among sea lice.
“Sea lice have a tremendous ability to adapt to the treatments salmon farmers use to control them,” explains Dr. Revie. “By collecting data and finding new ways to sort through it, we can predict when they might develop a tolerance. We can help the aquaculture industry...
Posted on 25 November, 2009
The public is invited to attend a research symposium about Prince Edward Island and the Chiloe Islands, off the coast of Chile, in the Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI on Monday, November 30, from 2-4:30 p.m.
Entitled “We are People of the Island,” the symposium is hosted by the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI. The featured speaker is anthropologist Manuel Munoz, Williche Council of Chiefs and ARCIS-Patagonia University, Chiloe Islands, who will speak about the culture and cosmology of the Williche people.
Other presentations will include: Introduction to Island Studies in Chiloe and PEI, and Social and cultural microenterprise on Chiloe, by Dr Irene Novaczek; Traditional knowledge of seaplants for food and medicine by Williche and Mi'kmaq peoples, by Dolores LeVangie; and Attitudes of indigenous youth to...
Posted on 24 November, 2009

UPEI recently received an accessibility award from the City of Charlottetown for improvements to the campus that benefit people who have disabilities. Displaying the award are President Wade MacLauchlan; student Paul Cudmore, a member of the university’s Access-Ability Committee; and Joanne McCabe, chair of the committee. UPEI is among five organizations that received accessibility awards during the City's second annual Accessibility and Inclusion Awards ceremony, recognizing community members who are making a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities. 

Posted on 24 November, 2009
Three UPEI students are bringing the English language and a taste of Canadian culture to elementary, secondary and language students in Spain and France in 2009-2010.
UPEI student Darrah Richardson of Hunter River won a highly sought after lectorship last spring from the Spanish Embassy to work in Andalucía, Spain, as a language and culture assistant. She is teaching English to students in grades 6 to 12.
Richardson, who is studying Spanish, is the first UPEI student to receive one of these lectorships. Competition is stiff, with students from across Canada and the United States competing for only 1,200 vacancies.
This position is ideal for Richardson. “I have a passion for the Spanish language,” she says, adding that she would like to get her degree in the language. “And...
Posted on 23 November, 2009
The Tourism Research Centre at UPEI has released its latest report using exit survey results collected from July 2007 to June 2008.
The report provides a summary of comments from visitors to P.E.I. The comments were solicited through two open-ended questions. The first asked if the visitor experienced any problems that would impact their decision to return to P.E.I. or to recommend it to others. The second allowed the visitor to provide general comments. 
The comments from both questions were categorized into ten general areas: food and beverage, service, accommodations, prices and taxes on goods and services, transportation, seasonal/daily closures, environmental concerns, parks, attractions and other comments. The negative comments in these categories focused on two themes: the expense of visiting P.E.I., and a...
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