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Posted on 17 March, 2010

The UPEI Co-operative Education Office is inviting PEI employers in private-sector businesses to hire talented Co-op students who are available for 12-16 week work terms. These work terms run during the May-August, September-December, and January-April periods.

“Our students are highly motivated, bright, hard working and possess many of the valuable skills needed in today’s work place. These students are serious about their education and are keen to contribute to the success of any business and/or organization,” says Ernie Doiron, Coordinator of UPEI’s Business Co-op Program. The program began in 1996 and has grown in popularity with PEI employers ever since.


Posted on 17 March, 2010

Supporting entrepreneurship and encouraging business development are the key objectives of a new LaunchPad business incubator at the University of Prince Edward Island.
LaunchPad at UPEI provides a professional setting for students to start a business. In addition to the use of a furnished office space and access to communications technologies, the students benefit from the services of professional mentors at the university’s School of Business.
“The introduction of the LaunchPad program to UPEI means that full-time student entrepreneurs will now have access to the infrastructure and support needed to start a business while completing their business degree,” said Hon. Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning. “My department is committed to partnering with the business community and post-secondary institutions in an effort to...

Posted on 17 March, 2010

Lee Danisch, president and founder of Measurand Inc. of Fredericton, NB will give a public presentation from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 in MacDougall Hall, Room 242. His topic will be "Snake Sales: The customer is always right"--Talking about Technology, Business and Entrepreneurship. Everyone is welcome.

Danisch was the recipient of the 2007 Manning Award for Innovation. His business illustrates a successful experience in taking unique ideas developed in New Brunswick to the world stage. He has shown that innovation in a small city in Atlantic Canada can take on the big players around the world and win. This talk outlines some experiences he has had taking Measurand from a basement business to an award-winning, growing company.


Posted on 15 March, 2010

Students who take part in a national survey for the 2011 Globe and Mail Canadian University Report will have a chance to win a $100 cash prize; a $50 or $25 UPEI Bookstore certificate; and a PC Notebook valued at approximately $500!

The Globe and Mail Canadian University Report online survey is active now and will be available until April 30, 2010. It should take you approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Edyta Kaznowska at

Click here to complete the survey:

Posted on 12 March, 2010

Dr. Alison Neilson of the University of the Azores, Portugal, will give a presentation called “Environmental Justice--Creative Collaborations for Challenging Stories” at UPEI on Thursday, March 18.

Neilson’s talk will take place in McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre, from 7-8:30 p.m. She is one of three candidates for the position of director of environmental studies at UPEI.

She will explore the relevance of environmental justice to research, teaching and community development in PEI. She will also examine how seeking environmental justice can support innovative collaboration for dealing with complex environmental issues on islands, drawing from her research with environmental educators from Brazil, Iran, Colombia, Tanzania, Paraguay, and Canada; and fishers in the Azores, Portugal and outport Newfoundland. She will highlight concrete examples...

Posted on 12 March, 2010

Professor Mark Lapping of the University of Southern Maine will give a public talk about food security on Thursday, March 18, at UPEI.

The Institute of Island Studies is hosting this event from noon to 1 p.m. in the Main Building Faculty Lounge. People are invited to bring their own "brown bag" lunch; drinks and sweets will be provided.

A newly appointed research associate with the Institute, Lapping will speak about food security as it relates to rural areas, land use policy and community planning. He is currently working on a project in Cumberland County, Maine, to identify vulnerable populations, assess their levels of food insecurity and develop a plan to tie them together with food banks, farmers, farmers’ markets and other agencies to address food insecurity problems.

As a result of this project, he is working with Maine’s Good...

Posted on 12 March, 2010

Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Health Officer for PEI and a UPEI alumna (BSc 1991), will give a public presentation on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium (Room 242), Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

A reception will follow in Schurman Market Square. This is the third and final presentation in the UPEI Student Union’s 2010 Inspiring Speakers series.

Dr. Morrison graduated from UPEI with a BSc in 1991. She was the first graduate of UPEI—and the first woman from Prince Edward Island—to attend Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. There she completed her master’s and doctorate degrees, with an emphasis on Comparative Social Research and Social Policy, with a particular focus on health care.

She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Dalhousie, and did her medical training in Community Medicine and...

Posted on 12 March, 2010

The Robertson Library at UPEI will be the site of a unique musical “informance” on Tuesday, March 16. Cellist Julia MacLaine, violinist Jennifer Curtis, and violist Margaret Dyer will perform a lunchtime concert and chat with the audience in the library foyer from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

MacLaine, daughter of Dr. Brent MacLaine, chair of the UPEI English department, is one of today’s prominent cellists. Critics have consistently singled her out for her rich tone, sweet, throbbing vibrato, and superb playing. She has performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of Ensemble ACJW and as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North and South America, and Iceland. She is a member of The Knights Chamber Orchestra, The Beauséjour Trio, Troika, Tres Americas Project, and Pangea. With her duo...

Posted on 10 March, 2010

On March 16, the University of Prince Edward Island’s Institute of Island Studies and MP Shawn Murphy will co-host Challenges and Opportunities: the next 25 years, a public event to engage Islanders to join the process of planning for the Island’s future.

This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean (5 Acadian Drive, Charlottetown).

A panel of local and regional speakers will identify current strengths and future opportunities for building a more vibrant, progressive and sustainable Island society.

“To get there from here involves coming to grips with some serious challenges,” warns Dr. Irene Novaczek, the director of the Institute of Island Studies, “But we also have enviable human, cultural and natural resources that will help us redefine the future and its challenges, while still capitalizing...

Posted on 9 March, 2010

 Graduation is almost here! In just 58 short days, the Class of 2010 will graduate and join the ranks of over 19,000 UPEI Alumni!

The UPEI Alumni Association invites the Class of 2010 to a Countdown to Convocation event on Thursday, March 11, at the W.A. Murphy Student Centre, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find out what you need to know about graduation and after graduation! Order your degree frame. Participate in draws for great prizes, including a Wii. And enjoy free pizza.

For more information, contact the UPEI Alumni Office at 566-0687 or visit us in Main Building 212.

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