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Posted on 4 March, 2009

A team of engineering students from the University of Prince Edward Island is off to the Canadian Engineering Competition from March 5 to 8 after placing second in the junior design division of the recent Atlantic Engineering Competition. This marks the fifth year in a row that UPEI students have won the right to compete at the national engineering competition.

Katie Hughes, Mandy McKenna and Chris Russell, all of Charlottetown, and Tim McCarthy, of Summerside, finished second in the junior design division for their project on wind power. The Atlantic Engineering Competition, an annual event showcasing young and emerging engineering talent, took place in early February at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The four students competed against 12 teams from nine other universities.
"We are all very excited for our students......
Posted on 3 March, 2009
UPEI’s Island Studies program will present a public lecture by Bjarne Lindstrom, director of the Statistical Agency of the Aland Islands, on Wednesday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Atlantic Veterinary College’s (AVC) faculty lounge.
Located on AVC’s fourth floor, the lounge may be accessed via the elevators on the right at the far end of the college’s main entrance.
Lindstrom’s presentation is entitled “Economic Capacity and Political Room for Manoeuvre: Lessons from the Aland Islands.”
Lindstrom has been a key player in the development of the North Atlantic Islands program which developed at the Institute of Island Studies in the early 1990s. He was then research manager at the Nordic Institute of Regional Policy Research (NordREFO), based in...
Posted on 3 March, 2009

“Tomorrow is going to be amazing” is the theme of the UPEI Business Society’s 32nd annual business luncheon on March 13, starting with a reception at 11 a.m., in the Delta Prince Edward Hotel ballroom in Charlottetown

For the first time ever, the event will feature a professional motivational speaker. Born and raised in Kinkora, Prince Edward Island, Joe Sherren is an internationally acclaimed speaker, trainer, author and executive coach. Sherren has been delighting audiences with his thought-provoking, interactive and inspirational presentation for 25 years. His outstanding accomplishments include being inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame, becoming a national bestselling author, and appearing on the daytime talk show Oprah.
Since 1974, he has trained thousands of executives, leaders, and...
Posted on 2 March, 2009
Two representatives from the Nunavut Department of Education visited UPEI recently to develop plans for a unique Convocation ceremony to take place in Iqaluit on Canada Day. Twenty-one Inuit educators from nine communities scattered across all three regions will receive the first graduate degrees ever offered in their home territory.
The degree is a Master of Education in Leadership in Learning and it is being conferred by the University of Prince Edward Island. This leadership milestone presents the promise of positive change for the educational system in Nunavut.
“This Master of Education in Leadership in Learning enables graduates to provide leadership within the school and post-secondary systems of education, as well as in other educational settings,” says Dr. Fiona Walton, an associate professor in the UPEI...
Posted on 26 February, 2009

Internationally renowned Canadian singer Anne Murray, C.C., O.N.S., is one of four outstanding people who will receive honorary degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island at its convocation ceremonies on May 9, 2009.

The convocation ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 9, in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Murray will receive her degree and address the graduates during the afternoon ceremony.
Nova Scotia-born singer Anne Murray has delighted millions of fans around the world with her signature voice and well-loved songs. Having sold over 50 million recordings in her 40-year career, Murray has rarely been off the charts. She has received four Grammy Awards, 24 Juno Awards, three American Music Awards and three Canadian Country Music Awards. Murray is a Companion of the Order of Canada,...
Posted on 25 February, 2009
One of Atlantic Canada’s finest poets and creative writing teachers, Brian Bartlett, will read from his new book, The Watchmaker’s Table, on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. His reading is co-hosted by the UPEI English Department and the Gallery, with support from the League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts.

Bartlett was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, grew up in Fredericton, lived for 15 years in Montreal, and moved to Halifax in 1990 to begin teaching creative writing and literature at Saint Mary's University. He has published five collections and four chapbooks of poems, as well as Wanting the Day: Selected Poems, which won the 2004 Atlantic Poetry Prize. His other honours include The Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes in 1991 and 1998, and a Hawthornden Castle...
Posted on 20 February, 2009
Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, will give a public lecture called “The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Fight for the Right to Water” on Wednesday, March 4, in the UPEI Duffy Science Centre’s amphitheatre (Room 135), from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Barlow is co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. “The world is running out of clean water,” she says. “This growing water shortage is perhaps the greatest ecological and human threat of our time and will affect two thirds of the planet by 2050.”
She will explain the impact of the crisis, especially on women, and give a recipe for a water-secure future and for hope. She will also discuss what she calls “Canada's shameful position against the right to water for...
Posted on 16 February, 2009

Alumni of the University of Prince Edward Island now have a place on campus that bears their name. The impressive outdoor athletics facility constructed for the 2009 Canada Games is now officially called the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place in honour of the thousands of people who are, or will be, proud graduates of UPEI.

The UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place features a 400-metre track with eight competition lanes on an artificial surface, with seating for more than 1200 spectators. The track surrounds a natural grass infield called MacAdam Field. The new facility will be a major competition venue and the site for the closing ceremonies for the Canada Games in August.

Thanks to the support of 50 alumni who have already pledged $1000 a year for five years, the UPEI Alumni Association has raised enough funds to secure the naming rights. The official naming...

Posted on 13 February, 2009
At a public celebration to mark the accomplishments of the most ambitious private-sector fundraising campaign in the University of Prince Edward Island’s history, President Wade MacLauchlan thanked UPEI’s supporters for contributing a total of $52,236,859, well above the campaign’s $50 million target.
"This Campaign has been an exhilarating effort," said President MacLauchlan. "The most impressive result is that we have done it ourselves; more than 90 per cent of the giving to the Campaign has come from people with long-time, close associations with UPEI and PEI. This spectacular achievement has come from our own hearts and pockets, and from our commitment to build a legacy through a great university.”
The Building a Legacy campaign was launched in April 2003. Since then, more than 250...
Posted on 28 January, 2009
The wealth of downeast literary talent keeps growing. Two dazzling new fiction writers, Libby Creelman from St. John’s and Ian Colford from Halifax, will be featured in the Winter’s Tales Authors Series on Thursday, February 5, at 7:30, in Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Their reading is co-sponsored by the Gallery and UPEI Department of English.
Creelman’s first book, Walking in Paradise, a collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the first annual Winterset Award for excellence in Newfoundland writing. Her much-anticipated first novel, The Darren Effect, is a finely rendered portrait of both the physical and psychological effects of grief.
Heather Welbourne grieves secretly for the married man she loves. He is dying of cancer, and his wife and son cannot accept the loss, or forgive...
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