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Posted on 12 February, 2010

The Town of Souris is partnering with ProfitLearn PEI to provide a computer skills workshop for local business people.

The workshop, “Basic Computer Skills for Everyday Use in Your Business,” will take place on Tuesday, February 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Holland College Centre on Main Street, Souris. Participants will gain fundamental computer skills needed to succeed in today's workplace.

Under the direction of trainer Patrick Ledwell, participants will explore topics such as researching business information on the internet, using desktop publishing for cards, correspondence and posters, and investigating software programs that are accessible at little or no cost. They will work directly on computers to build knowledge and understanding of basic computer programs.

The cost is $50 (plus GST) per participant. To register, contact Chrissy Conohan,...

Posted on 12 February, 2010

The Institute of Island Studies at UPEI will hold a workshop called "Time and a Place: Environmental Histories, Environmental Futures & Prince Edward Island" from June 13 to 18, 2010.

The deadline for registration is Monday, February 15. Registration is $150 for the whole week, including meals ($250 for meals and accommodation in a UPEI residence).

The workshop will bring together local, national and international participants to develop an understanding of P.E.I.'s environmental history; assist future environmental planning on the Island; and explore the value of islands for crafting comprehensive plans for sustainability. There will be workshops, field trips and public lectures.

Interested people are asked to fill out an application by February 15. Applicants will be informed...

Posted on 10 February, 2010

Award-winning poet Anne Compton returns to her native P.E.I. to read from her new book, Asking Questions Indoors and Out, on Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30 in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building.

Her reading is part of the Winter’s Tales Authors Series sponsored by the UPEI English Department, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Born and raised in the farming community of Bangor, P.E.I., she won the Atlantic Poetry Prize for her first two books of poetry, Opening the Island and Processional, and the Governor General’s Award for Processional. In 2008 she received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English Language Literary Arts. In The Globe and Mail, a reviewer called Processional "[A] rigorously intelligent work about the pains and glories of life and nature."

Dr. Compton teaches at the University of...

Posted on 10 February, 2010

Fourth-year nursing students from the University of Prince Edward Island are spending two months developing and applying their clinical skills in communities across PEI, in Nova Scotia and Alberta, and even as far afield as Florida, the Cayman Islands, and Kenya.

Forty-three students are enhancing their learning at the Queen Elizabeth, Prince County, Western, Hillsborough, Eastern Kings and Stewart Memorial hospitals, and at the Palliative Care Centre in Charlottetown. Others are honing their skills at the IWK Hospital in Halifax, the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth, and the Peter Lougheed and the Rockyview hospitals in Calgary. Six have chosen international experiences, including four who are working at the St. Teresa Mission hospital, at an HIV outreach clinic, and in a children’s home in the village of Kiirua in Kenya.

These local, national, and international...

Posted on 10 February, 2010

Students and graduates from the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program at the University of Prince Edward Island are making their mark in islands research around the world. Dolores LeVangie, Laurie Brinklow, and Kathleen Stuart have each received prestigious scholarships to study in the southern Chilean island of Chiloé, Tasmania, and Australia, respectively.

Master’s student Dolores LeVangie has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada graduate scholarship for her research on “Medicine of the land: exploring the use and transition of medicinal practices in island communities of the Mi'kmaq in Eastern Canada and the Williche of Southern Chile.” She has also earned the Erwin and Joyce Andrew Memorial Scholarship and a Robin Rigby Trust Scholarship. In March, she will begin four months of field work in Chilo...

Posted on 9 February, 2010

In recognition of February as Psychology Month, faculty members from UPEI’s psychology department will participate in a free public lecture series organized by the department and the Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island.

On February 9, Dr. Stacey MacKinnon will talk about the pros and cons of revenge and forgiveness, and the hard-to-pin-down definition of forgiveness. Her presentation, called "Revenge and Forgiveness: Deciding whether or not to, how to, and how it's going to feel afterward," is the next installment in UPEI’s popular Research on Tap series and takes place at Mavor's, Confederation Centre of the Arts, at 7 p.m.

Mitchell Colp and Dr. Jason Doiron will give a presentation called "The Illusion of Inclusion: Experiences of Learning Disabled Students on PEI and Beyond" on February 11, at 7 p.m., at the Confederation...

Posted on 8 February, 2010

Vagabond Productions is back in action, and it is offering a Valentine’s Day gift to its audience: a free show. Yes, you read it correctly: admission will not be charged for Vagabond’s production of “The Path of True Love,” February 10 to 13.

Many of you will now be wondering about the catch. According to Greg Doran, coordinator of Theatre Studies and director of the show, there isn’t one, really.

“I decided to forego charging admission this year because the show is going to be more experimental in its presentation than past shows.”

Doran went on to explain that to buffer the experimentation, he chose a traditional comedy.

“Granted, the tradition is from the 17th century, but it involves a lot of funny physical comedy. Consider the show a romantic comedy for smart people. The show is in the form of the...

Posted on 2 February, 2010

Forgiveness and revenge. Each of us has, in the past, had to choose between one or the other. Choose forgiveness, and we face the possibility of appearing weak. Seek revenge, and we come across as mean and spiteful.

UPEI psychology professor Stacey MacKinnon will talk about forgiveness and revenge on Tuesday, February 9, at this month’s Research on Tap. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. in Mavor’s Bar at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

MacKinnon is an assistant professor of social psychology whose research areas include trust, risk, forgiveness and revenge. At Research on Tap, she’ll discuss "Revenge and Forgiveness: Deciding whether or not to, how to, and how it's going to feel afterward." She will illustrate why a blanket policy of forgiveness might not be a good idea, and she will delve into the dark satisfaction we seek...

Posted on 29 January, 2010

UPEI alumnus Dr. Greg Fleming will talk about his work as a veterinarian with Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m., at UPEI.

The second in the UPEI Student Union’s new inspiring speakers series, Fleming’s presentation will take place in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium (Room 242), McDougall Hall. A reception will follow in Schurman Market Square, also in McDougall Hall. Everyone is welcome.

A 1998 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College, Fleming is a veterinarian for Animal Programs for Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Living Seas at EPCOT. Disney's Animal Kingdom houses more than 1,700 animals from 250 countries, making it the largest animal-themed park in the world.

Prior to veterinary school, Fleming’s interest in conservation led him to complete a diploma in endangered species management from the Jersey...

Posted on 29 January, 2010

From February 8 to 12, the University of Prince Edward Island will celebrate International Development Week, a national event held annually to increase Canadians’ awareness of their country’s role in international development and to educate them about life in developing countries.

UPEI has chosen the development of closer relationships between cultures as the theme for its celebration.

“We chose this theme because it corresponds to one of the United Nations’ observances for 2010, and it speaks to the fact that Canada embraces different cultures,” says Dr. Christian Lacroix, chair of UPEI’s International Development Week Committee. “It encourages people to celebrate their differences and share them.”

Keynote speaker Chris Eaton, executive director of the World University Service Canada (WUSC), will address the coming...

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