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Posted on 16 July, 2009

The Centre for Life-Long Learning at UPEI will hold information sessions next week for people who are interested in learning about educational opportunities for adult learners.

The three information sessions take place from 7 to 8 p.m. as follows:

·         Monday, July 20, Montague Curling Club;

·         Tuesday, July 21, McDougall Hall, UPEI;

·         Wednesday, July 22, Centre Belle-Alliance, Summerside.

People attending the sessions will have the opportunity to meet other adult learners and to learn about UPEI’s Bachelor of Integrated Studies program; the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process; and...

Posted on 16 July, 2009

UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place will be the competition venue for some of the best young track and field athletes in Canada this weekend. From July 17 to 19, close to 600 athletes and 120 coaches from across the country will gather at the University of Prince Edward Island to take part in the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.

UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place officially opened on July 13. It features a synthetic, 400-metre, eight-lane oval track; a water jump for steeplechase; a facility for long and triple jump, pole vault, discus and hammer throw, javelin throw and shot put; storage, washrooms, and spectator seating and viewing.

“The Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships give us a great opportunity to showcase the exceptional athletics facilities we now have in our province,” says Ron Annear, UPEI Athletics Director. “We are...

Posted on 15 July, 2009

Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre of Waterloo, Ontario, has been appointed the 2009 Visiting Scholar for the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) at the University of Prince Edward Island, announced Institute chair Mark Leggott.

Lefebvre will work with the LMMI’s governing committee to facilitate and expand scholarship about L.M. Montgomery, P.E.I.’s most famous author, and her contemporaries.

His first task as Visiting Scholar is to give a talk about L.M. Montgomery to people attending the July 24 performance of Jan de Hartog’s play, The Fourposter, at the Montgomery Theatre in Cavendish. The play tells the history of a marriage from the wedding night in 1890 to 1925, with all scenes taking place in the couple’s bedroom. Starting at 7 p.m., Lefebvre will speak about Montgomery’s own marriage and the way she depicts it in her journals, focusing...

Posted on 15 July, 2009

Dr. Dan McKenney, of the Canadian Forest Service, will give a public presentation called "Plant Hardiness Zones in Canada; Now and in the future!" on Monday, July 20, at 2 p.m. in the Wanda Wyatt Lecture Theatre (Room 104) of the KC Irving Chemistry Centre at UPEI.

Plant hardiness zones are part of the lexicon of Canada’s horticulture, agriculture and forest industries. McKenney will review the history of Canada’s plant hardiness zones, recent updates and new developments in mapping plant hardiness. He will also discuss implications of climate change, including what it might mean for P.E.I.

McKenney is chief of the Geospatial Tools and Economic Analyses Section of the Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Australian Centre for...

Posted on 15 July, 2009

A landmark publication compiled by two UPEI researchers showcasing immigrant entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island, was officially launched recently by the Honourable Alan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning.

The full-colour publication, titled Immigrant Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island, illustrates the personal stories, challenges and satisfactions of some 60 immigrants to PEI who have opened and currently operate their own businesses. It is the work of Dr Godfrey Baldacchino, Canada Research Chair (Island Studies) at UPEI, in collaboration with Crystal MacAndrew Fall, a graduate student who is researching immigrant entrepreneurship as her thesis topic, a component of her Master of Arts (Island Studies) at UPEI.

"The showcased entrepreneurs represent some of the vibrant cultural and business diversity that is enriching the island...

Posted on 14 July, 2009

In just over a month, the new UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place, located at the University of Prince Edward Island, will be bustling as top track and field athletes compete for the gold during the 2009 Canada Games.

This new multi-functional athletics facility was officially opened on Monday, July 13. Thanks to investments made by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and UPEI, the benefits of the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place will be enjoyed this summer and well into the future.

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, were joined by Clifford Lee, Mayor of Charlottetown, Joseph Spriet, President of the 2009 Canada Games Host Society, and Wade MacLauchlan, President of UPEI, to get a first-hand look at one of the Games’ premier attractions, which...

Posted on 14 July, 2009
 UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College is world renowned for its expertise in veterinary epidemiology through its Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research. This expertise has been further strengthened by the recent appointment of Dr. Javier Sanchez as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Chair in Regulatory Veterinary Epidemiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College.
“We are extremely excited to have Dr. Sanchez appointed to this prestigious position,” says Dr. Don Reynolds, Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI. “Dr. Sanchez is internationally recognized for his expertise in veterinary epidemiology. His contributions to risk assessment, surveillance, disease modeling and the needs associated with regulatory veterinary medicine in Canada are significant.”
Dr. Sanchez...
Posted on 10 July, 2009

The Robertson Library at UPEI is looking for Island artists who would like to help improve the aesthetics of the high-traffic lobby area on the library’s upper floor. It is sponsoring its second public art competition to acquire a work of art that invokes creative images of culture, learning, and information. The competition focuses on art for the walls, but submissions may also include elements designed for other aspects of the space. Entries are encouraged from any artistic medium.

Artists should submit a letter of interest, accompanied by preliminary sketches or mock up, by August 31. Full terms of reference and details will be forwarded once expressions of interest have been made. Inquiries may be directed to Suzanne Jones at (902) 566-0393 or Check out the website at for details...

Posted on 9 July, 2009

The Tourism Research Centre at UPEI’s School of Business is pleased to announce a report profiling seniors-only travel parties to PEI. This report is based on the results of the 2007-2008 PEI Visitor Exit Survey and classifies seniors as those 55 years of age or older.

Of all seniors travelling to PEI, about 30 per cent travelled with no other age group, and the highest proportion of seniors-only travellers came from the USA (51 per cent of all parties from the USA).

 “Senior travel parties tend to spend less per visit than all travel parties who come to PEI, but they spend more than the average amount on a per-person-per-night basis,” stated Dr. Paul Lewis, Research Director at the TRC.

Going sightseeing and on driving tours were the two most prevalent activities for seniors (60 per cent overall for all senior...

Posted on 7 July, 2009

Nine graduates from Bluefield and Kensington high schools recently took advantage of a pilot program introduced at UPEI this summer to help students make informed decisions about their future education and career paths. Each student received an award from the University to cover the cost of taking part in a three-day orientation program called ExperienceU.

Through ExperienceU sessions and activities, the students learned about academic expectations and supports, scholarships and bursaries, learning styles and research skills. They met with academic advisors and explored career choices.

“Attending ExperienceU benefitted me by letting me see beforehand what university life will be like at UPEI,” says Dillon Wight. 

“Before this, I had absolutely no desire to attend university… ExperienceU has changed my mind,” adds Emily Gass....

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