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Posted on 29 July, 2009

The Canada Games PEI Women's Soccer Team and the UPEI Women's Soccer Team will hold a charity co-ed tournament on Saturday, August 1, on the UPEI soccer field to raise funds to help buy myoelectric hands for Mohamed Mara, a refugee from Sierra Leone now living on P.E.I.


During the civil war in Sierra Leone, rebel forces massacred Mara’s mother, father and siblings. Mohamed escaped but was caught later by rebels who cut off his hands.


Posted on 24 July, 2009

Alumni from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), St. Dunstan's University (SDU) and Prince of Wales College (PWC) will gather at UPEI from July 30 to August 2 for their annual fun-filled Reunion Weekend.

“Reunion Weekend is a great opportunity for alumni from UPEI and its founding institutions, SDU and PWC, to reconnect with each other, take a trip down memory lane and see the wonderful changes that have taken place on campus,” says Betty Johnston, president of the UPEI Alumni Association.

During the weekend, the classes of ’45,’49, ’55, ’59 and ’69 will renew friendships and trade memories at class events during the weekend. Special anniversaries include 60 years for the Class of ’49 and ’50 for the Class of ’59.

UPEI will honour alumni by raising its new flag for the first time on Thursday...

Posted on 23 July, 2009

Everyone is invited to a free public reading by Bill Richardson at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Thursday, July 30, 7:00 p.m., an event co-hosted by the P.E.I. Writers' Guild, the Friends of the Confederation Centre Public Library, the UPEI Department of English, and the Indian River Festival.

Bill Richardson is a writer and broadcaster. He has contributed to CBC Radio since 1984, and has been the host of a number of programmes, both on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2. His books include Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock medal for humour, Waiting for Gertrude, and After Hamelin, a novel for children and winner of the Silver Birch award. He has also been the recipient of a Vancouver Arts Award, and a gold medal for fiction in the National Magazine Awards.

Bill Richardson hosts CBC Radio Two's flagship classical performance...

Posted on 22 July, 2009

The Tourism Research Centre in the School of Business at the University of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce the release of a new report profiling motor coach visitors to P.E.I. This report is the result of surveys collected from motor coach visitors between July and December 2007.


“Although assumptions have been made about the motor coach industry in the past, this report gives us concrete data on who is arriving on these tours,” explained Dr. Sean Hennessey, Faculty Director of the TRC. “As suspected, these visitors are older, tend to be retired, and are generally travelling in pairs of two. However, we now have more information on...

Posted on 21 July, 2009

Fifteen students from the University of Prince Edward Island will spend the next month learning about the history and culture of the Middle East at Misr International University (MIU) in Cairo, Egypt.

Led by Sherilyn Acorn-LeClair, coordinator of international student exchanges at UPEI, the students are participating in a Middle East Studies Program offered at MIU from July 24 to August 21. The program is a partnership between UPEI and MIU.

Each of the 15 students has received a $5,000 scholarship from MIU that will cover the cost of...

Posted on 17 July, 2009

Dr. Ian Whicher, head of the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba, will give a free public lecture called “The Meaning and Integrity of Yoga” at the Confederation Centre Public Library on Tuesday, July 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Whicher says that classically envisioned yoga does not lead to the condemnation, abandonment or transcendence of life in the world but rather to enhanced engagement with the world--engagement that seeks to enrich human interactions within the world. Drawing from the Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, he will explore how yoga can culminate in a balanced integration of the spiritual and material dimensions of human life that incorporates clarity of awareness with the integrity of being and action.

Whicher earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England. A long-time yoga practitioner, he is the author of several books...

Posted on 16 July, 2009

As a marine ecologist, Dr. Pedro Quijon, of the UPEI Biology Department, is keenly aware of the importance of conserving the world’s oceans especially now at a time when they are under more stress than ever.

He represents UPEI on the recently established Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe). The network brings together 65 researchers from 15 Canadian universities, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and several federal laboratories to develop science-based guidelines for the conservation and sustainability of Canada’s three oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic.

CHONe’s strategic focus is on three research themes: marine biodiversity, ecosystem function and population connectivity. Researchers working on the marine biodiversity theme will explore functional and species...

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...

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