UPEI wishes to express condolences to the family of Mary Beth Harris who passed away on Monday, March 4. From 1967, Mary Beth was Head of Library Information Services at the University of Prince Edward Island until her retirement from the University in 1992.
Mary Beth was known as a gentle and courtly woman and she will be missed by family and friends who loved and admired her calm deameanor and kindly spirit. She was a proud Islander, respectful of her family heritage which included the artist Robert Harris, and a lifetime member of the congregation of St. Peter's Cathedral.
UPEI’s Faculty of Arts received a Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) provincial award in the “Support to Student Reservists (Post Secondary Institutions)” category during a special award ceremony and reception on March 7. UPEI alumnus and reservist with the Prince Edward Island Regiment, Sergeant Ben Miller, nominated the faculty who supported both his education and military endeavours during his time at the University. The Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island, was in attendance to present the awards.
The CFLC is comprised of a group of more than two hundred Canada-wide senior business executives and educational leaders, a full-time secretariat, and a national network of reserve officers who all volunteer their time and effort to promote the Canadian Forces Reserve Force. The Council’s mandate is “to...
UPEI’s executive MBA (EMBA) program and the PEI Business Women’s Association are partnering on an event which focuses on workplace bullying. The presentation and networking event takes place on Wednesday, March 13, 5:00–7:00 pm in Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall.
Jodi Murphy, a UPEI EMBA graduate and teacher with the Prince Edward Island English Language School Board will share her research findings on the current state of workplace bullying in Canada and the implications that this issue has on organizations. Some of her findings include the costs associated with workplace bullying, which come from loss of productivity, legal settlements, and loss of good employees who have been bullied and chose to leave the organization. Workplace bullying has negative effects on the target of bullying, the other employees who witness the incidents,...
Ashley MacDonald is a well known name to UPEI women’s rugby. UPEI is excited to announce that the former Panther is coming back to the University to take on the role of assistant coach for the UPEI women’s rugby team for the 2013 season.
As a Panther, MacDonald was an AUS all star and AUS Rookie of the Year. In 2005, she was a CIS All-Canadian and for the next two years, she was granted the same honour when she played rugby for the University of Lethbridge.
“Having Ashley’s experience and expertise will greatly add to the refinement of technical skills for the UPEI team—especially in the front row,” said Shannon Atkins, Head Coach of the UPEI women’s rugby team. “Her passion and drive are second to none not only in the sport of rugby, but in the heart and soul of the Panther program. I cannot think of...
Canada lost one of its most patriotic citizens, and the University of Prince Edward Island one of its most colourful honorary degree recipients with the passing of musical icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, OC, LLD, LittD, at the age of 77 years on March 6. UPEI was pleased to present Dr. Connors with an honorary doctor of laws in 2002.
The University extends its sincere condolences to his wife Lena, two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren.
“The entire UPEI community is saddened to learn of Stompin’ Tom’s passing,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “We have lost a musical treasure, a man whose name is synonymous with the Maritimes, and whose memorable and quintessential Canadian songs will be his great legacy to future generations. On behalf of UPEI, I offer my deepest sympathies to his family and...
UPEI music department faculty and guests will present “Low Brass Extravaganza” on Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 pm at UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall. Professor Greg Irvine has invited his friends and colleagues in the low brass world to join him for this afternoon concert.
The recital will feature special guest Michael Grose from the University of Oregon on tuba, Bob Nicholson (bass trombone and tuba), Dale Sorensen (trombone and euphonium), and Francois Godere (trombone and euphonium). The brass players will be accompanied by pianists Frances Gray and Fran McBurnie. Tickets are $15/$10 for students and seniors.
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UPEI’s Deontay (D.J.) Smith was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Rookie of the Year today in an official release by the CIS. Smith will be presented with the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy—CIS Rookie of the Year at the All-Canadians Awards Presentation on March 9 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Smith, a native of North Preston, Nova Scotia is the first UPEI athlete to receive the honour and only the second from the AUS conference. Smith also received a nod to the all-rookie All-Canadian team and was dubbed the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Rookie of the Year for the 2012–13 season during the conference banquet held on February 28 in Halifax.
The UPEI guard finished fifth in league scoring with 17.3 points per game and started all 20 games. He was also named an AUS first team all-star, finished second in the conference for assists (4.4 per game)...
The second event of the UPEI student conference series—“Difficult Dialogues”—takes place on Thursday, March 14, 5:30–7:00 pm in AVC Lecture Theatre A.
The event will feature a screening of the short film “Toilet Training”—a documentary following several transgendered people as they talk about the struggles they had growing up as transgendered—as well as a presentation by guest speaker Greg Howard, Executive Director of the PEI Human Rights Commission, a panel discussion involving four people with a variety of transgender experiences, and a question and answer period, followed by a reception.
The evening aims to build awareness and education about transgender experiences generally, and on PEI specifically, and is organized by UPEI student Jay Jonah and sponsored by Webster Academic Services, UPEI Rainbow...
UPEI percussionist Branden Kelly will present his senior recital “Percussion Works” on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 pm at UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall.
Kelly, a Cornwall native in his fourth year of his bachelor of music education degree, has enjoyed many successful performances over the past few years. He was one of two PEI representatives in the 2012 Canadian National Youth Band. He was a Rose Bowl finalist at the PEI Kiwanis Music Festival in June 2012, and was also selected to perform at the Indian River Music Festival that year.
Most recently in January, he placed first in the UPEI Music Performance Competition. Kelly can also be seen performing as the principal percussionist of the UPEI Wind Symphony and as second chair percussionist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
The recital will feature works from notable...
Nadine Haddad & Morgan Wagner: Sing me a Story - Two Junior Recitals originally scheduled for Sunday, March 3, at 7:30 pm, Dr. Steel Recital Hall is postponed to Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 pm, due to illness.
The UPEI Department of Music Recital Series presents a recital featuring third-year students Nadine Haddad, soprano, and Morgan Wagner, soprano, assisted by Frances McBurnie, piano. The recital program will include works by J. S. Bach, Enrique Granados, Henry Purcell, Richard Strauss, Gioacchino Rossini, Antonio Vivaldi, and Hugo Wolf, as well as traditional and jazz selections.