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June 1, 2018

The interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program at UPEI will host an international conference on Asian Studies from June 14 to 15 in Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building.

The conference, Good and Evil in Korean Philosophy, Religion, and Spirituality: Korean Ideas and their Global Implications, will have five panels on several interesting and engaging themes with sixteen prominent and promising scholars from USA, Canada, Korea, and Japan.

The opening keynote speech, “Evil and Theodicy in the Buddhist Tradition,” by Dr. Robert E. Buswell Jr., Irving and Jean Stone, Endowed Chair in Humanities at UCLA, Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies, and Founding Director of the Center for Buddhist Studies and the Center for Korean Studies, UCLA.

This conference is hosted and funded by the University of Prince Edward Island and the Korean Studies Project, and co-organized by UPEI’s Asian Studies and the North American Korean Philosophy Association affiliated with American Philosophical Association (APA). For more information, please click the attached conference program and poster links.

All are welcome to attend!

May 31, 2018

Registration is now open for the UPEI Department of Music Brass & Woodwind Summer Studios 2018, running June 25-29. This week-long music experience is perfect for motivated young musicians to hone their craft and technique.

It's open to students from Grade 10 to second-year university studying any of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn, and tuba. The tuition fee is $225 (financial assistance is available). For more information or to register, email Nicole Strum at nstrum@upei.ca

Spaces are limited, so register now!

—Power Shutdown—

There will be a power shutdown for Dalton Hall, Robertson Library, K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre, Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Duffy Science Centre, Cass Building, Chaplaincy Centre, Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall, Andrew Hall, Bernardine Hall and Blanchard Hall. The Shutdown is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 beginning at 5:00am and is expected to take approximately 2 hours to complete. Emergency power will not be affected.

This shutdown is necessary to complete work on the electrical power for Dalton Hall as part of the on-going renovations for this building.

Facilities Management apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jackie MacPhail at jmacphail@upei.ca or 902-566-6034.

ITSS would like to inform the UPEI campus community that the network password reset function is no longer available via the Campus Login menu. Instead, you can reset your UPEI network password by clicking on the "forgot password" link on the myUPEI sign-in page. If you have any issues or questions about this change, please contact the ITSS Help Desk at helpdesk@upei.ca.

The University Senate at UPEI recently appointed a University (Chief) Librarian Search Committee, which had its first meeting on May 24.

UPEI Vice President Academic and Research Dr. Robert Gilmour was confirmed as Committee chair at this meeting. Other committee members are: Nino Antadze (nantadze@upei.ca), Matthew Coleman (mcoleman@upei.ca), Greg Doran (gdoran@upei.ca / 566-6013), Robert Gilmour (rgilmour@upei.ca / 902-566-0637), Rosie Le Faive (rlefaive@upei.ca / 566-0533), Simon Lloyd (slloyd@upei.ca / 566-0536), Chris MacLauchlan (cmaclauchlan@upei.ca / 566-0445), Philip Smith (smithp@upei.ca / 566-0549).

The search committee hopes to finalize a job advertisement and detailed position profile for distribution by mid-June: as part of that process, we wish to receive input from as many interested parties as possible on-campus, in the Island library community, and from the Robertson Library team. Any feedback you share will be held in confidence by the Committee, and can be communicated to any one of the committee members individually, or directly to Dr. Gilmour, as Chair (rgilmour@upei.ca / 902-566-0637). It would be appreciated if responses to this initial call for feedback could be received by Friday, June 8.

As another avenue for feedback, the Committee will also be holding an initial "listening session" for interested individuals to speak to us directly: this will be held in Library Computer Lab 312, from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM on Friday, June 8.

As noted, this is a fairly open-ended call, but given the committee’s current focus, it would be most helpful if you could highlight items that you believe should appear in a position posting. As a “prompt”, you will find below some links to some recent Canadian postings for “head librarian”-type positions.

You should be aware that this will not be the last opportunity to contribute feedback to the committee. Any site visits by candidates will likely include an open presentation, for example, and the committee will certainly be interested in hearing from you again after that. You can also feel free to communicate informally at any time with any member of the search committee, or with Dr. Gilmour: while we must respect the measure of confidentiality inherent in any job search, we will certainly do our best to keep the lines of communication open as we move forward with this important process.

For reference, recent Canadian University [Head] Librarian Job Postings:

May 30, 2018

It is with great sadness that UPEI announces that Mr. Harry Baglole, the "godfather" of Island Studies, passed away peacefully late Tuesday night in Charlottetown. Harry was the founding Director of the Institute of Island Studies and the visionary behind much of what has taken place in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1985. He served on the IIS executive committee up until his death. Harry also played a central role in many of PEI’s cultural institutions such as Ragweed Press, The Island Magazine, the Macphail Homestead, the Bonshaw Hall, and the Vinland Society.

The University sends condolences to Harry’s family, friends, and colleagues. Flags have been lowered to half-mast in his memory. Visiting hours to be held at Belvedere Funeral Home on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. A celebration of life filled with stories and music will be held at Spring Park United Church, Charlottetown, on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7 pm with a reception to follow. Read the obituary

On Wednesday, June 6, 100% of proceeds from coffee purchases at Tim Hortons will go towards sending kids from low-income families to a Tim Hortons Camp.

At Tim Hortons UPEI, with every purchase of a Camp Day bracelet or $2 donation to the Tim Hortons' Children's Foundation, you will receive a raffle entry to win a Coleman Sundome 3-Person tent and S'mores Kit, perfect for a summer camping trip.

The winner will be chosen by random draw and announced at 3:00 PM on June 6—be sure to get those entries in!

UPEi wishes to inform the campus community of the passing of Dr. Satadal Dasgupta, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, who passed away on May 27, 2018 in Halifax, NS. Flags on campus will be lowered to half-mast in his honour.

The University extends condolences to his wife Krishna; children Kaberi, Mohua, and Keya; and six grandsons. His life will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1 at 2 pm at JA Snow Funeral Home in Halifax, NS with a second memorial service to take place in Charlottetown in July. Read the UPEI article

Planning is underway for Health & Fitness Week 2018, and the Athletics and Recreation department is seeking interested students, staff and faculty to join the planning committee.

As in past years, a variety of people on the committee are needed in order to reach the many areas of the UPEI community. Committee work will entail approximately 5 meetings between June and October in preparation for Health & Fitness Week which is scheduled for October 22 - 26. The planning committee will be responsible for brainstorming ideas to showcase the theme, "Be Strong, Be Healthy, Be Happy", setting the schedule and making the necessary contacts and bookings.

If you are interested, please email Angela Marchbank, amarchbank@upei.ca. The first meeting will be held Monday, June 4, 10:00 - 11:00 am in HSB 104.

On June 12 you are invited to join colleagues and industry representatives from across the region for a Chemistry Department Open House. This networking event is intended to highlight available equipment and faculty expertise within the chemistry department and promote collaborations and partnerships with industry.

The event will feature a keynote presentation by Ron Keefe, former CEO and president of BioVectra and Diagnostic Chemicals, and active member of Island Capital Partners, which provides capital and mentorship to early stage businesses.

A networking lunch will be provided for registered attendees followed by tours of the departmental laboratories and equipment.

REGISTER

UPEI is launching a Master in Global Affairs (MGA) this fall in partnership with the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). This twelve-month professional program is designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue careers in diplomacy, human rights, or multilateral international institutions.

Students will complete their first semester at UPEI, and then will travel to Madrid, Strasbourg, and Geneva to complete their degree.

Anyone interested in learning more about this exciting program is invited to an information session on Thursday May 31, from 3:00-4:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge of SDU Main Building (building 5).

MGA Coordinator, Dr. Doreley Carolina Coll (dcoll@upei.ca) will provide an overview of the program and answer your questions.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend! 

Due to the large interest in Emergency First Aid Training an additional date have been added for this training opportunity.

Emergency First Aid training will now be held Thursday June 7 and Tuesday June 12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The training cost is covered by UPEI for all faculty and staff. Students who require the training for on-campus employment will also have the training cost covered. Students who do not require this training for on-campus employment are welcome to attend if space allows but they will be charged for the training.

If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please email kharrison@upei.ca by June 1 and indicate which date you would like to attend.

—Power Shutdown—

There will be a power shutdown for Dalton Hall, Robertson Library, K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre, Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Duffy Science Centre, Cass Building, Chaplaincy Centre, Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall, Andrew Hall, Bernardine Hall and Blanchard Hall. The Shutdown is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 beginning at 5:00am and is expected to take approximately 2 hours to complete. Emergency power will not be affected.

This shutdown is necessary to complete work on the electrical power for Dalton Hall as part of the on-going renovations for this building.

Facilities Management apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jackie MacPhail at jmacphail@upei.ca or 902-566-6034.

There will be a UPEI Basic Biosafety training session on Thursday June 7, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm in AVC, room 287N.

Topics to be covered include basic biosafety principles and how they are applied at the University of Prince Edward Island, as well as biosecurity training. This session is open to everyone including graduate students.

Please note: those who attended training in 2015 or earlier are currently due for the Biosafety Refresher Course.

To attend the Basic Biosafety course, you must pre-register by contacting Kathryn Harrison, before June 4, 2018 by email (kharrison@upei.ca) or by phone (902-566-0901).

Please provide your name, department, your supervisor’s name (if applicable), email address and phone number in your email or voice message. Please indicate if you are a graduate student.

If you have any questions about this training session, please contact Kathryn at kharrison@upei.ca.

There will be a UPEI biosafety refresher training session on Thursday June 14, 2018 9:00 am - 11:30 am in AVC, room 287N.

This session is required for those who attended the Basic Biosafety course in May June 2015 or earlier. It is not a substitute for Basic Biosafety. Topics to be covered include a review of basic biosafety principles, a practical approach to spill cleanup, and an update on what’s new at UPEI in the field of biosafety.

To attend the Biosafety Refresher course, you must pre-register by contacting Kathryn Harrison, before June 4, 2018 by email (kharrison@upei.ca) or by phone (902-566-0901).

Please include your name, department, supervisor’s name (if applicable), email address and phone number in your email or voice message.

If you have any questions about this training session, please contact Kathryn at kharrison@upei.ca.

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