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October 22, 2009

"Fanningbank Recital Series" featuring UPEI Music Students Hosted by Lieutenant Governor Barbara Hagerman Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm Free Admission
As the final step in upgrading our Groupwise email service for the campus, Computer Services will be rolling out the Groupwise Client version 8.01 to faculty and staff. This client is slightly different to the previous client but leverages the improvements in functionality and usability offered through the Groupwise server upgrade to the latest version Groupwise 8. In conjunction with this upgrade, Computer Services will also be installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 and turning on "caching mode" in the Groupwise email client. This latest Windows service pack addresses, among other things, incompatibility issues with some of the newer software applications. The option "caching mode" offers better performance for the email client. These updates are currently being tested in the Robertson Library as well as Computer Services and are scheduled to be rolled out to the rest of the campus in the first two weeks of November. During the roll-out period, you may experience slight delays when starting your logon to the Novell network due to software installation. If you experience difficulties other than this, please contact our helpdesk at helpdesk@upei.ca or call 566-0465. Computer Services thanks you for your continued co-operation with our efforts to improve the computing environment on campus.
The Robertson Library is hosting half-day workshops on Open Conference Systems (OCS) and Open Journal Systems (OJS) with Kevin Stranack from Simon Fraser University Library and the Public Knowledge Project. Open Journal Systems http://pkp.sfu.ca/?q=ojs is a journal management and publishing system that assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing. Open Conference Systems http://pkp.sfu.ca/?q=ocs is a free web publishing tool that will create a complete web presence for your scholarly conference. Features include the ability to send a call for papers, electronically accept paper and abstract submissions, post conference proceedings and papers, register participants, and integrate online discussions. Dates: Open Journal Systems (OJS): Monday, October 26, 9 am-noon; Open Conference Systems (OCS): Tuesday, October 27, 9 am-noon Location: Robertson Library, Room 265 (LINC) Registration: A fee of $50 per workshop is requested to help cover costs. To register, please contact Dawn Hooper dhooper@upei.ca 566-0453
The University of Prince Edward Island spent approximately $5 million in 2008-09 on energy (electricity and heat). Here is a link to the new energy guidelines on campus http://www.upei.ca/sustainability/energy-guidelines. 
As part of UPEI's "Students Come First" initiative, we are looking for a wide variety of good-news stories about students who have excelled at UPEI. Are you (or is someone you know) helping a student to achieve their dreams? Or maybe there's a student who is overcoming tremendous difficulties and odds. Perhaps you know of a student who is doing/helping on important research or scholarship. We'll entertain all sorts of ideas that showcase students and our dedication to them. These stories will be on the website, and we will also pitch them to the local media. To nominate a story idea, please send some contact information to Dr. Joe Velaidum, Co-ordinator of Student Retention and Engagement (jvelaidum@upei.ca).

October 21, 2009

1) Hallowe'en Office Decorating Contest - Friday, October 30 Join your friends in your office/department and decorate your office space for Hallowe'en!!! The contest will take place on Friday, October 30 with judging between 10:00 am-noon. Prizes will be awarded for Winning Office Decorations, Winning Group Costumes and Winning Individual Costume. Register yourself and/or your office by contacting Angela Marchbank at 566-0606 or amarchbank@upei.ca so we can plan a visit to your site on that date. 2) Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose & Cholesterol Testing Clinic - Monday, November 2 Learn about the risks associated with increased blood pressure, glucose & cholesterol levels and get your levels tested FREE of charge by UPEI Wellness. The clinic will run on Monday, November 2 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, room #105 (across from the front desk). Participants must book their 10 min. appointment before October 30 by contacting Susan MacPherson at slmacpherson@upei.ca 3) Bone Density Screening - Wednesday, November 25 The Murphy's Health Education Centre measures the density of your bones by taking an ultrasound of your heel, which is thought to correspond with your hip. The screening will be held on Wednesday, November 25 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, room #105 (across from the front desk). The cost for the test is $15 per person and must be paid before the screening date. Participants must book their 15 min. appointment before Oct. 30 by contacting Susan MacPherson at slmacpherson@upei.ca Check out the event posters for all of these activities at www.upei.ca/athletics/fitness/wellness-challenge. Note: the above clinics and contest are for available for current UPEI students/staff/faculty only.    
Student Services challenges all faculties and departments on campus to join in a Pumpkin Carving contest at the North end of the W.A Murphy Centre on the second floor on Thursday, October 29 at 12:00 noon. Bring your department's best carved pumpkin and have it judged by our Student Union President. The pumpkin must be carved by a member of the staff or faculty in your department (NOT a student). If you have any questions contact Maria Campbell at marjcampbell@upei.ca or call 628-4353. We hope to see you there! HAPPY HALLOWE'EN! from the Student Services gang.
Michael Smith enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of Canada’s best known chef, Friday, October 23 at 1 pm and again at 3:30 pm in room 242, McDougall Hall. There will also be time at the end of each address for questions. As well, fans are invited to a book signing on Market Street (outside of 242) at 2:30 pm and again at 5:00 pm. A number of the chef’s cookbooks will be available for purchase.
In addition to the introduction in 2008 of a 100% PC recycled paper requirement, the University aims to reduce paper consumption campus-wide by 20% within 3 years and 30% within 5 years. To find out how you can assist with this green initiative, go to http://www.upei.ca/sustainability/environmentally-friendly-paper-policy.

October 20, 2009

Friday, October 30 Haunted House 7 to 11 pm at the Steel Building, admission is only $4 and all proceeds go to the Music Society, so come and prepare to be SCARED!! Not recommended for children under six.
The UPEI Music Department Recital Series presents the Winner of the Eckhardt Gramatte Competition 2009, Carissa Klopoushak, violin; in collaboration with Philip Chiu, piano at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $15 ($12 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.
The previous campus updates message regarding student versus faculty/staff trivia sign-up applies only to students. Faculty/Staff teams have already been determined and no more spots are available.
Dr. Dusan Palic, Iowa State University will give a seminar entitled "Small fish in a big pond: Alternative Research Models for Innate Immunity" at 10:30 am Thursday, October 22 in AVC, Lecture Theatre "C". Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday October 21 Men's Hockey vs. UdeM 7pm Go Panthers Go!
The GSA is hosting a movie night tonight at 6 pm in AVC Lecture Theater A. We will be showing the critically acclaimed film FLOW (For the Love of Water) -- Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century -- the world water crisis. There will be FREE refreshments and popcorn as well as some eco-friendly prizes!

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