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March 15, 2011

Dr. Rabin Bissessur, Department of Chemistry, University of Prince Edward Island will present a seminar on Wednesday, March 16 at 12:30 pm. Dr. Bissessur’s presentation is entitled: “Nanocomposite Materials Based on Layered Structures”. The seminar will be held in Room 128 in the KC Irving Chemistry Centre.
UPEI Faculty and Staff, UPEI has accomplished a great deal in the areas of outreach, E-Learning and improving the educational choices and outcomes of Islanders. The acquisition by UPEI of the building at 618 University Avenue provides us with an opportunity to focus and expand our energies in these areas. This notice represents a call for all interested faculty and staff to attend an information session and Town Hall on this topic. It will take place on Thursday, March 17 from 2:30-3:30 pm in Rm. 287 North, the Learning Commons in the AVC. In order to guide our discussion, a draft document entitled UPEI CONNECT has been prepared and is available for review at http://vpacademic.upei.ca/documents. The purpose of this meeting is to seek input on this draft paper. I look forward to seeing you there next Thursday. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to forward your comments to me by phone (566-0405) or email at vpa@upei.ca. Sincerely, Jim Randall Vice-President Academic

March 14, 2011

There is an important meeting of ACEnet’s (Atlantic Computational Excellence Network) key users to take place April 28 at Saint Mary’s University starting at 11:30 am (lunch provided) and working through to 4:30 pm. This meeting is to discuss ACEnet’s future directions, particularly in light of the development of Compute Canada and the implications for future CFI funding. As the chair of the ACEnet local users group at UPEI, Jason Pearson has been asked to nominate up to three ACEnet Principal Researchers to represent UPEI at this meeting. Preference will be given to those who are significant users of ACEnet, or who have served a role within the ACEnet organization. If you are interested in representing UPEI at this meeting (or would like more information), please contact Jason Pearson at jpearson@upei.ca by Friday, March 18.
The UPEI Diversity Office and Student Union are collaborating to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We are hoping to create a series of events to take place Thursday, March 24. We need help - from groups and individuals who would like to brainstorm ideas and/or help make things happen. If that sounds like you, please come to a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, 10:00 at the Student Union. For more information, please contact Ruth at the Diversity Office (rfreeman@upei.ca) or Kate at the Student Union (kvangerven@upei.ca).
Let's talk about Global Issues! The fall 2010 Global Issues 151 course was designed to combine learning about global issues while also developing writing skills. UPEI is collecting opinions on the course in this online student survey (http://survey.upei.ca/survey/index.php?sid=16632〈=en). There will also be focus groups with students. Keep an eye open for invitations. The feedback will be in a report that will guide decisions about the course in 2011 and beyond. Who: All students who took GI 151 in the fall of 2010 When: Until March 31 Time it takes to complete survey: 10 minutes (http://survey.upei.ca/survey/index.php?sid=16632〈=en) Prize: One iPad will be given away to a lucky student who fills out the survey Where: Follow the link, check Moodle, or your email – it’s waiting for you! What: Global Issues 151 Course Review Contact: Questions on the review can be directed to cer@upei.ca Other: All student opinions are valuable to the review! Please share yours!
UPEI CCSA Catholic Students Week: Catholics on Campus Celebrate being Catholic at UPEI by joining us at any of the following events! Lots of Free Events! That’s right, FREE!! Bring your friends! March 14-20 Morning Prayer every day 8:00 am, Chaplaincy Centre Monday, 14 - 5:00 pm – Presentation on Prayer by Marion Clorey Tuesday, 15 - 4:00 pm – Presentation on Mission Work by Heather Keefe Wednesday, 16 - 5:00 pm – Theology on Tap, Fr Denis Grecco on Ecumenism/Dialogue Thursday, 17 - 12:05 Noon – Mass and Brown Bag Lunch, Chaplaincy Centre Friday, 18 - 7:30 pm – The Magdalene Variations and discussion Saturday, 19 - The Rosary, then bowling (check with Chaplaincy Centre for details) Sunday, 20 - 6:00 pm – Mass with Bishop Grecco
The world is changing and nowhere is this more evident than on the high seas and in our own backyard in the Arctic. Join Rear-Admiral David Gardam, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic (Canada’s East Coast Navy) on Thursday, March 17, at 4:00 pm in McDougall Hall, Room 246, as he outlines the crucial role of the Navy in protecting Canadian interests at home and abroad.
The Proof is in The Prof: Successful Teaching Practices Often Left Untapped by Professors Two, second-year, Bachelor of Education students - Genna Phelan, Diploma in SLM, BA, [BEd, 2011] and Emma Rockett, BA, [BEd, 2011] - will be holding a Brown Bag session in the Webster Centre boardroom on Friday, March 18 from 1-2:30 pm. The session is designed to help professors improve their teaching practices. Issues such as how to reach all types of learners, using inclusive language in the classroom and student ownership to promote learning will be explored. The soon to be certified teachers will offer up tips on, and attempt to relieve concerns about, contemporary teaching methods.
Vagabond Productions is proud to present The Magdalene Variations, a new play created by Drs. Catherine Innes-Parker and Greg Doran. Through the various stories of Mary Magdalene, the play looks at the place of compassion and forgiveness in the modern world. The show runs March 16 to 19 at the Chaplaincy Centre on the UPEI campus. Doors open at 7, and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is by donation. For more information, you can contact Greg Doran at 566-6013 or gdoran@upei.ca.
IT Systems and Services would like to inform the campus community that there is a slight possibility of a 10-minute interruption in Groupwise email service Monday, March 14 between 8:00 and 9:00 pm. Upgrades to storage systems might require a system reboot which would cause a short service interruption of up to 10 minutes.

March 11, 2011

Both these sessions will take place at Andrew Hall 142 from 12:05 pm - 12:50 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Participants must pre-register by contacting me at amarchbank@upei.ca or 566-0606. 1. How to Work Healthful Eating into a Busy Schedule. March, 17 Including - Healthy eating tips, portion size information, WHOA display, meal-planning techniques 2. Tools You Can Use to Eat Healthfully, March 18 Including - Keeping food records, using online nutrient analysis programs, food label reading and Canada's Food Guide
UPEI recently received a grant from the National Institute for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) to establish a Gerontology Interest Group. NICE selected four universities across Canada to participate in this initiative to provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning ground for students interested in the study of aging. The project aims to increase the number of professionals available to work with Canada’s aging population now, and in the future. Anyone with an interest in the study of aging is welcome to drop in for all or part of these NICE events on campus. Each of the on-campus meetings will be held in Schurman Market Square, McDougall Hall on: March 9: 12-1:30 pm March 23: 4:30-6 pm In addition, we will be holding two meetings off-campus in order to generate interest in Gerontology for mature students, off-campus students, and those interested in becoming a student. March 9: 7-8:30 pm, Studio Theatre at the Confederation Centre, Charlottetown March 30: 7- 8:30 pm, Convention Centre at Credit Union Place, Summerside Gerontologists will be present at each meeting to discuss their experiences in the field of aging and to provide information on educational opportunities, careers, and volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be provided at each meeting. All welcome! For more information, please contact Dr. Lori Weeks, the Faculty Advisor for this project at lweeks@upei.ca or 566-0528.
An introductory course in Drupal is offered from 10.00 am - 12.00 noon, Monday, March 14 in the computer lab, second floor Robertson Library. Contact Shawn Arsenault (shwarsenault@upei.ca) if you have any questions. Please register at http://www.upei.ca/webtraining
Vagabond Productions is proud to present The Magdalene Variations, a new play created by Drs.Catherine Innes-Parker and Greg Doran. Through the various stories of Mary Magdalene, the play looks at the place of compassion and forgiveness in the modern world. The show runs March 16 to 19 at the Chaplaincy Centre on the UPEI campus. The doors open at 7:00 pm, and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is by donation. For more information, you can contact Greg Doran at 566-6013 or gdoran@upei.ca.
Presentation Inductive Transfer and Lifelong Learning With Context-sensitive Neural Networks by Dr. Daniel Silver, professor and director of Jodrey School of Computer Science, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia Friday, March 18 2:00–3:00 pm Main Building, room 116

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