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May 28, 2010

Human Resources has posted its latest newsletter online. The theme of this issue is Health & Safety. Check out the HR Review at

May 27, 2010

The Association of Atlantic Universities is conducting a study to record the social and cultural impact of universities in the Atlantic region during the calendar year 2009. The AAU is seeking input from EACH UNIVERSITY on the following five areas: programs, events, volunteerism/charitable community services, facilities, and special programs/outreach. The deadline for submissions to the study is May 28. Please go to to submit the pertinent information for your department/unit. The participation of every unit/department will ensure that the study reflects the social & cultural impact of our University on our surrounding communities. For more information, contact Yuqin Gong at or 0361.
An introductory course in Drupal is offered from 10:00 am-12:00 noon Monday, May 31 in the computer lab, second floor Robertson Library. Please contact Shawn Arsenault ( if you have any questions. Register at
Facilities Management has contracted Amber Masonry to repoint and repair the exterior brickwork on the south wall of Bernardine Hall. They are scheduled to start on work on Monday, May 31. While work is under way, please be alert for scaffolding and work crews around the building. Grinding work will be completed in the evenings to minimize the effects of dust. Work is expected to take up to four weeks to complete. While the contractor has been instructed that the work be executed with the least possible interference or disturbance to the campus community, a certain amount or disruption is inevitable. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Facilities Management, 566-0471

May 25, 2010

The 2010-2011 Academic Calendars have arrived. Drop by the Registrar's Office to pick up a copy, or call 566-0439 and place an order for copies to be delivered to your department.
The UPEI radiation safety committee requires training in Radiation Safety before any individual may work with or near radioisotopes on campus. If you are new to a radioisotope lab you must sign up. This training is mandatory and, if you fail to attend, you can be denied access to radioisotope user spaces. If you currently work in a radioisotope space, but have never attended, you must also sign up. Previous training at other institutions does not exempt you from attending. The next training session is scheduled for the following: Thursday, June 3, 1- 4:30 pm, Biomedical Sciences Seminar room (2nd floor of new AVC annex) To reserve a space, please contact Debra MacDonald, RSO, at 0635 or
The 24th Research Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Georgian Room, from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. It will feature presentations by Dr. Ian Dowbiggin, Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts on "Reason to Panic? The History of Anxiety Disorders and Its Implications for the 21st Century" and Dr. Jason Pearson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science on "Unlocking the Crystal Ball Inside Your Computer" Questions from the floor will be welcomed. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 each and may be purchased at the door or by calling Jane McKay at 0307.
Please join us Thursday, May 27, at 10:30 am in Lecture Theatre "B" for Bertrand Tankouo Sandjong's seminar, titled: "Development and validation of a low density vasa gene-based oligonucleotide micro-array for simultaneous identification of Botryllus schlosseri and Botrylloides violaceus species." Contact: Diane MacLean, 0541/
Email delivery to Pegasus will end on June 30, 2010! Due to stability and maintenance issues, Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS) will end email delivery to Pegasus as of June 30, 2010. To ensure continued delivery of email, we encourage all users of Pegasus email on campus to make every effort to migrate to Groupwise as soon as possible. Information Technology Systems and Services staff will be happy to assist you in making the switch to Groupwise, including migration of your Pegasus email to Groupwise. Please contact our ITSS Helpdesk line at 566-0465 or email to make arrangements. If you have moved to Groupwise, but still use Pegasus email for archival purposes, please contact us to ensure continued access to archival mail after June 30. If you no longer use Pegasus in any way, you can ignore this message. ITSS would like to thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
The Institute of Island Studies and the Island Studies program at UPEI invite you to the following presentation: Sovereignty, Secession and Autonomist Movements in the 21st Century: A European Perspective by Dr Eve Hepburn, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Wednesday, May 26, 6:30-8 pm; Faculty Lounge, Main Building, UPEI
The Comptroller's Office would like to remind all faculty and staff who drive university-owned or leased vehicles and are planning to travel out of the country (i.e. to the US), that advance approval for such travel must be obtained from the Vehicle Coordinator in your area, the Comptroller's Office and our insurance company. This approval is a new requirement by our insurance company. Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this insurance matter.
This 1-hour information session will help supervisors gain a greater awareness of their legal responsibilities to provide a safe and healthy work area and contribute to a greater safety culture within their unit. Topics covered include the importance of the internal responsibility system, and providing appropriate levels of information, instruction, training, and supervision. Intended for managers and supervisors, Safety Committee members and anyone with an interest in workplace health and safety. This session is particularly critical for management as well as those who supervise others in higher hazards areas such as labs, barns/hospital, facilities management, field work, etc. Date: Friday, June 4 Time: 1:30-2:30 pm Location: McDougall Hall, Room 246 Facilitator: Lori Wakelin, Education Consultant, Occupational Health & Safety Division, PEI To sign up, please contact Debbie McKie at ext. 0605 or

May 20, 2010

Preston Manning will deliver a public lecture entitled: "Legitimating the Expression of Faith in the Public Square". Mr. Manning will share his experience with the current taboos restricting the expression of faith within the political arena, including the Canadian House of Commons. He will discuss the reasons why practising politicians fear "letting religion out of its private box" and ways and means of legitimating the expression of faith in the public square. He will also stress the importance of faith-oriented political practitioners’ learning to be "wise as serpents and gracious as doves." Date: Monday, June 14 Place: Alex H. MacKinnon auditorium, Room 242, Don and Marion McDougall Hall, UPEI Time: 7:00 pm Contact: Suzie Jay (; 566-0480) This event is free and all are welcome (however, space is limited so we encourage you to come early). Preston Manning is one of Canada's most recognizable political visionaries. He has championed the cause of democratic and political reform and in the process founded two political parties - the Reform Party and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance - that became the official Opposition in Parliament. Since leaving office in 2002, Mr. Manning has released a book ("Think Big"), served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation, a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto, and is currently the President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.
The Search Committee for the Coordinator of Global Issues is pleased to announce the following dates for candidate visits: May 25: You are invited to attend a coffee house with Dr. Ron Srigley from 11 am-12 noon in Memorial 306. There will be a short presentation and an opportunity for questions. RSVP to Lorna Watt ( by Friday, May 21 at noon if you plan to attend. June 2: You are invited to attend a coffee house with Dr. Mark Temelini from 12 noon-1 pm in Memorial 306. There will be a short presentation and an opportunity for questions. RSVP to Lorna Watt ( by Friday, May 28 at noon if you plan to attend. June 7: You are invited to attend a coffee house with Dr. Corey Slumkoski from 12 noon-1 pm in Memorial 306. There will be a short presentation and an opportunity for questions. RSVP to Lorna Watt ( by Wednesday, June 2 at noon if you plan to attend. A copy of each candidate's CV has been placed on reserve in the Robertson Library. Brenda MacLean;; 566-0349
Departmental Administrative Assistants The new Aliant 2010/2011 phone books have been distributed to the campus departments. The departments received the same number of books as last year. If your department requires more phone books you can contact me at Procurement Services. Peggy Court,


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