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March 18, 2011

Saturday, March 26 Cornwall Curling Club $80.00 for a four-person team Registration at 4:00 pm Games played from 4:30-8:00 pm To register contact: wsoccer@upei.ca; 566-6054 Everyone welcome
The PEI provincial science fair will be held Tuesday, March 29 at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre. As always, we are seeking judges from the UPEI community. Judging will take place from 8:30 am to noon. Judges will evaluate 8 or 9 projects with a team and will rank the projects. Team leaders from each team will be involved with establishing a final ranking across a division from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. These students have worked hard and appreciate speaking with judges and expressing what they learned during their investigation. Encouraging students who may someday be UPEI science students is one of the major goals of the science fair. Some of the top projects this year will go on to compete at the Canada-wide science fair in Toronto. If you are interested in judging, please contact Barry Linkletter at blinkletter@upei.ca.
Seniors and aging may soon take the spotlight at UPEI. A program in Gerontology, the study of aging, could be added to UPEI’s offerings—if there is enough interest. With an increasing number of people expecting to enter old age in the near future, opportunities to study Gerontology have grownup across the country. In addition to academic interest in Gerontology, are the opportunities that such certification contributes to improving employment and career prospects. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to express your interest in a program in Gerontology at UPEI by completing a five-minute online survey by following this link http://upei.ca/studyaging
Dr. Daniel Silver, Professor and Director of Jodrey School of Computer Science, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia will be giving a presentation entitled, "Inductive Transfer and Lifelong Learning with Context-Sensitive Neural Networks". The talk will be in Main Building, Room 116 at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 18. All are welcome.
Facilities Management has been notified by PEI Energy Systems that an emergency repair is necessary on the heating line that runs between the campus and the Charlottetown Mall. To complete the repair, the system must be shut down and drained. The shut down will affect the supply of heat and hot water to the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, Charlottetown Mall, Charlottetown Rural school, CARI complex and PVI. The tentative schedule begins with draining the system on the evening of Tuesday, March 22 and have the repair completed and system restored by evening, Wednesday, March 23. These times depend on material and weather. PEI Energy will keep us informed of any change in the schedule and we, in turn, will let you know as soon as possible of any changes.

March 17, 2011

In support of the Japanese people who have been so severely affected by the recent earthquake in their country, the campus community has designated Thursday, March 24 as UPEI’s day to show solidarity and provide assistance. The UPEI Diversity Office and the Student Union are leading the initiative, supported by an organizing committee that includes students and staff from across the campus. Funds raised will be contributed to the Salvation Army Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund (salvationarmy.ca/tag/japan-earthquake). This group has been on the ground in Japan since day one of the disaster. The initial priorities have been the distribution of blankets and water. March 24, W.A. Murphy Student Centre For Sale Baked Goods (all day) Sushi (11:00 am - 1:30 pm) UPEI Cares Pins (all day) 50/50 Tickets (all day) Demonstrations Making cranes with messages of hope for Japan (all day) Making sushi (11:00 am-1:30 pm) Other Indoor Soccer Tournament (details tbc) Meditation Centre in Credit Union Day Lounge Info table with updates and photos Event in the evening at the Wave (details tbc) Donation buckets located in: AVC Teaching Hospital, Cafeteria, and Biomedical Sciences; and on the main campus at Robertson Library exit, Book Store, Mickey's Place, the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, and CARI.
UPEI will be hosting a Blood Donor Clinic on 31 March 2011, 11 AM - 3 PM, at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre. With winter illness and the spate of snow storms, donations have been down so your attendance at this clinic would be of great benefit. Appointments are recommended and may be made by calling 1 888 2 DONATE. "Walk-Ins" are welcome. Want to know what your blood type is? Canadian Blood Services staff will be in the concourse at the WA Murphy Student Centre on 24 March from 10 am - 12 Noon, to do a "What's Your Type" session. Appointments for the clinic on the 31 of March may be made at that time.
An Emergency First Aid and CPR Training Session will be held Monday, May 16 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, in the AVC Learning Commons area, Room 286 A North. The training is also open to summer students. If you would like to attend the training session, please contact Debbie McKie (dmckie@upei.ca) or 566-0605.
The Department of English is pleased to announce the upcoming public presentation by Ailsa Kay, McMaster University, a candidate for the ten-month position in long eighteenth century. Her talk is scheduled for Friday, March 18 at 9:00 am in Main 116.
Jessica Livingston-Thomas, Department of Biomedical Sciences will give a seminar entitled "Effects of forced use movement therapy on post-ischemic neuroplasticity" on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 pm in AVC, Lecture Theatre A. Everyone is welcome.

March 16, 2011

Hello fellow students, staff, and faculty, Atlantic Veterinary College, class of 2013 is hosting a night of comedy at the WA Murphy Student Centre! Suture Review 2011 Profs and students alike participate in live comedy and music! Doors open at 7:15 pm, show starts at 8 and ends at 11! $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets are on sale NOW at the AVC cafeteria. Feel free to email me with any questions. Lindsay Hynek AVC, Class of 2013 lhynek@upei.ca
The PEI Home Economics Association invites members and friends to celebrate World Home Economics Day on Monday, March 21, 7:00 pm, in the dining room at Dalton Hall. Kaylynne Parkes and Christina Tucker, Foods and Nutrition students in the Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences, will be discussing their work with Farmers Helping Farmers in Kenya in a presentation called “Building Food Security Among Kenyan Women and Children”. All are welcome. For more information, contact Margaret at 566-4217.
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 an information session and Town Hall on this topic. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 17 from 2:30-3:30 pm in Room 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 tomorrow. 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
Kendra MacLaren, who is part of a focused cohort on Inclusive Education, will present her MEd thesis defense on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 am in Lecture Theatre A in the Atlantic Veterinary College. Thesis Title: Alternative Education within an Inclusive System. To view a poster that includes the abstract please go to: http://education.upei.ca/masters-thesis (http://www.upei.ca/education/masters-thesis-presentations) on the Faculty of Education website http://www.upei.ca/education Contact: Kate Graham at 566-0731 or kegraham@upei.ca

March 15, 2011

Gary Bradshaw, VP Finance & Facilities is pleased to announce that Jonathan Oliver has recently been confirmed as the director of Ancillary Services. Jonathan, who has been in an acting capacity in this position since the departure of Rex Coffin in November 2009, was one of the lead candidates considered by the search committee and recommended to continue in the acting role for a period of evaluation. Based upon his strong performance during this period, it was recommended that the appointment be confirmed. Mr Bradshaw said, "I am quite confident that Jonathan will continue to provide strong leadership and vision for all areas of Ancillary Services which includes Residence Services, Conference Services, Food Services and the Bookstore of UPEI."

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