Campus Notices

UPEI students can register for 2015–16 courses earlier than ever before

Beginning this year, both new and returning UPEI students are able to register earlier for 2015–16 courses than ever before. Sessions for new, first-year students were offered in March and now registration* for returning UPEI students opens in June as follows:

June 2 – fourth-year students
June 3 – third-year students
June 4 – second-year students
June 5 onward – first year students, and registration remains open to all students

More information about early registration dates for the 2015–16 academic year can be found on the UPEI website at upei.ca/registrationdates.

A $100 tuition deposit is required prior to registration and may be paid via Campus Login, online banking (see “Payment Options” online), or in person at the Registrar’s Office from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am–4:00 pm.

Students’ year of study will be updated under “Registration Status” on their Campus Login before registration begins. New, first-year UPEI students can register for courses with the First-Year Advising office either during group sessions or individually with a first-year advisor. Contact beready@upei.ca or 902-628-4353 to schedule a time.

*Note: Some professional programs follow different registration dates. Please check with individual program for more information.

May 28 2015 - 1:17pm
Vatican Astronomer comes to UPEI

Canadian Catholic Campus Ministers host an annual lecture named for their first Episcopal Liaison, Bishop John Sherlock. The 2015 Sherlock Lecture speaker is Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, Vatican Astronomer. The lecture will be Thursday May 28 at 7:00 pm in the Amphitheatre of UPEI’s Duffy Science Centre. Admission will be by a free-will offering to support Brother Guy’s work at The Vatican Observatory.

Thursday’s lecture "At the Margins of the Universe: The Vatican's Astronomical Observatory" will include why the Vatican supports an observatory and how we do outreach to people on the margins who hunger to know about their place in the universe.

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is the President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A Jesuit brother and astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, his research is in meteorites and asteroids. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He received his BA and MA degrees from MIT, and earned his PhD in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1978. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of six popular astronomy books. In 2014 he received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.

May 26 2015 - 12:59pm
Guthan an Eilein: Island Gaelic Voices

Everyone is invited to a public talk by Summerside’s Dr. Tiber F. M. Falzett on Scottish Gaelic language and culture as passed down through generations on Prince Edward Island. Hosted by the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI, the presentation is Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge.

Through oral traditions, music, songs, poetry, newspaper articles, and census returns, attendees will be taken on a journey in the life of Scottish Gaels on Prince Edward Island from their arrival on these shores to the decline and eventual disappearance of the language from everyday Island life by the close of the last century.

Excerpts of field recordings made by Dr. John Shaw for the Institute of Island Studies in 1987, as well as earlier recordings made by others, will serve as primary vehicles in our explorations. Tiber will play these Gaelic recordings, which can be easily followed with English translations he’ll provide. This small but significant collection of recordings holds tremendous potential for the homegrown linguistic and cultural renewal of these local traditions at the communal level.

Tiber has himself conducted over a decade of fieldwork among Scottish Gaels in Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles. He enjoys a good cèilidh sharing Gaelic songs and tunes on the bagpipes. He recently completed his PhD in Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh and has now returned home to the Island, where he is now a Research Associate of the Institute of Island Studies. He looks forward to making connections with fellow Islanders interested in Scottish Gaelic in our province.

For more information, please contact Laurie Brinklow at (902) 894-2881 or brinklow@upei.ca.

May 26 2015 - 12:59pm
Opportunities for graduate students to present your research this summer!

1) Sixth Annual Graduate Research Recognition Day: A celebration of graduate research at UPEI. When: June 17 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in MacDougall Hall.

This is an open call to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present your research work at the poster session at this event.

Send your name, department/faculty, graduate degree program, poster title, and abstract to Colleen Gallant at cgallant@upei.ca no later than June 1.

2) UPEI Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference. Emerging Scholars: Illuminating graduate research! When: August 6, 7, & 8 in MacDougall Hall.

This is an open call to all graduate students at UPEI and across Canada to present your research.

Please submit your abstract (250 word max) as a word or PDF attachment to gsa@upei.ca

The abstract should be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman. Please include up to five keywords. In the email, please include your name, university affiliation, and level of study, no later than June 10.

May 26 2015 - 12:55pm
Presentations by Dr. Johanna Wolf, Canada Research Chair candidate - May 27 and June 1

Dr. Johanna Wolf, Associate Professor for the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, British Columbia, is a candidate for UPEI's new Canada Research Chair in Sustainability, Resilience, and Island Contexts. Dr. Wolf will make two presentations, both of which will open to the campus and research communities. A general presentation, entitled “Better off or Worse for Wear: Sustainability and Resilience Through Climate Adaptation", will take place on May 27, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in AVC Lecture Theatre A. A technical presentation, entitled “Connect, Collaborate, Co-produce: Shaping Climate Change Adaptation to Foster Island Resilience and Sustainability", will take place on June 1, 10:00 – 11:00 am, in AVC Lecture Theatre A. A reception will follow each presentation in the McCain Foundation Learning Commons at AVC. All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Wolf’s CV is available at the reserve desk, Robertson Library. Comments
on this candidate are welcome and can be forwarded to research@upei.ca.

May 26 2015 - 12:53pm
Alumni events in the next week

UPEI Alumni and Friends Calgary Chapter is hosting a spring social at the National on 8th (Calgary) on June 1 from 4:30 - 7:00

UPEI Alumni and Friends Vancouver Chapter is hosting a spring social at the Vancouver Rowing Club (450 Stanley Park Dr.) on June 2 from 4:30 - 6:30.

UPEI Alumni and Friends Ottawa Chapter is participating in the Atlantic Universities Pub Night on June 4 at Hooley's on Elgin from 5:30 - 9:00.

If you know any alumni or friends of UPEI in these area's please let them know about these upcoming events. For more information please contact Anthony Gill at alumni@upei.ca or 902-566-0761

May 26 2015 - 12:52pm
Reminder: E-Learning Summer Boot Camp is this week!

Have you been considering developing an online course or are you curious about online learning and want to explore what you can do? The E-Learning Office is having a two day E-Learning Boot Camp. May 27th 9:00-12:00 will be focused on planning lessons for storm days. On May 28th from 9:00-12:00 Bonnie Stewart and Charlene VanLeeuwen will talk about their experience teaching online and will also be available to answer questions. Please bring content and/or ideas related to your own courses as the sessions will be
interactive. Both afternoons e-learning instructional designers will be available for individual appointments to help you continue working on what you start in the morning sessions.
Please sign-up for either one or both days using the link below. All sessions will take place in McDougall 328.
http://goo.gl/forms/QWYWbd3vJx

Please send any questions to elearning@upei.ca

May 25 2015 - 12:45pm
UPEI Robertson Library Strategic Planning - Your Feedback is Important

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to provide feedback on the current and future direction of UPEI Robertson Library during a focus group involving UPEI faculty and staff.

The Library is in the process of developing a new five year strategic plan and would like to hear from you about what is working well and what we can do differently in the future. Details of the focus group are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, lunch will be provided

Location: Faculty Lounge Room 201 Main Building

An independent facilitator, Wendy Drake (MRSB Consulting Services) will facilitate your discussion and will ask you the following questions:

What is currently working well and should continue?
What is not working so well and needs to be enhanced, improved, or changed?
Are there services at other academic institutions that you feel should be offered at the UPEI Robertson Library?
What gaps or challenges should be addressed?
What opportunities should be pursued in the next 5 years?
In your opinion, what is the most important priority for UPEI Robertson Library within the next five years?

Please RSVP by May 26th to Pauline MacPherson at pmacpherson@upei.ca.

Your feedback is appreciated!

Thank you in advance from the Robertson Library Team,

Mark Leggott (0460, mleggott@upei.ca)

May 25 2015 - 10:29am
A note from the International Relations Office

The International Relations Office is inviting expressions of interest from people who would like to provide homestay for international studentS - both for short-term summer programs of 2-8 weeks, or for longer periods.
A Homestay is more than renting a room; host families are prepared to welcome students as members of the family and are eager to assist in learning English and sharing Canadian culture.

Please contact Cathy Gillan at 894-2817 or gillan@upei. Information about homestay is available at: http://www.upei.ca/iro/live-homestay-family.

May 25 2015 - 10:28am
Opportunities for graduate students to present your research this summer!

1) Sixth Annual Graduate Research Recognition Day: A celebration of graduate research at UPEI. When: June 17 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in MacDougall Hall.

This is an open call to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present your research work at the poster session at this event.

Send your name, department/faculty, graduate degree program, poster title, and abstract to Colleen Gallant at cgallant@upei.ca no later than June 1.

2) UPEI Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference. Emerging Scholars: Illuminating graduate research! When: August 6, 7, & 8 in MacDougall Hall.

This is an open call to all graduate students at UPEI and across Canada to present your research.

Please submit your abstract (250 word max) as a word or PDF attachment to gsa@upei.ca

The abstract should be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman. Please include up to five keywords. In the email, please include your name, university affiliation, and level of study, no later than June 10.

May 25 2015 - 10:28am
Search for AVC Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

The Search Committee for the AVC Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research is pleased to announce that two candidates have been short-listed for this position - Dr. Michael Cockram and Dr. Larry Hammell.

Their public presentations entitled A Vision for Graduate Studies and Research at AVC are scheduled as follows and all are invited to attend:

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 - DR. MICHAEL COCKRAM

8:30 - 9:30 am
AVC Lecture Theatre "A"

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 - DR. LARRY HAMMELL

8:30 - 9:30 AM
AVC Lecture Theatre "A"

May 25 2015 - 10:27am
UPEI Training in Animal Use and Care - June 16th

The next UPEI on-site training session in animal use and care will be held....
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
AVC - The McCain Foundation Learning Commons Rm 287

This will be a 3 hour training session with handouts, based on CCAC Recommended Syllabus (exam included).

The Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC) requires that all personnel involved with the use of animals in research, teaching, testing and service take this course. (A refresher course is required every 5 years.)

Please notify me by e-mail animalcare@upei.ca by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 if you or any of your staff will be attending this session.

May 25 2015 - 10:27am
A note from the International Relations Office

The International Relations Office is inviting expressions of interest from people who would like to provide homestay for international studentS - both for short-term summer programs of 2-8 weeks, or for longer periods.

A Homestay is more than renting a room; host families are prepared to welcome students as members of the family and are eager to assist in learning English and sharing Canadian culture.

Please contact Cathy Gillan at 894-2817 or gillan@upei. Information about homestay is available at: http://www.upei.ca/iro/live-homestay-family.

May 21 2015 - 11:45am
Opportunities for graduate students to present your research this summer!

1) Sixth Annual Graduate Research Recognition Day: A celebration of graduate research at UPEI. When: June 17 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in MacDougall Hall.

This is an open call to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present your research work at the poster session at this event.
Send your name, department/faculty, graduate degree program, poster title, and abstract to Colleen Gallant at cgallant@upei.ca no later than June 1.

2) UPEI Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference. Emerging Scholars: Illuminating graduate research! When: August 6, 7, & 8 in MacDougall Hall.

This is an open call to all graduate students at UPEI and across Canada to present your research.
Please submit your abstract (250 word max) as a word or PDF attachment to gsa@upei.ca

The abstract should be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman. Please include up to five keywords. In the email, please include your name, university affiliation, and level of study, no later than June 10.

May 21 2015 - 11:44am
Sign-up to attend the E-Learning Boot Camp May 27th and 28th

Have you been considering developing an online course or are you curious about online learning and want to explore what you can do? The E-Learning Office is having a two day E-Learning Boot Camp. May 27th 9:00-12:00 will be focused on planning lessons for storm days. On May 28th from 9:00-12:00 Bonnie Stewart and Charlene VanLeeuwen will talk about their experience teaching online and will also be available to answer questions. Please bring content and/or ideas related to your own courses as the sessions will be
interactive. Both afternoons e-learning instructional designers will be available for individual appointments to help you continue working on what you start in the morning sessions.
Please sign-up for either one or both days using the link below.

http://goo.gl/forms/QWYWbd3vJx

Please send any questions to elearning@upei.ca
Sundi Richard
E-Learning Instructional Designer
Office of Skills Development and Learning
Robertson Library, Room 228
1 (902) 566-0790

May 21 2015 - 11:43am