Campus Notices

The Health Centred Research Clinic at UPEI is offering an 8 session Chronic Disease Self-Management program for any UPEI Staff or Faculty that have been diagnosed with a chronic condition for at least one year or longer. 

The program will consist of weekly group exercise and education sessions at the Health Centred Research Clinic located in the lower level of the Steel Building.  To participate individuals must be currently employed by the University of Prince Edward Island either permanently, or a contract lasting for the duration of the program (early October finishing early December) and have been diagnosed with a chronic condition for at least one year or longer. 

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please reach out to the Program Coordinator, Laurie Michael at lmichael@upei.ca. We look forward to hearing from you! 

The Concussion Awareness Program invites you to participate in our survey to better understand how we can improve the care of concussed children and young adults on PEI. This study is being led by the Concussion Awareness Program (CAP) located here at UPEI.

The goal of the CAP is to increase public awareness related to concussion injury including the steps and protocols that facilitate recovery. The findings from this survey will help us refine our strategic plan.

The survey will take approximately 30 minutes with open-ended, ranking, and classifying questions. If interested, please contact cbeck8805@upei.ca or call 902-628-4300.

Join the UPEI Concussion Awareness Program and the PEI Department of Health and Wellness for PEI’s first annual Concussion Awareness Week happening September 27 to 29, 2021. Activities will include an art contest, a social media campaign, and an opportunity for all to engage with an interdisciplinary panel session.

Great information and resources will be shared on social media leading up to and during the week so be sure to find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @UPEICAP.

Brenda Dowel, yoga teacher E-RYT-1000 and Licensed Holistic Practitioner will lead the four-part series of 90-minute classes with a focused approach. The six week series will feature a different area each week:   Hips & Glutes, Back & Core, Shoulders & Upper Bod and Legs & Lower Body.

Session 1:  Wednesdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am   September 22 - October 27

Session 2:  Wednesdays 2:30 pm  - 4:00 pm November 3 - December 8

The class is FREE and for current UPEI employees only, provided by the Healthy Campus Committee and supported by the UPEI Employee Wellness Strategy. You do not need to have a sports centre membership in order to take this class.

Participants can only register for one session per semester.

UPEI FACULTY/STAFF: Please sign in using your UPEI email address and password at our new portal: recreation.upei.ca. Then click on the Fitness Programs Icon. In the drop-down menu on the left, click on Campus Staff/Faculty Wellness programs. Sign up information is at that site.

All members of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) who are going to be on campus from September to December are required to fill out the Attestation and Exemption Form at go.upei.ca/vaccine, regardless of their vaccination status. If you have already filled out the form, thank you, but if you haven’t, please do so as soon as possible.

In the form, you are asked to declare that you are either:  

  1. fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine, and then you can upload an image or file (up to 20 MB) of your proof of vaccination.
     
  2. partially vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine, and then you will be asked to indicate when you expect to receive your second dose.
     
  3. not vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine, and then you can indicate when you expect to receive your vaccine, or that you require an exemption for medical, religious, or cultural reasons.

Here again is the link to the online Attestation and Exemption form that everyone must fill out: go.upei.ca/vaccine

Read the full reminder message that was issued on September 14.

The Scholarships and Awards Office is accepting applications for the 1st Semester Award Cycle. The campus community is encouraged to review the 1st Semester Award Cycle webpage for more information.

Not only can students now apply to numerous awards with an October 1st, 2021 deadline through our Scholarship and Award Application portal, but there are dozens of awards with a separate application process conveniently listed on the same webpage for your review. Deadlines for the separate application awards vary across October and November. Be sure to click the links, review the criteria, and submit in time for the deadline!

If you have questions about the application processes, award criteria, or deadlines, please contact scholarships@upei.ca or visit us in Dalton Hall, room 202. Best of luck to all who apply!

The Robertson Library is interviewing two candidates for a two-year position as Metadata Librarian. Both candidates will present on the following topic for 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions: “Metadata, old and new, schemas and contexts.”

Our first candidate, Mackenzie Johnson, earned his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently an Assistant Community Librarian at the Okanagan Regional Library and a Digital Asset Specialist for Canadian Tire. 

Our second candidate, Emily Cooke, earned their Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. They are currently a Collection Assessment and Development Librarian at the Atlantic School of Theology.  

Come and find out about the latest upcoming workshops, seminars and educational opportunities being offered across Atlantic Canada!

This session will include an overview of upcoming digital opportunities for the 2021–2022 academic year, and a panel Q&A with the various organizers. The curated opportunities are focused on digital resources, skills training, and pedagogy for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Introducing Our Panel

Dr. Laura Estill, Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX)
Dr. Estill is an Associate Professor of English at St.FX and is the director for the St. FX Digital Humanities Centre. She led the inaugural Digital Humanities Summer Institute-East (DHSI-East) in April 2021, and will be sharing what to expect for DHSI-East 2022, how it fits in the landscape of the DHSI training network, and how you can participate. To find out more visit Digital Humanities Centre or DHSI-East.

Dr. Josh MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)
Dr. MacFadyen is an Associate Professor in the Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture program (ACLC) at UPEI and the director for the UPEI GeoREACH Lab. He will be leading a one-day workshop titled “Digital Humanities, Diaries, and Environment in the Atlantic Region” at the 2022 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Studies Centre, and the UPEI GeoREACH Lab and ACLC program. He will be sharing a little about the conference, the one-day workshop and how you can participate. To find out more, visit 2022 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference.

Margaret Vail, Academic Librarian St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX)

Grace Fishbein, ACENET Research Consultant and Training Coordinator
Based out of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), and Co-Chair of the Compute Canada Federation (CCF) National Training Coordination Team, Grace has been deeply involved in the planning and instruction of Humanities and Social Sciences oriented workshops offered through ACENET, the CCF and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, hosted by the University of Victoria. She will be sharing information about upcoming workshops available regionally through ACENET, and nationally through the CCF, including the Humanities and Social Sciences Winter Series/Sciences Humaines et Sociales Série d’Hiver, hosted by the CCF Humanities and Social Sciences National Team.

Date

September 24, 2021, 12:00–1:00pm Atlantic

Registration

Click the link below to register. Sessions are hosted online with Zoom. You will receive connection details by email the morning of each session.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNNhwN8zg5t832o0GQQA53UB8iJnm_-o7OJ8PsIPQm3pX3tg/viewform

This is a hands-on introductory workshop focuses on fostering best practices for data organization in spreadsheets.

About this event

Participants will learn how to organize their data to prioritize clarity, reproducibility, and interoperability, such that they can seamlessly load their data later into an analysis program. The spreadsheet programs covered will be Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. The examples explored will be from the field of Social Sciences, but the principles are relevant for any discipline that collects data in spreadsheets. No previous experience with spreadsheets or programming is required.

This session will be delivered online.

Participants must register using their institutional / organizational email address (not a personal email, ie. gmail).

Connections details for the session as well as further preparation information will be sent out prior to the session.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/acenet-introduction-to-spreadsheets-tickets-170719846657

This session will help you learn not only how your computer works, but how to use it faster, smarter, and more effectively.

About this event

Most of us have experience using a computer, whether for school, work, or entertainment, but how many of us have actually had an expert teach us how to use it? This talk won't teach you how to troubleshoot everything, but will give you insight to how media, programs and data are encoded and used by computers, so you can make more sense of why computers behave the ways they do, and solve some of your problems with greater efficiency and less frustration. We will provide an approachable overview of how a computer works, by both looking at their history and breaking one down to explain individual components, before highlighting some of the trade-offs to consider when buying a computer. We will provide practical, simple, and actionable advice on digital security and show you a few "pro tips" on how to make the most of your workstation, phone, or whatever device you happen to use. Whether you have a lot or a little experience using your digital technology, if you want to learn how to use your devices more effectively, this workshop is for you!

This session will be delivered online.

Participants must register using their institutional / organizational email address (not a personal email, ie. gmail).

Connections details for the session will be sent out prior to the session.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/acenet-basics-of-computers-tickets-170718863717

This core session is designed to help new users at ACENET and Compute Canada get up and running.

About this event

Linux is the terminal interface used to enable you to use the ACENET and Compute Canada HPC clusters from your desktop. It's the tool you need to get your data on the clusters, run your programs, and get your data back. In this session, learn how to get started with Linux, how to create and navigate directories for your data, load files, manage your storage, run programs on the computing clusters, and set file permissions. This workshop is designed for those with no prior experience in working with a terminal interface.

This session will be delivered online.

To get the most from ACENET basics, please register for a Compute Canada Account. To register contact your supervising professor, ask for their CCRI, then visit https://ccdb.computecanada.ca/account_application. If your professor is not registered with Compute Canada, please have them register, then follow up with you. In addition to a Compute Canada account, you will want a computer with Windows, MacOS X, or a Unix-based operating system (not a ChromeBook), and a stable internet connection. A registered account is not mandatory, just recommended to get the most out of our lessons. You can attend the first session to see how ACENET can assist in accelerating your computational research before you decide to obtain an account, if you wish.

Participants must register using their institutional / organizational email address (not a personal email, ie. gmail).

Connections details for the session as well as further preparation information will be sent out prior to the session.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/acenet-basics-introduction-to-linux-tickets-170714109497

This core session is designed to help new users at ACENET and Compute Canada get up and running.

About this event

What is high performance computing (HPC) and what can it do for me? How can ACENET help? Used by researchers across many disciplines to tackle analyses too large or complex for a desktop, or to achieve improved efficiency over a desktop, this session takes participants through the preliminary stages of learning about high performance computing (HPC) and computing clusters, and how to get started with this type of computing. It then reviews software packages available for applications, data analysis, software development and compiling code. Finally, participants will be introduced to the concept of parallel computing to achieve much faster results in analysis. This session is designed for those with no prior experience in HPC, and are looking for an introduction and overview.

This session will be delivered online.

To get the most from ACENET basics, please register for a Compute Canada Account. To register contact your supervising professor, ask for their CCRI, then visit https://ccdb.computecanada.ca/account_application. If your professor is not registered with Compute Canada, please have them register, then follow up with you. In addition to a Compute Canada account, you will want a computer with Windows, MacOS X, or a Unix-based operating system (not a ChromeBook), and a stable internet connection. A registered account is not mandatory, just recommended to get the most out of our lessons. You can attend the first session to see how ACENET can assist in accelerating your computational research before you decide to obtain an account, if you wish.

Participants must register using their institutional / organizational email address (not a personal email, ie. gmail). 

To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/acenet-basics-introduction-to-hpc-with-acenet-and-compute-canada-tickets-170713698267

Connections details for the session as well as further preparation information will be sent out prior to the session.

The Teaching and Learning Centre invites you to Weekly Coffee Chats, informal get-togethers over coffee (or tea) to chat with peers and colleagues. Meet new friends or connect with old ones across departments and disciplines. These are not technical help-sessions, but we welcome all faculty, librarians and instructional staff (CNIs, lab instructors, etc.) with questions, comments, or concerns in addition to a warm, friendly conversation. No RSVP needed, just drop in anytime.

Date and Time: 

Weekly Wednesdays at 10:30 am beginning on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

How to Attend the Coffee Chats: 

Zoom Link on the Teaching & Learning Centre Events webpage: https://upei.zoom.us/j/61404770972?pwd=TlRZd2ppWURPMUNMS2w4cHJBcUQ4Zz09

Brenda Dowel, yoga teacher E-RYT-1000 and Licensed Holistic Practitioner will lead the four-part series of 90-minute classes with a focused approach. The six week series will feature a different area each week:   Hips & Glutes, Back & Core, Shoulders & Upper Bod and Legs & Lower Body.

Session 1:  Wednesdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am   September 22 - October 27

Session 2:  Wednesdays 2:30 pm  - 4:00 pm November 3 - December 8

The class is FREE and for current UPEI employees only, provided by the Healthy Campus Committee and supported by the UPEI Employee Wellness Strategy. You do not need to have a sports centre membership in order to take this class.

Participants can only register for one session per semester.

UPEI FACULTY/STAFF: Please sign in using your UPEI email address and password at our new portal: recreation.upei.ca. Then click on the Fitness Programs Icon. In the drop-down menu on the left, click on Campus Staff/Faculty Wellness programs. Sign up information is at that site.

All members of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) who are going to be on campus from September to December are required to fill out the Attestation and Exemption Form at go.upei.ca/vaccine, regardless of their vaccination status. If you have already filled out the form, thank you, but if you haven’t, please do so as soon as possible.

In the form, you are asked to declare that you are either:  

  1. fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine, and then you can upload an image or file (up to 20 MB) of your proof of vaccination.
     
  2. partially vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine, and then you will be asked to indicate when you expect to receive your second dose.
     
  3. not vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine, and then you can indicate when you expect to receive your vaccine, or that you require an exemption for medical, religious, or cultural reasons.

Here again is the link to the online Attestation and Exemption form that everyone must fill out: go.upei.ca/vaccine

Read the full reminder message that was issued on September 14.

Applications and nominations are being accepted for the 2021 MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing!

Returning undergraduate students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply for a MacLauchlan Prize for Effective Writing by October 6, 2021. The learning community is encouraged to review the criteria of the four prize categories through the links below, noting that there are numerous awards available, valued at $500 each. Applications should be sent electronically to scholarships@upei.ca.

MacLauchlan Prize for Effective Writing (Community)
MacLauchlan Prize for Effective Writing (Course Work)
MacLauchlan Prize for Effective Writing (Faculty and Staff)
MacLauchlan Prize for Effective Writing (Webster Centre)

In July 2011, the family of Harry and Marjorie MacLauchlan of Stanhope, PEI made another leadership gift to UPEI to create a substantial program of awards to encourage and recognize student writing achievement. The gift is to honour H. Wade MacLauchlan’s twelve years of service as UPEI president and vice-chancellor, and to recognize the importance of effective writing as a foundational skill for academic success and lifelong learning. The MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing is the largest such student-oriented program in Canada.

The deadlines for the following scholarships have been extended. Please follow the link for the application form and note the extension date provided below:

Applicants who have already submitted applications do not need to reapply and will be included in the applicant pool.

Students are encouraged to review the other separate application Fall awards with similar deadlines on our 1st Semester Award Cycle webpage. Separate applications and any required supporting documents should be sent electronically to scholarships@upei.ca.

The George Coles Bursary for the 2021/22 academic year will be awarded to eligible students in the 2022 Winter term. Information about this bursary and a list of the eligibility criteria can be found here . 

An initial list of potential student recipients will be sent to PEI Student Financial services in early November, for review of eligibility. To be included in this initial review, eligible students must ensure that: 

  • their Social Insurance Number is on file at UPEI
  • they are enrolled in full time studies in both the 2021 Fall and 2022 Winter terms (unless graduating in the 2021/22 academic year)
  • if graduating in the 2021/22 academic year, they have applied to graduate prior to generation of this list in early November

Any questions relating to this message, or the George Coles Bursary can be directed to scholarships@upei.ca

The Robertson Library is interviewing two candidates for a two-year position as Metadata Librarian. Both candidates will present on the following topic for 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions: “Metadata, old and new, schemas and contexts.”

Our first candidate, Mackenzie Johnson, earned his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently an Assistant Community Librarian at the Okanagan Regional Library and a Digital Asset Specialist for Canadian Tire. 

Our second candidate, Emily Cooke, earned their Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. They are currently a Collection Assessment and Development Librarian at the Atlantic School of Theology.  

The Teaching and Learning Centre and the E-Learning Office will be launching the new Academic Instructional Skills Program (AISP) on Thursday September. 16 at 2:30 in HSB 104.  Come and join us for a discussion with a diverse panel of accomplished post-secondary educators from UPEI on the topic of “What makes an effective teacher”.  

The AISP is for faculty, graduate students and postdocs who are currently teaching at UPEI or who are interested in teaching at a post-secondary level in the future. The program provides you an opportunity to develop evidence-based teaching expertise and skills that are relevant across disciplines in postsecondary education. Participants build their competencies by engaging in learning opportunities in four domains: Professional Growth, Development and Identity; Learning Spaces and Digital Technologies; Learner-Centredness; and Instructional Practice. The program offers a choice of different modules delivered as self-directed, blended , and/or in-person workshops and activities.  Participants that complete designated required workshops and a capstone project within each domain are awarded a badge and upon completion of the program will receive a Certificate in Academic Instructional Skills from UPEI’s Teaching and Learning Centre.  

Visit the Academic Instructional Skills Program page to learn more about the program’s structure, to view a list of workshop descriptions, and a calendar of workshops you can register for this fall.  To RSVP, email the Teaching and Learning Centre, TLC@upei.ca