Media Releases https://www.upei.ca/feeds/news.rss en COVID-19 impacts on tourism: UPEI’s MBA students dig in https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/covid-19-impacts-tourism-upei-s-mba-students-dig <p>On Tuesday, August 18, students in UPEI’s MBA in Global Leadership program will make their final capstone presentations examining the impacts of COVID-19 on the PEI tourism industry. The project is part of a partnership with the <a href="https://www.tiapei.pe.ca/">Tourism Industry Association of PEI</a> (TIAPEI) .The public is invited to stream the presentations live from 1 to 2:30 pm.</p> <p>This research is part of the final course for the MBA in Global Leadership, Class of 2020. Students assume the role of external consultants to develop strategic recommendations for the recovery of the tourism industry on PEI from COVID-19.</p> <p>Stream the presentations live at <a href="http://youtube.com/UofPEI%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">youtube.com/UofPEI</a>.</p> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:44:37 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/covid-19-impacts-tourism-upei-s-mba-students-dig Major Digital Exhibition of Anne Manuscript Announced https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/major-digital-exhibition-anne-manuscript-announced <p><em>The following was originally announced by the <a href="https://confederationcentre.com/news/major-digital-exhibition-of-anne-manuscript-announced/">Confederation Centre of the Arts</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> <p>For the first time ever, L.M. Montgomery’s famed <i>Anne of Green Gables </i>manuscript will be made widely accessible as the central feature of an upcoming online exhibition. Announced today, the ambitious new exhibition, <b><i>Exploring a National Treasure: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables Manuscript</i></b>, will be developed through a partnership between the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG), and the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) and the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI).</p> <p><b>Launching in 2022, </b><i>Exploring a National Treasure</i> is envisioned as a rich digital experience for readers and fans around the world, showcasing the writing of the famous novel in an unprecedented digital manner. The virtual exhibition will be curated by Montgomery scholar, <b>Dr. Emily Woster.</b> <b>Dr. Elizabeth Epperly</b>, founder of the LMMI, will be a consultant on the exhibition. The online project will be developed with an investment by the <b>Virtual Museum of Canada</b>. </p> <p>Key themes in the exhibition include Montgomery’s creativity, writing, and editing processes; the story of Anne and her origins in Cavendish, P.E.I., in the early 20th century; the novel’s international success; and creative adaptations of the Anne story.</p> <p>Viewers will be invited to rediscover this famous literary work and its rich legacy. The exhibition will increase accessibility to the manuscript while the digital version will help preserve the original pen and ink on paper manuscript, acquired for the CCAG’s permanent collection in 1967.</p> <p>“I have certainly observed Montgomery scholars visiting the Island to conduct research on the manuscripts here at the CCAG,” shares Gallery Director <b>Kevin Rice</b>. “I have also witnessed international visitors being mesmerized at seeing the handwritten <i>Anne </i>manuscript on exhibition. This upcoming new virtual exhibition is an opportunity to make this rare artifact widely accessible to readers and scholars.”</p> <p>“It’s a very exciting opportunity to create this exhibition, and we are extremely appreciative of the investment in this project by the Virtual Museum of Canada,” Rice continues, adding that the CCAG is pleased to be collaborating with the Robertson Library and the LMMI on this initiative, which speaks to the organizations’ shared mandate to preserve works of cultural value and foster educational outreach.</p> <p>“The LMMI exists to promote research into, and informed celebration of, Montgomery’s life and works, and so we could not be more excited about partnering in this project,” offers Dr. <b>Philip Smith</b>, chair of the LMMI Management Committee. “Making the handwritten manuscript of Montgomery’s most famous novel—complete with editing marks and strike-throughs—available for scholars and fans across the world will generate new understanding and appreciation of the book and author. Added features, such as a 360-degree animation of the Macneill Homestead’s kitchen in Cavendish, where the novel was written, will enrich our connection with Montgomery’s beloved home, her community, and her times.”</p> <p>“A leader in digitization and a steward of physical and digital collections by and about Montgomery, the Robertson Library at UPEI welcomes the opportunity to partner with the CCAG and the LMMI on this project,” remarks University Librarian <b>Donald Moses</b>. “By digitizing Montgomery’s original manuscript for <i>Anne of Green Gables,</i> we will be able to display, navigate, and visualize the novel and the writer’s creative process in new ways. Through interactive experiences, Canadians and the international Montgomery community will be reintroduced to this literary treasure.”</p> <p>Visitors to the bilingual exhibition, <i>Exploring a National Treasure,</i> will have digital access to all 853 pages of the manuscript, including the interesting material—notes and short snippets of work—that exists on the <i>backs </i>of pages. With the manuscript as the exhibition’s central pillar, visitors, whether new to Montgomery’s works or researchers familiar with the author, will be able to engage with new research, watch animations and videos of places and moments vital to the book, and hear expert commentary and dramatic retellings of <i>Anne</i>’s important place in Canadian history.</p> <p>For information on current exhibitions on display at the CCAG, please visit <a href="https://confederationcentre.com/">Confederation Centre’s website</a>.</p> <p>Note about the funding program<b>:</b> The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is an investment program that helps build digital capacity in Canadian museums and heritage organizations and gives Canadians unique access to diverse stories and experiences. The VMC is managed by <a href="https://www.historymuseum.ca/"><b>the Canadian Museum of History</b></a>, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:13:59 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/major-digital-exhibition-anne-manuscript-announced AVC receives donation for Indigenous programming at vet camp https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/avc-receives-donation-indigenous-programming-vet-camp <p>The Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, has received a donation of $10,000 from Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada to support Indigenous students attending the College’s Dr. Tim Ogilvie AVC Vet Camp.</p> <p>The experiential learning program offers junior and high school students a look at many aspects of veterinary medicine through lectures, labs, and field trips. AVC faculty, staff, and students are involved in teaching and organizing the program. Since it began in 1999, approximately 4,000 students from Canada, the United States, and countries abroad have attended. </p> <p>The funds provided by Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada will be used to augment a project for which AVC has received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) PromoScience program. Through this project, entitled “Youth Engagement in Veterinary Medicine: A Model to Enhance Indigenous Youth Connection to STEM,” AVC seeks to develop interest in veterinary medicine and STEM disciplines in general among Indigenous youth, who have historically been under-represented in these fields.</p> <p>To accomplish this goal, AVC will expand the camp by supporting travel, accommodations, and tuition for up to nine additional Indigenous youth from Atlantic and Northern Canada. This activity will be supplemented with two more broad-based outreach initiatives involving students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. The new initiatives include a one-day workshop at the College to introduce Indigenous high school students to veterinary medicine and outreach sessions at elementary and high schools in the Maritime provinces to promote interest among Indigenous students in STEM-related careers. </p> <p>“Purina is proud to support the AVC and future veterinarians,” says Dr. Priyanka Mensinkai, Veterinary Communication Manager at Purina Canada. “We strongly believe that pets and people are better together, and this program will foster lifelong learning and encourage these students to pursue their passion for pets.”</p> <p>Dr. Greg Keefe, Dean of AVC, expressed his appreciation to Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada for its generous donation.</p> <p>“On behalf of AVC, I thank Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada for supporting our efforts to encourage Indigenous youth to explore opportunities and careers in veterinary medicine and STEM,” he said. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our vet camp programming is on hold. Once public health restrictions allow, we look forward to putting this exciting program into action.” <br />  </p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:13:55 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/avc-receives-donation-indigenous-programming-vet-camp New PEI weather and climate change application launched https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/new-pei-weather-and-climate-change-application-launched <p>Get a group of Islanders together, and in short order, the conversation turns to the weather. Thanks to Dr. Xander Wang, assistant professor at UPEI’s School of Climate Change and Adaptation, those conversations can be informed by real-time weather readings and historical climate data collected across PEI.</p> <p>Wang has developed a web-based <a href="https://weather.peiclimate.ca/">weather and climate application</a> that gives real-time weather readings and historical climate data collected at about 60 weather stations located from North Cape to East Point. By using the weather toggle, weather watchers can find out about current weather conditions, including temperature, humidity, wind speed, and precipitation. By using the climate toggle, they can view the same information collected from 1872 to 2019. </p> <p>“PEI is a small place, but weather can vary widely across the province,” said Wang. “There could be a severe thunderstorm in one area, but the sun is shining just a few kilometres away.”</p> <p>In the past, most of the weather information on P.E.I. came from six Environment Canada weather stations located across the Island. Wang’s application gathers information from those stations as well as many others operated by the provincial government, the UPEI Climate Research Lab, and private individuals. He wants to increase the number of weather stations even further to collect as much real-time readings and historical data as possible.</p> <p>The web-based application is designed to be used on a variety of computers, tablets, and smartphones. Since it was released two months ago, Wang has received emails from farmers and others indicating that they are very interested in using it to monitor immediate and short-term weather conditions. </p> <p>In the long term, Wang hopes that the application will useful in predicting climate change. The weather data collected will be used to validate a computer model with the goal of predicting future climate conditions across the island. A great deal of data is needed, so the collection will take at least five years. </p> <p>“The Island is particularly vulnerable to climate change,” he said, “so it is vital that we develop the knowledge and tools to help us understand the process and mitigate the impact.” <br />  </p> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:28:34 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/08/new-pei-weather-and-climate-change-application-launched Message from the President: Details for Stage Three https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/message-president-details-stage-three-upeis-operational-ease-back-plan <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on July 27, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 website, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play). Read <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI's Operational Ease-Back Plan</a> for full details about the University's plan to gradually return to campus.</em><br /> <br />  <br /> Dear Members of the University Community,</p> <p>During Stage Two, I have enjoyed being able to meet with so many colleagues in person, while observing physical distancing, about various projects and initiatives as we prepare for the beginning of the 2020 Fall Academic Semester. With the arrival of summer, the campus has become alive again and it is exciting to see that we are ready to move to the next stage.</p> <p>When <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward</a> was released in May, we committed to providing details about each stage one week prior to its starting date. I am pleased to report that the first and second stage have gone very well, and that we are able to proceed to <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage3">Stage Three</a> on August 3, 2020.</p> <p>UPEI’s <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage3">Stage Three</a> reflects the final stage in expanding the gradual return to working, teaching, learning, and conducting research on campus. The focus of this stage will be preparing for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester, which begins for most students on September 8, 2020 (students at the Atlantic Veterinary College begin August 31). </p> <p>Major changes for <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage3">Stage Three</a> include: </p> <ul> <li>broadening the scope of who is able to be on campus. For example, all employees will return to work on campus during Stage Three, and we have introduced and outlined measures to ensure they can do so safely. The Vice-President Academic and Research and Vice-President Administration and Finance will approve any required accommodation if needed;</li> <li>strongly recommending the wearing of masks while in campus buildings, in keeping with PEI Chief Public Health Office guidance; </li> <li>unlocking campus buildings from 8 am to 5 pm, with exceptions being made for scheduled classes, laboratories, and other approved activity that take place outside of these hours. Staff, faculty, researchers, and graduate and undergraduate honours students (conducting research) can also continue to enter buildings outside of these hours, using their Salto proximity access; and</li> <li>resuming UPEI-organized events, upon approval.</li> </ul> <p>Since March, both our academic and administrative teams have been constantly re-evaluating our situation, consulting with the PEI Chief Public Health Office on a variety of matters, to ensure we have the proper protocols in place for our unique, multi-faceted setting. I do remind everyone that the University will continue to follow public health guidance, including maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet, and introduce additional measures, over and above that of other organizations when necessary, to ensure the health and safety of those on campus. Remaining in <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage3">Stage Three</a> will entirely depend on how we respond and react to the guidance in UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward. While <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage3">Stage Three</a> represents the end of the stages that we have outlined in the plan, we will continue to provide regular updates as needed, for example, when public health guidance changes. We will also continue to communicate with students as plans develop for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester.<br />  <br /> The Deans and Chairs, as well as our University Librarian and Associate Vice-President of Students and Registrar, under the leadership of our Vice-President Academic and Research, are also taking a responsive, yet proactive approach with regard to program delivery for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester. From an operational point of view, the employees in Health, Safety and Environment; Facilities Management; Finance; and Residence Services, under the leadership of our Vice-President Administration and Finance, have been working diligently to prepare for the increase in employees on campus as of August 3 as well as students in the Fall. <br />  <br /> I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a wonderful working relationship that the University has forged with the new executive of the UPEI Student Union. I have had the opportunity to meet with the President and Vice-Presidents of the Student Union and I was very impressed with their energy, leadership, and dedication to the student body. Together, we are finding as many ways as possible to support our students.<br />  <br /> I would also like to acknowledge our faculty and staff for the outstanding job they are doing during what has been a very difficult and unprecedented time. Not only did they help our students complete the Winter semester, but they have also supported and celebrated the success of our students through an outstanding Summer semester. I know that this coming academic year will be equally as successful because of the commitment and dedication of our exceptional faculty members and academic leaders as well as the tremendous support that we receive from our wonderful staff.<br />  <br /> We have many reasons to be hopeful. We are very fortunate that we have found ways to come together in many ways, virtually and in-person, to support each other. We are very fortunate that teaching and learning has continued at UPEI, as has our commitment to student success. We are also very fortunate that UPEI is in a position to continue returning to many on-campus activities in a gradual, staged way.<br />  <br /> I look forward to welcoming more faculty, staff, and students to the campus for <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage3">Stage Three</a> on August 3. Together, we are successfully planning the way forward.<br />  <br /> Best wishes,<br />  <br /> Alaa<br />  </p> <p>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:08:14 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/message-president-details-stage-three-upeis-operational-ease-back-plan UPEI Pride Celebrations — Wear your rainbow! https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/upei-pride-celebrations-wear-your-rainbow <p>Congratulations to the UPEI Student Union for kicking off the 2020 PEI Pride Festival, July 26–August 2, by hosting several Pride events over the last two weeks. The University will join in the celebration by flying the Pride flag all week at the flag plaza in front of Kelley Memorial Building.</p> <p>On Wednesday, July, 29, join UPEI Student Affairs staff by donning your bright colours, and wearing your rainbow to express your support for our UPEI 2SLGBTQIA+ community. </p> <p><a href="https://pridepei.ca/">PEI Pride Festival Schedule</a></p> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:56:04 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/upei-pride-celebrations-wear-your-rainbow Seeking tourism operators for a survey on the impacts of COVID-19 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/seeking-tourism-operators-survey-impacts-covid-19 <p>Students in UPEI’s MBA in Global Leadership program created a survey to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism industry. The project is part of a partnership with the <a href="https://www.tiapei.pe.ca/">Tourism Industry Association of PEI</a> (TIAPEI) and <a href="https://www.tourismpei.com/">Tourism PEI</a>. Tourism operators are asked to complete the <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BG5QQ9J">online survey</a> before July 31.</p> <p>This research is part of the final course for the MBA in Global Leadership, class of 2020. Students assume the role of external consultants to develop strategic recommendations for the recovery of the tourism industry on PEI from COVID-19. Five teams of students are developing solutions for the industry. They have collaborated to develop this survey to help them understand the issues facing the tourism industry as they cope with COVID-19. </p> <p>“This data will provide our industry clear insights and a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities tourism is currently facing,” said Corryn Clemence, CEO of TIAPEI. “We look forward to gaining creative perspectives and feedback from this class and sharing with our industry while providing a forum for discussion. I want to congratulate the MBA in Global Leadership program for taking the lead on collecting this valuable information for our Island tourism operators.”</p> <p>The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete and can be found at <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BG5QQ9J">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BG5QQ9J</a>.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:54:11 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/seeking-tourism-operators-survey-impacts-covid-19 A network of kindness supports the UPEI Food Bank https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/network-kindness-supports-upei-food-bank <p>A series of kind acts has helped resupply the UPEI Food Bank with some much-needed meat. Megan MacLean, job development coordinator with UPEI’s Co-op Education Program, picks up the story:</p> <p>“Many staff and faculty on campus have been helping to staff the UPEI Food Bank over the summer months. While the food bank is not typically open during the summer, it has been a necessary resource for many students as a result of COVID-19. After a recent trip to help out at the food bank, UPEI career counsellor, Kylah Hennessey and Sister Sue Kidd, university chaplain, discussed the dwindling stock of meat. Kylah made a connection with me as she had recently run into one of our co-op students who was working at Larkin Bros Poultry. That day, the UPEI Faculty Association had made a monetary donation to the Food Bank, and Sister Sue was keen to utilize that donation for food bank supplies. When I reached out to Rosemary Larkin with Larkin Bros., who is also a UPEI alumna, she was happy to help. They were kind enough to offer a large supply of product at a discount and the food bank freezers are now full.”</p> <p>“The pandemic has greatly impacted much of our student population and to be able to provide them with healthy food, while also supporting local business is a win-win for us,” said Sister Sue. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the many hands that made this happen.”</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:26:38 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/network-kindness-supports-upei-food-bank UPEI launches Gold Rush 50-50 fundraiser on the UPEI Panthers app https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/upei-launches-gold-rush-50-50-fundraiser-upei-panthers-app <p>The UPEI Department of Athletics and Recreation has partnered with PEI-based Thinking Big Information Technology Inc. to launch the Gold Rush 50-50 fundraiser on the UPEI Panthers app. The first Gold Rush draw will take place on Saturday, August 1 at 8 pm.</p> <p>Gold Rush is a virtual 50-50 fundraising initiative that will raise funds for UPEI’s varsity and club sport programs as well as enhance recreational offerings that are available to all UPEI students.</p> <p>“Gold Rush represents a great win-win opportunity. Members of the Panther community have an opportunity to win half the proceeds, while supporting UPEI students in achieving their high-performance or recreational sport goals, including winning and hosting championships,” says Chris Huggan, director of UPEI Athletics and Recreation. “We are hopeful that the Gold Rush fundraiser will be key to the continued growth and sustainability of our high-level programming for years to come. I encourage everyone to download the UPEI Panthers app and start playing today.”</p> <p>“When we were approached by UPEI Athletics and Recreation about developing the UPEI Panthers app, we jumped in with both feet right away,” says Joeanne Thomson, CEO for Thinking Big. “Many of our Thinking Big team members are UPEI alumni, so contributing to this initiative was a great chance to give back and support the Panthers by developing a new digital fundraising solution for them.”</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ijZqiGwxTm8" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>The fundraiser is unique in that instead of purchasing the 50-50 tickets in-person, UPEI Panthers app users can easily acquire three virtual numbered tickets for $5 from their device through a secure payment system. People can also play Gold Rush online (<a href="https://upei.goldrush.causable.io/">https://upei.goldrush.causable.io/</a>) from their desktop computers.</p> <p>Players can purchase up to a maximum 12 numbers ($20) for each weekly draw. A number will be drawn every Saturday at 8 pm for a total of 52 draws per year, and if a played number is chosen, the winner will win half of the jackpot with UPEI Athletics and Recreation receiving the balance (after costs). In any given week, if a player does not pay for their previously acquired number and it is chosen, the jackpot is not distributed that week and is carried over to the following week’s draw.</p> <p>In keeping with provincial lottery licensing terms and conditions, Gold Rush players must purchase tickets on Prince Edward Island and be 19 years of age or older. The UPEI Panthers app, which was launched earlier this year and features Panther Sport content and news, is available for download by users of all ages from the App Store for iOS-Apple devices and on Google Play for Android devices.</p> <p>Play Gold Rush today and every week for a chance to win and support your Panthers—Go Panthers Go!</p> <p><b><i>About UPEI Athletics and Recreation</i></b></p> <p>The UPEI Department of Athletics and Recreation provides leadership in the promotion and delivery of competitive sport excellence and quality physical activity programs and services that enhance health, wellness, and a sense of community. UPEI’s varsity sport programs engage high-performing student-athletes who are competing for AUS and U SPORTS championships in men’s and women’s hockey, soccer, and basketball; cross-country running; track and field; and women’s rugby. Club sport programs also engage high-performing athletes who compete against universities from across Atlantic Canada. These programs include women’s volleyball and field hockey; men’s rugby; cheerleading; tennis; fencing; and equestrian. UPEI Athletics and Recreation also offers a wide range of recreational programs such as fitness classes and intramural leagues to UPEI students and the broader community.</p> <p><b><i>About Thinking Big</i></b></p> <p>Thinking Big Information Technology Inc. is a forward-thinking Prince Edward Island-based IT company, which provides digital products, tools, and consulting services that extends and advances their clients’ capabilities and enterprises. Thinking Big has expertise in user experience design (UX), automation of services, artificial intelligence, information architecture, digital asset management, analytics and optimization, and mobile solutions.</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:00:24 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/upei-launches-gold-rush-50-50-fundraiser-upei-panthers-app Two UPEI faculty members win SSHRC publication awards https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/two-upei-faculty-members-win-sshrc-publication-awards <p>Dr. Laurie Brinklow and Lori Mayne, two faculty members at the University of Prince Edward Island, have been awarded SSHRC Exchange Publication Awards. Two $5,000 awards are given out annually to support the publication of manuscripts written or edited by UPEI faculty, including contract and sessional faculty, in the social sciences and humanities. Both of these books will be published by Island Studies Press in 2021.</p> <p>Brinklow teaches in, and is the Interim Co-ordinator of, the Master of Arts in Island Studies program at UPEI. Her manuscript is a collection of poetry titled <i>My island’s the house I sleep in at night</i>. Drawing from interviews with writers, artists, and musicians from Newfoundland and Tasmania, she weaves their words with her own poetic imaginings and explores the theme of “islandness.”</p> <p>Mayne is a sessional instructor in the UPEI English department. Her manuscript, co-authored with Maureen Duffy Cobb, is titled <i>The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL</i>. It shares the story behind one of Prince Edward Island’s most successful companies and brilliant entrepreneurs. In 1970, Dr. Regis Duffy,then dean of science at UPEI, started a small chemical reagent company to create summer employment for his students. From that time, Diagnostic Chemicals, and its offspring BioVectra, grew into global competitors, employed hundreds of Islanders, and provided examples of the potential for entrepreneurship and economic development in Canada’s smallest province.</p> <p>Island Studies Press would like to congratulate the award recipients and thank the University of Prince Edward Island for supporting faculty publications.</p> Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:46:11 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/07/two-upei-faculty-members-win-sshrc-publication-awards Panther Academy welcomes back campers July 6 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/panther-academy-welcomes-back-campers-july-6 <p>UPEI Athletics and Recreation is excited to welcome campers back to campus as Panther Academy re-opens on July 6! Panther Academy offers three exciting themed camps for children ages 4 to 12.</p> <p>Panther Academy Camps will be operating with the safety and security of all campers as our priority. Participants can choose to attend Momma J’s Jelly Bean Gym, Stroke of Genius, or Fun ‘N Fitness.</p> <p>Panther Academy is re-opening in compliance with public health guidance and <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan</a>. For more information, or to register, visit <a href="https://www.upei.ca/ar/panther-academy">upei.ca/ar/panther-academy</a>. For questions about availability, contact <a href="mailto:pantheracademy@upei.ca">pantheracademy@upei.ca</a>.</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:29:54 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/panther-academy-welcomes-back-campers-july-6 Engineers Canada celebrates three female UPEI engineers https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/engineers-canada-celebrates-three-female-upei-engineers <p>Engineers Canada is celebrating three female engineers at UPEI as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). INWED is a day to raise the profile of women in engineering, highlighting their important contributions in their communities.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://engineerscanada.ca/news-and-events/news/inwed-2020-how-women-in-engineering-are-responding-to-the-covid-19-pandemic">press release</a>, Engineers Canada writes:</p> <p><i>This year, the world has been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we chose to shine the spotlight on women in engineering who have marshalled their skills and resources to help Canada overcome the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. Whether that be by creating personal protective equipment for frontline workers, preparing university campuses for the safe return of students, maintaining essential municipal services, or supporting the telecommunications network that brings us together while staying apart, the stories below are just a few of the many ways in which women in engineering #ShapeTheWorld</i>.</p> <p>At UPEI, Engineers Canada highlighted the work of <a href="https://engineerscanada.ca/news-and-events/news/inwed-2020-amy-hsiao-phd-mba-fec-peng">Dr. Amy Hsiao</a>, associate professor in the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, for her work with the Premier’s Council for Recovery and Growth.</p> <p>“The pandemic has brought forth how important it is for us to be open-minded to a new perspective,” said Hsiao. “I don’t think we have a choice now to plan the same way that we’ve done in the past. It’s now, ‘how can we do things better in the future?’ Not to see challenges as limitations or obstacles, but to see them as opportunities. It’s a cliché, but I think it really is true.”</p> <p>Engineers Canada also highlighted the work of <a href="https://engineerscanada.ca/news-and-events/news/inwed-2020-mandy-lise-mckenna-mba-peng-wendy-weeks-peng">Mandy McKenna</a>, UPEI’s manager of capital projects and planning, and <a href="https://engineerscanada.ca/news-and-events/news/inwed-2020-mandy-lise-mckenna-mba-peng-wendy-weeks-peng">Wendy Weeks</a>, business process and technology change manager in UPEI’s ITSS department, for helping prepare for a blend of online and on-campus learning during the pandemic.</p> <p>“From the planning standpoint, the biggest question on campus now is what’s the fall going to look like and how can we support some on-campus presence by students in a safe way,” said McKenna. “We are getting many requests from faculty and staff regarding how many students can occupy a classroom while maintaining the six feet of physical distancing. We’re looking at our spaces, accommodating those new reduced capacities, and considering traffic flow in and out of doors and hallways.”</p> <p>Weeks recently had an opportunity to explain to young female scientists that engineering is really about a different way of thinking.</p> <p>“What I try to tell them is, you may study engineering, you may learn a specific discipline, but really what you learn is how to solve problems,” she said. “How to evaluate a hypothesis, to test, to experiment, to apply risk to it, and how to come to conclusions. Instead of learning how to do one thing, we’re taught how to think and to problem-solve. And that just grows through your whole career.”</p> <p>“Engineers Canada is highlighting a select group of women in engineering who are applying their skills, ingenuity, and knowledge to help Canada overcome the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Nicholas Krouglicof, dean of the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering at UPEI. “It is truly a great honour that UPEI is so well represented in this prestigious group. My congratulations to Amy, Mandy, and Wendy for these well-deserved accolades from your Canadian engineering colleagues.”</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:24:24 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/engineers-canada-celebrates-three-female-upei-engineers AVC receives NSERC funding for outreach program for Indigenous youth https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/avc-receives-nserc-funding-outreach-program-indigenous-youth <p>The Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, has been awarded $29,400 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for a project entitled “Youth Engagement in Veterinary Medicine: A Model to Enhance Indigenous Youth Connection to STEM.”</p> <p>AVC’s project is one of 86 science promotion and outreach programs funded through NSERC’s PromoScience program to engage and inspire young Canadians to develop their skills and curiosity through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NSERC’s PromoScience program supports hands-on learning experiences that inspire the next generation of scientists and research leaders. Competition for the prestigious grant is intense with 221 applications received from across Canada.   </p> <p>The goal of the project is to develop interest in veterinary medicine and STEM disciplines in general among Indigenous youth, who have historically been under-represented in these fields.</p> <p>There are three components to the project. AVC will expand its popular four-week Dr. Tim Ogilvie AVC Vet Camp by supporting travel, accommodations, and tuition for up to nine additional Indigenous youth from Atlantic and Northern Canada. This activity will be supplemented with two more broad-based outreach initiatives involving students in the doctor of veterinary medicine program. The new initiatives include a one-day workshop at the College to introduce Indigenous high school students to veterinary medicine. Participants will discuss career opportunities in veterinary medicine and STEM, learn about admission to AVC, and tour the College.</p> <p>As well, AVC will hold outreach sessions at elementary and high schools throughout the Maritime provinces to promote interest among Indigenous students in careers in STEM disciplines. Students and teachers will learn about opportunities in veterinary medicine and STEM, and the process to enter the veterinary medicine field of study. </p> <p>“We are pleased to have this opportunity to encourage Indigenous youth to explore opportunities and careers in veterinary medicine and STEM,” said Dr. Greg Keefe, dean of AVC. “Unfortunately, this year’s vet camp had to be cancelled because of COVID-19. We will initiate each aspect of the project as soon as public health restrictions allow. Fortunately, NSERC has allowed all PromoScience projects extensions to address the challenges we are all facing.”<br />  </p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:14:10 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/avc-receives-nserc-funding-outreach-program-indigenous-youth Message from the President: National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/message-president-national-indigenous-peoples-day-june-21 <div><em>The following message was distributed to students, staff, and faculty on behalf of the Office of the President.</em></div> <div> <div><br /> Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> In Canada, we mark National Indigenous History Month during the month of June, and National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.<br /> <br /> On this eve of National Indigenous Peoples Day, I have been reflecting on the thirty-five years I have lived in Canada and the many meaningful experiences that I have been honoured to share with members of Indigenous communities here in Epekwitk, and in many other provinces and territories. There have been many poignant moments I have experienced during my time at UPEI, but I want to share three very special ones.<br /> <br /> One memory was created earlier this year when we welcomed Chief Roderick “Junior” Gould of the Abegweit First Nation to a meeting of the University Senate. He inspired us to learn more about the Mi’kmaq and their way of life, and most importantly, challenged us to partner and work alongside Indigenous peoples to create mutually beneficial opportunities for everyone. This was the first of what I hope will be many occasions for our Senate to engage in important dialogue with Indigenous leaders.<br /> <br /> When I look at the Mi’kmaq National Flag flying on our campus, it reminds me of when we gathered at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place on a sunny day in May 2018. Elder Junior Peter Paul began with a smudge and members of the Indigenous community joined him in performing the Mi’kmaq Honour Song. Senator Brian Francis, then Chief of the Abegweit First Nation, and UPEI student Dawne Knockwood helped me to raise the flag, which now flies permanently with the Canada, PEI, and UPEI flags. I will never forget when the Elder gestured skyward to an eagle that appeared, as if on cue, flying directly over the flags. The crowd erupted into applause as the eagle, which is revered in Mi’kmaq culture, flew overhead. This was a truly historic moment for UPEI and, I believe, served as a symbolic reaffirmation of the University’s commitment to advance reconciliation through higher education.<br /> <br /> I also am reminded of the generosity of Indigenous peoples when I remember my visit to Iqaluit in 2013 to attend a special UPEI Convocation ceremony for UPEI Master of Education students, who had participated in a part-time, course-based program using a combination of face-to-face and distance learning. I was welcomed into an Iqaluit home, and saw how our innovative higher learning program had opened many possibilities for Inuit educators to take on leadership and fill a need in their communities.<br /> <br /> The healing walk for justice event that took place yesterday in Charlottetown is another example of the generosity of spirit of Indigenous peoples. With all that is taking place in the world, the Indigenous community came together in solidarity with their allies to honour the victims of racism and call for change. This event provides an important opportunity to continue the dialogue about the injustice that exists around the world.<br /> <br /> As I stated on June 1, it is our responsibility, as members of a diverse and vibrant university community, to speak out against all racism, to dispel fears and stereotypes, and to condemn discriminatory behaviour. We all must continue efforts to seek truth and reconciliation, infuse Indigenous ‘ways of knowing’ into the academy, and reflect upon and celebrate the tremendous contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples on National Indigenous Peoples Day, as well as every day throughout the year. As we declare in our UPEI Strategic Plan 2018–2023, we have started a journey of growth to promote “an understanding of Indigenous history and culture and supporting respectful relationships.” We still have many steps to take on this journey.<br /> <br /> One positive step that UPEI has embarked on is the development of its first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy. This action came from a priority in our Strategic Plan to foster an inclusive campus culture. In the plan, UPEI commits to a number of goals, including promoting a greater understanding of reconciliation, inclusion, equity, and social justice. UPEI appointed an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer in Fall 2019 and, in partnership with the UPEI Student Union, we began campus consultations and conducted an online survey in February 2020 that was distributed to students, staff, and faculty. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted some of our in-person consultation activities, we hope to share the strategy with our campus community later this year.<br /> <br /> In the face of the challenges created by the pandemic, I realize we will not be able to learn and celebrate on National Indigenous Peoples Day as we have done in the past. However, I am confident that we will find creative ways to reflect, celebrate, and to learn and do more.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa<br />  </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island<br />  </div> </div> Sat, 20 Jun 2020 08:39:06 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/message-president-national-indigenous-peoples-day-june-21 AVC faculty member publishes book about aquaculture health management https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/avc-faculty-member-publishes-book-about-aquaculture-health-management <p>Congratulations to Dr. Frederick Kibenge, chair of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at AVC, on the publication of his second book, <em>Aquaculture Health Management: Design and Operation Approaches</em>. The book is co-edited by Dr. Mark Powell, CEO of Marineholmen RASLab AS and adjunct professor of fish pathology with the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Bergen, Norway.<br />  <br /> At its conceptualization, this book was intended to provide a guide to those interested in the management of aquatic animal health in aquaculture. It was to give a guide to veterinarians, fish health biologists, aquaculturists, and researchers alike. The authors intended to reach as broad an audience as possible and provide a volume that will provide insight but also ignite discussion about how we might further improve our practices and tackle the ongoing challenges that lay before us to produce ethically farmed fish and shellfish.<br />  <br /> This book represents the first comprehensive approach to understanding overall aquatic animal health management, examining chapters relating to the challenges of health management in aquaculture including biosecurity, the management of diseases (as opposed to health), the science of vaccinology and immunological principles, as well as examining the effects of the environment.<br />  <br /> Published by Elsevier (Imprint: Academic Press), the book is available online, as well as <a href="https://www.elsevier.com/books/aquaculture-health-management/kibenge/978-0-12-813359-0">Elsevier.com</a> in print and electronic format. It is also available in html and pdf format on ScienceDirect.</p> <p>Dr. Kibenge teaches veterinary virology in the second year of the DVM curriculum at AVC. He has been working with animal viruses for more than 30 years in addition to prior extensive post-doctoral research experience in virology in the United Kingdom and the USA. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (sub-specialty immunology), he has published extensively on the detection and virology of fish viruses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.islandscholar.ca/islandora/object/ir%3A21591">Dr. Powell</a> is an alumnus of UPEI, having obtained his MSc in 1991 at AVC in the then Department of Anatomy and Physiology (now the Department of Biomedical Sciences).<br />  </p> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 10:06:39 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/avc-faculty-member-publishes-book-about-aquaculture-health-management AVC student wins American Veterinary Medical History Society essay contest https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/avc-student-wins-american-veterinary-medical-history-society-essay <p>Anastasiya Missan, AVC Class of 2022, won first prize in the American Veterinary Medical History Society’s 2020 Fred Smithcors Veterinary History Essay Contest for her essay, “The Un-BEE-lievable History of Beekeeping.”</p> <p>Missan is only the second student from AVC to win a prize in the competition since it was established in 1992. In 2000, Andrew Silverstone, AVC Class of 2000, took second place. Winning the contest comes with publication of Missan’s essay in the Veterinary Heritage Journal, a free year-long membership in the American Veterinary Medical History Society, and a scholarship.</p> <p>Missan chose to write about the history of beekeeping because of her passion for the environment and the essential role honeybees play in environmental health. </p> <p>“Apiculture is a significant agriculture sector with a long history and an interesting connection to veterinary medicine,” she said. “The history of beekeeping starts with a cave painting and can be traced through some of the most famous ancient civilizations. Today, honey and wax produced in apiculture continues to have many applications in society, including veterinary medicine. Honey is used in veterinary medicine as an antimicrobial and wound-healing agent, thus helping with patient care.”</p> <p>She noted in her essay that in 2019, Canada had over 8,400 beekeepers, with 672,094 colonies. Canadian honeybee colonies yielded more than 75 million pounds of honey with a total value over $176 million.</p> <p>Like any livestock production system, she said, bees can be afflicted by bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Today, these health issues are generally managed by beekeepers with guidance from provincial and federal employees and some help from veterinarians.</p> <p>Born in the Ukraine and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Missan decided at the age of eight that she wanted to be a veterinarian. </p> <p>“I used to love playing imaginary animal games with my friends, and my best friend’s mom suggested that I should be a vet. So here I am! And as I learned more about vet med, I realized that it was the right choice for me. I love science, figuring out and solving problems, and animals.”</p> <p>She plans to pursue a career in small animal medicine when she graduates from AVC.</p> <p>“On behalf of AVC, I congratulate Anastasiya for winning this prestigious contest,” said Dr. Greg Keefe, dean of AVC. “Her essay is very interesting to read and highlights the role of veterinary medicine in beekeeping. We are so proud of her accomplishment.” </p> <p>The Fred Smithcors Veterinary History Essay Contest was established in honor of J. Fred Smithcors, DVM, PhD (1920–2006) for his many contributions to veterinary history as founder of the American Veterinary Medical History Society, author of several books on veterinary history, educator, editor, and publisher. It provides a unique opportunity for veterinary students to learn about the heritage of their new profession by researching and writing about a veterinary history topic of their choice. Participation is open to all DVM students currently enrolled in veterinary colleges in the United States, Canada, and West Indies.<br />  </p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:31:18 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/avc-student-wins-american-veterinary-medical-history-society-essay Vote for Jenna Mae! https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/vote-jenna-mae <p>After an outstanding season leading the UPEI women’s basketball team to an AUS Championship and a U SPORTS bronze medal, Jenna Mae Ellsworth is up for yet another honour. The AUS Female Athlete of the Year is a nominee for the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Year, and you can help get her there!</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://usports.ca/en/special-events/aoty/vote?fbclid=IwAR27TXxsrhG-ydZlR3ZjxHblqY8q-fYkdMgmorDAG8dN4JFE0gMWW-fNgTc%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">https://usports.ca/en/special-events/aoty/vote</a> and vote for Jenna Mae! The popular vote will contribute to 25 per cent of the selection criteria. Voting closes June 21 at noon. Vote today, and send the link to your friends!</p> <p>From the U SPORTS website:</p> <blockquote> <p>Jenna Mae Ellsworth, a five-foot-10 guard with the U SPORTS bronze medallist UPEI Panthers, was the recipient of the 2019–20 Nann Copp Award as U SPORTS Player of the Year.</p> <p>With the honour, Ellsworth became the final member of the Top 100 Players of the Century, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of U SPORTS women's basketball.</p> <p>In addition to being named U SPORTS MVP, she also earned a place on the U SPORTS First All-Canadian squad for the first time in her career. She is just the third Atlantic conference player to ever be honoured as the national MVP in women's basketball.</p> <p>At the conference level, Ellsworth was honoured as the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Most Valuable Player , the AUS Defensive Player of the Year, and as an AUS first team all-star. She is a three-time AUS second team all-star and also earned Rookie of the Year nods and a place on the AUS all-rookie team in her inaugural season with the Panthers in 2016–17.</p> <p>A fourth-year science student from Charlottetown, P.E.I., Ellsworth led the Panthers with 20.5 points per game in the regular season. She averaged 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game as the Panthers finished in first place in the regular season standings with a 17–3 record.</p> <p>With 1,231 career points scored in four seasons, Ellsworth sits tied for second in UPEI school history with a year of eligibility remaining.</p> <p>At the 2020 Subway AUS Women’s Basketball Championship, Ellsworth was named Subway Player of the Game in UPEI’s semi-final win and then a tournament all-star as the Panthers earned the program’s first conference title since 1998.</p> <p>UPEI entered the U SPORTS championship seeded sixth. Ellsworth earned Player of the Game honours in the national quarterfinals as the Panthers upset the No. 3-seeded Ryerson Rams. She was named UPEI’s Player of the Game in the national semifinals as the Panthers fell to Brock.</p> <p>She then led her team to U SPORTS bronze with a game-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds in the 5–-50 win over Laval and was named a championship all-star.</p> <p>Ellsworth is just UPEI’s fourth-ever nominee for the Lieutenant Governor Athletic Awards, and is hoping to become the first winner, with the last finalist being basketball standout Curtis Robinson in 1996.</p> </blockquote> <p> Go Panthers Go!</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:55:05 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/vote-jenna-mae University extends condolences on the passing of Rev. Gerard Tingley https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/university-extends-condolences-passing-rev-gerard-tingley <p>University of Prince Edward Island President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz issued a statement today on the passing of Saint Dunstan’s University alumnus and UPEI’s first Roman Catholic chaplain, the Reverend Gerard “Gerry” Tingley. Father Tingley passed away at the Provincial Palliative Care Centre in Charlottetown on Saturday, June 13, 2020.<br /> <br /> “On behalf of UPEI students, faculty, staff, and alumni, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends, parishioners, and colleagues of Father Gerry Tingley,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “The UPEI community joins Islanders from tip to tip in expressing our sadness.”<br /> <br /> Fr. Gerry was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, attending elementary schools in Saint John and Campbellton. He entered Saint Dunstan’s University, where he was active in sports playing four years on both the varsity football and basketball teams, and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While earning his Bachelor of Theology degree at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, he served in the Chaplaincy Division of the Canadian Air Force Reserve. On May 9, 1964 he was ordained at Saint Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown and after four years as associate pastor at the Basilica, he studied Liturgy at St. Andrew's College in Bruges, Belgium (1968–69). Upon his return, he was appointed the first Roman Catholic Chaplain at UPEI, a position he held until 1975.<br /> <br /> Fr. Gerry was the Roman Catholic half to a two-person chaplaincy team with Reverend Hugh Townsend, who represented the Protestant denomination. Their styles complemented each other and were reflective of the campus-wide efforts of the newly established UPEI to bring together students, faculty, and staff from both Saint Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College.<br /> <br /> After a long pastoral ministry at several Island churches, Fr. Gerry retired from parish life in 2014, after which he served as Chaplain for the Sisters of Martha in Charlottetown.<br /> <br /> Due to current public health restrictions, a Memorial Mass and interment will be held at a later date. Flags at the University will fly at half-mast until the end of the week. <a href="http://www.hillsborofh.ca/obituaries/147011">Read the obituary</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  </p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 07:30:20 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/university-extends-condolences-passing-rev-gerard-tingley Celebrating the UPEI Co-op Awards! https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/celebrating-upei-co-op-awards <p>Every year, UPEI Co-operative Education recognizes its exceptional students and employers with the UPEI Co-op Awards. This year’s winners are Raoul Ntwali (UPEI Business Co-op Student of the Year), Logan Anderson (UPEI Science Co-op Student of the Year), and SpryPoint (Co-op Employer of the Year).</p> <p>Ntwali (BBA’20) was nominated by his employer for his co-op work term with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Ntwali was, and continues to be, an integral member of the team as one of three bilingual officers within the audit unit. In addition to demonstrating his capability to take on a full workload of files while in a student role, Ntwali also added value by joining the Employment Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee, and using his co-op technical report to contribute to CRA’s diversity culture with insights on full integration of all cultures within the workplace.</p> <p>“With the support and guidance of my team leader and team members, I was provided with an ideal environment to build my knowledge in accounting and taxation, and I was able to learn and adapt quickly to the workload,” said Ntwali. “CRA’s culture fosters a respectful, family-like, and safe workplace environment. The warm welcome that I received at CRA immediately made me feel at home.”</p> <p>Anderson (BSc’22) was nominated by his employer iWave. Within three weeks of joining the iWave team, Anderson was assigned an extremely challenging machine learning and cloud integration project after demonstrating his technical abilities. He successfully delivered the project in alignment with industry best practices, saving the company thousands of dollars and the need to outsource it to a third-party company.</p> <p>“At iWave, I was given exciting, challenging problems that allowed me to grow more in my analytical skills and be more confident in them,” said Anderson. “At the same time, they allowed me to ask questions and were always helpful in finding solutions. All this shaped me into a competent, informed developer.”</p> <p>SpryPoint was nominated by computer science student Saleh Alhakeem (BSc’20) for his Fall 2019 work-term experience as a student developer. SpryPoint provided Alhakeem with an atmosphere in which to develop his technical proficiency in new programming languages and paradigms and  shape his perspective on the importance of security, customer experience, and support. Alhakeem found team members at SpryPoint open to discussions for problem solving and developing solutions, and they welcomed his suggestions on changes to the project by either implementing them or providing constructive feedback. UPEI Co-operative Education staff have appreciated SpryPoint’s contributions to the co-op program; the company has consistently hired students for work terms over the past two years and provided placements offering valuable, challenging work. In November 2019, SpryPoint founder Keir Pollard served as a panelist in support of co-op students seeking a first work term, providing advice on applying to positions, integrating into new workplaces, and strategies for success.</p> <p>UPEI Co-operative Education received the highest number of nominations to date for this round of awards. The high calibre of nominees, nominations, and descriptions of work experiences speaks to the quality of students and employers involved in the program. For more information on UPEI’s Co-operative Education program, please visit: <a href="https://www.upei.ca/co-op">upei.ca/co-op</a>.</p> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:14:33 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/celebrating-upei-co-op-awards Message from the President: Step by Step https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/message-president-step-step <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on June 12, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play). View <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI's Operational Ease-Back Plan</a> for information about the University's plan to gradually return to campus.</em></p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> During my career as a professor, I have often spoken to my students about how research is a step-by-step process. Each step is necessary in order to develop one’s research from idea to discovery. This description is comparable to the progress that the University has been making to ease gradually back to campus. We are moving through each stage, step by step, and we are slowly, but surely, making positive gains.<br /> <br /> Just as there are many steps in the research process, many hands are needed to successfully complete a research plan. This is also true for <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan&source=gmail&ust=1592075526427000&usg=AFQjCNFpd_NBgGqupOINynSSa0_Vf39u8A" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan" target="_blank">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan</a>. I am so grateful to have a great team of administrators around me who have contributed to our success to date. Our Vice-Presidents, CIO, Deans, University Librarian, Associate Vice-Presidents, Directors, and Managers from both academic and administrative areas have continued to put the health, safety, and future success of our students first, as we work our way through the uncharted territory of COVID-19. We are where we are today because of this excellent leadership along with the wonderful faculty and staff at UPEI.<br /> <br /> June 15 will mark the beginning of <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage2&source=gmail&ust=1592075526427000&usg=AFQjCNHycWvQ8pijWWnrIn21l8lKNYl_sQ" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage2" target="_blank">Stage Two</a> of UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan, which reflects the next step in expanding the gradual return to working, teaching, learning, and conducting research on campus. During Stage Two, the general operating hours for campus will be expanded to 8 am–5 pm, the meeting-size limit will increase from five people to 15 people indoors (while observing physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet), and employees who have an individual office space, as well as those who share a workspace where physical distancing can be maintained, will be able to return to work on campus. Supervisors will continue to employ scheduling tactics in order to reduce overall numbers on floors, in buildings, and on campus at any one time. Individuals can continue to work from home if approved by their supervisors.<br /> <br /> It is also exciting that more students will be on campus during Stage Two, both to conduct research and for clinical practice. I spoke to the Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College who mentioned that the first fourth-year student from out of province has arrived on PEI to begin her 14-day self-isolation, in advance of beginning clinical practice on July 6, with others arriving over the next week or so. The Dean explained how his team worked with the Government of PEI to develop a plan to re-integrate students from out of province, in order to allow them to complete their clinical practice requirements. I am pleased to report that we are also working on a University-wide plan to support students who will be arriving from out of province for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester.<br /> <br /> Also, on June 15, our Deans, under the leadership of the Vice-President Academic and Research, will be communicating more details directly to students about the course delivery plan for the upcoming 2020 Fall Academic Semester. I attended a meeting on Monday where the Vice-President Academic and Research outlined the plan that was developed after many meetings between the University Librarian, Associate Vice-President of Students and Registrar, and the Deans and their respective faculty and staff. The Vice-President Academic and Research has also been in a number of discussions with the President of the UPEI Faculty Association to keep her informed. I know very well that, with the hybrid model we will be using in September, our faculty will do everything they can to ensure that UPEI will deliver high quality education that allows our students to reach their full potential. I am confident that the creativity and dedication of our faculty in delivering their courses and supporting their students, either virtually or in person, will be exemplary.<br /> <br /> Although COVID-19 has changed some aspects of how we teach and learn, UPEI remains committed to providing access to rewarding learning experiences online and, when possible, in-person in a safe and responsible manner. UPEI courses will be primarily online for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester with exceptions for in-person, on-campus instruction. These exceptions are for accredited programs in health and clinical-based programming (such as Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Psychology, and Sustainable Design Engineering), as well as for some lab-based courses in Science and performance-based programming in Arts (such as Music and Theatre). We have several robust platforms to ensure students, regardless of their location, are fully engaged and have direct access to their professors.<br /> <br /> I recently met with the Premier of Prince Edward Island, the Honourable Dennis King, who assured me of the Government’s ongoing support. Throughout the pandemic, our Premier has continued to ask for updates on our progress and our needs, and what the Government can do to help UPEI. I am grateful to him and to all the Members of the Legislative Assembly of PEI as well as to our Island Members of Parliament and Senators for their care and concern.  We are fortunate to have a close-knit University community enveloped by a close-knit Island community.<br /> <br /> I also met several times with my fellow presidents of Atlantic Canadian universities that are members of Atlantic University Sport (AUS). It was with mixed feelings that the AUS came to the decision earlier this week to suspend varsity sport competition until January 2021. While disappointing, the decision was the right one in terms of keeping the health and safety of our students as our top priority. While this means that Panther Sport will look very different this Fall for our student-athletes, coaches, supporters, and fans, there will be a reassessment of the situation in October with regard to the Winter sport season. I am confident that our UPEI Athletics and Recreation department will provide our student-athletes with many opportunities to continue training and stay engaged so that they will be ready to resume competition as soon as it is safe to do so.  <br /> <br /> On a positive note, and one that benefits the health and wellness of our broader University community, the UPEI Fitness Centre and Panther Academy Camps will be reopening in the coming days (details will be released soon). I want to thank the Vice-President Administration and Finance and the whole Athletics and Recreation team for their diligent efforts in developing a plan that allows them to provide these services in a safe manner.<br /> <br /> Every time I am on campus, I see more and more people and am reassured that we are planning the way forward, safely, for the upcoming academic year. A guiding principle in the UPEI Strategic Plan 2018–2023 is to provide quality education while supporting our students in and outside the classroom. We are going through a difficult time; however, we will continue to uphold this tenet and focus on our strategic priorities. I will write again to update you on UPEI’s progress at the end of July and prior to the start of Stage Three on August 3. Until then, let’s continue to be positive and take things, step by step.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa</p> <p> </p> <p>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</p> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 16:18:46 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/message-president-step-step UPEI writers, editors, and books shine at the 2020 PEI Book Awards https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/upei-writers-editors-and-books-shine-2020-pei-book-awards <p>The Government of Prince Edward Island announced the results of the 2020 PEI Book Awards this weekend, and three of the winning books have ties to the University of Prince Edward Island.</p> <p>The PEI Book Award for poetry went to <a href="https://www.upei.ca/profile/richard-dennis-lemm">Dr. Richard Lemm</a> for <a href="https://acornpresscanada.com/store/jeopardy"><i>Jeopardy</i></a>. Lemm is a professor in UPEI’s Department of English. In his latest collection, Lemm uses his unique combination of wit and narrative poetic style to take the reader on journeys to an infamous penal colony on the Tasman Peninsula and to an Anne of Green Gables gift shop, examined through the eyes of a resurrected L.M. Montgomery. <i>Jeopardy</i> is published by Acorn Press.</p> <p>The award for non-fiction went to <a href="http://projects.upei.ca/isp/mammals-of-prince-edward-island-and-adjacent-marine-waters/"><i>Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters</i></a><i>,</i><b><i> </i></b>by Rosemary Curley (BSc, ’74), Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust (professor emeritus of anatomic pathology and wildlife pathology, UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College), Donald F. McAlpine, Kimberly Riehl, and J. Dan McAskill (BSc, ’72), published by Island Studies Press. This “reference meets coffee table book” highlights 67 mammal species found on land and in water around PEI. This comprehensive guide features colourful illustrations and maps, and provides detailed description about diet, behaviour, history, and status of the species.</p> <p>2020 saw the first-ever PEI Book Award in the category of children’s literature. The award went to Orysia Dawydiak, a retired medical technologist in the toxicology laboratory of UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College, for her book <a href="https://acornpresscanada.com/store/rikas-shepherd"><i>Rika’s Shepherd</i></a><i>. </i>The book tells the story of a young girl coming to terms with the death of her mother and learning the hard lessons of caring for livestock. <i>Rika’s Shepherd</i> is published by Acorn Press.</p> <p>“It is exciting to see the hard work and dedication of these authors and members of the UPEI community celebrated. Congratulations!” said Dr. Katherine Gottschall-Pass, interim vice-president academic and research at UPEI.</p> <p>The Prince Edward Island Book Awards are sponsored by the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning. The poetry award was sponsored by the Bookmark in Charlottetown.</p> <p>Congratulations to the winners!</p> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:11:12 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/upei-writers-editors-and-books-shine-2020-pei-book-awards Message from the President: Details for Stage Two of UPEI's Operational Ease-Back Plan https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/message-president-details-stage-two-upeis-operational-ease-back-plan <div style="text-align:start; text-indent:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on June 5, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play). View <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI's Operational Ease-Back Plan</a> for information about the University's plan to gradually return to campus.</em></div> <div style="text-align:start; text-indent:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"> <p> </p> </div> <div style="text-align:start; text-indent:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> When we gathered at the Levee on January 1, full of optimism for the New Year, we could never have imagined what would transpire in the span of five months: a global public health crisis in the form of COVID-19; tragic events in nearby Nova Scotia; and, most recently, worldwide civil unrest as a result of racist acts.</div> <div><br /> There are still many reasons to be hopeful. We are very fortunate that, while we continue to be apart physically, we can come together in many other ways to support each other through this difficult time. We are very fortunate that teaching and learning has continued at UPEI, as has our commitment to student success. We are also very fortunate that UPEI is in a position to continue returning to on-campus activity in a gradual, staged way.<br /> <br /> When <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan&source=gmail&ust=1591455536401000&usg=AOvVaw0dlYq2MfUEgptt-xE6csON" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan" target="_blank">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward</a> was released in May, we committed to providing details about each stage one week prior to its starting date. I am pleased to report that Stage One has gone very well, and that we are able to proceed to Stage Two on June 15, 2020.<br /> <br /> As outlined on our website, UPEI’s <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage2&source=gmail&ust=1591455536401000&usg=AOvVaw2VdJDMVDIyT4ZRALXXwbwT" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage2" target="_blank">Stage Two</a> reflects the next step in expanding the gradual return to working, teaching, learning, and conducting research on campus. For example, during Stage Two, the general operating hours for campus will be expanded to 8 am–5 pm.<br /> <br /> Another major change in Stage Two includes increasing the gathering-size limit from five people to 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors, while observing physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet. (Gatherings refer to internal meetings not UPEI-organized events, which remain cancelled until at least July 31, 2020.)<br /> <br /> During Stage Two, we are also broadening the scope of who is able to be on campus. Employees who have an individual office space, as well as those who share a workspace where physical distancing can be maintained, will be able to return to work on campus. Supervisors will continue to employ scheduling tactics in order to reduce overall numbers on floors, in buildings, and on campus at any one time. Individuals can continue to work from home if approved by their supervisors.<br /> <br /> More students will be on campus during Stage Two. The Faculty of Nursing will continue to offer small-group teaching to students prior to their clinical practice. Fourth-year students at the Atlantic Veterinary College will also begin clinical rotations during Stage Two (those who travel from out of province will be required to self-isolate for 14 days).<br /> <br /> I do remind everyone that the University will continue to follow public health guidance, including maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet, and introduce additional measures, over and above that of other organizations when necessary, to ensure the health and safety of those on campus. Advancing to Stage Three of the plan will entirely depend on how we respond to Stage Two measures.<br /> <br /> As I have mentioned many times before, <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan&source=gmail&ust=1591455536401000&usg=AOvVaw0dlYq2MfUEgptt-xE6csON" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan" target="_blank">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward</a> is a dynamic, evolving road map. We will constantly re-evaluate our situation and may need to change our route as we move through the stages and as things become more certain. This is the same approach our Deans are taking with regard to the 2020 Fall Academic Semester. I know and appreciate how diligently they have been working with faculty, staff, and administration, to provide more details to students by June 15 as to how their respective programs will be delivered in September.<br /> <br /> I look forward to welcoming more faculty, staff, and students to the campus for <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage2&source=gmail&ust=1591455536401000&usg=AOvVaw2VdJDMVDIyT4ZRALXXwbwT" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan/stage2" target="_blank">Stage Two</a> on June 15. Together, we are successfully planning the way forward.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</div> <div>550 University Avenue<br /> Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island<br /> C1A 4P3</div> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:42:52 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/message-president-details-stage-two-upeis-operational-ease-back-plan Listening for the Dead Bells shortlisted for the 2020 Atlantic Book Awards https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/listening-dead-bells-shortlisted-2020-atlantic-book-awards <p>PEI writer Marian Bruce has been shortlisted for a 2020 Atlantic Book Award for her book <i>Listening for the Dead Bells</i>. Published by Island Studies Press, this collection of folklore about ghosts, witches, seers, and forerunners is one of three titles shortlisted for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing. The winners will be announced at the end of June.</p> <p>Through extensive research and personal interviews, Bruce has captured a treasury of supernatural beliefs transmitted through the centuries and across the Atlantic Ocean. <i>Listening for the Dead Bells</i> reflects on stories about bad fairies, witch control, bòcans, second sight, divination, healing incantations, attitudes toward death, and other links between Prince Edward Island and the highlands and islands of Scotland.</p> <p>Bruce, a former journalist, is the author of six books. Her book on farm horses, <i>Remembering Old Dan</i>, won the PEI Book of the Year Award for non-fiction in 2012. A descendant of 19th-century immigrants from the Isle of Skye, she grew up in a community influenced by highland customs, beliefs, music, and supernatural tales. After decades of working in cities across Canada, she now lives in High Bank in the farmhouse where she was born and raised.</p> <p>For more information about the book, contact Bren at <a href="mailto:ispstaff@upei.ca">ispstaff@upei.ca</a> or call (902) 566-0386.</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:33:51 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/listening-dead-bells-shortlisted-2020-atlantic-book-awards Curious about bats? Call 1-833-434-BATS (2287) https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/curious-about-bats-call-1-833-434-bats-2287 <p>Monitoring of the bat population in Atlantic Canada has begun for the 2020 summer season. Members of the public can help by calling 1-833-434-BATS (2287) to report sightings of bats in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Callers will receive up-to-date and accurate information about bat-related topics, including general bat biology and ecology, bats and human health, bats in buildings, and bat conservation.</p> <p>Since 2017, this toll-free phone number has offered members of the public in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador direct access to bat expertise. The service has now been expanded to include New Brunswick and Nova Scotia under a new project, Stewardship for Protection and Monitoring of Atlantic Canada's Endangered Bat Species. This project is being delivered by the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) Atlantic Region, at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, and is a collaborative project between the CWHC, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and the provincial governments of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.</p> <p>The hotline received 422 calls last year (April 2019–2020), more than double the previous year’s number. The participation of the public in helping to monitor bat populations is very important. Citizen science provides valuable information that assists wildlife managers and bat health experts to conserve and recover bat populations in the Atlantic provinces. Last year, the following data were collected in the region:<br /> •    385 reports of bat sightings<br /> •    392 bats counted at maternity colonies<br /> •    17 dead bats submitted for necropsy and testing</p> <p>The health of bats in Atlantic Canada is threatened by a devastating disease, bat white-nose syndrome (WNS). The rapid decline of bats from WNS resulted in three local bat species being federally listed as Endangered: the little brown myotis, the northern myotis, and the tri-colored bat. WNS was only confirmed in Newfoundland and Labrador in the spring of 2017, so it is crucial that bat populations in the province be closely monitored for spread of the disease. WNS was first detected in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 2010–2011, and Prince Edward Island in 2012–2013, and quickly spread throughout each province, killing an estimated 95 percent of the bat population. Bats are still dying from WNS in these provinces. To learn more about WNS, please visit <a href="http://www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/wns.php">http://www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/wns.php</a>.</p> <p>Funding for this project is provided by the ECCC Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development, the Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry and Wildlife Branch, the Nova Scotia Wildlife Division, and the Prince Edward Island Fish and Wildlife Section.<br /> <br /> For information, contact:<br /> Tessa McBurney<br /> Atlantic Bat Conservation Project Technician<br /> Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Atlantic Region<br /> Office: (902) 894-2845/1-833-434-BATS (2287) <br /> <a href="mailto:tmcburney@cwhc-rcsf.ca">tmcburney@cwhc-rcsf.ca</a>/<a href="mailto:atlanticbats@cwhc-rcsf.ca">atlanticbats@cwhc-rcsf.ca</a><br />  </p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:42:39 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/curious-about-bats-call-1-833-434-bats-2287 UPEI condemns racism and discrimination https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/upei-condemns-racism-and-discrimination <p>The University of Prince Edward Island community shares the dismay felt around the world at the racism that continues to exist in today’s society, and the resulting violence that is occurring while people gather in peaceful protest to try to combat it.<br /> <br /> Our University celebrates and embraces diversity, one of our most intrinsic values. The campus is enriched by its inclusivity and we are stronger because of our differences.<br /> <br /> “Racism does not have a place in our society in 2020, yet acts of racial hatred continue to happen everywhere. It is our responsibility, as members of a diverse and vibrant university community, to speak out against racism, to dispel fears and stereotypes, and to condemn discriminatory behaviour,” said Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor. “The University joins with others across the province, Canada, and around the world in denouncing all forms of racism and discrimination.”<br /> <br /> Acts of racism and discrimination have such a far-reaching impact, and in particular, recent events have shaken the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in our community. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to talk with each other. Students needing further support may contact the International Student Office at <a href="mailto:inte@upei.ca" target="_blank">inte@upei.ca</a>, or UPEI Student Affairs for <a href="mailto:studentserv@upei.ca" target="_blank">studentserv@upei.ca</a>. UPEI faculty and staff may access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765.<br /> <br /> UPEI is committed to working with members of our campus community and beyond to put an end to racism, discrimination, and division, and to continue to place our focus on celebrating our diversity.</p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:30:16 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/upei-condemns-racism-and-discrimination UPEI researchers seek participants for free lifestyle intervention program https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/upei-researchers-seek-participants-free-lifestyle-intervention-program <p>Researchers from UPEI’s Health and Wellness Centre and the Department of Applied Human Sciences are looking for 120 to 140 people on Prince Edward Island to participate in a free lifestyle intervention program called CHANGE.</p> <p>The CHANGE program—Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise—was announced by UPEI in mid-March but had to be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Principal investigator Marilyn Barrett, director of the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre, now hopes to begin the program in late June.</p> <p>“To date, 27 participants have signed up for the program,” said principal investigator Marilyn Barrett, director of the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre. “We plan to begin intake visits this week. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants and staff will use physical distancing where possible. In situations where it is not possible to maintain physical distancing, they will wear personal protective equipment.”</p> <p>The 12-month program is being offered in communities across Prince Edward Island. To be eligible, participants must have or be at risk of metabolic syndrome. Individuals with metabolic syndrome have three or more of these five conditions: high blood pressure, insulin resistance (diabetes or pre-diabetes), abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, and low HDL-cholesterol. Participants will have their glucose and lipids level checked a total of five times over the year, as well as measurements of fitness, waist circumference, blood pressure, and heart rate.</p> <p>Participants can be referred by their physician or nurse practitioner, or they can sign up directly by contacting a member of the study team at 902-620-5156. During the study, they will work with kinesiologist Angelie Carter and registered dietitian Jenneca Pomeroy who will provide them with personalized exercise and nutrition plans. <br />  <br /> Barrett stressed that the study is not a weight loss program.</p> <p>“This is a lifestyle intervention study,” she said. “According to recent studies, 19 per cent of Canadians have metabolic syndrome, and one in five Islanders has high blood pressure, which is one of the indicators of the syndrome. Through the CHANGE program, we will provide participants with the tools they need to better manage health conditions they may have and improve their overall health.”</p> <p>The CHANGE program was created by Metabolic Syndrome Canada, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011 to improve the long-term health of Canadians through effective direct and exercise lifestyle intervention. The program at UPEI is funded by donors to the UPEI Community Outreach Fund.</p> <p>For more information, contact Marilyn Barrett at 902-566-0355 or <a href="mailto:mbarrett@upei.ca">mbarrett@upei.ca</a>.<br />  </p> Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:57:53 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/06/upei-researchers-seek-participants-free-lifestyle-intervention-program Message from the President: Forging ahead to Fall 2020 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-forging-ahead-fall-2020 <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on May 29, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play). View <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI's Operational Ease-Back Plan</a></em> for information about the University's plan to gradually return to campus.</p> <p> </p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> This past Monday marked the beginning of Stage One in <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan&source=gmail&ust=1590851559954000&usg=AFQjCNEqikNGMKjtgdzJNU9LfGIzCPVOEg" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan" target="_blank">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward</a>. It was also the first time I have been to my office in ten weeks, and so far, so good! It is wonderful to be back and to see colleagues at a social distance, versus only by screen, but admittedly, it is very different. I had the opportunity to take a walk on campus this morning and while signs of summer were evident, I missed seeing the usual groups of students, community members, and conference participants walking and congregating along our pathways and in the quadrangle.<br /> <br /> With a week of Stage One almost under our belt, there are many on campus who are busily preparing for our next milestone, the beginning of Stage Two, on June 15, 2020. This date coincides with when the Deans and the University Librarian, along with their faculty and staff, will distribute specific information about program delivery during the 2020 Fall Academic Semester. I thank everyone for keeping our students’ personal and academic success at the forefront of their planning.<br /> <br /> Many other areas have been adapting and expanding services during this COVID-19 era, including the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre, which, after a period of testing, is now able to offer virtual health-care appointments. The Centre and the Doctor of Psychology program partnered to invest in Zoom for Healthcare, a secure and compliant video conferencing platform.<br /> <br /> It has been amazing to see two research projects from the Faculty of Arts highlighted in the news in the span of one week. Dr. Josh MacFayden’s “The Back 50 Project,” and Dr. Kate Scarth’s scholarly work, which gathers “origin stories” from L.M. Montgomery fans, were both featured on CBC radio. Dr. Scarth will also participate in CBC’s regional radio show, Maritime Noon, next week.<br /> <br /> Our new cohort for the Bachelor of Education program began on May 11, and the Dean of Education reports that the faculty has risen to the challenge of delivering courses online, and the students are highly engaged and excited at the prospect of becoming excellent educators. I wish them all the best in their remote teaching and learning.<br /> <br /> I am so proud of how Islanders have found creative ways to support their friends, family, and neighbours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of our collective efforts to follow public health measures, PEI is one of the safest places to be in Canada. If this success continues, UPEI will be an attractive destination for our students’ educational journeys, and our scale will enable us to offer high quality in-person and/or virtual face-to-face experiences, along with world-class education and research opportunities come September.<br /> <br /> Again, I thank all of you for your contributions toward building a stronger UPEI community during these unprecedented times.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa</p> <p> </p> <p>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island<br /> 550 University Avenue<br /> Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island<br /> C1A 4P3</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 12:20:04 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-forging-ahead-fall-2020 UPEI BSc in Paramedicine graduate heading to medical school https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-s-first-bsc-paramedicine-graduate-heading-medical-school <p>In the<i> </i> spring of 2018, <a href="https://www.upei.ca/communications/spotlight/2018/06/paramedicine-degree-presents-world-opportunity-program%E2%80%99s-first">Mike Hannah became one of UPEI's first ever graduates with a BSc in Paramedicine</a>. The Kensington, PEI native had worked for more than a decade as a paramedic and advanced-care paramedic in PEI, Alberta, and New Zealand. This spring, he was accepted to Dalhousie University Medical School.</p> <p>UPEI Marketing and Communications discussed the role UPEI played in helping him get there.</p> <p><b>UPEI: Can you describe the path you’ve taken to medical school?</b></p> <p>MH: I attended the Primary Care Paramedic program at Holland College after finishing high school in 2007. After working for a year, I returned to Holland College to upgrade my skills in the Advanced Care Paramedic program. In 2015, I began researching undergraduate programs with the goal of perusing a career in medicine. At the time, Dr. Trevor Jain had just launched <a href="https://www.upei.ca/programs/paramedicine">Canada’s only bachelor’s degree in paramedicine at UPEI</a>. Two years later, I was UPEI’s first BSc in Paramedicine graduate.</p> <p>Over the last 12 years, I’ve worked primarily as an advanced-care paramedic for ground ambulance services in Prince Edward Island. During that time, I also worked as an industrial paramedic in parts of northern Alberta, a paramedic for ground ambulance services in areas throughout New Zealand, a casual paramedic lab facilitator with Holland College, and part-time as a disaster/event coordinator for ground ambulance services in PEI. I currently live in Charlottetown with my wife and our two dogs, and work as a casual paramedic and full-time policy analyst/planner for emergency health services with the provincial government. </p> <p><b>UPEI: What role did UPEI play?</b></p> <p>MH: I feel that UPEI set me on the road to success from the very beginning of my undergraduate experience. <a href="https://www.upei.ca/community/family-and-friends/support-services%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">The University’s academic advising team</a> helped schedule specific electives around my core courses to prepare me for the MCAT; faculty shared invaluable feedback and support during the drafting process for my application essays; and I felt confident and prepared for my interviews thanks to the simulated interviews hosted by the career counselling team and pre-medical society. The BSc in Paramedicine program played a critical role in my path to becoming a physician by recognizing my years of paramedic training and allowing me to set off on an accelerated journey to medical school.</p> <p><b>UPEI: How do you feel your education and career arc has prepared you for medicine?</b></p> <p>MH: I feel that my education and career have prepared me to become a physician in many ways. With over a decade of experience as a paramedic, I’ve provided care for thousands of patients. The type of care a paramedic provides is never quite the same. I once had a cup of tea with an elderly woman who called 911 after having a nightmare. Hours later, I performed CPR and defibrillated someone on the side of a road. Paramedics routinely find themselves in unexplainable situations and learn to adapt quickly to changing environments and circumstances to provide the best care possible for their patients. Paramedics are trained to recognize signs of different illnesses and injuries, perform advanced medical procedures, and administer potentially life-saving medications. Paramedics learn to work as part of a team, listen actively, deescalate hostile situations, show compassion and empathy, and function as advocates for their patients. They are critical thinkers and have an innate duty to serve their communities. I believe that every patient encounter has shaped me into the person I am today and has, in some way, prepared me for a career in medicine. I feel that my education at UPEI and my career as a paramedic has allowed me to become an effective communicator, collaborator, leader, and teacher. I’m confident that the skills I’ve gained during my time at UPEI and my career as a paramedic will be an asset to my future experience as a medical student and physician.</p> <p><b>UPEI: What do you tell others who are considering the BSc in Paramedicine?</b></p> <p>MH: I believe UPEI is one of the few universities in North America that recognizes paramedics for the knowledge, skills, and experience they have at a professional level. Because of UPEI, paramedics have an opportunity to continue to develop their knowledge and skills as health care professionals and advance the profession forward into uncharted territory. The BSc in Paramedicine program is an opportunity to be part of an academic revolution in pre-hospital medicine. This program was created by industry experts for paramedics who are ready to become future leaders, decision-makers, and trailblazers. To anyone considering the program, know that you will be supported by paramedicine faculty and will have access to the tools you need to take you to wherever your professional path leads. If you choose to enroll in the program, enjoy the learning experience and be proud of the contribution you’ll be making both to your profession and to the health and wellness of the communities that paramedics serve.</p> Fri, 29 May 2020 09:52:17 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-s-first-bsc-paramedicine-graduate-heading-medical-school Share your stories of rural PEI through The Back 50 Project https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/share-your-stories-rural-pei-through-back-50-projec <p>Researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island are seeking volunteers to participate in an interactive mapping project about rural land use change on PEI over the past 50 years. The Back 50 project will track how members of the agricultural and other rural communities value the land and how they have seen it change over the past half century.</p> <p>Participants will be presented with maps from 1968 and the present, and asked to compare land use over time. They will be asked to describe why they believe land use changed and whether they observed any effects of these changes.</p> <p>The exercise may take anywhere between one hour and four hours, depending on how many places the participant would like to map, and how many detailed stories they would like to share.</p> <p>For more information, or to participate, visit <a href="http://upei.ca/back50">upei.ca/back50</a>. Contact Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities and the project’s primary investigator, to discuss questions or concerns. He can be reached at <a href="mailto:jdmacfadyen@upei.ca">jdmacfadyen@upei.ca</a> or 902-620-5142.</p> Mon, 25 May 2020 08:31:05 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/share-your-stories-rural-pei-through-back-50-projec Message from the President: Stage One begins Monday https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-stage-one-begins-monday <div> <div data-smartmail="gmail_signature" dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on May 22, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play). View <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI's Operational Ease-Back Plan</a></em> for information about the University's plan to gradually return to campus.</div> </div> </div> <div> <div dir="ltr"> <div> </div> <div> </div> Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> As we approach the weekend, I am also excited for Monday, May 25 as it is the beginning of Stage One in <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan&source=gmail&ust=1590237226242000&usg=AFQjCNHDt7otMxneNQyTOn9uxEwzPIWhGg" href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan" target="_blank">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward</a>.  <br /> <br /> While this is merely a first step in a gradual return to full campus operations, Stage One does bring management, and key individuals they have identified, back to their office environments to better prepare and scale up for future stages. Faculty, researchers, and graduate students will also be able to conduct research on-campus and in the field. We appreciate those who have remained on campus to provide essential services as well as prepare for the arrival of Stage One.<br /> <br /> Advancing to Stage Two and Stage Three of the plan will depend on the success of Stage One. We are moving cautiously and implementing our own unique protocols as our University’s setting is very diverse and complex, and the environment that we find ourselves in during this global pandemic is an ever-changing one. Throughout all of the stages in the Ease-Back Plan and during the planning for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester, we will continue to follow public health guidance, including limiting gathering size, employing physical distancing, and having individuals continue to work and conduct research from home whenever possible. Our return to full campus operations is a slow process. However, not only are we planning the way forward, but we are also now moving forward.<br /> <br /> Another sign of progress that you may have seen over the last few days is the beginning of site preparation for the construction of the new residence building. This is another significant milestone as we need additional residence, academic, and multi-purpose space to serve our students.<br /> <br /> I am looking forward to going to my office on Monday, after two months of working remotely. I recognize how difficult the transition to working from home has been, and realize that some of us will have to get re-accustomed to being on campus. I am so very proud of our entire University community of students, staff, and faculty and how everyone has been strong, resilient, and flexible in dealing with this extraordinary situation. I hope to see some of you on Monday, from a physical distance, and am confident that, together, we can successfully advance through Stage One.<br /> <br /> Again, I thank all of you for your contributions toward building a stronger UPEI community during these unprecedented times.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 May 2020 09:42:04 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-stage-one-begins-monday Calling all L.M. Montgomery fans: Share your origin stories! https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/calling-all-lm-montgomery-fans-share-your-origin-stories <p>A scholarly project is seeking personal “origin stories” from fans of iconic Island writer L.M. Montgomery. Co-led by Dr. Kate Scarth, UPEI’s Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies and Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture, and tenured professor turned writer <a href="https://trinnafrever.com/">Dr. Trinna S. Frever</a>, the project aims to gather fans’ stories about their Montgomery experiences, including how they first encountered the author’s work, as well as information about themselves and their reading and/or viewing.</p> <p>“People of all ages and from many places and walks of life have their stories about how they first discovered and then later explored Montgomery's world, whether that world includes her books, their adaptations, or related places of pilgrimage,” said Scarth. “With this project, we're collecting these Montgomery stories to celebrate how much this PEI writer has meant to so many. We believe that these stories will also more broadly show the power of art and creativity to inspire people, shape lives, and provide solace in times of stress and struggle like those that we're now facing.”</p> <p>In June 2018, scholars gathered at the L.M. Montgomery Institute’s 13th Biennial Conference, <a href="http://www.lmmontgomery.ca/lm-montgomery-and-reading%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">L.M. Montgomery and Reading,</a> hosted by UPEI, to discuss the works and world of L.M. Montgomery. Frever presented her conference essay, “<a href="https://journaloflmmontgomerystudies.ca/jlmms/2/1/video-seeing-female-readers-reading-female-readers-making-meta-readers-montgomery%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">Seeing Female Readers, Reading Female Readers, Making Meta-Readers: Montgomery as Depictor and Creator of Scholars</a>,” by video.</p> <p>“Scholars often speculate about what readers and viewers are feeling, but how often do they actually ask readers and viewers to share those feelings?” said Frever. “That’s what we’re doing here with L.M. Montgomery. From books to tv shows to animated cartoons, whatever different point of access people have into L.M. Montgomery’s world, we want to hear about it. We want to hear those stories! We hope to learn and share how storytelling—specifically L.M. Montgomery’s storytelling—enhances all our lives.”  </p> <p>Frever’s idea about L.M. Montgomery origin stories struck a chord with conference attendees. Scholar <a href="https://www.benedictine.edu/faculty-staff/sellers-julie%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">Dr. Julie Sellers</a> suggested that a website be created to collect these stories. Scarth and Frever took the initiative to do just that. Now, in cooperation with UPEI’s <a href="https://www.lmmontgomery.ca%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">L.M. Montgomery Institute</a>, they are teaming up to gather fans’ Montgomery origin stories, as well as some information about these fans and their reading/viewing practices, for an anticipated book about Montgomery’s contribution to fans’ lives and to the world.</p> <p>Please consider sharing your personal experiences with L.M. Montgomery’s world as part of this project. To learn more, or to share your story, visit <a href="https://yourlmmstory.com/">yourlmmstory.com</a>.</p> Tue, 19 May 2020 09:46:08 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/calling-all-lm-montgomery-fans-share-your-origin-stories Message from the President: A blended framework for the 2020 Fall Semester https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-blended-framework-2020-fall-semester <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on May 15, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play). View <a href="https://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI's Operational Ease-Back Plan</a></em></p> <div> <p> </p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> On Prince Edward Island, there is a sense of progress as the government and many organizations, including the University of Prince Edward Island, have unveiled operational ease-back plans in recent days. However, just as our province’s economy is dependent on opening up the Island beyond our shores, UPEI relies on attracting and retaining students from PEI, across Canada, and around the world. We are very much still in the midst of a global pandemic and we all continue to face much uncertainty about what the future holds. This adds to the complexity when trying to ascertain our plans for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester, yet we all want to know what the Fall will look like.<br /> <br /> What I am certain of is the University’s commitment to the health and safety of our community. Social/physical distancing will remain part of our reality for the foreseeable future, and likely, for the long term. Guidance and directives relating to COVID-19 have been changing daily, and how we deliver our programs this fall will ultimately be determined by the public health guidance in place at that time. We are currently mobilizing to be ready, regardless of the scenario.<br /> <br /> Although modifications will be necessary, please be assured that the UPEI experience will continue this September. Our students will receive the quality post-secondary educational experience they have come to expect, and our student-centric faculty and staff will support our students in their studies as they strive to reach their full potential. Classes for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester will begin as planned on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, with the exception of some classes at the Atlantic Veterinary College that begin in August.<br /> <br /> As I wrote two weeks ago, we have been looking at various models that involve in-person and online teaching and learning, and a hybrid of the two. Today, the University Senate met, and had a lengthy and thoughtful conversation about the 2020 Fall Academic Semester.  <br /> <br /> Based on the Senate’s direction, UPEI will adopt a blended delivery framework for the 2020 Fall Academic Semester that includes online instruction for some programs, and in-person, on-campus instruction for other programs. All students will have the opportunity for on-campus and/or online student experiences:</p> <ul> <li>Every student will have access to instructors and librarians through online and in-person contact hours.</li> <li>Every student will have a Faculty Advisor who they can meet with online and/or in-person.</li> <li>Every student will have a senior student Campus Ambassador within their Faculty.</li> <li>Every student will have online and/or in-person access to the Robertson Library (and resources) and academic help centres (Writing, Engineering, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and Chemistry). </li> <li>Every student will have online and/or in-person access to services at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre and UPEI Student Affairs (Accessibility Services, Counselling, International Student Office, Career Services, and Work-Integrated Learning).</li> </ul> All program scenarios in the blended framework, even those that are primarily delivered online, will feature enhanced one-on-one interactions with faculty and staff, either on-campus or online. All programs in the faculties of Nursing, Sustainable Design Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine will be predominantly delivered in person and on campus, while other faculties will have a blend of program delivery depending on the year of study and program requirements. Graduate studies will continue to be delivered either online or on campus, based on the nature of the program and if it is course or thesis based.<br /> <br /> The framework that the Senate approved is just that, an overview with overarching principles. There is still much work to be done in order to answer everyone’s questions. The next step will be for the Deans to continue to consult with their respective chairs, faculty, and staff as to how each individual program will be delivered according to the framework. I encourage them to continue discussions on how to best use online and digital technologies as alternatives to large classes, and to support international and domestic students who may be delayed in returning to PEI.<br /> <br /> The Deans will continue to work with their faculty and staff to complete the plans which will be released by each Dean to their respective students by June 15, 2020. The interim Vice-President Academic and Research will share these plans with the President of the UPEI Faculty Association, as they are being developed, so that we will have a well-coordinated approach.<br /> <br /> I am confident and already know that UPEI’s faculty and staff have the capabilities, perseverance, and creativity to find solutions together, and to remain focused on our mission of delivering high quality student-focused programs and experiences for all students. We are committed to incorporating strong online learning design and delivery to ensure student engagement and success, and so that our progress is not disrupted by possible waves of COVID-19 in Fall 2020.<br /> <br /> While the majority of today’s discussion was about the Fall, the Senate also considered the 2021 Winter Semester and decided to meet in October to determine if any changes to the delivery method are required at that time.<br /> <br /> Again, I thank all of you for your contributions toward building a stronger UPEI community, including those who are planning the way forward to our 2020 Fall Academic Semester.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa<br />  </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</div> Fri, 15 May 2020 19:30:54 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-blended-framework-2020-fall-semester UPEI women’s hockey adds Mount Academy’s all-time points leader Sophie Bujold https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-women-s-hockey-adds-mount-academy-s-all-time-points-leader-sophie <p>Bruce Donaldson, head coach of UPEI’s women’s hockey team, has recruited Sophie Bujold, of Riverview, New Brunswick, to play for the Panthers.</p> <p>Bujold’s hockey resumé is easy to get excited about, as she is a proven scoring threat. In the last two seasons with the Mount Academy Saints, the 18-year-old compiled 102 points in 95 games. It is no wonder Donaldson decided to pursue the skilled forward.</p> <p>“Sophie is very creative with her game. She sees the ice very well and has the ability to finish off plays,” Donaldson said. “Fans will enjoy watching her. She has a mature style of play that will add nicely to our overall skill level.”  </p> <p>Last season, the Panthers built a successful 20-win program with depth and versatility. They accomplished a lot with seven players earning at least 15 points each. Donaldson believes the rookie will fit in perfectly. She has a competitive edge at both ends of the ice.</p> <p>“Having a player like Sophie gives us more depth throughout our lineup and allows us to make changes depending on who we’re playing against.”</p> <p>During her time with the Mount Academy, Bujold felt a connection with PEI. She calls it her second home.</p> <p>“I have made many good friends on the Island already, and I know I’ll feel at home right away,” she said. “With UPEI’s coaching, teammates, support staff, and facilities, I will have a great opportunity to develop and grow as a player.”</p> <p>Joining the Panthers was also appealing because it will allow Bujold to step out of her sister’s shadow (who played for St. Francis Xavier University) and try to accomplish something special with her own team.</p> <p>“I look up to my sister Sarah who had a strong career in the AUS, but I hope to make my own impact as a strong team player for UPEI,” she said. “I’m focussed on improving my game and giving my best effort each night.”</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Fri, 15 May 2020 09:26:23 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-women-s-hockey-adds-mount-academy-s-all-time-points-leader-sophie UPEI men’s soccer recruits Kasper Lasia https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-men-s-soccer-recruits-kasper-lasia <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>UPEI men’s soccer coach Lewis Page may have found his midfielder of the future in Ottawa native Kasper Lasia.</p> <p>Lasia joins a team that suddenly became young at a pivotal position now that Ignacio Sanchez and Lucas Ross have graduated, but Page is confident in the young footballer.</p> <p>“Kasper is a real box-to-box midfielder,” he said. “He’s good in the air, he can defend, and he’s an excellent passer of the ball.”</p> <p>With Lasia’s strong passing skills and ability to orchestrate the offence, he will be counted on to get the ball to veteran forwards Mohammad Jaber and Cohen Reddick-Stevens so that they can inflict some damage.</p> <p>“I‘m a tidy player who can keep the ball well in position,” said the former Ottawa TFC midfielder. “I find myself in good positions and read the game well, both offensively and defensively.”</p> <p>The 18-year-old’s greatest strength may be his versatility. He can play anywhere in the midfield and is comfortable around the pitch.</p> <p>“I heard the game is played more physically in the AUS, so that’s something I’m expecting,” Lasia said. “My goals heading to the season are to play my role as a part of the team and do everything I can to help make another playoff appearance.”</p> <p>When he visited the school earlier in the year, Lasia said he was impressed by what UPEI had to offer, namely the upbeat, communal feel.</p> <p>“At UPEI, I’m not just joining a school; I’m joining a community. After spending a full weekend there, I was astonished with how positive the environment was, and I was impressed with the facilities, too,” he said. “I also had a strong connection with Coach Page and value having someone as experienced as him believe in me.” </p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Thu, 14 May 2020 09:59:57 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-men-s-soccer-recruits-kasper-lasia Let’s celebrate the UPEI Class of 2020, May 15! https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/let-s-celebrate-upei-class-2020-may-15 <p>The Class of 2020 from the University of Prince Edward Island is one for the history books. The 2019–2020 academic year began with celebrating UPEI’s 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary and ended in the midst of a global pandemic which kept students, faculty, and staff physically apart.  Graduating students persevered. They put in the work; they gave their time, they demonstrated their intelligence and creativity, and they succeeded!</p> <p>Because of the pandemic, UPEI’s Convocation ceremonies cannot take place as planned; however. UPEI will celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates in other ways on Friday, May 15.</p> <p>On Friday, UPEI will post the list of graduates and senior class award winners at UPEI.ca. Graduates will be emailed a special congratulatory video message from their respective deans. UPEI will also courier graduates their degree or diploma parchments and alumni pins. Faculty and staff at UPEI are so proud of the achievements of the Class of 2020. The entire University community looks forward to welcoming them into UPEI’s 26,000-strong alumni family.</p> Tue, 12 May 2020 13:59:30 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/let-s-celebrate-upei-class-2020-may-15 Message from the President: UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-upei-s-operational-ease-back-plan <div><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on May 8, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></div> <div style="text-align:start; text-indent:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><br /> <br /> Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> This afternoon, the University Senate met with one item on the agenda: to approve the list of students eligible to graduate in May 2020. While we are disappointed that we are unable to celebrate with our graduates in person, we are excited to recognize the Class of 2020 in other ways. Next week on Friday, May 15, we will post the graduate list as well as our senior class award winners on upei.ca, and graduates will be emailed a special congratulatory video message from their respective deans. We will also mail graduates their degree and diploma parchments and alumni pins. We are so proud of their achievements and look forward to welcoming them into UPEI’s 26,000-strong alumni family.<br /> <br /> Another cause for excitement is today’s release of details about Stage One of <a href="http://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward</a>. I am so proud of how the University community is weathering this storm of COVID-19, and I am optimistic that our gradual ease-back plan will allow us to safely return to campus. I thank all of those who have graciously agreed to take on the challenge of coordinating the development of the plan over its three stages.<br /> <br /> As outlined at <a href="http://upei.ca/easebackplan">upei.ca/easebackplan</a>, Stage One begins on May 25 and is the first step in a slow ramp-up of activity at the University. While we continue to follow the guidance of PEI’s Chief Public Health Office, due to our unique environment and various settings, UPEI must take its own measures to ensure the safety of our community. This means that we are moving more slowly than what might be indicated in the Government’s plan, and we are also implementing protocols over and above what is required for other types of organizations. I ask that everyone bear in mind that advancing to Stage Two and Stage Three of the plan will entirely depend on how we respond to Stage One measures. We can all play a part in our ease-back plan’s success. <br /> <br /> There are so many essential services personnel who are already contributing to this effort, and who have been helping to prepare the campus for Stage One. I thank our cleaning, maintenance, and planning staff at Facilities Management as well as Security Services for continuing to keep our campus safe. Our Health, Safety, and Environment department has been instrumental in our preparations, analyzing our supply of personal protective equipment and reviewing our processes and protocols. IT Systems and Services is busily anticipating the technology needs of management, faculty, researchers, and graduate students.<br /> <br /> I would be remiss if I did not mention the other essential personnel who have continued to work on campus to deliver vital services to our community and maintain UPEI’s business continuity: UPEI Health and Wellness Centre; Residence Services; Shipping and Receiving; AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Diagnostic Services, Animal Resources, and Central Services; Sister Sue and Lauren at the Chaplaincy Centre; and the UPEI Bookstore. There are many others who transitioned to delivering essential services remotely, supporting students, faculty, and staff by using technology. I think of our Counselling and Accessibility Services offices at Student Affairs, the Robertson Library, Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, Marketing, Communications, and Development and Alumni Engagement.<br /> <br /> Last week, I compared <a href="http://www.upei.ca/easebackplan">UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward</a> to a dynamic, evolving road map. We are inching closer to our destination; however, this is a long journey and not an overnight trip. We will constantly re-evaluate our situation and may need to change our route as we move through the stages and things become more certain. I look forward to welcoming members of the management team, faculty, researchers, and graduate students to the campus for Stage One on May 25, and am confident that together we will successfully plan the way forward to stages two and three.<br /> <br /> Best wishes, <br /> <br /> Alaa</div> <div>  <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</div> </div> Fri, 08 May 2020 18:50:25 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-upei-s-operational-ease-back-plan UPEI’s Jenna Mae Ellsworth named AUS Female Athlete of the Year https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-s-jenna-mae-ellsworth-named-aus-female-athlete-year <p><i>The following was originally released by </i><a href="https://www.atlanticuniversitysport.com/genrel/2020_AOTY_winners"><i>Atlantic University Sport (AUS)</i></a><i>.</i></p> <p><i>Charlottetown, PEI (May 6, 2020</i>)—UPEI Panthers women's basketball player Jenna Mae Ellsworth has been named the AUS Female Athlete of the Year.</p> <p>Ellsworth will now become the Atlantic conference nominee for the Lieutenant Governor Athletic Awards as <a href="https://usports.ca/en/awards/athletes-of-the-year">U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Year</a> award—the Jim Thompson Trophy. The winner will be announced on June 25.</p> <p>Ellsworth, a five-foot-10 guard with the U SPORTS bronze medallist UPEI Panthers, was the recipient of the 2019-20 Nann Copp Award as U SPORTS Player of the Year.</p> <p>Along with that honour, she became the final member of the Top 100Players of the Century, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of U SPORTS women's basketball.</p> <p>She is just the third Atlantic conference player to ever be honoured as the national MVP in women's basketball.</p> <p>She was also named a U SPORTS first team all-Canadian.</p> <p>At the conference level, Ellsworth was honoured as the Atlantic University Sport Most Valuable Player and the AUS Defensive Player of the Year.</p> <p>She was also named to the AUS first team all-star squad.</p> <p>She is a three-time AUS second team all-star, and she also earned Rookie of the Year nods and a place on the AUS all-rookie team in her inaugural season with the Panthers in 2016-17.</p> <p>A fourth-year science student from Charlottetown, P.E.I., Ellsworth led the Panthers with 20.5 points per game in the regular season. She averaged 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.</p> <p>UPEI finished in first place in the regular season standings with a 17–3 record.</p> <p>With 1,231 career points scored in four seasons, Ellsworth sits tied for second in UPEI school history with a year of eligibility remaining.</p> <p>At the 2020 Subway AUS Women’s Basketball Championship, Ellsworth was named Subway Player of the Game in UPEI’s semi-final win and then a tournament all-star as the Panthers earned the program’s first conference title since 1998.</p> <p>UPEI entered the U SPORTS championship seeded sixth. Ellsworth earned Player of the Game honours in the national quarterfinals as the Panthers upset the No. 3-seeded Ryerson Rams. She was named UPEI’s Player of the Game in the national semifinals as the Panthers fell to Brock.</p> <p>She then led her team to U SPORTS bronze with a game-high of 24 points to go along with nine rebounds in the 57–50 win over Laval and was named a championship all-star.</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Wed, 06 May 2020 10:24:20 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-s-jenna-mae-ellsworth-named-aus-female-athlete-year Sign up for the 100 Day Global Challenge https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/sign-100-day-global-challenge <p>There has been an unprecedented amount of change over the last few months, not only in the way we live but also in how we work. Now more than ever, it is important to prioritize our health and well-being. With that in mind, the UPEI Healthy Campus Committee is pleased to announce that UPEI staff and faculty will once again participate in the 100-Day Global Health Challenge from May 27–September 4, 2020. </p> <p>“Daily physical activity is very important to our physical and mental health,” said Jackie Podger, Vice-President, Administration and Finance. “This challenge will help to motivate us to focus on our overall health and well-being.”</p> <p>The Global Challenge is a fun way to become a healthier and happier. Although we are practicing social distancing and many of us are working from home, we can still be active and healthy. During the challenge, you will</p> <ul> <li>unite with a team of seven colleagues and nominate a team captain </li> <li>inspire your team to climb the leaderboard</li> <li>discover handy tools and tips to improve your health and well-being, including nutrition, sleep, focus, and exercise</li> </ul> <p><strong>Additional Information</strong></p> <p>The challenge is for UPEI faculty and staff only. There is no cost to register. All individuals and teams must be registered by Thursday,  May 7, at 11:00 pm. This deadline is firm.</p> <p>To register, log on to myUPEI and complete the 100-Day Global Challenge <a href="https://portal.upei.ca/forms/_layouts/15/FormServer.aspx?XsnLocation=https://portal.upei.ca/forms/100DayGlobalChallenge/Forms/template.xsn&SaveLocation=https%3A%2F%2Fportal%2Eupei%2Eca%2Fforms%2F100DayGlobalChallenge&ClientInstalled=false&DefaultItemOpen=1&Source=https%3A%2F%2Fportal%2Eupei%2Eca%2Fforms%2F100DayGlobalChallenge%2FForms%2FAllItems%2Easpx">registration form</a> found under “UPEI Forms”. As part of the registration process, participants will need to complete a waiver and consent form.  </p> <p>If you do not have a team or enough participants for a team, complete the form, and we will find you a team.</p> Mon, 04 May 2020 21:42:42 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/sign-100-day-global-challenge Message from the President: Planning the way forward https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-planning-way-forward <div><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on May 1, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and on UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> It has been almost seven weeks since UPEI suspended in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I know we are all anxious to know what path lies ahead. We all listened and watched intently this week as Premier Dennis King and Dr. Heather Morrison, PEI’s Chief Public Health Officer, unveiled the province’s four-phase plan, "Renew PEI, Together", to gradually reopen businesses, services, and public spaces. While the announcement gave us a glimmer of hope, it also raised questions about how the provincial plan impacts the University.<br /> <br /> The University has embarked on its own planning exercise to assist us in returning gradually and safely to campus, taking both academic and operational considerations into account. Like the Government of PEI’s plan, we will adopt a staged approach, with a look to both the short term and long term, while continuing to follow the public health guidance as laid out by our government officials. As a large, multi-dimensional public institution with many stakeholders, we will take our own unique measures to ensure the safety of our vast and diverse community of students, staff, and faculty.<br /> <br /> I have been working with our interim Vice-President Academic and Research, Vice-President Administration and Finance, CIO, Deans, University Librarian, Associate Vice-President of Students and Registrar, Associate Vice-President of Human Resources and Legal, Associate Vice-President Facilities Management and Construction, and Directors, in order to develop our various scenarios and contingency plans.<br /> <br /> For the academic side of the house, once we complete our research and consultation, recommendations will be presented to the University Senate. We are looking at various models that involve in-person and online teaching and learning.<br /> <br /> We are also preparing an operational ease-back plan, which will outline the logistics of bringing students and employees back onto the campus. We are currently identifying what resources will be needed to follow public health guidelines and to make certain our environment is safe, while at the same time allowing us to deliver quality education, conduct research, and provide a high level of service.<br /> <br /> Today, I met with the senior management team to discuss our next steps. We confirmed that the starting date for the first stage of UPEI’s operational ease-back plan will be Monday, May 25, which aligns with the province’s Phase Two. Our second stage will begin on Monday, June 15, which aligns with the province’s Phase Three. Our third stage will begin on Monday, August 3.  Below is a brief outline of our staged approach:<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Stage One – May 25, 2020</em></strong><br /> • Essential services will continue.<br /> • Working from home will continue to be encouraged.<br /> • The management team will return to campus in order to prepare and plan for next stages.<br /> • Key individuals may be asked to work on campus, but on a reduced work schedule.<br /> • Faculty, researchers, and graduate students will be able to conduct research on-campus and in the field.<br /> • While at the University or in the research field, maintaining physical distancing will be required (2 m/6 ft).<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Stage Two – June 15, 2020</strong></em><br /> • After an evaluation of Stage One, the number of people working on campus and the hours of work may be expanded.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Stage Three – August 1, 2020</em></strong><br /> • The focus of this stage will be preparing for the Fall Academic Semester.<br /> • After an evaluation of Stage Two, the number of people on campus may be expanded.<br /> <br /> UPEI’s operational ease-back plan is like a road map. We will be constantly re-evaluating our situation and may need to change our route as we move forward. <strong>Throughout all stages, we will follow public health guidance, including limiting gathering size, employing physical distancing, and having employees continue to work from home whenever possible.</strong><br /> <br /> We are in the process of completing the portion of the operational ease-back plan that will provide more details regarding Stage One to the University community by next week. We will also unveil information about Stage Two and Stage Three at least one week in advance of the stage’s starting date. We will post the operational ease-back plan on our website, and FAQs will also be developed to support our community.<br /> <br /> I continue to be amazed by the resiliency of our students, faculty, and staff during this unprecedented time. I am so proud of how the entire University community quickly mobilized and transitioned to a virtual campus in a matter of days and weeks.<br /> <br /> As I mentioned in my last message, we are excited to recognize and celebrate our Class of 2020, though in new ways. The UPEI Senate will meet on Friday, May 8 to confirm that our graduates have met the qualifications for their credentials. By Friday, May 15, the list of graduates and senior class award winners will be posted to a special celebratory web page on <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://upei.ca&source=gmail&ust=1588449569181000&usg=AFQjCNE-bVDfPlFc8WRpklUmE4Z6632z7Q" href="http://upei.ca/" target="_blank">upei.ca</a>, and by Wednesday, May 20, graduates will be mailed a package including their parchment, alumni pin, and any senior class awards they have received.<br /> <br /> Again, I thank all of you for your contributions toward building a stronger UPEI community, including those who are planning the way forward.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa</div> <div> <div data-smartmail="gmail_signature" dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> </div> <div dir="ltr"> </div> <div dir="ltr">Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island<br />  </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 May 2020 17:31:45 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/message-president-planning-way-forward UPEI Faculty of Education’s Barbara Jane Brewster awarded doctoral fellowship from SSHRC https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-faculty-education-s-barbara-jane-brewster-awarded-doctoral <p>Barbara Jane Brewster, a PhD student in UPEI’s Faculty of Education, has been awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The $80,000 fellowship will allow Brewster to continue her research in the area of mathematics anxiety.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-right"> <img alt="A smiling woman" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="31f3796c-ac89-4549-a4ec-adcfaf176857" src="https://www.upei.ca/sites/default/files/inline-images/barb.jpg" /> <figcaption>Barbara Jane Brewster</figcaption> </figure> <p>Mathematics anxiety causes fear and trepidation in students when confronted with mathematics. It affects the individual’s ability to perform on achievement tests and limits their choice of educational paths, which can ultimately have a devastating impact on the individual’s career choice. Under the supervision of associate professor Dr. Tess Miller, Brewster will explore the effectiveness of expressive writing as a treatment strategy for mathematics anxiety.</p> <p>“I am extremely grateful to the Faculty of Education at UPEI for their continued support of my research,” said Brewster. “Dr. Miller has been instrumental in providing guidance and support for the direction of my research. I would also like to acknowledge the assistance of other faculty, in particular, Dr. Anne-Marie FitzGerald, staff, and fellow students in Education who have provided assistance with my SSHRC application.”</p> <p>“The area research being pursued by Barbara is critically important,” said Dr. Ron MacDonald, dean of the Faculty of Education. “Findings from this study will have wide-ranging implications for a great many students.”</p> <p>Brewster’s research will add to the body of knowledge about mathematics anxiety by solidifying a working treatment strategy that could be implemented broadly across Canadian college mathematics curriculum.  </p> <p><a href="https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/fellowships/doctoral-doctorat-eng.aspx">The SSHRC doctoral fellowships</a> support high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields, and to contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.</p> Fri, 01 May 2020 09:28:22 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/05/upei-faculty-education-s-barbara-jane-brewster-awarded-doctoral Faculty of Business Enactus team places in virtual competition https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/faculty-business-enactus-team-places-virtual-competition <p>Students from the UPEI Faculty of Business recently competed in the <a href="http://enactus.ca/events/regional-expositions/atlantic-canada/">Enactus Canada Regional Exposition</a>. The regional competition was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Enactus UPEI team participated in three categories and took home hardware in each.</p> <p>Students submitted five-minute video presentations for each challenge, narrated by two students from the team. The results were announced in a live stream hosted on Enactus Canada’s Facebook page.</p> <p>Enactus UPEI was named runner up in both the Scotiabank Climate Change Challenge and the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge, each of which earned the team a $1,000 prize. The team was named second runner up in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge, earning a $500 prize.</p> <p>Drs. Sophia Yao and Andrew Carrothers are the faculty advisors for Enactus UPEI.</p> <p>“We are incredibly proud of our Enactus UPEI team,” said Carrothers. “Building on last year’s success, and despite the challenges of competing in a virtual exposition this year, our team brought home hardware in every challenge round in which we participated.”</p> <p>“The team deserves all the credit—it is our great pleasure to work with this group of independent and motivated students. Our best and brightest truly shine!” said Yao.</p> <p>Enactus UPEI is preparing to compete again, this time at the national level in early May. The team is preparing a twelve-minute video showcasing all aspects of its “Bury & Bloom” project, which was founded in 2018. Bury & Bloom is a student-owned, non-profit company that  makes and sells greeting cards with seeds embedded in the paper. The cards are created using wastepaper from the University. A portion of the company’s revenue is directed toward an educational component, in which the students involved  visit elementary classrooms to teach children about the importance of the environment.</p> <p>“Thanks to Enactus UPEI, I’ve had the chance to meet many amazing people,” said Daniel Timen, co-president of Enactus UPEI. “Our project has something to offer to students from all disciplines. It  has been a phenomenal learning opportunity to work together with engineering, biology, computer science, and more students as one big team.”</p> <p>“I am extremely proud of my team and what we have accomplished over the past two years together,” said team member Ashley Doucette. “Enactus UPEI continues to grow its successful social enterprise, Bury & Bloom, while supporting the personal and professional development of its students. We have made a huge impact on our community, which we plan to continue in the years to come.”</p> <p>Enactus UPEI had a terrific year in 2019–2020, being named the Society of the Year by the UPEI Student Union. The Student Union also named Doucette Executive Member of the Year for her work with Enactus UPEI. Timen was awarded the Founder’s Bursary by Enactus Canada. Enactus UPEI received funding for the second consecutive year from 3M. The club also became a resident of the Charlottetown <a href="https://startupzone.ca/">StartUp Zone</a>, which gave students access to resources such as sales coaching, marketing events, and workshops.</p> <p>Enactus is an international organization committed to shaping generations of entrepreneurial leaders passionate about advancing economic development, and social and environmental responsibility. Each club utilizes the power of conscious capitalism for positive change and rallies students who see business as a way to address social issues. Enactus teams create and implement community-empowerment projects and business ventures in communities coast to coast. Enactus Canada has 75 academic institutions and more than 3,500 participating students.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:54:23 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/faculty-business-enactus-team-places-virtual-competition Take a bow, Joel https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/take-bow-joel <p>His was not the typical path to the NHL. But then again, Joel Ward is not a typical hockey player.</p> <p>UPEI salutes one of its finest as Ward retires from his career as a player in the NHL. Ward is hanging up his skates after an impressive 726 games with the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators, the Washington Capitals, and finally the San Jose Sharks. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UPEI in 2006 and was named an Inspiring Young Alumni in 2016.</p> <p>One the eve of his retirement, Ward <a href="https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/joel-ward-nhl-retirement">wrote of his unusual career path</a> to the NHL in <i>The Players Tribune</i>.</p> <p>“When I was 24 years old, I scored 16 goals for the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers in my senior season,” wrote Ward. “It was my final year playing college hockey in Canada. Four years of grinding it out, chasing an NHL dream that, with every winter in Charlottetown, seemed further and further away…. If, back then, you would have offered me just <i>one</i> single game in the league, I would have taken it and run. And I know I would have given everything I had in those 60 minutes, even if I knew there weren’t any more after.”</p> <p>The citation read when Ward was named an Inspiring Young Alumni mentioned his hockey career, but it went further.</p> <p>“In 2009, Joel continued to show tremendous leadership when he joined Big Brothers and became a mentor to 12-year-old Malik Johnson, who grew up in a neighbourhood where drug deals and shootings were common. Joel took Malik under his wing, taking him to hockey games and out for pizza, helping him with his homework, and becoming a friend to his whole family. With Joel's help, Malek graduated from Lighthouse Christian School, one of the top private schools in Tennessee—the first of his family to graduate from high school.”</p> <p>As far as Ward has gone in his hockey career, he has never forgotten his time at UPEI. He is a familiar face on Prince Edward Island in the summer—the place he calls his adopted home. He returns to the Island to visit old friends. He will always be a Panther for Life.</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:43:56 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/take-bow-joel Read or listen to H. Wade MacLauchlan’s biography of Alex B. Campbell for free https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/read-or-listen-h-wade-maclauchlan-s-biography-alex-b-campbell-free <p>The Robertson Library, in cooperation with UPEI President Emeritus H. Wade MacLauchlan, is offering a free download of the ebook and audiobook versions of MacLauchlan’s biography of Premier Alex B. Campbell. <i>Alex B. Campbell: The Prince Edward Island Premier Who Rocked The Cradle</i> tells the story of Prince Edward Island’s longest-serving premier and the youngest person elected first minister in Canada in the 20th century. </p> <p>Following the successful launch of the print edition of <i>The Prince Edward Island Premier Who Rocked the Cradle</i><b><i> </i></b>in the summer of 2014, MacLauchlan wanted to share this inspiring Island story with regional, national, and international audiences. He also wanted to make the work available to friends who no longer read on a regular basis, but who are closely connected to the story of the Alex Campbell years. The resulting digital and audio formats provide new ways for readers and listeners to access and experience the book.</p> <p>The audio edition was recorded over several months by four distinct voices: <a href="http://alexbcampbell.ca/author">H. Wade MacLauchlan</a>, <a href="http://alexbcampbell.ca/bio">Alex B. Campbell</a>, and actors <a href="https://alexbcampbell.ca/gracie-finley">Gracie Finley</a> and <a href="https://alexbcampbell.ca/duncan-mcintosh">Duncan McIntosh</a>.</p> <p>Campbell reads speeches and other materials originally delivered almost 50 years ago. They are still powerful, as is his remarkable singing voice.</p> <p>Finley and McIntosh read selected quotations at the beginning of each chapter and other passages. Instrumental compositions provide smooth transitions between the chapters, and a beautiful arrangement of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s patriotic <i>Island Hymn</i> opens and closes the book.</p> <p>The recordings were compiled, edited, and digitally mastered by Rob Drew at UPEI’s Robertson Library, using Adobe Audition. The resulting audio book is unabridged and is in fact enhanced with new material not in the print version of the book, and includes almost 15 hours of high-quality audio. </p> <p>Download your copy of the audiobook or ebook at <a href="https://alexbcampbell.ca">alexbcampbell.ca</a>.</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 09:27:35 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/read-or-listen-h-wade-maclauchlan-s-biography-alex-b-campbell-free Panthers bolster backline with addition of Roselyn Kushko https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/panthers-bolster-backline-addition-roselyn-kushko <p>The backfield of UPEI women’s soccer team will look vastly different now that Danielle Younker and Jennifer Balderston have completed their fifth year of eligibility. Not only are the Panthers losing all-star calibre talent, but they are losing two leaders. The door is open for rookie defender Roselyn Kushko, from Russell, Ontario, to take one of those vacant spots and cement herself as a cornerstone for the team.</p> <p>“Roselyn is a great athlete who will compete for a position in the backline,” said head coach Lewis Page. “She is good in the air and strong in tackling. Panther fans will enjoy watching her battle.”</p> <p>At 5-foot-8, Kushko brings good size to help contain offensive threats. She is also versatile and can play anywhere along the line, which gives Page flexibility when trying to field a competitive lineup.</p> <p>While she has the physical attributes that bode well for AUS competition, Kushko’s soccer IQ should not be overlooked. She has the ability to anticipate how plays will unfold and thwart oncoming attacks, making her an important piece in Page’s defensive schemes.</p> <p>“I am a hardworking technical player and can play multiple positions in the back,” said the former Ottawa South United standout. “I want to show that I can meet the challenge of playing at the university level, but also contribute to the team's ability to win.”</p> <p>The highly touted defender said she is  eager to meet her new teammates and return to the pitch, where she hopes to help guide UPEI to their first playoff berth in six years.</p> <p>“I am looking forward to learning from my new teammates and building something special on the field.”</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:46:48 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/panthers-bolster-backline-addition-roselyn-kushko The National Day of Mourning is April 28 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/national-day-mourning-april-28-2020 <p>The National Day of Mourning, or Workers’ Mourning Day, originated in Canada in 1984 and is now observed annually in over 100 countries on April 28 to honour the memory of those who have been injured or killed on the job. It is also an opportunity to pay respect to those who have been adversely affected by life-changing injuries or illnesses in the workplace, raise awareness about workplace safety, and renew the commitment to ensure safe and healthy workplaces exist.</p> <p>The most recent statistics from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) indicates that in 2018, 1027 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada, an increase of 76 from the previous year. Among these deaths were 27 young workers aged 15-24. </p> <p>“On Tuesday, we encourage all Islanders to take a moment to remember the people who did not return home to their loved ones because of a workplace injury or illness,” said Jim MacPhee, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “Together, we must commit to making PEI workplaces safer, so that no family has to endure this type of loss.”</p> <p>“Though we can’t hold in-person gatherings this year, the enduring message of Day of Mourning—to mourn for the dead and fight for the living—is more important than ever,” states Carl Pursey, President, PEI Federation of Labour. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live and work. “Now, more than ever, we must ensure that our workplaces are safe and that our workers are protected.”</p> <p>Despite COVID-19 restrictions, there will be several commemorations on April 28 for those who have been affected by workplace fatality or injury. The PEI Federation of Labour will place a wreath of remembrance at the memorial on Richmond Street in Charlottetown. All are encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 11:00 am and many labour organizations are hosting virtual candle vigils or have created videos. (View the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ih_i-7Ki0-U">IBEW 1928 National Day of Mourning video</a>). </p> <p>The University of Prince Edward Island will observe the day by keeping the flags at half-mast (they were lowered last week for the passing of UPEI student Bradley Campbell and the victims of the tragedy in Nova Scotia.) </p> <p>More information about the National Day of Mourning can be found on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety <a href="https://www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/">website</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 20:42:32 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/national-day-mourning-april-28-2020 AVC contributes to provincial and federal efforts to fight COVID-19 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/avc-contributes-provincial-and-federal-efforts-fight-covid-19 <p>The Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island has stepped up to the fight against the COVID-19 virus through its people, technology, and professional services. </p> <p>The College’s Diagnostic Services unit, led by director Elizabeth Dobbin, has agreed to loan equipment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, expanding the province’s testing capacity for COVID-19. A high throughput KingFisher Nucleic Acid Extractor, which extracts RNA, will be transferred to the QEH from the Regional Diagnostic Virology Service led by Dr. Carmencita Yason, and training will be provided to QEH technologists in its use. As well, a Bio-Rad CFX96 qPCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine from a laboratory run by Dr. Mark Fast, professor of fish health and immunology at AVC, has also been committed to the QEH. </p> <p>Designated an essential service at AVC, Diagnostic Services continues to provide state-of-the-art testing services to clients in Atlantic Canada and around the world, while ensuring its staff are working in a safe environment in accordance with social distancing and other restrictions put in place to minimize risk.</p> <p>The AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital is also an essential service, fulfilling its mandate to provide top-notch veterinary care for animals. Under guidelines provided by public health officials, the hospital continues to see patients from the Atlantic provinces on an urgent and emergency case basis. </p> <p>AVC faculty are supporting the provincial and federal governments in their work to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on populations here and across the country. Dr. Javier Sanchez, professor and epidemiologist, is a leading member of the team modelling the potential impact of COVID-19 on PEI, along with Dr. Thitiwan Patanasatienku, postdoctoral fellow. Both Drs. Sanchez and Patanasatienku are graduates of AVC’s world-renowned epidemiology graduate program.</p> <p>Other alumni are contributing through their roles with the PEI government, including Dr. Marguerite Cameron, acting provincial epidemiologist; Dr. Karen MacDonald-Phillips, epidemiologist; Dr. Tim Burnley, health information specialist; Dr. Ahmed Elmoslemany, health information specialist; Dr. Carolyn Sanford, provincial veterinarian and Dr. Ibrahim Elsohaby, veterinary epidemiologist. They are making major contributions to the province’s effort to minimize COVID-19 cases and maintain the safety of food supply chains. </p> <p>The Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Diagnostic Services, and individual researchers have also set aside personal protective equipment for provision to health-care workers should the need arise. In response to a call for assistance, AVC recently donated almost 16,000 sterile swabs to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba. </p> <p>“The AVC community has risen to the challenges of this difficult time,” said Dean Greg Keefe. “I want to express my deep pride in, and gratitude to, them for their fast response and hard work to ensure that the College continues to fulfill its mandate of teaching, research, and service under the constraints imposed by the current situation.”<br />  </p> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:43:22 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/avc-contributes-provincial-and-federal-efforts-fight-covid-19 Message from the President: Updates about COVID-19 Measures & the Class of 2020 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-updates-regarding-covid-19-measures-and-class-2020 <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on April 23, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent via and/or posted to UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,</p> <p>As we near the six-week mark of COVID-19 measures at the University of Prince Edward Island, we remain vigilant in ensuring our University community remains healthy and safe, but are buoyed by the signs of hope for the future.</p> <p>The UPEI recruitment team held an extremely successful “Virtual Open House” on Monday, April 20, and the pace of course registration is swift, both signalling that there is strong interest in the University of Prince Edward Island. We are thankful that many students are choosing UPEI as their post-secondary education destination.</p> <p>With the exam period ending on May 2, we are also grateful for the resiliency of our current students. We are committed to supporting them through to the fall and beyond to ensure their academic plans stay on track. I sincerely thank our faculty and staff for continuing to make our students and their education a priority.</p> <p><strong>The University Senate has now moved the second summer session online, which means the full Summer Semester (May–August 2020) will be delivered through technology, </strong>with the exception of clinical courses in the Faculty of Nursing and clinical rotations in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. While the University administration is working diligently and preparing contingency plans, it is too early to know what the 2020 Fall Semester will look like, but we will advise everyone as soon as the Senate determines the appropriate course of action.</p> <p>While we are in a fortunate situation on PEI and our Chief Public Health Officer has indicated that some COVID-19 measures will be relaxed, social and physical distancing will need to be maintained for some time. Based on this and after consulting with many senior administrators, the University has made the difficult decision to extend the cancellation/postponement of University events. <strong>UPEI in-person events, gatherings, and activities are now cancelled or postponed until July 31, 2020.</strong></p> <p>Many of our instructors are focused on ensuring marks are tabulated and submitted for the 2020 Winter Semester. This is especially important for our graduating students, whose credentials will be confirmed by the University Senate at its May meeting. When the Senate took the necessary decision to cancel in-person May 2020 Convocation ceremonies, we also committed to holding the event at a later date. While that commitment continues, it is important to acknowledge our graduating students. <strong>I am excited to share with you that we will recognize our Class of 2020 in May and mark their achievements in several ways. </strong>At the end of May, graduates will be mailed a package including their parchment, alumni pin, and any senior class awards they have received. We will also announce the list of graduates and award winners and feature congratulatory messages from the University’s Deans on the upei.ca website. We will continue to communicate directly with graduating students as more details become available.</p> <p>UPEI is dedicated to supporting all members of our community during these unprecedented times. Please reach out to your instructors and advisors if you have questions about your studies, contact our counselling team at Student Affairs or the Employee Assistance Program if you need to talk, and call the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre if you need to see or speak with a health-care professional. </p> <p>I must also mention another wonderful example of how UPEI is contributing to the greater Island community. The Atlantic Veterinary College, under the leadership of Dr. Greg Keefe, Dean; Liz Dobbin and Dr. Carmencita Yason from Diagnostic Services; and Dr. Mark Fast, Professor of Fish Health and Immunology, is assisting the Chief Public Health Office by loaning diagnostic equipment to help with Health PEI’s laboratory testing of COVID-19.</p> <p>Again, I thank each and every one of you for your contributions toward building a stronger and even more connected UPEI community.</p> <p>Best wishes,</p> <p><br /> Alaa</p> <p><br /> Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:02:52 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-updates-regarding-covid-19-measures-and-class-2020 New memoir examines life in turbulent times https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/new-memoir-examines-life-turbulent-times <p>Island Studies Press has published a new memoir by retired UPEI professor Hung-Min Chiang. Born and raised in tumultuous times in East Asia, Chiang survived earthquakes, wars, foreign occupation, dictatorship, and illness before making his way to Prince Edward Island. While navigating his perilous journey, Chiang learned and practiced “The Way of Water,” Daoist lessons for living drawn from nature. <i>Home Is Where the Water Is</i> examines the many critical turning points in life and is a perfect companion to our current crisis.</p> <p>Throughout his memoir, Chiang reflects on the lessons of his mentor American psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908–1970), and his ancestor Chiang Taigong (1128–1015 BC), an old fisherman whose outlandish techniques caught the attention of a king. His fascination with these unorthodox figures led to a lifetime of questions and a rewarding career in psychology.</p> <p>Chiang is the award-winning author of <i>Chinese Islanders: Making a Home in the New World</i>. He taught psychology at UPEI for many years. A humanist at heart, he is remembered fondly by his students as a dedicated, highly original, and inspiring professor with a self-deprecating sense of humour. He lives with his wife Mei-chih in a house overlooking the Charlottetown Harbour where three rivers meet.</p> <p>While the book launch has been postponed, the book is available for sale at The Bookmark. They are offering free delivery in Charlottetown, Stratford, and Cornwall. Mail orders are available through Indigo.ca and Nimbus Publishing (nimbus.ca/store).</p> <p>For more information about the book, please contact Bren at <a href="mailto:ispstaff@upei.ca">ispstaff@upei.ca</a>.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:00:04 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/new-memoir-examines-life-turbulent-times Panthers add guards Devon Lawlor and Alicia Bowering to championship roster https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/panthers-add-guards-devon-lawlor-and-alicia-bowering-championship <p>In a league driven by phenomenal guard play, the UPEI Panthers have added two more players hoping to leave their mark with the reigning AUS champions.</p> <p>The decision to join UPEI was an easy one for Devon Lawlor, of Millcove, PEI. When she dons the green and white jersey for the first time, Lawlor will be a third-generation Panther.</p> <p>“It’s kind of a tradition for my family,” Lawlor said. “My grandfather played for Saint Dunstan’s, and my aunt and uncle, and my parents all played for UPEI.”</p> <p>Head coach Matt Gamblin had the chance to work with Lawlor in various camps since he came to PEI in 2018. He said adding her to the roster was an easy decision.</p> <p>“I’ve been very impressed with her work-ethic and drive to get better. Devon has improved a lot throughout her high school career and will adjust well to the increased competition of the AUS and her teammates every day in practice.”</p> <p>As Charlottetown Rural’s featured guard, Lawlor played a big part in helping the Raiders capture their third consecutive provincial title in mid-March. She was also named the tournament’s most valuable player.</p> <p>Lawlor brings with her toughness and defensive focus, which is important to Gamblin, whose team is built on those fundamentals. She attacks the basket well and continues to improve her three-point stroke.</p> <p>“It’s exciting to join a team with a lot of potential and to know I can practice among great players and work to become one of them,” said Lawlor.</p> <p>Alicia Bowering, a native of Orangeville, Ontario, is another guard who could help complement all-stars Jenna Mae Ellsworth and Reese Baxendale. At 5-foot-8, Bowering brings size and athleticism to the backcourt, which has been a recipe for success for this team.</p> <p>“Alicia has a strong work-ethic and a drive to improve, which are two of the most important qualities we look for in student-athletes,” Gamblin said. “She will be able to come in and use her athleticism to make an impact on the defensive end from Day One.”</p> <p>Offensively, Bowering has the speed and agility to drive through defences, but also has the range to score from the three-point range.</p> <p>“I’m an unselfish player that looks to penetrate and create plays and open looks for my teammates,” said the former Tri-County Soldier standout. “I also have the ability to step outside and shoot the three-ball.”</p> <p>Coming from a small town herself, Bowering said she is excited to join a tight-knit community and a team coming off its first championship in 22 years.</p> <p>“I feel very honoured to be joining such a high-level team that has so many tremendous accomplishments,” she said. “I am very excited for this new chapter—being given the opportunity to play on a championship team and to learn and grow both as a player and person.”</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2020 09:03:05 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/panthers-add-guards-devon-lawlor-and-alicia-bowering-championship Join us April 20 for UPEI’s Virtual Open House! https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/join-us-april-20-upei-s-virtual-open-house <p>UPEI is hosting a Virtual Open House for prospective students on<i> </i>on Monday, April 20, at 1 pm. The University’s recruitment team will be live on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofPEI/">Facebook</a> to answer questions. See the campus, learn about some of our programs and services, and sign up for a chance to win a terrific UPEI prize!</p> <p>The Virtual Open House will begin with an introduction to UPEI’s faculties and professors, followed by a video campus tour and a student services fair. Students will meet faculty and staff members who will outline what they can expect in their time at UPEI.</p> <p>This event is for all prospective UPEI students: students who have expressed interest in UPEI and started an application, students who have been admitted, students who have paid their tuition deposit, and students who are confirmed to attend UPEI in the fall by enrolling in courses.</p> <p>Participants will have the chance to win some great UPEI prizes:</p> <ul> <li>1st place: a free course</li> <li>2nd place: a $50 UPEI Bookstore card</li> <li>3rd place: a UPEI hoodie</li> </ul> <p>Each student who likes the post and comments why they’re excited to start at UPEI this fall will have their name entered in the contest.</p> <p>See you on Monday at 1 pm! See you on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofPEI/">Facebook</a>!</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 09:42:46 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/join-us-april-20-upei-s-virtual-open-house Message from the President: Supporting and taking care of one another https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-supporting-and-taking-care-one-another <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on April 16, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> Today marks one month since the University of Prince Edward Island suspended in-person classes, labs, and exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, today, we have so much to be proud about: our resilient students, faculty, and staff have transitioned to alternate ways of learning, teaching, and working; the UPEI community is contributing to the broader Island community; and we are all supporting and taking care of one another.<br /> <br /> At this one-month point, it is natural to ask ourselves, “what will come next, where do we go from here, what lies ahead?” As students reach the midway point of the exam period, many of them are wondering about summer employment, and what the next academic year will look like. Faculty and staff, many who are working remotely from home while others deliver essential services on campus, are wondering when the campus might return to some normalcy. All of us are wondering when physical distancing and staying-at-home directives may be relaxed.<br /> <br /> The reality is that no one knows the answers to these questions, and this uncertainty is creating anxiety. However, at the same time, we can be extremely grateful that UPEI is located in Canada and on Prince Edward Island. I am so proud of our senior administrators who are looking at all possibilities, developing various scenarios, and studying implications to plan as best they can for the 2020–21 academic year. Our federal and provincial governments are working collaboratively and tremendously hard to find ways to support Canadians, Islanders, and our students.<br /> <br /> Yesterday, the Honourable Brad Trivers, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, announced that the Government of PEI would bolster funding to the UPEI Student Union to help students in need. This will augment the Student Union’s $16,000 relief fund as well as the $70,000 that UPEI added to its Student Adversity Awards in response to COVID-19. The President of the Student Union, Emma Drake, and the Associate Vice-President of Students and Registrar, Donna Sutton, are working together on allocating these funds to students facing unexpected hardships. The Government of PEI announced an additional $75,000 for UPEI, which will be administered by Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass, interim Vice-President Academic and Research, to allow students to pursue summer research opportunities in their fields of interest. We must thank the UPEI Student Union Executive for advocating for this initiative on behalf of their peers.<br /> <br /> The Honourable Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque, and his parliamentary and senate colleagues lobbied on behalf of Islanders to open up the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to seasonal workers, including post-secondary students who would typically be starting their summer jobs this month and next. We learned yesterday that the eligibility criteria for the CERB has been expanded.<br /> <br /> While financial support is an important way to address the tremendous difficulty caused by COVID-19, I want to reassure all of our students that UPEI also remains committed to supporting you academically and your physical and mental well-being. Please reach out to your instructors if you have questions about your studies, contact our counselling team at Student Affairs if you need to talk, and call the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre if you need to see or speak with a health-care professional.  <br /> <br /> Take comfort in knowing that while so many of our behaviours have changed during this crisis, some activities continue, although in different ways. Our recruitment team is launching a “virtual” open house on Monday, April 20, and registration continues online for incoming, first-year students. The Registrar’s Office is getting ready to prepare parchments for our graduating students, which will be mailed to them in May. We continue to meet and socialize, at a distance, via several online platforms.<br /> <br /> Our PEI Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Morrison said, “the best way to come together is to stay apart.” As we continue to wonder about the future, let us also continue to follow the directives of our government officials and support and take care of one another through these challenging and unprecedented times.<br /> <br /> Today, I am hopeful and confident that our strong and connected UPEI community will prevail.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa</p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island<br />  </div> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:47:52 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-supporting-and-taking-care-one-another Relive UPEI’s 50th Anniversary Year with the Robertson Library https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/relive-upei-s-50th-anniversary-year-robertson-library <p>Relive the University of Prince Edward Island’s 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations, thanks to the Robertson Library! The library has created a website to document its projects and initiatives to celebrate UPEI’s 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary year in 2019.</p> <p>The Robertson Library celebrated the historical roots of higher education on PEI with the Franklin Pigot Lecture Series. It also created a series of video vignettes highlighting the individual experiences and memories of UPEI through its “50 Years, 50 Voices” project. The library also digitized the entire collection of UPEI history professor Dr. Edward MacDonald’s “Afterwords” columns from the UPEI Magazine archives. UPEI has always had an active student press, and the library celebrated the 50<sup>th</sup> year by digitizing early student newspapers, including <i>The Cadre</i>,<i> The UPEI SUN</i>, and <i>The Gem/Netted Gem</i>. The library also kept the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary alive all year through its Throwback Thursday posts on social media, all of which are archived on the site.</p> <p>Relive UPEI’s 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Year at <a href="https://50.library.upei.ca/">50.library.upei.ca</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2020 10:45:10 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/relive-upei-s-50th-anniversary-year-robertson-library UPEI Nursing students volunteering to support Island health-care providers https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/upei-nursing-students-volunteering-support-island-health-care-providers <p>Students from UPEI’s Faculty of Nursing are joining with nursing and medical students across Atlantic Canada to support health-care providers. This student-led initiative includes students from UPEI’s Nursing Society, Memorial University’s Medical Society, and the Dalhousie University Medical Society.</p> <p>Student volunteers will be matched with health-care providers who need help with child care, running errands, pet care, and other tasks, to provide support and relief during the increased workload of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>“It is important for students in health care to make an effort to help the health-care practitioners currently in our province working hard to fight COVID-19 because we<b> </b>understand and appreciate how challenging a time this is for them,” said Kitty Yin, a fourth-year student in UPEI’s Faculty of Nursing.</p> <p>Volunteers must be health-care students with CPR training and meet strict criteria to limit exposure to and spread of the virus. Careful records will be kept to track exposure. Students interested in volunteering can read the criteria and <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwtwKCm_DZn0WymSCegKlaQooiHYRj3w_HuHUfjsxwRNJGfA/viewform">sign up here</a>. Health-care providers who would like to sign up for relief and support through the initiative can do so <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvTD79IPdsScDhxfmTxKeRAnfZuHJ7tNFj86qNLG7Fe2lmig/viewform">here</a>.</p> <p>“I am very encouraged by the creative efforts of our UPEI nursing students who are volunteering to provide support for health-care providers in the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Jo-Ann MacDonald, interim dean of nursing at UPEI. “The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for everyone, and I am very proud of the resiliency of our students in the face of unprecedented challenges.”</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 09:04:02 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/upei-nursing-students-volunteering-support-island-health-care-providers Message from the President: Signs of Spring https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-signs-spring <div style="text-align:start; text-indent:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on April 9, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></div> <p><br /> <br /> Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> As I look out the window from my home office, I am excited by the signs of spring, rebirth, and renewal that are evident. While we may not be able to enjoy the new season with our peers, colleagues, friends, and family exactly as we have done in the past, it is encouraging to see how so many in our UPEI community are being creative as they practice physical distancing and staying at home, all while continuing to teach and learn.<br /> <br /> A true sign of spring at UPEI is when we reach the last day of classes and the exam period begins. I wish all of our students the very best as they complete the semester and thank our faculty and staff for their commitment. I understand the pressure everyone is feeling, and I want you to always remember that you are not alone, UPEI is here for you. Our faculty and staff are standing behind you, cheering you on as you fulfil your potential. I am grateful that they are so dedicated in supporting you on your pathway to success whether you are an undergraduate student writing an exam or a graduate student defending your thesis.<br /> <br /> During this COVID-19 situation, the resiliency of our students has been an ongoing good news story for our University. In the Faculty of Graduate Studies, there have been six graduate students (two from Veterinary Medicine, two from Nursing, and two from Education) who have successfully defended their theses since we began working remotely. All were given the option of postponing their presentations, but Dr. Larry Hammell, UPEI’s interim Dean of Graduate Studies, tells me that most wanted to proceed since their defences had been months in the making. The virtual defences have had anywhere from 25-48 people in attendance; in some cases, more attended the presentations than if they had been held in-person.<br /> <br /> I am so very proud of how hard everyone has been working during these unprecedented times, turning daunting challenges into new ways forward. The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult and we continue to face an overwhelming tidal wave of bad news about COVID-19. However, just as spring and the celebrations of Easter and Passover represent rebirth and renewal amidst suffering and sacrifice, let us choose to find ripples of hope and inspiration. We do not have to look far to see how members of our UPEI and Island community have become the best versions of themselves during this pandemic crisis. And, we are part of an even larger global community that believes a better world is possible.<br /> <br /> As we enter the holiday weekend, I encourage everyone to celebrate the signs of spring and the good in humanity. Please take a break from studying and working to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. Continue to be safe by following the directives of our PEI Chief Public Health Officer, and look after yourself and your loved ones by connecting with them online and by phone. My sincere wish is that everyone enjoys lots of “virtual” time with each other.<br /> <br /> Again, I thank each and every one of you for your contributions toward building a stronger and even more connected UPEI community.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br />  </p> <p>Alaa</p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</div> Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:39:26 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-signs-spring 100 per cent success rate for UPEI accounting grads at the Common Final Examination https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/100-cent-success-rate-upei-accounting-grads-common-final-examination <p>Graduates from UPEI’s Faculty of Business accounting specialty had a perfect success rate on the most recent round of the Common Final Examination (CFE). The CFE is the final examination to qualify for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in Canada and is the culmination of a rigorous two-year graduate level program. Each of the 2017 UPEI grads who wrote the test passed.</p> <p>Clayton Smith (BBA 2017) achieved a first for Prince Edward Island, scoring in the top one per cent of all writers in Canada. More than 8,700 candidates wrote the 2019 CFE.</p> <p>“Special recognition goes to our current and former accounting colleagues, as well as our cohort of outstanding sessional instructors,” said Dr. Tarek Mady, interim dean of the Faculty of Business at UPEI. “Because of their dedication and commitment to teaching excellence and student mentorship, our accounting program is one of the best in the country.”</p> <p>The Common Final Examination (CFE) is a three-day examination requiring candidates to demonstrate depth and breadth of competency development in accordance with the CPA Competency Map. Every aspiring accountant must complete and pass this exam to officially move on to the next stage of their careers as accountants.</p> <p>“I cannot say enough good things about the quality of the education UPEI students receive and how it prepares them for the CPA program and final exam,” said Tanya O’Brien, CEO of CPA PEI. “The teaching staff at UPEI do an exceptional job, and the University should be very proud of that.”</p> <p>Congratulations!</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:16:39 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/100-cent-success-rate-upei-accounting-grads-common-final-examination Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering produces PPE https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/faculty-sustainable-design-engineering-produces-ppe <p>The UPEI Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering (FSDE) has launched a project to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers on Prince Edward Island should a shortage occur because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.</p> <p>This initiative arose from a meeting between Dr. Kathie McNally, Director of Health Services, PEI Department of Health and Wellness; Todd Gillis, Director of Materials Management at Health PEI; and a team of FSDE faculty, and technical and engineering staff.</p> <p>Dr. Nicholas Krouglicof, dean of the FSDE, is representing UPEI on a provincial COVID-19 task force to ensure that leadership, coordination, credible evidence, and support are provided to community business leaders, researchers, academic institutions, and industry who are bringing forth ideas for innovative health care supplies and PPE during the pandemic. </p> <p>The FSDE team has designed prototype face shields that can be sterilized and reused. The face shields are made from laser-cut clear PETG sheets that are then formed in CNC-machined molds using heat. PETG is a polyester commonly used to produce food and beverage containers. CNC—computer numerical control-- machining is a manufacturing process by which a part is cut out of a solid block of material using a prep-programmed computer program.</p> <p>“The evaluation of our prototype face shields was extremely positive,” said Krouglicof. “We started manufacturing on April 1 and are looking completing the first 900 face shields by Tuesday, April 7.”</p> <p>Krouglicof said that the FSDE faculty and staff have really stepped up to the challenge. The faculty’s engineering technologists and staff engineers are on-site in the FSDE building, manufacturing components or assembling face shields, and several faculty members have volunteered to help. To ensure that social distancing is observed, the work force is distributed throughout the building, and PPE and disinfectant products are available to everyone.</p> <p>“I am so proud that we are able to use our knowledge and skills in design engineering to help protect the people who are on the front lines in the fight to protect Islanders against COVID-19,” he said. </p> <p>The team is also working on designing surgical masks and has sent several prototypes to IRSST in Montreal for testing. The design of the masks is simple, and they are made from readily available materials. For example, non-woven polypropylene (NWPP) is commonly used for the outer layers of surgical masks. The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) provided samples of NWPP to the FSDE team in the form of reusable surgical wrap. </p> <p>They are also working on an N95 mask with a removable HEPA filter. N95 masks fit closely to the wearer’s face and need to be formed over a mold that can be either 3D-printed or vacuum formed. The FSDE team will cast a high-temperature silicone rubber material into a mold that has been 3D printed and can be reused multiple times. </p> <p>The FSDE team working on the project includes Krouglicof; Wayne Peters, Associate Dean, Academic Engineering; Ali Ahmadi, Biomedical Engineering; Grant McSorley, Product Design; Wayne Simmons, Industry Research Engineer; Tyler Gallant, Lead Experimental Engineer; David Taylor, Manager of Industry Research and Operations; Kaaren May, Director of Industry Research; Anthony Van Beek, Engineering Technologist; Jeff Bowser, Design Technician; and Janice Murphy, Financial Planning Officer.</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:26:11 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/faculty-sustainable-design-engineering-produces-ppe Jenna Mae Ellsworth and Owen Headrick named UPEI athletes of the year https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/jenna-mae-ellsworth-and-owen-headrick-named-upei-athletes-year <p>UPEI’s Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated the 2019–2020 season at the 51st annual UPEI Athletic Awards “Gala” on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, recognizing outstanding student-athletes who have excelled in sport, the classroom, and serving the community. Because the student-athletes and coaches couldn’t gather in person, Panthers around the world were able to follow this year’s awards on the UPEI Athletics and Recreation’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram social media channels.<br /> <br /> The club team awards were announced on Friday, April 3 beginning at 7:00 pm, while the varsity team awards were revealed on Saturday, April 4, again at 7:00 pm. <br /> <br /> This year, the <strong>UPEI Alumni Association’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year</strong> is Jenna Mae Ellsworth of the UPEI women’s basketball team. Ellsworth is a five-foot-nine guard from Charlottetown in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Science program. She led the women’s basketball team to a 17-3 record and top spot in the AUS during the regular season averaging 20.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game. <br /> <br /> Ellsworth is only the third player in the AUS to win the Nan Copp Award as U SPORTS Player of the Year and only the second female Panther to earn a national player of the year honour. She was a first team all-Canadian and the final member of the U SPORTS Top 100 players of the century campaign. She also received the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Women’s Basketball Player of the Year award and was named Defensive Player of the Year. <br /> <br /> <strong>The Male Athlete of the Year</strong> is Owen Headrick with the UPEI men’s hockey team. Headrick is a six-foot, fourth-year defenceman on the men’s hockey team and an arts student from the Garden River First Nation in Ontario. In 30 games, Headrick had 32 points, with 13 goals and 19 assists. He was effective on the powerplay, netting 7 goals and also had 2 game winners. In addition to earning several UPEI Panther Subway Athlete of the Week, Headrick also earned the Atlantic University Sport men's athlete of the week for January 27–February 2, 2020.<br /> <br /> <strong>The W.A. Ledwell Award</strong> was presented to Nacho Sanchez of the men’s soccer team. The award goes to the student who has demonstrated outstanding athletic ability in the intercollegiate program, academic excellence, and also demonstrates the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, and citizenship.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Gordon and Muriel Bennett Award</strong> goes to the male or female student-athlete who, over four years, best combines athletic achievement and academic excellence. This year’s award was shared by Tara Campbell of the women’s rugby team and Jennifer Balderston from women’s soccer. <br /> <br /> <strong>The Passion for Life Award in memory of René Ayangma</strong> was awarded to Rachel Colle from women's hockey. The award was created by UPEI Panther student-athletes in memory of René Ayangma who died during his third year at UPEI. It is presented to a UPEI student-athlete who exemplifies his qualities and love of life by building Panther Sport spirit and serving the community.<br /> <br /> Team awards were also given for Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year:</p> <div><br /> <strong>Most Valuable Player (MVP) by varsity and club team</strong><br /> Sam Smiley (Men’s Soccer), Jennifer Balderston (Women’s Soccer), Tara Campbell (Women’s Rugby), Owen Headrick (Men’s Hockey), Camille Scherger (Women’s Hockey), Elijah Miller (Men’s Basketball), Jenna Mae Ellsworth (Women’s Basketball), Tati Kelly (Women’s Cross Country), Dan Maguire (Men’s Cross Country), Bailey Smith (Women’s Track and Field), Malcolm Gilman (Men’s Track and Field), Sara Sear (Women’s Field Hockey), Lauren Moerike (Women’s Volleyball), Isaiah Hood and Isaac Kirkland (Men’s Rugby), David Burke (Lacrosse), and Callie Thomson (Cheer).<br /> <br /> <strong>Rookie of the Year by varsity and club team</strong><br /> Nathan Chow (Men’s Soccer), Caitlyn McCloskey (Women’s Soccer), Mia Fradsham and Agustina Cohen (Women’s Rugby), Kyle Maksimovich (Men’s Hockey), Lexie Murphy (Women’s Hockey), Elijah Miller (Men’s Basketball), Lauren Rainford (Women’s Basketball), Phoebe Mitchell (Women’s Cross Country), Samuel Peterson (Men’s Cross Country), Zach Wilson (Men’s Track and Field), Arica Windsor (Women’s Field Hockey), Danielle Hayes (Women’s Volleyball), David Sato (Men’s Rugby), Egan McCaughey (Lacrosse), and Emily Duffy (Cheer). (There was no rookie of the year awarded to Women’s Track and Field.)<br /> <br /> <strong>The J.T. “Mickey” Place Awards</strong> were presented by the UPEI Student Union to varsity team student-athletes who made a contribution to student leadership on their team and on campus. The late John Thomas “Mickey” Place was a Student Union employee who was connected not only with UPEI athletics, but also with other aspects of campus life. These awards were given in his memory to Nacho Sanchez (Men’s Soccer), Danielle Younker (Women’s Soccer), Frances MacWilliam (Women’s Rugby), Nathan Yetman (Men’s Hockey), Rachel Colle (Women’s Hockey), Jack MacAulay (Men’s Basketball), Annabelle Charron (Women’s Hockey), Melanie Mitchell (Cross Country), and Nathalie Lane (Track and Field).<br /> <br /> Each coach presents <strong>The Principles of Panther Pride Coaches Award</strong> to the student-athlete on their team that best exemplifies purpose, preparation, respect for people, positivity, professionalism, presence, passion, and perseverance. The winners for the 2019-20 season are Cohen Reddick (Men’s Soccer), Carly Connell (Women’s Soccer), Brinten Comeau (Women’s Rugby), Tanner McCabe (Men’s Hockey), Kaylee Dufresne (Women’s Hockey), Adam Ryan (Men’s Basketball), Reese Baxendale (Women’s Basketball), Annika Wiebe (Women’s Cross Country), Patrick Fletcher (Men’s Cross Country), Daneille Younker (Women’s Track and Field), Karleigh McEwen (Women’s Field Hockey), Sabrina Savory (Women’s Volleyball), Faris Zakem (Men’s Rugby), Sean He (Lacrosse), and Gemma Shea (Cheer).<br />   <div>Go Panthers Go!<br />  </div> </div> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 21:05:15 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/jenna-mae-ellsworth-and-owen-headrick-named-upei-athletes-year Message from the President: Let's take comfort in our united UPEI front https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-lets-take-comfort-our-united-upei-front <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on April 3, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></p> <p> </p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> Another week has passed in this long journey. I know everyone is fatigued with all of the new practices that have been introduced to our lives: physical distancing; self-isolating; and teaching, learning, and working remotely. We are all grappling with this sudden threat of COVID-19 to our health, financial situation, social well-being, and education. Our stress levels are increasing as we near the end of the semester and the exam period is set to begin—it is normal to feel anxiousness and be worried when there are so many unknowns.<br /> <br /> What I do know is that despite all of this change and uncertainty, I am so proud to be a part of our connected UPEI community. Together we are resilient, patient, kind, and taking care of each other, on and beyond our campus.<br /> <br /> Our faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting our students in their learning, despite the different circumstances we find ourselves in. Students are demonstrating how well they can adapt and manage during these difficult times. Essential services continue to be provided on- and off-campus. Our alumni and friends are contacting us to see how they can help, and many members of our UPEI community are contributing to the greater Island community.<br /> <br /> As I did last week, I want to again take the opportunity to reflect on a just a few of many reasons why we can take comfort from our united UPEI front as we endure this challenging situation.<br /> <br /> Dr. Trevor Jain is the Director for UPEI’s BSc in Paramedicine program, Associate Research Director for Paramedicine, and a member of the Prince Edward Island Emergency Medicine Research Group. Dr. Jain is also an emergency department physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who happens to be a disaster medicine specialist. He leads the team at our provincial hospital in providing COVID-19 response while maintaining essential emergency services. Using the hashtag he has been using to recognize his colleagues, I thank him for being one of our #COVIDWarriors.<br /> <br /> With the suspension of in-person classes and in-person exams, Dr. Jason Pearson is employing learning software he developed two years ago, Stemble, to help with the delivery of online UPEI chemistry exams. Faculty and students in the department were already accustomed to using Stemble for instruction, but Dr. Pearson’s team has adapted the web-based homework tool for exams, ensuring it will let students know that their responses and revisions have been saved. For now, Stemble can only be used for chemistry, though Dr. Pearson hopes to expand its use to other programs.<br /> <br /> Last week I mentioned how the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering was mobilizing to produce Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks, N95 masks, and protective face shields. I am so pleased to report that the FSDE team has turned their vision into reality. Dr. Nick Krouglicof has advised me that Health PEI’s evaluation of the prototype face shields was extremely positive. Manufacturing began on April 1 and the first delivery of 900 face shields is expected early next week. It is so amazing how the FSDE faculty and staff have stepped up to the challenge to help protect our health care workers.<br /> <br /> Our Nursing students are also answering the call to help. On behalf of UPEI Nursing Society, fourth-year student Kitty Yin, in collaboration with the Dalhousie and Memorial medical school societies, is organizing student volunteers from the UPEI Faculty of Nursing to be matched with health care providers who are in need of childcare, someone to run errands, etc. So far, there are over a dozen UPEI Nursing students as well as MUN and Dalhousie medical students currently on the Island who are interested. The group hopes to roll out the initiative mid-April to provide extra support to the dedicated nurses and doctors working so tirelessly right now on PEI.<br /> <br /> Business at the UPEI Chaplaincy Centre Food Bank and the UPEI Student Union’s SUpplies Food Bank has been brisk during these uncertain times. My sincere thanks go to Sister Sue Kidd, our Campus Minister, and Emma Drake, President of the UPEISU, for their leadership in food security for our UPEI community. They have been working together, recently assembling and delivering hampers to students unable to get to campus, and are also issuing e-gift cards (in small denominations) to local grocery stores. If anyone wishes to contribute to these efforts, they can donate online at <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://upei.ca/donate&source=gmail&ust=1586012998210000&usg=AFQjCNER9mbiS5V8ERL3psmczu6D6bXRmA" href="http://upei.ca/donate" target="_blank">upei.ca/donate</a> and designate their donation to the Food Bank, or bring food donations in person when the UPEI Chaplaincy Centre Food Bank is open, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am–12 pm.<br /> <br /> I am so appreciative of all our employees, who are adapting to this new reality, whether they are working from home or providing essential services on campus. One group that often doesn’t get recognized is our IT Systems and Services department, which has played a vital role in our transition to online teaching and learning by ensuring our networks, software, and hardware are bolstered during this time of increased technology use. Thank you to CIO Dana Sanderson and his team for their responsiveness during this crisis.<br /> <br /> An aspect of campus life that we all miss is events and celebrations. While nothing can completely replace in-person gatherings, I am very impressed with how we are finding innovative ways to celebrate at UPEI. For example, the Department of Athletics and Recreation was set to recognize outstanding student-athletes who have excelled in sport, the classroom, and serving the community at their 51st annual UPEI Athletics Awards Gala. Because the student-athletes and coaches are now unable to gather in person, Panthers from around the world will be able to follow a special version of this year’s award presentations on UPEI Athletics and Recreation’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram channels. The UPEI varsity club team awards will be revealed on Friday, April 3, beginning at 7:00 pm, while the varsity team awards will be announced on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 7 pm.<br /> <br /> This type of adaptability and flexibility highlights that we must continue to maintain close communication, using creativity, and the technology we have, in order to persevere during this unprecedented situation of COVID-19. This is a very stressful time so I encourage you to reach out if you need support. UPEI has a number of resources for students through UPEI Student Affairs, including personal counselling (<a href="mailto:studentserv@upei.ca" target="_blank">studentserv@upei.ca</a>) and the International Student Office (<a href="mailto:irostu@upei.ca" target="_blank">irostu@upei.ca</a>). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765.<br /> <br /> My heart is with all of you, and I count myself very blessed to be part of a highly dedicated and forward-thinking Island community that has compassion for each other. Please continue to practice the physical distancing recommended by the Chief Public Health Officer, and maintain your social links online or by phone. I thank each and every one of you for your contributions toward building a stronger and even more connected UPEI community.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br /> Alaa</p> <div> </div> <div><br /> Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island<br />  </div> Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:22:44 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/message-president-lets-take-comfort-our-united-upei-front Zack Montreuil awarded the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/zach-montreuil-awarded-frank-h-sobey-award-excellence-business-studies <p>Zack Montreuil, a fourth-year BBA student in UPEI’s Faculty of Business, was awarded the prestigious Frank H. Sobey Award at a ceremony earlier this year.</p> <p>The Frank H. Sobey Award is awarded each year to up to eight undergraduate business students attending an Atlantic Canadian university who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in business and dedication to extracurricular, community, and entrepreneurial activities. The scholarship amount has gone up in recent years to $30,000 from $25,000.</p> <p>“Being a recipient of the Frank H. Sobey Award means so much to me,” said Montreuil. “It is a symbol of all my hard work over the past few years at UPEI. Be it my accomplishments in business studies, or positively affecting my community in extracurricular initiatives, or my dedication to entrepreneurship, this award recognizes all of my efforts and will surely propel me forward in all of my future endeavours.”</p> <p>“We are very proud of the excellent track record that our business students have had with this prestigious award,” said Dr. Tarek Mady, interim dean of the Faculty of Business at UPEI. “I congratulate Zack on this huge accomplishment and for all the hard work he’s done during his time at UPEI.”</p> <p>Montreuil is pursuing a double specialization in marketing and finance, as well as a minor in economics. He is also in the UPEI co-op program and is the vice-president of finance of Enactus-UPEI.</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:50:33 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/04/zach-montreuil-awarded-frank-h-sobey-award-excellence-business-studies Update from the Health, Safety, and Environment team during COVID-19 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/update-health-safety-and-environment-team-during-covid-19 <p>UPEI’s Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) team issued a message to faculty and staff on March 30, 2020 with contact information and links to resources during the COVID-19 crisis. </p> <p>Liz Rostant-MacArthur, Manager of Health, Safety, and Environment said, “With many of our colleagues working at home and others holding down the fort on campus providing essential services, we wanted to virtually say ‘hello,’ and let them know that we are thinking of them during this difficult time.”</p> <p>Rostant-MacArthur and Rhoda Speare, Biosafety Officer are continuing to check the <a href="mailto:incident@upei.ca">incident@upei.ca</a> inbox every day for any submitted incident reports, and have set up a confidential, secure drop box in the entrance way to Memorial Hall for those who may prefer dropping off a hard-copy report. They also encouraged anyone with questions to reach out to the department at <a href="mailto:hse@upei.ca">hse@upei.ca</a> or visit their <a href="https://www.upei.ca/office-vice-president-administration-and-finance/health-safety-and-environment">website</a> for links to several resources. </p> <p>“We may not be able to answer everyone’s questions,” added Rostant-MacArthur, “but we can certainly help direct your concerns to the appropriate resource, so please do not hesitate to contact us.” </p> <p><br />  </p> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:23:58 -0300 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/update-health-safety-and-environment-team-during-covid-19 Message from the President: Building a stronger, more connected UPEI community https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-building-stronger-more-connected-upei-community <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on March 27, 2020 to their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,</p> <p>It has been a week since I last wrote you, but it has been nine weeks since we have been communicating with you about COVID-19. This is a pandemic like no other, and it will have ramifications for our University, our province, our country, and around the world that are still unknown.</p> <p>I will continue to write you weekly; it is so important to stay connected as the COVID-19 crisis evolves. Along with the Chancellor, the Chair of the Board of Governors, Senior Executive, Deans, Directors, and Supervisors, I continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, so we will advise you as soon as possible if there are any changes in our response to COVID-19. I am in touch often with Emma Drake, president of the UPEI Student Union, who is wonderful at briefing me on how her peers are doing. I am also communicating regularly with Premier Dennis King, who continues to wish us well as we do our best to carry on with the semester.</p> <p>As a campus community, we have had to make some difficult decisions, but all of them have been made with the health, safety, and security of students, staff, and faculty at the top of our minds. By responding quickly and implementing a number of <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">preventative measures on campus</a> early, UPEI is playing its part in helping to prevent the spread of this virus.</p> <p>It has been extremely important that our campus stay open for the delivery of essential services, including keeping the residences open for our students. Many, who were able, elected to travel home early, but I know that some students are not in this position. I want to thank the Residence Services staff, the Chartwells team, and our Facilities Management division for allowing us to maintain this “home away from home” for our students.</p> <p>I am so grateful to our faculty and staff who are so committed to ensuring that our students successfully complete the semester and progress through their studies with as little disruption as possible. Many of our students have applied for the first summer session, and it is our intention to support them as faculty and staff transition to delivering a full session using online tools and technology.</p> <p>This week, registration opened for incoming first-year students. The response has been very encouraging, and I am so proud of how we have welcomed these future students despite the challenges we face today. We have all rallied and are supporting each other, and I want to acknowledge everyone’s efforts to be creative, patient, and flexible. I have always known this, but UPEI students are amazing in the face of adversity, and I thank them for their willingness to adapt. We are all in this together.</p> <p>There are also many ways that our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are answering the call to contribute to the broader community.</p> <p>Last week we learned of the great news that an interdisciplinary research team at UPEI, co-led by Dr. Bill Whelan and Dr. Andy Trivett and featuring faculty from Physics, Sustainable Design Engineering, Chemistry, and Veterinary Medicine, has received a CIHR grant to repurpose, in response to COVID-19, a diagnostic tool they have developed for the detection of viruses in farm animals. The UPEI researchers will apply their patent-pending LabAnywhere™ technology to detecting human diseases in remote locations. <a href="https://www.upei.ca/communications/news/2020/03/upei-led-research-team-working-adapt-hand-held-mobile-technology-detect">Read more</a></p> <p>This week, Dr. Travis Saunders’ Active Living Lab in Applied Human Sciences launched a research program where kinesiologists are offering ergonomic assessments for Islanders who are working from home. The work, led by research coordinator Carrie Jones, is being supported by the Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island. <a href="https://www.upei.ca/communications/news/2020/03/upei-s-active-living-lab-offering-online-ergonomic-assessments">Read more</a></p> <p>Students in the Doctor of Psychology program are researching evidence-based, mental health resources and plan to provide these online. I am thankful that Dr. Jason Doiron and his colleagues in the PsyD program continue to connect with their vast networks in mental health.</p> <p>Dr. Nick Krouglicof, Dean of the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, is serving on the newly established COVID-19 Innovation Task Force formed by the Government of PEI to look into producing several types of personal protective equipment (PPE). The team at FSDE has already prepared a proposal that outlines how they will be able to mobilize resources. They are to be commended for their initiative and willingness to participate in this provincial effort to respond to a national call to supplement the supply of PPE.</p> <p>Several faculty have participated in interviews with local, national, and sector-based media to share their expertise as it relates to COVID-19, including the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Dr. Jason Stull, veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in infectious diseases; Dr. J McClure, large animal medicine and infection control; and Dr. Martha Mellish, Ambulatory Equine Service.</p> <p>UPEI is proud to count many of those leading efforts in public health and health care during this crisis as alumni. Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer; Marion Dowling, Chief of Nursing; Dr. Tim Burnley, Health Information Specialist; Dr. Carolyn Sanford, Provincial Veterinarian, and Dr. Maggie Cameron, acting Provincial Epidemiologist, are only a few of the UPEI graduates who are helping to keep Islanders safe.</p> <p>Closer to campus, our E-Learning Office at the Robertson Library and our Student Affairs team have placed resources for “Resilient Teaching” and “Resilient Learning,” respectively, on <a href="https://moodle31.upei.ca/">UPEI’s Moodle page</a>. Our UPEI Student Union, guided by Emma Drake, has announced a fund to help students who are facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. This will certainly supplement other supports that are available, including the UPEI Adversity Awards. A few years ago, the University established these awards for students facing difficulty and adversity. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have added $70,000 to this year’s funding for the Adversity Awards in order to help students who have been severely impacted by the pandemic.</p> <p>These are just a few examples in which UPEI is continuing to play an important role in the community by reaching out to offer our resources, research capabilities, and knowledge to others. Our University motto is “Faith, Knowledge, Service,” and I am reminded every day how much our UPEI community members exemplify these values whether in times of prosperity or during a mounting challenge like COVID-19.</p> <p>I thank each and every one of you for your contributions toward building a stronger and even more connected UPEI community.</p> <p>Best wishes,</p> <p><br /> Alaa</p> <p><br /> Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island<br /> <br />  </p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:18:39 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-building-stronger-more-connected-upei-community UPEI’s Active Living Lab offering online ergonomic assessments for Islanders working from home https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-s-active-living-lab-offering-online-ergonomic-assessments <p>Many workers are transitioning to work from home. Doing so without knowledge and implementation of ergonomic principles can create the potential for musculoskeletal strain. Kinesiologists from UPEI’s Active Living Lab are offering free online ergonomic consults for individuals on Prince Edward Island working from home to educate them about ergonomic best practices and provide suggestions on how to work as safely as possible during this period.</p> <p>The session will be a 20–30 minute video conference via Zoom. The kinesiologist will review workers’ existing equipment, furniture, and work habits and will discuss strategies to optimize well-being while working from home. Workers will be encouraged to bring any concerns about their health and safety to their employer.</p> <p>For more information, or to sign up, contact Carrie Jones at <a href="mailto:crjones@upei.ca">crjones@upei.ca</a>, or visit <a href="https://projects.upei.ca/ergo/">https://projects.upei.ca/ergo/</a></p> <p>This project is supported by a grant from the WCB Grant Program of the Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:13:31 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-s-active-living-lab-offering-online-ergonomic-assessments Veterinary Teaching Hospital implements protective measures due to COVID-19 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/veterinary-teaching-hospital-implements-protective-measures-due-covid <p>Because of the ongoing, evolving COVID-19 situation, the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital has implemented significant restrictions in order to protect its clients, staff, and the general public.</p> <p>The VTH is still open, providing urgent care and emergency services; all animals requiring emergency services will receive medical care, even those from high-risk or infected households. However, access to the building is restricted to staff. All clients, including those in the UPEI community, are asked to call 902-566-0950 before coming to the hospital for veterinary services or to purchase products.</p> <p>Clients requiring veterinary services will receive guidance on how to access care when they call in advance of their visit. They are not permitted to attend appointments with their animals. Animals are to be brought into the hospital via a drive-through service where the client remains outside during the appointment.</p> <p>Clients can get prescriptions refilled and purchase pet food. Payment for services and products is accepted by credit card payment, and products are dropped off outdoors.</p> <p>“We appreciate that this is a significant inconvenience,” said Dr. Heather Gunn McQuillan, director of the VTH. “However, we are following the guidelines put in place by the office of the Chief Public Health Officer in order to keep our staff and the general public safe. Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.”<br />  </p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:52:58 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/veterinary-teaching-hospital-implements-protective-measures-due-covid CANARIE profiles UPEI research https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/canarie-profiles-upei-research <p>CANARIE, the ultra-high-speed network connecting Canada's researchers, educators, and innovators, recently profiled a number of projects as case studies about the impact of the network. UPEI's Climate Research Lab was one of the projects, specifically its Coastal Impacts Visualization Environment (CLIVE) project. </p> <p>From the profile:</p> <p>"The dramatic impact to PEI from climate change was universally shocking to residents who were able to see for themselves what their coastlines, cities, and even individual farms would look like in several decades. The reaction on CLIVE’s value from the media and other research organizations was also unanimously positive."</p> <p><a href="https://www.canarie.ca/network/nren/case-studies/ecn-pei/">Read the case study online today</a>.</p> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:52:46 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/canarie-profiles-upei-research Message from the President: Update, reminder, and thank you  https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-update-reminder-and-thank-you <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on March 20, 2020 via their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be first shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em></p> <div> <div> </div> <div>Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,<br /> <br /> As we are about to enter this new phase of instruction on Monday, and after a week of operating with no in-person classes and labs and a limited workforce on campus, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all members of our UPEI community. I am so proud of how everyone has been caring and respectful of each other as we navigate this uncharted territory. All of you have been tremendously helpful and co-operative as we employ measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.<br /> <br /> To our Students, I appreciate your patience and resiliency as we transition to alternate course delivery. I assure you that we will do everything in our power to be flexible as we resume instruction so that you can complete the semester successfully.<br /> <br /> To our Faculty and Staff, I thank you for your understanding and creativity as we move to this new model. We have made significant progress in a short time and have adjusted to either working remotely or providing in-person essential services extraordinarily well.<br /> <br /> To our Deans, Vice-Presidents, CIO, and senior management team, I am grateful for your leadership and for your support of the decisions we have made in the best interest of our entire community.<br /> <br /> The impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve every few hours. As of this afternoon, our <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19&source=gmail&ust=1584817435476000&usg=AFQjCNEIE8gedJeEhUP0v-E_knZiTKTJrA" href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19" target="_blank">PEI Chief Public Health Officer</a> reported that there remained only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. With the measures we have taken, the UPEI community is playing its part in doing what we can to limit the spread of the virus. However, we must continue to follow the guidance of our government officials.<br /> <br /> I encourage you to continue to refer to our <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus&source=gmail&ust=1584817435476000&usg=AFQjCNG8t36byb3P4CKPKDU9X9AGXShaiA" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus" target="_blank">COVID-19 information page</a> and <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq&source=gmail&ust=1584817435476000&usg=AFQjCNF0JHiCLEdeLEOj0F8BidjfzPCVBg" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq" target="_blank">FAQs </a>posted on the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://upei.ca&source=gmail&ust=1584817435476000&usg=AFQjCNHoAYOoyDcEofCuqgjHtjRV_ZeCHQ" href="http://upei.ca/" target="_blank">upei.ca</a> website. I also request that, while we continue to practice social distancing, we also practice social connecting. Check in with your peers, colleagues, friends, and family using technology and social media. If you are feeling apprehensive or have concerns—which is understandable—reach out to the supports that are available. UPEI has a number of supports for students through <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/student-affairs&source=gmail&ust=1584817435476000&usg=AFQjCNEtBmOEX_CW7bserSec4CA4j1B98Q" href="https://www.upei.ca/student-affairs" target="_blank">UPEI Student Affairs</a>, including personal counselling (902-566-0488, <a href="mailto:studentserv@upei.ca" target="_blank">studentserv@upei.ca</a>) and the International Student Office (902-566-0576, <a href="mailto:irostu@upei.ca" target="_blank">irostu@upei.ca</a>). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765.<br /> <br /> These are unprecedented times for not only post-secondary education, but also our province, our country, and indeed our world. Let us continue to take care of each other.  <br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br />  </div> <div>Alaa</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</div> </div> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:05:08 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-update-reminder-and-thank-you UPEI-led research team working to adapt hand-held mobile technology to detect COVID-19 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-led-research-team-working-adapt-hand-held-mobile-technology-detect <p>A research team led by the University of Prince Edward Island has been awarded a research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to adapt a hand-held, portable technology to detect whether someone carries the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. The research team is co-led by Dr. William Whelan (Physics, UPEI) and Dr. Andrew Trivett (Sustainable Design Engineering, UPEI) and includes Dr. Marya Ahmed (Chemistry, UPEI), Dr. Javier Sanchez and Dr. Dan Hurnik (Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI), Dr. Solke De Boer (Canadian Food Inspection Agency, retired), and Dr. Mark Redmond (PEI BioAlliance).</p> <p>The patent-pending technology was developed by UPEI researchers for the detection of viruses in farm animals. Current methods to detect viruses require trained technicians to process samples in a central testing lab. The UPEI technology was developed to allow biological samples to be literally analysed anywhere—in a barn, field, or on a tractor—without pristine laboratory conditions. The researchers will apply this rugged LabAnywhere™ technology to detecting human diseases.</p> <p>Since the call went out for applications to CIHR’s Rapid Call for Coronavirus Research, COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The global need for reliable, rapidly deployable detection methods is more important than ever.</p> <p>“We began developing this technology several years ago with the goal of helping farmers manage livestock and crop diseases better,” said Dr. Trivett. “We are really excited to see our work enter the fight against this new threat to our communities.”</p> <p>“When we were notified of the award, I was in self-isolation, after being tested for COVID-19,” said Dr. Whelan. “I received my test result, which was negative, two days later. With this funding, we will work hard to deliver an on-site, rapid test for coronaviruses, with results in an hour.”</p> <p>The research project will use easily handled, safe viruses from the animal world for initial testing to validate the methods and move to tests using human viruses once initial trials are complete. With support from Synapse, Innovation PEI, the PEI BioAlliance, and SpringBoard Atlantic, the inventors have created a spin-out company, Fieldetect Inc. to commercialize the technology.</p> <p>Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass, UPEI's Interim Vice-President Academic and Research said, “COVID-19 is an unprecedented global public health risk. We are thankful to CIHR for expanding this important funding to allow our interdisciplinary research and development team at UPEI to test this diagnostic technology that will have an impact around the world."</p> <p>This project is one of 96 across the country funded by the Government of Canada in rapid response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.</p> <p>“The outbreak of COVID-19 evolves quickly, and protecting the health of Canadians is our priority,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health. “The additional teams of researchers receiving funding today will help Canada quickly generate the evidence we need to contribute to the global understanding of the COVID-19 illness. Their essential work will contribute to the development of effective vaccines, diagnostics, treatments, and public health responses.”</p> <p>This research has been supported from its earliest days by Synapse and its partners in the Springboard Atlantic Network, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Innovation PEI. Synapse is UPEI's independently incorporated commercialization, technology transfer, and industry-engagement company, created to develop stronger links between UPEI research and industry sectors, to encourage exciting new levels of idea generation, technology evaluation, technology transfer, commercialization, and spin-off company formation. </p> <p>Since mid-2018, the Fieldetect Inc. team has benefitted from commercialization coaching by industry and regulatory experts at <i>Emergence</i> Bio-Business Incubator. Operated by the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, <i>Emergence</i> pairs its clients with mentors who have a proven track record in related fields, and provides services designed to help companies like Fieldetect Inc. succeed in getting their products to market.</p> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:58:53 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-led-research-team-working-adapt-hand-held-mobile-technology-detect UPEI mourns passing of Dr. Robert Suen https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-mourns-passing-dr-robert-suen <p>The University of Prince Edward Island expresses deepest sympathy to the family and friends of retired faculty member Dr. Robert Suen, who passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, aged 88.</p> <p>Dr. Suen was a professor of mathematics at St. Dunstan’s University. He also taught mathematics and computer science at UPEI, retiring in 1997. He greatly enjoyed teaching his students, and he published many articles in mathematical journals.</p> <p>He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Suen, and his eldest son John, his daughter-in-law Ru-ying, and many grandchildren. He was predeceased by his younger son Edward Suen.</p> <p>Arrangements are entrusted to the Belvedere Funeral Home; however, there will be no funeral service or visitation at this time. Memorial donations to the UPEI Alumni Association, UPEI Student Scholarship Fund, or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation are appreciated. <br />  </p> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:31:09 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-mourns-passing-dr-robert-suen UPEI hosted the 2020 Science Atlantic Nutrition and Foods conference https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-hosted-2020-science-atlantic-nutrition-and-foods-conference <p>The University of Prince of Prince Edward Island hosted the 2020 Science Atlantic Nutrition and Food conference on March 13 and 14. This was just the second year for the conference, and UPEI was proud to host the event for over 70 undergraduate and graduate nutrition and foods students and faculty from across the region.</p> <p>The 2020 conference featured a keynote address from Dr. Susan Whiting, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. Her presentation, entitled “Dietary intakes of Canadians: What this can and cannot tell us about our nutritional status,” identified ongoing challenges with the vitamin D and calcium status of Canadians and concerns about the current Canada’s Food Guide. The conference also included a pre-conference workshop by Dr. Shannan Grant, assistant professor of applied human nutrition, and students Chelsea Purdy and Florence Blackett from Mount Saint Vincent University on bridging the gap in academia between indigenous and non-indigenous learners. For a complete schedule of speakers, see the <a href="https://www.upei.ca/programs/foods-and-nutrition/science-atlantic-conference%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">conference website</a>. </p> <p>The conference was organized by three student co-chairs from UPEI: Katrina Nagge, Julia Heckbert, and Imene Hank, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Taylor, professor of applied human sciences, and Dr. Sarah Finch, assistant professor of applied human sciences. The co-chairs worked with local UPEI Foods and Nutrition student volunteers to plan and carry out the conference, and with student representatives from across Atlantic Canada to promote the conference.</p> <p><a href="https://scienceatlantic.ca/%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">Science Atlantic</a> is a registered charitable organization for scientists, faculty, and students in Atlantic Canada. Science Atlantic, formerly the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences, was founded in 1962 with the aim of advancing post-secondary science education and research in Atlantic Canada. Science Atlantic’s activities include annual academic conferences, lecture tours by notable scientists, awards recognizing research and science communication skills, travel assistance for students to attend conferences, and managing the Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database (AFRED). Currently, Science Atlantic hosts ten annual discipline conferences in a variety of fields, including nutrition and foods, chemistry, physics and astronomy, mathematics and computer science, biology, psychology, and others. </p> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:32:17 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-hosted-2020-science-atlantic-nutrition-and-foods-conference Message from the President: Update on COVID-19 measures https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-update-covid-19-measures-university-moves-essential <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on March 17, 2020 via their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em><br />  </p> <div>Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,</div> <div> <div><br /> These are such uncertain times, and I am so proud of how our entire University community is responding in the face of adversity. We continue to make our decisions in response to the COVID-19 crisis based on the advice of our PEI Chief Public Health Office and Government of Canada Public Health Agency.<br /> <br /> As this situation is evolving quickly, I am meeting every day and several times a day with my senior executive team—the Vice-President Academic and Research, Vice-President Administration and Finance, Chief Information Officer, and Associate Vice-President Students and Registrar. We are also in conversation with the union leaders of our various bargaining units and the UPEI Student Union as we proactively prepare for the days and weeks ahead. The safety and security of our students and employees is our top priority so all of our discussions are student- and employee-centric.<br /> <br /> As expected, with the changes that are happening rapidly in our country and around the world, we have been constantly reviewing what essential services looks like for our University in terms of what functions can be performed from home. Therefore, UPEI is taking additional measures to ensure the safety of our University community.<br /> <br /> <strong>Effective immediately, only essential services at the University will be provided, with only limited employees remaining on campus.</strong><br /> <br /> The UPEI Health and Wellness Centre; Accessibility Services and Counselling Services at UPEI Student Affairs; the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Diagnostic Services, Animal Resources, and Central Services at the Atlantic Veterinary College; UPEI Security Services; UPEI Chaplaincy Centre; and the UPEI Residences will remain open.<br /> <br /> I have spoken with UPEI Student Union President Emma Drake who advised me that the W.A. Murphy Student Centre will remain open as an essential service for students, where they can continue to access and utilize the Student Union Foodbank.<br /> <br /> While we had made an earlier decision to leave the Library open, <strong>we will now be closing the Robertson Library, effective 4:30 pm on March 17, 2020. </strong>We ask our students and instructors to continue to use the Library’s extensive online services that are available to them. I have also instructed our Vice-President Academic and Research to work with the deans, librarians, and chairs of our academic departments to ensure that the students will not be disadvantaged by this closure. More flexibility will be given to our students to find the best means to finish their course work and research.<br /> <br /> As we continue to focus on our students and their well-being, we recognize that many have already left residence to go home to their families. However, there are a number who are unable to leave the residences for various reasons. I want to assure them that UPEI will ensure that residence and food services will continue although the University is operating with a minimum workforce.<br /> <br /> I would like to applaud all of the efforts that have been made and continue to be made by our faculty and staff, both working on campus and remotely from home. I have asked the Vice-President Administration and Finance and the Vice-President Academic and Research to operate with the understanding that most of our employees should work from home unless they are considered an essential service. This was not an easy decision to make as some of our colleagues who are considered essential will carry the burden of being on campus; we will also extend flexibility and understanding for those individuals. </div> <div> </div> <div>IT Systems and Services have provided instructions/tips to assist employees working remotely from home on <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://my.upei.ca&source=gmail&ust=1584554251585000&usg=AFQjCNE_3HtIDk7eN-WUWeIk74d0yKGHAw" href="http://my.upei.ca/" target="_blank">my.upei.ca</a>.<br /> <br /> I commend our senior administrative team in taking the time to address all of these issues that are facing us. I know very well that they care about the University community, and I ask you to continue to support them as they continue to make difficult decisions.<br /> <br /> Our union leaders must also be congratulated for their collaborative efforts. They continue to work with us to ensure that the University can provide services until this difficult time has passed.<br /> <br /> I also thank Premier King and the government for continuing their open dialogue with the University, and for their ongoing support of post-secondary education.<br /> <br /> As I wrote yesterday, these are difficult times in our world, and there is a tremendous sense of worry in our community. Please take care of one another and reach out to the supports that are available to you. UPEI has a number of supports for students through <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/student-affairs&source=gmail&ust=1584554251585000&usg=AFQjCNE2WM3rNsrAwvK2kWyUTS1UQr4X_g" href="https://www.upei.ca/student-affairs" target="_blank">UPEI Student Affairs</a>, including personal counselling (902-566-0488, <a href="mailto:studentserv@upei.ca" target="_blank">studentserv@upei.ca</a>) and the International Student Office (902-566-0576, <a href="mailto:irostu@upei.ca" target="_blank">irostu@upei.ca</a>). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765. We encourage you to reach out if you have concerns.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br />  <br />  </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> </div> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:03:03 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-update-covid-19-measures-university-moves-essential Message from the President re: Convocation 2020 and spring session https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-re-convocation-2020-and-spring-session <div><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on March 16, 2020 via their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our COVID-19 <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em><br />  </div> <div> </div> <div>Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /> <br /> I wish to convey that over the course of the past number of days, our University has been in constant contact with the Government of PEI to ensure we have the best information available on which to base our decisions about COVID-19 measures. As recent as this morning, I spoke with the Premier of Prince Edward Island and updated him on the changes we are making. Premier King was very supportive and wishes our University the best as we navigate through this uncharted territory. We also continue to work closely and share our plans with Holland College. <br /> <br /> As indicated in my <a href="https://www.upei.ca/communications/news/2020/03/urgent-update-re-covid-19-measures-upei">message to the UPEI community</a> on March 15, 2020, the University of Prince Edward Island Senate met earlier today, Monday, March 16, via video conference to determine a plan for Convocation 2020 as well as the spring session. <br /> <br /> While this is so difficult to write as I looked forward to greeting graduates as they crossed the stage at each of our Convocation ceremonies, with this rapidly evolving situation, we simply cannot hold four large gatherings without posing significant health risks.<br /> <br /> <strong>The UPEI Senate unanimously approved a motion to cancel the May 7 and May 8 Convocation ceremonies.</strong> The motion also encompassed any large gatherings related to Convocation such as the Atlantic Veterinary College’s White Coat Ceremony.<br /> <br /> The UPEI Senate discussed options that will allow students who wish to cross the Convocation stage in the future to do so. Due to the uncertainty about how long social distancing guidelines will be in place and other University timing conflicts, the Senate did not confirm a plan today, but is committed to work towards a solution to allow ample time for graduates, friends, and families to prepare.<br /> <br /> I want to assure the UPEI community that <strong>prospective graduates will be awarded their degree(s)/credentials at the Senate meeting in May as usual</strong>. More information will be shared directly with prospective graduates by the Office of the Registrar about how to obtain their parchments either by mail or picking them up in person.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Senate also agreed that all courses for the First Summer Session (May 11–June 18, 2020) be moved online </strong>except clinical rotations in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and clinical courses in the Faculty of Nursing. <br /> <br /> These are difficult times in our world and there is a tremendous sense of worry in our community. Please take care of one another and reach out to the supports that are available to you. The contact information for these and further information can be found on our <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">COVID-19 web page</a>.<br /> <br /> Best wishes,<br /> <br />  </div> <div> </div> <div>Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor<br /> University of Prince Edward Island<br />  </div> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 11:07:46 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-president-re-convocation-2020-and-spring-session UPEI Theatre Studies production of “Everyone” cancelled https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-theatre-studies-production-everyone-cancelled <p>Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, UPEI’s Theatre Studies program regrets to announce the cancellation of its upcoming production of <i>Everyone</i>, which was slated to run March 17– 21. For information, please contact Dr. Greg Doran, Coordinator of Theatre Studies, at <a href="mailto:gdoran@upei.ca">gdoran@upei.ca</a> or 902-566-6013.</p> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:52:30 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-theatre-studies-production-everyone-cancelled URGENT UPDATE re: COVID-19 measures at UPEI https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/urgent-update-re-covid-19-measures-upei <p><em>This message was distributed to UPEI students, faculty, and staff on March 15, 2020 via their @upei.ca emails. While we will continue to update our <a href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus">website</a>, the latest news will be shared with the UPEI community by email and notifications will be sent by UPEI SAFE, the University’s safety app (available on The App Store and Google Play).</em><br />  </p> <p>Dear Members of the University Community,<br /> <br /> As indicated in the <a href="https://www.upei.ca/communications/news/2020/03/message-upei-students-regarding-covid-19">Message to Students</a> on March 13, 2020, because the situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly, the University of Prince Edward Island advised that it may need to suspend in-person classes prior to the previously announced date of March 20, 2020. <br /> <br /> With the <a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/alert/advisory-coronavirus-infection">PEI Chief Public Health Office</a> announcing on Saturday, March 14, 2020 that there is now a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the province, <strong>the University of Prince Edward Island has decided to suspend in-person classes and in-person labs effective Monday, March 16, 2020.</strong><br /> <br /> To be absolutely clear, <strong>in-person classes, in-person labs, and in-person exams will not resume this semester. </strong><br /> <br /> This decision to suspend in-person classes, labs, and exams represents a measure to reduce large gatherings of people in line with <a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/economic-growth-tourism-and-culture/covid-19-social-distancing">social distancing</a> advice from the PEI Chief Public Health Office. Any course delivery will occur through alternative means—in most cases, this will mean email communication and/or online delivery through tools such as Moodle, Google Meet, Collaborate, etc.<br /> <br /> <strong>Instruction will be paused from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2020</strong> to allow instructors time to focus on transitioning to alternative course delivery and develop their plan for teaching through to the end of the semester.<br /> <br /> <strong>Campus Operations</strong><br /> <br /> UPEI remains open for operations, including research operations, and UPEI buildings are open. This includes residences and the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre, Robertson Library, AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Registrar’s Office. Please note that some services and hours of operation may vary from normal operations in order to accommodate changing circumstances. <br /> <br /> <strong>The UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre is closed effective March 15, 2020 at 6 pm</strong> with the exception of Reactive Health, a physiotherapy clinic located in the building. All Sports Centre programming, including the Panther Academy March Break camps, and offerings such as the walking track, are cancelled.<br /> <br /> In line with <a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/economic-growth-tourism-and-culture/covid-19-social-distancing">social distancing guidelines</a> from the PEI Chief Public Health Office, we advise that people should avoid social gatherings where a 2-metre distance is not possible. To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, UPEI has enhanced cleaning procedures and increased the frequency of cleaning in high-traffic areas.<br /> <br /> <strong>Events</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>All university events are cancelled or postponed.</strong> At this point, this is <strong>in effect until April 30, 2020 at a minimum</strong>. Do not book university events until further notice as we continue to monitor the situation.<br /> <br /> The UPEI Senate will discuss Convocation (currently scheduled for May 7 and 8, 2020) on Monday, March 16 via an online conference to determine a plan. Regardless of a decision, <strong>students will still be awarded their degree(s)/credentials.</strong> More information will be shared with prospective graduates in the near future.<br /> <br /> <strong>Travel Restrictions</strong><br /> <br /> University-related travel outside the province is suspended for UPEI students, faculty, and staff until further notice. <br /> <br /> Because of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the University is strongly advising student, faculty, and staff to monitor <a href="https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices">Government of Canada travel health notices</a> before undertaking any personal travel. In keeping with federal and provincial health authorities’ recommendations, anyone who travels outside of Canada (including the United States) must self-isolate for 14 days upon return. <br /> <br /> Students with questions about <br /> 1. international travel as part of their academic program should contact their Program Coordinator or Study Abroad and International Collaboration at <a href="mailto:sdacorn@upei.ca">sdacorn@upei.ca</a> or 902-894-2837. <br /> 2. travel medical emergency insurance coverage with the UPEI Student Union should contact <a href="mailto:admin@upeisu.ca">admin@upeisu.ca</a>. <br /> 3. returning home to countries other than Canada or arriving to UPEI from countries other than Canada may direct inquiries to the International Student Office at <a href="mailto:irostu@upei.ca">irostu@upei.ca</a> or 902-566-0576.  <br /> <br /> <strong>Special Work Arrangements </strong><br /> <br /> Employees should report to work as usual. Employees who are in self-isolation who are able to sustain their work function remotely may make arrangements with their supervisor. These arrangements will require approval by a Vice-President. Human Resources has developed a FAQ specific to employees, which will be available on my.upei.ca as of Monday, March 16, 2020.<br /> <br /> We appreciate your patience as we work through this ever-changing situation to ensure that our students will be able to complete their academic term. We will be reassessing and evaluating the situation continuously and issuing regular communication updates.<br /> <br /> The health and safety of our UPEI community is our top priority and I recognize how this evolving global situation is very stressful. UPEI has a number of supports for students through <a href="https://www.upei.ca/student-affairs">UPEI Student Affairs</a>, including personal counselling (902-566-0488, <a href="mailto:studentserv@upei.ca">studentserv@upei.ca</a>) and the International Student Office (902-566-0576, <a href="mailto:irostu@upei.ca">irostu@upei.ca</a>). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765. I encourage you to care for each other, and reach out if you have concerns.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <div> <div><br /> <br /> Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz<br /> President and Vice-Chancellor <div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 15 Mar 2020 13:42:10 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/urgent-update-re-covid-19-measures-upei Message to UPEI Students regarding COVID-19 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-upei-students-regarding-covid-19 <p><strong>The following message was distributed to students on March 13, 2020 on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Research.</strong></p> <div> </div> <div><em>Dear UPEI Students,</em></div> <div> <div><br /> <em>This is an uncertain and difficult time for everyone. While the national and provincial health authorities continue to assess the public health risk in Canada and Prince Edward Island for COVID-19 as low, we know the situation is evolving quickly. We also know that many of you have questions about COVID-19 and how our University is dealing with the pandemic.  <br /> <br /> First and foremost, UPEI is committed to ensuring that our students are front and centre throughout transitions that must take place due to COVID-19.<br />  <br /> Our University leadership and the UPEI Student Union have been consulted on an ongoing basis regarding the situation. Based on today’s <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/alert/advisory-coronavirus-infection&source=gmail&ust=1584220383015000&usg=AFQjCNE8oYfmB-po6Xl8ATfYvHzsnSVZjA" href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/alert/advisory-coronavirus-infection" target="_blank">update</a> by the PEI Chief Public Health Office, UPEI is taking further measures to limit the potential transmission of COVID-19.<br /> <br /> UPEI has decided that:</em> <ul> <li><strong><em>After March 20, 2020 and for the remainder of the semester, there will be no in-person classes held at UPEI. This includes labs (with the exception of small group size labs within Veterinary Medicine).</em></strong><br />  </li> <li><strong><em>After March 20, 2020, UPEI will move to alternate course delivery (such as electronic delivery). </em></strong><br />  </li> <li><strong><em>As the situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly, a decision to suspend in-person classes prior to March 20 could occur at any time. Should a decision be made earlier, UPEI will communicate this to you as soon as possible.</em></strong><br />  </li> <li><strong><em>There will be no in-person exams for this semester. However, faculty have been encouraged to provide alternate forms of assessment. </em></strong><br />  </li> <li><strong><em>UPEI will remain open for operations, and all buildings and services will be open to students and faculty.</em></strong></li> </ul> <p><em>Throughout the next week, UPEI faculty and staff will prepare materials so that you are able to continue your course of study without in-person classes. Faculty members have been encouraged to be flexible to accommodate you as needed.<br /> <br /> Each faculty will put protocols in place as needed for research, clinical placements, clinic projects, field placements, and other experiential learning opportunities, so please contact your Program Coordinator if you have questions.<br /> <br /> For students who are currently outside of Canada in relation to their academic program—if  you feel uncomfortable and wish to return to Canada, please refer to the contact information on our <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus&source=gmail&ust=1584220383015000&usg=AFQjCNFoj_zaBv0V-7SiJJOCqSzReO1EZg" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus" target="_blank">website</a>. In keeping with federal and provincial health authorities’ recommendations, anyone who travels outside of Canada (including the United States) must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.</em></p> <p><em>Also, further student supports are outlined on our <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq&source=gmail&ust=1584220383015000&usg=AFQjCNHOgvutJpfn-ng5shusgEs59iu9YA" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq" target="_blank">FAQ webpage</a> .<br /> <br /> Decisions impacting the rest of the semester are made with the best interests of students in mind, and in light of a quickly changing landscape. These decisions will also allow us, as a University community, to move forward with options so that the semester can be completed with as little disruption as possible.<br /> <br /> We encourage you to take the same general health precautions for COVID-19 as you would for influenza. The best defence against any type of flu is following routine prevention measures:</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li><em>wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when needed,</em></li> <li><em>avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands,</em></li> <li><em>cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue,</em></li> <li><em>if you have a severe cold or the flu, stay home if possible, and</em></li> <li><em>avoid contact with people who are sick.</em></li> </ul> <em>Anyone who feels unwell and/or develops a fever and cough should call 8-1-1, contact their primary health-care provider, or make an appointment at the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre&source=gmail&ust=1584220383015000&usg=AFQjCNFRWNyeiNyEnNGBJy_NfVxPZvYX0w" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre" target="_blank">UPEI Health and Wellness Centre</a>.<br /> <br /> Thank you for your patience and co-operation through what is uncharted territory. As we work through the uncertainties that go hand-in-hand with this situation, we encourage everyone to do their best to support each other. The Faculty and Staff of UPEI are here to support you and offer guidance and encouragement. We will continue to update you as the situation develops.<br /> <br /> Yours sincerely,<br /> <br /> <br /> Dr. Katherine Gottschall-Pass<br /> Interim Vice-President Academic and Research</em></div> </div> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 18:43:20 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/message-upei-students-regarding-covid-19 2020 U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship cancelled due to COVID-19 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/2020-u-sports-women-s-hockey-championship-cancelled-due-covid-19 <p>In a joint release issued late Thursday night, the University of Prince Edward Island and U SPORTS, the governing body for university sport in Canada, announced the cancellation of the 2020 U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship. <a href="https://usports.ca/en/news/2020/03/2863800770/hockey-advisory">READ THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT</a></p> <p>The decision was prompted by Hockey Canada, which announced earlier that all sanctioned hockey activities were being cancelled effective March 13. The U SPORTS University Cup, the men’s championship taking place in Halifax, was also cancelled.</p> <p>Event convenor and UPEI’s Director of Athletics and Recreation Chris Huggan said, “On behalf UPEI, we are so disappointed that the participating teams will not have the opportunity to complete the 2020 Women’s championship, but we understand the reasoning behind this heart wrenching decision.</p> <p>He added, "I want to extend my thanks to all of our fans, volunteers, and sponsors who supported us throughout the season and for this event. We are saddened that our own UPEI Panthers didn’t get an opportunity to play on this national stage, but know this decision was made with the best interest of all participants in mind.”</p> <p>For fans who have purchased tickets, information about full refunds will issued in the coming days.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 23:14:09 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/2020-u-sports-women-s-hockey-championship-cancelled-due-covid-19 PEI Symphony Orchestra performance to feature UPEI’s Magdalena von Eccher https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/pei-symphony-orchestra-performance-feature-upei-s-magdalena-von-eccher <p>The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) is hosting a fundraising concert featuring two new Charlottetown residents, including UPEI’s recently appointed assistant professor of piano Magdalena von Eccher. The event takes place in the sanctuary of Charlottetown’s Zion Presbyterian Church 135 Prince Street, on Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 pm. The concert features von Eccher and Glen Montgomery, both recognized as amongst Canada’s outstanding musicians. The concert will present an array of selections including solo, duet, and trio repertoire in a range of styles.</p> <p>von Eccher has been on faculty at the University of Lethbridge and McGill University and now the University of Prince Edward Island. She is a soloist and chamber musician, performing regularly throughout North America and Europe. Recent engagements include performances at the Festival of the Sound, McGill University’s Musical Chairs Festival, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and concerto appearances with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra.</p> <p>Montgomery leads a dynamic musical life throughout Canada, performing, teaching, and composing. He has performed around the world in such renowned venues as Leningrad’s Philharmonic Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and locales such as Iceland, Japan, and Australia. Montgomery has collaborated with numerous international artists in frequent appearances at the Festival of the Sound, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. Over the course of his career, he has been a devoted teacher, with students having achieved national and international acclaim. He has been on the faculties of the Banff Centre, Mount Royal University, University of Ottawa, Conservatoire de Montréal, and the University of Lethbridge.</p> <p>The programme will feature works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Gershwin, Debussy, Brahms, Chick Corea, Schubert, and more, with appearances by soprano Shannon Scales (Sirens) and William Costin on French horn.</p> <p>Tickets are $25 per adult ($20 for PEISO season subscribers) and $10 for students, and can be purchased online at <a href="https://pianoevent.bpt.me/">pianoevent.bpt.me/</a>. Proceeds from the event will help support the PEI Symphony Orchestra’s mandate of providing live orchestral music to the province of PEI and fostering growth through educational outreach initiatives. For more information, contact <a href="mailto:admin@peisymphony.com">admin@peisymphony.com</a> or visit <a href="http://www.peisymphony.com">www.peisymphony.com</a>.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:49:47 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/pei-symphony-orchestra-performance-feature-upei-s-magdalena-von-eccher UPEI researchers aim to help Islanders improve health through CHANGE program https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-researchers-aim-help-islanders-improve-health-through-change <p>Researchers from UPEI’s Health and Wellness Centre and the Department of Applied Human Sciences are seeking participants for a free lifestyle intervention program called CHANGE, which stands for Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise.</p> <p>The 12-month program will be offered in communities across Prince Edward Island. To be eligible, participants must have or be at risk of metabolic syndrome. Individuals with metabolic syndrome have three or more of these five conditions: high blood pressure, insulin resistance (diabetes or pre-diabetes), abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, and low HDL-cholesterol. Participants will have their glucose and lipids level checked a total of five times over the year, as well as measurements of fitness, waist circumference, blood pressure, and heart rate.</p> <p>Participants can be referred by their physician or nurse practitioner, or they can sign up directly by contacting a member of the study team at 902-620-5156. During the study, they will work with kinesiologist Angelie Carter and registered dietitian Jenneca Pomeroy who will provide them with personalized exercise and nutrition plans. <br />  <br /> Principal investigator Marilyn Barrett, director of the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre, stressed that the study is not a weight loss program.</p> <p>“This is a lifestyle intervention study,” she said. “According to recent studies, 19 per cent of Canadians have metabolic syndrome, and one in five Islanders has high blood pressure, which is one of the indicators of the syndrome. Through the CHANGE program, we will provide participants with the tools they need to better manage health conditions they may have and improve their overall health.”</p> <p>The CHANGE program was created by <a href="https://www.metabolicsyndromecanada.ca/">Metabolic Syndrome Canada</a>, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011 to improve the long-term health of Canadians through effective direct and exercise lifestyle intervention. The program at UPEI is funded by donors to the UPEI Community Outreach Fund.</p> <p>For more information, contact Marilyn Barrett at 902-566-0355 or <a href="mailto:mbarrett@upei.ca">mbarrett@upei.ca</a>.<br />  </p> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:36:05 -0300 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-researchers-aim-help-islanders-improve-health-through-change COVID-19 Update: UPEI travel restrictions expanded, FAQ now available https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/covid-19-update-upei-travel-restrictions-expanded-faq-now-available <div><strong>The following message was distributed to faculty, staff and students on March 11, 2020 on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President Administration and Finance.</strong></div> <div> </div> <div><em>Dear Members of the University Community:<br /> <br /> The University of Prince Edward Island continues to monitor developments about the Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19) with provincial officials and with our university colleagues across the country.<br /> <br /> While the risk remains low and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, UPEI has expanded its travel restrictions.<br /> <br style="color:#222222; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:small; font-style:normal; font-variant-ligatures:normal; font-variant-caps:normal; font-weight:400; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:start; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; widows:2; word-spacing:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; background-color:#ffffff; text-decoration-style:initial; text-decoration-color:initial" /> <strong>Effective immediately, travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, either as part of a UPEI program or for University business, has been suspended until further notice.</strong><br style="color:#222222; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:small; font-style:normal; font-variant-ligatures:normal; font-variant-caps:normal; font-weight:400; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:start; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; widows:2; word-spacing:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; background-color:#ffffff; text-decoration-style:initial; text-decoration-color:initial" /> <br style="color:#222222; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:small; font-style:normal; font-variant-ligatures:normal; font-variant-caps:normal; font-weight:400; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:start; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; widows:2; word-spacing:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; background-color:#ffffff; text-decoration-style:initial; text-decoration-color:initial" /> Because of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the University is strongly advising faculty, staff, and students to monitor <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices&source=gmail&ust=1584033665482000&usg=AFQjCNG5SkmpbUA3HtExkpdYOq62FELIRA" href="https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices" target="_blank">Government of Canada travel health notices</a> before travelling to the following affected areas: Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, France, and Germany.</em><br />  </div> <div><em>We continue to encourage you take the same general health precautions for the COVID-19 as you would for influenza. The best defence against any type of flu is following routine prevention measures. Anyone who feels unwell, has difficulty breathing, and/or develops a fever and cough should call 8-1-1, contact their primary health-care provider, or make an appointment at the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre&source=gmail&ust=1584033665482000&usg=AFQjCNHkJ5shN9OuppBiVtCpSdvVH_glIA" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre" target="_blank">UPEI Health and Wellness Centre</a>.<br /> <br /> We recognize how this situation may be stressful. UPEI has a number of supports for students through UPEI Student Affairs, including personal counselling (<a href="mailto:studentserv@upei.ca" target="_blank">studentserv@upei.ca</a>, 902-566-0488) and the International Student Office (<a href="mailto:irostu@upei.ca" target="_blank">irostu@upei.ca</a>, 902-566-0576). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765. We encourage you to reach out if you have concerns.<br /> <br /> You can view UPEI information, messages, and <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq&source=gmail&ust=1584033665482000&usg=AFQjCNHk90mCng05VZoHOD2KVIHrl9Wu_Q" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq" target="_blank">Frequently Asked Questions</a> about COVID-19 by clicking on the link on front page of <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://upei.ca&source=gmail&ust=1584033665482000&usg=AFQjCNGchDJzfbCrZK0-AMnaLGza8ExwMQ" href="http://upei.ca/" target="_blank">upei.ca</a>.</em><br />  </div> <div><em>Yours truly,<br /> <br />  <br /> Jackie Podger<br /> Vice-President Administration and Finance</em></div> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:32:41 -0300 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/covid-19-update-upei-travel-restrictions-expanded-faq-now-available 2020 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms Women’s Hockey Championship begins Thursday https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/2020-u-sports-cavendish-farms-women-s-hockey-championship-begins <p>UPEI is proud to host the 2020 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms Women’s Hockey Championship! The puck drops for the tournament’s opening game on Thursday, March 12, at 3 pm and wraps with the gold-medal game on Sunday, March 15, at 6 pm!</p> <p>The Panthers enter the tournament seeded eighth of eight teams. They kick off their tournament on Friday with a 7 pm match up with number-one seed University of Alberta. The game will feature a performance by Island musicians, twins Ava and Lily Rashed.</p> <p>Read a full tournament preview including profiles of each of the eight teams at <a href="https://usports.ca/en/championships/hockey/f/news/2020/03/776787042/women-s-hockey-championship-preview">USPORTS.ca</a>.</p> <p>Tickets for the tournament are available online at <a href="http://gopanthersgo.ca%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">gopanthersgo.ca</a> or by calling 902-629-6625.  The Bell Aliant Centre Box Office is open during the following times:</p> <p>Tuesday, March 10: 10 am to 3 pm<br /> Wednesday, March 11: 10 am to 3 pm<br /> Thursday, March 12: 11 am to 8 pm<br /> Friday, March 13: 11 am to 8 pm<br /> Saturday, March 14: 8:30 am to 8 pm<br /> Sunday, March 15: 9:30 am to 7 pm</p> <p>Livestreaming in English is available for free worldwide on <a href="http://www.cbcsports.ca">CBCSports.ca</a>, CBC Gem, the CBC Sports App for <a href="https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/cbc-sports/id1001665907">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.cbc.android.sports&hl=en">Android</a> devices, with French digital coverage carried on <a href="http://www.usports.live">USPORTS.LIVE</a>.</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 15:18:20 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/2020-u-sports-cavendish-farms-women-s-hockey-championship-begins Panthers win bronze at U SPORTS Women's Basketball Championship https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/panthers-win-bronze-u-sports-womens-basketball-championship <p>They laid their hearts out on the court and in the end, it paid off. Now the UPEI Panthers can call themselves national bronze medalists after a gutsy 57-50 comeback win over the Laval Rouge et Or. </p> <p>Down by as many as 18 midway through the third quarter, the Panthers slowly whittled into the deficit. By the fourth quarter they trailed by just eight and that's where all-star Reese Baxendale took over. After Laval's Kim Letang connected on a three-pointer, Baxendale countered with back-to-back threes of her own to make it a one-point game, as she hopped to her right with a fist pump ready to the sound of the cheering crowd.</p> <p>"I just wanted to win so bad," said Baxendale about her two clutch threes. "I wanted everyone to get hyped up and get excited over it."</p> <p>Jenna Mae Ellsworth added two free throws moments later to give them the definitive lead they wouldn't relinquish.</p> <p>"It's been a long time since we've (UPEI) been here and to think our first appearance is in a bronze medal game and winning it, it's pretty incredible," Ellsworth said. </p> <p>The Panthers could've easily bowed down after things looked grim, but the heart of a championship never surrenders and that's exactly what head coach Matt Gamblin saw from his squad. </p> <p>"You never give up. We talk a lot about being resilient throughout the game, through the ups and down," he said. "It's mental toughness, it's belief in each other and it's belief in what we're trying to do. </p> <p>Carolina Del Santo gave the Panthers good minutes early scoring four points, before Letang drilled an elbow three to tie it up at eight apiece.</p> <p>Back-to-back threes from Baxendale and Lexi MacInnis gave UPEI the lead 14-8. But the Rouge et Or scored the final four points of the quarter to trim the deficit to 14-12. </p> <p>A corner triple from Frederique Beauchamp followed by three from Letang pulled Laval in front 20-16. The Panthers offence stalled in the quarter as they were held to just eight points, but an Ellsworth layup at the buzzer gave them some life. The Rouge et Or fared a bit better on that end to give them a 28-22 lead at halftime. Letang had eight at the break, while Baxendale had seven.</p> <p>Laval opened the second half on an 8-0 run with Leslie Makosso scoring four of those points, as her team extended the lead 36-22. </p> <p>"When we were down 14 to 16 it didn't look terrible, we were just missing shots," Gamblin said. "They just had to stay with it and they did."</p> <p>Ellsworth scored six of the next eight points for the Panthers, who cut it to 41-31, forcing their opponent to regroup with a timeout.</p> <p>UPEI held them scoreless for the final five minutes of the third, allowing them to inch within single digits, 41-33 before the fourth. </p> <p>That's when they takeover began. The Panthers held Laval to just nine points in the frame, while they themselves had 24 fueled by the best backcourt in the nation.</p> <p>Baxendale had nine of her 17 points in the fourth, where she drained 3-of-5 threes. She also added seven rebounds and two assists.</p> <p>"We're best friends off and on the court," Baxendale said. "We trust each other so much and it translates on the court." </p> <p>Ellsworth, meanwhile, scored 12 of her 24 points in the frame, where she also drained 8-of-9 free throws. The fourth-year guard added nine rebounds and four assists in the win.</p> <p>"I think we feed off each other's energy," Ellsworth said. "When she hits a big shot, I'm just as excited as she is. And when I hit a big shot, she's just as excited as I am."</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:48:31 -0300 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/panthers-win-bronze-u-sports-womens-basketball-championship Guest lecture: Post-Colonia Literature of Portuguese Africa https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/guest-lecture-post-colonia-literature-portuguese-africa <p>The Department of Modern Languages, the Master in Global Affairs program, and UPEI’s Spanish Club are pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Lúcia Helena Marques Ribeiro, entitled <i>“Literatura pós-colonial da Africa Portuguesa: Uma visão de dentro”</i> (Post-Colonial Literature of Portuguese Africa: A Vision from Within). The lecture will take place on Monday, March 16, at 7 pm in room 246 of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall.</p> <p>The lecture will focus on Portuguese-speaking African authors and their narrative and perspective on the continuity of an African identity post-colonization. Marques Ribeiro teaches literary theory and Portuguese literature at Universidade de Brasília.</p> <p>The lecture will be in Portuguese with simultaneous translation in English. All are welcome. Ribeiro will be pleased to meet with students and faculty interested in this area of research.</p> <p>Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Dr. Doreley Carolina Coll at 902-566-0603 or <a href="mailto:dcoll@upei.ca">dcoll@upei.ca</a>.</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:46:50 -0300 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/guest-lecture-post-colonia-literature-portuguese-africa Two public talks in the Asian Studies International Seminar/Korean Studies Speaker Series https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/two-public-talks-asian-studies-international-seminar/korean-studies <p>The UPEI Faculty of Arts, Asian Studies Program, and Korean Studies Project are pleased to announce the following public talks by two engaging and promising scholars from Philadelphia for the 2020 AST International Seminar and KS Speaker Series. The event is Thursday, March 26, from 2:15–4:45 pm in the Faculty Lounge of UPEI’s SDU Main building:</p> <p>The event begins with refreshments and a reception. The first speaker is Dr. Jea Sophia Oh, Department of Philosophy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She will present a fascinating lecture, “Dao, Creativity, and Water: An Ecofeminist Perspective of Life.” Oh suggests the Dao “as the ethic of nature that human beings need to follow in our ecological catastrophe by sharing the Korean concept of <i>salim</i> (enlivening) as the creativity and healing power of life.”</p> <p>Dr. Joseph E. Harroff, Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, presents another thought-provoking lecture, “Confucian <i>jeong</i>/<i>qing</i> (emotion) as Relational Affect in the Religious Studies and Philosophy Classroom.” Harroff will discuss “how foregrounding Confucian (East Asian) assumptions about relational affect or ‘emotion’ understood as a non-analytic and morally truth-tracking aspect of embodied experience can lead to a more creatively democratic classroom dynamic that allows for more diverse participation and a transformative conversation about the application of Confucian texts.”</p> <p>Do not miss this special series event. Everyone is invited to attend.</p> <p><b>Dr. Jea Sophia Oh</b> is an assistant professor of philosophy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She received a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Yale University’s Divinity School and a PhD in Comparative Philosophy and Theology (esp. gender studies) from Drew University. Her research and publication primarily focus on East Asian philosophy, comparative ethics, ecofeminism, and postcolonial theory. Her first book, <i>A Postcolonial Theology of Life: Planetarity East and West</i> (2011), is agroundbreaking work in Korean ecofeminist theology and comparative philosophy. She is the editor and author of <i>Nature’s Transcendence and Immanence: A Comparative Interdisciplinary Ecstatic Naturalism </i>(2017). She also co-edited (with Joseph Harroff) a new book, <i>Suffering and Evil in Nature: Asian and American Perspectives</i> (Lexington Books, forthcoming [2020]). She is the section chair of “Religion, Gender, and Sexuality” and “Comparative Religion and Ecology” in the American Academy of Religion (AAR), as well as the program chair of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP), American Philosophical Association (APA). Oh also serves as the chair of the Society of Study of Process Philosophy at both Central and Eastern divisions of APA.</p> <p><b>Dr. Joseph E. Harroff</b> is a lecturer at the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia. He has held positions at various institutions including Montclair State University, Kent State University, University of Hawai'i, and Beijing University. He received an MA in Chinese Philosophy from Shandong University, China, and a PhD in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawai'i (2018). He authored a new book, <i>Resolute Agency in Confucian Role Ethics</i> (SUNY Press, forthcoming [2020]) and co-edited (with Jea Sophia Oh) <i>Suffering and Evil in Nature: Asian and American Perspectives</i> (Lexington Books, forthcoming [2020]). His current interests could be summarized as a strenuous attempt at thinking through the constellations of creative democracy, education, and experience in work inspired by classical pragmatism, Confucianism, and other philosophical movements that give ethical and ontological primacy to habits as “vital arts” of relational flourishing as opposed to moribund forms of thinking that depend upon some pernicious myths of possessive individualism or the positing of discrete, autonomous subjectivity as part of a final vocabulary  or “block universe.” Harroff is also very active with various scholarly societies such as APA and AAR.</p> <p>This international seminar and speaker series project is supported by an international Seed Program for Korean Studies grant through the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea, and Korean Studies Promotion Service (KSPS), the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS).</p> <p>For more information, contact Dr. Edward Chung at <a href="mailto:chung@upei.ca">chung@upei.ca</a> or 902-566-0324.</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:43:20 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/two-public-talks-asian-studies-international-seminar/korean-studies 2020 UPEI Career and Summer Job Fair on March 11 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/2020-upei-career-and-summer-job-fair-march-11 <p>The annual UPEI Career Fair is Wednesday, March 11, from 10 am to 2 pm in McMillan Hall of UPEI’s W. A. Murphy Student Centre. The fair provides an opportunity for students to meet employers face-to-face to learn about job opportunities and discuss future employment options.</p> <p>Hosted by UPEI Career Services, the fair welcomes a wide variety of employers from various industries who will be actively hiring students and recent graduates in March 2020.</p> <p>Attendance for students is free, and no registration is required. If you are a student seeking employment, attend the fair to learn about various employment opportunities. If you would like assistance with preparing for the fair, visit the Career Studio in room 209 of Dalton Hall.</p> <p>Employer registration for the 2020 Career and Summer Job Fair is now full. To be placed on the waitlist, please email <a href="mailto:careerfair@upei.ca%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">careerfair@upei.ca</a>. A complete list of registered employers is on the <a href="https://www.upei.ca/career-services/upei-career-and-summer-job-fair">Career Fair’s website</a>.</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:39:24 -0300 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/2020-upei-career-and-summer-job-fair-march-11 More newspapers now available at IslandNewspapers.ca https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/more-newspapers-now-available-islandnewspapersca <p>UPEI’s Robertson Library has added two additional newspapers to its already impressive searchable, online collection at <a href="https://islandnewspapers.ca">IslandNewspapers.ca</a>. With funding from the National Heritage Digitization Strategy, the library has digitized the <i>Examiner</i> (1847–1900) and PEI’s first French-language newspaper, <i>L’Impartial</i> (1893–1915).</p> <p>IslandNewspapers.ca is built on the Islandora software platform developed by the Robertson Library and now adopted by more than 300 institutions around the world, supported by an international community of developers and users. The site contains a fully searchable archive of the Island’s main newspapers of record, including 42,000 newly digitized pages from the <i>Examiner </i>and <i>L’Impartial</i>.</p> <p>For more information, contact <a href="mailto:kmacphail@upei.ca%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">Keltie MacPhail</a>, Digital Initiatives Librarian, UPEI.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:09:14 -0400 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/more-newspapers-now-available-islandnewspapersca Jenna Mae Ellsworth named U SPORTS Player of the Year https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/jenna-mae-ellsworth-named-u-sports-player-year <p>OTTAWA (U SPORTS) — Guard Jenna Mae Ellsworth of the UPEI Panthers and forward Brett Layton of the Calgary Dinos were honoured with the Nan Copp Award and Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as U SPORTS basketball Players of the Year Wednesday night, as the national award winners were celebrated at the joint All-Canadian Gala.</p> <p>With the honour, Mae Ellsworth became the final member of the Top 100 players of the century, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of U SPORTS women's basketball.</p> <p><b>Past Award Winners</b></p> <p>Guards Jael Kabunda of Bishop's and Lloy Pandi of Carleton captured the Kathy Shields Award Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as Rookies of the Year, while Western forward Julia Curran and Thompson Rivers guard Michael Rouault earned the Sylvia Sweeney and Ken Shields Awards for Student-Athlete Community Service for their outstanding contribution both on and off the court.</p> <p>Forwards Khaléann Caron-Goudreau of Laval and Lock Lam of Lakehead took home Defensive Players of the Year honours, while bench bosses Mike Rao of Brock and Dalhousie's Rick Plato received the Peter Ennis Award and Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as Fox 40 Coaches of the Year.</p> <p>Finally, Manitoba forward Addison Martin received the Tracy McLeod Award for her courage in overcoming adversity.</p> <p>As the Exclusive Provider of championship rings and recognition jewelry of U SPORTS, Baron will provide customized rings to the First Team All-Canadians in football, basketball and hockey, as well as other major award winners.</p> <p>The 2020 U SPORTS Final 8 Basketball Championships, hosted jointly for the first time by the Ottawa Gee-Gees, Carleton Ravens, and the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group, tips off on Thursday and concludes Sunday with the women's gold medal game at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m., followed by the men's final at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.</p> <p>All championship bracket games (quarterfinals, semifinals, medal games) from both tournaments will be played at The Arena at TD Place, while the consolation brackets are played at the Ravens Nest on the campus of Carleton University.</p> <p>Livestreaming in English is available for free worldwide on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem, the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices, with French digital coverage carried on USPORTS.LIVE.</p> <p><b>NAN COPP AWARD (Player of the Year): Jenna Mae Ellsworth, UPEI</b></p> <p>A fourth-year science student from Charlottetown, P.E.I., Ellsworth led the Panthers with 20.5 points per game this season, while also averaging 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game as the Panthers finished in first place in the regular season standings with a 17-3 record.</p> <p>In addition to being named U SPORTS MVP, she also earned a place on the U SPORTS First All-Canadian squad for the first time in her career. She is a three-time AUS second team all-star and also earned AUS Rookie of the Year nods and a place on the AUS and U SPORTS All-Rookie team in her inaugural season with the Panthers in 2016-17.</p> <p>With 1,231 career points scored in four seasons, she now sits tied for second in UPEI school history with a year of eligibility remaining.</p> <p>Ellsworth is the first player in UPEI history and just the third from the AUS to earn the Nan Copp Award, placing her among the Top 100 players of the century, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of U SPORTS women's basketball.</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:01:40 -0400 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/jenna-mae-ellsworth-named-u-sports-player-year COVID-19 update from the Vice-President Administration and Finance https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/covid-19-update-vice-president-administration-and-finance <p><strong>The following message was distributed to faculty, staff and students on March 3, 2020 on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President Administration and Finance.</strong><br style="color:#222222; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:small; font-style:normal; font-variant-ligatures:normal; font-variant-caps:normal; font-weight:400; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:start; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; widows:2; word-spacing:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; background-color:#ffffff; text-decoration-style:initial; text-decoration-color:initial" />  <br style="color:#222222; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:small; font-style:normal; font-variant-ligatures:normal; font-variant-caps:normal; font-weight:400; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:start; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; widows:2; word-spacing:0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; background-color:#ffffff; text-decoration-style:initial; text-decoration-color:initial" /> <em>Dear Members of the University Community:<br /> <br /> The University of Prince Edward Island continues to monitor developments about the Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19) with provincial officials and with our university colleagues across the country. The risk remains very low in PEI; there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.<br /> <br /> UPEI recommends that you seek information from the Chief Public Health Office of Prince Edward Island and the Public Health Agency of Canada as they are continually updating official websites. </em></p> <p><em>The PEI Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) issued an <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/coronavirus-covid-19-update&source=gmail&ust=1583771120283000&usg=AFQjCNG31S3dLVYtISL1Wt-wU-nRwmLA5g" href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/coronavirus-covid-19-update" target="_blank">update</a> on February 28, 2020. The CPHO continues to recommend that arriving travellers who have been in Hubei province (including Wuhan) voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days after leaving China. In addition, there are now further instructions for arriving travellers from a number of affected areas:</em></p> <div> <ul> <li><em>Other areas of mainland China</em></li> <li><em>Hong Kong</em></li> <li><em>Iran</em></li> <li><em>Italy</em></li> <li><em>Japan</em></li> <li><em>Singapore</em></li> <li><em>South Korea</em></li> </ul> <em>At this time, all travellers who have returned from affected areas are being asked to monitor themselves and their children closely for 14 days after returning home and to call 811 if they develop any new onset of symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing).<br /> <br /> All travel to China, either as part of a UPEI program or for University business, has been suspended until further notice. Because of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the University is strongly advising members of the campus community to monitor <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices&source=gmail&ust=1583771120283000&usg=AFQjCNF7oJiC0P1zSjpwj8Tt-bSYdZOyCg" href="https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices" target="_blank">Government of Canada travel health notices</a> before travelling to other affected areas.<br /> <br /> We continue to encourage you take the same general health precautions for the COVID-19 as you would for influenza. The best defence against any type of flu is following routine prevention measures. Anyone who feels unwell, has difficulty breathing, and/or develops a fever and cough should see their primary health-care provider or make an appointment at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre.<br /> <br /> We recognize how stressful it is when families and friends in China and other affected areas may be impacted by this outbreak. UPEI has a number of supports for students through UPEI Student Affairs, including personal counselling (<a href="mailto:studentserv@upei.ca" target="_blank">studentserv@upei.ca</a>, 902-566-0488) and the International Student Office (<a href="mailto:irostu@upei.ca" target="_blank">irostu@upei.ca</a>, 902-566-0576). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765. We encourage you to reach out if you have concerns. You can view UPEI information and messages about COVID on the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronovirus&source=gmail&ust=1583771120283000&usg=AFQjCNEaKKxwmW_pGjcWVArzgMJXF69ZWw" href="https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronovirus" target="_blank">UPEI website</a>.<br /> <br /> Yours truly,<br /> <br />  <br /> Jackie Podger<br /> Vice-President Administration and Finance</em></div> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 13:27:24 -0400 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/covid-19-update-vice-president-administration-and-finance First- and fourth-year students can win by participating in NSSE survey https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/first-and-fourth-year-students-can-win-participating-nsse-survey <p>The University of Prince Edward Island is once again inviting first- and fourth-year students to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). NSSE helps universities understand what students’ experience is, in and out of the classroom, through a confidential survey. UPEI will then use the voluntary information to guide and inform decisions that will benefit students.</p> <p>Approximately 2,000 students have been invited by personal email to participate in the survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete.</p> <p>As a ‘thank you’ for completing it, UPEI is offering students chances to win one of nine early bird prizes valued at $100 each, and a grand prize valued at $500, in the form of either Amazon.ca gift cards. The first draw date for three early bird prizes is March 13, the second draw date is March 20, and the third is March 27. The $500 grand prize draw date is April 7. First- and fourth-year UPEI students may check their @upei.ca email account for their invitations.</p> <p>For more information on the project or how UPEI plans to use the results, contact Dr. Yuqin Gong, Institutional Research Officer at 902-566-0361 or <a href="ygong@upei.ca">ygong@upei.ca</a>.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:07:17 -0400 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/first-and-fourth-year-students-can-win-participating-nsse-survey UPEI Women’s Basketball is off to the U SPORTS Final 8! https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-women-s-basketball-u-sports-final-8 <p>The UPEI Women’s Basketball team are AUS champions after defeating the Acadia Axewomen by a score of 78-59 on Sunday, March 1 at the Subway AUS Women's Basketball Championship final in Halifax.</p> <p>Vice-President Administration and Finance Jackie Podger said after the win, “The Panthers have had a great regular season and we’re all so proud of how they carried this momentum into the AUS championship. We are all so proud of our student-athletes as they wear the green and white to represent UPEI at the U SPORTS national championship next weekend. Go Panthers Go!”</p> <p>AUS first team all-star Reese Baxendale led the way for the Panthers with 25 points on 9-of-20 from the floor, including 5-of-12 from three. She also contributed seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in the effort, winning her Championship MVP, Subway Player of the Game honours, and a place on the tournament all-star team.</p> <p>Acadia opened the game's scoring; however, the Axewomen struggled early with the Panthers leading by as many as six points in the opening quarter. AUS first-team all-star Reese Baxendale found her shot early, matching McDonald's seven points on 3-of-4 shooting while picking up three assists in the opening frame.</p> <p>AUS most valuable player, defensive player of the year, and first team all-star Jenna Mae Ellsworth, who was held to two points in the opening quarter, knocked down two threes at the beginning of the second on her way to 10 points in the quarter, and helped UPEI take a 37-31 lead into halftime.</p> <p>Baxendale and Ellsworth led all scorers at the break with 12 apiece for the Panthers. The Axewomen battled back during the first five minutes of the second half, but the Panthers always had an answer, and kept Acadia at bay.</p> <p>UPEI's defence, anchored by Ellsworth, held Acadia in check through three quarters with 13 points. Baxendale continued to score well in the third with seven in the quarter en route to 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting heading into the fourth as the Panthers led the Axewomen 54-47 with just 10 minutes to play.</p> <p>Acadia began the fourth showing full-court pressure on defence, turning a couple of UPEI turnovers into easy points at the rim and cutting the lead down to three points with 7:07 to play, but Baxendale immediately knocked down yet another timely three, pushing the lead back to six.</p> <p>The Panthers ended the game on a 16-0 run that began at the 5:12 mark, holding the Axewomen scoreless over the final 5:42 of the game, and ending the game with their biggest lead at 19 points.</p> <p>This is the Panthers' first women's basketball banner since the 1997-98 season. The Panthers will travel to Ottawa for the U SPORTS Final 8 women's basketball championship being co-hosted by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, March 5-8. For those travelling to or in the Ottawa area, there will be a Panther pre-game pep rally on Thursday, March 5 at 11:30 am at Jack Astor’s, 425 Marche Way, before UPEI takes on Ryerson University in Quarterfinal #1 at 1:00 pm at TD Place. <a href="https://www.tdplace.ca/event/2020-u-sports-final-8-championships/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj4S64Y7-5wIVjJ-fCh3iTgFqEAAYASAAEgJNkvD_BwE">Tournament Pass and Ticket information </a></p> <p>Read the story on <a href="http://gopanthersgo.ca/general/2019-20/releases/20200301ua8fco">gopanthersgo.ca</a></p> <p> </p> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 10:24:36 -0400 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/03/upei-women-s-basketball-u-sports-final-8 UPEI Music Department to perform Mozart’s 'The Magic Flute' https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-music-department-perform-mozart-s-magic-flute <p>The UPEI Music Department will perform Mozart’s famous opera “The Magic Flute” on March 6 and again on March 7, at 7:30 pm, in the Steel Recital Hall.</p> <p>This fully staged version will come to life under the musical direction of Sung Ha Shin-Bouey and stage direction of Stephen Bouey, both of whom are voice professors at UPEI. The opera will be sung in English and will have a unique take, offering perhaps a glimpse of university life in a fantastical way. It is a family-friendly show and is perfect for the inner child in everyone.</p> <p>Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors, and $10 for students, and can be purchased online at <a href="https://bpt.me/4391069">https://bpt.me/4391069</a>; at the Music Department Office (Room 203, Steel Building); or at the door. The storm date is March 8 at 7:30 pm.</p> <p>For more information, contact Susan Stensch, UPEI Music Department, at <a href="mailto:music@upei.ca">music@upei.ca</a>.<br />  </p> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:04:10 -0400 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-music-department-perform-mozart-s-magic-flute Cheer on your #1 ranked UPEI Panthers at the AUS Basketball Championship https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/cheer-your-1-ranked-upei-panthers-aus-basketball-championship <p>A pair of weekend wins put the UPEI women’s basketball team alone in first place on top of the AUS standings. Now it’s time to get ready to head to Halifax for the AUS Basketball Championship this weekend at the Scotiabank Centre!</p> <p>The Panthers’ first game this weekend is the semi-final on Saturday at 1:00 pm against the winner of UNB (4th) and CBU (5th)  in the quarter-final. The championship game is the next day at 1:00 pm.</p> <p>UPEI Athletics and Recreation is offering a student fan package for just $20. The package includes floor seats in the UPEI cheering section, a Go Panthers Go! T-shirt, UPEI noise-makers and swag, and access to specials at UPEI House, located at the Orso Pub & Grill just across the street from the Scotiabank Centre.</p> <p>The student fan package is first-come, first-served to the first 50 students to drop by Panther Central in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre or to call 902-566-0368.</p> <p>Not a student, but still want to catch the action? Visit the <a href="http://www.atlanticuniversitysport.com">AUS website for ticket information</a>. Be sure to purchase tickets in sections 6 and 7, and don’t forget to join us in the Orso Pub & Grill, the Panther home away from home during the championship weekend.  There will be a short pep rally at the Orso starting at 11:30 am on Saturday.</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:29:45 -0400 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/cheer-your-1-ranked-upei-panthers-aus-basketball-championship Panthers at Home, February 25 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/panthers-home-february-25 <p>The UPEI women’s hockey team must win Tuesday night’s semi-final matchup at home against St. Francis Xavier to keep their AUS playoff hopes alive. The Panthers dropped game one in Antigonish over the weekend and now need two back-to-back wins to advance to the next round.</p> <p>“The team is looking forward to hosting St. FX tomorrow night,” said coach Bruce Donaldson. “Game one showed us the importance of playing a full 60 minutes. St. FX has won 13 in a row, so clearly they are playing some great hockey. We need to stick to our assignments and play the Panther way for a full game.”</p> <p>The game starts at 7 pm on Tuesday in MacLauchlan Arena. PEI minor hockey players will be admitted free if they’re wearing their team jersey. Parents can get in for $5 if they present the Panther App at the ticket table. Download it today at the App Store or on Google Play.</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:02:19 -0400 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/panthers-home-february-25 Annual public reading from UPEI’s Creative Writing Master Class, March 10 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/annual-public-reading-upei-s-creative-writing-master-class-march-10 <p>The annual public reading from UPEI’s Creative Writing Master Class will take place on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 pm in The Carriage House at Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown. The evening will showcase a baker’s dozen of the Island’s talented emerging writers: Stephen Plouffe, Monika Stewart, Carter Smith, Nick van Ouwerkerk, Emily Browning, Brent Taylor, Sam Jensen, Kayla Lamb, Conor Dever, Shayla Hele, Jonathan Williams, Lorraine Clements, and Jack Wallace.</p> <p>Each writer will share excerpts of their poetry, historical fiction, futuristic and fantasy fiction, and memoirs. We will travel back to meet refugees on PEI in the aftermath of the American Revolution, forward to an embattled America strife-torn by water shortage, and into a hockey arena to watch a highly skilled girl playing on a boys’ team. We will meet secret agents guarding the Atlantic shores from sea monsters and citizens ensnared in an automated justice system.</p> <p>There will be love poetry, poetry evoking the repercussions of sexual assault, and poems showing us a squirrel-hating grandfather with a shotgun, a Canadian soldier on the eve of D-Day, a family gathered around a loved one on life support, and a romantically inclined couple sitting at night on a Charlottetown wharf.</p> <p>The master class reading is sponsored by the UPEI English Department, Faculty of Arts, and Vice-President Academic and Research. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:28:51 -0400 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/annual-public-reading-upei-s-creative-writing-master-class-march-10 UPEI’s Faculty of Business holds an information session for its Executive MBA program, March 12 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-s-faculty-business-holds-information-session-its-executive-mba <p>UPEI’s Faculty of Business will hold an information session for those interested in its Executive MBA program. The event will be Thursday, March 12, at 5 pm in the Boardroom at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.</p> <p>UPEI’s EMBA program offers a high-quality learning experience for working business professionals. The program is designed for those working in, or aspiring to work in, a management or leadership position. Classes are offered bi-weekly on Fridays and Saturdays with the option to complete the program in 20 months.</p> <p>Learn more about the program and application process, have your questions answered, and meet with staff, faculty, and students from the Faculty of Business.</p> <p>To reserve a seat, contact 902-894-2866 or <a href="mailto:mba@upei.ca">mba@upei.ca</a>.</p> <p>For more information about UPEI’s Executive MBA program, please visit <a href="http://www.upei.ca/business/emba">upei.ca/emba</a> or contact the MBA Programs Manager at 902-566-6474.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2020 14:42:49 -0400 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-s-faculty-business-holds-information-session-its-executive-mba UPEI holds information session about new Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-holds-information-session-about-new-canadian-centre-climate-change <p>Members of the public learned more about the new UPEI Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation during an event at St. Peter’s Bay on Friday, February 14.<br /> <br /> Hosting the information session were the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for Cardigan; Sidney MacEwen, MLA for Morell-Donagh, representing the Premier of Prince Edward Island; Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor; and Dr. Adam Fenech, Associate Dean of the UPEI School of Climate Change and Adaptation. Among the special guests attending were the Honourable Brad Trivers, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning and Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change; Member of Parliament Wayne Easter; Senators Diane Griffin and Percy Downe; Dr. Judy Clark, Elder-in-Residence at UPEI; Chief Darlene Bernard, Lennox Island First Nation; Karen Jans, Field Superintendent-PEI, Parks Canada; and Douglas Coles, president of Coles Associates Ltd. </p> <p>On display were space-fit study and concept drawings created by Coles Associates Ltd., illustrating spaces and functional areas that will be incorporated into the functional plan for the new facility. Those attending the event had the opportunity to ask representatives of both the University and Coles Associates questions about the facility, next steps in the construction process, and to provide their feedback. The largest privately owned drone, one of 14 drones in UPEI’s fleet, was also on display.<br /> <br /> Once feedback has been received, said President Abd-El-Aziz, architectural drawings and designs will be developed. The construction will be put out to tender, with the goal of breaking ground this spring. The facility is expected to be completed in late 2021.</p> <p>UPEI’s Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation was announced in St. Peter’s Bay on July 5, 2019, by Minister MacAulay, Premier Dennis King, and President Abd-El-Aziz.<br /> <br /> The 45,000-square-foot facility will house research centres of excellence, the UPEI School of Climate Change and Adaptation, and the UPEI Climate Lab. It will include research, innovation, and collaboration space; a residence for senior students and visiting faculty; storage and repair space for equipment and UPEI’s fleet of drones; and common areas designed to encourage interaction and integration of the research focus areas.</p> <p>“It is so wonderful to be back to the community of St. Peter’s Bay,” said President Abd-El-Aziz, “and I know I will be making many more trips as we move through the process of building the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation.”<br /> <br /> President Abd-El-Aziz thanked the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island for their support of the Centre.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:55:39 -0400 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-holds-information-session-about-new-canadian-centre-climate-change Atlantic Veterinary College hosts public workshop about animal behaviour https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/atlantic-veterinary-college-hosts-public-workshop-about-animal <p>Dr. Karen Overall, a board-certified specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine, will give a public workshop on Tuesday, February 25, about the issue of behavourial problems in cats and dogs. Her presentation, titled “Help! I think my dog/cat needs a shrink! How the modern science of veterinary behavioural medicine saves lives, families, and sanity,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Lecture Theatre A, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. </p> <p>Like people, animals are affected by mental illness, including anxiety and depression, said Overall. Behavioral problems and complaints are the most common reasons why people abandon, relinquish, or euthanize companion animals.</p> <p>Medical science has developed sufficiently in this specialty so that almost all companion animals can be helped, but people have to know about and have access to the right care. During her presentation, Overall will talk about some of the common problems that afflict cats and dogs, driving their owners crazy in the process. She will discuss how pet owners can understand and treat their animals’ needs so they can all live together happily.</p> <p>Overall teaches small animal behavioural medicine at AVC. She has written hundreds of papers and book chapters and multiple textbooks on the subject of companion animal behaviour and behavioural medicine. She lectures worldwide and consults with governments and NGOs about concerns facing working dogs, and about dog bite legislation. She has been named the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Small Animal Speaker of the Year, awarded the Cat Writers' Association Certificate of Excellence for “The Social Cat” column in Cat Fancy Magazine, and was named one of “The Bark’s 100 Best and Brightest,” Bark Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the dog world over the past 25 years.</p> <p>This free event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 902-566-0589.<br />  </p> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:25:47 -0400 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/atlantic-veterinary-college-hosts-public-workshop-about-animal Panthers at Home, February 13 to 14 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/panthers-home-february-13-14 <p>The regular season is done and gone for AUS men’s and women’s hockey. Both UPEI teams have advanced to the playoffs. Both are looking for important first-round wins at home. Here’s your Panthers at Home schedule for February 13 to 14</p> <p><b>Thursday</b></p> <p>UPEI’s women’s hockey team is coming off a tremendous season. They kick off the 2019–2020 playoffs Thursday evening with a home game against the Université de Moncton.</p> <p>“We have had some great games against Moncton this past year, and our playoff history has been ongoing for some time,” said coach Bruce Donaldson. “This will be a great series. Moncton has been playing well and have a very quick team. They move the puck well, work hard, and often take advantage of transition situations. We need to match their speed, focus on playing our style of hockey, and finishing on our own opportunities.</p> <p>The puck drops at 7 in MacLauchlan Arena. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket table starting at 5:30 pm. In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, UPEI Athletics and Recreation invites all school staff to attend with free admission upon presentation of school ID.  All PEI students are admitted free, and parents receive a special $5 ticket price if accompanying their child.</p> <p><b>Friday</b></p> <p>After playing game one of their best-of-three series against Saint Mary’s University on the road, the men’s hockey team will be back on home ice on Friday at 7 pm. This is a big game, no matter how you slice it.</p> <p>“We are very much looking forward to getting the playoffs going,” said coach Forbes MacPherson. “We have been battling a lot of adversity all season, and we are hoping that this has made our group resilient and galvanized us as a group. Saint Mary's is a very good team and well coached. It will be a great challenge for us, and that is what the playoffs is all about.”</p> <p>Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eastlink Centre box office, by calling 902-629-6625 or online at <a href="http://www.eastlinkcentrepei.com/%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">http://www.eastlinkcentrepei.com/</a>.  The MacLauchlan Arena box office will open on Friday at 5 pm.</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 11:20:00 -0400 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/panthers-home-february-13-14 Public book launch and lecture at UPEI on March 10 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/public-book-launch-and-lecture-upei-march-10 <p>The UPEI Diversity and Social Justice Studies program, the Dean of Arts, and the Dean of Education will host a launch of Dr. Darryl Leroux’s book, <em>Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity</em>, on Tuesday, March 10, at 4 pm in Lecture Theatre A, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI.</p> <p>Leroux, an associate professor at Saint Mary’s University, will give a lecture at this free public event.</p> <p>In the book, Leroux explores a social phenomenon called race shifting, which has taken off in the twenty-first century. In race shifting, otherwise white, French-descendant settlers in Canada discover an Indigenous ancestor born 300 to 375 years ago through genealogy and use that ancestor as the sole basis for an eventual shift into an “Indigenous” identity today. </p> <p>After setting out the most common genealogical practices that facilitate race shifting, Leroux examines two of the most prominent self-identified “Indigenous” organizations currently operating in Quebec. Both organizations have their origins in committed opposition to Indigenous land and territorial negotiations, and both encourage the use of suspect genealogical practices. <em>Distorted Descent </em>shows how these claims to an “Indigenous” identity are then used politically to oppose actual, living Indigenous peoples, exposing along the way the shifting politics of whiteness, white settler colonialism, and white supremacy.</p> <p>Leroux is an associate professor in the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies at Saint Mary’s University, where he teaches courses in social theory, critical race theory, studies of colonialism, multiculturalism, and the politics of social memory. He taught previously at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He has been working on the dynamics of racism and colonialism among fellow French descendants for nearly two decades. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Trent University; a master of arts from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto; and a PhD from Carleton University. <em>Distorted Descent</em> was published by the University of Manitoba Press in September 2019.<br />  </p> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:26:51 -0400 Anna MacDonald https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/public-book-launch-and-lecture-upei-march-10 UPEI announces the Panther Subway Athletes of the Week, February 3 to 10 https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-announces-panther-subway-athletes-week-february-3-10 <p>Every week, UPEI Athletics and Recreation recognizes two student-athletes for their achievements and dedication to their respective sports. Congratulations to Sophie Vandale and Elijah Miller, the UPEI Panther Subway Athletes of the Week for February 3 to 10.</p> <p>Vandale, a third-year science student from Winnipeg, Manitoba, plays defence on the UPEI women’s hockey team. She recorded two assists over the weekend in the Panther’s win against St. Thomas University and finished the regular season tied for first with a +22 rating. “Sophie’s a consistent and steady force on the blue line,” said coach Bruce Donaldson. “Her play is calm, and her demeanour on the ice is always positive.”</p> <p>Miller is a first-year point guard on the UPEI men’s basketball team and a business student from Etobicoke, Ontario. He averaged 23 points per game this weekend in games against the UNB Reds and Acadia Axemen. “Over the span of two games this past weekend, Elijah played 63 minutes,” said coach Darrell Glenn. “He shot 15–28 (53 per cent) from the field, handed out nine assists, and turned the ball over once. Elijah continues to show why he is one of the new bright stars in the league.”</p> <p>Go Panthers Go!</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:40:47 -0400 Ron Annear https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/upei-announces-panther-subway-athletes-week-february-3-10 Introducing UPEI’s Open Education Resource Development program https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/introducing-upei-s-open-education-resource-development-program <p><em>The following is released jointly by the Government of PEI, UPEISU, and UPEI.</em></p> <p>UPEI’s Robertson Library, in partnership with the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the UPEI Student Union (UPEISU), has created a program to support the creation, adaptation, or peer review of open education resources (OERs) at UPEI to lower the cost of learning materials for students.</p> <p>“The high cost of books has been a longstanding issue for university students, especially as textbooks go out of date so quickly,” said Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers. “We are pleased to collaborate on this innovative project, which will reduce costs for students and ensure that they have the materials they need to learn.”</p> <p>Textbook and other learning resource costs can contribute significantly to student debt. A proven method to reduce costs and barriers to learning for students is the use of open textbooks and other types of OERs. One of the UPEISU policy priorities for 2018–2019 was an open textbook pilot project to reduce the cost of accessing educational resources.</p> <p>As a result of the student union’s hard work and determined efforts, the OER Development Program at UPEI has been created at the Robertson Library, with support from the provincial government.</p> <p>“What a great collaboration, and I’m really looking forward to working with librarians, instructors, and students on this initiative—a first in the region,” said Donald Moses, University Librarian at UPEI. “Leading the project will be librarian Kim Mears, who manages Pressbooks, the open source OER platform used by the library. OERs generated out of this program will reduce cost and barriers to learning by providing access to content to students in multiple formats.”</p> <p>"We are extremely excited about the changes this program will bring to students in terms of affordability,” said Sweta Daboo, vice-president academic and external at the UPEISU. “Rising textbook costs pose a significant barrier to education, and this is a monumental first step in addressing that issue. We thank the Province and the University for putting the work and resources into this project and look forward to continued investments and collaboration for students.”</p> <p>The funding program will run through 2020 and will be administered by the Robertson Library. It provides a variety of funding opportunities including:</p> <ul> <li>an open textbook grant to support the development of a new open textbook on a topic that is currently not covered by an existing open textbook,</li> <li>an open textbook adaptation grant to support the adaptation of one or more open textbooks to create a new version or edition of an open textbook,</li> <li>a supplementary resources grant to support the creation of ancillary materials for existing open textbooks, including, but not limited to test banks, slide decks, or interactive media, for an open textbook or other open education resource, or</li> <li>an honoraria for open textbook peer reviews to support individuals completing a formal peer review of an existing open textbook. </li> </ul> <p>The funding is available to any instructor of a credit course at UPEI, and either an individual or a team can apply. For more information, see <a href="https://library.upei.ca/oerprogram">library.upei.ca/oerprogram</a>.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 09:21:17 -0400 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/introducing-upei-s-open-education-resource-development-program Building plans to be unveiled February 14 at public presentation https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/building-plans-be-unveiled-february-14-public-presentation <div>The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for Cardigan; the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island; Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor; and Dr. Adam Fenech, Associate Dean of the UPEI School of Climate Change and Adaptation, invite the public to a presentation about the future building plans for UPEI’s Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation. <br /> <br /> The event will provide an opportunity for St. Peter’s Bay residents, UPEI community members, and other stakeholders to learn about the facility, the construction process, and timeline. It will take place on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 2:30–4:00 pm, at the St. Peter’s Complex, 1968 Cardigan Road.<br /> <br /> UPEI’s Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation was announced on July 5, 2019, by Minister MacAulay, Premier King, and President Abd-El-Aziz. The facility will be built in St. Peter’s Bay and house research centres of excellence, the UPEI School of Climate Change and Adaptation, and the UPEI Climate Lab. </div> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 09:37:02 -0400 Nicole Phillips https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/building-plans-be-unveiled-february-14-public-presentation High school students! Learn public speaking from broadcaster Bruce Rainnie https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/high-school-students-learn-public-speaking-broadcaster-bruce-rainnie <p>UPEI’s <a href="https://www.upei.ca/programs/applied-communication-leadership-and-culture">Applied Communications, Leadership, and Culture</a> (ACLC) program is pleased to offer its second annual Public Speaking for High School students workshop with broadcaster and ACLC Journalist-in-Residence Bruce Rainnie. The one-day workshop is Saturday, March 14, from 10 am to 2 pm. Students must register to attend by March 7.</p> <p>Being able to talk in an informative and entertaining way is a skill that never goes out of style, but one that has perhaps slipped in the advent of online communications. Rainnie will discuss whether presentations should be scripted or unscripted, and what the ideal length of presentation should be. He will also discuss</p> <ul> <li>how to structure a presentation for maximum impact;</li> <li>how to best connect with your audience;</li> <li>how to use your voice most effectively;</li> <li>how to use body language to your advantage;</li> <li>give practical tips and tricks for managing public speaking nerves.</li> </ul> <p>The ACLC program at UPEI works to provide a safe and highly informative space to listen, discuss, and apply public speaking methods for all persons. Through this workshop, students of any background have an opportunity to improve confidence in their public speaking ability and to broaden their skillset. </p> <p><b>Rainnie</b> was the host of CBC's Compass, the supper-hour news program for Prince Edward Island. He is nationally known for being the current president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in Halifax, a regular host on Hockey Night in Canada, and a broadcaster of seven Olympic games. </p> <p>This workshop is open to high school students only. The workshop is free, but students will be required to provide their own lunch. Register <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqbZ1UDOMi79q5K9lr-2N_lIqzx0plVlXITSP7KtZXUXI35w/viewform?usp=sf_link%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">here</a> by March 7. </p> Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:26:29 -0400 Dave Atkinson https://www.upei.ca/news/2020/02/high-school-students-learn-public-speaking-broadcaster-bruce-rainnie