OKANAGAN OUTLOOK 2011 — 14
Exciting Times for UBC’s Okanagan Campus
Several new developments at UBC’s Okanagan campus greeted students when they returned to class last month.
UBC has grown to meet mushrooming de- mand for higher education in the BC Interior. Students saw the inauguration of the Southern Medical Program, the opening of the new School of Health Studies and Exercise Sciences, and the addition of pro- grams, facilities and faculty members.
The campus, which opened in 2005, has completed its initial build-out by opening three new buildings and unveiling other im- provements this year that cost $114 million.
They include the $31-million Health Sciences Centre, home of the Southern Medical Program; the $68-million Engineering Management Education build- ing, home for the School of Engineering, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Management; and the opening of the $14.9- million Purcell Residence, with 212 beds.
The addition brings the total number of on- campus beds to 1,648 to benefit out-of-town students.
The university continue to reach new heights, says Deputy Vice-Chancellor Doug Owram.
“Our capacity as an academic institution continues to grow,” he said. “It will be an ex- citing time for students and faculty to ex- plore new learning opportunities and en- gage in creative thinking.”
Student physicians will be educated on the Okanagan campus with the first intake of 32 medical students. After an initial four months at the Vancouver campus, they’ll re- ceive the balance of their education at the
Kelowna campus starting in January.
The program includes training at the Clinical Academic Campus at Kelowna General Hospital.Ye
ars three and four will take them to sites in Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Trail and Cranbrook.
Merging the programs of Human Kinetics and Health Studies spawned the new School of Health Studies and Exercise Sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary pro- gram of teaching, research, and community engagement. Students can specialize in health policy, evaluation, clinical-exercise physiology, and health promotion.
Inquiries about UBC continue to mount. One recruitment website (connectionsfor- life.ca
) attracted more than 90,000 unique visitors this year.Th
e main website, you.ubc.ca
, receives close to a million visits a year.
Among the new faculty members this fall are Provost Wesley Pue, Deputy Provost and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Miriam Grant, and Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Wisdom Tettey.
Gordon Binsted was appointed Interim Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies and Social Development. Paul van Donkelaar is director of the new School of Health Studies and Exercise Sciences. Patricia Marck is di- rector of the School of Nursing.
For the first time, UBCís Heat face their in- ter-campus rivals the UBC Thunderbirds of Vancouver.Th
e Okanagan campus has joined the Canada West Universities Athletics Association in Canadian Inter-uni- versity Sport for men’s and women’s basket- ball and volleyball teams.
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