Celebrate Learning Week

October 29 – November 6

Celebrate Learning Week turns the lens on those “aha” moments when theory becomes practice and ideas blossom into action. Now in its fourth year, the celebration highlights and honours the work of faculty, students and staff to create an exceptional learning environment at UBC’s Vancouver campus. www.celebratelearning.ubc.ca


Celebration Warm-up


Beyond the Magic:
Chemistry Open House
Chemistry Department 2036 Main Mall

UBC celebrates International Year of Chemistry with chemistry-based “magic” demonstrations and other hands-on activities such as creating slime, building marshmallow molecules and sampling liquid nitrogren ice cream.

24 – 28

Conference for Learning and
Academic Student Success (CLASS)
UBC Vancouver campus

Organized by and for students, CLASS
is all about the advice you would give your first-year self. Seasoned upper-year students share hard-won insights on
how to achieve academic success and personal wellness with those new to
UBC. The week-long conference includes subject-specific seminars ranging from chemistry to political science, a resource fair, keynote speaker and mentorship lunch. www.class.ubc.ca


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Showcase
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
4th floor, Golden Jubilee Room
1961 East Mall

The Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) highlights successful projects that enrich and improve student learning. There will be a kick-off presentation and Q&A featuring the successful strategies of various TLEF projects, and a week-long poster display in the Learning Centre’s main floor atrium.


8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Dialogue on the History of Indian Residential Schools in Canada
First Nations Longhouse,
Main Floor Atrium

Participants will reflect on the university’s role in fostering a better understanding of the history of the residential school system and its impact on Aboriginal people. Register at:


7:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Work, Family and Fun
Juliet’s Café (to be confirmed),
905 Cornwall Ave.

Do married couples remain independent individuals or do they become an interdependent unit? Sponsored by the Dept. of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Sociology Assoc. Prof. Carrie Yodanis will give a presentation and then lead a discussion on whether marriage has changed over time. Space is limited, register at:


1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Key Strengths of Learning Communities
UBC Learning Exchange
612 Main Street (at Keefer)

With the UBC Centre for Intercultural Language Studies, the UBC Learning Exchange has studied the key strengths of its ESL facilitator training program for local residents. Presenters will discuss findings on successful learning and community-university engagement.

3:00 PM
Students on community engagement
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
#302 Dodson Room, 1961 East Mall

Transformative learning through community engagement is the focus for students who will have 20 seconds to present 20 slides, or video clips, about their UBC-Community Learning Initiative and Go Global experiences.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Writing Across Borders
UBC Learning Exchange
612 Main Street (at Keefer)

Neighbourhood residents and UBC’s creative writing students will read their works—many for the first time—as part of the annual Heart of the City Festival, an arts festival in the Downtown Eastside. Participants will talk about the joys and challenges of writing in a second language and making new connections. Fun group activities will allow visitors to try their hand at writing.

7:30 PM
David Suzuki, The Global Eco-crisis:
Is it too late?
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

David Suzuki, distinguished Canadian environmentalist and UBC professor emeritus, presents a public lecture at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. In an engaging, 60-minute lecture entitled “The Global Eco-crisis: Is it too late?”, Suzuki will offer his insights on the state of the environment and whether there is hope for the future. Tickets are $5 at www.ticketmaster.ca.


10:00 AM – 4:15 PM
TedX Terry Talks
Life Science Institute, LSC2 lecture hall
2350 Health Sciences Mall

Eight of UBC’s most fascinating and engaging students come together for a day, giving “the talk of their lives,” sharing their ideas and discussing their visions for UBC and the world in a
TED-like event. Ticket information at www.tedxterrytalks.eventbrite.com

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UBC Reports | Vol. 57 | No. 10 | Oct. 5, 2011

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“We’d like to
encourage everyone
to take advantage
of this celebration
to share innovative
ideas and learn from
each other so we can
further enhance the
says Prof. Anna
Kindler, vice provost
and associate vice
president academic
affairs and resources.”

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