Palestinian Christian author to speak at UFV — April 23

Fraser Valley residents have a rare opportunity to hear Reverend Naim Ateek, a Palestinian Christian author and long-time advocate for justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land, on April 23 at the Abbotsford campus of the University of the Fraser Valley. The event, which is one stop on a nation-wide speaking tour, begins at 7 pm in Abby B101. Admission is free and open to the public. The presentation is sponsored by the UFV student group Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) and Canadian Friends of Sabeel.
“We’re pleased to sponsor this event,” said Kapil Sharma, president of SPHR–UFV. “The strident rhetoric that often characterizes debate of the Palestine–Israel conflict often drowns out the voices of the Palestinian Christians. Reverend Ateek is one of those preeminent voices, and he has devoted much of his life to seeking a just peace.”
Reverend Ateek’s life has been framed by the conflict in Israel and Palestine. In 1948, Israeli forces expelled his family from their village. He grew up in Nazareth, and in 1967 he was ordained a priest in the Anglican Communion. In 1991 he co-founded Sabeel, the Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Reverend Ateek has written several books including the recently released A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine–Israel Conflict.
A book signing will follow the presentation.

Mon, April 23
7-10 pm

For more information, contact Rachael Letkeman at


Leadership Awards Adjudication volunteers needed — June 13

The Financial Aid and Awards office is looking for adjudicators for the UFV Leadership Awards. The Leadership Adjudication meeting is on June 13 at 9:30 am and is approximately 2 to 4 hours long. You will meet with your fellow adjudicators to discuss your rankings and to reach a consensus of the recipients for the Leadership Awards assigned to your group. You will receive the Leadership applications at least 10 days before the Leadership Adjudication meeting. The time commitment to review and initially score the applications is roughly 8 to 10 hours.

If you are able to participate in this year’s selection of recipients for UFV Leadership Awards, please contact Carol Ambridge, Financial Aid and Awards by May 10.

For more information, contact Carol Ambridge at


Jane’s Walk Abbotsford — U District vision — May 5

UFV VP External Craig Toews and Mark Neill, Director of Community Planning from the City of Abbotsford, will host a walk to share the U District vision for the University of the Fraser Valley.

Sat, May 5
10 am.
Meet outside Abbotsford Centre on the east side, bordering UFV Parking Lot 4.

For more information, contact Nikki Oldridge at


2018 grads: Book your photo session now!

Professional photographers from Artona Group, the official graduation photographer for UFV, will be on the Abbotsford campus in May for graduate portrait sessions ($15 sitting fee).

May 4-19 – Abbotsford campus
Location: Building B, Room 121

It is recommended that grads book their session now as appointments will fill up quickly.
To view availability of sessions and to book an appointment, grads can follow these steps:

1. Visit the Artona website
2. Click the “BOOK NOW” button on the homepage
3. Type in “University of the Fraser Valley”
4. Follow on-screen instructions
Alumni Membership card photos (free) – While on campus Artona will also be available to take photos for the UFV Alumni Association membership cards, free of charge. Alumni membership cards give grads access to a variety of great benefits and privileges upon graduation. Drop in anytime (S1101) – appointments are not necessary. To see our UFV Alumni Association membership benefits visit

Criminal Justice, Business, Faculty of Science, and Kinesiology

The School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, School of Business, the Faculty of Science, Kinesiology and the UFV Alumni Association are pleased to offer grads the chance to have a graduate portrait with their fellow grads framed together and mounted in their department hallway. This single headshot-composite photography opportunity is FREE for the grad.

Be sure to book your appointment online now at or by phone: 1-800-668-3866

Questions? Call the Alumni Relations office: 604-557-4008 or email

For more information, contact Alicia Friesen at


UFV Alumni Association seeks Distinguished Alumni nominations — deadline May 1

UFV alumni can be found making a difference around the corner and across the world. And the UFV Alumni Association wants to celebrate them.

There are more than 38,000 alumni from the University of the Fraser Valley working in a variety of industries and sectors and making a significant impact on our economy and our communities.

The UFV Alumni Association will recognize two exceptional alumni through the Distinguished Alumni Awards. One award will be conferred upon a graduate who has achieved outstanding distinction in their career, in educational achievement, or by providing exceptional community service. The second award, the Young Distinguished Alumni Award, goes to a graduate of UFV who is 34 years of age or younger who has achieved outstanding distinction in the same categories.

Winners of these awards will join the ranks of past recipients including 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Emily Henry, who has built a career on designing programs influenced by Indigenous cultural beliefs and practices to help the over-represented group of Indigenous people in the federal corrections system, and 2017 Young Distinguished Alumni Award Alexis Warmerdam, an alumna from the Engineering Transfer program who is a driving force behind Abbotsford’s blossoming agriculture tourism industry.

The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2018.
Nomination application and criteria can be viewed and downloaded at

For more information, contact Alicia Friesen at


Volunteers needed for Indigenous graduation reception — May 23

The Indigenous student centre is looking for volunteers for our Indigenous graduation reception on Wed, May 23rd, from 5-9 m at the Gathering Place, Chilliwack campus. Various positions need to be filled. For more information contact, Josephine Charlie (CEP), 1-888-504-7441 x 2473 or Tery Kozma (Abbotsford) 1-888-504-7441 x 4069

UFV’s Graphic + Digital Design Portfolio Show | ALL DAY EXHIBITION — April 24

UFV’s Graphic + Digital Design Portfolio Show

Celebrate inspiration — and discover your muse

We, the 2018 Graphic + Digital Design grads, are rooted in the inspiration around us — from little details and large patterns, to where we live, who we are, and aspire to be. We have discovered new terrain and uncovered unique ideas. It’s time to celebrate inspiration with us and find your muse.

The University of the Fraser Valley, Graphic + Digital Design Portfolio Show:
an exhibition of communication design, brand identity, dynamic media and interactive design.

RECEPTION | TUES, APRIL 24 | 4:30 – 7:30 PM

J150 – 3122 MOUNT LEHMAN RD.


INTERPRET — Creative & Performing Arts festival — April 27

Creative & Performing Arts Festival

This first-time event will celebrate the arts at UFV featuring Theatre, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts. The following individuals, including alumni, will showcase their diverse talents on April 27, 2018:

Bethany Caldwell
Paige Caldwell
Sidi Chen
Emily Eggert-Botkin
Mitch Huttema
Jessica Karroll
Jesse Klassen
Wenwei Liu
Cameron McKerchar
Willow Mussell
Emilie Poirier
Deanne Ratzlaff
Deb Silver
Christopher Taylor

Readings and performances by UFV Creative Writing and Theatre Directing 451 students. Selected artworks from the University Arts Collection will also be on display in addition to works produced by the following courses: IDS400: Decolonizing Canada’s 150th, VA 232 Sculpture & Extended Media II, VA 252 Print Media II, VA 160 Video Production I & VA 261 Video Production II.

Opening Reception: 6 pm,
Evered Hall, Student Union Building, 33844 King Rd Abbotsford.

The art exhibition will run until May 11, 2018.

Event locations include the S’eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery (B136), D and C buildings.

Catered by Restaurant 62. Live music from 9-10:30 PM! Event is free and everyone is welcome!

Sponsored by SUS, UFV, CIVL Radio, Restaurant 62, & Ravens Brewing Company

April 27 to May 5

For more information, contact jennifer chew at


Science Rocks! Summer camp facilitators needed

We are looking for UFV students with diverse backgrounds covering most of the science areas. Preference will be given to students who have experience working with children. Facilitators must be willing to obtain a criminal record check.

For more information, contact Caroline Majeau at


Short Films Screening — April 4

VA 160 Video Production I Short Films will be screening on Apr 4 at 3 pm in C1044.
Open to the Public!

We will also be screening VA 261 Video Production II Projects on Apr 10 at 2:30 pm in C1044. This is a bigger screening with short films, music videos and behind the scenes footage!

For more information, contact jennifer chew at


Mindfulness-based stress reduction course through Continuing Education

Are you struggling with managing stress while juggling increasing demands at home or work, or perhaps dealing with chronic pain or health challenges, or just wanting to address a nagging sense of dissatisfaction? If so, this course may be for you. Through practicing a series of mindfulness-based exercises and strategies under expert supervision, participants will to learn to manage stress more effectively to enhance wellbeing.

More details here:

For more information, contact Kamaljit Toriumi at