Author Archive | Darren McDonald

Visual Arts auction winners

Senior students of the Visual Arts Department would like to thank all those individuals who participated in the Silent Auction this year. A very special thanks to those who donated artworks to this fundraising event. All proceeds will go towards the Creative & Performing Arts Festival which will take place on April 27 on the […]

Changes to food and coffee services at CEP

Over the summer Ancillary Services will be transforming food services on the Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park. In September we will be introducing the new Dana Cafe to replace the Tim Hortons kiosk. The cornerstone of Dana Hospitality is the delicious and nutritious food that is fresh, made from scratch, and locally sourced. This change […]

Wideman takes two elected positions

UFV Teaching and Learning Director Maureen Wideman was recently elected to positions with two proactive post-secondary organizations. Wideman now serves as co-chair of the British Columbia Teaching and Learning Council, a community of all B.C. post-secondary teaching and learning centres with ‘a mission to provide local, provincial and national leadership on issues, challenges and directions […]

Little donation goes a long way

An energetic team of generous teen athletes enjoyed a competitive trip to Cuba earlier this year. As part of the U15-BC Goodwill Tour Team, the Abbotsford Outlaws softball squad loaded hundreds of pounds of donations, including UFV water bottles, onto their plane – all of which was handed over to underprivileged Cuban children. The Fraser […]

The New Science of Nutrition — How I lost 27 pounds — April 7

Dr. David Harper from the department of Kinesiology and Physical Education will be giving a talk on how the science of nutrition is undergoing a paradigm shift. The long-held conventional wisdom that low-fat diets promote good health and reduce chronic disease has not been supported by science and is now in question. Research shows us […]

UFV in photos

It’s been busy around UFV. Here are some sharp shots captured by Communications and contributors: Health Fair with pop star Inez Jasper: Elder’s Tea at CEP: 2015 Faculty MicroLecture: Skills Canada Regional Competition at TTC:

Evaluation Design workshop — March 25

Evaluation Design This workshop will discuss and demonstrate the advantages of multiple assessment tools and how to increase the number of ways that students are evaluated. Wed, Mar 25 11:30 am–12:30 pm Facilitator: Molly Ungar These workshops are for all faculty and staff. Please email if you want to attend or would like more […]

New video showcases installation of Chancellor Gwen Point

An engaging 84-second video showcasing Dr. Gwen Point’s installation as UFV’s Chancellor is now available for viewing on multiple platforms. Created by former UFV student Jesse Kaufman, in collaboration with UFV’s University Relations department, the  video has already garnered more than 1,200 views via UFV’s Facebook page ( It’s also available on YouTube here, and […]

Do you know students dealing with stress?

This time of the year tends to be a highly stressful time for students; final exams combined with the busy-ness of the holiday season. UFV Counsellors are available to support students who may appear in distress. Visit the UFV Counselling department for information on students in crisis: UFV Counselling department: Abbotsford, Room B214, phone […]

Impressive enrollment and ISW at UFV Chandigarh

Exciting news continues to roll in from UFV’s campus in Chandigarh, India. Celebrating its 9th year, UFV Chandigarh recently announced a record-breaking enrollment of two sections totaling 60 students. Overall, student strength at Chandigarh’s campus has reached a record high of 105 full-time students, with 24 recently arriving in Abbotsford to continue their BBA studies. […]

Cascades finish up preseason with California adventure

The UFV Cascades soccer teams arrived home from California last Tuesday after an eight-day trip to the golden state. Both teams played a number of games during their sojourn in the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. Led by coaches Rob Giesbrecht (women) and Alan Errington (men), the Cascades conducted themselves well against American […]

Recently retired employee Margaret Brackett passes away

Long-time and much-loved UFV employee Margaret Brackett passed away Saturday, July 19. She was 69 years old. A constant, calm presence, Margaret retired in 2013 after touching many lives during her 17-year career. Beginning as a switchboard receptionist in 1996, she held temporary work in various departments before moving into Visual Arts, Graphic Design, and […]

UFV’s Raj Virdi to coach in BC Summer Games

A selection of elite Fraser Valley wrestlers will be traveling to Nanaimo this week to participate in the 2014 BC Summer Games, and they’ll be bringing a potent weapon in coach Raj Virdi — a Canadian wrestling champion turned UFV varsity coach. Virdi, who co-coaches the UFV CIS wrestling program alongside Arjan Bhullar, is this […]

Nursing Health Fair comes home to CEP March 19

UFV’s annual Nursing Health Fair is coming home. After years of setting up in malls, Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will unveil diverse displays dedicated to health promotion at CEP Wed, March 19. Future nurses will be in the west atrium from 9 am–6 pm, discussing health topics ranging from fad diets and detoxes […]

Cascades kick off Final Four Friday

The UFV Cascades women’s basketball team (19-5) are hoping that the fourth time will be the charm as they head into this year’s Final Four tournament at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. This year, their fourth consecutive appearance, the Cascades are the fourth seed, have four coaches, and sport four graduating seniors on the […]

Cascade women clinch Final Four appearance with series sweep

The UFV Cascades women’s basketball team closed out their Canada West Quarter-Final series in fine style Friday with a 60-48 win over the University of Calgary Dinos at the Envision Athletic Centre. With the victory the Cascades secure their spot in the Canada West Final Four championship on March 7-8, their fourth straight trip to […]

Cascade men fall to Saskatchewan in Canada West bronze medal game

The UFV Cascades men’s basketball team ended their season Saturday with a 79-70 loss to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in Canada West Final Four action. The Cascades finish fourth in Canada West for the second straight year, an impressive accomplishment for a team that entered the season ranked eleventh in the conference. UFV bounced […]

Women’s basketball playoffs start at home Thurs Feb 27

The Cascades women’s basketball team begins their post-season at home this Thurs (Feb 27) at 7 pm against the University of Calgary Dinos, and games will continue at the same time Friday and Saturday as needed. Watch live at Abbotsford’s Envision Athletics Centre, or online at The women were tops in the Pacific division […]

UFV women’s volleyball finishes fourth in PACWEST championships

The second ranked UFV Cascades women’s volleyball team (20-4) had a tougher time than expected at the PACWEST Volleyball Championship last weekend in Vancouver, and couldn’t quite escape with a second trip to CCAA Nationals. The women received a bye in the first round of the tournament, and consequently their first game was a semifinal […]

Cascade basketball teams both earn home-court advantage for playoffs

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will host home playoff series in February after earning that advantage in Canada West Pacific division league play. The women were tops in the Pacific division with a 17-5 record, while the men’s unprecedented 14-game winning streak and 17-5 record got them a second-place standing. The men’s series […]

UFV Cascades women’s volleyball off to Capilano for PACWEST playoff tournament

The UFV Cascades women’s volleyball team will travel to Capilano University, Vancouver this weekend as the second seed in the PACWEST provincial tournament. Although the tournament runs Feb 20-22, the Cascades have a bye through Thursday’s quarter-finals and will play their first game at 1 pm on Friday, Feb 21. Their opponent on Friday will […]

UFV volleyball splits against Bearcats

UFV’s volleyball teams played four games last weekend against the CBC Bearcats, four games with enough of a narrative arc to fill your average novel. Both UFV teams won on Friday in a pair of intense, emotional games, before dropping Saturday’s matches in hard-fought, but disappointing losses. The women will enter the playoffs ranked second […]

Sweet sweaters for sustainability

Stylish sweaters swept through UFV’s Abbotsford and CEP campuses on Thurs, Feb 6 as staff, students and faculty joined UFV’s ongoing efforts to reduce our energy waste and demonstrate environmental leadership. For more, visit